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U.S. Senate Joins House in Enacting Rail Contracts to Avert Strike

by Kevin Bessler   The U.S. Senate on Thursday passed legislation to avert a nationwide railroad workers’ strike, but an Illinois congressman says the government should not be negotiating private sector labor deals. The legislation, which was approved by the U.S. House on Wednesday, enacts new contracts providing railroad workers…

Space Force opens new regional base in Florida

The Space Force, the Pentagon’s newest military service, activated on Friday its second regional headquarters in Tampa, Fla., under U.S. Central Command.  U.S. Space Forces-Central, opened at MacDill Air Force Base, “will play a significant role in supporting Centcom’s growing need for space-based capabilities such as satellite navigation, communications and missile warnings” in the Middle…

No hard border in Ireland, von der Leyen says in Dublin

European Commission President Ursula Von der Leyen addressed the joint Houses of the Oireachtas on December 1, stating that there will be no hard border on the island of Ireland.  “Ireland can always count on the European Union to stand by the Good Friday Agreement,” President von der Leyen told…

Man arrested in connection with Amber Alert Thursday released

NEW BEDFORD, Mass. (WLNE) — Jeremias Cabral, 21, was arraigned and released on a no-contact order Friday afternoon in New Bedford District Court, after being arraigned on charges including assault with a dangerous weapon and larceny under $1,200. Cabral was arrested in Fall River Thursday evening after an Amber Alert…

Inflation Rose Slightly in October

by Casey Harper   Inflation rose slightly in October, newly released federal data show. The Bureau of Economic Analysis released the Personal Consumption Expenditure index, a key inflation marker, which showed the index rose 0.3% in October. “Excluding food and energy, the PCE price index increased 0.2 percent…” BEA said. “Real…

Disney confirms Splash Mountain closing date ahead of 'Princess and the Frog' re-imagining

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (WFLA) – After previously announcing that Splash Mountain would undergo a “reimagining” in the coming years, Disney has confirmed that the ride will temporarily close at its Florida theme park in January 2023. The popular attraction will then re-debut as Tiana’s Bayou Adventure in late 2024.…

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