• British University Students Organize 'Puppy Room' For Exam-Stressed Classmates

    Published: Tue, May 19, 2015

    Students at a British university were treated to some much-needed stress relief as they prepare for exam week. The University of Central Lancashire's student union organized its first "puppy room" event on Thursday as part of its SOS (Stressed Out Students) campaign, partnering with a local guide dog charity. Students reserved time in advance and were given 10 minutes to 15 minutes to play with the dogs, in exchange for a £1.50 ($2.31) minimum donation to the charity. A total of 320 students visited the puppy room, with more waiting on a standby list, according to a university press release.

  • Columbia Student Emma Sulkowicz Brings Rape Protest Mattress to Graduation

    Published: Tue, May 19, 2015

    A Columbia University student who carried a mattress around the campus all year to raise awareness of sexual assault graduated Tuesday — with her mattress in tow, NBC News reports. Emma Sulkowicz, who says she was raped on her first day of her sophomore year, brought the mattress with her as she walked across the stage during the ceremony. The audience applauded. Sulkowicz says the case against her alleged abuser was dismissed and he was allowed to remain enrolled at the school. As part of her senior thesis, a performance art project called "Carry That Weight," the visual arts major said she would carry the mattress everywhere she went on campus for as long as she attended the same school as her alleged rapist.

  • Original Iraq War Skeptics Find The Rekindled Debate Maddening

    Published: Tue, May 19, 2015

    WASHINGTON -- Though there were some bumps, leading Republican presidential candidates in the past week settled on an Iraq war narrative. Yes, the intelligence turned out to be faulty, so much so that there wouldn't be a strong enough case to authorize the invasion in retrospect. But there was consensus that at the time President George W. Bush made the call, something had to be done about the threat posed by Iraq.

  • Details of AMC's big spinoff 'Fear the Walking Dead'

    Published: Tue, May 19, 2015

    Showrunner Dave Erickson talks with The Hollywood Reporter and says that the series — a “parallel story rather than a prequel” — still won’t reveal the cause of the zombie apocalypse and answers more burning questions about the summer drama. AMC has a lot riding on "Fear the Walking Dead." The drama, described as a “companion” series to TV’s No. 1 drama among the advertiser-coveted adults 18-49 demographic, will give the cable network — fresh off the conclusion of "Mad Men" — a zombie drama in every quarter of the year. It’s also a creative risk of sorts as Robert Kirkman looks to tell a new story (this one set in Los Angeles) that fills in the blanks of the early days of the outbreak — but not the cause —that changed the world.

  • HIV-Positive Dad Shares Powerful Family Photo to Help Halt Stigma

    Updated: Tue, May 19, 2015

    According to his Facebook post, 34-year-old Andrew Pulsipher has been HIV positive all his life.  Yahoo Health reports he was infected prenatally, and both his parents passed away from the disease. He could have easily suffered a similar fate. Most people born with HIV and who are not treated pass away between the ages of 3 and 7; Pulsipher wasn’t treated until age 8.

  • Bill O'Reilly calls allegations he abused ex-wife '100 percent false'

    Published: Tue, May 19, 2015

    Bill O'Reilly is denying a report that he physically abused his former wife, Yahoo News reports. "All allegations against me in these circumstances are 100 percent false," the Fox News host said in a statement issued through his attorney to the Hollywood Reporter. Those allegations surfaced Monday when Gawker reported details leaked from a recently-ended three-year custody battle between O’Reilly and his ex-wife, Maureen McPhilmy.

  • U.S. cities where residents feel the least safe

    Published: Tue, May 19, 2015

    If you want to live someplace where you feel safe, you might want to steer clear of California, Yahoo Homes reports. The three metro areas nationwide where residents are least likely to feel safe are all in California's Central Valley, along a corridor well traveled by criminals transporting drugs. Nationally, more than three-quarters of people agreed when Gallup-Healthways researchers asked them last year to rate the statement "You always feel safe and secure"; only 23.5 percent of people failed to agree. But in Fresno, California, the poorest-ranking of the nation's 100 most populous cities, 37.3 percent of people could not agree with the statement.

  • Taylor Swift inspires man to lose 425 pounds

    Published: Tue, May 19, 2015

    Talk about shaking it off.  Two years ago Ronnie Brower weighed a staggering 675 pounds, and his doctor told him if he didn’t make some drastic changes he would be dead within 10 years, Yahoo's Trending Now reports.  But now, thanks to hard work, harder workouts, a dedicated teacher, and some inspiration from Taylor Swift, Ronnie has dropped down to 250 pounds.

  • Teacher publicly rebukes bully, then gets fired

    Published: Tue, May 19, 2015

    A fifth grade teacher says she was fired after she publicly confronted a school bully – and now she plans to sue the school district, Yahoo Parenting reports. Nicole LeMire, a fifth grade teacher at Glen Oak Elementary in Lewis Center, Ohio, caught a student blowing his nose on other students, pushing them, and using inappropriate language, she told NBC 4. In response, she addressed his action in front of the class. “I said, ‘do you know how your actions and your words are hurting other students and your friends?’” she said. “That’s it.”

  • Waco, Texas, Biker Shooting Caught on Video

    Published: Tue, May 19, 2015

    Police have released video that captured the scene of the violent brawl that erupted between rival Texas biker groups that left nine suspected gang members dead and 170 in custody, Good Morning America reports. The video shows the chaos unfold in the Twin Peaks Restaurant parking lot in Waco, where bikers were armed with guns, knives and brass knuckles, police said. Video shows police with guns pointed at the bikers, some of whom were on the ground. Officers were already at the scene when the shooting started, Waco Police Sgt. Patrick Swanton said, and responded within 30 to 45 seconds. Some officers "appropriately" returned fire at the bikers, Swanton said.

  • Sam Smith has successful vocal cord surgery

    Published: Tue, May 19, 2015

    Happy birthday to singing sensation Sam Smith, who turned 23 on Tuesday and is recovering from successful vocal cord surgery in Boston, USA TODAY reports. Massachusetts General Hospital announced that Smith underwent laser microsurgery, performed by Seven Zeitels, at the hospital's Voice Center to stop a recurrent problem of vocal cord bleeding. Zeitels expects the Grammy-honored blue-eyed soul singer to make "a full recovery" from the surgery.

  • Study Suggests Dense Breast Tissue Isn’t Always a High Cancer Risk

    Published: Tue, May 19, 2015

    A new study offers help to patients and doctors who are trying to deal with mammogram results that many women consider troubling and confusing: the finding of “dense” breast tissue. Not only is breast density linked to an increased risk of cancer, it also makes cancer harder to detect because dense tissue can hide tumors from X-rays. But the new research indicates that not all women with dense breasts are at very high risk. Patient advocates urge women with dense breasts to ask doctors about extra tests like ultrasound or an M.R.I. to check for tumors that mammography might have missed. Studies have found that those exams can improve detection of tumors over mammography alone in dense breasts.

  • FTC: Cancer charities scammed $187M from consumers

    Published: Tue, May 19, 2015

    Let the donor beware: A federal lawsuit alleges four cancer charities have scammed consumers out of more than $187 million. The Federal Trade Commission and attorneys general in all 50 states and the District of Columbia announced Tuesday they have filed a lawsuit against the Cancer Fund of America, Children's Cancer Fund of America, Cancer Support Services and the Breast Cancer Society alleging they violated federal and state regulations. All four charities are run by members of the same family or their close business associates, as detailed in the 2013 "America's Worst Charities" joint report from the Tampa Bay Times and the Center for Investigative Reporting.

  • 'Mad Men' sets finale ratings record

    Published: Tue, May 19, 2015

    Spoiler alert: This story refers to a plot detail from Sunday's Mad Men finale. It was the real thing for "Mad Men" Sunday: a finale ratings record for the closing episode of the seven-season AMC drama, USA TODAY reports. "Mad Men," which focuses on the New York advertising world of the 1960s, drew 3.3 million viewers for its last episode, "Person to Person," eclipsing previous season finales, according to Nielsen ratings. It also kept company with 1.4 million young adults (18-to-49), a finale record in that category, and scored the show's best numbers ever, 1.7 million, with a slightly older demographic (25-54).

  • UPS to pay $25M for false delivery claims

    Published: Tue, May 19, 2015

    Package-delivery giant UPS (UPS) will pay more than $25 million to settle charges it submitted false claims to the federal government in connection with delivery of Next Day Air overnight packages, the Department of Justice said Tuesday. USA TODAY reports UPS provides delivery services to hundreds of federal agencies through contracts with the General Services Administration and U.S. Transportation Command, which supports Department of Defenseagencies. The company guaranteed next-day delivery of packages by specified times under those contracts, federal officials said.

  • Boys who smoke cannabis 'are four inches shorter'

    Published: Tue, May 19, 2015

    Boys who smoke cannabis before puberty could be stunting their growth by more than four inches, The Telegraph reports from a new study. Researchers found that youngsters who were addicted to the drug were far shorter than their non-smoking peers. And they also discovered that rather than being a relaxing pass time, smoking dope actually makes the body more stressed in the long term.

  • ABC's 'secret' $105M gamble on Stephanopoulos

    Published: Tue, May 19, 2015

    BC has plenty of reasons to be freaking out over the George Stephanopoulos scandal — 105 million, to be exact. The “Good Morning America” and “This Week” anchor renewed his contract last year for $105 million, TV industry sources told The Post Monday. The seven-year deal — which dwarfs the five-year, $50 million contract scored by since-suspended NBC rival Brian Williams — was supposed to keep Stephanopoulos in front of ABC’s cameras through 2021. But now his credibility, and future, have been called into question since he admitted Friday that he had donated $75,000 to the Clinton Foundation since 2011 , just as the presidential race gears up with Hillary Rodham Clinton the leading Democrat.

  • Texas Governor Prohibits Cities And Towns From Banning Fracking

    Published: Tue, May 19, 2015

    HOUSTO- Texas Governor Greg Abbott on Monday signed a bill into law that prohibits cities and towns from banning an oil drilling practice known as hydraulic fracking, giving the state sole authority over oil and gas regulation, Reuters reports. Lawmakers in Texas, a state that is home to the two of the most productive U.S. shale oil fields, have been under pressure to halt an anti-fracking movement since November, when voters in the town of Denton voted to ban the oil and gas extraction technique. "This law ensures that Texas avoids a patchwork quilt of regulations that differ from region to region, differ from county to county or city to city," Abbott, a Republican, said in a statement.

  • A Mental-Health Epidemic In The Newsroom

    Published: Tue, May 19, 2015

    When Hurricane Katrina swirled onto the Louisiana shore and residents of New Orleans clogged highways to flee, John McCusker stayed behind. A photographer for The Times-Picayune for more than two decades, McCusker paddled through the city's muddy waters in a kayak, day after day, documenting the destruction. On Aug. 8, 2006 -- after nearly year of documenting the trauma surrounding him -- McCusker was seen driving erratically through the city. When police caught up with him at a traffic stop, he begged officers to end his life. “Just kill me, just kill me,” he repeated. “Get it over with.” As much as journalists may fancy themselves superhuman observers of history, the truth is that we are as susceptible to trauma as the victims whose stories we tell.

  • Here's What People Are Saying About The Waco Shootout And Race

    Published: Tue, May 19, 2015

    The biker gang shootout this weekend in Waco, Texas, that left nine people dead, 18 wounded, and as many as 192 facing organized crime charges has sparked a lot of scrutiny over how police and media are treating this incident compared with how they approached the protests in Ferguson, Mo., and Baltimore, says NPR. The relatively relaxed-looking police presence in Waco was a big topic of discussion. Photos taken by news organizations in the aftermath of the incident showed arrested bikers — who were mostly white — sitting without handcuffs and able to use their phones, while law enforcement officers looked casual and minimally attentive.




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