Before you scroll down for all the News and Headlines. From the “AP”, “A roundup of some of the most popular, but completely untrue, headlines of the week. None of these stories are legit, even though they were shared widely on social media. The Associated Press checked these out; here are the real facts:” Check it out here.> NOT REAL NEWS: A look at what didn’t happen this week
In the News:
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — “A South Carolina inmate used wire cutters that were apparently dropped from a drone as part of an elaborate escape plan that also included cellphones smuggled into prison, guns and at least $47,000 in cash, authorities said Friday after his capture.
Jimmy Causey’s second escape from prison lasted more than two days before a tip led Texas Rangers to a motel room in Austin where he was found sleeping around 4 a.m. Friday, South Carolina state police said” More here.> Inmate’s escape: Phones, wire cutters, a drone and $47,000
“Female soldiers must give “dignity and respect” to transsexual men who join them in their shared shower rooms, according to training manuals leaked by soldiers in a mandatory class.” More here.> Transgender Men in Women’s Showers Must Get ‘Dignity and Respect,’ Says U.S. Army
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“An unnamed Louisiana officer has sued Black Lives Matter and several of the movement’s leaders Friday after last summer’s ambush of law enforcement officers in Baton Rouge.
DeRay Mckesson, a member of the activist movement who has been involved in the Ferguson, Mo. and Baltimore, Md. protests, and four other Black Lives Matter leaders have been named as defendants in the suit. It was filed on behalf of one of the officers wounded in the July 17 attack by Gavin Long, a black military veteran, who killed three other officers in Baton Rouge before he was shot dead.” More here.> Louisiana cop sues Black Lives Matter after being wounded in deadly ambush
“A Florida congressman is urging the Senate to quickly pass legislation to toughen penalties against cop killers, in the wake of this week’s brutal murder of a New York City police officer.” More here.> Rep urges Senate to pass crackdown on cop-killers after NYC officer murdered
“Two U.S bombers have flown over the disputed South China Sea, the U.S. Air Force said on Friday, asserting the right to treat the region as international territory despite China’s claim to virtually all of the waterway.
The flight by the B-1B Lancer bombers from Guam on Thursday came as U.S. President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping prepare for a meeting on the sidelines of a G20 summit in Germany.” Article and Video here.> U.S. bombers challenge China in South China Sea flyover
July 7 (UPI) — “The United States, Japan and India have started a week-long series of joint naval exercises involving ships and aircraft from all three nations, the U.S. Navy announced Friday.” More here.> U.S., Japan, India start Malabar 2017 joint naval exercises
HAMBURG, Germany (AP) — “The United States and Russia have reached agreement on a cease-fire in southwest Syria, three U.S. officials said Friday as President Donald Trump held his first meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin.
The deal marks a new level of involvement for the Trump administration in trying to resolve Syria’s civil war. Although details about the agreement and how it will be implemented weren’t immediately available, the cease-fire is set to take effect Sunday at noon Damascus time, said the officials, who weren’t authorized to discuss the cease-fire publicly and spoke on condition of anonymity.” More here.> AP sources: US, Russia reach deal on Syria cease-fire
HAMBURG, Germany (AP) — “President Donald Trump opened his first meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin on Friday by raising U.S. concerns about Moscow’s meddling in the 2016 presidential election, U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said. He said Putin denied being involved.
Trump’s decision to confront Putin directly over election interference fulfilled ardent demands by U.S. lawmakers of both parties that the president not shy away from the issue in his highly anticipated meeting with Putin. Trump has avoided stating unequivocally in the past that Russia interfered, even as investigations proceed into whether Trump’s campaign colluded with Russians who sought to help him win.” More here.> Trump confronts Putin on election hacking in first meeting
“At least 23 Egyptian soldiers were killed when two suicide car bombs tore through military checkpoints in North Sinai province on Friday, security sources said, in one of the bloodiest coordinated assaults on security forces in years.” More here.> At least 23 Egyptian soldiers killed in deadliest Sinai attack in years
Economy / Stocks:
WASHINGTON (AP) — “U.S. employers added a robust 222,000 jobs in June, the most in four months, a reassuring sign that businesses may be confident enough to keep hiring despite a slow-growing economy.
The government also revised up its estimate of job growth for April and May by a combined 47,000. Hiring has averaged nearly 180,000 jobs a month this year, only slightly below last year’s pace. The unemployment rate for June ticked up to 4.4 percent from 4.3 percent in May, a 16-year low. The jobless rate rose because more Americans began looking for work and not all of them found it.” More here.> US employers add strong 222K jobs; jobless rate at 4.4 pct.
“Although wage growth isn’t accelerating, lower inflation levels mean there is more room for consumer spending growth, says Morningstar’s Bob Johnson.” Article and video here.> Jobs Report Could Be Good News for Consumers
Commentary / Opinion:
“Did the Founding Fathers want American society to be religious or secular? Joshua Charles, author of Liberty’s Secrets, explains.” Was America Founded to Be Secular?
“The world is on fire. Syria has fallen apart. Russia has seized Ukrainian land. And China is flexing its muscles. Who can put these fires out? As Anders Fogh Rasmussen, Denmark’s former Prime Minister and NATO’s former Secretary General explains, only the United States.” Why America Must Lead
“It’s been well over a year since the Pentagon announced its historic decision to open up all combat jobs in the military to women, but Congress is still dithering over whether women should register for the draft.
That’s by design, because House Republicans are blocking every congressional effort to force women to join men in signing up when they turn 18.
“You’re not talking about whether or not a lady can serve, you are talking about whether or not a mother has to go to war during a time of a draft,” said Rep. Austin Scott, R-Ga., a House Armed Services Committee member, at a committee hearing, in June.” More here.> Will your daughters have to register for the draft? No, Republicans say