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Democrats stay up late hoping to 'shame' Republicans over health
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
Senator Chris Murphy (D-CT) introduces Dr. Scott Gottlieb before a Senate Health Education Labor and Pension Committee confirmation hearing on his nomination to be commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., U.S., April 5, 2017. WASHINGTON–In a late night protest, Senate Democrats decried efforts by top Republicans to repeal the Affordable Care Act behind closed doors, pledging to disrupt proceedings in the chamber over the matter. Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., said that Democrats will break with normal procedure and object to routine movements and bills in an effort to slow down Senate business unless Sen. Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., agrees to allow debate on the controversial health care bill.
Coke tweet targeting Pittsburghers uses map of Philadelphia
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Coca-Cola's marketing efforts during the weekend's heatwave in Pittsburgh backfired when the company mistakenly used a map of Philadelphia in a post on Twitter.
Swarm of gnats causes fire scare at landmark Hamburg church
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
BERLIN (AP) — Emergency services were called to a landmark Hamburg church to fight a fire. All they found was a swarm of gnats.
The summer solstice is Tuesday: 7 things to know about the longest day of the year
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Why do we have a summer solstice, anyway? The summer solstice is upon us: Tuesday, June 20, will be the longest day of 2017 for anyone living north of the equator. Below is a short scientific guide to the longest day of the year (though not, as we’ll see, the longest day in Earth’s history — that happened back in 1912).
Eric Holder joins the anti
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
Former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, left, speaks at a news conference to discuss the proposed so-called California “sanctuary state bill” as California state Senate President pro Tempore Kevin de Leon listens, Monday, June 19, 2017, in Los Angeles. LOS ANGELES — More than two years after leaving the Obama administration, former Attorney General Eric Holder is reentering the political fray.
Ancient Human Sacrifices Were Prisoners Of War Kept As Slaves
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Archaeologists say the decapitated skeletons of these human sacrifices came from prisoners of war, kept by the ancient Chinese Shang Dynasty as slaves before killing them.
Lightning kills 22 in Bangladesh
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Lightning strikes have killed at least 22 people in Bangladesh in the last 48 hours, authorities said Tuesday, a week after monsoon rains triggered a series of deadly landslides in the country. The deaths came as storms swept the country on Sunday and Monday, the head of the disaster management department Reaz Ahmed told AFP. Among the dead were a couple and their young daughter who were were working on a peanut farm when they were struck by lightning.
New Findings Show We Don't Know How Many Planets Are in Our Own Galaxy
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
NASA's astronomers found 4,034 objects in the Milky Way. They've confirmed about half are planets, and a handful might support life.
'Human Project' study will ask 10,000 to share life's data
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Wanted: 10,000 New Yorkers interested in advancing science by sharing a trove of personal information, from cellphone locations and credit-card swipes to blood samples and life-changing events. For 20 ...
Psychologists devise clever trick to make us eat more veggies
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Turns out if you call beets "dynamite" and sweet potatoes "zesty," people actually want to eat their veggies. SEE ALSO: Here’s what happens when you cut out just 10% of meat from your diet A new study published last week in JAMA Internal Medicine from Stanford University's Psychology Department found that rich, descriptive and delicious labels for vegetables makes them a lot more appealing. The study found that "indulgent" descriptors for vegetables like beets, corn, green beans, zucchini, carrots, and sweet potatoes won over diners at a university cafeteria. We get it: "rich buttery roasted sweet corn" sounds too good to pass over. Especially when compared to just plain-old "corn." It's all in the description.Image: JAMA internal medicineSo when you put out descriptions like "dynamite chili and tangy lime-seasoned beets" that sounds way more appealing than descriptions that say what isn't included, like "lighter-choice beets with no added sugar." Even labeling the beets with their health benefits, such as "high-antioxidant beets" makes them less desirable. Treating vegetables like a steak dinner works.  Vegetables labeled "indulgently" saw a 23 percent selection increase compared to "basic" labels. Compared to "healthy restrictive" labels (like "reduced-sodium corn"), indulgent descriptors increased the choice of veggies by 33 percent.  These results came from recording food selection in the cafeteria every weekday during the fall 2016 quarter (that's 46 days). Of the almost 28,000 diners during that period, 8,279 diners chose vegetables. So this means we've been going about marketing vegetables wrong. If we just re-framed our carrots as zesty and succulent, we'd be salivating as much as when that sizzling, cheesy pizza comes out of the oven. WATCH: The biggest food fight in the world is no joke
5 Easy, Healthy Summer Recipes
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, health
Burgers, barbecued ribs, hot dogs, ice cream, potato salad. These summer classics taste good but aren’t always so healthy because of their high fat and calorie content. But this season brings an ...
Pickle Popsicles
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, health
This pickle ice pops recipe will be your favorite new summer treat. They're easy-to-make, slightly tangy, refreshing, and unexpectedly delicious.
How to Drink Without Gaining Weight
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, health
Alcohol doesn't have to damage your waistline. Watch this before your next night out to beat those cocktail calories.
The Mussels That Eat Oil
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
In 2004, a team of geologists discovered something extraordinary while exploring the Gulf of Mexico. They were searching for sites where oil and gas seep out of the ocean floor, but instead, two miles below the ocean’s surface, they found a field of dormant black volcanoes. And unlike typical volcanoes that spew out molten rock, these had once belched asphalt. They looked like they had been fashioned from the same stuff used to pave highways, because that’s exactly what they were. The team named one of them Chapapote after the Aztec word for “tar.”
This New NASA Astronaut Has a Powerful Message for Girls in STEM
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Kayla Barron is part of the competitive astronaut class in NASA's history.
These Household Products Could Cause Birth Defects
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Although we’ve known for a while that many common household products can make us sick, it...
Religious leaders join forces to protect rainforests
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Religious leaders around the world met Monday in Oslo to urge further efforts to fight deforestation that is wiping out thousands of square kilometres of rainforests each year. Christian, Muslim, Hindu, Buddhist, Taoist and Jewish leaders are meeting indigenous people affected by deforestation as well as experts on climate change and human rights over three days to devise an interfaith action plan for 2018. It is thought to be the first time leaders from the world's major religions have joined forces to protect tropical rainforests, "the most diverse, unique nature system on Earth", said Lars Lovold, director of Rainforest Foundation Norway.
Tech companies stepping up anti
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Clarion Project's Ryan Mauro details new efforts from Google, Facebook on 'America's News HQ'
Health Care Declassified: Republicans are skeptical of a closed drafting process – but will they act to open it up?
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
Yahoo News peeks behind the curtain of secrecy surrounding the Republican health care bill to learn what we can about what it may contain.
Wicked long: Restaurant hopes to land lobster roll record
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
PORTSMOUTH, N.H. (AP) — It's a lobster lover's dream.
Beyond Carter verdict: Helping teens battle suicidal thoughts
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, world
When a juvenile court judge in Massachusetts on Friday found Michelle Carter guilty of involuntary manslaughter – a crime that included encouraging her boyfriend to take his own life, even as he began to have second thoughts – the judge zeroed in on a particular moment of hope, a moment that might have changed the tragic outcome. Ms. Carter’s boyfriend, Conrad Roy III, had found an instinct to live at a critical moment, interrupting the suicide attempt he and Carter had been discussing for days.
After second US policy flip in as many years, Cubans ask, 'What's next?'
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, world
Like most Cubans’ apartments, Yanela Duran Noa’s four-bedroom went nearly unchanged for almost six decades. She didn’t have the income to upgrade the outdated fixtures or replace sagging furniture.
Is America’s political atmosphere dangerously hot?
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, world
Is American political discourse today too harsh? Many pundits and officials are calling for more civility in the wake of last week’s shooting of Rep. Steve Scalise (R) of Louisiana and several others at a GOP baseball team practice. Incumbent President John Adams labeled challenger Thomas Jefferson a weakling and a coward.
What Philando Castile verdict says about path of police reform
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, world
For the families who have lost loved ones, it may seem that little has changed in how and when officers exercise lethal force, particularly against African-American men. “My son loved this city, and this city killed my son and let the murderer get away with it,” a tearful Valerie Castile said last week, shortly after a jury acquitted St. Anthony, Minn., police officer Jeronimo Yanez of all charges relating to his fatal shooting of her son, Philando. “Let it be known that I believe in my heart that Betty Shelby got away with murder,” said Joseph Crutcher last month, shortly after a jury acquitted Officer Shelby, of the Tulsa, Okla., police department, of all charges relating to her fatal shooting of his son, Terence.
How to Make Moisturizing Lip Scrub
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, health
Watch the video to learn how easy it is to combine coconut and vitamin E oils with coarse sugar and an essential oil called ylang ylang to create a simple scrub that can soften and hydrate the lips in seconds.
11 Signs You're Still Not Over Your Ex
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, health
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30 Perfectly Adorable Halloween Costumes for Babies
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Here's What You Need to Know About Multivitamins
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How Hilaria Baldwin Got Back In Shape After 3 Babies
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, health
She shares her best tips for healthy living and yoga moves for new moms.
11 Things No One Tells You About Having Twins
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, health
Are you listening, Beyoncé?
My Mother Was the Ultimate Caregiver. Now I Take Care of Her.
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, health
Caregiving is the hardest thing I've ever done.
Why Father's Day Will Be a Nightmare for the Dad of This Sandy Hook Victim
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, health
Megyn Kelly is under fire for interviewing a conspiracy theorist that claims this family's son, Ben, never existed.
Demi Moore Just Revealed How She Lost Her Front Two Teeth
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, health
Oh. My. God.
40 of the Most Important Things I Learned Before Turning 40
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, health
Be a good friend. Listen. Be vulnerable.
Pumpkin Dioramas Are Going to Be This Year's Hottest Halloween Trend
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, health
Halloween just got even more crafty.
Aisha Tyler Holds Back Tears as She Announces She's Leaving 'The Talk'
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, health
The co-host is exiting after six years on the daytime show.
GOP official apologizes for saying Scalise shooting helps party in Ga. election
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
A Georgia GOP official apologized for a remark that last week's baseball shooting would win a special election for Republican candidate Karen Handel.
Trump feels ‘very good’ about Senate health care bill, whatever it is, White House says
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump feels “very good” about the Senate’s progress in drafting its own version of his signature health care bill, White House press secretary Sean Spicer told reporters Monday. When asked if the president or members of his legislative team has seen a copy of the bill, however, Spicer said he did not know.
Preet Bharara explains his embrace of Twitter. He’ll let Trump ‘keep his own wise counsel’ on the same.
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
Preet Bharara, the high-profile U.S. attorney fired by President Trump, has embraced the commander in chief’s favorite communications platform: Twitter.
Pet squirrel that foiled Idaho home burglary returns to wild
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A pet squirrel named Joey who gained fame as a crime-fighter might be more of the lover type.
Florida Woman Finds Secret NASA Documents In Trash Outside Her Home
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
A woman in Florida found piles of documents containing secret NASA and Martin Marietta documents that included scientists' names, social security numbers and photos and tests of drones.
Scientists to deploy ‘SnotBots’ to capture and analyze whale blow
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Dubbed SnotBots, these custom-built, remote-controlled drones are designed to hover over pods of whales and capture snot shot out of their blowholes. This method allows researchers to noninvasively collect biological data.
Insect Walking Dead: How a Fungus Turns Beetles into Killer Zombies
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
A fungus worthy of its own horror film is on the loose, taking over the bodies of goldenrod soldier beetles and turning them into contagious zombies that can infect their beetle brethren, a new study finds. The fungus has a creepy but foolproof modus operandi: About two weeks after it infects the goldenrod soldier beetle (Chauliognathus pensylvanicus), it orders the beetle to climb up a plant and clamp its mandibles around a flower. Then, the beetle dies, swinging like a scarecrow from the flower and giving the fungus ample opportunity to infect nearby beetles, said study lead investigator Donald Steinkraus, a professor of entomology at the University of Arkansas.
Broccoli Compound Could Help Treat Type 2 Diabetes
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Some people don't like to eat their vegetables, but for obese people with type 2 diabetes, broccoli could hold the key to slowing, and potentially reversing, the disease, according to a new study. Scientists used both computational and experimental research to zero in on a network of 50 genes that cause symptoms associated with type 2 diabetes. In the study, the scientists gave sulforaphane to obese patients, in the form of a concentrated broccoli sprout extract.
Exxon says scientists boost lipid content from algae in lab study
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Exxon Mobil Corp and Synthetic Genomics Inc said on Monday they had found a way to more than double the amount of lipids produced by algae in a lab, moving a potential alternative to fossil fuels closer to commercial viability. The development comes as Exxon, the world's largest publicly traded oil producer, fights accusations by environmentalists and others that it misled investors and the public for years about the risks of climate change from fossil fuels. In the past decade, Exxon has boosted investment in fuel cells, biodiesel, algae and other alternative energy technologies, in collaboration with private partners.
Top 10 Mars Discoveries Made By MAVEN
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
NASA’s Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution Mission spacecraft completed 1,000 days in orbit around the red planet on June 17.
Israel to build quantum communications tech lab
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Hebrew University wants to lead the way in the development of quantum-based uncrackable communication systems.
Elon Musk's Mars Dream Is Worth Rooting For
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
This idea is actually more possible than his other moonshots.
Unproven Treatments for 'Chronic Lyme Disease' Lead to Severe Infections
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
But there is no test for "chronic Lyme disease," and no treatments have been proven to be effective in treating the illness, according to a new report on some of these cases. In fact, experts in treating infectious diseases don't support using the term "chronic Lyme," Dr. Christina Nelson, a medical epidemiologist at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and a co-author of that new report, wrote in an email to Live Science. Patients may be given a diagnosis of chronic Lyme disease by health care providers at complementary and alternative medicine clinics, after seeing conventional medical doctors who have not been able to treat their symptoms, the report said.