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Posted December 1, 2018 7:28 p.m. EST

Plans for a State Funeral in the Nation’s Capital, Then Burial in Texas

Former President George H.W. Bush, who died at home in Houston on Friday, will soon be taken to Washington. A bicameral arrival ceremony for Bush will be held at the U.S. Capitol in Washington on Monday at 5 p.m. Bush will lie in state in the Rotunda with his coffin on display for public viewing until Wednesday morning. Bush will also be honored with a state funeral at the National Cathedral in Washington. The White House confirmed that President Donald Trump will attend. On Thursday, Bush will be laid to rest on the grounds of his presidential library and museum at Texas A&M University.

Despite Hostile History, Trump Praises Bush

President Donald Trump, who had a hostile relationship with the last Republican family to occupy the White House, offered nothing but praise Saturday for former President George H.W. Bush after he died at 94. "He was a truly wonderful man and will be missed by all!” Trump wrote on Twitter. Trump’s words of admiration, delivered while in Argentina for an international summit, belied his history of animosity with the Bush family. Trump eviscerated Bush’s son Jeb Bush during the 2016 Republican primaries and regularly disparaged another of his sons, former President George W. Bush. The elder Bush refused to support Trump in 2016.

Houston Recalls Legacy of George Bush, Its Lone Star Yankee and Senior Booster

George Herbert Walker Bush and Houston — both a little quirky, a little square, a little misunderstood — were a natural fit. The former president was an apolitical Lone Star Yankee, revered for long ago helping to give an international gravitas to a city where he lived off and on since the 1950s and spent his post-White House years. Bush was the most senior local booster in the city, known nearly as much for being the former chairman of the Harris County Republican Party (in 1963) and a congressman (until 1971) as for being president.

The Anchorage Earthquake Was Terrifying. But the Damage Could’ve Been Much Worse.

The magnitude 7 earthquake that jolted Anchorage on Friday cracked buildings, damaged roads and buckled bridges, drawing swift comparisons to a 1964 quake that devastated the region and remains a dominant part of Alaskan history. But Saturday, even amid hundreds of aftershocks, residents of Anchorage marveled that the damage had not been much worse. The Anchorage Fire Department responded to four structure fires as a result of the quake, according to City Hall, and two reports of structure collapse are being investigated. The city’s main utilities were all up and running Saturday, the Anchorage municipal manager said. No deaths have been reported.

Trump Administration Peppers Inboxes With Plugs for Private Medicare Plans

Older Americans have been flocking to Medicare’s private plans, which promise predictable costs and extra benefits. But the private Medicare Advantage plans have been getting an unpublicized boost from the Trump administration, which has in the last few weeks extolled the virtues of the private plans in emails sent to millions of beneficiaries. Administration officials deny they are steering patients to private plans, but the subject lines of recent emails read almost like advertisements. “Get more benefits for your money,” says one. The messages — “paid for by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services” — urge beneficiaries to “check out Medicare Advantage.”

Immigrants Are Entitled to Jury Trial for Deportable Offenses, New York Court Rules

As crime overwhelmed New York City’s courts in the 1970s, the state Legislature decided that people facing less than six months in jail would have their cases decided by a single judge rather than a jury. That law has had the unintended effect of depriving immigrants in the city of jury trials for crimes like prostitution and harassment, even though they face the stiff punishment of deportation if convicted, advocates for immigrants said. This week New York state’s highest court declared that noncitizens are entitled to jury trials for deportable offenses under the Sixth Amendment, which guarantees the right to a trial by jury.

Miami Police Sergeant Suspended After Video Shows Him Tossing a Jewish Holy Book

A police sergeant in Miami was suspended Friday after a video emerged in which he could be seen tossing a Jewish holy book into the back of a pickup truck and calling it “crap." In the clip, which was reported on by a local news station, the sergeant, who appeared to be recording himself, could be seen holding a Tanakh, a Jewish holy book, and a wooden box engraved with the Star of David. In a statement, the chief of the Miami Police Department called the video “disturbing” and said the sergeant had been suspended and an internal affairs investigation was underway.

Judge Allows ‘Harry Potter’ and ‘Evan Hansen’ in San Francisco

A judge has refused a request by one of the nation’s largest theater owners to block San Francisco productions of “Dear Evan Hansen” and “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child." The ruling, issued Friday in the Court of Chancery in Delaware, pauses, at least for the moment, a bitter dispute between two prominent theater families, the Nederlanders and the Shorensteins, that were once allied and are now at odds. The two families for decades jointly operated the three big commercial theaters in downtown San Francisco, but have been sparring for several years.