Fire breaks out on roof of Trump Tower

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NEW YORK, NY – A small fire broke out on the roof of Trump Tower on Monday morning, officials said.

Smoke was seen billowing off the top of the Manhattan skyscraper, carrying for several blocks.

Firefighters were called to the Fifth Ave. skyscraper, located at East 56thSt., at about 7:20 Monday morning.

Please click on this link the link for the developing story from the New York Daily News.


Bost Applauds House Passage of Tax Reform Legislation

Washington, DC – U.S. Representative Mike Bost (R-Murphysboro) today released the following statement after the House passed the final version of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, the biggest reform of America’s tax code in 31 years:

“There were two major things that I wanted to accomplish for Southern Illinois through tax reform: growing jobs and growing paychecks. This tax reform bill paves the way for both. We’ve reformed the tax code to let working families keep more of their paycheck to spend as they see fit. Whether that be saving for college, raising a family, or preparing for a rainy day, I trust the taxpayers to keep a closer eye on their hard-earned dollars than any Washington bureaucrat ever will. We’ve also taken steps to encourage businesses large and small to expand operations at home and invest in the American worker.”

For individuals and families, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act:

  • Lowers individual taxes and sets the rates so people can keep more of their hard-earned money.
  • Doubles the standard deduction from $6,500 to $13,000 for individuals and $12,000 to $24,000 for married couples.
  • Continues to allow people to write off the cost of state and local taxes – up to $10,000.
  • Doubles the Child Tax Credit from $1,000 to $2,000.
  • Provides support for graduate students by continuing to exempt the value of reduced tuition from taxes.
  • Retains popular retirement savings options such as 401(k)s and Individual Retirement Accounts (IRAs).
  • Preserves the mortgage interest deduction.
  • Provides relief for Americans with expensive medical bills by expanding the medical expense deduction.

For job creators of all sizes, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act:

  • Lowers the corporate tax rate to 21%– down from 35%, which today is the highest in the industrialized world.
  • Allows businesses to immediately write off the full cost of new equipment to improve operations and enhance the skills of their workers.
  • Establishes strong safeguards to distinguish between individual wage income and “pass-through” business income so Main Street tax relief goes to the local job creators it was designed to help most.
  • Prevents American jobs, headquarters, and research from moving overseas by eliminating incentives that now reward companies for shifting jobs, profits, and manufacturing plants abroad.

Rupert Murdoch: The ‘New Fox’ is news and sports

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For media tycoon Rupert Murdoch, the future of the industry is news and sports, that’s why he is selling Disney (DIS) the entertainment assets of 21st Century Fox (FOXA) for $52.4 billion.

“There’s only must-see Fox News and must see FOX Business,” said Murdoch, Executive Chairman of 21st Century Fox during an interview on FOX Business’ “Mornings with Maria.”

Please click on the link below from Fox Business Channel.

Alabama Senate election: Doug Jones defeats Roy Moore, Fox News projects

Democrat Doug Jones has defeated Roy Moore in Alabama’s Senate election, according to a projection from the Fox News Decision Desk.

Doug Jones, an attorney best known for prosecuting two members of the KKK for the 1963 bombing of the 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, initially wasn’t believed to have a realistic chance of winning the seat. Alabama hasn’t elected a Democrat to the Senate in 25 years. (AP)

Jones’ competitiveness is a remarkable development in a deep red state that reflects just how badly Moore has been hurt by a sex scandal.

Moore, the former chief justice of Alabama’s Supreme Court, has faced multiple allegations he pursued romantic relationships with teenage girls while he was in his thirties — accusations that have dramatically shaken up the race. He has denied the claims.

Please click on the link below from Alex Pappas of Fox News.




Port Authority explosion reports prompt police response in New York City

NEW YORK, NY –  Several media sources are reporting there has been some type of explosion in mid town Manhattan near times square.

Please check this link throughout the day for updates.


ATLANTA & MINNEAPOLIS—- Arby’s Restaurant Group, Inc. (“ARG”) and Buffalo Wild Wings, Inc. (Nasdaq: BWLD) (“BWW”) today announced that the companies have entered into a definitive merger agreement under which ARG will acquire BWLD for $157 per share in cash, in a transaction valued at approximately $2.9 billion, including BWW’s net debt. The agreement, which has been unanimously approved by both companies’ Boards of Directors, represents a premium of approximately 38% to BWW’s 30-day volume-weighted average stock price as of November 13, 2017, the latest trading day prior to news reports speculating about a potential transaction.

Statement by Paul Brown, Chief Executive Officer of Arby’s Restaurant Group, Inc.

“Buffalo Wild Wings is one of the most distinctive and successful entertainment and casual dining restaurant companies in America,” said Paul Brown, CEO of Arby’s Restaurant Group, Inc. “We are excited to welcome a brand with such a rich heritage, led by an exceptionally talented team. We look forward to leveraging the combined strengths of both organizations into a truly differentiated and transformative multi-brand restaurant company.”

Statement by Sally Smith, Chief Executive Officer of Buffalo Wild Wings, Inc.

“We are excited about this merger and confident Arby’s represents an excellent partner for Buffalo Wild Wings,” said Sally Smith, CEO of Buffalo Wild Wings. “This transaction provides compelling value to our shareholders and is a testament to the hard work and efforts of our talented Team Members and franchisees. We are confident that the strength of our two industry-leading brands, under the sponsorship of Roark Capital – an experienced restaurant and food service investor – will enable us to capitalize on significant growth opportunities in the years ahead.”

North American Mission Board of the SBC, picking up funeral expenses for shooting victims–sbc-leaders-to-visit-grieving-pastor-church

SUTHERLAND SPRINGS, TX – (David Roach, Baptist Press.  Please click on the link above for the full story.  Here is an excerpt below.)


Frank Pomeroy and his wife Sheri. Frank is the pastor of the Sutherland Springs FBC, who lost a daughter among the 26 murdered.

Southern Baptists ministering in the wake of what some have called the deadliest church shooting in U.S. history say they’ve witnessed “God at work” despite the 26 dead and some 20 others wounded at First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas.

Local pastors and field personnel with the Southern Baptists of Texas Convention (SBTC) began providing grief counseling within hours of the shooting at First Baptist’s morning worship service Nov. 5. Southern Baptist Convention President Steve Gaines and SBC Executive Committee President Frank S. Page plan to arrive in Sutherland Springs Nov. 7 to offer prayer and encouragement. SBTC executive director Jim Richards arrived today (Nov. 6).

On behalf of the SBC, the North American Mission Board has offered to cover funeral expenses for all shooting victims in coordination with the SBTC, NAMB confirmed.

Report of multiple victims at church east of San Antonio


WAOI SanAntonio

SUTHERLAND SPRINGS, TX – (KSAT-TV, San Antonio.  Please click on the link above to follow this developing story.  Here is an excerpt below.)

– A man who opened fire in a church in Sutherland Springs, Texas, Sunday morning is dead, police say.

A witness reported seeing a man walk into First Baptist Church and began shooting around 11:30 a.m.

Police said there are at least 20 victims in the church.

The church is located in the 500 block of 4th Street in the small, south Texas town about 40 miles east of San Antonio.

Multiple Deaths Reported as Driver Careens Down Bike Path in Manhattan


Emergency vehicles and a school bus outside Stuyvesant High School on Tuesday. Credit Chang W. Lee/The New York Times

NEW YORK, NY, (by Benjeman Mueller and William Rashbaum, New York Times.  Please click on the link to follow the full story, or a local major network station.)

A man on Tuesday afternoon drove a pickup truck down a lengthy stretch of bike path next to the Hudson River in Lower Manhattan, striking numerous people. The vehicle collided with a school bus from Stuyvesant High School.

There were some reports the man fired gunshots from the truck, but officials could not immediately confirm that. The police said a suspect had been taken into custody.

Officials said as many as six people had been killed and 11 injured.

Justice Department gives Chicago final sanctuary warning

CHICAGO, IL – (Benjamin Yount, Illinois News Network.  Please click on the link above for the full story.  Here is an excerpt below)

President Trump’s Administration is giving Chicago one final warning before it may yank millions of dollars in federal policing grants.

Chicago has until October 27 to prove to the Justice Department that the city’s sanctuary policies, such as not asking about immigration status and not holding people in jail for federal immigration officers, isn’t hurting the law enforcement effort in the city.

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel said at a press conference that he’s not afraid of the letter.

“I totally, 100% reject the false choice of Donald Trump and the Justice Department,” the mayor said at a press conference Thursday. “We are not going to be a city that picks between the philosophy of community police and being a welcoming city.”

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