en-US No surgery for Angels#039; Andrelton Simmons, who is #039;hoping for a miracle#039; A visit with a foot and ankle specialist Wednesday gave the Angels’ a best-case scenario for their Gold Glove shortstop: Andrelton Simmons will not require surgery on his left ankle, which suffered a grade 3 sprain when he tried to leg out an infield single earlier this week. Simmons said he still... Thu, 23 2019 02:25:00 GMT Last slave ship from Africa ID#039;d on Alabama coast, officials say The Gulf schooner Clotilda was scuttled the year before the Civil War to hide evidence of its illegal trip and hasn't been seen since. Thu, 23 2019 01:00:00 GMT Duke Wins a Thriller for 7th NCAA Women#039;s Golf Title Duke wins a thriller as Miranda Wang wins the last of 3 matches that go overtime. Thu, 23 2019 01:30:59 GMT NCAA Women#039;s Golf Championships 2019: Duke Wins Title in Sudden-Death Playoff The 2019 women's golf national championship could not have concluded in a more exciting fashion. After Duke and Wake Forest each took two matches apiece, everything came down to the Blue Devils' Miranda Wang and the Demon Deacons' Lauren Bagnoli... Thu, 23 2019 01:55:47 GMT Discovery Continues All-In Play On Golf With Golf Digest Acquisition - Here#039;s Why Discovery Inc. is going all-in on golf with the launch of GOLFTV and its recent acquisition of Golf Digest. Here's why the company best known for entertainment networks like Discovery Channel, HGTV and Animal Planet is so optimistic about golf's "superfans." Thu, 23 2019 00:00:00 GMT Donald Trump#039;s golf outings have reportedly cost taxpayers more than $100 million President Donald Trump's trips to golf courses in Florida, New Jersey, Los Angeles, and Scotland have cost cost taxpayers $102 million, according to a report from Huffington Post. At $102 million, the cost is 255 times more than the annual presidential salary that Trump declined to take. A breakdown of estimated costs showed that Trump's two dozen trips to Florida have cost $81 million, 15 trips to New Jersey have cost $17 million, one LA trip cost $1 million, and his Scotland trip cost $3 million. Visit for more stories. President Donald Trump's frequent trips to the golf course have cost taxpayers $102 million in travel and security expenses, according to a report from Huffington Post. Using figures from the Government Accountability Office, HuffPost calculated the cost of trips Trump took to golf courses in Florida, New Jersey, Los Angeles, and Scotland since he took office in 2017. A breakdown of estimated costs showed that Trump's two dozen trips to Florida have cost $81 million, 15 trips to New Jersey have cost $17 million, one LA trip cost $1 million, and his Scotland trip cost $3 million.  At $102 million, the cost is 255 times more than the annual presidential salary that Trump declined to take. The number is still growing, with Trump traveling to Ireland next month, where he will play at his golf course in Doonbeg. Read more: Trump says he won't work with Democrats until they drop their 'phony investigations' into him Trump has played golf or visited his clubs in Virginia, New Jersey, and Florida, well over 100 times since becoming president. Before taking office, he often criticized former President Barack Obama for his golf outings and vacations.  Obama racked up $30 million in out-of-town golf expenses while in office, HuffPost reported, more than $70 million less than Trump has in just two years. The White House has previously defended Trump's visits to Mar-a-Lago, where he has golfed on numerous occasions, but has also met with world leaders and conducted business. "He is not vacationing when he goes to Mar-a-Lago," White House spokeswoman Stephanie Grisham told the Washington Post in 2017. "The president works nonstop every day of the week, no matter where he is." During his 2016 presidential campaign, Trump promised voters that he wouldn't golf while on their dime. "I love golf, but if I were in the White House, I don't think I'd ever see Turnberry again. I don't think I'd ever see Doral again," he said at a rally February 2016, referencing golf courses. "I don't ever think I'd see anything. I just want to stay in the White House and work my a— off." Read more: The US's 'baffling' foreign policy resembles 'Don Quixote,' a Chinese official says Retired US generals are lining up to tell Trump why pardoning troops accused or convicted of war crimes is a really bad idea A majority of American voters think they're better off under Trump, but they still don't like him, according to a new poll Trump reportedly may blacklist Chinese surveillance giant Hikvision, indicating the trade war is shifting from sweeping tariffs to direct attacks. That has traders nervous. Join the conversation about this story » NOW WATCH: White House photographer Pete Souza reveals what it was like to be in the Situation Room during the raid on Osama bin Laden Wed, 22 2019 18:05:50 GMT The Taxpayer Tab for Trump’s Golf Outings Tops $100 Million: Report Donald Trump has made dozens of trips to play golf, costing the U.S. taxpayer more than $100 million. Wed, 22 2019 14:52:45 GMT U.S. Intel to Congress: No Evidence al Qaeda Is Helping Iran Kena Betancur/AFP/GettyThe American intelligence community has no evidence that al Qaeda has cooperated with the Iranian government in its recent aggressive moves in the Persian Gulf region, a senior U.S. government official told members of Congress on Tuesday. That finding, which was relayed to The Daily Beast by three sources familiar with the matter, could undercut a potential legal case for going to war with Iran if tensions between Washington and Tehran keep escalating. The assessment was delivered in a classified briefing with dozens of House members on Capitol Hill. According to the three sources, one of the officials who briefed the members said the U.S. government does not have evidence of operational coordination between the Iranian government and the terrorist group responsible for 9/11 with respect to the current threat stream. The significance of the admission is likely to divide lawmakers. Democrats who worry about the prospect of war between the U.S. and Iran will likely say that the lack of intelligence means the Trump administration cannot use Congress’s 2001 Authorization for Use of Military Force (AUMF) to fight al Qaeda as a legal basis to start a war with the regional power. Republicans, in contrast, are likely to view it as a non sequitur, arguing that the administration isn’t trying to start a war but rather to act in defense of U.S. interests and forces in the Gulf region. Over the last decade, presidents from both parties have circumvented Congress when it comes to waging military campaigns. Presidents George W. Bush, Barack Obama, and Donald Trump have all used the 2001 AUMF to justify a wide range of military activity—drawing pointed but largely toothless criticism from Capitol Hill. Obama, for instance, used the 2001 AUMF to justify the American fight against the Islamic State, which did not exist in 2001. Trump Admin Moves Fueled Iran’s Aggression, U.S. Intel SaysLast month, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo publicly connected Iran and al Qaeda, calling the ties “very real.” “They have hosted al Qaeda, they have permitted al Qaeda to transit their country,” said Pompeo, “There is no doubt there is a connection between the Islamic Republic of Iran and al Qaeda. Period, full stop.”When Pompeo testified to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee last October, Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) pressed him on whether the 2001 AUMF would permit a war on Iran. “I would prefer just to leave that to the lawyers,” he said, as France24 reported.Pompeo is not the only government official to see a connection between Iran and al Qaeda. In 2011, the Obama administration’s Treasury Department accused the two of forming an alliance to move arms and fighters. In February of this year, The Washington Times, a conservative paper, ran a story citing anonymous Trump administration officials saying that Iran is “providing high-level al Qaeda operatives with a clandestine sanctuary to funnel fighters, money and weapons across the Middle East”—a claim the newspaper noted could be used to justify war. Increased tensions between the U.S. and Iran have generated concern on the Hill about an escalatory spiral. Earlier this month, the U.S. moved an aircraft carrier strike group to the Persian Gulf, with administration officials saying Iranian proxies were threatening U.S. forces in the region. That came after the administration eliminated sanctions waivers for countries looking to buy Iranian oil and after the administration designated the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps as a terrorist group. The Daily Beast reported last week that officials in multiple U.S. government agencies have assessed that Iran’s increasingly hostile behavior came in response to those moves. A year ago, the Trump administration withdrew the United States from an international deal with the Iranian government intended to keep it from developing nuclear weapons by trading caps and insight on their program for targeted sanctions relief. Read more at The Daily Beast.Got a tip? Send it to The Daily Beast hereGet our top stories in your inbox every day. Sign up now!Daily Beast Membership: Beast Inside goes deeper on the stories that matter to you. Learn more. Tue, 21 2019 20:52:44 GMT Pompeo says #39;quite possible#39; Iran behind Gulf incidents US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Tuesday it was "quite possible" Iran was responsible for sabotage of Gulf oil interests as he prepared to brief lawmakers on rising tensions. Pompeo cautioned that the United States has not made "a definitive conclusion" that can be presented publicly over mysterious sabotage incidents of oil tankers off the United Arab Emirates or drone strikes on a crude pipeline in Saudi Arabia. "But given all the regional conflicts that we have seen over the past decade and the shape of these attacks, it seems like it's quite possible that Iran was behind these," Pompeo told conservative radio host Hugh Hewitt. Tue, 21 2019 14:26:46 GMT Four in 10 Americans embrace socialism, Gallup poll says A new Gallup poll released Monday found that 43 percent of Americans think socialism would be a good thing for the United States, while 51 percent say it would be a bad thing. Tue, 21 2019 13:43:57 GMT