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U.S. Military 'Will Be Available' to Escort Commercial Ships Passing Iran

U.S. Military 'Will Be Available' to Escort Commercial Ships Passing IranThe U.S. military could escort American ships through key waterways in the Middle East, Defense Secretary Mark Esper told reporters on Wednesday."We will escort our ships to the degree that the risk demands it," Esper said at a Pentagon media availability.However, Esper stressed on Wednesday that he was not announcing that U.S. Navy ships and aircraft would immediately begin escorting U.S. commercial ships through the Strait of Hormuz to deter Iranian aggression."I'm not saying that right now," Esper said. "I'm just saying this is one of the things I'm going to see with CENTCOM next week as I understand their concept of the operations. Again, to the degree of course United States vessels need an escort, we will be there. We will be available to them."Iran has recently seized foreign ships as tensions with the United States and Europe have risen sharply over the past few months, prompting U.S. Central Command to announce on July 19 that it was developing Operation Sentinel, a multinational mission to guarantee freedom of navigation in the Persian Gulf, Strait of Hormuz, Bab el-Mandeb Strait, and the Gulf of Oman."This maritime security framework will enable nations to provide escort to their flagged vessels while taking advantage of the cooperation of participating nations for coordination and enhanced maritime domain awareness and surveillance," a CENTCOM news release says.The U.S. military will determine whether a U.S. commercial ship requires an escort if they face the threat of being stopped or seized, Esper said.Esper said he will discuss with CENTCOM commanders exactly what escorting U.S. commercial ships would involve. He also explained that U.S. warships do not need to be right next to a commercial ship in order to protect it.



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Biden under attack as 2020 Democrat rivals urge passing of torch

Biden under attack as 2020 Democrat rivals urge passing of torchFrontrunner Joe Biden faced repeated criticism on multiple fronts Thursday from his Democratic rivals for the 2020 presidential nomination, including calls to leave the battle to oust Donald Trump to a younger generation. In a sometimes scrappy showdown of the Democratic heavyweights, Senator Kamala Harris landed several blows on Biden in the second of two nationally televised debates, putting the former vice president on the defensive as he argued that he is best-positioned to take on the Republican president.



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Florida House closer to passing felon voting rights bill

Florida House closer to passing felon voting rights billTALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Legislation that would restore voting rights to convicted felons who complete their sentences except murderers and felony sex offenders moved another step Tuesday toward passage in the Florida House.



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Florida wins its first passing grade on annual gun-safety report card

Florida wins its first passing grade on annual gun-safety report cardFlorida earned a passing grade for the first time on an annual gun-safety report card compiled by a prominent advocacy group, after the state led all others in bolstering its firearms laws in the year since the deadly Parkland school shooting. The Giffords Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence released its annual analysis on Friday, days before the first anniversary of the shooting, which killed 17 students and staff members at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. The incident intensified a national debate over gun violence, prompting a wave of student-led walkouts and pushing lawmakers to pass 67 gun safety bills in 26 states and Washington, D.C., according to the center’s data.



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Meghan McCain's emotional eulogy at John McCain's funeral: 'The passing of American greatness'

Meghan McCain's emotional eulogy at John McCain's funeral: 'The passing of American greatness'Meghan McCain eulogized her father's death as "the passing of American greatness," directing her message squarely at President Donald Trump.



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Woman escapes armed boyfriend after passing note to dog's vet 

Woman escapes armed boyfriend after passing note to dog's vet A woman escaped from an allegedly abusive and armed boyfriend by passing a note to staff at a veterinary hospital, US police said. Carolyn Reichle, 28, claimed she spent two days being held in a house in Florida and beaten by Jeremy Floyd, 39. She eventually persuaded him there was something wrong with her dog, according to a police report. The couple, and the dog, went to the DeLand Animal Hospital. In a scribbled a message given to a worker Miss Reichle wrote: "Call the cops. My boyfriend is threatening me. He has a gun. Please don't let him know." Officers arrived and Floyd was arrested and charged with domestic violence, aggravated assault with a firearm, and false imprisonment. Jeremy Floyd, who was arrested at DeLand Animal Hospital  Credit: Volusia Co. Sheriff Office Miss Reichle later told police that Floyd had insisted on coming with her to the vet. In the car on the way he pointed a loaded gun at her, threatening to kill her and her family, she claimed to police. Police said she was treated in hospital for a head injury, black eye and bruised arms. She told officers that while she was being held int he house they struggled over Floyd's gun Officers late found two bullet holes in a wall at the house. Police said Floyd was being held without bail.



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Panel: With Barbara Bush passing, mourners remember an age of decency

Panel: With Barbara Bush passing, mourners remember an age of decencyAndrea Mitchell and Amy Walter talk about the ways in which Barbara Bush could take a principled stand even during a time of high political drama.



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Fatalities reported after bridge collapses in Miami, falls on traffic passing underneath

Fatalities reported after bridge collapses in Miami, falls on traffic passing underneathA newly constructed pedestrian bridge in Miami collapsed on Thursday afternoon, falling onto eight vehicles passing underneath.



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9-year-old girl sledding in front yard killed by passing truck

9-year-old girl sledding in front yard killed by passing truckA 9-year-old Virginia girl was struck and killed by a pickup truck while playing in the snow outside of a Chesterfield home on Thursday, according to local media.



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Republicans Goof Up While Passing Tax Bill

Republicans Goof Up While Passing Tax BillWASHINGTON ― After years of false starts and failed promises, House Republicans passed a final tax proposal that is expected to clear the Senate later Tuesday on a party-line vote and then head to President Donald Trump’s desk for his signature.



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