WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump has threatened Iran for years, and often says he is willing to use force – but allies and aides say it would take an exceptional provocation for him to act, given his equally long criticism of "endless wars" in Iraq and Afghanistan. "We are ready for the absolute worst and we are ready for sense, too," Trump said Monday, adding that he is also open to the idea of new talks with the Iranians over their nuclear program. In the meantime, Trump aides said Iran's latest actions – the seizure of a British oil tanker, the arrest of alleged pro-American spies – are unlikely to provoke a military response.
Seven Democratic senators have said they regret calling on former Minnesota Sen. Al Franken to resign over accusations of sexual harassment. In a new story in the New Yorker, investigative reporter Jane Mayer found a number of holes in the story of Franken's primary accuser. In November 2017, a conservative talk-radio station released a photo of Franken pantomiming grabbing radio host Leeann Tweeden's breasts while on a 2006 USO tour.
The owner of a McDonald's franchise in Garden City, Ga., said the woman received her order, then returned to the counter to complain about her cold food, according to WTOC. This fast food-related crime comes about a month after a Tennessee woman was arrested at a McDonald's for allegedly attacking a drive-thru manager with a stun gun. Instead, the victim, 19-year-old fast-food worker Jacob Jordan, told police his attacker was mad about the long line at the drive-thru, and also said Jordan deserved to be hurt because had voted for Donald Trump in 2016.
Sarah Huckabee Sanders made an appearance Sunday at an exclusive Republican Governors Association-hosted retreat, further stoking anticipation that the former White House press secretary may pursue a bid for statewide office. Sanders, who is seen as a possible 2022 Arkansas gubernatorial candidate, attended a dinner hosted by the family of the late Fred Malek, a major GOP donor and former RGA finance chairman who died in March. The dinner kicked off a two-day retreat the RGA is hosting in Aspen, Colo., which is expected to draw an array of GOP governors and donors.
Robert Farley Security, Americas The response would be overwhelming. Circumstances obviously matter for an attack on a U.S. aircraft carrier. An out-of-the-blue attack from a conventionally armed state actor would enjoy the highest levels of success, but would also have an impact on elite and public opinion in the United States that might drive calls for dire retribution.
But on a recent submarine dive shark expert Gavin Naylor caught amazing footage of one on camera cozying up to his research vessel, seeming to almost flirt and play with the vessel. "I'm literally nose to nose with this animal," Naylor, who does research at the Florida Museum of Natural History, told Live Science, referring to his trip in a submersible. Bluntnose sixgills are the oldest living shark lineage, said Dean Grubbs, a deep-sea ecologist at the Florida Museum of Natural History.
A 'Fox & Friends' law enforcement panel reacts to the treatment of police officers in America.
After more than 110 years, a historic bridge in rural North Dakota has given way to a load of beans. The 56-foot wooden bridge over the Goose River collapsed on Monday as the driver of a tractor trailer truck tried to haul a load of dried beans over it, the Grand Forks County Sheriff's Office said in a statement. While the cab of the 2005 Peterbilt truck made it to the other side, pictures posted online by the sheriff's office showed the trailer "hung up" on the west side of the now V-shaped bridge that had bottomed out in the shallow river about 30 miles southwest of Grand Forks.
A little boy who was fishing off the coast of Cape Cod is OK after almost being hit by the tail of a great white shark that leapt out of the water to snatch a fish off a line. In a video captured by another passenger on the Columbia Sportfishing ship, the shark can be seen breaching the water to steal a bass being reeled back into the boat. The shark's tail then almost smacks the boy as it dives back down into the water.
Afghan President Ashraf Ghani said Tuesday the United States should clarify remarks President Donald Trump made about Afghanistan, including a claim he could easily win the war but didn't "want to kill 10 million people". Trump made several controversial statements a day earlier alongside Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan at the White House, including that he could end the war in a matter of days but "Afghanistan would be wiped off the face of the Earth". The war-weary and traumatised population is already worried about a precipitous pull-out of US forces -- after nearly 18 years -- and whether that means a quick return to rule by the Islamic extremist Taliban, and civil war.
The parents of a Northern Indiana toddler who fell 11 stories from a Royal Caribbean ship say the cruise line is responsible for the girl's death. "I never want another mother to see what I had to see, or to scream how I had to scream," Kimberly Wiegand said during an interview that aired Monday on NBC's "The Today Show." Wiegand and her husband, Alan, spoke to the media for the first time since the July 7 death of 18-month-old Chloe in San Juan, Puerto Rico.
Iran observes all U.S. ships in the Gulf region and has an archive of images of their daily movements, the head of Iran's navy, Rear Admiral Hossein Khanzadi, said on Tuesday, according to the Young Journalists Club news site. Iran and the United States came to the brink of war last month after the Islamic Republic shot down a U.S. drone, nearly prompting a retaliatory attack which U.S. President Donald Trump called off at the last minute. Tensions have also spiked between Iran and Britain after the Islamic Republic seized a British-flagged tanker last Friday because it had collided with a fishing vessel, according to Iranian officials.
NASA's first flight director died Monday at 95 years old. From Popular Mechanics
A Minnesota state legislator and a conservative group announced Tuesday that they are seeking ethics investigations into U.S. Rep. Ilhan Omar for a range of alleged offenses. Steve Drazkowski, a Republican, and Judicial Watch both say Omar may have committed immigration fraud by marrying someone they say is her brother. Omar, a Minnesota Democrat who came to the U.S. as a refugee from Somalia, previously denied the allegation and called such claims "disgusting lies." A spokesman didn't immediately respond to a request for comment Tuesday.
The incident, which the government said was caused by an “attack,” was reminiscent of another failure in March which dragged on for as long as 10 days in some areas and prompted Nicolas Maduro's administration to begin power rationing outside of the capital city Caracas to normalize the grid. Information Minister Jorge Rodriguez said that school and work activities would be suspended on Tuesday in order to keep power demand lower and state-run electricity company Corpoelec said that service had been restored to all of Caracas, with work still to be done in other states nationwide. Maduro and his government have insisted that the country's electrical problems are a product of sabotage and sophisticated attacks by the U.S. and local opposition who are seeking to remove him, while industry experts and critics point to a lack of investment and maintenance.
A young California couple was arrested last Friday after fatally strangling their newborn son just hours after his birth, according to KABC. Oxnard authorities apprehended David Luna Villa, 21, and his girlfriend Andrea Torralba Camacho, 20, on suspicion of felony assault by means of force resulting in the child's death, following an investigation at St. John's Medical Center. Police had received a call around 8 p.m.
What we previously spied (and thought was the Escalade) is probably the next GMC Yukon's interior. Last month, we brought you what we thought were spy photos of the upcoming next-gen Cadillac Escalade's interior. While almost everything is covered up, we can see a large curved screen that seems to be part of one giant piece that also includes the digital gauge cluster in front of the driver.
Dario Leone History, Middle East A terrible experience. Meanwhile, my wingman had engaged another MiG-21 and shot it down using two Sidewinders. He later reported that after seeing my F-14 exiting on the other side of the explosion, he was sure that it was badly burned and the crew dead.
US President Donald Trump on Monday said he had been asked to mediate the decades-long Kashmir conflict by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and would be happy to help, but his claim was swiftly denied by New Delhi. India and Pakistan have fought two of their three full-scale wars over the Himalayan former kingdom since gaining their independence from Britain in 1947. Trump was hosting Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan at the White House on Monday, who was asked by a reporter whether the US could play a role in resolving the dispute, and replied: "Only the most powerful state headed by President Trump can bring the two countries together."
A 13-year-old boy in eastern China has reportedly been fined for stealing two planes and taking them on a joyride at a local airport. But there's a small silver lining: Airport staff were so impressed by his skill that he'll soon be taking lessons from a pilot, according to the South China Morning Post. On June 15, the unidentified boy trespassed at a small airport in Huzhou, a city in eastern China, taxiing and soon crashing a SeaRey seaplane worth $273,000 onto a guardrail, the Post reported.
President Vladimir Putin handed Russian citizenship to gas producer Novatek's veteran finance chief Mark Gyetvay on Monday, a move that could potentially help the U.S. national bypass some sanctions restrictions. U.S. sanctions imposed on Russia in 2014 ban U.S. nationals and companies from helping organize long-term funding for some major Russian firms, including Novatek. When the U.S. and the EU imposed sanctions on Russia, executives with foreign passports at companies affected including Novatek - the country's largest non-state natural gas producer - and state bank VTB handed over responsibility for organizing new debt or equity issuance to colleagues without EU or U.S. passports.
Senator Bernie Sanders declined to say Tuesday whether his Medicare for All plan would cause some to lose their doctors, instead emphasizing that every American will have access to a doctor. The Democratic presidential contender dodged during a CNN appearance when pressed on whether some doctors would decide to make themselves available only to the wealthy and not to see Medicare patients. Medicare for All would require a four-year transition period under Sanders's plan, the senator said.
A federal judge approved a legal settlement Tuesday affirming transgender people's right to use restrooms matching their gender identity in many North Carolina public buildings. The consent decree between the state's Democratic governor and transgender plaintiffs covers numerous state-owned buildings including facilities run by executive branch agencies that oversee the environment, transportation and Medicaid, among others. In return, the plaintiffs have agreed to drop pending legal action against the governor and other defendants.
Two and a half months after the White House banned the purchase of Iran's oil, the nation's crude is continuing to be sent to China where it's being put into what's known as “bonded storage,” say people familiar with operations at several Chinese ports. The store of oil has the potential to push down global prices if Chinese refiners decide to draw on it, even as the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries and allies curb production as growth slows in major economies.
There are seven police officers in Stebbins, Alaska, and all of them have been convicted of domestic violence. The small town's police force is made up of officers with criminal records, including one man who was a registered sex offender, according to a new investigation by The Anchorage Daily News in partnership with ProPublica. The city's lax hiring standards — which the investigation found were common elsewhere in rural Alaska — are tied to understaffing and a lack of sufficient funds.