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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
Fox News Host: Id Grab My Wallet if I Met the Squad

Fox News Host: Id Grab My Wallet if I Met the SquadFox News host Jesse Watters appeared to a make a racially insensitive joke about the Democratic representatives who are members of the Squad on Thursday. During a guest appearance on Fox & Friends, the anchor was asked by a member of the live audience what he would do if he had the chance to sit down with Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY), Rashida Tlaib (D-MI), Ilhan Omar (D-MN) and Ayanna Pressley (D-MA).First, Id grab my wallet, Watters said, eliciting laughter from the audience.Its possible that Watters was referring to progressives proposals to raise taxes on wealthy Americans, rather than suggesting one of them might be willing to pick-pocket him. But the comment seemed to highlight negative stereotypes of people of color, the morning after President Donald Trump elicited chants of Send her back! pointed at Rep. Omar at a widely condemned rally in North Carolina.Watters went on to explain that he didnt think he would get along too well with the four women.Trump attacked the four congresswomen in a series of tweets on Sunday, saying they could leave the U.S. and go back to where theyre from even though all of the congresswomen are American citizens. The House of Representatives voted on Tuesday to condemn the presidents comments as racist.Trump Rally Crowd Launches Into Send Her Back Chant Over Ilhan OmarRead more at The Daily Beast.Get 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.

Thu, 18 Jul 2019 10:43:50 -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
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
Puerto Rico: thousands protest governor's sexist and homophobic texts

Puerto Rico: thousands protest governor's sexist and homophobic texts* Ricardo Rossell resisting calls to resign over leaked messages * Ricky Martin and other performers join crowds on streets of San JuanThousands marched in Puerto Rico to demand the resignation of Rossello. Photograph: Eric Rojas/AFP/Getty ImagesAccompanied by some of Puerto Ricos most famous performers, thousands of people marched to the governors residence in San Juan on Wednesday chanting demands for the embattled governor, Ricardo Rossell, to resign after the leak of online chats that show him making misogynistic slurs and mocking his constituents.The crowd ranged from teenagers to retirees, with some waving the islands flag printed in black and gray rather than red, white and blue to symbolize their discontent with a government they call corrupt and unresponsive to its people. Musicians Ricky Martin, Residente and Bad Bunny marched and addressed the crowd.Police erected concrete barricades and shop owners covered store windows with metal sheeting or plywood as if a hurricane were coming. The multicolored umbrellas that form a photogenic awning over the street in front of the governors mansion were taken down.The turnout filled several city blocks in colonial Old San Juan but appeared to fall short of the many tens of thousands that some Rossell opponents had predicted. Many older protesters went home before nightfall as chanting young people filled Old San Juans Totem Plaza and the first few blocks leading up to the 16th century fortress where the governor resides.Karla Villalon has three elementary-age children and an 81-year-old grandmother. Her kids have been uprooted twice in two years when first one school, then another, was closed by budget cuts under Rossell. Her grandmother, a retired teacher, is anguished over the possibility of losing her pension in future rounds of cutbacks.Villalon was outraged when Rossells former education secretary was arrested and accused of steering millions in improper contracts to politically connected contractors. Then hundreds of pages of online chats between Rossell and members of his administration leaked, revealing the men mocking women, the disabled and victims of Hurricane Maria. Villalon has had enough.Its the final straw, the homemaker said before the march. My kids classrooms have mold in them ... Theres just so much outrage thats been building over time.Demonstrators chant and wave Puerto Rican flags in San Juan. Photograph: Gabriella N Baez/ReutersThe Rossell administration has remained under siege since the weekend after leaked text messages between the governor and a number of his inner circle revealed a slew of misogynist and homophobic comments shared between the group.A number of senior members of the administration have already resigned in the wake of the scandal, but on Monday Rossell refused to tender his resignation, claiming that while the messages were inappropriate they were not illegal.Im not proud of what I did, Rossell told reporters on Tuesday. Those were merely comments but they were hurtful comments. So, I apologize for what Ive done but again, I need to move forward and continue on the work were doing for Puerto Rico.The affair only adds to sustained criticism of Rossells leadership as sweeping austerity and privatization measures imposed after Hurricane Maria decimated the island almost two years ago drew public backlash.Puerto Rico, an unincorporated US territory, is in the midst of a multibillion-dollar debt crisis now managed by an unelected oversight board appointed in Washington that oversees much of the islands economic affairs.Shortly before the text message scandal, referred to as RickyLeaks, a number of administration officials and contractors, including the former education secretary Julia Keleher, were arrested by the FBI over allegations of corruption and misappropriation of $15.5m in federal funds apportioned to Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria.Workers cover shop windows with wood in preparation for protests against Governor Ricardo Rossell near La Fortaleza in San Juan, Puerto Rico, on Wednesday. Photograph: Carlos Giusti/APKey figures in the movement to oust Rossell remained hopeful that the protests on Wednesday would remain peaceful.A number of high-profile Puerto Ricans, including the actor and playwright Lin-Manuel Miranda, singer Ricky Martin and trap artist Benito Martnez Ocasio, known by his stage name Bad Bunny, have also lent vocal support to the protests. Martin and Ocasio are expected to appear at the protests.San Juans firebrand mayor, Carmen Yuln Cruz, an outspoken critic of Rossell, told the Guardian by text message the demonstrations would mark a historic day in Puerto Rico.Cruz, who announced she would challenge Rossell in elections next year, became the face of resistance to the Trump administrations faltering efforts to assist during the immediate aftermath of Hurricane Maria.Both Mayor Cruz and Ricky Martin also appeared as targets of abuse in the leaked text messages.According to the messages, Rossell referred to Cruz as off her meds while other administration officials mocked Martins sexuality.

Wed, 17 Jul 2019 22:46:04 -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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