Lesbians irked over Dollywood shirt request
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- A lesbian couple is asking for changes at Dollywood after an employee asked one of the women to turn her T-shirt reading ''marriage is so gay'' inside-out to avoid offending others on a recent visit to the Tennessee theme park complex.
Olivier Odom and Jennifer Tipton said they want the park to be more inclusive of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender families after Odom was asked to reverse her shirt when they visited Dollywood Splash Country next to the Pigeon Forge amusement park.
Dollywood spokesman Pete Owens said on Tuesday that Dollywood is open to all families, but their dress code policy is to ask people with clothing or tattoos that could be considered offensive to change clothes or cover up.
Owens said the couple was not asked to leave and complied with the rules to reverse the shirt when asked.
Mountain lion killed in Conn. traced to S.D.
HARTFORD, Conn. -- A mountain lion killed on a Connecticut highway last month had apparently walked halfway across the country from South Dakota, according to Connecticut environmental officials who said Tuesday that the 1,500-mile journey was one of the longest ever recorded for a land mammal.
The animal originated in the Black Hills region of South Dakota and was tracked by DNA from its hair and droppings as it passed through Minnesota and Wisconsin in 2009 and 2010, Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection Commissioner Daniel Esty said.
McDonald's to add apples to Happy Meals
NEW YORK -- An apple a day may keep the doctor away. But when you put it in a Happy Meal, it might help keep regulators at bay too.
McDonald's on Tuesday said that it would add apple slices and reduce the portion of French fries in its children's meal boxes beginning this fall, effectively taking away consumers' current choice between either having apples with caramel dip or fries as a Happy Meal side.
The move by McDonald's comes as fast food chains face intense scrutiny from health officials and others who blame the industry for childhood obesity and other health-related problems. Some municipalities, including San Francisco, have even banned fast food restaurants from selling kids' meals with toys.
Blagojevich seeks new trial, cites judicial bias
CHICAGO -- Rod Blagojevich alleges a litany of errors at his recent corruption retrial in seeking yet another trial, including that a prosecutor should not have been allowed to call him ''a convicted liar'' in front of jurors.
In a 158-page motion, attorneys for the former Illinois governor lambast the government and presiding Judge James Zagel for a lack of evenhandedness, which they say led a jury to convict Blagojevich on 17 of 20 charges against him.
''It is a case of overwhelming bias against the defense in which the playing field was so unlevel that Blagojevich never stood a chance at a fair trial,'' they said in the motion, filed late Monday. It adds, ''There was a thumb on the scale of justice.''
Postal Service considers closing more retail outlets
WASHINGTON -- The Postal Service is considering closing more than 1 in 10 of its retail outlets.
The financially troubled agency announced Tuesday that it will study 3,653 local offices, branches and stations for possible closing. But many of those may be replaced by what the service is calling Village Post Offices in which postal services are offered in local stores, libraries or government offices.
''It's no secret that the Postal Service is looking to change the way we do a lot of things,'' Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe said at a briefing. ''We do feel that we are still relevant to the American public and the economy, but we have to make some tough choices.''
The post office operates 31,871 retail outlets across the country, down from 38,000 a decade ago,
Walmart.com to begin streaming movies on Web
NEW YORK -- Now playing: Movies at Walmart.com.
The world's largest retailer on Tuesday started streaming many movies the same day they come out on DVD, in a second bid for a share of popular movie rental and streaming website Netflix Inc.'s business and just two weeks after Netflix announced new price increases.