The fastest hunk of Legos in the galaxy is now the largest, too
Lego will debut its largest set ever this fall ahead of Star Wars' The Last Jedi — a 7,541-piece Millennium Falcon of galactic proportions . Also astronomical is its price tag at $799.99 for the set. The Ultimate Collector Series edition of Han Solo's iconic ship overtakes the former all-time biggest set, a 5,922-piece Taj Mahal. (The previous Falcon in the series had 5,197 pieces). See USA TODAY's exclusive first look of the massive set and its accompanying minifigures, too.
White House hits Russia with diplomatic clapback
The Trump administration retaliated Thursday against Russia's expulsion of 755 U.S. diplomats by ordering closed the Russian consulate in San Francisco and a scaled back diplomatic presence in Washington, D.C., and New York City. Russian President Vladimir Putin expelled the American diplomatic personnel in July, days after Congress passed legislation strengthening sanctions on Moscow over its alleged meddling in the U.S. 2016 presidential election and support for separatist rebels in eastern Ukraine. The U.S. won't require any Russian diplomats to leave, and those working at the closed facilities can be reassigned to other posts.
Those fake accounts at Wells Fargo? They might've found 1.4 million more
Wells Fargo's fake accounts scandal got even bigger Thursday as the bank revealed an additional 1.4 million potentially fake accounts that may have been opened without the permission of consumers and small business owners. The bank said it will provide $2.8 million in extra refunds and credits atop the $3.3 million Wells Fargo previously refunded to customers affected by the embarrassing episode.
A high-flying show of force
U.S., Japanese and South Korean warplanes flexed their muscles in North Korea's face after that nation's ballistic missile launch over Japan on Tuesday. The trio flew near and over the Korean peninsula and later displayed their attacking prowess with live fire in a practice area. After the air show, the U.S. and South Korea made strong statements underlining the fact they're ready to attack should they be provoked. While North Korea views the demonstrations as preparation for war, U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said the U.S. is "never out of diplomatic solutions."