Friday, July 22, 2016

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Short Takes

Texas voter I.D. law struck down.

Trump employee admits to plagiarizing Melina Trump’s speech.

Secret Service investigating Trump advisor who advocated executing Hillary Clinton.

Turkey issues ban on professional travel for academics in wake of coup attempt.

R.I.P. Garry Marshall; producer, actor, and director of Pretty Woman.

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Short Takes

Man attacks passengers on a train in Germany; several hurt.

Anti-doping agency says Russia should be banned from Rio Olympics.

No sign that Nice attacker had ties to terrorism.

U.S. and European allies urge Turkey to follow the rule of law in dealing with the coup plotters.

Did the U.K.’s new prime minister really close the government’s climate change office?

The Tigers beat the Twins 1-0.

Monday, July 18, 2016

Short Takes

More carnage: Three Baton Rouge policemen killed in ambush.

Two people are detained in France for truck attack.

Clinton maintains lead over Trump in national poll.

Turkey’s leader emerges stronger after coup attempt.

Cleveland prepares for protests during RNC.

The Tigers won 2 of 3 against the Royals.

Friday, July 15, 2016

Attack In Nice

Via NBC News:

A truck plowed into pedestrians during Bastille Day celebrations in the popular French seaside city of Nice Thursday, leaving at least 80 people dead in what the nation’s president called “obviously a terrorist attack.”

The deadly toll, which included several children, came after the truck slammed into revelers gathered on a promenade to watch fireworks, French President Francois Hollande said in an address Friday morning.

“Such a monstrosity,” Hollande said. He pledged to step up efforts to fight terror in Iraq and Syria, and said he will seek to extend a state of emergency by three months.

“France is deeply saddened, but it is also very strong,” Hollande said. “I can assure you we will always be stronger than the fanatics who are trying to attack us.”

The driver was fatally shot by police, Hollande said. It is unknown if there were accomplices, Hollande said. French media, citing a police source, reported that ID papers belonging to a French-Tunisian were found in the truck. A source told NBC News the driver is believed to have been a French national of Tunisian descent

The truck struck the crowd at around 10:40 p.m. local time (4:40 p.m. ET) shortly after a fireworks display, officials and witnesses said.

So far no outside group such as ISIS or al-Qaeda has claimed responsibility.

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Short Takes

China is told to give up claims to the South China Sea.

Several hundred dead on civil war in South Sudan.

Attorney General Lynch questioned by House panel on Clinton e-mail decision.

Elizabeth Warren invited to speak at the first night of the Democratic convention.

Wall Street hit record highs.

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Short Takes

Two court bailiffs were shot and killed by a prisoner trying to escape in St. Joseph, Michigan.

The U.S. will deploy 560 more troops to Iraq.

Changing of the guard: Theresa May will become the U.K.’s new prime minister on Wednesday.

Failure to launch: North Korea’s attempt to launch a missile from a submarine didn’t go.

Gitmo’s population continues to dwindle.

All-Star Tiger: Miggy’s going to San Diego.

Monday, July 11, 2016

Friday, July 8, 2016

Murders In Dallas

The story is still developing, but NBC News is reporting that eleven police officers were shot and that five of them have died in what’s being described as an ambush by snipers at an otherwise peaceful protest over the shootings of two black men by police; one in Louisiana, the other in Minnesota.

The snipers fired from an elevated positions on police officers minutes before 9 p.m. CT, according to Dallas Police Chief David Brown. He described the shootings as “ambush style.”

“We believe that these suspects were positioning themselves in a way to triangulate on these officers from two different perches in garages in the downtown area, and planned to injure and kill as many law enforcement officers as they could,” Brown said at a news conference — noting that some were shot in the back.

Police were in a standoff with one suspect in the second floor of a parking garage at around 12:30 a.m. and had exchanged gunfire with him, Brown said. Another suspect, a woman, was taken into custody near the garage, and two people seen leaving the area in a Mercedes were stopped and were being questioned.

The suspect in the standoff with police “has told our negotiators that the end is coming, and he is going to hurt and kill more of us, meaning law enforcement, and that there are bombs all over the place in this garage and downtown,” Brown said.

This is madness.

Update: Dallas media is reporting that the suspect has been “neutralized.”

Short Takes

Britain poised to have second woman prime minister.

Super typhoon aims at Taiwan.

Commercial flights to Cuba could start as early as this fall.

Testy meeting with Trump on Capitol Hill.

To Boldy Go: First “Star Trek” gay character comes out in the next film.

The Tigers lost to Toronto 5-4.

Thursday, July 7, 2016

Short Takes

The U.S. Justice Department will investigate the shooting by police of a black man in Baton Rouge.

President Obama says he will slow the withdrawal of American troops from Afghanistan.

The Chilcot Report says Britain’s involvement in Iraq was basically a complete botch.

Two potential Trump V.P. candidates bow out.

The Tigers finally won one from Cleveland, 12-2.

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Thursday, June 30, 2016

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Short Takes

Multiple deaths reported in suicide attack at Istanbul airport.

Deadly train crash in Texas.

Senate Democrats block G.O.P Zika “poison pill” bill.

Trump promises to confront China over trade pacts.

NASA’s Juno probe approaches Jupiter.

R.I.P. Pat Summitt, winningest coach in Division 1 basketball.

The Tigers beat the Marlins 7-5.

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Short Takes

Supreme Court strikes down restrictive abortion rights.

Supreme Court upholds ban on gun sales to those convicted of domestic violence.

U.K. politics in meltdown after Brexit.

Volkswagen agrees to settle U.S. emissions scandal for $14.7 billion.

Clinton and Warren hit the campaign trail in Ohio.

Monday, June 27, 2016

Short Takes

The search is on for survivors after the floods in West Virginia.

Mulligan: Petition for re-vote on Brexit hit 3 million signatures.

Death toll could rise in Central California wildfires.

Iraqi commander: Fallujah “fully liberated.”

First vessel passes through expanded Panama Canal.

The Tigers got swept by Cleveland.

Friday, June 24, 2016