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Gymnastics Skills Help Colorado Man Survive 100-Foot Plunge

Gymnastics Skills Help Colorado Man Survive 100-Foot Plunge

iStock/Thinkstock(CLEAR CREEK COUNTY, Colo.) — A Colorado man plunged 100 feet while hiking but managed an improbable landing, using his gymnastics skills to help keep him alive.Dylan Schuetz, 21, fell last week at St. Mary’s Glacier, a popular spot for hikers.He tumbled head-first over the ledge, with death almost certain. But just as he has done at the gym countless times, Schuetz flipped mid-air to land on his feet. That move stunned his friend Cody Tengler.“He spots his landing and then kind of does a flip, a front flip over himself,” Tengler recalled.Schuetz broke both of his legs and ankles in the fall. He also punctured a lung. His frightened friends tried desperately to keep him conscious until help arrived.“We just kept talking to him, do everything that you can to keep him alive and going, and just have hope,” Matthew Campbell, Schuetz’s friend, told ABC News.Schuetz is recovering at Colorado Hospital, with another surgery scheduled for Friday.His mother, Stacey Dale-Schuetz, says her son plans to never hike again. But he vows to return to the sport he loves, the one that may have saved his life.“The doctor said, ‘Do you want to do gymnastics again, Dylan?’ And he said, ‘Yeah!’ He said, ‘Well then, we’ll get you there,’” his mother recalled. “Anything he wants to do, I know he’ll accomplish.”His family has set up a fundraising page — “Dylan Schuetz Road to Recovery.” Click here to learn more.
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Woman Credits Hypnosis for 140-Pound Weight Loss

Woman Credits Hypnosis for 140-Pound Weight Loss

Photodisc/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Is the secret to weight loss simply tricking your mind into thinking you had gastric bypass surgery? That’s what happened to Julie Evans, an overwhelmed mom of two small children, who at her biggest weighed 287 pounds.Evans claims hypnosis helped her begin craving healthy foods instead of junk.“All I wanted was spinach,” Evans, 35, told ABC News. “I wanted salad. It was the creepiest feeling in the whole wide world.”She admits it sounds crazy, but says hypnosis was her trick to shedding 140 pounds and actually keeping it off.“I was the biggest skeptic ever,” she explained. “I haven’t had fast food since. I don’t even crave it.”Back in 2006, however, Evans ate fast food and junk food every day. It wasn’t until a vacation to Hawaii that she realized she was too embarrassed to show her body in a bathing suit and decided it was time for a change.“I was at that point where this was holding me back from living,” she said.Evans’ mom convinced her to try hypnosis and, although skeptical, she went to a seminar featuring hypnotherapist Rena Greenberg.“We have a lot of old patterns that are bombarding the mind and what we’re doing is sort of rewriting the script,” Greenberg said of her tactics.Greenberg says she has her clients visualize pushing the plate away because you’re no longer hungry or going to the gym instead of binging on cookies. And after only one session, Evans says it changed the way she ate.“I would pause and think about what I’m putting inside of me,” she recalled.   Still, critics say it won’t work for everyone.“It’s unproven,” Rebecca Solomon, a dietician and nutritionist, explained. “It doesn’t work for all and the studies do show you have to believe it’s going to work for it to work.”For Evans however, she’s going to the gym for the first time in her life and listens to her hypnosis CDs when she feels like she’s getting off track. She has successfully kept the weight off for seven years and tells the skeptics not to judge until they’ve tried it.“It worked for me,” she said. “But I do think you have to have an open mind and be willing to listen.”
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Julianne Hough Joins “Dancing with the Stars” Judges’ Panel

Julianne Hough Joins “Dancing with the Stars” Judges’ Panel

ABC/Adam Taylor(LOS ANGELES) — Two-time Dancing with the Stars champ and former pro Julianne Hough is trading in her dancing shoes to join the show’s judges’ panel. On Thursday’s Good Morning America, Hough explained why she’s returning to the ABC dancing competition, which will also see her brother Derek competing this season.
“Well, Dancing with the Stars has always been apart of my family. I mean, that’s where it all began for me so it just kind of made sense,” she explained. “And when I think about what Derek and I just did on tour, with Move Live on Tour, reconnecting with the fans and just the people that have supported me from day one from Dancing with the Stars, it just felt like the right time and the right kind of opportunity.”
Hough won’t be replacing anyone. Instead, she’ll be joining returning judges Len Goodman, Carrie Ann Inaba and Bruno Tonioli.
Hough said “the camaraderie between the judges” is what she’s most looking forward to next season.  But will it be tough judging her brother Derek and his celebrity partner on the dance floor?
“It’s not necessarily about Derek and the pro dancer. It’s about a collaboration,” she said, after admitting she can be hard on her brother. “It’s the team effort. It’s what they’re doing as a partnership and really the celebrity and what they can do to improve each week.”
ABC’s Dancing with the Stars returns Sept. 15 at 8 p.m. ET/PT.
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Jeff Gordon Is Looking Forward to Bristol

Jeff Gordon Is Looking Forward to Bristol

Chris Graythen/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Fresh off his third win of the NASCAR Sprint Cup season, Jeff Gordon hopes to continue one of the best seasons of his career on Saturday night.
Gordon has five wins, five poles, and 16 top five finishes at Bristol Motor Speedway and has an average starting position of 7.4.
“Bristol provides the teams with a lot of challenges, but I love the input a driver can give to help influence the setup,” Gordon said on his website.  “It’s a track that most drivers seem to enjoy racing at. It’s a track the fans love, as well.”
“(No. 24 crew chief) Alan (Gustafson) and the crew are giving me great cars each week. It’s a lot of fun going to the track right now, and this week is no exception. I love racing at Bristol and we’re really looking forward to this Saturday night’s race,” Gordon continued.
Only three races remain before NASCAR’s chase for the championship begins.
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Report: Mariah Carey-Nick Cannon Divorce a ‘Done Deal’

Report: Mariah Carey-Nick Cannon Divorce a ‘Done Deal’

Andrew H. Walker/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — The speculation that Mariah Carey and Nick Cannon’s marriage has fallen apart is intensifying.TMZ is now reporting that a divorce is a “done deal” after the two allegedly separated in May. Reportedly, their lawyers have been negotiating a custody agreement in regards to the couple’s three-year-old twins, Monroe and Moroccan.TMZ claims Mariah is upset with Nick because he’s constantly working, thus making him absent from their children’s lives. In turn, Nick is allegedly frustrated that Mariah surrounds herself with “yes men.”Earlier this week, the New York Post’s Page Six reported that Nick and Mariah are separating after six years of marriage.
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Jobless Claims Dip to 298K

Jobless Claims Dip to 298K

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(WASHINGTON) — Jobless claims were lower last week, decreasing by 14,000, according to the latest figures released Thursday by the Labor Department.For the week ending Aug. 16, the number of people filing for benefits declined to 298,000. The previous week, claims stood at 311,000.The Labor Department said there were no “special factors” impacting that week’s figures.The four-week moving average jumped higher, increasing by 4,750 to 300,750.
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EMILY’s List Drops Big Money in Georgia Senate Race

EMILY’s List Drops Big Money in Georgia Senate Race

Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call(ATLANTA) — There’s a new big spender in Georgia.EMILY’s List, the political action committee that supports pro-abortion-rights Democratic female candidates, has bought $1 million of air time in Atlanta’s media market to run a TV ad attacking the business record of Republican Senate candidate and former Dollar General CEO David Perdue, the group told ABC.The $1 million ad buy will be the largest single outside expenditure in the race to date, topping a $920,000 U.S. Chamber of Commerce ad buy in April.Michelle Nunn, the Democrats’ nominee to replace retiring Sen. Saxby Chambliss, R-Ga., is one of the party’s brighter stars in this election cycle, but she faces an uphill climb to defeat Perdue in a state that hasn’t voted statewide for a Democrat since 2000. The last major survey of the race, a CBS/New York Times/YouGov poll conducted from July 5 to 25, showed Perdue leading Nunn by 6 percentage points.The ad, which has not yet been made public, will focus on a gender pay discrimination suit brought by female store managers claiming Dollar General had underpaid them during Perdue’s tenure. Dollar General settled the suit in 2011 after Perdue had left as CEO, a role he held from 2003 to 2007.A court allowed a class-action suit in 2007 for women who had worked as Dollar General store managers from 2004 to 2007, and 2,100 opted into it, according to an SEC report. Dollar General agreed to pay $19 million as part of a settlement in 2011, Law360 reported.More than 140 Georgia women joined the suit, EMILY’s List points out.“David Perdue owes Georgians answers about his shady business dealings that put his own profits ahead working women,” EMILY’s List spokeswoman Marcy Stech said. “And he certainly needs to be straightforward with the women of Georgia who deserve to know if he still believes it’s OK to pay women less than men for the same job.”Perdue has faced attacks on his business record before. In his primary runoff, Kingston aired ads that highlighted lost jobs at a company Perdue led and a government bailout for another on whose board Perdue sat. Nunn’s campaign went up with a negative ad this week featuring workers who lost their jobs at textile firm Pillowtex under the leadership of Perdue, who ran the company after it emerged from bankruptcy.With the new ad from EMILY’s List, Nunn will have her most significant outside help so far and, compared to her GOP rival, she may need it.While Thursday’s individual buy is the biggest to date, EMILY’s List is by no means the race’s aggregate money leader when it comes to outside groups.Republican groups have swarmed Georgia, spending millions there already, much of it on the competitive (and overwhelmingly negative) seven-way GOP primary and Perdue’s runoff against Rep. Jack Kingston, R-Ga. The Chamber, for instance, spent $2.9 million backing Kingston.A GOP super PAC called the Ending Spending Action Fund has spent $3.1 million, some of it on the GOP primary, and some of it attacking Nunn. The American Chemistry Council has spent $1.4 million backing Perdue, and a pro-Perdue super PAC called Citizens for a Working America has spent over $2 million.
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School Year Set to Kick Off with Relaxed Lice Policies

School Year Set to Kick Off with Relaxed Lice Policies

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — School nurse Mary Beierle is unfazed by flocks of head lice in a young student’s hair. She simply sends the student back to class, she said.“I alert the parents, but we allow the child to finish out the school day,” said Beierle, district nurse for the Palos Heights School District in Illinois, who thinks back-to-school head lice checks are a waste of time. Kids are usually back to school the next day.Beierle’s “live and let lice” attitude may surprise any parent whose lice-infested child has been banished from school until the last nit has died off. But this more relaxed policy has the support of top health organizations, including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, American Academy of Pediatrics and National Association of School Nurses.“They’re not dangerous and it’s more important for kids to go to school,” said Dr. Jennifer Shu, a pediatrician and spokeswoman for the American Academy of Pediatrics.There are as many as 12 million head lice infestations each year among American kids, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. But the bugs — while a nuisance — are essentially harmless. The sesame seed-sized critters and their nits, or eggs, can cause itching and discomfort, but they don’t spread disease. They aren’t even particularly contagious, Shu said.“Just being in same classroom is not going to give you lice,” she said. “You need close head-to-head contact.”Shu recommends children avoid sharing hats, combs or brushes and steer clear of huddle situations with touching heads. Coats and personal belongings are better-off stored in a personal locker or a bag rather than mingled together on hooks, she added.Treatment for lice usually involves saturating the hair with an over-the-counter rinse or paying upwards of $100 an hour for a lice removal service. If the bugs survive and continue to move on the head, you need to repeat the treatment or consider a prescription-strength medication, Shu said.By the time a school has seen a head or two of lice, the critters are already spreading, Shu said. At that point, removing a child from school does little to stop them from making the rounds.The American Academy of Pediatrics and National Association of School Nurse support the end of “no nit” policies that ban children from school until they’re completely nit-free. And the CDC says that nits remaining after treatment are typically too far from the scalp to hatch into crawling lice.Many leftover nits are empty shells, known as casings, according to the CDC.“Getting kids back into class sooner is less traumatic for the child and they don’t miss out on so much class time like they used to in the past,” Beierle said. “It cuts back on the stigma of lice, too.”Beierle said her school district’s relaxed policy on lice worried some parents at first. But after an intensive campaign that involved meetings and pamphlets, she said she’s seen less pushback.“Once they get past their misconceptions about lice, most parents understand and agree with the policy,” she said.And despite the more laissez-faire rules, Beierle’s district sees only a couple cases of lice a year, she said — a number on par with rates from the zero-tolerance era.
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Americans with Ebola Released from Atlanta Hospital

Americans with Ebola Released from Atlanta Hospital

Hemera/Thinkstock(ATLANTA) — Nancy Writebol and Dr. Kent Brantley have been cured of the Ebola virus and released from Emory Hospital in Atlanta.Both patients were given blood and urine tests to determine whether they still had the virus, and Writebol left the hospital Tuesday. Brantley, 33, was released Thursday.“After a rigorous course of treatment and testing, the Emory Healthcare team has determined that both patients have recovered from the Ebola virus and can return to their families and community without concern for spreading this infection to others,” Dr. Bruce Ribner, director of Emory’s Infectious Disease Unit, said in a statement released Thursday.Writebol’s husband said in the statement that Writebol left the hospital in a “significantly weakened condition.”Brantly contracted the deadly virus while working in a Liberian Ebola ward with the aid agency Samaritan’s Purse. He was evacuated to the U.S. earlier this month along with Writebol.Brantly is the first-ever Ebola patient to be treated in the U.S. and the first human to receive the experimental serum known as ZMapp.According to reports, Brantly’s condition deteriorated so quickly that doctors in Africa decided to give him the drug in a last-ditch effort to save him.Brantly’s condition started to improve dramatically within an hour after getting the serum, according to Samaritan’s Purse, but it’s unclear if the improvement was directly related to the medication. After his health stabilized, Brantly was evacuated on a specially outfitted plane to Atlanta in early August to the hospital isolation ward.Writebol, 59, also survived after getting the serum.The virus has killed at least 1,229 and sickened 1,011 more, according to numbers released Tuesday by the World Health Organization. Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia have the most cases.
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From “Jeopardy!” Contestant to Indictment in Stalking Case

From “Jeopardy!” Contestant to Indictment in Stalking Case

iStock/Thinkstock(CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va.) — An Ivy League grad who appeared on popular game shows such as Jeopardy! was indicted by a grand jury this week on charges that she broke into the home of a Virginia lawmaker and assaulted his wife.Claire Ogilvie, 36, is awaiting trial in the February incident. Court documents allege that Ogilvie — a former patent attorney and high school teacher — sneaked into the home of Virginia House of Delegates member David Toscano, armed with a deadly weapon, and assaulted his wife, Nancy Tramontin. Ogilvie faces felony charges of breaking and entering while armed, abduction and malicious wounding.Ogilvie remains in jail and has not entered a plea. Her attorney Adam Rhea declined bail.“There are reasons,” Rhea said. “Every case is different. This is a case where we felt like it was in our best interest not to ask for bond.”In a written statement to the Charlottesville Daily Progress after the alleged attack, representatives for Tramontin say she and her lawmaker husband met Ogilvie on a Semester at Sea cruise — a study-abroad program — in 2010, where the Yale grad was tutoring the couple’s son. They remained friends.“In 2012, Nancy became concerned that Ms. Ogilvie had developed an unsettling interest in the Toscano family,” the statement reads. “The family reduced their contact, beginning in the early summer, and saw her for the last time in fall 2012. Before the attack, Nancy and the Toscanos had not seen Ms. Ogilvie in over a year.”One expert says such a falling out may have caused Ogilvie to allegedly act out.“That’s very common in stalking, when the stalker feels rejected,” forensic psychiatrist Dr. Daniel Bober, who has no connection to the case, said. “That’s often when they will turn to violence.”
Attorneys for both parties declined ABC News’ request for comment. Prosecutors say the record will remain sealed until Ogilvie’s hearing Sept. 17.Ogilvie won $50,000 on Who Wants to be a Millionaire in 2005. She also made two appearances on Jeopardy! in 1998, advancing to the semifinals of the show’s college championship.
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UPS Says Customers Data May Have Been Compromised in Malware Incident

UPS Says Customers Data May Have Been Compromised in Malware Incident

iStock Editorial/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — UPS warned customers on Wednesday that they may have been one of the U.S. retailers whose customers may have had their data compromised as a result of exposure to malware.According to a press release, UPS customers who used a credit or debit card at one of the 51 impacted UPS locations between Jan. 20 and Aug. 11 may have had their personal data exposed. As of Aug. 11, UPS says the malware has been eliminated from their computer systems and that customers can shop at all UPS Store locations without concern.Tim Davis, President of The UPS Store, Inc., said that he understands how, “this type of incident can be disruptive and cause frustration.” He apologized for, “any anxiety this may have caused our customers,” while stating that resources were deployed to address the data intrusion as soon as the malware was located.UPS notes that the 51 impacted locations represent just about one percent of the company’s 4,470 franchised locations in the U.S.
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Jay Z and Beyonce Cleared of Violating US Sanctions in Cuba Trip

Jay Z and Beyonce Cleared of Violating US Sanctions in Cuba Trip

Image Courtesy Cliff Lipson/CBS(WASHINGTON) — It’s been determined Jay Z and Beyonce did not violate U.S. sanctions when they made a trip to Cuba to celebrate their fifth wedding anniversary in 2013, Time magazine reports.The United States Treasury Department’s inspector general’s office made an announcement Wednesday. It concludes that the Office of Foreign Assets Control, which issues licenses to organizations that sponsor educational exchange programs in Cuba, was “reasonable” for having passed on a formal investigation into the couple’s visit.In April 2013, Republican Senator Marco Rubio and Representatives Ileana Ros-Lehtinen and Mario Diaz-Balart, who are Cuban-Americans, raised concerns that the Obama administration wasn’t properly enforcing the travel regulations between the U.S. and Cuba.At the time, the Treasury Department had given Jay and Bey clearance to make the trip.In response to the accusations, Jay Z released the song “Open Letter,” in which he rapped, “Obama said, ‘Chill, you gonna get me impeached. You don’t need this s**t anyway, chill with me on the beach.’”
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“Guardians” Star Chris Pratt Turns Real-Life Hero for Kids Hospital Patients

“Guardians” Star Chris Pratt Turns Real-Life Hero for Kids Hospital Patients

ABC/Lorenzo Bevilaqua(LOS ANGELES) — Guardians of the Galaxy star Chris Pratt has made good on a promise to do some good with his Star-Lord outfit he swiped from the set of the hit film.According to a tweet and pictures posted from the Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles Wednesday, the actor paid a visit in full costume, and even let some of the patients try on his character’s red leather duster.The tweet read, “Star Lord (@prattprattpratt) cheered up our patients by sharing #GuardiansOfTheGalaxy! Thanks for making them smile!”Before the blockbuster opened, Pratt told Panzer TV, “If it was a big enough movie to where it would mean something to a kid who’s sick in the hospital for Peter Quill or Star-Lord to come visit them, I’ll do that. I think that’s awesome, man. That would give me real meaning for this movie, you know?”
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Experts Say There Could Be Comedy Gold for “Orange’s” Kate Mulgrew

Experts Say There Could Be Comedy Gold for “Orange’s” Kate Mulgrew

Andrew H. Walker/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) — The 66th Primetime Emmy Awards will be held Monday night at the Nokia Theatre L.A. Live in Los Angeles, and there’s stiff competition in the comedy categories.Many experts are predicting Orange Is the New Black will earn some gold trophies, and Kate Mulgrew has a good shot at taking the win in the Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series category.
Tom O’Neil, the founder of the Hollywood awards prediction website GoldDerby.com, tells ABC News Radio viewers should “watch out” for the former Star Trek: Voyager captain. “She plays the cook with the kind of Russian accent, she’s very funny,” O’Neil says, with the caveat, “I wouldn’t bet against Allison Janney.”He explains the West Wing veteran-turned-Mom star “has five Emmy wins behind her, she just won at the Creative Arts for Masters of Sex in the guest category. I think she’s got it again,” explaining the Mom episode she submitted to Emmy voters has the actress “dealing with menopause and hot flashes, it’s really over the top.”Scott Feinberg, the lead awards analyst for The Hollywood Reporter, also tells ABC News Radio that it’s between Mulgrew and Janney. “Many people are picking Allison Janney and she does have a long history of Emmy love and could happen here,” the expert says. “But I think the fact that her show was not widely embraced at all and Kate Mulgrew’s was, and also the fact that Allison Janney’s already been so recognized in her past, whereas Kate Mulgrew was never even nominated before now, I think those things will work in the favor of Orange Is the New Black.”In the supporting comedy actor category, O’Neil’s betting on Veep’s Tony Hale, explaining the Arrested Development star “pulled off an upset for Veep last year and I think he’s going to do it again…And that combination of physical comedy and great acting and a major plot development…usually translates into Emmys.” Seth Meyers will serve as host of the ceremony, which will air live on NBC starting at 8 p.m. Eastern time and 5 p.m. Pacific time on Monday.
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Robin Williams’ Death Certificate Reveals He Was Cremated

Robin Williams’ Death Certificate Reveals He Was Cremated

Image Courtesy Monty Brinton/CBS(SAN RAFAEL, Calif.) — Robin Williams’ death certificate was issued Wednesday and obtained by RadarOnline.com. The document revealed that Williams was cremated and his ashes were scattered in San Francisco Bay just one day after his death.It also listed his cause of death as still “pending investigation.” The certificate confirmed that Williams died at his Tiburon, California, residence on Aug. 11.The 63-year-old entertainer apparently hanged himself after battling depression. His wife has also said Williams was suffering from the early stages of Parkinson’s disease.Toxicology reports are still pending.
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Anti-Pot Group Claims Roads More Dangerous Since Legalization

Anti-Pot Group Claims Roads More Dangerous Since Legalization

iStock/Thinkstock(DENVER) — Opponents of Colorado’s legalized marijuana laws think that a new report on vehicular fatalities related to pot use might help them eventually reinstate a ban against the drug.Tom Gorman, director of the Rocky Mountain High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area Program, says that when laws against marijuana use started being relaxed in 2012, deaths involving cars when someone tested positive for grass jumped to 78, compared to 39 fatalities in 2007.This includes people with marijuana in their system who may have been a motorist, a bicyclist or a pedestrian.According to Gorman, driving while stoned impairs judgment and reaction time “and when that happens you’re potentially a danger on the road.”He believes these findings could eventually lead to the re-criminalization of the sale and use of marijuana within four to six years.However, Michael Elliott, executive director of the Marijuana Industry Group, contends the research Gorman’s group uses is faulty because people can test positive for pot three weeks after smoking it.Elliott also says that in the actual period covered by the report, overall traffic deaths in Colorado fell by 15 percent.
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Study: RAVE Act Hurts, Doesn’t Help, Club Drug Users

Study: RAVE Act Hurts, Doesn’t Help, Club Drug Users

iStock/Thinkstock(NEWARK, Del.) — The 2003 RAVE Act is a monumental flop when it comes to discouraging the use of club drugs like Ecstasy and Molly.That’s the conclusion of Tammy L. Anderson, a sociology professor at the University of Delaware. She says the law, which stands for Reducing Americans’ Vulnerability to Ecstasy, has only discouraged club owners and promoters from taking steps to prevent people from becoming ill from club drugs.Prior to the RAVE Act, free bottled water was provided to help hydrate drug users, while security often roamed dance floors to find anyone who might appear in distress. Outside clubs, independent groups often tested drugs to let people know whether they contained dangerous ingredients.Yet, because the RAVE Act makes club owners and promoters targets for prosecution, they no longer provide services that benefit the health of their customers, who are going to use club drugs regardless of the law.What’s more, some clubs won’t even call for medical assistance, feeling that will get them in trouble with the law, according to Anderson.She calls the RAVE Act just another failure in the War on Drugs, adding, “It never worked in the past, and it’s not working now.”
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A Surefire Way to Maximize Your Work Productivity

A Surefire Way to Maximize Your Work Productivity

iStock/Thinkstock(RIGA, Latvia) — Give yourself a break at work, literally, if you want to be the best possible worker.That’s the advice of Julia Gifford, whose Latvian-based Draugiem Group is an umbrella organization for many IT-related companies.Using the time tracking app DeskTime, Gifford says the best formula for maximizing your time on the job is 52 and 17: that’s 52 minutes of full-steam-ahead work followed by a 17-minute break or “recuperation,” as she puts it.According to Gifford, it’s not about working longer, it’s about working smarter with frequent breaks.During those 52 minutes, the most productive employees work with purpose and take a well-deserved break so they can hit the ground running again in what Gifford labels “the 100 percent dedication theory.”
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Could Quality of Marriage Depend on Size of Wedding Guest List?

Could Quality of Marriage Depend on Size of Wedding Guest List?

iStock/Thinkstock(DENVER) — The bigger the wedding guest list, the better the marriage?As disconnected as that might sound, it’s true, according to University of Denver research professors Galena K. Rhoades and Scott M. Stanley, who conducted the study with University of Virginia’s National Marriage Project Director W. Bradford Wilcox.For instance, among couples who invited 150 or more people to their wedding, 47 percent reported a high-quality marriage. Meanwhile, just 31 percent of couples with under 50 guests said they had a quality marriage.What’s the reason for the disparity? Wilcox explains, “Couples with larger networks of friends and family may have more help, and encouragement, in navigating the challenges of married life.” 
Wilcox adds that the expense of the wedding, just because it’s larger, really does not factor into it.Meanwhile, Rhoades and Stanley say that higher marital quality also may be due to couples having fewer premarital relations, not more. The researchers believe that when people have a lot of experience with other partners, it puts the marriage at a disadvantage because a husband or wife may unfairly compare their spouse to former lovers.
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Pregnant Women Advised Not to Emulate Celebrity Baby Bumps

Pregnant Women Advised Not to Emulate Celebrity Baby Bumps

iStock/Thinkstock(WELLINGTON, New Zealand) — Other than Jessica Simpson, who gained a healthy amount of weight during her two pregnancies, celebrities seem to look only slightly different from their usual svelte selves when carrying a baby.Although ke…

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