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Dow falls as oil prices jump after Saudi oil attack, raising specter of higher gas prices

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An attack on Saudi Arabian oil facilities caused energy prices to increase worldwide and reignited fears of a U.S. military confrontation in the Middle East. USA TODAY

The Dow Jones industrial average fell more than 100 points in late morning trading on Monday after an attack on Saudi Arabian oil facilities disrupted more than 5% of the world’s daily crude supplies and raised the prospect of higher gasoline prices that could add a speed bump to an already vulnerable U.S. economy.

Gasoline prices are likely to rise about 15 cents a gallon as early as this week after drone strikes on two major Saudi oil facilities over the weekend caused the largest-ever disruption of the world’s daily oil supplies, analysts say.

That would drive average pump prices from $2.56 a gallon to $2.71.

As of 11:35 a.m. ET on Monday, the U.S. benchmark crude price rose $6.38, or 11.6%, to $61.23, in response to the attacks. And wholesale gasoline prices increased about 15 cents a gallon, says Tom Kloza, chief global analyst for the Oil Price Information Service.

Although Saudi Arabia said it would quickly replenish the lost oil from its stockpiles, Kloza says: “I think that everybody needs to be very skeptical. It’s really an uncertain question.”

Phil Flynn, senior market analyst for the PRICE Futures Group, says Saudi Arabia will likely be hard-pressed to replace the disrupted oil if the outage lasts more than several days. 

Flynn says any price increase is likely to be somewhat limited because refineries have switched from summer to winter blends of gasoline, which have less rigorous environmental standards and are less expensive to produce.

The Dow fell 123 points Monday to 27,096 in response to the roiled energy markets. The Dow is coming off eight straight days, and three consecutive weeks, of gains.

The U.S. economy has slowed but performed solidly as a result of steady consumer spending despite the U.S. trade war with China and a slowing global economy. Those developments have hurt business investment and raised the risk of recession. A persistent spike in gasoline prices could partly dim the picture of a healthy American consumer.

The Federal Reserve is expected to lower its key short-term interest rate by a quarter percentage point Wednesday because of the growing risk of a recession by the end of 2020. The Fed cut the rate In late July for the first time in a decade.

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Drones claimed by Yemen’s Houthi rebels attacked the world’s largest oil processing facility in Saudi Arabia and a major oilfield operated by Saudi Aramco early Saturday, sparking a huge fire at a processor crucial to global energy supplies. (Sept. 14) AP, AP

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Army AI Task Force builds new prototypes for armored vehicles

Streamlining multiple targeting sensors to destroy long-range targets, arming forward-positioned robots to penetrate enemy defenses and receiving organized weather-specific terrain mapping from nearby drones – are all emerging combat dynamics increasingly made possible by AI-enabled weapons and technologies.

New applications of AI are consolidating data from otherwise disparate sensor systems, analyzing seemingly limitless amounts of targeting data in seconds and instantly sifting through hours of drone video to massively improve attack options and shorten “sensor-to-shooter” time.

“We are developing an AI stack regarding how we pull together the sensors, computing layer and analytics to manage the data,” Col. Doug Matty, Army AI Task Force Deputy Director, told Warrior in an interview.

New algorithms, AI-enabled computer processing and high-speed networking are all specific elements of work now underway with the Army’s AI Task Force, an emerging Army effort to collaborate with industry and academia, find technology breakthroughs and develop new applications for AI, Matty explained. The Task Force is now working on prototyping systems for integration onto UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters, Long-Range Precision Fires systems and the Army’s emerging fleet of Next-Gen Combat Vehicles, he said.

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“We are focusing on the Next Gen Combat Vehicle. As you know they are progressing with two different platforms – the optionally-manned vehicle and the robotic combat vehicle. How do we have AI-aided threat recognition? We have to be aware of how robotic and manned vehicles share information to conduct operations,” Matty explained.

The first prototype AI-focused integrated threat recognition sensor will be ready by January of next year, Matty said.

The Army’s fast-moving AI-task force, based in Pittsburgh at Carnegie Mellon University’s National Robotics Engineering Center, was first established by the Secretary of the Army in October of 2018.

As part of a dual-pronged strategy to both rapidly advance technology and analyze its impact upon strategy, doctrine and combat tactics, the AI TF is working closely with Army Futures Command and its Cross Functional Teams.

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“We are working through an initial set of mission analysis with the CFT. We are now aligning these efforts with research opportunities,” Matty said.

An interesting 2017 essay from the Hague Centre for International Studies offers some significance context regarding the anticipated operational impact of AI.

“AI systems could provide probabilistic forecasts of enemy behavior, anticipate and flag bottlenecks or vulnerabilities in supply lines before they occur, and suggest mitigation strategies; draw on data (e.g. weather conditions collected by drones), to examine factors affecting operations and assess the viability of different mission approaches,” the essay, called “Artificial Intelligence and the Future of Defense,” states.

Matty and his team are now refining potential applications of new algorithms being uncovered through the Army’s current collaboration with scientists and engineers at Carnegie Mellon — to help bring the vision outlined by the essay to life. There are a number of efforts showing early promise, Matty explained.

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Some of these include sensor consolidation, an effort which not only reduces the hardware footprint created by building sensors into armored vehicles but also increases long-range sensor fidelity and organizes otherwise separate pools of data. This, among other things, can introduce new attack options, Matty explained.

“We are working on sensor consolidation. For fire control there are a number of processes that are conducted in advance of finding the entities that you want to generate effects on. How do we leverage enhanced capabilities based on longer-range types of systems and overhead commercial imagery or UAS so we can rapidly perform PED (Processing, Exploitation, Dissemination)?” he said.

Here Matty seems to be referring to how AI-aided algorithms can now immediately sift through drone-video feeds, instantly finding and disseminating intelligence of pressing combat relevance. This kind of information synergy described by Matty is also reinforced by the Hague Centre for International Studies essay, which states that new adaptations of AI technologies can perform “analysis of reports, documents, newsfeeds and other forms of unstructured information.”

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Perhaps of greatest relevance, the essay explains how these AI-enhanced functions can “forecast enemy behavior, anticipate maneuver challenges and find vulnerabilities in supply lines.”

AI is also changing the readiness equation, Matty explained, by virtue of accelerating condition-based maintenance on board certain large platforms such as Strykers and Black Hawk helicopters.

“We are working to refine the analytics and machine learning to not only increase the specificity but also improve the time horizon to predict when maintenance needs will occur. We can get to the granular level of specificity, not just for the fleet but eventually for tail numbers,” Matty said.

The Army has been working on conditioned-based maintenance for many years now, an effort which includes engineering and integrating key data-collection sensors onto large platforms. These sensors can, among other things, monitor system health, engine rotations and other essential combat functions in real-time – at times even wirelessly – to help commanders anticipate when a given system may malfunction. In recent years, the Army completed a “proof of principle” exercise using AI-enabled wireless technology to download and organize maintenance data from sensors onboard Stryker vehicles. Collaborating with IBM, the Army was able to draw upon IBM’s Watson computer to perform analytics in real-time to produce indispensable maintenance information in seconds. The Army’s AI Task Force is now working on this on Black Hawk helicopters.

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“How can information be analyzed to understand maintenance status? This includes developing new algorithms and interfaces for maintenance and mechanics to address supply chain and logistics challenges and take advantage of recently-available data assets,” Matty said.

Automation and AI, which are of course progressing at near lightning speed these days, are often described in terms of easing the “cognitive burden,” meaning they can quickly perform analytics and a range of procedural functions to present to a human operating in a command control capacity.

Working on the cutting edge regarding both the promise and limitations of AI, the Army’s Task Force is currently grounded in a doctrinal emphasis upon having a “human in the loop.” Essentially, AI and advanced computer processing speed are well suited to exponentially improve procedural functions, the organization of sensor data and other pressing computational operations — yet Matty emphasized the importance of having humans in a role of command and control in order to make complex decisions, reason and best leverage the benefits of AI.

For instance, there are many combat variables which are often a complex byproduct of a range of more subjectively determined variables – impacted by concepts, personalities, individual psychology, historical nuances and larger sociological phenomena. This naturally raises the question as to how much even the most advanced computer programs could account for these and other somewhat less “tangible” factors.

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Advanced computer algorithms can analyze data and quickly perform procedural functions far more quickly than human cognition – yet there are nonetheless still many things which are known to be unique to human cognition. Humans solve problems, interpret emotions and at times respond to certain variables in a way that the best computer technology cannot.

This concept, broadly speaking, is mirrored in an interesting 2017 essay from Chatham House, Royal Institute of International Affairs called “Artificial Intelligence and the Future of War.” (M.L.Cummings). The essay explains how typical algorithms cannot necessarily “generalize” but rather only consider “quantifiable variables.”

“Replicating the intangible concept of intuition, knowledge-based reasoning and true expertise is, for now, beyond the realm of computers,” the essay states.

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“…….AI is advancing, but given the current struggle to imbue computers with true knowledge and expert-based behaviours, as well as limitations in perception sensors, it will be many years before AI will be able to approximate human intelligence in high-uncertainty settings – as epitomized by the fog of war …,” the Chatham House essay states.

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John Legend opposes Felicity Huffman's sentence: 'We don't need to lock people up for' this

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John Legend opposes Felicity Huffman’s 14-day prison sentence for her role in the college admissions scandal. Legend shared his thoughts on Twitter. USA TODAY

John Legend disagrees with the sentence fellow celebrity Felicity Huffman received Friday from being a part of the college admissions scandal. 

In a Boston courtroom, the “Desperate Housewives” alum was sentenced to 14 days in prison, a $30,000 fine, supervised release for one year and 250 hours of community service for paying $15,000 to have someone correct answers on the SAT exam of her and William H. Macy’s oldest daughter, Sophia.

“I get why everyone gets mad when rich person X gets a short sentence and poor person of color Y gets a long one,” read a Saturday tweet from Legend, founder of FreeAmerica, “a campaign to transform America’s criminal justice system,” according to its website. “The answer isn’t for X to get more; it’s for both of them to get less (or even none!!!) We should level down not up.”

“Americans have become desensitized to how much we lock people up,” he shared in another post. “Prisons and jails are not the answer to every bad thing everyone does, but we’ve come to use them to address nearly every societal ill.”

Felicity Huffman sentenced: 2 weeks in prison, $30,000 fine for college admissions scandal

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Felicity Huffman’s sentencing gives prosecutors a crucial win as they seek prison sentences for other parents charged in the historic case. USA TODAY

Though he did not address Huffman by name, he did reference her 2-week sentencing, describing it as ultimately meaningless.  

“And no one in our nation will benefit from the 14 days an actress will serve for cheating in college admissions,” he wrote. “We don’t need to lock people up for any of this stuff.”

Legend explained that he preferred other alternatives to prison when a Twitter user opposed his view. “Yeah let’s not have any consequences to crime… that’ll work well,” the critic remarked

“When you think no prison = no consequences,” Legend replied. “There are other ways to hold people accountable than the state paying 10s of thousands a year to hold them in a secure facility”

Read Felicity Huffman’s full, emotional statement about her 14-day prison sentence

That’s not the only Twitter opponent Legend has had to face of late. The artist’s Sept. 8, appearance on MSNBC’s final installment of Lester Holt’s “Justice For All” series, a report about the criminal justice system, ruffled the feathers of President Donald Trump. The nation’s leader complained that he and his political party were not receiving the appropriate credit and dragged the “boring musician” and his “filthy mouthed wife” Chrissy Teigen, who was not mentioned in the report. 

The judge in Huffman’s case, U.S. District Judge Indira Talwani, addressed the actress’ sentencing in court. 

“I don’t think anyone wants to go to prison,” Talwani said. “I do think this is the right thing here. I think without this sentence you would be looking at a future with a community around you asking how you got away with this.”

Meghan McCain defends Chrissy Teigen after President Trump targets Teigen, John Legend

Friday, Huffman said she was ready to “accept the court’s decision today without reservation.”

“I broke the law. I have admitted that and I pleaded guilty to this crime. There are no excuses or justifications for my actions. Period,” she said.  

“I would like to apologize again to my daughter, my husband, my family and the educational community for my actions,” she added. “And I especially want to apologize to the students who work hard every day to get into college, and to their parents who make tremendous sacrifices supporting their children.” 

Contributing: Joey Garrison, Hannah Yasharoff and Anika Reed

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The “What happened in your state last week?” Megathread, Week 37

Welcome to the ‘What happened in your state last week’ thread, where you can post any local political news stories that you find important in the comments. This is a weekly thread posted every Monday, in order to facilitate more discussion on local issues on /r/politics. Since this is intended to be a thread about local politics, top-level comments that are exclusively about national issues will not be allowed. When commenting, please include the state you’re living in, and don’t forget to link sources. Also, please actually describe what happened. “I live in X, you know what happened” isn’t helpful to users and will be removed.

If someone from your state made a news round-up that you think is insufficient, feel free to comment to that round-up with further news stories. Enjoy discussion, and review our civility guidelines before engaging with others

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Trump Says Brett Kavanaugh Is The One ‘Being Assaulted’ Amid New Accusations

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President Donald Trump argued that Brett Kavanaugh is really the one “being assaulted” in the wake of new sexual misconduct allegations against the recently appointed Supreme Court justice.

“The one who is actually being assaulted is Justice Kavanaugh,” Trump tweeted Monday morning. “Assaulted by lies and Fake News!”

Two New York Times reporters published an op-ed on Saturday detailing new sexual assault allegations against Kavanaugh. A former classmate of Kavanaugh’s told reporters Robin Pogrebin and Kate Kelly that he once saw Kavanaugh with his pants down while his friends pushed his penis into the hands of a female student during a dorm party at Yale University.

Trump offered more support for Kavanaugh in an additional tweet, quoting “Fox & Friends.”

“Just Out: ‘Kavanaugh accuser doesn’t recall incident,‘” Trump tweeted, attributing the quote to Fox News’ morning show. “DO YOU BELIEVE WHAT THESE HORRIBLE PEOPLE WILL DO OR SAY. They are looking to destroy, and influence his opinions ― but played the game badly. They should be sued!”

Trump earlier came to Kavanaugh’s defense on Sunday, tweeting that the justice should “start suing people for [libel], or the Justice Department should come to his rescue.”  

Prior to this most recent allegation, three women accused Kavanaugh of sexual assault or misconduct. One of the three, Dr. Christine Blasey Ford, delivered an emotional testimony in front of the entire country about her accusation that Kavanaugh attempted to rape her when the two were in high school. Despite her powerful testimony, Kavanaugh was confirmed to the Supreme Court last October. 

Kavanaugh has denied all allegations of sexual assault. 

Trump, who has himself been accused of sexual misconduct by over 20 women, has been an outspoken supporter of his controversial Supreme Court pick. The president has praised Kavanaugh as “an incredible individual, great intellect, great judge” with an “impeccable history in every way.” 

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Colin Kaepernick’s Nike commercial wins an Emmy Award

Former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick’s “Dream Crazy” Nike commercial won an Emmy Award for outstanding commercial on Sunday at the Creative Arts Emmy Awards.

It beat out impressive ads for Netflix as well as Apple’s Macbook, iPhone XS and Sandy Hook Promise.

Nike announced Kaepernick as the face of its “Just Do It” campaign last September, prompting immediate backlash due to his controversial decision to start kneeling during the national anthem at NFL games in 2016. The move, he said, was an effort to protest systemic racial injustices against the African-American community in the country.

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“Believe in something, even if it means sacrificing everything,” Kaepernick, who has not played in the NFL since failing to re-sign with the 49ers, says in the ad.

“Don’t ask if your dreams are crazy. Ask if they’re crazy enough,” he continues.

The “Dream Crazy” commercial, which also referenced star athletes such as Serena Williams, LeBron James, and Shaquem Alphonso Griffin, highlighted people who aspire to go beyond athleticism and be the best in the world at what they do.

A report from Edison Trends said the company’s online sales grew 31 percent the week the campaign launched. The surge was stronger than the 17 percent increase recorded last year during the same period, the report stated.

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“There was speculation that the Nike/Kaepernick campaign would lead to a drop in sales but the data does not support that theory,” the company said in a statement.

Despite his part in the popular ad, Kaepernick, who has been under contract with Nike since 2011, was recently at odds with the company. He reportedly took issue with the brand’s use of Betsy Ross’ U.S. flag design on its new Air Max 1 USA.

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Former NFL football quarterback Colin Kaepernick smiles on stage during W.E.B. Du Bois Medal ceremonies at Harvard University (AP Photo/Steven Senne, File)

Kaepernick reportedly complained because he felt the use of the Betsy Ross flag was offensive and carried slavery connotations, sources told The Wall Street Journal.

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Citing people familiar with the matter, the Journal’s report stated: “After images of the shoe were posted online, Mr. Kaepernick, a Nike endorser, reached out to company officials saying that he and others felt the Betsy Ross flag is an offensive symbol because of its connection to an era of slavery.”

Fox News’ Tyler McCarthy and Liam Quinn contributed to this report.

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Dow falls as oil prices jump after Saudi oil attack, raising specter of higher gas prices

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An attack on Saudi Arabian oil facilities caused energy prices to increase worldwide and reignited fears of a U.S. military confrontation in the Middle East. USA TODAY

The Dow Jones industrial average fell more than 100 points in late morning trading on Monday after an attack on Saudi Arabian oil facilities disrupted more than 5% of the world’s daily crude supplies and raised the prospect of higher gasoline prices that could add a speed bump to an already vulnerable U.S. economy.

Gasoline prices are likely to rise about 15 cents a gallon as early as this week after drone strikes on two major Saudi oil facilities over the weekend caused the largest-ever disruption of the world’s daily oil supplies, analysts say.

That would drive average pump prices from $2.56 a gallon to $2.71.

As of 11:35 a.m. ET on Monday, the U.S. benchmark crude price rose $6.38, or 11.6%, to $61.23, in response to the attacks. And wholesale gasoline prices increased about 15 cents a gallon, says Tom Kloza, chief global analyst for the Oil Price Information Service.

Although Saudi Arabia said it would quickly replenish the lost oil from its stockpiles, Kloza says: “I think that everybody needs to be very skeptical. It’s really an uncertain question.”

Phil Flynn, senior market analyst for the PRICE Futures Group, says Saudi Arabia will likely be hard-pressed to replace the disrupted oil if the outage lasts more than several days. 

Flynn says any price increase is likely to be somewhat limited because refineries have switched from summer to winter blends of gasoline, which have less rigorous environmental standards and are less expensive to produce.

The Dow fell 123 points Monday to 27,096 in response to the roiled energy markets. The Dow is coming off eight straight days, and three consecutive weeks, of gains.

The U.S. economy has slowed but performed solidly as a result of steady consumer spending despite the U.S. trade war with China and a slowing global economy. Those developments have hurt business investment and raised the risk of recession. A persistent spike in gasoline prices could partly dim the picture of a healthy American consumer.

The Federal Reserve is expected to lower its key short-term interest rate by a quarter percentage point Wednesday because of the growing risk of a recession by the end of 2020. The Fed cut the rate In late July for the first time in a decade.

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It Is F*cking Insane That the United States Is Considering Bombing Another Country in the Middle East

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The narrative now, is that cheap suicide drones, and Chinese knockoff cruise missiles penetrated the SA multi billion dollar air defense system.

The cruise missiles, I might understand…as I don’t think we sold any Patriot missile defense systems to SA. However, the drones would have been lit on radar…and how they weren’t intercepted is beyond me.

Edit: we have been selling the Patriot missile defense system to SA since ‘91. Taken from army technology website,

“Patriot (MIM-104) is a long-range, all-altitude, all-weather air defence system to counter tactical ballistic missiles, cruise missiles and advanced aircraft”

How they failed to stop Chinese knockoff missiles is mind boggling.

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Saudi Arabia Says Iranian Weapons Were Used in Strikes on Oil Facilities

Saudi Arabia said Monday that Iranian weapons were used in aerial strikes over the weekend that interrupted much of the kingdom’s oil production, and that the attacks were not launched from Yemen, home of the Houthi rebel faction that has claimed responsibility for the them.

The claims, made without supporting evidence, appeared to move the Saudis closer to directly blaming Iran, a chief ally of the Houthis, for the attacks on Saturday, which have heightened tensions between Iran and the United States, raising fears of a wider armed conflict.

United States officials have said that Iran was responsible for the attacks on Saturday, the most audacious and damaging blow to Saudi Arabia in the four and a half years of Yemen’s civil war, and have also cast doubt on whether they were launched from Houthi territory in Yemen. Iran has denied any involvement.

The Americans offered no evidence of Iranian involvement beyond satellite photos of the damage, whose meaning was unclear, and they did not say who was directly involved in carrying out the strikes or from where they were launched.

The Trump administration has previously blamed Iran for the actions of the Houthis, and United Nations experts say that Iran has supplied the group with drones and missiles that have greatly expanded its offensive capacity.

President Trump on Monday took to Twitter to suggest that Tehran could not be believed, reminding his followers of Iran’s downing of a United States surveillance drone in June. Iran’s version of events “was a very big lie,” he wrote. “Now they say that they had nothing to do with the attack on Saudi Arabia. We’ll see?”

The Saudi claims came from Colonel Turki al-Malki, spokesman for the Saudi-led coalition fighting the Houghis in Yemen, at a news conference in Riyadh. He did not provide any specifics, according to Saudi media and news service reports.

“The investigation is continuing, and all indications are that weapons used in both attacks came from Iran,” he said. The Saudis, he added, were seeking to determine “where they were fired from.”

Mr. Trump, who has made American policy toward Iran markedly more hostile, tweeted on Sunday night that Washington was seeking Saudi input before a potential military response.

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“There is reason to believe that we know the culprit,” he wrote, adding that the military was “locked and loaded depending on verification.”

But no clear public message had yet emerged about the preferred Saudi response. Prominent supporters of the monarchy have portrayed the strikes as an assault on the world and its energy markets, not just Saudi Arabia, or have even talked of revenge.

“What is required is nothing more than the destruction of Iran’s oil installations, and if there is a capacity, nuclear facilities and military bases as well,” argued Turki al-Hamad, a prominent Saudi political analyst and novelist.

But other social media accounts known for pro-government propaganda argued for patience, saying that wisdom favors choosing the right time and means to respond.

Mohammed Alyahya, editor in chief of the English website of the Saudi-owned Al Arabiya news channel, emphasized that the rulers of the kingdom were deliberating carefully. The attacks show that Iranians are feeling the pain of the Trump administration’s sweeping sanctions, and “they are more likely to take risks like the one they took recently,” he said.

“A conventional military response must only be embarked upon with the utmost care in terms of the legality and consequences, after looking at all the other alternatives,” he added. “If there is a military conflict, Iran will inevitably be the biggest loser but the reality is that everybody will lose. A conventional war will take its toll on everyone.”

The Houthis insisted on Monday that they had carried out the strikes using drones, while threatening more, although they made no reference to whether Iranian equipment or training played a role.

A spokesman for the Houthi military, Brig. Gen. Yahya Sare’e, “warned companies and foreigners not to be present in the factories that were hit by our strikes because we may target them again at any moment,” Almasirah, the Houthi news organization, reported on Monday.

The Houthis can strike at will anywhere in Saudi Arabia, he said, and their actions against the kingdom “will expand and be more painful.”

Saudi Arabia is leading the coalition that is fighting the Houthis in Yemen, waging a bombing campaign that has killed thousands, many of them civilians. The war there is considered the world’s greatest humanitarian crisis of recent years, displacing millions of people and leaving millions more at risk of starvation.

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A satellite image provided by the United States government of damage at the Abqaiq oil processing facility in Saudi Arabia on Saturday.CreditU.S. Government/DigitalGlobe, via Associated Press

The Houthis claimed to have used 10 drones in the Saturday attack; American officials said that there were 17 points of impact. The rebel group has launched missile and drone attacks into Saudi territory before, but never anything on that scale, or against such vital targets, or so deep into the kingdom, some 500 miles from Yemeni territory.

The attacks on Saturday forced the shutdown of facilities at Abqaiq and Khurais, which ordinarily process most of the crude oil produced by Saudi Arabia, which supplies about a tenth of the worldwide total. A Saudi official said Monday that the kingdom had shut down about half of its production because of the attacks, but expected its output to return to normal soon.

Saudi Arabia and other exporters keep large oil stockpiles. Experts say it is unclear whether the Saudi equipment will be out of commission long enough to affect global oil supplies, but prices rose sharply in the immediate aftermath of the attacks.

The Iraqi government said Monday that Secretary of State Mike Pompeo had told Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi on Sunday night that the information reviewed by the United States showed that the attacks had not come from Iraqi territory.

That would mean the United States does not suspect that Shiite militias in Iraq with ties to Iran are responsible for the attacks. Some of those militias are under the umbrella of Iraq’s Popular Mobilization Forces, which fought against the Islamic State and whose salaries are paid by Baghdad.

“The prime minister stressed that Iraq’s task is to maintain its own security and stability and avoid any step of escalation and to prevent the use of its territory against any neighboring or brotherly or friendly country,” the Iraqi statement said.

The State Department declined to comment on Mr. Pompeo’s call or the official Iraqi statement. The department did not provide its own summary of the call.

Tensions between the United States and Iran have increased sharply since last year, when Mr. Trump withdrew from the 2015 deal limiting Iran’s nuclear program and reimposed economic sanctions against Iran. This spring, he imposed new sanctions, and Iran, which had continued to abide by the 2015 accord after the United States withdrawal, began stepping back from some of their obligations.

In May and June, several tankers were damaged in or near the Strait of Hormuz, in what American officials said were Iranian attacks. Iran has also seized several foreign ships.

On Monday, the Iranian Foreign Ministry said that a British-flagged tanker, Stena Impero, which Iran impounded while it sailed near its coast in July, will be released within days. Iran took the ship after British and Gibraltar forces seized an Iranian tanker, which was released last month after more than six weeks’ detention.

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New York Giants’ Saquon Barkley cheers up young fan who was snubbed when he asked for autograph

New York Giants star Saquon Barkley lifted the spirits of a young fan who was denied an autograph from Dallas Cowboys defensive lineman DeMarcus Lawrence.

Barkley gave Kamil Bautista, 11, tickets to a game between the Giants and the New York Jets later in the season after the boy was denied an autograph. The snub happened after the Giants lost to the Cowboys during the first week of the season.

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The running back invited the fan and will fly him and his family out for a meet-and-greet, TMZ Sports reported Saturday. The game takes place Nov. 10.

Kamil was waiting outside AT&T Stadium last week and asked Lawrence for an autograph when the Cowboys star was walking to his vehicle. The short interaction was caught on video and went viral on social media.

Lawrence can be heard telling the unidentified kid, “Get the right jersey, son!” Kamil was wearing a Barkley jersey in the clip.

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Lawrence received significant backlash for his actions. The Cowboys player responded in his own words in a tweet.

“It’s crazy how you fans want to attack me for not signing for a kid. It’s more than one kid that come to the game with Cowboys jerseys and never get to meet any player. So if I’m honest with my own kids I will never treat your kid better than mine so suck it up. #SorryNotSorry”

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New York Giants’ Saquon Barkley celebrates his touchdown during the first half of an NFL football game against the Buffalo Bills, Sunday, Sept. 15, 2019, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Adam Hunger)

Lawrence later apologized in an interview with the Dallas Morning-News.

“It hurt. That ain’t me. If I need to be me 24/7 to have my persona on the field and off the field, trust me, I would love to take it all back,” Lawrence said. “I can’t have my persona on the field and off the field. … Sometimes, I can’t click it off fast enough. I ain’t even get one hit on Saquon Barkley in the game, so seeing that jersey, I kinda wanted to give him a little tackle.”

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Lawrence added he regretted the whole interaction.

“How the fans are attacking me, their situation,” he said “I mean, I could have worded it differently. I really didn’t see the kid to be honest with you, but once I did, I’m like, ‘Oh man, yeah, you’ve got to get yourself a new jersey.’ Not everybody understands my sense of humor or who I am as a man. It will be all right.”

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