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U.S. Navy says mine fragments suggest Iran behind Gulf tanker attack NBA comps for five elements of Zion's extraordinary game

U.S. Navy says mine fragments suggest Iran behind Gulf tanker attackThe United States sought on Wednesday to bolster its case for isolating Iran over its nuclear and regional activities by displaying limpet mine fragments it said came from an oil tanker damaged in an attack last week and saying the ordnance looked Iranian in origin. Separately, a senior U.S. official said U.S. intelligence had confirmed that Iranian vessels had approached the damaged tanker, the Kokuka Courageous, as well as a second one, the Front Altair, prior to explosions that damaged their hulls last week. Iran has denied involvement in explosive strikes on those two tankers in the Gulf of Oman last week and on four tankers off the United Arab Emirates on May 12, both near the Strait of Hormuz, a major conduit for global oil supplies.


Here's how the most unique prospect in a decade can be unleashed all over the court. Tune in to see Zion Williamson at the NBA draft on Thursday, 7 p.m. ET, on ESPN.
Huge great white shark surprises stunned New Jersey fishermen Draft trades to watch: Why the fun could start as high as No. 4

Huge great white shark surprises stunned New Jersey fishermenA party of fishermen about 30 miles southeast of the Manasquan Inlet got a shocking visitor: a huge great white shark.


After the top three players are off the board, draft night becomes filled with trade possibilities for lottery teams and contenders alike. Here is what we're watching the closest.
'Credible evidence' linking Saudi crown prince to Khashoggi murder: UN expert DR AG: Ortiz shooting case of mistaken identity

'Credible evidence' linking Saudi crown prince to Khashoggi murder: UN expertThere is "credible evidence" linking Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman to journalist Jamal Khashoggi's murder, a UN expert said Wednesday, calling for sanctions on the prince's foreign assets. The conclusion was outlined in a report by the UN special rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions, Agnes Callamard. Callamard, an independent human rights expert who does not speak for the United Nations but reports her findings to it, called on UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres to initiate an international criminal investigation into the case.


The Dominican Republic's lead prosecutor said former Red Sox slugger David Ortiz was not the intended target of a shooting at a nightclub in his hometown on June 9.
High school graduates fall ill at Dominican Republic resort linked to American deaths Mayfield stirs OU-Texas rivalry, rips QB Ehlinger

High school graduates fall ill at Dominican Republic resort linked to American deathsRecent high school graduates from Oklahoma have fallen ill while staying at the same resort in the Dominican Republic where at least three Americans have died this year.Several members of a group of former students of Deer Creek High School in Edmond, Oklahoma became unwell last week while on a trip celebrating their graduation, members of the group told The Oklahoman on Monday.The group of about 75 former students and their chaperones were staying at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Punta Cana, where three Americans died in April and May.At other resorts across the Dominican Republic, a total of eight Americans have died since June 2018, with several deaths involving drinking from their resorts mini bars. Several others have also become sick while staying at a string of the country’s resorts.The FBI is currently investigating the deaths.No deaths have been reported in the latest incident, but at least six people fell ill. They reported chills and intense nausea, followed by dangerous levels of dehydration.The students, who are believed to have visited the Hard Rock’s in-house restaurant, were taken to a local hospital.The majority of those on the trip have returned home. The Independent has reached out to confirm whether or not the sick students have returned to the US.“The one parent that I had spoken to said that … the majority did just fine and those that became ill ate at the same restaurant,” Deer Creek Public Schools Superintendent Ranet Tippens said of the incident, which she has been monitoring.Representatives from the Hard Rock responded to the incidents in Facebook comments, saying the hotel follows "internationally recognised regulations regarding guest health, sanitation and security.”The Independent has reached out to the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino for more information.


Baker Mayfield proved he hasn't left the Red River Rivalry behind him, shutting down talk of Texas as a title contender and having especially harsh words for Longhorns QB Sam Ehlinger.
Biden clashes with 2020 rivals over his work with segregationist senators Track coach charged with molesting ex-athlete

Biden clashes with 2020 rivals over his work with segregationist senatorsFormer vice-president defies calls for apology after highlighting his relationships with lawmakers known for racist viewsJoe Biden speaks in Davenport, Iowa, on 11 June. Photograph: Jordan Gale/ReutersThe Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden responded with defiance after a day of sharp criticism from fellow Democrats, after he named two southern segregationist senators as people he had managed to work with during his career. In comments at a Wall Street fundraising event on Monday, Biden said that, despite major disagreements, he had worked with the senators with “some civility”. When reporters asked Biden late on Wednesday if he would apologize for his comments, the former vice-president responded, dismissively: “Apologize for what?”“Cory [Booker] should apologize,” Biden told reporters on Wednesday, referring to the senator from New Jersey, who was among those attacking Biden for his comments. “He knows better. There’s not a racist bone in my body. I’ve been involved in civil rights my whole career. Period.”Biden’s initial comments about “civility”, designed to illustrate his claim that one of his greatest strengths was to “bring people together”, had sparked immediate condemnation from Democrats, including Kamala Harris, Bernie Sanders, and Booker, who are among his rivals for the party’s presidential nomination. “Biden’s relationships with proud segregationists are not the model for how we make America a safer and more inclusive place for black people, and for everyone,” Booker said in a statement. He called for the former vice-president to issue “an immediate apology”.Instead, Biden asked Booker, who is black, to apologize, and touted his record on civil rights.In a run for president in 1988, Biden claimed in political speeches that he had marched in the civil rights movement, though in fact the New York Times reported earlier this month that he had not.The condemnation of Biden’s comments about his record of “civility” in politics, and Biden’s fierce pushback, came as House Democrats held a historic congressional hearing on whether the federal government should pay reparations for slavery, and for the more than a century of state-sponsored discrimination against black Americans since emancipation.The debate over reparations puts a spotlight on the reluctance of many white Americans to take responsibility for their country’s racist history, and on the tensions within the Democratic party over how to address racial inequality without alienating white voters.Biden, 76, is currently a frontrunner in the primary race. But he is also facing renewed scrutiny for his record on racism and civil rights, including his role as the architect of the punitive criminal justice policies of the early 1990s, which disproportionately harmed black and brown Americans.The 76-year-old Biden, who was first elected to the US Senate in 1972, led a fight early in his career against bussing students across school districts to desegregate American schools, a policy designed to ensure that black children would get the benefit of integrated school system, and one that many white parents fiercely opposed. During this fight, Biden sought and obtained the support of James Eastland, a racist Southern Democrat who opposed desegregation, CNN reported earlier this year.“I do not buy the concept, popular in the 60s, which said: ‘We have suppressed the black man for 300 years and the white man is now far ahead,’” Biden told a local newspaper in his home state of Delaware in 1975. “In order to even the score, we must now give the black man a head start, or even hold the white man back. I don’t buy that.”In his initial comments at the Wall Street fundraiser at New York’s Carlyle Hotel on Monday, Biden had cited that same late senator, James Eastland of Mississippi, as well as Herman E Talmadge of Georgia, as two senators with whom he disagreed, but still worked with and “got things done”.“I was in a caucus with James O Eastland,” Biden told guests of the event, briefly imitating the senator’s southern drawl, according to the press pool report. “He never called me ‘boy’, he always called me ‘son’,” he said.He went on to describe Talmadge as “one of the meanest guys” he ever knew but said, “At least there was some civility. We got things done.”Both senators are remembered for their racist views.Eastland, who died in 1986, was an avowed white supremacist known as the “voice of the white south” who came to symbolize white resistance to racial integration during the civil rights era and spoke of black people as “an inferior race”.Talmadge, who served as a senator for Georgia from 1957 to 1981, was known as a staunch segregationist who ordered state schools to be closed rather than desegregated.“You don’t joke about calling black men ‘boys’. Men like James O Eastland used words like that, and the racist policies that accompanied them, to perpetuate white supremacy and strip black Americans of our very humanity,” Booker said in his statement.New York’s mayor, Bill de Blasio, another 2020 Democratic candidate, noted on Twitter that Eastland had sought to outlaw mixed race families and believed that “whites were entitled to ‘the pursuit of dead n*ggers’”.“It’s past time for apologies or evolution from @JoeBiden,” De Blasio wrote. “He repeatedly demonstrates that he is out of step with the values of the modern Democratic Party.”> It’s 2019 & @JoeBiden is longing for the good old days of “civility” typified by James Eastland. Eastland thought my multiracial family should be illegal & that whites were entitled to “the pursuit of dead n*ggers." (1/2) pic.twitter.com/yoOOkpaTX2> > — Bill de Blasio (@BilldeBlasio) June 19, 2019Saikat Chakrabarti, chief of staff for Democratic congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, wrote on Twitter: “.@JoeBiden, what DID you get done with segregationists? I know about how you worked with them to block school bussing to integrate schools. What other horrible stuff did you manage to build consensus on?”But some sought to temper their remarks. Booker said that while Biden shouldn’t use the southern segregationists as examples of people who brought unity to the country, the former vice-president is someone he “respects”.Biden’s efforts to promote his willingness to seek agreement with Republicans has become a flashpoint for his campaign and leaves him vulnerable to accusations of appeasement for more extreme elements of the party.Among those issues is criticism that his handling of the Clarence Thomas supreme court confirmation hearings in 1991 was tantamount to giving Republicans the opportunity to ignore sexual harassment allegations levelled by Thomas’ former assistant, Anita Hill.During the 2007 presidential campaign, Biden made headlines for calling Barack Obama, then one of his rivals in the Democratic primary, “the first mainstream African-American who is articulate and bright and clean and a nice-looking guy”.Biden later apologized and said the remark had been taken out of context. He later served as Obama’s vice-president.


Onetime Olympian and longtime coach Conrad Avondale Mainwaring was arrested on charges of molesting a former athlete -- one of nearly three dozen men who told Outside the Lines the coach sexually abused them over the past 44 years.


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Why U.S. Engagement Policy Is The Correct One

Invariably, when one thinks of the efficacy of a nation’s military, the mind’s eye is drawn to the ability of that country to deliver a \"warhead onto the forehead\" of their enemies. Indeed, owing to the Pentagon’s slick packaging of the First Gulf War, modern conflict, in the American mind, became synonymous with high-tech toys, grainy videos of successful missile shots, and a quick resolution of hostilities.

Living Wages Are A Global Problem

The recent protests for an increased minimum wage are part of a larger global protest. The purpose is the same for low wage earners all over the world; increase wages to match the cost of living, and allow workers to form unions if desired and needed. The global protest has gained media attention all over the world, but critics claim that is the only accomplishment the movement will have.

Ukraine: Not What It Seems

After tense days of fighting this week, people in Ukraine are mourning the dead and celebrating the removal of President Victor Yanukovych from power. The final struggle that began on February 18, was the bloodiest endured by the protesters of Euromaidan. By February 22 the fighting was over.

In a Five to Four Decision, Voting Just Got Harder

In a five to four decision along party lines, the Supreme Court ruled on the controversial Shelby County v. Holder case. The ruling, believed by many sets the nation back decades in Civil Rights, while others see it as the fault of Congress dropping the ball on updating the act when it should have years ago.

Coup Or Civil War In Egypt

The day after new protests erupted in Egypt the military in a show of support presented an ultimatum to Mohamed Morsi and the Muslim Brotherhood-led government. Morsi was to step down from power and meet all of the demands of the Egyptian people, or face being removed by the military on Wednesday. As the ultimatum deadline draws closer in Egypt, Morsi refuses to leave, insisting that parliamentary elections are needed before he should be removed, and that he doesn't have permission from the United States to remove himself from power. Most recently he stated he will pay with his life to preserve the sanctity of the ballot box.

 

 
 
 
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