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New US sanctions on Iran are set to be issued today, according to a weekend tweet from President Trump. The President didn’t offer up any details on the sanctions, but he did say he believes more sanctions will force Iran to the bargaining table with the US. The world is also still waiting to see what kind of retaliation, if any, the US will dish out after Iran shot down a US military drone last week. Trump ordered a retaliatory strike on Iran late last week, only to call it off at the last minute.
2. North Korea
Iran is no longer complying with the nuclear deal it signed with the US and five other countries in 2015. The deal was intended to keep the country from developing a nuclear weapon. Iran announced over the weekend it had started to increase uranium enrichment beyond the purity threshold it agreed to as part of the nuclear deal. Iran had agreed to keep its uranium enrichment threshold below 3.67% (enough to provide power to parts of the country, but not enough to build a nuke) in return for the lifting of economic sanctions. But President Trump pulled the US out of the deal last year and restarted economic sanctions against Iran. After learning of Iran’s latest move, the President warned the country to “be careful.”
3. Europe heat wave
4. Border Patrol
RIP, T. Boone
Rest in peace
Judith Krantz wasn’t just a best-selling author of racy romance novels. Krantz, who died at age 91, was a journalist for 30 years before publishing her first book.
A novel idea
Find the Mueller report a little tough to get through. Maybe it will be an easier read once it’s turned into a graphic novel.
The modern NBA’s popularity really started with Magic Johnson and Larry Bird, so it just makes sense they’ll share the league’s Lifetime Achievement Award.
Slow and steady
This tortoise was detained by Florida police for blocking the road. They let him off with just a warning – and a selfie.
“They were talking about … how Hollywood ladies are so silly, and especially that Renée Zellweger.”
Daredevil Nik Wallenda, while crossing New York’s Times Square on a tightrope 25 stories above city streets. Nik’s sister Lijana also made the nerve-racking crossing between 1 Times Square and 2 Times Square.
The number of winning tickets for the $7.8 million jackpot in North Carolina’s Pick 4 lottery. What were the winning numbers? 0000
It’s summer! Time to hit the beaches. But you can’t do that right now if you’re in Mississippi. All 21 of the state’s beaches along the Gulf Coast are closed because of toxic algae. The algae, called a blue-green harmful algal bloom, can cause rashes, stomach cramps, nausea, diarrhea and vomiting, a state agency warned. The blooms occur when colonies of algae grow out of control. This particular situation was partly caused by the opening of a spillway in Louisiana which brought “excessive” freshwater to the coastline, a Mississippi newspaper reported. Algae blooms such as this are happening with increasing frequency due to climate change and increasing nutrient pollution.
Kick start your Monday with this heavy metal cover of Ace of Base’s “The Sign.” (Click to view)