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  • Mild winter? Here’s NOAA’s 2018-2019 outlook

    A mild winter could be in store for much of the United States, according to the seasonal forecast released Thursday by NOAA. States from the Pacific Northwest through the Northern Plains and into the Northeast are likely to see above-average temperatures, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Climate Prediction Center reported. No parts of the country are due to see a colder-than-normal winter. Meantime, drier-than-average conditions are expected for the Great Lakes and portions of the Northern Rockies and the […]

  • An Antarctic ice shelf is ‘singing’ and it’s creepy

    A Texas-sized ice shelf seems to be dabbling in the art of music. The Ross Ice Shelf in Antarctica it is emitting tones reminiscent of a didgeridoo, or the drone of a horror film soundtrack. The sounds are created when wind whips across the snow dunes, causing the ice to vibrate. Besides being eerie, the discovery of the sounds reveals new insights for the study of glaciers, Colorado State University professor of geophysics Rick Aster said. When humans burn fossil […]

  • Former USA Gymnastics president arrested on charge of tampering with evidence in Larry Nassar case

    The former head of USA Gymnastics has been accused of removing documents linked to the Larry Nassar sexual abuse case from the famed Karolyi Ranch gymnastics training facility in Texas, authorities said. Steve Penny was arrested Wednesday, nearly three weeks after he was indicted by a grand jury for tampering with evidence, the Walker County District Attorney’s office said. He was detained after US Marshals tracked him to a cabin in Gatlinburg, Tennessee. He is being held at the Sevier County Jail while […]

  • Drug-resistant salmonella from chicken sickens nearly 100

    At least 92 people in 29 states have been infected with a strain of multidrug-resistant salmonella after coming into contact with a variety of raw chicken products, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Wednesday. Twenty-one of the sick patients have been hospitalized, though no deaths have been reported. The source of the raw chicken is unclear from lab tests, and no single common supplier has been identified. The strain has shown up in samples from a variety of raw chicken products […]

  • Family makes last-minute plea to keep 9-year-old on ventilator

    The parents of Payton Summons, who was declared brain-dead, have been granted more time to keep their 9-year-old on a ventilator at a Fort Worth, Texas, hospital. Lawyers for Payton’s family filed a new request on Monday to extend a temporary restraining order that would keep her on the machine at Cook Children’s Medical Center. The order has been extended until 6 p.m. October 22, according to Justin Moore, a lawyer for Payton’s family. Yet on Tuesday, the hospital filed a mandamus challenging […]

  • 7th grader with neuromuscular disorder scores first touch down with help from teammates

    PASCO COUNTY, Fla. — Tuesday night’s River Ridge Middle School Knights game is one Gavin Lambert will never forget. He waited until the end of the 4th quarter for his big moment, and under the bright lights he said, “It feels like an honor.” One he never expected. “Most kids wouldn’t care, most kids would be like you’re in a wheelchair deal with that,” Lambert told WFTS. But these aren’t “most kids” and Gavin’s mom, Dawn Lambert, knows that. “It is […]

  • Toddler battling leukemia receives princess room makeover

    BOCA RATON, Fla. — It’s best simply said: a bedroom of her dreams. Volunteers with Special Spaces Boca Raton recently worked around the clock to give a Delray Beach toddler, who is battling acute leukemia, a place as special as she is. It’s what they do. And the little girl’s reaction showed the makeover was truly magical. “Lily eats dreams and lives princesses. She gets up every morning and puts on her princess dress,” said Peggy Peterson with Special Spaces […]

  • Duck boat survivor Tia Coleman stunned by legal maneuver invoking 1851 law

    BRANSON, Mo. — Citing a maritime law from the 1850s, the companies that operated a duck boat that sank during a fierce storm in July, killing 17 people, have filed paperwork asking a federal court to rule they have little or no liability for the incident. The companies said the legal maneuver, filed in Missouri, will consolidate the civil actions against them and they plan to mediate settlements with survivors and families of the victims. But one woman who survived […]

  • Big Bird puppeteer retiring from ‘Sesame Street’ after nearly 50 years

    Caroll Spinney, the puppeteer who has portrayed Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch on “Sesame Street” since the program’s 1969 premiere, announced Wednesday that he is stepping down from the roles. The news was made public via Sesame Street’s official Twitter account. “Big Bird brought me so many places, opened my mind and nurtured my soul,” Spinney said in a statement. “And I plan to be an ambassador for Sesame Workshop for many years to come. After all, we’re a […]

  • Most burger chains fail annual antibiotics report card

    Twenty-five of the top US burger chains were graded on their antibiotic policies in a collaborative report released Wednesday. Only two chains received As, Shake Shack and BurgerFi; the other 23 got a D minus or F. “It’s really exciting to hone in on beef because we know that Americans love burgers. It’s one of the most favorite foods in our country, and taking a closer look at what is and isn’t happening when it comes to responsible antibiotic use in that sector seemed particularly important,” […]

  • First lady’s plane lands safely after ‘mechanical issue’

    WASHINGTON — First lady Melania Trump’s plane was forced to return to Joint Base Andrews Wednesday after a “mechanical issue” that led to smoke in the cabin. According to the press pool traveling with Trump, about 10 minutes after the plane took off, reporters could see a thin haze of smoke and the smell of something burning. The plane landed safely. Reporters were brought wet towels and told to hold them over their faces if the smell became too strong. […]

  • Canada legalizes recreational marijuana

    Recreational marijuana is now legal all over Canada. As of 12:01 a.m. Wednesday, adults will be allowed to carry and share up to 30 grams of legal marijuana in public, according to a bill that passed the Senate in June. They will also be allowed to cultivate up to four plants in their households and make products such as edibles for personal use. Consumers must be at least 18 years old, and the production, distribution or sale of cannabis products is an […]