epa06083641 A handout photo made available by Sri Lanka Nave media unit shows Sri Lanka Navy divers trying to tie a rope around an elephant who had strayed away into the open sea and trying to stay afloat off the East coast of the Island, 12 July 2017. After being initially spotted by the crew of a fast attack craft of the East Naval Command about eight Nautical miles off the coast of kokkuthuduwai, Kokilai, the elephant was safely pulled ashore with the help of another fast attack craft and two Cedric boats and the close watch of Wildlife Personnel. Further action was taken over by the Wildlife Authority after being safely landed ashore. EPA/SRI LANKA NAVY MEDIA UNIT HANDOUT HANDOUT EDITORIAL USE ONLY/NO SALES SRI LANKA NAVY MEDIA UNIT SRI LANKA NAVY RESCU ELEPHANT STRAYED AWAY TO THE OPEN SEA

BuzzFeed reports a Washington, D.C. judge tossed out the conviction of a woman facing 12 months in prison, and ordered a new trial. She’d been been found guilty of laughing during Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ Senate confirmation hearing January 10th. Desiree Fairooz was arrested after she said she involuntarily laughed at a statement by Republican Sen. Richard Shelby. Shelby said that Sessions had a “clear and well-documented” record of “treating all Americans equally under the law.”
Authorities say they have identified the remains of four young men who were killed on a Pennsylvania farm and found buried there in two separate pits. Two men are charged in their killings. (July 14)
President Donald Trump says it was a “great honor” to represent the U.S. at the annual Bastille Day parade in Paris. Trump says in a tweet that the military parade featuring U.S. and French troops was “magnificent.” (July 14)
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