Lunar Showstopper: 1st super blue blood moon in 35 years

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla/January 31, 2018(AP)(STL.News)—The moon is putting on a rare cosmic show Wednesday. It’s the first time in 35 years a blue moon has synced up with a supermoon and a total lunar eclipse. Hawaii and Alaska have the best seats, along with the Canadian Yukon, Australia and Asia. The western U.S. should have … Continue reading Lunar Showstopper: 1st super blue blood moon in 35 years

St Louis Weather Conditions & Forecast, January 31, 2018

St Louis Weather Conditions, Forecast & Air Quality Index readings published by STL.News ST LOUIS, MO/January 30, 2018 (STL.News) St Louis weather conditions & forecast readings from the St. Louis Lambert International Airport at 4:51 a.m at Latitude: 38.75°N, Longitude: 90.37°W – Elevation 604 feet.  Forecast is provided by the National Weather Service (N.W.S.). Current … Continue reading St Louis Weather Conditions & Forecast, January 31, 2018

Eurozone inflation falls despite buoyant economy

LONDON/January 31, 2018(AP)(STL.News)— The eurozone economy may be enjoying its best growth in a decade and seeing unemployment drop sharply, but there are few signs that is fueling the inflation that the European Central Bank is looking for. In fact, figures Wednesday from the European Union‘s statistics agency showed annual consumer price inflation across the … Continue reading Eurozone inflation falls despite buoyant economy

Japan’s Fujifilm to take over partner Xerox to slash costs

TOKYO /January 31, 2018(AP)(STL.News)— Fujifilm Holdings and Xerox Corp. say the Japanese company will take over Xerox in a restructuring intended to slash costs. The companies said Wednesday that Fuji Xerox, their 56-year-old joint venture, will combine with Xerox. Fujifilm Holdings will own 50.1 percent of Xerox‘s shares They said that through restructuring and other … Continue reading Japan’s Fujifilm to take over partner Xerox to slash costs

Magnitude 6.1 quake rattles Afghanistan and Pakistan

ISLAMABAD/January 31, 2018(AP)(STL.News)— A strong magnitude 6.1 earthquake rattled Pakistan and Afghanistan on Wednesday, including the capital cities of both countries, killing a young girl and injuring 15 others, officials said. The U.S. Geological Survey reported the quake’s center was in northeast Afghanistan near the Pakistan border, about 35 kilometers (22 miles) south of Jarm … Continue reading Magnitude 6.1 quake rattles Afghanistan and Pakistan

Health care’s Three Amigos? The big names behind a new push

NEW YORK/January 31, 2018(AP)(STL.News)— Three guys walk into a bar. They’re Warren Buffett, Amazon.com’s Jeff Bezos and JPMorgan Chase’s Jamie Dimon. They decide to transform the American health care system. That’s probably not how these three men decided to form a new company to address health care costs for their U.S. employees, and possibly for … Continue reading Health care’s Three Amigos? The big names behind a new push

President Trump Calls for Ending Sequester, Keeping Guantanamo Open

WASHINGTON DC (STL.News) The United States faces myriad dangers from rogue regimes and global competitors, and the nation must have a strong defense to discourage these rivals and forge a world of peace, President Donald J. Trump said in his State of the Union address tonight.

The president said these regimes – including China and Russia – “challenge our interests, our economy and our values.”

A strong defense is necessary to deter adversaries, the president told a joint session of Congress.  “For this reason, I am asking the Congress to end the dangerous defense sequester and fully fund our great military,” Trump said.

Sequestration is a provision of the Budget Control Act of 2011 that imposes across-the-board spending cuts if Congress and the White House cannot agree on more targeted options.

The president stressed that the United States must modernize and rebuild the nation’s nuclear triad to make it so powerful that it will deter any thought of aggression by any country.  “Perhaps someday in the future there will be a magical moment when the countries of the world will get together to eliminate their nuclear weapons,” he said. “Unfortunately, we are not there yet, sadly.”

Campaign to Defeat ISIS

Trump also discussed the campaign against the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria.  “Last year, I also pledged that we would work with our allies to extinguish ISIS from the face of the Earth,” he said.  “One year later, I am proud to report that the coalition to defeat ISIS has liberated very close to 100 percent of the territory once held by these killers in Iraq and Syria and in other locations as well.  But there is much more work to be done.  We will continue our fight until ISIS is defeated.”

The president singled out Army Staff Sgt. Justin Peck, who fought against ISIS in Raqqa, Syria. Peck was part of a team clearing a hospital of improvised explosive devices when one exploded, seriously wounding Navy Chief Petty Officer Kenton Stacy.  Peck “bounded into the booby-trapped building and found Kenton in bad shape,” the president said.  “He applied pressure to the wound and inserted a tube to reopen an airway.  He then performed CPR for 20 straight minutes during the ground transport and maintained artificial respiration through two and a half hours of emergency surgery.

“Kenton Stacy would have died if not for Justin’s selfless love for his fellow warrior,” Trump continued.  “Tonight, Kenton is recovering in Texas. Raqqa is liberated.  And Justin is wearing his new Bronze Star, with a “V” for valor. Staff Sergeant Peck: All of America salutes you.”

ISIS placed the bombs in the hospital to kill and maim, and the president called them plain evil.  “When possible, we have no choice but to annihilate them,” he said.  “When necessary, we must be able to detain and question them.”

Re-Examination of Terrorist Detention Policy

Terrorists are not merely criminals, the president said, but unlawful enemy combatants.  “And when captured overseas, they should be treated like the terrorists they are,” he said.  “In the past, we have foolishly released hundreds and hundreds of dangerous terrorists, only to meet them again on the battlefield, including the ISIS leader, [Abu Bakr] al-Baghdadi — who we captured, who we had, who we released.”

Trump said he had just signed an order directing Defense Secretary James N. Mattis to re-examine the military detention policy and to keep open the detention facilities in Guantánamo Bay, Cuba.  “I am asking the Congress to ensure that, in the fight against ISIS and al-Qaida, we continue to have all necessary power to detain terrorists — wherever we chase them down, wherever we find them,” he said. “And in many cases, it will now be Guantanamo Bay.”

The president also touted the fact that forces in Afghanistan have new rules of engagement and will work even more closely with Afghan forces.  “Our military is no longer undermined by artificial timelines, and we no longer tell our enemies our plans,” he said.

The president also called on Congress to address “the fundamental flaws” in the Iran nuclear deal.

“But no regime has oppressed its own citizens more totally or brutally than the cruel dictatorship in North Korea,” he said.  “North Korea’s reckless pursuit of nuclear missiles could very soon threaten our homeland.  We are waging a campaign of maximum pressure to prevent that from ever happening.”

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SOURCE: news provided by DEFENSE.GOV on January 30, 2018 – by Jim Garamone – published on STL.News by St. Louis Media, LLC