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Comey confidant says Trump should fear former FBI head’s upcoming testimony 

Former FBI Director James Comey, who was fired by President Trump, has agreed to speak at an open Senate Intelligence Committee hearing, which will take place after Memorial Day.

Benjamin Wittes, a friend of the former director, says Trump should fear that event. In an appearance on CNN’s ‘AC360,’ he told host Anderson Cooper, “I found it interesting and very telling that [Comey] declined any opportunity to tell his story in private.”

He continued, “This is a guy with a story to tell. I think if I were Donald Trump that would scare me a lot.”

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Wittes said he decided to publicly comment on the matter after hearing news that Trump had allegedly asked Comey for his loyalty, to which Comey reportedly gave only assurances of honesty.

That exchange reportedly took place on January 27 during a dinner meeting, reports the Washington Post.

According to the media outlet, Trump denies that conversation ever occurred, while Wittes recalls Comey describing the exchange to him, “in general terms…” and telling him, “…that Trump was perceptibly uncomfortable with this answer.”

Trump did, of course, ultimately fire Comey on May 9, with the White House initially saying he did so based on the advice of the Attorney General Jeff Sessions and the Deputy Attorney General Rod J. Rosenstein, notes the New York Times.

The president later told NBC’s Lester Holt that the decision was his own, and based, in part, on Comey being a “showboat” and his investigation into “this Russia thing.”

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U.K. warns of imminent threat

When is something 'terrorism'?

Some of London’s tourist attractions were shut down on Wednesday after the U.K. warned that another terrorist attack could be imminent and deployed members of the military to guard key locations in the city.

The Houses of Parliament have been closed to the public and all tours have been canceled, a precaution recommended by the police. The defense ministry canceled the Changing of the Guard ceremony outside Buckingham Palace, and the Bank of England said its museum would not open to visitors.

Chelsea Football Club canceled a parade planned for Sunday in London to celebrate winning the English Premier League. Arsenal has also canceled a screening of Saturday’s match against Chelsea at their Emirates Stadium in north London.

Other popular tourist attractions — including the Tower of London and Kensington Palace — said they would remain open with increased security.

Britain is reeling from an explosion that killed at least 22 people in Manchester on Monday, the deadliest terror attack to hit the country since the London bombings in July 2005. On Tuesday, Prime Minister Theresa May raised the country’s terror threat level to “critical,” signaling that intelligence services believe another attack is imminent.

Related: Manchester bomber was known to UK security services

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Police on patrol in London.

The bombing in Manchester comes just two months after four people were killed and dozens were injured when an attacker plowed his car through crowded London streets before attempting to storm Parliament.

The incidents — combined with elevated threat levels — could make tourists think twice before booking a trip to the U.K.

“This kind of incident has a big emotional impact on people, making [them] feel that the world is more dangerous and not as welcoming,” Patrick Surry, chief data scientist at travel firm Hopper, said of the Manchester attack.

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The worries extend beyond Britain. Attacks in cities such as Berlin, Brussels, Paris and Nice within the last two years have already made some people wary about traveling to Europe.

The U.S. State Department issued a travel alert for Americans visiting Europe earlier this month, citing the continued threat of attacks, particularly in tourist hot spots.

Witnesses describe Manchester Arena explosion

French visitor levels dropped 4% in 2016 and spending by travelers slowed as tourists worried about safety. This contributed to the first decline in visitors to Western Europe in many years, at a time when global tourism is growing.

Britain’s tourism industry has held up well, however. Overseas visitor numbers to the U.K. rose by 18% in the first three months of 2017 to 8 million.

A weak pound has helped — it fell sharply after the Brexit referendum in June 2016 — making British hotels, restaurants and shops much cheaper for people exchanging dollars or euros.

Experts said the Manchester attack alone won’t prevent tourism in the U.K. from continuing to grow this year, but it may slow the rate of expansion.

In the wake of Monday’s bombing, Euromonitor downgraded its forecast for growth in visitor numbers to 4.9% from 5.1%. That means it expects roughly 100,000 fewer people to visit the U.K. this year than might otherwise have done so.

“In the scheme of things, it’s a very small downgrade,” said Euromonitor’s top travel analyst, Caroline Bremner. “But there’s obviously going to be an effect.”

Related: Terrorism and Trump hurting tourism

Surry said the full impact on tourism may not be evident for some time.

“Even if there’s a small shift in behavior over the long term, it will really add up to a significant financial impact,” he warned.

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One-piece swimsuits are now more popular than bikinis

Memorial Day Weekend (A.K.A. the official kick-off to summer) is within reach — so that means pool parties and beach days ahead!

Now, if you’re planning on buying a brand-new bikini to stay on-trend, maybe reconsider (or, you know, just keep doing you). According to new research from retail data site EDITED, bikinis are out and one-pieces are IN. The data reveals that 20 percent more one-pieces are available online now and one-pieces are being snatched up three times faster than they were last year.

Given this new intel, we scoured the web for some of our favorite one-pieces (we found all sorts of patterns, colors, styles and prices):

Tommy Bahama Ruched Triangle Top One-Piece Swimsuit*, Nordstrom Rack, $130

*Comes in multiple colors!


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