Trump wants a Space Force, but Pentagon has different idea

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump wants a Space Force, a new military service he says is needed to ensure American dominance in space. But the idea is gaining little traction at the Pentagon, where the president’s defense chief, Jim Mattis, says it would add burdensome bureaucracy and unwanted costs. The Pentagon acknowledges a need to revamp its much-criticized approach to defending U.S. economic and security interests in space, and it is moving in that direction. But it’s unclear whether this will satisfy Trump, who wants to go even further by creating a separate military space service. The administration intends to announce next week the results of a Pentagon study that… Read More

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Man who harassed Yellowstone bison arrested at Glacier park

MAMMOTH HOT SPRINGS, Wyo. — An Oregon man who was caught on video harassing a bison in Yellowstone National Park was arrested in Glacier National Park in the third disturbance in less than a week at a national park, officials said Friday. Rangers looking for Raymond Reinke of Pendleton, Oregon, found him causing a disturbance Thursday evening at the historic Many Glacier Hotel in the popular Montana park, the National Park Service said. He remains jailed pending a hearing next week and has requested a court-appointed attorney. A message left at a phone listing for Reinke in Oregon was not immediately returned. Reinke, 55, had been cited for drunken and… Read More

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Weinstein lawyers: Accuser’s emails show rapport, not rape

NEW YORK — Before telling authorities that Harvey Weinstein had raped her, his accuser sent warm emails after the alleged attack welcoming plans to get together, seeking advice and telling him no one “understands me quite like you,” according to court papers his lawyers filed Friday. The woman, who hasn’t been publicly identified, has accused the former movie titan-turned-#MeToo villain of raping her in a hotel room in March 2013. But his lawyers, who are seeking to get the rape and other sex charges against Weinstein dismissed, argue the emails portray an intimate, consensual relationship, not the aftermath of a rape. And the attorneys say grand jurors should have heard… Read More

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Video: This Yellowstone park visitor taunts large bison in the middle of the road

SALT LAKE CITY — A Yellowstone Park visitor captured a video of a man taunting a bison in the middle of one of the park’s roads. The video, which first appeared on Facebook, shows a man walking down the middle of the road and taunting the bison. Lindsey Jones, the original poster, added the hashtag #DontDrinkandBuffalo to her post. It’s unclear if the man in the video was drunk or not. Watch the video below. Warning: Some mild language. The Facebook video has more than 4,200 reactions and 1.8 million views since it was posted on Wednesday. Park officialstoldKTVQ that members of the public should not approach the wildlife, especially… Read More

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Mixed success for candidates favoring Trump in Tennessee

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Basking in the afterglow of an emphatic Republican primary victory in her Senate bid, U.S. Rep. Marsha Blackburn proclaimed it a win for the agenda of President Donald Trump, a statement from Tennessee voters that they want to give him their full support. “We know that what Tennesseans say that they want to see in their next senator is somebody who is going to stand with President Trump to finish the agenda that they voted for when they elected him,” she said Thursday. But the Republican primary for governor tested the limits of her theory. In that race, U.S. Rep. Diane Black began as the favorite, made… Read More

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Las Vegas gunman lost money, became unstable before shooting

LAS VEGAS — In the year before Las Vegas gunman Stephen Paddock carried out the worst mass shooting in modern U.S. history, the high-stakes gambler appeared to have become increasingly unstable, distant and constantly complained of being sick, according to a final investigative report released Friday. Financial records also showed Paddock had lost more than $1.5 million in the two years before the Oct. 1 shooting that left 58 people dead and more than 800 others injured. One of Paddock’s brothers told investigators that he believed the gunman had a “mental illness and was paranoid and delusional,” and his doctor believed he may have been bipolar. Despite the revelations, police… Read More

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Fire whirl brings critical conditions in Northern California

REDDING, Calif. — Firefighters battling deadly and destructive blazes in Northern California faced worsening weather conditions on Friday after a record-breaking fire tornado last week. The National Weather Service issued warnings for critical fire weather conditions into Saturday, saying a series of dry low-pressure systems passing through the region would bring afternoon wind gusts. Much of the destruction was caused by a tornado of flames that the National Weather Service said reached 143 mph (230 kph) on July 26. NWS meteorologist Duane Dykema said the “fire whirl” had an intensity rivaled by some of the most destructive Midwest tornadoes recorded. Dykema said the whirl uprooted trees and tore roofs from… Read More

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Sheriff: No motive, no 2nd shooter in Las Vegas massacre

LAS VEGAS — More than 10 months after the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history, police say they are closing their investigation without answering the key question: What drove a gunman to unleash a hail of gunfire that killed 58 people and wounded hundreds more? But authorities say after hundreds of interviews and thousands of hours of investigative work, they are confident there is no evidence of a conspiracy or a second gunman Clark County Sheriff Joe Lombardo said Stephen Paddock was “an unremarkable man” who showed signs of a troubled mind leading up to the Oct. 1 shooting on the Las Vegas Strip, but authorities don’t have any… Read More

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Rising winds forecast for Northern California wildfire zones

REDDING, Calif. — Increasing winds are expected in Northern California areas where deadly and destructive wildfires are burning. The National Weather Service has issued warnings for critical fire weather conditions Friday and Saturday as a series of dry low-pressure systems pass through the region, bringing gusts up to 35 mph (56 kph) in the afternoon. Forecasters say highest threat areas include the so-called Carr Fire near the city of Redding and the Mendocino Complex of two fires north of San Francisco. The forecast includes extremely low humidity levels that leave vegetation ready to burn. The 206-square-mile (533-square-kilometer) Carr Fire 100 miles south of the Oregon border is 39 percent contained… Read More

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Prosecutors turn to Manafort taxes, unreported bank accounts

ALEXANDRIA, Va. — Prosecutors headed toward the heart of their financial fraud case against former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort on Friday, with jurors expected to hear testimony that he never told his tax accountants about offshore bank accounts containing millions of dollars. The testimony of longtime accountant Philip Ayliff would build on evidence presented by special counsel Robert Mueller’s team that Manafort inflated his business income by millions of dollars and kept his bookkeeper in the dark about the foreign bank accounts he was using to buy luxury items and pay personal expenses. Bookkeeper Heather Washkuhn testified Thursday that Manafort approved “every penny” of the personal bills she paid… Read More

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