Sep. 16, 2019

REUTERS

President Donald Trump said on Monday the United States would help its allies despite U.S. energy independence, after Washington blamed Iran for an attack on Saudi Arabia that has closed 5% of global crude output.

Top Democrats in Congress told Republican President Donald Trump on Sunday that any gun control legislation that falls short of universal background checks for gun sales "will not get the job done."

A U.S. House of Representatives panel on Friday demanded internal emails, detailed financial information and other company records from top executives of Amazon.com, Facebook, Apple, and Alphabet's Google, widening the antitrust probe of Big Tech.

An attack on Saudi Arabia that shut 5% of global crude output triggered the biggest surge in oil prices since 1991, after U.S. officials blamed Iran and President Donald Trump said Washington was "locked and loaded" to retaliate.

The United States is considering increasing its intelligence sharing with Saudi Arabia after Saturday's attack on Saudi oil facilities, which halved the kingdom's production and jolted world oil markets, U.S. officials told Reuters.

Oil prices surged nearly 20% at one point on Monday, with Brent crude posting its biggest intraday gain since the 1990-1991 Gulf crisis, after an attack on Saudi Arabian oil facilities at the weekend halved the kingdom's production. Prices retreated after U.S. President Donald Trump approved the use of his country's emergency oil stockpile to ensure stable supply. But he also said he was ready to respond to the strike, a prospect that maintained geopolitical tensions. Brent crude futures, the international benchmark, rose as much as 19.5% to $71.95 per barrel, the biggest intraday jump since Jan. 14, 1991.

OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma LP filed for bankruptcy protection Sunday night, succumbing to pressure from more than 2,600 lawsuits alleging the company helped fuel the deadly U.S. opioid epidemic.

The slowdown in China's economy deepened in August, with growth in industrial production at its weakest 17-1/2 years amid spreading pain from a trade war with the United States and softening domestic demand.

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Donald Trump confirmed on Saturday that the US has killed Hamza bin Laden, a son of the former al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden.

More than 49,000 members of the United Auto Workers walked off General Motors factory floors or set up picket lines early Monday as contract talks with the company deteriorated into a strike.

A pair Confederate statues will remain standing in the city of Virginian city Charlottesville where clashes over their removal left a young woman dead. After city officials decided to remove statues of Confederate American Civil War generals Robert E Lee and Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson, one resident filed a lawsuit to prevent this.

Iran's Revolutionary Guards have seized a vessel in the Gulf for allegedly smuggling 250,000 liters of diesel fuel to the United Arab Emirates.

Courts have exonerated another 24 people implicated in one of Mexico's most notorious crimes, the disappearance of 43 students, a federal official said Sunday.

The E-4B "Nightwatch" is nicknamed the Doomsday Plane. It's designed to survive a nuclear blast. In the event of nuclear war, the militarized Boeing 747 will become the command center for the US President, Secretary of Defense and the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

Religious Christians are the key to America taking action on global warming. And yet, the way climate activists frame the issue often alienates the very people they most need to persuade.

In one week, eight earthquakes between magnitudes 1.4 to 2.5 hit the Western North Carolina region, according to the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). A town called Cherokee in the western part of North Carolina experienced six tremors in five days last week.

It is extremely likely that Iran and North Korea will acquire hypersonic missiles, according to a senior U.S. general.

The Sukhoi Su-35 Flanker-E has entered service with the People's Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF) according to the Chinese Ministry of Defense. The advanced Russian-built fourth generation fighter is a significant boost to the PLAAF and could be used to good effect by Beijing in over the South China Sea.

The body of black transgender woman was found burned in a car in Florida, and advocates say she is the 18th known transgender person to be killed this year.

BBC

The United States has issued satellite images and cited intelligence to back its allegation Iran was behind attacks on major Saudi oil facilities.

Four million people have fled Venezuela, as the country continues to face economic and political crisis. 40,000 have gone to the small Caribbean islands of Trinidad and Tobago, just seven miles off the coast. But life isn't easy for those who arrive, and some locals have made it clear they're not welcome.

Personal data about almost every Ecuadorean citizen has been found exposed online. Names, financial information and civil data about 17 million people, including 6.7 million children, was found by security company vpnMentor.

WND

A new study found Wisconsin state agencies that process driver's licenses and car registrations are selling personal information for tens of millions of dollars.

A key federal research agency has announced a search for an effective therapeutic drug for PTSD as an average of 20 veterans commit suicide daily.

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