Former U.S. President George H.W. Bush taken to hospital in Maine

(Reuters) – Former U.S. President George H.W. Bush, 93, was taken to a hospital in Maine on Sunday after experiencing low blood pressure and fatigue, a family spokesman said on Twitter. FILE PHOTO – Former U.S. President George H.W. Bush arrives on the field to do the coin toss ahead of the start of Super Bowl LI between the New England Patriots and the Atlanta Falcons in Houston, Texas, U.S., February 5, 2017. REUTERS/Adrees Latif/File PhotoBush, the oldest living former U.S. president, will likely remain at Southern Maine Health Care…

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Storm Alberto churns toward Florida, Alabama and Mississippi

(Reuters) – Gulf Coast residents should “take this storm seriously,” the National Weather Service said on Sunday as Subtropical Storm Alberto drove north through the Gulf of Mexico, threatening heavy rains and winds to the southern coastal states. Florida, Alabama and Mississippi declared states of emergency on Saturday with up to 15 inches of rain forecast over the Memorial Day weekend, as well as tidal surges and damaging winds, according to Patrick Burke of the weather service’s Weather Prediction Center in College Park, Maryland. “This is jogging more to the…

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Florida undersea memorial to honor lost U.S. submariners

(Reuters) – Almost exactly 50 years ago, the USS Scorpion became the last U.S. submarine to be lost at sea when it disappeared while on patrol in the North Atlantic in 1968, with the nearly 100 officers and crew lost and presumed killed. FILE PHOTO: Some of the 66 Eternal Reef balls with plaques representing each of the submarines and crewmembers lost at sea since 1900, which will be deployed to the ocean floor for the undersea memorial during a ceremony this Memorial Day weekend, off the coast of Sarasota,…

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U.S. missionary home after two years behind bars in Venezuela

WASHINGTON/CARACAS (Reuters) – American missionary Josh Holt, held by Venezuela without trial on weapons charges since 2016, returned home with his wife on Saturday after the South American country’s socialist government unexpectedly released them. They were welcomed to the White House by U.S. President Donald Trump, who told Holt he had been “incredibly brave.” “It’s amazing that you were able to take it … that was a tough situation,” Trump said during a televised meeting at the Oval Office with Holt’s parents. The freeing of the Mormon missionary from Utah…

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U.S. missionary Josh Holt home after two years behind bars in Venezuela

WASHINGTON/CARACAS (Reuters) – American missionary Josh Holt, held by Venezuela without trial on weapons charges since 2016, returned home with his wife on Saturday after the South American country’s socialist government unexpectedly released him. They were being accompanied by U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Bob Corker, who met on Friday with Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, Corker’s office said. The freeing of the Mormon missionary from Utah came despite deepening U.S.-Venezuelan tensions that in the last week saw tit-for-tat expulsions of diplomats, Washington’s refusal to recognize the May 20 re-election…

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Alan Bean, moon-walking U.S. astronaut turned painter, dies in Houston

(Reuters) – American astronaut Alan Bean, who walked on the moon in 1969 during the Apollo 12 mission and commanded a crew on the Skylab space station in 1973 before giving up his career to become a full-time painter, died in Houston on Saturday, officials said. FILE PHOTO: Retired Astronaut Alan Bean, 66, poses for a portrait in his spacesuit at the Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas, U.S., in this undated photo. Bean, who was the fourth man to walk on the moon in 1969, left NASA in 1981…

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Venezuela frees U.S. missionary Josh Holt after two years

WASHINGTON/CARACAS (Reuters) – American missionary Josh Holt, held by Venezuela without trial on weapons charges since 2016, was heading home with his wife on Saturday after the South American country’s socialist government unexpectedly released him. The freeing of the Mormon missionary from Utah came despite deepening U.S.-Venezuelan tensions that in the last week saw tit-for-tat expulsions of diplomats, Washington’s refusal to recognize the May 20 re-election of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, and the imposition of new U.S. sanctions on Caracas. Speaking at a news conference in Caracas, Communications Minister Jorge…

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Venezuela has freed U.S. missionary Josh Holt, Trump says

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Venezuelan government on Saturday released an American, Josh Holt, whom it has held since 2016 on weapons charges, U.S. President Donald Trump and Utah Senator Orrin Hatch announced separately on Twitter. The release of Holt, a Mormon missionary from Utah, comes despite deepening U.S.-Venezuelan tensions that in the last week saw tit-for-tat expulsions of diplomats, Washington’s refusal to recognize the May 19 re-election of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, and the imposition of new U.S. sanctions on Caracas. Holt was expected to arrive in Washington on Saturday…

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Trump says Venezuela has freed American missionary Josh Holt

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Venezuelan government on Saturday released an American, Josh Holt, whom it has held since 2016 on weapons charges, U.S. President Donald Trump and Utah Senator Orrin Hatch said in separate posts on Twitter. Holt, a Mormon missionary from Utah, was returning to the United States and expected to arrive in Washington on Saturday evening, Trump said in a tweet that described Holt as “the American hostage”. Hatch issued a statement saying the release was the culmination of two years of hard work and that Holt’s wife…

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Trump says Venezuela has freed American 'hostage' Josh Holt

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Venezuelan government on Saturday released an American, Josh Holt, who it has held since 2016 on weapons charges, U.S. President Donald Trump and Utah Senator Orrin Hatch said in separate posts on Twitter. Holt, a Utah citizen, and his wife Thamy, were returning to the United States and were expected to arrive in Washington on Saturday evening, Trump tweeted. Hatch posted a statement saying the release was the culmination of two years of hard work. (Refiles to fix typo in ‘charges’) .  

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