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Whole Foods will ban plastic straws and offer smaller produce bags

Responding to customers’ demands, Whole Foods is ramping up its war on disposable plastic. The Amazon-owned company announced Monday that will stop offering plastic straws across all of its 500 stores in the United States, the United Kingdom and Canada. Whole Foods claims it’s the first national grocery chain to make the environmentally friendly move.…MORE

A 22-year-old woman has died after collapsing during the Cleveland Marathon

A woman has died after collapsing in the Cleveland Marathon on Sunday, officials said. Taylor Ceepo, a recent graduate of Walsh University in North Canton, Ohio, was 22 years old. She was pronounced dead on arrival at a local hospital, University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center spokesman George Stamatis told CNN. University Hospitals healthcare providers treated…MORE

Ford will cut 7,000 white-collar jobs

Ford is cutting 7,000 white-collar jobs, or about 10% of its salaried staff worldwide, as part of a cost-cutting effort it says will save the company about $600 million a year. Ford says workers will begin to be notified of cuts starting Tuesday, and the terminations will be completed by the end of August. About…MORE

‘American Idol’ crowns new winner

It was a win many didn’t see coming. On Sunday night Laine Hardy triumphed over fan and judge favorite Alejandro Aranda to become the winner of Season 2 of ABC’s “American Idol.” Hardy, a Louisiana native who was dubbed the Southern heartthrob of the show performed his new single “Flame” after he was announced by…MORE

‘Game of Thrones’ is over, so now what?

Do you need a hug? “Game of Thrones” had its series finale Sunday night and more than a few viewers are feeling some kind of way about it all being over. With all the excitement in the run-up to the end, after eight seasons it begs the question: What happens now? ‘Game of Thrones’ finale…MORE

Chicago police on alert after attempted arson and vandalism at synagogues

Chicago police are on alert after an attempted arson attack and vandalism at synagogues in the city, according to a police department spokesman. Chicago Police Deputy Superintendent Anthony Riccio has ordered special attention at all Jewish schools, synagogues and businesses, according to a tweet from Chief Communications Officer Anthony Guglielmi. Police said an attempted arson…MORE

Bodexpress ran the entire Preakness without his jockey

War of Will may have won the Preakness Stakes on Saturday, but the horse everyone likely will remember is Bodexpress. “I’m getting more press than the winner,” the horse’s jockey, John Velazquez, told CNN on Monday. Bodexpress threw Velazquez to the dirt immediately out of the gate, but he didn’t stop. The horse ran the…MORE