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Chris Christie Dares Nurse to Sue Him

Chris Christie Dares Nurse to Sue Him

ABC/ LOU ROCCO(NEW YORK) — Never one to back away from a fight, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie Tuesday essentially challenged nurse Kaci Hickox to sue him following her forced quarantine last week when health officials believed she might have been displaying symptoms of the Ebola virus.Hickox, who had just returned from West Africa, appeared to have a fever but it was eventually determined that she wasn't infected, prompting her release Monday from an isolation tent at a Newark hospital. Her attorney says she plans to file a lawsuit as a result.However, when asked about the possible lawsuit, Christie snarled, "Whatever. Get in line. I've been sued lots of times before. Get in line. I'm happy to take it on."As for her treatment while in quarantine, the governor, a possible candidate for the 2016 GOP presidential nomination, told reporters, "She was inside the hospital in a climate-controlled area with access to her cell phone, access to the Internet and takeout food from the best restaurants in Newark. She was doing just fine."Although the White House disagrees with the mandatory quarantining of health care workers who show no signs of Ebola, Christie maintained the administration did not pressure him to release Hickox from the isolation tent.

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More Parents Find Nutrition Labels Really Are Helpful

More Parents Find Nutrition Labels Really Are Helpful

iStock/Thinkstock(ANN ARBOR, Mich.) — Over the years, nutrition labels have become part of the supermarket shopping experience even if many Americans still don’t pay much attention to them.Fortunately, the numbers are trending upwards, at least among parents, according to the Mott Children's Hospital National Poll on Children's Health.In the survey of nearly 1,500 parents, four out of 10 moms say they read nutrition labels “very often” or “always” as compared to 35 percent of dads.Meanwhile, ten percent of mothers and 16 percent of fathers admit they don’t look at the labels while shopping.In terms of how much the nutrition labels influence their purchases, 46 percent of moms and 33 percent of dads said either “very often or always.”What tops the list when it comes to which nutrient parents regard as “very important?” It’s sugars in both cases, although women also say that proteins and dietary fiber are also “very important.”

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Family Business Finds a Pleasant Way to Pick Up Dog Poop

Family Business Finds a Pleasant Way to Pick Up Dog PoopiStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Anyone who’s ever owned a dog probably knows about the most dreaded part of walking Fido: the clean-up after your pet has done his business, which usually means carrying around a stinky bag afterwards.Bob Crimm...

Fatalities Jump as More People Ride Bikes

Fatalities Jump as More People Ride Bikes

iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — More Americans in recent years are biking as a means of staying fit and reducing transportation costs. However, the downside to this phenomenon is that more bikers are also dying on U.S. roads.The Governors Highway Safety Association reports that between 2010 and 2012, the number of bicyclists involved in fatal collisions with vehicles jumped 16 percent from 621 to 722.The researchers wouldn’t say conclusively that an increase of people on bikes was directly related to a jump in deaths although the signs certainly point in that direction.During the first year the association compiled figures in 1975, there were just over 1,000 deaths as the result of crashes involving cars. Back then, the overwhelming majority of people killed were under 20 years old. Today, most of those killed are over 20.The study also showed that two out of three bicyclists killed in 2012 were not wearing helmets.Another disturbing finding is that 25 percent of bikers over the age of 16 who died had been drinking alcohol with many at or over a blood alcohol level of 0.08 percent, which is legally drunk.

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Modern Communication Is Essential to Healthy Family Relationships

Modern Communication Is Essential to Healthy Family Relationships

iStock/Thinkstock(LAWRENCE, Kan.) — While parents might complain that their kids are too involved with technology, their children might possibly have a bigger gripe that mom and dad don’t know much about today’s many modes of communication.In that case University of Kansas' Jennifer Schon happens to side with the younger generation. She says if parents really want to understand their kids better, they need to enhance their communication skills.Upon asking grown children ages 18 to 29 how they share and exchange information with their folks using virtually everything from landlines to Snapchat, the respondents of a survey said their relationships grew stronger based on how many channels of communications were used.Taking into account that some parents have a hard time communicating with their children, Schon contends that using social networks and other technologies can certainly help.Meanwhile, when asked to pick the better communicator out of their parents, the majority said their moms, mainly because they were usually easier to get in contact with than their dear old dad.

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Amanda Bynes’ Psychiatric Hold Extended

Amanda Bynes’ Psychiatric Hold Extended

Dave Kotinsky/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) — Amanda Bynes' stay at a California psychiatric facility was extended Monday by 30 days.The 28-year-old actress was due to leave on Monday, but according to TMZ, her doctors asked for and were granted by a judge a 30-day extension. They told a judge that Bynes is "very ill" and isn't healthy enough to take care of herself at this time.Bynes was placed on an involuntary psychiatric hold more than two weeks ago, after making claims on Twitter -- which she later recanted -- that her father had abused her.She was previously placed on an involuntary psychiatric hold in July of 2013.

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Ashton Kutcher Says Being a Dad Is ‘Best Thing on Earth’

Ashton Kutcher Says Being a Dad Is ‘Best Thing on Earth’

Robert Cianflone/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) — Ashton Kutcher is loving fatherhood so far. The Two and a Half Men star made an appearance Tuesday night on Conan, saying that being a dad is the "best thing on Earth."Kutcher said he and his fiancée, Mila Kunis, are not relying on a nanny to help out with one-month-old Wyatt Isabelle because they have the time to spend with their child. He told Conan O'Brien on the TBS late-night show that following Wyatt's birth he wanted to call his parents and apologize because, he said, "I never knew how much they loved me."Kutcher, 36, joked that he knows what will calm down his child when she's upset, so much so that he's become a "baby whisperer." He joked, "I like to give the baby to my friends and let it cry for a second, be like, 'Let me take care of that.'"He continued, "Any sort of hero fantasy that I have is completely satiated."Kutcher explained that Wyatt was not the name he and Kunis initially had in mind for their baby. He said the first name they chose "didn't fit the energy" of what they were feeling during the pregnancy. Eventually, the actor said, he felt pressure from Kunis to come up with a new name, so he started to list random objects he spotted, like a sign or a door. Once he uttered the name Wyatt, Kunis liked it, and they went with it.After that, Kutcher said, they acquired the rights to various URLs that included the name. He exclaimed, "I don't want a porn site with my daughter's name on it!"The couple also set up an email address for Wyatt, which they use to send messages to her that she can read when she's older.Kutcher noted that his daughter's middle name was inspired by Kunis' grandfather.As for the family's Halloween plans, Kutcher stated that he, his wife and his child will dress as the Three Little Pigs, even though he's not a big fan of the holiday.Kutcher was on Conan to promote Thursday night's season premiere of his CBS sitcom. When asked what he thought of former star Charlie Sheen having expressed a desire to return to the show, Kutcher said, "I just kind of stopped listening to things that Charlie Sheen says. Charlie Sheen has become like a parent on Charlie Brown to me. It's more like, 'Wa wa wa wa.'"

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Will Lorraine Toussaint Return to “Orange Is the New Black?”

Will Lorraine Toussaint Return to “Orange Is the New Black?”

Frazer Harrison/Getty Images(NEW YORK) —  SPOILER ALERT: After back and forth reports, it appears Lorraine Toussaint is set to reprise her role as Vee, a prisoner that shook up the women's federal prison, on the upcoming third season of Orange Is the New Black.On the season two finale of the Netflix series, Vee appeared to be killed after being run over by a van driven by another prisoner trying to escape the Connecticut jail.On Tuesday morning, TMZ reported the actress was slated to return to the series' New York set that same day. Hours later, however, Netflix told Buzzfeed that the TMZ report was false.Despite the denial, Toussaint was later spotted by a TMZ videographer as she arrived at the Queens, New York, set of the dramedy.When asked by the videographer if she was returning to the show, Toussaint replied, "You know, if I were to give that away they'd actually have to kill me for real...again.""Let's put it this way, at the end of last season, I took a pretty big hit," she added.Toussaint told ABC News Radio earlier this month that she still has hope for Vee. "She's definitely taken a hit. She's taken a seriously bad hit. The creator Jenji Kohan believes she's dead and she would know," Toussaint said with a laugh, "but I secretly do think [she's alive.] Now it is Vee. It is Vee." Toussaint also said she was humbled that some fans continued to hope that she's not quite dead. "Mostly I'm so flattered and honored that people actually want her to still be alive," she added."If she is alive I just hope she's nowhere near my house," Toussaint quipped.Toussaint is now starring in ABC's fantasy drama Forever, which airs Tuesday nights at 10 p.m. Eastern time.

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Alyssa Milano Shares Breastfeeding Photo

Alyssa Milano Shares Breastfeeding Photo

Frazer Harrison/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) — Alyssa Milano has shared a glimpse of her life as a mom with an intimate snap posted on Instagram of her breastfeeding her baby girl Elizabella Dylan.Milano captioned the black-and-white snap with a quote from acclaimed Czech writer Milan Kundera: “‘Ah, the joy of suckling! She lovingly watched the fishlike motions of the toothless mouth and she imagined that with her milk there flowed into her little son her deepest thoughts, concepts, and dreams.’”The Who’s the Boss star and her husband, David Bugliari, welcomed their daughter in September. They also have a three-year-old son, Milo.Earlier this month, Milano revealed she was leaving the ABC drama Mistresses after the show announced it was relocating from Los Angeles to Vancouver, Canada, for its third season.“I have two babies under 4. Being a mother and wife comes first, and I just can not uproot my children and separate the family by moving away,” she wrote in a blog post on Oct. 1. “I will miss this job desperately and wish everyone the absolute best,” she added.Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Lowe’s to Test Retail Service Robots

Lowe’s to Test Retail Service Robots

ljhimages/iStock Editorial/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Lowe's plans to test out a pair of "autonomous retail service robots" this holiday season in a hardware supply store in San Jose to study how robotics technology can benefit both customers and employees.According to a Lowe's press release, the robots will help customers navigate stores, direct them to specific products and provide real-time information regarding promotions and inventory. Called OSHbot, for the Orchard Supply Hardware store where they will be tested, it will be able to communicate in multiple languages.The robots were developed through a partnership between Lowe's Innovation Labs and Fellow Robots, a Silicon Valley technology company specializing in autonomous service robots.Employees will also benefit from the OSHbot, Lowe's says, noting that they will provide added support for customers, which allows employees "to focus on delivering project expertise."“Using science fiction prototyping, we explored solutions to improve customer experiences by helping customers quickly find the products and information they came in looking for,” said Kyle Nel, executive director of Lowe’s Innovation Labs. “As a result we developed autonomous retail service robot technology to be an intuitive tool customers can use to ask for help, in their preferred language, and expect a consistent experience.”

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Researchers Consider Bluetooth Technology as Means of Monitoring Athletes’ Hearts in Real Time

Researchers Consider Bluetooth Technology as Means of Monitoring Athletes’ Hearts in Real Time

Ingram Publishing/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Researchers in Germany were able to used portable electrocardiograms and Bluetooth technology to study how marathon runners' hearts are stressed during a race.The study, published in the European Journal of Preventive Cardiology, looked at data from 10 runners continuously during a marathon. The data collected via Bluetooth was comparable to that gathered by the EKG attached to the runner. One-hundred percent of heart abnormalities found by the direct EKG were also found via Bluetooth.Researchers wonder whether the technology could hold implications for real-time monitoring of athletes, perhaps working to prevent sudden cardiac arrest.The study was small, in that it only looked at 10 runners, and collecting data on thousands of runners at an event like the upcoming New York Marathon could be difficult, requiring hundreds of cardiologists and putting a strain on cell phone towers.

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Royals Stomp Giants, Force Game 7

Royals Stomp Giants, Force Game 7

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(KANSAS CITY, Mo.) -- The Kansas City Royals made sure early on their season wouldn't end Tuesday night.The Royals exploded for seven runs in the second inning, chasing San Francisco Giants starter Jake Peavy out of the game, in route to a 10-0 smashing of the Giants to force a Game 7 in the World Series.The Royals' bats, which were mainly held at bay the last three games in San Francisco, came to life in Game 6.All nine Kansas City starters had at least one hit, and seven of them had at least one RBI in the win.

"Guys stepped up in a big way tonight," Royals outfielder Lorenzo Cain said.Royals starting pitcher Yordano Ventura pitched seven innings of shutout ball, allowing three hits and five walks, while striking out four.Peavy only lasted 1 1/3 innings, allowing six hits and five runs, ballooning his career World Series ERA to 9.58 in three starts.The do-or-die Game 7 is Wednesday night in Kansas City.Tim Hudson takes the mound for the Giants. He'll be opposed by Jeremy Guthrie.

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Study: Mammography Plus Tomosynthesis More Effective at Preventing False-Positive Breast Cancer Diagnoses

Study: Mammography Plus Tomosynthesis More Effective at Preventing False-Positive Breast Cancer Diagnoses

monkeybusinessimages/iStockphoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- A study partially supported by the National Cancer Institute found that while more expensive, women with dense breasts are better served by receiving a mammogram combined with a process called tomosynthesis than a mammogram alone.The study, published in the journal Radiology, found that adding the tomosynthesis to a standard mammogram can reduce over-diagnosis of breast cancer in women ages 50 to 74 with dense breasts. Researchers used data from the NCI's Breast Cancer Surveillance to compare the effectiveness of the two screening options.The tomography and mammography combined prevented 405 false diagnoses per 1,000 women through 12 rounds of screening, according to the study. This method, researchers say, while more expensive than just a standard mammogram, could eliminate unnecessary diagnostic work-ups and invasive procedures -- and the costs that accompany them -- that result from false-positive diagnoses.

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Vanished Broncos Fan Found Safe, Police Report

Vanished Broncos Fan Found Safe, Police Report

Tia Bakke(DENVER) -- Police said Tuesday night they have found Paul Kitterman, the 53-year-old father who went missing during halftime at Thursday's Denver Broncos-San Diego Chargers game.Denver police made the announcement on their Twitter account: "DPD confirming that Paul Kitterman has been located and is safe after going missing from the Bronco Game." A second tweet said that he had been found unharmed in Pueblo, Colorado.

Kitterman had seemed to be happy and behaving normally, his companions said, and told them that the experience of going to his first Broncos home game was "awesome."Soon afterwards, he vanished.Police were letting officials at Sports Authority Field dig through the game's surveillance footage, a process that began Monday, because of their expertise with the camera setups, Jackson said Tuesday. Any intriguing moments on the tapes were to be flagged for police.Kitterman was last seen by his stepson when he left to go meet friends around halftime.Kitterman, a construction worker and ranch hand from Kremmling, Colorado, did not have his cell phone or any credit cards -- and only had about $50 cash -- when he went to the game, friend Tia Bakke told ABC News."He would never bail on his son or anyone, so by Friday night we knew something was really, really, wrong," Bakke told ABC News.Police were not actively searching on foot for Kitterman because there was no indication a crime occurred, they said.Besides the analysis of the surveillance footage, much of the search appeared to be in the hands of friends passing out fliers.

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California AG Releases Report Detailing 2013 Data Breaches, 18.5 Million Californians Impacted

California AG Releases Report Detailing 2013 Data Breaches, 18.5 Million Californians Impacted

BrianAJackson/iStockphoto/Thinkstock(LOS ANGELES) -- California Attorney General Kamala Harris released a report on Tuesday detailing 167 data breaches reported in 2013 that may have impacted 18.5 million Californians by putting their personal data at risk."Data breaches pose a serious threat to the privacy, finances and personal security of California consumers," Harris said in a statement. She called for more encryption in an effort to "significantly reduce the risk of data breaches."The Office of the Attorney General said that reported data breaches increased by 28 percent in 2013 -- from 131 to 167 -- while the number of Californians affected increased more than sixfold, from 2.5 million to 18.5 million.Harris pointed to malware and hacking as the top causes of breaches, with physical loss or theft, unintentional errors and intentional misuse as the other notable causes.Consumers are advised to constantly monitor their credit and debit card accounts for suspicious transactions and to change passwords on any account linked to any potential data breach, among other advice.

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Some White House Computer Networks Breached by Hackers

Some White House Computer Networks Breached by Hackers

Joe Ravi/iStockphoto/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- The White House confirmed on Tuesday night that hackers breached the unclassified computer network in the Executive Office of the President in recent weeks.A senior administration official said in a statement that "activity of concern" was identified on the unclassified network. Immediate measures were taken to evaluate and mitigate that activity. The results of the actions taken to mitigate the breach resulted in some temporary outages and loss of connectivity for users. No computers or systems were damaged. Still, "some elements of the unclassified network have been affected."The Washington Post reports that the activity that concerned the administration was first noticed by a U.S. ally.An investigation involving the FBI, U.S. Secret Service, and National Security Agency is under way. There was no immediate word as to whether any classified systems were impacted in the breach.

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Scoreboard Roundup – 10/28/14

Scoreboard Roundup – 10/28/14

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- NBA: New Orleans Pelicans 101 (1-0) – Orlando Magic 84 (0-1)

San Antonio Spurs 101 (1-0) – Dallas Mavericks 100 (0-1)

NHL: Minnesota Wild 4 (5-3-0; 10pts) – Boston Bruins 3 (5-6-0; 10pts)

Ottawa Senators 5 (5-2-1; 11pts) – Columbus Blue Jackets 2 (4-5-0; 8pts)

Pittsburgh Penguins 8 (5-2-1; 11pts) – New Jersey Devils 3 (4-3-2; 10pts)

Winnipeg Jets 4 (4-5-0; 8pts) – New York Islanders 3 (6-3-0; 12pts)

Philadelphia Flyers 3 (4-3-2; 10pts) – Los Angeles Kings 2 (6-1-2; 14pts) OT

Tampa Bay Lightning 7 (6-3-1; 13pts) – Arizona Coyotes 3 (3-4-1; 7pts)

Toronto Maple Leafs 4 (4-4-1; 9pts) – Buffalo Sabres 0 (2-8-0; 4pts)

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Kaci Hickox Won’t Follow Maine Ebola Quarantine Rule, Lawyer Says

Kaci Hickox Won’t Follow Maine Ebola Quarantine Rule, Lawyer Says

Handout Photo(FORT KENT, Maine) -- Kaci Hickox, the nurse who was quarantined at a New Jersey hospital despite exhibiting no Ebola symptoms after arriving from West Africa, won't follow the quarantine imposed by Maine officials, her attorney said Tuesday night."Going forward she does not intend to abide by the quarantine imposed by Maine officials because she is not a risk to others," her attorney Steven Hyman said. "She is asymptomatic and under all the protocols cannot be deemed a medical risk of being contagious to anyone."Hickox will abide by all the self-monitoring requirements of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the state of Maine, Hyman said.Maine requires that health care workers such as Hickox who return to the state from West Africa remain under a 21-day home quarantine, with their condition actively monitored, Gov. Paul R. LePage said in a statement."We will help make sure the health care worker has everything to make this time as comfortable as possible," he said.Hickox left University Hospital in Newark Monday afternoon and was taken to Maine, where she lives.Hickox, 29, was the first person forced into New Jersey's mandatory quarantine after arriving at Newark Liberty International Airport Friday. She had previously treated Ebola patients in Sierra Leone for Doctors Without Borders, but never registered a fever, leaving no medical reason to keep her quarantined, another of her attorneys, Norman Siegel, told ABC News.She was held in a tent structure outside of University Hospital."Her civil rights were violated," Siegel said. "At a minimum, she could bring an action for damages. But I think her goal is to try to revise the current policies with regard to, for example, mandatory quarantines."Siegel criticized New Jersey and New York governors Chris Christie and Andrew Cuomo for enacting quarantine policies, despite criticisms from the Obama administration and medical experts that the measures were unnecessary."When you look at what happened and how it happened, you come away with the sense that this policy was based on fear and politics rather on medical fact, and we can't have the politicians directing these kinds of important issues," Siegel said.Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said that the federal government has established Ebola guidelines that are "based on solid science," but he declined to classify states' quarantine efforts as a mistake."I don't want to use the word 'mistake' because I think when people do things, the governor of New York, the governor of New Jersey, they're doing it in good faith to try and do what they feel is the best for their constituents," Fauci said in an interview with Good Morning America. "What we're trying to do is set the bar that's based on scientific data, but that's not to criticize or to put down a decision that an official might make wanting to go the extra mile. That's just judgment on their part."

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Marine Lost at Sea in North Arabian Gulf Reclassified as First Casualty of Operations Against ISIS

Marine Lost at Sea in North Arabian Gulf Reclassified as First Casualty of Operations Against ISIS

Michael Fitzsimmons/iStockphoto/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- The Marine lost at sea early this month in the North Arabian Gulf was reclassified as a death under Operation Inherent Resolve, the Department of Defense said Tuesday.Cpl. Jordan Spears, 21, was onboard an MV-22 Osprey that appeared as though it was going to crash shortly after takeoff from the USS Makin Island. He and a second crewman dove out of the aircraft into the water, but while the second Marine was located safe, the DOD says Spears did not survive and his remains were not found.The classification makes Spears the first casualty of the operations against ISIS. At the time of his death, the operation did not have a name.

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USPS Audit Says Widespread Surveillance Conducted on Snail Mail, Not Just Email

USPS Audit Says Widespread Surveillance Conducted on Snail Mail, Not Just Email

njpPhoto/iStock Editorial/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- The United States Postal Service made public a report on Tuesday that determined that nearly 50,000 mail covers -- investigative tools used to record data from the outside of a piece of mail -- were processed as part of criminal and national security operations.The USPS, furthermore, found that 21 percent of external requests for information were approved without written authorization and 13 percent were "not adequately justified or reasonable grounds were not transcribed accurately." Equally noteworthy, 15 percent of the inspectors who worked with the mail covers did not have a required nondisclosure form on file.That information comes from the USPS' 2014 audit of the surveillance program by their inspector general.The Office of the Inspector General for the USPS recommended improvements be made "to ensure responsible personnel process mail covers in a timely manner and conduct periodic reviews of the mail covers program."

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