Nov 22, 2018

Oldest military survivor of Pearl Harbor dies at 106

Pearl Harbor survivor Ray Chavez (center) on December 07, 2016 in Honolulu. Photo by Craig T. Kojima - Pool/Getty Images

Ray Chavez, the nation’s oldest surviving veteran of the attack on Pearl Harbor, died in his sleep Wednesday morning at the age of 106, The San Diego Union-Tribune reports.

Why it matters: Chavez joined the Navy in 1938, at 27 years old, and was assigned to the minesweeper USS Condor at Pearl Harbor. His crew spotted a Japanese submarine early on the morning of the Japanese bombing raid. The Pearl Harbor Survivors Association once had 58,000 members, now there are fewer than 200.

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Scoop: Israel cancels academic's lectures for criticizing Netanyahu's Iran policy

Prime Minister Netanyahu. Photo: Amir Levy/Getty Images

The Israeli Foreign Ministry has ordered its embassies in Russia, Canada and Bulgaria to cancel planned speaking events by an Israeli academic and prominent Iran expert, claiming he criticized Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s policy on the Iranian nuclear program, officials told me.

Why it matters: For many years, the Israeli Foreign Ministry would send Israeli academics who disagree with the government on speaking tours around the world in order to convey the strength of Israeli democracy. Israeli diplomats view the move against the academic as a sign of retaliation and growing fear of dissent on politically charged issues.

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Coronavirus spreads to new countries, while U.S. confirms 57 cases

Data: The Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins, the CDC, and China's Health Ministry. Note: China numbers are for the mainland only and U.S. numbers include repatriated citizens.

Public health officials confirmed Tuesday the U.S. has 57 people with the novel coronavirus, mostly those repatriated from the Diamond Princess cruise ship — an increase they had expected after the passengers were allowed to return home from Japan against their initial advice.

The big picture: COVID-19 has killed more than 2,700 people and infected more than 80,000 others, mostly in mainland China. There's only been two cases of person-to-person infections in the U.S. so far, but the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is now warning that Americans should prepare for a much broader outbreak here.

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