A U.S. Navy ship may have brought down a second Iranian drone in the Strait of Hormuz last week, the head of U.S. Central Command said on Tuesday. The United States said on Thursday that a Navy ship had "destroyed" an Iranian drone in the Strait of Hormuz after the aircraft threatened the vessel, but Iran said it had no information about losing a drone. "We are confident we brought down one drone, we may have brought down a second," General Kenneth McKenzie told CBS News in an interview.
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.
In one of the largest protests in the island's history, thousands of Puerto Ricans have flooded the streets in recent days to protest against Gov. Ricardo Rosselló. Rosselló has been deep in controversy after a leak of hundreds of pages of texts showed the governor writing messages to male members of his administration that contained misogynistic and homophobic language. President Donald Trump along with many others have called on Rosselló to step down. The politician, the son of a former governor, has refused but said he won't seek re-election in 2020.
NASA's first flight director died Monday at 95 years old. From Popular Mechanics
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.
Two Australian clubbers arrested in Bali for cocaine possession were paraded in front of local media Tuesday as they faced a possible 12-year jail term, police said. William Cabantog, 36, and David Van Iersel, 38, were nabbed Friday night at a nightclub in Canggu, a popular tourist hotspot on the Indonesian holiday island. Police said they found a bag with 1.1 grams of cocaine in Cabantog's trousers during the raid.
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.
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.
Reacting to Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) calling for the federal minimum wage to be raised to $20 an hour, Fox & Friends host Ainsley Earhardt insisted on Tuesday that minimum wage jobs were meant to give workers a start in the workforce before falsely claiming that fast-food workers supplement their incomes with tips. Following the House of Representatives passing a bill last week that would raise the minimum wage from $7.25 to $15 per hour, Tlaib said that due to the price of goods and services, the true minimum wage should be “$18 to $20 an hour at this point.” She also blasted the federally mandated minimum wage for tipped workers, which is currently set at $2.13 an hour. Discussing Tlaib's remarks on Fox & Friends, co-host Steve Doocy seemed genuinely surprised about tipped workers' wages, saying he “did not realize” that their minimum wage was $2.13 an hour before saying Tlaib wants to exponentially increase it.
After years of tension between Washington and Islamabad, Pakistan's Prime Minister Imran Khan insisted Tuesday the two are now on the same page and said he will do his best to persuade the Taliban to open negotiations with the Afghan government to resolve the war. The U.S. has been engaging with the Taliban, but so far they have refused to talk directly to the Afghan government, which it sees as a puppet. Afghans are wary of Pakistan's involvement in crafting a future for their country, but Khan said the Taliban need to participate in the next Afghan presidential election in September.
A group of U.S. House Democrats on Tuesday unveiled a climate change plan they said featured a "more realistic" goal to cut carbon emissions to net zero by 2050 rather than by 2030 as envisioned under the Green New Deal introduced early this year. Solar and wind companies have criticized the Green New Deal, introduced by Democratic Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Senator Edward Markey in February, as unrealistic and politically divisive. Representatives Frank Pallone, Paul Tonko, Bobby Rush and others said on Tuesday they would draw up legislation late this year that aimed to avoid the worst effects of climate change including intense droughts, storms and floods.
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.
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.
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.
Emergency workers responding to a car crash in a California town last month found a priest with a fractured hip and, much to their surprise, bags of cash he allegedly stole from the local parish. The Diocese of Santa Rosa, north of San Francisco, said in a statement on Monday that $18,000 in church collections were found in Father Oscar Diaz's car at the time of the accident on June 17. It added that further investigation revealed "a prolonged history of theft," with more than $95,000 stolen from parishes where the 56-year-old Diaz had served over the past 15 years.
The South Bend Fraternal Order of Police says morale has tanked over the 2020 hopeful's handling of an officer-involved shooting.
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.
Reacting to Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's (D-NY) call for a “9/11-style commission” to be convened to investigate the Trump administration's child separation policy at the border, Fox News host Pete Hegseth said on Monday that there should instead be an investigation to see how the progressive lawmaker was elected to Congress in the first place. On Monday's broadcast of Fox News' early-afternoon chatfest Outnumbered, the panel discussed Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer's recent visit to border detention centers, noting Schumer and other Democrats called the conditions at the camps “inhumane.” Fox News host Melissa Francis then contrasted this with President Trump's weekend tweets about Schumer's visit in which he said Schumer “must have seen how dangerous & bad” the border crisis is now.
Donald Trump is turning into the "face of racism and exclusion" following his attacks targeting four congresswomen of colour, the chief executive of Siemens has said. The president had earlier targeted Ms Omar, who was born in Somalia and is a naturalized US citizen, in a racist tweet, saying on Twitter that she and three other Democrats, Rashida Tlaib of Michigan, Ayanna Pressley of Massachusetts and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York, should "go back" to "the crime infested places from which they came".
A nine-year-old girl visiting Yellowstone National Park was struck and thrown into the air by a charging bison, park officials said on Tuesday, but she survived the attack and was released after being treated at the Old Faithful Lodge. The girl, from Odessa, Florida, was in a group of roughly 50 people who were standing near the bison for about 20 minutes in the Old Faithful Geyser area on Monday before it charged, Yellowstone officials said in a written statement. The victim, who was not identified, was treated by emergency personnel at Old Faithful Lodge and released.
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.
The company premiered the design in the U.K. at the Royal International Air Tattoo air show last week: "A hybrid-electric, turbo-propeller aircraft for regional air transportation," according to a press release. The "bird of prey" is meant to give insight into what a regional aircraft might look like in the future. "Our 'Bird of Prey' is designed to be an inspiration to young people and create a 'wow' factor that will help them consider an exciting career in the crucially-important aerospace sector,” Martin Aston, a senior manager at Airbus, said in a statement.
A California affiliate of the National Rifle Association has asked a U.S. judge to block a new law requiring background checks for anyone buying ammunition. The California Rifle & Pistol Association asked San Diego-based U.S. District Judge Roger Benitez to halt the checks and related restrictions on ammunition sales. Voters approved tightening California's already strict firearms laws in 2016.
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.
Israel said Tuesday a total of 12 Palestinian buildings it considered illegally constructed were demolished in a controversial operation the previous day, while a UN preliminary assessment showed 24 people displaced. The demolitions of Palestinian homes, most of which were still under construction, drew condemnation from the European Union and UN officials. Israel says the homes south of Jerusalem were built too close to its separation barrier cutting off the occupied West Bank, posing a security risk, and the demolitions were approved by its supreme court following a lengthy process.