An Iowa woman is running barefoot across the United States to raise money to provide shoes for needy children. Rae Heim, 18, of Carroll, started her cross-country trek in Boston in April and hopes to reach Huntington Beach, Calif., in October. Heim will wear socks when the pavement is too hot. She did where sneakers in New Jersey, where broken glass and nails littered the highway.
Dangerous place to play
Chicago-area parents thought their pit bull was to blame when they heard their 18-month-old daughter crying and discovered one of her fingertips had been severed. Turns out, the culprit was a piranha the family kept in an aquarium. When doctors determined the bite wasn't from a dog, the father cut open the fish and found the fingertip, which doctors tried to reattach. The parents aren't facing any charges.
Speedy delivery service
Express service might be all you have time for at one New Hampshire post office. The hours at the post office in Sugar Hill have recently been cut back to 30 minutes a day, from 10:15 to 10:45 each morning. New Hampshire's two U.S. senators have written a letter urging the U.S. Postal Service to hold a community meeting in the northern New Hampshire town so that residents, government officials and business owners can ask questions and offer their thoughts on the future of retail postal service there.