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Streaming of condor nest connects people to rare species
VENTURA, Ca. — Today, people around the world have the unprecedented opportunity to observe nesting California Condors and their young chicks in real time via live-streaming webcams near the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Hopper Mountain National Wildlife Refuge in southern California and at the Ventana Wildlife Society’s Condor Sanctuary in Big Sur along the central California coast.
Thursday, August 27, 2015


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Whiskey named after Tennessee moonshiner debuts new bottle
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A white whiskey named after a legendary Tennessee moonshiner is introducing a new bottle after a legal dispute over similarities to Jack Daniel's shape and design.
Saturday, August 22, 2015

Monks provide silent sanctuary at urban monastery
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) — Just blocks away from the bustling heart of this city, a community of monks offers a silent escape from it.
Friday, August 21, 2015

Indiana's Artsroad 46 Alive With Festivals
NASHVILLE, Ind.,-—  A haven for stunning arts and architecture, vibrant culture, flavorful cuisine, and breathtaking vistas, ArtsRoad 46 offers a wide variety of opportunities to experience art in all its forms and fashions.
Thursday, August 20, 2015

Tree pluribus unum: Many fruits grow on same tree
SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) — Plums, peaches, nectarines and cherries all grow on just one of Sam Van Aken’s fruit trees. The trees blossom in a riot of red, white and pink each spring.
Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Cheaters beware: Ashley Madison info dump contains extensive amount of data
LONDON (AP) — Hackers claim to have exposed data on millions of spouses who signed up to the cheating website Ashley Madison.
Wednesday, August 19, 2015

New book urges parents to let kids fail
(AP) — A new book written by a schoolteacher has a simple yet compelling message for parents: Back off.
Saturday, August 15, 2015

Valerie Bertinelli cooks up a Food Network show
NEW YORK (AP) — Cooking for family is fun for actress Valerie Bertinelli. Growing up in an Italian family, it was "food, God and garlic in our house," she said. The 55-year-old Bertinelli has fond memories of learning to make pasta from scratch as a young girl, and has long enjoyed cooking as a way to bring family and friends together.
Saturday, August 15, 2015

Man in bear costume harasses mother bear
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Authorities want to talk to a man who donned a fairly realistic bear costume — head and all — and wore it when harassing a mother bear and two cubs trying to feed on pink salmon in an Alaska river.
Friday, August 14, 2015

DNA proves President Warren Harding fathered a child out of wedlock
WASHINGTON (AP) — DNA testing all but confirmed Thomas Jefferson slept with his slave Sally Hemings. Now it’s rewriting another lurid chapter in presidential history, this one from the Roaring ’20s.
Friday, August 14, 2015

Presley 'forever' stamp going on sale
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — The Elvis Presley “Forever” stamp is going on sale shortly at post offices nationwide.
Thursday, August 13, 2015

More than 170 Elvis artifacts to be auctioned during 'Elvis Week'
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Want an Elvis Presley “Starburst” jumpsuit he wore during concerts in Las Vegas in 1973? Or how about a diamond and gold pendant the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll gave Sammy Davis Jr.?
Thursday, August 13, 2015

Mysterious Blue Hole draws visitors to eastern New Mexico
SANTA ROSA, N.M. (AP) — In an otherwise arid stretch of eastern New Mexico is a seemingly bottomless, deep blue swimming hole that has built up quite a reputation.
Saturday, August 8, 2015

Found in a dump, lost Purple Heart headed home
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The family of Wiljo Matalamaki clung to his Purple Heart, a tribute to a young man sent to World War II who never returned, whose body was never found. Then the medal, too, was lost. 
Friday, August 7, 2015

A look at top walking tours of Broadway featuring knowledgeable guides
NEW YORK (AP) — Visitors to Times Square looking for some theater history may be discouraged at the idea of dodging flocks of Elmo impersonators, Statue of Liberties and Naked Cowboys. A good guide is as important as a stiff elbow. 
Thursday, August 6, 2015

New disc due out in October matches Elvis Presley with Royal Philharmonic
NEW YORK (AP) — A new CD scheduled for release in October will unite the music of Elvis Presley with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra on songs like “Burning Love” and “Love Me Tender.”
Thursday, August 6, 2015

Obamacare fines rise as subsidies go to people who don't exist
The IRS fined more than 7.5 million Americans who didn’t have health insurance in 2014, even as Obamacare subsidies flowed to people who didn’t even exist.
Monday, August 3, 2015

Long-lost F. Scott Fitzgerald story finally published
NEW YORK (AP) — A year before F. Scott Fitzgerald died of a heart attack, he completed a short story about a hard-drinking writer diagnosed with cardiac disease.
Saturday, August 1, 2015

Dr. kept preemies alive by putting them in sideshow
Saturday, August 1, 2015

LLCC to hold Open House Aug. 10
TAYLORVILLE  — The public is invited to a Community Open House Monday, Aug. 10, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the newly renovated North Building at Lincoln Land Community College-Taylorville, 800 South Spresser.
Saturday, August 1, 2015

Sound medical advice as you head back to school
An April survey of 1,000 adults found that patients are often prescribed antibiotics when the drugs aren't necessary, such as for colds, the flu, many sinus infections and before certain dental or medical procedures.
Saturday, August 1, 2015

Parents encouraged to include emergency preparedness in back-to-school plans
SPRINGFIELD – As parents prepare to send their children back to school or college, the Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA) and local emergency management agencies throughout Illinois are encouraging them to include emergency preparedness in their back-to-school plans.
Saturday, August 1, 2015

Practical tips for adult students returning to school
ILLINOIS — Adults return to school for a variety of reasons. Some might be spurred by a desire to pursue a new career, while others might go back to school to learn more about their existing field and improve their career prospects. While their reasons for returning to school may differ, many adults find themselves battling some nerves as they begin the process of going back to the classroom.
Saturday, August 1, 2015

Web application created to help teach language
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) — Two years ago, Thomas Reese was a University of Illinois student learning Chinese. He figured there had to be a more effective way to pick up a new language than by using flashcards.
Saturday, August 1, 2015

Savvy tips for saving on school supplies
ILLINOIS — Back to school season can be as expensive for parents as it is exciting for students. Once the initial letdown of the end of summer vacation wears off, many kids are excited to return to school, where they can see their friends, study their favorite subjects and participate in extracurricular activities.
Saturday, August 1, 2015

Signs that indicate a tutor might be necessary for your child
ILLINOIS — School is not always easy, and some students struggle as they transition from grade to grade. As students get older, some who may have experienced smooth sailing as youngsters may find they need some extra help grasping the material as coursework becomes more complicated.
Saturday, August 1, 2015

Packing lunch: Here are tips to make it healthier
ILLINOIS — The benefits of a healthy diet are clear and well documented. In addition to providing the nutrients a growing body needs, consuming a balanced diet helps children maintain a healthy weight. Obesity continues to be a growing problem among school-aged children and can contribute to the onset of type 2 diabetes, heart disease, high cholesterol, and many other adverse medical conditions.
Saturday, August 1, 2015

1970's heartthrob David Cassidy prepares to auction mansion in Florida
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Like many of his baby boomer peers with grown children and debts to settle, one-time heartthrob David Cassidy is looking to downsize.
Friday, July 31, 2015

Extension extols benefits of reading with children
Monday, July 27, 2015

Community Calendar printed July 26, 2015
Community activities July 26 - August 15, 2015
Saturday, July 25, 2015

Wild Flower of the Week- July 26, 2015
Saturday, July 25, 2015

Maine brewer makes beer out of live lobsters, sea salt
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A Maine brewer is offering a quicker way to consume two of the state's summertime staples: beer and lobster.
Saturday, July 25, 2015

Nuns bake cheesecakes to help support monastery
CAMBRIDGE, N.Y. (AP) — In the midst of quiet lives of prayer, a handful of nuns have sliced out a niche as bakers of high-end cheesecakes, so rich and creamy in flavors of chocolate, amaretto and key lime that they seem downright sinful.
Friday, July 24, 2015

Pabst Returning To Milwaukee
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Pabst Brewing Co. said this week it is coming home to open a new brewery and restaurant next year on the site of its original Pabst Brewery in Milwaukee.
Saturday, July 18, 2015

Space station astronauts take shelter from space junk
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — A piece of space junk forced the three space station astronauts to seek emergency shelter Thursday.
Thursday, July 16, 2015

Atomic bomb test marks 70th anniversary
LOS ALAMOS, N.M. (AP) — The 70th anniversary of the U.S. government's test of the first atomic bomb over a remote stretch of New Mexico desert comes amid renewed interest in the secret World War II project, thanks to new books and a television drama series.
Thursday, July 16, 2015

Testimony released in famous Rosenberg spy case
WASHINGTON (AP) — The brother of Ethel Rosenberg, who was a star trial witness against his sister and brother-in-law in a sensational Cold War atomic spying case, never implicated his sister in an earlier appearance before a grand jury and said that they had never discussed her role “at all,” according to secret court records unsealed Wednesday.
Thursday, July 16, 2015

Harper Lee's town joyful, anxious
MONROEVILLE, Ala. (AP) — Judy May and her sister Julia Stroud drove back to their hometown of Monroeville, Alabama, and snatched up the first two copies as Harper Lee’s new novel “Go Set a Watchman” as the book went on sale at midnight.
Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Pluto close-up: Spacecraft makes flyby of icy, mystery world
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — We’ve made it to Pluto by NASA’s calculations, the last stop on a planetary tour of the solar system a half-century in the making.
Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Looking for traces of 'Mockingbird' in Harper Lee's Alabama hometown
MONROEVILLE, Ala. (AP) — Harper Lee's novel "To Kill a Mockingbird" is always nearby in the southwest Alabama town of Monroeville.

The quiet city is the birthplace and current home of the 89-year-old author, and it inspired the fictional town of Maycomb in her Pulitzer Prize-winning book about race and injustice in the Deep South of the 1930s.

Saturday, July 11, 2015

Owners of 'Kitchen Nightmares' notoriety to close
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) — The owners of a Phoenix-area restaurant who became notorious after yelling at unsatisfied customers and pocketing employees' tips during a volatile appearance on Fox reality show "Kitchen Nightmares" will soon close its doors.
Saturday, July 11, 2015








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