Nation’s Oldest World War II Veteran Dies At 112

The Army veteran had been hospitalized with pneumonia but was released on Christmas Eve, said Shirley Overton, whose husband was Richard’s cousin and his longtime caretaker. He died Thursday evening at a rehab facility in Austin, Texas, she said. ASSOCIATED PRESS “Richard Overton made us proud to be Texans and proud to be Americans,” Texas Gov. Greg Abbott said. His recent birthdays drew national attention and strangers would stop by his house to meet him. Even well into his 100s, …

Quake from Mount Etna volcano jolts Sicily; 10 injured

The quake struck north of Catania, the largest city in the eastern part of the Mediterranean island, but no injuries or damages were reported there. Italy’s national seismology institute said it registered a magnitude of 4.8 and occurred at a relatively shallow depth, 1 kilometer (0.6 mile) under the mountain’s surface. The temblor damaged some rural homes, including structures that had been abandoned years ago, toppled a Madonna statue in a church in the town of Santa Venerina and opened …

Japan Announce They Will Resume Commercial Whaling

Japan has officially declared it will withdraw from the International Whaling Commission (IWC) and will resume commercial whaling in July next year. Commercial whaling has been banned by the IWC, a global agreement signed by over 80 nations, since 1986. However, a number of pro-whaling countries – such as Japan, Russia, Denmark, and Iceland – have continually shown opposition to the ban. Japan, in particular, has regularly defied the ban and continued whaling activities under the guise of “scientific research”. The latest figures from …

Getting Pregnant Is One Thing. Staying Pregnant Is Another.

Leah De Shay has been pregnant nine times over the course of her life, but she has only three living children. De Shay has lupus, a chronic autoimmune disease that makes every pregnancy more risky for both her and the fetus. “I was told that there was a high likelihood I would never have kids in the first place,” De Shay said. “But my understanding of that, and the way it was communicated to me, was because my body wasn’t …

‘Bird Box’ memes are a hoot

(CNN)Note: This post contains spoilers relating to the Netflix film ‘Bird Box.’ To protect themselves from it, they block out windows and wear blindfolds if forced to venture outside. Birds also serve as something of an alarm system. The sensory deprivation experience by the characters serves well to build suspense, but has also been a gift to the social media gods, with the birth of countless memes in the movie’s aftermath. They range from jokes about what temptations would get …

This cruel Christmas letter from an Indian boarding school offers a vital history lesson.

It’s a chapter of U.S. and Canadian history that many prefer to forget—and that many of us never even learned. Either absent from many textbooks or given a mere nod in a sentence or two, the forcible, systematic removal of Native children from their families is one of the most shameful episodes in our history. Starting in the 19th century and continuing through the majority of the 20th, both the U.S. and Canadian governments created boarding schools, or residential schools, …

Can You Beat A Breathalyzer Test?

New Year’s Eve is around the corner, and for most of us, that means a decent amount of alcohol consumption. One ever-present concern of hitting the bars is gauging whether or not you are safe to drive. If you do decide to get behind the wheel, there is the chance that you could get pulled over by the police and given the dreaded breathalyzer test. Alternatively, you might own your own breathalyzer, and rely on it to tell you if …

Scientists Have Discovered A Way To Turn Copper Into Gold (Well, Sort Of)

Long before it was rescued from the clutches of He Who Must Not Be Named by a bespectacled British 11-year-old, the Philosopher’s Stone was an ancient and mystical substance sought throughout the world for its miraculous and life-giving properties. Legend said the Stone held the key to immortality – some believed it was the reason Adam and Eve were able to live for over 900 years in the Bible. Not only that, but it was said to be capable of …

Democrat Vying For Top Committee Spot Wont Stick Up For Town Fighting Utility Giant

record of pro-Wall Street votes. Suozzi’s inaction in the high-stakes tax fight involving one his district’s largest towns ― and comments suggesting sympathy with the utility monopoly ― raises additional questions about his fitness for a panel devoted to crafting tax and domestic spending policy. If LIPA gets its way, the Northport school district would be especially hard hit. District officials project that they would need at least a 50 percent property tax increase to fill the gap ― a …

2020 Presidential Campaigns Are Screening Potential Staff For Me Too Problems

Rank-and-file women in politics have posed the question, quietly and through backchannels, for years. Is the new guy in charge a creep? But as the Me Too movement heightens the expectations for political candidates and their campaigns, another much more powerful set of people has begun to do the asking: top aides to the many Democrats considering running for president in the 2020 election. “We’re starting to ask those questions very, very directly, in ways where, previously, you’ve maybe just …

Dunkin Donuts had a different name when it first opened

At first, Rosenberg named his restaurant “Open Kettle.” Then, an architect working for the restaurant was inspired by the idea of dunking doughnuts into coffee, according to company lore. In 1950, Open Kettle became Dunkin’ Donuts. Here’s how 8 famous fast-food restaurants got their names. Since then, the fast-food chain has kept up with the times as customers have become increasingly interested in healthier options, rolling out munchkins and bagels over the years. Then, nearly 70 years after Rosenberg first paired coffee and doughnuts, …

Tories accused over Boxing Day rail

It said its workers will undertake more than 330 projects as part of a £148m programme to improve services and facilities. According to the National Rail Enquiries website, only Chiltern, ScotRail, Southeastern, Southern and the Stansted Express will be running limited services on 26 December. Mr McDonald said: “Tory ministers’ handling of the Boxing Day rail standstill is making it much harder for families and friends to visit one another this Christmas break. “In opposition the Tories attacked the Boxing …

Video Captures The Bizarre Way This Lizard Has Evolved To Breathe” Underwater

It’s not every day you see a “scuba-diving” lizard. That is, unless you’re herpetologist and researcher Lindsey Swierk. To her knowledge, Swierk is the first (and potentially only) scientist to capture the tiny water anole (Anolis aquaticus) displaying its unique evolutionary strategy to avoid predators. Found in the streams of southern Costa Rica, these tiny scuba divers have created a “scuba tank” method – blowing a giant air bubble around their nose – in order to “breathe” underwater for a record …