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Sunday, December 5, 2021

“American Newsreel”…!?

Needless to say I’m stunned that “Capitol Hill Blue” went by the wayside to be reincarnated with such a bland title.

All I can say is that there’s something wrong with it, not simply because it’s new, but the fact it seems neutered compared to “Capitol Hill Blue”.  The word “newsreel” connotes the type of news I watched in theaters during the 50’s; ie., a grainy, black & white film productions with a narrator that sounded like those utilized for military training films from the 60’s and 70’s.  / : |

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Animals struggle in cold weather

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Goodbye kiss leads to arrest

A man believed to have breached security to bid his girlfriend goodbye, triggering the shutdown of a busy Newark Airport terminal that led to snarled flights worldwide, was arrested in New Jersey and faces a trespassing charge and a fine of up to $500, punishment a senator says should be much harsher.

Haisong Jiang, 28, of Piscataway was taken into custody at 7:30 p.m. Friday at his home, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey said. He was questioned at the airport by Port Authority police, who arrested him, and released shortly after midnight.

The Port Authority said in a statement that Jiang will being charged with defiant trespass, and that the charge was determined in coordination with the Essex County prosecutor and federal officials, though it’s not a federal charge. A spokeswoman for the Transportation Security Administration referred all questions to the Port Authority.

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Say bye-bye to health care public option

Senior House Democrats have largely abandoned hopes of including a government-run insurance option in the final compromise health care bill taking shape, according to several officials, and are pushing for other measures to rein in private insurers.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and other senior Democrats told President Barack Obama in recent meetings they want the legislation to strip the insurance industry of a long-standing exemption from federal antitrust laws, officials said. That provision is in the House-passed measure, but was omitted from the bill that the Senate passed on Christmas Eve.

They also want the final measure to include a House-passed proposal for a nationwide insurance exchange, to be regulated by the federal government, where consumers could shop for private coverage. The Senate bill calls for a state-based system of exchanges.

Additionally, House Democrats want to require insurers to spend a minimum amount of premium income on benefits, thereby limiting what is available for salaries, bonuses, advertising and other items. The House bill sets the floor at 85 percent; the Senate-passed measure lowers it to 80 percent for policies sold to small groups and individuals.

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CIA bomber’s video urges more attacks

The Jordanian doctor who killed seven CIA employees in a suicide attack in Afghanistan said in video clips broadcast posthumously Saturday that all jihadists must attack U.S. targets to avenge the death of Pakistani Taliban chief Baitullah Mehsud.

Footage showed Humam Khalil Abu Mulal al-Balawi — whom the CIA had cultivated as an asset against al-Qaida — sitting with Mehsud’s successor in an undisclosed location. It essentially confirmed the Pakistani Taliban’s claim of responsibility for one of the worst attacks in CIA history, though a senior militant told The Associated Press that al-Qaida and Afghan insurgents played roles, too.

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Marvel sues to keep copyrights on Spider-Man, X-Men

SpidermanThe home of superheroes including Spider-Man, the Fantastic Four and the X-Men sued one of its most successful artists Friday to retain the rights to the lucrative characters.

The federal lawsuit filed Friday in Manhattan by Marvel Worldwide Inc. asks a judge to invalidate 45 notices sent by the heirs of artist Jack Kirby to try to terminate Marvel’s copyrights, effective on dates ranging from 2014 through 2019.

The heirs notified several companies last year that the rights to the characters would revert from Marvel to Kirby’s estate.

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Will Conan end up at Fox?

If “Tonight Show” host Conan O’Brien decides to leave NBC over its proposed late-night lineup revamp, he might find a warm welcome waiting for him at Fox.

Fox respects O’Brien’s talent and sees him as a good fit, a person at the network said Friday. The person, who lacked authority to comment publicly and spoke on condition of anonymity, said Fox was watching to see how the situation played out but that O’Brien remained under contract with NBC.

Faced with poor ratings for both “The Jay Leno Show” and O’Brien’s show, the network is said to be considering returning Leno to his 11:35 p.m. EST slot and moving “Tonight” to midnight.

Representatives for O’Brien did not immediately respond to requests for comment about his plans.

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What the heck is going on here?

Wondering what the heck happened? You thought you were going to another web site and this thing called “American Newsreel” suddenly popped up?

Welcome to American Newsreel, the new home of several web sites that have been consolidated under the American Newsreel banner.

Why the change? Because our focus is news — lots of news.

Over the weekend we will be consolidating material from the various web sites that we are bringing under the American Newsreel banner. Please be patient while we get this new operation up and running.

Thanks for reading.

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