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Air Force One Due For A Replacement

Air Force One Due For A Replacement


Air Force One Due For A Replacement

Posted: 14 Jun 2014 11:14 AM PDT

The current Air Force One will turn 30 in 2017, and the new president might get a new jetliner, CNN reported.

The plane—one of the most recognizable symbols of the U.S. presidency—is due for a replacement. Part command center, part method of transportation, the plane must be able to travel anywhere in the world, land at big and small airports, and have defense capabilities.

Capable of refueling midair, Air Force One has unlimited range and is equipped with hardened on-board electronics to protect against an electromagnetic pulse, Bloomberg said.

The plane has been at the center of many landmark events in decades past. After President John F. Kennedy was assassinated, Lyndon Johnson was sworn in as the next president on board the plane, and more recently, George W. Bush used today's version, a modified Boeing 747, to fly back to Washington on 9/11.

 

Israel PM: 3 Missing Teens Taken by Terror Group

Posted: 14 Jun 2014 11:10 AM PDT

(JERUSALEM) — Israel’s prime minister has said that the three teens missing from the West Bank were taken by a terror group.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu made the comments Saturday night, two days after the teens went missing.

Netanyahu said: “”Our children were kidnapped by a terror group, (there is) no doubt about that.”

Netanyahu said there was an “intensive operation” underway to prevent them from being taken to the Gaza Strip or elsewhere.

The Israeli military has identified the teens as 16-year-olds Naftali Frenkel and Gilad Shaar and 19-year-old Eyal Yifrach. Israeli television station Channel 10 named Frenkel as the U.S. citizen that officials earlier mentioned.

Governor Asks US Help to End Philly Transit Strike

Posted: 14 Jun 2014 10:30 AM PDT

(PHILADELPHIA) — Gov. Tom Corbett asked President Barack Obama on Saturday to intervene in a commuter rail strike affecting tens of thousands of people in the Philadelphia region.

The Republican governor said he wants Obama to appoint an emergency board to mediate the dispute between the Southeast Pennsylvania Transportation Authority and its engineers and electricians unions, which went on strike at midnight.

“The people of Philadelphia and the surrounding region expect and deserve a safe and efficient rail system to get them to work, medical appointments, school, and recreation,” Corbett said in a statement. “I call on both parties to work together, find common ground and place the riders at the forefront of mind in their discussions.”

If the president grants the request, workers must return to work immediately and both parties must continue negotiations, Corbett said.

The unions scheduled a news conference for Saturday afternoon and declined to comment before then.

The move shut down 13 train lines that carry commuters from Philadelphia to the suburbs, Philadelphia International Airport and New Jersey. Septa subways, trolleys and buses continue to run.

“My head’s going to hurt by the end of this day,” said volunteer Rusty Schwendeman of the Traveler’s Aid Society, who had helped reroute about two dozen rail travelers Saturday morning at 30th Street Station.

They often involved several connections, longer routes or a significantly higher fare on Amtrak.

Carolyn Tola, of Hamilton Square, New Jersey, and three friends paid $40 apiece to take Amtrak from central New Jersey to Philadelphia to see the Pennsylvania Ballet instead of $9 on Septa.

“We’re here,” Tola said, noting that the ballet tickets were nonrefundable. “We’re going to relax and enjoy it.”

The strike began after negotiations between the transit agency and two unions failed to reach a new contract deal Friday. No further talks were scheduled.

The last regional rail strike, in 1983, lasted more than three months.

“I hope it doesn’t go that far. I don’t anticipate that it would, but I don’t know how long it will take us to try to find a common ground — if there is any,” said Stephen Bruno, vice president of the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen.

Striking workers are seeking raises of at least 14.5 percent over five years — or about 3 percentage points more than SEPTA has offered, he said.

The labor conflict came to a head this week after SEPTA announced it would impose a deal beginning Sunday. Terms include raising electrical workers’ pay immediately by an average of about $3 per hour; the top wage rate for locomotive engineers would rise by $2.64 per hour.

SEPTA said the union rejected a two-week cooling-off period. Bruno noted that the union has been working without a contract for four years.

The strike adds to the commuting headaches in the region, where major construction projects are making it more difficult than usual to get around.

Drexel University dance team members Beverly and Angela Tomita, 18-year-old twins, had planned to take the airport line for a 2 p.m. flight home to Laguna Beach, California, for the summer.

“That’s so not convenient!” Angela Tomita said when she found the region rail entrance closed at 30th Street Station. Schwendeman soon directed them to a subway-and-bus route.

“They’re not the best answers, but they’re the best answers I can come up with,” Schwendeman told another teenager about her three-bus route home to suburban Blue Bell. “I don’t want to send anybody to the middle of nowhere, either.”

12 Foods That Make You Eat Less

Posted: 14 Jun 2014 10:14 AM PDT

When you’re trying to lose weight, cutting back on the amount you eat is a given—but feeling hungry all the time is one of the major reasons why most diets fail within a week. Still, you can silence your grumbling stomach without consuming extra calories. In fact, eating certain foods sends a signal to your brain that you’re done eating, and quiets your appetite. Shut out the ice cream pint that’s calling your name by eating these healthy and satisfying foods.

Apples

Chomp on an apple approximately a half hour before a meal—the fiber and water from the apple will fill you up, so you’ll eat less, says Debra Wein, RD, president of Wellness Workdays, a leading provider of worksite wellness programs.

Avocado

Eating half of an avocado with your lunch may help you feel full for the rest of the afternoon, according to a study published in Nutrition Journal. Women who did that felt 22% more satisfied and had a 24% lower desire to snack three hours later than on days they ate a calorically equivalent lunch without the avocado.

Health.com:20 Best Foods for Fiber

Beans, chickpeas, lentils

Dietary pulses such as chickpeas, lentils, beans, and peas are protein-rich superfoods that also pack in fiber, antioxidants, B vitamins, and iron. Eating more of them may also help you control your appetite. A recent meta-analysis published in the journal Obesity found that people were 31% more satisfied after a meal when it included pulses.

Soup

In a Penn State study, people who slurped a bowl of low-calorie, broth-based soup before their lunch entrĂ©es reduced their total calorie intake at the meal by 20%. “Soups can take the edge of your appetite since they take up a lot of volume in your stomach, but with very few calories,” says Beth Saltz, RD, owner of nutritionskitchen.com.

Pickles

Pickles, sauerkraut, kimchi, and other fermented foods have short-chain fatty acids (SCFAs), and recent research in the Annals of The New York Academy of Sciences found that they help strengthen the bond between the gut and the brain. SCFAs stimulate production of hormones that cross the blood-brain barrier and improve appetite signaling. Fermented foods also boast probiotics, the healthy bacteria that help digestion. Some experts believe probiotics may reduce appetite and aid weight loss, though research is inconclusive.

Chili powder

You may already know that capsaicin, the compound in chilis that gives them their kick, fires up your metabolism. Recent research from Maastricht University in the Netherlands shows that adding heat to your meal may also control your appetite. The study, which was published in the journal Appetite, found that adding 1/4 tsp of chili pepper to each meal increased satiety and fullness. What’s more, some participants were only allowed to consume 75% of their recommended daily calorie intake, but didn’t feel any more desire to continue eating after dinner than those who were given 100% of their daily calories.

Health.com:27 Best Foods for Weight Loss

Dark chocolate

When you’re craving something sweet, reach for dark chocolate. Research suggests dark chocolate can help reduce blood pressure and protect the heart and brain. It’s also more filling than milk chocolate and may help curb cravings for both sweet and salty foods, according to a study in the journal Nutrition & Diabetes. In fact, participants consumed 17% fewer calories at a meal following a dose of dark chocolate.

Eggs

Starting your day with eggs will leave you satisfied until lunch. The power’s in the protein: research from the University of Missouri at Columbia suggests that eating a 300-calorie breakfast made up of 30 to 39 grams of protein (think: eggs and sausage) reduces hunger pangs and increases fullness during the time between breakfast and lunch. What’s more, the research revealed that high-protein breakfast eaters consume fewer calories throughout the day.

Nuts

Nuts are another filling food that may help you eat less. In a British Journal of Nutrition study, obese women who paired either 1.5 ounces of peanuts or 3 tablespoons of peanut butter with Cream of Wheat cereal and orange juice felt fuller for up to 12 hours after finishing breakfast than those who didn’t eat the peanut products. “Nuts are essentially designed by nature to control appetite because they’re rich in healthy unsaturated fat, along with bonus protein and fiber,” says Cynthia Sass, MPH, RD, Health contributing nutrition editor. Together, the three nutrients slow digestion and regulate blood sugar when combined with carbs like fruit, oatmeal, or brown rice.

Health.com:20 Best Foods to Eat for Breakfast

Oatmeal

Consider ditching cereal for warm, gooey oatmeal. Oatmeal will keep you feeling fuller longer, suggests a study in the Journal of the American College of Nutrition. Participants were served 250 calories of cereal or oatmeal with 113 calories of milk. The oatmeal-eaters were satiated longer, and they also experienced a greater reduction in hunger and a decreased desire to eat compared to ready-to-eat cereal eaters. Why the difference? Oatmeal is higher in fiber and protein and also has higher amounts of beta-glucan–the sugars that give oatmeal its heart-healthy properties, hydration, and molecular weight compared to ready-to-eat cereals.

Water

Being low on H2O can trick you into believing you’re hungry. Why? The symptoms of hunger are similar to those of being dehydrated: low energy, reduced cognitive function, and poor mood. So next time you’re craving an afternoon snack, drink a tall glass of water and wait 10 minutes. Chances are, your hunger pangs will pass, and you’ll have saved hundreds of calories.

Health.com:14 Surprising Causes of Dehydration

Whey protein

Dairy whey—one of the two proteins that make up milk products—may be the most filling type of protein. According to a study published in the journal Appetite, people who drank whey protein ate 18% less two hours later than those who had consumed a carbohydrate drink. Use whey protein powder to give smoothies a protein punch.

This article originally appeared on Health.com.

10 Ways to Live to 100

Posted: 14 Jun 2014 10:12 AM PDT

No one really wants to think about aging, but let’s face it: the habits you practice now can play a role in how long you’ll live, and how much life you’ll have in your years.

The world’s oldest man, Polish immigrant Alexander Imich, passed away on Sunday in New York City at the age of 111. That’s way longer than the average American male life expectancy of 76, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Health.com: 13 Everyday Habits That Age You

While Imich told The New York Times that he chalked up his longevity to good genes, there are healthy habits you can pick up to help you live a longer, happier life. Here are some ideas:

Find a hobby
Doing something you find truly fulfilling will give you a sense of accomplishment, and can help reduce stress.

Floss!
Flossing does more than clean your teeth: Getting all that inflammation-causing bacteria off your gums can reduce your risk of heart disease and stroke.

Health.com: 14 Reasons Why You’re Always Tired

Plan a vacay
Taking a break from work can lower your risk of heart disease and add 1 to 2 years to your life.

Rest up
Your body repairs cells during sleep, so skimping on it doesn’t do your body any favors. Plus, adequate sleep also affects your quality of life. Aim for 7 to 8 hours of shut-eye per night.

Get busy
Having sex releases the feel-good hormone oxytocin, another stress reliever. Plus, a study from the University of Quebec found that women burn 3 calories per minute of sex while men burn 4.

Health.com: 7 Foods for Better Sex

Be social
People with stronger friendships were 50% more likely to live longer than those with weaker connections, a 2010 analysis found. That makes the impact of friendlessness comparable to that of smoking (more on that below).

Eat right
You need to fuel your body with healthy foods to live a long life. Limit your intake of foods high in fat, salt, and added sugar (which can increase your risk of heart disease, obesity, and other chronic diseases) and look for superfoods rich in vitamins, minerals, fiber, and protein.

Health.com: Best Superfoods for Weight Loss

Hit the gym
Not only is exercise good for the heart, but working out can trigger the release of endorphins, pain-relieving chemicals known to boost your mood. Shoot for at least 150 minutes of moderate exercise a week, per the CDC.

Beat stress
A study published in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism found that high levels of the stress hormone cortisol are associated with an increased risk of dying from cardiovascular disease. That’s even more reason to take up calming activities, like meditation and yoga.

Stop smoking and limit drinking
Imich, a former smoker, swore off both cigarettes and alcohol and you should follow his lead-at lease when it comes to the cigs. Smoking causes one out of 5 deaths in the U.S. each year, according to the CDC. Moderate alcohol consumption is good for you, but experts recommend that women have no more than one drink per day (or up to 7 per week); for men it’s 1 to 2 drinks per day, or a max of 14 per week.

This article originally appeared on Health.com.

Iran President: We’ll Help Battle Militants in Iraq if Asked

Posted: 14 Jun 2014 10:00 AM PDT

Iran’s president said Saturday the country would consider assisting U.S. efforts to fend off violent Sunni militants threatening Iraq’s heartland, as Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel ordered an aircraft carrier to the Arabian Gulf to prepare for “military options.”

Speaking at a press conference Saturday, President Hassan Rouhani said he would study any request for help from Iraq, but added that Iran has “no option but to confront terrorism.”

“When the U.S. takes action against (the militants), then one can think about cooperation,” President Hassan Rouhani said, the Associated Press reports. “Until today, no specific request for help has been demanded. But we are ready to help within international law.”

President Obama has ruled out the option of putting American troops back in Iraq after a long, costly war but has kept the option of airstrikes on the table. The Pentagon announced Saturday that Hagel ordered the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush from the North Arabian Sea to the Arabian Gulf “should military options be required to protect American lives, citizens and interests in Iraq.”

Rebel Sunni forces have stalled 60 miles north of Baghdad as they consolidate their rapid gains over the past week, including the large cities of Mosul and Tikrit, reports the New York Times. Citizens in Baghdad are bracing for a siege.

A local official in Tehran said more than 4,200 Iranians have volunteered to travel to Iraq to protect Shiite shrines as extremist Sunni militants capture city after city, menacing the nation’s capital of Baghdad.

The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, a group that gained notoriety in the Syrian civil war has been labeled too extreme even by al-Qaeda, conducting widespread summary beheadings and threatening populaces with draconian Shariah Islamic law. The group seeks to form a medieval-style Islamic caliphate across the region.

Shi’ite leaders in an Iraq issued a broad call to arms Friday in an effort to protect vulnerable religious shrines in the Shiite-majority country.

“Citizens who are able to bear arms and fight terrorists, defending their country and their people and their holy places, should volunteer and join the security forces to achieve this holy purpose," Sheik Abdulmehdi al-Karbalai told his congregants in statements broadcast across the country.

Iran could play a decisive role in the conflict if Rouhani’s hints are fulfilled, but the final military decision will be made by Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.

[AP]

This Is the Most Beautiful Game You’ll See All Year

Posted: 14 Jun 2014 09:24 AM PDT

This year’s E3 generated a huge number of exciting announcements and jaw-dropping reveals. For the first time in the new console cycle, there appears to be a critical mass of exciting new titles on the horizon. (For our favorites, check out this mega-list.) But developer Hello Games’ upcoming No Man's Sky may be the most promising—and gorgeous to watch in action. The procedurally generated space exploration game is coming to PlayStation 4, the small studio announced during Sony's E3 2014 press conference. In No Man's Sky, players will be able to explore planets and solar systems that are randomly generated. Check out some of the most beauteous scenes from its latest trailer below.

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Pope Francis: I Won’t Use ‘Sardine Can’ Popemobile

Posted: 14 Jun 2014 09:07 AM PDT

Pope Francis called his bulletproof Popemobile a “sardine can” in an interview with a Spanish newspaper, saying he prefers to be in the open and connected with people despite the possibility of an assassination attempt.

“I know that something could happen to me, but it’s in the hands of God,” Francis told the Barcelona newspaper La Vanguardia.

Popes have traditionally ridden in the custom glass-sided Popemobile since an assassination attempt on then-Pope John Paul II in 1981, but Francis has often chosen closer physical proximity with crowds–and more troublesome security situations.

Francis’s tours through St. Peter’s square have been in an open-topped vehicle rather than the bulletproof version preferred by the the previous Pope Benedict, who retired last year and is now Pope Emeritus.

“It’s true that anything could happen, but let’s face it, at my age I don’t have much to lose,” Francis said.

[La Vanguardia]

Watch: Breathtaking Time Lapse Video Shows Star Exploding

Posted: 14 Jun 2014 08:53 AM PDT

Ever wonder what an exploding star looks like?

NASA has released this incredible time lapse video showing the enormous explosion of a red star called V838 Monocerotis, located some 20,000 light years away.

The breathtaking images were captured by NASA’s Hubble telescope over a four-year period.

What makes this starburst even more fascinating is that its origins remains a puzzle, as scientists still don’t fully understand why the explosion occurred. Initially, astronomers thought it was a nova – which is a relatively more common outburst – but more recently, they came to the realization that it was something quite different.

“The outburst may represent a transitory stage in a star’s evolution that is rarely seen,” says the Hubble website. “The star has some similarities to highly unstable aging stars called eruptive variables, which suddenly and unpredictably increase in brightness.”

 

 

Iran’s President: Ready to Help Iraq if Asked

Posted: 14 Jun 2014 08:52 AM PDT

(TEHRAN, Iran) — Iran’s president pledged Saturday to help Iraq fight militants surging through its north if asked, including potentially assisting U.S. forces if it decides on taking military action.

The comments by President Hassan Rouhani don’t necessarily represent the last word on any military assistance to Iraq in its battle against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant. All final military decisions in the Islamic Republic rest with its Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.

However, a semiofficial news agency quoted a local official who said more than 4,200 people already volunteered to go into Iraq to protect Shiite shrines there.

Speaking Saturday at a news conference, Rouhani said Iran would study any request for help from Iraq, but that it has “no option but to confront terrorism.”

“Until today, no specific request for help has been demanded. But we are ready to help within international law,” he said. “Entry of our forces (into Iraq) to carry out operations has not been raised so far. It’s unlikely that such conditions will emerge.”

Iran has built close political and economic ties with Iraq since the 2003 U.S.-led invasion that toppled Saddam Hussein. Many influential Iraqi Shiites, including Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, have spent years in exile in the Islamic Republic.

Rouhani also said Iran would consider assisting the U.S. as well in Iraq.

“When the U.S. takes action against (the militants), then one can think about cooperation,” Rouhani said.

The Islamic State has vowed to take the battle all the way to Baghdad and the Shiite heartland of southern Iraq, home to the faith’s most revered shrines. That’s worried some in Iran, a regional Shiite powerhouse.

A local council official in Tehran said more than 4,200 Iranians have registered as volunteers to be dispatched to Iraq to protect Shiite shrines. Mohammad Reza Zomorrodian was quoted by the semiofficial Fars news agency as saying that registration began Friday. It was not clear if the volunteers will be allowed to cross the border into Iraq.

Rouhani also suggested the Islamic State could not have made such swift gains on its own, saying “other issues and coordination were involved.” Figures from Hussein’s deposed government as well as other Sunni militants are believed to have allied with the Islamic State in its campaign against the Shiite-led government in Baghdad.

“Those defeated (in elections) have resorted to bullets. This is a grave blunder,” Rouhani said.

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