Republicans on the House Benghazi Committee harshly faulted the Obama administration Tuesday for lax security and a slow response to the deadly 2012 attacks at the U.S. diplomatic outpost in Libya. But they produced no new allegations about then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
The attacks, which killed four Americans, including U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens, have been repeatedly cited by Republicans as a serious failure by the administration and by Clinton, the presumptive Democratic nominee for president.
But the committee's 800-page report, released by Republican members, offered no "smoking gun" about Clinton's role. Rep. Trey Gowdy, the panel's chairman, has repeatedly said the report was not aimed at her, though Democrats have accused the committee's Republican majority of targeting her throughout.
President Obama urged calm following Britain's vote to exit the European Union.
In an interview broadcast Tuesday on National Public Radio, the president, who opposed Brexit, said the spirit of international cooperation would not be lost in the wake of Britain's historic decision.
"There's been a little bit of hysteria post-Brexit vote, as if somehow NATO's gone, the trans-Atlantic alliance is dissolving, and every country is rushing off to its own corner," Obama told NPR. "That's not what's happening. What's happening is that you had a European project that was probably moving faster and without as much consensus as it should have," he said.
Obama Added that the Brexit vote provides a moment for Europe to reflect on how to balance the voices of nationalism without foregoing integration.
"The basic core values of Europe, the tenets of liberal, market-based Democracies — those aren't changing. The interests that we have in common in Europe remain the same," Obama said. "I don't anticipate there's going to be major cataclysmic changes as a result of this."
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Police released logs from the Orlando massacre on Tuesday, providing a narrative of the horror inside the Pulse nightclub on June 12.
The document includes the notes that 911 dispatchers took on what callers were telling them and what officers were saying over their radios over the course of three hours, NBC News reported. The timeline begins with "Shots fired" entry at 2:02 a.m.
Note after note laid bare the fear, panic and carnage that filled the club where 49 victims were killed before gunman Omar Mateen was shot dead by police. In the first few minutes, dispatchers could hear gunfire, cries for help, and heartbreaking silence. As clubgoers ran for their lives to various corners of the building, calls came in from restrooms, the kitchen, an office.
The entry at 5:15 a.m. ET, "Subj down" marks the end of the bloodshed.
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A head-on collision involving two freight trains caused several box cars to derail and erupt in flames in the Texas Panhandle on Tuesday, injuring an unknown amount of people and leading authorities to evacuate people who live nearby.
The crash happened near the town of Panhandle at about 8:40 a.m., about 25 miles northeast of Amarillo, according to Texas Department of Public Safety Lt. Bryan Witt. He had no cause or other details because emergency responders were still assessing the damage, Witt said.
The collision involved two BNSF freight trains, BNSF Railway spokesman Joe Faust said.
Federal Railroad Administration investigators are on site of the head-on collision and are reporting injuries, agency spokesman Matthew Lehner said.
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A pregnant woman shot in the face by errant gunfire. An elderly man riddled with rifle rounds. Boys and girls ripped apart by rocket propelled grenades.
Afghanistan’s civilians are getting injured and killed in greater numbers than any time since the beginning of the U.S.-led war in late 2001. It's the result of fighting between the Taliban and government security forces, which has escalated since the withdrawal of U.S. troops.
The Emergency Surgical Center in Kabul is where many of wounded come to heal, often from villages and towns across the provinces surrounding the capital. Their injuries are often similar: a bullet or shard of hot metal has torn through the bodies, piercing internal organs, breaking bones, destroying limbs.
For two months last fall, photographer Victor J. Blue documented the latest fighting season’s toll. Click through to see those images (WARNING: Some images are graphic).
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Ikea is recalling 29 million chests and dressers after six children were killed when the units toppled over and fell onto them.
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission said Tuesday the chests and dressers are unstable if they are not secured to a wall.
All the children killed were 3 years old or younger, the CPSC said. One of the children was killed about 27 years ago. The other deaths were more recent, between 2002 and 2016. The CPSC said it received 36 reports of children who were injured.
The recall, which only applies to customers in the U.S. and Canada, includes several types of Ikea chests and dressers. Ikea said the units under the recall are children's chests and drawers taller than 23.5 inches and adult chests and dressers taller than 29.5 inches.
The recalled units were sold at Ikea stores for years.
Volkswagen will spend $14.7 billion to settle consumer lawsuits and government allegations that it cheated on emissions tests in what lawyers are calling the largest auto-related class-action settlement in U.S. history.
Under the settlement revealed Tuesday by a U.S. District Court in San Francisco, VW will pay just over $10 billion to either buy back or repair about 475,000 vehicles with cheating 2-liter diesel engines. The money also will compensate owners who will get from $5,100 to $10,000 depending on the age of their vehicles.
The German automaker also has to pay governments $2.7 billion for environmental mitigation and spend another $2 billion for research on zero-emissions vehicles.
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Lawyers for Mexican drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman have filed two appeals against his extradition to the United States.
The appeals argue the statute of limitations has run out on some crimes Guzman is accused of committing in the U.S., lawyer Jose Refugio Rodriguez said.
Rodriguez said the defense also argues that the allegations against Guzman are based on hearsay, not direct evidence. Mexico's Foreign Relations Department ruled in May that El Chapo's extradition could move forward.
In all, Guzman faces drug trafficking and other charges from seven U.S. federal prosecutors, including in Chicago, New York, Miami and San Diego. He was arrested in January after almost six months on the run following his escape from a maximum-security prison through a mile-long tunnel that opened to the floor of his shower.
Jason Day pulled out of the Olympics on Tuesday because of the Zika virus, costing golf its No. 1 player as it returns from a century-long absence at the games.
The sport has lost two of its biggest stars in the last week, adding to the perception that the Olympics are not a high priority. Rory McIlroy, a four-time major champion, also said Zika will keep from competing in Rio de Janeiro.
"The sole reason for my decision is my concerns about the possible transmission of the Zika virus and the potential risks that it may present to my wife's future pregnancies and to future members of our family," Day said in a statement. "I have always placed my family in front of everything else in my life."
The 28-year-old Australian is the fifth golfer and one of the most prominent athletes to specifically cite Zika for not going to Rio.
Police in Central California said two family dogs killed a 3-day-old baby after her mother left her on a couch and walked away for a few seconds.
Fresno Police Sgt. Dan Macias told the Fresno Bee the girl's mother had left the door open because it was hot and she thought the dogs were tied up in the backyard.
The baby died at a local hospital shortly after the attack Monday.
Macias said the two male dogs, which are believed to be a mix of Shar-Pei and pit bull, are owned by the 33-year-old woman's brother. He surrendered the dogs to the Central California Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.
Former D.C. congressman and civil rights activist Walter Fauntroy was arrested Monday on a charge of passing a bad check for $50,000 when he returned to the United States after years abroad, officials said.
Fauntroy, 83, the former right-hand man to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., was detained at Washington Dulles International Airport after he arrived from Dubai around 8:15 a.m.
The check was written in the amount of $50,000, according to a representative for the Prince George's County State's Attorney's Office. It was intended to help pay for a 2009 ball he had organized for President Barack Obama's first inauguration.
Attorney Arthur Reynolds, who is representing Fauntroy in the bad-check case, said Monday he had not yet spoken to Fauntroy and could not comment on the case. He previously said Fauntroy had paid back some but not all of the money.