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Fox News Sunday w/Chris Wallace – Sunday, July 15

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British diver doesn’t rule out legal action against Musk over tweets

The British diver who played an instrumental role in rescuing the 12 boys from a Thailand cave last week on Monday fired back at tech billionaire Elon Musk who apparently accused him of being a pedophile. Vern Unsworth told a reporter at 7 News Sydney that he cannot put to words what he feels about Musk, but is not ruling out legal action. Musk, the CEO of Tesla, visited the Thai cave where the soccer team and their coach were trapped and left a mini-submarine there in the event it could benefit rescuers. Musk called it a “kid-sized” sub, named Wild Boar—in honor of the soccer team—and posted pictures of the vessel being tested in a swimming pool in California. Unsworth essentially called the submarine useless. “It just had absolutely no chance of working. He had no conception of what the ...

Chicago man shot, killed by officers appeared to have gun, police say

Footage from body cameras and other surveillance video appeared to show that a black man who was shot and killed by a Chicago police officer was armed with a gun and reached toward it as officers confronted him, officials said Sunday. Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson said Harith Augustus, 37, had a holstered semiautomatic handgun tucked into his waistband when officers confronted him on the city’s South Side. According to patrol chief Fred Waller, Augustus broke free and ran from the officers, who believed “he appeared to be reaching for a weapon” and shot him. Police had sent the handgun and two magazines of bullets for testing, said police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi, who added that Augustus wasn’t a known gang member and had no recent arrest history. A...

Elon Musk calls diver who helped save Thailand boys a ‘pedo’ for slamming his rescue idea

Tesla CEO Elon Musk in June.  (AP Photo/Kiichiro Sato, File) Tech billionaire Elon Musk sent a viral shockwave Sunday in a tweet apparently accusing a British diver who helped rescue the 12 boys from a Thailand cave of being a pedophile. Musk later reportedly doubled down on the unfounded claim, telling another Twitter user he’d bet money it was “true.” The war of words began after Vern Unsworth told CNN that he thought Musk’s attempts to help out with the rescue of the youth soccer team represented nothing but a show for attention. “It just had absolutely no chance of working. He had no conception of what the cave passage was like. The submarine I believe was about 5 feet, 6 inches long, rigid, so it wouldn’t have gone round corners or round any obstacles,” Unsworth said. “It wouldn...

Inside Israel’s raid to seize nuclear documents in Iran

TEL AVIV –  Israeli agents covertly extracted documents detailing Iran’s nuclear program in a dramatic 6½-hour operation in Tehran in January, removing a trove of materials that included partial designs for a nuclear warhead, senior Israeli intelligence officials said. The Israeli team secretly reached the warehouse holding the materials and broke in during a tight time window when it knew the building would be unguarded, the officials said. To avoid drawing attention to the nondescript facility, Iran hadn’t posted full-time guards, they said, but rather relied on alarm systems that the Israeli agents disabled. The Israeli operation was first revealed by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at an April press conference in which he declared that the stolen documents proved Iran had lied for ye...

More than 500 fall ill after visiting Tennessee zipline attraction

More than 500 people fell ill after visiting a popular ziplining attraction in Tennessee.  (istock) E. coli bacteria was found in water at a popular ziplining attraction in Tennessee where more than 500 people reportedly fell ill, health officials said. The state’s health department said last week one person who visited the CLIMB Works Zipline Canopy Tour in Gatlinburg tested positive for norovirus and enteropathogenic E. coli, while at least another 550 people tested positive for norovirus. “At this time we cannot point to one simple cause of this outbreak,” said TDH Deputy State Epidemiologist John Dunn, DVM, PhD, in a statement. WHAT IS BACTERIAL MENINGITIS? SIGNS, SYMPTOMS AND TREATMENT FOR THE INFECTION Norovirus causes acute gastrointestinal illness and is often characterized by sudd...

Trump, Putin mocked by Finnish newspaper billboards over freedom of the press

Finland’s largest newspaper is welcoming President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin with a series of billboards ahead of their long-awaited summit — mocking their notoriously bad relationships with the media with pointed messages of freedom of the press. Nearly 300 billboards — which preview some of both presidents’ most “turbulent relations” with the media from 2000 to 2018 — are posted along the routes from the airport to the site of the summit, according to a press release about the campaign from Helsingin Sandomat. They are written in Russian as well as English. One poster, with a headline from 2004, reads in Russian: “Russian reporter who criticized Putin gains asylum in Britain.” Another billboard reads in part: &...

Trump says ‘European Union is a foe’ to US ahead of summit with Putin

President Trump ratcheted up his criticism of the European Union the day before he meets with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Finland, calling the political and economic union “a foe” of the United States. “I think the European Union is a foe, what they do to us in trade,” Trump said on CBS’ “Face the Nation” on Sunday. “Now you wouldn’t think of the European Union but they’re a foe.” Speaking ahead of his summit meeting on Monday with Russian President Vladimir Putin and after a tumultuous week in Europe, Trump said that European leaders were taking advantage of the U.S. and failing to boost defense spending despite demands from Washington. More on this… “EU is very difficult,” Trump said. “In a trade sense, they’ve really taken advantag...

Massachusetts police officer killed after attacked with rock, shot with own gun, officials say

A Weymouth police officer was shot Sunday morning, reports said.  (Boston 25 News) A Massachusetts police officer described as a “great family man and officer” died Sunday after a man attacked him with a rock, then took the cop’s gun and shot him in the head and chest, officials said.  Weymouth police officer Michael Chesna, 42, died from the attack just before 8 a.m., officials. A woman in a nearby home also was shot and killed after the suspect, identified as Emmanuel Lopes, fired the gun three more times while escaping responding officers. “Officer Chesna was an army veteran. In fact, I was speaking with his mom this morning and she told me he joined the military to help open the doors to get on this job [as a police officer],” Weymouth Police Chief Richard Grimes said in a news c...

Ahead of Trump-Putin meeting, lack of preparation leads to low expectations: Sources

Publicly, President Trump has said that he’s been preparing for this summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin his whole life, while admitting at NATO that he expects “just a loose meeting.” But privately, a State Department official and a source familiar with preparations says summit planning was so rushed that the No. 2s at the major departments — like State, Defense and Treasury — did not convene specifically on this summit through the National Security Council. By comparison, there were multiple deputy NSC meetings to prepare for the summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un last month. The State Department official compared the lack of preparation to the G-7 summit last month, when the U.S. was unable to agree on a communique with allies. Unlike Sing...

Former DNC chair to Trump ahead of Helsinki summit: ‘Confront Mr. Putin’

The former chair of the Democratic National Committee responded to the latest special counsel indictment of 12 Russian intelligence officers accused of hacking into the DNC’s server during the 2016 presidential campaign by calling on President Donald Trump to “confront” Vladimir Putin about the allegations at their summit Monday. “First of all, it is finally acknowledged that the hacking was a crime,” Donna Brazile said of the indictment on the “This Week” roundtable. “At the time of the hacking, no one believed us. We didn’t have anyone to come to our defense.” “When the country was under attack, the DNC was under attack, the DCCC and the Clinton campaign,” said Brazile, who took over as interim chair of the DNC in th...

11-million-ton iceberg threatens to inundate tiny Greenland village with tsunami

A massive iceberg is looming near a tiny village in Greenland.  (Reuters) An 11-million ton iceberg, perched off the coast of a tiny Greenland village, is striking fear in the hearts of residents. Residents of Innaarsuit worry that a chunk of it could break off and unleash a tsunami upon the town. What happens to the gigantic mountain of ice, which a Danish meteorologist said is 650 feet wide—nearly the length of two football fields—and rises almost 300 feet into the air, depends largely on the weather. A strong wind could push the iceberg into the nearby Baffin Bay, averting a crisis. Alternatively, a large amount of warm precipitation could further destabilize the berg and cause a large piece to break off and create a wave that would inundate the town. “It’s not a peaceful process,” Joer...