- Obama family attends long-time aide's wedding to TV journalist
Reuters, Saturday - 08/30/2014 - 08:47 PM
POCANTICO HILLS N. Y. (Reuters) - President Barack Obama, First Lady Michelle Obama and their two daughters on Saturday attended the wedding of their long-time friend and food guru Sam Kass to media
- Group trips across Grand Canyon will need permit
Seattle Post-Intelligencer, Saturday - 08/30/2014 - 04:40 PM
Groups of hikers and runners who want to do grueling excursions across the Grand Canyon will soon need a permit — a move officials say will cut back on overcrowding, litter and safety issues at the popular tourist attraction in Arizona. The $175 fee will help park officials educate visitors about trail etiquette and free up rangers to respond to life-threatening injuries, Grand Canyon spokeswoman Maureen Oltrogge said. At least one member must be certified in wilderness or emergency medical response and CPR, and there must be general liability insurance. Each participant in her group, which aims to give survivors of medical or traumatic events a life-changing experience, must complete a 16-week training course that includes long hikes at high elevation. Hikers and runners will be advised on yielding to uphill climbers and mules, packing out everything they take in, staying on trails, and not stashing clothing, food and other gear.
- California passes plastic bag ban, would be first such law in U.S.
Chicago Tribune, Saturday - 08/30/2014 - 10:47 AM
The California state legislature enacted a ban on plastic grocery bags on Friday near the end of its two-year session, a measure that if signed into law would become the first of its kind in America.
- Cubs not bringing Kris Bryant up from Triple-A Iowa
Chicago Tribune, Friday - 08/29/2014 - 10:47 PM
ST. LOUIS --The Twittersphere began buzzing Friday afternoon about a call-up of Cubs’ third base prospect Kris Bryant, but it turned out to be nothing more than idle speculation.
- In India, rice replaces ice in bucket challenge
Reuters, Friday - 08/29/2014 - 06:51 AM
NEW DELHI (Reuters) - The famous "ice bucket" challenge is inspiring thousands of Indians to follow suit, but with a twist - they are replacing ice with rice in a bid to help the country's vast
- Suds, faith found at California laundromat
St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Friday - 08/29/2014 - 04:47 AM
Over the long months that Victoria Mitchell lived in her car with her infant daughter, there was one bright spot in her life: doing laundry.
- Lawsuit: Airline didn't do enough to help Pekin man who died after midflight chest pains
Chicago Tribune, Friday - 08/29/2014 - 02:47 AM
A Pekin, Ill., man died in 2012 shortly after landing at O'Hare International Airport despite having informed airline staff midflight that he had chest pains, according to a lawsuit filed this week in Cook County court.
- Judge upholds whistleblower verdict against Chicago State University
Chicago Tribune, Thursday - 08/28/2014 - 10:47 PM
A Cook County judge Thursday upheld the verdict in a landmark whistleblower case against Chicago State University, ordering the public institution to pay the fired employee more than $3 million and give him back his old job or face further financial penalties.
- Notre Dame suspends safety Eilar Hardy as part of academic fraud probe
Chicago Tribune, Thursday - 08/28/2014 - 08:47 PM
Notre Dame concluded its internal investigation into alleged academic fraud involving members of the football team, coach Brian Kelly said Thursday, while suspending a fifth player as a result.
- Wisconsin is fine place for moonflowers
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Thursday - 08/28/2014 - 06:47 PM
Two plants are commonly known as moonflower. Both are annuals in Wisconsin.
- Abercrombie name to shrink from clothing
St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Thursday - 08/28/2014 - 02:32 PM
The retailer is trying to stock trendier clothing — and that means stripping off the logo.
- Atlanta Walmart Receives Early Morning Delivery When Woman Gives Birth In The Store
The Consumerist, Thursday - 08/28/2014 - 10:47 AM
(Ben Schumin)So far this year we’ve reported on two women who gave birth in the parking lots of separate Walmart stores. This week, a woman finally made it inside the store before welcoming her bundle of joy. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that a woman delivered her baby in the early morning hours on Tuesday. The woman was inside the store shortly after 5 a.m.
- Gang member pleads guilty to role in conspiracy
Chicago Tribune, Thursday - 08/28/2014 - 12:47 AM
A member of one of Chicago's lower-profile but more vicious street gangs stood before a federal judge Wednesday and, one by one, admitted to a chilling litany of violent acts he committed to advance his role in the gang and to protect and grow its illicit profits.