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2014-09-16 12:21:21

ARLINGTON, Va., Sept. 16, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- This week, American Trucking Associations' America's Road Team and Share the Road professional drivers will be participating in AAA Mid-Atlantic's IDrive program to educate young drivers on the importance of highway safety, particular around trucks. http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnvar/20100129/ATALOGO "Safety is the trucking industry's most important value," said ATA President and CEO Bill Graves. "We're always happy for events like...

2014-09-16 08:26:26

Live musical event to hit Napa with all proceeds benefitting music education NAPA, Calif., Sept, 16, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- On September 18(th) multi-platinum rock band BUSH will give a special acoustic performance at VH1 Save The Music Foundation's Noteworthy benefit concert at William Hill Estate Winery. The evening will feature an intimate performance in the vineyard to raise money and awareness for music education programs. http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnvar/20140915/146201...

2014-09-16 00:20:26

Airlines honored by passengers at Awards Ceremony in Anaheim ANAHEIM, Calif., Sept. 16, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Virgin America once again was named passengers' top pick, taking home the coveted Best Overall Passenger Experience award for the 2014 Passenger Choice Awards. It's the airline's second consecutive win in that category. The Passenger Choice Awards are the culmination of a year of passenger voting, and airlines were honored for excellence in every aspect of the passenger...

2014-09-16 00:20:23

WASHINGTON, Sept. 16, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Following is the daily "Profile America" feature from the U.S. Census Bureau: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnvar/20110428/DC91889LOGO GM FOUNDED Profile America -- Tuesday, September 16th. One of the nation's largest corporations is 106 years old today, although in common with other centenarians, it has its ailments. General Motors was conceived by William Durant of Flint, Michigan. Durant co-founded Chevrolet -- named...

2014-09-15 23:10:08

From the first chocolate chip cookie to decades of inspired chocolate baking, the Nestlé® Toll House® brand continues its tradition of baking up memories in kitchens across America Solon, OH (PRWEB) September 15, 2014 Every American has a chocolate chip cookie memory. The scene of children coming home from school to the scent of fresh-baked chocolate chip cookies wafting from the oven is as ubiquitous as the chocolate chip cookie itself. This year, Nestlé® Toll...

2014-09-15 23:03:45

EHS Today named Draper Laboratory to its 2014 list of “America’s Safest Companies,” which the publication released on Sept. 15. The award recognizes Draper’s efforts to drive not only the number of workplace injuries to zero, but to reduce the risk of such injuries to zero as well, according to Robert Najjar, Draper’s director of Environmental Health and Safety (EHS). CAMBRIDGE, MA (PRWEB) September 15, 2014 EHS Today named Draper Laboratory to its 2014 list of “America’s...

2014-09-15 12:26:06

LitterZap Wins Pitch Competition, Next Set Of Startup Contestants Announced KANSAS CITY, Mo., Sept. 15, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Dream Big America (www.DreamBigAmerica.us), powered by Sprint (www.Sprint.com), the first-ever "reality radio show" hosting a weekly startup pitch competition, announces LitterZap as this past week's winner. Dream Big America also reveals the competition's September 19 startup contestants. LitterZap, invented by Stewart Lovenvirth, is the first motion...

2014-09-15 12:25:47

WASHINGTON, Sept. 15, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Buckeye Singles Council started "National Singles Week" in Ohio in the 1980s to celebrate single life and recognize singles and their contributions to society. The week is now widely observed during the third full week of September (Sept. 21-27 in 2014) as "Unmarried and Single Americans Week," an acknowledgment that many unmarried Americans do not identify with the word "single" because they are parents, have partners or are...

2014-09-15 12:21:16

ARLINGTON, Va., Sept. 15, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- American Trucking Associations is taking this week, National Truck Driver Appreciation Week, to honor the 3.2 million professional truck drivers that deliver America's freight safely and securely, every day. "I just wanted to take a moment to say 'Thank you to the 3.2 million professionals, men and women, who safely move products for this country and provide for the quality of life that Americans have come to appreciate," ATA...

2014-09-15 00:20:14

WASHINGTON, Sept. 15, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Following is the daily "Profile America" feature from the U.S. Census Bureau: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnvar/20110428/DC91889LOGO HISPANIC HERITAGE MONTH Profile America -- Monday, September 15th. Today marks the start of National Hispanic Heritage Month -- a time to recognize the contributions and cultures of the nation's fastest-growing population group. The idea started as a special week in 1968 and was expanded to a...


Latest America Reference Libraries

York Chocolate
2013-06-11 13:15:07

The York chocolate cat, also known as the York, is a breed of domestic cat that originated in America in 1983 and is used as a show cat. It was developed by Janet Chiefari, who bred kittens that were descendants of Siamese cats. The York can be medium or large with a slightly long nose, a round head, and large round eyes that are gold or green in color. Its feet are sometimes tufted and it has a fluffy tail. Its body is covered in semi-long, soft fur that can vary in color. Preferred colors...

Yosemite National Park
2013-04-17 14:20:47

Yosemite National Park is located in eastern California in the United States in the central area of Sierra Nevada, extending to the western slopes of the range. The park holds 761,268 acres of protected land. The area became very popular after Thomas Ayres, the artist who was responsible for much of the publicity of the area, and an entrepreneur named James Mason Hutchings visited in 1855. Early tourists that visited Yosemite before it was a national park could enjoy passing over the Wawona...

Grand Canyon National Park
2013-03-19 15:03:05

Grand Canyon National Park is located in the American state of Arizona and is the country’s fifteenth established park. The main feature of the park is the Grand Canyon, which is a gorge of the Colorado River, and is often thought of as one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World. The park contains 1,217,262 acres of land. It was established as an official national park in 1919, but the area was already well known as a landmark for thirty years. In 1903, President Theodore Roosevelt...

Ronald Evans Jr.
2012-10-25 11:30:42

Ronald Ellwin Evans, Jr. was an astronaut that worked with NASA on the Apollo missions and served as a Captain in the United States Navy. Evans is one of the twenty-four astronauts to fly to the moon. . Evans was born on November 10, 1933 in St. Francis, Kansas. He graduated from Highland Park High School in Topeka, Kansas. Boy Scouts of America played a huge role in Evans youth as he attained the highest level of Life Scout. Evans then went on to study at the University of Kansas...

Plain Chachalaca, Ortalis vetula
2012-03-22 23:28:04

The Plain Chachalaca (Ortalis vetula) is a large species of bird in the Cracidae family. It is found in tropical and subtropical environments from mezquital thickets in the Rio Grande Valley in southeastern Texas to northernmost Costa Rica. In Central America, this species occurs in the Pacific lowlands from Chiapas, Mexico to northern Nicaragua. It occurs solely as a separate population in Costa Rica. Its habitat is dry and moist forests, especially where interspersed with scrub and savanna....

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Word of the Day
humgruffin
  • A terrible or repulsive person.
Regarding the etymology of 'humgruffin,' the OED says (rather unhelpfully) that it's a 'made-up word.' We might guess that 'hum' comes from 'humbug' or possibly 'hum' meaning 'a disagreeable smell,' while 'gruffin' could be a combination of 'gruff' and 'griffin.'