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  • Iranian president: Iran isn't seeking war against any nation

    Tue, 18 Jun 2019 06:19:17 -0400

    Iranian president: Iran isn't seeking war against any nationIran is not seeking to wage war against any nation, the country's president said Tuesday while at the same time stressing that Iranians will withstand mounting U.S. pressure and emerge victorious. The remarks by President Hassan Rouhani came as Tehran and Washington are edging toward a flashpoint after Iran announced it was breaking compliance with the nuclear deal with world powers and the Trump administration ordered 1,000 more troops to the Middle East. "We do not wage war with any nation," Rouhani said, speaking during the inauguration of a new terminal at Tehran's Imam Khomeini International Airport that will raise its capacity from 8 million to 13 million passengers a year.

  • Alaskan teenager convinced by online fraudster to murder mentally ill girl for $9 million

    Wed, 19 Jun 2019 13:33:58 -0400

    Alaskan teenager convinced by online fraudster to murder mentally ill girl for $9 millionAn Alaskan teenager has been charged with conspiring to murder her friend after a man she met online offered her $9 million (£7m) to commit the crime. Denali Brehmer, 18, struck up a friendship with a man she believed to be “Tyler”, a wealthy businessman from Kansas. The man was in fact 21-year-old Darin Schilmiller of Indiana. The pair spoke online about a plan to rape and murder someone in Alaska, sending Schilmiller videos and photos of the act in exchange for the money. Brehmer then recruited a group of friends, and they chose their victim – Cynthia Hoffman, 19, described as one of Brehmer’s best friends, who her father said had a learning disability and the mental age of a 12 year-old. Police said the teenagers agreed to help carry out the murder and in exchange, “all of them would receive a significant sum of money for their part in the planning and/or execution of the murder.” Tim Hoffman, father of Cynthia Hoffman, in court on June 18 On June 2 Hoffman was lured to a hiking trail, Thunderbird Falls, northeast of Anchorage, where she was bound with duct tape and shot once in the back of the head by Brehmer’s accomplice Kayden McIntosh, a homeless 16-year-old boy. Hoffman’s body was then pushed into a river. “I put out search parties,” said Hoffman’s father Tim. He sent Brehmer a text message asking where his daughter was, and Brehmer replied that she would be home soon. “I drove my motorcycle through woods and bike paths. I floored it all over town doing speed limits I should not have been doing looking for my kid,” he said. “When she didn’t come home the first day, I knew something was wrong. When she didn’t come home the second day, I knew something was wrong. And then all I could think about was the knock on the door.” Hoffman’s body was discovered near the waterfall two days later. Authorities say Brehmer communicated with Schilmiller throughout the murder, sending him "Snapchat photographs and videos of Hoffman tied up and of the body afterward." Both Brehmer and McIntosh have been arrested and charged in relation to the murder. Kayden McIntosh, 16, in court in Alaska on June 18 "I know what I did was wrong. I know I could have probably done something different," said Brehmer, during her arraignment. Schilmiller has also been arrested along with three others accused of assisting in the planning or execution of the killing. All six have pleaded not guilty. Schilmiller and Brehmer were also indicted on Tuesday on federal child pornography and child exploitation charges. Police said that a search on Brehmer's phone during their investigation into Hoffman's death revealed that the teen - at Schilmiller's direction - had produced videos depicting sexually explicit conduct involving a minor and sent them to Schilmiller. Court documents say Schilmiller admitted to attempting to blackmail Brehmer after the murder into sexually assaulting young girls. Both face up to life in prison on the child pornography charges. They also face up to 99 years in prison for each of the murder charges, the conspiracy to commit murder charge, and the solicitation to commit murder charge. "All I know is my daughter didn't deserve all this,” said Mr Hoffman. “She should have the friends that she wanted. "I have one thing in my mind right now. And that's to send all six of them to Hell. "And I ain't gonna rest until it's done. And then after it's done I'll show my emotions." Bryan Schroder, US attorney for Alaska, advised parents to keep an eye on how their children were using the internet. “For all of the good the internet can do, it can be a dark place and parents would be wise to monitor the activity of their children online.”

  • Train derails in Nevada, spilling vegetable oil, closing major highway

    Wed, 19 Jun 2019 15:26:50 -0400

    Train derails in Nevada, spilling vegetable oil, closing major highwayThe vegetable oil spilled out of one of the 22 derailed cars after the train went off the tracks shortly before 11 a.m. local time, the Elko County Sheriff's Office said on Facebook, citing Union Pacific Railroad officials. "We had some vegetable oil and some diesel spill. There was nothing hazardous that was released or in the derailed cars," Union Pacific spokeswoman Kristen South said.

  • Mars has a brand new crater, and it sure is pretty

    Tue, 18 Jun 2019 23:07:37 -0400

    Mars has a brand new crater, and it sure is prettyMars, like any other rocky world, has its fair share of craters. These scars of ancient impacts give the dusty surface of the planet some serious personality, and sometimes it's easy to forget that new craters can happen right before our eyes. That's exactly what seems to have occurred, and a new image from NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter reveals a brand new impact site that might only be a few months old.The image, which was captured by the HiRISE camera built into the orbiter, shows a bold dark patch of material surrounding a circular crater on the Martian surface. Researchers believe it might have been created as recently as February 2019.The University of Arizona posted the photo, along with the following caption:> An impressionist painting? No, it's a new impact crater that has appeared on the surface of Mars, formed at most between September 2016 and February 2019. What makes this stand out is the darker material exposed beneath the reddish dust.The photo itself was captured in April and is only just now getting the attention it deserves. However, because the orbiter can't be looking at the entire planet at all times, it's unclear when exactly the crater formed, and researchers can only narrow it down to sometime between September 2016 and February 2019.This is yet another great reminder of the fantastic work NASA's Mars orbiter has been doing for years now. The spacecraft originally launched way back in 2005 and arrived at Mars in March of the following year. When it did, its primary mission was only scheduled to last for two years, but it has since put in over 13 years of faithful service for scientists. As long as it keeps producing images like this one, we hope it keeps going for a long time to come.

  • Pentagon sending 1,000 U.S. troops to Middle East after oil tanker attacks

    Tue, 18 Jun 2019 09:16:32 -0400

    Pentagon sending 1,000 U.S. troops to Middle East after oil tanker attacksLast week, the Trump administration accused Tehran of being responsible for an explosion that set two oil tankers on fire off the coast of Iran.

  • Top 20: Best Submarines, Aircraft Carriers, Bombers and Fighter Jets Ever

    Wed, 19 Jun 2019 12:09:00 -0400

    Top 20: Best Submarines, Aircraft Carriers, Bombers and Fighter Jets EverOver the last century, nations have invested tremendous resources in bomber aircraft. In today's world, where everyday it seems a new piece of military technology is poised to take over the battlefield and make everything else obsolete, there are several weapons of war that seem to have some staying power. Aircraft carriers, while some may consider them obsolete, remain one of the ultimate ways to display national power and prestige, with the unique capability to attack targets from the world's seas with deadly accuracy.Submarines have many uses. Whether it is to exercise sea control, deter an enemy with underwater nuclear weapons or ensure you have the ability to strike with various types of conventional weapons like cruise missiles on land, subs seem to be only gaining in prominence. This first appeared in November 2017.Then there is the bomber. Some are old, like the B-52. Some are just getting started, like the B-21 Raider. Some we don't know much about, like Russia's PAK-FA. Yet, one thing is clear: Bombers can still make or break any conflict that could occur now or in the future. And fighter jets are not going anywhere. The F-35 is the ultimate example--considering the massive cost--of this important military asset having clear staying power (the only debate at this point is whether it will be manned or unmanned).

  • Echoing Beijing, Duterte’s Government Now Calls Boat Collision an ‘Accident’

    Wed, 19 Jun 2019 03:26:36 -0400

    Echoing Beijing, Duterte’s Government Now Calls Boat Collision an ‘Accident’(Bloomberg) -- The Philippine government has fallen in with Beijing’s explanation that a Chinese vessel didn’t intentionally hit a Filipino boat in the South China Sea on June 9.Philippine Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana on Wednesday described the incident as "just an accident," adding the Chinese vessel may have left after hitting and sinking a Philippine boat with 22 fishermen out of fear of being “besieged” by other boats near Reed Bank.“Maybe the other side didn’t mean to brush against our boat,” Lorenzana said at a televised briefing in Manila on Wednesday.The Philippines’ Navy chief earlier said the Chinese vessel "rammed" the Filipino boat which was anchored when it was hit, while the spokesman of the military unit in charge of the disputed waters said the incident was "far from accidental." Philippine Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin also protested the incident, which he said he’d call a "hit and run."Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte is not favoring China after the incident, said Lorenzana, who has also called for an apology and compensation from the Chinese vessel’s captain for damaging the Philippine boat.China’s Foreign Ministry earlier described the incident as an “accidental collision,” while Beijing’s embassy in Manila said the Chinese vessel’s crew was “afraid” of other Philippine boats in the area, prompting the captain to leave the Filipino fishermen.The sunken Philippine boat’s crew wants Duterte to ask China to hold the Chinese vessel’s captain criminally liable for abandoning them at sea, Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Pinol said at a separate briefing after meeting the fishermen.“There is no justification to the act of the Chinese vessel to abandon the Filipino fishermen. Under international maritime laws, that is illegal. Under human laws, that is immoral,” Pinol said.To contact the reporter on this story: Andreo Calonzo in Manila at acalonzo1@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Cecilia Yap at, Ruth PollardFor more articles like this, please visit us at©2019 Bloomberg L.P.

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

    Tue, 18 Jun 2019 14:16:14 -0400

    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.

  • The 17 Most Beautiful Highways for Road Trips

    Wed, 19 Jun 2019 08:00:00 -0400

    The 17 Most Beautiful Highways for Road Trips

  • The Latest: Trump says Florida re-election rally will rock

    Tue, 18 Jun 2019 08:35:30 -0400

    The Latest: Trump says Florida re-election rally will rockTrump says his re-election launch will be a political spectacle. Opponents are launching their protests at a gay bar in Orlando. President Donald Trump is set to kick off his re-election campaign with a rally Tuesday night in Orlando, Florida.

  • Toxicology test to be conducted on Staten Island woman who died in the Dominican Republic

    Tue, 18 Jun 2019 23:13:16 -0400

    Toxicology test to be conducted on Staten Island woman who died in the Dominican RepublicWhile officials say the Staten Island woman died from a sudden heart attack, her son says he doesn't believe it, saying she would still be alive if she never went to the country.

  • Investigators crack cold case murder of South Dakota woman

    Tue, 18 Jun 2019 15:55:07 -0400

    Investigators crack cold case murder of South Dakota womanThe murder of a pharmacist who was raped and strangled in her home in a South Dakota city more than half a century ago has been solved with the use of DNA technology and genealogy databases, police said. Investigators believe Eugene Carroll Field killed 60-year-old Gwen Miller in 1968 when he was a 25-year-old living in Rapid City, Detective Wayne Keefe said at a news conference Monday. It is "a little surreal" to finally identify the killer after 51 years and up to 5,000 hours of work, Keefe said.

  • Has 'the sacrificial lamb' arrived?: U.N. cites new recordings in Khashoggi murder

    Wed, 19 Jun 2019 10:48:54 -0400

    Has 'the sacrificial lamb' arrived?: U.N. cites new recordings in Khashoggi murderMoments before Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi was killed and dismembered last October, two of his suspected murderers waiting at the kingdom's Istanbul consulate fretted about the task at hand, according to a U.N. report published on Wednesday. Will it "be possible to put the trunk in a bag?" asked Maher Mutreb, a Saudi intelligence officer who worked for a senior advisor to the crown prince, according to the report from the U.N. special rapporteur on extrajudicial executions. Mutreb and 10 others are now on trial in closed hearings in Saudi Arabia for their role.

  • Top Iranian official: 'There will not be a military confrontation' with U.S.

    Wed, 19 Jun 2019 08:04:50 -0400

    Top Iranian official: 'There will not be a military confrontation' with U.S.The Trump administration appeared to escalate tensions with Tehran two days earlier by announcing the deployment of 1,000 additional troops to the Middle East.

  • Huge great white shark surprises stunned New Jersey fishermen

    Wed, 19 Jun 2019 07:21:22 -0400

    Huge great white shark surprises stunned New Jersey fishermenA party of fishermen about 30 miles southeast of the Manasquan Inlet got a shocking visitor: a huge great white shark.

  • NY Governor Andrew Cuomo Signs Bill Allowing Illegal Immigrants to Obtain Driver’s Licenses

    Tue, 18 Jun 2019 08:42:15 -0400

    NY Governor Andrew Cuomo Signs Bill Allowing Illegal Immigrants to Obtain Driver’s LicensesNew York governor Andrew Cuomo signed a bill Monday night granting illegal immigrants the right to obtain driver's licenses, shortly after the legislation narrowly passed the state Senate.The bill, which passed the state Senate 33-29, divided moderate, suburban Democrats, concerned about the safety implications of licensing illegal immigrants, from their more progressive counterparts.Before signing the bill Monday evening, Cuomo threatened to veto the legislation out of concern that it might lead to the creation of a database of illegal immigrants that the federal government might use to enforce immigration law.In response, attorney general Tish James released a statement assuring Cuomo and the public that the bill would not be used to help enforce immigration law.“The legislation is well-crafted and contains ample protections for those who apply for driver’s licenses. If this bill is enacted and challenged in court, we will vigorously defend it,” she said.New York now joins twelve other states and Washington, D.C. in allowing illegal immigrants to drive.Immigration-rights activists praised the legislation as a step toward affirming the humanity of illegal immigrants.“It’s been an 18-year struggle,” said Javier Valdés, the co-executive director of Make the Road New York, a prominent political advocacy group that works to expand the privileges afforded to immigrants regardless of their legal status. “The resilience of the immigrant community has shown through once again.”New York Republicans, meanwhile, chastised their Democratic colleagues for advancing legislation that further erodes the distinction between citizens and non-citizens and incentivizes potential migrants to disregard federal law.“If we give them every right they have, they will not be incentivized to go through the process of getting that greatest gift, to be a citizen,” said Republican senator James Tedisco of central New York.

  • China earthquake kills 13, injures 199

    Tue, 18 Jun 2019 10:49:28 -0400

    China earthquake kills 13, injures 199The toll from a strong 6.0-magnitude earthquake in southwest China rose to 13 dead and 199 injured on Tuesday as rescuers pulled bodies and survivors from wrecked buildings. More than 8,000 people were relocated as a large number of structures were damaged or collapsed after the quake struck late Monday near Yibin, in Sichuan province, according to the city government. Other images were of a woman being helped out of another collapsed structure.

  • Xiaomi Eyes $725 Million Expansion to Stave Off Huawei in China

    Wed, 19 Jun 2019 02:55:36 -0400

    Xiaomi Eyes $725 Million Expansion to Stave Off Huawei in China(Bloomberg) -- Xiaomi Corp. aims to spend an additional 5 billion yuan ($725 million) expanding its Chinese retail network over the next three years, anticipating a re-doubled effort by Huawei Technologies Co. to grow its domestic market share.The smartphone maker will spend the money on expanding distribution channels and on reward programs for its partners and sales employees, a person familiar with the matter said, citing an internal meeting convened by billionaire co-founder Lei Jun Tuesday. That spending comes on top of an existing budget for building up its retail operations. Chinese media outlet Caixin reported on the investment earlier.Huawei is said to be preparing for a drop in international smartphone shipments of 40% to 60% as the Trump administration bars its access to American components and software. That means Google will cut off popular apps like YouTube and stop providing updates for the Android system that powers all of Huawei’s devices abroad. It wants to grab as much as half of the smartphone market in China in 2019 to offset that decline overseas, people familiar with the matter have said, citing internal discussions about year-end goals. It hopes to get there also by investing in marketing and expanding distribution channels.Xiaomi aims to become the country’s top vendor but its priority is to at least become No. 3, the person said, asking not to be identified discussing internal goals. The company currently ranks fourth. It sees the roll-out of next-generation 5G mobile networks in coming years as a golden opportunity to boost sales on its home turf, the person added.Hong Kong-listed Xiaomi now commands about 12% of the Chinese smartphone market versus Huawei’s 34%, Canalys estimates. Its shipments slid 13% in the first quarter while its rivals’ soared 41%, the research outfit estimated.To contact Bloomberg News staff for this story: Gao Yuan in Beijing at ygao199@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Peter Elstrom at, Edwin Chan, Colum MurphyFor more articles like this, please visit us at©2019 Bloomberg L.P.

  • Boeing signs first deal for 737 Max jet since deadly crashes

    Tue, 18 Jun 2019 14:35:50 -0400

    Boeing signs first deal for 737 Max jet since deadly crashesBoeing is selling its 737 Max planes again. The company announced at the Paris Air Show on Tuesday that International Airlines Group, the parent company of British Airways and other carriers, signed a letter of intent for 200 Boeing 737 aircraft. Boeing said it's the first sale of the jetliner since the crash of an Ethiopian Airlines 737 Max in March.

  • Orlando Sentinel endorses 'not Donald Trump' for president ahead of reelection kickoff

    Tue, 18 Jun 2019 11:15:37 -0400

    Orlando Sentinel endorses 'not Donald Trump' for president ahead of reelection kickoffHours before the president was due to formally announce the kickoff of his reelection campaign at a rally in Orlando, the Orlando Sentinel announced it will endorse anyone but him.

  • The List: Top 3 .308 Semi-Automatic Rifles on the Planet Today

    Tue, 18 Jun 2019 23:00:00 -0400

    The List: Top 3 .308 Semi-Automatic Rifles on the Planet TodayAre you on the market for a .308 semi-automatic rifle?  If so, you’ll be glad to hear that there are several high quality choices for you available on the marketplace, which each offer excellent performance, accuracy, durability, and reliability.There are three models that stand out in particular: the Century Arms C308, Ruger SR-762, and the Springfield M1A.Each of these choices certainly have their pros and cons, but they also each offer unique advantages that we will dive into in-depth with this article.  We’ll also talk about the best benefits of owning a .308 semi-automatic rifle to begin with.THE BENEFITS OF OWNING A .308 SEMI-AUTOMATICA solid case can be made that the .308 semi-automatic rifle is the most versatile centerfire rifle that you can own today.

  • Cards' Nkemdiche arrested after traffic stop

    Wed, 19 Jun 2019 20:21:54 -0400

    Cards' Nkemdiche arrested after traffic stopPolice in Scottsdale, Ariz., arrested Arizona Cardinals defensive end Robert Nkemdiche for alleged speeding and driving without a license earlier this month, ABC 15 Arizona reported Wednesday. The incident occurred June 6 at 6:30 a.m., according to police documents obtained by the TV station. Police allege that Nkemdiche was driving 75 mph in a 45 mph zone.

  • Senate Appropriations Committee approves $4.6B for border

    Wed, 19 Jun 2019 12:33:29 -0400

    Senate Appropriations Committee approves $4.6B for borderThe measure passed with a 30-1 vote, with only Sen. Jeff Merkley opposed.

  • Joe Biden under fire from rivals after talking about 'civility' with segregationists

    Wed, 19 Jun 2019 18:57:04 -0400

    Joe Biden under fire from rivals after talking about 'civility' with segregationistsJoe Biden used his time in the Senate working with segregationists as an example of “civility” at a fundraiser on Tuesday night, drawing criticism from his fellow Democratic nominees.“When I got there, there were still five, seven segregationists from the south,” Mr Biden told donors. “But the politics wasn’t broken in the sense that we still treat each other with some civility. I was in a caucus with James O Eastland. He never called me ‘boy’, he always called me ‘son’.”The comments, which also mentioned the former vice president’s memories of Mississippi’s segregationist senator Herman Talmadge, shocked Mr Biden’s fellow candidates. “You don’t joke about calling black men ‘boys’,” senator Cory Booker said in a statement. “Vice President Biden’s relationships with proud segregationists are not the model for how we make America a safer and more inclusive place for black people, and for everyone.”Speaking to reporters, senator Kamala Harris said the comment “concerns me deeply”.“To coddle the reputations of segregationists, who, if they had their way, I would literally not be standing here as a member of the United States is, I think, misinformed,” she continued. “And it’s wrong.”Senator Elizabeth Warren also condemned the comments, saying: “I’m not here to criticise other Democrats, but it’s never ok to celebrate segregationists. Never.”Eastland was a senator from Mississippi who fought hard, and lost, for segregation during his career.In a 1954 speech addressed to Lyndon B Johnson directly after the passing of Brown v Board of Education, which ruled that segregation in schools was unconstitutional, Eastland said: “The southern institution of racial segregation or racial separation was the correct, self-evident truth which arose from the chaos and confusion of the reconstruction period.”“Segregation is not discrimination,” Eastland’s speech continued. “In fact, segregation is desired and supported by the vast majority of the members of both races in the South, who dwell side by side under harmonious conditions.”“Well guess what? At least there was some civility,” Mr Biden said of Eastland 65 years later.“We got things done,” he continued. “Today, you look at the other side and you’re the enemy. Not the opposition: the enemy. We don’t talk to each other anymore.”Accompanied by a photo of his wife and two children, Bill de Blasio tweeted: “Eastland thought my multiracial family should be illegal.”“It’s past time for apologies or evolution from Joe Biden,” the New York City mayor continued. “He repeatedly demonstrates that he is out of step with the values of the modern Democratic Party.”

  • Egypt: UN office tries to politicize Morsi's courtroom death

    Wed, 19 Jun 2019 11:00:58 -0400

    Egypt: UN office tries to politicize Morsi's courtroom deathEgypt said Wednesday that the U.N. human rights office was trying to politicize the death of former Egyptian president Mohammed Morsi, who collapsed inside a Cairo courtroom during his trial this week. Morsi, Egypt's first democratically elected president who hailed from the now outlawed Muslim Brotherhood group, was buried under heavy security early on Tuesday, a day after his dramatic collapse and death inside a Cairo courtroom. Rupert Colville, spokesman for the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, called Tuesday for a "prompt, impartial, thorough and transparent investigation" into Morsi's death on Monday.

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

    Tue, 18 Jun 2019 15:35:15 -0400

    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.

  • The Latest: Indiana AG's office plans vigorous defense

    Tue, 18 Jun 2019 15:54:10 -0400

    The Latest: 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.

  • Photos of the 2020 Ford Explorer

    Tue, 18 Jun 2019 06:00:00 -0400

    Photos of the 2020 Ford Explorer

  • As U.S. Boosts Pressure, Iran Tests Trump's Appetite for a Fight

    Tue, 18 Jun 2019 17:02:49 -0400

    As U.S. Boosts Pressure, Iran Tests Trump's Appetite for a Fight(Bloomberg) -- President Donald Trump’s campaign vow to get the U.S. out of costly foreign entanglements is colliding with the messy reality of America’s commitments in the Middle East, where tensions are rising between Washington and Tehran after attacks on two tankers last week.The dilemma emerged again as the administration ordered another 1,000 troops to the region on Monday in response to what Trump officials say was Iran’s role in the latest strikes. The Tehran government has rejected those accusations.So far the international response to the U.S. charges has been muted. With the rhetoric on both the American and Iranian sides rising, the relatively small deployment announced Monday appears calibrated to show the U.S. will push back on what it sees as Iran’s bad behavior without changing the balance of American power in the region.“Trump is very determined to avoid getting dragged into a military conflict if he can avoid it,” said Gary Samore, a former White House coordinator for arms control and weapons of mass destruction in the Obama administration.The president seemed to reinforce that impression in a Time magazine interview published late Monday. “So far, it’s been very minor,” he said of the attacks. Asked if he was considering a military confrontation, he told Time, “I wouldn’t say that. I can’t say that at all.”A Navy explosives expert who briefed reporters on the attacks at the Pentagon on Monday said the mines attached to a Japanese tanker were above the water line, which may indicate the attackers meant to damage the ship but not destroy it. A Pentagon spokesman later said the expert wasn’t part of the U.S.’s official investigation into the attacks.Analysts say that the broader Trump approach to foreign policy -- exerting maximum pressure on adversaries to force concessions -- raises the risk of an unintended conflict and has yet to pay off. From Tehran to Caracas to Pyongyang, U.S. efforts to force hostile regimes to back down have met stubborn resistance, despite threats or demands from officials including National Security Adviser John Bolton and Secretary of State Michael Pompeo.Read More: Pentagon Shares New Photos, Timeline of Gulf Oil Tanker AttacksBefore Bolton joined the Trump administration last year, he publicly advocated war with Iran to eliminate its nuclear program. And it was Pompeo who last year announced a lengthy list of demands Iran had to meet to enter talks with the U.S., only to have the president say he just wished officials in Tehran would call him to work things out.“If it was up to others like Bolton and Pompeo, they would advocate more aggressive action but I don’t see any sign Trump is spoiling for a fight,” Samore said.The mixed messages and a general distrust of American motives have fueled doubts about U.S. intentions toward Iran, even among allies. The situation has been exacerbated, analysts say, by Trump’s decision to withdraw from the 2015 Iran nuclear accord and his administration’s general skepticism of alliances and multilateral institutions.“Unfortunately, our great comparative advantage as a nation — building and working with alliances — has eroded, particularly with respect to Iran,” Brett McGurk, Trump’s former envoy to the global coalition to combat the Islamic State, wrote in a tweet June 14. “Key western allies warned of this very circumstance and sequence of events when the US began its maximum pressure campaign a year ago.”Trump may be even less willing to consider military force this week given he will symbolically kick off his re-election campaign on Tuesday in Florida. Though he campaigned in 2016 on promises to get out of overseas conflicts, Trump has struggled to draw down troops in Syria and Afghanistan, and now is in the position of sending more forces to the Middle East as he tries to convince voters he deserves another four years in office.Sensing inconsistencies in Trump’s strategy, leaders in Tehran may even be trying to call the president’s bluff.Limited OptionsIranian officials have indicated the country may stop abiding by some elements of the 2015 nuclear accord, known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, in days, a move experts argue is a carefully calibrated bid to exert new pressure for sanctions relief on European nations that have urged Iran to remain in the deal.Short of war, options for additional U.S. pressure include stepping up military escorts for tankers in the Gulf region or striking boats or facilities belonging to the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, which the U.S. has said was involved in the latest attacks.Air Force General Paul Selva, vice chairman of the Pentagon’s Joint Chiefs, said Tuesday in Washington that the U.S. has communicated a message to Iran of “hands off -- don’t come after our forces” in public statements as well as through Iraqi and Swiss intermediaries.If Iran “comes after U.S. citizens, U.S. assets or the U.S. military we reserve the right to respond with military action -- and they need to know that,” Silva, the No. 2 U.S. military official, said at a breakfast with defense reporters.Selva, who’s retiring next month, said tanker escorts like those the U.S. organized in the 1980s, would be “ill-advised” unless the “international community” fully participates.‘Lot of Hysteria’“There’s a lot of hysteria that holding Iran accountable has to be justified as a prelude to war,” said Ray Takeyh, a senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations. “We’re already in the midst of a low-intensity conflict that has managed to regulate itself.”Republican Senator Lindsey Graham, a close Trump supporter, told reporters on Tuesday that “nobody’s talking about an Iraq War, but we are talking about a military response on the the table that would cripple their ability” to disrupt oil flow and about “destroying their ability to refine oil.”Yet others among Trump’s allies, such as Republican Representative Michael McCaul of Texas, the ranking member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, caution that the U.S. and Iran must not edge closer to conflict.McCaul said that American forces in the region are in a “defensive posture” to protect transit through the Straits of Hormuz and he warned that military action against Iran would be “very, very complicated.”“I don’t think anyone has the appetite for war, although we do have military plans, obviously, contingency plans, in the event that is to happen,” McCaul said on Bloomberg Television. “I would caution that Iran is about the size of Iraq and Afghanistan combined and it would be very, very complicated."(Updates with Senator Graham in second paragraph after ‘Lot of Hystery’ subheadline.)\--With assistance from Margaret Talev, Daniel Flatley and Tony Capaccio.To contact the reporter on this story: Nick Wadhams in Washington at nwadhams@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Bill Faries at, John HarneyFor more articles like this, please visit us at©2019 Bloomberg L.P.

  • Far-right UK student jailed over Prince Harry online posts

    Tue, 18 Jun 2019 07:46:36 -0400

    Far-right UK student jailed over Prince Harry online postsA far-right university student who called Prince Harry a race traitor and created an image of him with a pistol to his head was on Tuesday jailed in Britain for more than four years. Michal Szewczuk, 19, posted the image, which also featured a blood-splattered swastika, on microblogging platform Gab in August last year, months after the prince married mixed-race actress Meghan Markle. Szewczuk, who was jailed for four years and three months, pleaded guilty to two counts of encouraging terrorism and five counts of possession of terrorist material, including the White Resistance Manual and an Al-Qaeda manual.

  • UPDATE 1-Japan rejects Korean fund plan to compensate forced wartime labour

    Wed, 19 Jun 2019 06:23:53 -0400

    UPDATE 1-Japan rejects Korean fund plan to compensate forced wartime labourSouth Korea said on Wednesday it had proposed a joint fund with Japan to compensate South Koreans forced to work by Japanese companies during World War Two, but Japan rejected the idea out of hand. South Korea and Japan share a bitter history that includes the 1910-45 Japanese colonisation of the Korean peninsula, the forced mobilisation of labour at Japanese companies and the use of comfort women, Japan's euphemism for girls and women, many of them Korean, forced to work in its wartime brothels.

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

    Tue, 18 Jun 2019 14:48:56 -0400

    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.

  • To Deter Iran, Give War a Chance

    Wed, 19 Jun 2019 08:50:00 -0400

    To Deter Iran, Give War a ChanceIn April, Iran’s theocratic rulers vowed to disrupt shipping in the vitally important Persian Gulf. Last week, they made good on that promise, attacking two oil tankers owned by U.S. treaty allies Japan and Norway. And now the regime is vowing to stockpile enriched uranium in its latest act of nuclear blackmail.Tehran is counting on its long record of getting away with attacks on the free world. But sooner or later we must draw a line and give war a chance against the government that has always seen itself as being at war with us.The coordinated attacks on the oil tankers are only the latest in a long line of Iranian military actions, both directly and through proxies it controls. In early May, Tehran attacked four commercial ships. A few days later, its surrogates launched a rocket at the U.S. embassy in Baghdad and, according to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, mounted an attack in Afghanistan that wounded four U.S. soldiers. The Iranians also fired on a U.S. drone.

  • Huge iPhone X Plus Looks Like the One to Beat

    Wed, 19 Jun 2019 10:35:00 -0400

    Huge iPhone X Plus Looks Like the One to BeatApple is betting that its biggest upcoming iPhone might just prove to be the most popular.Credit: Tom's GuideThe tech giant has ordered 45 million 6.5-inch OLED panels and 25 million 5.8-inch OLED panels, according to a report from Korean news outlet The Bell. Apple has also placed an order for 30 million 6.1-inch LCD panels for a cheaper version of its iPhone X, according to the report, which was earlier discovered by 9to5Mac.While the orders don't necessarily translate to sales predictions and can change over time, if they're accurate, it would suggest that Apple believes its iPhone X Plus will be the most popular version of all the handsets it releases this year. It also suggests that the iPhone X follow-up will be its least-popular model.Rumors have been swirling for months that Apple is working on three new iPhones for this year. The base model is expected to be a 6.1-inch LCD-based handset that will feature an iPhone X-like design and come with the most affordable price tag of the bunch. Apple's iPhone X, which is equipped with a 5.8-inch screen, is also getting a refresh, according to reports. And Apple will complement those handsets with the 6.5-inch iPhone X Plus, which will come with the same design as the iPhone X, but have a much larger screen.MORE: Case Maker Just Leaked the iPhone of Our DreamsThere had been speculation that Apple would sell more LCD models this year than any other. After all, the company's iPhone X has its biggest screen of all time and its highest price tag but isn't as popular as the cheaper iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus. Some had suggested the same might happen with this year's slate of iPhones.But Apple appears to be basing its decision on older iPhone launches that saw the larger versions attract more shoppers than the smaller and cheaper models. Apple ostensibly believes that customers will follow the same path with the iPhone Xs this year and opt for a larger version if it's available.Of course, price also matters here. And it's believed that Apple will keep all of its models under the $1,000 mark to start, with the iPhone X going for $899 and iPhone X Plus retailing for $999. The base LCD model will be less, but exactly how cheap is unknown. See also : Best iPhone X Alternatives * The Most Anticipated Smartphones - New Phones Coming Out * The Best iOS Apps You're Not Using (But Should Be) * 9 New iOS 12 Features That Make Your iPhone Better

  • Sully sounds off on what Boeing 737 Max needs to get back in the air

    Wed, 19 Jun 2019 16:31:58 -0400

    Sully sounds off on what Boeing 737 Max needs to get back in the airBefore the Boeing 737 Max flies again after 2 fatal crashes, the "Miracle on the Hudson" pilot Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger says pilots need training.

  • Police: Mom drives into Michigan river; 3 dead

    Tue, 18 Jun 2019 13:47:39 -0400

    Police: 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)

  • Photos of the 2020 Mercedes-AMG GLC63 S Coupe

    Tue, 18 Jun 2019 14:00:00 -0400

    Photos of the 2020 Mercedes-AMG GLC63 S Coupe

  • Witness: Navy SEAL called dead prisoner an 'ISIS dirtbag'

    Thu, 20 Jun 2019 01:21:20 -0400

    Witness: Navy SEAL called dead prisoner an 'ISIS dirtbag'A decorated Navy SEAL suddenly plunged a knife into the neck of a wounded young Islamic State prisoner, killing him, and later scoffed that he was "just an ISIS dirtbag," former comrades testified at a war crimes trial. Dylan Dille and Craig Miller took the stand Wednesday at the San Diego court-martial of Special Operations Chief Edward Gallagher, who has pleaded not guilty to murder and attempted murder stemming from his 2017 tour of duty in Iraq. More former SEALs were expected to testify on Thursday in a case that has drawn the attention of President Donald Trump and revealed a rare rift in the typically tightknit elite special forces.

  • Pompeo ups pressure on Russia over four MH17 accused

    Wed, 19 Jun 2019 22:35:20 -0400

    Pompeo ups pressure on Russia over four MH17 accusedMoscow must ensure that those charged with murder over the downing of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 face justice, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said, after international investigators accused three Russians and a Ukrainian over the disaster. The trial of the four men with military and intelligence links will start in the Netherlands in March next year, although they are likely to be tried in absentia as neither Russia nor Ukraine extradites their nationals. The Dutch-led inquiry team on Wednesday said international arrest warrants had been issued for Russian nationals Igor Girkin, Sergei Dubinsky and Oleg Pulatov, and Ukrainian Leonid Kharchenko, all of whom are suspected of roles in the separatist Donetsk People's Republic.

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

    Tue, 18 Jun 2019 12:50:36 -0400

    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.

  • Apple explores moving 15-30% of production capacity from China: Nikkei

    Wed, 19 Jun 2019 05:13:59 -0400

    Apple explores moving 15-30% of production capacity from China: NikkeiApple's request was a result of the extended Sino-U.S. trade dispute, but a trade resolution will not lead to a change in the company's decision, Nikkei said, citing multiple sources. The iPhone maker has decided the risks of depending heavily on manufacturing in China are too great and even rising, it said. Earlier this month, credit rating agency Fitch said it views Apple, Dell Technologies Inc and HP Inc as potential blacklist candidates if China blacklists U.S. companies in retaliation for restrictions on Huawei.

  • New leak shows us how the Galaxy Note 10 and Note 10 Pro will compare

    Tue, 18 Jun 2019 09:26:20 -0400

    New leak shows us how the Galaxy Note 10 and Note 10 Pro will compareThe Galaxy Note 10 series will be announced in about 2 months, which means we’ll see plenty of new leaks as we get closer to the release date. The new Note will come in two sizes and each one will have a 5G version, which means you’re going to have plenty of choices. But the phones will both share the same design and specs, which means you’ll be getting the same overall experience — the only big differences will concern screen and battery sizes, of course. The latest batch of alleged Note 10 accessories seem to reinforce the leaks that we saw in previous weeks. The Note 10 and Note 10 Pro will have an all-screen design like the Galaxy S10, but the new Infinity-O display will be a twist on the one Samsung introduced on its Galaxy S10, S10+, and S10e. Samsung will stick to Infinity-O screens for this flagship series, but the Galaxy Note 10’s hole punch display will have only a single-lens selfie camera placed in the middle of the screen. Posted on Weibo initially, the following image shows alleged screen protectors for the smaller Note 10 and the bigger Note 10 Pro: Like previous leaks, these accessories indicate the phones will have very slim top and bottom bezels, as well as curved edges. A different Samsung insider shared new Galaxy Note 10 images that show what appear to be screen protectors for the upcoming phones: The following image also teases the Note 10’s two different sizes: Again, we’re looking at screen protectors that seem to feature big holes near the bottom of the screen that would probably fit the ultrasonic in-display fingerprint sensor. If they seem familiar, that’s because we saw similar screen protectors for the Galaxy S10 ahead of the phone’s arrival. At the time, those leaks sparked a debate about the sensor’s functionality, with some people claiming only certain screen protectors would support it. Samsung cleared the air after the S10 launched, explaining that accessory makers would have to adhere to certain standards when making Galaxy S10 screen protectors. The same probably goes for the new Note phones.

  • Dell, HP, Intel and Microsoft Join Forces to Oppose Trump Tariff

    Wed, 19 Jun 2019 16:00:00 -0400

    Dell, HP, Intel and Microsoft Join Forces to Oppose Trump Tariff(Bloomberg) -- Dell Technologies Inc., HP Inc., Intel Corp. and Microsoft Corp. are joining forces to oppose President Donald Trump’s proposed tariffs on laptop computers and tablets among $300 billion in Chinese goods targeted for duties.The companies submitted joint comments opposing the tariff escalation, saying it would hurt consumer products and industry, while failing to address China’s trade practices. The tariffs are poised to hit during the peak holiday and back-to-school sales period, they said.“The tariffs will harm U.S. technology leaders, hindering their ability to innovate and compete in a global marketplace,” the companies said in comments posted online.Dell, HP, and Microsoft said they account for about half of the notebooks and detachable tablets sold in the U.S. Prices for laptops and tablets will increase by at least 19% -- about $120 for the average retail price of a laptop -- if the proposed tariffs are implemented, according to a study released this week by the Consumer Technology Association.The companies said they spent a collective $35 billion on research and development in 2018 alone, and tariff costs would divert resources from innovation while providing “a windfall” to manufacturers based outside the U.S. that are less dependent on American sales.The Trump administration is considering public comments on the proposed duties and hearing testimony from more than 300 U.S. companies and trade groups through June 25. The tariffs could be imposed after a rebuttal period ends July 2.The U.S. and China said their presidents will meet in Japan next week to relaunch trade talks after a month-long stalemate.To contact the reporter on this story: Mark Niquette in Columbus at mniquette@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Sara Forden at, Sarah McGregor, Robert JamesonFor more articles like this, please visit us at©2019 Bloomberg L.P.

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

    Tue, 18 Jun 2019 12:30:10 -0400

    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 Latest: 2 charged in huge cocaine bust at Philly port

    Tue, 18 Jun 2019 18:35:49 -0400

    The Latest: 2 charged in huge cocaine bust at Philly portTwo members of a container ship's crew face federal drug charges after agents raided their vessel at a Philadelphia port and seized about 33,000 pounds (15,000 kilograms) of cocaine. Court documents filed Tuesday charge Ivan Durasevic and Fonofaavae Tiasage with conspiracy to possess cocaine aboard a ship subject to U.S. jurisdiction.

  • The 2020 Lexus GX460 Gets an Even Crazier Grille and a New Off-Road Package

    Tue, 18 Jun 2019 06:00:00 -0400

    The 2020 Lexus GX460 Gets an Even Crazier Grille and a New Off-Road PackageLexus's smaller body-on-frame SUV gets some extremely minor styling and safety updates.

  • Trump envoy not ruling out using Afghan war law to justify Iranian strikes

    Wed, 19 Jun 2019 14:08:02 -0400

    Trump envoy not ruling out using Afghan war law to justify Iranian strikes'We’re not seeking military action,' said Brian Hook, the State Department's special representative for Iran. 'There is no talk of offensive action.'

  • Hong Kong lawmakers grill security chief over protest violence

    Wed, 19 Jun 2019 06:52:11 -0400

    Hong Kong lawmakers grill security chief over protest violenceMembers of Hong Kong's legislature met Wednesday for the first time since the largest anti-government protest in the city's history, with many opposition lawmakers slamming the pro-Beijing administration's handling of the crisis. Hong Kong has been shaken by a series of massive demonstrations against a proposed law that would have allowed extraditions to mainland China, and the city's police force has been criticised for using excessive force to disperse protesters. Videos of police beating unarmed protesters went viral and sparked public anger, and the tactics were widely condemned.

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

    Tue, 18 Jun 2019 13:34:19 -0400

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