Aldi customers in Indiana prevent robbery, pin suspect to floor

Published: Saturday, October 07, 2017 @ 3:01 AM

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Customers at an Indiana supermarket thwarted a would-be robber Friday night, pinning him to the floor until police arrived, the NWI Times reported.

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According to a news released from the Valparaiso Police Department, Thomas Powell, 36, of Hebron, Indiana, wore a mask when he entered an Aldi store and demanded money from a cashier.

Powell implied he had a weapon in his pocket, police said.

When police arrived, they found “five or six individuals” holding Powell to the floor. They handcuffed him and took him to jail, where he is being held on robbery charges.

All the money taken from the cashier was recovered, police said.

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Family, friends celebrate Kirk Douglas’s 101st year

Published: Monday, December 11, 2017 @ 5:13 PM

Actor Kirk Douglas, pictured in 2011, celebrated his 101st birthday with family and friends in Los Angeles over the weekend.
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Actor Kirk Douglas, pictured in 2011, celebrated his 101st birthday with family and friends in Los Angeles over the weekend.(Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)

Kirk Douglas had a lot of help to blow out his many birthday candles over the weekend.

Deadline Hollywood reported that the Hollywood legend rang in 101 years on Saturday at his Beverly Hills home and was showered with tributes from his famous family. 

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The senior Douglas’ 17-year-old grandson, Dylan Douglas, posted a photo on an Instagram of himself planting a peck on his grandfather’s face.

“Happy birthday 101 years and still sexy love you with all my heart Pappy,” Dylan captioned the photo.

Happy birthday 101 years and still sexy love you with all my heart Pappy

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Dylan’s mother, actress Catherine Zeta-Jones, offered her own well wishes for her father-in-law. She shared a photo on Instagram of Douglas and herself with the caption, “101 today!!!! My darling Pappy on my knee. Happy Birthday to my wonderful, inspirational and loving father in law, Kirk. Love you with all my heart.”

Zeta-Jones’ posts came in lieu of her presence at Douglas’s lunchtime birthday bash, but she definitely didn’t miss out on singing her father-in-law a personalized rendition of “Happy Birthday” through FaceTime, according to The Daily Mail

In addition to his 73-year-old son, Michael Douglas, — who flew in and out of the celebration to rejoin his son Cameron at the birth of his granddaughter — Kirk was joined in celebration by his wife of 63 years, Anne, 98, nieces and nephews and Hollywood bigwigs. 

Douglas’ family presented him with a bright, sunflower-patterned cake with his age written in frosting, and his cardiologist allowed the “Spartacus” star to enjoy his yearly, physician-permitted shot of vodka, according to Deadline

Born on Dec. 9, 1916, Kirk Douglas has enjoyed a storied career spanning several decades. The veteran was known for playing the title character from “Ulysses” (1954), starring in “20,000 Leagues Under the Sea” (1954) and his famed role as “Spartacus” (1960). 

Considering the 101-year-old actor was up and dancing just last year, he’s still got plenty of youth left inside.

Trump signs directive to send Americans back to the moon, eventually Mars

Published: Monday, December 11, 2017 @ 4:33 PM

Astronuat Buzz Aldrin salutes the deployed United States flag on the moon’s surface during the Apollo 11 mission to the moon in July of 1969. President Donald Trump signed a directive Monday to send astronauts back to the moon.
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Astronuat Buzz Aldrin salutes the deployed United States flag on the moon’s surface during the Apollo 11 mission to the moon in July of 1969. President Donald Trump signed a directive Monday to send astronauts back to the moon.(Wiki Commons)

President Donald Trump signed a new space mandate at a White House ceremony Monday afternoon, announcing his administration’s intent to send American astronauts back to the moon and eventually to Mars. 

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Space Policy Directive 1 “will refocus America’s space program on human exploration and discovery,” Trump said during remarks at the ceremony.”

“It marks an important step in returning American astronauts to the moon for the first time since 1972 for long-term exploration and use. This time we will not only plant our flag and leave our footprint, we will establish a foundation for an eventual mission to Mars and perhaps, some day, to many worlds beyond,” he said.

Vice President Mike Pence, chairman of  the National Space Council, also spoke at the signing ceremony, calling the new directive “a momentous occasion in the history of American space exploration.”

Pence said the new directive will “ensure that America will lead in space once again.”

“Establishing a renewed American presence on the moon is vital to achieve our strategic objectives and the objectives outlined by our National Space Council.”

The move comes after recommendations by the National Space Council.

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Trump signed an executive order in June re-establishing the National Space Council’s oversight of NASA. The council was first established in 1989 by President George H.W. Bush, then disbanded in 1993. Another version of the council, called the National Aeronautics and Space Council, existed between 1958 and 1973. 

New York explosion: Suspect, 3 others injured in 'terror-related' attack

Published: Monday, December 11, 2017 @ 9:22 AM
Updated: Monday, December 11, 2017 @ 2:57 PM

Explosion Reported At New York City Port Authority Bus Station

Four people were injured when a bomb exploded near the Port Authority in New York City on Monday morning, including the person believed to be responsible for the device, according to police.

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‘Welcome to Florida’ sign covered in snow

Published: Monday, December 11, 2017 @ 12:18 PM

Snow Covered ‘Welcome To Florida’ Sign

Visitors to the Sunshine State got a winter’s greeting when the “Welcome to Florida” sign was seen blanketed in snow. 

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The image of the snowy welcome sign was shared by news website northescambia.com.

The state, as well as much of the Deep South, was hit by uncharacteristic cold over the weekend, which dropped flurries and left people without power in some states. 

Temperatures throughout Florida dipped to the 40s,with some parts getting to freezing Sunday night. 

Thousands were without power in Georgia and the Carolinas. Hundreds of flights were delayed or canceled over the weekend. Power was restored and airports were back on schedule Sunday.

Temperatures throughout the south were on a warming trend Monday, according to the National Weather Service.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.