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WASHINGTON ― In a stunning defeat for President Donald Trump, Republican Sen. Tim Scott (S.C.) on Thursday refused to support appeals court nominee Ryan Bounds ― and sunk his nomination altogether ― over some of his college writings on race. After an hour of mysterious inactivity on the Senate floor, during which time Bounds was widely expected to be confirmed, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) emerged to say it wasn’t happening. “For the information of all senators, the nomination will be withdrawn,” he said.
The father of two students who survived the Parkland high school shooting in February was fatally shot during an armed robbery at his own convenience store on Tuesday afternoon. Ayub Ali, 61, was working at Aunt Molly’s Food Store in North Lauderdale, Florida, when an unidentified man wearing a black vest, reddish-orange shorts and a skull cap with 'Miami' stitched on the front entered the shop, CBS Miami reports. The victim was rushed to Broward Health Medical Center where he was pronounced dead.
Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein said the report, crafted by the Justice Department’s new Cyber-Digital Task Force, demonstrates that U.S. citizens and businesses are targeted “every day” by hackers and influence campaigns, noting that it was far more than elections being targeted. “The Russian effort to influence the 2016 presidential election is just one tree in a growing forest,” Rosenstein said at the Aspen Security Forum in Colorado. Rosenstein, who is overseeing special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian interference in the last national election, said Justice would begin informing the public about such efforts in an attempt to combat future disinformation campaigns.
Russia’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs has launched a Twitter flash mob to free Russian national Maria Butina following U.S. charges that she conspired to influence American politics while covertly working for the Kremlin. The ministry urged people to show support for Butina by changing their Twitter profile photos to a portrait of Butina posted on the ministry’s official Twitter account and Facebook page on Thursday.
By Josh Smith SEOUL (Reuters) - A company claiming to have found the wreck of a Russian warship with $130 billion in gold "treasure" off the coast of South Korea has drawn scepticism from researchers and regulators in Seoul. Shinil Group, which lists a Singapore address on its website, said on Tuesday it had discovered the wreck of the Dmitrii Donskoi, a Russian armored cruiser built in the 1880s and sunk in 1905 after battling Japanese warships. Shinil Group representatives did not respond to requests for comment, but its news release said the company was the "only entity in the world" to have discovered the ship.
WhatsApp could face legal action in India if it does not take further steps to tackle the spread of false rumours, the government said Thursday, in fresh criticism of the platform over a spate of lynchings. More than 20 people have been killed by mobs in the past two months across the country after being accused of child kidnapping and other crimes in viral messages circulated on WhatsApp. "Rampant circulation of irresponsible messages in large volumes on their platform have not been addressed adequately by WhatsApp," it said.
The targets, who it didn’t identify, were “all people who because of their positions might have been interesting from an espionage standpoint, as well as an election disruption standpoint,” Tom Burt, Microsoft’s corporate vice president for customer security and trust, said at the Aspen Security Forum in Colorado on Thursday. A Facebook Inc. executive on the same panel at the Aspen conference said that in April, the company removed a few hundred pages on the service controlled by the St. Petersburg-based Internet Research Agency, which has been indicted by Special Counsel Robert Mueller for an alleged social media campaign aimed at interfering in the 2016 U.S. election.
The youth soccer teammates rescued from a flooded cave began their first day back home with their families Thursday by going to a Buddhist temple to pray for protection from misfortunes. Eleven of the boys and the Wild Boars coach kneeled and pressed their hands in prayer to the tune of chanting monks at the ceremony meant to extend one's life and protect it from dangers. Only one member was absent, Adul Sargon, who is not Buddhist.
Palaeontologists have found a tiny fossilized baby snake, the first of its kind to be discovered. The snake embryo, sitting within a chunk of amber from Myanmar, was preserved in the early Late Cretaceous period approximately 99 million years ago, according to research published in Science Advances on Wednesday.
Dan Coats, President Donald Trump’s director of national intelligence, doubled down Thursday in his criticism of the president ― specifically, Trump’s apparent desire to downplay the matter of Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election. “I was just doing my job,” Coats told an audience at the Aspen Security Forum in Aspen, Colorado, defending a public rebuke he’d issued on Monday after Trump claimed Russia hadn’t targeted the U.S. Coats was speaking to moderator Andrea Mitchell, who noted that not only did Trump side with Russian President Vladimir Putin despite numerous well-substantiated assessments from U.S. intelligence, he went so far as to call out Coats by name.
Luis Bautista-Martinez was on his way home from church with his sister and her two children when the sound of a police siren brought back frightening memories of an officer pointing a gun at his head months earlier. The 23-year-old had, at that point, been back in Tennessee for less than three days after his release from an immigration detention facility in rural Louisiana, where he was taken after being arrested in one of the biggest worksite immigration raids in the last 10 years. Arriving at the mobile home where he lives with his sister, Esmeralda, her husband and their three young children, Bautista-Martinez went straight to his room and fell asleep.
Maurice Rucker, who is black, was working in the garden center when he asked a customer with a dog to leash his pet while in the store, the Albany Times Union reported on Thursday. In response, the customer, who is white, reportedly cursed at Rucker and said, “You’re from the ghetto.
A South Korean salvage team has discovered the wreck of a Russian warship that was sunk in a naval battle 113 years ago and is believed to still contain a trove of gold bullion and coins worth 150 trillion won, or £100 billion. The Russian Imperial Navy cruiser Dmitrii Donskoi was discovered at a depth of more than 1,400 feet about one mile off the South Korean island of Ulleungdo. A joint team made up of experts from South Korea, Britain and Canada discovered the wreck on Sunday and used two manned submersibles to capture footage of the vessel, with the company behind the discovery promising to use a percentage of the money to fund the construction of a railway line linking Russia and South Korea through North Korea.
After approximately 2,000 years sitting untouched, a black sarcophagus recently unearthed in Egypt has been opened ― and it wasn’t pretty. Authorities in Alexandria removed the massive granite lid on Thursday to reveal the skeletal remains of three people amid sewage water that had leaked in, the Egyptian Ministry of Antiquities announced. Mostafa Waziry, the head of the Supreme Council for Antiquities, had some reassuring words in response to media rumors of bad luck. “The sarcophagus has been opened, but we have not been hit by a curse,” he said, according to the Guardian.
Public health authorities in Virginia have confirmed that a person has died from Vibrio vulnificus, a rare and deadly flesh-eating form of Vibrio bacteria. If that species name sounds familiar, you may remember the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s recent recall of contaminated crab meat. In the recent Virginia case, the patient became infected with V. vulnificus, a very rare and nasty bacterium that only affects about 200 people in the US each year.
Hailey Baldwin is famous for her career in front of the camera, but she is stepping behind the lens for her latest big role. The model has been unveiled as the first-ever ‘Style Creator' for sportswear giant Adidas Originals and JD -- a move that will reportedly see her act as a creative voice for the brands behind the scenes. "Creativity is what drives me -- I love starring in campaigns but being able to direct and have creative control is what I am most passionate about," Baldwin told Harper's Bazaar.
President Donald Trump has had a hard time this week explaining his relationship with Russian President Vladimir Putin, so maybe it’s no surprise he tried to change the subject Friday evening. Trump apparently decided it was time to throw out some red meat to his base and distract their attention from the Russia investigation and toward NFL players kneeling during the national anthem. On Thursday, the NFL decided to put its protest policy on hold while it figures out “a solution to the anthem issue through mutual, good faith commitments, outside of litigation,” according to The Associated Press.
By Khanh Vu and James Pearson HANOI (Reuters) - A Vietnamese court has ordered the deportation of an American man of Vietnamese descent detained during nationwide protests last month, state media reported on Friday. William Anh Nguyen, 32, was accused of "causing public disorder" during the mass protests, sparked by concerns the development of economic zones by offering land leases for up to 99 years would be dominated by investors from China. "We are pleased that the case of U.S. citizen William Nguyen has been resolved," James Thrower, a spokesman at the U.S. Embassy in Hanoi, said in an emailed statement.
The latest issue of Time magazine isn’t holding back when it comes to the topic of President Donald Trump’s relationship with Russian President Vladimir Putin. The July 30 cover shows the two leaders as literally the same person, featuring an unsettling photoshopped melding of Trump and Putin into one super-mega-ultra ego. The magazine’s new edition was released days after Trump’s disastrous summit with Putin in Helsinki.
The Army says a fifth person required hospital treatment after a small explosion and fire at a sprawling military facility in Pennsylvania. Officials at Letterkenny Army Depot said Thursday evening that the employee was treated for smoke inhalation and released from a local hospital. Three others were airlifted to Baltimore area hospitals with burn-related injuries.
An Israeli soldier was shot dead by Palestinian gunfire on the Gaza border Friday, the army said, raising fears of a new conflict with the strip's Islamist rulers Hamas. The soldier was shot by a "terrorist squad" along the border, the army said in a statement, with the military retaliating with air strikes. At least 149 Palestinians have since been killed, mostly shot during demonstrations and clashes along the border, but others in Israeli air strikes or by tank fire.
Papa John’s founder John Schnatter resigned last week as chairman over his use of a racial slur, but that incident may have just scratched the surface of the company’s problems. According to an explosive Forbes report published on Thursday, the pizza giant also fosters a toxic workplace culture that includes sexual harassment, nepotism and spying on employees. Several female Papa John’s employees described enduring a pattern of sexist and other inappropriate remarks from male colleagues.
This year has been tough on Shayne Newman, the owner of the Connecticut-based landscaping company YardApes. For the past two decades, Newman’s business has come to rely on help that comes via the H-2B visa program, which allows employers to hire foreign workers for seasonal, nonagricultural employment. “This has been the most challenging year that I’ve dealt with business-wise,” says Newman.