At this point everyone's used to Donald Trump saying shocking (and slightly ambiguous) things, but this feels next level. Yesterday, Trump said at a rally that "Second Amendment people"
should deal with Hillary Clinton if she becomes president. Supporters said it was an inartful call to political action; opponents said it was an assassination threat. Clinton had her own gun controversy to deal with, as many wanted to know why the father of the Orlando nightclub shoote
r was sitting behind her at a rally.
The Baltimore police department has routinely violated the constitutional rights of citizens and its relationship with the community is "broken." That's according to a blistering new report from the Justice Department
. The feds, at Baltimore's request, monitored the department's policing methods for more than a year, in the wake of Freddie Gray's death. The report said Baltimore cops used excessive force against kids and the mentally disabled, and stopped, searched and arrested African Americans disproportionately.
3. Wealth gap
So when will the wealth gap between blacks and whites in America close? Probably not for another 228 years
, says a new report. The primary reason for the gap -- $656,000 in household wealth for white families compared to just $85,000 for blacks -- is homeownership, since homes owned by blacks tend to appreciate less in value than homes owned by whites.
4. Climate change
Talk about baked Alaska: The state's on pace for its hottest year on record
in 2016. Yeah, it's only been averaging 33.9 F from January to July, but for Alaska that's a virtual heat wave. That's 8.1 degrees above the 20th century average. Evidence of this is everywhere: not enough snow for the Iditarod, increased risk of wildfires. Heck, it's hotter everywhere. Canada, northern Europe, central Europe, parts of Asia -- all warmer than usual.
Team USA cast a golden glow over Rio yesterday. Michael Phelps snagged his 21st gold medal,
while the rock star women's gymnastics team won gold in the team competition
. But it wasn't all good: Serena Williams lost
in another Olympic shocker, this time in women's singles tennis. Here's what else happened in Rio yesterday
and what's coming up today
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Leonardo DiCaprio is competing in the Olympics! No, not really, but there's a guy on the U.S. Men's archery team
that's damn near his twin.
Get the tissues ready: A dog popped up
at the German flight attendant's hotel every time she was in Buenos Aires. She got the hint and adopted him.
Monday, the water in one of the Olympic diving pools was blue. Tuesday, it was green
. No one knows why, but officials swear it's safe. If they say so.
Now "Saturday Night Live" has three spots open
, since freshman cast member Jon Rudnitsky won't be returning next season.
Just because your new wife loses her passport doesn't mean you have to skip the honeymoon
. Just take her picture with you, like this guy did.
WHAT'S FOR LUNCH
Here's what's coming up later
Sentencing is scheduled today in Los Angeles for Lonnie David Franklin Jr., the so-called "Grim Sleeper" convicted in the deaths of 10 women.
AND FINALLY ...
The dolphin did it
It's bad enough we have to watch out for humans trying to snatch our electronics from us; now we gotta worry about dolphins too. Sheesh.