The biggest news you missed this weekend – USA TODAY
Military action still ‘on the table’ for Iran, Trump says
President Donald Trump, warning that military action is still “on the table,” said Saturday that the United States will place additional sanctions on Iran on Monday in an effort to force them to give up their nuclear efforts. His comments followed a week of crises in the Persian Gulf, including a purported attack by Iranian forces on oil tankers, the downing of an unmanned U.S. drone by elite Iranian forces and Trump’s last-minute decision not to attack Iranian sites on Thursday. Trump secretly authorized U.S. Cyber Command to carry out a retaliatory cyberattack that disabled Iranian systems that control rocket and missile launches, officials told The Associated Press. Trump said Friday he does not want to go to war with Iran, but warned that there will be “obliteration like you’ve never seen before” if a conflict does arise.
Trump delays nationwide ICE raids, giving lawmakers two weeks
President Donald Trump announced Saturday that he would delay nationwide raids to deport undocumented immigrants, saying he would give Congress two weeks to reach an immigration deal. Earlier this week, Trump announced a massive deportation effort by Immigration and Customs Enforcement that he said would remove “millions” of undocumented immigrants. The threat came hours before his 2020 re-election campaign kickoff in Florida. The raids were reported to begin in 10 major U.S. cities on Sunday, according to multiple news outlets, and were planned in cities including Atlanta, Baltimore, Chicago, Denver, Houston, Los Angeles, Miami, New Orleans, New York and San Francisco, according to CNN.
During an interview that aired Sunday, Trump falsely told NBC’s “Meet the Press” that he “inherited separation from President Obama.” Family separations were rare during the Obama and Bush administrations and became “systematic” under Trump’s zero-tolerance policy, PolitiFact found.
Plane in crash that killed 11 had a terrifying past
The skydiving plane that crashed this weekend in Hawaii, killing all 11 on board, was also involved in a frightening midair incident in California three years before. Federal investigators are trying to determine why the twin-engine turboprop plane went down shortly after takeoff Friday, leaving a smoky pile of wreckage northwest of Honolulu in the worst civil aviation accident in the U.S. since 2011. National Transportation Safety Board records show that same aircraft, built in 1967, stalled three times and spun another three during a 2016 skydiving flight in the eastern San Francisco Bay Area, forcing 14 skydivers to jump to safety.
- Lisa Marie Presley’s son channeled her famous father, Elvis, and the internet is all shook up.
- A Michigan man who won more than $30 million during a divorce must share the lottery winnings with his ex-wife.
- VA health professionals who reported patient care issues say the agency continues to try to silence them.
- Trump named the “biggest mistake” of his presidency: Jeff Sessions.
- Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan did not disclose a violent domestic battle to lawmakers.
Pickup collides with motorcycles in New Hampshire, leaving 7 dead
The motorcycle community reeled Sunday after a horrific biker collision left seven people dead and three injured in northern New Hampshire. The group of 10 motorcycles collided with a pickup truck on a rural, two-lane road Friday. The pickup caught fire, and witnesses described the scene as “devastating.” Dawn Brindley, a woman riding with the group, survived the crash after getting off her bike and rolling away, New Hampshire TV station WMUR reported. Authorities searched for clues to the accident Sunday and worked to identify the dead. The deadly crash involved members of Marine Jarheads MC, a motorcycle club in New England that includes Marines and their spouses.
Trump denies another sexual assault claim — this time as president
After two-plus years in the White House, President Donald Trump is fighting a new sexual misconduct claim made by longtime advice columnist E. Jean Carroll. She wrote in a forthcoming book that Trump forced himself on her in a Bergdorf Goodman dressing room more than 20 years ago. An excerpt from the book was published by New York Magazine. Trump portrayed Carroll as someone whose only motivation is to sell books. “I have no idea who this woman is,” Trump said. A photo of Carroll with Trump was published in New York Magazine.
‘Dog the Bounty Hunter’ star Beth Chapman reportedly in an induced coma
“Dog the Bounty Hunter” star Duane Chapman is asking fans to pray for his wife, Beth Chapman, after sharing a report that she was placed in a medically induced coma amid cancer treatment. Beth is currently hospitalized and “it’s very serious,” Chapman’s lawyer confirmed to USA TODAY Sunday. “Please say your prayers for Beth right now thank you love you,” Duane wrote Sunday morning, sharing the article. Beth was originally diagnosed with Stage 2 throat cancer in September 2017; it returned in late November.