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Daily News Headline 9/21/17

posted by Nancy Berry

In the news today, the Sarah Mildred Long Bridge from Kittery to Portsmouth was expected to reopen to traffic in late September.  It is now expected to open in November, two months behind schedule.  The Maine Department of Transportation stated that wet weather this spring hampered construction.  Cianbro, the company constructing the new bridge faces fines for the delay.

Daily News Headline 9/20/17

posted by Nancy Berry

In the news today, a powerful earthquake struck Mexico at 1:00 pm yesterday.  The epicenter of the quake was about 100 miles from the capital ,Mexico City, and registered a magnitude of 7.1. To date it is responsible for well over 200 deaths. More than 40 buildings in Mexico City collapsed, trapping and crushing people inside. On the same day, 32 years ago, an earthquake in Mexico took the lives of as many as 10,000 people.

Daily News Headline 9/19/17

posted Sep 19, 2017, 4:40 AM by Nancy Berry   [ updated Sep 19, 2017, 4:18 PM ]

In the news today, a tragedy is taking place in the Asian Pacific nation of Myanmar.  400,000 Rohingya, a Muslim minority in the Buddhist dominated country, have fled the military that is burning their villages and killing those who remain.  The United Nations has called this a "textbook example of ethnic cleansing", the elimination of an ethnic group from a country.  Ironically, Myanmar is led by a Nobel Peace Prize winner, who refuses to recognize that this action is going on in her country.

Daily News Headline 9/18/17

posted Sep 18, 2017, 8:29 AM by Nancy Berry

In the news today, an unnamed high-ranking executive from Kennebunk Savings Bank has either resigned or was fired.  She had posted anti-Muslim images on her Facebook page which violated the values of the bank.  A statement from the bank said it "will not tolerate harassment, bullying, workplace violence or discrimination of any type."  The person who brought the Facebook images to the attention of the bank stated in part: "They took swift action which I did not expect."

Daily News Headline 9/15/17

posted Sep 15, 2017, 4:38 AM by Nancy Berry

In the news today, the Cleveland Indians defeated the Kansas City Royals yesterday by a score of 3 to 2.  This win was Cleveland's 22nd in a row, making it the longest Major League Baseball win streak in 101 years.  Cleveland was one strike away from losing the game in the bottom of the ninth inning, but rallied to tie the game and win in the bottom of the tenth.

Daily News Headline 9/14/17

posted Sep 14, 2017, 7:30 AM by Nancy Berry

In the news today, more tragedy from Hurricane Irma. In Hollywood Florida, eight seniors citizens died in a nursing home due to lack of power. Officials found the temperature inside the home oppressive and close to 110 degrees. At least three of the deaths were not discovered until a room-to-room search was conducted by authorities.

Daily News Headline 9/13/17

posted Sep 13, 2017, 5:00 AM by Nancy Berry

In 2007, Apple Incorporated introduced the first iPhone, a revolutionary cell phone technology. Yesterday, 10 years after the first iPhone, Apple introduced the iPhone 10, written as a roman numeral ten. It will be the most expensive iPhone to date, costing $999.00 and be available for customers on November 3. It has a number of new features, but the most technically complicated is facial recognition that allows the owner to turn on the phone by looking at the phone and tapping the screen.

Daily News Headline 9/12/17

posted Sep 12, 2017, 8:05 AM by Nancy Berry

In the news today are continuing stories of two hurricanes. Hurricane Irma left up to 6.5 million people in Florida without power. That is five times the population of Maine. In addition, the Florida Keys were so devastated that authorities may need to evacuate 10,000 people who remained on the Keys during the storm. And, as a follow-up to Hurricane Harvey, school reopened yesterday for 80% of the students in Houston, two weeks after the storm came ashore.

Daily News Headline 9/11/17

posted Sep 11, 2017, 4:59 AM by Nancy Berry   [ updated Sep 11, 2017, 5:03 AM ]

On September 11, 2001, 19 militants associated with the Islamic extremist group al-Qaeda hijacked four airplanes and carried out suicide attacks against targets in the United States. Two of the planes were flown into the twin towers of the World Trade Center in New York City, a third plane hit the Pentagon just outside Washington, D.C., and the fourth plane crashed in a field in Pennsylvania. Almost 3,000 people were killed during the 9/11 terrorist attacks, which triggered major U.S. initiatives to combat terrorism and defined the presidency of George W. Bush.  The American flag is at half-staff today, ordered by President Trump to commemorate the events and lives lost.

Daily News Headline 9/8/17

posted Sep 8, 2017, 7:25 AM by Nancy Berry

Equifax, one of the nation’s three major credit reporting companies, reported that computer hackers had gained access to their private data. This potentially affects 143 million American consumers and includes social security numbers and credit card numbers. The executive director of the World Privacy Forum said: “This is about as bad as it gets.” The breach was reported yesterday, but took place on July 29.

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