Experts offer ways to refresh Olive Garden

Fixing Olive Garden won’t be a rose garden. But it’s certainly doable. That’s the conclusion of five restaurant industry consultants contacted by USA TODAY. Late last week, Olive Garden’s parent company,Darden Restaurants, lost a heated battle against the powerful investor group Starboard Value, which coaxed investors into replacing the restaurant giant’s …

Rare photo found of Robert E. Lee’s slave

The National Park Service has found—on eBay—only the second photo known to exist of a famous slave owned by Robert E. Lee and and his wife, reports AP. The image, bought by the service for $700, shows Selina Gray and two younger girls, possibly her children. Gray served as the Lees’ …

The heat goes on: September sets global record

Last month was the warmest September ever recorded, putting 2014 on track to be the warmest year since records began, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announced Monday. The average global temperature in September was 60.3 degrees. That tops what had been the average temperature for the month, 59 degrees, …

UPI Almanac for Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014

Today is Wednesday, Oct. 22, the 295th day of 2014 with 70 to follow. The moon is waning. The morning stars are Jupiter, Mercury and Venus. The evening stars are Mars, Neptune, Uranus and Saturn. Those born on this date are under the sign of Libra. They include American pioneer …

Quote of the Day

“There’s no question today is a milestone day.” ~MAYOR MIKE RAWLINGS OF DALLAS, after 43 people who had contact with Thomas Eric Duncan, a Liberian man who died of Ebola, were declared Ebola-free. Quotation of the Day – NYTimes.com.

Celeb birthdays for Oct. 22, 2014

Actor Christopher Lloyd is 76. Actor Derek Jacobi is 76. Actor Tony Roberts is 75. Actress Catherine Deneuve is 71. Guitarist Leslie West of Mountain is 69. Actor Jeff Goldblum is 62. Bassist Cris Kirkwood of Meat Puppets is 54. Actor Bob Odenkirk (“Breaking Bad,” ”Mr. Show”) is 52. Singer-songwriter …