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President Trump observes Memorial Day with somber service at Arlington

President Donald Trump marked his first Memorial Day in office with a somber service at Arlington National Cemetery on Monday.

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The president first participated in a wreath-laying ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, before addressing a crowd of family members of the fallen gathered there to remember those who have made the ultimate sacrifice for their country.

In his speech, the president recognized the Gold Star families at the service.

"To every Gold Star family: God is with you, and your loved ones are with him." Trump said. 

"I believe that God has a special place in heaven for those who laid down their lives so that others may live free."

Trump, along with Vice President Mike Pence, who was also at the service, visited Section 60, where the military members who have died in Iraq and Afghanistan since 9/11 are buried chatting and shaking hands with the families of the fallen.

The president took to Twitter this morning, posting several tweets about Memorial Day. 

“Today we remember the men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice in serving,” he wrote early Monday before heading over to Arlington for the somber remembrance ceremony.

“Honoring the men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice in service to America. Home of the free, because of the brave,” he tweeted even earlier Monday morning.

>> Related: Trump approval rating hits new low in poll

Also Monday, Pence and his wife, Second Lady Karen Pence, helped kick off a bike race in Washington for Project Hero, a veterans and first responders group, according to CNN.

 

Tiger Woods arrested on drunken driving charges in Florida

 

Golfing great Tiger Woods was arrested Monday morning in Jupiter, Florida, on suspicion of drunken driving, according to the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office.

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Woods, a Jupiter Island resident, was booked into the Palm Beach County Jail around 7 a.m. and released on his own recognizance around 11 a.m.

He was pulled over and taken into custody around 3 a.m.

Social media erupted over the news, with some questioning why Woods didn’t call a Taxi or Uber.

This is a developing story with more to come.

Kittens mysteriously trapped in wall rescued by kind sheriff’s deputy  

Kittens mysteriously trapped in the wall of a house in Seminole County, Florida were rescued by a caring sheriff’s deputy.

The homeowners called authorities on May 20 after hearing a strange noise coming from inside a wall.

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The couple decided to cut a hole into the wall to investigate and found two kittens stuck inside, deputies said.

Deputy Nick Stewart carefully reached into the wall and pulled the kittens to safety.

The homeowners, who don't own a cat, said they were surprised to find the felines.

They said they believe the mother gave birth to the kittens in their attic and that the felines somehow fell between the studs and the drywall and became trapped behind the wall.

John Williams serenaded with his biggest hits, a cappella style during Harvard’s commencement

Hearing the “Star Wars” theme or the song from “Indiana Jones” never gets old for some and members of Harvard’s Din and Tonics a cappella group put a new spin on the iconic instrumentals in front of the music’s creator, John Williams.

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Williams was at the Ivy League university for Harvard’s commencement on Thursday. He was not only given a unique performance of his music, he also received an honorary doctor of music degree, Entertainment Weekly reported.

Watch the video of Din and Tonics’ performance below or click here.

Mark Zuckerburg addressed the Harvard graduates during commencement ceremonies Thursday afternoon. He was granted an honorary degree Thursday morning. Zuckerberg had attended Harvard, but dropped out to start Facebook.

65-year-old woman scammed, gives life savings to fake pastor, police say

A retired nanny has lost her life savings after falling victim to an alleged scammer and she doesn’t expect to see any of her money again.

Dorothy Edge was approached by a woman who claimed her visa was set to expire and that she needed money to return to South Africa. She also told Edge that she wanted to donate $100,000 from a large inheritance, but couldn’t take the money to South Africa, asking Edge to donate the money for her, WPIX reported.

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But the unidentified woman wanted to make sure that Edge had money of her own so she wouldn’t take the woman’s.

The the alleged fake pastor stepped in with bible in hand, saying that he would also donate,flashing cash to “reassure” the woman that he wasn’t taking her money, WPIX reported.

Edge then went to her home to get $28,000 -- which was her life-savings -- and returned to the pair.

The pastor and the woman said they wanted to bless the cash so she handed it to them. They handed back a bag; she thought contained her money, but in reality held shredded newspapers.

Police are looking to identify the pair.

Edge told WPIX that she’s angry at herself because she handed the money to the alleged scammers.

Soldier gets to see family for Memorial Day weekend thanks to stranger’s kindness

A soldier from Illinois was able to spend the Memorial Day weekend with his family in Missouri all thanks to the kindness of a stranger he met at a Dallas airport.

U.S. Army mechanic Keaton Tilson, who is stationed at Fort Hood, was stuck at an airport for two days, trying to get a flight on standby, KTVI reported. But Josh Rainey from Glendale, Missouri, wasn’t having any of it. 

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At first Rainey tried to give Tilson his ticket, but airline regulations wouldn’t allow the transfer, so Rainey decided on the next option, buying a last-minute ticket for Tilson to St. Louis so he can be with family over the holiday weekend.

Rainey told KTVI that the he spent $341 on the ticket and that the fact that Tilson was able to get home was worth more than the money.

“He walked away and came back and asked if he could hug me, and I think we both had to fight back the tears after that,” Rainey said.

WATCH: Bugler plays ‘Taps’ during 2016 Memorial Day sunset over Gettysburg

Historian Steven W. Sears calls the Battle of Gettysburg the “largest” and “costliest” campaign of the Civil War. Between the Union and Confederate forces, more than 57,000 men were lost, including 9,600 dead.

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To remember those who fell at that Pennsylvania battlefield in July 1863, and to honor all veterans who gave their lives for their country, Jari Villanueva of Taps for Veterans performed “Taps” on his bugle on Memorial Day in 2016 as the suns set over Little Round Top at Gettysburg.

It’s an old video, but the sentiments expressed never get old.

Memorial Day not about thanks, but remembrance

Memorial Day is a solemn holiday, intended to honor those veterans who died while serving. It’s not the same as Veterans Day, which honors the service of people who have worn the uniform.

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It may seem like hair-splitting, but Navy veteran Like Visconti insists there is a difference between honoring a fallen veteran and saying “Thank you for your service.”

"On Memorial Day, the veteran you're talking to may be going through a bit of melancholy remembering people who died over the years," Visconti told NPR

 

"I don't need to be thanked for my service," he said. "I think it's become kind of a platitude, toss-away thing to say."

Visconti co-founded the website DiversityInc, which addressed the topic of remembrance on May 22. He said he encourages those who want to say supportive words to a veteran to recognize "that the person may have friends who died in combat."

Chris Wilson, vice president of major accounts at DiversityInc., said that Memorial Day is a holiday where people should “memorialize those that decided to sign a contract” to join the U.S. military.

“Memorial Day is essentially the one day that we should remember all veterans that are no longer with us, whether that is from combat, everyday accidents or just the natural course of life with people dying of old age,” Wilson told DiversityInc.

And while people mean well when they thank a veteran for their service, Visconti said there are other ways to show appreciation.

"I think sometimes maybe just a pat on the back or an arm around the shoulder is really better than words," Visconti told NPR. "So just be a friend."

‘Jetsons’ movie ready to blast off production

A piece of our childhood may be coming to the big screen.

Warner Bros. has tapped director Conrad Vernon to helm its planned animated film “The Jetsons,” Variety reported.

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Vernon has co-directed hits like “Shrek 2” and “Monsters vs. Aliens.” He also voiced the Gingerbread Man in the “Shrek” films.

“The Jetsons” has been on the planning board for years after Warner Bros. hired Matt Liberman to pen the script in 2015, Variety reported.

The original “Jetsons” tv series aired for one season in prime time on ABC in 1962-63, Smithsonian reported.

This isn’t the first feature film for the space-age family. Universal released an animated “Jetsons” film in 1990 which was directed by Joseph Barbera, co-founder of Hanna-Barbera studios and one of the creators of the series.

Photos: Rolling Thunder 30th anniversary

Motorcyclists remember the fallen on Memorial Day weekend.

Memorial Day: Rolling Thunder remembers the fallen 

Members of the motorcycle group Rolling Thunder have continued their 30-year tradition to make sure that the nation’s fallen haven’t been forgotten.

Thousands of motorcyclists rode into the nation’s capital in honor of Memorial Day.

They arrived Sunday before visiting Veterans Memorial, Arlington National Cemetery and The World War II Memorial, WTOP reported.

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“It’s too many guys that haven’t come home,” one rider told WRC Sunday.

They started the ride by meeting at the Pentagon before crossing the Arlington Memorial Bridge before parading through the streets of Washington, D.C., WTOP reported.

Participants also took part in the Blessing of the Bikes at the National Cathedral, WRC reported.

Riders come from all over the country, including one person who told WTOP that he flew his bike from Hawaii to California before continuing on a cross-country ride to D.C.

J.K. Rowling updates fans on ‘Fantastic Beasts’ sequel

J.K. Rowling has updated fans on the status of the latest movie in the Harry Potter universe.

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The author announced on Twitter that she has finished writing the sequel to “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them,” NME reported.

Rowling whet the appetites of the Potter faithful in February when she gave them a sneak peek of the script.

Filming is expected to begin later this summer with Eddie Redmayne reprising his role as Newt Scamander, Screen Rant reported. Callam Turner will join the cast as Newt’s brother. Johnny Depp will continue in his role as Gellert Grindelwald following his cameo in the first film. Ezra Miller and Zoe Kravitz are also returning. Jude Law will join the cast as young Albus Dumbledore, Screen Rant reported.

It is scheduled to hit theaters in November 2018.

Bear wanders into Walmart parking lot in Kentucky

Some late-night shoppers in Kentucky were surprised to  be greeted by a  black bear in the parking lot.

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A bear was spotted in a Walmart parking lot in Somerset around 1:30 a.m. Monday, WLEX reported..

Police and Kentucky Fish and Wildlife officials were called to the scene to lure the bear into the woods. Until they arrived, several shoppers tried to keep the bear away from the store entrance.

"We seen it running down the sidewalk in front of the outdoor living center outside of Walmart, and me and six other cars tried to block … keep the bear from going towards the customer entrance," Malcolm Stephens told WLEX.

Witnesses said that officials were able to chase the bear behind the store and believe he eventually returned to the woods.

 

Climber rescued from crevasse on Mount Rainier

Rangers at Mount Rainier National Park rescued a climber Sunday, the day after she fell into a crevasse while descending from the summit of Mount Rainier.

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The climber was rescued from 12,300 feet elevation on the Emmons Glacier, on the mountain's east side, by the park's A-Star B3 helicopter. 

A party of three had climbed the mountain Saturday morning and were descending by skis and snowboard when one member of the party, a 24-year-old woman, fell into a crevasse. Park rangers inserted six rescuers to the site, who used ropes to raise the injured but responsive climber 100 feet to the surface of the glacier by nightfall. Two rangers spent the night with her on the mountain while the rest descended with her companions. 

On Sunday morning, the A-star helicopter returned to retrieve the injured woman, who was lifted from a 35-degree slope and delivered to a waiting medical unit at the White River Ranger Station around 11 a.m. 

The patient has pelvic and back injuries, and head lacerations. She was delivered by ground transportation to Good Samaritan Hospital in Puyallup. 

WATCH: Twins’ Miguel Sano pranks coach with rubber snake

When you’re winning, being loose and having fun in the dugout is natural. The Minnesota Twins are leading the American League Central division with a 27-20 record, even after Sunday’s 8-6, 15-inning loss to the Tampa Bay Rays.

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The players are in a good mood, and so was pitching coach Neil Allen until Miguel Sano pranked him with a rubber snake in the dugout, MLB.com reported.

Allen was giving out high-fives in the dugout before Sunday’s game when Sano made his move. As Allen high-fived him, Sano handed his coach a rubber cobra. Allen’s reaction is priceless as he suddenly bolts backward in terror.

After catching his breath, Allen had a good laugh with the players.

Denver sportswriter criticized for tweet about Indy 500 winner

A Denver sportswriter has apologized for an insensitive tweet about the winner of the Indianapolis 500 being from Japan.

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Terry Frei of the Denver Post tweeted that he was “very uncomfortable with a Japanese driver winning the Indianapolis 500 during Memorial Day weekend,” the New York Post reported.

Frei’s tweet came shortly after former Formula One driver Takuma Sato captured Sunday’s race at the Brickyard, becoming the first Japanese winner in the race’s history.

 The tweet caused an immediate backlash on social media, with Twitter users criticizing his post as insensitive.

“Really just a monumentally stupid tweet,” wrote the band, The Mountain Goats. “Congrats.”

Frei later deleted his tweet and apologized.

“I fouled up. I’m sorry. I shouldn’t have said what I said when I said it. I should have known better and I regret it,” he tweeted.

Police: 16th person arrested in Manchester bombing

British police have arrested a 16th person in connection with last week’s suicide bombing in Manchester, Reuters reported Monday.

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The 23-year-old man was arrested in Shoreham-by-Sea, Sussex, "on suspicion of offenses contrary to the terrorism act", Greater Manchester Police reported on its Twitter feed.

Since the bombing outside Manchester Arena, in which 22 people died, 14 men remain in custody for questioning, Reuters reported. Two other men have been released, with no charges filed.

WATCH: Man on drone delivers game ball in Portuguese Cup final

Now this is the way to deliver a game ball. 

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Before Benfica and Guimaraes met in the final of the Portuguese Cup on Sunday, a man brought the game ball to the officials by flying a drone into the stadium. 

Despite damp conditions, the man made a perfect landing and handed the ball to the head official.

Benefica won 2-1 to earn its 26th Portuguese Cup and its 11th league and cup double.

Alaska volcano erupts again; aviation alert code raised to red

An Alaska volcano that has been active for nearly six months erupted again Sunday, Bloomberg reported.

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The Alaska Volcano Observatory said Bogoslof Volcano in the Aleutian Islands erupted at 2:16 p.m. Sunday and sent a cloud of ash at least 35,000 feet high. The eruption lasted 55 minutes, Bloomberg reported.

After the eruption, the Aviation Color Code was raised to red, the highest level.

Ash from southwest Alaska volcanos can be a threat for airlines operating between North America and Asia when a cloud rises above 20,000 feet, according to The Associated Press.

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