Aug 22, 2017

Bodies found after USS John S. McCain collision

Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Joshua Fulton / U.S. Navy photo via AP

Admiral Scott Swift, the commander of the U.S. Pacific Fleet, announced today that divers had found bodies inside the hull of the USS John S. McCain, which struck a civilian ship in the Strait of Malacca early yesterday, per CBS News.

The details: With 10 sailors missing after the collision, Swift didn't specify how many bodies had been found inside the ship. He also announced that the Malaysian Navy had apparently recovered another body.

Why it matters: The McCain incident adds to a string of deadly mishaps this year for the Pacific Fleet, undermining confidence in the United States' presence in the Pacific and spawning theories that the incidents might be caused by anything from gross mismanagement to cyberinterference.

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Updates: George Floyd protests continue for 8th day

Police officers wearing riot gear push back demonstrators outside of the White House on Monday. Photo: Jose Luis Magana/AFP via Getty Images

Protests over the death of George Floyd and other police-related killings of black people continued across the U.S. for the eighth consecutive day, prompting a federal response from the National Guard, Immigration and Customs Enforcement and Customs and Border Protection.

The latest: The Minnesota Department of Human Rights announced an investigation on Tuesday into the conduct of the Minneapolis Police Department over the past decade, after filing a civil rights charge related to the death of George Floyd.

Minnesota files civil rights charge against police over George Floyd's killing

Police spray protesters with pepper spray during a demonstration outside the Third Police Precinct on Wednesday in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Photo: Kerem Yucel/AFP via Getty Images

The Minnesota Department of Human Rights (MDHR) announced an investigation on Tuesday into the conduct of the Minneapolis Police Department over the past decade, alongside a civil rights charge into the killing of George Floyd.

The big picture: Complaints of excessive force brought against the city's law enforcement officers "have become commonplace, especially by African-American residents," the New York Times reports.

GOP split over Trump's St. John's photo op

Sen. Tim Scott. Photo: Andrew Harnik - Pool/Getty Images

Republican lawmakers are weighing in on President Trump's decision to tear gas and physically clear peaceful protestors from outside the White House on Monday in order to stand in front of the historic St. John's Episcopal Church for a photo op.

The state of play: While some Republicans are backing the president's actions and condemning protestors, others are lamenting the decision and calling for improvement.