The Town'n Country grocery in Oriental, North Carolina, a local fixture for 44 years, closed its doors in October after a Wal-Mart store opened for business. Now, three months later -- and less than two years after Wal-Mart arrived -- the retail giant is pulling up stakes, leaving the community with no grocery store and no pharmacy.
NPR: As researchers have searched for ways to explain the childhood obesity epidemic in the U.S., many have posited that a child's race or ethnicity alone can put them at greater risk of becoming overweight or obese. Kim Eagle, a professor of internal medicine and health management and policy at the University of Michigan, was skeptical of this thinking. ... "At first glance it looked like childhood obesity was more common among African-Americans or Hispanics," Eagle says. When they accounted for poverty, though, the trend vanished. What his findings, which appeared in December in the journal Childhood Obesity, show is that "[obesity] is not about our race or ethnicity at all -- it's about resources," he says.
A 25-year-old man proposed marriage to a 20-year-old woman at a Bay City, Michigan, Wal-Mart store in front of employees and other shoppers on Dec. 30. On that same night, police said William Cornelius Jr. was accused of shoplifting at a nearby store and arrested. Cornelius was found by police sleeping in the mall's food court, apparently having fallen asleep at a table while tying his shoes, court records show. He took a watch, an edible thong, a sex toy, panties and sex candy from Spencer's valued at a total of $80.93, police alleged. He did purchase the engagement ring at Wal-Mart for $29.62. read more
A Venezuelan man clinging to a buoy was moments away from being rescued by the Dutch Caribbean Coast Guard when he was attacked by a shark and died while being transported to a hospital, the Coast Guard announced Monday.