Saturday, July 5, 2014

Tim Howard Does Not Want You to Hug Him

Tim Howard Does Not Want You to Hug Him

Tim Howard Does Not Want You to Hug Him

Posted: 05 Jul 2014 10:46 AM PDT

Tim Howard saved a record 16 goals in the U.S.-Belgium World Cup match this week, but don’t expect him to save your wounded ego after you try to give him a hug.

This fan went in for a hug with the All-American Wall and Howard did what he does best: blocked him out and turned him around. Here’s to the fan getting some love from Kyle Beckerman or Clint Dempsey.

Why Statins Could Be the Next Treatment for Breast Cancer

Posted: 05 Jul 2014 10:29 AM PDT

Cholesterol and cancer may not seem to have much in common, but scientists are increasingly seeing some intriguing connections between the two. In the latest study on the topic, presented at the Frontiers in Cardiovascular Biology in Barcelona, Spain, researchers report on preliminary but strong evidence that women with high cholesterol levels had a 1.6 times greater risk of developing breast cancer over 14 years than women with lower levels.

While the association doesn't prove that cholesterol can cause breast cancer, the strength of the study comes from its numbers – the data emerged from 664,000 women enrolled in an ongoing study in the UK.

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Earlier studies have suggested that obesity may be tied to an increased risk of breast cancer, but more recent trials raised the possibility that cholesterol was the driving factor in this correlation – animal studies found, for example, that lowering cholesterol can inhibit tumor cell growth.

So Dr. Rahul Potluri, from Aston University in the UK, decided to investigate the relationship with the database he had established known as the Algorithm for Comorbidities, Associations Length of Stay and Mortality (ACALM) study, focusing on a subset of data from among 1.2 million women in the UK between 2000 and 2013. And indeed, those whose records showed cholesterol levels of 200mg/dL or more were more likely to develop breast cancer. (In the U.S., recent changes to cholesterol guidelines by the American Heart Association and the American College of Cardiology mean that doctors no longer focus on target cholesterol levels but include cholesterol as part of a heart disease risk calculation that includes age, smoking history, blood pressure and diabetes. In previous guidelines, levels between 200mg/dL and 239 mg/dL were considered borderline high.)

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"It's a starting point for looking at the relationship in human populations," says Potluri, who is cautious about overstating what the correlation means. He says that the database did not include information on medications, for example, so he and his colleagues could not adjust for other factors that could explain the association, such as whether the women smoked, or their exposure to other things that could increase their risk for breast cancer.

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Still, says Dr. Clifford Hudis, chief of the breast cancer medicine service at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center who was not involved in the study, "I think this is an important observation. It's interesting when a big study like this supports some evolving basic science."

Hudis suspects that the explanation for how cholesterol is involved in breast cancer – or potentially in other types of cancers – may be quite complex, and certainly requires deeper investigation. His own work, for example, explores how obesity and its related metabolic syndrome, which involves resistance to the effects of insulin and low levels of inflammation, could be activating some tumor triggers in breast tissue. Cholesterol is also part of the body's steroid hormone pathways, which can play a role in certain cancers.

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"The problem of obesity is going to have profound public health repercussions," says Hudis; these results are just another reminder of how insidious the health effects of obesity can be.









WATCH LIVE: Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed Speaks at Essence Festival

Posted: 05 Jul 2014 08:56 AM PDT

Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed is taking the stage at the 20th Essence Festival in New Orleans at 11:15 am CT.

Reed began his second term in January and has championed fiscal reform while increasing core city services. Reed has reduced Atlanta’s spending during the recession and chairs the Transportation and Communications Committee of the U.S. Conference of Mayors.

Watch America’s Best Fourth of July Fireworks in 1 Video

Posted: 05 Jul 2014 08:54 AM PDT

This Fourth of July, despite the best efforts of Hurricane Arthur to disrupt proceedings, Americans gathered to launch pyrotechnics in to the sky, because freedom.

Whereas sometimes this has the capacity to go wrong, 2014 saw a wave of spectacular displays across the country.

Train Derailment Spills Airplane Bodies Into River

Posted: 05 Jul 2014 08:42 AM PDT

A train carrying airplane parts and other goods derailed in Montana Thursday, sending jet bodies careening into the Clark Fork River.

The accident occurred west of Missoula, Montana. Of the 19 cars that derailed, seven cars were carrying aircraft components, three cars carried soybeans, three cars with denatured alcohol, and seven empty cars, MTN News – Missoula reports.

The parts were for Boeing 737, 747, and 777 aircraft on their way for final assembly before they spilled into the river, Boeing said. No alcohol or soybeans leaked.

The river and the rail line are closed as teams clean up the site of the accident. The rail line is expected to reopen Saturday evening.

[MTN News - Missoula]

Video Purportedly Shows Extremist Leader in Iraq

Posted: 05 Jul 2014 07:53 AM PDT

(BAGHDAD) — A video posted online purports to show the leader of the Islamic State extremist group delivering a sermon at a mosque in the northern Iraqi city of Mosul.

Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi has almost never been seen in public, and there are only a few known photographs of him.

The video was released on a website known to be used by the group, but it was not possible to independently verify whether the person shown was indeed al-Baghdadi.

‘PAC to End PACs’ Hits $5 Million Funding Goal

Posted: 05 Jul 2014 07:48 AM PDT

The upstart Mayday PAC that seeks to reduce the influence of money in politics has crossed its fundraising goal of $5 million, according to a Friday email from founder and academic Lawrence Lessig.

Mayday PAC, which seeks to fund politicians that will pass restrictions on campaign funding, had raised just $75,000 by the beginning of May, but has been expanding rapidly. A total of 49,490 people have contributed to the Mayday PAC, reflecting a large number of smaller-sized contributions averaging around $100 each.

The group has also received endorsements from several notable figures, including actors Jason Alexander and Joseph Gordon-Levitt.

The group arises amidst much frustration over the prevalence of money in political campaigns, with a small percentage of donors holding an increasing share of the influence over elections. Just 196 people (that's 0.000063 percent of the country’s population) donated 80 percent of the total Super PAC money raised in 2012, according to Lessig.

“The frustration with the mess we call Congress is palpable, and the desperate urge to do something about it is raw,” said Lessig in his email Friday.

Mayday PAC still has an uphill battle to fight despite its fundraising success. Few members of Congress have expressed the political will to tackle campaign finance reform, leading many observers to be skeptical about the PAC’s chances of changing Capitol Hill.

Kvitova Overpowers Bouchard to Win 2nd Wimbledon

Posted: 05 Jul 2014 07:13 AM PDT

(LONDON) — Petra Kvitova overwhelmed Eugenie Bouchard 6-3, 6-0 in less than an hour Saturday to win Wimbledon for the second time.

The Czech left-hander completely outplayed the 20-year-old Canadian — playing in her first major final — with her big serve, aggressive returns and flat groundstrokes.

Kvitova, the 2011 champion, put on a clinic of power tennis, ripping baseline winners off both wings and leaving Bouchard looking helpless. Kvitova won the final seven games, finishing with another clean winner — a cross-court backhand.

Bouchard was the first Canadian to reach a Grand Slam final.

She was named after Britain’s Princess Eugenie, granddaughter of Queen Elizabeth II. The princess was watching from the front row of the Royal Box.

Indian Nurses Trapped in Iraq Return Home

Posted: 05 Jul 2014 07:05 AM PDT

More than 40 Indian nurses who were trapped in a region of Iraq that was seized by Sunni extremists have arrived home in India.

When armed rebels launched a wave of attack across the region last month, 46 Indian nurses found themselves trapped in the northern city of Tikrit in a state-run hospital where they worked, Al-Jazeera America reports.

“They didn’t do anything, they didn’t disturb us and they didn’t harm anyone. They didn’t touch even. They talked nicely,” Jose said, without specifying who she was referring to.

It was not immediately clear whether they had been abducted or trapped and unable to leave.

The nurses boarded a specially-chartered plane in Kurdish territory and arrived in the southern Indian state of Kerala around noon on Saturday, local time.

[Al-Jazeera America]

Israel Violence Rises After Palestinian Teen Found Dead

Posted: 05 Jul 2014 06:33 AM PDT

Clashes between Israeli police and Palestinian protestors erupted in Jerusalem and northern Israel after the death of an Arab teenager who Palestinians say was burned to death by Israeli extremists in a revenge killing.

Violence spread to Arab towns in northern Israel Saturday following the burial of 16-year-old Mohammed Abu Khdeir in east Jerusalem Friday. Protesters threw rocks at passing cars, burned tires and lobbed rocks and firebombs at police, the Associated Press reports, while police struck back with tear gas and stun grenades.

Demonstrators near the Arab town of Qalansawe pulled a Jewish Israeli man out of his car and set his vehicle on fire, though the driver was left unharmed. Tensions remained high after militants fired two rockets in southern Israel, though the number of rockets launched from the Gaza Strip has declined in recent days.

The recent wave of violence between Israelis and Palestinians began after three Israeli teenagers were abducted, setting off an Israeli manhunt in Palestinian territory that led to mass arrests and the deaths of at least five Palestinians. The teens were later found dead.

Khdeir, meanwhile, was kidnapped in east Jerusalem Wednesday while awaiting dawn prayer before his charred body was found in a forest. The Palestinian attorney general said the boy was burned alive by his abductors. An autopsy conducted by Israeli doctors and attended by a Palestinian coroner found black smoke in Khdeir’s breathing airways and lungs, the New York Times reports. Khdeir had burns on over 90 percent of his body.

In a separate incident, 15-year-old Tariq Abu Khdeir, a cousin of the slain Mohammed and a U.S. citizen who attends school in Florida, was beaten by police Thursday ahead of the Israeli teenagers’ funerals, according to his relatives. Khdeir is being held by police without charges, his relatives said, though Israeli police say he was in a group of stone-throwing teenagers. A video of the teenager being beaten with pictures of his badly swollen face has been circulated around the Internet.



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