U.S. Institutions Honor Late Poet Maya Angelou With Exhibits, Film
Institutions as diverse as the New York Public Library and Major League Baseball paid homage on Friday to African-American poet and author Maya Angelou, who died in her North Carolina home this week at the age of 86. The Library opened an exhibit featuring letters between Angelou and civil rights activist Malcolm X, the handwritten manuscript to her groundbreaking memoir "I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings" and school assignments dating back to 1937.
Chrysler Recalls Fiat 500L On Knee Air Bag Issue
Chrysler Group LLC will recall about 29,500 Fiat 500L compact cars because knee air bags may not work properly if a driver is not wearing a seat belt. A company spokesman said Wednesday, testing by Chrysler and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration showed that the driver's knee air bag may not deploy in the proper position to protect fully the knees of an unbelted driver. Chrysler, a unit of Fiat SpA, said it is not aware of any injuries related to the issue. Driver's knee air bags are standard equipment in the 5000L.
Ebola Scare Briefly Closes Charlotte ER
A possible Ebola scare closed a Charlotte area emergency room briefly overnight in an incident that may play out many times over in the coming weeks with heightened fears about the virus. It turns out it wasn't Ebola, but a spike in media coverage about the outbreak, along with some reminders from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, have put hospital staff on alert.
Justin Bieber & His Crew Openly Mock Orlando Bloom A Few Feet Away From Where They Clashed!
Good thing Orlando Bloom didn't see this happening. It probably would've added a whole lotta fuel to the fire! After Justin Bieber 's run-in with Orlando's fist, the singer was seen exchanging heated words with the actor before retreating to the parking lot of Cipriani. The act of violence may not have fazed the Biebs at all, in fact he and his crew were making fun of the whole thing just steps away from the scene of the crime! Justin and his entourage were caught on candid camera mocking the Pirates of the Caribbean star and his jabbing fists out in the open parking lot of the restaurant. Sigh, boys will be boys.
U.S. House Passes $17 Billion Veterans Healthcare Bill, 420-5
House of Representatives overwhelmingly approved a $17 billion plan to ease long healthcare delays at the scandal-plagued Veterans Affairs Department, adding much of the cost to the federal deficit. The compromise measure was reached on Monday between House and Senate negotiators to provide funds for veterans' temporary access to private medical care, to allow the VA to hire more doctors and nurses and to open more outpatient clinics. The measure, which also grants VA more authority to fire poor-performing employees, passed 420-5.
U.S. Senate Bill Would Make Colleges Get Tough On Sexual Assault
A bipartisan group of U.S. senators introduced legislation on Wednesday to combat sexual assaults on college and university campuses by requiring schools to provide more help for victims and work more closely with police investigators. If the bill passes, it would also require colleges to make public the number of sexual assaults reported on their campuses. Supporters said it was crucial for the federal government to do more to fight the problem.
PETA To Detroit: Go Vegan And We'll Pay Your Water Bill
Detroit residents struggling to keep up with their water bills have a unique offer on the table from the world's largest animal rights organization: Eat vegan for one month, and that overdue bill will get paid. Ashley Byrne, PETA campaign specialist said the people for the Ethical Treatment of Animals is accepting overdue bills until Friday, and they will be paying a bill for 10 families who pledge to go vegan for 30 days.
Biofuel Groups Press White House On More Than Just 2014 Targets
The U.S. biofuel industry is urging the Obama administration to go beyond simply raising proposed targets for use of the fuels, making the case instead for fundamental changes to the government's approach to the renewable fuel program.
Dead Anchovies Delight Sea Birds, Disgust Oregon Beach Town
Thousands of dead anchovies have washed up this week in the town of Seaside, Oregon, providing a welcome feast for marine birds but a foul stench for tourists and residents of the popular beachside village northwest of Portland.
Twitter's Surge Revives Valuation Debate
The surge in Twitter's stock has revived debate about whether it warrants a valuation five times that of Facebook, its biggest rival in social media. Twitter reported on Tuesday that its active users jumped 24 percent to 271 million in the second quarter. If Facebook was trading at Twitter's valuation, it would be worth nearly $1 trillion.