Sen. Jon Tester readies defense panel for hearing into Chinese balloon

Sen. Jon Tester has announced that his Senate defense subcommittee will hold a hearing to demand answers from Biden administration officials on the suspected Chinese spy balloon that overflew U.S. airspace. The Democrat from Montana, where Pentagon officials first announced the presence of the balloon, called China’s highly provocative overflight “completely unacceptable.” “Montanans value their…

FDNY – New York Daily News

A man was killed early Saturday as a fire tore through a Washington Heights apartment building, the FDNY said. The blaze erupted inside the W. 180th St. building near Pinehurst Ave. about 6:15 a.m., officials said. Responding firefighters found heavy flames shooting out of a fourth floor apartment in the five-story building. An unidentified man…

Dozens of soldiers freed in Russia-Ukraine prisoner swap

KYIV, Ukraine — Dozens of Russian and Ukrainian prisoners of war have returned home following a prisoner swap, officials on both sides said Saturday. Top Ukrainian presidential aide Andriy Yermak said in a Telegram post that 116 Ukrainians were freed. He said the released POWs include troops who held out in Mariupol during Moscow’s monthslong…

The bloody trunk and the American dream gone wrong – New York Daily News

April 27, 1908, was final move-in day for the Farmers — James, 45, Mary, 29, and their baby, little Peter, about a year old. Workers were still hauling the family’s belongings into their new house in Brownville, a village near Watertown in northern New York, when police stopped them with a search warrant. This panorama…

Chicago Family Waits Years For $300K Retirement Community Refund. They’re Not Alone – NBC Chicago

Getting older is getting complicated. The number of living options facing seniors nationwide are vast, with fees and contracts for those options oftentimes complex. One of the most popular business models for senior communities is known by four letters: CCRC, which stands for Continuing Care Retirement Community. CCRCs offer apartments and amenities often for a…

Donald Trump slams Biden for allowing Chinese balloon over U.S.

Former President Donald Trump on Friday slammed President Biden for “deliberately allowing” a suspected Chinese surveillance balloon to fly in U.S. airspace. Mr. Trump accused Mr. Biden of being “weak on China” and pledged to crack down on Chinese espionage if he is elected to the White House in 2024.  “Joe Biden has surrendered America’s…

police – New York Daily News

Police have arrested the “next level crazy” suspect wanted for an ugly beatdown of a beloved East Village candy store owner, cops said Saturday. Luis Peroza, 39, was charged with assault after he was grabbed up by police late Friday, NYPD officials said. Deputy Inspector Ralph Clement, the commanding officer of the 9th Precinct, announced…

Chicago Opens Temporary Shelter For Asylum Seekers at Former Woodlawn School Despite Concerns – NBC Chicago

About a dozen asylum seekers arriving Thursday at a former South Side elementary school that was transformed into a shelter were met with resistance from two Chicago residents. Andre Smith, who lives in nearby Washington Park, and Luis Cardona, who lives in Woodlawn, stood in front of a Chicago Transit Authority bus transporting the asylum…

Honda issues new ‘do not drive’ warning for older models with Takata airbag inflators

Honda and the U.S. government on Friday urged about 8,200 drivers traversing American roads in older vehicles that still have Takata Alpha airbag inflators. The Takata inflators were first recalled almost 15 years after fatal incidents in which they exploded and hurled shrapnel in crashes. This time, the “do not drive” warning targets a select…

2 Powerball Tickets Worth $50,000 Each Sold in Illinois – NBC Chicago

They didn’t hit the grand Powerball prize, but two Illinois winners are each waking up $50,000 richer. According to the Illinois Lottery, two lucky Illinois players won big in Wednesday’s Powerball drawing after matching four numbers and the Powerball to win a cool $50,000 each. While one winning ticket was sold at Casey’s General Store…