Ashley May USA TODAY Published 5:21 AM EDT Oct 8, 2018 Columbus Day, which falls on the second Monday of October, is one of 10 federal holidays recognized by the U.S. government. This year, it falls on October 8. The day commemorates the arrival of Christopher Columbus to North America in October 1492. Many also see it as a time to celebrate Italian heritage. Columbus Day was first recognized as a U.S. federal holiday in 1937, but some states (Alaska, Hawaii and South Dakota) do not observe the holiday, which is widely controversial because of Columbus' treatment of indigenous people. South Dakota instead celebrates Native American Day and Hawaii celebrates Discoverers' Day. Some cities have replaced Columbus Day with Indigenous Peoples Day. Here's what businesses will be open or closed on Monday: Banks: Most banks, including Federal Reserve Banks, Bank of America and Wells Fargo, will be closed. TD Bank will remain open on … [Read more...] about Columbus Day: What’s open and closed for the federal holiday?
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Alexander Coolidge Cincinnati Enquirer Published 10:01 p.m. UTC Aug 23, 2018 Kroger said it will ban the use of plastic checkout bags in its grocery stores by 2025. America's largest supermarket chain said it will transition from single-use to reusable bags and ultimately eliminate 123 million pounds of garbage annually sent to landfills. That would quadruple the amount of plastic the retailer currently recycles. Kroger currently sells reusable bags starting at $1 each. Kroger will ramp up the availability of those bags. Shoppers for the foreseeable future will still have the option of asking for paper bags. Kroger said it is also looking to cut back or phase out plastic bags for produce and meat, but it's focusing on eliminating checkout bags for now. The ban will directly affect a wide swath of consumers: Kroger serves 9 million customers every day at its nearly 2,800 stores in 35 states and the District of Columbia. Kroger's Seattle-based QFC subsidiary, with … [Read more...] about 2025 phase out: Kroger CEO Rodney McMullen says ‘plastic shopping bag’s days are numbered’
A snout and two little black eyes pop out from the hole, too late: A foot already covers them and the hole will be quickly filled with dry ice. This new weapon in the hands of New York's sanitation service spells certain death for the rat. Rick Simeone's team is at work in Sara D. Roosevelt Park on the Lower East Side, one of Manhattan's oldest districts. The day before, they spent more than three hours locating all the entrances to the burrows, 67 in all. That means there could be more than 250 "rattus norvegicus," the scientific name for common brown rats, living there. Burrow by burrow, the team drops into each hole several small pellets resembling ice cubes but which are actually dry ice, carbon dioxide in solid form. The surrounding air temperature ensures that the carbon dioxide reverts to gaseous form and asphyxiates the rats, which are usually asleep at this time of the day. Normally, 90 to 100 percent of the rodents are exterminated. "It's a method that's very effective in … [Read more...] about New York puts its rats on ice
New Zealand plans to slaughter about 150,000 cows as it tries to eradicate a strain of disease-causing bacteria from the national herd. Politicians and industry leaders announced the ambitious plan on Monday. They say it will cost hundreds of millions of dollars, and, if successful, would be the first time an infected country has eliminated Mycoplasma bovis. Farming is vital to the economy in New Zealand, whose isolation has helped protect it from some diseases which affect herds elsewhere. Read more Mad cow disease leads to hyper-aggressive wolves Last July, Mycoplasma bovis was found in the country for the first time. Found in Europe and the US, the bacteria can cause cows to develop mastitis, pneumonia, arthritis and other diseases. They are not considered a threat to food safety, but do cause production losses on farms. Officials say they plan to kill all cows on any farms where the bacteria are found, even if some of the animals are healthy. They say many of the cows will … [Read more...] about New Zealand to cull 150,000 cows in desperate measure to stop spread of deadly bacteria
Two-thirds of voters in Ireland have backed a historic change in the country's abortion laws, deciding overwhelmingly to repeal the eighth amendment to its constitution 35 years after it was brought into force. Taoiseach Leo Varadkar said the referendum result marked “the day Ireland stepped out from under the last of our shadows and into the light”, and he hailed the vote as a “quiet revolution”. His government is expected to introduce legislation allowing terminations in some circumstances by the end of the year, now that the amendment giving unborn children an equal right to life with women has been quashed. “We are not a divided country, the result is resounding and it gives us as a government the mandate that we need now to bring forward the legislation as soon as possible and to secure its passage,” Mr Varadkar said. Yes campaigners in Dublin chanted “we made history” as the result was announced – 66.4 per cent of … [Read more...] about Irish abortion referendum: 66.4% win for Repeal marks ‘the day Ireland stepped out from under the last of our shadows’, Taoiseach says