A Louisville Zoo gorilla has died at the age of 52. Timmy, the oldest male western lowland gorilla in North America, was euthanized today after experiencing several years of medical problems, including heart disease and arthritis. The zoo’s veterinarian says Timmy had responded well to treatment for several months but began to decline in recent weeks.
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Following in uneasy but steady lockstep behind the Republican-controlled US House of Representatives, the Democrat-controlled US Senate voted 74-26 Tuesday to endorse the deal between President Obama and Congressional Republicans that will impose massive cuts in federal programs in return for a temporary hike in the debt ceiling.
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For House speaker John Boehner, Tea Party Republicans weren't the problem as he sought support for a package of spending cuts attached to an increase in the debt limit. The biggest impediment to a House majority was Republicans fearful a primary opponent would use a vote to boost the debt limit against them.
Bernheim Forest staff released bobwhite quail chicks today for the third consecutive year in an effort to reintroduce them to the forest. Fifty six-week old bobwhite quails waited in a crate, surrounded by a crowd of curious children and adults. The doors were opened, but the chicks needed some coaxing. Finally, they took their first flight.
Buyers and sellers alike are gearing up for what has become known nationwide as one of the best yard sales ever. The annual U.S. 127 Yard Sale — also known as the World’s Longest Yard Sale and/or the 127 Corridor Sale — officially gets under way Thursday and runs through Sunday. However, some vendors are already plying their wares beside the highway to serve eager buyers.
It was a tear gas grenade that detonated in Lynch on Monday sending 20 people to the hospital. Police are currently investigating whether to press charges against the man that obtained the device. Several additional details about the incident were released Tuesday. Police stated that children playing in their home apparently set off the grenade.
The quick wit of Kenton Circuit Judge Martin Sheehan has turned what would normally be a run-of-the-mill order concerning a forgettable civil suit into an Internet sensation. After the plaintiff and defendant told Sheehan they had reached a settlement and that there was no need for ruling on numerous remaining motions and a trial, the judge wrote he was “happier than a tick on a fat dog.” But that's not all. The judge also managed to mention one-legged cats, porcupines, topless bars and mosquitoes in his order.
A partial shutdown of the Federal Aviation Administration, prompted by a political dispute, is adding to the country's debt. This month alone, that shutdown will cost the Treasury $1 billion in uncollected airline ticket taxes.
The shutdown is happening because of a labor dispute, a long-standing rivalry and a disagreement over subsidizing small airports. It's not clear when it will all be resolved now that members of Congress are leaving Washington, D.C., for their summer recess.
NPR's Renee Montagne talks to NPR's Brian Naylor about what's behind the standoff.
There are two apartment buildings in my Manhattan neighborhood that share a block. They sit very close. One is about nine inches from the other. In the small vertical space between them, a horde of finches have built themselves nest upon nest upon nest rising for nine human floors. It's a finch skyscraper. In March and April you can see finches busily flying in and out of this vertical crack, bearing twigs, grasses and nest-building material.