This Day In History

2005 King Kong remake debuts

On this day in 2005, King Kong, a remake of the classic 1933 film of the same name about a fictional giant ape who climbs New York City’s Empire State Building, opens in theaters. The original King Kong, starring Fay Wray as the great ape’s love interest, as well as Robert Armstrong and Bruce Cabot, turned the larger-than-life gorilla into one of Hollywood’s most enduring icons. The 1933 film, which contains the now-famous line, “It was beauty killed the beast,” earned particular notice for its pioneering special effects. The film spawned a series of sequels, including Son of King Kong(1933),…
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This Day In History

This Day IN History – 2000 Al Gore concedes presidential election

Vice President Al Gore reluctantly concedes defeat to Texas Governor George W. Bush in his bid for the presidency, following weeks of legal battles over the recounting of votes in Florida, on this day in 2000. In a televised speech from his ceremonial office next to the White House, Gore said that while he was deeply disappointed and sharply disagreed with the Supreme Court verdict that ended his campaign, ”partisan rancor must now be put aside.” “I accept the finality of the outcome, which will be ratified next Monday in the Electoral College” he said. “And tonight, for the sake…
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Community

Holiday Food Drive & Open House with the First Gentleman Andy Moffit

At the RI Community Food Bank Open House the First Gentleman, Andy Moffit and daughter Cecilia was present to help kick off the holiday food drive. "Today is the holiday food drive, we brought our own bags of food that can help in a small way but there is so many kids and families here trying to just bring what they can, organize food, get people fed not only for the holiday season but throughout the whole year," said Moffit. Podcast Mr. Moffit   People came to bring donations of non-perishable food, tour the Food Bank with a special Seek…
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Local News

Courtesy of NBC News - Suzanne Gamboa As part of our NBC Latino Political Profiles series we are featuring Hispanics who are in elected office or are running or actively involved in local, state or national races. WASHINGTON, DC -- A few months after taking office, Rhode Island Secretary of State Nellie Gorbea learned that the driver's license office was refusing to transfer the licenses of drivers who moved to the state from Puerto Rico. Officials said they couldn't verify the licenses because they couldn't access Puerto Rico's driver's license database, as they could for states. Gorbea, who was born in…
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News

Frank Sinatra Remembered in Small Hometown

HOBOKEN, NEW JERSEY—Before singer Frank Sinatra became a global household name, he was a local boy from a small New Jersey town across the river from Manhattan. In that town — Hoboken — a street is named after him, and to celebrate Sinatra’s 100th birthday anniversary, Hoboken’s museum has him on proud display. Robert Foster, Executive Director of the Hoboken Historical Museum, said fans visit from as far away as Brazil and France who used to listen to Sinatra on the radio when they were growing up. “They always love the message of his music, they always felt connected to…
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Entertainment

Director Ron Howard Gets Second Hollywood Walk of Fame Star

Reuters LOS ANGELES—Hollywood director Ron Howard has received his second star on the Walk of Fame, honoring his award-winning career as a filmmaker. Howard, who won an Oscar for best director for "A Beautiful Mind," got a star on the Walk of Fame in 1981 for a television career that included roles in "The Andy Griffith Show" and "Happy Days." "Two stars are pretty remarkable ... I'm going to have double the foot traffic, twice as many people treading on my good name, but I think it's a great thing and I'm proud of that," Howard said at the ceremony…
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US News

US, Cuba to Restore Direct Postal Service

Megan Duzor The United States and Cuba say they have agreed to re-establish direct postal service, which was cut more than five decades ago at the height of the Cold War. The two countries announced Friday that they would launch a pilot program in the coming weeks to test the direct service. They did not give a date for when service would be permanently restored. The announcement comes nearly a year after President Barack Obama and Cuban President Raul Castro announced that the two countries would renew diplomatic relations after more than a half century. Earlier this year, embassies in…
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Entertainment

Fans Line Up in Hollywood as Latest ‘Star Wars’ Film Nears

HOLLYWOOD, CALIFORNIA—"Episode VII: The Force Awakens," the latest chapter in filmmaker George Lucas’ "Star Wars" saga, is expected to be one of the highest-grossing films of all time. Even though it won’t be in theaters until December 17, devoted fans are lining up to see it. “It’s a classic movie, so we all want to see from where it left off to where it's going to go,” said "Star Wars" fan Andrew Porters. "Myself and Caroline, my fiancee, we flew for 12 hours to come across , and a lot of other people have come from all over America to…
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Featured

House Passes 5-Day Spending Bill to Avert Government Shutdown

Cindy Saine December 11, 2015 CAPITOL HILL—Compared to recent high-stakes government funding showdowns in the House of Representatives, Friday's House action was calm and only a few minutes of debate, the House passed a short-term, 5-day spending bill by a quick voice vote. Since the Senate passed a similar measure Thursday, the bill is expected to be quickly signed by President Barack Obama to prevent any agencies from shutting down after midnight Friday. New House Speaker Paul Ryan has reassured his Republican members that budget negotiators will reach an agreement next week. Republican Appropriations Committee Chairman Harold Rogers said he…
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Swiss Arrest Two Syrians With Traces of Explosives

Isabela Cocoli December 11, 2015 Authorities arrested two Syrian nationals Friday in Geneva when traces of explosives were found in their vehicle, Swiss media reported. Authorities in the Geneva region had been searching for four suspected jihadists with alleged ties to the Islamic State, but police did not say whether Friday's arrests were connected to the search. No details were provided on the identities of the two men or the exact location where their car was stopped. Swiss police increased the terror alert level in the city Thursday. Authorities said they were acting on information from Swiss federal officials that…
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