The Latest: Germany calls for diplomacy in US-Iran tensions

German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas has asked the international community to use diplomatic tools to avoid a dangerous escalation in Iran. U.S.-Iran tensions are on the rise again as U.S. President Donald Trump said Thursday an American warship shot down an Iranian drone in the Strait of Hormuz.

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Thousands of Puerto Ricans gather to demand governor’s resignation | Fox News

Thousands of Puerto Ricans gathered Wednesday in the commonwealth capital of San Juan to demand the resignation of Gov. Ricardo Rosselló, the second mass demonstration against the embattled leader this week.

The hashtag #RickyRenuncia, Spanish for Ricky Resign, was trending on Twitter during a Monday protest that drew hundreds to the same cobblestone streets in Old San Juan. Some police officers were injured and several people were arrested.

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Hawaii telescope operators abandon millions of dollars worth of instrumentation, evacuate employees amid Mauna Kea protests | Fox News

The directors of an existing telescope on Hawaii’s Mauna Kea evacuated employees Tuesday amid growing protests that have blocked an access road to the construction site of a second $1.4 billion ‘Thirty Meter Telescope’ (TMT) to be built on the mountain, reports said.

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Iran seizes foreign oil tanker with 12 crew, reports say – CNN

Abu Dhabi, UAE(CNN)Iran has seized an oil tanker it claimed was carrying 1 million liters of “smuggled fuel,” state news agency Press TV said on Thursday.

The semi-official Fars news agency said Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) forces ambushed the tanker, carrying 12 people on board, on Sunday.Citing an IRGC statement, Fars reported that the ship — which has a capacity of 2 million liters — is a foreign tanker and was seized in an area south of Larak, a small island in the Strait of Hormuz.Fars added that the ship was carrying fuel smuggled to it on Iranian dhows, or small boats.The IRGC have denied seizing any other tankers, Fars said.It is unclear whether the tanker seized Sunday was the same vessel as one that Iran claimed to have assisted earlier this week.

Japanese Anime Studio Hit With Suspected Arson, Killing At Least 16

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said the apparently deliberate act in Kyoto is “too appalling for words.” The death toll is likely to rise, and a suspect has been taken into custody.

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MOTORCYCLE CLUB ATTACK: 6 motorcycle club members charged with attempted homicide in violent attack at bar | WPXI

CHARLEROI, Pa. – Six members of the Pagan’s Motorcycle Club have been charged with attempted homicide after allegedly attacking a former member inside a bar in Charleroi, authorities said.

Surveillance video of the attack, which happened in April inside the Slovak Club, was shown in court Tuesday as the six men faced a judge

Brothers, ages 1 and 3, drown in backyard pool in Fayette County

Officials confirmed to Pittsburgh’s Action News 4 that two brothers drowned Wednesday evening in a backyard pool.

Crews were called around 7:30 to a home on Whiteman Avenue in Uniontown, Fayette County.

Their identities were not immediately released, but officials said they were 1 and 3 years old.

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Mayor under fire for last-minute cancellation of LGBTQ pride event

Reading, Pennsylvania, Mayor Wally Scott said he axed the event because the rainbow pride flag — which was set to fly over City Hall — is a political symbol.

Dozens of Pennsylvanians were geared to make history Monday evening by raising the pride flag for the first time over Reading City Hall. Yet minutes before the event was slated to begin, the city’s mayor, Wally Scott, prohibited council members and city employees via text message from hanging the flag.

“People were disappointed at first, then they just became angry,” Ben Renkus, president of the Reading Pride Celebration, the group that planned the event, told NBC News. “The event was at 4:45 p.m. and many people had to leave work early to attend.”

Jeremy Long

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was set to raise a flag to celebrate but Mayor Wally Scott said no at the last minute

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The flag ceremony coincided with Reading’s 13th annual LGBTQ Pride Celebration, which kicked off this past weekend. The pride flag was supposed to be flown until Sunday, the last day of the festivities.

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