Pompeo calls attacks on Saudi oil facilities ‘act of war’ as Trump orders increase in sanctions on Iran

Amid the escalating tensions in the region, Saudi Arabia on Wednesday presented remnants of what it said were Iranian-made weapons used in the attacks on two key oil facilities. Meanwhile, Iran warned the United States that it would broadly retaliate against any attacks on it, Iranian news agencies reported.

Trump taps U.S. hostage negotiator to replace Bolton as national security adviser

The president had worked with Robert C. O’Brien, the special presidential envoy for hostage affairs at the State Department, to try to free Americans held overseas.

Epstein’s alleged abuse of teenage girl detailed in lawsuit against his estate executors

The woman, identified as ‘Victim-1’ and ‘Jane Doe,’ says financier Jeffrey Epstein abused her for three years when she was poor and needed rent money.
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In whiplash moment, Democrats are now backing away from Kavanaugh allegations

Republicans eagerly focused on the latest claims about the Supreme Court justice, trying to use the issue against the Democratic Party.

How Michael Vick’s dogfighting case changed animal welfare

Twelve years ago, 47 dogs were rescued from quarterback Michael Vick’s dogfighting operation. Rather than being euthanized, they enriched the lives of countless humans and became ambassadors — tail-wagging proof — of what’s possible through rescue and rehabilitation.
The U.S. benchmark interest rate is now just shy of 2 percent, down from about 2.25 percent. The move was widely expected and falls well short of the president’s call for a “big” cut.
William Brewer III at his office in New York last week. (Jeenah Moon for The Post)
William Brewer III at his office in New York last week. (Jeenah Moon for The Post)
After helping jettison his rivals, William Brewer III now counsels NRA chief executive Wayne LaPierre on some of the group’s most important decisions.
With more than 90 percent of the vote in the do-over election tallied, inconclusive results have triggered what could be weeks of partisan fighting, extending the uncertainty that has gridlocked Israeli politics for months.
The Democratic presidential candidate had said, “we’re going to take your AR-15, your AK-47.” Congress, meanwhile, is waiting for the president to indicate what he supports, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said.
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Writer-director Lorene Scafaria depicts the women at the center of the film with respect and admiration, steering clear of the leering gaze through which strippers have often been portrayed.
In tweets, the president challenged the auto industry to embrace his latest climate policy rollback.
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The true story behind ‘Unbelievable,’ Netflix’s gripping new drama about the women who solved a serial rape case

The gripping series was inspired by a Pulitzer Prize-winning 2015 article from Propublica and the Marshall Project about a woman who was charged with filing a false report after claiming that she had been raped.
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Border fence construction could ruin archaeological sites, National Park Service finds

At least 22 archaeological sites in Arizona’s Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument could be imperiled as President Trump’s border barrier goes up, according to an internal report.
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It may be news to some passengers, but shouting and shoving are not among experts’ etiquette suggestions.
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