Category Archives: National News

Former Astros players killed in a car crash


Former Major League Baseball players Luis Valbuena and Jose Castillo were killed in a car accident on Thursday night after playing in a winter league game in Venezuela.

Valbuena was 33 and Castillo was 37.

Valbuena played 11 seasons in the majors, including his final two with Los Angeles Angels. He also played with the Seattle Mariners, Cleveland Indians, Chicago Cubs, and Houston Astros.

Castillo played in the majors from 2004 to 2008, with the Pittsburgh Pirates, San Francisco Giants, and Astros.


Valbuena (L) and Castillo


George H.W. Bush’s full funeral program

By Devan Cole, CNN

Washington (CNN) — Former President George H.W. Bush will be honored Wednesday at Washington National Cathedral with a state funeral that will be attended by current and former presidents and world leaders.

Screen Shot 2018-12-05 at 12.48.16 PMThe funeral, which is set to begin around 11:00 a.m. ET, will run for an hour and a half and will include, among other things, several eulogies and musical tributes to the 41st president. The full program and the order of service, provided by Bush family spokesman Jim McGrath, is below.

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English couple thanks NYC police for finding lost ring


Photo Courtesy NYPD/AP

NEW YORK (AP) — Who says the British are reserved? A couple who lost an engagement ring down a Times Square utility grate, returning home thinking it was gone forever, are effusive in their praise for the New York City police officers who found it in the muck 8 feet under.

“I cannot thank you enough, although I will try,” Englishman John Drennan said in a tweet directed at the New York police Sunday. “A few cold beers when we come back to NYC! We are completely overwhelmed and you will definitely get a mention at our wedding!”

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President George H.W. Bush’s custom-made train to transport him to final resting place


Painted to resemble Air Force One, Union Pacific railroad honored president Bush with Bush 4141 back in 2005.

Unlike other engines on the rails, Bush 4141 is the only one to have ever been driven by its namesake and a former U.S. President.

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A Statesman Remembered

By Mike Tolson

Screen Shot 2018-12-01 at 8.44.52 AMGeorge Herbert Walker Bush, whose lone term as the 41st president of the United States ushered in the final days of the Cold War and perpetuated a family political dynasty that influenced American politics at both the national and state levels for decades, died Friday evening (November 30, 2018) in Houston. He was 94.

Bush was the last president to have served in the military during World War II and the last whose worldview had been shaped by the imperative to contain Communist expansionism.

Read more from The Houston Chronicle…

Cops Told ‘Don’t Look’ at New iPhones to Avoid Face ID Lock-Out

By Joseph Cox

As Apple continues to update its iPhones with new security features, law enforcement and other investigators are constantly playing catch-up, trying to find the best way to circumvent the protections or to grab evidence. Last month, Forbes reported the first known instance of a search warrant being used to unlock a suspect’s iPhone X with their own face, leveraging the iPhone X’s Face ID feature.

But Face ID can of course also work against law enforcement—too many failed attempts with the ‘wrong’ face can force the iPhone to request a potentially harder to obtain passcode instead.

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The slide from Elcomsoft’s materials talking about Face ID and the iPhone X. (Image: Motherboard)

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From ‘special seed’ to 2,170-pound winning pumpkin



Photo: Aric Crabb/Bay Area News Group via AP

HALF MOON BAY, Calif. (AP) — “One special seed” and months of care by an Oregon commercial pilot produced a massive pumpkin that tipped the scales at a global weigh-in Monday in Northern California, the fourth time his gargantuan plants were awarded top honors.

Steve Daletas of Pleasant Hill, Oregon, also credited lots of sunny days since he planted eight seeds on April 15 hoping to win the 45th World Championship Pumpkin Weigh-Off in Half Moon Bay, south of San Francisco. His winner came in at 2,170 pounds (984 kilograms).

“This all started with one special seed and a whole lot of work,” said Daletas, who raises giant pumpkins as a hobby. “We were really blessed it was sunny almost every day.”

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The 26 products Walmart is worried could get hit the hardest by Trump’s trade war with China

By Bob Bryan



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Walmart’s stern warning to President Donald Trump about the trade war with China appeared to go unheard, and now some key goods sold by the retail giant could see serious trouble.

In a letter to Trump and US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer sent about two weeks ago, Walmart warned that the latest tariffs on $200 billion worth of Chinese goods could cause major disruptions to its supply chain and price increases for its shoppers.

“As the largest retailer in the United States and a major buyer of US manufactured goods, we are very concerned about the impacts these tariffs would have on our business, our customers, our suppliers, and the US economy as a whole,” Sarah Thorn, Walmart’s senior director for global government affairs, said in the letter, seen by Business Insider.

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Bulldog retires from Marine Corps

WATCH: Sgt. Chesty XIV, the bulldog, retires as the Marine Corps mascot.

Source: Facebook

Shark attacks Lakeview boy swimming in Lake Pontchartrain

A shark bit a Lakeview boy swimming with his family in Lake Pontchartrain Friday afternoon. The attack happened off of Southshore Harbor.

Shelly Trentacosta said her family had borrowed a friend’s sailboat and ventured out into the lake. With conditions calm and the water clear, it was a much better day for swimming than sailing, so the boaters decided to anchor up and take a dip.

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