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  • Sinn Fein’s divisive leader to step down after over 30 yearsSinn Fein’s divisive leader to step down after over 30 years

    LONDON (AP) — Gerry Adams, the divisive politician known around the world as the face of the Irish republican movement as it shifted from violence to peace, announced Saturday that he was stepping down as leader of Sinn Fein next year after heading the party for over 30 years. The 69-year-old veteran politician — who has been president of Northern Ireland’s second-largest party since 1983 — told the party’s annual conference in Dublin he would not run in the next Irish parliamentary elections. “Leadership means knowing when it is time for change and that time is now,” he said, adding the move was part of an ongoing process of leadership transition within the party. A divisive figure, some have denounced Adams as a terrorist while others hail him as a peacemaker. He was a key figure in Ireland’s republican movement, which seeks to take Northern Ireland out of the U.K. and unite it with the Republic of Ireland. The dominant faction of the movement’s armed wing, the Provisional IRA, killed nearly 1,800 people during a failed 1970-1997 campaign to force Northern Ireland out of the U.K. It renounced violence and surrendered its weapons in 2005. Although many identify Adams as a member of the IRA since 1966 and a commander for decades, Adams has long insisted he was never a member. Adams was key in the peace process that saw the signing of the 1998 Good Friday Agreement and the formation of the power-sharing government in Northern Ireland. Many believe Sinn Fein’s popularity among voters is hampered by the presence of leaders from Ireland’s era of Troubles. The party is expected to elect a successor next year. Current deputy leader Mary Lou McDonald was seen as a favorite to succeed Adams.

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  • Servicemen killed in WWII to finally be buried in CaliforniaServicemen killed in WWII to finally be buried in California

    MANTECA, Calif. (AP) — Two U.S. servicemen whose remains were identified more than six decades after they were killed overseas during World War II will finally get funerals in their California hometowns. The Defense Department says Army Air Forces 1st Lt. Homer Spence and Marine Corps Reserve Assistant Cook Frank Masoni will be buried Saturday with military honors. Spence’s funeral is in Manteca, and the service for Masoni is in Gilroy. The plane Spence was piloting disappeared during a mission over southern Germany in July 1944. He was 22. The wreckage was found in 2010, and Spence’s remains were identified using DNA analysis. Masoni was killed in November 1943 during a battle with Japanese forces on an island in the Pacific Ocean. He was 21. His remains were identified using dental and other records.

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  • Des Moines to pay $225,000 to settle police shooting lawsuitDes Moines to pay $225,000 to settle police shooting lawsuit

    DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The city of Des Moines is expected to pay $225,000 to settle a lawsuit filed by the family of an unarmed man killed by police in 2015. The Des Moines Register reports that the City Council is scheduled to approve the settlement agreement on Monday. Last month, the city acknowledged that a former police officer falsely told investigators she warned Ryan Bolinger as he approached her patrol car before she fatally shot him. Video and audio recordings of Vanessa Miller’s patrol car show she didn’t warn the 28-year-old West Des Moines man before she shot. Miller has said the look on Bolinger’s face indicated he intended to harm her. A Des Moines Police Department review committee cleared Miller of any policy violations. She resigned from the department in July 2016. ___ Information from: The Des Moines Register, http://www.desmoinesregister.com

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  • US general says nuclear launch order can be refusedUS general says nuclear launch order can be refused

    HALIFAX, Nova Scotia (AP) — The top officer at U.S. Strategic Command said Saturday an order from President Donald Trump or any of his successors to launch nuclear weapons can be refused if that order is determined to be illegal. Air Force Gen. John Hyten, commander of Strategic Command, told a panel at the Halifax International Security Forum on Saturday that he and Trump have had conversations about such a scenario and that he would tell Trump he couldn’t carry out an illegal strike. “If it’s illegal, guess what’s going to happen. I’m going to say, ‘Mr President, that’s illegal.’ And guess what he’s going to do? He’s going to say, ‘What would be legal?'” Hyten said. “And we’ll come up with options with a mix of capabilities to respond to whatever the situation is, and that’s the way it works.” In the event that Trump decided to launch a nuclear attack, Hyten would provide him with strike options that are legal. The command would control nuclear forces in a war. The comments come as the threat of nuclear attack from North Korea remains a serious concern and Trump’s critics question his temperament. Trump’s taunting tweets aimed at Pyongyang have sparked concerns primarily among congressional Democrats that he may be inciting a war with North Korea. During testimony before the Foreign Relations Committee earlier this month, retired Gen. Robert Kehler who served as the head of Strategic Command from January 2011 to November 2013, also said the U.S. armed forces are obligated to follow legal orders, not illegal ones. Hyten said he’s talked it over with Trump. “I think some people think we’re stupid. We’re not stupid people. We think about these things a lot. When you have this responsibility how do you not think about it?,’ he said. He said he would not obey an illegal order. “You could go to jail for the rest of your life,” he said.

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  • University: Professor sexually harassed grad student on tripUniversity: Professor sexually harassed grad student on trip

    BOSTON (AP) — Boston University says it has found evidence that a geology professor sexually harassed a graduate student on a research trip in Antarctica more than 10 years ago. BU Provost Jean Morrison said in a letter sent Friday to faculty in the school’s Earth & Environment department that the findings follow a 13-month investigation into the former student’s allegations against David Marchant, which date back to 1999. Morrison said interviews or statements from more than 30 witnesses and a review of over 1,000 pages of records led investigators to conclude the tenured professor engaged in sexual harassment in violation of the school’s policies. Investigators found the harassment, which included derogatory sex-based slurs and sexual comments, created a hostile working and living environment for the woman at the camp in Antarctica, the letter said. Morrison said the investigation didn’t find credible evidence to support claims that Marchant physically attacked the woman and inflicted other types of psychological and physical abuse. Marchant’s attorney told The Boston Globe he plans to appeal the investigation’s finding. If unsuccessful, the school said Marchant could be terminated. “Dr. Marchant is extremely disappointed in the findings and continues to maintain that he did not engage in any sexually harassing behavior in 1999 or at another time,” said attorney Jeffrey Sankey. The newspaper reported that former students have defended Marchant since the allegations were made public, saying they never witnessed him treating woman inappropriately.

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  • Attorney: Ex-Oklahoma senator to plead to child sex chargeAttorney: Ex-Oklahoma senator to plead to child sex charge

    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The attorney for a former state senator charged with producing and transporting child pornography says his client will plead guilty to one count of child sex trafficking in exchange for U.S. prosecutors dropping three other child pornography charges against him. Ex-state Sen. Ralph Shortey’s attorney Ed Blau confirmed the details of the plea agreement to The Oklahoman on Friday. Blau told the newspaper Shortey wants to put the “painful and humiliating ordeal behind him.” The 35-year-old married father of four resigned in March after being charged in state court with child prostitution after police say they found him in a hotel with a 17-year-old boy. Shortey still faces between 10 years and life in prison if convicted of child sex trafficking. ___ Information from: The Oklahoman, http://www.newsok.com

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  • Robert Mugabe refuses to quit as Zimbabweans march for his ousterRobert Mugabe refuses to quit as Zimbabweans march for his ouster

    Missing Attachment Missing Attachment Missing Attachment Thousands of Zimbabweans took to the streets of Harare on Saturday to demand the resignation of President Robert Mugabe, in what could spell the political end for the 93-year-old leader who has ruled the country for nearly four decades. Waving placards with slogans like “Mugabe Must Rest Now” and “No to Mugabe Dynasty,” the atmosphere on the streets of the south African nation’s capital was electric, just days after the army put Mugabe under house arrest and detained some of his key political allies. People waved Zimbabwean flags while others ran alongside army tanks and hugged soldiers to show their gratitude. CNN did not see any police at the protest, which was originally called by the country’s influential association of army veterans. “The whole nation is celebrating today. We are finally getting rid of the old man,” said Tanashe, a Harare resident who declined to provide a second name. Mugabe’s power appears to have finally been brought to check not by the opposition, but by the military and members of his own party, concerned about his apparent plans to have his wife Grace, 52, succeed him. An army spokesman, speaking with demonstrators near the end of Saturday’s rally, even cast Robert Mugabe as a foe to his own country. “Yes, we are in uniform, but understand that all we are doing is simply dealing with the enemy of Zimbabwe,” Gen. S.B. Noyo told remnants of the crowd in Harare, as he stood near a tank. But Mugabe was still refusing to step down, an official with direct knowledge of the ongoing negotiations between the President and the military told CNN. Mugabe was meeting with army chief Gen. Constantino Chiwenga to discuss what happens next, the source told CNN. Chiwenga is pushing for Mugabe to step down and an interim president to take over, the source said. The central committee of Zimbabwe’s ruling ZANU-PF Party will meet Sunday morning to consider a vote of confidence in Mugabe as a party leader, a senior Zimbabwe National Liberation War Veterans Association member who asked not to be identified told CNN. In December, a conference of the party will take place. It’s assumed that former Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa will then become leader of the party and President of the country until elections next year, the source said. ZANU-PF called for Mugabe to resign on Friday, the main state newspaper The Herald reported. It said party branches in all 10 provinces were also calling for the resignation of Grace Mugabe as the women’s league leader. Zimbabwe’s Indigenization Minister Patrick Zhuwao, who is also Mugabe’s nephew, criticized what he described as the “military siege” underway in the country. “At the moment Zimbabwe is under military siege and it means nobody is able to express what they want freely. They are acting under coercion. Zimbabwe is currently undergoing a coup and people are trying to sugar coat it,” he told CNN over the phone from South Africa. He added: “Mugabe is willing to die for his principles. He is willing to die to protect the constitution.” VP’s firing sparked chain reaction The trigger for what is to all intents and purposes a coup came 10 days ago when Mugabe fired Mnangagwa, a former ally with strong connections and the support of the military who was widely tipped to become the country’s next leader. The timing, ahead of next year’s presidential vote, fueled speculation that Mugabe was clearing the path for his wife to take over in the event of his retirement or death. On Wednesday, a military spokesman announced on state television that the army had launched an operation to target “criminals” close to the President who were causing “social and economic suffering.” Mugabe was confined to his multimillion dollar “Blue Roof” mansion. Mugabe was photographed Thursday in talks with Gen. Chiwenga and other officials at the official State House. Grace Mugabe has not been seen in public since the military intervention. On Friday, Mugabe emerged from house arrest to attend a university graduation ceremony in Harare, in a staged public appearance that belied the reality that he is no longer in control. His appearance was apparently designed to convey a business-as-usual atmosphere — the generals pulling the strings in Harare are desperate not to give the impression they are orchestrating an unconstitutional coup. CNN has learned that Mnangagwa was instrumental in plans to seize control from Mugabe, one of Africa’s longest serving heads of state. “This takeover was planned a long time ago by Emmerson Mnangagwa and secret discussions did take place with opposition about a succession plan including forcing out Mugabe,” a senior opposition leader with direct knowledge of the talks told CNN. Opposition leaders have welcomed the developments. Foreign powers urge restraint An opposition lawmaker called Saturday’s marches a “real turning point.” “The atmosphere was one of unity and joy. All peaceful an orderly,” said Eddie Cross, a parliament member with the opposition Movement for Democratic Change (MDC-T). “It is a real turning point for all of us.” In an earlier statement calling on his supporters to join the demonstration, prominent MDC-T politician Douglas Mwonzora said: “While we may have fought and quarreled yesterday, today we are united by what is good for our country.” “We demand that President Mugabe resigns. But we have to think of tomorrow. The MDC-T demands a mechanism to ensure that the current economic meltdown is redressed. We must bring an end to all the poverty and misery that our people have been consigned to.” Hundreds of people staged a peaceful protest Saturday outside the State House, the official residence of Mugabe, and there was talk in Zimbabwe of a march to Blue Roof. Speaking to CNN, Mugabe’s nephew Zhuwao said he feared for the safety of members of the Generation 40 faction of the ZANU-PF party that have remained loyal to the Mugabes. “I don’t even know if they are still alive,” he said. “This is a coup. The president and first lady are not safe. They are captives.” Foreign powers have called on the military to show restraint in the upheaval, but have largely supported its actions so far. US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson described the situation in Zimbabwe as an opportunity for the country. “Zimbabwe has an opportunity to set itself on a new path, one that must include democratic elections and respect for human rights,” he said Friday at an event in Washington, calling for a quick return to civilian rule.

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  • US threatens to close Palestinian office in WashingtonUS threatens to close Palestinian office in Washington

    The Trump administration put the Palestinian Liberation Organization on notice Friday that it will close the group’s office in Washington if the Palestinians don’t get serious about peace talks with Israel, State Department officials said. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has determined the Palestinians have violated a rarely invoked provision in US law that calls for the closure of the Palestine Liberation Organization’s mission if they act against Israel in the International Criminal Court, the officials said. The department asserts that Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas ran afoul of the law in September when he called on the ICC to investigate and prosecute Israel for war crimes against the Palestinians. “The secretary concluded that the factual record, certain statements made by Palestinian leaders about the ICC, did not permit (Tillerson) to make the factual certification required by the statute” to keep the PLO mission open, a State Department official said. In a speech to the UN General Assembly, Abbas said the Palestinians have asked the the ICC “to open an investigation and to prosecute Israeli officials for their involvement in settlement activities and aggressions against our people.” Saeb Erekat, a top PLO official and lead Palestinian negotiator, said the Palestinians have responded to Tillerson’s determination by warning they will end all contact with the Trump administration if it closes the US office. “This is the pressure being exerted on this administration from the Netanyahu government; at a time when we are trying to cooperate to achieve the ultimate deal, they take such steps which will undermine the whole peace process,” Erekat said in a statement to CNN. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s office issued a short statement calling the US decision “a matter of US law.” “We respect the decision and look forward to continuing to work with the US to advance peace and security in the region,” it said. The Associated Press first reported the news of Tillerson’s decision and the notification to the Palestinians. The threat to the Palestinians of losing their office in Washington could be a point of leverage for President Donald Trump as he seeks to coax the Palestinians to the table. The Israelis and Palestinians are not engaged direct negotiations, but Jared Kushner, President Donald Trump’s son-in-law and a top White House adviser, and Jason Greenblatt, a senior aide charged with negotiations on Middle East peace, have been working to broker a peace deal to end the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. This month, the White House said officials are preparing a peace proposal which they intend to put forward at a unspecified time. They have provided no details about the proposal, but Kushner and Greenblatt have been shuttling to the Middle East region to meet with Palestinians, Israelis and Arab nations in hopes of securing a deal. Although the United States does not recognize statehood for the Palestinians, President Bill Clinton waived a 1980s-era law that barred them from having an office and allowed the PLO, which formally represents all Palestinians, to open a mission in Washington in 1994. President Obama allowed the Palestinians to fly the flag over their office, upgrading the status of their mission, in 2011. Congress added a provision to the law in 2015 requiring the shuttering of the mission if the Palestinians seek to “influence a determination by the ICC to initiate a judicially authorized investigation, or to actively support such an investigation, that subjects Israeli nationals to an investigation for alleged crimes against Palestinians.” Before the change to the law, the president could keep the PLO mission open merely by certifying that waiving the ban on Palestinian representation in the United States was in the US national interest. The most recent certification period ended in November. Trump, meanwhile, could also waive Tillerson’s determination; the President now has 90 days to consider whether the Palestinians are engaged in “direct and meaningful negotiations with Israel” before making such a decision. However, the law does not specifically define what constitutes direct or meaningful negations. Even if Trump decides to close the office, a State Department official said the United States would not completely cut off relations with the Palestinians and is focused on bringing about a comprehensive peace deal. “We remain focused on a comprehensive peace agreement between the Israelis and the Palestinians that will resolve core issues between the parties,” the official said in an email. “This measure should in no way be a signal that the US is backing off those efforts. Nor should it be exploited by those who seek to act as spoilers to distract from the imperative of reaching a peace agreement.”

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  • Cost of a Thanksgiving meal drops for second straight yearCost of a Thanksgiving meal drops for second straight year

    ARKANSAS -- The cost of a Thanksgiving feast is the cheapest it has been since 2015, according to the American Farm Bureau Federation. The organization has surveyed the average cost of a Thanksgiving Day meal since 1986. For the 32nd year, AFBF found the national average for the Thanksgiving meal for ten people to be just over $49, or about 1.5% cheaper than in 2016. This marked the second consecutive year that the cost has declined. American Farm Bureau Federation Walmart has since released a Thanksgiving dinner menu of its own with prices found on items inside its stores. The list includes some store brand items: Butterball Frozen Turkey - $0.98 per lb. (14 lbs = $13.72) Great Value Turkey or Brown Gravy Mix - $0.52 (x2 = $1.04) Great Value Cornbread Stuffing - $0.75 (x 3 = $2.25) Sweet Potatoes - $2.94 (x 1 three lb bag = $2.94) Marketside Hawaiian Style Rolls - $2.50 (x3 = $5.00) Great Value Green Beans – $0.50 (x 4 = $2.00) Fresh Cranberries - $1.98 for 12 oz (x1 = $1.98) Patti LaBelle Sweet Potato Pie - $2.97 (x1 = $2.97) Whipped Cream - $1.24 (x1 = $1.24) Total = $33.14 before tax The retail giant also recommended Thanksgiving meal shoppers beat the last minute crowds, especially on the Monday before Thanksgiving Day, which has been Walmart's biggest day for turkey sales. According to the survey, turkey saw one of the largest drops in price since last year. The Farm Bureau attributed the decrease to continued large inventory in cold storage.

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  • Coast Guard stops runaway boat near Pamlico County, N.C.Coast Guard stops runaway boat near Pamlico County, N.C.

    WILMINGTON, N.C. – The Coast Guard stopped a runaway boat near Pamlico County Saturday. Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector North Carolina received calls about a 14-foot jon boat spinning in circles with no one aboard around 10 a.m. The boat was between Goose Creek and Dixon Creek near Pamlico County, North Carolina, say officials. Watchstanders in Wilmington launched a response crew from Station Hobucken to assist, and when the crew arrived they discovered that a boater had been thrown from the jon boat, which caused the tiller of the boat to turn. A good Samaritan in the area rescued the boater that had been ejected from the boat, before Coast Guard officials responded. The crew approached the boat and stopped it from spinning. The good Samaritan transferred the ejected operator back on board, and the Coast Guard escorted him safely to the nearest dock. “All boaters should wear kill switches,” said Coast Guard Petty Officer 2nd Class JC Tyus, the Coast Guard coxswain for the case, referring to switches that can be worn on the wrist and can automatically disable an engine. “If the boater was wearing a kill switch, he could have stopped the boat.” No injuries were reported.

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  • Partridge Family’s David Cassidy is in critical condition at a Florida hospitalPartridge Family’s David Cassidy is in critical condition at a Florida hospital

    David Cassidy, the wildly popular ’70s heartthrob who shot to fame when he starred and sang in TV’s “The Partridge Family,” is in critical condition with organ failure. Cassidy is being treated at a Fort Lauderdale, Florida, area hospital, longtime publicist Jo-Ann Geffen told CNN on Saturday. “He is conscious and surrounded by family and friends, nothing is imminent and we are taking it day by day,” Geffen said. She did not say what caused the organ failure. Cassidy, 67, told People magazine earlier this year he was battling dementia. A ’70s superstar “The Partridge Family,” a sitcom about a mother and five children who formed a rock ‘n’ roll band, gave Cassidy a national audience for his music. Cassidy, who played Keith Partridge on the show, captured the spirit of 1970s youth. His wispy voice and wholesome persona broke out from the small screen. At the time, his fan club reportedly was bigger than those of Elvis Presley and The Beatles. The singer toured the world singing his hit songs, such as “I Think I Love You,” filling concert halls with screaming teenage girls. Cassidy has spoken publicly in recent years about his struggles with alcohol. He was arrested for driving under the influence on three separate occasions during a four-year span between 2010 and 2014. Cassidy, in an interview with CNN in 2014, said his trouble with alcohol was “very humbling and it’s also humiliating.”

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  • Tuition goes up 7 percent for new William and Mary freshmenTuition goes up 7 percent for new William and Mary freshmen

    WILLIAMSBURG, Va. (AP) — Incoming in-state freshmen at the College of William and Mary will face a nearly 7 percent tuition hike in the fall of 2018. The Williamsburg school announced Friday that the new tuition rate for in-state students entering next fall will be $17,434. That’s a 6.5 percent increase from this year. The increase does not affect undergrads already enrolled at the college. Since 2013, the school has frozen tuition for returning students at the rates they paid as incoming freshmen. The college’s governing board voted to extend that policy at a meeting Friday. As a result, incoming freshman who pay the new rate beginning in 2018 will not see any tuition hikes during their four years of undergraduate study. Out-of-state rates and room-and-board fees will be set in April.Filed under: Local News, News, Williamsburg

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  • Police officer in Pennsylvania shot and killed after traffic stopPolice officer in Pennsylvania shot and killed after traffic stop

    Law enforcement agencies on Saturday searched for a suspect in the fatal shooting of a western Pennsylvania police officer, gunned down during a traffic stop. Brian Shaw had been a patrolman with New Kensington’s police department for less than a year before he was killed Friday night, the city’s Police Chief James Klein said in a press conference. Klein said the traffic stop resulted in a chase on foot before Shaw, 25, was shot. “I’m asking anybody, anybody with any information as minute as they think it might be, please, please give us a call,” Klein said. “We need to find the person who did this. New Kensington is about 20 miles northeast of Pittsburgh. Authorities have put up a $40,000 reward for information leading to the suspect’s arrest, according to a Pennsylvania State Police spokesman, with money pooled from multiple agencies, including the US Marshals Service, the FBI and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacoo, Firearms and Explosives. Officers from Westmoreland County and neighboring Allegheny County, as well as Pittsburgh police,combed the New Kensington area overnight and processing the scene, CNN affiliate KDKA reported. Trooper Stephen J. Limani, a spokesman for the Pennsylvania State Police, emphasized in a news conference Saturday the importance of any information people can provide. “I think, if you look back in the history of many horrific incidents, a very small, minute tip could be the tipping point to lead us in a direction of who the person was that committed this crime,” Limani said. Shaw graduated from the Allegheny County Police Training Academy in 2014, according to a post on the Alleghency County Police Department’s Facebook page. “Officer Brian Shaw, you were taken from us too soon,” the department wrote. “You are in our thoughts and prayers.

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  • Funeral to be held for man killed by police carFuneral to be held for man killed by police car

    WAVERLY, VA (WWBT) – Loved ones will gather to say goodbye to a man who was struck and killed by a police car as he crossed Route 460 in Waverly. Antonio Green, 47, died Tuesday morning. His mother says she has few answers and has not yet received a police report or autopsy. Related: Waverly police car hits and kills man  Meanwhile, Green’s funeral will be held at 1 p.m. Sunday at the Empowerment Temple Church at 219 North County Drive in Waverly.Filed under: Local News, News

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  • Queen of England honors Alabama man whose free lawn care became a missionQueen of England honors Alabama man whose free lawn care became a mission

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. - For the last three years, one man has made it his mission to help others. Now he's being recognized for his good deeds by the Queen of England. Rodney Smith Jr. has mowed over 2,000 lawns for free in the three years since he decided to devote himself to helping the elderly, disabled, veterans, and single mothers. What started with a goal of cutting 40 lawns, turned into the Raising Men Lawn Care Service, an organization with eight chapters around the United States that benefit not only the homeowners but also the young men and women who learn about "accomplishment, appreciation and purpose which comes from giving selflessly," according to Smith Jr. His personal mission now includes the help of 150 kids across the country. They've all taken the pledge to be a shining example in their communities, helping those that need it while teaching the kids the importance of giving back. Smith Jr.'s selfless work hasn't gone unnoticed. Last week he flew home to Bermuda to receive the Queen's Award and Badge of Honor, presented by the Governor of Bermuda on the Queen of England's behalf. "It makes me feel good to see that the Queen has recognized everything we've done so far," Smith Jr. told WHNT. "God works in mysterious ways. He shows you what He wants to be done, and He's told me He wants me to do all of this, so I'm just listening to Him." What's next in his journey? Smith Jr. says he's still waiting for that answer. "I don't know yet. He hasn't told me yet. But hopefully soon," he said. It's been a big venture, something Smith Jr. says he never expected. "I saw an elderly man cutting his grass and decided to pull over and help him out," he said. "That night I went home and decided to cut grass for the elderly, disabled, veterans and single mothers. I never thought it would grow into a foundation and inspire kids to do the same thing." The community following for Raising Men Lawn Care has grown to more than 58,000 people from all over the world that have supported and encouraged him along the way. Raising Men Lawn Care does more than mow lawns.  If you'd like to know more about how they are helping the homeless this winter, click here.

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  • Japanese rail company sincerely apologizes after train leaves 20 seconds earlyJapanese rail company sincerely apologizes after train leaves 20 seconds early

    TOKYO – The Tsukuba Express was scheduled to depart Tokyo for Tsukuba at 9:44:40. Instead, it left at 9:44:20. If you’re thinking, “the horror!” then you’ll be glad to hear that management for the Japanese rail company has formally apologized for the train’s 20-seconds-early departure. “The crew did not sufficiently check the departure time and performed the departure operation,” it said in an official statement and “sincere” apology that led to bemusement on the internet. “I once had an Israeli bus driver laugh at me after he closed the door on my hips and drove off with my legs hanging out of the bus. I am so envious of Japan right now,” one person tweeted. The BBC reports that it’s “rare” for trains in Japan to be off-schedule, and another tweet highlights that fact, noting, “Have been on a train in Japan where I heard an apology for the train running one minute late.” The statement notes that there were no official customer complaints lodged about the early departure from a station just north of Tokyo, but apologizes if any customers missed the train by 20 seconds and were forced to wait for the next one—four minutes later, reports Bloomberg. Yahoo News UK notes that Japan’s trains are “among the most reliable in the world,” offering a mournful comparison to Britain, where “commuters are only too acquainted with the daily frustration of late trains on the way to work.” And the New York Daily News notes things aren’t much better in that newspaper’s fair city, where subway delays collectively add up to 34,900 hours on the average weekday. The Japanese company’s apology “is exactly what Japan is about,” sums up one Twitter user. (Meanwhile, in NYC’s transit department, leaking corpses on the job.) This article originally appeared on Newser: Sincere Apology Issued After Train Leaves 20 Seconds Early More From Newser: Searching for a Foundation, They Found Treasure Instead Scientists ‘Toy With Mother Nature’ in ‘Bold’ Genetic First They Were Trying to Save a Species, but Things Went Wrong

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  • Spirit of Norfolk holding holiday 'Meet Your Princess' lunch cruise - wtkr.comSpirit of Norfolk holding holiday 'Meet Your Princess' lunch cruise - wtkr.com

    wtkr.comSpirit of Norfolk holding holiday 'Meet Your Princess' lunch cruisewtkr.comNORFOLK, Va. – The Spirit of Norfolk is giving children the chance to meet their favorite movie princesses at their lunch cruise on Sunday, November 26. Six princesses from the Hurrah Players will be caroling onboard the Spirit, which will be decked ...

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  • Create a blown glass ornament at the Chrysler Museum Glass Studio in NorfolkCreate a blown glass ornament at the Chrysler Museum Glass Studio in Norfolk

    Attendees can work with the studio team to inflate a hot glass bubble as it turns on the blow pipe. You can even pick your favorite color! The event is for ages 5 and up and will run from November 24 to December 23. Click here for specific times and dates .

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  • Make holiday cards for veterans at the MacArthur Memorial in NorfolkMake holiday cards for veterans at the MacArthur Memorial in Norfolk

    The MacArthur Memorial Visitors Center is giving people the opportunity to make the holidays a little brighter for the men and women who have served our country.

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  • Broad Street Realty finalizes purchase of Monticello Shopping CenterBroad Street Realty finalizes purchase of Monticello Shopping Center

    WILLIAMSBURG, Va. (WAVY) – The Monticello Shopping Center has officially be sold to Broad Street Realty. Broad Street Realty CEO Michael Jacoby confirmed to 10 On Your Side that the company officially closed on the Monticello Shopping Center on Friday for $4.2 million. Broad Street also owns the Williamsburg Shopping Center across the street, and plans to redevelop the two shopping centers into Midtown Row. Related: Plan to revamp Williamsburg Shopping Center includes new storefronts, hotel The Williamsburg City Council unanimously approved a request from Broad Street to redevelop Monticello and Williamsburg Shopping Centers into Midtown Row in October.Filed under: Local News, News, Williamsburg

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  • IKEA breaks ground on Norfolk, VA store - WJHLIKEA breaks ground on Norfolk, VA store - WJHL

    WJHLIKEA breaks ground on Norfolk, VA storeWJHLNORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) – Swedish home furnishings store IKEA held a groundbreaking ceremony at the site of its future Norfolk location Friday morning. The building will be a 331,000 square-foot store at the northwest corner of Interstate 64 and ...

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  • Police seek suspect accused of breaking into car, stealing pursePolice seek suspect accused of breaking into car, stealing purse

    WILLIAMSBURG, Va. (WAVY) – Police in Williamsburg are looking for a male suspected of breaking into a vehicle and stealing a person’s belongings. On November 13, the suspect broke a car window and stole a purse and the contents. The suspect used the victim’s credit card at a Kroger location in York County and Norfolk. If you have any information, call the Crime Line at 1-888-LOCK-U-UP.Filed under: Crime, Local News, News, Norfolk, Williamsburg, York County

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  • War at Home Memorial coming to NorfolkWar at Home Memorial coming to Norfolk

    NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) – A new memorial is coming to Norfolk in early December. Norfolk is the first ever stop for the mobile monument, War at Home Memorial, a project of Mission 22 out of Nashville, Indiana. The nonprofit organization has developed programs and brings awareness for veterans with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). The monuments are constructed from a steel plate, with the veteran’s outline hollowed out from the plate. At the base of each is an enlarged dog tag with the details about their life and service. The memorial will be located along the Elizabeth River Trail near the Larchmont Library. The project is set to begin this week and will be completed in early December. An opening event is currently being planned. The memorial will be free and open to the public, and will be available for viewing until November 2018.Filed under: Local News, News, Norfolk

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  • Make holiday cards for veterans at the MacArthur Memorial in Norfolk - wtkr.comMake holiday cards for veterans at the MacArthur Memorial in Norfolk - wtkr.com

    wtkr.comMake holiday cards for veterans at the MacArthur Memorial in Norfolkwtkr.comNORFOLK, Va. – The MacArthur Memorial Visitors Center is giving people the opportunity to make the holidays a little brighter for the men and women who have served our country. Head over to the MacArthur Memorial in Norfolk and create a card to send to ...

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  • Va. Beach EMS dedicates new headquarters and training centerVa. Beach EMS dedicates new headquarters and training center

    VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) – Virginia Beach Emergency Medical Services dedicated their new headquarters and training center during a ceremony on Saturday. Marielena Balouris/WAVY For the first time in the department’s history, the headquarters and training center will be located together in one facility. The Virginia Beach City Council approved the conversion of the former Adult Learning Center to the new headquarters and training center for EMS earlier this year. The new facility includes more than 4,560 square feet of dedicated classroom space capable of accommodating more than 115 students, six skills training labs, an ambulance simulator, and a service center for volunteer applicant processing, intake and orientation. Officials say the new location creates more learning opportunities for the largest volunteer-based emengency medical system in the country. “The building will be able to train our EMTs, we have classes every night of the weekend and on weekends,” said Division Chief Bruce Nedelka.  “Our ability to train not only them, but our current staff for continuing education and being in a central location right here by Town Center is really great.” The department responds to more than 47,000 calls every year. The new building will also serve as a 911 dispatch training center, as well as a back-up dipatch center.Filed under: Local News, News, Virginia Beach

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  • Gloucester boy to run to honor wounded Portsmouth officerGloucester boy to run to honor wounded Portsmouth officer

    PORTSMOUTH, Va. (WAVY) – A boy from Gloucester will be running in the Norfolk Half Marathon to honor a police officer. 8-year-old Braxon, will be running in honor of wounded Portsmouth Police Officer, Angelina Baaklini, who was shot on November 6. Braxton will be carrying a Thin Blue Line flag with Officer Baaklini’s name on it. Braxton will be accompanied by Portsmouth Police Department SWAT Officers, who are running in full gear and they will carry the flag across the finish line together. Related: Donation fund set up for wounded Portsmouth police officer Braxton has been running nearly every weekend in races to honor police officers. According to the public Facebook page “Braxton Running For People Who Can’t,” Braxton’s goal is to bring awareness to violence against police officers.Filed under: Gloucester, Local News, News, Portsmouth

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  • Music Spotlight: James Lee Stanley on Coast LiveMusic Spotlight: James Lee Stanley on Coast Live

    With more than 30 recordings and several appearances on Star Trek to his credits, acoustic headliner James Lee Stanley is back in town. A graduate of Maury High School in Norfolk, he loves coming back to play and we love having him on the show.

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  • Police investigating 7-Eleven robbery in NorfolkPolice investigating 7-Eleven robbery in Norfolk

    NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) – Police in Norfolk are investigating an overnight robbery of a 7-Eleven. Dispatch said they received the call at around 1:15 a.m. for a robbery in the 4500 block of E. Princess Anne Road. There were no injuries reported. If you have any information on this robbery, call the Crime Line at 1-888-LOCK-U-UP. Stay tuned to WAVY.com for updates.Filed under: Crime, Local News, News, Norfolk

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  • Grab your mittens: The Great Hot Coco War returns during the Grand Illumination ParadeGrab your mittens: The Great Hot Coco War returns during the Grand Illumination Parade

    The 3rd Annual Great Hot Coco War returns during Norfolk's Grand Illumination Parade Saturday from 6-11 p.m, where a handful of local restaurants will battle for the honor of having the best hot cocoa in Hampton Roads. After sampling each location's cocoa, you can vote for your favorite online during the parade.

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  • Crews respond to fire at All Around Towing in ChesapeakeCrews respond to fire at All Around Towing in Chesapeake

    CHESAPEAKE, Va. (WAVY) – Firefighters responded to a fire at All Around Towing on Friday evening. Officials say they received the call at 10:51 p.m. for a  fire in the 4200 block of Franklin Street. Arriving six minutes later, they found heavy fire coming from a one-story, metal storage building. The fire was brought under control at 11:21 p.m. There were no injuries. The cause is under investigation.Filed under: Chesapeake, Local News, News

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  • Downtown Norfolk businesses see opportunity in parade crowdsDowntown Norfolk businesses see opportunity in parade crowds

    The route goes from Main Street to Granby Street to Freemason Street to Boush Street before wrapping up on Waterside Drive. Urban Ice on Granby opened in May of this year and tells News 3 it hasn't been as busy since the cold weather hit.

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  • Historic tax reform could take away Hampton Roads’ historyHistoric tax reform could take away Hampton Roads’ history

    NORFOLK, Va (WAVY) — Tax reform plans in Washington D.C. could change the look and feel of Hampton Roads cities in the future. Plans in the House and Senate would either eliminate or drastically reduce the historic tax credit. It’s money developers receive after restoring approved historic buildings. Since 2002, more than 1,200 historic buildings in Virginia have been restored using the HTC. That’s more than $3 billion in development. In Hampton Roads, Norfolk has benefited the most. Just take a look around the mermaid city and you’ll see old buildings taking on new lives. The Brightleaf Building, originally an old tobacco warehouse, is one example. It is now luxury apartments. Developers with The Monument Companies also have big plans for the Old Dominion Peanut building across from O’Connor’s Brewing. “That’s probably a $16 million mixed use project that we would like to do,” Chris Johnson told WAVY. The Monument Companies was supposed to close on that property and another along High Street in Portsmouth in the first half of next year but, with the historic tax credit in jeopardy Chris Johnson is now scrambling to get the deals done in the next 30 days. “Which is not a pleasant experience for us,” he said. Johnson also said that if Congress eliminates or changes the tax credit effective January 1, the landscape of Hampton Roads will change. New construction is cheaper than restoration, so more old buildings would likely be bulldozed. Republicans say they are trying to trim such tax breaks in order to deliver across the board tax relief. Many Democrats disagree. “In my view its short-sided to remove a tax credit that has such significant impact on spurring local economies,” said Senator Tim Kaine. Senator Kaine says such projects have created nearly 59,000 jobs and more than $800 million in taxes In Virginia since 2002. Norfolk alone saw 36 projects and $87 million in investment from 2011-2016. Kaine is working to preserve the tax credit. Otherwise, some fear preserving history could become a thing of the past.   Historic tax credit projects in Virginia, Fiscal years 2002-2016: Chesapeake: 0 Hampton: Three projects – All in 2008 – Rehabilitation expenditures: $57,460,452 – One of the three projects was the Chamberlin Hotel Newport News: Three projects – 2004, 2012 & 2013 – Rehabilitation expenditures: $16,375,002 Norfolk: 47 projects – Projects every year except 2009 – Rehabilitation expenditures: $145,507,773 Portsmouth:17 projects – 2004, 2005, 2006, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2013, 2016 – Rehabilitation expenditures: $34,261,688 Suffolk: 29 projects – 2003-2008, 2010, 2011, 2013-2016 – Rehabilitation expenditures: $60,000,205 Virginia Beach: 0Filed under: Local News, National, News, Norfolk, Politics, Portsmouth

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  • Norfolk police search for synagogue vandalism suspectsNorfolk police search for synagogue vandalism suspects

    NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) — Norfolk police want your help identifying two people they believe vandalized the inside of a Jewish worship center in Ghent. According to the president of the B’Nai Isreal congregation, a man and woman were caught on camera entering the synagogue around 10:45 Tuesday night. They spent nearly two hours inside that building, and the adjacent Bina school, a private school for girls on the congregation’s campus. The woman can be seen on video smoking in the school building. The congregation president tells 10 On Your Side the duo caused damage in both buildings and also made off with two expensive hats belonging to congregation members. The two were caught on tape, and police hope you will be able to identify them. If you can, call the crimeline at 1-888-LOCK-U-UP. Filed under: Crime, Local News, News, Norfolk

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  • DOD report: Over 20% of the Navy's sexual assault reports came from Naval Station NorfolkDOD report: Over 20% of the Navy's sexual assault reports came from Naval Station Norfolk

    The Department of Defense released information Friday on the number of sexual assault reports made at military installations around the world from fiscal years 2013 - 2016. Naval Station Norfolk, the largest Naval base in the world, had the highest number of sexual assault reports across all four years, at any Army, Navy, Marine Corps or Air Force installation worldwide.

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  • USNS Comfort returning from Puerto RicoUSNS Comfort returning from Puerto Rico

    NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) – The Norfolk-based hospital ship, the USNS Comfort, is returning to Naval Station Norfolk on Nov. 20. The USNS Comfort deployed on September 29 to provide relief to Puerto Rico. More than 500 medics aboard treated victims of Hurricane Maria. Sailors aboard Comfort have treated 1,899 patients, performed 191 surgeries, provided 76-thousand liters of oxygen and ten tons of food and water. Nonprofit holding Puerto Rico relief drives in Hampton, Suffolk Comfort is one of two Navy hospital ships. It has more than 1,000 beds, 11 operating rooms, a pharmacy, equipment for X-rays, CT scans and kidney dialysis.  Filed under: Local News, Military, Navy, News, Norfolk

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  • Grab your mittens: The Great Hot Coco War returns during the Grand Illumination Parade - wtkr.comGrab your mittens: The Great Hot Coco War returns during the Grand Illumination Parade - wtkr.com

    wtkr.comGrab your mittens: The Great Hot Coco War returns during the Grand Illumination Paradewtkr.comNORFOLK, Va. – With chilly weather finally upon us, are you ready to enjoy a hot beverage? The 3rd Annual Great Hot Coco War returns during Norfolk's Grand Illumination Parade Saturday from 6-11 p.m., where a handful of local restaurants will battle ...and more »

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  • Civil rights groups say police body cameras violate rightsCivil rights groups say police body cameras violate rights

      NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (WAVY) – Police departments around the country are now equipping themselves with body cameras to provide another look at what is happening at the scene. “It gives us a removed perspective of what’s going on,” said Newport News Sergeant Perry Bartels. Bartels says cameras have been a great addition, but we have to remember what they are. “I think the body cameras are a tool just like any other piece of evidence,” Bartels added.  “It is essentially a witness.” Most police departments that have body cameras allow officers to watch the video before writing a report. However now the civil rights group The Leadership Conference, and non-profit group Upturn, say watching the video first could violate civil liberties. “It is important to capture an officer’s independent perspective,” said Harlan Yu, Upturn’s executive director. The groups feel that if an officer watches the video before writing the report, the officer’s memory of the event could be altered. That officer would then put that altered version into the report.  That could cause an issue when the case goes to court, because we wouldn’t know what the officer was perceiving when he or she was on that call. “Officers should be judged on their actions and what they perceive, not necessarily what is perceived in the footage itself,” Yu added. The group is asking for two reports:  One written before seeing the footage and another after.  Yu says his group is working with city councils and police departments to come up with uniform standards. “I can’t necessarily agree that this alone is violating anybody’s rights,” Bartels said. Bartels says most officers now will write reports without watching the video.  He tells 10 On Your Side as technology is changing, so is the way it is being used in court, and departments are waiting for guidance. “Until that happens, you have agencies across the country disagreeing on whether or not officers should be able to watch a video prior to writing a report,” Bartels added. 10 On Your Side checked to see what local police departments that have body cameras are doing.  Newport News, Hampton, Norfolk, Suffolk, Isle of Wight County and York-Poquoson all say the officers have the option to review video before writing the report.Filed under: Local News, Newport News, News

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  • Portsmouth police investigating robbery of Foot LockerPortsmouth police investigating robbery of Foot Locker

    PORTSMOUTH, Va. (WAVY) – Detectives are investigating an armed robbery that happened at Foot Locker on Thursday evening. Police said it happened around 7:02 p.m. in the 3900 block of Victory Boulevard.  According to police, three suspects entered the business and took clothing merchandise from the racks. At least one of the suspects implied that they were armed. The employees complied with the suspects’ demands and no one was injured during the incident. The suspect fled the scene. Anyone with information is asked to call the Crime Line at 1-888-LOCK-U-UP℠ (1-888-562-5887).Filed under: Crime, Local News, News, Portsmouth, Top Video

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  • 17-year-old dies after being found unresponsive in Norfolk courthouse holding cell - wtkr.com17-year-old dies after being found unresponsive in Norfolk courthouse holding cell - wtkr.com

    wtkr.com17-year-old dies after being found unresponsive in Norfolk courthouse holding cellwtkr.comNORFOLK, Va. – The 17-year-old that was found unresponsive in a holding cell in a Norfolk courthouse died Friday, according to police. The Norfolk Police Department classified his death as undetermined and a death investigation is underway. A Norfolk ...Teen found unconscious in Norfolk courthouse holding cell. Wounds were self-inflicted, lawyer says.Virginian-PilotTeen dies after being found unresponsive inside Norfolk court holding cellWAVY-TVall 9 news articles »

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  • Hampton city employee charged with distributing child pornographyHampton city employee charged with distributing child pornography

    HAMPTON, Va. (WAVY) – An employee with the City of Hampton has been charged with distributing child pornography, records show. In a disturbing, 12-page federal affidavit, Robert K. Dobbins, 36, is accused of using search terms like “nude children,” and “bath time” to locate images of child pornography. According to the sex offender registry, Dobbins is employed by the City of Hampton. While in the Navy, he was convicted in a military court of possessing child pornography in January 2005. A few months later, he began working for the City of Hampton. At the time of his arrest, he had been employed as a pump station mechanic, according to city officials. City Spokesperson Robin McCormick said his position “did not bring him into contact with the general public.” A background check had not been required for the job, she said. The federal affidavit states that Dobbins “acknowledged” using his city-issued cell phone to access child pornography. He reportedly told investigators that he “struggles with sexual issues” and that his “age of interest” is seven and eight-year-old girls. 10 On Your Side went to his listed address at Tamarisk Quay in Hampton on Friday. No one came to the door. Neighbors said that there was often a lot of noise coming from the home. Music would frequently blast at late hours, and loud arguing was sometimes heard. Neighbors told 10 On Your Side that they believe he lived alone, but they would sometimes see him with a woman and a child. McCormick said that the city has not had contact with Dobbins since his arrest. 10 On Your Side is working to learn if he is technically still an employee. Dobbins is due back in federal court for a detention hearing on Monday. Stay with WAVY for updates. This is a developing story. Look for 10 On Your Side’s Liz Kilmer’s reports coming on during tonight’s newscasts on WAVY News 10.Filed under: Crime, Hampton, Local News, News, Top Video

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  • Teenager is dead after being found unconscious in Norfolk courthouse, police say - Virginian-PilotTeenager is dead after being found unconscious in Norfolk courthouse, police say - Virginian-Pilot

    Virginian-PilotTeenager is dead after being found unconscious in Norfolk courthouse, police sayVirginian-PilotParamedics took the teenager to Sentara Norfolk General Hospital, Sheriff Joe Baron said Thursday. Lisa Washington said her son had twice tried to kill himself since he was arrested in April and locked up at the Norfolk Juvenile Detention Center. She ...Teenager found unconscious in Norfolk holding cell dies13newsnow.comall 4 news articles »

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  • Navy releases economic impact report for Hampton RoadsNavy releases economic impact report for Hampton Roads

    NORFOLK, Va. (NRMA) – The Navy released its fiscal year report that collected financial data from Oct. 1, 2015 to Sept. 30, 2016, helping gauge the economic impact of the Navy installations in Hampton Roads. The Navy’s total economic impact for FY16 (Fiscal Year 2016) was $12.3 billion, which was an increase of $1.56 billion over FY15 (Fiscal Year 2015). Also, the Navy paid more to military and civilian contractor with an annual payroll increase of 8.9 million to 10.1 billion from FY15 to FY16. The procurement of goods and services saw an increase, says the Navy’s report. Navy officials reported an increase of $420 million in spending from FY15 to FY16. This brought the total number of money spent to 2.09 million from $1.67 billion last fiscal year. The Navy says that its report captures the amount of direct capital infused into the local economies as a result of salaries, expenditures and contractual payment for services rendered in support of installation activities.

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  • Judge grants bond for man charged with murder after his attorneys...Judge grants bond for man charged with murder after his attorneys...

    A man charged with murder was granted bond Friday afternoon after a judge ruled he is not a flight risk or danger to the community. 26-year-old Donald Bowman was granted a $75,000 secured bond in Norfolk General District Court after being charged with the second degree murder of 20-year-old James Henderson Jr. Police report they were called to the 700 block of Washington St in Norfolk after a gunfight broke out early Saturday morning.

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  • VBPD searching for suspects following vehicle larcenies and credit card fraudVBPD searching for suspects following vehicle larcenies and credit card fraud

    VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) – Virginia Beach Detectives are searching for suspects after two vehicle larcenies happened October 31. Police say the first vehicle larceny happened in the 1600 block of Independence Boulevard and the other happened in the 4100 block of First Court. The suspects allegedly smashed the side windows of the vehicles and stole them, according to the Virginia Beach Police Department. Surveillance video shows the suspects seen at the Kroger at 975 Providence Road, where they made a purchase using a victim’s credit cards in excess of $2,000. They also attempted to get money by using a victim’s checks. Anyone with information regarding this crime is asked to call the Crime Line at 1-888-LOCK-U-UP. Filed under: Crime, Local News, News, Virginia Beach

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  • Expanding Its U.S. Presence, IKEA Breaks Ground on Future Norfolk, Virginia StoreExpanding Its U.S. Presence, IKEA Breaks Ground on Future Norfolk, Virginia Store

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  • Shoplifting suspects sought in Virginia BeachShoplifting suspects sought in Virginia Beach

    VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) — Virginia Beach Police request the public’s assistance in identifying two women suspected of shoplifting. The pair are accused of stealing several Nike sweat suits on Oct. 20 from the Kohl’s department store located at 4554 Virginia Beach Blvd. Police say the women entered the store just before 8:30 p.m when the female in the gray shirt grabbed a Kohl’s shopping bag. The women met up, stuffed several Nike suits inside the shopping bag, and left the store without paying for the items. Anyone with information about this crime is asked to call Virginia Beach Crime Solvers at 1-888-LOCK-U-UP .    Filed under: Crime, Local News, Virginia Beach

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  • Students return to class after brief bomb threat evacuation at Booker T. Washington HS - wtkr.comStudents return to class after brief bomb threat evacuation at Booker T. Washington HS - wtkr.com

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  • Watch: IKEA breaks ground on new Norfolk store - wtkr.comWatch: IKEA breaks ground on new Norfolk store - wtkr.com

    wtkr.comWatch: IKEA breaks ground on new Norfolk storewtkr.comOnce open, it will be the store's second location in Virginia. During the construction phase, more than 500 jobs are expected to be fulfilled. Once the store is complete, IKEA Norfolk will employ approximately 250 workers. The store will be 331,000 ...IKEA breaks ground on Norfolk storeWAVY-TVIkea starts construction on new Norfolk store; opening still slated for spring 2019Virginian-PilotExpanding Its US Presence, IKEA Breaks Ground on Future Norfolk, Virginia StoreBusiness Wire (press release)13newsnow.comall 11 news articles »

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  • IKEA to break ground on Norfolk storeIKEA to break ground on Norfolk store

    Major League Soccer's attendance is up and fan interest is booming, even if television broadcasts are far less popular and s The building will be a 338,000 square foot store at the northwest corner of Interstate 64 and Northampton Boulevard. The mega-furniture store will feature several areas inside the building , including a children's play area and a 450-seat restaurant - with Swedish meatballs.

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  • MacArthur On Ice opens this weekend during Holiday celebrations in NorfolkMacArthur On Ice opens this weekend during Holiday celebrations in Norfolk

    Major League Soccer's attendance is up and fan interest is booming, even if television broadcasts are far less popular and s NORFOLK, Va. - The annual MacArthur On Ice will return this year to MacArthur Center in downtown Norfolk starting Saturday.

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  • IKEA to break ground on new Norfolk store todayIKEA to break ground on new Norfolk store today

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  • Defense Bill Could Mark Shift on Climate ChangeDefense Bill Could Mark Shift on Climate Change

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  • Linklater's 'Flag' is worth salutingLinklater's 'Flag' is worth saluting

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  • Deputies investigating Yorktown armed abduction caseDeputies investigating Yorktown armed abduction case

    YORKTOWN, Va. (WAVY) — York-Poquoson deputies say they’re investigating an armed abduction incident that took place Thursday morning in the Grafton area of Yorktown. Around 7:48 a.m., deputies say they responded to the 200 block of Walden Drive for reports of an armed suspect who was refusing to allow two women to leave his home. jQuery(function( $ ){ map = new google.maps.Map( document.getElementById( "lin-map-0" ), { center: new google.maps.LatLng( 37.155092928172, -76.437619427539 ), zoom: parseFloat( 13 ), mapTypeControlOptions: { style: google.maps.MapTypeControlStyle.DROPDOWN_MENU } }); marker = new google.maps.Marker({ position: new google.maps.LatLng( 37.1478414, -76.4341862 ), }); marker.setMap( map ); }); According to the sheriff’s office, the two women, who the suspect knew, were threatened with a gun. Shortly after they arrived, deputies entered the home and arrested 57-year-old Leonard Brightman. Later on when deputies returned to the home with a search warrant, they say they found a firearm and drug paraphernalia. Brightman’s been charged with two counts of abduction, two counts of brandishing, two counts of use of a firearm in commission of a felony and one count of possession of a firearm by convicted felon. Deputies say this case is ongoing, and other charges against Brightman may be pending.Filed under: Crime, Local News, News, York County

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  • 17-year-old found unresponsive in Norfolk courthouse holding cell17-year-old found unresponsive in Norfolk courthouse holding cell

    Norfolk Police and the Norfolk Sheriff's Office are investigating after a 17-year-old male was found unresponsive in a courthouse holding cell on Thursday. A Norfolk Sheriff's Deputy found the 17-year-old in the courtroom 5B holding cell at the Norfolk Consolidated Courthouse at approximately 11:05 a.m. Sheriff's Office staff responded and began CPR until paramedics took over and transported the 17-year-old to Sentara Norfolk General Hospital.

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  • Police seek suspect in two Virginia Beach burglariesPolice seek suspect in two Virginia Beach burglaries

    VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) – Police are investigating two residential burglaries they believe are connected. On October 30, between 7:40 a.m. and 3 p.m., a home in the 1200 block of Gladiola Crescent was burglarized.  Police say that less than a mile away, another home was burglarized in the 900 block of Wildflower Court during the same time frame. Police believe the man in the above video is the same suspect for both burglaries. If you have any information on this crime, call the Crime Line at 1-888-LOCK-U-UP.  Filed under: Crime, Local News, News, Virginia Beach

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  • A shuffle at Chesapeake City Hall and one new, but familiar, face joins the City CouncilA shuffle at Chesapeake City Hall and one new, but familiar, face joins the City Council

    Rick West was sworn in as Chesapeake's mayor on Tuesday night, and council members voted to appoint John de Triquet as vice mayor and Dwight Parker to fill a vacant ninth council seat. He previously served as a councilman.

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  • Suspect arrested for attempted carjacking in HamptonSuspect arrested for attempted carjacking in Hampton

    HAMPTON, Va. (WAVY) – Police say they tracked down the suspect who tried to steal a 67-year-old man’s car by force. According to police, the crime happened on November 9 around 5:30 p.m. A Hampton man had just gotten into his car, in the 600 block of Lee Street, when a stranger jumped in and started assaulting the man while trying to steal the vehicle. The victim yelled for help and the suspect fled. Police later arrested 24-year-old Jared Lesesne and charged him with attempted carjacking and malicious wounding.  Filed under: Crime, Hampton, Local News

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  • Norfolk man arrested for murder after shooting victim dies - wtkr.comNorfolk man arrested for murder after shooting victim dies - wtkr.com

    wtkr.comNorfolk man arrested for murder after shooting victim dieswtkr.comNORFOLK, Va. - Norfolk Police have arrested a man for murder after a shooting victim died in the hospital. Police arrested 35-year-old Willie Floyd, Jr. and charged him with second degree murder after the victim in an October 23 shooting died at the ...and more »

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  • Vape shop owner charged with running illegal gambling operationVape shop owner charged with running illegal gambling operation

    ISLE OF WIGHT, Va. (WAVY) — Deputies have arrested the owner of a local vape shop that has been at the center of an investigation into illegal gambling. The Isle of Wight Sheriff’s Office raided Wicked Vapes on Carrollton Boulevard earlier this month. The shop’s owner, 30-year-old Marjorie Fischer, was arrested on Wednesday. She is now faced with charges of money laundering and operating an illegal gambling operation. Following a Nov. 1 raid of the shop, Lt. Tommy Potter said, “Since this business opened up, it opened for the sole purpose of running the gambling operation in the back of the store.” Deputies began looking into the business following complaints from surrounding business owners and residents about traffic in and out of the shop. Fischer was released this week on a $5,000 unsecured bond. Stay with WAVY.com for developments.Filed under: Crime, Isle of Wight, Local News, News, Top Video

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  • Feds: Kickboxing gym used in local drug trafficking operationFeds: Kickboxing gym used in local drug trafficking operation

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  • Norfolk man charged with murder after walk-in gunshot victim diesNorfolk man charged with murder after walk-in gunshot victim dies

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  • Quick-thinking school staff saved kids at California schoolQuick-thinking school staff saved kids at California school

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    NORFOLK, Va. – The 33rd Annual Grand Illumination Parade will be held in Downtown Norfolk on November 18 beginning at 7 p.m. The parade, which is being sponsored by Nordstrom,  will help bring Norfolk into the holiday spirit when it starts at the corner of St. Paul’s Blvd and Main St. and travels two miles. The parade immediately follows the annual Grand Illumination that lights up the Downtown skyline at 7 p.m., and the lights will continue to adorn Downtown Norfolk throughout the holidays. The theme “From Sea to Shining Sea” will be interpreted by marching bands, animal brigades, motorized units, walking units and floats. The parade is free and open to the public. “We are proud to honor the Norfolk Naval Station Centennial with a special salute during the Grand Illumination Parade,” said Mary Miller, president and CEO of Downtown Norfolk Council. The theme was selected to commemorate the 100th anniversary of Norfolk Naval Station, and it is an official Centennial Event. Captain Rich McDaniel, commanding officer of Norfolk Naval Station, is the distinguished Grand Marshall and will lead the parade. The finale will bring Santa to Downtown on a spectacular float. “This regional tradition brings thousands of people to Downtown to enjoy all of the vibrant offerings, entertainment and the best parade in the history of our region,” said Miller.

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