The mass quantities of food Americans waste every year has staggering environmental consequences, according to a study published Wednesday, April 18. "Our data suggest that the average person in the United States wastes about a pound of food per day," said the University of Vermont's Meredith Niles, one of the study's authors along with researchers at the Department of Agriculture and the University of New Hampshire.
WASHINGTON - House Majority Whip Steve Scalise, R-La., was discharged from a Washington hospital Saturday after undergoing surgery related to the gunshot wound he suffered 10 months ago. "Congressman Steve Scalise was discharged from MedStar Washington Hospital Center today," the hospital said in a statement that was shared by Scalise's office. "The planned surgery was successful. The Congressman will be recovering at home for the next several days."
More than a thousand guests attended a private funeral for former first lady Barbara Bush Saturday, including four former presidents and three former first ladies, as well as the current first lady. Mourners gathered at St. Martin's Episcopal Church in Houston to celebrate the life of the matriarch of the Bush family, who was the wife of a president and the mother of another. She died Tuesday at 92.
BEIRUT - Weapons inspectors on Saturday entered the Syrian city of Douma, where a suspected poison gas attack two weeks earlier killed at least 43 people and prompted U.S.-led airstrikes against Syrian military facilities. After a week of delays, the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) said that it had visited one of two alleged blast sites in the city to collect samples that will now be analyzed in the Netherlands.
TOKYO - North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has declared he will suspend nuclear and missile tests starting Saturday, and that he will shut down the site where the previous six nuclear tests were conducted. "From April 21, North Korea will stop nuclear tests and launches of intercontinental ballistic missiles," the Korean Central News Agency said in a report Saturday morning. This came out of a meeting of the central committee of the ruling Worker's Party of Korea held Friday to discuss policy issues related to "a new stage" in a "historic" period.
WASHINGTON - Public health officials are now telling consumers to avoid all types of romaine lettuce because of an E. coli outbreak linked to the vegetable that has spread to at least 16 states and sickened at least 60 people, including eight inmates at an Alaska prison.
No matter how long you kept up with "Scandal" - the first episode, the first season or, if you were a loyal viewer, until Thursday night's finale - you know one thing about the show: It was crazy. In the best way possible. "I mean it with deep affection when I say that 'Scandal' is a lunatic television series that spits in the face of narrative logic and good taste," Vulture's Rachel Handler wrote this week, summing up perfectly, adding that the hit ABC drama "has existed as a sort of Möbius strip of plot and tension, a wine-drunk snake permanently eating its own tail."
Swedish DJ and producer Avicii was found dead on Friday, his publicist confirmed. He was 28. "It is with profound sorrow that we announce the loss of Tim Bergling, also known as Avicii," his publicist said in a statement. "He was found dead in Muscat, Oman this Friday afternoon local time, April 20th. The family is devastated and we ask everyone to please respect their need for privacy in this difficult time. No further statements will be given." The cause of death has not yet been released.
PARRISH, Ala. - All anyone here could talk about was the smell, which drifted from the rail yard to the softball field, past the pharmacy and the hardware store. It was acrid, hurtful, all-consuming, the kind of stench that forced residents and city workers to don masks just to get through the day. And everyone knew the source: the poop train.