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An Air Force Pilot Told Us What It Is Like to Attack with an F-15 Strike Eagle
An Air Force Pilot Told Us What It Is Like to Attack with an F-15 Strike Eagle

Developed to meet the U.S. Air Force (USAF) requirement for air-to-ground missions, the F-15E Strike Eagle can carry 23,000 pounds of air-to-ground and air-to-air weapons and is equipped with an advanced navigation and an infrared targeting system, protecting it from enemy defenses.Thanks to its capabilities the F-15E has been at the centre of every conflict in which the USAF has been involved since 1990 from Desert Shield to Operation Inherent Resolve.In 2002 during Operation Enduring Freedom a Strike Eagle belonging to 335th Fighter Squadron (FS) "Chiefs" from 4th Fighter Wing (FW) dropped the first-ever BLU-118/B Thermobaric Bomb.Lauded by the international press as a grisly weapon...

EYE ON THE GULF: Tropical Storm Barry showing signs of strengthening
EYE ON THE GULF: Tropical Storm Barry showing signs of strengthening

Barry expected to make landfall in Louisiana this weekend... forecasted to be a Cat.1 Hurricane

Photos of the 2020 Jeep Gladiator and 2019 Toyota 4Runner
Photos of the 2020 Jeep Gladiator and 2019 Toyota 4Runner

Hand signals and shields: how Hong Kong
Hand signals and shields: how Hong Kong's parliament was stormed

With makeshift shields zip-tied to their wrists, a trolley converted into a battering ram and rehearsed hand signals, Hong Kong's protesters showed remarkable levels of do-it-yourself savvy as they besieged the city's parliament. Many of the current generation of largely young protesters proudly repeat the phrase "be like water", a philosophy of adaptability and unpredictability espoused by martial arts master and local legend Bruce Lee. The equipment is then ferried to the front by long, snaking lines of protesters.

Taliban attack kills 8 election officials in Afghanistan

Taliban insurgents killed eight election officials in a bomb attack in the southern Kandahar province, Afghan officials said on Sunday. Aziz Ibrahimi, a spokesman for the Independent Election Commission, said that the employees were in the district of Maruf conducting voter registration, when Saturday night's attack occurred. A defense ministry spokesman, Fawad Aman, said Taliban detonated four stolen Humvees full of explosives outside the district's police headquarters, where the election officials were staying.

The biggest Porsche Taycan teasers in one place
The biggest Porsche Taycan teasers in one place

For over a year, Porsche has been teasing the production version of the Mission E concept via spec reveals, shadowed videos, and obscure photographs of the Taycan in camouflage. Since the company debuted the Mission E concept EV in 2015, rumors have been pointing towards the development of a production version of the model and, sure enough, that model was announced two years later in June 2018. Since the Taycan was officially reported, Porsche has been releasing teasers every couple months about the car's development progress.

I worked as a janitor to keep my student loans low. Wiping debt punishes students like me.

Not only does canceling student loan debt make the sacrifices I made meaningless, Bernie Sanders' proposal will benefit people who need help least.

Trump awards highest military honor to Iraq War veteran
Trump awards highest military honor to Iraq War veteran

President Donald Trump on Tuesday awarded the nation's highest military honor to an Iraq War veteran who took on an insurgent stronghold and allowed members of his platoon to move to safety during heavy fighting in Fallujah. The president presented the Medal of Honor to former Army Staff Sgt. David G. Bellavia, of New York. The entire thing is impossible to think about unless you're talking about the men we lost," Bellavia said after the ceremony.

10-month-old shot in head after mom rejected suspect: Police
10-month-old shot in head after mom rejected suspect: Police

Police said the suspect made unwanted advances at the baby's mom at a birthday party before the shooting.

Photos of the BMW M Next Concept
Photos of the BMW M Next Concept

Police face complications in search for missing Utah college student
Police face complications in search for missing Utah college student

23-year-old Mackenzie Lueck was last seen taking a Lyft from Salt Lake City International Airport; Erin Cox reports from Salt Lake City.

Are we bored with rape? I hope not. Jean Carroll's Trump allegation deserves attention.
Are we bored with rape? I hope not. Jean Carroll's Trump allegation deserves attention.

'Joe Biden accused of standing too close' is apparently a way bigger story than 'Donald Trump accused of raping a public person in a public place.'

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Flynn's sentencing delayed again so new lawyer can study up

The lawyer, Sidney Powell, said she needed the extra time to work her way through three hard drives delivered from Flynn's former lawyers.

Bernie Sanders calls for canceling $1.6 trillion in student loan debt
Bernie Sanders calls for canceling $1.6 trillion in student loan debt

U.S. presidential contender Bernie Sanders proposed a plan on Monday to cancel $1.6 trillion in student loans and pay for it with a tax on Wall Street, elevating the issue in the 2020 debate and going beyond proposals from his Democratic White House rivals. Sanders, an independent U.S. senator from Vermont, said his plan would wipe out college debt for 45 million Americans and be funded with a tax on stock, bond and derivatives transactions that would raise about $2.2 trillion over 10 years. The proposal builds on Sanders' longstanding call to make public universities and colleges tuition-free, an issue he has highlighted since his first presidential run in 2016.

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What's wrong with Palestinian surrender, Israel's UN envoy asks

Israel's UN ambassador on Monday urged Palestinians to surrender their struggle for a homeland in exchange for economic benefits as the United States prepared to roll out part of a peace plan promising billions of dollars. Palestinian leaders have said the US plan will be tantamount to surrender and declared President Donald Trump's initiative as dead on arrival. "I ask: What's wrong with Palestinian surrender?" wrote Ambassador Danny Danon in a New York Times op-ed.

U.S., Taliban aim to firm up date for foreign force exit from Afghanistan
U.S., Taliban aim to firm up date for foreign force exit from Afghanistan

Upcoming peace talks between the United States and the Taliban will focus on working out a timeline for the withdrawal of U.S.-led troops from Afghanistan and on a Taliban guarantee militants won't plot attacks from Afghan soil, sources said on Monday. A seventh round of talks between the warring sides begins on Saturday in Qatar's capital of Doha, where U.S. and Taliban negotiators have been trying to hammer out a deal to end to the 18-year-long war since October. "Once the timetable for foreign force withdrawal is announced, then talks will automatically enter the next stage," said Sohail Shaheen, a spokesman for the Taliban's political office in Doha.

Israeli F-16s Smashed a Syrian Missile Complex (And Russia Held Its Fire)
Israeli F-16s Smashed a Syrian Missile Complex (And Russia Held Its Fire)

"Due to the special nature of the system, and that the Russians are likely to have supplied only a few missiles to equip the launchers, I don't think SAA will ever use it soon. The IAF has been using the tactic of saturating the attacked area with various kinds of missiles and bombs. It is not economical to use the S-300 against such an attack."At 2:30 in the morning on April 13, 2019, around a dozen missiles tore over the night sky of Hama province, Syria, launched by Israeli F-16 jets flying over Lebanon.(This first appeared several weeks ago.)In response, short-range Syrian air missiles arced into the night sky trailing plumes of fire from their rocket motors. One or two can be seen...

SpaceX Falcon Heavy: Why everyone should watch this night launch from Kennedy Space Center
SpaceX Falcon Heavy: Why everyone should watch this night launch from Kennedy Space Center

The first night launch for SpaceX's Falcon Heavy rocket from Kennedy Space Center is scheduled for 11:30 p.m. Monday night.

Ethiopia army chief of staff shot amid unrest
Ethiopia army chief of staff shot amid unrest

Ethiopia's army chief of staff has been shot, Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed announced on television Sunday as the government said it had thwarted an attempted coup in a regional state of this Horn of Africa nation. Abiy took to national television in the early hours dressed in military fatigues and announced that army chief Seare Mekonnen had been shot, an AFP correspondent said.

President Trump Says He
President Trump Says He'll Pause Deportation Raids for Two Weeks, Awaiting Immigration 'Solution'

Trump said that he made the order "at the request of Democrats"

CPD will not cooperate with planned ICE raids, Lightfoot says
CPD will not cooperate with planned ICE raids, Lightfoot says

Mayor Lori Lightfoot announced Friday that the Chicago Police Department will not cooperate with planned raids by the federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency this weekend.

As Johnson Prepares for Power, Tories Plot Against No-Deal Brexit
As Johnson Prepares for Power, Tories Plot Against No-Deal Brexit

(Bloomberg) -- In the coffee shops and bars of Britain's Parliament, the political conversation has already turned to the question that will define the country's immediate future: Can Boris Johnson be stopped from pursuing a no-deal Brexit?The options under discussion for Conservative politicians who want to avoid a no-deal split from the European Union are dramatic. They include quitting the party and mounting a rebellion to bring down the government.The contest to succeed Theresa May as prime minister has seen a hardening of rhetoric around leaving the European Union. Johnson and his rival to be prime minister, Jeremy Hunt, argue that only by threatening to leave the EU without an...

'This was a direct attack on U.S. assets': Trump's aborted Iran strike draws criticism from Republicans
'This was a direct attack on U.S. assets': Trump's aborted Iran strike draws criticism from Republicans

Congressional Republicans were divided Friday following President Donald Trump's decision to abort a planned missile strike against Iran.

KLM halts flights over Strait of Hormuz after drone downing
KLM halts flights over Strait of Hormuz after drone downing

Dutch airline KLM said Friday it has suspended its flights over the Strait of Hormuz after Iran shot down a US drone in the strategic region. "Safety is the top priority for KLM," it said in a statement. "The incident with the drone is reason not to fly over the Strait of Hormuz for the time being.

Trump weighs Iran response options following drone attack
Trump weighs Iran response options following drone attack

Reaction and analysis to tensions with Iran from Fox News contributor Marc Thiessen on 'The Story.'

Iran Shot Down a $176 Million U.S. Drone. Here
Iran Shot Down a $176 Million U.S. Drone. Here's What to Know About the RQ-4 Global Hawk

Iran shot down an RQ-4A drone, a surveillance aircraft that cost $176 million and could fly high enough to see the curvature of the earth.

Iran releases video purporting to show U.S. drone shoot-down
Iran releases video purporting to show U.S. drone shoot-down

The video, which aired on Iranian state-run television, has not been independently verified.

India deploys two ships in Gulf of Oman after tanker attacks

India's navy has deployed two ships in the Gulf of Oman to ensure safe passage for Indian-flagged vessels, the country's defense ministry said late on Thursday, a week after two oil tankers were attacked in the region. Indian naval ships named Chennai and Sunayna have been "deployed in the Gulf of Oman and Persian Gulf to undertake maritime security operations," the defense ministry said in a statement, adding that the navy is also conducting aerial surveillance of the area.

US long-term mortgage rates little changed; 30-year at 3.84%
US long-term mortgage rates little changed; 30-year at 3.84%

U.S. long-term mortgage rates were little changed this week. Mortgage buyer Freddie Mac said Thursday the average rate on the benchmark 30-year mortgage ticked up this week to 3.84% from 3.82% last week. Freddie Mac surveys lenders across the country between Monday and Wednesday each week to compile its mortgage rate figures.

No, Toyota, the Supra's Center of Gravity Is Not Lower Than the 86's
No, Toyota, the Supra's Center of Gravity Is Not Lower Than the 86's

Our testing shows that Toyota's claim is not true.

West Hollywood man who visited Dominican Republic says he fell severely ill
West Hollywood man who visited Dominican Republic says he fell severely ill

At least nine tourists have died in the Dominican Republic in the last 12 months, several after drinking from hotel minibars.

White House holding meeting on Iran after US drone shoot-down
White House holding meeting on Iran after US drone shoot-down

Top U.S. officials gather at the White House after Iran claims the drone it attacked was in Iranian airspace; Jennifer Griffin reports.

Hamas chief: Israel ignoring cease-fire terms for Gaza
Hamas chief: Israel ignoring cease-fire terms for Gaza

Hamas' chief Ismail Haniyeh on Thursday accused Israel of dragging its feet in carrying out its obligations under an indirect cease-fire for the Gaza Strip, saying the fragile deal was in danger of collapsing. Speaking to international journalists, Haniyeh said the 2 million residents of Gaza "have not felt" any improvement in their living condition, despite what he said were Israeli pledges to ease a crippling blockade on the territory. "The understanding (is) in the danger zone because (Israel) doesn't implement its obligations and deals with them with mood swings," Haniyeh told reporters in Gaza City in a two-hour meeting organized by the Jerusalem-based Foreign Press Association.

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Today's top deals: $15 Bluetooth earbuds, Apple Watch sale, Philips Hue deals, $9 wireless charger, more

Today's roundup of the best daily deals we could find is truly a spectacular one, and there's definitely something for everyone. Highlights include the best-selling Bluetooth earbuds on Amazon's entire site for just $14.99 when you clip the 5% coupon and use the promo code D2MP088R at checkout, a killer Apple Watch Series 4 sale with prices starting at $349, the first big discount on Apple AirPods 2 with Wireless Charging Case, a $9 wireless charging pad with a smart feature that shuts off the LED charging indicator so you can sleep, the $80 Philips Hue LED LightStrip Plus for $63.99, $10 off Philips Hue color A19 bulbs, the best-selling TP-Link Wi-Fi range extender for just $16.99,...

EU to extend economic sanctions on Russia until 2020

European Union leaders will decide on Thursday to prolong until the end of January 2020 economic sanctions against Russia over the turmoil in Ukraine and call on Moscow to help bring to justice those guilty of shooting down a passenger plane there in 2014. The EU slapped sanctions on Russia after Moscow annexed Crimea from Ukraine in March 2014 and went on to support rebels fighting Kiev troops in the east of the country. The downing there in July 2014 of a Malaysian passenger plane marked another turning point for the EU's response to the crisis.

Iran Shoots Down U.S. Military Drone In
Iran Shoots Down U.S. Military Drone In 'Unprovoked Attack'

On Thursday, Iran shot down a U.S. military drone that the country claims was flying over Iranian air space in the southern Gulf region, further escalating tensions between the two nations.The Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps website said the "spy" drone was shot down over the southern province of Hormozgan. The U.S. Navy, meanwhile, said the drone was flying in international air space over the Strait of Hormuz, a major thoroughfare through which one-third of the world's global oil supply flows."Iranian reports that the aircraft was over Iran are false," Captain Bill Urban, a U.S. Central Command spokesman, said in a statement. "This was an unprovoked attack on a U.S. surveillance asset...

Is Iran Close to Collapse? Three Things You Need To Know about the U.S.-Iran Showdown.
Is Iran Close to Collapse? Three Things You Need To Know about the U.S.-Iran Showdown.

Iran and the United States are as close to direct conflict as they have been for three decades, since Operation Praying Mantis in 1988 which was, at the time, the largest surface naval engagement since World War II.A lot of ink has been spilled and oxygen expended discussing the matter, some of it good and some of it simplistic. Here a few thoughts, informed by being lucky enough to spend close to seven months studying in the Islamic Republic while finishing a doctorate in philosophy on Iranian history. I worked on the Iran desk at the Pentagon during the George W. Bush administration, frequently visit the Persian Gulf, and have followed Iran almost continuously for a quarter century.

Iranian Revolutionary Guard
Iranian Revolutionary Guard 'Shoots Down U.S. Drone' in Gulf Crisis

US NAVY/REUTERSIranian forces on Thursday shot down a U.S. surveillance drone over the Persian Gulf region, multiple news outlets have reported.The shoot-down could significantly escalate tensions that already were running high after the U.S. and allied governments accused Iran of orchestrating recent attacks on merchant ships.The shoot-down reportedly occurred as the Global Hawk-style drone was flying over or near Iran's Hormozgan province, which abuts the strategic Strait of Hormuz, a narrow chokepoint separating the Persian Gulf from the Gulf of Oman. The Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps, a highly autonomous religious militia that's separate from the regular Iranian military, claimed...

Democrats demand answers on Trump
Democrats demand answers on Trump's approach to Iran

Democratic lawmakers demanded clarity Wednesday about the Trump administration's position on the use of military force as they sought answers on how the White House plans to address rising tensions with Iran. The lawmakers specifically pointed to what they called tenuous links between Iran and al-Qaida that they fear the administration could use to justify a military attack under an authorization granted by Congress after the Sept. 11 attacks. The U.S. special envoy for Iran, Brian Hook, told the House Committee on Foreign Affairs that questions about the authorization would be better answered by a lawyer.

Nxivm sex cult leader Keith Raniere found guilty on all counts
Nxivm sex cult leader Keith Raniere found guilty on all counts

A New York self-help guru who was accused of running a sex cult of starving women branded with his initials has been found guilty of all counts. A jury took less than five hours to find Keith Raniere guilty of charges including racketeering conspiracy, sex trafficking and possession of child pornography, at the end of a six week trial. The 58-year-old faces up to 40 years in prison when he is sentenced later this year. Five women who were charged alongside Raniere, including Smallville actress Allison Mack, pled guilty before the trial began and will be sentenced in September. Raniere, a bespectacled and unprepossessing figure, began Nxivm(pronounced nexium) in the late 1990s, setting up...

To Deter Iran, Give War a Chance
To Deter Iran, Give War a Chance

In April, Iran's theocratic rulers vowed to disrupt shipping in the vitally important Persian Gulf. Last week, they made good on that promise, attacking two oil tankers owned by U.S. treaty allies Japan and Norway. And now the regime is vowing to stockpile enriched uranium in its latest act of nuclear blackmail.Tehran is counting on its long record of getting away with attacks on the free world. But sooner or later we must draw a line and give war a chance against the government that has always seen itself as being at war with us.The coordinated attacks on the oil tankers are only the latest in a long line of Iranian military actions, both directly and through proxies it controls. In...

Virginia Teen Graduates from High School After Being in a Coma for Five Months
Virginia Teen Graduates from High School After Being in a Coma for Five Months

A Portsmouth teen beat the odds and graduated from Woodrow Wilson High School after being in a coma for five months.

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