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Cheapest Labor Day Gas Prices Since 2010: Forecast

Cheapest Labor Day Gas Prices Since 2010: Forecast

iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — Americans behind the wheel may get some relief in their wallet this weekend, as Labor Day gas prices are forecasted to reach the lowest holiday levels since 2010, according to a study by GasBuddy. The price drop is part of a decrease that began in July and will likely continue through the autumn, according to the gas price tracking company. The average national gas price is $3.45 for a gallon of regular, according to the Energy Department’s Energy Information Administration’s weekly report released on Monday. That price is about two cents cheaper from last week, and nearly 10 cents cheaper from a year ago. Regions that source gasoline from the U.S. Gulf Coast, which GasBuddy says accounts for more than 51 percent of American refinery capacity, will likely see the cheapest gas prices. However, there are some areas that will still have to pay average or higher prices. States around the Great Lakes may get the short end of the stick due to price adjustments at their regional refineries. Geopolitical tensions such as violence in the Middle East and uncertainty about long-term Russian energy supplies have not altered the oil supply yet, according to GasBuddy analyst Patrick DeHaan. It helps that refineries have operated with few problems this summer and rising domestic oil production is putting downward pressure on oil and thus gasoline prices, he said. The lack of major hurricanes, which generally propel oil prices higher, is another factor he said. “The good news for motorists doesn’t end there: the conclusion of Labor Day weekend also brings summer driving season to a close, and demand drops off, easing prices,” DeHaan said. Much of the U.S. also will switch back to winter gasoline in mid-September, which should also put downward pressure on pump prices as winter gasoline is cheaper to produce, he said. Parts of the country may already notice isolated instances of prices as low as $2.99 a gallon, he said, such as Tennessee, South Carolina, Alabama and Mississippi. DeHaan predicts that the national average this fall will drop to around $3.30 to $3.39 a gallon, with a small chance of even $3.20 a gallon, meaning some states will see averages under $2.99 a gallon.
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California Attorney Faces New Trial in Drug-Planting Case

California Attorney Faces New Trial in Drug-Planting Case

iStock/Thinkstock(IRVINE, Calif.) — A retrial is underway for a California attorney accused of trying to frame a PTA volunteer by planting drugs in her car, allegedly in retaliation for the way she treated his son.Kelli Peters broke down in tears in court Thursday after coming face to face with Kent Easter, the man accused of framing her.Easter remains free on bail, facing charges of false imprisonment by fraud or deceit. A previous trial ended in November in a deadlock, 11-1, in favor of convicting Easter.Prosecutors say Easter called 9-1-1 Feb. 16, 2011, accusing Peters of being under the influence of drugs. Easter has never denied making that phone call.After authorities found the drugs in Peters’ car, they detained her for two hours and searched her home, but didn’t find any other drugs, leading investigators to shift their attention to Easter.Prosecutors say the Easters accused Peters of not properly supervising their son, a student at the elementary school where Peters volunteered.In opening statements, Easter’s lawyer said it was the man’s wife, Jill, who planted the drugs. “Jill was the operator behind the incident,” the lawyer said.Jill Easter pleaded guilty last year to false imprisonment and was sentenced to 120 days in jail, a term she completed.If convicted, Kent Easter faces three years in prison.The trial continues next week with Peters back on the stand.Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Shuttle Bus Crashes Near Chicago O’Hare Airport; More Than a Dozen Injured

Shuttle Bus Crashes Near Chicago O’Hare Airport; More Than a Dozen Injured

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(CHICAGO) — Access to Chicago O’Hare Airport was limited after a shuttle bus crashed into a concrete barrier in the westbound lanes of I-190 Friday morning.
Police blocked the lanes that lead to the airport creating a major traffic jam.
“People were basically bailing out of their vehicles in an effort to make it to their flights and it’s understandable. But at some point in time, we had to gain control of them to get off the shoulders where the emergency vehicles were trying to get to the scene,” said Chicago Fire Department District Chief Tom Sampey.
At least 14 people including the shuttle driver were injured in the crash. A total of 13 people were transported to local hospitals, and four people are listed in serious-to-critical condition, ABC News station WLS-TV reports. At least five people are listed in good condition, fire officials said Friday.
O’Hare Airport officials confirmed that the bus accident occurred on a road leading to the terminals, but declined to provide anymore information.
All lanes of the I-190 ramp toward O’Hare Airport re-opened around 8:45am.
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Mets Place Second Baseman Daniel Murphy on the Disabled List

Mets Place Second Baseman Daniel Murphy on the Disabled List

Photos.com/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — One of the few offensive bright spots for the New York Mets is now on the shelf as the team has placed second baseman Daniel Murphy on the disabled list with a strained right calf.
Murphy’s calf had been bothering him all week, which kept him out of action. The team decided it was best to put him on the shelf so he can get healthy.
“It’s frustrating,” he said. “It ended up being a little worse than I thought.”
According to Murphy, doctors told him they would take a closer look at this MRI on Friday to help determine just how much time he will miss.
In 126 games this season, the 29-year-old is hitting .301 with nine home runs and 53 RBIs. He was the Mets lone All-Star this season.
Replacing Murphy on the Mets roster will be Dilson Herrera. Herrera was hitting .340 with 10 home runs for Double-A Binghamton this season.
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Braves Reliever Jonny Venters Facing Third Tommy John Surgery

Braves Reliever Jonny Venters Facing Third Tommy John Surgery

Brian D. Kersey/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Already recovering from Tommy John surgery he had back in 2013, Atlanta Braves reliever Jonny Venters has been shut down after tearing an elbow ligament.
Venters had been doing light throwing as part of his recovery when it was discovered that he injured his elbow.
The latest injury could have Venters facing the third Tommy John surgery of his career, with the first one coming back in 2005.
“They did an MRI, and he retore it,” Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said. “One of the options is for him to have the third Tommy John.”
Venters, 29, led Major League Baseball in appearances in 2011 after pitching in 85 games and posting a 1.84 ERA.  He hasn’t pitched in the Majors since 2012, just one season after he made the NL All-Star team. In 2013, he went 5-4 with a 3.22 ERA.
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Nearly a Dozen from Twin Cities Gone to Fight in Syria

Nearly a Dozen from Twin Cities Gone to Fight in Syria

iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — In addition to the American rapper from Minneapolis recently killed in the bloody fighting in Syria, nearly a dozen former residents of Minnesota’s Twin Cities have left their homes to take up arms with extremist rebel groups in the Middle Eastern nation, U.S. officials told ABC News.Earlier this week the White House confirmed the death in Syria of Minnesotan Douglas McAuthur McCain, who records show was born in Chicago but was schooled in Minneapolis. An opposition group in Syria, the Free Syrian Army, claimed McCain was fighting with ISIS, a brutal terrorist organization that recently executed American journalist James Foley on camera. The FSA also claimed another American ISIS member had been killed in recent fighting.Representatives for several U.S. agencies said they could not confirm that a second American had been killed, but there are scores of U.S. nationals in the line of fire. Other top U.S. officials have previously said more than 100 Americans have joined the fighting in Syria — nearly a dozen of them from the Twin Cities alone, as two U.S. law enforcement officials told ABC News Thursday. And a community leader said at least one who left for Syria recently is a teenage girl.Kyle Loven, the FBI’s Chief Division Counsel in Minneapolis, said residents traveling to Syria is a “relatively recent dynamic,” but still only an “evolution” of young disaffected Minnesotans leaving their homes to fight and die with extremist groups abroad.“The phenomenon began in 2007 with the young Somali men traveling from Minnesota to Somalia,” Loven said. “In Somalia, it started as a nationalistic call…[but] we’ve now seen where some individuals perhaps are not interested or not inclined to travel to Somalia, [they] start to branch out to other hot spots around the globe, obviously Syria being among them.”The problem of Americans from Minneapolis traveling to Somalia to join the al Qaeda group al-Shabab became such a concern to U.S. officials that the Justice Department launched the multi-year law enforcement mission Operation Rhino, dedicated to investigating “a pipeline that supplies men” from Minneapolis to Somalia. The effort, which tracked some 20 suspected American jihadists, resulting in the conviction of several American ex-al-Shabab members.One of the young men caught up in the initial wave of terror recruits was Troy Kastigar, who turned out to be an old high school classmate and close friend of Douglas McCain’s.“If you guys only knew how much fun we have over here — This is the real Disneyland. Come here and join us,” a bearded Kastigar says from Somalia in a video posted online by al-Shabab after his death in 2009.Mohamud Noor, a community leader in Minneapolis, told ABC News Friday that the young men going to fight in recent months for ISIS, which is a rival of al Qaeda’s, and those who joined al-Shabab before “have the same characteristics.”“They are young men who are vulnerable, who have been taken advantage of because of their situation,” Noor said. “This is a youth who has lost direction, who has no hope in life, and the only way they can find [it] is to find other means of living.”Another community leader, Abdirazak Bihi, said, “As recently as a week ago, a young girl was recruited along some others, and was sent to Syria and called her family from Syria a couple days ago.”“Yes, people are recruiting, there are recruiters here,” Bihi said.But Noor acknowledges that that doesn’t explain why so many are specifically being recruited from his city, and says that one reason so much focus is on the Twin Cities is because there is a large “newly-arrived” immigrant community, with many Somalis and Middle Easterners, and because the community isn’t shy about reaching out for help when someone does disappear, possibly into battles a world away.Loven said that al-Shabab’s previous success in recruiting Minnesotans may have shown the area’s disaffected youths to be particularly susceptible to the jihadist propaganda. Earlier this week, for instance, al-Shabab released a recruitment video online that specifically called for those living in Minnesota to come join their fight.“We’re taking this very seriously,” Loven said. “We don’t want to see our young people from Minnesota be attracted to this type of propaganda, end up in foreign battlefields, only to be injured, killed or what have you. That’s a concern not just for law enforcement, but for all people here in Minnesota.” Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Fort Hood Gunman Wants to Join ISIS

Fort Hood Gunman Wants to Join ISIS

Bell County Sheriff’s Office via Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Nidal Hasan, the Army psychiatrist who killed 13 people in a 2009 Fort Hood shooting, wrote a letter expressing interest in becoming a citizen of the Islamic State, his attorney told ABC News.H…

Bud Light Donates $500K to Descend on Town, Council Approves

Bud Light Donates $500K to Descend on Town, Council Approves

Anheuser-Busch(CRESTED BUTTE, Colo.) — One small mountain town in Colorado is apparently “up for whatever.”The town council in Crested Butte, Colorado, approved a special permit allowing Bud Light to take over the town for a three-day event “of unexpected fun,” ABC affiliate KMGH-TV in Denver reported Thursday.Bud Light, one of Anheuser-Busch’s beer brands, doubled its original donation for the town to $500,000. The event will turn the town into a fictitious one: Whatever, USA.”Ever since we were first approached by Bud Light earlier this summer, we’ve been impressed with the creativity and level of detail they’ve put into the planning process for Whatever, USA,” Crested Butte Mayor Aaron Huckstep said in a statement released by the beer brand. “This is going to be an incredible event for our community that will help bring the beauty of Crested Butte to 1,000 new visitors.”Crested Butte was selected because of “its breathtaking natural beauty and colorful cast of characters,” according to a statement from Bud Light.The plan had its critics. One resident, former Colorado Sen. Tim Wirth, called the originally proposed $250,000 donation a “paltry and insulting sum.””My own view is that this is truly an inappropriate function for a town that has built its reputation so carefully,” Wirth told ABC News. “It should cost them a pretty penny and they won’t even notice it.”Bud Light’s “UpForWhatever” ad campaign began during the Super Bowl, in which random people on the street, seemingly between the ages of 21 and 35, are whisked off to celebrity-laden adventures. In Bud Light commercials for the town of Whatever, USA, there’s a fake, bearded mayor.For this specific campaign in Colorado, the company will select 1,000 Bud Light fans across the United States who auditioned with a 10-second video explaining why they should be flown into Whatever, USA. Winners will be notified 48 hours before the trip.The audition deadline is next Thursday and more than 150,000 people have applied so far.The proposed plans include street performers, a parade, music, dancing, closing off the local Big Mine Ice Arena and, of course, lots of Bud Light.”There are a lot of different opinions in the town,” town manager Ted Crossett said. “There are a lot of people who support it and a lot of people who do not for a variety of reasons.”Crossett’s staff report about the weekend describes some of the activities, including “stumble upon events, which are low impact activities such as games, low-key races and curiosities. Most would be open to the public.””Some would be closed to contestants. Activities would take place on both the street and in private businesses,” the Aug. 23 report states.Prior to the approval, Wirth said the town council has “allowed themselves to be put into this dreadful corner” that has divided the town. He proposed Bud Light pay $10 million to host the event.David Ochs, executive director at the Crested Butte/Mt. Crested Butte Chamber of Commerce, argued that the event will bring an unknown amount of extra cash to local businesses and the town coffers, as the high tourist summer season comes to an end.”Keep locals working, keep paychecks coming and keep everything rolling,” he said. “Bud Light has been very good in incorporating retail businesses into the event, but the real benefit might be in the long term: the exposure and marketing of it is what they will see and want to come back to Crested Butte, and that’s our bread and butter.”Kevin McGruther, a town resident of 18 years, attended the most recent hearing about the proposed event Monday. He said he wasn’t arguing for or against the event, but pointed to the local government’s failure to adhere to its typical town-event application process.”The issue is the transparency, the preemption of the process and disenfranchisement of the community,” he told ABC News.
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“As Above/So Below” Opens Nationwide Friday

“As Above/So Below” Opens Nationwide Friday

Universal(NEW YORK) — On Wednesday, the Pierce Brosnan film The November Man opened in theaters, earning an estimated $862,000 in its first day of release, according to The Hollywood Reporter.Another new movie opens Friday, in time for the Labor Day weekend: As Above/So Below. In the film, a team of explorers search the catacombs underneath the streets of Paris, and experience horror along the way.Mad Men actor Ben Feldman, Perdita Weeks and Edwin Hodge star in As Above/So Below, which is rated R.If you’re in a nostalgic mood, the original Ghostbusters film is being re-released in select theaters Friday in honor of its 30th anniversary.Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Movie Review: “As Above/So Below” (Rated R)

Movie Review: “As Above/So Below” (Rated R)

Universal(NEW YORK) — The found footage horror flick As Above/So Below revolves around Scarlet (Perdita Weeks), an archeologist of sorts who speaks multiple languages — two of them dead — and is a black belt in Krav Maga.  Totally believable, right?  Scarlet’s immediate goal in life is to fulfill her late father’s quest to find the Philosopher’s Stone, and she won’t let anything stop her…not even a silly thing like death.When Scarlet discovers that the stone may be hidden in the catacombs of Paris, she recruits a team to accompany her on her underground descent, including a few people who know their way around the place. There, they encounter human remains, a guy who used to live in the catacombs but who disappeared two years ago, plenty of sudden, loud noises, and dozens of other obvious signs that they should leave before they all come to a horrible and violent end.Then, there’s the most disturbing sign something is amiss: objects and people from each member of the team’s past begin to pop up. There’s a spooky piano, an even spookier dead brother and a burning car from an accident.  All of this, mind you, is taking place nearly a thousand feet under the streets of Paris.  Yes, it’s pretty creepy, but perhaps no more creepy than riding that New York City subway line you recently found out is infested with bedbugs.Like so many horror films, the decisions made by these characters are preposterous — nearly as preposterous as the notion that you are watching found footage from a camera that was left behind with no hope of ever getting it back. I’m beginning to think it’s called “found” footage because people FIND it annoying. There’s nothing new here; aside from a couple of claustrophobic and aurally frightening moments, As Above/So Below is more boring than it is scary.Two out of five stars.
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Joan Rivers Hospitalized for Cardiac Arrest

Joan Rivers Hospitalized for Cardiac Arrest

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(NEW YORK) — Joan Rivers is “resting comfortably” after she was hospitalized Thursday, her daughter said.”I want to thank everyone for the overwhelming love and support for my mother,” Melissa Rivers said in a statement released by Mount Sinai Hospital. “She is resting comfortably and is with our family. We ask that you continue to keep her in your thoughts and prayers.”A law enforcement source told ABC News that Rivers was rushed to Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City after an emergency call that she was in cardiac arrest.The New York City Fire Department transported a woman matching Rivers’ description after receiving a call that the woman was in cardiac arrest at an Upper East Side clinic, Yorkville Endoscopy, an FDNY source said. The law enforcement source confirmed the woman was Rivers.TMZ reported that Rivers was having surgery on her vocal chords at the clinic.
Later on Thursday, E! Online tweeted that Rivers was in “critical but stable condition.”
Rivers, 81, had been hard at work of late, co-hosting her E! TV show, Fashion Police and doing stand-up comedy. According to Ticketmaster, she had seven shows planned across the U.S. for November.
“Ignore aging: Comedy is the one place it doesn’t matter. It matters in singing because the voice goes. It matters certainly in acting because you’re no longer the sexpot. But in comedy, if you can tell a joke, they will gather around your deathbed,” she wrote in The Hollywood Reporter in 2012. “If you’re funny, you’re funny. Isn’t that wonderful?”
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Britney Spears Is Single After Boyfriend Reportedly Cheated on Her

Britney Spears Is Single After Boyfriend Reportedly Cheated on Her

Jason Merritt/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) — Britney Spears is newly single — reportedly because her boyfriend cheated on her.Brit tweeted on Thursday, “Ahhhh the single life!” Coincidentally or not, she posted that comment around the same time TMZ published a story claiming David Lucado was videotaped making out with another woman earlier this month.Reportedly, Brit dumped her boyfriend after learning about the footage, which TMZ says is being shopped around.A rep for David tells the website, “David is very, very in love with Britney. This is unfortunate and he hopes that it all works out.” Unfortunately for David, it didn’t work out — Brit’s rep confirms to Billboard that the pop star is single.Britney dated David for a year and a half. Their relationship began not long after her engagement to her then-agent, Jason Trawick, ended in January of 2013.Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Blake Lively Details Her Encounter with Angry Bees

Blake Lively Details Her Encounter with Angry Bees

Ethan Miller/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Blake Lively’s 27th birthday celebration this past week didn’t get off to a great start. The former Gossip Girl star, whose birthday was Monday, says she was attacked by an angry swarm of bees.In the latest post on her lifestyle blog, Preserve, Lively writes she was shooting content for Preserve when she suddenly “felt an electric shock of energy.” Lively continues, “[W]as it excitement that I was about to turn another year older? Was it nerves? Why did it feel like agony? I like getting older…I think. But this felt terrible.”Lively then writes, “Does your butt quite suddenly (and painfully) deflate when you turn 27? Because mine hurt like hell…then my neck, back, legs and forehead. And oh my hands! They were shriveling. It felt like I was being shot by dozens of tiny invisible darts. I felt like the Wicked Witch, melting, melting, burning, melting.”“I wasn’t being greeted by the onset of spontaneous aging, but rather a full-fledged bee day. Attacked. All over. Everywhere,” she adds.Lively says she doesn’t know what kind of bees stung her. She says the attack left her “shaken” and “swollen.”She concludes the post by musing, “It took a swarm of bees to remind me that a b-day is nothing but a number. Each day I choose my age.”Lively will next be seen starring opposite Harrison Ford in the upcoming drama, The Age of Adeline, scheduled to hit theaters in 2015.Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Harry Belafonte, Maureen O’Hara Among Honorees for Academy’s Governors Awards

Harry Belafonte, Maureen O’Hara Among Honorees for Academy’s Governors Awards

Jemal Countess/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Harry Belafonte will be honored by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences at its annual Governors Awards in November.The 87-year-old actor/activist has been named the recipient of the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award, which is given “to an individual in the motion picture industry whose humanitarian efforts have brought credit to the industry.”The “Banana Boat Song” performer has taken up causes such as education, famine relief, AIDS awareness and civil rights.The Academy also announced three people who will receive honorary Oscars, including Maureen O’Hara. The 94-year-old O’Hara appeared in such films as Miracle on 34th Street, The Quiet Man and The Parent Trap.Screenwriter Jean-Claude Carrière, a four-time Oscar nominee, and filmmaker Hayao Miyazaki, a three-time nominee, will also receive honorary statuettes. Both have won one Academy Award.The 6th Annual Governors Awards will be held Nov. 8 in Hollywood.Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Nashville Tops List of ‘Most American’ Cities

Nashville Tops List of ‘Most American’ Cities

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Nashville is about American as apple pie. Maybe even more so now that the personal finance website WalletHub has named it 2014’s most American U.S. metro area.To reach that conclusion, WalletHub graded 366 metro areas on a series of 26 metrics that included age, gender and income.Nashville scored at near the top of key rankings such as socio-demographic makeup, housing, economy and education to capture the crown.   Interestingly, WalletHub determined that Tulsa, Oklahoma, most closely resembled the U.S. in terms of age while Denver looked most like America in regards to race.At the bottom of the list was McAllen, Texas.Here are the top 25 most American cities:

Nashville, TN    
Cincinnati, OH    
Indianapolis, IN    
Charleston, SC    
Jacksonville, FL    
Greenville, SC    
Oklahoma, OK    
Phoenix, AZ    
Albuquerque, NM    
Winston, NC    
Birmingham, AL    
Greensboro, NC    
Orlando, FL    
Charlotte, NC    
Columbus, OH    
Louisville/Jefferson County, KY    
Lexington, KY    
Tulsa, OK    
Baton Rouge, LA    
Columbia, SC    
St. Louis, MO    
New Orleans, LA    
Kansas City, MO    
Tucson, AZ    
Little Rock, AR

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Gamblers and Pigeons Don’t Know When to Fold Them

Gamblers and Pigeons Don’t Know When to Fold Them

iStock/Thinkstock(COVENTRY, England) — One of the slang meanings of “pigeon” is someone who can be easily duped.Perhaps then it’s no surprise that British researchers have determined that people who like to gamble exhibit the same tendencies as pigeons when it comes to decisions that involve risk.Psychology expert Dr. Elliot Ludvig of the University of Warwick asserts that “Both humans and pigeons were shown to be less risk averse for high rewards then they were for low rewards and this is linked to our past memories and experiences of making risky decisions.”Never mind that human have brains that are so much more advanced than any other species. According to Ludvig, the same mental processes drive gamblers and pigeons when they’re faced with risk.So why does this happen?  Ludvig says it may have to do with “shared common ancestry or similar evolutionary pressures.” Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Parents and Babies Should Live Life on the Babble

Parents and Babies Should Live Life on the Babble

iStock/Thinkstock(IOWA CITY, Iowa) — Before babies learn to speak, they babble, which is actually a form of baby-speak.Although parents think babbling is cute, it’s also an opportunity for mom and dad to communicate with their infants and consequently, accelerate their vocalization.A new study out of the University of Iowa and Indiana University says that it’s all about how a parent responds to baby that holds the key to facilitating their language and communication.Researcher Julie Gros-Louis says 12 mothers and their eight-month-old children were observed interacting over a period of six months and the chief finding was that moms who actively try to understand what their babies say and respond in kind will boost developmentally advanced vocalizations.Furthermore, babies with interested moms also directed more of their babbling to them.On the other hand, mothers who weren’t as engaged and tried to divert their infants’ attention away from babbling did not improve their babies’ language and communications skills as quickly.Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Introverts Spend Most Time on Facebook

Introverts Spend Most Time on Facebook

Justin Sullivan/Getty Images(HUNTSVILLE, Ala.) — You’re never going to get back all the time you spend on Facebook but most users probably don’t care, especially those who log on longer than anyone else.Dr. Pavica Sheldon of the University of Al…

Hotel Guests Regularly Socked with Extra Fees

Hotel Guests Regularly Socked with Extra Fees

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Just when you were getting used to the idea of the airlines charging you extra for things that used to be included in the price of a ticket comes a report about the U.S. hotel industry that is bound to raise more hackles.NYU professor Bjorn Hanson says that hotels managed to collect over $2 billion from fees and surcharges alone in 2013 and this year they’ll make an even bigger profit.Hotel guests are regularly socked with resort or amenity fees, early departure fees and early reservation cancellation fees.In some instances, guests pay for the safe in their rooms that they don’t even use. And of course, there’s the added cost of restocking the minibar.Just like the airline industry, hotels seem reluctant to raise their prices to reflect market value, which Hanson said would actually eliminate the need for fees.However, customers seem more willing to put up with the surcharges than pay a little extra for a room even if it costs them more money in the long run.Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Nice Tan, Mr. President: Reactions to Obama’s Latest Fashion Choice

Nice Tan, Mr. President: Reactions to Obama’s Latest Fashion Choice

The White House(WASHINGTON) — President Obama wore a tan suit at his press conference Thursday and the Internet exploded.Although the president was making important statements about the Islamic State and Russia, supporters and critics focused more on Obama’s attire, a departure from the usual dark suits or sports jackets he wears in public.Some of the tweets included:”Obama vows to defeat whoever made him wear this suit.””Who gave President Obama that old church suit from my dad’s closet?””I don’t care that Obama’s suit is tan. The problem with the suit is that it’s EMPTY.””Obama’s tan suit is a distraction from Benghazi.””If Obama is catching hell for wearing a tan suit now, then God help him when he wears white after Labor Day.””Message from senior White House official: ‘He loves that suit.’”Michigan Congressman John Dingell tweeted, “I see no problem with the suit,” while also posting a photo of himself in a tan suit.FYI: Obama was also photographed wearing what looks like the same suit after attending Easter Sunday services.Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

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