Behold frozen ‘ghost apples,’ courtesy of the polar vortex

Lots of fruits are out of season here in the northern hemisphere thanks to a rather harsh winter and a visit from our old friend, polar vortex.  But recent freezing rain in Michigan led to the production of a rare psuedo-crop: the ghost apple.

Candice Payne: the Chicago woman who rented hotel rooms for homeless people during polar vortex

Candice Payne, a Chicago real estate broker, is being hailed a hero after helping more than 70 homeless people get out of the blistering cold in Chicago’s South Side and into a nearby hotel.

After thinking about the homeless population outside while the city experiences record sub-zero temperatures, she picked up the tab for the rooms, getting help from her friends who shuttled them, Payne said.