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Bolton to Iran: Don't mistake US 'prudence' for weakness

Bolton to Iran: Don't mistake US 'prudence' for weaknessNational security adviser John Bolton warned Iran that "no one has granted them a hunting license in the Middle East."

06/23/2019 - 04:17 PM


White supremacist who killed woman after driving car into Charlottesville protesters begs judge to show him ‘mercy’

White supremacist who killed woman after driving car into Charlottesville protesters begs judge to show him ‘mercy’The self-avowed white supremacist who ploughed his car into protesters opposing a far-right rally in Virginia two years ago, killing one person and injuring dozens of others, has asked a judge for mercy and a sentence shorter than life in prison.James Alex Fields Jr’s legal team has argued in a new sentencing memo that the 22-year-old defendant should not spend his entire life in prison because of his age, a traumatic childhood and a history of mental illness.Fields has pleaded guilty to federal hate crimes in relation to the Charlottesville attack and is set to be sentenced on 28 June.“No amount of punishment imposed on James can repair the damage he caused to dozens of innocent people. But this Court should find that retribution has limits,” his attorneys wrote in a court document submitted on Friday.Fields’ attorneys said that giving him something less than a life sentence would be akin to an “expression of mercy” and a “conviction that no individual is wholly defined by their worst moments”.The attorneys highlighted his difficult upbringing and history of mental illness, but many of the details were redacted. The document did reveal he was raised by a paraplegic single mother and suffered “trauma” by growing up knowing his Jewish grandfather had murdered his grandmother before committing suicide.In their own sentencing memo, prosecutors said Fields had shown no remorse since he drove the car into the counter-demonstrators on 12 August, 2017, killing anti-racism activist Heather Heyer and injuring others protesting against the white nationalists.They argued that Fields deserves a life sentence, adding that would help deter others from committing “similar acts of domestic terrorism”.Prosecutors focused on years of documented racist and antisemitic behaviour by Fields, which they said included keeping a picture of Adolf Hitler on his bedside table. They also said that he was recorded on a jail phone call making disparaging remarks about Ms Heyer’s mother as recently as last month.They also argued that while Fields has a history of mental illness issues, it did not excuse his behaviour in a way that would demand a lenient sentence. “Any mental health concerns raised by the defendant do not overcome the defendant’s demonstrated lack of remorse and his prior history of substantial racial animus,” prosecutors wrote.Under a plea deal, federal prosecutors agreed not to pursue the death penalty against Fields after he pleaded in March to federal hate crime charges and admitted that he intentionally drove his car into a crowd of anti-racism protesters.The charges he pleaded guilty to call for life in prison under federal sentencing guidelines.In December last year he was convicted in a Virginia court of first-degree murder and other state charges for killing Ms Heyer and injuring others who were protesting. Sentencing on the state charges is scheduled for next month.The 2017 rally drew hundreds of white nationalists to Charlottesville to protest the planned removal of a statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee. Hundreds of counter-protesters demonstrated against the white nationalists.Donald Trump infamously said there were “very fine people on both sides” of the clashes in the Virginia city.Additional reporting by AP

06/23/2019 - 04:24 PM


One Dead, 10 Injured in South Bend Pub Shooting

One Dead, 10 Injured in South Bend Pub ShootingSergio Flores/ReutersOne person has died and at least 10 people have been injured after a gunman opened fire at local pub in South Bend, Indiana, police said Sunday morning. Local police and the Metro Homicide squad were called to a reported mass shooting at 2 a.m. at Kelly’s Pub in South Bend, Indiana. Local news ABC 57 reports that several victims were taken to area hospitals with gunshot wounds. There is no information on the shooter or motive for the crime. South Bend Mayor and Democratic presidential hopeful Pete Buttigieg is scheduled to give a town hall meeting on Sunday to address concerns after a police shooting last week. This story is developing. Read more at The Daily Beast.Get our top stories in your inbox every day. Sign up now!Daily Beast Membership: Beast Inside goes deeper on the stories that matter to you. Learn more.

06/23/2019 - 08:14 AM


Syria says sabotage damaged underwater oil pipelines

Syria says sabotage damaged underwater oil pipelinesFive underwater pipelines have been damaged and put out of order after a sabotage attack off the coastal town of Banias, Syria's oil ministry said Sunday. The damage was discovered after divers checked to see what was behind an oil leakage, the ministry said. Banias is home to one of Syria's two oil refineries.

06/23/2019 - 02:40 PM


Collision between truck, motorcycles leaves 7 dead, 3 injured

Collision between truck, motorcycles leaves 7 dead, 3 injuredA truck and a group of motorcycles collided on a rural, two-lane highway Friday, killing at least seven people, injuring others and sending bystanders scrambling for first-aid kits and blankets to help injured bikers scattered along the road.

06/22/2019 - 11:36 AM


For Dems, there's no chickening out at Clyburn's fish fry

For Dems, there's no chickening out at Clyburn's fish fryCrowds snaked out the lot of the amphitheater, waiting for a free meal and a chance to hear 21 Democrats make their presidential pitch. What could go wrong?

06/22/2019 - 11:08 AM


Bear breaks into home, locks itself in laundry room, then goes to sleep in wardrobe before being drugged and removed by police

Bear breaks into home, locks itself in laundry room, then goes to sleep in wardrobe before being drugged and removed by policeSometimes, when life in the wild all gets a bit much, a clean cupboard in a warm home is a much more inviting place for a nap.A black bear broke into a family house, locked itself into a laundry room and then went to sleep on the wardrobe shelf, defying all efforts to lure it out.Police were unable at first to reach the furry intruder because it had managed to bolt the door from the inside as it ripped apart the homeowners’ belongings.When officers knocked on the window to wake the bear, it just yawned, they said.Eventually, they managed to unlock the door to allow wildlife experts to tranquillise the animal to get it out and return it to the wild.The homeowners, in Butler Creek in the US state of Montana, were alarmed to find the animal had barricaded itself in during the night.The Missoula County sheriff’s office posted on social media: “Wow!!! What a day!”They explained: “When deputies arrived, they discovered this black bear had opened the door to the mudroom of this residence and somehow managed to deadbolt the door from inside.“After being unable to leave, the bear began ripping the room apart but then decided he was tired and climbed up into the closet for a nap.“When deputies knocked on the window, the bear was not the least bit impressed. He slowly stretched, yawned and, unamused, looked toward the door.“Eventually, deputies were able to unlock the door in hopes he would hop down and leave. However, their attempts were only met with more big bear yawns.”Officers added: “The homeowners were glad he was removed in good health, but won’t soon forget when this intruder came looking for the bear necessities.”Residents were warned to lock up their homes as the bear had reportedly tried at least two other doors.

06/23/2019 - 01:04 PM


Mahathir Says He Underestimated Challenge of Governing Malaysia

Mahathir Says He Underestimated Challenge of Governing Malaysia(Bloomberg) -- Malaysia’s Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad said he underestimated the challenges of governing the country before his shock election victory last year.“I underestimated because we were on the outside and we didn’t get any information on what was happening on the inside,” Mahathir said in an interview with Bloomberg Television’s Haslinda Amin in Bangkok at the 5th Bloomberg Asean Business Summit. “We are having a very tough time dealing with damages in the finances as well as the crimes that were committed.”Here are some key comments from the interview:1MDBGoldman Sachs offered “a little compensation” versus the “huge killing” it made, Mahathir said, noting he was unsure where the money lost from the 1MDB scandal has gone.The scandal surrounding 1MDB sprawls from the U.S. to Switzerland, reaching the highest levels of Malaysian politics while ensnaring Goldman Sachs Group Inc. in its first criminal case. Mahathir has raised the amount he wants to recoup from 1MDB to $7 billion after previously saying he sought $4.5 billion that U.S. prosecutors estimated went missing from the state fund. So far, the Southeast Asian country has brought back less than $500 million.Mahathir said in May he was awaiting a response from Goldman Sachs before deciding whether to take legal action against the bank over “too high” fees on 1MDB bond sales. Malaysia had already announced criminal charges against Goldman in December, accusing the lender of misleading investors when it knew that funds raised from the $6.5 billion bond offer it arranged would be misappropriated. The bank said it will defend against the allegations.ChinaMahathir disagreed he was sending a message to the U.S. by taking China’s side on certain issues. It’s “free speech,” he said. “I don’t like the old idea of cooking something up in the West and then asking us to accept them. China is a bit more sensitive to our feelings.”On the resumed multi-billion dollar rail project, he said: “We were able to renegotiate the terms of the contract. It is quite obvious that the contract was overpriced.,” he said. The government considered dropping the project altogether “but did not want to pay huge compensation on it.”The project will now cost 44 billion ringgit ($10.7 billion) instead of the original 65.5 billion ringgit, according to a statement from the prime minister’s office in April.SuccessionLast May, Mahathir led Malaysia to its first change in government since its independence from Britain in 1957. The country is set for another political shift as he is expected to hand over power to Anwar Ibrahim, who said Mahathir had made it “very clear” that Anwar would get the top seat by May next year.Mahathir said he will hand over to Anwar in “a year or so.” He doesn’t want to leave Malaysia in shambles, he said, pointing to the state of the country when his predecessor Najib Razak was ousted.“I made a promise, I keep my promise,” Mahathir said. When asked why he was reluctant to set a date for the handover, Mahathir said it was because “there may be something I need to do before I step down,” noting he wanted to fix Malaysia’s debt.When asked whether he had changed, Mahathir replied: “I don’t know, I’m still myself. Well I want to work for the country. I don’t have much of a future so the last thing I want to do is to go away leaving the country in shambles, like the previous one.”EconomyMahathir has trimmed state spending to narrow the budget deficit to 3.4% of gross domestic product this year, from a five-year high of 3.7% last year. Fiscal recovery remains fragile as the government spends billions rescuing troubled institutions from the Hajj fund to an agency overseeing farmers. His administration replaced a sweeping goods-and-services tax with a more targeted consumption tax last year, and is now counting on state oil company dividends to support revenue.The government would be careful in choosing buyers for beleaguered national carrier Malaysian Airlines Bhd, he said Friday, noting: “If there is a good offer, we will consider.”(Updates with Mahathir comment in 14th paragraph. An earlier version of this story corrected a quote in 3rd and 11th paragraphs from story that moved on Friday.)To contact the reporters on this story: Yudith Ho in Kuala Lumpur at;Anisah Shukry in Kuala Lumpur at ashukry2@bloomberg.netTo contact the editor responsible for this story: Ruth Pollard at rpollard2@bloomberg.netFor more articles like this, please visit us at©2019 Bloomberg L.P.

06/24/2019 - 01:50 AM


UPDATE 1-Iran, Venezuela may complicate global oil deal talks - Kazakhstan

UPDATE 1-Iran, Venezuela may complicate global oil deal talks - KazakhstanTalks between OPEC and its allies next month about whether to extend their pact on cutting oil supplies "won't be easy" and may be complicated by the situation facing Iran and Venezuela, Kazakh Energy Minister Kanat Bozumbayev said. The Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries and other large oil producers, including Russia and Kazakhstan, meet in Vienna on July 1-2 to discuss whether the oil output deal, which expires after June 30, should be continued. Kazakhstan wanted the deal extended into the second half of the year, he said, describing the oil price in a range of $60-$70 per barrel as "suitable".

06/24/2019 - 03:29 AM


Trump says he abruptly canceled retaliatory strike on Iran after drone attack

Trump says he abruptly canceled retaliatory strike on Iran after drone attackThere are no indications that Trump's decision will be reversed, the official said.

06/22/2019 - 03:31 PM


Italy holds Netherlands, EU 'responsible' for migrant boat

Italy holds Netherlands, EU 'responsible' for migrant boatItaly's hardline Interior Minister Matteo Salvini said he would hold the Netherlands and the European Union "responsible" for the fate of 42 migrants that Rome has blocked from disembarking at Italian ports for over a week. The Dutch-flagged rescue boat Sea-Watch 3 has been stuck in the Mediterranean since rescuing 53 migrants drifting in an inflatable raft off the coast of Libya on June 12. While 11 of those on board the Sea-Watch have been allowed to disembark -- including two pregnant women -- the vessel has been denied permission to dock in Italy.

06/23/2019 - 12:00 PM


University of Utah Student Mackenzie Lueck Missing for Nearly a Week After Taking Lyft

University of Utah Student Mackenzie Lueck Missing for Nearly a Week After Taking LyftSLC Police DepartmentMackenzie Lueck, a 23-year-old University of Utah student, texted her parents on June 17 to let them know she had landed safely at the Salt Lake City airport, her father told Fox News. Nobody has heard from her in the week since. According to police, Lueck landed home from a trip around 1 a.m. She then ordered a Lyft to an unfamiliar address in North Salt Lake City, The Salt Lake Tribune reports. According to friends, Lueck’s phone has been off since she went missing, her car is still at her home, and her luggage hasn’t been found. She has not shown up to work, or class, since that early morning ride. Lueck's dad told local Fox station KTSU his daughter texted he and his wife to tell them her flight landed around 1 a.m. on Monday, June 17. Her family officially reported her missing that Thursday.Though Lueck has been missing for nearly a week, and police are investigating her disappearance, a formal search party has not been set up, the Tribune reports. In a press release issued by the Salt Lake City police department on Saturday, investigators said they have not “discovered any information that would lead us to believe that Mackenzie has been harmed or is in danger at this time.” In the same release, police also said “detectives are concerned for Mackenzie’s welfare.” Lyft has been working with Utah police to help trace Lueck's last known whereabouts, the Tribune reports.The ride share company told Fox News that the car’s route showed no irregularities, Lueck was successfully dropped off at her desired destination, and the driver began picking up more passengers immediately after her ride was complete. Authorities said they've been in contact with Lueck's apparent driver, but have not provided details of their account. “We’ve confirmed with Lyft, the app, that’s where she requested to go, and with the driver that that’s where she did go,” Salt Lake City Police Sargeant Brandon Shearer told ABC News. Shearer said the driver and Lyft have been cooperative. Lyft told Fox News in a statement on Sunday that they “recognize how scary this must be for those who know and love Ms. Lueck... The safety of our community is fundamental to Lyft and we are actively assisting law enforcement with their investigations.”Lueck, who reportedly goes by “Kenzie,” is a member of the Alpha Chi Omega sorority, according to the Tribune. Her sorority sister Ashley Fine has been organizing volunteers to help in the informal search. Fine told The Salt Lake Tribune she does not know why her friend, who does not have a significant other, would have taken a ride to the address in North Salt Lake, instead of going directly to her home. As part of the community effort to find her, Lueck's friends organized a postering event at Liberty Park in Salt Lake City on Saturday. A Facebook page with over 2,000 members has also been set up to help spread the word about her disappearance.“Everyone thinks that there’s danger in this story,” Fine told a local abc news affiliate. “Things aren’t adding up. She had another trip planned,” Fine said. “She’s making those plans with friends and family to have plans for the future. I don’t think she would hurt herself or anything like that... If you’re in a bad situation, please reach out... We’re really concerned for you.”Anyone with information about Lueck’s whereabouts is encouraged to contact Salt Lake City Police at 801-799-3000 and reference case No. 19-111129.This is a developing story.Read more at The Daily Beast.Get our top stories in your inbox every day. Sign up now!Daily Beast Membership: Beast Inside goes deeper on the stories that matter to you. Learn more.

06/23/2019 - 04:45 PM


Nasa's Curiosity rover detects methane in latest hint at life on Mars

Nasa's Curiosity rover detects methane in latest hint at life on MarsNasa's Curiosity rover has detected another methane "spike" on Mars, in what could be a sign of alien life on the red planet. According to the New York Times, which obtained an email about the discovery written by senior scientists at Nasa, the rover detected "startlingly high amounts of methane in the Martian air." The detection of methane hints at an even greater discovery - life on Mars - as the gas is often generated by microbes underground known as methanogens,which can survive without oxygen. "Given this surprising result, we’ve reorganized the weekend to run a follow-up experiment, " wrote scientist Ashwin R. Vasavada  in the email published by the New York Times. It is not the first time Nasa's robot has detected methane levels on the planet, and scientists are still not sure whether the gas is caused by living microbes.  This is because geothermal reactions, with no biological life involved, can also create methane.  When Curiosity landed on Mars in 2012 it could find barely any traces of methane, with less than one part per billion in the atmosphere.  Then in 2013 the rover detected a sudden increase in methane levels, with seven parts methane per billion, which endured for several months and then vanished.  The most recent discovery of Methane is 21 parts per billion, three times higher than the "spike" in 2013.  While increased methane levels measured by @MarsCuriosity are exciting, as possible indicators for life, it’s important to remember this is an early science result. To maintain scientific integrity, the science team will continue to analyze the data before confirming results.— Thomas Zurbuchen (@Dr_ThomasZ) June 22, 2019 Scientists are also not ruling out the possibility that the methane was not recent, having been trapped underground for millions of years, and only now is gradually emerging through cracks in the surface.  Thomas Zurbuchen, from Nasa's science mission directorate, advised people not to jump to any conclusions about the methane detection in a message on Twitter.  "While increased methane levels measured by Mars Curiosity are exciting, as possible indicators for life, it's important to remember this is an early science result," he wrote.  "To maintain scientific integrity, the science team will continue to analyse the data before confirming results."

06/23/2019 - 08:36 AM


Hotel owner sues insurance company after Vegas mass shooting

Hotel owner sues insurance company after Vegas mass shootingMore than 4,000 people are seeking damages from MGM Resorts International related to the Las Vegas Strip mass shooting that left 58 people dead, the casino giant said in a lawsuit alleging its insurance company has failed to pay promised legal costs. Las Vegas-based MGM Resorts alleges breach-of-contract and accuses Illinois-based Zurich American Insurance Co. of failing to pay defense costs for damage claims stemming from the 2017 shooting. MGM Resorts owns the Mandalay Bay hotel, where the shooter opened fire from a 32nd-floor window, and the Route 91 Harvest festival venue where country music concert-goers died and more than 850 people were injured.

06/22/2019 - 05:01 PM


Lawmakers to decide on Mueller testimony this week, Schiff says

Lawmakers to decide on Mueller testimony this week, Schiff says“We have been in private discussions with the special counsel's office,” the California Democrat said.

06/23/2019 - 10:43 AM


Two Nazi Soldiers Proved How Deadly a Sniper Can Be on the Battlefield

Two Nazi Soldiers Proved How Deadly a Sniper Can Be on the BattlefieldThe three Soviet tanks edged forward slowly as the drivers scanned for the concealed Germans that lay ahead. The lead tank suddenly clanked to a stop and swung its long barrel around. It looked much like one of Hannibal’s elephants with its trunk raised, sniffing the air before its planned lunge forward toward the hapless enemy.The Wehrmacht troops were in a precarious situation. They lacked air support there as the Soviets mounted a heavy attack in mid-August 1943 along the length of the Donets Front in eastern Ukraine. Antitank panzerfausts were not available to the 3rd Gebirgsjager (Mountain) Division, and the unit had few, if any, sticky charges to blow the tracks from the Soviet T-34 tanks. All they had were their wits and their bolt-action Mauser rifles against the three steel titans that loomed in front of them with scores of Red Army soldiers trailing.Suddenly, the lead tank’s hatch opened about 10 inches and a head appeared with binoculars to scan the scene. Sniper Josef “Sepp” Allerberger brought the Soviet tanker’s head into the center of his scope, and at some 500 feet he squeezed off a round. A splat of blood hit the hatch as the head sank into the bowels of the tank.

06/23/2019 - 05:00 AM


View Photos of the 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLS-class

View Photos of the 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLS-class

06/23/2019 - 06:01 PM


REFILE-EXPLAINER-What's behind Japan's support of whaling?

REFILE-EXPLAINER-What's behind Japan's support of whaling?Japan has for decades been steadfastly defiant about hunting whales despite widespread anger, including from key allies like the United States. After roughly 30 years of what it has called scientific research whaling, which saw several hundred minke whales taken annually in the Antarctic and North Pacific, Japan in December announced it would leave the International Whaling Commission (IWC) and resume commercial whaling on July 1. HOW LONG HAS JAPAN BEEN WHALING?

06/23/2019 - 08:33 PM


Impeachment, socialism and Biden-baiting: What to look for at the 2020 Democratic debates

Impeachment, socialism and Biden-baiting: What to look for at the 2020 Democratic debatesWhen 20 Democrats debate in Miami, will they support impeaching Donald Trump? Will they go after front-runner Joe Biden? And will anyone bring up age?

06/23/2019 - 08:59 AM


'Officer down! Officer down!' Chilling footage reveals deadly shootout in Sacramento

'Officer down! Officer down!' Chilling footage reveals deadly shootout in SacramentoA hearing is Monday for the man accused of killing a rookie Sacramento police officer in a fierce shootout captured on the bodycam of a fellow officer.

06/23/2019 - 03:19 PM


Oregon Statehouse Shut Down After Lawmakers Team Up With Right-Wing Militias

Oregon Statehouse Shut Down After Lawmakers Team Up With Right-Wing MilitiasREUTERSOregon’s statehouse shut down for safety concerns on Saturday. But the threats weren’t coming from anonymous trolls or foreign fighters—they were coming from the state’s Republican senators, who have teamed up with right-wing militias to threaten violence over a climate change bill.Eleven of Oregon’s Senate Republicans fled the state this week to avoid a vote on a bill that would cap greenhouse emissions. The group, believed to be hiding in Idaho, left the state senate with too few lawmakers to hold a vote. But the move is more than a legislative maneuver. The missing senators have partnered with right-wing paramilitary groups to threaten violence, should they be brought back to Oregon.The state senate had scheduled sessions on Saturday, but cancelled them after reports of several militias’ two-day “Rally to Take the Capitol” this weekend.“Oregon State Police has recommended that the Capitol be closed tomorrow due to a possible militia threat,” a spokesperson for the senate president told the Associated Press on Friday night.The trouble started this month, when state Senate Democrats advanced plans for a bill that would cut carbon emissions. Modeled after a similar policy in California, Oregon’s proposed cap and trade bill would restrict fossil fuel emissions, particularly for the industries that create the most pollution. The bill’s proponents say it’s part of a plan to cut emissions by 80 percent by 2050. (Climate scientists and the European Union call for effectively eliminating carbon emissions by 2050, in order to prevent out-of-control climate change.)But Oregon’s state Republicans weren’t on board, citing increased expenses for Oregon residents and businesses. This week, every Republican in the state senate walked out, rather than vote on the bill.Armed Militias Pledge to Fight for Fugitive Oregon GOP Lawmakers ‘At Any Cost’Walkouts are not unique to Republicans. Democrat lawmakers fled their states in 2003 and 2011 to prevent votes on redistricting and curbing union rights, The Daily Beast previously reported. Oregon has a long history of senate walkouts, including a four-day walkout in May, when Republicans refused to vote on a tax package that would fund schools. They returned to session with the agreement that they would not walk out again.But this walkout also came with violent threats. Multiple senators are believed to have fled to Idaho, with right-wing militias flocking to their aid. While leaving the statehouse before the walkout, Republican Sen. Brian Boquist implied that police officers who pursued them should be ready to die. “Send bachelors and come heavily armed,” Boquist warned police in a televised interview shortly before his walkout. “I’m not going to be a political prisoner in the state of Oregon. It’s just that simple.”State police said they were aware of Boquist's remarks, but were not commenting on them. Boquist and his colleagues are supported by several right-wing militias that made more explicit threats.After Oregon Gov. Kate Brown called on state troopers to return the lawmakers to the capital, the paramilitary group the Oath Keepers suggested violence against her. “Gov. Brown, you want a civil war, because this is how you get a civil war,” the Oath Keepers wrote on their public Facebook page. Beneath the post, Oath Keeper fans suggesting hanging, arresting, or taking up arms against Brown.Idaho militia insiders previously told The Daily Beast that paramilitary members in Oregon and Idaho had “mobilized” in defense of the Republican lawmakers, and that they were willing to die for the legislators. One leader compared the situation to the 2014 Malheur National Wildlife Refuge occupation, in which members of a right-wing militia led an armed standoff inside a wildlife sanctuary building. The standoff ended with the death of a militia member.But on Twitter, Oregon’s Republican party criticized state Democrats for cancelling Saturday sessions over the militias’ planned protests, tweeting, “Oregon senate Democrats canceled their weekend session citing a fear that Republican voters may show up.”Read more at The Daily Beast.Get our top stories in your inbox every day. Sign up now!Daily Beast Membership: Beast Inside goes deeper on the stories that matter to you. Learn more.

06/22/2019 - 01:12 PM


Fresh Pixel 4 leak gives us another look at Google’s unreleased flagship

Fresh Pixel 4 leak gives us another look at Google’s unreleased flagshipGoogle's upcoming new Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL are the worst-kept secret in all of tech right now because, well, they're really not a secret at all anymore. Once a set of Pixel 4 design files was stolen from the factory where Google's new Pixel phones will be manufactured, renders showing the phone's new design were posted on the web. Rather than just sit idly by while it's new smartphone design is tossed around the internet like every other smartphone maker does, Google bizarrely decided to officially reveal the new design for the back of the Pixel 4. You can see Google's official reveal in the image at the top of this post, and it looks exactly like we thought it would following that early leak.Of course, just because Google posted an image of the back of its upcoming Pixel 4 doesn't mean the rumor mill is just going to pack it up and go home. There's still plenty of information that hasn't been confirmed and gadget fans won't be happy until everything is out in the open. We still have a long wait ahead of us before Google's new Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL hit store shelves this fall, but the leaks will undoubtedly keep flowing between now and then. Case in point: A new set of Pixel 4 renders was posted by an industry insider, and they show the pure Android phone from a few more angles than Google was willing to share with its official teaser.In case you missed last week's leak, let's revisit it for a moment:As you can see, these renders of the Pixel 4 were likely made by a third-party accessory maker with access to the same stolen design files that were used to create the first set of renders that hit the web. Apart from the creative colors and the notch at the top of the display in that first image (the actual phones will reportedly have normal bezels above the screens, like it's 2016), they're likely a good representation of what we can expect from Google's Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL later this year.If you want another look at the Pixel 4 in a color that will actually see the light of day later this year, don't worry because we've got you covered. Twitter user @xiaomishka has posted accurate renders of unreleased smartphones in the past, and he's back with a new look at the Pixel 4.'s a closer look at that image:The renders appear to have been made by the same accessory maker that leaked the renders we saw last week, and they're pretty spot on as far as what we expect from Google later this year. Both the Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL are expected to be announced in early October with a release to follow within a couple of weeks.

06/24/2019 - 08:17 AM


Report: Dubai plane that crashed followed others too closely

Report: Dubai plane that crashed followed others too closelyA plane involved in a fatal crash that killed four people working on improvements at Dubai International Airport had followed other larger aircraft landing there too closely as air traffic controllers offered inconsistent warnings about the hazard, a preliminary investigative report released Sunday found. The May 16 crash of the Diamond DA62 saw the aircraft roll upside-down in air and smash into a park near the airport at high speed, killing the three Britons and one South African on board, according to the report by the United Arab Emirates' General Civil Aviation Authority. The twin propeller-engine light aircraft first lost control in the wake of a Thai Airways Airbus A350 landing at Dubai's airport, the world's busiest for international travel.

06/23/2019 - 09:23 AM


Three months on, landless IS still a threat in Syria

Three months on, landless IS still a threat in SyriaThe Islamic State group may have lost its "caliphate", but three months later, experts have warned the jihadists are still attacking fighters and fields in Syria to show they remain relevant. The Syrian Democratic Forces announced they had expelled the extremists from their last patch of land in eastern Syria on March 23, after a months-long campaign backed by air strikes of a US-led coalition. The Kurdish-Arab alliance taking control of the riverside village of Baghouz spelt the end of the jihadist proto-state declared in 2014 in large parts of Syria and neighbouring Iraq.

06/24/2019 - 06:58 AM


Take a Peak: Meet the YF-22A Stealth Fighter (This Became the F-22 Raptor)

Take a Peak: Meet the YF-22A Stealth Fighter (This Became the F-22 Raptor)The interesting photo in this post shows F-22 less known older brother, the YF-22A. Actually, the YF-22A was the Raptor’s technology demonstrator. This fighter, in fact, was Lockheed Martin’s design for the Advanced Tactical Fighter (ATF) Competition for the U.S. Air Force (USAF) where it was picked over its competitor, the Nothrop YF-23A.As we have already explained the origins of the ATF program trace back to late 1970s, when a new generation of Soviet fighters and Surface-to-Air Missiles (SAMs) prompted the USAF to find a replacement for the F-15 Eagle air superiority fighter.The Advanced Tactical Fighter entered the Demonstration and Validation phase in 1986. The prototype aircraft (YF-22A and YF-23A) both completed their first flights in late 1990.The extensive flight tests conducted demonstrated that the YF-23A (named Black Widow II) was stealthier and faster while the YF-22A (named Lightning II) was more agile.

06/23/2019 - 10:30 AM


Chevy’s 2020 Silverado 1500 3.0L Duramax Is the Brand’s Ultrasmooth Answer to the Half-Ton Diesel Truck Wars

Chevy’s 2020 Silverado 1500 3.0L Duramax Is the Brand’s Ultrasmooth Answer to the Half-Ton Diesel Truck WarsRefined and quiet, Chevy's Duramax inline-six is the latest light-duty diesel in the segment.

06/23/2019 - 12:01 AM


8 Can't-Miss Towns Near Great Driving Roads

8 Can't-Miss Towns Near Great Driving Roads

06/23/2019 - 04:00 PM


U.S. sanctions on Iran are biting - Bolton

U.S. sanctions on Iran are biting - BoltonIran is feeling the effects of existing U.S. sanctions as President Donald Trump prepares to impose more of them from Monday, his National Security Adviser John Bolton said on Sunday during a visit to Israel. While flagging further sanctions, Trump also said on Saturday he wanted to make a deal to bolster Iran's flagging economy, an apparent move to defuse tensions following the shooting down of an unmanned U.S. drone by the Islamic Republic. Tensions in the region began to worsen significantly when Trump pulled out of a 2015 nuclear deal between Iran and six powers and reimposed sanctions on the country.

06/23/2019 - 06:47 AM


Postal worker gunned down while delivering mail in Louisiana, police say

Postal worker gunned down while delivering mail in Louisiana, police sayA mailman died Saturday after he was shot multiple times while on his mail route, the Shreveport Police Department confirmed.

06/22/2019 - 11:24 PM


Thomas Roberts on Stonewall 50: ‘I Want LGBTQ Kids to Know It’s OK. It’s OK to Be Different, and OK to Be Gay’

Thomas Roberts on Stonewall 50: ‘I Want LGBTQ Kids to Know It’s OK. It’s OK to Be Different, and OK to Be Gay’Photo Illustration by Sarah Rogers/The Daily Beast / Photos GettyIn this special series, LGBT celebrities and public figures talk to Tim Teeman about the Stonewall Riots and their legacy—see more here.Thomas RobertsJournalistWhen/how did you first hear about the Stonewall Riots, and what did you make of them?I learned of the Stonewall Riots in 2006-2007. It was shortly after coming out publicly. I was utterly impressed at the bravery protesters showed. They put it all on the line for us.  The Stonewall Riots: What Really Happened, What Didn’t, and What Became MythWhat is their significance for you?Without Stonewall where would we be today? It was the spark.How far have we LGBT people come since 1969?Since 1969 we’ve come out of the shadows of shame and intolerance. In 50 years the LGBTQ community is a force to be reckon with, but we still have battles ahead. And it’s not solely on LGBTQ rights. We need to show up wherever people are marginalized and oppressed. We need to show up when we aren’t personally the sole beneficiaries.What would you like to see, LGBT-wise, in the next 50 years?I’d love to see an LGBTQ President. And I believe in my lifetime we just might. But in the meantime I want LGBTQ kids to know it’s OK. It’s OK to be different. It’s OK to be gay. The world is a big and wonderful place... eventually we all find our peace. However, it doesn’t come without ups and downs. There will be high highs and low lows. Keep going. It will all be OK. Read more at The Daily Beast.Get our top stories in your inbox every day. Sign up now!Daily Beast Membership: Beast Inside goes deeper on the stories that matter to you. Learn more.

06/22/2019 - 10:28 PM


The fat bear cams are back in business

The fat bear cams are back in businessIt's high time to devour 4,500-calorie salmon.The live webcams along Katmai National Park's Brooks River -- set in remote Alaska and operated by the wildlife streamers -- just came online for the 2019 season. For the next few months brown bears will wolf down copious amounts of salmon as they fatten up, some in extreme ways, in preparation for the winter's long, callous hibernation.The bears grew impressively fat in 2018, and global viewers may witness a similar plumping up of the ravenous omnivores this summer and fall. Bear 409, also known as "Beadnose," was crowned the park's Fat Bear Week champion last October, after a remarkable transformation."Bears benefitted from the abundance of fish," said ecologist Mike Fitz, a former park ranger at Katmai National Park who now reports on bear activity for "Nearly every one at Brooks River last fall was fat or extremely fat."> BearCam is now LIVE. What are you waiting for?> > -- (@exploreorg) June 22, 2019Fitz is pleased the bears have started their return to the river. Each bear has its own tales of victory, defeat, and hardship. It's a natural, live-streamed drama, set in the unforgiving wilderness."Watching bears and salmon always reminds me that these animals live in a changing, competitive world where survival and success are not guaranteed," said Fitz.As of June 22, had turned on five webcams, though seven cameras will eventually stream live from the Alaskan subarctic this winter.The salmon run really ramps up in early July -- so don't be discouraged if the cams aren't yet teeming with bears. Still, bears can already be watched fishing for salmon at the now world-famous Brooks River falls.  Bears to watch for this summerKatmai's park rangers and biologists get to know the webcam bears quite well, because many bears prudently return to the salmon-rich river each year -- and some return for decades.Fitz has already spotted a few usual culprits along the Brooks River, and noted some particularly intriguing developments to look out for this summer:1\. Bear 856An aggressive Bear 856, on right.Image: NPs / Mike FitzThis tough bruiser earned the title as the Brooks River's most dominant bear last year. Since 2011, bear 856 has forced other big bears out the most desirable fishing spots, and lesser bears often flee from his very presence. But, in 2017, bear 856 appeared weak and lost his claim of supreme dominance to the younger male bear 32, or "Chunk."Will bear 856 still reign as king in 2019?"We watched 856 regain his status as the river's most dominant bear last year, but each year I wonder if he'll be able to maintain that rank," said Fitz. "He's not getting any younger and there are several other large bears to contend with."Bear 503Bear 503Image: npsBear 503 has had perhaps the most dramatic history of any Brooks River bear. In the summer of 2014, as a 1.5-year-old bear, his mother abandoned him, leaving bear 503 helpless -- and likely to soon starve to death.But bear 503 did not die. He was, to the amazement of park rangers, adopted by another bear, and has since grown into a large, healthy bear.Perhaps 503, like bear 856, will mature into one of the more dominant males this summer.SEE ALSO: A big red reason not to dig a mine in Alaska's fat bear country"He's grown a lot during the intervening years and has been largely playful and tolerant of other bears," noted Fitz. "Five-zero-three still has a lot of growing in the next few years and even 856 played with other bears when he was younger, but I wonder how he will behave as his priorities change and he matures into a fully grown bear."Bear 402Bear 402 and cubs in 2018.Image: nps / Mike FitzBear 402 arrived at the Brooks River with a rare four newly-born cubs in 2018. It's challenging for cubs to survive their first year, amid dangerous males, competition for food, and the harshness of the Alaskan wild. Bear 856, for example, killed a cub last summer.The question that looms large is how many of 402's cubs will survive?"I'm curious to know whether all of her cubs survived the winter and spring," said Fitz. "We've seen a few other instances of bears with litters of four at Brooks River, but no mother has successfully weaned a litter of four, generally losing one or more cubs before their second year."Don't forget...Beyond these well-known characters, the bears' diligent webcam watchers will almost certainly look for 2018's conspicuously fat omnivores, the likes of bear 409, bear 747, and old Otis (bear 480).But, let us not forget the foundational reason why any bears are there at all: the hefty salmon. Bounties of the fish have come to spawn in Katmai's river and streams. Yet along the way, some will meet the claws of the ravenous bears, who consume the salmons' fatty brains, skin, and vivid red flesh."Salmon make the ultimate sacrifice in order to reproduce and without them, Katmai's ecosystem would be impoverished," said Fitz. WATCH: Ever wonder how the universe might end?

06/23/2019 - 11:17 AM


Ethiopia says military chief killed, regional coup failed

Ethiopia says military chief killed, regional coup failedEthiopia's military chief was shot to death by his bodyguard amid a failed coup attempt against a regional government north of the capital, Addis Ababa, the prime minister said Sunday. The abortive coup Saturday in the Amhara region was led by a high-ranking military officer and others in the armed forces, said Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed, who addressed the nation on state TV at 2 a.m. while wearing fatigues. The soldiers attacked a building where a meeting of regional officials was taking place, said Nigussu Tilahun, a spokesman for the prime minister.

06/23/2019 - 12:40 PM


US, Taliban to hold more talks on ending war

US, Taliban to hold more talks on ending warThe United States and the Taliban will open fresh negotiations next week, the US negotiator said Saturday, as he voiced hope for progress in ending America's longest war. Zalmay Khalilzad, the US special representative on Afghanistan, said the two sides would start their seventh round of talks on June 29. "Based on my recent visits to Afghanistan and Qatar, I believe all sides want rapid progress," Khalilzad wrote on Twitter.

06/22/2019 - 02:18 PM


Corona: Sheriff's deputies make arrests, impound dozens of vehicles at street racing gathering

Corona: Sheriff's deputies make arrests, impound dozens of vehicles at street racing gatheringSheriff's deputies broke up a large gathering of street racers who had taken over a parking lot in Corona, authorities said.

06/23/2019 - 07:17 PM


When Japan Lost This Battle It Lost World War II For Good

When Japan Lost This Battle It Lost World War II For GoodIn the predawn hours of June 15, the U.S. attacking force was poised a few miles off the beaches. Time-Life correspondent Robert Sherrod later wrote: “[Saipan] was a shadowy land mass, purple against the dim horizon. Set against the reddish tint of the morning sun, it seemed unbelievable that this island paradise could prove to be so menacing.”Peering through his binoculars, Vice Adm. Chuichi Nagumo was in awe of the nearly 800 ships from Vice Adm. Raymond A. Spruance’s 5th Fleet. Just three years before he had led the carrier force at the surprise attack on Pearl Harbor that initiated hostilities between Japan and the United States. But this was no time to gloat over past victories. As he lowered his glasses, Nagumo realized that the Americans must be stopped here. If the invading forces captured Saipan, their Boeing B-29 Superfortress bombers could easily reach Japan itself.Saipan, about 85 square miles in size, is the southernmost island in the Marianas chain. It was the next important step in the Allied planning to conquer Japan. One of Saipan’s dominating features is Mount Tapotchau, over 1,500 feet high, situated near the center of the island. Also, a ridge runs from the southern end all the way to Mount Marpi at the extreme northern tip. To make things worse, steep cliffs dominate the region and a plateau is located in the southern area.

06/23/2019 - 02:00 AM


NASA just set preliminary dates for its commercial crew launches, with SpaceX in the lead

NASA just set preliminary dates for its commercial crew launches, with SpaceX in the leadThere's a space race happening right now. It's not between the United States and Russia, or any nations at all, for that matter, but it's definitely happening. It's a race between SpaceX and Boeing to be the first company to deliver a crew-capable spacecraft to NASA, and it's been filled with twists, turns, and delays since the very start.Now, a new preliminary planning schedule for NASA's "Commercial Crew" program hints that SpaceX might ultimately be the victor, but it's far from a sure thing.NASA hired Boeing to build the Starliner, and threw money at SpaceX to build the Crew Dragon. Both spacecraft will eventually take NASA astronauts into space from U.S. soil, which is a big deal for the space agency, but neither company has followed through on its promises yet.Both programs have been slammed with delays and setbacks, and neither the Starliner nor Crew Dragon has carried a human off Earth at this point. SpaceX sent an empty Crew Dragon to the International Space Station, which is a meaningful milestone, but an explosion (sorry, "anomaly") threw its progress into question. It seemed to open the door for Boeing to take the lead and be the first to fulfill its pledge to NASA. However, if the dates issued in a new planning schedule hold true, SpaceX will be the first to carry NASA crew into space. explains, the dates are far from being set in stone, and they're not even considered official target dates at this point. The dates in the report are based entirely on the available windows within which the space station could receive the spacecraft and when crew would be available to ride aboard them.Still, while the dates aren't even close to being set in stone, they show that NASA has some serious faith in SpaceX to correct whatever issue caused the explosion of its Crew Dragon during testing and get its program back on track swiftly. Perhaps even more than that, it shows that NASA doesn't think Boeing's Starliner will be ready to carry humans any time soon.

06/22/2019 - 02:08 PM


UPDATE 3-Trump delays mass deportation raids, seeks deal with Democrats

UPDATE 3-Trump delays mass deportation raids, seeks deal with DemocratsU.S. President Donald Trump said on Saturday he would postpone mass deportation raids for two weeks as he seeks compromise with Democratic leaders on immigration issues. The president was under pressure from Democrats to call off the roundup, which was expected to target families in up to 10 U.S. cities on Sunday. U.S. House of Representatives' Speaker Nancy Pelosi, the top Democrat in Congress, asked Trump by phone on Friday night to call off the raids, according to a person familiar with the matter.

06/22/2019 - 01:52 PM


Texas mom charged with homicide after running over her 3-year-old during a game of 'chicken'

Texas mom charged with homicide after running over her 3-year-old during a game of 'chicken'A woman has been charged with criminally negligent homicide after police say she ran over her 3-year-old son during a game of 'chicken' in Houston.

06/23/2019 - 11:40 AM


Meghan Markle Remodels the Engagement Ring Given to Her by Prince Harry for a Way Fancier Look

Meghan Markle Remodels the Engagement Ring Given to Her by Prince Harry for a Way Fancier LookWPA Pool“What Meghan wants, Meghan gets,” Prince Harry is said to have dramatically declared in the run-up to the royal wedding.In this case, it seems, what Meghan wanted was a fancier engagement ring, and now that’s exactly what she has got.Eagle-eyed photo editors at Britain’s Sun newspaper have observed that Meghan has significantly upgraded the engagement ring given to her by Prince Harry.In its original configuration, the ring featured a thick gold band strung with a row of three diamonds.Harry said at the time: “The ring is obviously yellow gold because that’s her favorite, and the main stone itself is sourced from Botswana, and the little diamonds either side are from my mother’s jewelry collection, to make sure she’s with us on this crazy journey together.”Botswana holds special memories for Harry and Meghan as they spent her 36th birthday there, ahead of their engagement.Resetting an engagement ring, although sometimes awkward, is far from unheard of. Many is the stylish woman who, finding herself confronted with a less-than-perfect and very expensive engagement ring designed by her perhaps less aesthetically attuned husband, has decided to remodel.And The Sun, squinting over pictures of the princess taken at the Trooping of the Colour this month, has concluded that Meghan has done exactly this, resetting the stones on a much thinner, diamond-studded gold band.Meghan was observed to have ditched her engagement ring toward the end of her pregnancy, leading to speculation that her fingers had swollen, and it now appears this might be when the work on the jewelry was done.Read more at The Daily Beast.Get our top stories in your inbox every day. Sign up now!Daily Beast Membership: Beast Inside goes deeper on the stories that matter to you. Learn more.

06/24/2019 - 06:22 AM


Cruise ship rescues and mishaps: 6 times emergency struck on Royal Caribbean, Carnival, more

Cruise ship rescues and mishaps: 6 times emergency struck on Royal Caribbean, Carnival, moreHere's what happens when emergency strikes on the high seas, from norovirus on a Royal Caribbean cruise to Coast Guard airlifts from Carnival Pride.

06/24/2019 - 08:59 AM


Skydiving plane crashes in Hawaii, killing all 11 aboard

Skydiving plane crashes in Hawaii, killing all 11 aboardThe plane was engulfed in flames when firefighters made it to the crash site about an hour drive from Honolulu.

06/23/2019 - 08:29 AM


The Best Travel Mugs to Keep Your Coffee Hot (or Cold)

The Best Travel Mugs to Keep Your Coffee Hot (or Cold)

06/23/2019 - 02:00 PM


The Latest: US struck Iranian computers earlier this week

The Latest: US struck Iranian computers earlier this weekOfficials say U.S. military cyber forces earlier this week launched a retaliatory cyber strike against Iranian computer systems amid escalating tensions between the two countries. Three U.S. officials tell The Associated Press that the operation on Thursday evening disabled Iranian computer systems that controlled Iran's rocket and missile launchers. Yahoo News first reported the cyber strike.

06/22/2019 - 07:34 PM


Georgian protesters slam 'Putinism' as Moscow tensions soar

Georgian protesters slam 'Putinism' as Moscow tensions soarSeveral thousand protesters took to the streets of Georgian capital Tbilisi for a fourth day on Sunday as tensions rose between Moscow and its ex-Soviet neighbour. Some protest placards took aim at Bidzina Ivanishvili, the oligarch leader of the ruling party, believed by many to be the power behind the scenes in the Western-backed country of 3.7 million people. Others slammed Russian President Vladimir Putin who in response to the protests has banned Russian airlines from flying to Georgia and Georgian air carriers travelling to Russia.

06/23/2019 - 03:09 PM


Alexa and Google enabled Wi-Fi smart plugs are down to $5 a piece, but not for long

Alexa and Google enabled Wi-Fi smart plugs are down to $5 a piece, but not for longDespite the fact that big-name brands continue to charge between $20 and $30 each, smart plugs are getting less and less expensive from smaller brands with plugs that are just as good. We regularly see sales that slash them down to the $7-$8 range, but we've never seen pricing quite as low as a deal happening right now on Amazon. Gosund Mini Wi-Fi Smart Plugs typically sell for $33 when you buy a 4-pack, which is $8.25 a piece. That's a terrific price, but wait until you see today's sale. Clip the $2 on-site coupon on Amazon and then use the promo code 4XI8LBA7 at checkout. You'll get a 4-pack of these awesome Alexa and Google enabled smart plugs for just $21.09, which slashes the per-unit price to just $5.27!Here's some additional info from the product page: * Wi-Fi SMART PLUG: The simplest and most affordable way to make your home smart is to get a smart plug. Turn the electronics on/ off from anywhere with your smartphone. Work with Amazon Alexa, google or IFTTT to manage your devices through Voice Control. Hands-free experience, perfect for mom, the disabled, or the light switch with some difficulty to reach * SMART PLUG MINI: Small enough and this alexa smart plug can be shared with families to check and control home appliances on their phones * MULTI-FUNCTION SMART OUTLET PLUG: You can create a group/ scene for all your devices and control many with a single command. Set a schedule on the app so it goes on/ off at certain times of the day and any day of the week. You can start a countdown to turn it off. ETL and FCC listed * EASY-TO-USE SMART OUTLET: The setup is easy and fast. No hub required. Flexible control of a wide range of plug-in devices, such as light, fan, radio, fish tank light, Christmas tree light, crock pot, wax burners, monitors, speakers and chargers * BUY WITH CONFIDENCE: Gosund wifi plug is backed with 90-day money back, 2-year warranty and lifetime support.

06/24/2019 - 09:12 AM


Trump says 'let's make Iran great again' as he slaps new sanctions on Tehran

Trump says 'let's make Iran great again' as he slaps new sanctions on TehranDonald Trump has said he wants to “make Iran great again” as he announced additional sanctions on Tehran.The US president made the announcement on Sunday, as he left for his retreat at Camp David to discuss options concerning the Middle Eastern country.Tensions in the region are high after the US accused Tehran of attacking oil tankers in the Gulf of Oman and shooting down an unmanned drone.“We are moving forward with additional sanctions on Iran,” Mr Trump told reporters. “They’re going on slowly and in some cases pretty rapidly.”The president stressed military action was still a possibility, after he called off a planned strike, but said he wanted the response to be “proportionate”.Mr Trump said it was important to “start over on Iran” and added a riff on his regularly-repeated slogan: “Let’s make Iran great again.”He went on to say that hopefully Tehran would be “smart” about the conflict and “cares about its people”, adding that he had a number of Iranian friends who were “high quality people”.Mr Trump also noted that while his security adviser, John Bolton, was “definitely a hawk”, he intended to listen to every perspective on dealing with the problem.In an interview with NBC’s Meet the Press, the president said a war with Iran would cause “obliteration like you’ve never seen before”, but said he had no desire for armed conflict.“I’m not looking for war, and if there is, it’ll be obliteration like you’ve never seen before. But I’m not looking to do that,” Mr Trump said.The comment was reminiscent of his "fire and fury" rhetoric directed at North Korea, which softened once he and Kim Jong-un got to the negotiating table.It came as Iran reportedly executed a former employee of its defence ministry on charges of spying for the CIA.Documents and spying equipment were found at Jalal Hajizavar’s home, IRIB News reported.Mr Hajizavar, who had left his position as an aerospace contract employee for the ministry nine years prior, was convicted by a military court and sentenced to death.Tensions between the US and Iran have escalated after Mr Trump pulled out of the Iran nuclear deal.Mr Trump claimed the US was “cocked and loaded to retaliate” after Tehran shot down a US drone but decided against a strike when he was informed as many as 150 people could be killed.

06/22/2019 - 06:23 PM


Navy SEALs Testify Their Chief Shot Girl, Man in Iraq

Navy SEALs Testify Their Chief Shot Girl, Man in IraqMike Blake/ReutersSAN DIEGO NAVAL BASE, Calif.—Chief Special Warfare Operator Edward R. “Eddie” Gallagher, a 20-year veteran of the Navy, fatally shot a man and a young girl in Iraq during separate incidents in 2017, two of his fellow SEALS told a military court Friday afternoon. He also admonished snipers for failing to kill the man who had been walking along a river path.Gallagher, 40, is on trial and facing seven criminal counts, including attempted murder for allegedly shooting the man and girl, and for premeditated murder for allegedly fatally stabbing a wounded, teenage ISIS fighter captured by Iraqi military forces in early May 2017.Neither of the SEALs who testified said they actually saw Gallagher fire the fatal shots, and his defense attorney put blame for their deaths on ISIS fighters likely operating near the SEALs’ sniper positions in Mosul.The testimony came a day after a medic who was with Gallagher shocked the court by testifying that he may have been the one who killed the girl. The decorated SEAL has pleaded not guilty to the charges, which include additional violations of general orders. He is alleged to have posed for photos with the dead ISIS fighter's corpse and he is accused of obstructing justice when he tried to stop some from reporting his actions during an Iraq deployment with SEAL Team 7's Alpha Platoon. Gallagher's defense team claims that he’s being unfairly prosecuted and targeted by junior SEALs jealous of his reputation and with personal vendettas against him.Gallagher's general court-martial began Tuesday before Judge Navy Capt. Aaron Rugh and a seven-member jury comprised of four senior enlisted Marines, a Marine chief warrant officer, a Navy SEAL chief and a Navy commander. All the jurors have combat experience. A conviction on any of the charges requires a two-thirds vote. The trial is expected to run at least through next week.Gallagher wore his gold Trident pin above several rows of ribbons on his chest to court. He sat at a table in front of his wife, friends and family, and was flanked by five members of his defense team, including Marc Mukasey, who has served as President Trump’s personal attorney and Tim Parlatore, his lead defense attorney.Witness Special Warfare Operator 1st Class Dalton Tolbert avoided looking at Gallagher except when asked to point out if the SEAL chief was in the room. In questioning by a Navy prosecutor Friday afternoon, Tolbert testified that both civilian shootings came as sniper teams with Alpha Platoon manned positions on towers, or damaged buildings, north and south of the Tigris River near a bridge crossing. The platoon with the Coronado, Calif.-based SEAL team had the mandate to observe and thwart any ISIS activity, which included keeping an eye out for any fighters who'd venture to the riverbanks for water or respite. Sometimes, he said, the snipers would fire warning shots to scare civilians from the area.From his sniper post north of the river, Tolbert said he saw a man dressed run across the path toward a nearby building. He was dressed in traditional white garb that differed from what ISIS fighters usually wore. “That's when I saw a red mark on his back after hearing a shot,” he told the court. “Over the radio, I hear, ‘You guys missed him but I got him’,” Tolbert said. “It sounded like Chief Gallagher.”The incident involving the girl happened sometime in June 2017, Special Warfare Operator 1st Class Joshua Vriens told the court. Through his scope he told the court he saw four girls, about 12 to 14 years old, each wearing dressings and flowered hijabs. One of the girls, shot in the stomach, shrieked and fell on her right knee as two of the girls ran off and the fourth, in a gray dress, grabbed and dragged the wounded girl over a berm and out of sight, he said.Prosecutors asked if he had heard shots prior to the girls scrambling away. “I heard them from the north tower,” Vriens said, adding, “It was apparent the shot came from our direction.” He said that the immediate area of Mosul had been cleared previously and ISIS units remained active a bit further to the east. But when questioned by Parlatore, Vriens said Gallagher was about 850 meters from the girl.The court also heard that Gallagher purposely stabbed a young ISIS fighter in the neck after the wounded teenager was brought to the SEALs by Iraqi forces. Defense attorneys have argued that he rendered aid, along with several others. On Thursday, a platoon member shocked the court when he testified that he, and not Gallagher, may have caused the young ISIS fighter’s death to put him out of his misery. Special Warfare Operator 1st Class Corey Scott testified that after he saw Gallagher stick his knife in the ISIS fighter's neck, he decided to asphyxiate the teenager by closing the breathing tube with his thumb and save him from a worse fate at the hands of the Iraqis, according to the Associated Press.“I knew he was going to die anyway, and I wanted to save him from waking up to whatever would happen to him,” Scott, a trained medic or hospital corpsman testifying with a grant of immunity, told the court. The identity of the ISIS fighter isn’t known, and a body was never recovered. “He was in the (Iraqi) custody the entire time,” Palatore said. Navy SEALs would have treated and stabilized him to “potentially get some intelligence out of him.”Vriens testified he wasn’t present when the ISIS fighter died. But he testified that he was in the platoon's tactical operations room when another SEAL was looking at a photo on a computer of a teenager with dark hair who “looked like he was concussed... It looked like he had a 1,000-yard stare.” He said that Gallagher walked in the room and was asked, “is this your guy?” Vriens said. Gallagher then told them, “I stabbed him in the side, then grabbed him by the hair and I looked him in the eye and I stabbed him in the neck.”The Navy’s case against Gallagher also has been rocked in recent months by allegations that the Navy’s secretive special operations community is a hotbed for personal vendettas after Naval Criminal Investigative Service documents and SEALs' statements were leaked to several journalists.  The Navy's original prosecution team is accused of embedding emails with a software tracker directed at the defense team and journalist Carl Prine, editor of the Navy Times, to help determine the source of the leaks.On Friday, much of the defense's line of questioning of Tolbert and Vriens centered on a meeting that several platoon members had with Gallagher hours after the ISIS fighter's death. The court also saw evidence including text messages sent among a group of SEALs called the “Sewing Circle” which included platoon members opposed of war crimes who were apparently at odds with a group Gallagher belonged to known as the “Real Brotherhood.” Defense attorneys have criticized the government's investigation and have painted several SEALs who have testified against Gallagher as weak operators and liars stretching the truth for their own benefit.“We’re feeling pretty good about this,” Parlatore said during a short news conference outside the courtroom building after Friday's afternoon session concluded at the naval base. “These younger millennials feel they were just there to be able to say that they’re SEALs, they went to Mosul and they could get out and go on to their future careers with that 'former Navy SEAL' tagline on their bio.”Parlatore said the younger SEALS avoided conflict. “It’s surprising the things that they shied away from in this case,” said Parlatore, who served as a former naval officer before becoming an attorney. “They were there to clear Mosul, to fight this war. But these guys were more concerned with staying back, staying under cover and then blaming the chief.” Prosecutors have not made any public statements outside of court since the trial began.Read more at The Daily Beast.Get our top stories in your inbox every day. Sign up now!Daily Beast Membership: Beast Inside goes deeper on the stories that matter to you. Learn more.

06/22/2019 - 12:33 PM


This Photo Is Dangerous: It Could Be the Future of Navy Submarines

This Photo Is Dangerous: It Could Be the Future of Navy SubmarinesThe construction strategy for the Orca and other drones is to engineer a new “upgradeable,” multi-mission drone able to quickly integrate new technology and payloads as they emerge. This technical platform could, in key instances, obviate the need for the Navy to build new undersea drones in the future. The concept, when it comes to application, could involve newer, upgraded sonar, networking systems, new weapons and countermine technologies.(This first appeared last month.)The Navy is planning to launch a massive, 50-ton undersea drone to expand mission scope, increase attack options, integrate large high-tech sensors, further safeguard manned combat crews and possibly fire torpedoes -- all while waging war under the ocean surface.The 50-ton Orca, which would not fit in a submarine launch tube, brings an unprecedented sensing, endurance and attack advantage. The Navy has finished its Critical Design Review of the Orca, called an Extra Large Unmanned Undersea Vehicle.and begun construction, Capt. Pete Small, Program Manager for Unmanned Systems, Naval Sea Systems Command, said in early May at the Navy League’s Sea Air Space symposium.

06/23/2019 - 10:00 PM


'Not all country boys are bigots': Photo of duct tape Pride flag on truck goes viral

'Not all country boys are bigots': Photo of duct tape Pride flag on truck goes viralCody Barlow missed Tulsa's Pride parade but he did not miss out on the chance to show his support as an LGBTQ ally. He decorated his truck for Pride.

06/22/2019 - 01:26 PM


Blow to Turkey's Erdogan as opposition wins big in Istanbul

Blow to Turkey's Erdogan as opposition wins big in IstanbulTurkey's main opposition claimed a decisive victory on Sunday in Istanbul's re-run election, dealing one of the biggest blows to President Tayyip Erdogan during his 16 years in power and promising a new beginning in the country's largest city. Ekrem Imamoglu, mayoral candidate of the secularist Republican People's Party (CHP), was leading with 54% of votes versus 45% for Erdogan's AK Party (AKP) candidate, with more than 99% of ballots opened, Turkish broadcasters said. The election was Istanbul's second in three months after results of an initial March vote were scrapped, setting up the do-over as a test of Turks' ability to check what many saw as their president's increasingly authoritarian power.

06/22/2019 - 10:08 PM



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