Memorial Day, the day set aside to honor those who died in military service to the United States, is Monday. The practice of taking a day to honor the war dead began after the Civil War. More than 100 years later, “Decoration Day” became an official federal holiday known as Memorial Day in 1971. The day also marks the unofficial start of summer, and retailers are offering those first summer sales. Memorial Day ads Here are links to some in-store and online retail ads. (Click on the store name to see the ads and their expiration dates). Amazon.com Belk Best Buy Big Lots Home Depot J.C. Penney Kmart Kohl’s Lowes Macy's Michael's Rooms to Go Sam's Club Sears Starbucks Stein Mart Target Walmart Good deals Here are a few deals available to shoppers during the Memorial Day weekend: Amazon - Up to 70 percent off select items Best Buy - Up to 50 percent off phone cases and screen protectors Bed Bath and Beyond – 20 percent off one item in-store Columbia – 25 percent off select items Dick’s - Up to 50 percent off select outdoor equipment Gymboree - Entire store is $12.99 and under Home Depot - Up to 15 percent off grills and smokers JCPenney -- Take 40 percent off appliances Kmart – Up to 50 percent off select patio furniture, plus other deals Kohls - 12' x 30 Steel Pro Pool - $149.99 Lowe's - 30 percent off appliances Macy's – 20 percent off Memorial Day sale, plus free shipping at $49 Old Navy - Up to 50 percent off tees, shorts and active wear Pier 1 Imports - Desk chairs on sale - $44.98 Rack Room -- Buy one, get one free for sandals Sam’s Club - Night Therapy 12' Classic Green Tea memory foam full mattress and bi-fold box springs. - $299 w/free shipping Sears -- Up to 40 percent off appliances Target - Stok Drum Charcoal Grill - $99 Walmart - Costway 4 PC Patio Rattan Wicker Chair Sofa Table Set - $199.98
Memorial Day is a day to remember those who gave their lives in defense of the country. Here are a few quotes about patriotism and freedom. 'A hero is someone who has given his of her life to something bigger than oneself.' -- Joesph Campbell 'A man's country is not a certain area of land, of mountains, rivers and woods, it is a principle and patriotism is loyalty to that principle.' -- George William Curtis 'All you have to do is hold your first soldier who is dying in your arms, and have that terribly futile feeling that I can't do anything about it... Then you understand the horror of war.' -- Norman Schwarzkopf 'Anyone who has ever looked into the glazed eyes of a soldier dying on the battlefield will think hard before starting a war.' -- Otto von Bismarck 'I have long believed that sacrifice is the pinnacle of patriotism. ' -- Bob Riley 'Only the dead have seen the end of war.' -- Plato 'Patriotism is supporting your country all the time, and your government when it deserves it.' -- Mark Twain 'The highest patriotism is not a blind acceptance of official policy, but a love of one's country deep enough to call her to a higher plain.' -- George McGovern 'The patriot volunteer, fighting for country and his rights, makes the most reliable soldier on earth.' -- Stonewall Jackson 'The patriot's blood is the seed of Freedom's Tree.' -- Thomas Campbell 'These fallen heroes represent the character of a nation who has a long history of patriotism and honor - and a nation who has fought many battles to keep our country free from threats of terror.' -- Michael N. Castle 'They hover as a cloud of witnesses above this nation.' -- Henry Ward Beecher
A Florida family was just trying to enjoy their day at the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens when they almost got hit with a huge surprise. A bonobo in an open enclosure threw part of a cement block at Diane Steen, her children and her friends, reports First Coast News. Watch the video Steen’s friend can be heard screaming in a video that was recorded at the time of the incident. Her friend rushed to protect her son, and the group ducked down to avoid being hit. RELATED: Texas hunter shows off prized monster bullfrog that’s way more bull than frog The women were concerned that their noise was to blame for the bonobo’s actions, but zoo officials have assured them that they were not at fault. Bonobos are not aggressive animals. In fact, the zoo explains that they’re very passionate creatures.
Former U.S. Sen. Jim Bunning died Friday at the age of 85, his family announced on social media. Bunning had suffered a stroke in October, WCPO reported. >> Read more trending news Before representing Kentucky for two decades in Congress, serving terms in the House of Representatives and the Senate, Bunning played professional baseball from 1955 to 1971. He was inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1996. Sen. Rand Paul posted his condolences on Twitter.
One man is dead and two juveniles are recovering from gunshot wounds following a shooting on Jacksonville’s westside. Police were called around 1:30am Saturday to Rawhyde Trail, off Jammes Road, in reference to a shooting. Three people were taken to a local hospital. According to JSO, the adult died from his injuries. Two juveniles are expected to survive. Detectives believe the shooting took place inside a residence. No arrests have been announced at this time.
In the midst of a continuing political fight over links between Russia and the campaign of President Donald Trump, FBI Director James Comey on Tuesday publicly said he has no plans to leave his post before his ten year term runs out.
“You’re stuck with me for about another six and a half years,” the FBI Director said to a cyber security conference in Boston.
Comey was confirmed by the Senate in the summer of 2013 – unless he leaves on his own, or is fired – his term would end in early September of 2023.
FBI's Comey says intends to fulfill his ten-year term as head of bureau: 'You’re stuck with me for another 6 ½ years' he tells BC conference
The FBI chief did not take questions from reporters at his speech, but made clear to those in attendance, he was not going to weigh in on anything that was off subject – like Russia.
“You can ask me about anything, I’m very slippery – I’ll avoid talking about things I don’t want to talk about,” Comey said to chuckles in the room.
The FBI Director has seemingly used that same type of approach behind closed doors in recent meetings with the House and Senate Intelligence Committees, refusing to answer certain queries from lawmakers.
A few hours after Comey’s remarks, Republicans on the House Judiciary Committee asked for a briefing from the FBI chief on the explosive accusation by President Trump, that he had been subjected to surveillance in 2016 by President Obama.
In a letter from panel chairman Rep. Robert Goodlatte (R-VA), GOP lawmakers said they want to hear from the FBI not only on the issue of Russian interference in the 2016 elections, but also the “very serious allegations that the President and/or his associates were or are under surveillance.
That was not the only development on the President’s claim that he was wiretapped by the Obama Administration, as two U.S. Senators sent a letter to the Department of Justice and FBI Director asking for evidence about that explosive charge.
JUST IN: Sens Graham & Whitehouse ask FBI for copies of warrants"related to wiretaps of President Trump, the Trump Campaign, or Trump Tower" pic.twitter.com/9nDfTdntOV
Comey has still not publicly commented the issue; there were press reports last weekend that he had asked the White House to clarify the President’s wiretap claim.
At the White House this afternoon, Presidential spokesman Sean Spicer again did not directly answer questions from reporters about the claim by Mr. Trump, as Spicer roundly attacked reports about links between Mr. Trump’s campaign and Russia.
“It is interesting how often this fake narrative gets repeated over and over again,” Spicer said of stories about Trump links to Russia.
“It’s a recycled story, over and over and over again,” Spicer added.
Jamie Dupree is the Radio News Director of the Washington Bureau of the Cox Media Group and writes the Washington Insider blog.
A native of Washington, D.C., Jamie has covered Congress and politics in the nation’s capital since the Reagan Administration, and has been reporting for Cox since 1989.