LBN- Special Report- Saturday


The U.S. national debt is creeping up again, after holding steady for the last few months thanks to the annual flood of individual and corporate tax receipts. Total government debt hit a record $19.38 trillion on Thursday, up nearly $98 billion from the day before. It’s the first time it has ever exceeded $19.3 trillion. The debt will soar higher still in the coming months, and is expected to approach $20 trillion by the time President Obama leaves office.

*DEGRADE AND DESTROY – Top ISIS Commanders Killed In Strike

A U.S.-led coalition airstrike killed two senior-level ISIS operatives on June 25 near Mosul, Iraq, the Pentagon announced Friday. The terror organization’s deputy minister of war, Muhammad Ahmad Sultan al-Bajari, and a military commander, Hatim Talib al-Hamduni, were killed in the strike. The Pentagon says it is continuing to degrade ISIS’s leadership core through coordinated strikes.

*Official: 20 Foreign Hostages Killed in Bangladesh

Twenty foreign hostages were killed by Islamic militants at a cafe in the capital of Bangladesh late Friday, the Bangladeshi military said. Militants stormed the cafe Friday evening with guns and explosive devices, resulting in an overnight standoff at the Holey Artisan Bakery that saw the Bangladeshi military sent in and foreign embassies put on alert. By Saturday morning, authorities had regained control of the bakery only to discover the bodies of 20 foreigners, most of them Italian or Japanese. Thirteen hostages were rescued and six of the attackers killed, according to Bangladeshi Prime MinisterSheikh Hasina. One of the terrorists was taken alive, she said. The attack, for which the Islamic State has claimed responsibility, came as Muslims in the country were set to sit down for the first time to break fasting in the holy month of Ramadan.


*Thousands Protest Brexit in London

Thousands took to the streets of London on Saturday to protest the United Kingdom’s vote to leave the European Union. The rally, dubbed the “March for Europe,” was organized on social media to encourage leaders to prevent an exit from the EU, which a majority of U.K. residents voted for in a referendum last month. Organizers of Saturday’s rally say that referendum was not fair, as the Brexit campaign in favor of leaving the EU was “full of misinformation.” The rally was set to see demonstrators march along a two-mile stretch from Hyde Park to Parliament.

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*Israel Imposes Restrictions on Palestinians in West Bank After Attacks:

After two deadly attacks by Palestinians against Israeli civilians in the occupied West Bankin two days, Israel announced sweeping measures on Friday to limit the movement of Palestinian residents and punish their government. The moves came as an international report warned both sides that their actions could contribute to a state of “perpetual occupation and conflict.” The Israeli military said Friday that it would prevent all Palestinian travel between towns and villages in the southern West Bank, including the major city of Hebron, after an Israeli motorist was shot and killed there on Friday. It also ordered in two more battalions to secure the area.

*BRAVE, NEW WORLD – Woman Wins Right to Use Dead Daughter’s Eggs:

A woman has won the right to use her dead daughter’s frozen eggs to give birth to her own grandchild, after reportedly promising that she’d carry the babies on her behalf. The 60-year-old woman won an appeal against a U.K. regulator that refusal to allow it last year. The Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority initially said that the eggs could not be released from storage because the daughter, who died of bowel cancer at 28, had not given written consent. A panel of three judges in the granted the new decision this week. Her daughter died in 2011. The mother will reportedly take the eggs to a clinic in New York, where she’ll be inseminated with a donor’s sperm.

*California Governor Signs Legislation Limiting Assault Weapons:

Gov. Jerry Brown on Friday signed legislation that would impose new restrictions on assault weapons and regulate the sale of ammunition in California, cementing the state’s reputation for enacting some of the most stringent gun regulations in the country. Propelled by the reaction to mass shootings in San Bernardino, in Southern California, and Orlando, Fla., the gun regulations are the latest example of how this state, where the Legislature is under Democratic control, has been able to enact a legislative agenda on issues that have deadlocked Congress.

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*GROSS – Man Arrested in N.Y. for Feces Attack:

Police in New York have arrested a man accused of attacking women with feces earlier this week. The man, identified as Edwan Hill, is 42 years old and thought to be homeless, police said. He allegedly grabbed a woman passing by and forced a bag of feces down her pants on Monday. In another attack that same day, he allegedly threw feces in a woman’s face. Police say the women were likely targeted at random. The suspect reportedly said only that “God did it” when apprehended by police on Friday.

*LBN-NOTICED: ***John Legend and his model wife Chrissy Teigen at the opening of the Tuck Room in LA.   ***Sarah Palin at Benjamin Steakhouse in NYC.   ***Robert F. Kennedy Jr. and Cheryl Hines strolling arm-in- arm down Madison Avenue in NYC.   ***Tony Bennett performing at St. James’s Palace for Prince Charles and members of the American Friends of the Prince of Wales Foundation.   ***Kevin Spaceyseeing Peter Cincotti play at Rose Bar in NYC.   ***Denver Nuggets star Jameer Nelson having brunch at Alfredo 100 in NYC.

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*LBN-OVERHEARD:   ***David Hasselhoff unsuccessfully tried to ban Pamela Anderson from his hit TV series “Baywatch.”Producers Michael Berk and Douglas Schwartz told The Hollywood Reporter that the Hoff was against her casting. “David said, ‘I don’t want a girl that’s been in Playboy,” Berk said. “He said, ‘Children watch this show.’”   ***The author of the blockbuster travel memoir “Eat, Pray, Love” announced Friday that she’s leaving the husband she met during her around-the-world trip as a ­single American woman abroad. “I am separating from the man whom many of you know as ‘Felipe’ — the man whom I fell in love with at the end of the EAT PRAY LOVE journey,” Elizabeth Gilbert, 46, lamented on Facebook. “He has been my dear companion for over 12 years, and they have been wonderful years. Our split is very amicable. Our reasons are very personal.

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