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December 21, 2018

L.A. FREEWAY NAMED AFTER PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Signs have gone up naming a section of a Los Angeles-area freeway as the President Barack H. Obama Highway.

The signs posted yesterday on State Route 134 apply to a stretch running from State Route 2 in Glendale, through the Eagle Rock section of Los Angeles to Interstate 210 in Pasadena.

The former president attended Occidental College in Eagle Rock from 1979 to 1981 and lived in Pasadena.

The designation was authorized in 2017 when the Legislature signed off on a resolution introduced by state Sen. Anthony J. Portantino, a Democrat whose district includes the area.

SNORING LEADS TO SHOOTING

WILMINGTON, N.C. (AP) — Police in North Carolina say an argument over snoring led to a stabbing at a motel.

Wilmington police told news outlets 54-year-old Guillermo Moreno-Vasquez was arrested and charged with assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury.

Investigators say Moreno-Vasquez and another man got into an argument in their motel room Wednesday, and that led to the stabbing. The victim’s injuries were not life-threatening. It’s unclear which man’s snoring sparked the argument.

Police responded to the motel after receiving a report of a man coming to the front desk with a large knife covered in blood. Police say the two men work for a Texas construction company and were rooming together while working a job in Wilmington.

S.F. DEPARTMENT STORE CLOSING

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — San Francisco’s oldest department store, Gump’s, is closing its doors after 157 years in business.

Shoppers rummaged through the iconic store’s remains yesterday, with all items marked down 70 percent to 90 percent off.

Gump’s was founded in 1861 as a frame and mirror shop.

It transformed itself into an exclusive store, located in the city’s Union Square neighborhood, catering to a clientele that craved engraved note cards, crystal vases, fancy dinner ware and an array of luxury items.

The San Francisco Chronicle once reported that the store’s customers included French actress Sarah Bernhardt and President Franklin D. Roosevelt, who bought ship models and smoking jackets.

As San Francisco changed, Gump’s mostly stayed the same.

Earlier this year Gump’s filed for bankruptcy. Its final day of business is Sunday.

MORMON WOMEN - PANTS

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Officials with The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints say female missionaries in all 407 missions worldwide now have the option to wear dress slacks.

Members of the Missionary Executive Council say the dress standards adjustment takes effect immediately and is primarily motivated by safety concerns.

Female Mormon missionaries in roughly half of the church’s missions have previously been wearing dress slacks during the wet seasons to help protect them from mosquito-borne viral diseases.

They now can wear slacks year-round if they choose.

Mormon officials say wearing dress slacks also will also make it easier for female missionaries to ride bicycles.

Female missionaries will continue to wear skirts and dresses when attending the temple and during Sunday worship services, mission leadership and zone conferences, and baptismal services.

TRUMP WALL - FUNDRAISING PAGE

UNDATED (AP) — An Air Force veteran who started a fundraising page to help pay for construction of President Donald Trump’s U.S.-Mexico border wall has brought in millions of dollars.

Brian Kolfage launched the GoFundMe page this week, and it had generated $6 million in donations as of early Thursday afternoon. It says it has a fundraising goal of $1 billion.

In a statement posted on the crowdsourcing page, Kolfage says the wall could be built if everyone who voted for Trump pledged $80 each.

Kolfage says he has contacted the Trump administration about where to send the money.

A triple amputee injured in the Iraq War in 2004, Kolfage went on to serve at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base in Arizona.

BABY POWDER - ASBESTOS

ST. LOUIS (AP) — A Missouri judge has denied Johnson & Johnson’s bid to overturn a $4.7 billion jury verdict awarded to 22 women who said the company’s talcum powder contributed to their ovarian cancer.

St. Louis Circuit Judge Rex Burlison, in a ruling Wednesday, cited evidence of what he called “particularly reprehensible conduct” by Johnson & Johnson.

Burlison wrote that company executives knew of the presence of asbestos in the baby powder but misrepresented the safety of the product.

A jury in July awarded $4.14 billion in punitive damages and $550 million in compensatory damages after a six-week trial.

Johnson & Johnson says in a statement that it will appeal.

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