July 20, 2014

Buzz Aldrin: Famed astronaut, second man on the moon, and puncher of smug faces.

Sunday marks the 45th anniversary of the lunar landing — unless, of course, it never happened and the government faked the whole danged thing to make America look super powerful at the height of the Cold War. Is that conspiracy theory likely? Probably not, though there are some who ardently believe in it.

Bart Sibrel is one of those lunar truthers. And back in 2002, he ambushed Aldrin outside a Los Angeles hotel and berated him about his supposed role in the hoax, asking him to swear on a Bible he landed on the moon and calling him a "liar" and a "coward." Offended that someone would question his integrity, and fed up with being pestered for so long, Aldrin finally snapped and socked Sibrel in the face.

Police declined to press charges. Jon Terbush

3:55 a.m. ET
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On Monday, the United States will reach its goal of taking in 10,000 Syrian refugees as part of a yearlong resettlement program, the U.S. ambassador to Jordan announced Sunday.

Since Syria's civil war broke out in 2011, nearly five million Syrians have fled the country. Close to 660,000 live in Jordan, and several hundred refugees are leaving Jordan over the next 24 hours for resettlement in the U.S. Ambassador Alice Wells said refugees are "the most thoroughly screened category of travelers to the United States, and Syrian refugees are subject to even greater scrutiny."

The resettlement program focuses on the most vulnerable refugees, including those who are ill, targeted for violence, or experienced torture. One of those people is Nadim Fawzi Jouriyeh, 49, a former construction worker from Homs who has heart problems. He told The Associated Press he feels "fear and joy, fear of the unknown and our new lives, but great joy for our children's lives and future." He is headed to San Diego with his wife and four children, including 14-year-old Mohammed, who said he is excited to go to school and wants to one day study medicine. Catherine Garcia

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Last week, Megyn Kelly broadcast an interview with Julian Assange in which the WikiLeaks founder threatened to release damaging information about Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton and explained why he isn't releasing anything negative about Republican nominee Donald Trump. On Saturday night's Greg Gutfeld Show, the host posed this question about Assange to his panel of entertainers and writers: "Is he really concerned about the future of America or is he just doing this for his own sick satisfaction? And since when do we have the right to look at other people's secret stuff?... When is hacking okay? When it's someone you don't like, like Hillary?"

These are some serious questions, and the panel split, 3-2, in Assange's favor, with Gutfeld evening the score. Gutfeld's show isn't Fox News Sunday or Meet the Press — his panel was an odd mix of novelist and literary critic Walter Kirn, former National Security Council staffer Gillian Turner, professional wrestler Tyrus (George Muchoch, formerly Brodus Clay), National Review writer Katherine Timpf, and Jeff Dye, a stand-up comedian and reality TV personality, who hosted the MTV show Numbnuts — but their discussion is animated and pretty interesting, and it touches on many of the issues of privacy and security that don't always have clear answers. You can watch below. Peter Weber

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While presenting Rihanna with the Video Vanguard Award at Sunday's Video Music Awards, Drake decided it was as good a time as any to profess his undying love for the singer.

"She's someone I've been in love with since I was 22 years old," the 29-year-old said. "She's one of my best friends in the world. All my adult life, I've looked up to her, even though she's younger than me." Rihanna's response? She laughed, then rolled her eyes.

As if the original declaration of love wasn't enough, it appears as though Drake went in for a kiss after Rihanna received her Moonman, but was rebuffed.

Things took a twist, though, when the pair held hands as they walked offstage. There have been rumblings that the two "secretly dated" earlier this year, so now the question is whether or not they'll become the next It Couple. S.O.S. please someone help me understand what exactly is going on with this relationship. Catherine Garcia

2:25 a.m. ET

Hey, remember that time Donald Trump got in a high-profile fight with Pope Francis? Well, it appears that American Catholics might, and while that may not be the root cause of Trump's "massive Catholic problem," as diagnosed by The Washington Post's Aaron Blake, calling a popular pope a stooge for the Mexican government isn't a great first impression to make on a key swing bloc of voters. Blake calls Trump's weakness among Catholics "one of the really undersold story lines of the 2016 election," and has a chart showing how much better Hillary Clinton is faring among Catholics against Trump than President Obama's performed in 2012, when, according to exit polls, he beat Republican Mitt Romney by 2 percentage points among Catholics.

That 21-point swing toward Clinton would be huge, though New York Times poll-cruncher Nate Cohn has some serious problems with mixing opinion polls and exit polls. Even if you look at just the opinion polls, however, Trump appears to have a big problem — Blake cites a new Public Religion Research Institute poll showing Clinton crushing Trump among Catholics, 55 percent to 32 percent, and a Washington Post/ABC News poll from earlier this month that has Clinton ahead among Catholics, 61 percent to 34 percent. A Pew poll from July had Clinton beating Trump among Catholics 56 percent to 39 percent (with a 77/16 split among Hispanic Catholic voters and 46/50 split among white Catholic voters).

This is such a problem for Trump, Blake says, because Catholics make up about 25 percent of the electorate, versus, for example, 28 percent of non-whites, 29 percent of independents, and 10 percent for Latinos. Trump's Latino deficit is worth about 1 point in the general election, but "when talking about Catholics," he explains, "Trump is basically adding 5 to 7 percentage points to Clinton's overall margin. If 25 percent of the electorate is Catholic, Clinton is currently taking 14 to 15 points worth of that chunk, while Trump is taking 8 or 8.5 points. And this is a group, again, that is usually close to tied."

Why Trump is doing so poorly among Catholics is a matter of conjecture — and John Gehring at Religion News Service has some informed speculation — but since the U.S. elects presidents by state electors rather than popular vote, Trump should maybe be most worried about the large Catholic populations in Ohio and Florida. In Florida, though, Trump has one bright ray of hope, according to The Wall Street Journal: A "new influx of white retirees" is helping to offset the state's growing Latino population. Peter Weber

1:57 a.m. ET
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Traffic is now gridlocked and flights delayed following the unfounded report of an active shooter Sunday night at Los Angeles International Airport.

LAX is the third busiest airport in the U.S. and the seventh busiest in the world. An LAPD spokesman said no shots were fired, and it was actually loud noises that triggered panicked 911 calls at around 9 p.m. The airport shut down the upper departure level and lower arrival level of the central terminal, and a ground stop was temporarily initiated. Witnesses told KTLA passengers were sprinting away from the terminals, leaving their bags behind as they ran, and some were trying to hide in luggage chutes. Other passengers stood outside on the tarmac. By 10:30 p.m., some terminals were cleared and passengers were allowed back in to be re-screened.

On Twitter, the airport announced an "individual in [a] Zorro costume has been detained" by airport police for an unknown reason, and NBC Los Angeles says he has already been released. It's not immediately clear how many flights will be impacted, and passengers are being asked to check with their airline for flight status. Traffic is snarled, with side streets around the airport jammed. Two weeks ago, a similar incident took place at New York City's JFK Airport, when several people called police to report hearing gunshots. Those reports were also unfounded, police said. Catherine Garcia

1:04 a.m. ET
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Police in Scotland said two United Airlines pilots were arrested Saturday, suspected of being drunk before they were set to fly 141 passengers to New Jersey.

The pilots, ages 35 and 45, were arrested at Glasgow Airport, and will be arraigned Monday in the Glasgow suburb of Paisley, facing charges connected with Britain's transport safety laws, The Associated Press reports. The pilots were scheduled to fly from Glasgow to Newark, and United Airlines said the flight was delayed 10 hours while they found replacement pilots. United spokeswoman Erin Benson said the pilots have been "removed from service and their flying duties. We are cooperating with the authorities and will conduct our own investigation as well. The safety of our customers and crew is our highest priority."

Last month, two Canadian pilots from Air Transat were arrested at Glasgow Airport and charged with attempting to fly while intoxicated. Catherine Garcia

12:11 a.m. ET

Beyoncé's "Formation" won Video of the Year Sunday night at the MTV Video Music Awards in New York City.

Earlier in the evening, she won Best Female Video for "Hold Up" and Breakthrough Long-Form Video for "Lemonade," and she took the stage for an extended performance featuring songs from Lemonade. Beyoncé had a record 11 nominations, and "Formation" also won an editing award, cinematography award, and choreography award. On the red carpet, Beyoncé was joined by Mothers of the Movement, women whose children were killed in gun violence, as well as her daughter, Blue Ivy.

Britney Spears, Rihanna, Ariana Grande, and Nicki Minaj also performed, and Rihanna received the Video Vanguard Award. Other winners include DNCE (Best New Artist); Drake for "Hotline Bling" (Best Hip Hop Video); Calvin Harris for "This is What You Came For," featuring Rihanna (Best Male Video); and Fifth Harmony for "All in My Head," featuring Fetty Wap (Song of Summer). Catherine Garcia

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