A tropical storm looks poised to hit Florida, Brazil looks sassy on the world stage and I look at photo after photo of all your adorable canines (and share them below).
It's Ashley. And doggone it, here's Tuesday's news.
But first, Popeyes or Chick-fil-A? The winner of the internet's Chicken Sandwich War of 2019 is ... (not Shake Shack, but it should have been).
Epstein was 'a coward,' one accuser says. She's 'angry' he killed himself
Just over two weeks after Jeffrey Epstein killed himself in a federal jail cell, Courtney Wild and dozens of women expressed anger at the wealthy financier in a Tuesday court hearing. Their recurring themes: Frustration, anger, defiance and tears. Wild, who said she was abused at Epstein's Florida home when she was 14, explained she was "very angry and sad" that he killed himself before any trial. “He is a coward,” she said. Epstein, 66, died earlier this month, and the hearing was to formally dismiss the charges. Jennifer Araoz, who accused Epstein of raping her when she was 15 in his New York mansion, said: “They let this man kill himself and kill the chance for justice for so many others.”
Suspicious deaths – 10 of them – at a veterans hospital
Authorities are looking into a string of about 10 suspicious patient deaths at a Veterans Affairs hospital in West Virginia, where the patients may have been targeted, according to three people familiar with the probe. The death of an 82-year-old Army veteran last year was ruled a homicide due to an unprescribed injection of insulin, and authorities are investigating a “person of interest” in the case. There was no order for the injection in the patient’s records, and he had no history of diabetes or insulin use, according to the autopsy report.
What everyone’s talking about
- An Oklahoma TV host tearfully apologized after comparing her black co-anchor to a gorilla.
- Pete Davidson halted his show to unload an NSFW rant against college students on their phones.
- Didn't catch the VMAs? Here are last night's most 🔥 red carpet looks.
- It's Pumpkin Spice Latte season, but there's a new drink spicing things up.
- How Serena Williams' husband, Alexis Ohanian, brilliantly trolled Maria Sharapova.
Tropical Storm Dorian is aimed at Florida
Tropical Storm Dorian lurched directly over St. Lucia Tuesday dropping rain and gusting winds as it heads through the eastern Caribbean Sea and toward Puerto Rico. The storm is expected to strengthen over the next 48 hours, and the threat of winds and heavy rains reaching Florida later this weekend is increasing, the National Hurricane Center said. Florida residents "should monitor the progress of Dorian and ensure that they have their hurricane plan in place," the weather service said Tuesday.
Brazil to world leaders: Keep your $20 million in free money
The Brazilian government is rejecting $20 million in aid pledged by G-7 leaders to fight fires in the Amazon rainforest, according to several reports. French President Emmanuel Macron announced Monday that the G-7 leaders, which include President Donald Trump, agreed to set up the fire aid. Luís Fernando Serra, Brazil's ambassador to France, said Tuesday morning that his country is rejecting the aid because it was not involved in the discussions, Politico Europe reported. Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro said later Tuesday that he would accept the aid, but only if Macron retracts comments he made calling him a liar, the Associated Press reported. "Then we can speak," Bolsonaro said.
- "Keep your big mouth shut": Sean Hannity ripped Bill Maher for his remarks on David Koch's death.
- Tiger Woods went under the knife again for an offseason knee surgery.
- Contigo recalled 5.7 million kids water bottles because of a "potential choking hazard."
- President Trump's ethanol waivers are sparking rebellion in farm country.
- Meanwhile, Trump bashed a report of bedbugs at his Doral Miami resort, claiming Democrats had spread a "nasty rumor."
Y'all have some seriously adorable dogs
We put an SOS alert out yesterday for Short Listers to send pictures of your pups for National Dog Day (it was basically an emergency). We were not disappointed.
Here are a few (of the many!) good boys and girls of The Short List:
A special shout out to: Moose and Sunny, Rookie the muddy pup, Cameron with the good hair, Herbie the muppet dog, Timón the regal gentleman, Mya and Will the Boxers, Penny the rescue pup, siblings Dillie, Gia and Snickers, Gemini the monster, (not-so-calm) Ruhe, Fergie the giant, Cheify and his life protecting his home from badgers, Yoda (woof!), the Tenboer family dogs, Finnan Rose, Lucy, Ernie and Stanley, Scooby from Colorado, Maggie the Shih Tzu, Gracie and her love of Coke bottles, Sadie the Shih Tzu, Travis the rescue dog, Prince from Canada, Sadie, Fiona and Bambi, Suki, Sebastian with the goofy smile, squirrel-loving Apollo, sisters Annie and Snuggles, Hero, Alex Dude and Ruby Packzi from Ohio, Carly the world traveler, Oliver the little firecracker, Bellatrix the yellow lab, Zeke the Portuguese Water Dog, and all the other adorable dogs of The Short List!
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This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Trump, Jeffrey Epstein, Tropical Storm Dorian, Amazon: Tuesday's news