Brig. Gen. Laura Yeager to become first woman to lead US Army infantry division | Fox News

A brigadier general is set to make history this month by becoming the first woman to lead a U.S. Army infantry division.

The California National Guard’s 40th Infantry Division – which has fought in major world conflicts dating back to World War I – will make Brig. Gen. Laura Yeager its new commander during a ceremony on June 29.

Yeager is currently the commander of Joint Task Force North, U.S. Northern Command at Ft. Bliss in Texas, an organization the military says is tasked with supporting “our nation’s federal law enforcement agencies in the identification and interdiction of suspected transnational criminal organizations’ activities conducted within and along the approaches to the continental United States.”

Source: Brig. Gen. Laura Yeager to become first woman to lead US Army infantry division | Fox News

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Once-bustling Pa. mall now a boarded-up shell – except for 1 surviving store – lehighvalleylive.com

If the dying malls of Pa. have a flagship, it could be this once-bustling mecca of retail commerce, now a boarded-up shell of itself.

This February, the last of the Century III mall tenants were given official notice to get out.

And by the beginning of June, the once-futuristic mall was boarded up like all those rusting factories and steel mills of old that used to line the river valleys of western Pennsylvania.

Yet, one store survives.

That is J.C. Penney.

Source: Once-bustling Pa. mall now a boarded-up shell – except for 1 surviving store – lehighvalleylive.com

Loch Ness Monster ‘might’ be real, according to new scientific study | Fox News

A major scientific study of Loch Ness has sensationally discovered Nessie ‘might’ – be real.

Experts traveled the length of the famous loch on research vessel Deepscan taking water samples from three different depths.

The scientists collected DNA left by all creatures from their skin, scales, feathers, fur, feces.

The DNA samples were then sent to labs in New Zealand, Australia, Denmark, and France to be analyzed for the final findings.

Professor Neil Gemmell of the University of Otago, New Zealand and his team who carried out the project have now concluded their research.

The prof – an expert in genomics, ecology, population, conservation and evolutionary biology – now says the results were ‘surprising’.

He says they tested the data against most of the main theories about the Loch Ness monster.

Prof. Gemmell says while the full details will be released at a later stage one of the theories ‘might’ be correct.

Two main theories about the monster are it is a long-necked plesiosaur that somehow survived the period when dinosaurs became extinct, or it is a sturgeon or giant catfish.

Source: Loch Ness Monster ‘might’ be real, according to new scientific study | Fox News

Trump, Macron mark D-Day 75th anniversary at Normandy – ABC News

The president paid tribute to veterans of the pivotal World War II battle.

“You are among the very greatest Americans who will ever live. You are the pride of our nation. You are the glory of our republic. And we thank you from the bottom of our hearts,” the president said, addressing the over 60 veterans in attendance who fought in the consequential battle.

Source: Trump, Macron mark D-Day 75th anniversary at Normandy – ABC News

Homelessness Up 12% In Los Angeles County : NPR

The rise comes despite two voter-approved tax hikes and more than $600 million spent last year on social services and new supportive housing. Officials blame rising rents and evictions.

Homelessness is up in Los Angeles County for the third time in four years. Numbers released Tuesday show nearly 59,000 people living on the streets or in vehicles — a 12% increase over 2018. That’s despite two voter-approved tax hikes and more than $600 million spent last year by the city and county on social services and new supportive housing.

Since 2000, LA County’s median monthly rent has risen 32%, to $2,471, while household income has stagnated, according to the nonprofit California Housing Partnership.

“Hundreds of thousands of Angelenos are on the edge of homelessness, and that has been the case for quite a while,” Lynn said. “We’re essentially catching up … and we have a ways to go.

Source: Homelessness Up 12% In Los Angeles County : NPR

President Donald Trump lands in London for UK state visit – YouTube

President Donald Trump’s UK State Visit has prompted a ring of steel has been put in place outside the US Ambassador’s residence in Regent’s Park in London, with cops implementing strict safety measures. The President will also enjoy the protection of state-of-the-art security equipment and staff. An eight-foot-high temporary steel mesh fence has been placed on the road between Winfield House and London’s Central Mosque…

The Death of TV: People Are Fleeing Traditional TV

TV as we know it today is dying. While visiting my college-aged nephew in Cincinnati over the weekend, I asked him if he misses TV (since his apartment lacked one). “Miss it? I never even watched it back at school.” And his experience is not a lone voice. Querying more than a dozen other people his age and in their mid-to-late 20s — and the experiences of their friends as well — all produced eerily similar responses. Generation Y — the Millennials — and every generation after it has little interest in television, especially once they hit their teens. As young adults, they simply don’t watch it. Instead, they turn to the Internet, and use it for virtually all of their entertainment needs (save for video games, which are also played on their computers, and to a declining extent, dedicated gaming consoles). Will anyone care if traditional TV watching goes the way of radio before it — used to watch a select few programs a couple of times a week? Network television ratings continue to slide.

Source: The Death of TV: 5 Reasons People Are Fleeing Traditional TV

Mon Incline REOPENS| TribLIVE.com

The incline has been out of service since Feb. 4 to repair damage caused by flooding. On Jan. 19, a Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority water main that runs along Grandview Avenue in Mt. Washington broke, flooding the upper station and forcing it to close for five days.

Two weeks later, that same water main broke in two separate locations causing extensive damage.

“I want to thank the residents and businesses in the Hilltop communities, especially those in Mt. Washington, who have been extremely patient over the last three months,” Port Authority of Allegheny County Development Officer David Huffaker said in a news release. “Closing the incline for an extended period of time certainly was difficult, but for safety reasons had to be done.”

Inspectors from the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry authorized the reopening of the incline Thursday afternoon

Source: Mon Incline set to reopen Friday | TribLIVE.com

Rare, 400-Year-Old Bible Stolen From US Library Found and Returned – Sputnik International

A Geneva Bible dating to 1615 that was stolen from a Pennsylvania library has been found in the Netherlands and returned to the US, authorities announced at a Thursday news conference.

The Bible, which has survived more than four centuries, was one of more than 300 items allegedly stolen from the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh as part of a 20-year scheme by a former archivist Gregory Priore, 62, and rare books dealer John Schulman, 54, local outlet KDKA reports, both of whom had long worked closely with the library. They have been charged with theft, conspiracy and forgery, among other counts.

Investigators traced the tome to the American Pilgrim Museum in Leiden, which had paid about $1,200 for it. Allegheny County District Attorney Stephen Zappala explained that the director of the Leiden museum realized the Bible it had purchased belonged to the Carnegie Library and reached out to the institution. He’s “an honest man,” Zappala said, according to KDKA.

Source: Rare, 400-Year-Old Bible Stolen From US Library Found and Returned (PHOTOS) – Sputnik International

CDC Reports Largest U.S. Measles Outbreak Since Year 2000

There are 695 cases in 22 states. HHS Secretary Alex Azar said the spike was “avoidable” and he called measles vaccines “among the most extensively studied medical products we have.”

The agency attributed the high number of cases primarily to a few large outbreaks — one in the state of Washington and two others in New York City and New York state. The New York outbreaks are among the largest and longest lasting since 2000.

“The longer these outbreaks continue, the greater the chance measles will again get a sustained foothold in the United States,” the CDC said.

Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar said, in a statement, said the rise in measles cases is “avoidable.”

“Measles is not a harmless childhood illness, but a highly contagious, potentially life-threatening disease,” he said. “We have the ability to safely protect our children and our communities. Vaccines are a safe, highly effective public health solution that can prevent this disease. The measles vaccines are among the most extensively studied medical products we have, and their safety has been firmly established over many years in some of the largest vaccine studies ever undertaken.”

Source: CDC Reports Largest U.S. Measles Outbreak Since Year 2000