HOT WEATHER
Hot weather intensifying hold on much of East, Central US
NEW YORK (AP) — The heat is on.
The National Weather Service is warning a large swath of the U.S. of hot weather this weekend, including dangerously high temperatures across the East and Midwest that can threaten the elderly and young children.
Temperatures in the mid- to upper 90s and high humidity are expected in many places Saturday and Sunday. Experts are urging people to limit their time outside and drink lots of water.
Cities in Vermont and New Hampshire are opening shelters where people can cool off.
Some power outages have been reported in Philadelphia and after storms in Michigan’s Lower Peninsula.
The heat didn’t stop Jeffrey Glickman from going for a run Saturday in Washington. He called the weather “brutal” and says he’s not going as far as usual but “tried to get out early before it gets too hot.”
PERSIAN GULF-TENSIONS-THE LATEST
The Latest: Iran says Saudis release tanker after 2 ½ months
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran’s semi-official Mehr news agency is reporting that Saudi Arabia has released an Iranian oil tanker after two and a half months.
Happyness 1, belonging to the Iranian National Tanker Company (NITC), which was carrying over 1 million barrels of fuel oil, suffered a malfunction in the Red Sea off the coast of Jeddah in Saudi Arabia on April 30.
Mehr said Saudi officials had prevented the oil tanker from leaving the Jeddah port despite the fact that Iran had paid all the costs of maintenance and repair that the

HOT WEATHER

Hot weather intensifying hold on much of East, Central US

NEW YORK (AP) — The heat is on.

The National Weather Service is warning a large swath of the U.S. of hot weather this weekend, including dangerously high temperatures across the East and Midwest that can threaten the elderly and young children.

Temperatures in the mid- to upper 90s and high humidity are expected in many places Saturday and Sunday. Experts are urging people to limit their time outside and drink lots of water.

Cities in Vermont and New Hampshire are opening shelters where people can cool off.

Some power outages have been reported in Philadelphia and after storms in Michigan’s Lower Peninsula.

The heat didn’t stop Jeffrey Glickman from going for a run Saturday in Washington. He called the weather “brutal” and says he’s not going as far as usual but “tried to get out early before it gets too hot.”

PERSIAN GULF-TENSIONS-THE LATEST

The Latest: Iran says Saudis release tanker after 2 ½ months

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran’s semi-official Mehr news agency is reporting that Saudi Arabia has released an Iranian oil tanker after two and a half months.

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Happyness 1, belonging to the Iranian National Tanker Company (NITC), which was carrying over 1 million barrels of fuel oil, suffered a malfunction in the Red Sea off the coast of Jeddah in Saudi Arabia on April 30.

Mehr said Saudi officials had prevented the oil tanker from leaving the Jeddah port despite the fact that Iran had paid all the costs of maintenance and repair that the Saudi authorities had demanded.

Saudi authorities released the tanker and all its crew, including 24 Iranians and two Bangladeshis.

UNITED STATES-IRAN-SPARRING

Iran’s poking at West heightens risks of military missteps

WASHINGTON (AP) — Iran doesn’t seem to want to tangle with a stronger U.S. military. Instead, Iran is poking and prodding its Western antagonists in ways apparently designed to avoid triggering war.

Still, that approach holds the prospect of heightening the risk of missteps that could lead to an armed conflict with global consequences.

The pace of provocation has picked up with Iran reporting it’s seized a British-flagged oil tanker in the Persian Gulf. That came after the U.S. said it destroyed an Iranian drone that had flown within threatening range of an American warship in the Strait of Hormuz.

In June the Iranians shot down a U.S. drone in the same area, prompting President Donald Trump to authorize a military strike against Iran, only to call it off at the last moment.

CONGRESS-MUELLER TESTIMONY

Mueller’s testimony poses risk for Trump, but also Democrats

WASHINGTON (AP) — Robert Mueller’s testimony before Congress will depend not so much on what he says, but that he’s even saying it at all.

The special counsel’s appearance Wednesday creates a moment many have waited for: Mueller finally speaking out, piercing the public consciousness about President Donald Trump’s response to the Russia investigation and whether anything should be done about it.

The political stakes are high for the president, but also for congressional Democrats.

Democrats are counting on Americans hearing what most have not likely read in Mueller’s 448-page report. Yet there’s a real possibility Mueller not bring clarity.

As the House Judiciary Committee and the House Intelligence Committee ready to gavel in Wednesday, the buttoned-down prosecutor who was once envisioned as a trusted last word may leave more questions than answers.

OPIOID CRISIS-FLORIDA PILL MILLS

Florida’s ‘pill mills’ were a gateway to the opioid crisis

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Florida survives on tourism, but a decade ago thousands of visitors made frequent trips to the state not to visit its theme parks or beaches. Instead, they came for cheap and easy prescription painkillers sold at unscrupulous walk-in clinics.

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The clinics started in the 1990s and began proliferating in the early 2000s, with little oversight. Their parking lots filled with vehicles sporting license plates from Ohio, Kentucky, West Virginia and elsewhere.

The “pill mills” helped seed an overdose epidemic in many communities where the pills ended up.

This week’s release of federal data showing the flow of prescription opioids throughout the U.S. has again put the spotlight on Florida’s pill mill industry, which in hindsight provided a blaring fire alarm about a crisis that claimed tens of thousands of lives.

MOON LANDING-ANNIVERSARY-THE LATEST

The Latest: Pence marks Apollo 11 anniversary at launch site

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — Vice President Mike Pence is marking the 50th anniversary of humanity’s first moon landing at the Apollo 11 launch site.

Moonwalker Buzz Aldrin accompanied Pence to Florida’s Kennedy Space Center on Saturday and showed him the pad where he began that momentous journey 50 years ago. Aldrin later got a standing ovation during a speech by Pence.

Mission commander Neil Armstrong, the first man to step onto the moon on July 20, 1969, died seven years ago. Command module pilot Michael Collins did not attend the Florida celebration.

Pence says Apollo 11 is the only event of the 20th century that “stands a chance of being widely remembered in the 30th century.” The vice president reiterated the Trump administration’s push to put Americans back on the moon by 2024.

OBIT-CESAR PELLI

Famed architect Cesar Pelli dies at 92

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) — Famed Argentine-American architect Cesar Pelli, known for designing some of the world’s tallest and most iconic buildings, has died. He was 92.

Anibal Bellomio, a senior associate architect at Pelli’s Connecticut studio, confirmed Saturday that Pelli died peacefully on Friday at his home in New Haven. Pelli was the former dean of the Yale University School of Architecture and a lecturer at the school, where he received an honorary Doctor of Arts degree.

The Petronas Towers in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia is one of the Pelli’s best-known works. The twin 1,483-foot-tall skyscrapers are among the world’s tallest buildings. He is also known for designing the Salesforce Tower in San Francisco and Brookfield Place, formerly the World Financial Center, a downtown Manhattan skyscraper complex.

Pelli spoke of architecture’s being a social art.

SWEDEN-RAPPER

Swedish PM to Trump: A$AP Rocky won’t get special treatment

BERLIN (AP) — Sweden’s prime minister says he would be glad to speak with U.S. President Donald Trump about rapper A$AP Rocky’s detention but he “cannot and will not attempt to influence prosecutors or courts.”

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Trump tweeted Friday that he would call Prime Minister Stefan Lofven “to see what we can do about helping A$AP Rocky.”

Rocky has been held in Sweden for weeks as police investigate his alleged involvement in a fight.

First lady Melania Trump and celebrities including Kanye West urged Trump to intervene.

The Swedish leader said Saturday he was aware Trump “has a personal interest in the case.”

Lofven called Trump’s desire for a conversation “certainly positive” and said: “I will explain that the Swedish judicial system is independent. In Sweden, everyone is equal before the law, and this includes visitors from other countries.”

HUFFMAN’S REGRETS

Co-stars say Huffman remorseful for role in college case

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Felicity Huffman’s co-stars in a new Netflix movie say they found her remorseful about her role in a college admissions scandal.

Actress Angela Bassett said Huffman appears ready to take whatever steps are necessary in her case. Patricia Arquette said she believes Huffman feels terrible about her participation in the case.

Huffman didn’t meet reporters to promote the film “Otherhood,” which premieres Aug. 2 on Netflix. She pleaded guilty in May to paying $15,000 to a college admissions consultant to have a proctor correct her daughter’s answers on the SAT.

The film’s producer says that Huffman’s character portrays a mother who believes that her own actions can make anything possible for her child.

RUSSIA-SPACE

Russian, US astronauts blast off on moon landing anniversary

BAIKONUR, Kazakhstan (AP) — A Russian space capsule with three astronauts aboard has blasted off for a fast-track trip to the International Space Station.

Saturday’s launch took place on the 50th anniversary of the day U.S. astronauts landed on the moon.

The capsule entered orbit nine minutes after liftoff from Russia’s launch complex in Baikonur, Kazakhstan.

It is carrying Andrew Morgan of the United States on his first spaceflight, Russian Alexander Skvortsov on his third mission to the space station and Italian Luca Parmitano.

The capsule is expected to dock with the International Space Station after four obits at 2251 GMT. Russian Alexey Ovchinin and Americans Nick Hague and Christina Koch have been aboard since March.

The crew patch for the expedition echoes the one from Apollo 11’s 1969 lunar mission.

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This story has been corrected to show the last name of the Russian cosmonaut in space since March is Ovchinin, not Ovechkin.

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