Tropical Storm Dorian Intensifies as It Moves West

Associated Press (MIAMI) — Forecasters say the fourth tropical storm of the Atlantic hurricane season is maintaining its strength as it moves toward the Windward Islands. The U.S. National Hurricane Center said Sunday that Tropical Storm Dorian could intensify to near hurricane strength over the eastern Caribbean Sea by Tuesday. As of 8 p.m. EDT Sunday, Dorian’s center was located about 335 miles (540 kilometers) east-southeast of Barbados and was moving west at 14 mph (23 kph). Maximum sustained winds are at 50 mph (85 kph). A tropical storm warning is in effect for Barbados, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and … Continue reading Tropical Storm Dorian Intensifies as It Moves West

Massive Gas Explosion Destroys Maryland Office and Shopping Complex

Brian Witte / AP A powerful natural gas explosion badly damaged a Maryland office complex and shopping center Sunday morning, ripping away part of the facade and exposing twisted metal, authorities said. No injuries were reported in the thundering blast, which occurred at about 8 a.m. It came after authorities said they had evacuated the area around the complex because of a suspected early morning gas leak near the complex in Columbia, Maryland. Fire crews responded about an hour before the explosion because of a fire alarm that was upgraded to a report of a gas leak in the parking … Continue reading Massive Gas Explosion Destroys Maryland Office and Shopping Complex

Volunteer at Minnesota State Fair’s Republican Party Booth Reports Being Groped After Argument

Associated Press (FALCON HEIGHTS, Minn.) — Police at the Minnesota State Fair say they’re investigating after a volunteer at the Republican Party booth reported being groped through her clothes after a political argument with another woman. The 40-year-old GOP volunteer told police her assailant walked away after the incident Friday night. The Star Tribune reports that State Fair police spokeswoman Brooke Blakey declined to say what part of the victim’s body was groped. The assailant was described as a woman in her 30s. There were no immediate arrests. Police are asking any witnesses to come forward. The party’s state chairwoman, … Continue reading Volunteer at Minnesota State Fair’s Republican Party Booth Reports Being Groped After Argument

Trump Administration Asks Supreme Court to Legalize Workplace Discrimination Against Gay Employees

Alejandro de la Garza With an amicus brief filed on Friday, the Trump administration is asking the Supreme Court to essentially legalize anti-gay discrimination in the workplace. The brief, from Solicitor General Noel Francisco, argues federal prohibitions on employer discrimination do not extend to protect individuals from being fired or otherwise disenfranchised in the workplace because of their sexual orientation. The Justice Department’s arguments pertain to the employment protections offered by Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which are being argued in two Supreme Court cases involving gay workers in October. Title VII is a federal law … Continue reading Trump Administration Asks Supreme Court to Legalize Workplace Discrimination Against Gay Employees

Trump ‘Ordered’ U.S. Businesses to Cut Ties With China. Here’s the Obscure Federal Law That Might Grant Him the Authority

Associated Press (BIARRITZ, France) — President Donald Trump is threatening to use the emergency authority granted by a powerful but obscure federal law to make good on his tweeted “order” to U.S. businesses to cut ties in China amid a spiraling trade war between the two nations. China’s announcement Friday that it was raising tariffs on $75 billion in U.S. imports sent Trump into a rage and White House aides scrambling for a response. Trump fired off on Twitter, declaring American companies “are hereby ordered to immediately start looking for an alternative to China.” He later clarified that he was … Continue reading Trump ‘Ordered’ U.S. Businesses to Cut Ties With China. Here’s the Obscure Federal Law That Might Grant Him the Authority

Iranian Official Surprises World Leaders With Unannounced Visit to G-7 Summit

SYLVIE CORBET, LORI HINNANT and DARLENE SUPERVILLE / AP (BIARRITZ, France) — A top Iranian official paid an unannounced visit Sunday to the G-7 summit and headed straight to the buildings where leaders of the world’s major democracies have been debating how to handle the country’s nuclear ambitions. France’s surprise invitation of Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif was a high-stakes gamble for French President Emmanuel Macron, who is the host of the Group of Seven gathering in Biarritz. Zarif’s plane left Tehran on Sunday morning and touched down a few hours later at the Biarritz airport, which has been … Continue reading Iranian Official Surprises World Leaders With Unannounced Visit to G-7 Summit

Los Angeles Deputy Lied About Being Shot By Sniper, Authorities Say

Associated Press (LOS ANGELES) — A Los Angeles County deputy lied when he said he was shot in the shoulder while standing in a sheriff’s station parking lot last week and will face a criminal investigation, authorities said. “The reported sniper assault was fabricated” by Deputy Angel Reinosa, Assistant Sheriff Robin Limon said at a news conference late Saturday. Reinosa, 21, made a frantic radio call Wednesday claiming he’d been shot by someone in a nearby building as he walked to his car outside the Lancaster station, prompting a huge police response. Deputies set up a perimeter and SWAT officers … Continue reading Los Angeles Deputy Lied About Being Shot By Sniper, Authorities Say