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Medal Of Honor Presented To Sgt. Major (Ret.) John Canley By President Trump At White House

On Wednesday, Retired Marine Sgt. Maj. John Canley of California –a Vietnam War veteran who saved 20 fellow Marines despite being wounded several times during an intense seven-day battle in 1968 — was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor by President Trump. In an East Room ceremony at the White House attended by many former members of his Alpha Company, Mr. Canley, 80, was decorated by the president for his heroic actions during the Battle of Hue during the communists’ Tet Offensive. Mr. Trump told Mr. Canley that “America is the greatest force for peace, justice and freedom the world has ever known because of you and people like you.” Mr. Canley is a native of Arkansas who enlisted in the military using false papers at age 15, and served in Vietnam for more than five years. During the Tet Offensive, his company of the First Battalion, First Marines Regiment was ordered to take back Hue from communist forces. ...Read more

Canada Becomes Second Country To Legalize Recreational Marijuana

Canada has become the second country after Uruguay to legalize possession and use of recreational cannabis. Medical marijuana has been legal in the country since 2001.  At least 111 legal pot shops are planning to open across the nation of 37 million people on the first day, according to an AP survey of the provinces. That is just a sample of what ultimately will be a much larger marketplace. No stores will open in Ontario, which includes Toronto. The most populous province is working on its regulations and doesn’t expect stores until next spring. Canadians everywhere will be able to order marijuana products through websites run by provinces or private retailers and have it delivered to their homes by mail. Canadian provinces and municipalities have been preparing for months for the end of cannabis prohibition. They are responsible for setting out where cannabis can be bought and consumed. ...Read more

Ratings For “The Conners” Debut Fall Short Of “Roseanne” Premiere Episode

ABC’s The Conners didn’t come close to the blockbuster premiere rating of its predecessor, the reboot of Roseanne, but the new series did have strong numbers that led Tuesday night in the ratings. The debut airing delivered 10.5 million viewers and a 2.3 rating among adults 18-49. While that is down 55% from the premiere of Roseanne last spring, it managed to edge out NBC’s This Is Us for the night. ABC did not expect Roseanne premiere-level numbers, and it was predicted that audience interest in the spin-off was about half that of viewer interest in Roseanne before its return. The debut episode, titled “Keep on Trucking,” confirmed previous reports that Roseanne Conner died of an opioid overdose. Roseanne Barr said in a statement that the “opioid overdose lent an unnecessary grim and morbid dimension to an otherwise happy family show.” ...Read more

Sesame Street’s Original Big Bird Actor, Caroll Spinney, Retiring After 50 Years

Caroll Spinney, the puppeteer who has brought Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch to life since Sesame Street’s premiere in 1969, is retiring from the iconic roles after nearly 50 years. Spinney, through a press release from Sesame Workshop, said that even though he is relinquishing these roles to other seasoned performers, he plans on remaining an ambassador for Sesame Workshop into the future. “Big Bird brought me so many places, opened my mind and nurtured my soul,” said Spinney. “And I plan to be an ambassador for Sesame Workshop for many years to come.” Spinney’s work with Jim Henson began after the two met at a puppetry festival in 1962, and Spinney joined the inaugural season of Sesame Street in 1969. Since then, he’s starred in hundreds of episodes of the show, winning the Legacy for Children Award in 2003 and The Christopher’s James Keller Award in 2004. His life and career were documented in the 2014 film “I Am Big Bird.”  ...Read more

Canelo Alvarez Signs Record-Setting Contract With DAZN

Boxer Canelo Alvarez has signed a five-year, 11-fight contract worth a minimum of $365 million with new sports streaming service DAZN. The deal was finalized early Wednesday morning, making Alvarez the richest athlete contract in sports history. Alvarez, who’s part of Oscar De La Hoya’s Golden Boy Promotions, is the unified middleweight world champio, and has a 50-1-2 record — his only loss coming against undefeated Floyd Mayweather Jr. in September 2013. Alvarez also defeated Gennady Golovkin last month in a battle featuring two of boxing’s biggest superstars. With HBO recently announcing its plan to no longer provide boxing coverage by the end of 2018, DAZN hopes to step up. Alvarez will next fight Rocky Fielding on Dec. 15 at Madison Square Garden in New York. ...Read more

L.A. Dodgers Beat Milwaukee Brewers To Even NLCS At 2-2

The Los Angeles Dodgers defeated the Milwaukee Brewers 2-1 in 13 innings to take Game 4 of the NLCS at Dodger Stadium on Tuesday night; the series is not even at two games each. Dodgers 1st baseman Cody Bellinger clinched the winning run with a walk-off single in the 13th inning that scored Manny Machado from second base, this after the teams were stuck at 1-1 from the top of the fifth inning. The Dodgers will host Game 5 today, Wednesday October 17, at 5:05 p.m. ET. ...Read more

Red Sox Pitcher Chris Sale Uncertain For Game 5 Of ALCS; Boston Takes 2-1 Lead In Series

Boston Red Sox starter Chris Sale was released from a Boston-area hospital Monday morning and will rejoin the team Tuesday after dealing with a stomach illness, the team announced. Manager Alex Cora said he does not know if Sale will be ready for Thursday’s Game 5 of the American League Championship Series. If Sale can’t start Thursday, Cora said he could go with left-hander Eduardo Rodriguez or make it a bullpen game, or “all of the above,” the manager said. Rick Porcello is the scheduled Game 4 starter; when asked if everyone other than Sale was available out of the bullpen for Game 3, Cora smiled and said, “Rick is the starter tomorrow. Rick. So we’ll maneuver it.” As of Tuesday night’s game, the Red Sox have a 2-1 lead in the best-of-seven series. ...Read more

Senator Susan Collins Receives Receive Suspicious Letter In Ricin Scare

A hazardous materials team was sent to the home of Republican Sen. Susan Collins on Monday, this after her husband received a letter with a note saying the envelope contained ricin. The FBI said preliminary tests on the letter and its contents indicated that there was no threat to the public, and the senator and her husband were allowed to stay in the home Monday night. It was unclear who sent the letter and why. Annie Clark, the senator’s spokeswoman, said “today’s incident is the latest in a series of threats against Senator Collins, her loved ones, and her staff.” The senator’s husband, Thomas Daffron, was at home when the letter arrived on Monday, but Collins wasn’t there. Collins issued a statement, expressing her thanks to first responders and other agencies participating in the investigation. The investigation into the letter, its contents and origin, is ongoing. ...Read more

CDC Confirms 62 Cases Of ‘Polio-Like’ Illness, Mainly Affecting Children, Across 22 States

At least 62 cases of a “polio-like” illness causing paralysis in children have been confirmed across 22 states so far this year, according to the CDC. The exact cause of the illness, called Acute Flaccid Myelitis (AFM), is unknown – although it has been linked to a number of viruses, environmental toxins and genetic disorders.  The condition largely affects children, and often begins with an upper respiratory infection, progresses to weakness, and leaves victims paralyzed within 24 hours. The rapid progression of the illness has drawn attention from medical experts. Though still considered rare, this is the largest outbreak in the nation of AFM since 2016, when there were 149 cases confirmed in 39 states including Washington D.C. There have been at least 386 confirmed cases of AFM in the United States since 2014, including 120 cases in 2014. Experts remind the public that while the effects of AFM are often compared to polio, it is not nearly as widespread. ...Read more