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These Two Men May Succeed Warren Buffett at Berkshire Hathaway

These Two Men May Succeed Warren Buffett at Berkshire Hathaway

Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Followers of the "Oracle of Omaha" have been on the edge of their seats with hints that Warren Buffett may have picked his successor.Alongside Buffett's annual letter to shareholders released on Saturday, Berkshire's vice chairman Charlie Munger named two candidates -- the company's reinsurance chief, Ajit Jain, and the head of its utility company, Greg Abel.Munger wrote that the two "are proven performers who would probably be under-described as 'world-class.' 'World-leading' would be the description I would choose. In some important ways, each is a better business executive than Buffett."Here's more about the men who could succeed the third-richest man in the world:1. Ajit JainBorn in India, Jain, 63, manages the Berkshire Hathaway Reinsurance Group and has worked for the company since 1986. Educated at the Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur and the Harvard Business School, Jain worked for McKinsey & Co. and IBM."Ajit insures risks that no one else has the desire or the capital to take on," Buffett wrote in Berkshire's annual report. "His operation combines capacity, speed, decisiveness and, most important, brains in a manner unique in the insurance business. Yet he never exposes Berkshire to risks that are inappropriate in relation to our resources."Berkshire's board discusses the succession plan at every meeting and knows the company, Buffett told CNBC. The investing guru has stated he wants his son Howard to succeed him as non-executive chairman of Berkshire's board.2. Gregory AbelGreg Abel, 52, is chairman, president and CEO of Berkshire Hathaway Energy, which is based in Des Moines, Iowa. The companies he has overseen include Pacific Power, Rocky Mountain Power and PacifiCorp Energy.He's been called Buffett's "go-to energy guy" -- and Abel is proud of it.With billions of Berkshire's money invested in projects like wind-farms in Iowa, even that state's driver’s licenses now have wind turbines in the background.“That’s how proud we are," Abel told the Wall Street Journal last year.Like Ajit, Abel is an immigrant to the U.S.Born in Canada, Abel has a background in accounting and has been a director of H. J. Heinz Company since 2013. He graduated from the University Of Alberta in 1984 with a bachelor's degree in commerce.

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Tax Tip: Do You Qualify for the Earned Income Tax Credit?

Tax Tip: Do You Qualify for the Earned Income Tax Credit?

Photodisc/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Couples with children who have a joint annual income of $52,000 or less may have a great way to save on their taxes."Low- and moderate-income working families usually qualify for something called the earned income tax credit,” Internal Revenue Service spokesman Eric Smith explains.As Smith notes, taxpayers who meet the criteria might qualify to receive hundreds, or even thousands, of dollars back."The earned income credit is a refundable credit, so it can zero-out your taxes and yet still end up with a credit that you receive beyond taxes paid,” he says.Tax accountant Janice Hayman says the tax credit is for wage earners, and many people who qualify don’t claim it.“A lot of people receive a letter perhaps from the IRS after their filing, alerting them to the fact that they may qualify, and that they should revisit,” she says.The annual credit amount depends on how many children you have.You can get more information on the earned income credit at IRS.gov.

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New Audio: ‘Jihadi John’ Describes Alleged MI-5 Encounter

New Audio: ‘Jihadi John’ Describes Alleged MI-5 Encounter

Obtained by ABC News(NEW YORK) -- For the first time Tuesday the world is hearing the voice of "Jihadi John" without the filters and digital effects used in the gruesome beheading videos -- and years before ISIS was even a well-known terrorist group.The activist group CAGE posted online Tuesday a two-minute recording of Mohammed Emwazi describing what he claims was a run-in with an agent from Britain's MI-5, the U.K. equivalent to the FBI."While I'm packing my bags, this is while I'm packing some of my stuff, I said, 'Yea, go on, ask,' and he said, 'No, no, I'd like you to sit, face-to-face and we ask you these questions,' and I said, 'Wow, these must be some serious questions, let's get down to it,' I said," the 2009 recording says. "We sat down face-to-face and he looked at me and said, 'Mohammed,' 'Yes?' 'What do you think of 7/7?' I said, 'Man, what, innocent people have died, you know, what do you think? I think this is extremism.'"7/7 refers refers to a coordinated terrorist attack on July 7, 2005 that killed dozens in London. The man identified in the recordings as Emwazi also says he's asked about 9/11."And I told him, 'This is a wrong thing. What happened was wrong, you know, what do you want me to say? If I have opportunities to make lives come back, I'd make those lives come back. I think what happened in wrong,'" the recording says.CAGE previously said that Emwazi approached their organization after alleged harassment by British security officials in 2009 and had described such a meeting with a purported MI-5 agent when Emwazi was coming back from a failed trip to Tanzania. He had been detained upon arrival and sent back home, he claimed, because British intelligence was convinced he was really trying to go to Somalia to join jihadists there.Four years later, after apparently being barred from moving to Kuwait, Emwazi slipped into Syria and eventually joined ISIS, which by then had grown out of the remnants of al Qaeda in Iraq to a brutal fighting force in the region.A spokesperson for the White House National Security Council declined to comment for this report, but it appears the slightly frustrated voice in the new audio would come to haunt U.S. security agencies years later as one of the few clues as to the masked "Jihadi John's" identity in a series of beheading videos.In each of those videos, the masked man since identified as Emwazi gives an apparently digitally-altered monologue, at times directly addressing President Obama, before allegedly murdering civilian hostages.The first video appeared in August, showing the death of American photojournalist James Foley. The next month, the FBI said it had identified Foley's alleged killer but kept the identity secret until last week, when it was revealed in Western media.

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Snow Expected Tuesday Across the Midwest and East Coast

Snow Expected Tuesday Across the Midwest and East Coast

iStock/Thinktsock(NEW YORK) -- A winter storm is expected to bring substantial snowfall to parts of the Upper Midwest Tuesday, with a burst of snow slated to cover the East Coast in the afternoon and evening.Winter weather advisories are out for parts of Minnesota, Iowa, Michigan, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wisconsin ahead of the March storm. In Chicago, the snow is expected to change to sleet then rain during the morning hours.The winter-weary Northeast is bracing for more snow Tuesday. More than 100 inches of snow has fallen in Boston this season, the city less than 4 inches from surpassing the record set in the mid 1990's.Boston could fall short of the record with Tuesday’s snowfall, but break the record with additional snowfall Wednesday night into Thursday morning.While 1-3 inches is possible along the I-95 corridor Tuesday, some areas such as Philadelphia and New York City could receive 6-8 inches with Wednesday night’s snowfall.

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Inside the ‘Doomsday’ Vault Past the Arctic Circle

Inside the ‘Doomsday’ Vault Past the Arctic Circle

Courtesy AfricaRice(OSLO, Norway) -- The first tree seeds that will be stored safely in a "doomsday" vault have been deposited on a Norwegian archipelago in the Arctic Ocean.The Svalbard Global Seed Vault, more than 807 miles beyond the Arctic Circle, in mountainous permafrost, is the "world's largest secure seed storage vault."The vault opened in February 2008 and crates of seeds are sent there "for safe and secure long-term storage in cold and dry rock vaults," according to a statement from the Norwegian government.Seeds from Africa's largest collection of rice germplasm arrived in Oslo on Feb. 16, then were shipped to Svalbard where seeds were stored on the vault's shelves last week when the Seed Vault was opened, according to pan-African intergovernmental research association AfricaRice."The aim of back-up of our collection at Svalbard is to conserve viable African rice diversity forever and available for research for the next generation of scientists," Marie Noelle Ndjiondjop, head of AfricaRice genetic resources unit, told ABC News.The first boxes of Nordic forest tree seeds (Norway spruce and Scots pine) were also stored in the vault.In addition to conservation, the purpose of storing the seeds are to monitor changes in genetic diversity and breeding operations, according to the Norwegian government.So far, 218 seed lots from the Norwegian Forest Seed Center have been selected for the Svalbard seed vault.The oldest one, a pine sample from Tranøy in Norway, is from 1938, the government said.The long term storage of forest tree seeds is done through Nordic cooperation involving Denmark, Sweden, Finland, Iceland and Norway.The vault has three separate rock vaults, 9.5 by 27 meters each."The seeds stored in the vault are packed in sealed bags inside sealed boxes, and are placed on high shelf racks inside the vault," according to the Norwegian government.

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Black Hat Bandits Strike Again, Leave a Possible Clue

Black Hat Bandits Strike Again, Leave a Possible Clue

FBI(FALLS CHURCH, Va.) -- A gang of bank robbers dubbed the "Black Hat Bandits" struck again Monday, hitting a bank in Virginia, the eighth time this year, the FBI said.But this time, the group may have left behind a key clue: possible footprints.The two bank robbers -- known for donning black hats, winter coats, sunglasses, and some kind of facial disguise -- robbed a Wells Fargo Bank in Falls Church, Virginia, authorities said. Witnesses say they ordered everyone to the floor at gunpoint, shoving those who weren’t moving quickly enough.A bystander called police from outside the bank, but by the time police arrived the pair had escaped, reportedly speeding off in a getaway car driven by a third suspect.According to the FBI, the “Black Hat Bandits” have robbed eight banks since January, all in Maryland or Virginia.In at least one case, they put a gun to a customer’s head.In Monday’s robbery, authorities were able to preserve possible footprints in the snow using cardboard boxes, later casting a mold. Authorities are hopeful that the footprints will help them solve the case. The FBI is also offering a $30,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the bank robbers.

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Chile Volcano Eruption Sends Lava Shooting into the Sky

Chile Volcano Eruption Sends Lava Shooting into the Sky

iStock/Thinkstock(VILLARRICA, Chile) -- Chile's Villarrica volcano erupted overnight, sending lava shooting into the night sky.The amazing display was visible from miles away.Villarrica is one of Chile’s most active volcanoes, with increased activity reported in the past month.

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Pregnant Women Turn to Alternative, ‘Personalized’ Birthing Options

Pregnant Women Turn to Alternative, ‘Personalized’ Birthing Options

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Giving birth is the most primal act in a woman’s life. And yet, modern medicine has turned birthing into a sterile, medical procedure, often performed in a hospital operating room.But more and more women are rejecting the traditional hospital approach to delivery in favor of a more “personalized” birthing experience, with some literally going back to their primal roots by trekking into the wilderness to give birth.Born in the Wild is a new reality TV show, which debuts on Lifetime on Tuesday at 10 p.m. It features expectant mothers who chose to give birth outside in the woods. Peter and Audrey Bird, who live in Alaska and have three children, are featured on the show. They said they had a negative experience in the hospital with the birth of their 6-year-old son."My labor was full of fear," Audrey, 25, says on the show. "That's not something that I ever wanted to do again.”So to welcome their daughter Piper, they decided to go into the great outdoors to give birth in a makeshift tent, with no medical professionals."I’m excited to have my baby outside in Alaska," Audrey said. "We’re surrounded by the lake, the trees, and the clouds, and the mountains. It’s absolutely breathtaking. We are about a hundred miles from the nearest road. No power lines run to the property, no phone lines, we don't have a sewer system. On this side of the lake, it’s just us. There’s no neighbors. There’s no other families nearby. So we are very isolated."Practicing OBGYN and ABC News contributor Dr. Jennifer Ashton said, while extreme, more women are taking control of their labor and delivery."I think there's no question we're certainly hearing a lot more about alternative births," Ashton said. "I think in large measure that comes because women are growing more and more dissatisfied with what’s being offered by their doctor, by their board certified OB or even in some cases by a certified nurse midwife, and it’s pushing them to seek out these more extreme birthing experiences."In suburban New Jersey, Cheryl and Terrance Suydam decided to have all three of their children born at home.With their third child, Cheryl planned to give birth in a tub set up in the family's living room, with two midwives and her husband on hand. In the final stages of labor, she decided instead to move to the family sofa, which had been covered in plastic. After 21 hours of labor, Cheryl delivered a healthy baby girl.Throughout Suydam's delivery, the couple's two other kids, Livvy and Alex, who were ages 3 and 6 at the time, and even the family dog, freely walked in and out of the birthing room.Out-of-hospital births are far from the norm. Only around 1 percent of births in the United States are done outside of a hospital, according to the most recent statistics from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention."The fact of the matter remains, that in obstetrics, there can be life and death, last minute emergencies that are unexpected, unanticipated, and if they occur outside of a safe hospital or birthing center setting can be disastrous for the mother or the baby," Ashton said.But more U.S. hospitals are seeing the trend of mothers wanting options and now offer a variety of birthing experiences, including Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, Tennessee.Jennifer Horn had her son Seth at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, and although it was her third time giving birth, it was the first time she was able to watch her baby being born.Horn had previously given birth to two children via C-section, but for her third child, she decided to try Vanderbilt’s “family-friendly” C-section option.With a traditional C-section, the surgical drape stays up for the entire surgery and the mother is cut off from the birthing process. Afterwards, the baby is usually whisked away to be cleaned up. But with the "family-friendly" option at Vanderbilt, the baby is given to the mother immediately after birth, so she can cradle her newborn, skin-to-skin."Studies have shown that babies who have that contact with mom, that skin-to-skin in the first hour, have higher rates of breastfeeding, longitudinally, over time when you look at that three months, six months," said anesthesiologist Dr. Sarah Starr, who helped develop the policy at Vanderbilt.With this option, the surgical drape still goes up on the mother's midsection during the surgery, but when it's time for the baby to come out, the doctor opens a window in the drape so that the mother can have the same view of her baby being born as a mom giving birth vaginally would."It's just like vaginal birth. You don't see anything down there, but you get to see the baby come out," Horn said.In the same hospital, another mom-to-be named Glenna Kramer opted for a completely different type of delivery for her first child. She wanted to have natural childbirth, without an epidural or an obstetrician present. Instead she had a midwife and a nurse help her through the delivery.To ease the pain, Glenna used a tub of hot water, an option not available to women attached to IVs, and she had nitrous oxide, more commonly known as "laughing gas," to help take the edge off."[The nitrous oxide] more or less served the purpose of calming me down and helping me relax and helping me cope with the pain rather than taking the pain away," she said.In the end, Glenna was snuggling happy, healthy baby boy she had brought into the world by doing it her way.

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Gender Identity is Biological, Study Says

Gender Identity is Biological, Study Says

ABC/Lou Rocco(BOSTON) -- There is a growing body of evidence that gender identity is hard wired into the brain and not simply a matter of psychology, according to a new Boston University School of Medicine study.Writing in the journal Endocrine Practice, the researchers said that as many as one in 100 people could be living with some form of gender identity disorder -- meaning they may identify their gender differently than the one they were born with.For example, actress Laverne Cox was born a man but identifies as a woman.This makes the case for doctors to use surgery and hormone treatment rather than psychotherapy alone to help their patients come to terms with their gender identity, Dr. Joshua Safer, the lead researcher and a professor at BUSM, said.“The paper was a comprehensive review of the scientific evidence that gender identity is a biological phenomenon," Safer explained. "As such it provides one of the most convincing arguments to date for all medical providers to gain the transgender medicine skills necessary to provide good care for these individuals," he added.Nearly 40 percent of medical students they surveyed said they were uncomfortable caring for transgendered patients, and 5 percent of medical students said that the treatment was not part of conventional medicine. After teaching a course that raised the medical students' awareness about transgender medical need, the students' discomfort dropped by 67 percent.Safer and the other authors of the study said they hope to change the perception of transgendered people within the healthcare system so that they get better treatment. But because the study was small, it does have limitations, the researchers said, and there should be additional investigation to focus on the specific biologic mechanisms for gender identity.The ABC News National health team would also like to raise awareness about gender identity and what it means to be transgendered. We’re holding a tweet chat on the topic Tuesday at 1 p.m. ET. Dr. Richard Besser, ABC News chief health and medical correspondent, will moderate. We’ll be joined by experts, patients and loved ones to talk about the challenges of being transgendered and what that means for overall health and wellbeing.Joining the chat is easy. Click here to learn more.Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

White House Steps Up Pressure on Netanyahu over Speech to Congress

White House Steps Up Pressure on Netanyahu over Speech to Congress

iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- In the lead-up to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s controversial speech before a joint session of Congress Tuesday, White House officials continued to point to what they see as politically divisive and diplomatically damaging theater.White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest said the president probably won’t even watch the speech. “I haven’t looked at the president’s schedule for tomorrow,” White House spokesman Josh Earnest told reporters Monday. “I doubt that he will spend his whole time watching the speech.”Netanyahu was invited by House Republican leadership to address a joint session of Congress Tuesday, where he will speak out against President Obama’s plan to seek a nuclear weapons deal with Iran. The White House has said the partisanship resulting from the invitation would be “destructive” to the U.S./Israeli relationship.Earnest warned Netanyahu not to divulge any top secret information about the negotiations that the U.S. may have shared with Israelis, who have received detailed briefings on the negotiations. “Releasing that information would betray the trust that exists between two allies,” Earnest said. He accused Israel of trying to “cherry pick” negative pieces of information gleaned from those briefings in an attempt to undermine the process.Speaking Monday at a conference in Washington, D.C., hosted by the largest U.S. pro-Israel lobby, AIPAC, Netanyahu insisted his speech “is not intended to show any disrespect to President Obama” and that the Israeli alliance with the U.S. is stronger than ever. “Ladies and gentlemen, the purpose of my address to Congress tomorrow is to speak up about a potential deal with Iran that could threaten the survival of Israel.”Speaking at that same conference later in the day, National Security Advisor Susan Rice said abandoning the talks in favor of immediate sanctions would not stop Iran from producing weapons. Sanctions have not stopped Iran in the past, she said.And on Sunday, Secretary of State John Kerry said the negotiations with Iran have actually benefited Israel. “Israel is safer today because of the interim agreement that we created,” he said on ABC’s This Week with George Stephanopoulos. “The 20 percent enriched uranium has been reduced to zero. We have stopped the centrifuge production. We are inspecting inside of their facilities. We have stopped the Arak plutonium reactor in its tracks.”Kerry warned that Netanyahu’s speech runs the risk of becoming a “political football.” Samantha Power, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations -- and the administration’s choice to speak directly before Netanyahu at AIPAC -- also warned about playing politics. “This partnership should never be politicized,” Power said. “The bond between the United States and Israel is still a national commitment. It should never be a partisan matter."Many Republicans and some Democrats support further sanctions on Iran before any potential deal on nuclear weapons is made. More economic sanctions would mostly likely put an end to negotiations, which the State Department is trying to complete before the deadline this summer. Secretary Kerry is in Geneva, Switzerland, this week trying to keep the negotiations alive.

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Jon Stewart Confronts WWE Nemesis in the Ring

Jon Stewart Confronts WWE Nemesis in the Ring

Martin Crook(NEW YORK) -- After two weeks of back and forth with WWE villain Seth Rollins, Jon Stewart confronted his nemesis in the ring on Monday night -- and kicked him where it hurts.Stewart called out Rollins in a YouTube video on Feb. 19, days after Rollins declared on the WWE program Monday Night Raw, "I could take over as host of The Daily Show for Jon Stewart and make that thing actually watchable."Rollins then surprised Stewart on The Daily Show last week, inviting him to appear on Monday Night Raw. Stewart did just that last night, and he continued to needle Rollins.Stewart angered Rollins by making fun of the blond streak in the wrestler's otherwise dark hair. The crowd at Newark, New Jersey's Prudential Center laughed when Stewart joked, "How could I make a fool out of a man dressed like a SWAT team stripper with Lady Gaga's hair?Rollins responded by grabbing Stewart by his suit jacket and shaking him. However, when another wrestler caused a distraction, Stewart took the opportunity to kick Rollins in the groin and slip out of the ring.Stewart announced last month he is stepping down from The Daily Show later this year.Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

“Marvel’s: Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” Returns with an Inhuman Twist

“Marvel’s: Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” Returns with an Inhuman Twist

ABC/Bob D'Amico(NEW YORK) -- With ABC's well-received limited-run series Marvel's Agent Carter all wrapped up, Marvel's: Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. returns to the network Tuesday night. Series star Ming Na Wen, who plays butt-kicking secret agent Melinda May, tells ABC Radio that fans should brace for an "incredibly intense" start to the second half of the show's sophomore season. The show ended with a cliffhanger. The agent fans knew as Skye had just been revealed as an Inhuman -- a person with the potential to receive superheroic abilities; in fact, she was revealed as the Marvel comics character Daisy Johnson AKA Quake. As her name suggests, Quake has seismic powers, which lead to the death of one of her teammates. Wen hints the season delves into how Chloe Bennet's character comes to terms with her literally earth-shaking gifts -- and how her former teammates deal with her."With the introduction of the Inhumans and having one of our own becoming that," Wen says, "it brings a lot of the unknown into the S.H.I.E.L.D. world. Where at one point we knew about...the Thors of the world, or the aliens...But to have the Inhumans, and not quite understanding if their powers are for good or evil...we enter a much more dangerous field."For fans of the show -- and for Wen herself -- there's always speculation about whether some of the series' characters will eventually end up on the big screen. "No one's told me anything yet," she insists.One thing is apparent: Agent May won't appear in the upcoming Avengers: Age of Ultron. "I was still hoping for that phone call like, 'Hey, come on out to New Zealand for a quick scene,'" Wen laughed, adding, "I can't wait to see it to see how it all connects with our show."Marvel's: Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. airs at 9 p.m. Eastern time.Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Suzanne Somers Weighs In on Patricia Arquette’s Oscar Speech

Suzanne Somers Weighs In on Patricia Arquette’s Oscar Speech

ABC/Craig Sjodin(NEW YORK) -- Patricia Arquette's Oscar speech, in which she called for wage equality, resonates with Suzanne Somers.For years the actress has claimed she was fired from the hit sitcom Three's Company in 1981 because she wanted to be paid equal to the male TV stars of the day.

Somers said in an interview with ABC Radio, "I still don't think they should have fired me for asking to be paid commensurate with the men."Somers agrees with what Arquette had to say at the Oscars a little over a week ago, when Arquette accepted her best supporting actress award for Boyhood.

Somers declares, "If you are selling more tickets than the man in the movie or the TV series, and you've got the talent, then you deserve to be paid commensurately. Because it's show business."

Somers will compete on the upcoming season of ABC's Dancing with the Stars, premiering March 16.Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Why Cameron Diaz Quit Social Media Last Year

Why Cameron Diaz Quit Social Media Last Year

ABC/Randy Holmes(NEW YORK) -- Cameron Diaz hasn't tweeted since September, 16, 2014. Why? Because she quit social media altogether. "I think social media is a crazy-a** experiment on society," she tells Cosmopolitan U.K. "The way people use it to get validation from a bunch of strangers is dangerous. What's the point?"Besides, Diaz is busy being a newlywed with rocker Benji Madden. The two tied the knot in January. It may be safe to assume the two rarely leave the bed. Diaz told the magazine that sex is "something healthy that we need to be doing for many different reasons."Still, it's not the only form of exercise Diaz does regularly. In fact, the Annie star encourages everyone to work out."You have to just do it. Once you commit and really put in the effort, your body goes, 'Oh, it's not OK to be without this.' People say, 'My body rejects exercise.' No, it doesn't.  Your mind rejects exercise," she explained.But that doesn't mean Diaz doesn't occasionally indulge in sweets. "Well being is an equation. Remember, you don't have to have the whole cake, you can have a piece. Don't deprive yourself. Have fun. Just be self-aware," she said. "If your equation is 80 percent good, 20 percent bad most of the time, then a little movement toward the center isn't going to affect you much."Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Jared Leto Cuts Hair and Shaves Beard for Joker Role

Jared Leto Cuts Hair and Shaves Beard for Joker Role

ABC/Craig Sjodin(NEW YORK) -- Jared Leto has undergone quite the transformation to prepare for his role as The Joker in an upcoming DC Comics film.The Oscar winner has cut his hair short and shaved his beard for Suicide Squad. He documented his new look on Instagram Monday, first by posting a photo of someone holding a pair of scissors to his ponytail. He wrote, "I miss my beard already."Leto later shared a picture of himself with his new hairdo and a clean-shaven face. He wrote, "...#gone!"Suicide Squad, which will also star Will Smith, Margot Robbie and Viola Davis, will see a number of DC's signature supervillains come together for a secret government operation. The movie is scheduled to open Aug. 5, 2016.Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Kurt Busch Agrees to NASCAR Reinstatement Terms

Kurt Busch Agrees to NASCAR Reinstatement Terms

(CHARLOTTE, N.C.) -- After an extremely heated court battle with an ex-girlfriend, Kurt Busch was suspended indefinitely from the NASCAR circuit.

NASCAR has put forth a set of terms that Busch must complete in order to compete for the chase once again. According to NASCAR spokesman David Higdon, Busch has agreed to the stipulations.

Busch was suspended on Feb. 20 after a Delaware Judge ruled that Busch must cease all contact with his former paramour, Patricia Driscoll and undergo psychiatric counseling. 

Stewart Haas Racing, Busch's employer, released the following statement:

"We understand Kurt Busch has begun the process for reinstatement as a NASCAR member. NASCAR has laid out its expectations for Kurt, and while there is no timetable to meet those expectations, Kurt's willingness to embrace the conditions set forth by NASCAR is a positive step that we support." 

The timetable for Busch's return is currently unknown.

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High Numbers of Teens Are Victims of Dating Violence

High Numbers of Teens Are Victims of Dating Violence

AbleStock.com/Thinkstock(ATLANTA) -- A new survey by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention finds that just over 20 percent of all teenage girls and one in 10 teen boys have experienced at least one instance of violence while dating over the past 12 months.Although the CDC has been taking this survey since 1999, the criteria has been revamped to list far more serious forms of teen dating violence (TDV).Polling 9,000 teens who've dated over the past year, the CDC says that 20.9 percent of teenage girls reported TDV, with 6.6 percent saying it was physical, eight percent claiming the violence was sexual and 6.4 percent acknowledging it was both physical and sexual.Meanwhile, 10.4 percent of teen boys reported TDV, with the numbers about half of those for girls when it came to physical, sexual or both physical and sexual violence.Nonetheless, the CDC researchers say "prevention efforts may be more effective if they include content for both sexes."Certain at-risk behaviors associated with TDV include smoking, drinking, using drugs, depression, eating disorders and thoughts of suicide.Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Drinking Hot Coffee Is Cool

Drinking Hot Coffee Is Cool

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- No one ever saw the Fonz with a cup of coffee in his hand but perhaps the King of Cool was missing out on something.At least that's what a lot of New Zealanders think when 1,500 were asked by the survey company Canstar for their attitudes about drinking coffee.Twenty percent of the respondents believe that sipping coffee makes them appear more sophisticated.What's more, a third of millennials, those 18-to-34, say they look cooler when holding a cup of coffee.There also appears to be a certain snobbery among a small group of coffee drinkers as 12 percent will actually judge a person by the brew they consume.Overall, 52 percent admit that they'll go out of their way for a good cup of joe and yeah, there are Starbucks in New Zealand.Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Most Young Republicans Favor Marijuana Legalization

Most Young Republicans Favor Marijuana Legalization

Hemera/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- Although the Republican Party as a whole has not been at the forefront of supporting marijuana legalization, younger people who identify themselves with the GOP may force traditionalists to change their views.A Pew Research Center survey says that close to two-thirds of people ages 18-to-34 who claim to be Republican back legalizing the possession and sale of pot while 47 percent of those 35-to-50 feel the same way.As expected, a higher number of younger Democrats are in favor of doing away with criminal penalties for owning or selling marijuana: 77 percent in the 18-to-34 age group and 61 percent of those 35-to-50.Nonetheless, Republicans running for president and other state and local offices are cognizant of the shift in attitudes about pot as they vie for the votes of young people, who have generally sided with Democrats in more recent elections.Interestingly, Pew says that more liberal opinions about marijuana among millennials are in synch with their growing acceptance of same-sex marriage. Just over six in ten Americans in that generation who identify themselves as Republican also back the rights of gays and lesbians to wed legally.Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Report: Elderly Dentist Drugged, Drooled, Pulled Wrong Teeth

Report: Elderly Dentist Drugged, Drooled, Pulled Wrong Teeth

iStock/Thinkstock(TULSA, Okla.) -- While drooling is sometimes expected at the dentist's office, it's usually not the dentist doing so -- though that's just what authorities say was going on with 75-year-old Dr. Gary Dean Burnidge, who is accused of repeatedly operating on patients while under the influence of drugs. Tulsa World reports Burnidge surrendered his license in January and subsequently sold his practice. He is accused of pulling the wrong teeth, operating on the wrong side of patients' mouths, and instructing his staff to inject him with medications that at times left him slurring and drooling while on the job.The dentist is also alleged to have over-anesthetized patients, and improperly stored controlled drugs around the office.  Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

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