Americans can’t stop, won’t stop working
More than 40% of U.S. workers didn’t take a single vacation day last year, and Monday, 41% of employers will have some staff working. Happy Labor Day. While Americans are reportedly working more they aren’t the most overworked. Turkey tops that list, with Mexico not far behind. The U.S. came in at No. 16.
Plenty of sports for fans with the holiday off
Labor Day brings with it plenty of sports action across several playing fields, including:
• Finale of college football’s grand opening weekend when No. 12 Ole Miss squares off with No. 4 Florida State in Orlando.
• The year’s final Grand Slam tennis tournament continues with action at the U.S. Open in New York.
• The PGA’s FedEx Cup playoffs will become a bit clearer when the second event of the playoff, the Deutsche Bank Championship, wraps up at TPC Boston.
• Plus, let’s not forget a full slate of MLB action as the race for the playoffs heats up.
Burning Man packs up camp
After nine days with 70,000 people in the Nevada desert, the Burners are tearing down their beloved temporary city until next year's festival. The structures have been burned as a part of camp tradition, and the camp's airport, medical center and dance stages will come down to restore the desert, making Burning Man the world's largest leave-no-trace event. The attendees flying home via Reno must bag their luggage to prevent it from contaminating all the other bags with the desert dust.
Hermine, still potent, heads to New England
The Hermine storm system still threatens to regain hurricane force Monday as it hits coastal New England with high winds and storm surge, the National Weather Service said Sunday afternoon. Hermine, centered about 300 miles off of Ocean City, Md., granted the New Jersey coast a reprieve by drifting farther east than expected, but it is expected to turn north and west later by Monday. The system that has claimed at least two lives featured winds at 70 mph — just shy of hurricane strength.
Obama becomes the first sitting U.S. president to visit Laos
President Obama is slated to become the first sitting U.S. president to visit Laos on Monday as he travels to the capital of Vientiane. The main topic: deadly bombs that litter the Laos countryside. They're left over from the Vietnam War when a huge U.S. aerial campaign dropped 270 million cluster bombs on the small country. An estimated 80 million of the bombs didn't detonate, and less than 1% of those have been cleared since. Obama's visit follows his stop in Hangzhou, China for the G-20 summit.
And the essentials:
Weather: While Hermine brings strong winds and rain to New England's coast, Montana is in for snow and the West Coast West is due for a warm, calm Monday.
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