U.S. to reimpose Iran sanctions
Washington plans to reimpose economic sanctions on Iran on Monday after its withdrawal from the 2015 nuclear accord. In May, President Trump withdrew the United States from a multi-national deal on Iran’s nuclear that eased economic sanctions on Iran in return for it giving up the means to make nuclear weapons. Trump called the deal one-sided, but said that he would be willing to improve relations with Iran’s leaders after a senior Iranian general said his forces stood “ready to confront” the United States.
President Donald Trump says he would “certainly meet” with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani if the leader was willing, adding he would do it with “no preconditions.” He also said that Iran must “never be allowed” to possess nuclear weapons. (July 30)
CBS producer still ‘on vacation’ after misconduct allegations
“60 Minutes” executive producer Jeff Fager will not return from a vacation Monday as planned in the midst of sexual misconduct allegations at CBS News. “Having heard the investigation will be wrapping up soon, Jeff has decided to stay on vacation,” CBS said in a statement to USA TODAY. The extra time away comes after The New Yorker reported that 19 current and former employees have alleged that Fager, former chairman of CBS News, allowed sexual harassment in the division. Former employees said Fager, 63, would drunkenly hit on women at company parties and protect men accused of misconduct. Fager denied the allegations to The New Yorker.
‘Madden’ to restore Kaepernick reference after rapper’s complaint
An update to “Madden NFL 19” planned for Monday will restore a reference to former league quarterback Colin Kaepernick that was absent from early copies of the video game. In a song featured in the game, “Big Bank” by YG, rapper Big Sean sings a verse with the lyrics: “You boys all cap, I’m more Colin Kaepernick.” The reference to Kaepernick, the first NFL player to take a knee during the national anthem, appeared to have been omitted from advance copies. Big Sean said he didn’t sanction the removal of Kaepernick’s name. EA Sports responded, saying it would update the game on Monday. “Much love brother!” Kapernick tweeted to Big Sean. “Thank you for having my back!”
A lawyer for Colin Kaepernick said an NFL owner testified under oath during a collusion grievance deposition that he changed his mind about signing the quarterback after Donald Trump’s comments.
Manafort’s accountant set for cross-examination
The trial of Paul Manafort, former chairman of the Trump campaign, resumes Monday. Manafort’s defense team will cross-examine Cynthia Laporta, one of Manafort’s accountants and a key witness in the first case to emerge from special counsel Robert Mueller’s 14-month inquiry. Laporta told a federal court jury Friday that she knowingly helped prepare false tax returns for Manafort and supplied a bank with phony documents to obtain a loan on Manafort’s behalf. Manafort faces 18 criminal counts of tax evasion and bank fraud.
The prosecution in the Paul Manafort trial focused on personal finances Wednesday, sometimes in painstaking detail. Associated Press Eric Tucker says the judge repeatedly scolded the government’s attorneys about relevancy . (Aug. 1)
‘Better Call Saul’ returns, racy as ever
The fourth season of “Better Call Saul” premieres Monday, and a constant question remains among fans: When will well-meaning Jimmy McGill fully transform into the weaselly Saul Goodman from “Breaking Bad?” Soon, promises co-creator Peter Gould, who shared exclusive photos from the drama’s fourth season with USA TODAY. “It gets darker, it gets richer,” said creator Vince Gilligan. Star Bob Odenkirk will do anything to promote the new season — including getting a temporary tattoo on this butt cheek emblazoned with the “Saul” premiere date, encircled by a heart.
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