Billy and Karen Vaughn lost their only son, Seal Team Six member Aaron Carson Vaughn, in 2011 in Afghanistan when he and 32 others were killed after their helicopter was shot down.
Reacting to the brutal beheading of fellow American James Foley, the photojournalist who was executed on camera by ISIS last month, the Vaughns are calling for President Obama's resignation in light of his "lack of leadership."
The Vaughns wrote a letter on Monday "calling out Mr. Obama's decision to go golfing after holding an important press conference on the Foley video."
The World Tribune published the letter, which accuses Obama of "bumbling about" in his golf cart, "slapping on a happy face," and "fist-pounding" his buddies while his "cowardly lack of leadership has left a gaping hole — not only in America's security — but the security of the entire globe."
The wildfire burning in and around Wenatchee, Washington, has destroyed at least 28 homes and three commercial buildings, officials said Monday.
Diane Reed, who lost her home in the fire, told The Seattle Times that her neighborhood looked "like a war zone." The Sleepy Hollow fire has burned about 3,000 acres since it broke out Sunday, state patrol spokesman Darren Wright told Reuters. Some firefighters have sustained minor injuries, he said, and several hundred homes are still under evacuation orders. Although crews have been unable to establish containment lines around the fire, overnight showers did help slow down its advance.
The cause of the fire is unknown at this point, but Janet Pearce, a spokeswoman for the state's Department of Natural Resources, said it started after several lightning strikes hit the region. Catherine Garcia
On Monday, FBI agents arrested a 23-year-old New Jersey man, charging him with conspiring to provide material support to ISIS.
Alaa Saadeh of West New York also stands accused of witness tampering, with the FBI saying he tried to persuade a witness to lie to the agency, CBS News reports. The criminal complaint states that Saadeh's brother went to the Middle East in May to join ISIS, but was arrested in Jordan. Saadeh's credit card was used to buy the plane ticket, and he was aware of his brother's plans, the complaint says. Prosecutors say Saadeh told another person he believed someone "snitched" on his brother, and if that was the case, he would have to "kill someone."
Saadeh was also secretly recorded by an informant earlier this month, the complaint alleges, with Saadeh telling a potential witness if they are confronted by the FBI, "You just play dumb. Like you just really don't know. That all you know is that he was going to see his parents." The FBI and Joint Terrorism Task Force have been investigating several people in the New York and New Jersey area due to concerns over terrorist attacks around the 4th of July. Catherine Garcia
The FBI has launched an investigation into corruption at the Clinton Correctional Facility, law enforcement officials told CNN Monday, looking into possible drug trafficking and other criminal behavior.
Convicted killers Richard Matt and David Sweat escaped from the upstate New York prison earlier this month, and the probe is being fueled by evidence uncovered by authorities while investigating the jailbreak. Some employees told authorities that prisoners were using heroin and employees were part of the drug trade, sources said, and specific people have been identified and are the focus of the investigation.
The New York Inspector General and New York State Police have also launched investigations into the escape, with the inspector general looking at the relationships between guards and inmates and the things they would discuss; investigators now believe Matt and Sweat spoke with guards about the terrain around the prison, gaining knowledge that would be useful during their escape. Corrections officer Joyce Mitchell is accused of smuggling in the tools Matt and Sweat used to break out of prison, while another prison worker, Gene Palmer, is charged with delivering those tools. Matt was killed on Friday, while Sweat was captured alive on Sunday. Catherine Garcia
Move over, Taylor Swift and 1989: Apple Music reportedly also has exclusive streaming rights to another, slightly older album. Dr. Dre's The Chronic, a 1992 release many consider to be among the top hip-hop albums of all time, should be available when Apple launches its new service Tuesday, Rolling Stone reports, citing a source close to the project.
The Chronic has never been available digitally before, not even as part of the Dre-founded Beats Electronics deal with Apple in 2014. He has had digital rights to his solo debut following a 2011 legal battle with Death Row Records, his former record label. Julie Kliegman
California legislators voted Monday to eliminate the state's personal belief exemption for required school vaccinations, The Associated Press reports. Only Mississippi and West Virginia have similarly strict laws on the books. Democratic senators introduced the bill after more than 100 people were infected in a measles outbreak originating at Disneyland, sparking a nationwide debate on whether vaccines should be mandatory.
The measure would not affect medical exemptions the state allows children with serious health issues. It would also grandfather in students with existing personal belief exemptions until their next vaccine checkpoint.
Gov. Jerry Brown (D) has not yet said whether he'll sign the bill, which doesn't have enough support to override a veto. Julie Kliegman
Even though Boston would need to fork over $4.6 billion to host the 2024 Olympics, organizers are claiming that the event wouldn't cost taxpayers a cent. Organizers revealed Monday that the games would leave the city with an estimated surplus of $210 million, not to mention an expanded tax base and the creation of both jobs and housing. The latest revelations in Boston's Olympic plans came in response to concerns that the bid withheld information that would properly allow the public to assess whether the project would require taxpayer money.
The most detailed look yet at the submitted proposal suggests that taxpayers would not be losing money from the Games, though concerns are not entirely assuaged. Those opposed to Boston 2024 say that the proposal fails to explain what would happen should the event cost more than expected or if revenues aren't as high as anticipated.
Olympic Committee members will not select the host city until 2017. Paris, Hamburg, and Rome are already in the running, and Budapest is expected to join the race. Becca Stanek
The White House will not consider bailing Puerto Rico out of its $72 billion debt, White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest said Monday. Puerto Rico Gov. Alejandro Garcia Padilla announced the "unpayable" debts Sunday, adding that the commonwealth has been struggling for years.
"There is no one in the administration or in D.C. federal government that's contemplating a federal bailout of Puerto Rico," Earnest told The Hill.
The administration will work with Puerto Rican officials, Earnest said, adding that Congress should consider granting the island the ability to file for Chapter 9 bankruptcy, just like Detroit did in 2013. Julie Kliegman