News: National

The House OKs a bipartisan defense policy bill that includes servicemember pay boost
Caitlyn Kim | December 7, 2021
The House has passed the National Defense Authorization Act, a bill negotiated between both parties and both chambers.Anna Moneymaker | Getty Images The House on Tuesday night passed a $768 billion defense bill, negotiated between both parties and both chambers, by a vote of 363-70. The National Defense Authorization Act ...
Kellogg to hire replacements for striking workers who rejected a proposed contract
Jonathan Franklin | December 7, 2021
Kellogg announced plans to permanently replace striking workers who rejected a proposed contract. The walkout started Oct. 5.Josh Funk | AP The Kellogg Company announced Tuesday that a majority of its U.S. workers have voted against a proposed five-year contract, and that the company would hire permanent replacements for the ...
Biden pledged to forgive $10,000 in student loan debt. Here’s what he’s done so far
Cory Turner | December 7, 2021
President Biden walks to Marine One outside the White House on Dec. 2.Anna Moneymaker | Getty Images When President-elect Joe Biden was asked whether student loan cancellation figured into his economic recovery plan, he declared, "It should be done immediately." "[Student debt is] holding people up," Biden said on Nov. ...
19 U.S. states now have detected the omicron COVID-19 variant
Bill Chappell | December 7, 2021
An international passenger arrives near a new rapid COVID-19 testing site for arriving international passengers at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) on Friday in Los Angeles.Mario Tama | Getty Images The fast-spreading omicron variant of the coronavirus has now been reported in 50 countries and 19 states, said Dr. Rochelle ...
Hawaii remains under flood warnings as a ‘kona low’ storm continues to dump rain
Joe Hernandez | December 7, 2021
A pedestrian tries to cross a flooded Queen Street, Monday, Dec. 6, 2021, in Honolulu.Marco Garcia | AP Punishing rains over the Hawaiian islands have produced gusty winds and flash flooding throughout the state, with weather warnings still in effect as of Tuesday morning. The Hawaii Emergency Management Agency said ...
Every Michigan driver will get $400 for each vehicle they own, the state says
Bill Chappell | December 7, 2021
Every car in Michigan that was covered by insurance as of the end of October will bring its owner $400, under a new refund plan approved by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer's administration.Carlos Osorio | AP Michigan's attempts to lower its famously high insurance rates seem to be working: Every driver in ...
My dad witnessed the horror of Pearl Harbor firsthand. But his letters never let on
Renee Montagne | December 7, 2021
Art Montagne in Honolulu, 1940; his letter to his mom, December 1941; and the American destroyer USS Shaw exploding during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941.Renee Montagne; Keystone/Hulton Archive/Getty Images My dad's story starts two years before Pearl Harbor, on a summer day in Sioux City, ...
Adult portable bed rails have been recalled after 2 people died
Jonathan Franklin | December 6, 2021
One of the Home Bed assist handles recalled by Drive DeVilbiss Healthcare. The company is recalling both its Bed Assist Handles and Bed Assist Rail after two deaths were reported.U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission Drive DeVilbiss Healthcare and the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission are recalling nearly half a million ...
NASA names 2021 astronaut candidates as it plans for moon missions
Bill Chappell | December 6, 2021
NASA introduced its new astronaut candidate class on Monday — the first such group in four years.Robert Markowitz | NASA-JSC NASA announced 10 astronaut candidates on Monday, selecting a group from more than 12,000 applications. The group, which includes four women, will train in hopes of being named to NASA's ...
Hanukkah is a busy week for Wyoming’s only rabbi
Kyle Mackie | December 6, 2021
Chabad Rabbi Zalman Mendelsohn and his wife RaizyKyle Mackie | Kyle Mackie Tonight is the last night of Hanukkah, and it's been a busy week for Chabad Rabbi Zalman Mendelsohn, the only ordained rabbi in the entire state of Wyoming. By the fifth night Mendelsohn had already driven about 1,000 ...