Trumps lawyers fail to follow through on threats to Comey.
The White House charged late Monday that Syria seemed to be making preparations for a chemical attack and warned strongman Bashar Assad that he and his regime “will pay a heavy price” for any mass slaughter of civilians. The unusual statement, attributed to press secretary Sean Spicer, did not include any details of how or what the United States knew about the possible attack, nor how confident U.S. officials were that Assad might carry it out. “The United States has identified potential preparations for another chemical weapons attack by the Assad regime that would likely result in the mass murder of civilians, including innocent children,” Spicer said.
Former Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton thinks that “Harry Potter” books have a magical touch for building compassion in young readers. While speaking at the American Library Association conference in Chicago on Tuesday, Clinton touted reading fiction as a way of fostering empathy. “One study even found that young people who read the ‘Harry Potter’ books, which first came out 20 years ago this week, were more compassionate toward immigrants, refugees and members of the LGBT community,” Clinton told the crowd.
The mother of Philando Castile, a black motorist killed by a Minnesota police officer last July, has reached a nearly $3 million settlement with the city that employed the officer, avoiding a federal wrongful death lawsuit that attorneys said could have taken years to resolve. The settlement to be paid to Valerie Castile, who is the family's trustee, was announced Monday and comes less than two weeks after officer Jeronimo Yanez was acquitted of manslaughter and other charges connected to her son's death. Castile, a 32-year-old elementary school cafeteria worker, was shot five times by Yanez during a traffic stop after Castile informed the officer he was armed.
If tree-covered skyscrapers act like enormous air filters, this cluster of buildings will be a clean air oasis. China has broken ground on a "forest city" in the southern city of Liuzhou. The development, which will span two-thirds of a mile along the Liujiang River, involves blanketing offices, apartments, hotels, and schools with more than a million plants and about 40,000 trees.
United Airlines apologized Tuesday following reports about a Colorado woman who said she was not allowed to leave a delayed flight by the airlines after her infant son overheated due to rise in the cabin temperatures. The alleged incident happened on Texas-bound plane from Denver International Airport on June 22. The infant’s mother Emily France told the Denver Post on June 23 her baby had to be hospitalized due to overheating in the flight, which was delayed by half hour amid a heatwave in the city.
A superstitious passenger delayed a flight from Shanghai for several hours Tuesday after throwing coins at the plane's engine for good luck, Chinese officials said. The elderly woman was detained by police at Shanghai Pudong International Airport following the bizarre incident, forcing nearly 150 passengers to be evacuated from the plane bound for Guangzhou in southern China. The 80-year-old threw nine coins at an engine of China Southern Airlines flight CZ380 as she was boarding on the tarmac.
An sign marking the site where black teenager was accused of whistling at a white woman - something that would subsequently result in him being lynched - has been vandalised for the second time in two months. The marker on the Mississippi Freedom Trail was damaged last month when someone scratched on it. Allan Hammons, whose company manages the Mississippi Freedom Trail, more than a dozen signs established in 2011 to mark seminal moments and locations in the civil rights movements, said the incident was deeply disturbing.
Republican leaders in the U.S. Senate pushed on Tuesday to gather enough support to pass a healthcare bill, but got little help from a report saying the measure would cause 22 million Americans to lose medical insurance over the next decade. Vice President Mike Pence was expected to join Senate Republicans for a policy lunch on Capitol Hill before hosting conservative senators for dinner.
President Trump, sworn enemy of fake news, is also a purveyor of it: the Washington Post reports at least four of his golf resorts have phony Time magazine covers featuring the commander in chief. “Donald Trump: ‘The Apprentice’ is a television smash!” the cover reads, adding an emphatic “Trump is hitting on all fronts … even TV!” across the top. The cover is dated March 1, 2009, the first day of the second season of “The Celebrity Apprentice,” the spinoff Trump hosted before he became president.
Apple’s iPhones are arguably the best smartphones on the planet. The hardware is fantastic, the customer service is positively unbeatable, and the iOS platform is the best mobile software platform in the world. Of course, all that comes at a price — iPhones
Three Chicago police officers have been indicted on charges that they conspired to cover up and lie about what happened when a white police officer shot a black teenager 16 times — which prompted outrage when a video of the killing was finally released. The indictment handed down Tuesday alleges that one current and two former officers lied about the events of Oct. 20, 2014, when Officer Jason Van Dyke killed Laquan McDonald. The officers' version of events contradicts what can be seen on police dashcam video, in which the teenager spins after he was shot and falls to the ground — seemingly incapacitated — as the officer continues to fire shot after shot into his body.
A ransomware attack that has been referred to as Petya (though it is technically a different malicious attack and is being called NotPetya by security researchers) began spreading to computer systems around the world Tuesday, hitting government systems in Ukraine and corporate networks in Russia, Britain, Denmark and the United States, among others. The attack makes use of the same exploit that led to the spread of the WannaCry ransomware earlier this year — an attack that resulted in the infection of hundreds of thousands of computer systems in more than 150 countries. Read: What Is Petya?
Yingying Zhang, the daughter of a working-class factory driver from China, took the same career path as many other young Chinese academics before her: She travelled to a university in the U.S. with dreams of one day landing a professorship and being able to help her parents financially. The case has shaken staff and students at Illinois' flagship public school in Urbana-Champaign. Zhang's father, Ronggao Zhang, travelled to the university from the family's home in Nanping, China, to await word on his daughter.
Orca whales have claimed the life of another great white shark by eating its liver and leaving it for dead, making it the fourth such gristly death in less than two months. During a four-day period in early May, researchers reported finding the bodies of three great white sharks (Carcharodon carcharias) that had washed ashore along South Africa's Western Cape province. Now, a fourth dead, liverless shark has washed ashore, according to a post today (June 26) on the Marine Dynamics blog, a site hosted by a shark cage diving company.
Barack Obama took his wife and daughters to the ancient Borobudur temple on Java on Wednesday on a family vacation to Indonesia, where the former US president spent part of his childhood. The Obamas arrived in the city of Yogyakarta in central Java and headed straight to explore the Borobudur, an ancient Buddhist temple built in the 8th and 9th centuries. "Obama is fascinated by Borobudur, and he remembers that he has seen this temple when he was a child," said Edy Setijono, head of the temple management complex, who accompanied the family at the site.
A female substitute teacher has been arrested and charged with alleged sexual contact with a 17-year-old student in Missouri. Loryn Barclay, 24, has been charged with purportedly having sex with the student in his car and at his home on numerous occasions between November 2016 and January 2017. A local police officer who also serves at the school, Jay Jastal, was tipped off about the possible relationship.
A stolen police helicopter fired on Venezuela's Supreme Court and Interior Ministry in what President Nicolas Maduro said was a thwarted "terrorist attack" aimed at ousting him from power.
WASHINGTON — On Monday afternoon, Vice President Mike Pence held what the White House billed as a “listening session” in his ceremonial office with people who said they had negative experiences with Obamacare. Several members of the group delivered emotional pleas asking senators to approve the Republican health care bill that would replace Obamacare. Pence was joined by presidential adviser Kellyanne Conway, who referred to the group who shared their stories as Obamacare “victims.” According to a White House official, the people invited to the listening session were identified at “various health care events around the country that the vice president has participated in.” Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services administrator Seema Verma was also in attendance.
Thousands of people who fled to Canada to escape President Donald Trump's crackdown on illegal migrants have become trapped in legal limbo because of an overburdened refugee system, struggling to find work, permanent housing or enroll their children in schools, reports Reuters.