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Sen. Todd Young, R-Ind., announced the federal Government Publishing Office has decided to refer formally to Indiana residents as Hoosiers in all federal documents.
Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., the House speaker, joined the debate over a student’s painting of police-community relations in Ferguson, Mo., telling radio’s The Mike Gallagher Show that the piece that has hung in a tunnel that leads to the Capitol building is “disgusting” and should be removed.
Barbara Mikulski, 80, the former senator from Maryland and the longest-serving woman in the history of Congress, will join the faculty at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore as a professor of public policy, according to the university.
Daliyah Marie Arana, a 4-year-old who has read more than 1,000 books on her own and has managed to read some college-level texts, served as “librarian for the day” at the Library of Congress, spending the day with Carla Hayden, the 14th librarian of Congress.
Alois Moser, a Roman Catholic cleric in Saalfelden, Austria, said the church is looking for “a person at peace with himself” to live in a 350-year-old, remote hermitage and greet visiting pilgrims, but advised that the position is unpaid and a second job is advisable.
Sushma Swaraj, India’s external-affairs minister, demanded an apology from Amazon.com Inc. for “insulting our national flag” by selling doormats depicting the banner, and threatened to deny visas to any Amazon employee if an apology is not made.
Joseph Caputo, 24, of Stamford, Conn., who pleaded guilty to entering or remaining in a restricted building or grounds after he draped himself in the U.S. flag and jumped over the White House fence on Thanksgiving Day 2015, was sentenced to three years of probation.
Bryton Mellott, 22, of Urbana, Ill., who was arrested after posting online pictures of himself burning an American flag, has filed a federal lawsuit challenging the Illinois’ flag desecration law, citing the U.S. Supreme Court’s rulings that have designated the act as protected free speech.
James Berlin, police chief for Roseville, Mich., defended the officers who have issued fines to motorists who have left their cars running unattended in their driveways on chilly mornings, saying it’s a publicsafety issue because thieves could have easily taken the cars.