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  • US Coast Guard suspends search for Carnival passenger who reportedly fell overboard

    February 15, 2017 3:25 PM 7

    The U.S. Coast Guard announced Tuesday evening they suspended their search for a 24-year-old Carnival Cruise passenger who reportedly fell overboard from his Bahamas-bound ship Monday morning. Kevin Wellons, of Warner Robins, Ga., was traveling aboard the Carnival Elation, which set out Saturday from Jacksonville, Fla., for a five-day cruise to the Bahamas

  • Stephen Sondheim to receive PEN “literary service” award

    February 9, 2017 5:05 PM 21

    NEW YORK -- Stephen Sondheim is following up his Presidential Medal of Freedom with another prestigious award. Sondheim’s latest honor comes from literary and human rights organization PEN America. The group announced Wednesday that the composer is this year’s recipient of the PEN/Allen Foundation Literary Service Award. Meryl Streep will present Sondheim

  • Disney announces 2019 opening for Star Wars Lands

    February 8, 2017 6:49 PM 9

    Disney CEO Bob Iger says the company will open its Star Wars-themed lands at California's Disneyland and Florida's Walt Disney World in 2019. The 14-acre attractions were announced in 2015 and are under construction at the parks. Disney says the lands will include attractions and entertainment alongside aliens and droids. The attractions represent the parks'

  • West Suburban Local Scoreboard for Wednesday, Feb. 8

    February 8, 2017 12:35 AM 4

    Highlights: Will Clausel scored 21 points for Newark and Cameron Myre added 17. Highlights: Lauren Smith scored 12 points and Mary Kay Bakala added 10 for Rosary. MaKayli Vann's game-high 20 points paced Plano (18-8). Highlights: Keely Frens led Westminster with 16 points. Emily Lamp had nine points and 15 rebounds, while Elise VanNoord added 11 points

  • World's longest flight lands in New Zealand

    February 7, 2017 1:42 AM 6

    The world's longest non-stop commercial flight landed in Auckland, New Zealand on Monday, as Qatar Airways's flight QR920 arrived at the Auckland Airport after leaving Doha, the capital of Qatar. The long-range Boeing 777 covered a distance of 9,032 miles (14,535 km), spanning 10 times zones during the marathon flight. "We've officially landed in Auckland

  • Japan's hot tub theme park gets an opening date

    February 2, 2017 10:00 AM 14

    The world’s first spa-themed amusement park is expected to open this summer, in Japan’s Beppu City (about an hour-and-a-half flight from Tokyo). Beppu City first teased audiences with the video last year, showcasing a concept of what the hot tub theme park would look like. In it, towel-clad visitors jump into cable cars and carousels filled with water

  • Kansas GOP Rep. Lynn Jenkins to Retire After 5 Terms

    January 25, 2017 6:07 PM 7

    WASHINGTON — Rep. Lynn Jenkins, a low-profile Kansas Republican and five-term House veteran, said Wednesday that she will retire from Congress in two years. Jenkins is a member of the House Ways and Means Committee, which will be in the middle of this year's GOP effort to recast President Barack Obama's health care overhaul and revamp the federal tax code. In announcing

  • The Former Buddhist Kingdom Where No One Takes the Short Route to Happiness

    January 25, 2017 3:34 PM 11

    For centuries, the scenic Himalayan region of Ladakh forged its tranquil identity in relative isolation. Will it survive the forces of globalization? IN THE VILLAGE OF THIKSEY, a group of women stands outside the gates of an ancient whitewashed monastery. Removing sunglasses and donning large, looped earrings, gold-embroidered jackets and hoods adorned

  • Airlines adding dozens of flights to Houston ahead of Super Bowl

    January 25, 2017 2:27 PM 11

    With next month's Super Bowl LI matchup officially set, airlines are gearing up for the big game by adding more flights to Houston from New England and Atlanta. The New England Patriots will square off with the Atlanta Falcons inside NRG Stadium in Houston on Feb. 5. But before Super BowlSunday, fans from both regions will need to make their way to Texas

  • California girls basketball team blanks opponent 91-0

    January 19, 2017 9:18 PM 31

    Sacramento (Calif.) lights up the scoreboard, dominates with 91-0 in statement win. Shutouts are for baseball and softball. But Sacramento (Calif.) girls basketball team pitched a shutout on Wednesday. The Dragons blanked Johnson (Sacramento, Calif.) 91-0 in a statement win to say the least, leading 36-0 after the first quarter and building that to a 61-0 edge at intermission