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How to Avoid the Germs on Your Winter Gloves

How to Avoid the Germs on Your Winter Gloves

Wavebrak Media / Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- In the winter, gloves hold railings, open doors, push strollers and sometimes even act as your own personal tissue. So what happens when all those germs transfer to your winter gloves?Good Morning America took to the snowy paths in New York City's Central Park to swab people's gloves -- ranging from wool to leather to nylon -- and test for bacteria and viruses. We also swabbed the gloves of some of our fellow ABC employees.The results?Out of the 27 samples tested, 26 were positive for bacteria. While most are harmless, nine of those tested positive for bacteria including staph and MRSA, which could be harmful if they came in contact with an open wound.One of the samples tested positive for the corona virus, which doctors say is one of the causes of the common cold."Every time your glove comes into contact , you're taking away some of the bacteria that was on that surface," explained Dr. Susan Whittier, director of Clinical Microbiology Service at New York Presbyterian, Columbia University Medical Center in New York City.The good news for glove-wearers is that the bacteria and viruses that attach to gloves may not last very long, just hours or minutes in some cases."It's not going to be alive on the glove for very long because it has nothing to help it survive," Dr. Whittier said.According to experts, these three steps can help protect you from potential germs on your gloves.

Let your gloves air dry instead of keeping them balled up in your pockets. Wash gloves often. You can even use a disinfectant wipe for some fabrics. Be conscious not to touch your face with your gloves.

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Apple Sends Invite for Surprise Event on March 9

Apple Sends Invite for Surprise Event on March 9

Apple(CUPERTINO, Calif.) -- Apple fans are in for a springtime surprise.The Cupertino, California, company sent invitations to members of the media Thursday inviting them to "spring forward" at a mystery event slated to be held on March 9 in San Francisco.Apple is an expert at teasing its events while keeping the agenda under wraps, however it's fair to expect the event will at least bring some new insights into the Apple Watch.The flagship wearable device is set to ship in April, however Apple hasn't yet revealed an exact release date.

The "spring forward" clue could also be a wink to the beginning of Daylight Saving Time on March 8 when people in most states will set their watches ahead one hour.Let the countdown begin.Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Jihadi John: What We Know About the Alleged Terrorist

Jihadi John: What We Know About the Alleged Terrorist

Obtained by ABC News(NEW YORK) -- The man believed to be the ISIS terrorist dubbed "Jihadi John" has been identified as a British man named Mohammed Emwazi.The terrorist's identity was first reported by the BBC and The Washington Post, which cited a friend who had "no doubt" that Emwazi was the masked man believed to be seen in at least seven ISIS beheading videos.Emwazi was born in Kuwait, but moved to England when he was 6 years old, according to a rights group that worked with him in the years before he reportedly left England for Syria.Emwazi's family lives in Queens Park, a neighborhood in North West London. The neighborhood is considered to be working class.Neighbors told ABC News that Emwazi's relatives have not been seen at their home in the past week.The University of Westminster confirmed to ABC News that a student by the same name left the school in 2009."If these allegations are true, we are shocked and sickened by the news," a spokesman for the university said in a statement.In 2010, Emwazi reportedly attempted to move to Kuwait but was stopped from doing so by British counter-terrorism officials, according to activist group CAGE.CAGE describes itself as an "advocacy organisation" that regularly works on behalf of Guantanamo Bay detainees and Muslims who have been detained for terrorism. Their employee, Asim Qureshi, spoke Thursday about how communicated with Emwazi repeatedly between 2010 and 2012 when he is believed to have gone to Syria.Qureshi described Emwazi as a "beautiful young man" when they met in the summer of 2009 to discuss Emwazi’s complaints about being detained and harassed by British authorities as he traveled.He said he cannot confirm that the man in the video is Emwazi because his face is covered, but added that the personality is very different from the one he knew in London. He described Emwazi as kind, gentle and soft spoken.He said Emwazi told him he didn't "want to live in a country where I’m treated as the enemy.""What happened to him after then? I can’t tell you. I don’t know myself," Qureshi said.Jihadi John gained international attention in August 2014 when he appeared to be the masked man who executed American journalist James Foley in a video that became the first in a disturbing string of similar executions.He spoke English with a British accent in the video, hence his nickname, Jihadi John.Though he always appeared covered, his voice and stature led experts to believe that he was also the figure pictured in at least six other videos showing the deaths of Steven Sotloff, David Haines, Alan Henning, Peter Kassig, Kenji Goto Jogo and Haruna Yakuawa.Neither British nor American government officials have publicly confirmed the masked man's identity, but both have expressed concerns about how this revelation could impact ongoing investigations.A spokesperson for Prime Minister David Cameron said that he "would be concerned about information being put into the public domain at any time that might jeopardize ongoing police or security investigations or the safety of British citizens."A press officer for the White House National Security Council issued a statement Thursday morning."The U.S. government continues to investigate the murder of American citizens by ISIL. We will not comment on ongoing investigations and therefore are not in a position to confirm or deny the identity of this individual. As the president has said, no matter how long it takes, the United States will not rest until we find and hold accountable the terrorists who are responsible for the murders of our citizens."

What to know:

The ISIS executioner dubbed "Jihadi John" has been named by news reports. He is believed to be a Kuwait-born British man. He attended college in London and his family lives there now. He is thought to have fled to Syria in 2012. He allegedly killed at least seven foreign captives on video.

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Nancy Pelosi Sports Sunglasses in Solidarity with Harry Reid After Eye Injury

Nancy Pelosi Sports Sunglasses in Solidarity with Harry Reid After Eye InjuryiStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- Wearing sunglasses indoors may be the new craze on Capitol Hill.House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi walked into a news conference on DHS funding Thursday morning and threw on some sunglasses in solidarity with Senate Min...

American Kennel Club Says Labrador Retriever Top Dog Again

American Kennel Club Says Labrador Retriever Top Dog Again

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- American dog owners have spoken and once again they say they love Labrador retrievers.The family-friendly breed of dogs is atop the American Kennel Club’s list of the Most Popular Dogs in the U.S., for the 24th consecutive year.“The Lab truly is America’s dog,” AKC Vice President Gina DiNardo said in a statement.The AKC’s 2014 list, released Thursday, shows German shepherds, golden retrievers, bulldogs and beagles following Labrador retrievers in the top five.The beagle, which ranked number five on the AKC list, saw its breed get attention earlier this year when a Beagle named Miss P, from British Columbia, took home the top Best in Show honor at the Westminster Kennel Club Show earlier this month.The AKC's most popular list is derived from the number of dogs within each breed registered with the club, an AKC spokeswoman told ABC News.The bulldog moved up one spot, into number four, above the beagle, on this year's list. The AKC attributes the bulldogs' rise to the breeds’, “natural tendency to form strong bonds with kids, an easy-to-care-for coat and minimal exercise needs. “A more specific type of Bulldog, the French bulldog, moved into the top 10, at number nine, this year for the first time in nearly 100 years, according to the AKC.The Labrador retriever’s spot atop the Most Popular Breeds’ list continues its streak as the longest reign in AKC history.Here is the full top 10 list of the 2014 Most Popular Dogs in the U.S.

Labrador Retriever German Shepherd Dog Golden Retriever Bulldog Beagle Yorkshire Terrier Poodle Boxer French Bulldog Rottweiler

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Water Found in Astronaut’s Helmet After Second of Three Spacewalks

Water Found in Astronaut’s Helmet After Second of Three SpacewalksNASA TV(NEW YORK) -- At the end of Wednesday's spacewalk, NASA astronaut Terry Virts reported seeing a small amount of floating water in his helmet.According to NASA, the issue was first noticed during repressurization following the bulk of Wednesday's...

Former White House Press Secretary Jay Carney Joins Amazon

Former White House Press Secretary Jay Carney Joins Amazon

Pete Souza / The White House / Amazon.com(SEATTLE) -- Amazon confirms that former White House press secretary Jay Carney is joining the tech company.Carney will be Amazon's senior vice president leading the company's newly-created "Global Corporate Affairs" department, which includes the existing public relations and public policy teams.

Carney will split his time between the Seattle headquarters of Amazon.com Inc. and its office in Washington, D.C., where Amazon veteran Paul Misener will continue to run the company's lobbying efforts.Carney, who resigned in May from the White House, will report directly to Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos. After three years as President Obama's chief spokesman, he went on to become a senior political analyst for CNN. Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Ryan Braun’s Ready to Rebound in 2015

Ryan Braun’s Ready to Rebound in 2015

Robert Binder/MLB Photos via Getty Images(PHOENIX) -- Milwaukee Brewers outfielder Ryan Braun is ready to rebound in 2015.

Braun underwent an offseason procedure on his thumb to get rid of nerve issues and is looking forward to spring training.

"I feel good. I'm only 31; I should be good," Braun said. "I expect to go out there and be one of the best players in the league."

"I've been able to do everything I would typically do over the course of an offseason, which is encouraging," Braun continued. "Hopefully I'll be healthy. But aside from that, I don't think I'll be limited or anything. I'll have to be conscious about how many extra swings I take and stuff like that, but aside from that I should be able to do everything."

The 2011 MVP struggled last season and finished with a .266 batting average, 19 homers, and 81 RBIs.

Braun's struggles last season was a major part of the Brewers' giving away the N.L. Central and watching the playoffs from home.

"When you show up this year, you know you can't do anything about last year. None of us can change what happened. We wish things would have ended differently than they did but they didn't," Braun said. "Hopefully, the focus is on this year and doing everything we can to prepare the best that we can every day to be successful and to get off to a good start in April."

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Dunkin’ Donuts Apologizes for Angering Liverpool Soccer Fans

Dunkin’ Donuts Apologizes for Angering Liverpool Soccer Fans

Twitter/Dunkin' Donuts(CANTON, Mass.) -- Dunkin' Donuts is apologizing Thursday for "insensitivity" in a tweet that enraged many English soccer fans.The food chain, based in Canton, Massachusetts and a sponsor of Liverpool Football Club, tweeted from the company's official account on Wednesday night with a re-design of the Liverpool crest. Their design used doughnuts and cups of coffee in place of flames that are in memory of 96 fans killed in what's described as Britain's worst sporting disaster.The original tweet, which was later deleted, stated: "Love the LFC crest? Tweet us what you'd want on your personal crest & we might surprise you w/ your own! #LFCReDDs"Liverpool fans were not pleased.On April 15, 1989, 96 Liverpool fans were crushed to death and hundreds were injured at Hillsborough Stadium in Sheffield, England, which was hosting the FA Cup semifinal.

 

Looks like @DunkinDonuts have deleted their tweet. pic.twitter.com/fRz5yPovCW

— Jim Boardman (@JimBoardman) February 25, 2015

 

"We apologize for any insensitivity regarding our tweet supporting an LFC-themed promotion featuring the LFC Crest," read a statement from Dunkin Donuts, provided to ABC News. "As a proud partner of LFC, we did not intend any offense, particularly to the Club’s supporters. We have removed the tweet and halted the campaign immediately." Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Ben Carson to CPAC Attendees: ‘Freedom Is Not Free’

Ben Carson to CPAC Attendees: ‘Freedom Is Not Free’

Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call(WASHINGTON) -- Leading off the Conservative Politican Action Conference in Washington on Thursday, Dr. Ben Carson, a Republican candidate for 2016, called on conservative activists to help invigorate the party's base."Go to your grandmother who's an invalid and make sure she has an absentee ballot," Carson urged. "Help her fill it out. The baton is ours."

"Freedom is not free," Carson added. "It must be fought for."The event will feature numerous potential presidential candidates over three days -- including former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and Florida Sen. Marco Rubio.

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Scientists Discover Brightest Quasar Ever Powered by Black Hole, Dating to Dawn of Time

Scientists Discover Brightest Quasar Ever Powered by Black Hole, Dating to Dawn of Time

NASA/JPL-Caltech(NEW YORK) -- In a galaxy far, far away, a colossal black hole 12 billion times more massive than our sun has been discovered by astronomers, sparking a new mystery about the early universe.Located 12.8 billion light-years from Earth, astronomers discovered the behemoth black hole inside of a quasar that shines 420 trillion times brighter than the sun, according to an article published Wednesday in the journal Nature.The quasar is so bright, scientists say, because of the radiation emitted as matter is accelerated and sucked into the massive black hole.The ancient quasar was believed to have been shining brightly when the universe was less than a billion years old. With the universe now dated at 13.8 billion years old, the quasar is shining much brighter and is extraordinarily bigger than what scientists would have expected for the ancient body.There are 40 known quasars that date back to the first one billion years after the Big Bang, according to scientists, with each having a black hole with the mass of one billion suns. By comparison, the newly discovered quasar, called SDSS J0100+2802, is a giant among giants.The sheer size of the black hole has posed a new question about how something so massive was able to form at the dawn of time."How can a quasar so luminous, and a black hole so massive, form so early in the history of the universe, at an era soon after the earliest stars and galaxies have just emerged?" Xiaohui Fan, a professor astronomy at the University of Arizona and co-author of the study, said in a statement. "And what is the relationship between this monster black hole and its surrounding environment, including its host galaxy?"It's another mystery of the universe that astronomers will continue to ponder.

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NHTSA Order Makes Takata Preserve Air Bag Inflators Replaced Under Recall

NHTSA Order Makes Takata Preserve Air Bag Inflators Replaced Under Recall

bizoo_n/iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx announced on Wednesday that the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration had issued an order requiring Takata Corporation to preserve air bag inflators replaced as part of the recall process for the company's faulty air bags.Foxx's statement said the inflators would be kept "as evidence for both NHTSA's investigation and private litigation cases."

NHTSA also plans to upgrade its investigation into the faulty airbags to an engineering analysis, which the DOT described as "an important step in determining the actual cause of the air bag failures and the appropriateness of remedies, as well as determining whether Takata's refusal to notify the agency of a safety defect violates federal safety laws or regulations."More than 17 million vehicles with Takata air bags have been recalled due to the risk of those air bags rupturing when they deploy. Under the NHTSA order, Takata may not destroy or damage any air bag inflators except as necessary to test them, and 10 percent of the inflators must be set aside and made available to NHTSA and the DOT.

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Cuba Flights Now on Sale on CheapAir.com

Cuba Flights Now on Sale on CheapAir.com

CheapAir.com(NEW YORK) -- CheapAir.com announced Thursday that it is now selling flights to Cuba to American travelers on its web site.But because the sale of direct flights to Cuba from the United States is still not possible, the trip will involve a stop in another country.The site sells tickets to Havana and requires American travelers to purchase separate tickets, one from the U.S. to Mexico and another from Mexico to Havana. American travelers will need to purchase a Visa in Mexico City.Relaxed restrictions on travel to Cuba announced earlier this year have resulted in a renewed interest in a nation that's largely a mystery to the vast majority of travelers.“Since the rule change, we have seen a surge in search volumes for travel to Cuba,” said Jeff Klee, CEO of CheapAir.com. “Arranging flights to Cuba is a little complicated, but it’s the kind of thing we’re good at and our technology platform is flexible enough to make it possible. Our team did a great job building it out in just a few weeks’ time.”But there are still rules in place and criteria that needs to be met for any American who wishes to travel to Cuba.

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When a traveler books a flight to Cuba on its site, they will be asked which of the 12 existing criteria they meet before the purchase is complete.It was already possible to book tickets to Cuba through a third country: CheapAir simply makes the process doable on one travel site.Last month, travel site kayak announced that American travelers could now search for air travel and hotel accommodations in Cuba on its site. However, booking is not possible.

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Aaron Hernandez Trial: Prosecutors Play Video of Him Before the Murder

Aaron Hernandez Trial: Prosecutors Play Video of Him Before the Murder

Photo by John Tlumacki/The Boston Globe via Getty Images(BOSTON) -- Prosecutors in Massachusetts Thursday showed surveillance video of Aaron Hernandez with Odin Lloyd in the car the former NFL star was driving before he allegedly murdered the man.The former New England Patriots tight end could be seen on a camera -- mounted at a Canton gas station -- pumping gas and entering a convenience store before the June 13, 2013 murder of Lloyd.Prosecutors have said that Hernandez, 25, rented a Nissan Altima -- the same one seen in the surveillance footage played in court Thursday -- prior to Lloyd's murder. Prosecutors said the man in the car was Lloyd.Hernandez is on trial in the murder of Lloyd, who was dating the sister of Hernandez's then-fiancee.

There have been questions about where the slaying occurred, although the victim's body was later found at an industrial plant.Although Lloyd was shot, no gun was ever recovered.

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Net Neutrality: What’s at Stake for You in Thursday’s Vote

Net Neutrality: What’s at Stake for You in Thursday’s Vote

iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- The Federal Communications Commission is set to vote Thursday on net neutrality after a decade-long debate over whether the Internet should be regulated in the same way as public utilities.After millions of public comments, FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler earlier this month came out in support for the strongest-ever open Internet protections, which would reclassify Internet service providers as common carriers and impose utility-style regulations.

 

FCC received more than 4 million comments on #OpenInternet during past year that helped shape proposal. It’s time to act.

— Tom Wheeler (@TomWheelerFCC) February 23, 2015

 

Here's a quick breakdown of what net neutrality means for cable companies and consumers:Cable CompaniesWhile many Internet service providers say they're committed to a free Internet, what they want from the FCC is more leeway for how they package and sell various Internet plans. Activists have rallied against the idea over the fear it could create toll roads on the so-called "information superhighway."Michael Powell, president and CEO of the National Cable and Telecommunications Association and the former chairman of the FCC, has previously said that over-regulation will not foster an even more open Internet.What It Means for ConsumersClassifying the consumer broadband service as a public utility under Title II of the 1934 Communications Act would help control what consumers are charged and their access to Internet service, which would be deemed something critical to society.In everyday terms, think of it this way: There won't be any uneven service, so everyone can stream their Netflix queue more or less at the same speeds. Supporters of net neutrality have also said that without regulation, a greater socio-economic digital divide could develop, creating a class of information "haves" and "have nots."The President Weighs InSince the FCC is an independent body, President Obama has no direct oversight. However, it didn't stop the commander-in-chief from weighing in on the matter of net neutrality last year.Among the four basic points of the president's plan are no blocking websites for certain users, no throttling (creating a fast and slow lane), more transparency between consumers and Internet service providers, and no paid prioritization to move to the front of the line.

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Prince William Qualifies to Be Air Ambulance Pilot

Prince William Qualifies to Be Air Ambulance Pilot

Photo by Tim Rooke - Pool /Getty Images(LONDON) -- Prince William completed and passed qualification exams to be an air ambulance pilot, Buckingham Palace confirms.The Duke of Cambridge pass Air Transport Pilot's Licence exams, required before he could begin working as an Air Ambulance Pilot. The 14 exams included "a range of aviation topics including the Principles of Flight, Navigation, Flight Planning and Air Law."Prince William is currently on a trip to Japan and China through March 4, and upon his return, the palace says, "he will start working for East Anglian Air Ambulance and be formally employed by Bond Air Services."Still, the prince will be required to complete additional testing "involving aircraft training, in-flight skills testing and further written exams."

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David Ortiz Not a Fan of MLB’s New Pace of Play Rules

David Ortiz Not a Fan of MLB’s New Pace of Play Rules

G. Fiume/Getty Images(FORT MYERS, Fla.) -- Boston Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz isn't happy about the new pace of play rules that the MLB has instituted for this year.

The rule states that a batter must keep one foot in the box at all times with some exceptions.

"It seems like every rule goes in the pitcher's favor. After a pitch, you got to stay in the box? One foot? I call that bulls**t," Ortiz said Wednesday.  

"When you come out of the box, they don't understand you're thinking about what the [pitcher] is trying to do," he continued. "This is not like, you go to the plate with an empty mind. No, no, no. When you see a guy, after a pitch, coming out of the box, he's not just doing it. Our minds are speeding up."

"I saw one pitch, I come out, I'm thinking, 'What is this guy going to try to do to me next?' I'm not walking around just because there are cameras all over the place and I want my buddies back home to see me and this and that. It doesn't go that way," Ortiz added. "When you force a hitter to do that, 70 percent you're out, because you don't have time to think. And the only time you have to think about things is that time. So, I don't know how this baseball game is going to end up.''

Red Sox chairman Tom Werner was a member of the committee charged with improving the pace of play, but Ortiz said that he was never asked about what he thought of the new rule.

"It doesn't matter what they do, the game is not going to speed up," Ortiz said. "That's the bottom line. When you argue for a pitch and they got to review it, that takes some time. Is that our fault? No. It's their fault. But we still got to play the game.''

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Cops Hunt Gunman After 1 Dead in Texas Shooting Attacks

Cops Hunt Gunman After 1 Dead in Texas Shooting Attacks

iStock/Thinkstock(MISSOURI CITY, Texas) -- Police in Texas are searching for a gunman believed to have randomly attacked five people in the last week, including one who later died. The attacks happened in Houston and nearby Missouri City, Texas, and involved pedestrians walking alone, police said. "It has no rhyme or reason, no particular time of day, no gender, no race, any of that," said detective Derek Spencer of the Missouri City Police Department. "It just seems that random. ... That is very concerning and scary." Police said the attacks started at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 17, when a gunman in a dark sport utility vehicle tried shooting at a 21-year-old college student. The gun jammed and the victim ran away. About a half an hour later, 34-year-old Pak Ho was shot and killed nearby. He told police about a dark SUV before he died. The third attack happened three hours later, police said. Savalas Holmes said he saw a black Jeep Cherokee before he was shot near the thigh. "He pulled right up on side of me. Window down already, already had it on his mind what he wanted to do," Holmes said. "That's when I turned to run. That's when he shot me." Holmes said 1,000 thoughts ran through his head: "Am I losing too much blood? Am I going to collapse here?” Hours after Holmes was attacked, a 50-year-old man was shot at a bus stop 15 miles away. Another attack happened at 7:30 a.m. Sunday, when police said a person was shot in the arm and stomach. The suspect is believed to be in his early 30s, with a stocky build, light mustache and a beard. "We want to try to bring this person to justice for those family members and the rest of the community where they don't have to live in fear," said detective Andy Robb of the Missouri City Police Department.Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Danish Study Links ADHD with Increased Mortality Rate

Danish Study Links ADHD with Increased Mortality Rate

alexandrenunes/iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- A new study conducted in Demark has linked ADHD to a higher risk of accidental deaths.According to the study, published in the Lancet journal, researchers used Danish national registers to follow 1.92 million individuals, including 32,061 with ADHD, from the time of their first birthday through 2013. In that time, 5,580 of the individuals followed in the study died.Researchers say that the death rate per 10,000 person-years was 5.85 percent among those with ADHD and just 2.21 percent in those without the disorder. Accidents were the most common cause of death.Individuals whose ADHD was not diagnosed until after the age of 18 were at the highest rate of accidental death, the study showed. The study included a solely Danish population, meaning its results may not be applicable to other populations.

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Jobless Claims Jump to 313K

Jobless Claims Jump to 313K

iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — Jobless claims were slightly higher last week, increasing by 31,000, according to the latest figures released Thursday by the Labor Department.For the week ending Feb. 14, the number of people filing for benefits rose to 313,000. The previous week, claims stood at 282,000.The Labor Department said there were no "special factors" impacting that week's figures.The four-week moving average, however, climbed higher by 11,500 to 294,500.Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

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