This Day In History

This Day in History: October 29, 1998 – John Glenn returns to space

Nearly four decades after he became the first American to orbit the Earth, Senator John Hershel Glenn, Jr., is launched into space again as a payload specialist aboard the space shuttle Discovery. At 77 years of age, Glenn was the oldest human ever to travel in space. During the nine-day mission, he served as part of a NASA study on health problems associated with aging. Glenn, a lieutenant colonel in the Marine Corps, was among the seven men chosen by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) in 1959 to become America's first astronauts. A decorated pilot, he had flown nearly…
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Politics

N.J. Gov. Christie is Returning to the Ocean State again Monday, campaigning for Fung

PROVIDENCE, — New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie campaigned Tuesday on Federal Hill for fellow Republican Allan Fung and said he will return Monday to further support Fung’s candidacy for governor. “I don’t go to places where we can’t win,” Christie said.  “Once the primary was settled and Allan was the candidate we were in touch and we believe it was a race that was winnable,” Christie said. “I’m back again and I’ll be back again on Monday.” Christie and Fung shook hands and posed for photographs with people crowding the streets outside restaurants on Atwell Avenue in the heart of…
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Entertainment

Katniss is ready to fight in new ‘Mockingjay’ trailer

A new preview for "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay -- Part 1" was released Wednesday. Titled "Choice," it shows Jennifer Lawrence's Katniss learning that Peeta (Josh Hutcherson) is alive and advising the rebels to "lay down their weapons." Of course, there is plenty of action, as the warrior teen assures her supporters that she is there to help them fight the Capitol. The clip was released at the same time as the track list for the soundtrack. Curated by singer Lorde, it's out November 17. Lorde tweeted, "The people on this soundtrack are true heroes, and  you're gonna be mindblown when…
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Entertainment

Kenny G Vexes Beijing Brass with Visit to Hong Kong Protest

jazz musician Kenny G has a special place in China, where his song "Going Home" lives on as the theme to, well, getting crowds to go home.  From shops to schools, the four-minute solo is a megahit in the country. So when the saxophonist posted a photo of himself to Twitter on Wednesday at a pro-democracy demonstration in Hong Kong, where protesters are lobbying for less political influence from Beijing in selecting the territory's leadership, the irony of Kenny G's presence was not lost on reform supporters. In the photo, Kenny G, whose full name is Kenneth Gorelick, holds two fingers…
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Featured

Attacker Shot Dead in Canadian Parliament

Heavily armed Canadian police backed by armored vehicles surrounded the country's parliament buildings in Ottawa, after at least one gunman shot a soldier guarding the nearby National War Memorial. After opening fire at the War Memorial, witnesses said the gunman escaped in the direction of the parliament buildings, and multiple reports said there was an exchange of gunfire in the parliament headquarters. The Canadian Broadcasting Company reports police have confirmed that one gunman was shot and killed in the central parliament building. A spokesman for Prime Minister Stephen Harper says he left the area of the shooting and is "safe."…
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Perry Returning Early From Europe to Direct Ebola Response

President Obama is not the only one changing travel plans to deal with the Ebola epidemic. Gov. Rick Perry is canceling the final leg of his Europe trip and returning to Texas to help coordinate the response to the outbreak, now that a second case among health care workers has occurred in his state. Felix Browne, a spokesman for Mr. Perry, said that the governor was keeping in close touch with state and federal health departments, but that he would be convening meetings in person after he returns on Thursday. Mr. Perry, who gave a speech in London on Tuesday,…
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US News

Obama: Risk of Widespread US Ebola Outbreak Very, Very Low

President Barack Obama says the risk of a widespread Ebola outbreak in the United States is very very low, if all the proper protections are taken. Speaking at a Cabinet meeting on Ebola Wednesday, Obama called for an emergency federal medical team to be immediately deployed to any hospital where an Ebola case is diagnosed, to ensure that those preventative steps are taken. He stressed the need for a more robust global response to Ebola and more aid to the three countries that are at the epicenter of the outbreak -- Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone. Earlier, the Security Council…
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Politics

President Obama cancels political trip to deal with Ebola threat

WASHINGTON - President Obama abruptly canceled a political trip to New Jersey and Connecticut on Wednesday to remain in Washington to meet with members of his Cabinet about the Ebola threat. The change came as a second health worker in Dallas tested positive for the disease. Obama was supposed to headline an event in Union, to raise money for Senate Democrats, and campaign in Bridgeport, Conn., on behalf of Gov. Daniel Molloy. The cancellation of the trip follows criticism that the health care system in the is not adequately prepared to deal with Ebola patients. The change in plans also…
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Entertainment

Warner Bros. unveils DC superhero movie slate including 2 ‘Justice League’ films, ‘Wonder Woman’ standalone flick, new ‘Green Lantern’

Warner Bros. gave comic book fans notice Wednesday to start saving up ticket money, unveiling their plot for 10 DC superhero movies scheduled through 2020. Industry insiders already had high expectations for the first film — "Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice" — which introduces Ben Affleck's Batman and Gal Gadot's Wonder Woman to Henry Cavill's Superman, who was first introduced in 2013's "Man of Steel." Once the Zack Snyder-directed film hits theaters March 5, 2016, the studio will move faster than a speeding bullet to create a vast DC cinematic universe that can compete with arch-rival Marvel Studios. The planned slate, which…
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US News

2nd Texas Nurse With Ebola Had Flown to Ohio

The  Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said the second health care worker to contract the deadly Ebola virus took a Frontier Airlines flight from Cleveland, Ohio, to a Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas, airport on Monday, October 13. The health worker was identified as Amber Vinson, 29, a nurse at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital. Officials said Vinson took the flight just one day before she reported developing symptoms of infection, and airline officials said. CDC director Tom Frieden said at a news conference Wednesday that a person being monitored for Ebola should not have traveled on a commercial flight. He added that other…
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