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Some Birth Control Pills Linked to Higher Breast Cancer Risk: Study

Some Birth Control Pills Linked to Higher Breast Cancer Risk: Study

Fuse/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — In women ages 20-49, using oral contraceptives within the past year appears to be linked to a 50 percent higher risk of breast cancer. This, according to a new study of the potential link between birth control pills and breast cancer development. Researchers looked at more than 1,100 women in this age group with breast cancer and compared them to roughly 22,000 women with similar demographic characteristics who did not have breast cancer. They then compared these women’s use of oral contraceptives within the past year using pharmacy records. In particular, the increased risk was seen with moderate- to high-dose oral contraceptives. Use of low dose estrogen oral contraceptives did not seem to increase breast cancer risk. The researchers say this study adds to evidence suggesting that oral contraceptives may act as tumor promoters. It is important to note, however, that breast cancer risk in the age group studied is very low — a 20-year-old woman’s risk of being diagnosed with breast cancer by age 50 is only 1.92 percent, according to statistics from the National Cancer Institute. Thus, even if there is a causal relationship between oral contraceptive use and breast cancer risk, the absolute risk in these women remains low.If you do take birth control pills, there are things you can do right now to lower your associated risk of breast cancer.”First of all, you want to look at the package of the pill, and look for a low number — it’s either 10 or 20 micrograms of estrogen. Second of all, taking a monophasic pill, where most of the pills in the pack are the same, has been found to be associated with a lower risk of breast cancer,” says ABC News Senior Medical Contributor Dr. Jennifer Ashton.”And then there are things that have nothing to do with the pill, that bear remembering because they can lower our risk: watching alcohol consumption and increasing exercise has a powerful protective effect,” she adds.
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Chukars Fall in Duel of High Draft Picks

Chukars Fall in Duel of High Draft Picks

GRAND JUNCTION, CO — Kyle Freeland, 8th overall draft pick, out-dueled Chukars pitcher Eric Skoglund, Royals third round draft choice, as Grand Junction defeated Idaho Falls 8-5 Thursday. Freeland (1-0) allowed a leadoff single to Brandon Downes and then retired the next eight Chukars (21-22, 1-4) in order. He went five scoreless innings, allowing just two hits. Eric […]

Unemployment Rate Edges Up to 6.2% as 209K Jobs Added in July

Unemployment Rate Edges Up to 6.2% as 209K Jobs Added in July

iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — The U.S. economy created 209,000 jobs in July, the Labor Department reported Friday.
The latest unemployment figures came in just below economists expectations last month.  July marked the sixth straight month where more than 200,000 jobs were added. The unemployment rate inched up to 6.2 percent, a suggestion that more people may now be looking for work, which could be a good sign. Job gains occurred mainly in professional and business services, manufacturing, retail trade, and construction. May and June employment numbers were revised to show that 15,000 more jobs were added in those months than initially reported. The labor force participation rate and the number of long-term unemployed were little changed in July, at 62.9 percent and 3.2 million, respectively. Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Idaho GOP Plans to Elect New Leader Saturday

Idaho GOP Plans to Elect New Leader Saturday

BOISE, Idaho (AP) – Idaho Republicans are poised to elect a new party leader after spending months entrenched in political infighting over who should have control of the state’s GOP. The state central committee, which serves as the Republican Party’s governing body, will meet Saturday in Boise to vote on new party officers, including a […]

Man Shot by Stranded Motorist

Man Shot by Stranded Motorist

CALDWELL, Idaho (AP) – Police in southwest Idaho say a 39-year-old man reported being shot by a stranded driver Thursday morning after he stopped to help. The man reported the shooting north of Caldwell occurred at about 2 a.m. when he stopped to assist a person in a silver truck. The Canyon County Sheriff’s Office […]

El Nino Could Impact Farmers Next Year

El Nino Could Impact Farmers Next Year

(IDAHO FALLS, ID) – El Nino will impact farming conditions around eastern Idaho next spring. The National Weather Service reports that it will likely reduce the snowpack in higher elevations, meaning that more water will be stored in Jackson and Palisades over the winter, then moved downriver to fill American Falls next summer. Experts tell […]

Poll: Otter Ahead of Balukoff

Poll: Otter Ahead of Balukoff

(BOISE, ID) – Gov. Butch Otter has a solid lead in the polls ahead of Election Day in November.   A CBS/New York Times poll conducted in July shows that 56 percent of those surveyed would vote to elect Otter to his third term, while only 34 percent would punch the ticket for Boise businessman […]

Officer Taze Man Who Asked For It

Officer Taze Man Who Asked For It

TWIN FALLS, Idaho (AP) – A south-central Idaho man who authorities say refused police commands and taunted police by telling them to use a stun gun on him got exactly that. The Times-News reports that 23-year-old Michael K. Brubaker of Twin Falls earlier this week pleaded not guilty to resisting or obstructing officers and battery […]

Company to Launch Workout Gear that Knows How Hard You’re Working Out

Company to Launch Workout Gear that Knows How Hard You’re Working Out

Athos(SAN FRANCISCO) — A soon-to-be-launched line of workout gear claims it can take the place of your personal trainer.Athos gear has sensors in the clothing that communicate with your smartphone to tell you if you’re working out correctly.Created by two students who worked out constantly but couldn’t afford personal trainers, the San Francisco-based company has grown to 31 employees and expects to ship its first gear this fall.The technology will correct a person’s workout form in real-time. For example, if a person is doing squats, the Athos gear and app will give the wearer a complete view of the actions — form, heart rate, breathing rate and muscle effort. If a person is doing a bench press, it will indicate if the back is being used instead of the chest.“Adidas put cleats on shoes in the ’50s, Under Armor introduced the use of synthetic fabrics. This is the next generation of performance apparel,” said Jake Waxenberg, a marketing executive at Athos.The sensors are built into the clothes and everything is machine washable.It was important to make Athos easy-to-wear, said Waxenberg, so the product would appeal to a mass audience. It’s for that reason that the gear is also meant to be just as fashionable as it is functional.“It’s compression fit, sweat-wicking and cooling, the same way Lululemon is,” said Waxenberg. “It has to look good and feel good to appeal to the fashion people.”Athos gear doesn’t have wires which, the company said, keeps it as comfortable as any other piece of workout gear on the market.Each piece of clothing — tops and bottoms — is $99.In addition, the company sells a “core” — the hardware that makes the system all work and costs $199, a one-time purchase that works with all the clothes. It snaps into the garments, understands the signals from the clothing sensors and sends the information to your phone via Bluetooth. The app then tells the wearer how hard — and how well — they’re working out.While the company says the gear could certainly replace a personal trainer, it also envisions the trainer and the technology working together to optimize a client’s workout.Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Adrienne Bailon Fires Back After Kim Kardashian Diss

Adrienne Bailon Fires Back After Kim Kardashian Diss

Frazer Harrison/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) — After Kim Kardashian took Adrienne Bailon to task for mentioning her ex Rob Kardashian and how the family’s famous name may have hurt her career, the singer and current co-host of The Real responded on Instagram.First, Kim Kardashian, 33, tweeted on Wednesday, “Funny how she says being with a Kardashian hurt her career yet the only reason she has this article is bc she is talking about a Kardashian.”Bailon posted a picture of a message Thursday, saying “Fame and a Career are two different things. I’ve always had a career. I have been working hard since I was 15 years old. Being someone’s ‘girlfriend’ was never what I wanted to be famous for.”She continued, “What makes you ‘famous’ isn’t always what you want to be ‘labeled’ as, or known for. If anyone should understand that… It should be you.I also stated in the article that none of this would have stopped me from being in love and being in that relationship. I just would have gone about it differently. You can love someone just as much in private. We all learn from our first loves.”She hashtagged the post, “GodBless.”The comments that started this back and forth were Bailon’s in Latina magazine that read, “To be stuck with that Kardashian label, that was so hurtful to me and to my career.”Kim Kardashian told her to “LetItGoooooLetItGoooooo.”Bailon and Rob Kardashian dated from 2007 to 2009.
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Family of Slain Girl Speaks Out

Family of Slain Girl Speaks Out

(CHUBBUCK, ID)  – The family of a five-year-old Blackfoot girl who died in an accidental shooting Wednesday is speaking out. Noelle Shawver died while playing with a five-year-old boy at a home on the 600-block of Canal Street in Chubbuck.Police say Shawver was visiting the family, who had only recently moved into the home. The […]

Domestic Auto Sales Surge in July

Domestic Auto Sales Surge in July

iStock Editorial/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — U.S. auto sales increased in July with the major auto manufacturers reporting heavy sales growth over the last year. 
Consumers were attracted to enticing summer sales incentives like rebates and big discounts, the Wall Street Journal reports.July sales were up for General Motors, Chrysler, Ford and Nissan, which all reported gains compared to the same period last year.  GM and Ford sales were up 9.4 percent and 9.5 percent, respectively, over last year.  Chrysler sales climbed 20 percent and Nissan sales were up 11.4 percent. New car sales have steadily improved since the start of the financial crisis in 2008, when the major U.S. automakers took a huge hit in sales.  Now the economy, which added more than 200,000 jobs in July, is showing growth and has helped to push demand for new vehicles higher.
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West Nile Confirmed in Bingham County

West Nile Confirmed in Bingham County

(BLACKFOOT, ID) – West Nile Virus is back in eastern Idaho. Public health officials have confirmed the presence of the virus in mosquito pools in Bingham County. Other cases have been reported in five southwest Idaho counties, including the Boise area. The infection spreads through animals and humans, and is potentially lethal for those with […]

Shot FSU Professor Waited 19 Minutes for Ambulance

Shot FSU Professor Waited 19 Minutes for Ambulance

Courtesy FSU(TALLAHASSEE, Fla.) — It took paramedics 19 minutes to arrive at the home of a Florida State University professor shot in his garage after a neighbor called 911 — with the dispatcher’s confusion contributing to the delay and one EMS unit replaced by another, authorities said.Dan Markel, 41, was shot as he drove his car into his garage on July 18. The killer fired a single bullet through the driver’s window, striking him just beneath the jawline, sources told ABC News.A neighbor called 911, noting that he happened upon Markel’s car because he’d been worried about a recent string of break-ins. The neighbor said he found Markel sitting in the driver’s seat of his car, his head covered in blood. Markel was still alive, the man told a dispatcher. But he wasn’t responsive.“You need to send an ambulance in a hurry, an EMT,” the neighbor said, according to audio of the call released by police Thursday. “I think you need to hurry.”
Because the dispatcher didn’t initially hear the caller mention anything about a gunshot wound, the response was delayed.“The officer is going to be there first. [The EMT] is not going to come until we figure out what’s going on, but they are on the way as well, OK?” the dispatcher said.“They better be if this guy’s got a shot…living,” the neighbor responded.Markel died at the hospital 14 hours later.Timothy Lee, the head of the dispatch center, acknowledged to ABC News that confusion contributed to the slowed response.“On the onset of the call, it was entered into the computer system as a man down versus a gunshot wound,” Lee said. “We are making changes in this review to make sure that this atmosphere doesn’t happen again.”The release of the 911 audio comes as authorities increased the reward in the case to $10,000, with Markel’s shooter still unknown. Investigators are trying to find the person driving a Toyota Prius seen nearby after the shooting.The criminal law professor was pulling into his driveway and talking on his cellphone when he was fatally shot, sources said.Markel left behind two young sons and an ex-wife, Wendi Jill Adelson, also an FSU professor. Police have spent hours questioning Adelson and others who knew Markel, but have named no suspects.Police believe Markel was targeted, but the shooter’s motive remains unclear.
ABC News Chief Legal Affairs Anchor Dan Abrams said the direction of the investigation — with police focusing on different places where Markel was seen in the days before the shooting — shows that the shooter’s motive could be anything, from Markel’s blog to his legal research.“They’re looking beyond the people that he knew best and worked with closest, and they’re really expanding this investigation beyond his inner circle,” Abrams said.
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Former Ririe Man Tied to Deadly Crime Spree

Former Ririe Man Tied to Deadly Crime Spree

(LAS VEGAS, NV) – A former Ririe man was killed in a shootout with police following a crime spree in Las Vegas earlier this week.  Twenty-seven-year-old Corey Winters and his accomplice, Natasha Jackson, broke into a stranger’s home, killed him, and assaulted his wife. Winters was shot by officers after breaking into another home on […]

Bear World Worried About Hwy 20 Construction

Bear World Worried About Hwy 20 Construction

(REXBURG, ID) – Executives for Yellowstone Bear World are worried about a proposed construction project along U.S. Highway 20. The project will include a new overpass in Thornton, which will permanently close all other highway access points between the Snake River and Rexburg. Spokesman Courtney Ferguson tells Local News 8 that he stands to lose […]

Kerry Washington Reveals Why She Named Her Baby Isabelle

Kerry Washington Reveals Why She Named Her Baby Isabelle

ABC/Rick Rowell(LOS ANGELES) — Kerry Washington never talks about her personal life, but she has revealed a bit about her daughter.The Scandal star appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live Thursday and bonded with the late night host about their newborn daughters.”I heard your baby’s named after her grandmother?” Washington asked Jimmy Kimmel. “Mine is too, named after my grandmother.””We should swap them and see if our families notice,” joked Kimmel. “Just for a few days.”Washington, 37, and her husband, Nnamdi Asomugha, 33, welcomed their daughter, Isabelle, in April. During her pregnancy, Kimmel, a “good friend,” pampered the actress with a shipment of barbecue from La Barbecue in Austin, Texas.”There’s nothing more kind to do for a pregnant lady than [sending her] a box full of frozen deliciousness,” gushed Washington of the gesture. “It was amazing.”

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Harley-Davidson Recalls 3,300 Bikes over Ignition Switch Issues

Harley-Davidson Recalls 3,300 Bikes over Ignition Switch Issues

Joe Raedle/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — Issues with ignition switches have led General Motors to recall millions of vehicles. And now, the problem is affecting some motorcycles.Harley-Davidson is recalling approximately 3,361 bikes because certain calibrations could lead to engine vibrations that move the ignition switch from “on” to “accessory only.”
“If the vibration causes the ignition switch to move to the accessory only position, the motorcycle would stall while riding, increasing the risk of a crash,” according to documents posted on the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s site Friday.The affected motorcycles include FXDL Dyna Low Riders from the model year 2014.5 that were manufactured between Jan. 6 and June 19 of this year. So far, no injuries or crashes have been reported.Owners of the affected bikes will be notified by Harley-Davidson and can get a free replacement of the engine mount bracket assembly and ignition switch knob.
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Huge Butter Spill Creates Jam on Indianapolis Highway

Huge Butter Spill Creates Jam on Indianapolis Highway

File photo. (Ingram Publishing/Thinkstock)(INDIANAPOLIS) — Butter and jam usually conjures up images of warm toast, but on an Indianapolis highway Friday, it meant a huge slippery mess that closed part of the busy highway during the morning rush hour.A dairy truck crashed overnight on Interstate 465 and spilled over 45,000 pounds of butter, margarine and whipped cream.”Our preliminary conclusion is that the truck driver fell asleep while driving, hit a barrier, and crashed at around 3:30 a.m.,” Capt. David Dursten, spokesman for the Indiana State Police told ABC News.The semi split in half, spilling tubes of butter and tins of whipped cream.”Our crew is using a sand truck and a front-end loader to absorb and scoop up the sticky coat on the road into trash bins,” Dursten said.The right two lanes of the interstate highway are expected to be closed until about noon while the crew removes the mess, the officer said.There was a passenger in the truck. No one was injured.”I was joking with my colleagues, wonder if anyone called IHOP and ordered 2,000 pounds of pancakes,” Dursten said.
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Royals’ Eric Hosmer Out 3-6 Weeks with a Broken Finger

Royals’ Eric Hosmer Out 3-6 Weeks with a Broken Finger

Rich Pilling/MLB Photos via Getty Images(KANSAS CITY, Mo.) — The Kansas City Royals will be without one of their best players in a time when they’re fighting for a playoff spot as first baseman Eric Hosmer will miss the next 3-6 weeks with a stress fracture of his right hand’s third finger.
On Thursday night, Hosmer re-injured his finger on a check-swing during the team’s game against the Minnesota Twins.
“Very frustrating, bad timing,” Hosmer said.
Hosmer originally injured the finger on July 20 when he was hit by a pitch by Jon Lester, causing him to skip six of the team’s next seven games.
Hosmer struggled early on this season, but was finally showing life at the plate recently. In 104 games this season, the 24-year-old Hosmer is hitting .267 with six home runs and 46 RBIs.
The Royals sit at 55-52 and are in second place in the AL Central. With the Detroit Tigers recent acquisition of starting pitcher David Price, the Royals could use Hosmer’s bat in a lineup that ranks 18th in the Majors in runs scored.
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