Friday, August 1 2014 9:52 AM EDT2014-08-01 13:52:34 GMT
U.S. employers extended this year's hiring surge into July by adding a solid 209,000 jobs. It was the sixth straight month of job growth above 200,000.Full Story >
U.S. employers extended their solid hiring into July by adding 209,000 jobs. It was the sixth straight month of job growth above 200,000, evidence that businesses are gradually shedding the caution that had marked the...Full Story >
Friday, August 1 2014 9:28 AM EDT2014-08-01 13:28:16 GMT
A three-day cease-fire in the Gaza Strip has gone into effect following heavy Israel-Hamas fighting.Full Story >
A Gaza cease-fire quickly unraveled Friday as violence erupted in and around the southern town of Rafah, with at least 35 Palestinians killed by Israeli shelling and the military saying an infantry officer may have been...Full Story >
Friday, August 1 2014 8:44 AM EDT2014-08-01 12:44:35 GMT
The United Nations says 1,737 people, mostly civilians, were killed in Iraq in July, marking a dramatic decline from the previous month, when some 2,400 people were killed as Sunni militants swept across large...Full Story >
Iraq's most influential Shiite cleric appealed to Iraqi politicians on Friday not to make themselves "an obstacle" in the country's transition as the deadline looms for selecting the next prime minister.Full Story >
NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) - Carnival may be engrained in New Orleans' culture, but it has also taken hold in more and more cities around the country.
For us, it doesn't need a lot of explanation. But this time of year, the city's tourism leaders are touting the madness of the country's biggest Carnival celebration to the national media.
"Well, Mardi Gras in New Orleans is what we call the greatest free show on earth," said Convention and Visitors Bureau spokeswoman Kelly Schulz. "It's something that is absolutely synonymous with the history of New Orleans. You know, Mardi Gras is something that is very much of a sacred tradition for our residents."
A tradition that's also a huge money maker, generating hundreds of million dollars a year for the city. Tourists pack hotels and spend millions on food and alcohol. Millions more are spent on floats, costumes and throws, and the publicity is priceless.
It's no wonder cities all over are trying to cash in on the Fat Tuesday phenomenon.
Even the Big Apple is home to a French Quarter-themed blowout.
"We open at 11 a.m. and we are probably pretty busy by noon," said Keith Santangelo with the Bourbon St. Bar & Grille in New York. "We have a line down the block by 2 or 3 p.m., and then we're packed all night. It's a fun party, it's a big party."
Santangelo said Bourbon Street Bar & Grille sells a whole lot of liquor on Fat Tuesday.
"We'll probably go through well over 2,500 hurricanes," he said. "That's usually how much we sell that day. The last couple of years we've been at capacity, so I don't think it could get any bigger."
Don't bet on that, as Carnival continues its spread to every corner of the country.
Mobile, Ala. claims title to the oldest Mardi Gras celebration. St Louis claims to have the biggest Mardi Gras event in the country outside of New Orleans.
Thursday, July 31 2014 9:48 PM EDT2014-08-01 01:48:50 GMT
Green Township Police are looking for a suspect after a man robbed Kroger while wielding a butcher knife. Police say the man entered the store on North Bend Road with the knife around 10:30 p.m. Wednesday.Full Story >
Green Township Police are looking for a suspect after a man robbed Kroger while wielding a butcher knife.Full Story >
Wednesday, July 30 2014 9:12 PM EDT2014-07-31 01:12:13 GMT
The tattoo has not previously been seen widely by the public because cameras are not allowed inside Indiana courtrooms. The Indiana Office of the Courts released the photo on July 30 as part of evidence logged in by police and presented to the court by the Floyd County Prosecutor's Office.Full Story >
The tattoo has not previously been seen widely by the public because cameras are not allowed inside Indiana courtrooms. The Indiana Office of the Courts released the photo on July 30 as part of evidence logged in by police and presented to the court by the Floyd County Prosecutor's Office.