FAYETTEVILLE, N.C.

WWII vet gets Purple Heart

A 92-year-old man has finally received the Purple Heart he earned more than 70 years ago while fighting in Belgium during World War II. Oscar Davis Jr. was a private assigned as a radio telephone operator when he was knocked down by a large piece of shrapnel during the Battle of the Bulge, according to a Fayetteville Observer report. The radio on Davis’ back protected him, but the German artillery barrage knocked down a tree that fell on Davis, injuring his spine. Davis was told long ago that he would receive the honor, but the award paperwork was never signed. Decades later, he smiled from ear to ear as Lt. Col. Marcus Wright pinned the Purple Heart to his jacket on Saturday.

WASHINGTON

Ivanka Trump to join summit

Ivanka Trump is planning a trip to Germany to attend a summit on the economic empowerment of women, a senior administration official said Sunday. The first daughter was invited by German Chancellor Angela Merkel during Merkel’s recent White House visit, said the official. The W20 summit, a women-focused effort within the Group of 20 countries, will be in Berlin in late April. Ivanka Trump’s plans are still being worked out, but she hopes to study successful apprenticeship programs during her visit.

LAS VEGAS

No reason found in shooting

A man sitting at the back of a public bus on the Las Vegas Strip opened fire “for no apparent reason” as passengers got off at a stop in the heart of the tourism corridor, police said Sunday. Gary Breitling, 57, of Sidney, Mont., was fatally shot Saturday before the gunman barricaded himself in the vehicle, shutting down the Strip for hours, the Clark County coroner’s office said. Breitling died at a hospital. Rolando Cardenas, 55, was booked into jail on suspicion of murder, attempted murder, burglary and opening fire on the bus. An attorney for him could not immediately be found.

LOS ANGELES

‘Beast’ still box-office beauty

This weekend at the box office, nostalgia-driven fare was everywhere, from Beauty and the Beast to Power Rangers and CHIPS, producing both successful and underwhelming results. On the high end, Disney’s live-action Beauty and the Beast continued enchanting audiences in its second weekend in theaters, easily topping the charts with $88.3 million, according to studio estimates Sunday. On the low end, Warner Bros.’ raunchy, R-rated CHIPS debuted in seventh place with $7.6 million. Lionsgate’s Power Rangers, earned a solid $40.5 million to grab the No. 2 spot.

Compiled from wire reports.