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NCAA Settles Concussion Lawsuit

NCAA Settles Concussion Lawsuit

Joe Robbins/Getty Images(CHICAGO) –  The NCAA has agreed to settle a class-action head-injury lawsuit by creating a $70 million fund to diagnose thousands of current and former college athletes to determine if they suffered brain trauma while playing sports.
One thing about the fund is that it covers men and women who played multiple contact sports, including football, soccer, and hockey. 
College sports’ governing body also agreed to implement a single return-to-play policy spelling out how all teams must treat players who received head blows, according to a Tuesday filing in U.S. District Court in Chicago.
“I wouldn’t say these changes solve the safety problems, but they do reduce the risks,” Chicago attorney Joseph Siprut said Tuesday. “It’s changed college sports forever.”
He also said that stricter rules should help ensure the viability of football by calming the fears of parents who are currently inclined to not let their kids play.
“Changes were necessary to preserve the talent well of kids that feeds the game of football,” he said. “Absent these kinds of changes, the sport will die.”
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Airlines Report Strong Second Quarter Earnings

Airlines Report Strong Second Quarter Earnings

iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — The airline industry is making more money after several difficult years during the recession. United Airlines, Delta and American Airlines all reported record second quarter profits, thanks to increased fares and fees.“It is hard to believe that less than eight months ago, American [Airlines] was in bankruptcy yet today we are reporting record profits, prepaying debt, making additional pension contributions and declaring dividends to shareholders,” said the company’s CEO Doug Parker in a message to employees.
Major mergers could mean less competition on many routes, potentially leading to more fare increases as the economy improves. A number of other U.S. carriers also posted strong second quarter earnings.
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Maksim Chmerkovskiy Avoids Questions about Dating Jennifer Lopez

Maksim Chmerkovskiy Avoids Questions about Dating Jennifer Lopez

ABC/Craig Sjodin(NEW YORK) — He may have shown up to her 45th birthday party, but don’t expect Dancing with the Stars pro Maksim Chmerkovskiy to talk about those rumors that he’s dating Jennifer Lopez.After the dancer was spotted celebrating with J-Lo last Thursday in New York’s Hamptons, People magazine caught up with him Saturday night at his performance of Sway: A Dance Trilogy, and asked him point blank if he was dating Lopez.”I’m just focused on dancing,” he retorted. “I’m not interested in talking about anything other than the show.”Chmerkovskiy split from swimsuit model Kate Upton in December after six months of dating. Lopez split with dancer Casper Smart last month after dating for a few years.
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Lisa Kudrow Shows Up for Jury Duty, Gets Dismissed

Lisa Kudrow Shows Up for Jury Duty, Gets Dismissed

ABC/Randy Holmes(LOS ANGELES) — Lisa Kudrow reported for jury duty at Los Angeles Superior Court on Monday, but the former Friends star managed to get dismissed the same day.According to TMZ, the 50-year-old actress went all day without being selected for a jury panel. That automatically qualifies potential jurors for dismissal in L.A. County.Sources tell the gossip website Kudrow sat quietly in the jury pool room, wearing a comfortable pair of loafers. The sources add that while some of the other jurors were star struck, Kudrow was friendly to everyone.
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Lions Table Ndamukong Suh Contract Talks

Lions Table Ndamukong Suh Contract Talks

NFL via Getty Images(ALLEN PARK, Mich.) –  The Detroit Lions have announced that they will table contract discussions with defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh until after the season.
“I think it’s the right thing for us to do,” Lions president Tom Lewand said Monday. “It’s the right thing for the team. It’s the right thing for everybody involved and it allows us to keep the focus where it belongs.”
“We have a high degree of confidence that we can work out something that will be mutually satisfactory at the right time and the goal hasn’t changed in the least,” he added.
This year marks the last year of Suh’s five-year rookie contract. Suh will have a cap number of $22.5 million this season.  The goal remains to ink the 27-year-old to a long-term deal after the season.
The Lions drafted Suh with the No. 2 pick in the 2010 NFL draft.
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Gas Prices Continue Decline Through Summer Driving Season

Gas Prices Continue Decline Through Summer Driving Season

iStock/Thinsktock(WASHINGTON) — For many Americans, a long distance car trip is a cheaper option than flying as gas prices are falling quickly across the country.
The U.S. Energy Department says the average price of regular gas fell 5 cents a gallon l…

Three-Hour Tour Turns into Night at Sea for Stranded Whale-Watchers

Three-Hour Tour Turns into Night at Sea for Stranded Whale-Watchers

iStock/Thinkstock(BOSTON) — A whale-watching boat was stranded 13 miles off the coast of northern Massachusetts overnight after the boat’s propeller got tangled in a tagline.More than 160 people were aboard the boat, part of a three-hour whale-watching trip with Boston Harbor Cruises.The group was supposed to return at about 4:30 p.m. Monday — but the vessel, named the Cetacea, never made it back to shore. About 10 minutes into the return trip, the Cetacea got stuck.Coast Guard crews responded as the passengers were forced to spend a long night at sea.Divers cut the boat free Tuesday morning, allowing the boat to move again. It was expected that the boat would arrive at about 7:30 a.m.All of the passengers are all right, a Boston Harbor Cruises spokesperson said.The company is compensating passengers for their troubles. Each passenger will receive $500 in cash, a $100 gift card for another trip, and a full refund, about $50. The company will also pay to re-book any passengers who missed flights Tuesday morning.
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Israeli Airstrikes Slam Gaza; Power Plant Shelled

Israeli Airstrikes Slam Gaza; Power Plant Shelled

iStock/Thinkstock(JERUSALEM) — Israel slammed Gaza with a barrage of airstrikes overnight, the heaviest bombardment in the three-week conflict.Symbols of Hamas control came under fire, including TV headquarters, government offices and the home of a top leader. Israel said it targeted over 70 sites and hit 10 “terror operatives.”Israeli troops also shelled Gaza Strip’s only power plant, hitting a fuel tank and causing the plant to shut down. Fire burned following the attack, with heavy smoke rising over Gaza City. Engineer Fatahi Khalil, from the electricity company, confirmed that it will take a year to fix the power plant. The damage will be assessed at a later time, he said.Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned Monday in a televised speech of a “prolonged” campaign in Gaza.Hamas also signaled defiance. Ismail Haniyeh, the Hamas leader whose house was struck in an airstrike early Tuesday, said in a statement that “destroying stones will not break our determination.”The tough words by both sides came amid mounting international appeals for an unconditional cease-fire.However, Hamas has said it will not stop fighting until it wins international guarantees that a seven-year-old border blockade of Gaza will be lifted. Israel said its troops will not leave Gaza until they have demolished several dozen Hamas military tunnels under the Gaza-Israel border. Late Monday, Netanyahu signaled that Israel is intensifying its air- and ground campaign.The overall Gaza death toll rose past 1,100, according to the Palestinian health ministry, with another 6,500 injured.The Israeli military said five of its soldiers were killed Monday, raising the total death toll on the Israeli side to 56, including 53 soldiers.
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Young Hollywood Awards Ceremony Airs

Young Hollywood Awards Ceremony Airs

“Fault in Our Stars” (Fox)(LOS ANGELES) — The Young Hollywood Awards were handed out Sunday night in Los Angeles, but the ceremony was broadcast Monday night on the WB. Viewers saw Ansel Elgort and Chloe Grace Moretz win awards for fan favorite actor and actress, respectively.The movie The Fault in Our Stars won a total of three awards, including favorite flick and best onscreen couple for stars Shailene Woodley and Elgort.On the TV side, Orange Is the New Black scooped up three trophies, including most bingeworthy TV show. Danielle Brooks, who plays Tasha “Taystee” Jefferson in the series, won the award for Breakthrough Actress and Pablo Schrieber received the We Love to Hate You trophy for his character George “Pornstache” Mendez.Kelly Osbourne hosted the ceremony.Here are the winners in select categories:Fan Favorite Actor: MaleAnsel ElgortFan Favorite Actor: FemaleChloe Grace MoretzBreakthrough ActorDylan O’BrienBreakthrough ActressDanielle BrooksBest ThreesomeThe Vampire Diaries, Nina Dobrev, Ian Somerhalder, Paul WesleyBest On-Screen CoupleShailene Woodley & Ansel Elgort, The Fault in Our StarsBest BromanceJonah Hill & Channing TatumSuper SuperheroKellan Lutz, The Legend of HerculesWe Love to Hate YouPablo Schreiber, Orange Is the New BlackBingeworthy TV ShowOrange Is The New BlackFavorite FlickThe Fault in Our StarsReality RoyaltyThe Bachelor and The BacheloretteCuz You’re FunnyAmy SchumerHottest Body (of Work)Derek HoughTrendsetter AwardVanessa Hudgens#SocialMediaSuperstarAshley TisdaleCoolest Crossover ArtistNick JonasHottest Music ArtistEd SheeranBreakout Music ArtistSam SmithChamp of Charity AwardJustin BieberFollow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Michael Douglas Reveals He Lost 40 Pounds During His Cancer Treatment

Michael Douglas Reveals He Lost 40 Pounds During His Cancer Treatment

ABC News (NEW YORK) — In 2010, Michael Douglas was devastated to learn that he had stage-four cancer.Speaking to a group of doctors at the International Federation of Head and Neck Oncologic Societies’ 5th World Congress in New York City on Sunday, he spoke about his grueling experience with the disease and how it affected him.”When I learned that I had stage-four cancer, I’m pretty sure that my eyes rolled into the back of my head,” he said during the event’s opening ceremony. “From the little I knew, this wasn’t good. And I think that was probably the scariest moment I faced.”Douglas, 69, told the crowd that he was misdiagnosed three times, after experiencing gum pain behind his molars. When a CAT scan confirmed his doctor’s suspicion that it was cancer, it was determined that the Oscar winner would be treated at the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York City, near his home.”I went through seven weeks of radiation and chemotherapy, which somehow seemed very accurately mapped to the seven circles of hell,” he recalled. “Each week I sank a little lower and I felt a little — no, I felt a lot worse.”Because he opted not to have surgery that would put a feeding tube in his stomach (“[It] would have had consequences for swallowing and taste later on,” he explained), Douglas lost 40 pounds. However, he worked regularly with a nutritionist to help him keep his weight up, and he credited his team of physicians for being brutally honest with him throughout his treatment — something he said helped him maintain a necessary sense of control.”The doctors and nurses at Sloan Kettering had warned me not to expect to feel great the moment those seven weeks were over — that there would be another five weeks of feeling pretty awful until I could even hope to improve,” he said. “All of that was enormously important. Like a soldier, I prepared for battle. …It was my job to toughen up and get ready for the treatment and later on for my recovery, and that’s what I was able to do.”Douglas’ wife, Catherine Zeta-Jones, also spoke at the event. According to the New York Daily News, she remarked that when she learned of Douglas’ diagnosis, “I was a mess. I’ll be quite frank, I was a mess.”However, Zeta-Jones said, “When I’m married to a man who has such a conviction for life…he fights to make the wrongs right. For the first time, he was fighting for his life.”Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Jay Leno to Be Mentor on “Last Comic Standing”

Jay Leno to Be Mentor on “Last Comic Standing”

Jeff Riedel/NBC(LOS ANGELES) — Former Tonight Show host Jay Leno will be the final comic mentor of the season as the “Title Round” of Last Comic Standing kicks-off Thursday on NBC.Only five comics remain in the competition, and the “Last Comic Standing” will walk away with a prize package worth $250,000, including a cash award, a talent contract and a development deal for a television show.The comedians will meet Leno in Las Vegas, and the final five get to ask the veteran comic a variety of questions about stand-up comedy.The finalists will then perform all new sets for judges Roseanne Barr, Keenen Ivory Wayans and Russell Peters, who will determine which four are advancing to the next round, and which comic is headed home. The season eight finale of Last Comic Standing will air Aug. 14.Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Mike ‘The Situation’ Sorrentino Must Reportedly Undergo Anger Management

Mike ‘The Situation’ Sorrentino Must Reportedly Undergo Anger Management

ABC News (MIDDLETOWN, N.J.) — Mike “The Situation” Sorrentino has reportedly accepted a plea deal in connection with an arrest last month for allegedly getting into a “fist fight” with his brother at a New Jersey tanning salon.TMZ reports the former Jersey Shore star, agreed to undergo 12 weeks of anger management classes. Upon completion, a judge in Middletown, New Jersey, will review the case and most likely reduce the assault charge to disorderly conduct.Edward Fradkin, Sorrentino’s attorney, told the gossip site his client will take the classes on a “one-on-one basis.”On June 17, a customer at Sorrentino’s Boca Tanning Salon called police to report the reality star had gotten into a fight with his older brother Frank, according to 911 tapes obtained by ABC News.A video posted by TMZ shows Sorrentino explaining the fight happened because “brother Frank, the HR was not running the store correctly, so I had to go in there and clean house.” He joked that his brother Frank, “Don’t look too good.”Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Marvel to Release Three New “Star Wars” Comic Book Titles

Marvel to Release Three New “Star Wars” Comic Book Titles

Fox(LOS ANGELES) — Get ready for new Star Wars comic books.  Lucasfilm Ltd. and Marvel Entertainment have announced three new comic book titles for the sci-fi franchise, starting in January 2015 with Star Wars by writer Jason Aaron. Aaron tells Marvel.com, “Every story is about the characters, and we’ll focus on all the old favorites. There will be big moments for everyone, from Han to R2-D2. But a major part of the narrative will be driven by Luke Skywalker and his journey of discovery, a journey that will decide the fate of the entire galaxy.”In February 2015, the comic Darth Vader will be released, followed by the five-issue limited series Princess Leia in March. The movie Star Wars — Episode VII opens worldwide on Dec. 18, 2015.Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

“Once Upon a Time” Adds More “Frozen” Roles

“Once Upon a Time” Adds More “Frozen” Roles

ABC News(NEW YORK) — Frozen’s presence in Once Upon a Time is growing. The latest character from the animated Disney blockbuster to make the move to the ABC series is Pabbie, the gentle rock troll king.  John Rhys-Davies, who played Sallah in the Indiana Jones films and Gimli the dwarf in the Lord of the Rings trilogy, will voice the computer-animated version of Pabbie. Once Upon a Time co-creator and executive producer, Adam Horowitz tweeted, “We’re thrilled to welcome John Rhys-Davies to the #OnceUponATime family as the voice of everyone’s favorite rock troll — Pabbie!”In addition, Horowitz tweeted that the role of Frozen’s Prince Hans on Once Upon a Time will be filled by Shameless star Tyler Jacob Moore.Other Frozen characters previously announced to be heading to Once Upon a Time include Georgina Haig as Queen Elsa, Elizabeth Lail as Anna, Scott Michael Foster as Kristoff.Once Upon a Time returns for its fourth season on Sept. 28.Disney is the parent company of ABC.Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

“Guardians of the Galaxy’s” Zoe Saldana Wants More Female Superheroes

“Guardians of the Galaxy’s” Zoe Saldana Wants More Female Superheroes

Buena Vista(SAN DIEGO) — Zoe Saldana is known for playing kick-butt characters in movies like Colombiana, Avatar, J.J. Abrams’ Star Trek series, and now Guardians of the Galaxy. However she thinks that the world of superheroes can use more girl power. “[A]nd I think that I’m not the only who is saying that,” the actress told ABC News Radio over the weekend at San Diego Comic-Con.”I think it’s overall a very loud, loud voice that is speaking up and saying, ‘OK, enough with the sausage fest. It’s actually sexier to see women kicking the crap out of each other.’”In Guardians, there’s no shortage of that: in the film, Saldana plays the fearsome, green-skinned assassin Gamora, and she tangles with another deadly beauty, Karen Gillan’s cybernetic warrior Nebula.Not to be outdone in the “strong female lead” department, Glenn Close also appears as the steely leader Nova Prime.Guardians of the Galaxy, which also stars Chris Pratt, Dave Bautista, Michael Rooker, Lee Pace, and the voices of Vin Diesel and Bradley Cooper, opens Friday, Aug. 1.Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Social Media Is Where Good News Gets Posted

Social Media Is Where Good News Gets Posted

iStock/Thinkstock(MADISON, Wis.) — It’s a sign of the times: when people have good news that’s happened to themselves or others, they’ll more often share it on social media sites such as Facebook or Twitter to reach the biggest possible audience in the least amount of time.Researchers at the University of Wisconsin, Madison arrived at that finding after having 300 undergrads keep a journal of their emotions and the form of media they used to convey these feelings to others.Far and away, when there was positive news to report, the students generally posted messages on social media.Interestingly, however, the participants went “old school” when they had to pass along bad news.The preferred ways of spreading less joyous information was via the phone or even telling people face-to-face.Study author Catalina Toma put it succinctly, “You often hear people say when the phone rings, its bad news,” Toma said. “Our data supports that.”Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Your Soul Mate May Not Wind Up Being Your Sole Mate

Your Soul Mate May Not Wind Up Being Your Sole Mate

iStock/Thinkstock(TORONTO) — Careful soul mates, you’re probably deluding yourselves.Although people who believe they’ve found the perfect mate who “completes” them, University of Toronto researchers say those in love are often surprised when things don’t work out as planned.Essentially, it’s those couples who understand that a relationship can take some time to develop are the ones who are more successful in the long run, according to study authors Spike W. S. Lee and Norbert Schwarz.They had participants fill out questionnaires about whether they considered if love meant two people were “made for each other” as soul mates do or if “love is a journey” filled with mistakes and forgiveness.Not surprisingly, those who believe relationships take work reported fewer conflicts and tended to recall more celebrations with their partner.Still, the soul mate concept is apparently the more accepted of the two, a Marist poll found, with 73 percent agreeing with it and 27 not believing it. Furthermore, it’s younger folks who are more likely to think that finding a soul mate is the essence of true love.Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

People Get Naturally High from the Choices They Make

People Get Naturally High from the Choices They Make

iStock/Thinkstock(PROVIDENCE, R.I.) — Are you the kind of person who gets a kick out of the things you choose solely on your own, such as movies, restaurants, clothes, car, etc., while ignoring what others might like?While some might have an unflattering name for that, neurologists at Brown University are willing to cut you some slack.They call the high you get from making particular selections “choice bias,” which involves the brain rewarding itself with the pleasure hormone called dopamine.Not that there’s anything wrong with that but due to constant reinforcement, your brain might actually be over-rewarding itself for a decision that isn’t that much of a big deal.Again, the Brown researchers say this may not be your fault because “choice bias” is actually in your genes, based on DNA samples they’ve taken from saliva of those who exhibit this trait.Of course, that fact won’t placate those you irritate if you keep ignoring their choices.Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Study Says Obese Workers Are Less Productive

Study Says Obese Workers Are Less Productive

Digital Vision/Thinkstock(BUFFALO, N.Y.) — Aside from the health risks associated with obesity, those who are grossly overweight are also at a disadvantage at the workplace, according to a joint University of Buffalo-Virginia Tech study.The researchers had about three dozen people perform a series of tasks that involved hand gripping, elevating the shoulders and an exercise where they pretended to perform on an assembly line.Participants were male and female, young and old, obese and non-obese. After completion of the tasks, which involved breaks, those who were obese performed worse than the others.The researchers say this would likely mean in real-work settings that obese employees are less productive, more susceptible to injury and need longer breaks than their co-workers.The study’s authors are not advocating employers replace their obese workers but instead “make adjustments to the extent that [the workers] have a skill which is necessary, useful and in demand.”They admit the answer is not making bigger desks or chairs but to encourage wellness programs, gym memberships and other ways of living healthier.Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

The Secret to Getting Kids to Eat Their Vegetables

The Secret to Getting Kids to Eat Their Vegetables

Fuse/Thinkstock(CHICAGO) — Why won’t kids eat their vegetables? Other than “What happens when we die?,” it’s the question that has frustrated mankind more than any other.Researchers from Northwestern University didn’t set out to find out why children are so resistant to eating beans, broccoli and other veggies. Rather, their mission was to learn how to entice youngsters to drop their objections to greens and such.It appears they may have found that elusive magic bullet. They believe that parents may have been using the wrong strategy all along in convincing their kids to eat their vegetables, which is by emphasizing the so-called health benefits of these foods.Michal Maimaran and Ayelet Fishbach say that kids are too hip to buy the story that somehow they’re going to get bigger, stronger and faster from consuming vegetables.Now here’s the secret. After conducting a series of experiments, the researchers said children were more apt to eat their veggies when parents either said nothing or if it was presented as the best-tasting thing ever put on the planet.Bottom line: the whole Popeye-spinach connection doesn’t cut it anymore.Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

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