LBN – Special Report – Saturday

S. Korea: North Launched Missile off Sub :

South Korea on Saturday claimed that North Korea had launched a ballistic missile from a submarine. The news comes a week after North Korea’s unsuccessful attempt to launch a missile.


Sheriff: Prince Died Alone at Home

Carver County Sheriff Jim Olson revealed during a press conference Friday afternoon that rock and r&b legend Princedied at home alone. There were “no obvious signs of trauma” on the 57-year-old singer’s body and there is “no reason to believe this was a suicide,” the sheriff added. The autopsy reportedly concluded Friday morning and the results were not immediately made available; the coroner’s office indicated such a report could take weeks to be released.

INTERROGATION – Detainees Can Sue CIA, Court Rules

CIA detainees can sue the psychologists who designed the agency’s torture techniques, a federal court ruled Friday, according to Los Angeles Times reporter Brian Bennett.Judge Justin Quackenbush of a federal court in Spokane, Wash., denied a motion to dismiss a lawsuit by three former CIA detainees and their families, who say the agency’s psychologists Bruce Jessen and James Mitchell designed an interrogation program that promoted torture. The case is expected to reveal new information about the CIA’s interrogation tactics in Afghanistan.

Illegal immigrant families crossing border at record pace in 2016:
Illegal immigrant families are streaming across the border at record pace, according to new Border Patrol statistics released Friday morning that show more than 32,000 have been caught trying to sneak into the U.S. That’s nearly 40 percent higher than the previous record of 2014, and it’s well more than double last year’s pace, suggesting that the government’s relaxed enforcement policies have backfired and invited a new wave of illegal crossers.
Fiat Chrysler to Recall 1.1M Vehicles

Fiat Chrysler is recalling 1.1 million vehicles worldwide, citing a confusing gear-shift that caused cars to roll away after drivers had exited. Some 41 drivers have reported injuries, after they were accidentally hit by their own incorrectly parked cars. Approximately 850,000 vehicles in North America will be affected by the recall, including Dodge Chargers and Chrysler 300 sedans from 2012 to 2014, and 2014/15 Jeep Grand Cherokee SUVs.

WHO READS LBN? Actress Anna Chlumsky:

LBN-INVESTIGATES: There are 55.3 million Latinos in America, nearly triple the 1980 population, and those under 18 years old are the largest group, a demographic fact likely to influence the future of the country, according to Census figures. A new analysis from the Pew Research Center, found that the vast majority are of “Mexican origin,” and most of the younger Latinos were born in the United States to immigrants. Hispanics represent over 17 percent of the total U.S. population and 21 percent of all millennials, said Pew.
LBN-NOTICED:   ***Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeausparring at Gleason’s Gym in DUMBO and grabbing a “Brooklyn Boxing” T-shirt.   ***Oprah Winfrey at Ralph Lauren’s Polo Bar in NYC.    ***Stephen Sondheim seeing “Dear Evan Hansen” at the Tony Kiser Theatre in NYC.   ***“60 Minutes” correspondent Lesley Stahl dining at Primola in NYC with Linda Fairstein.   ***Maria Bartiromo at the Apple Store on Fifth Avenue in NYC.   ***Justin Bieber at Chicago nightclub the Underground.   ***The A-list of 1978 was in the house at Patsy’s Italian Restaurant in NYC this week. Spies said Tony Danza — who first broke out on the hit series “Taxi” nearly four decades ago — was dining at the Midtown eatery when he ran into Erik Estrada of hit ’70s series “CHiPs.”



1. Norwegian scientists have hypothesized that Rudolph’s red nose is probably the result of a parasitic infection of his respiratory system.
2. The Germans made the first artificial Christmas trees out of dyed goose feathers.
3. Each year more than 3 billion Christmas cards are sent in the U.S. alone.
4. All the gifts in the Twelve Days of Christmas would equal 364 gifts.
5. The “true love” mentioned in the song “Twelve Days of Christmas” does not refer to a romantic couple, but the Catholic Church’s code for God. The person who receives the gifts represents someone who has accepted that code. For example, the “partridge in a pear tree” represents Christ. The “two turtledoves” represent the Old and New Testaments.
6. Most of Santa’s reindeer have male-sounding names, such as Blitzen, Comet, and Cupid. However, male reindeers shed their antlers around Christmas, so the reindeer pulling Santa’s sleigh are likely not male, but female or castrati.
7. In A.D. 350, Pope Julius I, bishop of Rome, proclaimed December 25 the official celebration date for the birthday of Christ.
8. According to the Guinness world records, the tallest Christmas tree ever cut was a 221-foot Douglas fir that was displayed in 1950 at the Northgate Shopping Center in Seattle, Washington.
9. The traditional three colors of Christmas are green, red, and gold. Green has long been a symbol of life and rebirth; red symbolizes the blood of Christ, and gold represents light as well as wealth and royalty.
10. According to data analyzed from Facebook posts, two weeks before Christmas is one of the two most popular times for couples to break up. However, Christmas Day is the least favorite day for breakups.

LBN-SPOTLIGHT: “I will either find a way or make one.” —– 

LBN-R.I.P.:   ***Michelle McNamara, a writer and wife of comedian Patton Oswalt, passed away on Friday at age 46. McNamara died in her sleep, her publicist told People, though no cause of death has been announced. A talented crime writer, McNamara founded the website True Crime Diary, and contributed to the Investigation Discovery series “A Crime to Remember”. She is survived by her husband and seven-year-old daughter.   ***Lonnie Mack, a guitarist and singer whose impassioned, fast-picking style on the early 1960s instrumentals “Memphis” and “Wham!” became a model for the blues-rock lead-guitar style and a seminal influence on a long list of British and American artists, died on Thursday in Nashville. He was 74. Alligator Records announced his death but did not specify the cause.

LBN-SPOTLIGHT: Behind The Curtin – Meet Hollywood’sMichael Levine

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