Chicago’s ‘Bean’ Sculpture Reopens After Year of Renovation

Chicago’s ‘Bean’ Sculpture Reopens After Year of Renovation

One of Chicago’s most popular tourist attractions, known as “The Bean,” reopened Sunday, after nearly a year of renovation.

July 4 Holiday Travel Crowds Already Setting Records

July 4 Holiday Travel Crowds Already Setting Records

A record number of Americans are expected to travel at least 50 miles from home on or around the July 4 holiday, according to the latest holiday travel forecasts.

US Passport Filing Options Expand in Response to Interest

US Passport Filing Options Expand in Response to Interest

An increasing interest for U.S. passport books or cards has led the  State Department to expand opportunities in applying for such travel documents or renewals.

A US Veteran Died Alone at a Nursing Home. Volunteers Attended His Funeral.

A US Veteran Died Alone at a Nursing Home. Volunteers Attended His Funeral.

Former U.S. Marine Gerry Brooks died alone at a nursing home in Maine. Volunteers and veterans stepped up to provide him a funeral service with full military honors.

Amazon Packaging Phasing Out 'Plastic Pillows' in Favor of Recycled Paper

Amazon Packaging Phasing Out 'Plastic Pillows' in Favor of Recycled Paper

Amazon is shifting away from plastic air pillows to recycled paper for its package stuffing in North America.

Here’s Why Summer Solstice Occurs Early on the 2024 Calendar

Here’s Why Summer Solstice Occurs Early on the 2024 Calendar

Summer begins at 4:50 p.m. Thursday, a bit earlier than usual given that the astronomical alignment typically happens on June 21, which would be Friday

Nova Explosion Predicted to be Visible Soon in Night Sky

Nova Explosion Predicted to be Visible Soon in Night Sky

NASA reports that a nova explosion is brewing within the constellation Corona Borealis, also known as the Northern Crown. The nova light will be visible to the naked eye when it happens.

Could a Heat Wave or Smoke Incident Qualify for FEMA Assistance?

Could a Heat Wave or Smoke Incident Qualify for FEMA Assistance?

A coalition of environment, labor and health groups is urging the Federal Emergency Management Agency to consider extreme heat and wildlife smoke cases as eligible for federal disaster assistance.

How and Why Juneteenth Became a Federal Holiday

How and Why Juneteenth Became a Federal Holiday

Juneteenth honors June 19, 1965, the date when the Emancipation Proclamation was read in Texas. Here's an introduction to the federal holiday, and a list of some offices and services that are closed.

What You Can Do If Power Outages Happen During a Heat Wave

What You Can Do If Power Outages Happen During a Heat Wave

What can you do to stay safe if summer power outages prevent you from using fans and air conditioners? Emergency response and medical experts share some tips.

The Story of How USA’s Flag Day Tradition Originated in Wisconsin

The Story of How USA’s Flag Day Tradition Originated in Wisconsin

Flag Day commemorates June 14, 1777, when the Continental Congress determined the composition of the new nation's flag with a pattern of stars and stripes in red, white and blue.

Denmark Recalls South Korean Noodles for Being too Spicy

Denmark Recalls South Korean Noodles for Being too Spicy

Food authorities in Denmark recalled three types of spicy instant noodle products imported from South Korea over possible risks for 'acute poisoning.'

Rosters Set for 2024 Congressional Baseball Game

Rosters Set for 2024 Congressional Baseball Game

Dozens of Congressional representatives are on the roster for the annual Democrat-Republican baseball game Wednesday evening at Nationals Park.

Graduation Day Has Arrived for Sandy Hook Shooting Survivors

Graduation Day Has Arrived for Sandy Hook Shooting Survivors

High school graduation has arrived for the students whose classmates died in the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting. Here's what some of them said about what the day will be like:

Joey Chestnut Won't Compete in Annual July 4 Hot Dog Eating Contest Over Deal with Rival Brand

Joey Chestnut Won't Compete in Annual July 4 Hot Dog Eating Contest Over Deal with Rival Brand

Joey “Jaws” Chestnut, 40, has been competing since 2005 and hasn’t lost since 2015.