News archive from 26 August 2015, page 12

World's oldest wombat in captivity joins Tinder in quest for love

World's oldest wombat in captivity joins Tinder in quest for love

If you're interested in digging holes and like late nights, get ready to swipe right. The world's oldest captive wombat is looking for love, and he's going to the depths of the popular dating app, Tinder, to find it. Patrick the wombat, will turn 30...

 

Orange chips in to help keep tech companies here

Orange County will kick in $100,000 to a venture-capital fund to keep home-grown tech companies from leaving town. The fund, known as FireSpring, was started with a $250,000 grant from the Economic Development Administration, a branch of the U.S....

 
Selfie Sticks ban at most museums--but not here

Selfie Sticks ban at most museums--but not here

LOS ANGELES: If you’ve been visiting museums this summer, you’ve certainly noticed that the dreaded Selfie Stick is suddenly object non grata. Museums from the Metropolitan Museum of Modern Art in New York to the Louvre in Paris and London’s National...

 

Survey: More than half of small businesses to meet revenue goals this year

It has been a good year so far for small businesses in Florida. TD Bank announced survey results today that found more than half of business owners say they expect to meet revenue goals this year. The survey also found that 46 percent feel optimistic...

 
Panda cub dies at National Zoo

Panda cub dies at National Zoo

One of the giant panda cubs died Wednesday around 2 p.m. at the Smithsonian's National Zoo, officials said in a statement.  The larger of the cubs appears to be "strong, robust, behaving normally" and is with its mother Mei Xiang in...

 
Texas city names road after Sandra Bland

Texas city names road after Sandra Bland

Prairie View City Council voted to renamed University Drive to 'Sandra Bland Parkway' PRAIRIE VIEW, Texas — City council members here said they hope renaming a road that leads to Sandra Bland's alma mater in memory of her will serve as a constant...

 
Carnival Pride returning to Tampa for short run in 2017

Carnival Pride returning to Tampa for short run in 2017

Carnival Cruise Lines today announced the return of the 2,124-passenger Carnival Pride to offer five- to 14-day voyages from the Port of Tampa in January and February 2017. Carnival Pride had sailed out of Tampa in 2014, but before going under the Fun...

 

ACA premiums expected to increase by average of 9.5 percent in 2016

Premiums for health plans in the insurance marketplace are expected to increase in 2016, but only in single digits, according to Florida insurance officials. The Florida Office of Insurance Regulation announced on Wednesday that the premiums for major...

 
Applications offer glimpse of how legal medical marijuana will work

Applications offer glimpse of how legal medical marijuana will work

TALLAHASSEE - Armored cars ferrying pounds of pot products, with names like "Stinky Purple," from Pensacola to Miami. Cannabis advertised on billboards throughout the state by companies linked to some of the Capitol's most powerful...

 
Walmart decides to quit selling AR-15, other modern sporting rifles

Walmart decides to quit selling AR-15, other modern sporting rifles

Walmart said that it is in the process of pulling modern sporting rifles such as the AR-15 from stores this week, instead focusing more on selling other sports and hunting firearms. The decision is related purely to lack of customer demand, says...

 
More animated to live-action films are due

More animated to live-action films are due

Production companies such as Disney have struck a gold-mine in their movie-making process: Turning animated classics into live-action films. With past successes including Cinderella, which has made over $200 million in the U.S. alone, the trend...

 
Obama congratulates WNBA champion Phoenix Mercury

Obama congratulates WNBA champion Phoenix Mercury

President Barack Obama is honoring the 2014 WNBA champion Phoenix Mercury at the White House. Obama said the team, and other women across the WNBA, are "changing the way that young girls, including my daughters, see themselves." (Aug. 26)...

 
9/11 survivor seen in iconic photo covered in dust dies

9/11 survivor seen in iconic photo covered in dust dies

A New Jersey woman shown covered in dust in an iconic photo taken after the 2001 terrorist attacks in New York City has died. Marcy Borders died Monday night after a battle with stomach cancer, her daughter Noelle Borders said Wednesday. The...

 
College faculty: Slain reporter was 'one of the best'

College faculty: Slain reporter was 'one of the best'

HARRISONBURG, Va. — Brad Jenkins flips through brochures for The Breeze, James Madison University’s student-run newspaper where he is the general manager, while talking with fellow JMU faculty member Ryan Parkhurst on Wednesday morning. Jenkins pauses...

 
Sinclair stations go dark for Dish customers as retransmission contract talks fail

Sinclair stations go dark for Dish customers as retransmission contract talks fail

The 129 TV stations owned by Sinclair Broadcast Group were taken off the air for customers of Dish Network Tuesday after they failed to strike a new rights agreement, resulting in what Dish says is the largest TV channel blackout in U.S. TV history....

 

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