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Heroin Use Surges Among Women, Middle Class

The number of US heroin users has grown by nearly 300,000 over a decade, with the bulk of the increase among whites, according to a new government report. Other notable increases occurred among women and those considered to be in the middle class. Experts think the increase was driven...

Clinton Interview: 'Disappointed' in Trump

She didn't use the phrase "vast right-wing conspiracy," but the sentiment is the same. In her first interview of the campaign, Hillary Clinton tells CNN that a "barrage of attacks that are largely fomented by and coming from the right" have the goal of painting her as untrustworthy to the...

Another Example of When You Shouldn't Call 911

It's another important public reminder about the 911 system: Calling to complain about your Chinese food is not an acceptable use of it. A woman in Alliance, Ohio, found that out when she phoned in from a local Chinese restaurant to gripe about the quality of her food and the...

Cops: Gun-Shaped iPhone Case Is a Very Bad Idea

Police departments don't usually weigh in on tech accessories, unless they happen to be dead ringers for handguns. The NYPD and other departments have been issuing public warnings in recent weeks about iPhone cases designed to look like weapons, reports CNNMoney and the New York Times . “This cell phone case...

Paula Deen Fires Staffer Over Iffy Photo

Paula Deen didn't post a 2011 Halloween costume photo on her Twitter account showing her son Bobby in dark makeup as I Love Lucy character Ricky Ricardo, and the social media manager responsible for it was fired, say her spokesman. The photo from a holiday episode of one of the...

2 Dead After F-16, Cessna Collide in Midair

An F-16 fighter jet and a small plane collided in midair this morning in South Carolina, with two people aboard the Cessna 150 killed, reports AP . The F-16 pilot ejected safely and is reportedly uninjured. The crash rained debris over a wide area in Berkeley County, about 20 miles northwest...

Rock Fall Alters Renowned Yosemite Climb

A massive sheet of rock has fallen from the vertical face of Half Dome in Yosemite National Park, making one of the most popular routes attempted by climbers in North America even more challenging. The granite sheet that peeled off measured roughly 100 by 200 feet. It was discovered by...

Theatergoer Tries to Charge Phone on Stage

The usual story about cell phones and the theater involves one ringing at an inopportune time. Playbill can now top that: It seems that an audience member crept up on the Broadway stage of Hand to God last week and tried to plug his phone charger into a stage outlet....

Teen Catches Old Math Error at Museum

People have been visiting the Mathematica exhibit at the Boston Museum of Science for more than twice as long as Joseph Rosenfeld has been alive. But it wasn't until the 15-year-old Virginia resident paid a visit that its math error was fixed, reports the Boston Globe . He noticed that the...

Cosby Accuser: Damning Testimony a 'Positive Step'

A lawyer for a woman who says Bill Cosby drugged and assaulted her when she was 19 says the unsealing of portions of his 2005 testimony is a "significant and positive step." Therese Serignese went public with the allegations last November. She says Cosby assaulted her after a show in...

Simpsons Fans Get Some Excellent News

For Simpsons fans, phew. Harry Shearer, voice of Mr. Burns, Smithers, Flanders, the Rev. Lovejoy, and countless others will indeed be back for seasons 27 and 28. Shearer had balked at signing his new contract, reportedly because he wanted more time for outside projects—and not because of the salary...

5 Reactions to Paula Deen's Brownface Photo

Paula Deen is making headlines in all the wrong ways today after she (or a staffer) tweeted an old photo of her decked out as Lucille Ball and son Bobby—in brownface—as Desi Arnaz. The tweet for #TransformationTuesday read "Lucyyyyyyy! You got a lot of esplainin’ to do!" and...

You May Be Aging More Quickly Than Your Peers

If you've ever been told "you look good for your age," take it as the compliment it's meant to be—some people can't say the same. A study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences finds people age at what the Guardian calls "wildly different rates," with...

We Don't Have to Defend Women's Sports Anymore

Dave Zirin at the Nation got an invitation to go on the radio to talk about the US women's World Cup win. Unfortunately, it wasn't to discuss Carli Lloyd's goals or Abby Wambach's twilight glory or the team's up-and-coming stars—it was an invitation to debate whether people cared about...

9.5 in 10 American Prosecutors Are White

White men make up just 31% of the US population , but they enjoy a much higher percentage among elected prosecutors' ranks: 79%, while whites in general comprise a staggering 95% of all elected prosecutors nationwide, reports the New York Times . An analysis by the Women Donors Network parsed the database...

Mom of Missing Baby Told Court of Dad's Threats

Authorities resumed searching the Connecticut River today for a 7-month-old baby who they think went off a bridge with his suicidal father. The father—22-year-old Tony Moreno—survived the 120-foot plunge and was pulled from the water by firefighters Sunday night, reports NBC Connecticut . But there's still no sign of...

This Guy Staged 'Ingenious' Escape From Iowa Prison

A convicted armed robber escaped from one of Iowa's most secure prison cells by sneaking through piping onto the roof and guiding himself to the ground with a makeshift rope, authorities said. Justin Kestner, 25, escaped early Sunday from an A-Pod unit cell at Fort Madison's Iowa State Penitentiary, which...

Hiker Dead in 'Avalanche' Ice Cave Collapse

One person is dead and five are injured after ice caves on Washington state's Big Four Mountain collapsed yesterday for a second day in a row. A hiker's body has yet to be recovered from the caves—formed in snow mounds that end up sliding down to the base of...

C-Sections Rampant in Brazil—for Now

In 2013, 32.7% of all babies delivered in America were born by cesarean section. If that sounds high, well, check out Brazil's stats. The BBC reports that at private hospitals, 85% of women deliver by cesarean; in public hospitals, it's about half that (45%). In 2013 NPR reported the...

'Damning' Report: WHO 'Unfit' in Emergencies

An independent report commissioned by the World Health Organization and deemed "damning" by the BBC has found the WHO lacks the "capacity and culture" to handle global health emergencies. The report notes the organization delayed too long in responding to the Ebola crisis—something the WHO has admitted in the...

'80s Can't Buy Me Love Star Dies at 43

Amanda Peterson, who starred as cheerleader Cindy Mancini in the 1987 rom-com Can't Buy Me Love , has been found dead in her apartment in Greeley, Colo. She was 43. While the official cause of death isn't known, Peterson's dad tells TMZ "she had some illness and a sleep apnea problem...

Guy Pretends He's in Up , Flies Over Canada in Balloon Chair

Daniel Boria has either seen too many Pixar movies or he's the most ingenious marketer the other side of Niagara Falls. The Canadian wanted to advertise his cleaning-products business in the most visible way possible: by affixing more than 100 helium balloons to a lawn chair and flying over Calgary,...

Woman Adopts Dog, Brings Epic Joy to His Final Days

Chester may be in his last days, but he's living the dream. Little is known about the terminally ill dog's life before April, when he was rescued from a high-kill shelter in Columbus, where his previous owners left him. "He wasn't in the best shape," says Nicole Elliott, who found...

What to Wear? Women Spend Months Deciding

Women sometimes get a bad rap for having a hard time deciding what to wear, but leave it to a uniform supplier to try to quantify just how much time they spend pondering outfits before heading out the door. A study of 2,000 women, commissioned by UK uniform supplier...

Police Raid 'Subway Guy' Jared Fogle's House

"Subway Guy" Jared Fogle is grabbing headlines this morning over the presence of something (police) rather than an absence of something (pounds): The Indianapolis Star reports that FBI agents and state police today entered Fogle's home in Zionsville, Ind.. An evidence truck was observed in the driveway. An FBI rep...

Bankers Canned for 'Team-Building' ISIS Video

If you're scratching your head trying to figure out how making a mock ISIS execution video is positive in any way, much less a valuable team-building exercise, you and HSBC management are on the same page. The bank has fired six UK employees for doing just that after they reportedly...

Britain Remembers Its Worst Terror Attack of 21st Century

"It was a split-second decision that probably saved my life," says Shanie Ryan. Ryan was a 20-year-old student riding the first car of a train in London on July 7, 2005, when her roommate got off at King's Cross station. She hopped out the door, gave him a hug, and...

4 Boys Face Charges in Huge Stadium Fire

Police say four boys are responsible for the blaze that turned Eugene's historic Civic Stadium to ash in Oregon. Though five boys were spotted near the stadium's press box before the fire, only four, ages 10 to 12, will be charged with first- and second-degree arson, criminal mischief, burglary, reckless...

Why Women Live Longer Than Men

There's a reason we don't typically call Earth's oldest person the oldest woman in the world—the oldest person is pretty much always a woman. In fact, just two of the world's 53 living supercentenarians (people 110 and older) are men, reports IFL Science . But why is the longevity gap...

Florida Family's Battle: 3 Kids, 2 With Leukemia

Three small children two years apart present enough challenges for any parents, but throw leukemia into the mix and you have the truly daunting case of Lacey and Will Smith of Jacksonville, Fla. Just days before identical twins Emma and Ella were born 8 weeks early in 2013, their big...


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