World / Offbeat Jan 4, 2020

Singular 'they' chosen as word of the decade in U.S.

American linguists on Friday chose "they" as their word of the decade, recognizing the growing use of third-person plural pronouns as a singular form to refer to people who identify their sex as neither entirely male nor entirely female. Separately, the American Dialect Society bestowed ...

'Polar bears' take chilly New year's plunge for charity

World Jan 2, 2020

'Polar bears' take chilly New year's plunge for charity

2020 began in frigid fanfare for hundreds of people who splashed through the Atlantic Ocean during the annual Coney Island Polar Bear Club Plunge. Swimmers wearing Santa hats and other costume braved temperatures of 40 degrees (4 Celsius) to partake in the New York City ...

Happy 2020: Server at Michigan restaurant gets $2,020 tip

Business Jan 1, 2020

Happy 2020: Server at Michigan restaurant gets $2,020 tip

The restaurant bill was $23. But the tip at a small-town restaurant in Michigan was much larger: $2,020. "Things like this don't happen to people like me," server Danielle Franzoni told The Alpena News. Franzoni, 31, got the tip while working Sunday at Thunder Bay River ...

Bell of London's famed Big Ben will ring on New Year's Eve

World Dec 29, 2019

Bell of London's famed Big Ben will ring on New Year's Eve

Britain's Big Ben bell in Parliament's landmark clock tower will ring at midnight on New Year's Eve, marking the start of a year for the first time since its new face was revealed from under scaffolding halfway through restoration work. The work has seen the ...