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Turkey's Russian missile buy 'disappointing': Pentagon nominee

Turkey's Russian missile buy 'disappointing': Pentagon nomineePresident Donald Trump's nominee to lead the Defense Department called Turkey's acquisition of a Russian missile defense system "disappointing" Tuesday, in the administration's first comment since the first S-400 missile parts were delivered last week. "It's certainly disappointing," Defense Secretary nominee Mark Esper told his Senate confirmation hearing. "Turkey has been a long-standing and very capable NATO ally, but their decision on the S-400 is the wrong one and it's disappointing," he said.



Man 'shot polar bear and left its body outside his home for five months'

Man 'shot polar bear and left its body outside his home for five months'A man has been charged with killing a polar bear and leaving the body to rot outside his home in Alaska for five months.Christopher Gordon, 35, allegedly shot the animal dead when it ventured into his front yard to try and eat some butchered whale meat.He then failed to report the polar bear carcass or attempt to “harvest” it for food between December 2018 and May this year.Gordon also allowed the bear to be covered with snow, which resulted in one of its legs being ripped off by a passing snowplough.Finally, on 22 May, he burned the carcass at the village dump in Kaktovik.He is now facing up to one year in prison and a $100,000 (£80,000) fine if convicted of the federal crime of “knowingly taking a polar bear in a manner unlawful under the Marine Mammal Protection Act”.Prosecutors say that the killing of the bear was not done in legal self defence and that he “left the harvestable remains to waste”.“Gordon allegedly left butchered whale meat outside in front of his yard of his residence for a substantial period of time, which attracted polar bear, as well as other animals to his front yard,” said federal prosecutor Ryan Tansey.“He then allegedly shot and killed the polar bear because it was trying to eat the improperly stored whale meat.”Gordon has also been charged with the state offence of wasteful taking of a marine animal.The investigation was carried out by the US Fish and Wildlife Service.Gordon declined to comment about the case and is scheduled to appear in court in Fairbanks in August.Kaktovik, with a population of just over 250, has experienced increasing encroachment by polar bears in recent years due to the disappearing Arctic sea ice.As a result it has become a popular tourist destination, with more than 2,000 people visiting the village during 2017.“These bears are getting used to people,” said council member Mike Gallagher. ”They’re domesticated.”Additional reporting by Associated Press



Serial killer linked to Arkansas woman's 1994 slaying

Serial killer linked to Arkansas woman's 1994 slayingAuthorities are investigating whether possibly the most prolific serial killer in U.S. history is behind the death of an Arkansas woman in 1994. Police in Pine Bluff are reviewing the case of Jolanda Jones's death after Samuel Little confessed to her killing, which had been determined to be drug-related. According to a police memo, when Little was in custody in Dallas, Texas, in October 2018, he indicated that he killed Jones, the Pine Bluff Commercial reported .



Michael Flynn’s Ex-Business Partner Points the Finger at Him in Court

Michael Flynn’s Ex-Business Partner Points the Finger at Him in CourtPhoto Illustration by Lyne Lucien/The Daily Beast/GettyIf there is a question of who worked on behalf of the Turkish government to influence the 2016 Donald Trump campaign, then the court should look no further than former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn, lawyers for Bijan Kian, the Iranian-American businessman and former Flynn partner, told jurors in the Eastern District of Virginia Monday. Kian is charged with two felonies—illegally lobbying on behalf of the Turkish government and conspiring covertly to influence U.S. politics about Fethullah Gulen, a Turkish cleric who is now living in Pennsylvania. He faces a maximum of 15 years in prison if convicted. But Kian’s team of attorneys said in their opening statements Monday that their client “did not conspire with anyone” to work on behalf of the Turkish government in the U.S. When questioning the Turkish government’s influence operations in the U.S., the jury should look at the newly announced cache of evidence the government has on Flynn, said attorney Bob Trout. Kian isn’t referenced in any of it, Trout said. Michael Flynn Putting Mueller Deal at Risk in ‘Dangerous’ New TrialIn the opening statements Monday the Kian legal team spent the majority of their time arguing that their client did not work on behalf of the Turkish government when he attempted to influence public opinion in the U.S. about Turkish cleric Fethullah Gulen. Gulen currently lives in Pennsylvania and is wanted by the Turkish government for allegedly planning a military coup in the country in 2016. Kian instead worked on behalf of a Turkish-Dutch businessman named Ekim Alptekin, Trout said. (Alptekin is named as a defendant in the Kian case but will likely avoid appearance because he is living in Istanbul.) Toward the end of his statements, Trout tried to create a degree of separation between Kian and Flynn who is currently awaiting sentencing in Washington for crimes carried out during his time working with the Trump team. He pointed to the government’s evidence, which was mentioned in a hearing last week, and said that prosecutors had all but conceded that Kian was not involved. The jurors have not seen the evidence yet and the details of what the government currently has in its position is unclear.According to a government indictment filed last year, Flynn and Kian worked together throughout the fall of 2016, when Flynn was an advisor to then candidate Trump, on a project to try and extradite Gulen back to Turkey. Prosecutors said the two took hundreds of thousands of dollars from the Turkish government to execute the plan. Flynn was also at the time accused of lying about his communications with Russian Ambassador Sergei Kislyak. He entered into a cooperation deal with Special Counsel Robert Mueller and admitted to lying about the communications and about his consulting firm’s business with the Turkish government. He said that the registration he filed for the Turkey-focused project in 2017 contained several inaccuracies, though his lawyers maintain that Flynn did not intentionally lie on the documents. As part of his deal with the government, Flynn was supposed to testify against Kian and his sentencing in Washington was postponed so he could appear as a witness in Virginia.That all changed last week when the government removed Flynn from the witness list and instead named him as a co-conspirator in the case. The government also said it had extensive information that the Turkish government attempted to influence the Trump campaign through Flynn. It was the first mention of an additional set of materials that show how Flynn was being extensively involved in the Turkish lobbying.It’s that evidence that lies at the heart of who really committed the crime of illegally lobbying for Turkey, Kian’s lawyers said Monday. Kian “didn’t know” about the alleged separate communications between Alptekin and Flynn that are in the government’s possession, Trout said.For its part, the government in its opening statement barely mentioned the former national security adviser, instead referring several times to Kian’s business team members as “associates.” The government focused on Kian’s email correspondences, including with Flynn, about the Gulen project and attempted to lay out for the jury how the money that flowed into Kian’s account for services rendered connected back to the Turkish government.After nearly an hour and a half of opening statements, both of which were at times tangled and difficult to follow, the jury seemed to fade by 5:30 p.m. Several individuals closed their eyes and appeared to be sleeping.They’re due back in court Tuesday morning for testimony, including evidence to be entered into the record and for witness examinations.Read more at The Daily Beast.Get our top stories in your inbox every day. 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Police: A 69-year-old Arizona woman is missing in California's Mojave Desert without supplies, cellphone

Police: A 69-year-old Arizona woman is missing in California's Mojave Desert without supplies, cellphoneAuthorities in California are searching for Barbara Thomas, a 69-year-old woman who went missing while hiking in the Mojave Desert.



The B-2 Stealth Bomber Is Now 30 Years Old. Take a Look Inside.

The B-2 Stealth Bomber Is Now 30 Years Old. Take a Look Inside.(Washington, D.C.) Slicing through the sky with bat-like wings, eluding enemy radar with stealth technology, quietly destroying enemy air defenses from 50,000 ft and using computers to merge sensor data with targeting information -- the Air Force’s B-2 bomber … has been in the air attacking targets for “30-Years.”“You pull up the weapons suite screen, align the right weapon with the target and provide input into the DEP - Digital Entry Panel. Then, you enter text into the computer,” Lt. Col. Nicola Polidar, Commander of Detachment 5 of the 29th Training Systems Squadron, told Warrior in an interview.As this happens….the air attack begins.The B-2 took its first flight July 17, 1989 -- so now is the “30-Year Anniversary.” B-2 pilots have operated the sleek, curved air-defense-defying platform for sensitive, highly-dangerous missions many times in recent decades. After blasting onto the scene in the early 90s, the B-2s combat debut came in the late 90s when the aircraft destroyed Serbian targets over Kosovo. Three decades ago, the Air Force and Northrop Grumman thought to massively advance the paradigm for stealth attack, and create a first-of-its kind leap ahead bomber. It was conceived of as a Cold War weapon, engineered to knock out Soviet advanced air defenses. The intent was to build upon and surpass the F-117 Night Hawk’s stealth technology used in the Gulf War.The B-2s stealth configuration, buried engine, low heat signature and “radar absorbent” coating, is meant to not only avoid being hit by enemy weapons, but complete missions without enemies ever knowing it is there. Its core mission: launch secret, quiet, undetected attacks over heavily defended enemy territory to create a safer “air corridor” for less stealthy planes to operate within extremely lethal,otherwise uninhabitable airspace.



Susan Rice Calls Chinese Diplomat a ‘Racist Disgrace’ on Twitter

Susan Rice Calls Chinese Diplomat a ‘Racist Disgrace’ on Twitter(Bloomberg) -- Sign up for Next China, a weekly email on where the nation stands now and where it's going next.Former U.S. National Security Advisor Susan Rice sparred with a senior Chinese diplomat on Twitter in an unusual and heated dispute over race in Washington.In a series of Tweets apparently aimed at making a broader point about diplomatic divisions over the mass detention of Muslims in China’s Xinjiang province, Lijian Zhao, a diplomat posted in Islamabad, said on Sunday that if “you’re in Washington, D.C., you know the white never go” to the southeastern part of the U.S. capital.“You are a racist disgrace. And shockingly ignorant too,” Rice told Zhao on Twitter. Likely assuming that Zhao was posted in China’s mission in Washington, she then addressed her next comment to China’s ambassador to the U.S., Cui Tiankai. “Ambassador Cui, I expect better of you and your team. Please do the right thing and send him home.”Zhao, who is deputy chief of mission at the Chinese embassy in Pakistan’s capital, is often vocal on Twitter against critics of China’s infrastructure-building projects in Pakistan and other parts of Asia. Beijing has invested tens of billions of dollars in Pakistan, whose leader Imran Khan has previously dodged questions about the issue.‘Shockingly Ignorant’“You are such a disgrace, too. And shockingly ignorant, too. I am based in Islamabad. Truth hurts. I am simply telling the truth,” Zhao fired back at Rice on Monday. “To label someone who speak the truth that you don’t want to hear a racist, is disgraceful & disgusting.”Read More: How China Is Defending Its Detention of Muslims to the WorldZhao didn’t immediately respond to phone calls, an email and a direct message on Twitter seeking comment.In a string of messages that appeared aimed at highlighting U.S. hypocrisy on human rights, Zhao referred to everything from income inequality and school shootings in the U.S. to immigration officers separating children from parents.He tweeted a list of mostly-Western nations that condemned China for its actions in Xinjiang as well as a separate list of other countries -- including Pakistan, Cuba, Tajikistan and Nigeria -- that wrote a joint letter to the United Nations supporting Beijing, which Zhao called “a big slap on the face of U.S. & its western cohorts.”Outspoken DiplomatsChina’s diplomats have become increasingly vocal and outspoken. This month, China’s ambassador to London, Liu Xiaoming, gave a rare televised statement accusing the British government of meddling in Hong Kong, the scene of mass protests against Beijing’s rule.Earlier this year, China’s envoy to Canada publicly accused his hosts of “white supremacy,” while the country’s chief envoy in South Africa said President Donald Trump’s policies were making the U.S. “the enemy of the whole world.”Asked about the Twitter dispute on Monday, China’s foreign ministry spokesman Geng Shuang didn’t comment directly.“I don’t know the specific situation,” he said. However, he added, “we resolutely oppose the interference of the U.S. and individual Western countries in interfering in China’s internal affairs with the Xinjiang issue.”To contact the reporters on this story: Iain Marlow in New Delhi at imarlow1@bloomberg.net;Dandan Li in Beijing at dli395@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Brendan Scott at bscott66@bloomberg.net, Chris Kay, Gregory TurkFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com©2019 Bloomberg L.P.



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Suspected tornado in Mississippi from Barry's wet remnants

Suspected tornado in Mississippi from Barry's wet remnantsA suspected tornado struck a rural area of north Mississippi on Tuesday, damaging homes and knocking down trees and power lines as the wet remnants of Hurricane Barry rumbled through several states, officials said. A storm that may have included a tornado passed through Victoria, Mississippi, about 45 miles (72 kilometers) southeast of Memphis, Tennessee, National Weather Service forecaster Andrew Chiuppi said.



Man arrested in slaying of 75-year-old community activist

Man arrested in slaying of 75-year-old community activistPolice have arrested a man in the slaying of a community leader who founded Baton Rouge's African American history museum. Police Chief Murphy J. Paul told news reporters that 38-year-old Ronn Jermaine Bell was arrested Tuesday on a charge of first-degree murder. Paul says a "solid motive" remains under investigation but he says investigators do not believe Roberts-Joseph's death was a hate crime or related to her community activist role.



US STOCKS-Wall Street slips as bank earnings, Trump trade comments weigh

US STOCKS-Wall Street slips as bank earnings, Trump trade comments weighU.S. stocks edged lower on Tuesday as quarterly results from banks added to concerns about lower interest rates dampening their profits, while comments from U.S. President Donald Trump on trade also dragged down Wall Street's major indexes. Johnson & Johnson shares slipped 1.6% after the diversified healthcare company warned that competition from generic and copycat drugs could impact its third-quarter results.



Reinvent international monetary order or face Chinese dominance -France

Reinvent international monetary order or face Chinese dominance -FranceFrance's finance minister said on Tuesday the post-war international monetary order needed to be reinvented or become increasingly dominated by China. The pillars of that order, the International Monetary Fund and its sister institution the World Bank, have been controlled by the United States and Europe since their inception at the Bretton Woods conference in New Hampshire in July 1944. "The Bretton Woods order as we know it has reached its limits," French Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire told a conference at the French central bank marking the 75th anniversary of the conference.



UPDATE 1-German Conservative boss to succeed von der Leyen as minister

UPDATE 1-German Conservative boss to succeed von der Leyen as ministerAnnegret Kramp-Karrenbauer, a close ally of German Chancellor Angela Merkel and head of her Christian Democrat party, will succeed Ursula von der Leyen as defence minister, government spokesman Steffen Seibert told Reuters. Von der Leyen, who was confirmed on Tuesday by the European Parliament as the next head of the European Union's executive commission, steps down from her German role on Tuesday. The choice of Kramp-Karrenbauer, a follower of Merkel's centrist politics, came as a surprise to many in Berlin, where many had expected Jens Spahn, the arch-conservative health minister, to take the defence job.



New York raises statewide smoking age to 21

New York raises statewide smoking age to 21New York will raise its smoking age from 18 to 21 under legislation signed into law Tuesday by the state's governor. The change, which takes effect in 120 days, will apply to the sales of traditional tobacco products as well as electronic cigarettes and vaporizers. Gov. Andrew Cuomo, a Democrat, said too many children and teens pick up smoking despite decades of efforts to snuff out the habit, in part because of marketing aimed at young people.



The Latest: Apollo 11 astronaut returns to launch pad

The Latest: Apollo 11 astronaut returns to launch padThe Orlando Sentinel commemorated the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 launch by republishing its front page from 1969 and writing minute-by-minute accounts of launch day. The newspaper detailed how the day started for astronauts Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins as they prepared for launch. Thousands of model rockets have been launched in Huntsville, Alabama, 50 years after the Apollo 11 crew blasted off for the moon.



McConnell says Trump is 'not a racist' and calls for Washington to 'tone down' rhetoric

McConnell says Trump is 'not a racist' and calls for Washington to 'tone down' rhetoricSenate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Tuesday that he doesn’t believe Donald Trump is a racist despite the president’s calls for four Democratic lawmakers to “go back” to the “crime infested places from which they came.”



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White supremacists cheer Trump racist tweets
President Donald Trump's racist comments about Democratic congresswomen have won him renewed support from white supremacists who had been losing faith that he was the hero they wanted to create a prospering White America.
CNN reporter presses McConnell on Trump's racist tweets
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) reacts to President Donald Trump's racist tweets regarding four Democratic congresswomen.
Ocasio-Cortez fires back at Trump, cites sexual assault allegations
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez on Tuesday defiantly responded to President Donald Trump's continued attacks on her and other minority Democratic congresswomen, calling him out for the various sexual assault allegations made against
Melania wasn't born in the US. Why her silence matters
Melania Trump is only the second first lady of the US who was not born in America. Yet she's remained silent as her husband, President Donald Trump, tweets racist attacks at four Democratic freshman lawmakers who are all women of
Opinion: Trump has met his match
President Donald Trump may have finally met his match: The Squad.
ICE official: 'No mass arrests' so far
A US Immigration and Customs Enforcement official with knowledge of operations in several states says there has not been "any surge of arrests or activity or round-ups" in an operation to target thousands of undocumented immigrant
Opinion: As immigrants, we love America and still want it to be better
James Baldwin famously said, "I love America more than any other country in this world, and exactly for this reason, I insist on the right to criticize her perpetually."
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Planned Parenthood Removes Leana Wen As President After Less Than A Year
"I am leaving because the new Board Chairs and I have philosophical differences over the direction and future of Planned Parenthood," Wen said in a statement.
Prosecutors Will Not Seek Federal Charges Against NYPD Officer In Eric Garner's Death
There will be no federal charges in the choking death of Eric Garner. The government says it doesn't have evidence to charge the officer involved in Garner's death five years ago on Staten Island.
Memos Show Asylum Officers Were Given Short Notice Before New Rule Went Into Effect
Immigration and security reporter Molly O'Toole of the Los Angeles Times talks with NPR's Mary Louise Kelly about memos that show agents were briefed hours before the new asylum rule went into effect.
New Mexico AG On His Push To Change The State's Sexual Misconduct Laws
NPR's Ari Shapiro talks with New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas about his push to change state law to require anyone with a sex trafficking conviction to register as a sex offender.
Amid Furor Over Racist Tweets, White House Announces Immigration Bill
The White House has been quietly working to draft a bill that aims to unite Republicans on the issue. It doesn't deal with the millions currently in the country.
Chance The Snapper Is Snared: Alligator Caught After A Wild Week In Chicago Park
It took some 36 hours of looking in Humboldt Park's lagoon, but a Florida alligator specialist finally brought in an animal that had become something of a celebrity in Chicago.
Irate Over Military Exercises, North Korea Threatens To Resume Nuclear, Missile Tests
Pyongyang accused the U.S. of "unilaterally reneging on its commitments" and said North Korea is "gradually losing our justification to follow through" on its own promises.
NYPD Officer Will Not Face Federal Criminal Charges In Eric Garner's Death
Officer Daniel Pantaleo could still face disciplinary action by the New York Police Department. In 2014, Garner's dying words, "I can't breathe," became a rallying cry in national protests.
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Trump faces House condemnation after his tweets on minority congresswomen
President Donald Trump pressured fellow Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives on Tuesday to stand with him and vote against a symbolic measure condemning his racially charged attacks on four Democratic congresswomen.
U.S. Senate Republican McConnell says debate should not be about personal attacks
U.S. Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell said on Tuesday public debate should be on ideas, not personal attacks, in his first public remarks on a controversy touched off by President Donald Trump's racially charged attacks on
Former tenant charged in killing of Louisiana civil rights activist
A former tenant of Baton Rouge civil rights activist Sadie Roberts-Joseph has been arrested and charged with her murder, police in Louisiana said on Tuesday.
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Trump defends tweets branded racist that attacked Democrats
The US president hits back after his controversial attack on four minority Democratic congresswomen.
What Americans make of Trump 'go back' tweets
Some in the US state of Virginia are appalled by the president’s tweets about lawmakers - but others stand by him.
Storm Area 51: US Air Force warns over Facebook event
More than a million people RSVP to an event calling for people to break into the Nevada base.
Apollo 11: Michael Collins returns to launch site on 50th anniversary
Michael Collins visits the exact spot the first human mission to the moon launched from 50 years ago.
Facebook's Libra cryptocurrency attacked at Senate hearing
The tech giant's Libra digital currency is attacked by senators who say the company is not trusted.
Eric Garner: No federal charges in US 'I can't breathe' death
Garner's last words, "I can't breathe", became a rallying cry for police brutality protesters.
Trump bans family planning clinics from abortion referrals
The Trump administration says federally funded clinics must stop referring women for abortions.
Emmys: Killing Eve stars Jodie Comer and Sandra Oh go head-to-head
The Killing Eve actresses are both up for best actress in a drama series at this year's Emmy TV awards.
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Americans Aren’t Allowed to Donate to and Volunteer at Migrant Detention Centers. There’s No Good Reason for That Policy
Last month, Patty Rodriguez saw a picture online that broke her heart: a young boy wearing aluminum foil as shoes. He had recently been released from a detention center and was at a nonprofit shelter. “He was about my son Ol
New York Raises Statewide Smoking Age to 21
The change will apply to traditional tobacco products and e-cigarettes
These Are Some of the Sought-After Summer Getaways Celebrities Keep Going Back To
It’s officially summer, and we know what that means: time for people to start outdoing each other with vacation plans and Instagram posts. Fret not; even if a picture-perfect getaway isn’t on your schedule, there&#8217
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