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    Nationwide network is running smoothly as Postal Service readies to deliver projected mail and package volume surge in December Key hiring efforts and investments under “Delivering for America,” the Postal Service’s 10-year plan, have best positioned Postal Service to deliver the holidays for the nation: The conversion of 63,000 pre-career employees into career positions and the onboarding of more than 185,000 employees since the beginning of last fiscal year, including the backfilling of the 63,000 pre-career employees and the hiring of 40,000 seasonal employees to assist this holiday mailing and shipping season. The installation of high-speed package processing equipment; all 112 planned new machines have been installed, boosting daily processing capacity by 4.5 million packages More than 100 new locations across the country providing 13 million square feet of additional space to accommodate mail and packages WASHINGTON, DC — With the holiday peak shipping and mailing season underway, the United States Postal Service reported new service delivery performance metrics showing...
    President Biden's gut reaction to the news that a deadly suicide bomb had gone off amid the American evacuation from Afghanistan has been revealed.  During an Afghanistan briefing on Aug. 26, head of US Central Command Gen. Frank McKenzie turned ashen as he was handed a piece of paper. He told the meeting, which he'd called into by video, that a bomb had been detonated near the Hamid Karzai Airport - four services members were already dead, three near dead, dozens more injured.  There were gasps throughout the room and Biden winced before going silent for a long pause. 'The worst that can happen has happened,' the president said once he broke the silence, meeting participants told the New York Times.  The death toll eventually rose to 13 US service members and over 170 Afghans.  The fateful event has since marred the Biden administration's record and defined the frenzied withdrawal that has scored criticism from both sides. Following the attack, which terror group ISIS-K later claimed, the US carried out a retaliatory drone strike, which they initially claimed killed a terrorist...
    Dave Clark, Amazon's senior vice president of worldwide operations.Lindsey Wasson | Reuters Dave Clark, CEO of Amazon's worldwide consumer business, said Monday that the company is poised to become the largest U.S. package delivery service by early 2022, overtaking longstanding shipping rivals UPS and FedEx. "We expect we will be one of the largest carriers in the world by the end of this year," Clark told CNBC's Becky Quick in an interview on "Squawk Box." "I think we'll probably be the largest package delivery carrier in the U.S. by the time we get to the end of the year, if not in early '22." Amazon has been steadily building up vast logistics and fulfillment operations since a 2013 holiday fiasco left its packages stranded in the hands of outside carriers. Its goal has been to have greater control over how shoppers' packages get to their doorsteps. The retail giant now oversees thousands of last-mile delivery companies that deliver packages exclusively for Amazon, as well as a budding in-house network of planes, trucks and ships. It has also dotted the country...
    (Photo Getty Images) If you want your holiday gift packages to reach loved ones by Christmas, here are essential shipping deadlines to keep in mind. United States Post Office For shipping through the U.S. Post Office, here are the recommended send by dates for expected delivery before Dec. 25. Domestic Mail Class/Product Dates (excluding Alaska* & Hawaii**) Dec. 15: USPS Retail Ground Service Dec. 17: First-Class Mail Service: Dec. 17 Dec. 18: Priority Mail Service Dec. 23: Priority Mail Express Service For Alaska, Ground Service must be shipped by Dec. 2. First Class and Priority mail service by Dec. 18, and Priority Mail Express by Dec. 21. For Hawaii, First Class and Priority Mail Service must be shipped by Dec. 17 and Priority Mail Express by Dec. 21. There is no Retail Ground service available. Actual delivery date may vary depending on origin and destination. The Post Office also has a full list of holiday shipping deadlines for international and military mail. Stephen Doherty, spokesperson for the USPS, said they expect more than 12 billion letters, cards and...
    Thousands in Southern California are without power on Thanksgiving for the second year running as the region's largest utility cut off service amid risks of strong winds causing wildfires.  Edison International of Southern California halted power service to 63,835 homes and businesses across Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino and Ventura counties. The shutoff began around 10:36 a.m. local time Thursday, Thanksgiving. Edison is shutting down power to avoid having live wires spark blazes and possible wildfires as a wind storm hit the area.  When all is said and done, more than 200,000 accounts could lose service between the Los Angeles and San Diego areas.    Wildfires sparked by live power lines, like this one pictured from 2019, are the reasons for the shutdowns Edison crews (pictured in a stock image) will have to check the power lines after the winds before power can be restored Voluntarily switching off power lines ahead of strong winds has become somewhat of a new normal in the region after a series of deadly wildfires was sparked by their equipment. Last year on Thanksgiving, over...
    Girls who do not like “pink ribbons and dollies” are being treated as transgender by the UK’s socialised healthcare system, a whistleblower has said. Dr David Bell, a former governor at the Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust, has stated that girls who exhibit behaviour such as not liking pink ribbons and dollies are being treated as Transgender by the UK’s National Health Service (NHS). Based in North London, the Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust houses the Gender Identity Development Service (GIDS), the only gender identity clinic in the UK for those under the age of 18. “There’s a focus on very, very superficial surface phenomena and lack of probing,” Dr Bell said during a conference on Rapid Onset Gender Dysphoria held by umbrella group Genspect on Sunday. “Many young people, who are unwilling or unable… to conform to gender stereotypes… are misunderstood as being transgender.” Dr Bell went on to say that the clinic’s medical interventions do not support “fluidity”, but are instead being based on an understanding of gender with a “caricaturistic” quality. “That is, if you don’t like pink ribbons...
    The Met Council, the Twin Cities regional planning and transit agency, isn’t alone in how the COVID-19 pandemic affected its operations and people. The shutdowns of many businesses — and the advent of work from home — slashed ridership and revenue for the agency. Already facing a structural deficit, it was pushed further into the red with the loss of farebox revenue — even as it was obligated to continue to operate some services for those who didn’t have the ability to work from home. It also took on those challenges with a new boss. Charlie Zelle, the former state Minnesota Department of Transportation commissioner, was appointed just before the pandemic hit, which he had to address along with other inherited challenges: transit safety, budgets and the increasingly fraught Southwest LRT construction. MinnPost spoke with Zelle about his first two years in the high-profile position, and how the Met Council plans to move forward. This interview has been edited for length and clarity.  MinnPost: It probably seemed like a good idea to have accepted this job when the governor offered...
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    (CNN)President Joe Biden and first lady Jill Biden are heading to Fort Bragg, North Carolina, on Monday afternoon to hold a "Friendsgiving" celebration with military service members and their families. Speaking during Friday's turkey pardoning at the White House, Biden thanked first responders and essential personnel, adding that "on Monday, my wife Jill and I will be traveling to Fort Bragg in North Carolina for an early Thanksgiving with the troops and their military families. We'll be able to show the nation's gratitude for their service and sacrifice and welcome those coming home after 20 years in Afghanistan."The first couple's visit is part of the Joining Forces initiative -- a White House initiative to support military personnel, their families and veterans.Earlier this month, Jill Biden joined former Sen. Elizabeth Dole, Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin and Veterans Affairs Secretary Denis McDonough for a Joining Forces event at the White House highlighting military caregiving families ahead of Veterans Day. The initiative was started in 2011 by Jill Biden and then-first lady Michelle Obama. Read MoreThe President has often recalled his late son...
    Weeks before student loan payments are set to resume after being suspended during the pandemic, 30,000 people are seeing loan forgiveness become a reality. The Biden administration’s changes to the Public Service Loan Forgiveness program are going into effect. The teachers and nurses and paramedics and librarians and state and local government employees who the program was designed to help are finally getting their due. Under the program’s original design, public service workers were supposed to get loan forgiveness after making 120 payments over 10 years. But the vast, vast majority of people who were supposed to be helped instead found themselves snagged on one technicality after another, and the program fulfilled its promise to almost no one, with just over 16,000 people having ever gotten relief at the time the Biden administration took action. According to a November 11 tweet from Education Secretary Miguel Cardona, 10,000 public servants had already had $715 million in debt forgiven. The total in the coming weeks was expected to reach 30,000 people and $2 billion. The people affected are in many occupations, but teachers are...
    CHICAGO (WLS) -- On the edge of O'Hare Airport property is where mail for U.S. service men and women is processed."It's separating by the zips so it can get to the right bases and ships," said Frances Locke, International Military Service Center in-plant support manager for USPS. "Soldiers really look forward to the care packages."The site is the United States Postal Service International Military Service Center and it's about to get even busier with the holidays approaching with volume already up 30% at USPS."It's going to be a mad rush and the empty you see now, you won't see because it's only going to pick up," Locke said.RELATED: Post Office holidays 2021: USPS releases holiday deadlines to knowThe facility expects to handle 12 million pieces of mail in the coming weeks, and in order to do that they want to hire at least 100 more people throughout USPS for the peak season and beyond.There was even a hiring event at St. Sabina Wednesday, with others expected to be held in the coming days."We need to make sure that we have...
    BOSTON (CBS) — Massachusetts public safety officials are telling residents to be prepared for the shutdown of 3G cellular networks early next year. Big cellular companies are planning to retire 3G service in order to make room for faster networks like 5G. AT&T will end 3G in February 2022, T-Mobile/Sprint will shut it down on March 31, 2022 and Verizon plans to halt its 3G service by the end of 2022. READ MORE: Mayor Wu Says Boston Pausing Mass And Cass Homeless Removals While ACLU Lawsuit Pending“The federal government and cellular providers have announced that older phones and devices will lose call and data functions, including the ability to contact 911,” the Executive Office of Public Safety and Security said in a statement. “EOPSS urges Massachusetts residents and businesses who rely on older technology to plan for the potential loss of cell and data functions, specifically 911 service availability.” READ MORE: Officer Accidentally Shot In Leg During Training At Harwich Gun RangePhones that are more than several years old might need an upgrade before the 3G shutdown. Anyone with a...
    Apple announced Wednesday its new Self Service Repair program that will let customers complete repairs on their own iPhones and Mac computers. Starting early next year, the tech giant will ship 'Apple genuine' parts and tools, the same used at the Genius Bar, to people's homes to fix their broken devices.   The program is set to start with the iPhone 12 and iPhone 13, Macs to follow later, and allow owners to replace their screen, battery or camera. Pricing has yet to be revealed. The move comes as Apple is facing increased pressure and even regulation regarding its product repair policies, as the tech giant has only allowed its accredited dealers to fix its devices. However, Apple's Self Service Repair is a major win for the Right to Repair movement, but will only be useful to those who feel comfortable fixing an iPhone themselves. Scroll down for video  Apple announced Wednesday its new Self Service Repair program that will let customers complete repairs on their own iPhones and Mac computers. Starting early next year, the tech giant will ship...
    You might want to get in line now to get your holiday mail out in time. The United States Postal Service is the nation’s most popular federal agency by a mile—91% of Americans have a favorable opinion of it. Or at least, 91% of Americans (as close as you can get to unanimous in public opinion) loved it before Trump turned it over to Postmaster General Louis DeJoy and his enabler, Board of Governors Chair Ron Bloom, and they started doing things like killing baby chicks and delaying prescription drug and utility bill deliveries, and flirted with sabotaging the elections. The Bloom/DeJoy team decided to follow up the debacles of 2020 by adopting DeJoy’s 10-year plan to slow down the mail, reduce local post office hours, and make it cost a lot more to send mail, just in time for the holidays. Given how much the public loves the Postal Service, it sure seems like it would welcome President Joe Biden saving the institution as his gift to the nation. Just in time for Christmas, Bloom’s extended term on the board is going to...
    For the first time in the United States' 245-year history, American women could be required to sign up for the Selective Service after legislation expanding the draft is expected to get the green light from Congress, a report out Wednesday stated.   A measure changing the requirements for the Selective Service from male-only to 'all Americans' could pass the Senate as early as this week, according to Axios.   The question of who should be compelled to serve has been debated in the US for years. Now it looks likely to pass with a bipartisan coalition of support.  Wednesday's report notes the backers include veterans, feminists and even traditional Republicans - lawmakers ranging from Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell to Democrat Illinois Senator Tammy Duckworth have said it's time to expand the draft to women. Opposition has been relatively scant - about a dozen Republican senators have stood against the measure. Lawmakers who oppose the Selective Service in general could also vote against the bill. Earlier this month, Missouri Senator Josh Hawley introduced an amendment to strip the gender-neutral Selective Service language...
    THE QUEEN has held her first face-to-face audience after spraining her back and missing this year's Remembrance Sunday service. The 95-year-old Monarch met with General Sir Nick Carter - the Chief of the Defence Staff - at Windsor Castle this afternoon. 1The Queen has held her first face-to-face audience after spraining her backCredit: PA The 95-year-old sparked fresh health concerns by cancelling an appearance at the Cenotaph for the first time in 22 years. She remains on “light duties” but royal watchers are worried as she has now cancelled four public engagements in a month. More to follow... For the latest news on this story keep checking back at Sun Online. Thesun.co.uk is your go to destination for the best celebrity news, football news, real-life stories, jaw-dropping pictures and must-see video. Download our fantastic, new and improved free App for the best ever Sun Online experience. For iPhone click here, for Android click here.  Like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/thesun and follow us from our main Twitter account at @TheSun.
    The rise in the cost of living brought on by runaway inflation and the end of pandemic lockdowns may be cutting into the viewing habits of TV consumers after nearly half of those responding to a recent survey said they plan to cancel at least one of their cable or streaming subscriptions in the coming months.  The report, conducted by digital TV antenna provider Mohu in September, analyzed TV viewership numbers for 1,200 American adults over the past year, who were subscribed to at least one television or streaming service. According to the probe, more than 2 in 5 Americans - 44 percent - plan to nix at least one cable or streaming subscription in the next six months, with the vast majority of them citing rising costs as the reason for the prospective cancellations.  Conversely, 2 in 5 of those surveyed said that they do not plan to cancel any of their media subscriptions - whereas roughly 1 in 5 responded that they were still uncertain on whether or not they would pull the plug on their preferred TV...
    A fire caused a major disruption Sunday to internet and cable service for Spectrum customers in the Los Angeles area. The telecommunications giant said the fire broke out Sunday shortly before 10 a.m. at a South Los Angeles overpass and damaged the company’s fiber optic lines. Spectrum first publicly acknowledged outages at 11:28 a.m. on Twitter. But Down Detector, a company that tracks social media reports on outages, said customer grievances began to pour in at 9 a.m. Spectrum said most of those affected live in South Los Angeles, but customers in southeast Los Angeles, Ladera Heights, Hyde Park and Mid-City also complained of outages. By 7 p.m., 3,000 complaints had been posted to social media, according to Down Detector. Some customers said they had been without services for up to seven hours. “Our engineers are working to replace and repair the fiber as soon as possible to restore our services,” Spectrum said in an emailed statement Sunday at 7:45 p.m. Subscribers complained they were unable to complete homework, work from home and watch streaming services. They...
    THE human spine is a vulnerable structure and bears quite considerable amounts of force during our day-to-day activities. Back sprains usually take two to six weeks to get better but for the Queen, at 95, it could take double that. 2The Queen would have had to stand for a good few hours for the Remembrance Day service so it was absolutely right to pull out of itCredit: AFP The pain will eventually go away, but whether it is a long-term issue or not remains to be seen. It could be one of those things that comes and goes again. She would have had to stand for a good few hours for the Remembrance Day service so it was absolutely right to pull out of it — as sad and upsetting as that must have been for her. After her back has been properly assessed it will do her no harm to rest in bed for two to three days. The aim should be to break the vicious cycle of pain, muscle spasm, further pain. Her treatment may include anti-inflammatory creams...
    LONDON (AP) — Officials say Queen Elizabeth II has sprained her back and will not attend Remembrance Sunday service in London. Copyright © 2021 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, written or redistributed.
    THE Queen will miss today's Remembrance Sunday event after spraining her back, Buckingham Palace confirmed. Her Majesty, 95, was due to make her first official appearance after resting for a month under doctor's orders to lead the nation in commemorating our brave soldiers. 1The Queen will not attend today's service But the Palace said she will now not attend the service at the Cenotaph and is "disappointed to miss the event". Other royals will still be in attendance - including Prince Charles who will lay a wreath on her behalf. More to follow... For the latest news on this story keep checking back at Sun Online. Thesun.co.uk is your go to destination for the best celebrity news, football news, real-life stories, jaw-dropping pictures and must-see video. Download our fantastic, new and improved free App for the best ever Sun Online experience. For iPhone click here, for Android click here.  Like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/thesun and follow us from our main Twitter account at @TheSun.
    PHOENIX -- A fugitive sought in California was fatally shot Friday night in an exchange of gunfire with members of U.S. Marshals Service task force, the federal agency said.The fugitive's identity was not released but the Marshals Service said in a statement that the person killed was sought on a California warrant alleging parole violation in a case involving violent assault and rape and also was wanted in Los Angeles "for a gruesome murder that occurred earlier this month."The incident closed several roads near Sky Harbor International Airport.When task force members tried to arrest the suspect, "a handgun was produced, and the suspect fired multiple rounds at law enforcement. Task Force members returned fire, striking the suspect," the Marshals Service statement said.The suspect was pronounced dead at the scene and nobody else was injured, the statement said.
    Source: MoviePass MoviePass, the movie theater ticket service that skyrocketed to popularity in 2017 and spiraled into bankruptcy two years later, is looking for a Hollywood reboot. Co-founder Stacy Spikes regained ownership of the company on Wednesday after a bankruptcy court judge in the Southern District of New York approved the sale on Monday. Spikes said the company is exploring the possibility of relaunching in the near future. The theatrical industry has changed drastically in the two years that MoviePass has been out of commission. A global pandemic shuttered cinemas and clogged the production pipeline, leading to smaller-than-average box office gains as the industry has worked to rebuild. MoviePass' attempted resurgence comes at a time when many movie theater chains have bolstered their own paid loyalty programs to include ticket subscriptions and discounted concessions. The company would not only have to navigate a new industry landscape and these rival rewards platforms, but also create a sustainable business model, something it was unable to achieve before shuttering in 2019. "AMC A-List rose from the ashes of Movie Pass and has become...
    MEGHAN Markle and Prince Harry talked about "service" and mental health on a visit to a US Army Base yesterday amid a busy week for the couple. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex donned facemasks as they chatted with members of the armed forces at the base in New Jersey. 4Meghan Markle and Prince Harry talked about "service" and mental health on a visit to a US Army BaseCredit: PA 4The Duke and Duchess of Sussex donned facemasks as they chatted with members of the armed forcesCredit: PA The meeting marked Armistice Day - known as Veterans' Day in the US - and comes after a series of public engagements for the duke and duchess. On Wednesday night, a glamorous Harry and Meghan attended the Intrepid Valor Awards onboard USS Intrepid. Former-officer Harry presented awards to five service members, veterans and military families who went "above and beyond the call of duty". And the couple were out again the next day for a visit to Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst - the Department of Defence’s only tri-service base. The Sussexes hosted...
    Prince Harry and Meghan Markle spent Veterans' Day on an army base in New Jersey, enjoying lunch with service members and sharing stories of the mental health challenges of being in the armed forces.  The Duke and Duchess of Sussex - who on Wednesday night dazzled at a gala honoring the military in Manhattan, on the Intrepid aircraft carrier - on Thursday traveled from New York to Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst in New Jersey. The site is the Department of Defense's only tri-service base and is home to over 46,000 members of the armed forces and their families. The duke and duchess hosted a luncheon with service members from all six branches of the military, and were pictured laughing over lunch and listening intently to a discussion.  Harry - who spent a decade in the British army until retiring in 2015, and completed two tours of Afghanistan - discussed the isolation service members often feel when returning home, and stressed the importance of supporting veterans. Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are seen on Thursday visiting Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst in New Jersey to mark...
    The town of Jackson, Wyoming , could bear-ly believe it when a local ursine celebrity visited the town. A grizzly bear, known as Grizzly No. 399, visited the town of Jackson on Wednesday, trailed by her four cubs. The Jackson Police Department then posted a video featuring 399 and her cubs approaching the department and wandering around the site. "We had some visitors last night. #399 and her Cubs swung by to say hi," wrote the police department on its Facebook page. GRAND TETON NATIONAL PARK SETS VISITATION RECORD WITH ALMOST 3.5 MILLION VISITS THROUGH SEPTEMBER Police and Wildlife Service officials eventually shooed the animals into a less populated area, a spokesperson for the police department said. Named for the tag hanging from her ear, 399 has become familiar to the town due to the female bear's tendency to linger near roads in Grand Teton National Park, attracting the attention of locals and tourists alike. On Sunday, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the National Park Service, and other local agencies announced...
    LOS ANGELES (KABC) -- As Southern California honored those who served in the U.S. military, the Dodgers on Thursday hosted a group of active service members and veterans at Dodger Stadium. Over 200 veterans and their families got to go on the iconic field at Chavez Ravine and take a swing with some batting practice.The group, all from different branches of the military, bonded over shared experiences and the rare chance to get to step on the field. "To just see people from different walks of life, all coming together, smiling... having a good time. It's a good pick-me-up," said Khari al-Mateen, who served in the Navy.Watch the video in the media player above for more.
    "Active duty members of the U.S. military, including U.S. Navy Airman Shyeed Crooks (R), take the oath of citizenship during a ceremony at U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services headquarters on November 09, 2021 in Camp Springs, Maryland." Nearly 4,500 current and former U.S. military service members, as well as family members, will be sworn in as U.S. citizens as part of Veterans Day 2021. U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) said in a statement that it’s holding more than 90 ceremonies this week, including a Maryland ceremony presided over by Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas. “They're all veterans or active-duty members of the military representing all services,” WMAR Baltimore reported. “They come from Cameroon, China, El Salvador, Germany, Liberia, Nigeria, Senegal. and South Korea.” “The willingness to serve in our armed forces before you become U.S. citizens is truly a remarkable example of devotion to country and our highest ideals,” Mayorkas wrote in a tweet on Wednesday. “On the eve of #VeteransDay, we congratulate you for everything that you have done and continue to do for all of us.” Among the...
    MIAMI (CBSMiami) – The City of Miami expressed gratitude to the heroes who are serving and have served on Veterans Day. During a ceremony at Miami City Hall, representatives from the city along with police and fire rescue thanked those for their service. READ MORE: 'Dolphin Tale' Star Illness Prompts Aquarium To Close For One Day“To you, I thank you for your service, your sacrifice and you have our utmost gratitude,” said Miami Chief of Police Miami and US Army Veteran Manny Morales. The honor guard and a ceremonial ringing of the bell to honor the men and women who literally risk it all for our country. “This is our way of thanking them for their selfless service and to honor those who have made the ultimate sacrifice,” said Miami Fire Rescue Assistant Chief Robert Jorge. Miami Police, Miami Fire Rescue, and city officials came together to show their support and to shed light on the challenges many veterans face when they return home, especially those who return with medical needs “They should not have to fight to prove...
    CHICAGO (CBS) – As a thank you to veterans — Congressman Danny Davis, radio host Cliff Kelley, and Chase bank are offering vets hot meals and care packages. The giveaway is from noon to 2 p.m. at 2813 West 5th Ave. in Chicago. More offers are available for veterans. Texas Roadhouse will say thank you to active military members and veterans today in a drive-thru event. The restaurants will distribute meal vouchers valid through May 2022 Thursday until to 2 p.m. Proof of service includes a military or V.A. card, or discharge papers. Ihop is also offering free pancakes to all veterans and active-duty military. Olive Garden is giving service-members who dine in a free select entrée. Great Clips is offering vets and active military free cuts and civilians who get haircuts Thursday can give a free haircut card to a veteran, and many retailers are offering free coffee to vets and active military members.
    There is rain in the forecast for the weekend, so be sure to stay tuned for up-to the-minute changes. In the interim, be prepared for overnight stops on Interstate 66 and the Virginia Beltway, Interstate 295 corridor work and closures and new Maryland paving projects. Tracking Metro 24/7 More Transportation News Also, expect Metro service to be reduced with the ongoing Blue Line derailment investigation. Here’s what is planned. Roadwork Virginia There is a planned closure, weather permitting, of the southbound side of the Capital Beltway in Tysons both Friday and Saturday night. There is continuing bridge joint work at the three bridges over Virginia Route 267/Dulles Toll Road. This weekend could see multiple lanes closed overnight with temporary traffic stoppages. The Virginia Department of Transportation plans to close three left lanes beginning at 11 p.m. each night, with intermittent 20-minute stops of all southbound on the Interstate 495 Capital Beltway outer loop over Dulles Toll Road. The complete stops are planned between 12:01 a.m. and 5 a.m., with all lanes expected to reopen by 7 a.m. the...
    Donald Trump sent out on Thursday morning a pre-recorded video honoring those who served in the U.S. armed forces, where he took a swipe at President Joe Biden for putting veterans 'through a lot.' 'We will come back,' Trump vowed in his 39-second Veterans Day message sent just after 7:00 a.m. and posted to Rumble, a Canadian online video platform. 'Our country has gone through a lot,' the former president continued. 'The last period of time has been very, very tough – watching what you had to watch. But our country will be back and we'll be stronger than ever. Happy Veterans Day.' Trump's message to veterans took aim at Biden's actions since taking office – including the bungled withdrawal from Afghanistan, which resulted in the deaths of 13 U.S. servicemembers in a suicide bombing outside the Kabul airport. Many veterans of the 20-year war in the Middle East were enraged that the withdrawal was so mishandled and immediately led to the Taliban takeover and collapse of the Afghan government that U.S. forces helped put in place. Donald Trump took...
    New infections on the rise in most states; vaccinated Minnesota Vikings football player sent to emergency room: COVID-19 updates Kyle Rittenhouse sobs on witness stand, says he gunned down men after attacks $200 Sign Up Bonus Just In Time For The Holidays Ad Microsoft Full screen 1/6 SLIDES © Craig Ruttle/AP/Shutterstock Not over Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s jaw-dropping looks at the Salute to Freedom Gala? Us either! The Duke and Duchess of Sussex pulled out all the stops at the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum in New York City on Wednesday, November 10. Harry, 37, was in attendance to present Intrepid Valor Awards to five service members, veterans and military families. He delivered a personal and powerful speech when he took the stage. “Good evening, everybody, it’s wonderful to be back on USS Intrepid a decade after my last visit – and a lot has changed since then. Just last week, I went for a ride on the Oscar Mayer Weinermobile –...
    MIAMI (CBSMiami) – Greyhound racing ended in Florida in 2020, putting 1,700 of the second-fastest land animals into retirement, and it may come as a surprise to learn that they make excellent service dogs. Barbara Masi founded the nonprofit organization, Awesome Greyhound Adoptions, and started pairing greyhounds with veterans in 2011. READ MORE: Missing North Lauderdale Teen Teen Dimitri Roberts FoundHounds and Heroes provide the training for the dogs, readying them for careful matches with qualified military veterans. The greyhounds are trained at Southtech Academy in Boynton Beach. A head trainer leads high school students in veterinary assistance classes. The retired racers learn what it takes to be a service dog. They learn how to sit under a table, walk with a person using a cane or walker, and stay obedient for their checkups among other things. Six-year-old “Trooper” is one of the students’ favorite dogs. Trooper already graduated and was placed with Army veteran Ross Trevino. “My disability that I do have is with my leg, so I have some really bad days, the fact that he is stable,...
    (CNN)This Veterans Day, restaurants, businesses and entertainment venues are offering freebies and deals for America's active military personnel and veterans.Although many of these deals are available only on-site, there are a handful valid online this year and others that can be saved and used at a later date. Most of these are eligible for those with proof of service.Here's a list of some of the best Veterans Day giveaways this year.RestaurantsApplebee's: For the 14th consecutive year, all active military, veterans, Reserves and National Guard are eligible for a free entrée at participating locations. The offer also includes a $5 bounce back card to redeem within three weeks.Read MoreBJ's Restaurants: Free meal from a select menu -- plus a free Dr. Pepper -- with proof of service. Alcoholic beverages and gratuity not included.California Pizza Kitchen: Free meal and beverage with proof of service, as well as a card for a buy one, get one free redeemable from Nov. 12-20.Chili's: Free meal from a list of preselected options, including chicken crispers and Cajun chicken pasta, dine-in only.Cici's Pizza: Free adult buffet with...
    (CNN)I'm a Navy veteran, currently serving in the Reserves, and the son of an Army veteran. My father's brother served two tours as a Marine Corps infantryman in Vietnam and a good family friend also completed a deployment to Vietnam with the Navy. Veterans Day carries a special meaning to me but also one that evolved over the years. Jeremy Butler I spent my childhood celebrating this day with my family, learning about my father's time in the service and the sacrifices he and others made for the country, and sharing in the collective, abundant pride that we felt towards those who answered the call to serve. Listening to my father's stories about what his service meant to him, and about other men and women who served our nation, played a huge role in my decision to join the Navy in 1999. While Veterans Day will forever be a cause for celebration and a time to honor the sacrifices of veterans, I view this day a little differently now than I did when I was a child. As an...
    KATONAH, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) – While Thursday is a federal holiday, numerous events Wednesday honored our heroes in advance of Veterans Day. CBS2’s Tony Aiello stopped by two of them in the northern suburbs. READ MORE: Public School 166 In Astoria To Go Fully Remote For 10 Days Following COVID-19 OutbreakSome served in the middle of the last century. “The end of World War II,” said veteran Richard Crisfield. Others, at the beginning of this one. “I did one tour in Afghanistan in 2002, and another tour in Iraq in 2003,” said veteran Josh Gaccione. At the annual Veterans Day ceremony at the Westchester County Veterans Museum, there was a show of gratitude for all those who answered the call to serve our nation. “God bless you men, women. Thank you for what you’ve done. We will never forget you, we will never forget to honor you,” said Westchester County Executive George Latimer. The ceremony was deeply appreciated, especially by combat infantry badge recipient Pat Selleck, whose service in Vietnam did not lead to a warm welcome home. READ MORE: Huntington Joins...
    Tractor Supply Company, the largest rural lifestyle retailer in the United States, will recognize active and former military members with a 15% discount in stores nationwide in honor of Veterans Day. On Thursday, Nov. 11, all service members, veterans and their dependents with a valid military ID or proof of service are eligible for the promotion. The discount is one of several ways Tractor Supply strives to thank and support the nation’s military members for their service. “Active and former military members are an important part of the Tractor Supply family, as we are fortunate to count 2,500 veterans among our team and even more among our customers,” said Colin Yankee, Executive Vice President, Chief Supply Chain Officer at Tractor Supply and former U.S. Army Captain. “With our close military ties, Tractor Supply is committed to expressing our appreciation for these brave men and women through initiatives like the Veterans Day discount and providing support as they transition back to civilian life.” In addition to the military discount,...
    A nonprofit Christian conservative group filed a lawsuit Tuesday on behalf of 35 U.S. Navy SEALs claiming they were wrongfully denied COVID vaccination exemptions on religious grounds, and that the Defense Department's mandate violates their First Amendment rights.  The suit, which lists 35 unnamed service members, argues that the Pentagon is overstepping its bounds as a federal body and is infringing upon their constitutional rights, with the Navy requiring them to be fully vaccinated by November 28 - after they have been denied a religious exemption for getting the jab. According to the filing, which was obtained by DailyMail.com, the SEALs behind the suit are all Christian and are pushing back against the mandate because it contradicts 'their sincerely held religious beliefs.'  It is estimated that about 99.4% of the U.S. Navy is vaccinated, according to Defense Department data. The Department of Defense oversees multiple branches of the US military, including the Navy, and is named in the suit obtained by DailyMail.com The First Liberty Institute filed on behalf of the group. The organization is the country's largest nonprofit legal firm...
    In this article AAPLCustomers select mobile phones at an Apple store at the Mixhui Shopping mall in Yantai, East China's Shandong Province, Sept 29, 2021.Tang Ke | Costfoto | Barcroft Media | Getty ImagesApple announced Wednesday it's launching a business tools service targeted for small companies with up to 500 employees as companies look for new ways to handle remote work and technology. The service, which is currently in beta testing, is slated for a full release in spring 2022. Subscriptions begin at $2.99 a month. It's similar to offerings from Apple rivals who are more established in providing tools to businesses and schools, like Google and Microsoft. Those two companies dominate the education and business services markets. Formerly known as Apple Business Essentials, the service includes 24/7 Apple support and iCloud storage. It can assist businesses with everything from device setup to employee onboarding and accompanies an app that allows employees to install work applications. The subscription service offers a three-tiered price plan, customizable to accommodate three devices at most and up to 2 terabytes of iCloud storage. Costs...
    Nearly three dozen Navy SEALs and sailors have joined a lawsuit because they say their First Amendment rights have been violated because they were not granted an exemption to the COVID-19 vaccination mandate. First Liberty filed the lawsuit on behalf of the unnamed SEALs and sailors on Tuesday in the U.S. District Court, Northern District of Texas, Fort Worth Division. The 26 Navy SEALs, five special warfare combatant craft crewmen, three Navy divers, and one explosive ordnance disposal technician were among the plaintiffs, while President Joe Biden , Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin , and Navy Secretary Carlos Del Toro were named as the defendants in the suit. AUSTIN SIGNS OFF ON INVESTIGATION FINDING NOTHING ILLEGAL IN BOTCHED AFGHANISTAN STRIKE The legal filing explains that the service members have all sought religious exemptions, though the Navy hadn’t granted any as of Oct. 28, according to a spokesperson for the military branch. Each of the SEALs or sailors are either Catholic, Eastern Orthodox, or Protestant, and as such, they have “sincerely held religious beliefs forbid each of them from receiving...
    IT'S been an eventful last day of trading for Ethereum Name Service. In the past 24 hours, the cryptocurrency has surged 31% to $44.23 at the time of writing, according to CoinMarketCap. 1ENS has surged 31% in the past 24 hours The big gains come as Ethereum Name Service debuted its governance token ENS on Monday, which aims to further decentralize the domain service. ENS’ fully diluted market cap is currently sitting at $4.37billion. But keep in mind that cryptocurrencies come with a fair share of risks - one being the extreme volatility that takes place in the industry. If you’re not careful, the value of your assets can fall rapidly. Also, there’s scant regulation for crypto firms, so you'll likely be without protection if anything goes wrong. Furthermore, you need to be aware of the complexity in the crypto space– meaning do't invest in anything you don’t understand. Most read in MoneyNAME GAME Shiba Inu down & Bitcoin up as Elon changes Twitter name to match new crypto coinPRETTY PENNY Rare 1944-D Lincoln Penny sells for $115k due to zinc-coated steel planchetCASH...
    Comcast, an American multinational telecommunications conglomerate, is down across the US, leaving thousands of customers without internet access. More than half of the company's users report a total blackout, while the rest are unable to use landline internet or email. The crash appears to have started around 8:12am ET and is hitting costumers along the west coast and mid-west and some reports are surfacing on the east coast. Comcast, which owns the popular Xfinity internet, phone and television service, has yet to reveal what is causing the outage or when issues will be fixed. DailyMail.com has reached out to Comcast for more information.  Comcast, an American multinational telecommunications conglomerate, is down across the US, leaving thousands of customers without internet access DownDetector, a website that monitors online outages, shows more  than 55,000 Americans are without service - and just as many are starting their workday. Although the outage is blanketing the entire US, the map on DownDetector shows San Francisco as being hit the hardest. RELATED ARTICLES Previous 1 Next Twitter is back online after...
    Lockdowns and safety precautions during the pandemic has worsened an already stressed-out global supply chain, leading to shortages in everything from shipping containers to microchips. And there will be a ripple effect on how fast that holiday gift can be delivered to family and friends. As businesses scramble ahead of the holiday season, shipping services have already released their recommended ship-by dates in order to ensure your packages arrive on time. The U.S. Postal Service has set deadlines for packages to be delivered before Christmas Day: For retail ground service, send packages by Dec. 15 First-Class Mail Service, send  by Dec. 17 Priority Mail Service, send by Dec. 18. For Priority Mail Express Service, send by Dec. 23. UPS also recommends shipping out packages days to weeks in advance in order to ensure timely delivery. Dec. 15 is the last day for ground service, Dec. 21 is the last day for UPS 3 Day Select service, Dec. 22 is the last day for UPS 2nd Day Air service while those using UPS Next Day Air service will have...
    From computer chip shortages to backlogged ports, a number of factors might make it difficult to find some gift items on store shelves this year. And even if you can find the gift you want, expected shipping delays may make it hard to get it to the intended recipient in time. The answer may be to skip the presents you can wrap and give a virtual or digital gift instead. These go beyond mere gift cards and include presents that can be redeemed for subscription services, fitness programs, downloadable games and more. Here are nine of the best virtual and digital gifts to give this holiday season: — Meal subscription service. — Cameo from a celebrity. — Fitness program. — Animal sponsorship. — Audiobooks. — Downloadable video game. — Clothing subscription service. — Virtual workshop. — Charity gift card. [READ: The Best Time to Buy Everything.] Meal Subscription Service For many households, the COVID-19 pandemic led to a resurgence in home cooking. Not everyone has found their stride through, and a gift card for a meal subscription service can...
    The Sephora Sale Is Back, and These 15 Items Are at the Top of Everyones Wish List Stephen Curry drops 50 points in Warriors blowout win over Hawks © SUZANNE CORDEIRO/AFP/Getty Images/AP Images Drake and Travis Scott. SUZANNE CORDEIRO/AFP/Getty Images/AP Images Drake said he feels "grief" following the Astroworld concert that resulted in eight deaths. Drake was a special guest performing alongside Travis Scott. Concert goers rushed to the front causing a "mass casualty event" on Friday night. In an Instagram post on Monday, Drake said he's spent the past few days trying to wrap his mind around the Astroworld tragedy that left eight people dead. The artist said he finds himself dealing with grief: "My heart is broken for the families and friends of those who lost their lives and for anyone who is suffering," he wrote. "I will continue to pray for all of them and will be of service in any way I can. May God be with you all." Hundreds more were also injured during the Houston concert on Friday...
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    CHICAGO (CBS) — A total of $1.7 billion is headed to Illinois to replace the network of lead pipes that have left many residents — Chicagoans in particular — drinking dangerous, lead-laced water. The CBS 2 Investigators have been uncovering the problem as part of our “Getting Hosed” series on bad water bills. READ MORE: Mail Stolen Again From Collection Boxes At Park Ridge Post OfficeAs CBS 2 Investigator Megan Hickey reported Monday, the funding comes through the federal infrastructure bill – which includes nearly $16 billion to replace lead service lines across the country. A good chunk of that money will be coming to Chicago, which has more lead pipes than any other U.S. city – a total of 387,095. We introduced you to South Side resident Daniel Wasserman last month. His home gets its water from a lead service line. When he shared the results of the lead level tests on his water, both readings over the federal legal limit of 15 parts per billion. “My numbers were 24 on one drawing and 40 on another,” Wasserman...
    A Nashville pastor and several church members prevented a tragedy Sunday after ganging up in a bit of spiritual warfare. Pastor Ezekiel Ndikumana was delivering a sermon at the Nashville Light Mission Pentecostal Church when Dezire Baganda pulled out a gun and approached the altar. When Ndikumana tackled Baganda from behind, several church members joined the pastor and held the man down until authorities arrived, according to WKRN . “I would say that God used me because I felt like I was going to use the back door as an example as going on by trying to go behind him," Ndikumana said in an interview. "And then I felt the feeling that I would go and grab him … and that’s what happened.” TEXAS JUDGE RULES RELIGIOUS BUSINESSES AND CHURCHES SHIELDED FROM GAY AND TRANSGENDER DISCRIMINATION LIABILITY Baganda, 26, was not a member of the church but had previously attended services. He reportedly was asked not to attend in February due to interrupting pastors during their sermons. When he arrived at church for the 10...