Russian launches to space from US, 1st time in 20 years
“I hope with this launch we will brighten up the skies over Florida a little bit for everyone,” said the Japan Space Agency’s Koichi Wakata, who is making his fifth spaceflight. Joining him on a five-month mission are three new to space: Marine Col. Nicole Mann, the first Native American woman to orbit Earth; Navy Capt. Josh Cassada and Russia’s lone female cosmonaut, Anna Kikina.news.yahoo.com
US starts fiscal year with record $31 trillion in debt
The nation's gross national debt has surpassed $31 trillion, according to a U.S. Treasury report released Tuesday that logs America's daily finances. Edging closer to the statutory ceiling of roughly $31.4 trillion — an artificial cap Congress placed on the U.S. government’s ability to borrow — the debt numbers hit an already tenuous economy facing high inflation, rising interest rates and a strong U.S. dollar. Owen Zidar, a Princeton economist, said rising interest rates will exacerbate the nation's growing debt issues and make the debt itself more costly.news.yahoo.com
How to Watch “Beyond Oak Island” History Channel season premiere
Beyond Oak Island returns tonight at 9/8c on the History Channel. Uncover ancient caches of relics, take a peek into a pirate ship, and travel the world with the Lagina brothers when you register for Philo, discovery+, and DIRECTV Stream. History’s Beyond Oak Island follows Rick and Matty Lagina, a pair of treasure-hunting brothers determined to unearth the world’s best-kept secrets. Join Rick and Matty on an epic quest into the past. Watch the season premiere of Beyond Oak Island tonight at 9/8c on the History Channel.mlive.com
From Exodus to Marvel: A brief history of Hollywood’s justification of Israeli war crimes
Photo: r/comicbooks via RedditThe introduction of an Israeli Mossad agent as the latest Marvel movie character crosses the line, even by Hollywood’s poor moral standards. However, the Israeli superhero, Sabra, must be understood within the rational progression of the Israelification of Hollywood, a phenomenon that is surprisingly new. On Sept. 10, however, it was announced that the Israeli character will be included in an upcoming Marvel film, Captain America: New World Order. (Editor’s note: Wonder Woman is a DC Comics character; she is not affiliated with Marvel Comics or the Marvel Cinematic Universe.) The new Hollywood Israel is now a warrior, often forced to make difficult moral choices, but it is, like its American counterpart, ultimately a force for good.arabamericannews.com
US, Philippine forces hold combat drills to brace for crisis
More than 2,500 U.S. and Philippine marines joined combat exercises Monday to be able to respond to any sudden crisis in a region long on tenterhooks over South China Sea territorial disputes and increasing tensions over Taiwan. The annual military drills are some of the largest so far between the longtime treaty allies under newly elected Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. His predecessor, Rodrigo Duterte, had been an outspoken critic of U.S. security policies and frowned on military exercises with American forces he said could offend China. Called Kamandag the Tagalog acronym for “Cooperation of the Warriors of the Sea” — the drills involve 1,900 U.S. Marines and more than 600 mostly Philippine counterparts in mock amphibious assaults and special operations, U.S. and Philippine military officials said.news.yahoo.com
Biden pledge to make federal fleet electric faces slow start
Biden last year directed the U.S. government to purchase only American-made, zero-emission passenger cars by 2027 and electric versions of other vehicles by 2035. “We’re going to harness the purchasing power of the federal government to buy clean, zero-emission vehicles,” the president said soon after his January 2021 inauguration. The White House frequently describes the 2027 timeline as on track.news.yahoo.com
Why is the U.S. dollar so strong?
A look at how the dollar's value has jumped nearly 20 percent this year, according to the U.S. Dollar index, which measures the currency against a basket of significant trading partners, including the euro, Japanese yen, British pound, Canadian dollar, Swedish krona and Swiss franc.washingtonpost.com
Euclid Avenue Big Boy to reopen after Essexville location, Bay County’s last, closes
The Essexville Big Boy restaurant, located at 3111 Center Ave., served its final customers Wednesday, Sept. 28. Now, the Rockford, Illinois-based Beef-a-Roo restaurant chain is buying and remodeling the Essexville property, and Big Boy Restaurant Group LLC, franchisor of the Big Boy Restaurant chain, has plans to remodel and reopen the shuttered Big Boy restaurant located on Euclid Avenue in Bay City, according to a company news release. The Essexville Big Boy restaurant has served customers for nearly four decades and has been owned be the Hunt family, franchisees of Big Boy Restaurant Group LLC, for the past 18 years. “It is critically important to our family that the folks who have made the Essexville Big Boy a success over the years have employment.”Big Boy gift cards that were purchased at the Essexville Big Boy are redeemable at any Big Boy location. Read more on MLive:Michigan’s Best Local Eats: Gatsby’s is the place for steak and from-scratch vegan foodDickey’s Barbecue Pit opening soon near SVSU campusMichigan’s Best Local Eats: Pumpkin crunch pie is a fall favorite at Freeland’s Riverside restaurantMichigan’s Best Local Eats: Cruisin’ Chef’s ‘Trashcan Burger’ has mac and cheese, pulled porkMichigan’s Best Local Eats: Lolobee’s Vietnamese iced coffee is sweet and creamymlive.com
Why Germany and the US Are Stalling on Modern Tanks for Ukraine
(Bloomberg) -- The US and Germany remain stuck on efforts to send battle tanks to Ukraine, as officials contend with logistical issues and Europe’s own defensive requirements, along with concern about escalating tensions with Russia, according to people familiar with the discussions.Most Read from BloombergGermany Suspects Sabotage Hit Russia’s Nord Stream PipelinesApple Ditches iPhone Production Increase After Demand FaltersAlzheimer’s Progression Slowed by Drug in Major TrialPutin’s Mobilizatinews.yahoo.com
Alt-folk rockers Bright Eyes to bring act to Kalamazoo State Theatre
KALAMAZOO, MI — A late addition to this fall’s busy slate of shows at the Kalamazoo State Theatre, Bright Eyes announced Tuesday that it will headline the historic theater on Monday, Nov. 7. “Getting the band back together felt right, and necessary, and the friendship at the core of the band has been a longtime pillar of Bright Eyes’ output,” reads a statement from the band. “For Bright Eyes, this long-awaited re-emergence feels like coming home.”Bright Eyes previously graced the stage at the Kalamazoo State Theatre in 2007. Tickets can be purchased online at kazoostate.com or in person at the Kalamazoo State Theatre box office at 404 S. Burdick St. between 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. Friday or Saturday. Also on MLive:Eclectic ‘Sounds of the Zoo’ to echo through Kalamazoo this coming weekDriver in crash that seriously injured Kalamazoo police officer bound over for trialThousands of free water filters being given out in Kalamazoo as city replaces lead service linesmlive.com
Serena's gone, Open must go on: Kvitova, Pegula set rematch
Much like for so many other folks, Serena Williams’ last match at the U.S. Open was must-see TV for players still in the tournament, so Jessica Pegula and Petra Kvitova tuned in from their hotel rooms the night before their victories led off Saturday’s schedule and set up a fourth-round showdown.
US, Iran inch closer to nuke deal but high hurdles remain
The Biden administration is expected to weigh in this week on Iran’s latest offer to resume its compliance with the 2015 Iran nuclear deal, but neither side is offering a definitive path to revive the agreement, which has been on life-support since former President Donald Trump withdrew from it in 2018.
China's response to Pelosi visit a sign of future intentions
China’s response to U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s visit to Taiwan was anything but subtle — dispatching warships and military aircraft to all sides of the self-governing island democracy, and firing ballistic missiles into the waters nearby.