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Trump defense on Russian bounty story falls flat, even with Republicans

Trump defense on Russian bounty story falls flat, even with RepublicansWhite House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany has defended the president over reports that Russia offered Taliban fighters a bounty on U.S. soldiers killed in Afghanistan.



1 of 2 Oklahoma officers shot during traffic stop dies

1 of 2 Oklahoma officers shot during traffic stop diesOne of the two Tulsa, Oklahoma, police officers who were shot during a traffic stop has died, authorities said Tuesday. Police Chief Wendell Franklin said Sgt. Craig Johnson died Tuesday. Franklin described Johnson's death as a “tremendous loss” to the police department.



Feud ends in gunfire as pastor kills two in front of his daughter, Las Vegas cops say

Feud ends in gunfire as pastor kills two in front of his daughter, Las Vegas cops sayThe man, a pastor at a Las Vegas church, killed his 71-year-old neighbor and her friend with a shotgun, police say.



Study finds asteroid impact, not volcanoes, made the Earth uninhabitable for dinosaurs: 'Only plausible explanation'

Study finds asteroid impact, not volcanoes, made the Earth uninhabitable for dinosaurs: 'Only plausible explanation'A new study found what happened to the Earth's dinosaurs. An asteroid strike blocking out the sun for years and causing permanent winters was cause.



Reports Say China Has a New Jet Fighter in the Works. Here's What We Know.

Reports Say China Has a New Jet Fighter in the Works. Here's What We Know.While technically "new," the jet is likely something we’ve seen before.



Iran sentences former journalist to death for fuelling unrest

Gun Sales Spike, FBI Background Checks Set New Record

Gun Sales Spike, FBI Background Checks Set New RecordBackground checks for gun sales spiked again in June, setting a new record for the highest number of checks in one month as nationwide protests, riots and the coronavirus pandemic continued to increase safety concerns for many.The National Instant Criminal Background Check System conducted 3.9 million checks in June, an increase of 70 percent over June 2019. Last month’s numbers broke the previous record of 2.7 million checks set in March.Already this year, the FBI has recorded 19 million background checks in the system, more than were recorded during first 14 years of the system, which has been operating since 1998. Only six months into 2020, the surge in checks is already nearing last year’s record of 28 million background checks.The number is not a representation of gun sales, but is used to estimate the number of weapons that trade hands. Small Arms Analytics and Forecasting, a consulting firm that tracks the gun market, estimates that 2.3 million firearms were sold in June, a year-over-year increase of 145.3% from June 2019.Protests, riots and looting have raged across the country in the aftermath of the death of George Floyd’s death in Minneapolis police custody. Footage surfaced online of armed business owners and civilians in multiple cities protecting businesses from rioters and looters. Other sources of concern for gun buyers may include gun control advocate Joe Biden’s presidential candidacy, as well as concern that other states might follow Virginia’s suit in setting new gun limits. The Washington Examiner reported a backlog on weapons, ammunitions and parts.The marketing director for one of the biggest sellers in the nation, Hyatt Guns of Charlotte, North Carolina, told The Washington Examiner, “I’ve been in this business going on 14 years, and I have never seen this much demand. There are shortages of nearly every single defensive firearm currently manufactured.”



Did a Cyber-Weapon Blow Up an Iranian Missile Factory—And Is This Cyber-War?

Did a Cyber-Weapon Blow Up an Iranian Missile Factory—And Is This Cyber-War?Israeli and U.S. officials have denied any responsibility.



More than 400 US Army paratroopers flew almost 5,000 miles to practice a long-range Pacific island invasion

More than 400 US Army paratroopers flew almost 5,000 miles to practice a long-range Pacific island invasionThe drill "demonstrated that we are capable of deploying anywhere in the US Indo-Pacific Command area at a moment's notice," a commander said.



Amid surge in coronavirus cases and mounting criticism, GOP leaders do about-face on masks

Amid surge in coronavirus cases and mounting criticism, GOP leaders do about-face on masksAs the coronavirus pandemic continues to ravage large swaths of the U.S., leading Republicans and even some right-wing TV personalities have come out in favor of wearing masks to prevent the spread of the virus.



Catholic priest suspended for comparing BLM to 'maggots'

‘Beat it, little f***er.’ Officers laugh after shooting rubber bullets at protesters.

‘Beat it, little f***er.’ Officers laugh after shooting rubber bullets at protesters.Warning: This article contains profane language.



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Russian envoy says North Korea anger over leaflets was for depiction of Kim’s wife

Russian envoy says North Korea anger over leaflets was for depiction of Kim’s wifeA series of condemnations over leaflets distributed in North Korea were driven by fury over “dirty, insulting” depictions of leader Kim Jong Un’s spouse, Russia’s top envoy in the reclusive country has said.



Ex-Atlanta policeman charged in Brooks' death freed from jail, official says

Ex-Atlanta policeman charged in Brooks' death freed from jail, official saysThe former Atlanta police officer charged in last month's death of Rayshard Brooks, which touched off days of anti-racism protests, has been released from jail on bail, an official said on Wednesday. A Georgia County judge on Tuesday set bond for Garrett Rolfe, 27, at $500,000, and added numerous conditions, including that he wears an ankle monitor and obeys a curfew. Rolfe left Gwinnett County Jail at 12:27 a.m. EDT (0337 GMT) on Wednesday, according to county Sheriff's Office spokeswoman Shannon Volkodav.




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