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MINNEAPOLIS — Lindsay Whalen, the all-time winningest player in WNBA history, will be announcing her retirement from the league Monday, Aug. 13, sources tell the Minneapolis Star Tribune. At 1:30 p.m., a news conference will be held at Mayo Clinic Square in downtown Minneapolis, according to the Star Tribune. The press conference will be simulcast on Fox Sports North and on NBA TV. Earlier this year, Whalen, a former star at Hutchinson (Minn.) High School, was named the new head coach of the University of Minnesota Gophers women's basketball team.
DETROIT — Legendary singer Aretha Franklin, better known as the "Queen of Soul," is "gravely ill" in a Detroit hospital, her family told Detroit news station WDIV-TV Monday, Aug. 13. Evrod Cassimy, a news anchor for WDIV-TV, shared the news in a tweet Monday morning. "I am so saddened to report that the Queen of Soul and my good friend, Aretha Franklin is gravely ill. I spoke with her family members this morning. She is asking for your prayers at this time. I'll have more details as I'm allowed to release," the tweet read.
Five back-to-school items have tested positive for toxic chemicals – including asbestos – according to a release from the U.S. Public Interest Research Group. Those items include Playskool crayons (36 count), Brace Brands children’s Reduce Hydro Pro Furry Friends water bottle, GSI Outdoors Kids’ insulated water bottles, Jot brand blue 3-ring binder and The Board Dudes brand markers.
STUDIO CITY, Calif. — As of Tuesday morning, Aug. 7, the iconic home located at 11222 Dilling St. in North Hollywood, Calif. is officially off the market. But not without a bit of controversy. The home, more commonly known as “The Brady Bunch house,” was thought to be purchased on Aug. 3 by Lance Bass, a current TV host and former musician with the hit boy band ‘N Sync, according to a post on his Twitter account. “Super excited to announced they accepted my offer on the #BradyBunch house last night!!!
WEST GLACIER, Mont. — A 55-year-old Oregon man, caught on video taunting a bison inside Yellowstone National Park, faces charges following a string of similar incidents in other national parks during that same week, the National Parks Service said in a Aug. 3, news release. Raymond Reinke, of Pendleton, Ore., was apprehended Thursday, Aug. 2, by Glacier National Park rangers and transferred to the Yellowstone Jail in Mammoth Hot Springs, Wyo. following separate but similar incidents in Grand Teton National Park and Glacier National Park.
BOISE, Idaho—Residents of a Boise neighborhood had their front lawns turned into a goat farm briefly Friday morning, Aug. 3, after dozens of goats seemingly showed up out of nowhere and began eating everything in sight. According to a KTVB-TV report, neighbors said the herd of goats showed up near the neighborhood around 7 a.m. Animal control was called and responded to the scene in a single truck, but quickly realized they were going to need much more than that to haul them away.
HP Hood, a Massachusetts-based dairy company, is voluntarily recalling a limited number of half-gallon cartons of refrigerated Vanilla Almond Breeze almond milk because the product may contain milk, an allergen not listed on the label, the Food and Drug Administration said in a Thursday, August 2, news release.
YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK — Shocking video showing a man taunting a bison in Yellowstone National Park is leaving many who watch asking the question: Why? The video, taken by Lindsey Jones, shows a man walking towards the bison while traffic is stopped on a busy road inside the park.
WATKINS, Minn. — A pilot walked away unscathed after the plane he was piloting malfunctioned and crashed Thursday morning, Aug. 2, in a cornfield approximately 3 miles north of here. According to a release from the Stearns County Sheriff's Department: At approximately 10:40 a.m. Thursday, the Stearns County 911 Center received a report of an aircraft down in a cornfield located in Luxemburg Township near Watkins. The reporting parties indicated they they could see the tail of an aircraft sticking out of the standing corn.
LETHBRIDGE, Alberta — A Canadian woman who was 32 weeks pregnant was given a cleaning agent instead of a latte while visiting a local McDonald's Sunday, July 29, according to a report in The Lethbridge News. Sarah Douglas, of Lethbridge, Alberta, says she was taking her son to a baseball tournament when she decided to stop at a nearby McDonald's drive-through to order a latte coffee drink. After ordering the latte, Douglas and her son began driving down the highway when she decided to take a sip of the coffee drink she thought she ordered.