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Trump calls Islamic State claim “sarcasm”

DONALD TRUMP on Friday said his claim that President Barack Obama was the founder of the Islamic State was "sarcasm."

DONALD TRUMP on Friday said his claim that President Barack Obama was the founder of the Islamic State was “sarcasm.”

Reversing his earlier statements that President Barack Obama was the founder of the terrorist Islamic State, Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump on Friday said in a Twitter post that the accusation was just “sarcasm” and criticized the news media for taking his statement Midday News Updateseriously. Also on Friday, Democratic nominee released her latest income tax return, putting pressure on Trump to do the same. Bill and Hillary Clinton, filing jointly, earned $10.6 million in 2015, and donated over $1 million to charity, mostly to the Clinton Foundation.

U.S. WOMEN’S SOCCER TEAM UPSET

In a stunning upset the United States women’s soccer team was eliminated from the Olympic tournament Friday by a quarterfinal loss to Sweden. The game was tied 1-1 in regulation time, and the Swedes won 4-3 in the shootout. It was the earliest the Americans — who won the gold medal in three previous Olympics – have been eliminated since women’s soccer became a sport in 1996. Overall the U.S. continues to lead in the medal count with 42, of which 16 are gold. China is next with 35 (12), followed by Japan with 23 (seven) and Great Britain with 20 (six).

JUDGE BLOCKS PLANNED PLANNED PARENTHOOD LAW

An Ohio law that would keep about $1.4 million from going to Planned Parenthood has been blocked by a federal judge. According to the Associated Press, U.S. District Judge Michael Barrett issued a permanent injunction against the law which is aimed at the organization’s role in performing abortions. Most of the money comes to the state from the federal government. The state attorney general said that Ohio would appeal the decision.

BOMBS KILL FOUR, WOUND DOZENS IN THAILAND

At least four people were killed and dozens more wounded when explosives were set off at locations across southern Thailand, according to the AP.  No one has claimed credit for the attacks, but the bombings came shortly after voters approved a national referendum that gives the Thai military more power. The bombings too place in tourist towns.

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