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American warship destroys Iranian drone in Strait of Hormuz

American warship destroys Iranian drone in Strait of HormuzA U.S. warship on Thursday destroyed an Iranian drone in the Strait of Hormuz after it threatened the ship, President Donald Trump said. The incident marked a new escalation of tensions between the countries less than one month after Iran downed an American drone in the same waterway and Trump came close to retaliating with a military strike. In remarks at the White House, Trump blamed Iran for a "provocative and hostile" action and said the U.S. responded in self-defense.

Thu, 18 Jul 2019 18:41:36 -0400
Cannonball highlights how close Napoleon came to victory at Waterloo

Cannonball highlights how close Napoleon came to victory at WaterlooA cannonball discovered this week by archaeologists provides a further indication of how close Napoleon Bonaparte came to winning the Battle of Waterloo in 1815. The 3 kilogramme (6-pound), rusty cannonball was found on Monday near the site of a field hospital about 600 metres behind Anglo-Allied lines on the battlefield in Belgium. Tony Pollard, the head archaeologist at the site, told Reuters Television he believed it was fired by the French army, another sign of near Napoleon's troops came to victory in the battle described by the Duke of Wellington as a close-run thing.

Wed, 17 Jul 2019 10:24:29 -0400
Fox News Brian Kilmeade Complains That Calling Trump a Racist Is Personally Offensive

Fox News Brian Kilmeade Complains That Calling Trump a Racist Is Personally OffensiveThe morning after the House of Representatives voted to condemn President Donald Trumps racist comments against a group of Democratic congresswomen of color, Fox & Friends Brian Kilmeade complained that it is personally offensive to call the president a racist.Discussing Tuesdays chaos on the House floor when Republicans logged parliamentary objections against House Speaker Nancy Pelosi for reading the title of the resolutionwhich labels the president a racistKilmeade sided clearly with the GOP.Noting that Rep. Emanuel Cleaver (D-MO) at one point abandoned the chair as speaker pro tempore during Tuesdays debate, over the lack of civility, Kilmeade then brought up Rep. Doug Collins (R-GA) filing a complaint against Pelosi.Congressman Collins is going by the manual of parliamentary practice that Thomas Jefferson put into play, which is a person is not supposed to use language personally offensive to the president, the Fox & Friends co-host declared.He then offered his own personal thoughts on the matter.I believe calling the president a racist is personally offensive but thats just my judgment and the manual also said that members cannot accuse the president of having made bigoted or racist statements, Kilmeade exclaimed. So therefore, precedent set, Collins is 100 percent right.Interestingly, while the Fox News personality feels it is derogatory and insulting to call the president racist for telling women of color to go back to where they came from, Kilmeade didnt seem to have any issues when Glenn Beck said then-President Obama was a racist during a Fox & Friends appearance in 2009an appearance that featured Kilmeade on the curvy couch.Kilmeade, meanwhile, has had plenty of racially questionable moments in the past. In 2017, he asked black colleague Harris Faulkner whether she was also going to make Kool-Aid during a Fox & Friends cooking segment, resulting in Faulkner confronting him afterwards. He also groused back in 2009 that Americans dont have pure genes like people in Sweden because we keep marrying other species and other ethnics.Read more at The Daily Beast.Got a tip? Send it to The Daily Beast hereGet our top stories in your inbox every day. Sign up now!Daily Beast Membership: Beast Inside goes deeper on the stories that matter to you. Learn more.

Wed, 17 Jul 2019 11:28:17 -0400
Daily Mail defends story linking Israel's Barak to Epstein

Daily Mail defends story linking Israel's Barak to EpsteinThe popular British tabloid The Daily Mail on Thursday defended a decision to publish photos in the US of one of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's election rivals entering the mansion of disgraced American financier Jeffrey Epstein in 2016. Ehud Barak's lawyers wrote to the British company's US-based website on Wednesday demanding it remove Tuesday's story and pay "substantial damages to vindicate his reputation and compensate him". The newspaper's US website ran photos of four young women separately entering Epstein's New York residence around the same time as Barak himself went in.

Thu, 18 Jul 2019 11:13:20 -0400
Marine Corps Tells Rep. Duncan Hunter He Cant Use Trademarked Corps Material for His Campaign

Marine Corps Tells Rep. Duncan Hunter He Cant Use Trademarked Corps Material for His Campaign"It is personally disappointing to Congressman Hunter that he is now being told that he cannot use this motto or image that thousands of Marines like Congressman Hunter, who went to war under this banner, have used for tattoos, coins, and multiple other items of personal sentiment," Harrison told Task & Purpose.Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-Calif.) has been told to stop using the Marine Corps' emblem and the 1st Marine Division's motto in his campaign literature, Corps officials confirmed.The Marine Corps Trademark Licensing Office has sent Hunter, a Marine veteran, a cease and desist letter telling him to quit using the Eagle, Globe, and Anchor emblem along with the phrase, "No Better Friend, No Worse Enemy," on a fundraising mailer that accuses his political opponent of having links to terrorism, NBC News first reported on Wednesday."Please be advised that you are more than welcome to simply and accurately state that you are a Marine Corps veteran, or provide other information about your service that is based on fact," according to the letter, which NBC News posted online. "As an alternative, we do offer a 'Marine Veteran' logo (Attachment B) for use by Marines to indicate their pride in service."Marine Corps spokesman Capt. Joseph Butterfield confirmed the Corps had "taken appropriate action" to address the campaign mailers cited in the NBC story.

Thu, 18 Jul 2019 05:32:00 -0400
I saw hate in his eyes: White security guard pulls gun on black police officer

I saw hate in his eyes: White security guard pulls gun on black police officerSheriffs deputy Alan Gaston thought they were on the same side.One man, Mr Gaston, was a high-ranking officer in the Lucas County, Ohio, sheriffs department with 34 years of experience.The other was a security guard contracted to protect an Internal Revenue Service (IRS) office in Toledo.But then the guard pulled his gun. He raised his voice. He put a hand on Mr Gastons arm and rested his finger on the trigger.In a matter of seconds, what began with a routine errand at the IRS escalated into a frightening standoff between a white security guard and a black police officer, who said he heard hate in the guards shouts and believed he would be shot.You dont expect to be ambushed by someone who you think is on the same team, Mr Gaston told The Washington Post.I feel there was definitely some racial overtones involved. And Im not the type of person to throw the race card, Im just telling you the facts. I looked in his eyes and I saw hate in his eyes.He had stopped by the IRS office during his shift on 31 May to ask a question about a letter the agency sent him.He was in full uniform, his badge and his firearm in clear view.The security guard, identified in court documents as Seth Eklund, asked Mr Gaston to leave his gun in his patrol car.When Mr Gaston replied he couldnt do that, he said Mr Eklund became hostile. Mr Eklund accused Mr Gaston of reaching for his weapon, shouting get your hands off your gun, even though Mr Gaston said his hands were visible and nowhere near his holster.Mr Gaston, who has years of experience teaching defensive tactics, decided it was time for him to leave.He recalled a wide-eyed elderly couple in the office waiting room watching the exchange, and he said he feared for the bystanders safety. Mr Gaston turned to go.As he walked out of the cramped office, Mr Eklund drew his gun, trained it on Mr Gastons back and followed him. At one point, Mr Gaston said, Mr Eklund tried to arrest the uniformed officer.He came around the corner with his weapon out, telling me, you had your chance, youre not going anywhere, Im detaining you, Gaston said.Thats when I was preparing myself to be shot. The hate and anger he had against me, I was getting ready to be shot by this security guard for no reason.Mr Eklund, who could not be reached for comment, pleaded not guilty to one charge of aggravated menacing in a court appearance on Monday.Mr Gaston and his wife have also filed a lawsuit against Mr Eklund and the two security firms that apparently employed him.Representatives of those companies, Paragon Systems and Praetorian Shield, did not respond to requests for comment. The IRS declined to comment.The local news station WTVG published what it claims to be security camera footage of the interaction and The Washington Post obtained screenshots of the video.The images show Mr Gaston backing away and attempting to leave the building in an elevator. But Mr Eklund, gun still drawn, blocks the door with his foot.Mr Gaston says he felt cornered, scared. He took out his phone to take a picture of Mr Eklund, he said, and the security guard finally holstered his weapon.Heather Taylor, president of the Ethical Society of Police in St Louis, said that Mr Eklund behaved recklessly and likely would not have treated a white officer the same way.We know what its like being an African American police officer in a city, Ms Taylor said. A lot of us realise that, hey, even though youre in uniform, that doesnt mean youre safe.The tense scene recalled other, infamous incidents with grisly endings. Ms Taylor pointed to the case of Jemel Roberson, a black security guard who was killed by a Midlothian, Illinois, police officer while they both responded to a shooting at the bar where Roberson worked.She also mentioned Detective Jacai Colson in Maryland, who was killed by a fellow officer while working undercover. Mr Colson, according to a lawsuit, had his badge in his hand and was shouting Police! Police! before he was killed.Youre not given the benefit of the doubt as a minority, Ms Taylor said. Its something weve been highlighting forever and now heres another example of it.She applauded Mr Gastons cool demeanour in the face of what she said was potentially lethal bigotry.Mr Gaston said he didnt feel that Mr Eklund respected him as a law enforcement officer, and in more than three decades of police work has never dealt with anything like that.He was diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder and severe depression, he said. Hes been on medical leave and is seeing a counsellor twice a week. The civil suit Mr Gaston and his wife filed seeks compensation.The standoff between Mr Gaston and Mr Eklund ended, he said, when Toledo police officers responded to a 911 call from inside the building that mentioned a man who has got a gun and wont leave. The caller didnt mention that the man was a police officer.When Toledo police arrived, Mr Gaston recounted, they told Mr Eklund: You know hes a uniformed deputy sheriff, right? We can go anywhere in this building we want.Washington Post

Wed, 17 Jul 2019 04:52:26 -0400
Welcome to TIME Immersive's Apollo 11 'Landing on the Moon' Experience

Welcome to TIME Immersive's Apollo 11 'Landing on the Moon' ExperienceNow, you can take part in the historic Apollo 11 mission thanks to TIME's AR experience, the world's most accurate 3D re-creation.

Thu, 18 Jul 2019 06:00:55 -0400
'Not what your mom sent you:' Teen takes legendary senior photos in a bathrobe

'Not what your mom sent you:' Teen takes legendary senior photos in a bathrobeEvan Dennison wanted to do something funny for his senior photos. No one believed he would actually do it. Now he is a "legend."

Thu, 18 Jul 2019 12:25:44 -0400
Rally Red 1972 Dodge Challenger Shows Off Its Muscles

Rally Red 1972 Dodge Challenger Shows Off Its MusclesA stunning example of a highly desirable American icon. If you have been in the market for an iconic American muscle car, then youre in luck. GR Auto Gallery is pleased to announce this bold and beautiful 1972 Dodge Challenger up for sale. Dressed in a brilliant Rally Red paint job, the exterior shines at every angle and is in pristine condition. Its nicely contrasted by the tidy black interior with wooden accents. Overall, this example is in immaculate condition and was taken care of with love. Everything from the door panels to the dashboard and floor mats are like-new and very clean.The heart and soul of this bad boy is a massive 440 cubic-inch V8 motor paired to a smooth-shifting 727 automatic transmission. This 1972 Dodge Challenger received a full restoration, which includes the powertrain. The odometer reading on the add is 808 miles. Other features include front disc brakes, power steering and heat, all-new front suspension, and a 391 Sure Grip Posi rear end. The sale of this vehicle comes with a full folder of receipts for the restoration and general maintenance paperwork.The Challenger debuted in the fall of 1969 for the 1970 model year. The first-gen was positioned to compete against the Mercury Cougar and Pontiac Firebird in the higher end of the pony car segment. It was also a fairly late response to the Ford Mustang, which was introduced in April of 1964. Nevertheless, the American automaker intended for the Challenger to be the most potent pony car and produced a number of trim and option levels that included virtually every engine in Chryslers lineup.The 1972 Dodge Challenger received just a few minor changes. For one, the grille sloped down on either side and extended below the bumper, where the headlights were housed in their respective panels. The taillights were also located in two separate housings on each side of the rear valance. The Rally grille and rear tail panel were both blacked out. Shaker hoods were left behind and replaced by either a flat hood or twin dummy scoops. The bumpers were also chromed out instead of being body-colored. Although some options were changed, buyers could still add front and rear spoilers, rear window louvers, and power accessories like seats and door locks. Read More: Peel Out In This Banana Yellow 1970 Dodge Challenger R/T Set Of Rare 1971 Challengers Up For Grabs

Thu, 18 Jul 2019 12:46:15 -0400
House Dems Join Republicans to Kill Impeachment Resolution

House Dems Join Republicans to Kill Impeachment ResolutionA substantial majority of House Democrats crossed the aisle Wednesday to join Republicans in opposing an impeachment resolution introduced in response to President Trump's attacks on four progressive freshman congresswoman.The resolution, introduced by Representative Al Green (D., Texas), was defeated 332-95, with 137 Democrats voting with Republicans against the measure. Green pressed forward with the impeachment effort despite opposition from Democratic leadership, who counseled their caucus to table the resolution, temporarily killing it.Its time for us to deal with his bigotry. This president has demonstrated that hes willing to yell fire in a crowded theater, and we have seen what can happen to people when bigotry is allowed to have a free rein, Green told reporters Wednesday. We all ought to go on record. We all ought to let the world know where we stand when we have a bigot in the White House.President Trump celebrated the vote as he arrived in Greenville, N.C. Wednesday evening for a campaign rally.Weve just received an overwhelming vote against impeachment and thats the end of it, the president told reporters. He followed up those comments with a tweet in which he called the impeachment effortthe most ridiculous and time consuming project and said, This should never be allowed to happen to another President of the United States again!Pelosi cast the episode as a distraction that would benefit the president politically in comments to reporters Wednesday.You have to give him credit: Hes a great distractor, she said.Curiously, Green's impeachment resolution made no mention of special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation and instead focused solely on the recent attacks Trump has launched against Democratic Representatives Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York, Rashida Tlaib of Michigan, Ayanna Pressley of Massachusetts and Ilhan Omar of Minnesota.In her comments to reporters on Wednesday, Pelosi emphasized that her caucus will continue to investigate Trump for possible obstruction of justice and corruption, despite those charges not appearing in the resolution.We have six committees that are working on following the facts in terms of any abuse of power, obstruction of justice and the rest that the president may have engaged in, she said. That is the serious path that we are on.

Thu, 18 Jul 2019 08:37:19 -0400
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