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Iran's Revolutionary Guard shot down a U.S. surveillance drone Thursday in the Strait of Hormuz, marking the first time the Islamic Republic directly attacked the American military amid tensions over Tehran's unraveling nuclear deal with world powers.
President Donald Trump called the action a "big mistake" even as both countries disputed the circumstances leading up to an Iranian surface-to-air missile bringing down the U.S. Navy RQ-4A Global Hawk, an unmanned aircraft with a wingspan larger than a Boeing 737 jetliner and costing over $100 million.
Iran said the drone "violated" its territorial airspace, while the U.S. called the missile fire "an unprovoked attack" in international airspace over the narrow mouth of the Persian Gulf and President Donald Trump tweeted that "Iran made a very big mistake!"
A 40-foot-tall, World War I memorial cross can continue to stand on public land in Maryland, the Supreme Court ruled Thursday in an important decision about the use of religious symbols in American life.
The justices said preserving a long-standing religious monument is very different from allowing the building of a new one. And the court concluded that the nearly 100-year-old memorial's presence on a grassy highway median doesn't violate the Constitution's prohibition on the government favoring one religion over others. Seven of the court's nine justices sided with the cross' backers, a lineup that crossed ideological lines.
The case had been closely watched for its potential impact on other monuments. Defenders of the cross in Bladensburg, a suburb of the nation's capital, had argued that a ruling against them could doom hundreds of war memorials that use crosses to commemorate soldiers who died.
The Dominican Republic has been in the news a lot in recent months, and not for its pristine beaches. The recent deaths of American citizens on the island has sparked a lot of questions about the safety on the island but are things getting worse than in previous years?
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Under financial pressure from sex-abuse litigation, the Boy Scouts of America are seeking to bolster their abuse-prevention efforts with a new awareness program featuring cartoon-style videos that will be provided to more than 1.2 million Cub Scouts across the nation.
Targeted at children from kindergarten to sixth grade, the series of six videos aims to teach children how to recognize potentially abusive behavior and what to do if confronted by it.
The initiative, being announced Thursday, comes as the Boy Scouts face a potentially huge wave of abuse-related lawsuits after several states enacted laws this year making it easier for victims of long-ago abuse to file claims.
Millions of Americans are getting behind the wheel after using marijuana according to a startling new report from the American Automobile Association Foundation for Traffic Safety.
Over the past 30 days, an estimated 15 million drivers admitted to driving within an hour of using marijuana, the report said.
"Drivers have a disconnect in terms of the impairing effects of marijuana on their safe driving ability," Tamra Johnson, AAA spokesperson, said.
Doctor Terry Dubrow from Oxygen’s "License to Kill" breaks down a few ways you can check you’re getting the best care at the doctor’s office.
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Almost three months after accidentally shooting himself in the head with a handgun found under a pillow, 4-year-old Na’vaun Jackson is back at his Oakland, California, home.
Na’vaun left Benioff Children’s Hospital last Thursday, happy and smiling, something his mom thought would never happen. She called it a miracle.
"He loves dinosaurs, dragons, Paw Patrol," Brijanna Price said. "Loves to smile."
Back in March, Na’vaun found Price’s ex-boyfriend’s loaded handgun hidden underneath a pillow.
Two Australian researchers made a bizarre discovery while examining hundreds of X-rays of skulls, finding that about a third had bone growths, NBC News reported.
The development of the growths may be attributed to extensive screen-time, the researchers said. Sustained “forward head flexion,” or bending the head down, and poor posture could be the reasons for these physiological changes, they hypothesized.
The study, which was published last year in the journal Scientific Reports, found younger people had larger growths.
Most bone spurs don’t cause pain and require no treatment, but they can become a problem if they reach a certain size.
A BBC article last week on how the human body is changing with technology use brought new attention to the study.
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Republican and Democratic Senators addressed the media on Thursday to talk about Iran shooting down a U.S. drone.
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Roughly one in every six times someone is taken to an emergency room or checks in to the hospital, the treatment is followed by a "surprise" medical bill, according to a study released Thursday. And depending on where you live, the odds can be much higher.
The report from the nonpartisan Kaiser Family Foundation finds that millions of people with what's considered solid coverage from large employers are nonetheless exposed to "out-of-network" charges that can amount to thousands of dollars. It comes as congressional lawmakers of both parties and the Trump administration move to close the loophole, with a Senate panel scheduled to vote on legislation next week.
A patient's odds of getting a surprise bill vary greatly depending on the state he or she lives in.
Smoke billows from an U.S. Global Hawk drone that was hit by an Iranian missile over the Strait of Hormuz in video provided by the Pentagon. The U.S. military called the attack unprovoked and said the unmanned...
The Senate has voted to block the Trump administration from selling arms to Saudi Arabia, launching a new challenge to President Donald Trump's alliance with the country amid rising tensions in the Middle East.
Trump has promised to veto the measures. The White House said stopping the sales "would send a message that the United States is abandoning its partners and allies at the very moment when threats to them are increasing."
Fifty years ago, the Stonewall riots in New York gave birth to the gay rights movement & America’s first pride parades. But was it the HIV/AIDS crisis in the 80s that truly galvanized the LGBTQ...
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Shares of work messaging platform Slack rose after it started trading under the ticker "WORK."
The San Francisco company's shares debuted on the New York Stock Exchange at $38.50 and rose $1.70, or 4.4%, to $40.20 in midday trading.
Slack's initial public offering is using an unusual approach known as a direct listing. In such cases, a company doesn't hire underwriters or sell new shares to raise money; it simply lists existing shares.
President Trump Says Iran made a big mistake shooting down a U.S. drone and says the public "will soon find out" if the U.S. will strike Iran.