Secretary of State Mike Pompeo seized on a U.N. report confirming Iranian weapons were used to attack Saudi Arabia in September and were part of an arms shipment seized months ago off Yemen's coast; State Department correspondent Rich Edson reports. A fire and an explosion struck a centrifuge production plant above Iran's underground Natanz nuclear enrichment facility early Thursday, analysts said, one of the most-tightly guarded sites in all of the Islamic Republic after earlier acts of sabotage there. The Atomic Energy Organization of Iran sought to downplay the fire, calling it an "incident" that only affected an under-construction "industrial shed," spokesman Behrouz Kamalvandi said. However, both Kamalvandi and Iranian nuclear chief Ali Akbar Salehi rushed after the fire to Natanz, a facility earlier targeted by the Stuxnet computer virus and built underground to withstand enemy airstrikes. The fire threatened to rekindle wider tensions across the Middle East, similar to the escalation in January after a U.S. drone strike killed a top Iranian general in Baghdad and Tehran launched a retaliatory ballistic missile attack targeting American forces in Iraq. While offering no cause for Thursday's blaze, Iran's state-run IRNA news agency published a commentary addressing the possibility of sabotage by enemy nations such as Israel and the U.S. following other recent explosions in the country.
Fox News Flash top entertainment and celebrity headlines are here. Check out what's clicking today in entertainment. Byron "Reckful" Bernstein, a popular Twitch streamer and "World of Warcraft" gamer, has died. Bernstein's older brother, Gary Bernstein, confirmed the tragic news via Twitter on Thursday. "My baby brother Byron @reckful is gone. RIP," Gary wrote of the Austin, Texas-based gamer.
Fox News Flash top headlines are here. Check out what's clicking on Foxnews.com. The Massachusetts Institute of Technology permanently took down its 80 Million Tiny Images dataset--a popular image database used to train machine learning systems to identify people and objects in an environment--because it used a range of racist, misogynistic, and other offensive terms to label photos. In a letter published Monday to MIT's CSAIL website, the three creators of the huge dataset, Antonio Torralba, Rob Fergus, and Bill Freeman, apologized and said they had decided to take the dataset offline. "It has been brought to our attention that the Tiny Images dataset contains some derogatory terms as categories and offensive images. This was a consequence of the automated data collection procedure that relied on nouns from WordNet. We are greatly concerned by this and apologize to those who may have been affected," they wrote in the letter.
Fox News Flash top headlines are here. Check out what's clicking on Foxnews.com. Kobe Bryant will grace the cover of NBA 2K21's "Mamba Forever" edition. The video game series will honor the late Los Angeles Lakers legend on the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 versions of the game and the Xbox Series X and PlayStation 5 versions as well. The current video game consoles will have cover art featuring Bryant during his 81-game performance in 2006 and the future generation console game will picture Bryant waving to the Staples Center crowd in his final game.
Fox News Flash top headlines are here. Check out what's clicking on Foxnews.com. After raiding Usama Bin Laden's compound, the government used artificial intelligence to discover future al-Qaida plans. That CIA-led raid took place on May 2, 2011, killing Bin Laden, America's most wanted terrorist and the founder of al-Qaida, the group responsible for the Sept. 11 attacks. "The large quantity of materials collected from the compound required time for a thorough review," the CIA said in a report about the raid, adding the agency "led a multi-agency task force to prioritize, catalogue, and analyze them for intelligence about al-Qa ida's affiliates, plans and intentions and current threats."
Fox News Flash top headlines are here. Check out what's clicking on Foxnews.com. A forward-operating Army unit is under heavy fire and poised to attack. The soldiers are armed with small arms weapons, shoulder-fired missiles, drones and even helicopter support, yet commanders need to know which among many targets to hit. Which targets should be hit first?
Archbishop of New York Timothy Cardinal Dolan says erasing the past instead of learning from it is'very dangerous' on'Bill Hemmer Reports.' Timothy Cardinal Dolan, the Roman Catholic archbishop of New York, told "Bill Hemmer Reports" Tuesday that the desire to take down monuments and statues honoring controversial figures from history is "dangerous." "As Catholics, like our Jewish neighbors, memory and tradition are very, very important," Dolan told host Bill Hemmer. "It's the vehicle of God's revelation ... To do anything to chip away at that tradition is perilous to the human project. "And secondly, I'm coming at this as an American historian who knows the old quote that those who are not familiar with the past are -- guess what? Dolan went on to say that some of the ways "we remember the past and learn from it [are] statues, monuments, dedicated buildings, books and all of these. "We're into book burning," the cardinal added. "We're into a cultural revolution like Mao tried to do in China.
Former Vice President Joe Biden defends his cognitive capabilities amid criticism. Joe Biden, at his first press conference in three months, defended his cognitive ability and said he "can hardly wait" to compare it to President Trump's as the general election matchup heats up. "I've been tested, I'm constantly tested," Biden said in response to a question from Fox News' Doug McKelway. "Look, all you've got to do is watch me and I can hardly wait to compare my cognitive capability to the cognitive capability of the man I'm running against." While Biden's press conference in Delaware was ostensibly about how he would respond to the coronavirus pandemic, the former vice president also slammed the current White House occupant for his response to reports that Russian intelligence operatives offered to pay bounties to Taliban-linked militants who killed U.S. troops in Afghanistan.
Fox News Flash top headlines are here. Check out what's clicking on Foxnews.com. What if artillery rounds, mini-drone swarms of explosives, rockets and even air-fired missiles are all approaching forward-positioned Army troops at the same time? Imagine that these incoming weapons are dispersed, varied and fast approaching. How do ground commanders avoid being overwhelmed and destroyed?
Fox News Flash top headlines are here. Check out what's clicking on Foxnews.com. Flying snakes are able to undulate their bodies as they glide through the air, and those unique movements allow them to take flight, scientists have found. These snakes, such Chrysopelea paradisi, also known as the paradise tree snake, tend to reside in the trees of South and Southeast Asia. While up there, they move along tree branches and, sometimes, to reach another tree, they'll launch themselves into the air and glide down at an angle.