Nation briefs for January 18


Mirren earns Harvard’s Hasty Pudding award

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) — Academy Award-winning actress Helen Mirren said given her love of pudding of all kinds, she’s thrilled to be named woman of the year by Harvard University’s Hasty Pudding Theatricals.

Hasty Pudding Theatricals is the nation’s oldest undergraduate drama troupe, dating to the late 18th century. Its awards are presented annually to performers who have made a lasting and impressive contribution to entertainment.

Mirren will be honored with a parade and roast and given her ceremonial pudding pot Jan. 30 at Harvard.

Barbara Bush opposes Jeb Bush presidential bid

(MCT) ­— The parent-and-child relationship is a fraught one, as anyone who has even been either a parent or child can attest.

But those push-pull tensions are all the more acute when the parent is a former first lady and the mother of an ex-president and the son is a talked-about possibility for yet a third family turn in the White House.

In a C-SPAN interview released earlier this week, Barbara Bush made quite clear her feelings about a possible Jeb Bush presidential candidacy in 2016.

“If we can’t find more than two or three families to run for higher office, that’s silly because there are great governors and great people eligible to run,” she said in the interview taped last fall and set to air Monday as part the cable channel’s series on first ladies.

With a dollop of sugar, she said there was no doubt in her mind “that Jeb is the best-qualified person to run for president.” But, she underlined, “I hope he won’t.”

Company in chemical spill cited at 2nd site

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The company responsible for the chemical spill in West Virginia moved its chemicals to a nearby plant that already was cited for safety violations, including a backup containment wall with holes in it.

As a result, state officials might force the company to move the chemicals to a third site.

Inspectors on Monday found five safety violations at Freedom Industries’ storage facility in Nitro, about 10 miles from the spill site in Charleston.

 

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