The last time a newly born giant panda was named at the Smithsonian National Zoo, it took nearly three weeks and more than 100,000 online submissions. On Friday, in front of dignitaries and more than a dozen third grade school children, Michelle Obama and Peng Liyuan announced that a male cub born on August 22 would be called Bei Bei, which means "precious treasure". A shortlist of names had been drawn up by zoo keepers at the Washington zoo and the Wolong nature reserve in China.
By Emily Flitter NEW YORK (Reuters) - A group of Joe Biden supporters trying to build momentum for a White House run by the vice president is hiring paid staff in about a dozen crucial primary states. The political action committee backing the vice president, Draft Biden, has begun building operations in 11 states holding primary elections on "Super Tuesday" in March 2016, two of the group's officials told Reuters, an important series of votes for any candidate seeking their party’s nomination. Draft Biden doesn't have a firm number for how many staff in total it will hire in those states, said Josh Alcorn, a senior advisor to the group, but the recruitment process is under way.
Erie County District Attorney Frank Sedita III said he was still investigating allegations that Kane, one of the National Hockey League's best players, raped a woman last month at his lakeshore home outside Buffalo, New York. Sedita, however, rejected claims by a lawyer who represented Kane's accuser that an open bag that once contained the case's rape kit was found on Sept. 22 on the doorstep of the alleged victim's mother.
WASHINGTON (AP) — As one of his last moves as House Speaker, John Boehner set the House on course to avoid a government shutdown by advancing a stopgap spending measure free of a dispute over Planned Parenthood's taxpayer funding.
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A convicted con man and military veteran accused of impersonating an FBI agent in the North Dakota oil patch was sentenced Friday to the time he's already spent in prison, during a hearing where he spoke about suffering post-traumatic stress disorder.