• Britain weighs response to Iran Gulf crisis with few good options
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    Reuters

    Britain weighs response to Iran Gulf crisis with few good options

    DUBAI/LONDON (Reuters) - Britain was weighing its next moves in the Gulf tanker crisis on Sunday, with few good options apparent as a recording emerged showing that the Iranian military defied a British warship when it boarded and seized a ship three days ago. Prime Minister Theresa May's office said she would chair a meeting of Britain's COBR emergency response committee on Monday morning to discuss the crisis. Little clue has been given by Britain on how it plans to respond after Iranian Revolutionary Guards rappelled from helicopters and seized the Stena Impero in the Strait of Hormuz on Friday in apparent retaliation for the British capture of an Iranian tanker two weeks earlier.

  • Hong Kong police seize explosives as rival camps rally
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    Associated Press

    Hong Kong police seize explosives as rival camps rally

    Police in Hong Kong discovered a stash of a powerful homemade explosive as the semi-autonomous Chinese city readied for another major pro-democracy protest on Sunday following a pro-Beijing rally that attracted thousands. Materials voicing opposition to an extradition bill that has sparked more than a month of demonstrations in Hong Kong were found at the site, local media said, but a police spokesman said no concrete link has been established and that the investigation is continuing. In a rally that aimed to counter the pro-democracy movement, thousands of people filled a park in central Hong Kong on Saturday to support the police, who have been accused of using rough tactics on protesters.

  • Vatican opens burial chambers in hunt for princesses and missing teen
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    AFP

    Vatican opens burial chambers in hunt for princesses and missing teen

    The Vatican on Saturday opened two burial chambers discovered under a trapdoor as it attempts to get to the bottom of a riddle involving two 19th-century princesses and a teenager who went missing 36 years ago. The ossuaries were found last week under the floor of the Pontifical Teutonic College after the shock discovery earlier this month that the bones of the princesses had disappeared from tombs in the Teutonic Cemetery. The graves of Princess Sophie von Hohenlohe and Princess Charlotte Federica of Mecklenburg, who died in 1836 and 1840, were exhumed after an anonymous tip-off that they may hold the remains of a missing Italian youngster.

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    Politico

    O'Rourke and de Blasio spar over 'Medicare for All'

    Bill de Blasio blasted Beto O'Rourke on Saturday over the former Texas lawmaker's opposition to “Medicare for All,” accusing his fellow Democratic presidential candidate of engaging in "lazy fear mongering tactics" as the health care policy debate ratchets up. Let's leave the lazy fear mongering tactics to Trump," the mayor of New York tweeted after O'Rourke said getting rid of private health care would force a majority of Americans off their existing insurance. O'Rourke opposes the single-payer health care plan — which would eliminate private insurance — and instead advocates for a plan that preserves employment-based insurance while giving individuals the option to switch to a new Medicare-based program.

  • 'Outrageous': Convicted criminals serve as Alaskan police amid public safety crisis, investigation finds
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    USA TODAY

    'Outrageous': Convicted criminals serve as Alaskan police amid public safety crisis, investigation finds

    Local tribal governments have also hired tribal police officers convicted of domestic violence or sex crimes in an additional eight communities, the publications reported Thursday. Women in remote villages already face extraordinary barriers in reporting and dealing with sexual assault, USA TODAY reported last month, such as lacking access to victim support services. In the rural city of Stebbins, for example, the Daily News reported that all seven officers have pleaded guilty to domestic violence charges in the past 10 years.

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    The National Interest

    Alleged American ISIS Sniper Brought Home by the Defense Department to Face Charges

    An American citizen who allegedly served as a sniper for ISIS and became a leader for the terrorist group is expected to appear in federal court on Friday after being returned to the United States by the Defense Department, officials said. Ruslan Maratovich Asainov, who was born in Kazakhstan and became a naturalized U.S. citizen, is charged with providing and attempting to provide material support to ISIS, the Justice Department announced on Friday. A U.S. official confirmed to Task & Purpose that the Defense Department had transported Asainov from Syria to the United States.

  • US heatwave: National Weather Service bakes biscuits inside hot car in safety warning about leaving children or pets
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    The Independent

    US heatwave: National Weather Service bakes biscuits inside hot car in safety warning about leaving children or pets

    The National Weather Service has baked biscuits inside a hot car, in a safety message about the peril of leaving children or pets inside a vehicle. As a heatwave takes grip of large swathe of the US, with up to 200m people expected to be affected by a heat index of up to 115f degrees (46c), the officials performed the experiment inside a car in Nebraska to show how hot vehicles can become when left unattended. To demonstrate the dangers, the NWS staff set about baking the biscuits in the city of Omaha, using only heat from the sun.

  • Trump Says ‘NASA’s Back’ Thanks to ‘Rich Guys’ Paying U.S. Rent
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    Bloomberg

    Trump Says ‘NASA’s Back’ Thanks to ‘Rich Guys’ Paying U.S. Rent

    President Donald Trump pledged to re-establish U.S. dominance in space, a day after he welcomed the surviving Apollo 11 astronauts to the White House to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the first moon landing. Sustained exploration that extends from our Earth to the Moon and on to the Martian surface will usher in a new era of American ingenuity,” Trump said in a message on Saturday, which he declared Space Exploration Day. Trump on Friday invited retired astronauts Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins, and the family of Neil Armstrong -- the first man to walk on the moon -- to the White House to mark the space milestone.

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    Reuters

    UPDATE 2-U.S. says Venezuelan plane aggressively shadowed a U.S. military aircraft

    The U.S. military on Sunday accused a Venezuelan fighter aircraft of "aggressively" shadowing a U.S. Navy EP-3 Aries II plane over international airspace, a fresh sign of growing hostility between the two countries. The encounter between the two planes occurred on Friday, the same day that the Trump administration announced it was imposing sanctions on four top officials in Venezuela's military counterintelligence agency. In a statement issued Sunday, the U.S. military said that it had determined the "Russian-made fighter aggressively shadowed the EP-3 at an unsafe distance in international airspace for a prolonged period of time, endangering the safety of the crew and jeopardizing the EP-3 ...

  • Military studies 'hyperfit' women who pass grueling courses
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    Associated Press

    Military studies 'hyperfit' women who pass grueling courses

    In the nearly four years since the Pentagon announced it was opening all combat jobs to women , at least 30 have earned the Army Ranger tab, two have graduated Marine infantry school and three have passed the grueling initial assessment phase for Green Beret training. Army medical researchers hope to uncover answers in a just-launched voluntary study. "We're really interested in those elite women that are the first to make it through physically demanding training," said Holly McClung, a nutritional physiologist at the Army Research Institute of Environmental Medicine in Massachusetts.

  • Iraq Kurds arrest two suspects in killing of Turkish vice consul
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    AFP

    Iraq Kurds arrest two suspects in killing of Turkish vice consul

    Iraqi Kurdish authorities announced Saturday they had arrested two suspects involved in the murder of three people, including a Turkish diplomat, in the regional capital Arbil this week. The autonomous region's security council first said its counterterrorism unit had arrested "the main perpetrator" Mazloum Dag, a 27-year-old from Turkey's Diyarbakir region. The council had put out a wanted notice for Dag a day earlier in connection to Wednesday's killing of Turkish Vice Consul Osman Kose and two Iraqi nationals.

  • 10 Surprising Moon Facts! (That Were Totally Wrong)
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    Popular Mechanics

    10 Surprising Moon Facts! (That Were Totally Wrong)

    There are plenty of conspiracy theories, recent discoveries, and just plain old misconceptions about the moon. From Popular Mechanics

  • Universal Orlando reopens after police respond to report of a gunman in parking garage
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    USA TODAY

    Universal Orlando reopens after police respond to report of a gunman in parking garage

    Universal Orlando went under lockdown Saturday night after police received a report of a gunman spotted in a parking garage. Police arrived shortly after 8:30 p.m. local time and, along with Universal security staff, temporarily shut down both of Universal's parking garages to guests while they assessed the area. It was later deemed safe and park activity returned to normal.

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    The Daily Beast

    Private Investigator Says He Shared Two Epstein Female Fixer Names with Feds

    Private investigator Michael Fisten first started digging into financier Jeffrey Epstein's alleged sex trafficking crimes more than a decade ago when attorney Brad Edwards hired him. After Epstein signed a non-prosecution deal with federal prosecutors in 2008, Edwards had sued Epstein in civil court on behalf of a number of alleged victims who had been blindsided by the plea deal (which a judge later ruled to have violated the Crime Victims' Rights Act). Fisten was tasked with finding as much incriminating information on the financier as he could.

  • School Board Votes to Paint Over George Washington Mural In San Francisco
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    The National Interest

    School Board Votes to Paint Over George Washington Mural In San Francisco

    The San Francisco Board of Education unanimously voted last month in favor of painting over a George Washington mural series on a school wall depicting Washington standing over a Native American's corpse and another in the company of slaves on his Mount Vernon estate. “This is reparations,” Education Board Commissioner Mark Sanchez said in a KQED report when asked about the estimated $600,000 price tag for its removal. The 1,600-square-foot mural series titled “Life of Washington” was painted on San Francisco's George Washington High School in 1936 by a Russian-American artist and Stanford University art professor Victor Arnautoff.

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    Reuters

    UPDATE 1-Suspected Japan arsonist a reclusive, quarrelsome gamer, neighbour says

    The man suspected of killing 34 people in an arson attack in Japan lived alone, hundreds of kilometres from the torched Kyoto Animation studio, where he played video games non-stop and had "terrified" his neighbour just days earlier. Police late on Saturday issued an arrest warrant for 41-year-old Shinji Aoba, suspected of causing Japan's worst mass killing in two decades on Thursday when he went to the studio in western Japan, poured fuel around the entrance and shouted "Die" as he set the building ablaze, according to public broadcaster NHK. They plan to arrest Aoba, who suffered serious burns and on Saturday was airlifted to a university hospital for treatment, once he recovers, NHK said.

  • France braces for second heatwave amid fears of pollution spike
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    The Telegraph

    France braces for second heatwave amid fears of pollution spike

    As France braces for its second heatwave this summer, with air pollution expected to spike again, Marseille has imposed speed limits on ships entering its port in an effort to curb emissions. Cruise liners cause more nitrogen dioxide pollution in the Mediterranean city than cars, according to a recent survey by a government-approved air quality monitoring organisation. Marseille has lowered the speed limit for ships entering its port from 10 to 8 knots.

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    Bloomberg

    Putin Hints at Rapprochement With Ukraine on Eve of Vote

    “We have many things in common, we can use this as our competitive advantage during some form of integration,” Putin said, according to the transcript of a June 19 interview with American film director Oliver Stone. Ties between the former allies deteriorated after protesters in Kiev unseated the country's Kremlin-backed leader in 2014 and Vladimir Putin annexed Crimea before fomenting a war in which he still denies involvement. A party backed by Ukrainian businessman Viktor Medvedchuk, whose daughter counts Putin as her godfather, is campaigning for the Sunday elections and he met with Putin on Thursday to discuss potential cooperation.

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    Associated Press

    1 killed, 4 injured when Alaska flight aborted on takeoff

    A Maryland man visiting Alaska with his family was killed and one of his three children was critically injured Friday after their floatplane's takeoff was aborted. Alaska State Troopers identified the deceased man as Joseph Patenella, 57. The critically hurt child was flown to Anchorage for treatment, along with two other family members.

  • Is a new US-led war looming with Iran?
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    AFP

    Is a new US-led war looming with Iran?

    The United States is deploying troops in Saudi Arabia as tensions soar with its arch-rival Iran raising concerns over navigation in the Gulf's strategic Strait of Hormuz. It will be the first deployment of its kind since 2003, when American forces withdrew from the kingdom after a 12-year presence and two US-led wars with Iraq that culminated with the toppling of dictator Saddam Hussein. Separate statements from Riyadh and the US Central Command, or CENTCOM, say the Saudi deployment aims to ensure stability in the turbulent Gulf.

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    USA TODAY

    Two Delta Air Lines planes clip wings at Boston Logan International Airport

    Two Delta Air Lines planes touched wings at Boston Logan International Airport as a flight was arriving to its gate Friday night. Delta spokesperson Susannah Thurston confirmed the news in a statement to USA TODAY Saturday. “As Delta flight 2488 from San Francisco to Boston was taxing to the gate upon arrival, the aircraft's wing made contact with the wing of another Delta aircraft, which was parked at an adjacent gate and scheduled to operate on flight 154 from Boston to Dublin," the statement read.

  • Hawking ice cream, asking bad guys to chill: Triple-digit heat sizzles across much of USA
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    USA TODAY

    Hawking ice cream, asking bad guys to chill: Triple-digit heat sizzles across much of USA

    Residents across a wide swath of the Northeast and Midwest braced Sunday for more screaming heat as officials issued dire warnings, hawked ice cream – and even urged criminals to stay home and binge-watch Netflix. Temperatures at or near 100 degrees were forecast for Washington, Baltimore, Philadelphia, New York City, Boston and hundreds of cities and towns in between. Since it did not cool down much Saturday night, the temperatures rose quickly, AccuWeather warned.

  • The Return of the Godfather: The Old Mafia Is New Again
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    The Daily Beast

    The Return of the Godfather: The Old Mafia Is New Again

    Central command for the joint operation sent officers to the Dominican Republic and redoubled their surveillance in New York and Sicily, launching the investigation dubbed “New Connection” that netted 19 men in raids of both crime syndicates this week in Palermo, Brooklyn, Staten Island and New Jersey. Among those arrested in Italy was Thomas Gambino who happened to be back in Sicily for a “family vacation. The police used WhatsApp, the encrypted international messaging service, to launch the raids.

  • Compton boy loses arm after neighbor hands him firework on 10th birthday
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    WLS – Chicago

    Compton boy loses arm after neighbor hands him firework on 10th birthday

    A man is in custody after handing his young neighbor a firework that blew up, causing the boy to lose his arm on his 10th birthday.