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  • Man dies trying to save girl swept into Lake Michigan, police say

    CHICAGO — A man died Thursday trying to save an 11-year-old girl who was swept into Lake Michigan while standing on a cement break wall, police said. The 35-year-old man jumped in and tried to reach the girl, but ended up sinking in the choppy, churning water. According to fire department officials, he was underwater for about four minutes. Witnesses said several lifeguards rushed in and pulled the man and the girl out. WLS-TV identified the man as Renee Padilla. […]

  • Take our poll: What do you think of new Energy Star summer thermostat recommendations?

    Looking to beat the heat without breaking the bank? Energy Star, the federal program run by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and U.S. Department of Energy, has some tips — but you might not like them. Energy Star recommends that, in order to reduce costs and energy usage, you should set your thermostat as high as comfortably possible through the summer. Specifically, they say you should set your thermostat to 78 degrees while you’re home. Spending the day out? Turn […]

  • Peter Fonda dies at 79

    LOS ANGELES – “Easy Rider” star and veteran actor Peter Fonda has died at 79, according to TMZ. Fonda, the younger brother of Jane Fonda, died peacefully at home, surrounded by loved ones, his family told People. The official cause of death was respiratory failure due to lung cancer, according to the statement. The family requested privacy to “mourn the loss of this sweet and gracious man.” Fonda’s death comes just after the 50th anniversary of “Easy Rider,” which was celebrated July […]

  • Dale Earnhardt Jr. on plane that crashed in Tennessee; is OK

    ELIZABETHTON, Tenn. — Dale Earnhardt Jr., his wife Amy and their child were on a plane that crashed in Tennessee on Thursday afternoon, according to Mike Davis, with JR Motorsports. Earnhardt Jr.’s sister, Kelley Earnhardt Miller, said Dale and his family are all safe but were taken to the hospital for an evaluation. “I can confirm Dale, Amy & Isla along with his two pilots were involved in a crash in Bristol TN this afternoon. Everyone is safe and has […]

  • Edward James Olmos on strengthening Latino culture in film

    Edward James Olmos is a legendary Mexican-American actor, director, producer, and activist who has been in film and television roles for over 40 years. He's best known for his roles in Battlestar Galactica, Selena, and Stand and Deliver. During his address at the Los Angeles International Film Festival, Olmos talked about why it is more important than ever to remain dedicated to strengthening Latino culture in the arts.

  • Frontier Airlines offers free flights to customers with last name Green or Greene

    Is your last name Green or Greene? If so, Frontier Airlines is giving you the chance to book a free flight this month. The promotion is part of Frontier’s Green Week initiative; the company invites people to fly “America’s greenest airline.” To claim their free flight, eligible individuals must book flights on and confirm their last name is Green or Greene. Those eligible for the promotion will then receive a full refund of up to $400 for round trip flights if both segments of […]

  • Walgreens to shutter 200 US locations as part of cost-saving measure

    DEERFIELD, Ill. – Walgreens will be closing 200 stores in the United States in an effort to reduce costs, the pharmacy’s parent company said in a regulatory filing Tuesday. The company projects the move will save more than $1.5 billion by the fiscal year 2022. In May, Walgreens Boots Alliance revealed that 200 stores in the United Kingdom were slated for closure, and said they would be reviewing the company’s “real estate footprint” in the United States. The company has […]

  • Robert Townsend uses his influence to keep Hollywood’s diverse audiences looking at themselves

    LOS ANGELES — Highly acclaimed filmmaker and actor Robert Townsend is best known for Hollywood Shuffle, The 5 Heartbeats, and Meteor Man. At the height of his acting career, Robert decided to go behind the lens to inspire positive change through his art, propelling him to become one of the most influential multifaceted voices in entertainment today. Robert sat down to talk about how he uses his craft to empower change at a recent event at the Wiltern Theatre in Los Angeles. […]

  • ‘Chance the Snapper’ gets full health exam at University of Florida

    ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla.— The alligator found living in Chicago’s Humboldt Park Lagoon had a full health exam by University of Florida veterinarians. Veterinarians said the gator, nicknamed “Chance the Snapper” by Chicagoans, seemed to be in good health after his exam, but they won’t know for sure until his blood work comes back from review. Chance the Snapper gets to see the vet for a wellness checkup! He is showing off that handsome smile. #chancethesnapper #alligatorrobb #chompchomp @UFVetMed — […]

  • Alligator living in Humboldt Park Lagoon captured; Update: Listen to audio from press conference

    CHICAGO — The search for an elusive alligator that was spotted in Chicago’s Humboldt Park Lagoon is over. The reptile was captured overnight less than 24 hours after the city hired a new expert from Florida to find it. Frank Robb was brought in after several attempts to capture it failed. Chicago Animal Care and Control also closed off a section of the park to keep people away. They feared all the spectators were keeping the gator in hiding. It […]

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