LOS ANGELES

Scouts honor vets with flags

Thousands of Scouts have placed American flags on the graves of veterans in a ceremony ahead of Memorial Day. More than 6,000 children including Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts and Cub Scouts participated in the event Saturday at Los Angeles National Ceremony. Each scout placed a flag in the ground by each grave and saluted. Organizers say nearly 90,000 flags were placed in tribute.

HONOLULU

USS Arizona Memorial closed

Damage to the USS Arizona Memorial at Pearl Harbor in Honolulu was worse than expected and it will remain closed indefinitely, officials said. Boat transportation to the attraction was suspended May 6 after one of the vessel operators noticed a crack on the outside of the memorial. Tourists were allowed to disembark at the memorial after crews completed interim repairs. But the cracks reappeared hours later, indicating a more serious issue. Engineers are working to figure out possible long-term solutions. Other areas of the Pearl Harbor Visitor Center remain open.

MIDDLETOWN, Conn.

WWI dog Stubby gets statue

A new monument in Connecticut honors service animals with a statue of one of the nation’s most famous war dogs. The sculpture, Stubby Salutes, was unveiled Saturday in Veterans Memorial Park in Middletown. Stubby was a Boston terrier mix that traveled to Europe with a Connecticut unit during World War I. He became famous for warning soldiers of incoming gas attacks and locating wounded soldiers on the battlefield, staying with them until help arrived. His story was the subject of an animated film last month, Sgt. Stubby: An American Hero. The bronze sculpture, created by artist Susan Bahary, is the culmination of a three-decade effort to create a memorial, spearheaded by the family of Robert Conroy, the corporal who adopted Stubby during training.

WASHINGTON

Trump’s ‘phony’ source is aide

President Donald Trump accused the New York Times on Saturday of inventing a source for a story who, in fact, was a White House official conducting a briefing for reporters under the condition that the official not be named. Trump tweeted that the Times quoted an official “who doesn’t exist” and referenced a line in the story about a possible summit with North Korea, which read: “a senior White House official told reporters that even if the meeting were reinstated, holding it on June 12 would be impossible, given the lack of time and the amount of planning needed.” Said Trump: “WRONG AGAIN! Use real people, not phony sources.” The Times reported in a story about the tweet that it had cited “a senior White House official speaking to a large group of reporters in the White House briefing room.” The White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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