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Missouri lake disaster kills 17 people, raising new safety concerns about duck boats

At least 17 people were killed when an amphibious boat carrying sightseers on a lake sank after encountering high winds and choppy waters, Missouri authorities said Friday. The disaster began Thursday evening at Table Rock Lake, a popular tourist spot in Missouri’s Ozarks, when a tour company vessel...
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Archaeologists explore a rural field in Kansas, and a lost city emerges
Sun, 19 Aug 2018 13:00:00 +0200
A Kansas archaeology professor believes he's found the lost city of Etzanoa, spurring a rethinking of traditional views on the Native Americans' early settlement of the Midwest.
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7-Eleven owners say new pact with Japanese-owned chain disenfranchises them
Sun, 19 Aug 2018 12:00:00 +0200
Sunny Sandhu bought his first 7-Eleven store in Southern California in 1999 when he was 28 years old. Like many other franchisees, the immigrant from India considered the Slurpee seller a sure path to the American dream. Over the following 14 years, Sandhu...
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Egypt's summertime escape: White sand beaches and designer cocktails, but no room for the public
Wed, 15 Aug 2018 12:00:00 +0200
Kiki’s Beach Bar offers cool breezes and $14 designer cocktails. But good luck getting in — unless you’re famous, or, better yet, know someone who works the door. But exclusivity, of course, is a draw for Cairo’s junior beau monde, which on Thursday...
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Red Sanders' impact on UCLA football has lasted well past his death, 60 years ago Tuesday
Tue, 14 Aug 2018 14:00:00 +0200
The darkest day in UCLA football history started with a coaches’ luncheon on campus. While Ohio State’s Woody Hayes, Oklahoma’s Bud Wilkinson and other top college coaches assembled in Chicago for a yearly all-star game, Henry Russell “Red”...
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Despite California privacy law, marketers are still scheming to snatch your data
Tue, 21 Aug 2018 12:00:00 +0200
If anyone should be capable of communicating in plain English, you’d think it would be the Assn. of National Advertisers, an organization of nearly 2,000 companies, representing 25,000 brands, that touts itself as “the voice of the marketer.” I...
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Arizona State to expand into downtown L.A. at historic Herald Examiner building
Tue, 21 Aug 2018 12:00:00 +0200
Students from Arizona State University’s journalism school will soon be typing away in the Herald Examiner building in downtown Los Angeles, the long-vacant home of one of the great newspapers founded by legendary media mogul William Randolph Hearst....
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They call it the canicula . In this Texas border town, the peak of a deadly summer is surrounded by superstitions
Tue, 21 Aug 2018 12:00:00 +0200
This week marks the end of the dog days of summer, the 40 hottest days of the year known along the south Texas border as the canicula. Canicula is Latin for “dog star,” a reference to the Canis Major constellation that appears above the sun during...
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Federal judges appointed by Trump are starting to leave their mark
Tue, 21 Aug 2018 12:00:00 +0200
In 2015, Donald Zimmerman, a conservative city councilman in Austin, Texas, tried a novel strategy to win reelection: suing his own city. Zimmerman thought the city’s $350 limit on municipal campaign donations violated the 1st Amendment. A federal judge...
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Once their rallying cry, Obamacare is suddenly a sticky campaign issue for Republicans
Tue, 21 Aug 2018 12:00:00 +0200
For the first time in nearly a decade, Republicans are heading into a national election divided and defensive over healthcare, the very issue that once propelled them to majorities in the House and Senate. After failing to deliver on their years-long...
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Kenley Jansen struggles in his return to mound as Dodgers lose 5-3
Tue, 21 Aug 2018 08:45:00 +0200
Kenley Jansen had waited 11 days for this moment, slogging through an excruciating stint on the disabled list because of a heart issue while his fellow relievers stumbled without him. His much-heralded return on Monday night was not what he or the Dodgers...
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Dave Roberts remains himself amid pressure to change
Tue, 21 Aug 2018 07:55:00 +0200
Listen in to the postgame show on the Dodgers’ flagship station and take note of how the callers describe Dave Roberts. You’ll swear they’re not talking about the same manager they praised over the same airwaves last year. On any particular night,...
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NFL: Flacco, Jackson throw touchdowns to help Ravens ruin Andrew Luck's homecoming
Tue, 21 Aug 2018 06:30:00 +0200
Joe Flacco threw a touchdown pass in the first half, Lamar Jackson added another in the second half and the Baltimore Ravens ruined Andrew Luck's Indianapolis homecoming by topping the Colts 20-19 on Monday night. Flacco looked sharp, going 7 of 9 for...
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College football notes: Urban Meyer’s fate to be decided in meeting
Tue, 21 Aug 2018 06:20:00 +0200
Ohio State trustees set a private meeting for Wednesday to talk about the future of coach Urban Meyer as the university seeks to quickly move past a scandal that has consumed the football program for nearly a month. Meyer has been on leave during an investigation...
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Rams sign right tackle Havenstein to a four-year contract extension
Tue, 21 Aug 2018 06:15:00 +0200
The Rams on Monday ensured that another key element of their offense would remain in place for the long term and moved closer to taking a chance that a defensive player with a productive but bumpy history will fit in to a team with Super Bowl aspirations....
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China rankled by the Taiwanese president's visit to NASA
Tue, 21 Aug 2018 05:50:00 +0200
China has protested a visit Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen made Sunday to NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston. The visit, made on a stopover from a trip to Central and South America, marked the first time a Taiwanese leader has been to an official...
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