Washington, DC - "Ask Rusty" Maximizing Widow's Benefits - Dear Rusty:  I am 64 years old, born in October of 1952, and in rapidly declining health.  I took my Social Security early, as soon as I was 62, and now get $1838 per month in Social Security benefits (before Medicare premiums are taken out).  My wife of many years also took her Social Security at age 62 and she gets $787 a month.  From what I understand, when I pass away she will get my full benefit instead of what she gets now.  I'm hoping that's true because she won't be able to make it with only $787 a month. ~ Planning for her.

Laredo, Texas - U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers early this morning took custody from Mexican immigration officers of a West Virginia prison escapee who also was wanted for attempted murder and armed carjacking following his capture by Mexican authorities.

Tucson, Arizona - On November 2, 2017, Western National Parks Association (WNPA), a nonprofit education partner of the National Park Service (NPS) since 1938, announced the recipients of its annual awards at the WNPA Board reception. For over 30 years, WNPA has recognized individuals and organizations who make exceptional contributions to national parks and generate widespread awareness of WNPA’s mission.

Gaithersburg, Maryland - On a recent sunny afternoon, David Allen was standing by a third-floor window in a research building at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), holding in his hands a device that looked like a cross between a video camera and a telescope. The NIST campus is in suburban Gaithersburg, Maryland, but looking out the window, Allen could see 24 hectares (60 acres) of tulip tree, oak, hickory and red maple—a remnant of the northeastern hardwood forest that once dominated this landscape.

Washington, DC - Today, the President announced that he has nominated Indianapolis attorney James R. Sweeney II to fill a judicial emergency on the United States District Court for the Southern District of Indiana. According to the Administrative Office of the United States Courts, there are a total of 64 judicial emergencies in the following states: New York, New Jersey, Maryland, North Carolina, South Carolina, Louisiana, Texas, Tennessee, Indiana, Iowa, North Dakota, Arizona, California, Nevada, Washington, Colorado, Oklahoma, Utah, Alabama, Florida, and Georgia.