Today's Intel

Jun. 17, 2019

REUTERS

President Donald Trump on Friday urged Lockheed Martin Corp to keep open its Sikorsky helicopter plant in Coatesville, Pennsylvania, a week after the weapons maker announced the planned closure of the facility.

The Trump administration and Congress still owe the District of Columbia government $7 million for expenses related to the 2017 presidential inauguration. Raising questions about who will foot the bill for the president's planned July 4 speech at the Lincoln Memorial.

U.S. Democratic presidential frontrunner Joe Biden will appear on the same stage with Bernie Sanders, Kamala Harris, Pete Buttigieg and six other rivals during the second of two nights of candidate debates scheduled for later this month in Miami.

A U.S. appeals court ruled that the U.S. government cannot deny access to abortions for unaccompanied immigrant minors in federal custody, delivering a blow to a Trump policy.

Iran said it had exposed a large cyber espionage network it alleged was run by the U.S. CIA, and that several U.S. spies had been arrested in different countries as the result of this action.

Iran said on Monday it would breach internationally agreed curbs on its stock of low-enriched uranium in 10 days -- a move likely to worsen tensions with Washington -- but it added European nations could still save a nuclear deal that sets those limits.

Mexico will complete deployment of National Guard forces on its southern border with Guatemala this week as part of a new immigration control plan agreed with Washington.

Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said on Monday he will meet with the leader of El Salvador in the southern Mexican City of Tapachula, as pressure mounts from Washington to cut the flow of Central American migrants toward the U.S. border.

Chinese President Xi Jinping will visit North Korea for two days from Thursday, state media in both countries reported on Monday, making him the first Chinese leader to visit in 14 years.

Twelve people were killed on Monday after a dinghy carrying migrants sank off Turkey's western coast, the Turkish coast guard said, adding that 31 others had been rescued.

At least 30 people have been killed in a triple suicide attack in northeast Nigerian state of Borno, state emergency officials said, in the biggest mass killing this year by suicide bombers.

A string of raids across China has disrupted parts of the informal network of brokers, charities, and middlemen who help people escape from North Korea.

AP Top Stories

A former Southern Baptist pastor who supported legislation in Texas that would have criminalized abortions has been arrested on charges of child sex abuse, accused of repeatedly molesting a teenage relative over the course of two years.

After a two-hour nationwide outage Saturday, Target's registers are back online in the retailer's 1,849 U.S. stores,. "The temporary outage earlier today was the result of an internal technology issue that lasted for approximately two hours,"

Military equipment firms in the United States will likely have their supply of Chinese rare earths restricted, the Global Times said on Monday, after China's state economic planner confirmed industry experts have proposed export controls. China is the world's dominant producer of rare earths -- a group of 17 prized minerals used in everything from consumer electronics to military equipment such as jet engines, missile guidance systems satellites and lasers.

A Vatican document on Monday said the Church should consider ordaining older married men as priests in remote areas of the Amazon, a historic shift which some say could pave the way for their use in other areas where clergy are scarce.

Discover is doing away with fees of any kind on its checking, savings, money market and certificate of deposit accounts. The move would be a first for a large bank and comes as smaller online fintechs offer no-fee options and high-yield savings to woo younger and more price-conscious Americans. Going forward, Discover won't charge fees for monthly maintenance, checkbook orders, replacement debit cards, insufficient funds, excessive withdrawals, falling below minimum balances and stop-payment requests.

BBC

Argentina is investigating what caused a massive power cut that hit nearly 50 million people. President Mauricio Macri called the outage "unprecedented", promising a thorough inquiry. Almost all of Argentina, neighboring Uruguay and some areas of Paraguay woke up to darkness on Sunday.

A jersey worn by legendary baseball player Babe Ruth has become the most expensive piece of sports memorabilia ever sold. The garment was snapped up for $5.64m at auction in New York on Saturday.

Eritrea's Roman Catholic Church has condemned the government in the one-party state for seizing and shutting all its health centers last week. In a letter to the ministry of health, the Church said patients were ordered to go home, and soldiers were deployed to the centers to guard them. The seizure of the buildings could not happen in a country where the rule of law existed.

WND

Kmart has come under fire after certain religious words including "Jesus," "church," and "Bible" were banned at photo printing kiosks while the words "mosque," "Islam," and "Koran" were not.

A study by a team of sociologists at Brigham Young and Ball State universities indicates that fathers today are more engaged with their kids than previous generations.

The gun-banning strategy of the village of Deerfield, Illinois, to outlaw semi-automatic firearms, which it calls "assault weapons," as well as "large-capacity magazines," has failed yet again.

A North Carolina mom used a phone tracking app to find her missing daughter who had been pinned underneath her car for more than seven hours after careening down the side of a mountain.

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