United Airlines has apologized to a passenger who was forced to give up her 2-year-old son's seat and hold the child on a flight - until her leg and arm went numb. Shirley Yamauchi, a middle school teacher from Hawaii, was bound for a teacher's conference in Boston last week, she told Hawaii News Now. Her traveling companion was 27-month-old Taizo, whose ticket she said cost as much as hers - nearly $1,000. The first leg of Thursday's trip - Hawaii to Houston - went fine. So did the layover.
As Big Beer has snapped up craft breweries, it's grown harder to tell who the true indies are. But a new industry effort hopes to clear up the confusion by declaring their ownership right on the bottle.
Sen. Al Franken writes about "The Funny" like it's a dangerous disease his political career has been perennially at risk of falling victim to. Launching his first campaign 10 years ago, the Minnesota Democrat needed to convince party leaders, donors and activists that his career as a comedian was not a fatal liability. After he won, he needed to convince fellow senators that he was not the caricature they remembered from "Saturday Night Live." Pollsters, consultants and D.C. fixers urged him to act as serious as possible to disabuse such notions.
In a rare display of bipartisanship, officials in nearly every state have said they will partially or fully refuse to comply with President Donald Trump's voting commission, which has encountered criticism and opposition after issuing a sweeping request for voter data nationwide. Even as some of the resistance centers on Trump and members of his commission, the broader responses from the states indicate a strong and widespread belief that local officials should be managing elections and that the White House's request for volumes of information went too far.
The pay gap between male and female White House staffers has more than tripled in the first year of the Trump administration, according to an analysis by economist Mark Perry of the American Enterprise Institute. The median female White House employee is drawing a salary of $72,650 in 2017, compared to the median male salary of $115,000. "The typical female staffer in Trump's White House earns 63.2 cents per $1 earned by a typical male staffer," Perry writes.
In rural Uganda, people who are blind or visually impaired often go to the city to look for work. But jobs are hard to find, and many end up as street beggars. Instead, Ojok Simon wants them to know about a way they can earn money without leaving home: beekeeping. Simon, 36, became visually impaired after he was severely beaten by rebels who came to his village when he was a child. He has been a beekeeper for 15 years, and in 2013 he co-founded Hive Uganda, an organization that teaches advocates for visually impaired people and teaches them to make a living raising honeybees.
A therapy-animal trend grips the United States. The San Francisco airport now deploys a pig to calm frazzled travelers. Universities nationwide bring dogs (and a donkey) onto campus to soothe students during finals. Llamas comfort hospital patients, pooches provide succor at disaster sites and horses are used to treat sex addiction. And that duck on a plane? It might be an emotional-support animal prescribed by a mental health professional.
DAWSON, Minn. - The doctor was getting ready. Must look respectable, he told himself. Must be calm. He changed into a dark suit, blue shirt and tie and came down the wooden staircase of the stately Victorian house at Seventh and Pine that had always been occupied by the town's most prominent citizens. That was him: prominent citizen, town doctor, 42-year-old father of three, and as far as anyone knew, the first Muslim to ever live in Dawson, a farming town of 1,400 people in the rural western part of the state. "Does this look okay?" Ayaz Virji asked his wife, Musarrat, 36.
The user whose screen name is an unprintable corruption of "Han Solo" spent about a year on Reddit before attaining stardom, courtesy of a share from President Donald Trump. Some posts were unpopular. "That cat would be in a blender if it did that to me," for instance. Or recollections of visits to Paris armed with "punch blades," in case a Muslim needed to be stabbed in the neck.
GREENBUSH, MAINE -- Deb McLaughlin's 3-year-old grandson climbed all over her, pleading to play trucks, restless as always. Her 1-year-old foster daughter, who had just woken from a midday nap, sat in her lap, wearing a frilly dress and an irresistible smile. At least McLaughlin doesn't have to worry about the daily shots of methadone anymore; at least these babies no longer scream and shake for the opioids to which they were born addicted.