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The Latest: Indiana AG's office plans vigorous defense

Tue, 06/18/2019 - 14:54

 Indiana AG's office plans vigorous defenseThe Indiana attorney general's office says it will vigorously defend him against a federal lawsuit by four women who say he drunkenly groped them during a party last year. The lawsuit filed Tuesday alleges sexual harassment by Republican state Attorney General Curtis Hill on a state lawmaker and three legislative staffers in March 2018 at an Indianapolis bar. Hill has denied wrongdoing and rebuffed calls from Republican Gov. Eric Holcomb to resign.

As the trade war with China heats up this summer, who is feeling the chill?

Tue, 06/18/2019 - 14:35

As the trade war with China heats up this summer, who is feeling the chill?The number of visitors to the U.S. from China fell 5.7% to 3 million in 2018, the first decline In 15 years. So far, it’s not getting better in 2019.

US hospital ship on mission to aid Venezuela refugees

Tue, 06/18/2019 - 14:27

US hospital ship on mission to aid Venezuela refugeesUS Navy hospital ship the USNS Comfort sets out this week to the Caribbean and Latin America as part of a mission to help Venezuelan migrants, Vice President Mike Pence announced Tuesday. Pence and Admiral Craig Fuller, head of US Southern Command, joined a group of Venezuelans at a Miami pier where the ship is docked to draw attention to the humanitarian crisis in Venezuela. "We are with you," Pence said in Spanish, to shouts of "Amen!" from the Venezuelans.

Patrick Shanahan: Trump's defence pick pulls out after family history of domestic violence surfaces

Tue, 06/18/2019 - 13:56

 Trump's defence pick pulls out after family history of domestic violence surfacesDonald Trump says acting Secretary of Defence Patrick Shanahan will not be moving forward with his confirmation process, just hours after reports of Shanahan’s family's history of domestic violence surfaced.“Acting Secretary of Defence Patrick Shanahan, who has done a wonderful job, has decided not to go forward with his confirmation process so that he can devote more time to his family,” the president tweeted.In a statement following the president's tweet, Shanahan confirmed that he asked to be withdrawn from the process.The Washington Post and USA Today both published extensive accounts of violent incidents involving Mr Shanahan’s ex-wife, Kimberley, and older son, William, who were living in Sarasota, Florida in 2011, while Mr Shanahan lived in Seattle, Washington.Shanahan has denied reports that he was violent with his wife, saying: “I never laid a hand on my then-wife and co-operated fully in a thorough law enforcement investigation that resulted in her being charged with assault against me—charges which I had dropped in the interest of my family."Reports of a violent incident in which Shanahan's son William attacked his wife, and William's mother, Kimberley with a baseball bat were part of the divorce proceedings between Patrick and Kimberley.“Our story is not dissimilar to those of the many families facing the difficult challenges that come when a loved one struggles with substance abuse and other emotional issues as is the case with my former-wife,” Mr Shanahan said of the incident. “I wish nothing but the best for her and regret that my children’s privacy has been violated and they are being forced to relive a tragic situation that we have worked so hard as a family to put behind us."The Washington Post points out that no questions about domestic abuse were asked during the 2017 confirmation hearing for his previous position as deputy Secretary of Defence.“I thank Pat for his outstanding service and will be naming Secretary of the Army, Mark Esper, to be the new Acting Secretary of Defence," the president's tweets on the departure continued. "I know Mark, and have no doubt he will do a fantastic job!”Esper was the vice president for government relations at the Raytheon Company before being named Secretary of the Army in 2017, and previously served as national security advisor for Republican senator Bill Frist, when Frist was the senate majority leader.

NASA says there’s ‘no doubt’ SpaceX Crew Dragon explosion has pushed back crewed flights

Tue, 06/18/2019 - 13:48

NASA says there’s ‘no doubt’ SpaceX Crew Dragon explosion has pushed back crewed flightsNASA desperately needs a way to get its astronauts into space without paying for pricey seats aboard Russian rockets, but the agency's two best hopes -- SpaceX and Boeing -- are stumbling a bit at the finish line. Boeing's Starliner has been plagued by delays nearly from the start, and SpaceX is now dealing with its own list of problems.In remarks to reporters at the Paris Airshow, NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine admitted that the recent destruction of a SpaceX Crew Dragon capsule during static testing is a major setback for NASA's crewed flight schedule. The race to be the first to deliver a suitable solution for NASA's needs now appears to be anyone's game."There is no doubt the schedule will change," Bridenstine reportedly said during his brief talk. "It won't be what was originally planned."Back in late April, something went seriously wrong during a static test of Crew Dragon's thrusters. The thrusters being tested were those that would spring into action if a launch had to be aborted after it had already lifted off. They're designed to push the crew capsule away from the rest of the launch vehicle, keeping the crew safe.Unfortunately, a glitch that so far has been described only as "an anomaly" occurred and the entire Crew Dragon capsule was destroyed in a fiery explosion. Details regarding exactly what went wrong have been scant, but both NASA and SpaceX are still conducting their investigations into the matter.Up until that point, SpaceX was clearly beating competitor Boeing in the race to finish a crew-capable NASA spacecraft. However, an explosion can be a pretty big setback, and now it's unclear when SpaceX will be able to resume its testing and get back on track. In the meantime, NASA will just have to wait.

UN chief calls on Russia, Turkey to 'stabilize' Syrian province

Tue, 06/18/2019 - 13:39

UN chief calls on Russia, Turkey to 'stabilize' Syrian provinceUN chief Antonio Guterres called on Russia and Turkey Tuesday to "stabilize the situation" in the Syrian province of Idlib, rocked by intense fighting between pro-government and jihadist-led forces. "I am deeply concerned about the escalation of the fighting in Idlib and the situation is specially dangerous given the involvement of an increased number of actors.

Trump's pick for defense secretary withdraws as past domestic incidents surface

Tue, 06/18/2019 - 13:25

Trump's pick for defense secretary withdraws as past domestic incidents surfacePresident Trump announced that acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan has withdrawn from consideration to be his permanent defense chief as reports surfaced about a messy divorce that involved a violent incident.

Boeing's troubled 737 MAX gets huge vote of confidence from IAG

Tue, 06/18/2019 - 13:16

Boeing's troubled 737 MAX gets huge vote of confidence from IAGUS aircraft giant Boeing got a welcome vote of confidence in its beleaguered 737 MAX plane on Tuesday when International Airlines Group, owner of British Airways, said it wanted to buy 200 of the planes. It was a coup for Boeing since up to now IAG has been a longtime client of Airbus for its single-aisle jets, used on some of its most popular routes. "We have every confidence in Boeing and expect that the aircraft will make a successful return to service in the coming months having received approval from the regulators," IAG's chief Willie Walsh said in a statement.

Police: Mom drives into Michigan river; 3 dead

Tue, 06/18/2019 - 12:47

 Mom drives into Michigan river; 3 deadAuthorities say they've found the body of a woman and her 9-year-old twin daughters after she intentionally drove a car carrying them into a southwestern Michigan river. (June 18)

Reynolds Wrap will pay someone $5,000 a week to travel across America eating ribs

Tue, 06/18/2019 - 12:34

Reynolds Wrap will pay someone $5,000 a week to travel across America eating ribsGrill masters and backyard barbecue bosses, listen up

Ocasio-Cortez accuses Trump administration of creating ‘concentration camps on the southern border’

Tue, 06/18/2019 - 11:50

Ocasio-Cortez accuses Trump administration of creating ‘concentration camps on the southern border’The freshman Democrat sharply criticized the Trump administration's handling of migrants seeking asylum in the United States with rhetoric that drew the ire of some Republicans.

Meghan McCain Snipes at Joy Behar: ‘Ridiculous’ to Think Kentuckians Care What You Think About McConnell

Tue, 06/18/2019 - 11:44

 ‘Ridiculous’ to Think Kentuckians Care What You Think About McConnellWelp, they’re back at it.Reigniting their long-simmering on-air (and reportedly off-air) feud, The View’s Meghan McCain sniped at Joy Behar during Tuesday’s broadcast, suggesting to the liberal co-host that voters in Kentucky likely don’t care what she had to say about their politics.Talking about former Vice President Joe Biden’s campaign message of bipartisan unity and civility, Behar and co-host Sunny Hostin claimed that it was a bit naïve, citing Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s unwillingness to work with Democrats. “This is Mitch McConnell’s Senate,” Hostin remarked as Behar said Democrats likely won’t take the Senate so “that’s a problem.”McCain, meanwhile, waxed nostalgic about a bygone era of mythical bipartisanship, saying she yearned “for the era of Tip O’Neill and Ronald Reagan” and a time that didn’t “turn into divisive tribalism.” “I think that we need to get back to a place where disagreeing on how you view the role of government and politics doesn’t mean that you can’t talk the one another,” McCain stated, adding that she doesn’t “know if the tribal left is going to go for it.”Hostin noted, however, that McConnell blocked 79 Obama nominees, pointing out that prior to President Obama’s tenure, only 68 presidential nominees had been blocked. “He’s got to go,” Behar exclaimed. “He’s got to go! Kentucky, are you listening to me?”As the audience cheered, McCain interjected, asking Behar if she thought viewers in the Bluegrass State actually listened to her opinion.“I want to know what you think is going to happen,” she blared. “Do you think Kentuckians are watching The View and they’re like, ‘Joy Behar says Mitch McConnell has to go so I guess it’s done.’”“Yes, I believe that,” Behar sarcastically replied as McCain shouted: “It’s ridiculous!”Behar went on to say that one of her favorite people, Rosemary Clooney, was from Kentucky, adding that a lot of people from the state aren’t on McConnell’s side.“She’s dead!” McCain snapped back, prompting Behar to glare at the conservative co-host and retort: “I know she is, so?”After McCain added that the deceased Clooney wouldn’t know the current political situation in Kentucky, Behar pointed her finger at McCain and said: “I know her. I knew her!”“Okay, alright,” McCain huffed as the other co-hosts tried to smooth things over.Behar, meanwhile, attempted to get one final word in before quickly ending the segment, noting the stage manager was nervously pushing them to get to break..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.

Hawaiian, Southwest, Allegiant top Forbes list of fastest airlines in the U.S.

Tue, 06/18/2019 - 11:30

Hawaiian, Southwest, Allegiant top Forbes list of fastest airlines in the U.S.Hawaiian, Southwest and Allegiant airlines topped the list that measured efficiency and government on-time percentage rates.

The Dire Necessity of Strategic Concessions and Relationship Building in U.S.-North Korea Relations

Tue, 06/18/2019 - 11:21

The Dire Necessity of Strategic Concessions and Relationship Building in U.S.-North Korea RelationsLooking back at U.S. responses to North Korea’s nuclear program, one would think that they are looking at a modified model of the five stages of grief. The United States has gone through everything: denial, anger (see: “fire and fury”), bargaining, depression, denial again. Yet, try as we might, we cannot hide from established fact—North Korea has developed the capabilities necessary to target U.S. bases and homeland territory with nuclear weapons, and it has been able to target U.S. critical allies in Asia for far longer. With Kim Jong-un showing no indication of a willingness to completely give up his nuclear arsenal in the near future and with little in the way of engagement since the second summit in Hanoi, where do we go from here?On the surface level, U.S. President Donald Trump’s current policy of maximum pressure appears to have worked. After all, Kim was brought to the bargaining table in a historic United States-North Korea summit in 2018. However, attributing the summit to a policy that was hawkish at best, and brought the United States and its allies to the brink of nuclear war with North Korea at worst, would be blatantly overlooking history. To praise “maximum pressure” would also be downplaying the decades of North Korean precedent to meet pressure with pressure and diminishing crucial peace-keeping role that South Korean President Moon Jae-in undertook to alleviate tension on the Korean peninsula.

IRGC chief says Iran's ballistic missiles capable of hitting 'carriers in the sea'

Tue, 06/18/2019 - 11:16

IRGC chief says Iran's ballistic missiles capable of hitting 'carriers in the sea'The commander of Iran's elite Revolutionary Guards Corps said on Tuesday that Iran's ballistic missiles were capable of hitting "carriers in the sea" with great precision. "These missiles can hit with great precision carriers in the sea ... These missiles are domestically produced and are difficult to intercept and hit with other missiles," Brigadier General Hossein Salami said in a televised speech.

The Latest: Turkey president says Morsi didn't die naturally

Tue, 06/18/2019 - 10:52

 Turkey president says Morsi didn't die naturallyTurkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says he doesn't believe that Egypt's former president Mohammed Morsi died of natural causes. Erdogan made the comments Tuesday at an Istanbul mosque, where hundreds held funeral prayers for Morsi, Egypt's first democratically elected president who was ousted by the military in 2013.

Could GM Bring Hummer Back as an Electric SUV Brand?

Tue, 06/18/2019 - 10:48

Could GM Bring Hummer Back as an Electric SUV Brand?Reports are swirling about the revival of the military-inspired SUVs.

Erdogan attends prayers for Egypt's ex-president Morsi

Tue, 06/18/2019 - 10:39

Erdogan attends prayers for Egypt's ex-president MorsiTurkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Tuesday attended an Istanbul prayer service for former Egyptian leader Mohamed Morsi who died after collapsing during a trial hearing in a Cairo court. Erdogan, a key supporter of Morsi, joined the afternoon prayers at the historic Fatih mosque, an AFP photographer reported. Turkey's relations with Cairo deteriorated after the Egyptian military, then led by Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, ousted Morsi in 2013.

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