NFL owners have voted in favor of a tentative agreement to end the football lockout, pending player approval.
Thursday's ratification came after a full day of meetings at an Atlanta-area hotel, where team executives pored over the terms of the deal.
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said the ball is now in the players' hands.
"There is an urgency to this. We want to have a full 2011 season, that includes the four preseason games, and we're up against a wall," he said. "And I think that's indicated by the unfortunate cancellation of the Hall of Fame game."
Imagine this: A group of researchers off the coast of South Africa were trying to lure great white sharks to their boat when suddenly one them flies out of the water and, plop!, lands in the back part of the boat.
The shark was 9 feet long and the the boat about 26 feet. NPR's Michele Norris spoke to Dorien Schroeder, a team leader with Ocean's Research, who said at first the shark was stressed and rolling around.
Attorney General Jack Conway Thursday announced a $26.4 million civil settlement with the physician and hospital partners of the Passport Health Plan. The partners must begin repayment within 10 days of this announcement. The final payments will take place on or before Jan. 1, 2016.
Rescue crews are one scene after receiving a report of a vehicle submerged in water at the Valley View Ferry in eastern Jessamine County at 1:30 p.m. The Jessamine County coroner is also on scene. According to Jessamine County Fire Chief Mike Rupard, the vehicle was not on the ferry at the time of the accident and it drove into the water from the Jessamine County side of the river.
With an excessive heat warning in effect for Lexington and all of central Kentucky, residents are taking every opportunity to cool off. Normally, at this time of the year, the Lafayette High School Marching Band practice field would be filled with the sound of snare drums, rustling flags, and metronomes... but not today. Shannon Clark, color guard instructor, says it's hard work staying outdoors.