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GM to Add Jobs, Invest $800M in Michigan

GM to Add Jobs, Invest $800M in Michigan

General Motors(DETROIT) — General Motors is planning to add up to 1,750 jobs and invest $800 million in Michigan over the next several years, according to the Michigan Economic Development Corp.“GM’s prospects are bright, and we want Michigan to play an important part in the company’s growth,” the automaker said in a statement. “We are pleased with the state of Michigan’s action which makes a strong business case for potential future jobs and investment at GM facilities across Michigan.”It’s unclear where the jobs will be made available but GM said it planned to add locations throughout the state. Most of the jobs are expected to be offered at its technical center in Warren.
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Comcast Exec Says Infamous Service Rep Was Following Training

Comcast Exec Says Infamous Service Rep Was Following Training

Justin Sullivan/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — In a leaked memo from cable giant Comcast, a top executive expresses contrition for the now-infamous behavior of a service agent that led to a nearly 20-minute recorded call that went viral, but at the same time he conceded that the agent “did a lot of what we trained him and paid him” to do.Meanwhile, Comcast reported Tuesday that it gained 203,000 high-speed Internet customers in its second quarter, the strongest for a typically slow second quarter in six years. The company reports having 21.3 million high-speed Internet customers.Dave Watson, chief operating officer of Comcast Cable, wrote in a memo to employees on Monday that the “painful” experience of the customer who recorded the call and posted it on the Internet last week wasn’t representative of the “good work” its employees are doing.”That said, it was painful to listen to this call, and I am not surprised that we have been criticized for it. Respecting our customers is fundamental, and we fell short in this instance. I know these Retention calls are tough, and I have tremendous admiration for our Retention professionals, who make it easy for customers to choose to stay with Comcast,” Watson wrote, according to the memo published by Consumerist.Comcast apologized last week to the customer Ryan Block, co-founder of tech site Engadget. Comcast did not respond to a request for comment by ABC News about Watson’s leaked memo.”The agent on this call did a lot of what we trained him and paid him — and thousands of other Retention agents — to do,” Watson wrote. “He tried to save a customer, and that’s important, but the act of saving a customer must always be handled with the utmost respect.”While Comcast retention agents may be particularly aggressive to stop losing customers, business has been good. While the company lost 144,000 cable video customers in the second quarter, that was mostly attributed to seasonal losses. It still has 22.5 million video customers. In the same period a year ago, the company lost even more cable subscribers (162,000), which was preceded by two quarters of growth.Comcast is still a very profitable company. It reported $1.99 billion in profit and $16.8 billion in revenue, both up from the same period a year ago, as its high-speed Internet service grows.”Comcast’s second-quarter results again demonstrated the strength of the cable business in general and the firm’s solid execution in particular. Customer metrics were solid, as the firm posted the strongest second-quarter Internet access customer growth in six years,” Morningstar analyst Michael Hodel wrote in an investment note.”Television customer losses totaled 144,000, reflecting the seasonal weakness of the quarter within a very mature business,” he wrote.
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Kentucky City Battles High Gas Prices with Public Fuel Center

Kentucky City Battles High Gas Prices with Public Fuel Center

iStock/Thinkstock(SOMERSET, Ky.) — City officials in Somerset, Kentucky, about 70 miles south of Lexington, have responded to “big business” by opening a taxpayer-supported gas station for the public with the stated purpose of driving down pump prices.The Somerset Fuel Center opened last weekend with 10 nozzles and a sale price of $3.36 a gallon for regular gas. The price is only a few cents cheaper than nearby private gas stations, but reports indicate that the competitors have lowered their prices in response.Mayor Eddie Girdler told ABC News affiliate WBKO that gas prices traditionally increase 20 to 30 cents on the weekend in his city.”If government doesn’t do it to protect the public, then who does it?” Girlder told WBKO. “It’s the role of government to protect us from big business.”Girdler could not be reached for further comment.He told the Washington Post, “We don’t care if we don’t sell a drop of gasoline. Our objective is to lower the price.”The city’s investment included $200,000 to buy a fuel storage facility and less than $75,000 to convert it into a retail business, Girdler told the Post.While some Somerset drivers applauded the move to lower gas prices, others criticized it as overreaching the government’s authority.“They’ve used the taxpayer money that I have paid them over these years to do this, to be against us,” Duane Adams, a convenience store owner in Somerset, told the Post. “I do not see how they can’t see that as socialism.”
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American Circus Troupe Stuck in Israel Due to FAA Ban

American Circus Troupe Stuck in Israel Due to FAA Ban

Jessica Hentoff/Circus Harmony(TEL AVIV, Israel) — A circus troupe that traveled from St. Louis to Tel Aviv, Israel to take part in a cross-cultural exchange expected to be doing backflips as part of their routine, but not when it came to their travel plans.Jessica Hentoff is one of the chaperones for Circus Harmony, a Missouri circus group that has been traveling to Israel since 2007 to work with a youth circus in Galilee that includes both Jewish and Arab children.The Americans’ trip was scheduled to end on Wednesday after spending two weeks training and performing in Israel, but the temporary ban preventing U.S. carriers from flying in and out of Ben Gurion Airport means that their departure has been pushed back to Monday.”We came despite the conflict because we felt we would be safe in the Galilee,” Hentoff, the artistic and executive director of the non-profit circus group, told ABC News.Hentoff traveled with nine American children between the ages of 9 and 20, who are all members of a troupe called the St. Louis Arches. When they arrived in Galilee, they connected with 18 young members of a local circus troupe and performed several shows throughout northern Israel.The performers are thrilled about the delay.”My students had actually been begging me to extend our stay here in Israel,” Hentoff said Tuesday night. “At this point, they only know it will be for 24 hours. However, the soonest flight we could get does not leave until Monday night.”The gymnasts are not the only ones stranded by their airlines. Dozens of flights have been canceled and airlines have not said when they will resume their regular schedule after the Federal Aviation Administration banned commercial airlines from flying into Tel Aviv’s international airport on Tuesday. The ban was instituted after a rocket launched by Hamas landed one mile away from the airport.The FAA only regulates American air carriers, but other international companies including Turkish Airlines, Air France, Scandinavian Airlines and Lufthansa followed its lead. British Airways and Russian carrier Rossiya have continued their scheduled flights into Israel, as has the country’s commercial airline El Al. “It is the grown ups in the group — myself and two chaperones — who are wanting to return to the U.S. to get back to work,” Hentoff told ABC News. “Of course, their parents are very anxious to have them home. We are also missing some important events at our circus.”The students are making the most of their extended trip, however, with a swimming trip at a kibbutz scheduled for Wednesday and plans for more shows during their five extra days.”Our host families are gracious. Our children are resilient. They are more than that. They are an amazing example of what can happen when you focus on what connects you instead of what divides you,” Hentoff said.
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Justin Bieber’s Beverly Hills Parties Draw Attention of Police

Justin Bieber’s Beverly Hills Parties Draw Attention of Police

Jeffrey R. Staab/CBS(BEVERLY HILLS, Calif.) — Justin Bieber is grabbing the attention of police yet again.Beverly Hills Police responded to six calls last weekend from Bieber’s neighbors complaining of loud parties and disruptive fans, police told ABC News.Four of the calls were related to parties at the singer’s Beverly Hills, California condo, as well as the rooftop of his complex on July 19 and 20, while two more calls were in regard to his fans on the sidewalk, police said.Police would like the singer, 20, to calm down if he’s going to live in their city.“We enforce the laws of Beverly Hills and we will, of course, respond when neighbors call,” Beverly Hills Police Department Sgt. Matt Subin said. “We request that if Mr. Bieber has these parties that he tone it down. We always look at the circumstances, and if the party is too loud we will ask him to please turn down the music and/or shut down the party.”Subin added that Bieber has cooperated when they show up and that “he does turn down the music.””But it is often a cat-and-mouse game,” Subin said. “We are reaching out to his staff to advise them of certain penalties of the party calls that we are receiving in the hopes we can work together to eliminate these calls. We request he is a good neighbor of Beverly Hills. We want him to be respectful to his neighbor’s wishes, as he is again in a condo that is densely populated in close proximity of other residents.”In the end, Bieber was not cited, just given verbal warnings.These incidents were Bieber’s latest in a string of run-ins with the law, including an alleged egging incident in January to which the singer pleaded no contest, got probation and was required to attend an anger management course.
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Five Things that Make You a Mosquito Magnet

Five Things that Make You a Mosquito Magnet

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Hot and humid summers mean mosquitoes. And the annoying insects spread more than just itchy welts — they can transmit painful and sometimes deadly diseases.At least 497 people in the continental U.S. as well as Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands have contracted the chikungunya virus so far this year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention — 140 of them in the past week alone.For most of us, mosquito bites are just a nuisance. And some people have it worse than others.What makes a person end up as a mosquito magnet? Read on to learn how some seemingly harmless habits, like a daily run or a backyard beer, could make you a more appetizing target:Carbon DioxideIt turns out that mosquitoes don’t bite randomly. Instead, they hone in on a victim by following a steady output of carbon dioxide.Richard Pollack, an instructor at the Harvard school of public health and adviser to the Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources, said mosquitoes are adept at figuring out where their target is by following these exhaled trails.“If you were to exercise vigorously, you would produce more carbon dioxide for a brief period,” Pollack told ABC News. “You might [then] perhaps be a little more attractive to mosquitoes.”Unfortunately, there’s no good way to cut down on carbon dioxide aside from holding your breath, Pollack said. So if you’re getting bitten, you might want to head inside. HeatWhile carbon dioxide is how mosquitoes lock onto you as a target, heat may be how they figure out where to bite you.Dr. Jonathan Day, a professor of medical entomology at the University of Florida, said that before mosquitoes can take a bite they have to find an area of the body where the blood is close to the surface. Common areas include the forehead, wrists, elbows and neck.However, people who are over heated or who just finished working out will have blood closer to the surface of the skin throughout their body.“They use the heat to very quickly to determine where blood is closest to the surface,” said Day.Your OutfitIf you’re heading to a picnic and looking to avoid becoming a mosquito’s meal, Day recommends avoiding any dark denim or all-black outfits.“If you dress in dark colors you stand out against the horizon and mosquitoes [can see you],” said Day.Day said some mosquitoes are visual hunters that search you out by looking for signs of life against the horizon. Movement can also draw the insects in, so hikers on the move should wear plenty of bug-repellent, he said. Backyard BeersA bottle of beer could make you a target for mosquitoes, a 2002 study found.Researchers examined 13 brave volunteers exposed to mosquitoes before and after having a beer. The biting insects were much more interested in getting a meal after volunteers drank a single bottle of beer, according to the study.Exhaled ChemicalsIn addition to heat and carbon dioxide, mosquitoes are also attracted to naturally-occurring chemicals that are released as people breathe.Day said carbon dioxide and heat will draw the mosquitoes to a crowd, but these chemicals, called secondary attractants, can lure the insects to one unlucky person at a barbecue.The chemicals vary, but one is related to estrogen, which Day said could be the reason women are often bitten by mosquitoes.How to Stop Mosquito BitesMosquitoes may be mean, biting machines, but there are steps you can take to protect yourself. Aside from wearing lighter colors and avoiding the outdoors at dawn and dusk, the CDC recommends the following tips to prevent bites:

Use insect repellents containing DEET, picaridin or IR3535. Some oil of lemon eucalyptus or para-menthane-diol products also provide protection.

Wear long sleeves, long pants and socks when outdoors and avoid outdoor activities between dusk and dawn — peak mosquito biting hours.

Mosquito-proof your home with screens and regularly remove standing water from birdbaths, gutters, pool covers and pet water dishes.

Pollack has one more recommendation: fans. The low-tech gadgets can break up carbon dioxide and throw mosquitoes off course. Since the insects are weak flyers, a strong breeze can render them unable to land.
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Sleep Isn’t What It Used to Be, Study Finds

Sleep Isn’t What It Used to Be, Study Finds

Wavebreak Media/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Though closing our eyes and drifting off into unconsciousness is one of the simplest tasks we perform each day, scientists are still trying to unravel why we sleep — and how we can do it better.“For sure, it is tempting to decrease the amount of sleep (maybe along with an improved intensity of sleep) with the idea to increase the efficacy of our life,” Dr. Christoph Nissen, a sleep researcher at University Medical Center Freiburg in Germany told ABC News in an email.Humans need an average of seven and a half hours of sleep per night, but some only need five hours and some need as many as 10 hours, according to the National Institutes of Health.Though we understand sleep is vital to things from mood and memory to metabolic functioning and immune systems, it’s still not completely understood, and solving sleep disorders is critical, Nissen said.Between artificial light, devices that keep us connected 24/7 and modern day societal demands, sleep isn’t what it used to be, researchers have claimed. So Nissen embarked on a study, which aired on German television, to see how five healthy adults would sleep in a Stone Age-like settlement.The participants spent eight weeks in a settlement in Southern Germany, living in huts built on stilts with no electricity, running water or modern day conveniences like phones, according to the study. They gathered their own food each day and returned to their beds made of brushwood and furs each night. There were no torches or candles in the huts.Nissen and his fellow researchers used sleep-tracking armbands to learn that the participants slept an average of 1.8 hours more each night than they did before going to the settlement.“As a whole, these observations provide some experimental support for the long-held notion that people under prehistoric living conditions experienced prolonged sleep times compared to people under modern living conditions,” they wrote in the study, published in the latest issue of the Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine.Though not exactly prehistoric, electricity pioneer Benjamin Franklin slept regularly from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. each night, Mason Currey wrote in his book, Daily Rituals. (Franklin also enjoyed an “air bath” when he woke up each morning, in which he sat in his room naked for up to an hour, Currey said.)But without electricity to provide artificial light, maybe it was easier for Franklin to live by his motto, “Early to bed and early to rise makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise.”After all, Thomas Edison wouldn’t patent the first practical light bulb until 1880.Currey scoured biographies, interviews and other records to find out about the habits of some of the most influential minds throughout history, and said the most interesting sleep schedule belonged to Buckminster Fuller, an American architect, inventor and author.In the 1930s, Fuller decided a normal night of sleep wasn’t working for him, so he decided to train himself to sleep only in 30-minute increments.“He decided that normal human sleep patterns may no longer be practical for modern lifestyles,” Currey said. “He decided he could train himself to sleep less and have vastly more time to do work.”So Fuller experimented with a concept he called “high frequency sleep,” in which he would work until he started to feel sleepy — about six hours — and then cat nap for about 30 minutes, Currey said. He would do this around the clock without ever stopping for a longer rest.“The other funny thing is he apparently got so good at this he could go to sleep instantly,” Currey said. “People in the room with him would be sort of freaked out he had an off switch in his head.”Of course, he eventually stopped doing it because his wife complained.
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The Best Toy for a Kid on a Plane Is Not an iPad

The Best Toy for a Kid on a Plane Is Not an iPad

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Many parents with young children avoid flying on planes because they worry about keeping their kids entertained in a small enclosed space for hours on end.
Most parents grab the iPad and hope for the best. But a new study from British Airways suggests children might be occupied longer, and stay happier, with far simpler toys. Plus a little adult interaction.The airline placed children — aged 2 to 10 — on a two-hour flight and were observed by scientist and TV personality Robert Winston and a team of educational psychologists.”You can’t expect any child to just be involved in solitary play whether it’s an iPhone, iPad for the duration of the flight,” said Dr. Vivian Hill, an educational psychologist. “If you mix up the activities and recognize that sometimes you will need to interact with the young person to make it more interactive and more interesting for the young person, you will prolong their period of engagement.”One little boy said he loved the top toy on the list because “they can keep you occupied for hours.” Another said he wanted to stay on the plane forever.“Although the temptation is for parents to play a film in the hope that their child falls asleep, activity based toys, such as Lego, sticker books and travel games are also a great way to keep them engaged,” Winston said. “Bringing out a different toy at regular intervals is guaranteed to keep them quiet for longer than 90 minutes.”Here are British Airways’ top 10 toys to take on a plane:

Loom Bands
Playdoh
Lego
Top Trumps
Uno
Usborne Activity Cards
Magnetic travel game
Aquadoodle!
Finger puppets
Sticker book

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NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio Eats Pizza in Italy with a Fork

NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio Eats Pizza in Italy with a Fork

iStock Editorial/Thinkstock(NAPLES, Italy) — New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio just can’t break his fork habit.The mayor was caught again using the utensil to eat pizza — this time during lunch with his family in Naples, Italy — while on vacation.”Naples is a place that I like very much,” the mayor told reporters as he got off a ferry from the island of Capri.De Blasio, who’s currently on an eight-day trip across Italy, arrived in Naples Wednesday morning to much fanfare.  He was not asked about why he used a fork to eat his pizza.New Yorkers may have different opinions on many issues, but the one thing on which they can agree is how you devour a slice of pizza: you fold it, you eat it and you walk.
Of course, this is not the first time de Blasio has committed the fork faux pas. While visiting Staten Island in January — just a week after taking office — he first ate a slice of pizza with a fork, then switched to his hands, and ultimately back to a fork during lunch at Goodfellas Pizza.Foodies blasted him for violating the ultimate rule of eating pizza in New York City: no matter how greasy the pizza, you always use your hands.At the time, de Blasio argued that he was just being authentic and he picked up the pizza-with-utensils habit while visiting his “ancestral homeland.”However, even native Italians find eating pizza with a fork questionable.”I would say a real Neapolitan eats pizza with the hands,” said Adolfo Gatti, a native of Rome told ABC News. “But utensils aren’t frowned upon.”
 

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Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s ‘Best Friend’ Did Drugs to Cope with Link to Bombs

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s ‘Best Friend’ Did Drugs to Cope with Link to Bombs

FBI(BOSTON) — The accused heroin dealer whom officials say provided a handgun to the alleged Boston Marathon bombers told police last year that he did drugs himself to cope with his close link to the deadly twin explosions, a police report and law enforcement sources said.“I smoke a lot of weed every day because my best friend was the bomber,” Stephen Silva said, based on a police report written after he was busted in November 2013 for allegedly dealing marijuana.
Law enforcement officials told ABC News that by “best friend,” Silva was referring to Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, a former classmate of Silva’s and the man charged with setting off the Boston Marathon bombs in April 2013 with his older brother, Tamerlan Tsarnaev.Silva, 21, had been out on bail awaiting a court date scheduled for next week in connection to the state’s marijuana charges when he was taken into federal custody Monday and accused of dealing heroin in June 2014.In addition to the new heroin charges, court documents also accuse Silva of at one point possessing a handgun, a “Ruger model P95 9mm pistol,” in early 2013 that law enforcement sources told ABC News is the same one later used by Tamerlan Tsarnaev in a shootout with police three days after the Boston Marathon bombing. Authorities believe the gun was also used to murder MIT police officer Sean Collier hours before the shootout with police.Though the Tsarnaevs are not mentioned in court documents regarding Silva’s gun possession charges, law enforcement officials told ABC News they believe Silva gave Dzhokhar Tsarnaev the weapon and that Dzhokhar and Silva were close.On Tuesday, Silva told the federal magistrate judge that he graduated from Cambridge Rindge & Latin, the same high school from which the younger Tsarnaev graduated, with honors. Silva said he graduated in 2011, the same year as Tsarnaev.In a run-in with authorities on the Fourth of July in 2012, cops reported a Steven Silva — rather than Stephen — and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev were discovered together drinking alcohol in a Honda registered to Dzhokhar. Stephen Silva has an identical twin brother named Steven, sources said, but police believe that it was really Stephen in the car with the younger Tsarnaev. The November 2013 police report also had the offender listed as Steven, but fingerprints taken after his arrest identified him as Stephen Silva, the same man arraigned in federal court Tuesday, law enforcement sources said.Stephen Silva said in court Tuesday he lives with his mother and stepfather, and added that his brother “moved away” and works as a car salesman. State and federal sources said Steven and Dzhokhar knew each other but were not friends.Stephen Silva did not enter a plea during his initial appearance Tuesday, and is being held until his bail hearing in August. His trial on the Nov. 2013 marijuana arrest will be postponed, Suffolk County prosecutors said.Late Tuesday, Silva’s attorney, Jonathan Shapiro, issued a statement that notes there is no mention of Tsarnaev in his client’s most recent indictment.“I am in the process of meeting with my client and reviewing the available evidence, which will eventually be presented in a court of law in accordance with our system of justice,” Shapiro said.Tamerlan Tsarnaev was killed in the shootout with police on April 18, 2013. Dzhokhar was injured but survived and was later captured. He has pleaded not guilty to some 30 charges related to the bombing.  If convicted, he could face the death penalty.
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Witness: Unarmed Teen Appeared ‘Hurt’ Before ‘Porch Shooting’

Witness: Unarmed Teen Appeared ‘Hurt’ Before ‘Porch Shooting’

iStock/Thinkstock(DETROIT) — One of the last people to see Renisha McBride before she was shot to death on a Detroit porch testified on Wednesday that the teen appeared scared and disoriented after crashing into a parked car.Carmen Beasley said she heard a loud bang outside her suburban Detroit home around 1 a.m. on Nov. 2, 2013. When she got a closer look, Beasley said she saw her husband’s parked car had been hit.She called 911 and went outside to help McBride, she said.”I told her she was injured and we needed to get an ambulance,” Beasley said. “I didn’t want to be intrusive, but I knew she was hurt.”Beasley said McBride appeared drunk, confused and was staggering and didn’t know her home phone number when she asked for it. McBride walked away from the scene several times, according to Beasley, and disappeared before an ambulance arrived.Where McBride was before she was fatally shot on a porch — and the screen door through which the fatal bullet was apparently fired — will be crucial evidence in the trial of the Detroit-area man who fired the gun that killed her.Theodore Wafer, 54, who is white, is charged with second-degree murder in the death of McBride, 19, who is black, after she showed up on his porch in Dearborn Heights during the early morning of Nov. 2, 2013.A jury of seven men and seven women, including two alternates, will decide the case. Four of the jurors are black.Earlier in the day, Wafer’s defense attorney said during opening arguments that his client had “never been this scared in his life, ever” after hearing a series of booms and saw a shadowy figure outside his home.”He hears metal breaking on his front door. Ted hears it. He’s thinking, ‘They’re coming in. They’re breaking into my house,’” defense attorney Cheryl Carpenter said.But prosecutor Danielle Hagaman-Clark argued that McBride had played a drinking game with her friend earlier that night, crashed her car and may have been seeking medical help for a cut on her head.”[Wafer's] actions that night were unnecessary, unjustified and unreasonable,” she told the jury.An autopsy released by the Office of the Wayne County Medical Examiner ruled that McBride died of a large gunshot wound to the face. The shot that killed McBride showed “no evidence of close range discharge,” according to the report.In a 911 call released by police, Wafer could be heard saying: “Uh yes … I just shot somebody on my front porch. With a shot gun. Banging on my door.”When the police asked him what city he was in, Wafer said thank you, and hung up.Under a 2006 Michigan self-defense law, a homeowner has the right to use force during a break-in. Otherwise, a person must prove his or her life was in danger.
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Peaches Geldof Died of Heroin Overdose, Coroner Rules

Peaches Geldof Died of Heroin Overdose, Coroner Rules

Ian Gavan/Getty Images(LONDON) — A coroner has ruled that Peaches Geldof died of a heroin overdose, according to the BBC, which attended the inquest in Britain Wednesday.The TV presenter and daughter of musician Bob Geldof had been a heroin addict and was taking the substitute drug methadone for two-and-a-half years before her death, but had apparently begun using heroin again.The 25-year-old was found by her husband, Tom Cohen, slumped in a spare room of the home they shared in Wrotham, Kent, on April 7. He had been away with the older of their two sons, Astala, leaving Peaches Geldof at home with their 11-month old son, Phaedra.Geldof was pronounced dead at the scene.Police later found 6.9 grams of heroin in the house. A syringe containing the fatal dose was discovered hidden in a box of candy next to the bed.Cohen told the inquest looking into Geldof’s death that his wife had begun using the drug again earlier this year in February, according to the BBC.He said he witnessed her flushing drugs down the toilet but was unaware of other drugs in the house until they were found by police.Cohen added that his wife had taken weekly drug tests since seeking treatment for her addiction two years ago, but he now believes that she lied about the tests being negative.According to the BBC, pathologist Peter Jerreat said the levels of heroin in Geldof’s body were in a “fatal range.” Traces of codeine, methadone and morphine were also found in her blood. The pathologist also noted that puncture wounds were found on Geldof’s body on her elbows, wrists and thumbs.“It’s said that the death of Peaches Geldof-Cohen is history repeating itself but this not entirely so,” coroner Roger Hatch said at the inquest, according to the BBC.Geldof’s mother, Paula Yates, died of a heroin overdose at the age of 41 when Peaches was 11 years old.“By November last year, she had ceased to take heroin as a result of the considerable treatment and counseling that she had received,” Hatch said. “This was a significant achievement for her but, for reasons we will never know, prior to her death she returned to taking heroin.”
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People Keep Trying to Sneak Guns into US Capitol

People Keep Trying to Sneak Guns into US Capitol

iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — A man was arrested Wednesday morning attempting to enter the Cannon House Office Building with a firearm, U.S. Capitol Police said.“A firearm was recovered as a result of an administrative search at the rotunda door of the Cannon House Office Building,” police spokesman Shennell Antrobus confirmed, adding that the incident occurred at about 9:20 a.m.Wednesday’s incident follows a similar one on Friday when a congressional staffer attempted to enter the same building and was charged with carrying a pistol without a license. Last week’s event occurred at the South East Door of the Cannon House Office Building at about the same time in the morning.The defendant arrested Wednesday is not a congressional staffer and is being processing at Capitol Police headquarters, Antrobus said.He was unable to say whether the officers involved in Wednesday’s arrest were the same ones who last week snagged a Smith & Wesson 9 mm pistol and magazine from Ryan Shucard, press secretary to Rep. Tom Marino, R-Pa.
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Android Wear Handles Everything from Pizzas to Your Love Life

Android Wear Handles Everything from Pizzas to Your Love Life

ABC News(NEW YORK) — It turns out Android Wear can even help you figure out your love life.Tinder is among the three dozen and counting apps that are available on the smart watch, which was unveiled last month at the annual Google developer’s conference in San Francisco.Android Wear acts as a personal assistant that users can simply sync with their Android phones and wear on their wrists.Using verbal commands, users can then carry out a variety of tasks, including ordering a pizza or scheduling a car service with Lyft.With every interaction, Android Wear better understands the context of what you care about, making every interaction even more smooth.

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Missing Marine Wife May Have Been Having Affair with Neighbor

Missing Marine Wife May Have Been Having Affair with Neighbor

Courtesy Corwin Family(TWENTYNINE PALMS, Calif.) — Authorities are investigating the possibility that a missing California woman — the wife of a Marine — was having an affair with her married neighbor and was pregnant with his child, according to a search warrant.Erin Corwin, 20, has not been seen since June 28, vanishing from the city of Twentynine Palms without a trace. Investigators say her husband, Lance Cpl. Jonathan Corwin, reported her missing one day after she was last seen leaving for Joshua Tree National Park in southeastern California.Her Toyota Corolla was found not far from the military base where her husband is stationed.Authorities say the circumstances surrounding Corwin’s disappearance are suspicious.“At this point we’re trying to investigate each and every person who has been an acquaintance with Erin,” San Bernardino County Sheriff Randy Naquin said.That includes Christopher Lee, a Marine rifleman who was recently honorably discharged. According to the search warrant, Lee initially denied knowing Corwin well, but investigators say Corwin’s friend told them she might have been pregnant with Lee’s child.Additionally, Lee was worried that his wife would divorce him and keep him from his child with her if she found out about the affair and pregnancy, the friend said, according to the search warrant. It’s unclear who and what the warrant targets.Lee, 24, says he went hunting in the national park the same day Corwin told her husband she was going there, according to the search warrant. But Lee has said he denied seeing her that day.Investigators are searching the park for clues.“We’re looking for a crime scene,” Naquin said. “We’re looking for something that is going to give us an indication that something has or has not happened to her.”Lee has not been named a person of interest or suspect. ABC News has been unable to reach him.Police have not ruled out the possibility that Corwin may be voluntarily missing, but, at this point, her whereabouts remain a mystery.“It is highly likely that Erin could have been harmed by an unknown firearm,” police said in the search warrant.Lee was arrested July 4 on an unrelated weapons charge for possessing a destructive device and is reportedly out on bail.ABC News Chief Legal Affairs Anchor Dan Abrams said authorities will continue to focus on Lee, but need to definitively prove that a crime occurred.“In a situation like this, where a woman who disappeared was possibly having an affair, you look first at two people: the husband and the boyfriend,” Abrams said. “As of now, it doesn’t seem the authorities are considering the husband as a person of interest.”“It’s clear they now suspect very strongly there was foul play. And as time passes, it will become clearer and clearer that a crime was committed,” he added.
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Rob Gronkowski Cleared for Training Camp

Rob Gronkowski Cleared for Training Camp

Elsa/Getty Images(FOXBOROUGH, Mass.) — New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski has been cleared to play by doctors and will be ready for training camp on Thursday, head coach Bill Belichick said Wednesday.
“It’s a positive,” said veteran offensive lineman Logan Mankins, one of the Patriots’ captains. “We were all hoping Gronk would have a good recovery and so far he has. Anytime you can have Gronk on the field, it’s great.”
Gronkowski underwent surgery on his right ACL on Jan. 9 and has fully recovered.
Gronkowski said last week that he plans on playing in all 16 games this season. “I’m always antsy to get back on the field, no matter when it is. I just want to play football. I love playing the game,” he said then.
The Patriots open up against the Miami Dolphins on Sept. 7.
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Ready for Warren? Senator Says She’s Not Ready to Run

Ready for Warren? Senator Says She’s Not Ready to Run

ABC News(WASHINGTON) — Are you ready for Warren?That’s the question supporters of Sen. Elizabeth Warren are asking with the recent formation of a Ready for Warren Super PAC, which is taking a page from Ready for Hillary in laying the groundwork for a presidential campaign should the Massachusetts Democrat decide to run in 2016.Though many of her fans are cheering “Run, Liz, Run,” Warren is putting the brakes on such enthusiasm.“I am not running,” Warren told ABC News when asked if she’s mulling the idea of a presidential bid. It’s the same answer she always gives — in the present tense. She doesn’t rule out whether she would ever run.“I am focused on the 2014 elections,” she said. “We’ve got an election coming up … just a few months away — that’s what we need to work on.”As for her admirers calling for her to get in the race, Warren is keeping her distance.
“I do not support this,” she said.To make clear that her focus is on the 2014 midterm elections, Warren has been crisscrossing the nation in recent months, campaigning on behalf of Democratic candidates who wish to align themselves with her populist message calling for economic reforms on behalf of the middle class.The Massachusetts Democrat has ventured into some deeply conservative states, including West Virginia and Kentucky. But Warren dismisses the suggestion that her message fires up only liberals.“The kinds of economic issues that I’m talking about, it’s not Republican or Democrat,” she said. “People are getting hammered everywhere, and they care about these central ways that we can rebuild America’s middle class: equal pay for equal work, reduce the interest rate on student loans, raise the minimum wage. … And I love being in Kentucky to talk about this and to be in West Virginia, standing up with great candidates like Natalie Tennant and Alison Lundergan Grimes.“Though Warren has been an outspoken critic of the way business is done in Washington — even ways that are critical of her own party — she denies that her tough talk is causing tensions within the Democratic Party.”I’ll tell you where the tensions are, the tensions are with the Republicans,” Warren said. “We want working people to earn more, we want to reduce the interest rate on student loans, we want to stitch up the loop holes that let millionaires and billionaires pay at lower tax rates than their secretaries; that’s the stuff we’re working on, and Republicans have filibustered every single piece of it.”
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Which Diet Gives the Best Bang for Your Buck?

Which Diet Gives the Best Bang for Your Buck?

Photodisc/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Need some help losing weight? The diet program Weight Watchers and the weight loss drug Qsymia may provide the best bang for your buck, a new study found.Researchers from Duke University compared the costs and effectiveness of three diet programs and three weight loss medications and found that Weight Watchers came out on top, with a price tag of $155 per kilogram lost.“[Weight Watchers is] a program that holds you accountable,” said ABC News senior medical contributor Dr. Jennifer Ashton. “Whether through their meal plans or through their meetings, this helps you stay on track.”The average annual cost of Weight Watchers was $377, according to the study. Users lost an average of 2.4 kilograms or 5.3 pounds.“It’s about restricting portion size,” Ashton said of the point system-based program. “It’s not about depriving you of food. That’s key.”Qsymia was a close second, clocking in at $204 per kilo, according to the study. Ashton said some of her patients have had impressive results with the drug.“They were obese to morbidly obese, and most lost significant weight,” she said.Also included in the study were the weight loss drugs Vtrim at $213 per kilo, Lorcaserin at $545 per kilo, and Orlistat at $546 per kilo, as well as the diet program Jenny Craig, with an average cost effectiveness ranging from $338 to $424 per kilo, depending on the amount of food purchased.But the price of dieting isn’t the only cost to consider, Ashton said, citing the emotional, psychological and social costs of obesity, which affects one in three American adults.“We need to look at the big picture when we think as a nation of how to deal with the issue of obesity,” she said.
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What to Expect from Amazon’s Fire Phone

What to Expect from Amazon’s Fire Phone

Amazon.com, Inc.(NEW YORK) — Amazon’s Fire phone has ignited interest and imaginations since it was announced last month — and starting later this week, consumers will be able to get their hands on the 3-D devices.The Fire phone is available to customers in the United States through AT&T and starts at around $200 with a contract.Customers who purchase the phone can also take advantage of a limited time introductory offer, snagging them one free year of Prime, Amazon’s subscription service that gives members free two-day shipping on music, movies and TV shows, among other perks.FireflyWhile the smartphone boasts plenty of features that make it stand out from products from Apple and Samsung, there’s nothing more telling about Amazon’s hopes for the phone than a button that CEO Jeff Bezos introduced as “Firefly.”The new feature, which is similar to Google Glass, will allow users to identify almost any product — from a book to a game or a container of kosher salt. The Fire phone will then be able to direct users to Amazon to make purchases, making impulse buys even easier.In a nutshell: Amazon has created a pocket shopping machine that happens to also operate as a phone.Dynamic PerspectiveThe Fire phone is also different from its competitors because it offers “dynamic perspective,” a sensor system that recognizes where a user’s head is relative to the Fire phone. This allows the person using the phone to auto-scroll through a book or long webpage without ever having to touch the screen or to take on a character’s viewpoint in a game, creating what Amazon describes as an immersive experience.Apps and GamesDevelopers have been creating apps and games at a frenetic pace for the phone since it was announced in June. Submissions have more than doubled since the Fire phone was unveiled, according to Amazon.For the Fandango app, users can look up movie times, but can easily tilt their phones to scope out movie reviews.Gamers may like the phone because they can also use their gestures to play. In Magmic’s Rubik’s Cube, players can tilt their device to rotate the Rubik’s Cube and use their head to peek at other sides of the cube.PhotographyPhotography fanatics will also be interested in the Fire phone’s high-end camera specs, which include optical image stabilization and tiny motors that can adjust for natural hand tremors as a way to decrease the blurriness of photos.The Fire phone also boasts front- and rear-facing cameras that can record 1080p high-definition videos.The phone’s shutter also excels at low-light photography. When Bezos showed off the phone last month, he noted that the lens stays open four times longer to capture more light.Bezos also described how the team at Amazon “obsessed over outdoor viewing” and created a device that can easily be read, even in bright outdoor light.DurabilityThe Fire phone is built with Gorilla Glass 3, aluminum buttons and has a rubberized grip area to bolster its durability.Previous Amazon device customers may recognize some of the other features it will come equipped with, such as a Mayday button for tech support, X-Ray, which allows users to get more from their media, and ASAP, which predicts what movies and television shows a person will want to watch before they even hit play.
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Naya Rivera Marries Ryan Dorsey Months After Big Sean Split

Naya Rivera Marries Ryan Dorsey Months After Big Sean Split

Mathieu Young/FOX(LOS ANGELES) — Only three months after calling off her engagement to rapper Big Sean in April, Glee star Naya Rivera married actor Ryan Dorsey this past weekend in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, People magazine reports. “We feel truly blessed to be joined as husband and wife,” the pair told the magazine. “Our special day was fated and everything we could have ever asked for.” “True love always prevails,” the newlyweds added.
Rivera walked down the aisle in a Monique Lhuillier gown, carrying a bouquet made with daisies and baby’s breath.
Rivera and Dorsey are longtime friends, according to People. The couple met four years ago when Dorsey moved to Los Angles after studying at the New York Conservatory for Dramatic Arts.
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