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Iranian Military Tries To Commandeer British Tanker

(AP) – U.S. officials say Iranian military vessels tried to seize a British oil tanker in the Persian Gulf. CNN reports the incident happened as the British Heritage tanker was leaving the Persian Gulf Wednesday and crossing into the Strait of Hormuz.

The Iranian boats reportedly approached the vessel and ordered it to move into Iranian waters. A British Royal Navy frigate was nearby escorting the tanker and trained its guns on the Iranian vessels then ordered them to back off.

Recently, the British military seized an Iranian tanker that was bound for Syria.


Iran Says It Won’t Negotiate With U.S. Over Nuclear Deal

(Tehran-AP) – Iran is accusing the U.S. of “economic terrorism.” Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif was quoted by official state news today saying Iran won’t agree to hold talks with the U.S. Zarif reportedly said, “Negotiations are never possible under duress,” and that “pressure and economic terrorism against Iran must stop and then we can talk.”

Zarif is scheduled to meet with France’s top diplomat today, and said the main problem for European countries in the Iran nuclear deal is how to handle the Trump administration’s exit from the agreement.

Federal Prosecutors Want El Chapo To Pay Billions

(New York, NY-AP) — As drug lord Joaquin Guzman, known as El Chapo, awaits sentencing next week, federal prosecutors are detailing his financial worth. Last week they filed a forfeiture request, detailing how the kingpin amassed a fortune by selling unfathomable amounts of drugs.

They say that from the early 90s until his arrest in 2016 Guzman’s drug deals made him more than 12-billion dollars and they want to see it paid back in restitution. On July 17th he is to face a mandatory sentence of life in prison.

David ‘Big Papi’ Ortiz Shooting Reportedly Over A Woman

(Santo Domingo, DR) – As family, friends and fans pray for his full recovery, reportedly David ‘Big Papi’ Ortiz is still in guarded condition at a hospital in Boston.
The Sox great and three-time World Series Champion was shot in the back at a bar in his hometown of Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. And authorities say it was an organized hit involving about a dozen people.
Reportedly, ten people were in on the attack including 31-year old Luis Alfredro Rivas-Clase who is also wanted for an attempted homicide in Pennsylvania. The suspects in custody include the alleged gunman, Rolfi Ferreira, and Eddy Vladimir Féliz García, not believed to be a relation of the model, who supposedly drove him to the bar on a motorcycle and was beaten severely as he tried to get away.
Police say a bounty of nearly eight-thousand dollars was placed on Ortiz who was stalked by a number of people in on the hit. Authorities haven’t said who ordered the shooting or why he was targeted but rumors are circulating that it might have something to do with a woman named Maria Yaribell Martinez Garcia.
While Alex Redetsky, a U.S. based agent for Ortiz declined to comment one way or the other about Maria Garcia. Garcia is declining any involvement with Ortiz or the drug dealer who is believed to have ordered the hit.
But while she denies having a relationship with Ortiz, Garcia was filmed fighting at the hospital the night Big Papi was shot.  And there’s paperwork and a photo of a check circulating on the internet that shows David Ortiz purchased an $85 thousand dollar Lexus for Maria Garcia and put it in her name.

According to the date on the documents, the car agreement was made a couple of days before Big Papi was shot but the check is dated the day after a bullet went through his back and exited through his stomach purchased the day before Big Papi was shot.
Big Papi was shot Sunday, June 9th.
Ortiz suffered injuries to his liver, large intestine, small intestine and the membrane that holds the intestines in place. His gall bladder was also removed. But the bullet did not fragment and apparently missed his aorta and his inferior vena cava, large blood vessels in the same area.
Lynne McCullough, medical director of the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center Emergency Department, who did not work on the case said Ortiz was beyond lucky. “It wasn’t his time.”

Iran Denies Involvement In Tanker Attacks

(Tehran-AP) — Iran is denying involvement in attacks on tankers in the Gulf of Oman. President Trump today said he fully believes Iran is responsible.

Video released by the U.S. military looks to show an Iranian navy boat removing an unexploded mine from a Japanese-owned tanker. A spokesman for Iran’s foreign ministry is reportedly calling U.S. allegations ridiculous and dangerous.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said this week that Iran is ratcheting-up tensions in the volatile Middle East. He accused Iran of posing a clear threat to international peace and security.

Red Sox Legend David Ortiz Recovering After Surgery Following Shooting

(Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic) — Former Boston Red Sox star David Ortiz is recovering from surgery after he was shot Sunday in the Dominican Republic. Dominican National Police Director Ney Aldrin Bautista Almonte said Ortiz was at the Dial Bar and Lounge in Santo Domingo around 8:50 p.m. Sunday when a gunman approached from behind and shot him at close range. Ortiz was taken to the Abel Gonzalez clinic, where he underwent surgery, and his condition was stable, Bautista said.

The 43-year-old Ortiz is in stable condition and reportedly “out of danger.”

The longtime Red Sox star known as Big Papi  played 20 Major League seasons, including 14 with Boston. Ortiz was a ten-time All-Star and won three World Series with the Sox before retiring after the 2016 season.

Ortiz’s father, Leo, speaking to reporters outside the clinic, said his son was out of danger and there wasn’t any collateral damage, meaning no damage to major organs. He said he had no idea why someone would have shot at his son.

”He is out of surgery and stable; he is resting,” Leo Ortiz said. ”Big Papi will be around for a long time.”

The Red Sox said they offered the Ortiz family ”all available resources to aid in his recovery” and they will continue to keep them in their hearts.

The alleged gunman was captured and beaten by a crowd of people at the bar, Bautista said. He said police are waiting until the man undergoes treatment for his injuries before questioning him.

UK PM Front-Runner Vows To Deliver Brexit

(London-AP) — The front-runner to be Britain’s next prime minister says it’s time to “deliver Brexit.” Current Prime Minister Theresa May said this morning that she’ll resign on June 7th, after her repeated failures to deliver a British exit from the European Union.

Former Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson is the front-runner to replace May, and says it’s time to follow May’s “urgings” and come together to deliver Brexit.

May told reporters outside Ten Downing Street that she tried three times to get a plan to leave the European Union through the House of Commons, and lost every time. She said it’s now clear to her that it’s “in the best interest of the country for a new PM” to lead the effort.

U.S. Military In Iraq On High Alert After Rocket Attack

(Washington, DC-AP) — Members of the U.S. military in Iraq are on high alert after a rocket attack. A single rocket landed outside the U.S. embassy in Baghdad but no casualties have been reported.

The Trump administration recently ordered U.S. diplomatic personnel out of Iraq due to heightened tensions with Iran. On Twitter Sunday, Trump wrote that “if Iran wants to fight, that will be the official end of Iran.”

He also warned Tehran not to threaten the U.S. Tensions between the U.S. and Iran have been on the rise in recent weeks. The U.S. has sent a carrier strike group and bombers to the Middle East over the frayed relationship.

The U.S. maintains a military force in Iraq to help Iraqi security forces in the fight against ISIS.

Northern Lights Could Be Visible This Week

(Lansing, MI-AP) — There is a chance people who don’t often see the Northern Lights will be able to do so today or tomorrow.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration says due to plasma eruptions on the sun, the aurora might be visible across parts of Montana, the Dakotas, Pennsylvania, Oregon, Iowa, Minnesota, Wisconsin, northern Illinois, Michigan, northern New York State and much of New England.

If they are visible, NOAA forecasters say it will happen in the early morning hours before daybreak.

Coca-Cola Billionaire Arrested In $1.3-Million Pot Bust

(Basseterre, St. Kitts-AP) — A Greek billionaire is due in court today after police on the Caribbean island of St. Kitts sized more than a million dollars worth of marijuana from his private jet.

Alki David was arrested Friday after St. Kitts Anti-Narcotics agents searched his plane and found about five-thousand plants, seeds, and other cannabis products. Investigators believe he planned to take the weed to his Swiss medical marijuana company, which specializes in products containing CBD.

David’s family runs a commercial bottling company that’s the biggest in Europe since a merger with Coca-Cola.