Officials: U.S. seizes Iranian oil heading for Venezuela

U.S. officials say the Trump administration has seized the cargo of four tankers it was targeting for transporting Iranian fuel to Venezuela as it steps up its campaign of maximum pressure against the two heavily sanctioned

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Behold the first view of Earth from space

US Suspects Maintenance Work Sparked Explosion

A US review has found that maintenance work probably triggered the deadly explosion in Beirut last week. The State Department is in agreement on the cause with Lebanese investigators, the Wall Street Journal reports, though President Trump had blamed "a bomb of some kind" immediately after the blast. US and...

Trump to host Netanyahu, UAE prince within weeks

Donald Trump says he plans to host Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and United Arab Emirates Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan at the White House after the two countries announced they are establishing full diplomatic relations. (Aug. 13)

Economist Breaks Down What Kamala Harris VP…

On Tuesday, Kamala Harris was announced as Joe Biden's Vice President for the Democratic Party ticket. How will that pick effect the economy? According to Allison Schrager, a senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute, the markets seemed comfortable with Harris on the ballot. Last summer Harris proposed a tax on stock and bond trades. However, Schrager does not expect Biden and Harris to make that change if they're elected. She added that Biden and Harris "aren't particularly risk-takers as candidates." Schrager said the nation could expect higher income taxes and corporate taxes under a Biden-Harris administration.

Chrissy Teigen, John Legend expecting baby No. 3

It’s baby No. 3 for John Legend and Chrissy Teigen

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Trump Admits to Refusing USPS Funding to Sabotage…

Trump Admits to Refusing USPS Funding to Sabotage Mail-In Ballots. President Donald Trump told Fox Business on Thursday that he will block additional funding and election assistance for the U.S. Postal Service. Trump also announced in a press conference on Wednesday that he will not be signing off on $25 billion in emergency funding for the USPS. He added that he would reject a $3.5 billion grant that would help the Postal Service process election-related mail. . But if they don't get those two items, that means you can't have universal mail-in voting. , Donald Trump, via Fox Business. Experts have disputed Trump’s claims that the USPS cannot handle the additional workload, saying the ballots would only add “0.2% of their normal volume.”

Sequel Unlikely For 'Birds Of Prey'

'Harley Quinn: Birds of Prey' was a critical and commercial failure. The film was considered a bomb of historic proportions. It's currently the lowest earning film in the DC comic book universe. Harley Quinn fans are wondering if there will be a sequel to 'Birds of Prey.' According to Digital Wise chances of a sequel are almost zero. Comic Book News reports plans for the sequel were quietly canceled in July 2020 after the movie completely tanked at the box office. Margot Robbie's Harley Quinn will appear in 'The Suicide Squad.'

Column on Harris' Eligibility Elicits Widespread…

In her first full day as Joe Biden's choice to join the Democratic ticket in November, Sen. Kamala Harris had her right to be there publicly questioned. John Eastman wrote an op-ed piece for Newsweek headlined, "Some Questions for Kamala Harris About Eligibility." In it, the law professor discusses the...

Atlantic hurricane season approaching its peak

The heart of the Atlantic hurricane season is upcoming, and Bernie Rayno explains why an already busy season could become much more active.

CDC Issues Dire Coronavirus Warning for This Fall

CDC Issues , Dire Coronavirus Warning , for This Fall. The stark warning was issued by Dr. Robert Redfield, the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). For your country right now and for the war that we're in against Covid, I'm asking you to do four simple things: wear a mask, social distance, wash your hands and be smart about crowds, Dr. Robert Redfield, CDC Director, via CNN. Without taking these simple precautions, Redfield said the U.S. faces "the worst fall, from a public health perspective, we've ever had.". I'm not asking some of America to do it. We all gotta do it, Dr. Robert Redfield, CDC Director, via CNN. In addition to the standard coronavirus precautions, Redfield is urging Americans to get a flu vaccine. The CDC has upped its purchase of flu vaccines this year to 10 million for uninsured Americans. More than five million people in the U.S. have been infected with the coronavirus. The official death toll has exceeded 166,000, though U.S. deaths are now more than 200,000 higher than at this time in 2019. On Wednesday, the U.S. again broke the record for single-day coronavirus deaths with 1,499 reported. 55,910 new cases were reported on the same day

Creator of mosquito-themed state flag says design…

A Mississippi man who submitted a proposal to place a giant mosquito on the new state flag says he created the design as a joke

Trump attacks Biden on call for mask mandate

President Donald Trump is going after his political rival over a call for a nationwide mask mandate. (Aug. 13)

S&P Briefly Reaches Record Territory

The stock market had a relatively flat day on Thursday, though the S&P 500 briefly rose above its all-time record closing before ending the day lower, reports the AP . The benchmark S&P fell 6 points to 3,373, the Dow fell 79 points to 27,896, and the tech-heavy Nasdaq...

Chris Sale rehabbing the best he can for Red Sox

Chris Sale has had to adjust his rehab from Tommy John surgery because of the coronavirus pandemic

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This creature looks like an alien ship floating…

This creature looks like an alien ship floating underwater.

Apple to Small Startup: Ditch That Logo or Else

Note to small startups: Try not using a fruit logo. Apple might get mad. The tech behemoth has again filed suit over a fruity logo—this time against a five-employee startup called Prepear that advertises itself with the image of a green pear, Entrepreneur reports. Now Russell Monson, the recipe...

Kamala Harris helps 're-imagine' Black women roles

Soyica Colbert, a Georgetown University vice dean, says Harris' nomination challenges negative notions that Black women can't lead. (August 13)

WHO Seeks $76 Million For Lebanon After Beirut…

The World Health Organization is passing the hat to assist Lebanon after last week's massive explosion in Beirut. HuffPost reports the WHO appealed for $76 million in aid on Wednesday, following the damage done to Lebanese hospitals, clinics, and medical supplies. HuffPost reports the blast put three hospitals out of operation and has left three others working at partial capacity. WHO officials said in an online press conference that the number of beds in public and private hospitals in Beirut has been reduced by 500-600. WHO's regional emergency director, Richard Brennan, said the loss of beds has clear implications for managing the coronavirus outbreak and other conditions. Initial assessments of 55 primary healthcare clinics and centres across Beirut showed just over half are not functioning.

Possible shot at freedom for lifer who stole…

An October parole hearing has been set for a Black man serving a life sentence in Louisiana after stealing hedge clippers in a 1997 burglary

AMC Movie Theaters to Reopen With 15-Cent Tickets

AMC Movie Theaters to Reopen , With 15-Cent Tickets. According to The Verge, AMC plans to have 100 theaters open on August 20 as part of its 100th anniversary. AMC, which has over 600 locations nationwide, says customers and staff will be required to wear masks. The chain adds that there will be "significantly limited seating," HEPA vacuums and MERV 13 air filters. Classic films such as , 'Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back' and 'Back to the Future' will return to the big screen. Recently-released movies including 'Jumanji: The Next Level' and 'Sonic the Hedgehog' will also come back. It will only cost 15 cents to see any of these movies on August 20. The ticket price of these films will go up to $5 afterward. There will also be new releases, with 'Tenet' scheduled to premiere September 3. For A-List subscribers, AMC adds that the deadline for canceling or continuing your membership is December 1

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Germany to Public: Help Us Find This Guy

He was once seen as a top exec at a wildly successful tech firm in Germany. Now, though, Jan Marsalek is on Interpol's most wanted list, reports Bloomberg . Authorities in Germany also are appealing to the public for help in tracking down the 40-year-old Austrian, who may or may not...

A sandy national park located in the heart of the…

Located along Lake Michigan, Indiana Dunes National Park is home to 15 miles of shorelines and dunes. AccuWeather’s Lincoln Riddle has more on what makes this park special.

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COVID-19 Vaccine Effectiveness Could Be Hindered…

COVID-19 Vaccine Effectiveness Could Be Hindered by Obesity. According to a CNN report, a coronavirus vaccine could mirror other vaccines, such as influenza and tetanus, in their loss of effectiveness in patients that are obese. Research shows that obesity affects the body's overall immune response. Will we have a COVID vaccine next year tailored to the obese? No way. Will it still work in the obese? Our prediction is no, Raz Shaikh, UNC Professor, via The Grio. A 2017 study conducted by researchers at the University of North Carolina found that obese adults who received a flu vaccine were twice as likely to develop the flu as those of a healthy weight. Americans of color, especially non-Hispanic Black Americans experience obesity at elevated rates. Still, some medical professionals say that any vaccine is better than none. The influenza vaccine still works in patients with obesity, but just not as well…We still want them to get vaccinated, Dr. Timothy Garvey, via The Grio

Spicoli to the rescue with 'Fast Times' virtual…

Spicoli is making a virtual return to Ridgemont High to raise money for two non-profit groups

AP Top Stories August 13 P

Here's the latest for Thursday August 13th: UAE and Israel reach peace deal; Protesters take to the streets of Yemen; Man saved from being hit by train in California;Cuba Gooding Jr. in court on sexual misconduct.