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A U.S. military plane has arrived at an air force base in South Korea with the remains of 55 American soldiers released by North Korea.
The plane left North Korea with 55 boxes containing the remains of soldiers killed during the Korean War. The transfer fulfill a promised made by Kim Jong Un during his June summit with President Trump. The remains will be sent home to the U.S., but will first be honored at ceremony next Wednesday in South Korea. They will then be taken to a base in Hawaii for testing.
President Trump was pleased with the news and tweeted, "The Remains of American Servicemen will soon be leaving North Korea and heading to the United States! After so many years, this will be a great moment for so many families. Thank you to Kim Jong Un." (USA Today)
Census Lawsuit Against The Trump Administration Gets Green Light -
A federal judge in New York is allowing a lawsuit against the Trump administration to proceed.
The lawsuit could block the addition of a citizenship question on the 2020 Census. U.S. Federal Judge Jesse Furman denied a motion by the Trump administration to dismiss the suit. In his decision yesterday, the judge said courts play a critical role in reviewing the conduct of the political branches to ensure the Census is conducted in a manner consistent with the Constitution and applicable law.
The Commerce Department says it's adding the citizenship question to improve enforcement of the Voting Rights Act. New York Attorney General Barbara Underwood said the question could cause a huge undercount that would threaten billions in federal funds and New York's representation in the electoral college.
Furman warned those bringing the suit that his allowing the case to move forward doesn’t mean they’ll win, as citizenship status has been a question in the census for most of the last 200 years.
Source: The Hill
Salmonella Prompts Yet Another Recall-
Salmonella continues to be a concern with the latest recall of a frozen meal from the Hungry-Man brand.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service has issued a public health warning after a whey powder in a Hungry-Man microwavable meal was found to be contaminated with Salmonella. The meal that's recalled is Hungry-Man's "Chipotle BBQ Sauced Boneless Chicken Wyngz."
The meals in question have been shipped to Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, and Virginia. So far, there are no reports of any illnesses stemming from the meals. This latest recall joins a slew of others including: Honey Smacks, Ritz Crackers, Goldfish Crackers and also Taco Bell Cheese Dip.
Already Wildfire Weary, Another One Threatens A California Town -
A wildfire in Redding, California shocked everyone yesterday with it’s explosive expansion and fast moving flames. The Carr Fire moved so swiftly that a private bulldozer operator hired to help fend off flames was killed, three firefighters injured and an unknown number of civilians were also injured with burns.
Over two-thousand residents near Shasta has very little time to flee after being told to evacuate. At least 15 structures are gone and five more damaged as the blaze marches towards a heavily populated area. Firefighters plan on keeping the fire to the north of Redding. Triple digit temperatures will make battling any blaze tough for the next few days.
Meanwhile, firefighters are slowly making progress in battling the Ferguson Fire that's burning in steep terrain near the edge of Yosemite National Park. Cal Fire says the blaze, which began on July 13th, has charred over 43-thousand-acres and is 27-percent contained. Now that the Yosemite Valley and Wawona areas are closed to visitors, a team of fire crews are working to set up a perimeter to protect the famous Grove of Giant Sequoias. And the Cranston Fire, believed to be the work of a suspected arsonist who's under arrest, is only five-percent contained at 47-hundred acres scorched.
Source: USA Today
Five Duckboat Victims From The Same Family To Be Laid To Rest -
It’s going to be a somber weekend in Indianapolis.
Five members of an Indianapolis family that were killed in the Missouri duck boat tragedy are being laid to rest this weekend. The Coleman family, including Angie, Max, Butch, Tony and Ray Coleman, will be honored at the Saturday service. Only two of the eleven Coleman family members survived when the duck boat capsized and sank on Table Rock Lake near Branson, Missouri last week.
Yesterday, two Arkansas victims of the boat accident were laid to rest. Fifteen-year-old Lance Smith and his father, 53-year-old Steve Smithwere honored in services in Arkansas. A total of 17 people died in the tragedy.
Source: Indianapolis Star
Carry-Ons Are Coming Back To American Airlines -
American Airlines is stepping up their freebie game.
The company announced a new policy regarding their cheapest economy tickets. Here’s how it works. American will allow customers buying their "basic economy" tickets to bring a free carry-on item with them, plus a personal item which can fit under the seat in front of them. The policy will take effect on September 5th.
Previously, American and United banned “no frills” flyers from having carry on luggage. Delta didn’t have a ban and now American wants to compete. United is the odd man out and won’t comment on if they’ll allow carry on, which flyers prefer to have.
Source: Chicago Tribune
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