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Last night, Pres. Trump addressed Congress during a televised speech, and though there’s been a lot of debate about the politics of the evening, one moment stood out with its unifying call to honor a national hero.

The widow of Navy SEAL William "Ryan" Owens, who died on a recent anti-terrorism mission in Yemen, was present, and the president addressed her directly.

We are blessed to be joined tonight by Carryn Owens, the widow of U.S. Navy Special Operator, Senior Chief William "Ryan" Owens. Ryan died as he lived: a warrior, and a hero — battling against terrorism and securing our nation … Ryan's legacy is etched into eternity. Thank you.

For the next three minutes, lawmakers stood and applauded Carryn and the legacy of her husband. It was a powerful moment. Discuss

SpaceX announced yesterday that they will be taking two private citizens on a trip around the moon next year, according to a statement on their website.

The weeklong trip will take them past the moon and then far enough out until gravity turned the carrier around and then it would come back to Earth. The two people would be in the SpaceX Dragon 2 capsules, launched on the Falcon Heavy rocket. It would all be computer-automated, but Musk said the passengers would still get training and health screenings for emergency purposes.

The trip would take the passengers anywhere between 300,000 and 400,000 miles away from Earth, compared to the trips Russian private citizens have taken to the International Space Station, which is only 200 miles away from Earth.

According to SpaceX, the two people are anonymous private citizens who have already "paid a significant deposit" on the trip that he said would cost a bit more than a crewed mission to the International Space Station would. All he would say about them at this point is that they know each other.

Experts say that the late-2018 travel date may be a bit overly ambitious, as SpaceX has yet to get a crew to orbit the Earth safely and without glitches. Discuss

Nigeria's Army has been able to stem the advances and growth of terrorist group Boko Haram. But now, as Boko Haram's numbers decrease, Nigerian residents are saying that the Nigerian military is resorting to the worst possible method of flushing out the remaining members.

Witnesses say the military would enter villages and ask for the members of Boko Haram to come forward. When no one came forward, they say the military would kill all the men present—many of them unarmed citizens.

“As more combatants from Boko Haram have been hiding within the civilian population, the line between who is civilian and who is not has been blurred,” Agnes Bjorn, a manager aid group for Plan International, told The New York Times. “It is, however, the responsibility of the Nigerian Army to protect civilians and clearly distinguish between civilians and combatants. Protecting civilians in war is part of international humanitarian law.”

Witnesses also accuse the military of burning down villages after evacuating them and detaining children and babies after freeing their parents from Boko Haram territories.

Nigeria's director of defense information denied the military's involvement in these extrajudicial killings, saying that insurgents or cult members were really behind the killings instead. Discuss

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Jewish community centers, schools and daycares across the country have been forced to evacuate today after someone called in bomb threats. In all of the cases, the areas were cleared by police without explosives being found.

The latest wave of bomb threats comes after weeks of anti-semitic activities including the desecration of several Jewish cemeteries.


In a statement, the JCC Association of North America encouraged officials to speak out against the threats and acts of vandalism:

Anti-Semitism of this nature should not and must not be allowed to endure in our communities. The Justice Department, Homeland Security, the FBI, and the White House, alongside Congress and local officials, must speak out—and speak out forcefully—against this scourge of anti-Semitism impacting communities across the country.

This is the fifth time this has happened since the beginning of the year. Discuss

The kids may not be all right after all—at least if "all right" means optimistic about the state of the United States.

A survey out today of kids ages 13 to 17 by the Associated Press’ NORC Center for Public Affairs Research shows that, when it comes to politics, teens are just about as pessimistic and cynical of politics as their parents.

The AP-NORC poll surveyed 790 people ranging from age 13 to 17 during December 2016.

Eighty percent of teenagers think Americans “are divided” about the country’s “most important values,” and “6 in 10 say the country is headed in the wrong direction.”

An incredibly low percentage (around 16) agrees that the government does a good job “promoting the well-being of all Americans.” And only a slightly higher percentage thinks the government accurately represents “most Americans' views.”

Probably the most striking finding centers around the values question. Not only do the vast majority of teens surveyed think Americans are divided, but they basically embrace the divide: Three in four “already have a party preference,” and only around 25 percent think they have “a lot in common” with people on the other side of the political aisle.

The only notable difference in teens and their parents is about the future. The younger generation is more optimistic (but not that much more, really). Some 56 percent of all teens in the survey “believe America's best days are ahead,” only a four percent increase compared to adults in another, previous AP-NORC poll. Discuss