Domestic assault charges against Philadelphia Phillies outfielder Odubel Herrera dismissed

Sia claps back after Taylor Swift fans accuse her of donning blackface

Sia is speaking out after Taylor Swift fans resurfaced a picture of the 43-year-old wearing black paint on her face.

The photo began to make the rounds on social media in the midst of Swift’s feud with music executive Scooter Braun.

The “Chandelier” singer was dragged into the fan firestorm when she sided with Braun in a tweet Monday.

“You’re a good kind man @scooterbraun I hope this passes quickly,” she wrote. “I love you keep going.”

Soon Swifties piled on with accusations she donned blackface, sharing a photo of Sia with black paint on her face, neck and shoulder. 

“Sia is a total trash,” one user wrote, sharing the picture. “I guess she wants some attention after her flop songs”

Sia took to Twitter to explain the photo, posting a video of a 2011 performance in which she had painted her face to blend in with a black wall.

“For the swift fans trying to make out that I would ever do blackface please see this video,” she wrote. “I was painting myself into the backdrop, it was a pre cursor to the wig…”

For the swift fans trying to make out that I would ever do blackface please see this video. I was painting myself into the backdrop, it was a pre cursor to the wig… https://t.co/6St0hWl1k1

The “Cheap Thrills” singer has said she wears long wigs that cover her face in order to keep her identity out of the spotlight.

Other pop stars who came to Braun’s defense on social media include Justin Bieber and Demi Lovato.

Frank Field: Telling Mrs Thatcher her time was up

Independent MP Frank Field tells Sophy and Matt why he left the Labour Party, how support for children needs to start before they are born, and about the night he visited Downing Street to tell Margaret Thatcher to quit.

But can he survive the whole interview without mentioning Br**it?

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Britain summons Chinese ambassador over Hong Kong comments -source

LONDON, July 3 (Reuters) – Britain has summoned China’s ambassador following “unacceptable” comments he made over London’s criticism of the situation in Hong Kong, a source told Reuters.

The ambassador, Liu Xiaoming, said earlier on Wednesday that the British seem to have forgotten that Hong Kong is no longer a colony, and that London should keep its hands off the territory.

The source, who declined to be named, said the ambassador had been called in to the Foreign Office.

It's not just you: A bug is causing direct messages on Twitter to be delayed

  • Twitter is experiencing issues that are affecting the delivery of Direct Messages to users.
  • Twitter says a “system irregularity” is causing the delays, and that the team is “actively investigating” the issue.
  • Facebook, WhatsApp, andInstagram arealso experiencing issues Wednesday, with users reporting outages around the world.
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A bug on Twitter is causing a delay in the delivery of direct messages to users.

Twitter confirmed Wednesday that an “irregularity” is preventing direct messages from being delivered. The team is “currently investigating” the issue, and is working on a fix, Twitter says.

Usersstarted reporting issues with their DMs on Wednesday morning, saying that they were getting notifications of messages but weren’t seeing them appear in their inbox.

Twitter isn’t the only social platform experiencing issues Wednesday. Facebook and its family of apps — WhatsApp, Instagram, and Messenger —have been hit with outages reported around the world, including in the US, Europe, and South America.

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EIA reports a slightly larger-than-expected weekly climb in U.S. natural-gas supplies

The U.S. Energy Information Administration reported Wednesday that domestic supplies of natural gas rose by 89 billion cubic feet for the week ended June 28. The data, which were released a day earlier than usual because of Thursday’s Independence Day holiday, were expected to show a build of about 80 billion cubic feet, according to energy-market analysts at Schneider Electric. Total stocks now stand at 2.390 trillion cubic feet, up 249 billion cubic feet from a year ago, but 152 billion below the five-year average, the government said. August natural gas NGQ19, +1.88% traded at $2.253 per million British thermal units, up 1.3 cents, or 0.6%, from Tuesday’s settlement. It was trading at $2.275 before the data.

Twitter Users School Fox News On Why Only 45% Of Americans Are ‘Extremely Proud’ Of U.S.

A new patriotism poll suggests a majority of Americans aren’t totally thrilled about their country.

According to Gallup, only 45 percent are “extremely proud” to be an American ― the lowest number in the 19 years the polling company has been asking the question.

The low results inspired another question from “Fox & Friends First,” the network’s early early morning show: “What do you think is causing the decline?”

Twitter users were more than happy to help explain things with brutal honesty.

However, one Twitter user was pretty sure of the real cause of the decline.

Domestic assault charges against Philadelphia Phillies outfielder Odubel Herrera dismissed

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — Domestic assault charges against Philadelphia Phillies outfielder Odubel Herrera were dismissed Wednesday after his girlfriend declined to press charges.

Herrera must complete counseling within 60 days as a condition of the dismissal.

His girlfriend, Melany Martinez-Angulo, assured the judge no one had pressured her to drop the case. The two emerged from the courtroom holding hands and declined to speak with reporters.

“Ms. Martinez and Mr. Herrera are looking forward to getting on with their lives and on with their loving relationship together,” his attorney, Thomas Calcagni, told reporters outside the courtroom in Atlantic City.

Police were called to the Golden Nugget casino in May on a report of a domestic assault. They found a woman with signs of injury to her arms and neck, which they said were caused by Herrera. Police said “handprint markings” and scratches were found on her.

He was placed on leave by Major League Baseball afterward.

A message seeking comment about Herrera was left with the Phillies.

Herrera, an All-Star center fielder in 2016, is hitting .222 with one home run and 16 RBIs in 39 games this season.