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Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Uruguay Edges Italy 1-0 to Advance at World Cup

Uruguay Edges Italy 1-0 to Advance at World Cup


Uruguay Edges Italy 1-0 to Advance at World Cup

Posted: 24 Jun 2014 11:09 AM PDT

(NATAL, Brazil) — Captain Diego Godin scored in the 81st minute as Uruguay edged 10-man Italy 1-0 Tuesday to reach the second round of the World Cup.

Four-time champion Italy, meanwhile, is heading home after the group phase for the second time in four years.

Godin rose above a crowd of defenders to meet a corner with his left shoulder and veteran goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon had no chance.

Italy midfielder Claudio Marchisio was shown a direct red card for putting his boot into Egidio Arevalo’s knee in the 59th. Mario Balotelli picked up his second yellow card in two matches during the first half then was benched for the second period.

Uruguay finished Group D with six points and Italy goes home with three.

Woman Climbs Into Lion Cage to Feed Them Cookies

Posted: 24 Jun 2014 11:08 AM PDT

The Memphis Zoo has banned a woman for life because she jumped the barrier of the lion enclosure to feed them cookies, the Associated Press reports.

Last week she was caught throwing objects into the exhibit, according to a zoo spokesperson. After climbing the barrier, she started singing to the wild animals about how much she missed them.

“I’ve never seen someone singing to a lion before,” witness Michelle Beasley told WMC Action News 5. “It was really loud.”

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Too Much of a Good Thing: Kids Get Too Many Vitamins and Minerals

Posted: 24 Jun 2014 11:06 AM PDT

Not only are many popular kids' foods high in calories and sugar—here are 12 cereals of them that are more than 50% sugar by weight—but they may be packing too many vitamins and minerals, says the Environmental Working Group (EWG).

Manufacturers have been using nutrient fortification as a marketing tool to appeal to parents who want healthier foods for their families, but more isn't necessarily better when it comes to certain nutrients. The advocacy organization studied 1,556 breakfast cereals and 1,025 snack bars and found that many contained substantially higher amounts of three nutrients—vitamin A, niacin and zinc—than is considered safe by the Institute of Medicine (IOM).

While nutrients are important for health, too much of certain nutrients can have harmful effects. Among the products the EWG tested, 114 cereals contained 30% or more of the Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) recommended daily values for vitamin A, niacin or zinc, and 27 of the snack bars have more than 50% of the recommended values.

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The fortification is especially concerning among children, since the values are set for adults, who are physically larger and need more of the nutrients. Children also typically eat more than one serving of cereal or snack bars in a day, and many also take vitamin supplements, further pushing them toward dangerously high levels of vitamin A, niacin and zinc.

Studies have shown that too much vitamin A can contribute to liver damage, brittle nails and hair loss. Overdoing it with zinc can interfere with normal immune functions, while niacin overages can cause rashes and vomiting.

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The authors say that such excess isn't as much a problem for children who eat more fresh and unprocessed foods. But in the average U.S. diet, earlier studies documented that 45% of children under 8 years old get too much zinc, 13% eat too much vitamin A and 8% get excessive amounts of niacin from their food alone.

To address the “over-nutrient-izing” of the American public, the IOM established upper limits of daily intake for common vitamins and nutrients, calculated for specific age groups and for pregnant women.

The EWG authors are calling for the FDA to adopt similar age specific guidelines for nutrient intake, and to revise its daily values, which were created before many manufacturers began fortifying their products with extra nutrients. And to avoid overdosing their kids on certain vitamins, parents should stay away from products that contain more than 20% to 25% of daily values for vitamin A, niacin and zinc.

Methodist Panel Overturns Pastor’s Defrocking

Posted: 24 Jun 2014 10:53 AM PDT

(PHILADELPHIA) — A pastor who presided over his son’s same-sex wedding ceremony and vowed to perform other gay marriages if asked can return to the pulpit after a United Methodist Church appeals panel on Tuesday overturned a decision to defrock him.

The nine-person panel ordered the church to restore Frank Schaefer’s pastoral credentials, saying the jury that convicted him of breaking church law erred when fashioning his punishment.

“I’ve devoted my life to this church, to serving this church, and to be restored and to be able to call myself a reverend again and to speak with this voice means so much to me,” an exultant Schaefer told The Associated Press, adding he intends to work for gay rights “with an even stronger voice from within the United Methodist Church.”

The church suspended Schaefer, of Lebanon, Pennsylvania, last year for officiating his son’s 2007 wedding. It then defrocked him because he wouldn’t promise never to preside over another gay ceremony.

Schaefer appealed, arguing the decision was wrong because it was based on an assumption he would break church law in the future.

The appeals panel, which met in Linthicum, Maryland, last week to hear the case, upheld a 30-day suspension that Schaefer has already served and said he should get back pay dating to when the suspension ended in December.

The jury’s punishment was illegal under church law, the appeals panel concluded, writing in its decision that “revoking his credentials cannot be squared with the well-established principle that our clergy can only be punished for what they have been convicted of doing in the past, not for what they may or may not do in the future.”

The topic of gay marriage has long roiled the United Methodist Church, the nation’s second-largest Protestant denomination. Hundreds of Methodist ministers have publicly rejected church doctrine on homosexuality, which allows for gay members but bars “self-avowed practicing homosexuals” from becoming clergy and forbids ministers from performing same-sex marriages.

Traditionalists say clergy have no right to break church law just because they disagree with it. Some conservative pastors are calling for a breakup of the denomination, which has 12 million members worldwide, saying the split over gay marriage is irreconcilable.

Schaefer was charged after a member of his congregation complained to the church about his officiating his son’s wedding.

The church can appeal the decision to its highest court, the Judicial Council.

5 Weird Facts About the World Cup

Posted: 24 Jun 2014 10:39 AM PDT

1. The Solomon Islands has the world’s highest Google search volume index for “World Cup.”

Yes, this tiny archipelago northeast of Australia—its team isn’t even in World Cup this year—is Googling “World Cup” like crazy. Next are Vanuatu, Liberia, South Sudan and Sierra Leone.

2. Meanwhile, a small Oregon town called Sheridan boasts the highest search volume index in the U.S.

This tiny city with a population of roughly 7,000 is beating out giants like New York, Los Angeles and Miami.

3. Americans were the least excited about the event, and Indonesians were the most.

In the days leading up to the World Cup, the U.S. placed last in a global survey about levels of excitement surrounding the tournament. Only 11% of Americans were very excited, while Indonesians posted the highest excitement rate.

4. Fast food and beer are dominating World Cup ads for Hispanic viewers.

For the World Cup’s second week, the top advertisers on Univision—a Spanish-language TV network—have been McDonalds and Budweiser. Meanwhile, Microsoft and Bacardi are dominating ads on ABC/ESPN, which are English-language.

5. On average, Kim Kardashian is way more popular than Cristiano Ronaldo—and she’s as popular as the World Cup itself.

According to worldwide Google data since 2004, interest in Kim has been nearly as high as Cristiano during the 2010 and 2014 World Cups. While Cristiano’s and the World Cup’s popularities spike every few years, Kim rules the Internet during off-season. And believe it or not, the Internet’s average interest in Kim is as high as that of the World Cup.

 

GOP Leaders Yield to Base on Killing Obscure Government Bank

Posted: 24 Jun 2014 10:34 AM PDT

House Speaker John Boehner signaled Tuesday that he’s willing to let lawmakers kill an obscure government bank, in a victory for conservatives who feared that last week’s election of new GOP leadership would make it harder to eliminate.

"My job is to work with our members to get to a place where the members are comfortable,” Boehner, speaking at a news conference in Washington, said of the debate over Export-Import bank. “Some people believe that we shouldn’t have it at all, others believe that we should reauthorize it with significant reforms, and we’re going to work our way through this."

The bank, supported by the White House, the Democratic-controlled Senate, the business community and at least 41 House Republicans, provides loans, loan guarantees and credit insurance to help foreigners purchase U.S. goods. Its supporters credit it with supporting about205,000 American jobs, while opponents say it could easily be replaced by the private sector. Congress must renew the Ex-Im bank's charter by Sept. 30 or it will be unable to back new loans.

When asked if he believes the so-called the Ex-Im bank has an impact on the economy, Boehner responded: “I don’t know.”

Tuesday’s comments mark a turn around for Boehner, who said the bank "will help create jobs in our country" when its charter was reauthorized two years ago. But on Tuesday, Boehner yielded authority on the issue to the House Financial Committee, chaired by Rep. Jeb Hensarling of Texas, an outspoken critic of the Ex-Im Bank. Rep. Spencer Bachus (R-Ala.), who chaired the committee through 2012, supported the bank, albeit with some reforms.

Boehner’s acquiescence will be taken as a welcome sign for his conservative rank-and-file, who feared the election last week of establishment-friendly Rep. Kevin McCarthy as the new House Majority Leader would block them from what’s become a top policy priority. But McCarthy said Sunday that he opposes reauthorizing the bank’s charter, and Boehner said Tuesday that Hensarling would have a key role in "outlining" the future of the bank.

"The members have been discussing this issue," Boehner said. "I believe there’s a hearing tomorrow in the Financial Services committee. And after that, I’m looking forward to the chairman outlining how we’re going to deal with this rather controversial subject.”

Despite GOP leaders’ recent statements, the bank’s charter could still be renewed if coalition of House Democrats and Republicans pass the Senate’s end-of-year spending resolution, which will include reauthorization.

Downton Abbey Addicts, Get Your 20-Second Fix of the New Season

Posted: 24 Jun 2014 10:25 AM PDT

Judging from the newly-released trailer for Downton Abbey’s fifth season, the latest episodes will feature — spoiler alert! — polished silverware, heavy curtains and the return of a dinging service bell. And a plot line about things “changing.”

There isn’t much here beyond sumptuous still life porn, admittedly, but series creator Julian Fellowes did offer one clue as to what viewers might expect: “I think it would be very unwise to do any more deaths because the viewers don’t like them,” he said, according to Glamour. Expect things to change, gently.

New Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Trailer Reveals Shredder

Posted: 24 Jun 2014 09:48 AM PDT

The latest radical trailer for Michael Bay’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles reboot dropped Tuesday, and it shows highly anticipated action sequences and new characters. This is the first spot to reveal super-villain Shredder. And there’s even a Whoopi Goldberg cameo.

In case you needed a closer look, here’s a screen grab of the TMNT’s antagonist:

He looks kind of familiar, no?

Oh, Michael Bay.

Jenna Dewan-Tatum: Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill Have the ‘Most Amazing Bromance’

Posted: 24 Jun 2014 09:48 AM PDT

Jenna Dewan-Tatum stopped by to see Jimmy Kimmel Monday night, addressing recent comments made by her husband, actor Channing Tatum.

Tatum said in a recent radio interview that his 22 Jump Street co-star Jonah Hill “wants to be with my wife.”

Jenna’s response to the statement was an appropriate: “Wait, what?,” she asked, adding that “I’m the third wheel, they have the most amazing bromance.”

And she may have good reason to be jealous of the pair’s bond, with Tatum recently telling Entertainment Weekly that “If I wasn't with my wife and Jonah had lady parts, I would probably ask him out.”

It’s Official: Soccer is Bigger than Basketball, Baseball

Posted: 24 Jun 2014 09:46 AM PDT

World Cup viewership continued to break records on Sunday, drawing millions more viewers than the most recent big match-ups in basketball and baseball.

A total of 24.7 million viewers tuned in as the U.S. squared off against Portugal on Sunday, according to figures released by Nielsen company. The ratings surpassed last week’s World Cup match between the U.S. and Ghana, indicating that interest in the tournament is steadily rising — at least, for as long as the U.S. team is involved.

Sunday’s game also surpassed ratings for the NBA finals, which drew 18 million viewers, and trounced the ratings for the 2013 World Series, which drew 14.9 million viewers. So is America’s favorite past time officially soccer, or, dare we say it, “futbol?”

Not by a long shot. The 2014 Super Bowl drew an average 111.5 million viewers, more than quadruple the audience of the most watched soccer match of all time. Football it is.

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