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Man charged in threat to kill gays at St. Louis Pride parade

Man charged in threat to kill gays at St. Louis Pride parade A suburban St. Louis man accused of telling organizers of the city's Pride parade that he would shoot and kill as many gays as possible at the LGBTQ celebration before turning the gun on himself has been charged with making a terrorist threat, according to court documents. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported that Edward Terry, 49, of Overland, was charged Tuesday. Marty Zuniga, vice president of PrideFest, said the organization works "hard to produce an event that is safe for all participants." The Pride parade in downtown St. Louis draws hundreds of thousands of people every year and is scheduled to take place June 30.


Man charged in threat to kill gays at St. Louis Pride parade

Man charged in threat to kill gays at St. Louis Pride parade A suburban St. Louis man accused of telling organizers of the city's Pride parade that he would shoot and kill as many gays as possible at the LGBTQ celebration before turning the gun on himself has been charged with making a terrorist threat, according to court documents. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported that Edward Terry, 49, of Overland, was charged Tuesday. Marty Zuniga, vice president of PrideFest, said the organization works "hard to produce an event that is safe for all participants." The Pride parade in downtown St. Louis draws hundreds of thousands of people every year and is scheduled to take place June 30.


What the UN wants next in the investigation of Jamal Khashoggi's murder

What the UN wants next in the investigation of Jamal Khashoggi's murder "Khashoggi’s killing constituted an extrajudicial killing for which the State of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is responsible," UN special report says.


Egypt: UN office tries to politicize Morsi's courtroom death

Egypt: UN office tries to politicize Morsi's courtroom death Egypt said Wednesday that the U.N. human rights office was trying to politicize the death of former Egyptian president Mohammed Morsi, who collapsed inside a Cairo courtroom during his trial this week. Morsi, Egypt's first democratically elected president who hailed from the now outlawed Muslim Brotherhood group, was buried under heavy security early on Tuesday, a day after his dramatic collapse and death inside a Cairo courtroom. Rupert Colville, spokesman for the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, called Tuesday for a "prompt, impartial, thorough and transparent investigation" into Morsi's death on Monday.


Egypt: UN office tries to politicize Morsi's courtroom death

Egypt: UN office tries to politicize Morsi's courtroom death Egypt said Wednesday that the U.N. human rights office was trying to politicize the death of former Egyptian president Mohammed Morsi, who collapsed inside a Cairo courtroom during his trial this week. Morsi, Egypt's first democratically elected president who hailed from the now outlawed Muslim Brotherhood group, was buried under heavy security early on Tuesday, a day after his dramatic collapse and death inside a Cairo courtroom. Rupert Colville, spokesman for the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, called Tuesday for a "prompt, impartial, thorough and transparent investigation" into Morsi's death on Monday.


People are sharing their worst depression meals and I'm gagging

People are sharing their worst depression meals and I'm gagging We've all got that one, go-to heinous "meal" we eat at the kitchen counter illuminated only by the light of the fridge. Twitter user @hayley_hud asked her followers to share "the worst depression meal you've ever made." She then proceeded to post her own, which is "toast with a chick fil a sauce," a dish she labels an "abomination." I can't say I disagree.> Hey y'all please reply with the worst depression meal you've ever made...here is my abomination, toast with chick fil a sauce pic.twitter.com/9qIM8aQZ2T> > -- Saddington 2 ✈️ (@hayley_hud) June 18, 2019Looking through the thread of what people consider to be their saddest food attempts is like having vague war flashbacks to all of the bizarre things I've consumed at 3 a.m. in a sleepy haze. Although, eating slightly stale pretzel rods dipped in sriracha pales in comparison to some of these, er, melancholic hors d'oeuvres. Here's what the people have been eating in their darkest moments. You can look and even empathize, but please, don't get any ideas.  Quesadilla con cry-so> microwaved cheese on a tortilla and seasoned it with my tears> > -- jakey wakey (@parttimewinner) June 18, 2019 From the Wendy's Sad Hours menu> I ate a baked potato from Wendy's like a burrito unwrapping the foil as I ate> > -- Cai (@caileighwenner) June 18, 2019 It all goes to the same place, I guess> I couldn't sleep so i got fed up and ate 2 large cans of sour cream and onion pringles, a bottle of chocolate milk, and a bottle of beer. > > This was 3 years ago and i'm still nauseous.> > -- the average joe (@jazz_inmypants) June 18, 2019 Look ma, no bagel!> taking bites out of the plain philadelphia cream cheese (the one that comes in a box) like it was a giant cheese stick> > -- ACID TONGUE (@autuuumn) June 18, 2019 I'm pretty sure this is illegal but I'm not a narc, so don't worry. Just please don't do it again.(I realize now that that's exactly what a narc would say.)> peanut cereal, 4th night in a row :( pic.twitter.com/qoPJtTUyMG> > -- having fun online. (@factcheckingcuz) June 18, 2019 My tastebuds will never forgive this> i dipped my salt and vinegar chips in peanut butter and washed it down with a pear redbull> > -- the holly grail (@holly_catherine) June 18, 2019 Reverse hot dog-- sounds like a sex position but is actually, quite literally, just that> pic.twitter.com/6pKHNJSpqy> > -- Gus (@GHuerta98) June 18, 2019 Sometimes it lasts in love but sometimes it hurts instead> One time I cooked frozen pizza rolls in the microwave but I put too much time on the microwave and they became crusty little depression bricks. I ate them anyway because at the time I thought I deserved nothing but depression bricks> > -- Alisha Ashley (@AlishaLishy) June 18, 2019 SEE ALSO: Whole Foods to eliminate plastic straws in all stores Ah yes, the three food groups: cheese, sugar, and sport> Cheese stick with Nutella and Gatorade. I got all the major food groups in. Cheese, sugar and sport> > -- sage parsley (@sisyphussage) June 18, 2019 Please tell me you burned the Tupperware after> one time in college I just kept dumping pasta, tuna, canned beans, mayo, and various hot sauce/spices into a big Tupperware until it almost tasted like a reasonable tuna salad but mostly tasted like my own failures> > -- Patricia Wallinga ⛵ (@pwallinga) June 18, 2019 It's my birthday and I'll eat spaghetti out of a ziplock bag if I want to> from my bday last year pic.twitter.com/mi5irJgOVz> > -- lilac (@cantrunforever_) June 18, 2019 I'm 100 perfect definitely not going to ever try this, like at all. Like, I have zero desire to go get a box of push pops and a bowl right this very second. > I got a box of push pops and ate em all... efficiently. pic.twitter.com/4fgcJO1GkP> > -- Hadrian McQuaig (@TheHadrianShow) June 18, 2019 Eating ramen noodles with the back end of a floss stick? "Talented, brilliant, incredible, amazing, show stopping, spectacular, never the same, totally unique, completely not ever been done before..."  > i didn't have any utensils so i used the pick end of a clean floss stick to eat soup pic.twitter.com/6Vo7x9yOyO> > -- nicki (@yeeterskeeterr) June 18, 2019Alright folks, that's enough of that. I can honestly say this thread is the most gag-inducing I've witnessed on Twitter. Which is a feat, considering, um, it's Twitter. Next time I find myself being beckoned to the fridge at an odd hour, I'll remember this thread and know that someone, somewhere, is eating peanuts submerged in a bowl of milk.  WATCH: Autonomous car company Nuro announces partnership with Domino's Pizza in Houston


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'Bachelorette' star Jed Wyatt was in a serious relationship during the show, his ex claims

'Bachelorette' star Jed Wyatt was in a serious relationship during the show, his ex claims Singer/songwriter Jed Wyatt is vying for Hannah Brown's love on "The Bachelorette," but it appears she's not the only woman who has his heart.


U.S. Navy says mine fragments suggest Iran behind Gulf tanker attack

U.S. Navy says mine fragments suggest Iran behind Gulf tanker attack The 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 a damaged oil tanker and saying the ordnance looked Iranian in origin. Iran has denied involvement in explosive strikes on two tankers in the Gulf of Oman last week and four tankers off the United Arab Emirates on May 12, both near the Strait of Hormuz, a major conduit for global oil supplies.


U.S. Navy says mine fragments suggest Iran behind Gulf tanker attack

U.S. Navy says mine fragments suggest Iran behind Gulf tanker attack The 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 a damaged oil tanker and saying the ordnance looked Iranian in origin. Iran has denied involvement in explosive strikes on two tankers in the Gulf of Oman last week and four tankers off the United Arab Emirates on May 12, both near the Strait of Hormuz, a major conduit for global oil supplies.


U.S. Navy says mine fragments suggest Iran behind Gulf tanker attack

U.S. Navy says mine fragments suggest Iran behind Gulf tanker attack The 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 a damaged oil tanker and saying the ordnance looked Iranian in origin. Iran has denied involvement in explosive strikes on two tankers in the Gulf of Oman last week and four tankers off the United Arab Emirates on May 12, both near the Strait of Hormuz, a major conduit for global oil supplies.


Warren emerges as potential compromise nominee

Warren emerges as potential compromise nominee Centrists who once said the senator would lead the party to ruin are coming around to her as an alternative to Bernie Sanders.


Warren emerges as potential compromise nominee

Warren emerges as potential compromise nominee Centrists who once said the senator would lead the party to ruin are coming around to her as an alternative to Bernie Sanders.


Xiaomi Eyes $725 Million Expansion to Stave Off Huawei in China

Xiaomi Eyes $725 Million Expansion to Stave Off Huawei in China (Bloomberg) -- Xiaomi Corp. aims to spend an additional 5 billion yuan ($725 million) expanding its Chinese retail network over the next three years, anticipating a re-doubled effort by Huawei Technologies Co. to grow its domestic market share.The smartphone maker will spend the money on expanding distribution channels and on reward programs for its partners and sales employees, a person familiar with the matter said, citing an internal meeting convened by billionaire co-founder Lei Jun Tuesday. That spending comes on top of an existing budget for building up its retail operations. Chinese media outlet Caixin reported on the investment earlier.Huawei is said to be preparing for a drop in international smartphone shipments of 40% to 60% as the Trump administration bars its access to American components and software. That means Google will cut off popular apps like YouTube and stop providing updates for the Android system that powers all of Huawei’s devices abroad. It wants to grab as much as half of the smartphone market in China in 2019 to offset that decline overseas, people familiar with the matter have said, citing internal discussions about year-end goals. It hopes to get there also by investing in marketing and expanding distribution channels.Xiaomi aims to become the country’s top vendor but its priority is to at least become No. 3, the person said, asking not to be identified discussing internal goals. The company currently ranks fourth. It sees the roll-out of next-generation 5G mobile networks in coming years as a golden opportunity to boost sales on its home turf, the person added.Hong Kong-listed Xiaomi now commands about 12% of the Chinese smartphone market versus Huawei’s 34%, Canalys estimates. Its shipments slid 13% in the first quarter while its rivals’ soared 41%, the research outfit estimated.To contact Bloomberg News staff for this story: Gao Yuan in Beijing at ygao199@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Peter Elstrom at pelstrom@bloomberg.net, Edwin Chan, Colum MurphyFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com©2019 Bloomberg L.P.


Toxicology test to be conducted on Staten Island woman who died in the Dominican Republic

Toxicology test to be conducted on Staten Island woman who died in the Dominican Republic While officials say the Staten Island woman died from a sudden heart attack, her son says he doesn't believe it, saying she would still be alive if she never went to the country.


Mars has a brand new crater, and it sure is pretty

Mars has a brand new crater, and it sure is pretty Mars, like any other rocky world, has its fair share of craters. These scars of ancient impacts give the dusty surface of the planet some serious personality, and sometimes it's easy to forget that new craters can happen right before our eyes. That's exactly what seems to have occurred, and a new image from NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter reveals a brand new impact site that might only be a few months old.The image, which was captured by the HiRISE camera built into the orbiter, shows a bold dark patch of material surrounding a circular crater on the Martian surface. Researchers believe it might have been created as recently as February 2019.The University of Arizona posted the photo, along with the following caption:> An impressionist painting? No, it's a new impact crater that has appeared on the surface of Mars, formed at most between September 2016 and February 2019. What makes this stand out is the darker material exposed beneath the reddish dust.The photo itself was captured in April and is only just now getting the attention it deserves. However, because the orbiter can't be looking at the entire planet at all times, it's unclear when exactly the crater formed, and researchers can only narrow it down to sometime between September 2016 and February 2019.This is yet another great reminder of the fantastic work NASA's Mars orbiter has been doing for years now. The spacecraft originally launched way back in 2005 and arrived at Mars in March of the following year. When it did, its primary mission was only scheduled to last for two years, but it has since put in over 13 years of faithful service for scientists. As long as it keeps producing images like this one, we hope it keeps going for a long time to come.


Mars has a brand new crater, and it sure is pretty

Mars has a brand new crater, and it sure is pretty Mars, like any other rocky world, has its fair share of craters. These scars of ancient impacts give the dusty surface of the planet some serious personality, and sometimes it's easy to forget that new craters can happen right before our eyes. That's exactly what seems to have occurred, and a new image from NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter reveals a brand new impact site that might only be a few months old.The image, which was captured by the HiRISE camera built into the orbiter, shows a bold dark patch of material surrounding a circular crater on the Martian surface. Researchers believe it might have been created as recently as February 2019.The University of Arizona posted the photo, along with the following caption:> An impressionist painting? No, it's a new impact crater that has appeared on the surface of Mars, formed at most between September 2016 and February 2019. What makes this stand out is the darker material exposed beneath the reddish dust.The photo itself was captured in April and is only just now getting the attention it deserves. However, because the orbiter can't be looking at the entire planet at all times, it's unclear when exactly the crater formed, and researchers can only narrow it down to sometime between September 2016 and February 2019.This is yet another great reminder of the fantastic work NASA's Mars orbiter has been doing for years now. The spacecraft originally launched way back in 2005 and arrived at Mars in March of the following year. When it did, its primary mission was only scheduled to last for two years, but it has since put in over 13 years of faithful service for scientists. As long as it keeps producing images like this one, we hope it keeps going for a long time to come.


New Jersey man confirmed dead at Dominican Republic resort

New Jersey man confirmed dead at Dominican Republic resort Joseph Allen, 55, of Avenel, was found unresponsive in his room at the TerraLinda Resort in Sosua, his family said


Donald Trump 2020: US president launches re-election campaign at Orlando rally vowing political 'earthquake'

Donald Trump 2020: US president launches re-election campaign at Orlando rally vowing political 'earthquake' Donald Trump vowed to deliver another “earthquake at the ballot box” in 2020 as he formally launched his re-election campaign in front of 20,000 cheering supporters in Orlando, Florida.  The US president warned that “the swamp” he had vowed to drain during his 2016 campaign was “fighting back so viciously and violently” that he needed another four years in office.  Mr Trump boasted of his presidential achievements including creating a US economy that was “the envy of the world”, declaring: “The American dream is back.” He also painted the Democratic Party, his political opponents, as “radical socialists”, warning: "They want to destroy you, they want to destroy our country as we know it." The rally in a key swing state was well received among supporters in the stadium, who cheered and jeered at Mr Trump’s punch lines - including repeatedly booing the “fake news” media.  President Donald Trump speaks to supporters where he formally announced his 2020 re-election bid on Tuesday in Orlando, Florida Credit: AP Yet the president’s speech was largely devoid of new policy pledges, instead often repeating lines delivered on the 2018 midterm elections campaign trail. Mr Trump made only passing reference to Joe Biden and Bernie Sanders, the two front-runners in the race for the Democrat 2020 presidential nomination.  The president claimed 120,000 people had applied for tickets for his launch at Orlando's Amway Center. Certainly some had queued overnight and faced torrential rain on Tuesday.  The speech was Mr Trump’s chance to frame the argument for the election, still more than a year away but increasingly beginning to dominate the US media narrative.  Mr Trump picked a familiar overarching theme to his 2016 bid - that he was the best person to stand up for the "forgotten" men and women of America.  “Together we faced down a corrupt and broken political establishment and created a government by, of and for the people,” Mr Trump said.  At another point he said: “Since the very first day I walked through the doors of the White House I have never forgotten who sent me there. You did.”  A supporter holds a placard during a campaign rally for U.S. President Donald Trump formally kicking off his re-election bid in Orlando Credit: Reuters Mr Trump said that every day in his office he thinks about "how the American people are going to win, win, win today".  Large chunks of the speech were dedicated to spelling out how Americans had benefited during his first two-and-a-half years in office and warning what could follow if he left.  “Our future has never, ever looked brighter and sharper,” Mr Trump said. “The American dream is back. It’s bigger and better and stronger than ever before.” He listed how Americans had benefited from the booming US economy, which has reached annual growth rates of more than 2 per cent under his presidency.  He said the unemployment rate was at its lowest for 51 years, the average household had saved $3,000 a year from his tax cut and more than 16,000 manufacturing jobs were being created every month.  Mr Trump also named leaving the Iran nuclear deal and Paris climate change agreement, squaring off with China over trade and standing up against socialist regimes in Cuba and Venezuela as accomplishments.  Jared Kushner (L) and Ivanka Trump arrive for the official launch of the Trump 2020 campaign Credit: AFP There was mention of the need to build a wall along the US-Mexico border and stop immigrants “pouring” into the country but the topic was less prominent than in many previous speeches.  Mr Trump also repeatedly cast the Democratic Party as a whole as “radical socialists”, an apparent attempt to jump on the surge of left-wing energy among party activists for political gain.  He said the Democrats had been “inflicted with an ideological sickness” and that they were “more radical, more dangerous and more unhinged than at any time in our history”.  "They want to destroy you, they want to destroy our country as we know it. It's not acceptable, it's not going to happen," Mr Trump said. "No matter what label they use, a vote for any Democrat in 2020 is a vote for the rise of radical socialism and the destruction of the American dream.” Early Democratic front-runner Joe Biden said on Tuesday that Mr Trump's politics are "all about dividing us" in ways that are "dangerous - truly, truly dangerous." Another leading Democratic contender, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, said Mr Trump had delivered "an hour-and-a-half speech of lies, distortions and total, absolute nonsense." The speech was preceeded with addresses by Mike Pence, the vice president, as well as Mr Trump’s sons Eric and Donald Jr.  Throughout supporters appeared to be enjoying themselves, shouting familiar chants including “build the wall” and “four more years”.  The rally in total lasted more than three hours. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? 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El Salvador's new president vows reparations for massacre

El Salvador's new president vows reparations for massacre El Salvador's recently inaugurated president on Tuesday promised to comply with reparations ordered by an international court for relatives of the victims of the El Mozote massacre, one of the bloodiest chapters of the country's 1980-1992 civil war. Some 978 residents of the village of El Mozote, including 477 children, were killed in 1981 by soldiers who entered the area looking for guerrillas but who killed civilians instead, officials say. In 2012, the Inter-American Court of Human Rights condemned the Salvadoran state for the massacre and ordered reparations.


Trump kicks off new campaign with airing of old grievances

Trump kicks off new campaign with airing of old grievances President Trump stuck to his old themes and complaints in his campaign "kickoff" speech in Orlando on Tuesday night. He railed against "fake news," "socialism," investigations into his administration, the Democrats running to replace him, former President Barack Obama and the Clinton family in the speech, which lasted well over an hour.


Trump's Pentagon nominee quits, Iran targets CIA network

Trump's Pentagon nominee quits, Iran targets CIA network President Donald Trump lost his nominee for Pentagon chief on Tuesday, adding to the volatility in a tense standoff with Iran, which claimed to have dismantled a CIA network. Foreign powers are watching the situation in the Mideast with growing concern as Tehran and Washington exchange warnings about an escalation in their conflict. Trump announced on Twitter that Patrick Shanahan was quitting to spend time with his family.


Xi firmly backs Pyongyang's effort to solve Korea Peninsula issues: Rodong Sinmun

Xi firmly backs Pyongyang's effort to solve Korea Peninsula issues: Rodong Sinmun Chinese President Xi Jinping said in an op-ed in North Korean state newspaper Rodong Sinmun on Wednesday that China supports North Korea's "correct direction" in politically resolving issues on the Korean Peninsula. The front-page op-ed is an honor rarely granted to foreign leaders and comes a day before Xi is set to visit Pyongyang on Thursday and Friday at the invitation of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, making him the first Chinese leader to visit in 14 years. The visit is a sorely needed show of support for Kim, whose campaign of diplomatic outreach and drive to rebuild the economy has suffered since the collapse of the Hanoi summit between North Korea's Kim and U.S. President Donald Trump in February.


US, Iran voice resolve in brinkmanship, say war not sought

US, Iran voice resolve in brinkmanship, say war not sought The United States and Iran said Tuesday they were not seeking war with each other as tensions simmered between the two in the Persian Gulf and President Donald Trump vowed the U.S. would respond to any attack. "We have a lot of things going with Iran," Trump told reporters as he left the White House for a campaign event in Florida. Trump's comments came just hours after he announced the sudden departure of acting Pentagon chief Patrick Shanahan, jolting the Defense Department only a day after he signed off on sending an additional 1,000 troops to the Middle East to counter Iran.


Watch as a Model 3 is transformed into the first Tesla pickup truck

Watch as a Model 3 is transformed into the first Tesla pickup truck For all of the hoopla surrounding Elon Musk's online antics and Tesla's ongoing struggles to ramp up Model 3 production, it's easy to overlook just how far the company has come in a relatively short period of time. In less than seven years time, Tesla managed to roll out the award-winning Model S, followed of course by the Model Y and the Model 3. It's worth noting that Tesla, during this seven-year period, has seen its deliveries and overall manufacturing figures skyrocket. As a prime example, Tesla during the first quarter of 2018 manufactured 34,494 vehicles. During the first quarter of 2019, just one year later, that figure jumped to 77,100 vehicles. All the while, Tesla has no plans of slowing down. Over the next few years, the company has plans to release a crossover version of the Model 3, a Tesla semi-truck, a next-gen Roadster, and last but not least, an electric pickup truck. Tesla's pickup truck plan is particularly intriguing given how popular pickup trucks are in the United States. Over the past few months, Musk has teased Tesla's somewhat mysterious pickup truck, noting that it will boast "incredible functionally from a load carrying standpoint" and that it will look more like a sci-fi truck than a traditional pickup truck. "That means that it’s not going to be for everyone," Musk said a few weeks ago, "like if somebody just wants to have a truck that looks like trucks have looked like for the last 20 to 40 years, it probably isn’t for them." With no definite timeline regarding a release date, or even an unveiling, an enterprising Model 3 owner and robotics enthusiast named Simone Giertz recently decided that she couldn't wait for Tesla to get around to releasing a pickup truck. So instead, she created one on her own out of a Model 3. The entire process was documented on YouTube and it's quite fascinating. "I don't know if this going to be the smartest or the most stupid thing I'm ever gonna do, but the bottom line is  I really want an electric pickup truck and more specifically I want a Tesla pickup," Giertz explains. Suffice it to say, the entire process was quite involved and not exactly straight forward. But after a lot of engineering and planning, the first Tesla pickup truck was borne into existence. It's not the most aesthetically pleasing design, but it's still quite an impressive achievement: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jKv_N0IDS2A She even went so far as to make a commercial for the fictional "Truckla" she designed: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R35gWBtLCYg


Trump's acting defence secretary Patrick Shanahan withdraws amid family's domestic violence incidents

Trump's acting defence secretary Patrick Shanahan withdraws amid family's domestic violence incidents Donald Trump's acting defence secretary has withdrawn from consideration after a series of domestic violence incidents within his family came to light.  The US president announced on Tuesday that Patrick Shanahan, 56, had "decided not to go forward with his confirmation process" to lead the Pentagon permanently.  Mr Trump said the army secretary, Mark Esper, will come in as acting secretary of defence. The post has been vacant since James Mattis resigned in December over Mr Trump's sudden decision to remove US troops from Syria. The new upheaval leaves the Pentagon without a permanent leader at a time of rising tensions in the Middle East, with America accusing Iran of attacking oil tankers in the strategic Gulf of Oman. Mr Shanahan's nomination process in the Senate had been delayed  by an FBI background check because of the details surrounding his divorce, including a 2010 claim by his ex-wife that he punched her in the stomach.   James Mattis resigned from the role in December Credit: AP A spokesman for Mr Shanahan said that his ex-wife, who now goes by Kimberley Jordinson, started the fight and it was she who was arrested and charged with domestic violence. Court documents also revealed that Mr Shanahan's 17-year-old son William repeatedly beat his mother with a baseball bat in 2011, leaving her in hospital with a fractured skull and elbow. Two weeks later, Mr Shanahan stated in a note to his ex-wife's brother that his son had acted in self-defence. “Use of a baseball bat in self-defense will likely be viewed as an imbalance of force,” he wrote. “However, Will’s mother harassed him for nearly three hours before the incident.”   In an interview with The Washington Post published on Tuesday, Mr Shanahan said that “bad things can happen to good families” and said he feared the publicity “will ruin my son’s life.” He also said he regretted writing the memo suggesting there could be any justification for an assault with a baseball bat. Ms Jordinson maintained in a recent interview that Mr Shanahan had hit her in 2010 as the pair struggled over a briefcase.  ....I thank Pat for his outstanding service and will be naming Secretary of the Army, Mark Esper, to be the new Acting Secretary of Defense. I know Mark, and have no doubt he will do a fantastic job!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 18, 2019 However officers who were called to the family home concluded that Ms Jordinson, not Mr Shanahan, had been the attacker. Police said they could find no injuries on Ms Jordinson, but Mr Shanahan was sporting a bloody nose and his wife “appeared to be intoxicated” and had “blood stains” on her right forearm.  She was later arrested on a domestic assault charge but prosecutors dropped the case the next year because of a lack of evidence.   At the time, the couple's son William submitted a statement to his mother's lawyer stating that she called him for help during the struggle. But this week he told USA Today that his mother “coerced” him to sign the document meant to assist her defence. “I did what she told me,” he said.   During her divorce Ms Jordinson was diagnosed with borderline personality disorder, and police records show there have been ongoing concerns about her mental stability when officers have responded to multiple calls from her home.  Details of the incidents have started to emerge in US media reports about Mr Shanahan's nomination process.  The former Boeing executive has been leading the Pentagon as acting secretary since January 1 despite having very little experience in government, a highly unusual arrangement for one of the most sensitive Cabinet positions. In more than four months as the acting secretary, he focused on a shift from the resources and tactics required to fight small wars against extremist groups to what Mr Shanahan calls "great power" competition with China and Russia.  Addressing his withdrawal, he said: "I believe my continuing in the confirmation process would force my three children to relive a traumatic chapter in our family's life."


The Latest: 2 charged in huge cocaine bust at Philly port

The Latest: 2 charged in huge cocaine bust at Philly port Two members of a container ship's crew face federal drug charges after agents raided their vessel at a Philadelphia port and seized about 33,000 pounds (15,000 kilograms) of cocaine. Court documents filed Tuesday charge Ivan Durasevic and Fonofaavae Tiasage with conspiracy to possess cocaine aboard a ship subject to U.S. jurisdiction.


The Latest: 2 charged in huge cocaine bust at Philly port

The Latest: 2 charged in huge cocaine bust at Philly port Two members of a container ship's crew face federal drug charges after agents raided their vessel at a Philadelphia port and seized about 33,000 pounds (15,000 kilograms) of cocaine. Court documents filed Tuesday charge Ivan Durasevic and Fonofaavae Tiasage with conspiracy to possess cocaine aboard a ship subject to U.S. jurisdiction.


The Latest: 2 charged in huge cocaine bust at Philly port

The Latest: 2 charged in huge cocaine bust at Philly port Two members of a container ship's crew face federal drug charges after agents raided their vessel at a Philadelphia port and seized about 33,000 pounds (15,000 kilograms) of cocaine. Court documents filed Tuesday charge Ivan Durasevic and Fonofaavae Tiasage with conspiracy to possess cocaine aboard a ship subject to U.S. jurisdiction.


Attorney Michael Avenatti faces November trial in New York

Attorney Michael Avenatti faces November trial in New York California attorney Michael Avenatti learned Tuesday that he faces a November trial date on charges he tried to extort millions of dollars from Nike. The Nov. 12 trial date was set by U.S. District Judge Paul G. Gardephe at a pretrial hearing in Manhattan. Avenatti participated by telephone.


Attorney Michael Avenatti faces November trial in New York

Attorney Michael Avenatti faces November trial in New York California attorney Michael Avenatti learned Tuesday that he faces a November trial date on charges he tried to extort millions of dollars from Nike. The Nov. 12 trial date was set by U.S. District Judge Paul G. Gardephe at a pretrial hearing in Manhattan. Avenatti participated by telephone.


Attorney Michael Avenatti faces November trial in New York

Attorney Michael Avenatti faces November trial in New York California attorney Michael Avenatti learned Tuesday that he faces a November trial date on charges he tried to extort millions of dollars from Nike. The Nov. 12 trial date was set by U.S. District Judge Paul G. Gardephe at a pretrial hearing in Manhattan. Avenatti participated by telephone.


The Latest: Alex Jones sanctioned in Sandy Hook lawsuit

The Latest: Alex Jones sanctioned in Sandy Hook lawsuit A Connecticut judge has imposed sanctions on conspiracy theorist Alex Jones for an outburst on his web show against a lawyer for relatives of victims of the Sandy Hook School shooting. Judge Barbara Bellis on Tuesday ordered the Infowars host to pay some of the relatives' legal fees and prohibited him from filing motions to dismiss their defamation lawsuit against him. The families of several of the 20 children and six educators killed in the 2012 shooting are suing Jones, Infowars and others for promoting a theory that the massacre was a hoax.


Boeing may rebrand the 737 Max so people are willing to fly in it again

Boeing may rebrand the 737 Max so people are willing to fly in it again Boeing has a serious problem on its hands. After a pair of fatal crashes that claimed hundreds of lives, the company's 737 Max jetliner has been seriously tarnished. Nobody really wants to fly on the planes, even if Boeing can figure out how to keep them from killing people, and that means the hundreds of planes sitting around in storage right now may have a tough road ahead.Now, Boeing says it might have a plan for dealing with the complete loss of public trust in the 737 Max line, and it could be as simple as just changing its name. As Bloomberg reports, Boeing CFO Greg Smith noted the possibility of a name change in an interview during the Paris Air Show this week."I'd say we're being open-minded to all the input we get," Smith reportedly said. "We're committed to doing what we need to do to restore it. If that means changing the brand to restore it, then we'll address that. If it doesn't, we'll address whatever is a high priority."Boeing followed up the interview with an official statement in which it reiterated its desire to make the plane, you know, not crash. The company also said it had "no plans" to change the name of the 737 Max at the moment, but it's also worth noting that the planes are still grounded, so a name change probably wouldn't do them any good, yet.The first order of business for Boeing is obviously fixing whatever is wrong with its jets. Reports following the second fatal crash suggested that flight software which was designed to avoid a stall may have been to blame for sending both planes plummeting to the Earth, but details have been hard to come by in the months since those reports surfaced.It'll be interesting to see how Boeing handles things once its planes are inevitably cleared to fly once more. Will travelers simply forget the history of the Max line, or ignore it? If not, a name change might be one way to get butts in the seats again.


Boeing may rebrand the 737 Max so people are willing to fly in it again

Boeing may rebrand the 737 Max so people are willing to fly in it again Boeing has a serious problem on its hands. After a pair of fatal crashes that claimed hundreds of lives, the company's 737 Max jetliner has been seriously tarnished. Nobody really wants to fly on the planes, even if Boeing can figure out how to keep them from killing people, and that means the hundreds of planes sitting around in storage right now may have a tough road ahead.Now, Boeing says it might have a plan for dealing with the complete loss of public trust in the 737 Max line, and it could be as simple as just changing its name. As Bloomberg reports, Boeing CFO Greg Smith noted the possibility of a name change in an interview during the Paris Air Show this week."I'd say we're being open-minded to all the input we get," Smith reportedly said. "We're committed to doing what we need to do to restore it. If that means changing the brand to restore it, then we'll address that. If it doesn't, we'll address whatever is a high priority."Boeing followed up the interview with an official statement in which it reiterated its desire to make the plane, you know, not crash. The company also said it had "no plans" to change the name of the 737 Max at the moment, but it's also worth noting that the planes are still grounded, so a name change probably wouldn't do them any good, yet.The first order of business for Boeing is obviously fixing whatever is wrong with its jets. Reports following the second fatal crash suggested that flight software which was designed to avoid a stall may have been to blame for sending both planes plummeting to the Earth, but details have been hard to come by in the months since those reports surfaced.It'll be interesting to see how Boeing handles things once its planes are inevitably cleared to fly once more. Will travelers simply forget the history of the Max line, or ignore it? If not, a name change might be one way to get butts in the seats again.


Biden's New York Fundraisers Draw Finance and Fashion Stars

Biden's New York Fundraisers Draw Finance and Fashion Stars (Bloomberg) -- Joe Biden is barreling toward the end of the first campaign finance reporting period of his 2020 presidential bid with a densely packed schedule of fundraisers that have drawn a former Republican senator, an ex-Trump cabinet official and the editor of Vogue.  On Monday, Al D’Amato, who represented New York in the U.S. Senate from 1981 to 1999, was at a $2,800-a-head event at the Upper East Side penthouse of short seller Jim Chanos, as was former Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin, who served as an undersecretary before being President Donald Trump’s first choice to lead the agency.On Tuesday, Biden attended fundraisers at two law firms. An event at Paul Weiss Rifkind Wharton & Garrison was attended by Conde Nast creative director Anna Wintour. Biden gave shoutouts to former Representative Steve Israel and Robert Schumer, a Paul Weiss partner whose brother is the Senate Democratic leader. The former vice president appeared to offer Israel a role in his administration, joking, “you better hope I don’t win because you’re not staying in Long Island.”The former vice president may have revealed his fundraising total in the nearly two months since he began his campaign, telling donors on Monday that “we’ve got over 200,000 folks — a lot more than that — 360,000. Average contribution is 55 bucks.” That works out to $19.8 million so far for the second quarter of 2019. His campaign declined to comment further on fundraising.But at a fundraiser at Weitz and Luxenberg on Tuesday, Biden told potential donors they shouldn’t be complacent about the polls showing him at the head of the Democratic pack.‘We Feel Good’"It is true we’re ahead. It is true we feel good about where we’re going," he said. But "there’s a target on my back," and the dynamics of the race could change.Chanos said the event Monday drew nearly 180 people.“You guys are great, but Wall Street didn’t build America,” Biden told the donors. “You guys are incredibly important, but you didn’t build America. Ordinary, hard-working, middle class people given half a chance build America.”In addition to D’Amato, supermarket billionaire John Catsimatidis, who came in second for the 2013 Republican nomination for New York mayor, also attended the Chanos fundraiser, the first of four the Biden campaign was holding in New York this week. In a tweet Tuesday, Catsimatidis wrote, "Me and my family are supporting @realdonaldtrump 100%."Catsimatidis said in an interview that he spoke to Biden for about 10 minutes at the Chanos event, and that the former vice president didn’t ask him for a donation. He reiterated that he is backing Trump, though Biden is a "decent guy."Other attendees at the Monday fundraiser included New York Representative Carolyn Maloney, who endorsed Senator Kirsten Gillibrand for the Democratic nomination.Also on hand were Robert Wolf, former head of UBS Group AG’s Americas Unit and founder of the strategy and investment firm 32 Advisors, along with Dennis Mehiel, chief executive of Four M Investments; Michael Kempner, who heads the public-relations firm MWWPR; Jay Snyder, a principal at HBJ Investments; and George Tsunis, the founder of Chartwell Hotels.Presidential campaigns increase their fundraising pace ahead of the cutoff for quarterly filings so they can tout strong numbers in their quarterly disclosures. The next quarterly cutoff is the end of June.Biden has another event scheduled for Tuesday night. He has two fundraisers planned for Wednesday in the Maryland suburbs of Washington and he’s also slated to visit Chicago, San Francisco and Seattle for finance events before the end of June.D’Amato, whose Senate career overlapped with Biden’s, maxed out to Republican nominee Mitt Romney in the 2012 primaries and general election and to former Ohio Governor John Kasich during the 2016 GOP primaries. He didn’t make a contribution to Trump in 2016. He’s given to some New York Democrats, including the current holder of his old Senate seat, Chuck Schumer, and to Maloney.Catsimatidis, who has known Trump for decades and attended a dinner for business leaders at Trump’s New Jersey golf club last summer, maxed out to the president’s campaign in 2016 but also did the same for Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton. He also gave $100,000 to Trump Victory and $83,400 to Hillary Victory Fund, which benefited state parties and the Democratic National Committee.Catsimatidis’ daughter Andrea is chairwoman of the Manhattan Republican Party.A search showed no recent donations to any presidential campaigns from Shulkin, who was ousted by Trump last year.(Adds Catsimatidis comment in 11th paragraph.)\--With assistance from Emma Kinery.To contact the reporter on this story: Jennifer Epstein in Washington at jepstein32@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Michael Shepard at mshepard7@bloomberg.net, Max Berley, Laurie AsséoFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com©2019 Bloomberg L.P.


Shanahan's Pentagon rise upended by painful family past

Shanahan's Pentagon rise upended by painful family past Patrick Shanahan -- a onetime Boeing engineer who spent the last two years at the Pentagon -- seemed set to lead the world's most powerful military, until a history of violent incidents in his family derailed his plans. It was a surprising end to Shanahan's quick rise to the top spot at the Department of Defense in just two years. At issue are two incidents: a 2010 altercation between Shanahan and his then-wife Kimberley at their home in Seattle that left him with a bloody nose and her in custody -- amid claims that he also hit her.


Q&A: A look at the standoff between the US and Iran

Q&A: A look at the standoff between the US and Iran Hostilities are heating up between the United States and Iran and while President Donald Trump says he's not looking to go to war with Tehran, it's unclear how the standoff can be resolved. Administration officials insist that the U.S. is not gearing up for a military confrontation with Iran. Although the U.S. will act to defend itself, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Tuesday that Trump "does not want war" and the president has said he's open to negotiating with Tehran.


The Latest: Indiana AG's office plans vigorous defense

The Latest: Indiana AG's office plans vigorous defense The Indiana attorney general's office says it will vigorously defend him against a federal lawsuit by four women who say he drunkenly groped them during a party last year. The lawsuit filed Tuesday alleges sexual harassment by Republican state Attorney General Curtis Hill on a state lawmaker and three legislative staffers in March 2018 at an Indianapolis bar. Hill has denied wrongdoing and rebuffed calls from Republican Gov. Eric Holcomb to resign.


The Latest: Indiana AG's office plans vigorous defense

The Latest: Indiana AG's office plans vigorous defense The Indiana attorney general's office says it will vigorously defend him against a federal lawsuit by four women who say he drunkenly groped them during a party last year. The lawsuit filed Tuesday alleges sexual harassment by Republican state Attorney General Curtis Hill on a state lawmaker and three legislative staffers in March 2018 at an Indianapolis bar. Hill has denied wrongdoing and rebuffed calls from Republican Gov. Eric Holcomb to resign.