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  • Iran: US botched retaliatory cyberattack, faces 'crushing response' to drones
    June 25, 2019, 9:23 am

    Secretary of State Mike Pompeo arrived in Saudi Arabia for talks ahead of a†planned announcement of new economic sanctions targeting Iran.



  • Q&A: what you need to know about America's student debt crisis
    June 24, 2019, 10:00 pm

    Bernie Sanders has a radical plan to wipe out undergraduate and graduate debt for all Americans. Here is what?s at stakeThe Democratic lawmakers Ilhan Omar, Bernie Sanders and Pramila Jayapal listen as Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez joins them in a call for legislation to cancel all student debt. Photograph: J Scott Applewhite/AP What is student debt?Going to university in the US is expensive ? costing an average of over $34,000 a year in tuition and fees at private universities ? which means for most Americans, the only way of viably pursuing higher education is to take out a student loan.The figures are staggering. An estimated 45 million Americans have student loans, contributing to an overall national student debt of $1.6tn. What student loans are available?The two main options for prospective students are a government-funded federal loan or a private loan from a provider such as a bank, university or state agency. Both are paid back with interest (interest on federal loans is fixed and normally lower than on private loans, which can be expensive and risky and comprise just 14% of student loans).Federal loans come in various forms ? including direct subsidized, direct unsubsidized and direct plus for graduates and professionals. There?s also Direct Plus for parents, where, as the name suggests, the student?s guardians take the full burden.Depending on year and dependency status, undergrads can borrow between $5,500 and $12,500 a year in federal loans; professionals and graduate students have access to up to $20,500 a year. Federal loan repayments are monthly and start six months after graduation ? usually continuing for 10-25 years. How much is the average student debt in the US?The class of 2017 left college with an average of $28,650 each in debt, according to a report by the Institute for College Access and Success (Ticas). This is a huge rise compared with the equivalent figure for just two decades ago. In 1996, the average debt of four-year students was less than half of that, at $12,750, the not-for-profit higher education organization found. How does US student debt compare to other countries?At an average of $37,000, student debt in America is high, but it is higher in the UK where the average is $55,o00, according to analysis by YaleGlobal.In stark contrast, students in Germany can expect to pay $2,200 for an undergraduate degree and come away with an average of $2,400 in debt.Surprisingly, despite free tuition, graduates in Sweden leave university with an average of about $20,000 in debt. Who is most affected by student debt?Around two thirds of graduates from both public and private not-for-profit colleges have student loans. But at $31,450, the average for private not-for-profit college is higher than that of a public college, whose average is $26,900, Ticas found. Meanwhile, 83% of graduates of for-profit institutions have loans (average value: $39,900).Debt varies between states. Connecticut has the highest average student debt at $38,510 for the class of 2017, according to Ticas, and Utah had the lowest with $18,838.Race is a huge factor. Black students owe an average of $7,400 more than white students when they graduate, the Brookings Institution found. After graduation, the debt gap continues to widen. Four years after graduation, black graduates owe an average of nearly $53,000 ? nearly double that of white graduates. What are the Democratic 2020 candidates proposing?Student debt looks set to be one of the defining issues of the 2020 election among Democrats.So far, Bernie Sanders has announced the most radical plan, with a promise to wipe out the undergraduate and graduate debt of all Americans. He plans to pay the $1.6tn cost with a new tax on Wall Street.Elizabeth Warren has pledged to cancel the student debt of over 95% of Americans, which she plans to finance with a tax on the wealthiest 0.1%.Joe Biden has previously shown support for free higher education, but so far the only specific detail his 2020 campaign has offered on the issue has been to talk about the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program, which he wants to see ?fixed? to help teachers.Pete Buttigieg, who himself has $130,0oo in student debt, has pledged to make public college ?debt-free? for lower income families and ?zero tuition? for middle income families.Kamala Harris has said she would make college debt-free for future students and provide relief for those who already have student loans. What is the Trump administration proposing?In March, Donald Trump vowed to ?fix? student loan debt when he signed an executive order to publish graduate income and debt of individual colleges according to subject and to create policy proposals that would make colleges accountable for student results.The White House has also said it wants to cap student loan borrowing.



  • The Latest: Zhang family says no promise body would be found
    June 26, 2019, 1:28 pm

    The family of a scholar from China killed by a former University of Illinois doctoral student says they're aware he offered to divulge where her remains were but weren't convinced the body would actually be found. The defense said in a Tuesday filing that Christensen made the offer, asking for a life sentence in exchange. Jurors convicted Christensen Monday in a federal death-penalty trial of kidnapping Zhang in 2017 and beating her to death.



  • Is Trump Really Headed to War With Iran? Here is What Two Experts Think
    June 25, 2019, 12:45 pm

    America?s policy of maximum pressure on Iran continues, with the U.S. Department of the Treasury announcing new sanctions on eight Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) Commanders. That directive was tweeted during a luncheon event on Iran at the Center for the National Interest, which was moderated by Geoffrey Kemp, the Senior Director of Regional Security Programs at CFTNI who also served in the White House during the first Reagan administration as Special Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs and Senior Director for Near East and South Asian Affairs on the National Security Council Staff. The discussion focused on the ongoing crisis, Iran and America?s interests, and whether war could be avoided.?[Donald] Trump?s approach is self-defeating,? declared panelist Kenneth Pollack, Resident Scholar for Middle Eastern Political-Military Affairs at the American Enterprise Institute, and both a former Director for Near East and South Asian Affairs and a former Director for Persian Gulf Affairs at the National Security Council. Pollack explained that the hardliners keep claiming vindication, noting that they had warned that the United States might tear up the Iran deal. Pollack emphasized that Iran?s Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei started in the moderate camp but has drifted steadily toward a hardline position.At the time of the Iran Deal in 2015, there was a debate between ?the pragmatists led by Rouhani? and ?the hardliners led by the IRGC.? Those in favor of a deal thought of Iran?s problems are largely economic. President Hassan Rouhani believed that because the Iran Deal would allow Tehran to trade with the world again, it would fix Iran?s economic problems and remove the danger of war. This would secure the regime from external threats from America but also appeal to the Iranian people, thus making a revolt against the regime less likely.However, the hardliners argued that Washington could not be trusted and that Tehran was walking into a trap. ?They said look this agreement is not gonna be worth the paper it is written on. The Americans will never honor it, they will never lift all the sanctions. They will cheat, they will refuse to honor it, and they will eventually walk away from it.?The second panelist, Paul Pillar, a former Chief of Analysis at the CIA's Counterterrorist Center†and a contributing editor to The National Interest, warned that Secretary of State Mike Pompeo?s list of twelve demands to Iran was effectively an ultimatum that no independent country could ever adopt. According to Pillar, ?It never was realistic that Iran would just sit there and take what was being dished out to them indefinitely, even though they did that for a year.?



  • 2021 Ford Bronco to Get 2.3-Liter EcoBoost Engine, according to an Online Par...
    June 25, 2019, 9:30 am

    Multi-line retailer Canadian Tire inadvertently revealed the future Bronco's engine on its website.



  • Susan Collins of Maine is the last New England Republican in Congress. But fo...
    June 25, 2019, 2:00 am

    Collins has served in the Senate for 22 years, but her opponents hope one vote can pull her down: the one she cast for Brett Kavanaugh.



  • US FAA: Boeing must address new issue on 737 MAX
    June 26, 2019, 5:45 pm

    US regulators said Wednesday Boeing must address a new "potential risk" in the Boeing 737 MAX, further clouding the timeframe for resuming service on the planes after two deadly crashes. The Federal Aviation Administration "will lift the aircraft's prohibition order when we deem it is safe to do so," the agency said in an email. Boeing said the software fix for the 737 MAX that it has been developing for the last eight months does not currently address the matter.



  • 20 Quick And Easy No-Cook Recipes For When Its Too Hot To Function
    June 25, 2019, 1:11 pm



  • University of Utah student Mackenzie Lueck took a Lyft to meet someone at a p...
    June 25, 2019, 9:20 am

    Salt Lake City†police are searching for Mackenzie Lueck, who has been missing for a week, though at this point, police do not suspect foul play.



  • Iran drone downing highlights limitations of US unmanned aircraft
    June 25, 2019, 7:04 am

    US drones have been a key tool in conflicts against insurgent organizations such as the Taliban and the Islamic State group, but Iran's downing of one of the aircraft highlights their limitations against more sophisticated adversaries. While drones offer the significant attraction of not putting American lives at risk and can stay aloft for more than a day, allowing for extended surveillance missions, they can be vulnerable to air defenses, are often expensive, and their loss can lead to sensitive hardware falling into the wrong hands. "I believe sophisticated air defenses will continue to have good chances to shoot down an aircraft like an RQ-4 whenever it is in position to do meaningful surveillance of their territories or other assets," he said, referring to the type of drone brought down by Iran last week near the strategic Strait of Hormuz.



  • Man slashes own throat in court during trial for murder of Tinder date
    June 25, 2019, 1:11 pm

    A man accused of killing his roommate?s Tinder date slashed his own neck during the murder trial on Monday while screaming in the courtroom. Aubrey Trail, a 52-year-old from Nebraska, yelled ?Bailey is innocent, and I curse you all? before swiping something across his neck.Deputies rushed to help Mr Trail as he lay bleeding on the floor. Mr Trail was referring to his 25-year-old former roommate Bailey Boswell when he cut himself. The two have been charged with first-degree murder in the killing and dismemberment of 24-year-old Sydney Loofe. It was unclear how badly Mr Trail was injured during the incident. The judge presiding over the case ordered the jury to return on Tuesday morning.Authorities said Mr Trail has suffered declining health while in custody. He reportedly had a stroke and two heart attacks since his arrest.Ms Loofe went missing in November 2017 after going on a date with Mr Boswell, who she reportedly met on the dating app Tinder. Mr Trail was Mr Boswell?s roommate at the time of the alleged murder.Prosecutors have said the two men planned Ms Loofe?s abduction and killing. Mr Trail?s attorneys have argued her death was the result of an accident that occurred during a consensual sex fantasy. Mr Boswell is still awaiting trial.Additional reporting by AP



  • U.A.E. Splits With U.S. Over Blame for Oil Tanker Attack in May
    June 26, 2019, 4:23 am

    (Bloomberg) -- The United Arab Emirates appeared to distance itself from U.S. claims that pinned attacks on oil tankers near the Strait of Hormuz on Iran.?Honestly we can?t point the blame at any country because we don?t have evidence,? Foreign Minister Sheikh Abdullah Bin Zayed Al Nahyan said on Wednesday in Moscow. ?If there is a country that has the evidence, then I?m convinced that the international community will listen to it. But we need to make sure the evidence is precise and convincing.?While an investigation by the U.A.E., Norway and Saudi Arabia concluded that a ?state actor? was most likely behind the incident in May, no nation was singled out. Still, U.S. National Security Adviser John Bolton has said that Iran was almost certainly responsible.The attack predated the pair of strikes in the Gulf of Oman this month that the U.S. has also blamed on Iran. Vessels were targeted off the U.A.E. coast in May as they made their way toward the Strait of Hormuz, the world?s foremost oil shipping chokepoint.Iran?s foreign minister has labeled Bolton and the leaders of the U.A.E., Israel and Saudi Arabia as the ?B-team? that?s prodding President Donald Trump into going to war with the Islamic Republic. Trump slapped new sanctions on Tehran this week.With tensions on the rise across the Middle East, the U.A.E.?s top diplomat tried to change tack after talks in Moscow with his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov.?We are in a region that is tense and important for the world and we don?t want more tension,? said Sheikh Abdullah.\--With assistance from Zainab Fattah and Verity Ratcliffe.To contact the reporter on this story: Abbas Al Lawati in Dubai at aallawati6@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Shaji Mathew at shajimathew@bloomberg.net, Paul Abelsky, Mark WilliamsFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com©2019 Bloomberg L.P.



  • Watch Out, Russia and China: The Navy Has a New Plan to Kill Your Submarines
    June 25, 2019, 6:00 pm

    Small said the Navy is ultimately looking for a ?family of systems.?Should an enemy submarine surface well beyond undersea or surface drone detection range and send intelligence to attack platforms - US Navy platforms could be vulnerable in some instances. Fortified by targeting data from well beyond the horizon, enemy subs, planes and ships might, in this case, be well-positioned for a coordinated strike.However, should an interwoven web of Navy surveillance assets track and share vital information, coordinated surface, air and undersea drones could sustain an unprecedented advantage -- and a new attack synergy could actually begin to transform maritime warfare.Enemy mines, surface ships, small boats and submarines might be detected more quickly, but, perhaps of greater importance, cross-domain drone connectivity would completely change the sensor-to-shooter kill chain. With this in mind, Navy weapons developers have put this initiative on the fast track, with the hope of rapidly networking its fleet of surface, air and undersea drones.Submarine hunting with Textron?s Unmanned Surface Vehicles (USVs) is already breaking through to a new level of detection and attack technology, laying a foundation of progress from which to build toward a new horizon of the desired interconnected maritime drone combat. This new level of multi-domain drone networking was described at the Navy League?s Sea Air Space Symposium by Capt. Pete Small, Program Manager for Unmanned Systems. Small said this is now being advanced through a collaborative effort between Naval Sea Systems Command and Naval Air Systems Command.?In the command and control area we are looking to standardize protocols across UUVs, USV and UAVs,? Small said. Using common protocol standards and flexible architecture, the Navy plans to solidify what Small called ?a smattering of manned and unmanned systems, satellites and ground stations communicating with the right interfaces.?Surface radio or GPS signals, coupled with various kinds of sonar or low-frequency undersea communications, form the foundation for emerging kinds of networking which bring the prospect of a new era of interconnectivity. Also, DARPA and BAE Systems are now working on an emerging GPS-like undersea networking technology as well.?You might have a destroyer that needs to operate a UUV and a USV and link back to a shore-based command and control center. You have got to have common protocols. Every unmanned system is a little different and has its own requirements. Ships and subs have different elements. You need commonality for platform integration,? Small said.



  • Harris pressed to get more personal about why she's running
    June 25, 2019, 3:30 am

    Kamala Harris nodded knowingly when a black woman at a weekend candidate forum recounted watching her mother face racial discrimination during her childhood. "You and I have a similar experience growing up," said Harris, the California senator and former prosecutor who would be the first black woman elected president. It was the kind of moment some Harris advisers and allies have been waiting for: the blending of Harris' polished political resume with a revealing glimpse at the forces that have shaped her life and her vision for the presidency.



  • Senate passes border aid bill, sends it to House
    June 26, 2019, 9:07 am

    The U.S. Senate on Wednesday approved a $4.6 billion bill to address the migrant surge at the border with Mexico, setting up a negotiation with the House of Representatives and President Donald Trump over the funds and how they should be spent. The Republican president, who spoke with Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Wednesday, told reporters he believed Pelosi "wants to get something done." He was optimistic about a congressional solution to help U.S. officials at the border who say they are overwhelmed by the surge of migrants. Congressional leaders have a choice between a bill from the Republican-controlled Senate and a more restrictive $4.5 billion bill passed by the Democratic-led House on Tuesday night.



FOX 5 San Diego

  • Iran President Hassan Rouhani calls new US sanctions 'outrageous and idiotic'
    June 25, 2019, 12:19 pm

    Iranian President Hassan Rouhani called the sanctions against Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei 'outrageous and idiotic.'



  • Harris pressed to get more personal about why she's running
    June 25, 2019, 3:30 am

    Kamala Harris nodded knowingly when a black woman at a weekend candidate forum recounted watching her mother face racial discrimination during her childhood. "You and I have a similar experience growing up," said Harris, the California senator and former prosecutor who would be the first black woman elected president. It was the kind of moment some Harris advisers and allies have been waiting for: the blending of Harris' polished political resume with a revealing glimpse at the forces that have shaped her life and her vision for the presidency.



  • Iran drone downing highlights limitations of US unmanned aircraft
    June 25, 2019, 7:04 am

    US drones have been a key tool in conflicts against insurgent organizations such as the Taliban and the Islamic State group, but Iran's downing of one of the aircraft highlights their limitations against more sophisticated adversaries. While drones offer the significant attraction of not putting American lives at risk and can stay aloft for more than a day, allowing for extended surveillance missions, they can be vulnerable to air defenses, are often expensive, and their loss can lead to sensitive hardware falling into the wrong hands. "I believe sophisticated air defenses will continue to have good chances to shoot down an aircraft like an RQ-4 whenever it is in position to do meaningful surveillance of their territories or other assets," he said, referring to the type of drone brought down by Iran last week near the strategic Strait of Hormuz.



  • Man slashes own throat in court during trial for murder of Tinder date
    June 25, 2019, 1:11 pm

    A man accused of killing his roommate?s Tinder date slashed his own neck during the murder trial on Monday while screaming in the courtroom. Aubrey Trail, a 52-year-old from Nebraska, yelled ?Bailey is innocent, and I curse you all? before swiping something across his neck.Deputies rushed to help Mr Trail as he lay bleeding on the floor. Mr Trail was referring to his 25-year-old former roommate Bailey Boswell when he cut himself. The two have been charged with first-degree murder in the killing and dismemberment of 24-year-old Sydney Loofe. It was unclear how badly Mr Trail was injured during the incident. The judge presiding over the case ordered the jury to return on Tuesday morning.Authorities said Mr Trail has suffered declining health while in custody. He reportedly had a stroke and two heart attacks since his arrest.Ms Loofe went missing in November 2017 after going on a date with Mr Boswell, who she reportedly met on the dating app Tinder. Mr Trail was Mr Boswell?s roommate at the time of the alleged murder.Prosecutors have said the two men planned Ms Loofe?s abduction and killing. Mr Trail?s attorneys have argued her death was the result of an accident that occurred during a consensual sex fantasy. Mr Boswell is still awaiting trial.Additional reporting by AP



  • 2021 Ford Bronco to Get 2.3-Liter EcoBoost Engine, according to an Online Par...
    June 25, 2019, 9:30 am

    Multi-line retailer Canadian Tire inadvertently revealed the future Bronco's engine on its website.



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    June 26, 2019, 5:25 am



  • Watch Out, Russia and China: The Navy Has a New Plan to Kill Your Submarines
    June 25, 2019, 6:00 pm

    Small said the Navy is ultimately looking for a ?family of systems.?Should an enemy submarine surface well beyond undersea or surface drone detection range and send intelligence to attack platforms - US Navy platforms could be vulnerable in some instances. Fortified by targeting data from well beyond the horizon, enemy subs, planes and ships might, in this case, be well-positioned for a coordinated strike.However, should an interwoven web of Navy surveillance assets track and share vital information, coordinated surface, air and undersea drones could sustain an unprecedented advantage -- and a new attack synergy could actually begin to transform maritime warfare.Enemy mines, surface ships, small boats and submarines might be detected more quickly, but, perhaps of greater importance, cross-domain drone connectivity would completely change the sensor-to-shooter kill chain. With this in mind, Navy weapons developers have put this initiative on the fast track, with the hope of rapidly networking its fleet of surface, air and undersea drones.Submarine hunting with Textron?s Unmanned Surface Vehicles (USVs) is already breaking through to a new level of detection and attack technology, laying a foundation of progress from which to build toward a new horizon of the desired interconnected maritime drone combat. This new level of multi-domain drone networking was described at the Navy League?s Sea Air Space Symposium by Capt. Pete Small, Program Manager for Unmanned Systems. Small said this is now being advanced through a collaborative effort between Naval Sea Systems Command and Naval Air Systems Command.?In the command and control area we are looking to standardize protocols across UUVs, USV and UAVs,? Small said. Using common protocol standards and flexible architecture, the Navy plans to solidify what Small called ?a smattering of manned and unmanned systems, satellites and ground stations communicating with the right interfaces.?Surface radio or GPS signals, coupled with various kinds of sonar or low-frequency undersea communications, form the foundation for emerging kinds of networking which bring the prospect of a new era of interconnectivity. Also, DARPA and BAE Systems are now working on an emerging GPS-like undersea networking technology as well.?You might have a destroyer that needs to operate a UUV and a USV and link back to a shore-based command and control center. You have got to have common protocols. Every unmanned system is a little different and has its own requirements. Ships and subs have different elements. You need commonality for platform integration,? Small said.



  • Border Patrol chief resigns as migrant children are sent back to Texas camp
    June 25, 2019, 11:19 am

    About 100 migrant children who were moved Monday from a detention facility where conditions had been described as ?unconscionable? were moved back to the camp on Tuesday as border chief John Sanders announced he was stepping down.



  • UPDATE 5-U.S. regulator cites new flaw on grounded Boeing 737 MAX
    June 26, 2019, 1:07 pm

    WASHINGTON/SEATTLE, June 26 (Reuters) - The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration has identified a new risk that Boeing Co must address on its 737 MAX before the grounded jet can return to service, the agency said on Wednesday. The risk was discovered during a simulator test last week and it is not yet clear if the issue can be addressed with a software upgrade or will require a more complex hardware fix, sources with knowledge of the matter told Reuters. The FAA did not elaborate on the latest setback for Boeing, which has been working to get its best-selling airplane back in the air following a worldwide grounding in March in the wake of two deadly crashes within five months.



  • Stephen Colbert Goes Off on New York Post for Deleting E. Jean Carroll Trump ...
    June 25, 2019, 9:33 pm

    CBSOn Tuesday night, on the eve of broadcasting live during the Democratic debates, The Late Show?s Stephen Colbert took on President Trump?s ?very, very bad? response to writer E. Jean Carroll?s allegation that the then-real estate tycoon raped her in a Bergdorf Goodman dressing room in the mid-?90s. ?I?ll say it with great respect: Number one, she?s not my type. Number two, it never happened. It never happened, OK?? Trump responded. ?So it didn?t happen because she?s not his type,? offered Colbert. ?That is the sound of a man realizing in mid-sentence that he?s not talking to Billy Bush.? Colbert then pivoted to the mainstream media?s coverage of Carroll?s allegation against the president of the United States. ?This story didn?t get a lot of coverage when it first broke. For example, The New York Times originally buried the story in the ?Books? section, which is smart?they realized it?s the one place the president would never look,? cracked Colbert. ?Then there?s our friends at the New York Post, which ran a story about E. Jean Carroll that was mysteriously scrubbed from the tabloid?s website on Friday afternoon. Nobody knew what happened to the link until today, when it was revealed that the Post editor is a supporter of President Trump and ordered the removal of the story.? Trevor Noah Unloads on Trump?s ?She?s Not My Type? Rape Defense Against E. Jean CarrollThough he is not in fact an ?editor? of the Post, CNN broke the news on Tuesday that ?Col Allan, the former editor-in-chief of the Post who currently works as an adviser to the paper, ordered the story to be scrubbed from the website.? Allan is ?an old lieutenant of Rupert Murdoch,? the owner of the Post, and reportedly ordered not one but two stories on Carroll?s allegation against Trump to be removed from the site?one written by Post reporter Joe Tacopino and the other an Associated Press wire story. ?So, they deleted the article to protect Trump,? said Colbert. ?If the Post had a headline for itself, it would be: ?PROPAGAN-DON! POST PLAYS DEFENSE FOR SEX CRIME.?? ?So it?s gone now,? he continued. ?And if you click on the link now, it just goes to a page that says: ?404 Error: Integrity Not Found.?? 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.



  • Turkey's leader vows to heed 'messages' of Istanbul election
    June 25, 2019, 7:12 am

    Addressing legislators from his ruling party in Parliament, Erdogan again congratulated opposition candidate Ekrem Imamoglu who garnered 54.21% of the vote in Istanbul on Sunday to become Istanbul's mayor. Erdogan had previously congratulated Imamoglu in a tweet.



  • Some US women are taking reproductive matters into their own hands: They're o...
    June 25, 2019, 10:24 pm

    As access to abortion providers in the USA shrinks and legal restrictions pile up, women who seek abortions†order pills online.



  • Oklahoma woman caught on own CCTV camera firebombing and shooting into neighb...
    June 26, 2019, 8:26 am

    An Oklahoma woman was arrested after being caught on camera firing gunshots and throwing a lit towel into her next door neighbour's home. Firefighters were called to the burning property in Del City on June 10th, responding to 911 calls that reported flames coming from the garage door.Having contained the blaze, fire investigators learned there was an ongoing conflict between the owner of the burnt home and the next door neighbour, Annie Durham, 59.Shocking footage of the incident was captured on CCTV, showing Durham firing two shots into the side of the home before throwing a flaming object into the door, setting the house ablaze.The video released by the Del City Fire Department came from the accused woman?s own surveillance camera.According to the fire department, Durham was initially resistant to giving up the footage, claiming the camera had not been switched on.However, it was eventually obtained with the help of the City Police Department?s Computer Forensic Division.Durham was arrested on Monday June 17 and is charged with second degree arson and discharge of a firearm into a dwelling.



  • Supreme Court?s Conservative Justices Weigh Scrapping Another Precedent
    June 26, 2019, 10:20 am

    (Bloomberg) -- The U.S. Supreme Court?s conservative majority may be ready to overturn a longstanding precedent for the third time in recent weeks -- perhaps foreshadowing the vulnerability of its rulings on abortion rights.The justices will rule as early as Wednesday on a business-backed bid to overturn decades-old decisions that give federal agencies broad power to say what their regulations mean.The case is one of eight rulings due before the justices? term ends this week. The court also plans to rule on gerrymandered voting maps and the Trump administration?s bid to add a citizenship question to the 2020 census.Another precedent-toppling ruling would extend a pattern that already has liberal justices sounding alarms. They?ve hinted that the five conservative justices may be eyeing the landmark 1973 Roe v. Wade ruling, which legalized abortion nationwide.?Today?s decision can only cause one to wonder which cases the court will overrule next,? dissenting Justice Stephen Breyer wrote last month when the court overruled a 1979 precedent to say that states are immune from private suits in another state?s courts.?Well, that didn?t take long,? Justice Elena Kagan wrote 39 days later when the court overturned part of a 1985 ruling and said people could go directly to federal court to claim that a government regulation unconstitutionally took private property without compensation. ?Now one may wonder yet again.?Both of those were 5-4 decisions, with Chief Justice John Roberts and the other Republican appointees -- Justices Clarence Thomas, Samuel Alito, Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh -- in the majority.Ducking AbortionSo far, the court has largely sidestepped the explosive topic of abortion. In May, the court turned away Indiana?s bid to bar abortions based on a fetus?s race or gender or a risk of genetic disorder -- an appeal that could have raised new doubts about Roe. The justices did uphold a separate Indiana law requiring clinics to bury or cremate fetal remains.The court could provide new signals about its intentions on abortion this week. The justices are due to say whether they?ll consider Alabama?s effort to ban the most common method used for women in their second trimester of pregnancy.The court under Roberts has actually overturned precedents at a slower rate than previous courts, says Jonathan Adler, a constitutional law professor at Case Western Reserve School of Law. Before this term started, the Roberts court had issued only 13 rulings that overturned a precedent, according to data from the Government Printing Office, he says.But Roberts, who took his seat in 2005, has never had a conservative majority as reliable as the one he got when the Senate confirmed Kavanaugh to succeed the retired Anthony Kennedy.?It is certainly possible either that the court may become more aggressive going forward or that the cases in which the court reconsiders precedents will have a greater ideological uniformity,? Adler said.Adler is among those urging the court to overturn a 1997 ruling, Auer v. Robbins, that requires judges to defer to a federal agency?s interpretation of its own regulations, as long as its approach is reasonable.Business groups say that ruling, along with a related 1945 decision, leads to onerous and unpredictable rules and leaves companies vulnerable to penalties when an agency shifts its thinking. Defenders of the rulings say they give agencies flexibility to account for changing circumstances.Religion and GerrymandersThe regulation, property-rights and sovereign-immunity cases are among the four appeals this term that squarely asked the justices to topple at least one precedent.The fourth one split the court in an unusual way last week. The court had been asked to overturn a rule that lets states and the federal government file separate criminal charges over the same conduct without violating the Constitution?s ban on double jeopardy.The court refused on a 7-2 vote, reaffirming precedents dating to the middle of the 19th century. Alito?s majority opinion said the case for keeping precedents ?grows in proportion to their antiquity.? An unlikely pair of justices -- Gorsuch and liberal Ruth Bader Ginsburg -- dissented.Three other cases have raised questions about precedents, though less directly. In backing hunting rights in Wyoming for the Crow Indian Tribe, a majority that included the four liberals and Gorsuch said an 1896 ruling had previously been ?repudiated.?In ruling last week that a 40-foot cross could remain in a Maryland public intersection as a war memorial, a majority of justices criticized, without overruling, a 1971 decision that set up a three-part test for assessing whether government support for religion goes too far.And the gerrymandering cases could topple a 1986 ruling that said voting maps could be challenged as too partisan, though the justices in that case couldn?t agree on a standard for doing so. Paul Clement, the lawyer defending a Republican-drawn North Carolina congressional map, told Roberts during arguments in March that the court might need to overturn that ruling.?Jolt to the System?At the center of it all is Roberts, who said in his 2005 Senate confirmation hearing that overruling a precedent is a ?jolt to the legal system.? He has tended to take a multi-step approach toward questioning a precedent, signaling concern in a preliminary case before voting to overturn it altogether.?His favorite methodology seems to be to essentially chip away at cases in various steps so that the day that the case is actually overruled it?s really not even news, it?s been coming for a couple of years,? Clement said last month at a symposium co-hosted by the conservative Heritage Foundation and Bradley Foundation.Writing the majority opinion in the property-rights case last week, Roberts said the 1985 Williamson County v. Hamilton Bank ruling relied on ?exceptionally ill-founded reasoning,? had been repeatedly criticized by justices over the years and had proven ?unworkable in practice.?It?s still too early to judge how Roberts will act toward precedents now that he has a stronger conservative majority, Adler said.?Like a lot of people I?m curious if the chief is going to become more aggressive, but I?m not willing to say that we can be sure of that yet,? said Adler.To contact the reporter on this story: Greg Stohr in Washington at gstohr@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Joe Sobczyk at jsobczyk@bloomberg.net, Laurie Assťo, John HarneyFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com©2019 Bloomberg L.P.



  • A Martian methane belch melts away
    June 25, 2019, 5:05 pm

    NASA's Curiosity Rover last week detected the highest ever levels of the colorless, odorless gas over the course of its seven year mission on the Red Planet, raising hopes it could be evidence of the existence of microbial life. Scientists have tracked a seasonal rise and fall in background methane levels but haven't been able to establish a pattern for the transient plumes. "We're more motivated than ever to keep measuring and put our brains together to figure out how methane behaves in the Martian atmosphere," said Ashwin Vasavada, Curiosity's project scientist at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory.



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  • Iran President Hassan Rouhani calls new US sanctions 'outrageous and idiotic'
    June 25, 2019, 12:19 pm

    Iranian President Hassan Rouhani called the sanctions against Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei 'outrageous and idiotic.'



  • Harris pressed to get more personal about why she's running
    June 25, 2019, 3:30 am

    Kamala Harris nodded knowingly when a black woman at a weekend candidate forum recounted watching her mother face racial discrimination during her childhood. "You and I have a similar experience growing up," said Harris, the California senator and former prosecutor who would be the first black woman elected president. It was the kind of moment some Harris advisers and allies have been waiting for: the blending of Harris' polished political resume with a revealing glimpse at the forces that have shaped her life and her vision for the presidency.



  • Iran drone downing highlights limitations of US unmanned aircraft
    June 25, 2019, 7:04 am

    US drones have been a key tool in conflicts against insurgent organizations such as the Taliban and the Islamic State group, but Iran's downing of one of the aircraft highlights their limitations against more sophisticated adversaries. While drones offer the significant attraction of not putting American lives at risk and can stay aloft for more than a day, allowing for extended surveillance missions, they can be vulnerable to air defenses, are often expensive, and their loss can lead to sensitive hardware falling into the wrong hands. "I believe sophisticated air defenses will continue to have good chances to shoot down an aircraft like an RQ-4 whenever it is in position to do meaningful surveillance of their territories or other assets," he said, referring to the type of drone brought down by Iran last week near the strategic Strait of Hormuz.



  • Man slashes own throat in court during trial for murder of Tinder date
    June 25, 2019, 1:11 pm

    A man accused of killing his roommate?s Tinder date slashed his own neck during the murder trial on Monday while screaming in the courtroom. Aubrey Trail, a 52-year-old from Nebraska, yelled ?Bailey is innocent, and I curse you all? before swiping something across his neck.Deputies rushed to help Mr Trail as he lay bleeding on the floor. Mr Trail was referring to his 25-year-old former roommate Bailey Boswell when he cut himself. The two have been charged with first-degree murder in the killing and dismemberment of 24-year-old Sydney Loofe. It was unclear how badly Mr Trail was injured during the incident. The judge presiding over the case ordered the jury to return on Tuesday morning.Authorities said Mr Trail has suffered declining health while in custody. He reportedly had a stroke and two heart attacks since his arrest.Ms Loofe went missing in November 2017 after going on a date with Mr Boswell, who she reportedly met on the dating app Tinder. Mr Trail was Mr Boswell?s roommate at the time of the alleged murder.Prosecutors have said the two men planned Ms Loofe?s abduction and killing. Mr Trail?s attorneys have argued her death was the result of an accident that occurred during a consensual sex fantasy. Mr Boswell is still awaiting trial.Additional reporting by AP



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    June 25, 2019, 9:30 am

    Multi-line retailer Canadian Tire inadvertently revealed the future Bronco's engine on its website.



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  • Watch Out, Russia and China: The Navy Has a New Plan to Kill Your Submarines
    June 25, 2019, 6:00 pm

    Small said the Navy is ultimately looking for a ?family of systems.?Should an enemy submarine surface well beyond undersea or surface drone detection range and send intelligence to attack platforms - US Navy platforms could be vulnerable in some instances. Fortified by targeting data from well beyond the horizon, enemy subs, planes and ships might, in this case, be well-positioned for a coordinated strike.However, should an interwoven web of Navy surveillance assets track and share vital information, coordinated surface, air and undersea drones could sustain an unprecedented advantage -- and a new attack synergy could actually begin to transform maritime warfare.Enemy mines, surface ships, small boats and submarines might be detected more quickly, but, perhaps of greater importance, cross-domain drone connectivity would completely change the sensor-to-shooter kill chain. With this in mind, Navy weapons developers have put this initiative on the fast track, with the hope of rapidly networking its fleet of surface, air and undersea drones.Submarine hunting with Textron?s Unmanned Surface Vehicles (USVs) is already breaking through to a new level of detection and attack technology, laying a foundation of progress from which to build toward a new horizon of the desired interconnected maritime drone combat. This new level of multi-domain drone networking was described at the Navy League?s Sea Air Space Symposium by Capt. Pete Small, Program Manager for Unmanned Systems. Small said this is now being advanced through a collaborative effort between Naval Sea Systems Command and Naval Air Systems Command.?In the command and control area we are looking to standardize protocols across UUVs, USV and UAVs,? Small said. Using common protocol standards and flexible architecture, the Navy plans to solidify what Small called ?a smattering of manned and unmanned systems, satellites and ground stations communicating with the right interfaces.?Surface radio or GPS signals, coupled with various kinds of sonar or low-frequency undersea communications, form the foundation for emerging kinds of networking which bring the prospect of a new era of interconnectivity. Also, DARPA and BAE Systems are now working on an emerging GPS-like undersea networking technology as well.?You might have a destroyer that needs to operate a UUV and a USV and link back to a shore-based command and control center. You have got to have common protocols. Every unmanned system is a little different and has its own requirements. Ships and subs have different elements. You need commonality for platform integration,? Small said.



  • Border Patrol chief resigns as migrant children are sent back to Texas camp
    June 25, 2019, 11:19 am

    About 100 migrant children who were moved Monday from a detention facility where conditions had been described as ?unconscionable? were moved back to the camp on Tuesday as border chief John Sanders announced he was stepping down.



  • UPDATE 5-U.S. regulator cites new flaw on grounded Boeing 737 MAX
    June 26, 2019, 1:07 pm

    WASHINGTON/SEATTLE, June 26 (Reuters) - The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration has identified a new risk that Boeing Co must address on its 737 MAX before the grounded jet can return to service, the agency said on Wednesday. The risk was discovered during a simulator test last week and it is not yet clear if the issue can be addressed with a software upgrade or will require a more complex hardware fix, sources with knowledge of the matter told Reuters. The FAA did not elaborate on the latest setback for Boeing, which has been working to get its best-selling airplane back in the air following a worldwide grounding in March in the wake of two deadly crashes within five months.



  • Stephen Colbert Goes Off on New York Post for Deleting E. Jean Carroll Trump ...
    June 25, 2019, 9:33 pm

    CBSOn Tuesday night, on the eve of broadcasting live during the Democratic debates, The Late Show?s Stephen Colbert took on President Trump?s ?very, very bad? response to writer E. Jean Carroll?s allegation that the then-real estate tycoon raped her in a Bergdorf Goodman dressing room in the mid-?90s. ?I?ll say it with great respect: Number one, she?s not my type. Number two, it never happened. It never happened, OK?? Trump responded. ?So it didn?t happen because she?s not his type,? offered Colbert. ?That is the sound of a man realizing in mid-sentence that he?s not talking to Billy Bush.? Colbert then pivoted to the mainstream media?s coverage of Carroll?s allegation against the president of the United States. ?This story didn?t get a lot of coverage when it first broke. For example, The New York Times originally buried the story in the ?Books? section, which is smart?they realized it?s the one place the president would never look,? cracked Colbert. ?Then there?s our friends at the New York Post, which ran a story about E. Jean Carroll that was mysteriously scrubbed from the tabloid?s website on Friday afternoon. Nobody knew what happened to the link until today, when it was revealed that the Post editor is a supporter of President Trump and ordered the removal of the story.? Trevor Noah Unloads on Trump?s ?She?s Not My Type? Rape Defense Against E. Jean CarrollThough he is not in fact an ?editor? of the Post, CNN broke the news on Tuesday that ?Col Allan, the former editor-in-chief of the Post who currently works as an adviser to the paper, ordered the story to be scrubbed from the website.? Allan is ?an old lieutenant of Rupert Murdoch,? the owner of the Post, and reportedly ordered not one but two stories on Carroll?s allegation against Trump to be removed from the site?one written by Post reporter Joe Tacopino and the other an Associated Press wire story. ?So, they deleted the article to protect Trump,? said Colbert. ?If the Post had a headline for itself, it would be: ?PROPAGAN-DON! POST PLAYS DEFENSE FOR SEX CRIME.?? ?So it?s gone now,? he continued. ?And if you click on the link now, it just goes to a page that says: ?404 Error: Integrity Not Found.?? 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.



  • Turkey's leader vows to heed 'messages' of Istanbul election
    June 25, 2019, 7:12 am

    Addressing legislators from his ruling party in Parliament, Erdogan again congratulated opposition candidate Ekrem Imamoglu who garnered 54.21% of the vote in Istanbul on Sunday to become Istanbul's mayor. Erdogan had previously congratulated Imamoglu in a tweet.



  • Some US women are taking reproductive matters into their own hands: They're o...
    June 25, 2019, 10:24 pm

    As access to abortion providers in the USA shrinks and legal restrictions pile up, women who seek abortions†order pills online.



  • Oklahoma woman caught on own CCTV camera firebombing and shooting into neighb...
    June 26, 2019, 8:26 am

    An Oklahoma woman was arrested after being caught on camera firing gunshots and throwing a lit towel into her next door neighbour's home. Firefighters were called to the burning property in Del City on June 10th, responding to 911 calls that reported flames coming from the garage door.Having contained the blaze, fire investigators learned there was an ongoing conflict between the owner of the burnt home and the next door neighbour, Annie Durham, 59.Shocking footage of the incident was captured on CCTV, showing Durham firing two shots into the side of the home before throwing a flaming object into the door, setting the house ablaze.The video released by the Del City Fire Department came from the accused woman?s own surveillance camera.According to the fire department, Durham was initially resistant to giving up the footage, claiming the camera had not been switched on.However, it was eventually obtained with the help of the City Police Department?s Computer Forensic Division.Durham was arrested on Monday June 17 and is charged with second degree arson and discharge of a firearm into a dwelling.



  • Supreme Court?s Conservative Justices Weigh Scrapping Another Precedent
    June 26, 2019, 10:20 am

    (Bloomberg) -- The U.S. Supreme Court?s conservative majority may be ready to overturn a longstanding precedent for the third time in recent weeks -- perhaps foreshadowing the vulnerability of its rulings on abortion rights.The justices will rule as early as Wednesday on a business-backed bid to overturn decades-old decisions that give federal agencies broad power to say what their regulations mean.The case is one of eight rulings due before the justices? term ends this week. The court also plans to rule on gerrymandered voting maps and the Trump administration?s bid to add a citizenship question to the 2020 census.Another precedent-toppling ruling would extend a pattern that already has liberal justices sounding alarms. They?ve hinted that the five conservative justices may be eyeing the landmark 1973 Roe v. Wade ruling, which legalized abortion nationwide.?Today?s decision can only cause one to wonder which cases the court will overrule next,? dissenting Justice Stephen Breyer wrote last month when the court overruled a 1979 precedent to say that states are immune from private suits in another state?s courts.?Well, that didn?t take long,? Justice Elena Kagan wrote 39 days later when the court overturned part of a 1985 ruling and said people could go directly to federal court to claim that a government regulation unconstitutionally took private property without compensation. ?Now one may wonder yet again.?Both of those were 5-4 decisions, with Chief Justice John Roberts and the other Republican appointees -- Justices Clarence Thomas, Samuel Alito, Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh -- in the majority.Ducking AbortionSo far, the court has largely sidestepped the explosive topic of abortion. In May, the court turned away Indiana?s bid to bar abortions based on a fetus?s race or gender or a risk of genetic disorder -- an appeal that could have raised new doubts about Roe. The justices did uphold a separate Indiana law requiring clinics to bury or cremate fetal remains.The court could provide new signals about its intentions on abortion this week. The justices are due to say whether they?ll consider Alabama?s effort to ban the most common method used for women in their second trimester of pregnancy.The court under Roberts has actually overturned precedents at a slower rate than previous courts, says Jonathan Adler, a constitutional law professor at Case Western Reserve School of Law. Before this term started, the Roberts court had issued only 13 rulings that overturned a precedent, according to data from the Government Printing Office, he says.But Roberts, who took his seat in 2005, has never had a conservative majority as reliable as the one he got when the Senate confirmed Kavanaugh to succeed the retired Anthony Kennedy.?It is certainly possible either that the court may become more aggressive going forward or that the cases in which the court reconsiders precedents will have a greater ideological uniformity,? Adler said.Adler is among those urging the court to overturn a 1997 ruling, Auer v. Robbins, that requires judges to defer to a federal agency?s interpretation of its own regulations, as long as its approach is reasonable.Business groups say that ruling, along with a related 1945 decision, leads to onerous and unpredictable rules and leaves companies vulnerable to penalties when an agency shifts its thinking. Defenders of the rulings say they give agencies flexibility to account for changing circumstances.Religion and GerrymandersThe regulation, property-rights and sovereign-immunity cases are among the four appeals this term that squarely asked the justices to topple at least one precedent.The fourth one split the court in an unusual way last week. The court had been asked to overturn a rule that lets states and the federal government file separate criminal charges over the same conduct without violating the Constitution?s ban on double jeopardy.The court refused on a 7-2 vote, reaffirming precedents dating to the middle of the 19th century. Alito?s majority opinion said the case for keeping precedents ?grows in proportion to their antiquity.? An unlikely pair of justices -- Gorsuch and liberal Ruth Bader Ginsburg -- dissented.Three other cases have raised questions about precedents, though less directly. In backing hunting rights in Wyoming for the Crow Indian Tribe, a majority that included the four liberals and Gorsuch said an 1896 ruling had previously been ?repudiated.?In ruling last week that a 40-foot cross could remain in a Maryland public intersection as a war memorial, a majority of justices criticized, without overruling, a 1971 decision that set up a three-part test for assessing whether government support for religion goes too far.And the gerrymandering cases could topple a 1986 ruling that said voting maps could be challenged as too partisan, though the justices in that case couldn?t agree on a standard for doing so. Paul Clement, the lawyer defending a Republican-drawn North Carolina congressional map, told Roberts during arguments in March that the court might need to overturn that ruling.?Jolt to the System?At the center of it all is Roberts, who said in his 2005 Senate confirmation hearing that overruling a precedent is a ?jolt to the legal system.? He has tended to take a multi-step approach toward questioning a precedent, signaling concern in a preliminary case before voting to overturn it altogether.?His favorite methodology seems to be to essentially chip away at cases in various steps so that the day that the case is actually overruled it?s really not even news, it?s been coming for a couple of years,? Clement said last month at a symposium co-hosted by the conservative Heritage Foundation and Bradley Foundation.Writing the majority opinion in the property-rights case last week, Roberts said the 1985 Williamson County v. Hamilton Bank ruling relied on ?exceptionally ill-founded reasoning,? had been repeatedly criticized by justices over the years and had proven ?unworkable in practice.?It?s still too early to judge how Roberts will act toward precedents now that he has a stronger conservative majority, Adler said.?Like a lot of people I?m curious if the chief is going to become more aggressive, but I?m not willing to say that we can be sure of that yet,? said Adler.To contact the reporter on this story: Greg Stohr in Washington at gstohr@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Joe Sobczyk at jsobczyk@bloomberg.net, Laurie Assťo, John HarneyFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com©2019 Bloomberg L.P.



  • A Martian methane belch melts away
    June 25, 2019, 5:05 pm

    NASA's Curiosity Rover last week detected the highest ever levels of the colorless, odorless gas over the course of its seven year mission on the Red Planet, raising hopes it could be evidence of the existence of microbial life. Scientists have tracked a seasonal rise and fall in background methane levels but haven't been able to establish a pattern for the transient plumes. "We're more motivated than ever to keep measuring and put our brains together to figure out how methane behaves in the Martian atmosphere," said Ashwin Vasavada, Curiosity's project scientist at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory.



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