Category Archives: National News

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



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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.

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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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32 children’s medicines being recalled

By: staff

 – More than two dozen children’s medicines are being recalled due to a contamination that could result in increased infections that could be life-threatening, according to officials.

The FDA announced on Wednesday that King Bio issued a voluntarily recall for 32 of its children’s medicines due to a “microbial contamination.”

King Bio said some of its products made between April and August have tested positive for microbial contamination. The company said it has not any reports of injury or illness to date due to the issue.

Storm knocks over Winstar venue entrance, injuring 14 before Backstreet Boys concert

Author: WFAA Staff

15327vFourteen people were injured Saturday after a storm knocked over the entrance to a Backstreet Boys concert at Winstar Casino in Oklahoma, the casino said in a statement.

The Backstreet Boys canceled the concert, Tweeting, “We never want to put our fans in harm’s way,” and that they would try to reschedule.

The incident happened around 5:30 p.m., when a storm bringing heavy winds and rain knocked over the entrance trusses at the outdoor venue at the casino, which is in Thackerville, about an hour north of Dallas.

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Researchers just found a WWII shipwreck that was lost for over 75 years off the coast of an Alaskan island


Almost exactly 75 years ago, on August 18, 1943, the USS Abner Read was rocked by a severe explosion.

The blast — which most historians say was likely a Japanese mine — tore the 75-foot stern section of the ship clean off. The stern plummeted to the depths of the ocean, taking the lives of 71 US sailors with it, while other US ships rushed to the rescue.

Though the rest of the USS Abner Read was miraculously saved and towed into port, the original stern was thought to be lost forever — until now.

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Members of the expedition take time to examine a Japanese mini submarine that remains in the historic sub pens on Kiska Island. Image courtesy of Kiska: Alaska’s Underwater Battlefield expedition.

Mormons don’t want you calling them Mormons anymore

By Doug Criss, CNN


© George Frey/Getty Images Historic Mormon Salt Lake Temple sits on Temple Square in Salt Lake City, Utah

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is embarking on a rebranding effort of sorts.

The church, commonly referred to as the Mormons, really wants people to stop using that word. It also wants people to stop using LDS as an abbreviation. From now on, it prefers that people use the church’s full name, and when a shortened reference is needed, to just use “the Church” or “Church of Jesus Christ.”

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Crocs closing manufacturing facilities but will keep making shoes

By Peter Martinez

369891_060_ss_01Crocs sparked a minor panic among fans of its colorful plastic clogs by announcing on Wednesday that the company is closing the last of its manufacturing facilities. But mule-lovers can rest easy — the footwear maker isn’t going out of business. Rather, Crocs — which is profitable — is closing factories and shutting some stores in a move to cut costs and boost earnings.

Wall Street is pleased. Crocs shares, which have risen 49 percent this year, nosed up further on Thursday.

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FCC shuts down Alex Jones’ flagship radio station

By Jacqueline Thomsen

Screen Shot 2018-08-16 at 2.04.12 PMThe Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has shut down conspiracy theorist Alex Jones‘ flagship radio station.

The Austin American-Statesman reported Wednesday that the pirate radio station, Liberty Radio, was hit with a $15,000 fine and at least temporarily pulled from the airwaves.

The newspaper reported that a lawsuit filed in federal court in Austin alleged that Liberty Radio had functioned without a license since at least 2013, and had been transmitting from a tower at an Austin apartment complex.

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