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UK says Iran tanker will be freed after guarantees on destinationBritish Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt sought to ease tensions with Iran on Saturday, saying a tanker held by Gibraltar would be released if Tehran guaranteed it was not heading to Syria. "I reassured him our concern was destination not origin of the oil on Grace One," a tanker seized off the coast of the tiny British territory of Gibraltar on July 4, Hunt tweeted.

7/13/2019 1:20:58 PM

Israeli minister's remarks on gays widely condemnedIsrael's new education minister's remarks in favor of "conversion therapy," a controversial technique that seeks to turn gays into heterosexuals, came under widespread criticism and led hundreds to protest Sunday. Rafi Peretz, who leads a small religious nationalist party, said in a televised interview over the weekend that he supports conversion therapy and has performed it. It was Peretz's second major controversy in just a month on the job.

7/14/2019 11:43:41 AM

Inside Jeffrey Epstein's press machine: How the financier tried to rehab his image post-conviction with donations and pay-for-play journalismEpstein spent 13 months in jail after being accused of sexually abusing girls as young as 14 in 2008, but he was able to preserve his reputation.

7/13/2019 2:54:10 PM

Billionaire Tom Steyer's entrance into the 2020 Democratic race is the perfect example of the rot at the core of the US political systemTom Steyer's entered the 2020 presidential race with a promise to spend $100 million on his campaign, but he should use that money elsewhere.

7/14/2019 9:32:00 AM

The B-2 Stealth Bomber Is Now 30 Years Old. Take a Look Inside.(Washington, D.C.) Slicing through the sky with bat-like wings, eluding enemy radar with stealth technology, quietly destroying enemy air defenses from 50,000 ft and using computers to merge sensor data with targeting information -- the Air Force’s B-2 bomber … has been in the air attacking targets for “30-Years.”“You pull up the weapons suite screen, align the right weapon with the target and provide input into the DEP - Digital Entry Panel. Then, you enter text into the computer,” Lt. Col. Nicola Polidar, Commander of Detachment 5 of the 29th Training Systems Squadron, told Warrior in an interview.As this happens….the air attack begins.The B-2 took its first flight July 17, 1989 -- so now is the “30-Year Anniversary.” B-2 pilots have operated the sleek, curved air-defense-defying platform for sensitive, highly-dangerous missions many times in recent decades. After blasting onto the scene in the early 90s, the B-2s combat debut came in the late 90s when the aircraft destroyed Serbian targets over Kosovo. Three decades ago, the Air Force and Northrop Grumman thought to massively advance the paradigm for stealth attack, and create a first-of-its kind leap ahead bomber. It was conceived of as a Cold War weapon, engineered to knock out Soviet advanced air defenses. The intent was to build upon and surpass the F-117 Night Hawk’s stealth technology used in the Gulf War.The B-2s stealth configuration, buried engine, low heat signature and “radar absorbent” coating, is meant to not only avoid being hit by enemy weapons, but complete missions without enemies ever knowing it is there. Its core mission: launch secret, quiet, undetected attacks over heavily defended enemy territory to create a safer “air corridor” for less stealthy planes to operate within extremely lethal,otherwise uninhabitable airspace.

7/15/2019 1:37:00 AM

A New Jersey cop overdosed on heroin in a patrol car while on duty. He was firedA New Jersey police officer has pleaded guilty to possession of heroin and driving while intoxicated while on duty in April.

7/15/2019 7:01:55 AM

Sprawling storm Barry intensifies into a hurricaneUPDATE: July 13, 2019, 3:17 p.m. EDT: The National Hurricane Center advised that after making landfall in Louisiana, Barry weakened to a tropical storm. This doesn't change projections for pummeling rain and the likelihood of extreme flooding.  * * *The lopsided storm Barry is now a hurricane. The National Weather Service expects Hurricane Barry, packing 75 mph winds, to pummel portions of Louisiana, Mississippi, other nearby regions with extreme rain and flooding on Saturday and Sunday. Barry might not be a major hurricane, but it has capitalized on exceptionally warm ocean waters to load itself with moisture -- which will soon douse the region."It's going to rain hard," Jeff Weber, a meteorologist with the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR), told Mashable as Barry picked up steam over the Gulf of Mexico."Rainfall is one of the most impactful effects of a tropical storm," National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) hurricane scientist Rosimar Rios-Berrios emphasized Friday evening, as Barry crept toward Louisiana."The rainfall does not depend on how strong the storm is," she added. Indeed, Hurricane Harvey -- the largest rain event in U.S. history -- did its most destruction when it was no longer a hurricane. "...the upgrade to a hurricane means little in terms of the overall impacts from Barry," the National Hurricane Center noted Saturday morning. > Barry is now a hurricane \- the first of the 2019 Atlantic hurricane season. On average, the first Atlantic hurricane forms on August 10.> > -- Philip Klotzbach (@philklotzbach) July 13, 2019Portions of Louisiana and Mississippi are forecast to receive between 10 and 20 inches of rain. Some models show 18.5 inches in flood-prone Baton Rouge, Louisiana.  "A foot of rain in that area can create quite a problem," noted UCAR's Weber.Though rainfall would be imminent regardless, as of Friday afternoon it was still unclear if Barry would develop into a storm with hurricane force winds. The lopsided, unorganized storm system was getting hit by winds, known as wind shear, that made organizing into a more potent storm difficult, noted Rios-Berrios.But Barry overcame those challenges, and as a hurricane will bring surges of ocean water into coastal areas, threaten to overtop levees in the region, and almost certainly bring damaging or catastrophic flooding to certain areas over the next two days. > GOESEast watches as HurricaneBarry, now a Cat. 1 storm, creeps toward southern Louisiana. Dangerous storm surge, heavy rains and high winds are already impacting the north-central Gulf Coast. Latest updates:> > -- NOAA Satellites (@NOAASatellites) July 13, 2019> VIDEO: Per Plaquemines Parish officials, water has overtopped the back levee at Myrtle Grove and Pointe Celeste. > > One homeowner nearby shared this 10AM view of the rising waters ahead of TropicalStormBarry. NBCNews> > -- Morgan Chesky (@BreakingChesky) July 13, 2019In much improved news for New Orleans, however, the National Weather Service projects that -- even with Barry's wind-powered storm surge -- the already-swollen Mississippi will reach 17 feet above sea level -- as opposed to 20 feet expected a few days ago. Many of the city's levees protect the vibrant, historic city from up to 20 feet of flooding along the mighty river -- so New Orleans may avoid a worst-case scenario this weekend. Still, coastal flooding and the overtopping of other levees has already begun, and the brunt of rain has yet to come. WATCH: Ever wonder how the universe might end?

7/13/2019 11:31:33 AM

UPDATE 1-S.Korea calls Japan reports of N.Korea sanctions breach 'grave challenge'South Korean President Moon Jae-in said on Monday Japan's reported accusations that South Korea had exported banned goods to North Korea posed a "grave challenge" amid a growing dispute over Japanese export curbs. Japan has tightened restrictions on the export of three materials used in high-tech equipment, citing "inadequate management" of sensitive items exported to South Korea. Japanese officials have cited "inadequate management" of sensitive items exported to South Korea as a reason behind the curbs, as well as lack of information sharing on export controls.

7/15/2019 3:17:50 AM

Puerto Rico governor rejects calls to resign amid scandalProtesters in Puerto Rico gathered outside La Fortaleza governor's residence on Sunday, demanding Gov. Ricardo Rosselló step down for his involvement in a private chat in which he used profanities to describe an ex-New York City councilwoman and a federal control board overseeing the island's finances. Undersecretary of La Fortaleza's press office, Michelle De la Cruz, said she did not know if the governor was home. Some activists say they are ashamed of the language used by Rosselló in the group chat and the ways the reputation of the U.S. territory might be affected.

7/14/2019 2:22:19 PM

Egypt opens two ancient pyramids, unveils new findsEgypt on Saturday opened two ancient pyramids south of the capital Cairo and unveiled a collection of newly found sarcophagi, some containing well-preserved mummies. Antiquities Minister Khaled al-Anani told reporters the Bent Pyramid of King Sneferu, the first pharaoh of Egypt's 4th dynasty, and a nearby pyramid would be reopened to visitors for the first time since 1965.

7/13/2019 11:32:37 AM