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Triple Crown winner Justify reportedly failed a drug test before the Kentucky Derby last year (which should have merited a disqualification) but was allowed to compete anyway.
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The allegations contained in the much-discussed whistleblower complaint released yesterday are explosive. It accuses President Trump of abusing his powers “to solicit interference” from Ukraine in the 2020 election and the White House of trying to cover it up. White House officials, allegedly disturbed by Trump’s July phone call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, tried to “lock down” all records of the call, including the word-for-word transcript, the complaint alleges. Democrats started a formal impeachment inquiry this week based on what’s in the complaint.
Trump later lashed out at the person who provided the whistleblower with info about his phone call. Trump said whoever did that “is close to a spy,” and then he added what some people took as a veiled threat: that in the old days, spies were dealt with differently. The identity of the whistleblower remains publicly unknown, but his or her safety was raised yesterday when acting Director of National Intelligence Joseph Maguire testified before the House Intelligence Committee about the complaint. CNN’s Stephen Collinson lays out how a week that was supposed to be filled with drama at the United Nations turned into America’s latest impeachment melodrama.
Syria is once again accused of launching a chlorine attack against its own citizens. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said the attack by the regime of Syrian President Bashar al Assad happened on May 19. It’s unclear how many people may have been killed or wounded in the attack. Pompeo said it was part of the Assad regime’s campaign of violence in Idlib province, which has killed more than 1,000 people. Idlib is the last stronghold of the rebels who have battled Assad’s forces for years. The Trump administration ordered retaliatory strikes against Syrian regime targets in 2017 and 2018 after reports of chemical weapons attacks by Syria.
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.”
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There’s an outbreak of Legionnaires’ disease in North Carolina, and it’s connected to a state fair. There are 25 confirmed cases, the state division of public health says, including one death. The source of the outbreak is under investigation, but many of the patients reported attending the NC Mountain State Fair earlier this month. Airborne droplets from water rides at the fair are being looked at as a possible cause of the outbreak.
The Texas Walmart where 22 people were killed could reopen in November. A company spokeswoman said construction work at the El Paso store is “progressing smoothly,” and Walmart is aiming for a reopening on November 6. Construction crews have been renovating the property since the shooting in August. An area of the store will be dedicated to the shooting victims. The mass shooting at the store was one of the deadliest attacks against Latinos in the US.
Fall officially began this week, but it’s already winter in parts of the Rocky Mountain states. A big winter storm will blast its way through the northern Rocky Mountains this weekend. The early season snow event could be “historically significant,” the National Weather Service office in Great Falls, Montana, says. From 15 to 36 inches of snow are predicted, with even higher tallies in the mountains. Blizzard conditions are predicted, too, since winds will be as strong as tropical-storm-force, with gusts at hurricane-force. Winter storm warnings will be in effect for parts of Montana from this evening until Sunday night.
RIP, T. Boone
The halftime show at next year’s Super Bowl will be a hip-shaking affair, now that Jennifer Lopez and Shakira are signed up to perform.
Welcome to the (royal) family
Facebook without the likes? It could happen. The social media giant will soon start rolling out a test in Australia that’ll hide the likes.
Right place, right time
A teen football player in Ohio lifted a car to save his trapped neighbor. What have you done for the folks in your ‘hood lately?
Mark was here
It took decades, but someone finally found Mark Twain’s signature in a cave he helped make famous in “The Adventures of Tom Sawyer.”
According to the Anti-Defamation League, which hand signal is now a hate symbol?
A. Peace sign
B. Thumbs up
C. “OK” symbol
D. “Hang loose” or the shaka sign
Play “Total Recall,” CNN’s weekly news quiz, to see if your answer is right.
“They were talking about … how Hollywood ladies are so silly, and especially that Renée Zellweger.”
The number of letters a Maine woman said she got from United Healthcare in just five days
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.
Looks like cows popping up on the road in New Hampshire is a thing. Thankfully, these kids are around to herd them up. (Click to view.)