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Summer Past-Times Becoming Too Unaffordable, Survey FindsSixty-eight percent of people surveyed said they had skipped recreational activities in the past year because they were not affordable.
Minneapolis Man On Crusade To Reclaim Emotional Support Pigs From Animal ControlThe debate of whether or not Larry Johnson should get them back has been going on for months, a battle that started with a trip to the golf course.
Married At 26? Parents By 27? Survey Reveals Most Common Milestone GoalsPeople think their "forever home" should be attained by at 37. And retirement should ideally happen at 63.
Workers Generally Most Productive On Mondays & TuesdaysEmployees also say their biggest distraction is coworkers who are too social or chatty.
Today's Parents Spent More Time Outdoors In Youth Than Their Kids AreA new survey of adults in the U.K. shows 4 in 5 say they spent more time outside than kids do now.
FDA Uses Magic Tricks In First TV Ads To Keep Teens From VapingExperts worry that e-cigarettes could put kids' developing brains at risk, get them hooked on nicotine early in life, and be a gateway to smoking and other drugs.
No One Wants The Middle Seat On Airplanes, But This Design Could Change That"It's still going to suck," Hank Scott, the founder and CEO of Molon Labe Seating, told CNN. "Now it's going to suck less."
1 In 3 Home Improvements Made To Keep Up With Neighbors, Survey FindsAlso, 42 percent said there's still competition with neighbors to have the best house on the street.
Topless Woman At Duluth Beach Sparks Debate About Public NudityThe state statute on indecent exposure states it's when someone willfully and lewdly exposes the person's body, or the private parts thereof.

Offbeat National News

'This Is Absurd:' Cheerleader's Mother Disturbed By Gun Raffle FundraiserAn Ohio mother says she was upset when her 7-year-old daughter was recently asked to sell raffle tickets for a semi-automatic gun for her cheer squad.
Scientists Say Heat Wave In Alaska Is Killing Large Numbers Of SalmonScientists are blaming unprecedented heat wave this summer for reduced salmon populations in parts of Alaska.
Church Wipes Out $3 Million In Medical Debt For 1,589 Local Families"It’s one thing to communicate to you ‘we love you’ to a community. It's another to demonstrate," said Chris Abington, senior pastor at City Church in Russellville, Arkansas.
Clinic Workers Say They've Been Warned To Only Speak English Or They'll Be FiredA group of health care workers at a state-run health clinic in Florida say they've told to stop speaking Spanish among themselves or risk being fired.
Vaccine For Cat Allergies Developed By Swiss ScientistsIf you love cats but are allergic to them, a team of scientists in Switzerland could have the purrfect solution for you.
Officer Gives Perfect Response To 'We Got High Together Girl' Wrong Number TextA hilarious exchange between an unknown person and a Missouri cop about getting high went viral Friday after the conversation was posted online.
Teacher Removed For Scolding Students Who Don't Stand For Pledge Of AllegianceA high school teacher in Florida has been removed after admonishing students who did not stand for the Pledge of Allegiance, according to authorities.
Man Accused Of Leaving Son, Dog In Car While GamblingA man who allegedly left his son and a puppy in his vehicle for an hour while he visited a casino was arrested, according to authorities in Arizona.
Miniature Horses Cleared For Take Off As Service AnimalsMiniature horses are among the service animals approved to take on flights, according to new guidelines provided Thursday by the federal government.