Canadian-born curler Erin McInrue Savage understands her sport isn't the most popular of athletic endeavors in the United States. But she doesn't think she should have to make the case that curling is a sport at all. Yet that's what Savage, a researcher on aging, said she was forced to do last Sunday, Oct. 8, when an American Airlines employee at Phoenix's Sky Harbor International Airport allegedly balked at allowing her to check her curling broom as sporting equipment.
When I was 20, I dropped out of college and got a job with a morning newspaper whose city editor Mr. Walt Streightiff put me to work writing obituaries of ordinary men and women whose deaths were not considered newsworthy. Other reporters handled crime, natural disasters, City Hall, sports, fatal accidents, high finance, visiting celebrities, and what was called "human interest," meaning heartwarming stories, usually involving children. I was in charge of ordinary cold death.
BEIRUT - U.S.-backed forces in Syria claimed Tuesday they had full control of the Islamic State's onetime capital of Raqqa, suggesting an end to the militants' presence in their most symbolically important stronghold. Talo Silo, a spokesman for the Syrian Democratic Forces, or SDF, said that military operations had halted and that members of the joint Kurdish-Arab force were clearing the city of explosive devices and hunting for sleeping cells.
When Kelly Lisenbee checked Facebook on Sunday night, she saw the same message repeated by many of her friends: "If all the women who have been sexually harassed or assaulted wrote 'Me too' as a status, we might give men a sense of the magnitude of the problem. #MeToo"
WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump said Tuesday that his nominee to be the nation's drug czar is withdrawing from consideration for the job. Rep. Tom Marino, R-Pa., was under fire in the wake of revelations in a Washington Post/"60 Minutes" investigation that the lawmaker helped steer legislation in Congress making it harder for the Drug Enforcement Administration to act against giant drug companies. "Rep.Tom Marino has informed me that he is withdrawing his name from consideration as drug czar. Tom is a fine man and a great Congressman!
A father in Georgia who had prepared to donate a kidney to his 2-year-old son said last week that he is being forced to wait after a recent stint in county jail. Anthony Dickerson's son, A.J., was born without kidneys and Dickerson, who is a perfect match, was ready to donate one of his, he told NBC affiliate WXIA. He was arrested days before the planned transplant but released from Gwinnett County Jail this month to undergo surgery. Now, he said, the transplant center at Emory University Hospital has put it on hold - in a case that one expert called befuddling.
North Korea warned that a nuclear war "may break out any moment" as the U.S. and South Korea began one of the largest joint naval drills off both the east and west coasts of the peninsula. Kim In Ryong, North Korea's deputy ambassador to the United Nations, said on Monday that his nation had become a "full-fledged nuclear power which possesses the delivery means of various ranges" and warned that "the entire U.S. mainland is within our firing range." He also called North Korea "a responsible nuclear state."
PHILADELPHIA - An emotional Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., launched a thinly veiled critique of President Donald Trump's global stewardship Monday night, using a notable award ceremony to condemn "people who would rather find scapegoats than solve problems." McCain said that "some half-baked, spurious nationalism" should be considered "as unpatriotic as an attachment to any other tired dogma of the past that Americans consigned to the ash heap of history."
Jon and Helen Cluett were stranded with their four children, ages 6, 8, 10 and 12. The family of six was spending a vacation camping in the Scottish Highlands. But on Friday, Oct. 13, Jon Cluett woke up and walked out of his hut on Loch Eilt to find that their 16-foot red canoe had disappeared, likely washed away by the river, the Associated Press reported. "The entire area was underwater. The rocks I'd tied the boat to were pulled apart and the boat was gone," Cluett, a pastor from Stirling - 120 miles away - told the BBC.
Three-year-old Sadie Grace Andrews and her siblings wanted to run around. During a family outing Saturday afternoon, the preschooler was playing in a grassy area outside a Bruster's ice cream shop in Auburn, Alabama, when she stepped on an unsecured lid to an underground grease pit, Lee County Coroner Bill Harris said. Harris said surveillance footage showed the lid flip up and the young child fall straight down into the grease pit. The lid then landed, upside down, on top of the hole. "It all happened in a matter of seconds," the coroner told The Washington Post.