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  • AOC to DHS chief: Border agents shared 'images of my violent rape' in secret Facebook group -

    AOC to DHS chief: Border agents shared 'images of my violent rape' in secret Facebook groupRep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez questioned Acting Homeland Security Secretary Kevin McAleenan about the whereabouts of Border Patrol agents who threatened her in a secret Facebook group.


  • UPDATE 1-U.S. amphibious group patrols Arabian Sea as Iran tensions simmer -

    UPDATE 1-U.S. amphibious group patrols Arabian Sea as Iran tensions simmerAt a thumbs-up sign from a sailor, a U.S. Harrier fighter jet takes off from the amphibious assault ship USS Boxer in the Arabian Sea as an oil tanker passes, a nautical mile away. The patrol is "standard" but the situation - growing tension between the United States and Iran - is not. "We want to make sure that we assure allies in the region and to ensure freedom of navigation and free flow of commerce," says Colonel Fridrik Fridrikson, commanding officer of the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit.


  • Lawyer: El Chapo was whisked away within hours of sentencing -

    Lawyer: El Chapo was whisked away within hours of sentencingOnly hours after receiving a life sentence, convicted Mexican drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman was forced to make a sudden departure to the highest-security prison in the U.S. to serve the term, his lawyer said Thursday. A government helicopter whisked the narco, notorious for his daring jailbreaks, out of New York City on Wednesday after the sentencing in federal court in Brooklyn, said defense attorney Jeffrey Lichtman. For most defendants, there's a lag between sentencing and a decision by the Bureau of Prisons on where to house them.


  • Chappaquiddick 50 years on: The car crash that forever tarnished Ted Kennedy -

    Chappaquiddick 50 years on: The car crash that forever tarnished Ted KennedyHe was the handsome young senator from an American political dynasty, widely tipped to win the White House. Heavily favoured to win the Democratic nomination for the presidency, Ted Kennedy looked set to square-off against Republican incumbent Richard Nixon at the 1972 election.But his hopes of emulating his older brother John F Kennedy were irreparably damaged 50 years ago.A car crash in Chappaquiddick would claim the life of a young female political campaigner and forever tarnish his reputation. Here The Independent examines the incident. What happened?On 18 July, 1969, Kennedy, aged 37 at the time, had been attending a party on Chappaquiddick Island, part of the affluent Massachusetts resort Martha?s Vineyard.The Massachusetts senator had left the party with Mary Jo Kopechne, a 28-year-old political campaign specialist. He later testified at inquest that she had asked him to drop her back at a hotel.At around midnight, Kennedy?s car swerved off a narrow, unlit bridge with no guardrails and plummeted into the Poucha Pond.He escaped the sinking saloon. Kopechne did not. Kennedy claimed he made several attempts to save her before giving up and returning to the party on foot.Later, he said he returned with two friends for another rescue attempt but that was foiled by the strong tide.Ten hours passed before the senator reported the incident to the police, minutes before Kopechne?s body was recovered from the vehicle. John Farrar, the diver who recovered the corpse, said he believed she died from suffocation rather than drowning, trapped potentially for hours in a small air pocket inside the car. What action was taken?Just a week after the crash on 25 July, Kennedy pleaded guilty to a charge of leaving the scene of an accident and received a suspended two-month prison sentence, the statutory minimum for the offence.His attorneys had argued he should be granted a lenient sentence by the judge, due to his age, character and prior reputation. That night the senator made a speech in which he insisted he had not been driving under the influence of alcohol at the time of the crash, as well as denying ?widely circulated suspicions of immoral conduct? surrounding his relationship with Kopechne.He described his decision not to immediately report the incident to the police as ?indefensible?, stating that he was overcome by a ?jumble of emotions?grief, fear, doubt, exhaustion, panic, confusion, and shock.?An inquest would later conclude there was ?probable cause to believe? Kennedy had been operating the vehicle negligently. A tarnished figureKennedy?s inaction caused significant damage to his reputation.Prior to the incident, he was popular throughout the country and was seen by many to follow in the footsteps of his brothers, John and Robert, by running for the presidency. Five years before the crash, Kennedy had been re-elected to the senate with 75 per cent of the vote. In an election 15 months after the crash, his margin of victory was reduced to 64 per cent. He did not run in the 1972 or 1976 presidential race, a decision likely taken as a result of Kopechne?s death. When Kennedy decided to run in 1980, renewed interest in the Chappaquiddick incident hindered his campaign.His Democratic primary opponent, then-president Jimmy Carter, frequently called into question Kennedy?s character by alluding to the events on the resort island. After a failed campaign, Kennedy abandoned his White House dreams. He went on to serve in the Senate for another four decades until his death.In Kennedy?s posthumous memoir, True Compass, he called the incident a ?horrible tragedy that haunts me every day of life.? The Edward M Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate, a body created in honour of his 47 years of service in the Senate, has no plans to commemorate the incident and the death of Kopechne.


  • Jon Stewart Calls Rand Paul's Refusal to Back 9/11 Victim Funding an 'Abomination' -

    Jon Stewart Calls Rand Paul's Refusal to Back 9/11 Victim Funding an 'Abomination'"I?m not impressed in any way by Rand Paul?s fiscal responsibility virtue signaling"


  • Puerto Rico: thousands protest governor's sexist and homophobic texts -

    Puerto Rico: thousands protest governor's sexist and homophobic texts* Ricardo Rosselló resisting calls to resign over leaked messages * Ricky Martin and other performers join crowds on streets of San JuanThousands marched in Puerto Rico to demand the resignation of Rossello. Photograph: Eric Rojas/AFP/Getty ImagesAccompanied by some of Puerto Rico?s most famous performers, thousands of people marched to the governor?s residence in San Juan on Wednesday chanting demands for the embattled governor, Ricardo Rosselló, to resign after the leak of online chats that show him making misogynistic slurs and mocking his constituents.The crowd ranged from teenagers to retirees, with some waving the island?s flag printed in black and gray rather than red, white and blue to symbolize their discontent with a government they call corrupt and unresponsive to its people. Musicians Ricky Martin, Residente and Bad Bunny marched and addressed the crowd.Police erected concrete barricades and shop owners covered store windows with metal sheeting or plywood as if a hurricane were coming. The multicolored umbrellas that form a photogenic awning over the street in front of the governor?s mansion were taken down.The turnout filled several city blocks in colonial Old San Juan but appeared to fall short of the many tens of thousands that some Rosselló opponents had predicted. Many older protesters went home before nightfall as chanting young people filled Old San Juan?s Totem Plaza and the first few blocks leading up to the 16th century fortress where the governor resides.Karla Villalon has three elementary-age children and an 81-year-old grandmother. Her kids have been uprooted twice in two years when first one school, then another, was closed by budget cuts under Rosselló. Her grandmother, a retired teacher, is anguished over the possibility of losing her pension in future rounds of cutbacks.Villalon was outraged when Rosselló?s former education secretary was arrested and accused of steering millions in improper contracts to politically connected contractors. Then hundreds of pages of online chats between Rosselló and members of his administration leaked, revealing the men mocking women, the disabled and victims of Hurricane Maria. Villalon has had enough.?It?s the final straw,? the homemaker said before the march. ?My kids? classrooms have mold in them ... There?s just so much outrage that?s been building over time.?Demonstrators chant and wave Puerto Rican flags in San Juan. Photograph: Gabriella N Baez/ReutersThe Rosselló administration has remained under siege since the weekend after leaked text messages between the governor and a number of his inner circle revealed a slew of misogynist and homophobic comments shared between the group.A number of senior members of the administration have already resigned in the wake of the scandal, but on Monday Rosselló refused to tender his resignation, claiming that while the messages were inappropriate they were not illegal.?I?m not proud of what I did,? Rosselló told reporters on Tuesday. ?Those were merely comments ? but they were hurtful comments. So, I apologize for what I?ve done but again, I need to move forward and continue on the work we?re doing for Puerto Rico.?The affair only adds to sustained criticism of Rosselló?s leadership as sweeping austerity and privatization measures imposed after Hurricane Maria decimated the island almost two years ago drew public backlash.Puerto Rico, an unincorporated US territory, is in the midst of a multibillion-dollar debt crisis now managed by an unelected oversight board appointed in Washington that oversees much of the island?s economic affairs.Shortly before the text message scandal, referred to as ?RickyLeaks?, a number of administration officials and contractors, including the former education secretary Julia Keleher, were arrested by the FBI over allegations of corruption and misappropriation of $15.5m in federal funds apportioned to Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria.Workers cover shop windows with wood in preparation for protests against Governor Ricardo Rosselló near La Fortaleza in San Juan, Puerto Rico, on Wednesday. Photograph: Carlos Giusti/APKey figures in the movement to oust Rosselló remained hopeful that the protests on Wednesday would remain peaceful.A number of high-profile Puerto Ricans, including the actor and playwright Lin-Manuel Miranda, singer Ricky Martin and trap artist Benito Martínez Ocasio, known by his stage name Bad Bunny, have also lent vocal support to the protests. Martin and Ocasio are expected to appear at the protests.San Juan?s firebrand mayor, Carmen Yulín Cruz, an outspoken critic of Rosselló, told the Guardian by text message the demonstrations would mark ?a historic day in Puerto Rico?.Cruz, who announced she would challenge Rosselló in elections next year, became the face of resistance to the Trump administration?s faltering efforts to assist during the immediate aftermath of Hurricane Maria.Both Mayor Cruz and Ricky Martin also appeared as targets of abuse in the leaked text messages.According to the messages, Rosselló referred to Cruz as ?off her meds? while other administration officials mocked Martin?s sexuality.


  • Police responding to foul odor find woman dead in New York City apartment -

    Police responding to foul odor find woman dead in New York City apartmentPolice are investigating the death of a 33-year-old woman found dead with obvious signs of trauma to her body.


  • Marine Corps Tells Rep. Duncan Hunter He Can?t Use Trademarked Corps Material for His Campaign -

    Marine Corps Tells Rep. Duncan Hunter He Can?t Use Trademarked Corps Material for His Campaign"It is personally disappointing to Congressman Hunter that he is now being told that he cannot use this motto or image that thousands of Marines like Congressman Hunter, who went to war under this banner, have used for tattoos, coins, and multiple other items of personal sentiment," Harrison told Task & Purpose.Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-Calif.) has been told to stop using the Marine Corps' emblem and the 1st Marine Division's motto in his campaign literature, Corps officials confirmed.The Marine Corps Trademark Licensing Office has sent Hunter, a Marine veteran, a cease and desist letter telling him to quit using the Eagle, Globe, and Anchor emblem along with the phrase, "No Better Friend, No Worse Enemy," on a fundraising mailer that accuses his political opponent of having links to terrorism, NBC News first reported on Wednesday."Please be advised that you are more than welcome to simply and accurately state that you are a Marine Corps veteran, or provide other information about your service that is based on fact," according to the letter, which NBC News posted online. "As an alternative, we do offer a 'Marine Veteran' logo (Attachment B) for use by Marines to indicate their pride in service."Marine Corps spokesman Capt. Joseph Butterfield confirmed the Corps had "taken appropriate action" to address the campaign mailers cited in the NBC story.


  • Your Kids Won't Have Any Room For Candy After These Halloween Dinner Ideas -

    Your Kids Won't Have Any Room For Candy After These Halloween Dinner Ideas


  • Trump and Hicks spoke with Michael Cohen shortly before he struck hush-money deal with Stormy Daniels, FBI documents show -

    Trump and Hicks spoke with Michael Cohen shortly before he struck hush-money deal with Stormy Daniels, FBI documents showTrump, his close aide Hope Hicks and personal lawyer Michael Cohen scrambled after the release of the infamous ?Access Hollywood? tape to squash stories of his alleged extramarital affairs, newly unsealed court documents show.


  • Turkish defense firms set to lose billions after F-35 removal -

    Turkish defense firms set to lose billions after F-35 removalTurkish defense companies helping to build F-35 stealth fighter jets are set to lose work worth billions of dollars after Washington said it was removing Turkey from the program over its purchase of a Russian missile defense system. Eight Turkish firms have been involved in producing the advanced fighter jets, supplying hundreds of items including parts for cockpit display systems and landing gear, on contracts the Pentagon said would have been worth $9 billion over the course of the program. The head of Turkey's Defense Industry Directorate acknowledged on Thursday that the U.S. decision to move the work elsewhere - and the potential for additional U.S. sanctions - would be a setback for those companies.


  • Billionaire Epstein denied bail in child sex trafficking case -

    Billionaire Epstein denied bail in child sex trafficking caseA US federal judge on Thursday rejected Jeffrey Epstein's bail request and ordered that the financier accused of sexually assaulting minors remain in custody pending trial. "The government has established the danger to others and the community," along with the hedge fund billionaire's flight risk, Judge Richard Berman said in his ruling dismissing the bail application, for which Epstein said he could pay more than $100 million. Epstein's defense team had argued that he should be allowed to remain at his home, fitted with an electronic ankle bracelet and with his building under police video surveillance.


  • Hawaii telescope protesters don't back down after arrests -

    Hawaii telescope protesters don't back down after arrestsProtesters didn't back down from their long-running effort to stop construction of a $1.4 billion telescope, blocking a road Thursday to the top of a mountain sacred to some Native Hawaiians a day after authorities arrested nearly three dozen people. The state Supreme Court has given the green light to the project that would put one of the world's most powerful telescopes atop Mauna Kea on the Big Island. Gov. David Ige has signed an emergency proclamation to broaden the state's power to keep activists off Hawaii's tallest peak.


  • House Vote to Repeal Obamacare Tax Shows Health Care Tension -

    House Vote to Repeal Obamacare Tax Shows Health Care Tension(Bloomberg) -- The House voted overwhelmingly to repeal a tax Wednesday intended to fund the Affordable Care Act, preserving tax breaks for employer-sponsored insurance plans favored by large corporations.In a reversal of the usual partisan roles, Democrats rather than Republicans led the charge to kill a key part of Obamacare.The bill to repeal the levy commonly known as the ?Cadillac tax? passed 419-6 with bipartisan support. The 40% excise tax on the most generous and expensive employer health-insurance plans was included in Obamacare as a measure that economists said would help curb health costs.Congress kept delaying its implementation so the tax has never actually been collected. Had it gone into effect, it would have hit about one in five employers that offer health benefits to their workers, according to estimates from the Kaiser Family Foundation.The vote to repeal the tax highlights the conflicting forces pulling at Democrats when campaigning versus legislating.Several of the party?s presidential candidates led by Senators Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren support replacing nearly all private insurance with a government-run system financed by tax increases. Former Vice President Joe Biden, the front-runner in the race, has a less sweeping plan to bolster Obamacare, but it still would offer a public health insurance option funded by tax hikes on the wealthy.But in Congress, Democrats and Republicans are facing pressure from labor unions and large companies to move in the opposite direction by keeping tax advantages for employer-sponsored plans. Supporters of repealing the tax say keeping it in place would force employers to offer less generous health insurance to their workers.Employers can reap large tax savings by compensating their employees in the form of more extensive health insurance, rather than wages, which are subject to payroll taxes. Employer-paid premiums are exempt from federal income and payroll taxes, and the premiums employees pay are also often excluded from taxable income.Changing Minds?I?ve been a supporter of the Cadillac tax because I thought it would? lower health care costs, said Representative Steny Hoyer of Maryland, the No. 2 Democrat in the House. ?But I?ve read some additional material on it and it?s obviously overwhelmingly thought this will not have the effect in terms of raising money or controlling cost that I thought it would have.?The dissonance among Democrats about whether to expand or shrink employer-sponsored health coverage makes them look like ?gymnasts,? said Representative Mike Kelly, a Pennsylvania Republican.?Where are you on this stuff?? he said. ?Wait a minute, you?re all advocating that there be no such thing as employer-sponsored coverage.?The repeated delays in imposing the Cadillac tax delays mean that Congress was never able to test whether it would curb the explosion of health care spending, which has risen an average 4.2% every quarter between 2010 and 2018, according to data from the Kaiser Family Foundation.The repeal also would mean that the Treasury Department won?t collect the $201 billion the Joint Committee on Taxation estimated it would raise over a decade.Obamacare TaxesObamacare included several other tax increases, including a 3.8% tax on investment income and a 0.9% levy on wages for top-earners. The portion of the law that was supposed to be financed through the Cadillac tax instead would be paid for through deficit spending, unless lawmakers propose a last-minute tax increase to offset the cost.Democrats have generally opposed measures to chip away at President Barack Obama?s signature legislative achievement, but the Cadillac tax has been unpopular since it became part of the code.The measure to repeal it, H.R. 748, was passed under a fast-track procedure requiring two-thirds support among House members.Yet popularity doesn?t necessarily mean good policy, said Marc Goldwein, senior vice president at the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget. Politicians don?t like the tax on health benefits, but nearly every economist thinks the Cadillac tax or a similar measure is necessary to help slow the rise in health-care costs and curb overuse of health services, he added.?Just because it?s bipartisan doesn?t mean it?s good,? he said.Not all Democrats are on board with eliminating the tax. Representative Ron Kind, a Wisconsin Democrat, said he opposes the repeal because the cost isn?t offset and there wasn?t any discussion about how scuttling the tax would affect the Affordable Care Act overall.?I think we are lapsing into some very bad habits in the majority,? he said. ?We need to start instilling some fiscal discipline in this place and making some tough decisions.?Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, a Kentucky Republican, hasn?t committed to addressing the issue in his chamber. Because the repeal effort is led by Democrats, it sets up a path for McConnell to use it as a vehicle to attach Republican tax priorities, such as correcting errors in the 2017 tax law or extending several expired tax breaks that benefit the biodiesel and energy industries.?We?ve kicked the can down the road for so long on this one that the assumption is that it?s never going to go into effect,? said Representative Dan Kildee, a Michigan Democrat. ?There?s a certain inevitability to this one getting repealed.?\--With assistance from Emily Wilkins.To contact the reporter on this story: Laura Davison in Washington at ldavison4@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Joe Sobczyk at jsobczyk@bloomberg.net, Laurie AsséoFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com©2019 Bloomberg L.P.


  • Dominican Republic to enhance food and drink inspections after tourist deaths -

    Dominican Republic to enhance food and drink inspections after tourist deathsThe Dominican Republic is amping up safety measures, including enhancing food and rink inspections, after a spate of tourist deaths.


  • ?I saw hate in his eyes?: White security guard pulls gun on black police officer -

    ?I saw hate in his eyes?: White security guard pulls gun on black police officerSheriff?s deputy Alan Gaston thought they were on the same side.One man, Mr Gaston, was a high-ranking officer in the Lucas County, Ohio, sheriff?s department with 34 years of experience.The other was a security guard contracted to protect an Internal Revenue Service (IRS) office in Toledo.But then the guard pulled his gun. He raised his voice. He put a hand on Mr Gaston?s arm and rested his finger on the trigger.In a matter of seconds, what began with a routine errand at the IRS escalated into a frightening standoff between a white security guard and a black police officer, who said he heard hate in the guard?s shouts and believed he would be shot.?You don?t expect to be ambushed by someone who you think is on the same team,? Mr Gaston told The Washington Post.?I feel there was definitely some racial overtones involved. And I?m not the type of person to throw the race card, I?m just telling you the facts. I looked in his eyes and I saw hate in his eyes.?He had stopped by the IRS office during his shift on 31 May to ask a question about a letter the agency sent him.He was in full uniform, his badge and his firearm in clear view.The security guard, identified in court documents as Seth Eklund, asked Mr Gaston to leave his gun in his patrol car.When Mr Gaston replied he couldn?t do that, he said Mr Eklund became hostile. Mr Eklund accused Mr Gaston of reaching for his weapon, shouting ?get your hands off your gun?, even though Mr Gaston said his hands were visible and nowhere near his holster.Mr Gaston, who has years of experience teaching defensive tactics, decided it was time for him to leave.He recalled a wide-eyed elderly couple in the office waiting room watching the exchange, and he said he feared for the bystanders? safety. Mr Gaston turned to go.As he walked out of the cramped office, Mr Eklund drew his gun, trained it on Mr Gaston?s back and followed him. At one point, Mr Gaston said, Mr Eklund tried to arrest the uniformed officer.?He came around the corner with his weapon out, telling me, ?you had your chance, you?re not going anywhere, I?m detaining you?,? Gaston said.?That?s when I was preparing myself to be shot. The hate and anger he had against me, I was getting ready to be shot by this security guard for no reason.?Mr Eklund, who could not be reached for comment, pleaded not guilty to one charge of aggravated menacing in a court appearance on Monday.Mr Gaston and his wife have also filed a lawsuit against Mr Eklund and the two security firms that apparently employed him.Representatives of those companies, Paragon Systems and Praetorian Shield, did not respond to requests for comment. The IRS declined to comment.The local news station WTVG published what it claims to be security camera footage of the interaction and The Washington Post obtained screenshots of the video.The images show Mr Gaston backing away and attempting to leave the building in an elevator. But Mr Eklund, gun still drawn, blocks the door with his foot.Mr Gaston says he felt cornered, scared. He took out his phone to take a picture of Mr Eklund, he said, and the security guard finally holstered his weapon.Heather Taylor, president of the Ethical Society of Police in St Louis, said that Mr Eklund behaved recklessly and likely would not have treated a white officer the same way.?We know what it?s like being an African American police officer in a city,? Ms Taylor said. ?A lot of us realise that, hey, even though you?re in uniform, that doesn?t mean you?re safe.?The tense scene recalled other, infamous incidents with grisly endings. Ms Taylor pointed to the case of Jemel Roberson, a black security guard who was killed by a Midlothian, Illinois, police officer while they both responded to a shooting at the bar where Roberson worked.She also mentioned Detective Jacai Colson in Maryland, who was killed by a fellow officer while working undercover. Mr Colson, according to a lawsuit, had his badge in his hand and was shouting ?Police! Police!? before he was killed.?You?re not given the benefit of the doubt as a minority,? Ms Taylor said. ?It?s something we?ve been highlighting forever and now here?s another example of it.?She applauded Mr Gaston?s cool demeanour in the face of what she said was potentially lethal bigotry.Mr Gaston said he didn?t feel that Mr Eklund respected him as a law enforcement officer, and in more than three decades of police work has never dealt with anything like that.He was diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder and severe depression, he said. He?s been on medical leave and is seeing a counsellor twice a week. The civil suit Mr Gaston and his wife filed seeks compensation.The standoff between Mr Gaston and Mr Eklund ended, he said, when Toledo police officers responded to a 911 call from inside the building that mentioned a man who has ?got a gun? and ?won?t leave?. The caller didn?t mention that the man was a police officer.When Toledo police arrived, Mr Gaston recounted, they told Mr Eklund: ?You know he?s a uniformed deputy sheriff, right? We can go anywhere in this building we want.?Washington Post


  • Big Guns: Army Prototypes Range-Doubling New Artillery Weapon to Outgun Russia -

    Big Guns: Army Prototypes Range-Doubling New Artillery Weapon to Outgun RussiaThe Army is building prototypes of a new artillery cannon that can more than double the range of existing weapons and vastly alter the strategic and tactical landscape shaping land war into the future.The Army program, called Extended Range Cannon Artillery, has been developing for several years; it is now entering a new phase through an Army deal with BAE Systems to build ?Increment 1? prototypes.?This prototype phase will address capability gaps in the Army?s indirect fire systems and improve the rate and range of fire with the development of power distribution software and hardware integration solutions,? a BAE Systems statement said.During testing thus far, the Army has successfully fired a 155mm artillery round 62 kilometers - marking a technical breakthrough in the realm of land-based weapons and progressing toward its stated goal of being able to outrange and outgun Russian and Chinese weapons.Currently, most land-fired artillery shot from an M777 Towed Howitzer or Self-Propelled Howitzer are able to pinpoint targets out to 30km - so hitting 62km dramatically changes Army offensive attack capability. As part of an effort to ensure the heavy M777 is sufficiently mobile, the Army completed a ?mobility? demonstration of ERCA prototypes last year.


  • Rally Red 1972 Dodge Challenger Shows Off Its Muscles -

    Rally Red 1972 Dodge Challenger Shows Off Its MusclesA stunning example of a highly desirable American icon. If you have been in the market for an iconic American muscle car, then you?re in luck. GR Auto Gallery is pleased to announce this bold and beautiful 1972 Dodge Challenger up for sale. Dressed in a brilliant Rally Red paint job, the exterior shines at every angle and is in pristine condition. It?s nicely contrasted by the tidy black interior with wooden accents. Overall, this example is in immaculate condition and was taken care of with love. Everything from the door panels to the dashboard and floor mats are like-new and very clean.The heart and soul of this bad boy is a massive 440 cubic-inch V8 motor paired to a smooth-shifting 727 automatic transmission. This 1972 Dodge Challenger received a full restoration, which includes the powertrain. The odometer reading on the add is 808 miles.  Other features include front disc brakes, power steering and heat, all-new front suspension, and a 391 Sure Grip Posi rear end. The sale of this vehicle comes with a full folder of receipts for the restoration and general maintenance paperwork.The Challenger debuted in the fall of 1969 for the 1970 model year. The first-gen was positioned to compete against the Mercury Cougar and Pontiac Firebird in the higher end of the pony car segment. It was also a fairly late response to the Ford Mustang, which was introduced in April of 1964. Nevertheless, the American automaker intended for the Challenger to be the most potent pony car and produced a number of trim and option levels that included virtually every engine in Chrysler?s lineup.The 1972 Dodge Challenger received just a few minor changes. For one, the grille sloped down on either side and extended below the bumper, where the headlights were housed in their respective panels. The taillights were also located in two separate housings on each side of the rear valance. The Rally grille and rear tail panel were both blacked out. Shaker hoods were left behind and replaced by either a flat hood or twin dummy scoops. The bumpers were also chromed out instead of being body-colored. Although some options were changed, buyers could still add front and rear spoilers, rear window louvers, and power accessories like seats and door locks. Read More: Peel Out In This Banana Yellow 1970 Dodge Challenger R/T Set Of Rare 1971 Challengers Up For Grabs


  • ?I am disgusted?: New Yorkers react to Trump telling congresswomen to ?go back? to their countries -

    ?I am disgusted?: New Yorkers react to Trump telling congresswomen to ?go back? to their countriesNew Yorkers, like much of the country, have some strong opinions about the latest controversy engulfing President Trump. ?I am disgusted at the Republicans,? said Randi, of Manhattan. ?I can?t believe no one stands up to him. I thought of myself as independent, and I?m forced into being a Democrat.?


  • Pakistan lost $50 million from airspace restrictions: minister -

    Pakistan lost $50 million from airspace restrictions: ministerPakistan's aviation minister on Thursday said that his country suffered loses of over eight billion rupees ($50 million) from airspace restrictions imposed since February which affected hundreds of commercial and cargo flights. Pakistan closed its airspace after an attack by a Pakistan-based militant group in Indian-controlled Kashmir led to clashes between the nuclear-armed powers, adding flight time for passengers and fuel costs for airlines. ?Over eight billion rupees worth of losses have been suffered by the Pakistan Civil Aviation Authority,? Ghulam Sarwar Khan, Pakistan?s aviation minister told a press conference in Karachi.


  • Here's Every Single Mission to the Moon in One Chart -

    Here's Every Single Mission to the Moon in One ChartThe Cold War propelled lunar exploration, but humans last stepped foot on the moon in 1972. Now, a new moon race is on, with new players.


  • Argentina acts against Hezbollah, blamed for terror attacks -

    Argentina acts against Hezbollah, blamed for terror attacksArgentina's government on Thursday branded Hezbollah a terrorist organization and froze its assets, 25 years to the day after a bombing blamed on the Lebanese-based group destroyed a Jewish community center in Argentina's capital, killing 85 people. The nation's Financial Information Unit took the action a day after President Mauricio Macri's government created a list of terrorist organizations to help coordinate actions with other nations and as the nation held memorial services for victims of the attack, for which no one has been convicted. The unit noted that Hezbollah has been accused of responsibility for a 1992 attack on the Israeli Embassy in Argentina that killed 29 people, as well as the 1994 attack on the Argentine-Israelite Mutual Association in Buenos Aires.


  • At least 11 dead in Taliban attack on Afghan police HQ -

    At least 11 dead in Taliban attack on Afghan police HQAt least 11 people were killed and scores more wounded Thursday when the Taliban attacked a police headquarters in the southern city of Kandahar, officials and the insurgents said. Taliban spokesman Qari Yousuf Ahmadi said the afternoon attack in Afghanistan's second-largest city started with a car bomb, then saw gunmen storm the police compound. Baheer Ahmadi, the Kandahar governor's spokesman, said in a statement that 11 people had been killed, including nine civilians and two police officers, while another 80 -- including women and children -- were wounded.


  • Fresno Co. head-on crash that hospitalized 5 confirmed DUI, driver arrested -

    Fresno Co. head-on crash that hospitalized 5 confirmed DUI, driver arrestedThe California Highway Patrol has arrested a man for a DUI crash that hospitalized five people in Fresno County Wednesday evening.


  • China Is Drafting Urgent Plan to Resolve Hong Kong Chaos, SCMP Says -

    China Is Drafting Urgent Plan to Resolve Hong Kong Chaos, SCMP Says(Bloomberg) -- Chinese officials in charge of Hong Kong affairs are working on an urgent strategy to solve the city?s political chaos and have ruled out the use of military force, the South China Morning Post reported, citing unidentified people familiar with the discussions.They will soon present top leaders in Beijing with both an immediate plan to handle the mass protests and a longer-term strategy that could result in China overhauling its management of the former British colony, the newspaper said, without elaborating on a date.Beijing maintains that the crisis is best left for Hong Kong authorities to resolve and doesn?t want to get directly involved, according to the report. Beijing has expressed public support for Chief Executive Carrie Lam throughout weeks of unrest and political gridlock, saying this week that it ?firmly supports? her leadership.On Thursday, China condemned a joint motion for a resolution in the European Parliament that called on EU member states and other nations to investigate export controls ?to deny China, and in particular Hong Kong, access to technologies? that could be used to violate human rights.?China strongly opposes this,? spokesman Lu Kang said. ?China does value its relations with Europe, but maintaining a healthy relationship requires joint efforts.?Lam on Monday vowed she would remain in office, after a Financial Times report said she had offered to resign but that Beijing insisted she stay and clean up ?the mess she created.?The Chinese officials also see Hong Kong?s police force as key to maintaining stability, the newspaper said. Officers? tactics have come under fire after they used rounds of tear gas, rubber bullets, batons and pepper spray in dispersing the protests. Demonstrators have demanded an independent investigation into what they deem a use of excessive force, while opposition lawmakers have called for the resignation of security chief John Lee.Earlier: Hong Kong Police Tactics Under Fire as Legislature ResumesMainland officials want to avoid bloodshed and ensure the financial hub remains largely stable, the newspaper reported, citing the people familiar. China?s approach will be to ?lure the snake from its hole,? according to one adviser cited by the SCMP, taking a defensive position until the opposition reveals its strategy.They?re also considering whether the current environment makes it too risky for President Xi Jinping to visit another former European colony, Macau, later this year for 20th anniversary celebrations of its return to Chinese rule, the paper reported.Crowds of Hong Kong protesters have turned out in unprecedented sizes every week since mid-June. In recent gatherings, their anger has focused on China. More protests are being planned in neighborhoods across the city by demonstrators vowing to spread the word until Lam responds to their demands, including the official withdrawal of legislation that would allow extraditions to the mainland and first sparked the rallies.There are indications that Xi and his top officials are preparing for their annual summer conclave in the seaside city of Beidaihe, which this year will bear even closer watching than usual as China faces growing risks at home and abroad, including Hong Kong?s unrest and an ongoing trade war with the U.S.(Updates in fourth paragraph with China foreign ministry comments)\--With assistance from Dandan Li.To contact the reporters on this story: Karen Leigh in Hong Kong at kleigh4@bloomberg.net;Dominic Lau in Hong Kong at dlau92@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Brendan Scott at bscott66@bloomberg.net, James Mayger, Iain MarlowFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com©2019 Bloomberg L.P.


  • View Photos of the Lexus GXOR Concept -

    View Photos of the Lexus GXOR Concept


  • 'Not what your mom sent you:' Teen takes legendary senior photos in a bathrobe -

    'Not what your mom sent you:' Teen takes legendary senior photos in a bathrobeEvan Dennison wanted to do something funny for his senior photos. No one believed he would actually do it. Now he is a "legend."


  • California: 'resistance' state has donated more to Trump than to most Democrats in 2020 race -

    California: 'resistance' state has donated more to Trump than to most Democrats in 2020 racePresident has raised $3.2m in California this year, analysis finds ? more than Joe Biden and Bernie SandersDonald Trump takes a selfie with a local member of the press as he tours the border wall between the United States and Mexico in Calexico, California, in April. Photograph: Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty ImagesResidents of California, the self-fashioned ?resistance? state that has sued the Trump administration more than 50 times, has donated more money to the Trump 2020 campaign than to most Democratic candidates in the 2020 race.Donald Trump raised $3.2m in California since the beginning of this year, according to campaign finance data analyzed by CalMatters, a not-for-profit news organization focused on California issues.trump in caliTrump beat out everybody in the field except for Senator Kamala Harris, who raised $7.5m, and Mayor Pete Buttigieg, who raised $5.1m. Harris, who is California?s junior senator, has been leading in donations from the state since launching her campaign in January.Trump bested even the former vice-president Joe Biden, the frontrunner in the Democratic primary, and Senators Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren, who have strong support throughout the state.Although affluent donors in Beverly Hills, Orange county and San Diego contributed significant sums ? and together constituted a majority of California funds in Trump?s campaign war chest ? 92.8% of donations came from small donors contributing less than $100. Many of these small donations came from the central region of the state, which tends to skew more conservative.Trump?s prowess among small donors in California is striking, with the president besting Sanders in this field. Sanders, who raised $2.2m in California, 89.6% of which consisted of contributions of less than $100, has spoken repeatedly about the power of the people fueling his campaign through small donations.California has remained a staunchly blue state for some time ? in total, Californians have donated more than $26m to the more than two dozen Democratic candidates ? but Trump?s fundraising figures show the president still has a loyal base in the state. And though he loves to troll the state and its leaders from his Twitter account, Trump is campaigning in the area. Donald Trump Jr and his girlfriend, Kimberly Guilfoyle ? who was once the first lady of San Francisco, when she was married to the current governor, Gavin Newsom ? were in San Francisco on Tuesday for a campaign fundraiser.Candidates submitted their second-quarter donation numbers to the Federal Election Commission on 15 July, but the agency is still processing much of the data. Much of Trump?s data is still unavailable.


  • Russia summons U.S. diplomat in Moscow in protest over visa row -

    Russia summons U.S. diplomat in Moscow in protest over visa rowRussia summoned a representative of the U.S. embassy in Moscow on Thursday to issue a protest after U.S. officials alleged Russia had refused visas to teachers at an international school in Moscow, the Russian foreign ministry said. The ministry said in a statement it had not denied the visas, but that teachers at the school were entering Russia under diplomatic visas, despite not being diplomats. It said Russia was ready to issue visas promptly to U.S. diplomatic personnel as soon as Washington started issuing visas promptly to Russian diplomats in the United States.


  • Flynn had $4.6M unpaid legal tab, records show -

    Flynn had $4.6M unpaid legal tab, records showLaw firm Covington & Burling took on Trump's ex-national security adviser Michael Flynn in early 2017, when his lobbying and consulting work came under scrutiny.


  • The Latest: Arkansas state police ID sheriff's deputy killed -

    The Latest: Arkansas state police ID sheriff's deputy killedArkansas State Police have identified a sheriff's deputy killed in a shooting in northern Arkansas as Sergeant Mike Stephen. State Police spokesman Bill Sadler said Stephen responded to a domestic welfare check at a house in Leslie, about 77 miles (124 kilometers) from Little Rock, around 8:40 Thursday morning. Stephen was killed at the scene.


  • Satellite images ?show US military buildup in Saudi Arabia? amid Iran tensions -

    Satellite images ?show US military buildup in Saudi Arabia? amid Iran tensionsThe United States is preparing to send hundreds of troops to Saudi Arabia where satellite images appear to show a build up of American forces on the ground. Up to 500 soldiers are to be sent to the Prince Sultan Airbase in the desert to the east of the capital Riyadh, two officials told CNN, speaking on condition of anonymity. Preparations are also reportedly underway for a large missile installation from which Patriot surface-to-air missiles can be launched to protect the base from incoming threats. The moves would likely strengthen the US' controversial relationship with Saudi Arabia, while also responding to rising tensions with Iran which escalated dramatically in recent months. After the US unilaterally withdrew from a landmark 2015 nuclear deal last year and reimposed tight sanctions, Iran announced in July that it had surpassed limits on enriched uranium imposed in the agreement. The country insists it is not trying to build nuclear weapons.A standoff has also ensued in the Gulf, with sabotage attacks on foreign tankers, blamed on Iran by the US. In the latest incident Tehran said it had seized a foreign-owned vessel suspected of being used for oil smuggling out of the country/ The Trump administration has long sought to base troops in the remote region, but the decision to send them to Saudi Arabia comes amid outrage over the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi. A United Nations report concluded his death at the Saudi embassy in Istanbul was "an extrajudicial execution" sanctioned Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.The Trump administration has also been criticised for its response to the murder.Despite these issues, the US has said it is committed to helping protect Saudi Arabia from Iranian aggression, and last month said 1,000 troops were being sent to the middle east, but did not say which countries they were going to.Photographs taken by high-resolution commercial satellites, captured by satellite imagery company Planet Labs, show a deployment of US troops and support personnel who arrived at the air base in mid-June, according to Jeffrey Lewis, director of the East Asia Nonproliferation Project at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey, who has studied the new images.Pictures of the site taken in late June and early July show preparations being made for the arrival of troops, Mr Lewis told CNN.?A small encampment and construction equipment appeared at the end of a runway by June 27, suggesting that improvements are already underway. The encampment to the east of the runway is typical of Air Force engineering squadrons deployed overseas,? he said. The US is reportedly hoping to be able to fly stealth, fifth-generation F-22 jets and other fighter planes from the base.Commander Rebecca Rebarich, a Pentagon spokeswoman, told the New York Times there was ?no official announcement? of the deployment to the Middle East but said the American military ?continually works to manage our force posture in the region.?Amid rising tensions between Iran and the US last month, Mr Trump said he was not seeking war with the country but warned, if pushed, the country would face ?obliteration like you?ve never seen before?.


  • France turns down citizenship for immigrant nurse because she 'works too much' -

    France turns down citizenship for immigrant nurse because she 'works too much'France has rejected an immigrant nurse?s application for citizenship on the grounds that she was working too many hours a week in breach of the statutory 35-hour week and strict limits on overtime. The nurse, whose name and nationality have not been made public, holds three jobs and averages 59 hours a week, which the authorities said placed her ?in violation of regulations on working time in France?. The 35-hour rule introduced under a Socialist government in 2000 gave France one of the world?s shortest working weeks, but it has since been loosened and employees may be permitted to work up to 48 hours a week including overtime.  The Préfecture in Val-de Marne, near Paris, said in a letter to the nurse that it was ?postponing? her naturalisation application for two years. The letter was posted on social media by one of her friends, Nicolas Delage. ?I find this scandalous,? Mr Delage told the online newspaper 20 Minutes. ?One reason for granting [French] nationality is work. She is not stealing anyone?s work.? Sanjay Navy, a lawyer, said immigrants were often denied naturalisation for working too many hours. ?I?ve seen similar cases before this. This is not an isolated decision.? Mr Navy said he had seen a number of naturalisation applications by security guards turned down because they had multiple employers and worked too many hours. According to the most recent official figures, some 63,000 immigrants were granted French citizenship in 2017. The French are bitterly divided over the 35-hour week, which became a campaign issue in the 2017 presidential election. The unsuccessful conservative candidate, François Fillon, promised to abolish it, arguing that it caused economic stagnation. Emmanuel Macron, the victorious centrist, has stopped short of scrapping it but has introduced greater flexibility for companies to negotiate longer hours with staff. An economy ministry report in April which revealed that more than 300,000 civil servants work less than 35 hours a week caused outrage among private-sector employees, many of whom say they regularly work longer hours to achieve their targets. A baker in northern France was fined ?3,000 (£2,700) last year for breaching legal limits on work hours by opening his bakery seven days a week. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings.


  • India's 'dosa king' dies one week into life term -

    India's 'dosa king' dies one week into life termAn Indian restaurant tycoon known as the "Dosa King" died in hospital Thursday, a week after beginning a life sentence for the murder of a love rival. P. Rajagopal, 71, was convicted for the murder of his love interest's husband in 2004, but only went to jail this month when the Supreme Court rejected his final appeal. Rajagopal, who turned his Saravana Bhawan restaurant into a global chain, died at Chennai's Vijaya hospital where he was taken on Tuesday with heart problems.


  • Epstein Says Friend Gave Him Fake Foreign Passport Used in 4 Countries -

    Epstein Says Friend Gave Him Fake Foreign Passport Used in 4 CountriesJeffrey Epstein?s lawyers said Thursday that the fake, foreign passport found in his safe was given to him by a friend and had already been used when he got it.Their claim, in a letter to the judge who will decide if Epstein gets bail, came in response to a prosecution filing that revealed the passport contained stamps from France, Spain, the United Kingdom, and Saudi Arabia.Prosecutors have cited the passport?which was issued in Austria but had a Saudi Arabia address, a fake name and Epstein?s photo?as evidence that the accused sex trafficker is a flight risk.Jeffrey Epstein Had ?Piles of Cash,? Diamonds, Austrian Passport in Safe?Epstein was given the passport at issue by a friend,? defense lawyer Marc Fernich wrote.?Some Jewish-Americans were informally advised at the time to carry identification bearing a non-Jewish name when traveling internationally in case of hijacking.?He never used the document to travel internationally and never presented it to any immigration or customs authority. The passport stamps, predating his receipt of the document, do not reflect Mr. Epstein?s entries or exits.?The letter did not disclose who gave the passport to Epstein or why he still had the travel document, which was from the 1980s and had long expired.Also found in the safe was $70,000 in cash and 48 small diamonds that prosecutors contend are often kept on hand by someone who needs to make a quick getaway.U.S. District Judge Richard Berman is set to decide Thursday afternoon whether Epstein should stay locked up at the Metropolitan Correctional Center or be put on house arrest at his mansion, which prosecutors have derisively called his ?gilded cage.?Read more at The Daily Beast.Got a tip? Send it to The Daily Beast hereGet our top stories in your inbox every day. Sign up now!Daily Beast Membership: Beast Inside goes deeper on the stories that matter to you. Learn more.


  • The U.S. Marines Might Be Souring on Amphibious Assault Ships. Here's Why. -

    The U.S. Marines Might Be Souring on Amphibious Assault Ships. Here's Why.The incoming commandant of the U.S. Marine Corps is backing away from the service?s longstanding requirement for 38 dedicated amphibious assault ships.The move could signal the beginning of a new approach to amphibious warfare for the world?s leading marine force.New commandant Gen. David Berger is ?willing to shed some key tenets of the Marines? amphibious force-planning in recent years ? including the demand for 38 amphibious warships to support a two Marine Expeditionary Brigade-sized forcible entry force,? Megan Eckstein reported for the U.S. Naval Institute.Force-structure assessments in 2009 and 2016 affirmed the Marines? requirement for 38 assault ships including LHA and LHD big-deck vessels and small-deck LSDs and LPDs.The Navy in 2019 was short of the 38-amphib goal. The 32 ships currently in the fleet together can carry hundreds of jump jets, tiltrotors, helicopters, ACV armored vehicles, LCU landing craft and LCAC hovercraft as well as thousands of Marines.?We will no longer use a ?2.0 MEB requirement? as the foundation for our arguments regarding amphibious ship building, to determine the requisite capacity of vehicles or other capabilities, or as pertains to the Maritime Prepositioning Force,?  Berger wrote. ?We will no longer reference the 38-ship requirement memo from 2009, or the 2016 Force Structure Assessment, as the basis for our arguments and force structure justifications.?A new force-structure assessment due to end in 2019 could reduce the number of traditional assault ships in the Marines require and instead include alternative vessels in the tally of ships that can support a beach assault.


  • Sen. Tim Kaine says Trump's 'go back' language violates federal anti-discrimination law -

    Sen. Tim Kaine says Trump's 'go back' language violates federal anti-discrimination lawA section of EEOC guidance cites 'go back to where you came from' as an example of discrimination based on national origin in the workplace.


  • From Soup to Salmon: Slow-Cooker Recipes for a Fast and Healthy Dinner -

    From Soup to Salmon: Slow-Cooker Recipes for a Fast and Healthy Dinner


  • Ex-chairman of Vietnam's BIDV bank dies in detention -

    Ex-chairman of Vietnam's BIDV bank dies in detentionA former head of Vietnam's second largest listed bank, the Joint Stock Commercial Bank for Investment and Development of Vietnam (BIDV), died in detention on Thursday, state media and three sources with direct knowledge of the situation said. Tran Bac Ha was arrested in November last year in a widening crackdown on corruption in the Southeast Asian country, which has seen its Communist-ruled government launch investigations into hundreds of public officials and several executives at state-owned enterprises jailed. Ha had not stood trial and was being held at a military detention centre near Hanoi, the Vietnamese capital, the Tuoi Tre newspaper reported.


  • Morocco: 3 sentenced to death in Scandinavian women slayings -

    Morocco: 3 sentenced to death in Scandinavian women slayingsThree men were convicted of terrorism and sentenced to death by a Moroccan court Thursday for the brutal slaying of two Scandinavian women hiking in the Atlas Mountains. Maren Ueland, 28, from Norway, and Louisa Vesterager Jespersen, 24, from Denmark, were fatally stabbed in December. The main defendants, who asked Allah for forgiveness, were carpenters Jounes Ouzayed and Rashid Afatti, and street merchant Abdessamad Al Joud.


  • USDA official: Climate science plan wasn?t supposed to be public -

    USDA official: Climate science plan wasn?t supposed to be publicThe plan outlines how USDA should help agriculture minimize the effects of climate change.


  • Poll: 38 Percent of Democrats Say American Dream Is Unattainable for Them -

    Poll: 38 Percent of Democrats Say American Dream Is Unattainable for Them38 percent of Democrats say they do not believe they will achieve the American dream in their lifetimes, compared to just 11 percent of Republicans, according to a new Gallup poll.Two-thirds of independents said they see the dream as attainable, compared to 31 percent who said they do not. Overall, about 70 percent of Americans feel that American dream could be grasped, the poll reported, while 29 percent disagree.The 38 percent of Democrats who said they did not believe they could achieve the American dream represented a sharp increase from a decade ago, when 29 percent of Democrats said the same. President Trump has described the Republican party as "the party of the American Dream," perhaps contributing to the increasing partisan split on the matter."The American dream is back," the president said after taking office in 2017. "We're going to create an environment for small business like we haven't had in many, many decades."


  • Woman killed while riding in SUV with husband was just minutes from home before shooting -

    Woman killed while riding in SUV with husband was just minutes from home before shooting'You have taken an angel from us' Saron James and her husband Cleveland had been married for 40 years before someone opened fire on their SUV and killed her.


  • Great Barrier Reef agency breaks with Australia gvt in climate warning -

    Great Barrier Reef agency breaks with Australia gvt in climate warningThe agency that manages the Great Barrier Reef broke ranks with Australia's conservative government to call for the "strongest and fastest possible action" against climate change to save the world heritage marine wonder. The Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority, a government body, said in a study released this week that an urgent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions, both nationally and globally, was needed to protect the future of the reef. Rising sea temperatures linked to climate change have killed off large areas of coral in the 2,300-kilometre (1,400-mile) reef, a UN-listed World Heritage site, that suffered back-to-back coral bleaching in 2016 and 2017.


  • Congo soldiers, police to enforce Ebola emergency measures -

    Congo soldiers, police to enforce Ebola emergency measuresCongolese soldiers and police will enforce hand-washing and fever checks now that the deadly Ebola outbreak has been declared an international health emergency , authorities said Thursday. Soldiers and police will "force" people who resist taking the key steps to help contain the disease that has killed more than 1,600 people in the past year , said the outbreak response coordinator at Congo's health ministry, Dr. Aruna Abedi.


  • House votes to block Trump administration's weapons deal with Saudi Arabia amid veto threat -

    House votes to block Trump administration's weapons deal with Saudi Arabia amid veto threatThe vote highlights backlash against a weapons deal for $8.1 billion in bombs, precision-guided missiles and other weapons to the Saudis and its allies.


  • I See You: India Says It Can Track China's Stealth Fighters -

    I See You: India Says It Can Track China's Stealth FightersBut just how good is the J-20? And what is its intended role? After all, America?s first stealth fighter, the F-117 Nighthawk, was not even really a fighter and lacked any air-to-air capability whatsoever.In January 2011, the maiden flight of a large, dagger-like grey jet announced that China had developed its first stealth aircraft?the Chengdu J-20 ?Mighty Dragon.? Six years later, after several substantial revisions, J-20s entered operational service with the People?s Liberation Army (PLA) Air Force.(This first appeared in early 2019.)As radar-guided missiles from fighters and ground-based launchers threaten aircraft from dozens, or even hundreds of miles away, stealth capabilities are increasingly perceived as necessary for keeping fighter pilots alive on the modern battlefield.But just how good is the J-20? And what is its intended role? After all, America?s first stealth fighter, the F-117 Nighthawk, was not even really a fighter and lacked any air-to-air capability whatsoever.The PLA has, true to custom, kept its cards close to the chest, and has not shared performance specifications to the public. Thus, there are broad estimates of the J-20?s top speed (around Mach 2), and considerable-seeming range (1,200 to 2,000 miles), but those remain just that?estimates. For years, analysts even over-estimated the aircraft?s length by two meters. It?s broad but relatively shallow weapons bay can accommodate four to six long-range missiles or bombs, though not munitions with especially heavy warheads.


  • Cannonball highlights how close Napoleon came to victory at Waterloo -

    Cannonball highlights how close Napoleon came to victory at WaterlooA cannonball discovered this week by archaeologists provides a further indication of how close Napoleon Bonaparte came to winning the Battle of Waterloo in 1815. The 3 kilogramme (6-pound), rusty cannonball was found on Monday near the site of a field hospital about 600 metres behind Anglo-Allied lines on the battlefield in Belgium. Tony Pollard, the head archaeologist at the site, told Reuters Television he believed it was fired by the French army, another sign of near Napoleon's troops came to victory in the battle described by the Duke of Wellington as a close-run thing.


  • 7,800 police in Philippines punished for deadly drug raids -

    7,800 police in Philippines punished for deadly drug raidsThousands of Philippine police officers have received administrative punishments with more than 2,000 dismissed for wrongdoings during raids where drug suspects were killed under the president's crackdown, officials said Thursday. Communications Assistant Secretary Marie Rafael Banaag told a news conference that 14,724 police were investigated for their involvement in police drug operations that led to deaths from July 2016 until last April. A tally presented by Banaag showed that 2,367 police officers have been fired, 4,100 suspended while the rest were reprimanded, demoted, had their salaries forfeited or deprived of certain privileges.


  • Mnuchin Warns Europe Not to Breach U.S. Sanctions on Iran -

    Mnuchin Warns Europe Not to Breach U.S. Sanctions on Iran(Bloomberg) -- Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin made clear that participating in the U.S. financial system means abiding by its sanctions amid a European effort to sidestep American economic pressure on Iran to continue trade.Germany, France and the U.K. created a financing vehicle known as Instex in January to allow companies to do some trade with Iran without the use of U.S. dollars or American banks -- thus allowing them to get around wide-ranging American sanctions that were imposed after the Trump administration abandoned the 2015 Iran nuclear deal last year.?We?ve been very clear that we expect U.S. sanctions to be adhered to,? Mnuchin said in response to questions from reporters on Thursday in France where he met with Group of Seven counterparts. ?Whether it?s Iran or anyone else, if people want to participate in the dollar system people will be obligated to follow the U.S. sanctions.?He said that Instex should be ?careful on diligence.?Treasury?s top sanctions official, Sigal Mandelker, sent a letter in May warning European allies not to violate sanctions through Instex. Mnuchin confirmed that a letter was sent.European countries broadly opposed Trump?s decision to withdraw from the nuclear accord but have struggled to deliver the economic benefits Iran expected from the deal, known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, since the U.S. quit. In the meantime, U.S. sanctions have delivered a blow to Iran?s economy, fueling inflation, reducing oil revenue and pressuring President Hassan Rouhani?s government. Instex was supposed to help address that, but so far it has largely failed to get up and running.Frustrated at the U.S. withdrawal and stalled European efforts, Iran has already breached some of the limits on its nuclear program imposed under the deal, and has warned European governments that it will give up on the accord entirely unless they can find some way to work around the U.S. sanctions.To contact the reporter on this story: Saleha Mohsin in Washington at smohsin2@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Alex Wayne at awayne3@bloomberg.net, Elizabeth Wasserman, Bill FariesFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com©2019 Bloomberg L.P.


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