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Russia expels 2 U.S. diplomats in fallout over bizarre embassy fracas

Russia expels 2 US diplomatsRussia expelled two U.S. diplomats in retaliation for a similar move against two Russian diplomats stemming from a bizarre fracas last month between a U.S. diplomat and a Russian guard at the entrance to the U.S. embassy compound in Moscow.

The Russian foreign ministry, citing Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov, said in a statement Saturday that one of the expelled U.S. diplomats was involved in the embassy confrontation June 6. Another diplomat was "also a CIA operative," Ryabkov said, Reuters and the AFP news agency reported.


South Sudan: 'Scores dead' on independence anniversary

South Sudan indepence day deathsSoldiers have taken scores of bodies to a hospital in South Sudan's capital, reports said, after gun battles broke out across the city on the eve of the country's fifth independence anniversary.

The fighting on Friday began outside the presidential compound as President Salva Kiir was meeting with first vice president and former rebel leader Riek Machar and soon spread through the city.


Congresswoman indicted, accused of using charity as 'slush fund'

Congresswoman Brown indictedRep. Corrine Brown (D-Fla.) and her chief of staff, Elias “Ronnie” Simmons, are being charged with 24 counts of fraud in connection with a fake charity, according to a federal grand jury indictment that was released Friday.

The charges include mail and wire fraud, conspiracy and tax fraud, according to the Department of Justice.


Navy: SEAL Chris Kyle never earned a 2nd Silver Star

Chris Kyle: fewer awards than claimedThe Navy has concluded there is no evidence that famed Navy SEAL Chris Kyle received two of the valor awards he had claimed in his best-selling memoir, including a second Silver Star.

In an unusual move, the service has re-issued the DD-214 discharge paperwork to support the medals that the late Chief Special Warfare Operator (SEAL) Chris Kyle received during his 10-year Navy career, finding no records for two of six Bronze Stars with combat 'V' and the second Silver Star, two of which he had claimed in "American Sniper." However, the renowned SEAL sniper had earned the Silver Star and four Bronze Stars, the review confirmed.


Police Commissioner denied Trump request for ‘photo op’ with NYPD officers after Dallas shooting

NYPD refuses Trump photo opNew York City Police Commissioner Bill Bratton has taken another swipe at Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump.

At a press conference with Bratton and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio Friday, a reporter asked if it was true that Donald Trump had asked to appear at a roll call for the New York Police Department in the wake of the Dallas shooting. Five officers were killed and another seven were wounded in the attack Thursday night during a peaceful protest. Two civilians were also injured.


Photos Taken Before Dallas Shooting Show Cops Supporting Protestors

dallas protest before shootingBefore a sniper attack killed 5 police officers at a Black Lives Matter protest in Dallas on Thursday, the city’s police department shared photos and videos on social media that suggested support for the demonstrators.

In one photo, two smiling officers can be seen posing with a man holding a sign reading, “No Justice No Peace.”

It’s unclear if either of the officers were among those wounded or killed.  Other images show police controlling traffic “to ensure the safety of the demonstrators.”


America's child marriage crisis: Virginia law tackles continuing issue

Child marriage problem in Va.Until this month, there was no minimum age requirement to get married in Virginia – if you could meet certain criteria.

Girls as young as 13 years old, and pregnant, were wed with a judge’s approval in recent years, according to records from the Virginia department of health. Almost 4,500 minors were married between 2004 and 2013. About 90% of those minors were girls who married adult men.

The state senator Jill Vogel pushed through a bill that went into effect this month to ban marriages by those younger than 18, after she learned of a man in his 50s who was dating a high school student.


Thousands Of Guns Have Been Sold To Domestic Abusers Thanks To This Loophole

Domestc violence gun loopholeA loophole in the federal background check system has allowed gun dealers to sell thousands of firearms to domestic abusers before their background checks were completed, according to a new study published by the Government Accountability Office.

Normally, when a person attempts to buy a gun from a licensed dealer, their name is submitted to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System, or NICS, to make sure they’re eligible to buy one. Under federal law, individuals convicted of a domestic violence misdemeanor or subject to a qualifying protective order are barred from purchasing a firearm.


Triple Suicide Attack Kills 35 at Iraq Worship Site

Iraq suicide attackIslamic State claimed responsibility for a triple suicide attack on Thursday evening near a Shia mausoleum north of Baghdad that killed at least 35 people and wounded 60 others, according to Iraqi security sources.

The attack on the mausoleum of Sayyid Muhammad bin Ali al-Hadi reignited fears of an escalation of the sectarian strife between Iraq’s Shias and Sunnis.


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