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Elijah, the Woodford Reserve Distillery mascot cat in Versailles, Ky., in 2013. He kept the workplace mouse-free for more than 20 years before dying this summer, the distillery said.

Behind Every Good Whisky Is A Trusty Distillery Cat

As the great poet T.S. Eliot once said:

The naming of cats is a difficult matter.
It isn't just one of your holiday games.

There's the common house cat, the scrappy alley cat, the quasi-domesticated barn cat. Less famous, but equally distinguished on both sides of the Atlantic Ocean, is the distillery cat.

Scotland may be the best place to investigate this member of the feline tribe. With more than 100 whisky distilleries crammed into an area about the size of Kansas, the only question is where to start.

A 2006 file photo of Jose Padilla being escorted by federal marshals near downtown Miami. Padilla was sentenced a second time by a federal judge on Tuesday, getting an additional four years on terrorism conspiracy charges.

Jose Padilla Gets 4 Years Added To His 2007 Sentence

A federal court in Miami has added four years to a sentence handed down in 2007 on Jose Padilla, who was convicted on charges of conspiracy and supporting al-Qaida.

The Associated Press says: "The new sentence was imposed by U.S. District Judge Marcia Cooke, who originally gave Padilla more than 17 years in prison. She also previously gave Padilla, a U.S. citizen and Muslim convert, credit for the more than three years he was held without charge as an enemy combatant at a South Carolina Navy brig."

The Baltimore Ravens released running back Ray Rice from the team Monday, after video emerged of him assaulting his then-fiancee, Janay Palmer. On Tuesday, Janay Rice said the media has exploited a moment that they both regret.

Janay Rice Says Assault Video Has Brought A 'Nightmare' To Life

The wife of Ray Rice, whose NFL career was derailed Monday by the release of surveillance footage showing him hitting his then-fiancee in an elevator, says the new attention is making the couple relive one of the most painful moments of their lives. Janay Rice says the media have used the episode to boost ratings.

Members of the Senate and the House of Representatives return to work at the Capitol this week after a five-week vacation. They must get to work on a continuing resolution to extend funding for government agencies to prevent a government shutdown.

5 Questions About The 2 Weeks Congress Plans To Work This Fall

Tanned and rested after a five-week summer vacation, Congress has returned for a brief session before returning home to campaign for re-election. This autumn session is expected to last a couple of weeks, give or take a couple of days.

What can be accomplished in so short a time? A great deal, if House and Senate choose to work together. Or nothing, if they don't. If you are wondering which will happen, you haven't been watching the 113th Congress up to now.

The Erebus and the Terror among icebergs, as illustrated in <em>The Polar World</em> by G. Hartwig in 1874. Sir John Franklin, British naval officer and arctic explorer, commanded the 1845 expedition of the ships to search for the Northwest Passage. All members of the expedition perished.

Canada Says It Has Found Ship From Doomed 1845 Arctic Expedition

One of two ships lost more than 160 years ago in an ill-fated expedition to the Northwest Passage led by British Capt. Sir John Franklin has been found by Canadian archaeologists, Prime Minister Stephen Harper announced today.

It could be the HMS Erebus or the HMS Terror — researchers aren't sure yet, but they believe one of the two appears in this sonar image:

"This is truly a historic moment for Canada," the prime minister said of the discovery.

Seven-time Formula One champ Michael Schumacher, pictured here in August 2012, has been sent home after months in a Swiss hospital, recovering from a serious head injury in a skiing accident.

Formula One Legend Michael Schumacher Sent Home From Hospital

Seven-time Formula One champion Michael Schumacher is headed home to his house in Gland, near Geneva, to continue his recovery from a serious head injury during a December skiing accident in France.

Sabine Kehm, Schumacher's manager, said in a statement that Schumacher is making progress after months in a Swiss hospital.

The Two-Way reported Schumacher's accident in December, when it was unclear if he would even survive.

You Won't Catch Ebola From A Giraffe In Tanzania

Korean Air has stopped all flights to Kenya. International travelers are canceling safaris. And parents of some students traveling to South Africa are nervous.

Why? Ebola.

The virus has dominated headlines for several months — and for good reason. The current outbreak is the worst in history, with more than 3,700 reported cases and 1,800 deaths as of Aug. 31.

The virus has also wreaked havoc on Africa's tourism industry.

Apple CEO Tim Cook announces the Apple Watch Tuesday, Sept. 9, in Cupertino, California. Apple unveiled the long-awaited smartwatch, which comes in two sizes and requires an iPhone.

Apple Shows Off Larger iPhone 6; Unveils New Apple Watch

After months of rumors and dozens of fan-created images of what an Apple watch might look like, the tech giant will show us what it's been working on today. Apple CEO Tim Cook unveiled a new smartwatch at a splashy event in Cupertino, Calif., called the Apple Watch

We'll be updating this post with news from Apple today, including tweets from NPR's Laura Sydell, who's at the event at the Flint Center.

Update at 2:40 p.m. ET: Apple Watch Price: $349

Edith Hill, 96, and Eddie Harrison, 95, shown here in their home in Annandale, Va., were married earlier this year. One of Hill's daughters says the marriage was improper and that Hill's estate is now in question.

Marriage Of 96-Year-Old Woman Raises Legal Questions

The recent marriage of two nonagenarians might seem romantic ... but the family of 96-year-old Edith Hill doesn't think so. The Associated Press is reporting a legal dispute in Alexandria, Va., between Hill's daughter Patricia Barber and Barber's sister, Rebecca Wright, who took their mother to marry 95-year-old Eddie Harrison.

A Fresh Look At Flight Safety Instructions

Usually, the airplane boarding process feels like rote muscle memory: find seat, stow bags, sit down, fall asleep. But not this time.

I am on my way to Minneapolis and I'm not tired. So for the first time in a while, I find myself listening to the classic airplane safety monologue. The flight attendant instructs passengers "to insert the metal fitting into the buckle of your seat belt" and "to take a few moments to locate your nearest exit." And of course, to "familiarize yourself with the flight safety instruction card that is found in the seatback pocket."

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