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December 6, 2018

GEORGE H.W. BUSH’S FUNERAL TRAIL

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A locomotive unveiled in 2005 for a special exhibit at George H.W. Bush’s presidential library will be used to pull the late president’s funeral train.

Dubbed 4141 in honor of the 41st president, the 4,300-horsepower machine will carry Bush’s remains today to his final resting place.

The locomotive is traveling from suburban Houston about 70 miles to College Station, where Bush will be buried at his presidential library at Texas A&M University. A car with transparent walls will allow mourners along the tracks to see the president’s flag-draped coffin.

It will be the eighth presidential funeral train and the first since Dwight D. Eisenhower’s remains were carried from Washington to his native Kansas. Abraham Lincoln had the nation’s first presidential funeral train in 1865.

CHEESECAKE GIVEAWAY

ARLINGTON, Va. (AP) — A large-scale cheesecake giveaway clogged not only arteries but also the roads surrounding a Virginia restaurant where one person was taken to a hospital and faces a disorderly conduct charge.

Arlington County Police say they received calls yesterday about traffic disruptions as a Cheesecake Factory restaurant in Clarendon was participating in a national giveaway of 40,000 cheesecake slices in conjunction with a food-delivery service. Police spokeswoman Ashley Savage says nearby roads were jammed and would-be delivery drivers were double-parked.

One individual refused police commands to leave the restaurant and resisted efforts at removal. Savage says the individual requested medical attention after the altercation and was taken to a hospital.

MANDARIN DUCK IN CENTRAL PARK

NEW YORK (AP) — A brightly colored Mandarin duck is holding New York City in its spell.

Ever since the duck appeared on a Central Park lake more than a month ago, crowds of sightseers and photographers have shown up daily in hopes of seeing the exotic bird and its pink, purple, orange and emerald green plumage and markings.

One photographer who is part of what has become known as the “quackarazzi” compared the little duck to a “living box of crayons.”

Bird expert Paul Sweet of the American Museum of Natural History, however, isn’t as excited. He says the Central Park duck is not that rare. Not only is there another one at the nearby Central Park Zoo, some are kept on private property as exotic animals and this one may have escaped.

PANTONE’S COLOR OF THE YEAR

NEW YORK (AP) — The Pantone Color Institute has chosen Living Coral as its 2019 color of the year.

Company vice president Laurie Pressman told The Associated Press that Living Coral has a saturated orange base with a golden undertone. She calls the color “convivial,” warm, welcoming, versatile and life-affirming. Last year’s pick was the vivacious Ultra Violet.

Pantone’s color experts scour the globe in search of color trends leading to its top choice. Living Coral is Pantone’s 20th color of the year.

PEARL HARBOR REBURIALS

HONOLULU (AP) — It’s been more than 75 years since the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. Some who died on Dec. 7, 1941, are finally being laid to rest in cemeteries across the United States.

In 2015, the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency dug up nearly 400 sets of remains from a Hawaii cemetery buried as unknowns after the war. The remains were exhumed after determining that advances in DNA technology could make identifications possible.

They were all on the USS Oklahoma, which capsized during the attack.

As of earlier this month, the agency identified 186 sailors and Marines from the Oklahoma that were previously unidentified.

Some have been reburied this year. Others will bury their war heroes tomorrow, the 77th anniversary of the attack.

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