3 Things To Know Today

1 Bush Remembered As Great Family Man, Friend, Public Servant

The late President George H.W. Bush is being remembered as a great family man, friend and devoted public servant. During a state funeral at Washington's National Cathedral, former President George W. Bush fought back tears – and got plenty of laughs – but was clear: his father was the best dad anyone could ever have. Noting that his father fully lived every day, the younger Bush mused that his dad lived by the credo: "full throttle, then sleep." Bush also said his father “looked for the good in every person and usually found it.” Former Wyoming Senator Alan Simpson noted Bush's "raw courage and self-discipline." He called 41 “the most decent and honorable man” he's ever known and said Bush never hated anyone. He added, "You would have wanted him on your side." Historian and Bush biographer Jon Meacham talked about Bush's heroism as a Navy pilot during World War Two. He said Bush was America's "last great soldier-statesman." Meacham stressed that Bush was an imperfect man who helped make the United States “a more perfect union.”  But the service wasn’t just about the cavalcade of dignitaries. It was about a family that lost their patriarch. As such, Bush's granddaughters Jenna Bush Hager, Lauren Bush and Ashley Walker Bush read passages from the Bible during the service. But whatever the arguments about his legacy, the family has been unshaken. "To us, he was close to perfect," 43 offered during his remarks. “To us, his was the brightest of one-thousand points of light.”

2 Five Airmen Still Missing After Planes Collide Off Coast Of Japan

Officials say five Marines are still missing after two U.S. military aircraft collided early this morning off the coast of Japan (in occurred in America’s time zones yesterday). In the aftermath, two Marines were rescued and received treatment. What happened? A C-130 aerial tanker was refueling a F-18 Hornet in a training exercise about 200 miles off of Japan's coast – everything else is under investigation. The planes collided at 2am local time and the first rescued Marine was found at about 9am by the Japanese Maritime Self-Defense Force, who remains on scene as rescue operations continue.

3 New Satellite Photos Show North Korea Expanding Missile Base

So much for all those promises of shutting down? Who knows, but it appears that North Korea is actually expanding its long-range missile base. According to CNN, who obtained exclusive photos of mountains in northern Korea, construction at the Yeongjeo-dong missile base – as well as another, previously unreported base – has been essentially non-stop. Intelligence analysts say the missiles could carry nuclear weapons capable of reaching parts of the United States. Is the United States shocked? Not really. "We watch North Korea very closely,” Pentagon spokesperson Lt. Col. Chris Logan tells CNN. “We continue to support the diplomatic process. We will not discuss matters of intelligence.” Of course, President Trump has been trying to convince North Korea’s diminutive dictator Kim Jong Un to give up that nation's nuclear ambitions – and is currently trying to set up a second meeting between the leaders early next year. The new construction seen in the images is said to be taking place just seven miles from an older site.

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