The Daily Populous

Saturday February 4th, 2023 day edition

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Gen. Pat Ryder said the Defense Department was aware of reports of another balloon “transiting Latin America.

On Friday afternoon, Ryder told reporters that the Pentagon "will continue to monitor and review options.".

The Federal Aviation Administration said in a statement that it was working with the Pentagon "to support any needed US government response.".

“It is a civilian airship used for research, mainly meteorological, purposes,” the Chinese Foreign Ministry said in a statement on its website.

The Pentagon assessed the balloon to be roughly the size of at least two school buses, one U.S. official said.

The Pentagon said Thursday that a suspected Chinese spy balloon was hovering over the area.

Several Republican lawmakers criticized the administration's response as well, with Sen. Tom Cotton of Arkansas saying Biden “should stop coddling and appeasing the Chinese communists. »

Biking doctor struck by Lexus in California, then allegedly stabbed to death by driver; bystanders detain suspect

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A driver was arrested for allegedly running into a bicyclist and then fatally stabbing him on a Southern California roadway, authorities said.

Vanroy Evan Smith, 39, of Long Beach was taken into custody Wednesday on suspicion of murder for the attack Wednesday in Dana Point.

"When deputies arrived, Smith was being detained by bystanders" before he was arrested, the Orange County Sheriff's Department said in a news release. »

U.S. reports blowout job growth; unemployment rate lowest since 1969

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The BLS also incorporated new population estimates in the household survey, from which the unemployment rate is derived.

As such, the unemployment rate of 3.4%, the lowest since May 1969, is not comparable to December's 3.5% rate, though it was not impacted by the new population controls.

The economy continued to show resilience despite 450 basis points of rate hikes since last March. »

Michigan woman who walks to work finds $15K in plastic bag, returns it to police

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As she was walking up to the building, she saw a plastic bag on the ground and inside the bag she could see piles of money.

Although she was in need of a vehicle-- her car broke down last year -- Gordon contacted police and returned the money immediately.

Once the $25,000 goal is met, the campaign is going to work with a local car dealer to purchase Gordon’s new car. »

A Chick-fil-A restaurant's traffic got so bad that city officials ordered it to be demolished and plan to build a new drive-thru-only location

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One city recently ordered the chain to demolish and rebuild a restaurant to address traffic woes.

Chick-fil-A's snaking drive-thru lines, which frequently spill into city streets, are notorious throughout the US.

In one North Carolina city, the problem is so vexing – and potentially dangerous to pedestrians – local officials ordered the chain to demo the restaurant and start over. »