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STEUBENVILLE, Ohio (AP) — “A judge walking from his car into the county courthouse was shot by a gunman Monday morning but managed to fire back before a probation officer stepped in and ultimately killed the suspect, authorities said.

Jefferson County Judge Joseph Bruzzese Jr. was shot at around 8 a.m. near the courthouse in Steubenville, just across the Ohio River from West Virginia’s northern panhandle, roughly 30 miles (48 kilometers) west of Pittsburgh.

Courthouse video shows both the judge and the gunman firing about five times each, said Jefferson County Sheriff Fred Abdalla.” More here.> Judge shot, wounded near Ohio courthouse; gunman killed

Judge orders IRS to reveal who took part in Tea Party targeting

University of Texas takes down four Confederate statues overnight DHxUmpHWAAAVdRh

“Anybody else who wants to throw out their statues, we’ll take those, too,” said Diane Reichle, 66, who lives a quarter-mile from the monument. “I hope we get all of them.”

“People who want these statues removed, they’re a bunch of whiny babies,” said Johnnie Hayes, 48, who was at the riverfront park last week. “If you’re offended, don’t go look at it. I didn’t like President Obama, but I didn’t go out and riot and protest.” More here.> A 121-year-old Confederate monument was coming down. This Kentucky town put it back up.

“A Houston man has been charged with trying to plant explosives at the statue of Confederate officer Richard Dowling in Hermann Park, federal officials said Monday.

Andrew Schneck, 25, who was released from probation early last year after being convicted in 2015 of storing explosives, was charged in a criminal complaint filed in federal court, Acting U.S. Attorney Abe Martinez said in a statement Monday.” More here.> Houston man charged with trying to plant bomb at Confederate statue in Hermann Park

“The Jefferson Memorial, the popular and majestic monument overlooking Washington’s Tidal Basin, is slated for an update that will address the “complexity” of America’s third president — reportedly including his history as a slave owner.

Plans for the addition come amid a roiling debate nationwide over Confederate statues that foes say must come down because of their connection to slavery, stirring speculation over whether monuments to founding fathers who owned slaves could be next.

The memorial to Thomas Jefferson in Washington is almost certainly safe. But The Trust for the National Mall, a nonprofit partner of the National Park Service, is planning an exhibit update.” More here.> Jefferson Memorial exhibit to feature update addressing slavery

The president could issue an official pardon on Tuesday to former sheriff Joe Arpaio, who was convicted of contempt last month

Petition asking Trump to recognize Antifa as terror group reaches threshold for White House response

Search under way for 10 US sailors missing after collision

SINGAPORE (AP) — “The U.S. Navy ordered a broad investigation Monday into the performance and readiness of the Pacific-based 7th Fleet after an early morning collision between the USS John S. McCain and an oil tanker in Southeast Asian waters left 10 U.S. sailors missing and others injured.

It was the second major collision in the last two months involving the Navy’s 7th Fleet. Seven sailors died in June when the USS Fitzgerald and a container ship collided in waters off Japan.” More here.> Navy chief orders probe into Pacific fleet after collisions

“As people flock to places where they can catch the solar eclipse, they’re giving the gasoline market a late summer boost.

In the Pacific Northwest, fuel stations are reporting long lines and trouble getting enough gasoline to meet a surge of demand, said Patrick Dehaan, senior petroleum analyst at GasBuddy.

“It’s turning out that with so many drivers concentrated in these rural areas, it’s getting a little tricky to find gas in some areas,” he said.” More here.> Eclipse Watchers Are Driving Up Gas Prices

LOS ANGELES (AP) — “A Los Angeles jury on Monday ordered Johnson & Johnson to pay $417 million to a woman who claimed in a lawsuit that the talc in its iconic baby powder causes ovarian cancer when applied regularly for feminine hygiene.

The lawsuit was brought by a California woman, Eva Echeverria, who alleged Johnson & Johnson failed to adequately warn consumers about the potential cancer risks of talcum powder.” More here.> Jury awards $417M in lawsuit linking talcum powder to cancer

“Insurance claims for dangerous reactions to foods like peanuts, eggs and dairy have increased by nearly five times over the past decade.

The rate of reports of severe allergic reactions to foods like peanuts has increased by nearly five times over the past decade, according to a new analysis of private insurance claims.

The analysis looked at private insurance claims with a diagnosis of an anaphylactic food reaction from 2007 to 2016. Anaphylaxis is a systemic allergic reaction in which the immune system affects multiple parts of the body at the same time, often leading to trouble breathing. It can be fatal if not treated promptly and requires an injection of epinephrine and a trip to the emergency room.

The increase could be related to the increasing use of antibiotics, rising rates of C-sections that affect the microbiomes of babies, and an increasingly sterile environment, says Hugh Sampson, director of the Jaffe Food Allergy Institute at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York City. All have altered the good bacteria in our intestinal tracts, which alters the programming of our immune systems.

Many years of medical advice telling parents to avoid highly allergenic foods such as peanuts when children are babies may have contributed to increasing allergy rates, he says. Earlier this year medical organizations changed their advice recommending that babies at high and moderate risk of developing a peanut allergy, such as those with eczema, be introduced to the foods by six months.” More here.> A Striking Rise in Serious Allergy Cases

Poll: Private schools best U.S. education option; public the worst

World News:

SUBIRATS, Spain (AP) — “The lone fugitive from the Spanish cell that killed 15 people in and near Barcelona was shot to death Monday after he flashed what turned out to be a fake suicide belt at two troopers who confronted him in a vineyard just outside the city he terrorized, authorities said.” 

Police said they had “scientific evidence” that Younes Abouyaaqoub, 22, drove the van that barreled through Barcelona’s crowded Las Ramblas promenade, killing 13 people on Thursday, then hijacked a car and fatally stabbed its driver while making his getaway.”More here.> Barcelona fugitive shot dead had knives, wore fake bomb belt

Chile court rules in favor of abortion in some cases

Iraqi forces recapture five villages in Tal Afar

Romania approved for U.S. rocket system buy

“Russian President Vladimir Putin has named his nation’s new ambassador to the U.S., the Kremlin announced Monday.

The Kremlin said Putin tapped Anatoly Antonov to replace outgoing Russian Ambassador to the U.S. Sergey Kislyak.

Antonov is a Russian deputy foreign minister and a former Russian deputy defense minister seen as a hardliner regarding the U.S.

Kislyak’s tenure ended in July, and the outgoing ambassador returned to Russia last month amid controversy over his nation’s possible meddling in the 2016 presidential race.” More here.> Putin tapped a former top defense official as Russian ambassador to the US

“The United States on Monday announced it is scaling back its visa services in Russia after sharp cuts to its diplomatic staff there, according to Reuters.

Reuters reported that Russian President Vladimir Putin last month ordered Washington, D.C., to cut 755 people from America’s diplomatic and technical staff by Sept. 1.

“Capacity for interviews in the future will be greatly reduced because we have had to greatly reduce our staffing levels to comply with the Russian government’s requirements,” the embassy told applicants in a message on its website.” More here.> The US ‘indefinitely’ suspended visa services at three of its four Russian consulates

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