Craig Graffius started EcoGlass Straws 12 years ago with three decades of glass-making experience and his vision for an alternative to the ubiquitous plastic straw. What he didn't have was anyone clamoring for his product. Today, his tiny four-person shop in Hood River, Oregon, is gearing up to turn out 2,000 handcrafted glass straws an hour. That's up from the current pace of 125 an hour, or 1,000 a day.
Tippi Thole recycled. She composted. She thought she was doing a pretty good job environmentally. Then she heard a talk on plastics, and the container of trash she and her 8-year-old son emptied out every week began to look irresponsible. Thole replaced her 10-gallon can with a small wastebasket that had been under her bathroom sink and started to change the way she shopped and lived. Within 14 weeks, the family's weekly trash fit into a 2 1/2-inch-tall Mason jar. With room to spare.
WASHINGTON - Federal officials said Friday they plan to return up to 200 children a day to their migrant parents to comply with a federal court order issued in a lawsuit filed in response to the Trump administration's immigration crackdown on the U.S.-Mexico border.
WASHINGTON - Republicans for years have proclaimed the federal government's decades-old War on Poverty a failure. "Americans are no better off today than they were before the War on Poverty began in 1964," House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., wrote in his 2016 plan to dramatically scale back the federal safety net.
WASHINGTON - A dozen Russian military intelligence officers were indicted Friday, July 13, on charges they hacked Democrats' computers, stole their data, and published those files to disrupt the 2016 election - the clearest connection to the Kremlin established so far by special counsel Robert Mueller III's investigation of interference in the presidential campaign.
Fans of "Downton Abbey," it's time to review your notes from the upstairs-and-downstairs British saga because a movie is coming to the big screen. Production on a "Downton Abbey" film will begin this summer, the official Twitter account for the series announced on Friday, July 13. The Twitter announcement included a photo for an invitation that reads: "We cordially invite you to return to Downton Abbey. Only in Cinemas."
ELLESBOROUGH, England - President Donald Trump on Friday, July 13, sought to undo the damage he'd done to British Prime Minister Theresa May, lavishing her with compliments one day after he was quoted in a British tabloid dismissing her approach to Brexit, praising one of her foes and threatening to upend their trade relationship - while boasting that she would have been better off listening to him.
WASHINGTON - Jared Kushner, a senior White House adviser and President Donald Trump's son-in-law, lacks the security clearance level required to review some of the government's most sensitive secrets, according to two people familiar with his access. For the first year of the Trump administration, Kushner had nearly blanket access to highly classified intelligence, even as he held an interim security clearance and awaited the completion of his background investigation.
SEOUL, South Korea - A month after President Trump and Kim Jong Un held a historic summit in Singapore, South Korea's Moon Jae-in made his own visit to the city this week - even stopping by the iconic Marina Bay Sands on Thursday evening to take selfies like his North Korean counterpart did on June 11. The South Korean president offered a positive assessment of ongoing U.S.-North Korea talks while in the city, downplaying recent tension and miscommunication between the two sides.
Barbara Coombes, 51, had just been gardening in her father's backyard, on a street of red-brick terrace homes in their quiet suburb near Manchester, England, when she went inside and spotted a box on the dining room table. Sifting through the box, she was repulsed by what she saw: A trove of pornographic photos - of children. Among them were explicit photographs of herself as a child, according to a court hearing reported by the Manchester Evening News.