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Utah Senator Orrin Hatch Announces He Will Retire At End of Term

Senator Orrin Hatch of Utah said on Tuesday he would retire when his current term ends next year, opening the door for a possible political comeback by 2012 Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney. Ending speculation of whether he would seek reelection after more than three decades in office, Hatch, 83, made the announcement in a short video, saying “every good fighter knows when to hang up the gloves.” President Donald Trump had urged Hatch to run again, a move that would have prevented Romney from potentially filling his seat.  Romney issued a statement shortly after Hatch’s announcement, writing on Facebook, “I join the people of Utah in thanking my friend, Senator Orrin Hatch for his more than forty years of service to our great state and nation.”... [Read Full Story]

Florida, Georgia and South Carolina Brace For Snow and Ice Storms

A new storm is making its way to the Southeast Wednesday, likely dumping rain, sleet and some snow before moving north. The storm has prompted schools to close in Florida, Georgia, and South Carolina. Ice has already formed on fountains in some southern cities, including Savannah, Georgia, and Charlotte, North Carolina. In northern Florida and southern Georgia, a dangerous mix of snow and ice are in the forecast for Wednesday morning, and residents of cities including Tallahassee, Florida, and Valdosta, Georgia, may see up to an inch of snow on the roadways during the Wednesday morning commute. Georgia and the Carolinas may see 1 to 3 inches of snow.... [Read Full Story]

U.S. Airports Suffer Technical Glitch As Passport System Goes Down

A two-hour outage in U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s processing systems caused delays at some of the nation’s biggest airports on New Year’s Day. In a statement, CBP said the outage began at 7:30 p.m. and ended at 9:30 p.m. All the airports involved are currently back online, according to CBP, though some are still experiencing effects from the outage. “CBP took immediate action to address the technology disruption,” the agency said in a statement. “CBP officers continued to process international travelers using alternative procedures at affected airports. Travelers at some ports of entry experienced longer than usual wait times as CBP officers processed travelers as quickly as possible while maintaining the highest levels of security.... [Read Full Story]

Costa Rican Plane Crash Victims Include New York And Florida Families

A family of five from New York, vacationing in Costa Rica, were among the victims of a New Year’s Eve plane crash that killed all 12 people on board, investigators and local media have revealed. The small plane carrying 10 American tourists and two local crew members crashed and burst into flames in a wooded area in in Guanacaste, northwest Costa Rica, the government reported Sunday. Five of the victims were identified as Americans Bruce, Irene, Matthew, William and Zachary Steinberg, from Scarsdale, New York.  In St. Petersburg, Florida, Rabbi Jacob Luski of Congregation B’nai Israel said Monday that four members of his congregation, Drs. Mitchell Weiss and Leslie Weiss and their two children, Hannah and Ari, also died in the crash.... [Read Full Story]

Puerto Rico Under Flash Flood Watch While Awaiting Supplies and Assistance

Puerto Rico is under a flash flood watch as the ongoing wait for food and supplies continues in the US island after Hurricane Maria hit more than a week ago.  Heavy rain is expected through the weekend, which “will aggravate the ongoing recovery and relief efforts,” the National Weather Service said.  Federal officials say aid has been delivered across the island, however millions of residents are still without electricity, water or gas.... [Read Full Story]

Trump’s Inaugural Committee to Donate $3 Million to Hurricane Relief

After coming under fire for a delay in donating its remaining funds to charity, President Trump’s inaugural committee plans to give $3 million to three organizations involved in hurricane rescue efforts, officials said on Tuesday.  Chairman of the private Presidential Inaugural Committee, Thomas J. Barrack Jr., said the money will be divided equally among three groups — the American Red Cross, the Salvation Army and Samaritan’s Purse, an evangelical group.... [Read Full Story]

Hospital Ship USNS Comfort Heading To Puerto Rico

As officials got a clearer picture of the destruction Hurricane Maria wrought in Puerto Rico, federal and military aid increased with the news that the hospital ship USNS Comfort would be deployed.  In addition, The US Air Force is also sending additional aircraft to Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands to help in relief and aid missions.... [Read Full Story]

Demonstrators Protest At Cardinals/Cubs Game in St. Louis

About 300 demonstrators gathered peacefully outside a St. Louis Cardinals vs. Chicago Cubs game in St. Louis, to protest the acquittal of a white former police officer in the killing of a black suspect.  Various demonstrations have been ongoing since Sept. 15, when Jason Stockley was ruled not guilty of first-degree murder in the 2011 shooting death of Anthony Lamar Smith.... [Read Full Story]

China Urges North Korea and The United States To Stop War Of Words

On Tuesday, China urged North Korea and the United States to stop their escalating war of words and sit down for talks on cooling the recent spike in tensions.  Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Lu Kang reinforce his country’s position that all sides should avoid provoking each other following the exchange of threats between President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.... [Read Full Story]

Hurricane Maria Strengthening As it Heads Towards the Caribbean

Puerto Rico is making preparations in anticipation of the arrival of Hurricane Maria, projected to make direct landfall this Wednesday. Maria is currently a Category 2 storm, and hurricane warnings have been issued for the islands of Guadeloupe, Dominica, St. Kitts, Nevis, Montserrat, St. Lucia and Martinique. Tropical storm warnings are in effect for Antigua and Barbuda.... [Read Full Story]