What's wrong with Donald? That's the collective question coming from GOP bigwigs, reportedly stunned at their nominee's behavior
over the past couple of days. Republican leaders are in panic mode; insiders say the campaign has reached out to Newt Gingrich and Chris Christie for help. As for Trump, he says everything is awesome. At a rally yesterday in Florida, he said the campaign was "doing really well" and had "never been this united."
Sounds like something straight out of a spy movie: An unmarked U.S. cargo plane -- stacked with wooden pallets filled with $400 million of Swiss francs, euros and other currencies -- flies to Iran
, the same day four American prisoners held in the country are released. A ransom? Oh no, says the White House, that's was just the first payment in the Iran nuke deal. Had to do it that way because at the time Iran was cut off from the global financial system. A bunch of malarkey, say critics, including GOP nominee Trump. The payment, in their view, violates U.S. policy and encourages Iran to nab more Americans.
Zika's hit U.S. service members hard. Forty-one members of the military
have been diagnosed with the virus since tests begin earlier this year. And one of them is pregnant, which is a big concern since Zika can lead to a birth defect in children. Other Americans serving overseas have been affected too. The State Department said two of its diplomats have contracted the disease.
4. London knife attack
Is this Europe's latest terror attack? A man stabbed six people
last night in London, killing a woman. He was arrested after police zapped him with a stun gun. Was he another lone wolf attacker? Authorities aren't ruling out terrorism, but they also pointed to the man's mental health as being a "major factor" in the investigation.
Ready or not, the Rio Olympics are here. The opening ceremonies, expected to be watched by billions, kick off tomorrow night. Team USA selected a familiar face to be its flag bearer in the ceremony: swimmer Michael Phelp
s. Well, he's only the most-decorated Olympian of all time
-- 22 medals, including 18 gold, but who's counting -- and will be participating in his fifth Olympic Games.
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Quote of the day:
"He said that one thing is for sure: I have the ears to play him."
Actor Will Smith
, talking about conversations he's had with Barack Obama
about playing the president in a movie.
We're going back to the moon! A private firm got the OK yesterday
from the feds to send a probe there. It's all part of a lunar competition from Google.
Today in facepalm
We all love playing Pokemon Go, but keep an eye on how much data it eats up. This Olympic gymnast didn't
, and now he has a $4,954 bill. Ouch!
So long, gridlock. Your days are numbered, now that China's taking its new commuter bus
, that can glide over cars, out for a spin.
Living in the future
Back in 2011 a teenage runner predicted on Twitter
that she'd be in the Olympics in five years. Guess who's in Rio this week?
Baseball umpires throw players and coaches out of games all the time, so fans have to work harder to get tossed. But a guy in Philly
found a way.
Number of the day
The number of commutations granted by President Obama
yesterday, the highest number granted on a single day in more than a century.
AND FINALLY ...
Just like MacGyver
This guy will never suffer with a dead cell phone battery again, after he built his own homemade hydro-electric generator, powered by a stream.