Last fall, the CEO of San Francisco-based Dignity Health received an email out of the blue. It was from a 16-year-old Girl Scout named Shelby O'Neil. With all due respect, she wrote, the company's "Human Kindness" commercial had a glaring flaw: it depicted the casual use of a disposable plastic straw to blow out a birthday candle.
Koko, a beloved gorilla that learned to communicate with humans and then stole their hearts, has died. The Gorilla Foundation said the 46-year-old celebrity ape - a western lowland gorilla - died in her sleep this week at the organization's preserve in Northern California. The Gorilla Foundation, a nonprofit organization that works to protect the species and their habitats, said in a statement that Koko will be remembered "as the primary ambassador for her endangered species."
WASHINGTON - A federal judge ordered Paul Manafort to jail Friday over charges he tampered with witnesses while out on bail - a major blow for President Donald Trump's former campaign chairman as he awaits trial on federal conspiracy and money-laundering charges next month. "You have abused the trust placed in you six months ago," U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson told Manafort. "The government motion will be granted, and the defendant will be detained."
Less than two weeks after a pilot whale died off Thailand with 80 plastic bags in its stomach, three major companies - SeaWorld, Ikea and Royal Caribbean - have vowed to remove plastic straws and bags from their properties.
Flu killed 172 children between October and May, making this season one of the deadliest since federal health authorities began tracking pediatric deaths 14 years ago, according to a new government report. The figure reported Friday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention exceeds the 171 child deaths reported for 2012-2013, the previous record for a regular season. Only the 2009 swine flu pandemic, which killed 358 children, was worse; that flu was a new strain of the respiratory virus for which people had no previous exposure.
Anthony Bourdain, the American-born celebrity chef and roguish culinary adventurer, was found dead Friday in a hotel in France at age 61. He was in Strasbourg filming a segment for the globetrotting CNN food and cultural-exploration program "Parts Unknown," and the network said it was an apparent suicide.
WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court on Monday ruled for a Colorado baker who refused to create a wedding cake for a gay couple. In an opinion by Justice Anthony Kennedy that leaves many questions unanswered, the court held that the Colorado Civil Rights Commission had not adequately taken into account the religious beliefs of baker Jack Phillips. In fact, Kennedy said, the commission had been hostile to the baker's faith, denying him the neutral consideration he deserved. While the justices split in their reasoning, only Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Sonia Sotomayor dissented.
WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump on Monday, June 4, asserted an "absolute right" to pardon himself of any federal crimes but said he has no reason to do so because he has not engaged in any wrongdoing. "As has been stated by numerous legal scholars, I have the absolute right to PARDON myself, but why would I do that when I have done nothing wrong?" Trump wrote on Twitter.
Facebook is disputing a New York Times report about how it shares data with device makers from Apple and Amazon to Samsung. They're privy to Facebook users' information but it's nothing like the access that led to the Cambridge Analytica controversy, the social network said.
Teachers seeking higher pay and more school funding walked out of classrooms in half a dozen states this year. Now, three national polls report that most Americans agree that educators don't earn enough. And two of the surveys found that at least half of Americans said they would pay higher taxes to raise educator salaries. The national polls were conducted by the New York Times, the Associated Press and NPR, and each found that Americans overwhelmingly believe public school teachers are underpaid.