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Portugal Beats Ghana 2-1, But Both Teams Eliminated from World Cup

Portugal Beats Ghana 2-1, But Both Teams Eliminated from World Cup


Portugal Beats Ghana 2-1, But Both Teams Eliminated from World Cup

Posted: 26 Jun 2014 10:57 AM PDT

(BRASILIA, Brazil) — Portugal beats Ghana 2-1 in Group G but both teams eliminated from World Cup .

Dozens Hospitalized at Avicii Boston Concert

Posted: 26 Jun 2014 10:48 AM PDT

Known for high-energy shows that pack thousands into concert venues, superstar DJ Avicii’s concert in Boston on Wednesday night ended with several people in the hospital.

Emergency crews took dozens of concert goers, mostly minors, to local hospitals suffering mainly from drug and alcohol problems, authorities said. Local media put the number of patients between 30 and 80.

Roisin Saratonion, 18, told the Boston Globe that she left the concert earlier than planned because "it was just too crazy in there."

"You get really hot in there and you just pass out. You couldn't breathe," Saratonionsaid. "It was claustrophobic. People get dehydrated."

Avicii, the Swedish artist behind the hit song Wake Me Up, performed at the TD Garden venue as part of his True Tour.

 

Watch World Cup Victory Dances Aboard the International Space Station

Posted: 26 Jun 2014 10:41 AM PDT

Parents Are More Worried About Milk and Egg Than Peanut Allergies

Posted: 26 Jun 2014 10:40 AM PDT

Peanut allergies are terrifying for parents, but recent research shows they’re actually even more concerned about milk and egg allergies.

Researchers from the University of Michigan studied 305 caregivers of kids with milk, egg, peanut or tree nuts allergies, and analyzed their understanding of their child’s allergy as well as their quality of life. Parents of kids with milk and egg allergies have increased anxiety and strain over their child’s allergies compared to parents of kids allergic to peanuts, the researchers found.

“It’s assumed peanut and tree allergies are the most severe, and therefore it may be presumed they would cause the most strain for caregivers” allergist and study author Dr. Laura Howe said in a statement. “But because eggs and milk are everywhere, and used to prepare so many dishes, caregivers with children allergic to those two ingredients feel more worried and anxious.”

Peanut allergies affect about 400,000 school-aged children in the United States, according to the American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology. By comparison, milk allergies affect about 300,000 U.S. kids under age three, and egg allergies effect about about 600,000. But about 70% of people with egg allergies will outgrow it by age 16.

The researchers concluded that milk and eggs are ubiquitous in the American diet. Another study showed 72% of 614 allergic infants had another reaction to their milk or egg allergies within three years—showing that avoidance is difficult.

The study was published in the journal Annals of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology.

Israel Identifies Suspects in Alleged Kidnapping

Posted: 26 Jun 2014 10:32 AM PDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel has identified two alleged Hamas operatives in the West Bank as the central suspects in the recent disappearance of three Israeli teenagers in the Palestinian territory.

In a statement late Thursday , the Shin Bet security service identified the men as Marwan Qawasmeh and Amer Abu Aisha. It said both men are activists in the Hamas militant group in the West Bank city of Hebron, the area where the youths disappeared two weeks ago.

Israel has accused Hamas of kidnapping the three teens, who disappeared as they were hitchhiking home. The two suspects have been missing since the disappearance.

Israel has launched a massive manhunt across the West Bank and arrested hundreds of Palestinian suspects, but the teens have not been heard from.

The F-Word: Let’s Just Call It What It Is… [Bleep!]

Posted: 26 Jun 2014 10:32 AM PDT

In making headlines after declaring at a hockey rally, "This is a big fuckin' day," was Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti having a big fuckin’ day himself? Or rather, one for the f-word?

There are real data now to help answer such a question. Relatively recent technologies — cable television, satellite radio, and social network media — provide us with a not-too-unrealistic picture of how often people swear in public and what they say when they do. Before these new forms of reporting, the media provided a fairly sanitized view of spoken English. Newspapers today still swerve to avoid swearing, opting for euphemisms like “_____," "PG-rated expletive," or "an eight-letter word for animal excrement,” instead of telling us what was really said. Fortunately, YouTube now offers people like me, who study language and profanity, a more accurate picture.

Are widely reported acts of swearing by public figures like Garcetti's typical or not? And are the rest of us any different? How frequently do regular people swear and what do we say?

We language scientists attempt to answer these questions. In one study reported in the journal Science, less than one percent of the words used by participants (who were outfitted with voice recorders over a period of time) were swear words. That doesn't sound like very much, but if a person says 15,000 words per day, that's about 80 to 90 “fucks” and such during that time. (Of course, there's variability–some people don't say any swear words while other people rival David Mamet). More recently, my research team reported in The American Journal of Psychology that “fuck” and “shit” appeared consistently in the vocabularies of children between 1 to 12 years of age. And you shouldn't worry — there is no evidence to suggest a swear word would harm a youngster physically or psychologically.

So please, let’s not be shocked by swear word statistics, or by politicians swearing in public. Politicians get caught swearing all the time. In 2000, George W. Bush referred to a New York Times reporter as a "major league a–hole." In 2004, Vice President Dick Cheney told Vermont Senator Pat Leahy to go [bleep!] himself on the floor of the U.S. Senate. In 2010, Vice President Joe Biden called the passage of President Obama's health care legislation "a big fucking deal." (Granted, it was meant to be said more privately than the mic conveyed.) I place Mayor Garcetti's profane celebration of the Kings' Stanley Cup in the Biden category of Happiness-Induced Cussing.

But what happens when the viewer at home encounters these expletive-laced speeches on their TVs or the Internet? Some viewers take it personally, taking it as classless, or moral degradation; I would argue they're only thinking of the historically sexual meaning of the word “fuck.” But both Garcetti and Biden (along with Bono at the Golden Globes) used “fucking” as an intensifier, not as a sexual obscenity. Yet most swear words are used connotatively (to convey emotion).

The Federal Communications Commission waffles on what to do about Garcetti-style "fleeting expletives." Fox Sports apologized for Garcetti's "inappropriate" speech but it's not clear if Fox will be fined by the FCC. (My best guess: probably not, since Obama's commissioners are dovish on profanity.) The FCC ruled less liberally during the Bush years when conservatives had more sway. It's interesting that people don't complain as much about alcohol ads in professional sports. Alcohol can kill you, but swearing won't; swearing might even help you cope with life's stressors, according to recent research.

Older generations who are less understanding of technology may perceive that profanity represents a change in language or societal habits, even when that is not the case. Swearing by people in positions of power has always been there; it just used to be better hidden. We have to learn to accept that we are now going to hear more Garcettis.

And there’s something else you might have noticed. The day after any swearing incident nothing happens. No one has to be hospitalized or medicated. Yes, sensibilities may get jangled, but coping with slight deviations from the expected is part of life. No one, not even your mother, dies from hearing “fuck.”

Timothy Jay is a professor of psychology at the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts. He has published numerous books and chapters on cursing, and a textbook for Prentice Hall on The Psychology of Language. This piece originally appeared at Zocalo Public Square.

Stocks Head Lower on Wall Street, Led by Banks

Posted: 26 Jun 2014 10:26 AM PDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The stock market sank Thursday following a disappointing report on Americans’ spending last month. Bed Bath & Beyond and banks were among the biggest losers.

KEEPING SCORE: The Dow Jones industrial average fell 79 points, or 0.5 percent, at 16,787 as of 12:30 a.m. Eastern time. The Standard & Poor’s 500 index sank nine points, or 0.4 percent, to 1,951, while the Nasdaq composite index fell 18 points, or 0.4 percent, to 4,362.

ECONOMY: The government said the number of Americans seeking unemployment benefits declined last week, the latest evidence that an economic slowdown earlier this year hasn’t caused employers to shed workers. In a separate report, the government said consumer spending inched up 0.2 percent last month, half the increase that economists had predicted.

RESPONSE: “The spending data was a soft, but it’s not that big of a deal,” said Phil Orlando, chief equity strategist at Federated Investors.

Orlando said the stock market has been rising a little too fast recently, so a slight drop in the summer months wouldn’t come as a surprise. “I fully expect to see a hiccup here, but I wouldn’t get too worried about it,” he said. “It’s probably going to set us up for a nice end-of-the-year rally.”

TRADING SCRUTINY: Barclays fell after New York’s attorney general sued the British bank, claiming that it favored high-frequency traders over large institutions in its private-trading platform, known as a “dark pool.” Eric Schneiderman accused Barclays of misleading investors by saying they were safe from predatory high-frequency traders. Barclays’ U.S.-listed shares fell 97 cents, or 6 percent, to $14.74.

Other banks that operate similar private-trading platforms also dropped. Morgan Stanley sank 64 cents, or 2 percent, to $69.75. Citigroup slipped 63 cents, or 1 percent, to $47.20.

TOOK A BATH: Bed Bath & Beyond sank 9 percent, the biggest loss in the S&P 500, after the company posted quarterly earnings and sales late Wednesday that fell short of analysts’ estimates. The store’s stock dropped $5.26 to $55.85.

POPPED: GoPro jumped 32 percent in its stock-market debut. The company, whose cameras get strapped to the heads of skydivers, extreme skiers and surfers, raised $427 million in its initial public offering Thursday. GoPro soared $7.15 to $31.17 in its first day of trading on the Nasdaq stock market.

HEAVY METAL: Alcoa plans to acquire Firth Rixson, a British maker of jet-engine parts, for $2.9 billion, as the company continues to shift away from its aluminum-smelting roots. Alcoa’s stock rose 31 cents, or 2 percent, to $14.86.

EUROPE: Major European markets mostly fell. France’s CAC 40 fell 0.5 percent while Germany’s DAX lost 0.6 percent. The FTSE 100 index of leading British companies was flat.

BONDS AND COMMODITIES: In the market for government bonds, the yield on the 10-year Treasury note dropped to 2.52 percent from 2.56 percent late Wednesday. Bond yields fall when prices rise. The price of crude oil fell 43 cents to $106.07 a barrel.

Last Minute Fundraising Helped Save Thad Cochran

Posted: 26 Jun 2014 10:21 AM PDT

The outlook was not bright for Sen. Thad Cochran on June 3, when he failed to win the majority vote he needed in Mississippi's primary to secure a spot in November's general election. Instead, he faced a runoff election on Tuesday to Tea Party challenger and State Senator, Chris McDaniel.

The race quickly became a reflection of the larger divide between establishment Republicans and Tea Party newcomers, as the GOP—still recovering from House Majority Leader Eric Cantor's defeat by Tea Party-backed Dave Brat—rallied immediately to help fill Cochran's campaign coffers, which were hurting after the June 3 primary.

In the three weeks leading to the runoff, the GOP led a full-force fundraising effort, making it possible for Cochran to continue running television ads, and launch the large-scale get out the vote campaign that ultimately won him the race.

Chief among the GOP's fundraising efforts was a June 10 event held by the National Republican Senatorial Committee, which raised $820,000. Among the event's donors were Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, Sen. Lindsey Graham, and Sen. Orrin Hatch, all of whom had faced Tea Party challengers in the past. Each senator donated to Cochran's campaign committee, Citizens For Cochran, through leadership PACs of their own. Some Republicans, like Sen. Roger Wicker, even ran phone campaigns themselves.

In all, Sen. Cochran's campaign committee leveraged its incumbent advantage, raising almost a million dollars in its final weeks, and about 2.5 million more than did Sen. McDaniel's committee, Friends of Chris McDaniel, overall.

But the funds didn't stop there.

Cochran also received significant contributions in the form of independent expenditures, money that organizations can spend to advocate specifically for or against a candidate, but that must be made without that candidate’s involvement.

The Chamber of Commerce, for example, spent $700,000 in Cochran's favor, and the group Main Street Advocacy spent $100,000.

City Opera Conductor Julius Rudel Dies at 93

Posted: 26 Jun 2014 10:21 AM PDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Julius Rudel, who was the general director and principal conductor of the New York City Opera for 22 years until 1979 and led other operas around the world, died Thursday morning, his representative said. He was 93.

Lisa Jaehling said Rudel died of natural causes in his New York City home.

Rudel was born in Austria, but moved to America as a teenager. He led more than 150 operas in the world’s major opera houses, including the Vienna Staatsoper, Paris Opera, Metropolitan Opera and Los Angeles Music Center Opera.

He joined the New York City Opera in 1957. The City Opera filed for bankruptcy and shut down late last year.

Jaehling said services would be private, but there “will be a celebration of his life and music later in the year.”

The University of Rochester Press published Rudel’s memoir, “First and Lasting Impressions: Julius Rudel Looks Back on a Life in Music,” last year.

He is survived by three children, seven grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

New York’s Governor Gave Everyone a Longer Lunch Break to Watch the Soccer Game

Posted: 26 Jun 2014 10:16 AM PDT

Good news for all soccer fans employed by the Empire State: There’s no need to furtively peek at a livestream in the corner of your screen while pretending to “work.”

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo approved an extended lunch hour Thursday so that state employees could watch the World Cup match between the U.S. and Germany.

“The State of New York stands strongly behind Team USA,” he wrote in a public letter to U.S. Men’s National Team Coach Jurgen Klinsmann. “Therefore, I am approving an extra hour for an extended lunch today for every New York State employee, beginning at 12:00 PM, so they can root Team USA on to victory.”

 

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