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Mystery Man Who Returned 9/11 Flag Steps Forward

Brian Browne says he had iconic flag in his home for 8 years without knowing it was the one

(Newser) - A man named Brian showed up at a Washington state firehouse two years ago, dropped off a reputed piece of history, and left, creating a mystery that Everett detectives and others have been trying to solve—until now. The item he dropped off is believed to be the American flag... More »

9/11 Flag Lost, Then Found, but How Remains a Mystery

The flag's original owner has donated it to the Sept. 11 museum

(Newser) - On Sept. 11, 2001, three firefighters removed a flag and its pole from a yacht that had been moored at a marina on the Hudson River and raised it at Ground Zero, and photojournalist Thomas E. Franklin captured the moment for the northern New Jersey paper The Record. It's... More »

ISIS Flag Found in Room of Train Attacker

Afghan migrant may have been 'self-radicalized'

(Newser) - Authorities say they've found an Islamic State flag in the home of the 17-year-old Afghan migrant shot dead Monday after slashing five people in Germany. The hand-painted flag was found in the teen's room in his foster home in Ochsenfurt, where he had only lived for two weeks,... More »

With Orlando, Obama Sets Record for Lowering the Flag

He's ordered the flag to half-staff more than any president in history

(Newser) - USA Today reports President Obama reached a "sad but remarkable milestone" this week, having ordered flags to half-staff more than any other president in history. He reached the mark Sunday following the massacre at a gay nightclub in Orlando that left 49 people dead. That made 66 times... More »

Mo. County Voted Against Lowering Flags for Orlando Victims

Commissioners did a U-turn after public outcry

(Newser) - The Pulse Orlando shooting was the worst mass shooting in US history and the deadliest terror attack in the US since 9/11—but commissioners in one Missouri county decided it didn't merit lowering flags to half-staff. By a 2-1 vote, Cole County commissioners decided against lowering flags on county... More »

Facebook Blunder Implies Philippines Is at War

Oh, and happy Independence Day

(Newser) - The Philippines is at war—according to Facebook. The social media site accidentally posted a banner celebrating Independence Day in the Philippines on Sunday with an image of the Philippine flag upside down, per the Philippine Star . As several users pointed out, Philippine law requires that the flag be displayed... More »

New Zealand Rejects New Flag

Kiwi majority votes in favor of keeping old flag

(Newser) - New Zealand has voted to keep its current flag by 57% to 43% in a nationwide poll, the AP reports. More than 2 million people voted in the ballot to decide whether to keep the British Union Jack on their flag or replace it with a silver fern. The results... More »

It's Down to 2 Choices for New Zealand's Likely New Flag

Red, black fern flags to go up against old one

(Newser) - New Zealanders know what their new potential national flag will look like, except that they're not quite set on the color. In a mail ballot, New Zealanders chose from among five designs, and both their favorites feature the country's iconic silver fern next to the stars that make... More »

Cops: Flag Fanatic Bombed a Walmart

Tupelo, Miss., device didn't do much damage

(Newser) - A man outraged by attempts to get rid of the Mississippi state flag carried out an extremely short-lived terror campaign in Tupelo, police say. Marshall Leonard, 61, was arrested after a bomb was thrown into a Walmart in the Mississippi city at around 1:30am on Sunday, Tupelo's Daily ... More »

One of These Will Be New Zealand's Flag

Flag panel narrows it down to final four

(Newser) - New Zealand got more than 10,000 submissions when it announced it was crowdsourcing a new flag; those designs were narrowed down to 40 semi-finalists and, now, four finalists. As the Guardian reports, all of them involve ferns: Three include variations on New Zealand's silver fern design , while the... More »

New Zealand Narrows New Flag Options to 40

Winner will go head-to-head with existing flag

(Newser) - New Zealand is in the middle of creating the world's first crowdsourced national flag, and it has been given plenty to choose from: More than 10,000 were submitted from around the world, and a government-appointed panel has narrowed it down to 40, most of them featuring national emblems... More »

White House Lowers Flag for Victims in Chattanooga

Republicans say it took too long

(Newser) - Flags are flying at half-staff in front of the White House and the Capitol today in honor of the victims of last week's Chattanooga shootings. President Obama ordered the move at the White House “as a mark of respect for the victims of the senseless acts of violence... More »

Mo. County Orders Year of 'Mourning' Over Gay Marriage

Dent County officials vote to lower flags below half-staff to protest gay nuptials

(Newser) - When Alex Sellers saw the story in his local paper, he thought it was an Onion article. But the 26-year-old Missouri man was horrified to find out what he was reading was true: Three Republican commissioners in Dent County voted yesterday to lower county flags to half-staff to observe a... More »

Fiji to Dump Union Jack for New Flag

Contest will be held for new design

(Newser) - Almost 45 years after Fiji gained independence from Britain, Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama says it's time to lose symbols "anchored to our colonial past"—like the Union Jack that takes up a quarter of the country's flag. He says a national panel will choose a new... More »

New Jersey Home's Islamic Flag Riles Up Twitter

Muslim Mark Dunaway takes it down after critics equate it with terrrorism

(Newser) - "Jihadists are now in Garwood." Well, not exactly. New Jersey resident Mark Dunaway has removed an Islamic flag he's flown outside his home for 10 years after a photo of it was posted to Twitter and garnered comments like that one, AP reports. The black flag—which... More »

Meet the Guy Whose Face Is on the POW Flag

Jeffrey Heisley wasn't actually a prisoner of war

(Newser) - Jeffrey Heisley was never a prisoner of war—but his silhouette has represented POWs for decades. Suffering from hepatitis, Heisley had to leave the Marine Corps' officer candidate program as a young man. In the course of the illness, he tells Fox News , "I had all my hair cut... More »

New Zealand PM: Time for a New Flag

He promises referendum on 'post-colonial' design

(Newser) - The era of British colonialism is over and it's about time New Zealand adopted a flag without a Union Jack on it, says Prime Minister John Key. "The flag remains dominated by the Union Jack in a way that we ourselves are no longer dominated by the United... More »

Meet the Guys Building World's Tallest Flagpoles

Trident Support makes them for governments in Middle East, Asia

(Newser) - Marc Summers and David Chambers got their start in defense logistics, but their company, Trident Support Corporation, now focuses on something rather different: Building really, really big flagpoles. They built the tallest one in the world, a 541-footer in Dushanbe, Tajikistan; they also built the prior record-holder in Baku, Azerbaijan,... More »

Florida Town Lifts Ban on Non-US Flags Ahead of St. Patrick's

Irish pub can put Ireland's flag back up

(Newser) - Just days ahead of St. Patrick's Day, a northeast Florida Irish pub has won the right to fly the Irish flag again. On February 20, Culhane's Irish Pub was told it had 24 hours to "cease display of flags other than American flag." The rule was... More »

N. Korea Furious After US, South Use Flag in Drills

Pyongyang calls move 'politically-motivated provocation'

(Newser) - Last week, a North Korean flag appeared during the largest US-South Korea military drills since the Korean War; now Pyongyang is taking the countries to task. "It is an extremely grave military action and politically-motivated provocation to fire live bullets and shells at the flag of a sovereign state... More »

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