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Study Finds College Athletes Less Apt to Party than Other Students

Study Finds College Athletes Less Apt to Party than Other Students

iStock/Thinkstock(INDIANAPOLIS) — College is a time for experimentation as has been well documented, but unfortunately, it often involves underage drinking and illegal drug use. While most who attend an institution of higher learning are intelligent enough to understand the risks involved, it seems that athletes are more cognizant about the dangers of alcohol and drugs.At least that seems to be the upshot of a study released this month by the NCAA. From the statistics gathered by researchers over a nine-year period, those who play sports are less inclined to drink and take drugs than the general student body.When it comes to smoking marijuana, about 32 percent of the student population admits to trying it as opposed to 21.9 percent of NCAA athletes.It’s not a huge disparity when it comes to alcohol, however. The student average is 81.4 percent compared to 80.4 percent of those who compete in sports.The numbers for athletes in Division I are better with 78 percent having used alcohol and 16 percent who smoked pot.Researchers believes that athletes are more health-conscious, which explains why they’re less apt to abuse booze or drugs.Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Estrogen May Make Some Women More Judgmental About Other Women

Estrogen May Make Some Women More Judgmental About Other Women

iStock/Thinkstock(TRIESTE, Italy) — The hormone estrogen contained in birth control pills seems to have a curious, albeit, pretty harmless side-effect.Researcher Valentina Piccoli of the University of Trieste in Italy says a small study she undertook with 42 women who used birth control suggests that the quantity of estrogen in the contraceptive may affect the way they view other women.In other words, the more estrogen in the birth control they used, the more they viewed other women’s looks as important to them by looking at a series of photographs.While not establishing a direct cause-and-effect relationship, Piccoli speculated that an increase in estrogen levels might make women more guarded about potential female competitors.More study with a bigger group may be necessary to verify the findings. Piccoli’s research did not use a control group that took a placebo rather than birth control pills.Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Many Still Have a Hard Time Choosing Generic Brands

Many Still Have a Hard Time Choosing Generic Brands

Hemera/Thinkstock(CHICAGO) — They may not have the big recognizable names but generic brand products deliver big savings.Yet, a study by economists from the University of Chicago and Tilburg University in the Netherlands points out that many Americans are still forking over their money for name brands and wasting $44 billion annually in the process.The study says that millions are duped by misleading ads even when they can buy generic products for far less.But not everybody is fooled.According to the researchers, the smarter the consumer — that is, those who are more educated — the greater the chance they’ll pick the generic version of a product rather than the name brand.For instance, only nine percent of pharmacists buy Bayer, Advil and Tylenol with the rest opting for generic brands. Meanwhile, the average consumer will select the name brands 26 percent of the time.Meanwhile, just one in five professional chefs will pay full price for name brand salt, sugar and baking powder, as compared to 40 of average households.The researchers used Nielsen tracking data based on 77 million shopping trips by about 125,000 households.Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Women Still Vastly Underrepresented in Hollywood

Women Still Vastly Underrepresented in Hollywood

ABC/Rick Rowell(LOS ANGELES) — Disney’s Frozen was the highest grossing movie of 2013 but one of its directors was an anomaly.According to a new study, Jennifer Lee was among the very, very few women who helmed a big film last year.In fact, just under two percent of the directors were women, according to the findings of University of Southern California’s Media, Diversity, & Social Change Initiative. That figure is the lowest of the past six years.The researchers examined some 25,000 speaking characters in 600 top-grossing films from 2007 through 2013 and determined that women were vastly unrepresented both on camera and behind the scenes.In 2013, for instance, 7.4 percent of writers of the top-grossing movies were women.As far as acting parts are concerned, women made up 36 percent of the characters in comedies during the six years studied while falling between 20 and about 24 percent of those in action movies.What explains the lack of women in movies? USC Annenberg associate professor Stacy L. Smith says it all about money, adding: “The people who fund films and green light content are mostly male. Women are perceived to lack confidence and to be less trustworthy with resources.”Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

When Leisure Activities Feel Worse than Work

When Leisure Activities Feel Worse than Work

iStock/Thinkstock(MAINZ, Germany) — There’s nothing like “maxing and relaxing” after a hard day of work. For many, that involves plopping down in front of a TV or computer screen.However, there’s a dark side to these seemingly harmless leisure activit…

Rising Violence in Tripoli Leads to US Clearing Out Embassy

Rising Violence in Tripoli Leads to US Clearing Out Embassy

iStock/Thinkstock(TRIPOLI, Libya) — Members of the U.S. embassy in Tripoli had to be relocated outside of Libya Saturday due to ongoing violence.The State Department called the move a “temporary relocation,” pointing to the recent clashes between Libyan militias in the vicinity of the embassy.U.S. military personnel assisted in the relocation of embassy personnel, all of whom were taken to Tunisia without incident.The State Department said that the situation in Libya is “unpredictable and unstable,” and that U.S. citizens may be targeted for kidnapping, violent attacks or death.In addition, all American citizens living or traveling in Libya were urged to leave the country immediately.Secretary of State John Kerry spoke about the decision to move the embassy on Saturday, noting “freewheeling militia violence.” Still, Kerry said the U.S. is “deeply committed…to the diplomatic process in Libya.”Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Breakthrough Announced in Bill to Aid Vets

Breakthrough Announced in Bill to Aid Vets

ABC News(WASHINGTON) — A bill to assist the nation’s veterans that looked all but dead last week was reportedly agreed upon Sunday by the chairs of the House and Senate Veterans’ Affairs committee.With Congress set to recess for five weeks after Aug. 1, it was imperative that lawmakers arrive at an agreement to assist tens of thousands of war veterans still waiting medical care at VA clinics across the U.S.The legislation, expected to be announced Monday by Independent Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders and Florida Republican Congressman Jeff Miller, presents more options for vets to seek medical attention, especially when they live far from VA facilities.Among the choices vets would have under the bill is access to private health care providers when they live 40 or more miles from a VA hospital.In addition, the bill calls for building more centers to care for veterans who critics say have waited an unbearably long time to see doctors because of alleged negligence and possible criminal wrongdoing to cover wait times.What almost undid the agreement were differences on how much will be spent and how everything will be funded. More details should be available later on Monday.Although certainly a breakthrough, the plan still needs the approval of negotiators from both chambers as well as a full vote by the House and Senate.Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Judge Lifts DC Ban on Guns in Public

Judge Lifts DC Ban on Guns in Public

Image Source/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — A ruling that would allow registered gun owners to carry firearms in public has thrown Washington, D.C. for a loop.On Saturday, Judge Frederick J. Scullin Jr. ruled that a “total ban on the public carrying of ready-to-use handguns outside the home is unconstitutional.”The judge said he would stop enforcement of the ban until D.C. came up with a “constitutionally valid licensing.”However, ABC News legal analyst Royal Oakes explains, “This won’t be the last word on the subject. The District of Columbia will likely appeal the order, and ultimately, the U.S. Supreme Court may be called on to clarify when and how lawmakers are allowed to impose restrictions on the right of citizens guaranteed by the Second Amendment to carry guns.”Attorney Alan Gura, representing the group challenging the ban, says the ruling should be in effect immediately and will lead to less crime on the streets as people will be able to defend themselves.However, Ted Gest, a spokesman for the Office of the Attorney General for the District of Columbia, says the AG is asking Judge Scullin to stay his ruling pending appeal.Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

“Hit the Floor’s” Kat Bailess Says It’s Hard Being a Devil Girl

“Hit the Floor’s” Kat Bailess Says It’s Hard Being a Devil Girl

VH1 Networks(NEW YORK) — Kat Bailess plays Kyle Hart, the one dancer on the Los Angeles Devil Girls professional dance team on VH1′s Hit the Floor that isn’t afraid to use her sexual prowess to get exactly what she wants. In the second season of the…

California Will Have Four Governors in One Week

California Will Have Four Governors in One Week

iStock/Thinkstock(SACRAMENTO, Calif.) — You may have heard of the recent proposal to split the state of California into six separate states, but perhaps more interestingly, the top political seat in the Golden State will be held by four different peop…

Maddux, Glavine Headline Baseball HOF Inductees

Maddux, Glavine Headline Baseball HOF Inductees

(COOPERSTOWN, N.Y.) — Pitchers Greg Maddux and Tom Glavine, slugger Frank Thomas, and skippers Bobby Cox, Joe Torre and Tony La Russa were all inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame Sunday.
Maddux captured four Cy Young Awards and won 15 or more games for 17 straight seasons. He finishes his 23 season career with 355 wins, a 3.16 ERA, 3,371 strikeouts and a 1.14 WHIP
“I spent 12 years in Chicago, 11 in Atlanta, and both places are very special,” Maddux said. “Without the experiences in both cities, I would not be standing here today.”
Maddux wasn’t the only inductee to serve time in Atlanta. Glavine also pitched with Maddux, winning two CY Young Awards, while Cox coached the team to the 1995 World Series Championship.
“I’m truly humbled to stand here before you,” Cox said. “To Tom Glavine and Greg Maddux, and I have to mention the third member of the big three — John Smoltz — I can honestly say I would not be standing here if it weren’t for you guys.”
Thomas finishes his 19 major league seasons with two MVP Awards, a .301 batting average, 521 home runs and 1,704 RBIs.
Torre managed the New York Yankees to six World Series, winning four of them.
La Russa finishes his career third all-time in coaching victories (2,728) and won three World Series titles — one with the Athletics and two with the Cardinals.
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Small Plane Lands on Florida Beach, One Dead

Small Plane Lands on Florida Beach, One Dead

Photo Credit: Zack Arceneaux(VENICE, Fla.) — A man was killed and his daughter critically injured Sunday when they were hit by a plane making an emergency landing on a Florida beach, officials said.”One man is deceased, and a young girl, possibly around the age of 10 is very critically injured,” Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Wendy Rose told ABC News.Ommy Irizarry, 36, and his daughter, Oceana Irizarry, 9, were walking along the beach in Sarasota County, Fla., when a small plane made an emergency crash landing along the shore, killing the man on impact, Rose said.The little girl was transported via helicopter to to All Children’s Hospital in St. Petersburg, where she was in critical condition.Neither the pilot, identified as Karl Kokomoor, 57, of Englewood, Fla., nor the passenger on the plane, David Theen, 60, also of Englewood, were injured in the landing, Rose said.”The pilot radioed that he was not going to be able to make it back to the airport, and he was going to try to land on the hard-packed sand of the beach,” she said. “He landed about the water’s edge and the pilot and his male passenger were both unharmed.”From the time the pilot radioed in distress to the crash landing, the whole thing happened very quickly.”I do know the timing of his radio to the Venice Airport and immediate response was minutes so there was not, from what I understand, there was not a lot of time between his radio dispatch and the crash,” she said.Venice Mayor John Holic, a former air traffic controller, said it is likely the plane lost power in flight and was trying to land in an open space or at nearby Venice Airport.”One of the first things that you learn when you’re flying is to always be aware of your surroundings and where you may be able to touch down in the event of loss of power. A beach is a viable place,” he told ABC News.A woman who witnessed the crash was also taken to a hospital after having stress-induced cardiac issues not directly related to the crash, according to Rose.Police have not yet released the names of the victim.National Transportation Safety Board investigators are on their way to the scene of the accident to begin investigating, in cooperation with the FAA.
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Wainwright Earns League-Leading 13th Win

Wainwright Earns League-Leading 13th Win

Eliot J. Schechter/MLB Photos via Getty Images(CHICAGO) — Adam Wainwright pitched seven innings allowing no runs, five hits, and three walks while striking out five to earn his major league-leading 13th win in the St. Louis Cardinals 1-0 victory over the Chicago Cubs on Sunday.
Wainwright (13-5) bounces back from his last start when he allowed four earned runs in 4 2/3 innings against the Tampa Bay Rays.
“The results usually follow my delivery,” said Wainwright, who lowered his ERA to 1.92. “When I control my delivery — I told you I was gonna get things under wraps — and get my arm in the right spot, success was following that.
“They hit some balls hard, but we played some great defense and made some pitches when we needed to.”
Cubs rookie pitcher Kyle Hendricks was the tough luck loser allowing only one run, a solo homer to outfielder Matt Holliday.
The win puts the Cardinals (56-48) two games behind Milwaukee for first place in the NL Central.
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Scoreboard Roundup – 7/27/14

Scoreboard Roundup – 7/27/14

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — MLB: Philadelphia Phillies 4 (46-59) – Arizona Diamondbacks 2 (45-60)
Toronto Blue Jays 5 (56-50) – New York Yankees 4 (54-50)
Washington Nationals 4 (57-45) – Cincinnati Reds 2 (52-52)
Boston Red Sox 3 (48-57) – Tampa Bay Rays 2 (51-54)
St. Louis Cardinals 1 (56-48) – Chicago Cubs 0 (42-61)
Miami Marlins 4 (51-53) – Houston Astros 2 (42-63)
Minnesota Twins 4 (47-57) – Chicago White Sox 3 (51-55)
Cleveland Indians 10 (52-53) – Kanas City Royals 3 (53-51)
New York Mets 2 (50-55) – Milwaukee Brewers 0 (59-47)
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim 2 (63-41) – Detroit Tigers 1 (57-45)
Baltimore Orioles 3 (58-46) – Seattle Mariners 2 (54-51) – 10 Innings
Atlanta Braves 8 (57-48) – San Diego Padres 3 (46-58)
Pittsburgh Pirates 7 (55-49) – Colorado Rockies 5 (43-61)
Oakland Athletics 9 (65-39) – Texas Rangers 3 (41-64) 
Los Angeles Dodgers 4 (59-47) – San Francisco Giants 3 (57-48)
NASCAR: Sprint Cup Series: Jeff Gordon won the Brickyard 400 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
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LeBron James to Wear No. 23 for Cavaliers

LeBron James to Wear No. 23 for Cavaliers

Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — LeBron James tweeted on Sunday that he’ll go back to wearing No. 23 this season as he makes his return to Cleveland.
When James left Cleveland in 2010, fans burned his No. 23 jersey, but now they’ll have to go out and buy another one.
“23 it is! It’s only right I go back. 2·3=6 We still family 6. #HomeTeam #StriveForGreatness,” James tweeted.
James switched to his Olympic No. 6 with the Miami Heat, but decided to switch back after the league did not retire the number for Michael Jordan.
James has led the league jersey sales for six of the 11 seasons he’s played in the NBA.
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Jeff Gordon Wins the Brickyard 400

Jeff Gordon Wins the Brickyard 400

Chris Graythen/Getty Images(INDIANAPOLIS) — Jeff Gordon won the inaugural Brickyard 400 in his rookie year and took home his fifth on Sunday at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
The 43-year-old has competed in all 21 Brickyard 400s in his career and passed Kasey Kahne at lap 144 during a restart to grab the lead for good.
“Never know when your next win is going to come,” Gordon said.  
“We’ve been close a couple times, to getting number five,” Gordon continued. “Everytime I come here to Indianapolis, I feel like we have a shot at winning.
Kyle Busch finished second and was followed by Denny Hamlin.
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Investigators Cancel Trip to MH17 Crash Site Due to Fighting

Investigators Cancel Trip to MH17 Crash Site Due to Fighting

iStock Editorial/Thinkstock(KIEV, Ukraine) — Personnel from the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe won’t risk a Sunday trip to the site of the Malaysia Airlines flight that was shot down earlier this month.Alexander Hug, Deputy Chief Monitor of the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine says that reports of fighting in the area caused the change of plans. “The security situation at the moment on the way to the site we planned to go today — and on the site itself — appears to be not safe,” Hug said.The team is expected to reassess the situation on Monday and deploy personnel then, if the situation is safer. “We will not risk our unarmed civilian observer mission to deploy to a site where we can’t control the risk to a degree where we are confident we have it at the level where it is acceptable.”
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Obama Calls Netanyahu to Discuss Continued Tension in Gaza

Obama Calls Netanyahu to Discuss Continued Tension in Gaza

Credit: The White House(WASHINGTON) — President Obama spoke with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu by phone on Sunday to discuss the ongoing tensions in Gaza and reaffirm the United States’ hope for a lasting cease-fire.The two leaders spoke after Israel had resumed military operations in Gaza on Sunday, blaming Hamas for violating the cease-fire by launching rockets into Israel. Obama condemned Hamas’ attacks against Israel while expressing concerns about the rising number of Palestinian civilian deaths, the loss of Israeli lives and the worsening situation in Gaza, according to a readout of the phone call.Obama and his administration continues to press for a permanent cessation of hostilities based on a November 2012 cease-fire agreement. Any such agreement, Obama said, would require the disarming of terrorist groups and the demilitarization of Gaza.
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Caesars Entertainment Installing Electric Vehicle Charging Stations at Resorts

Caesars Entertainment Installing Electric Vehicle Charging Stations at Resorts

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Caesars Entertainment Corporation is installing electric vehicle charging stations at a number of its resorts and casinos and plans to continue to expand the presence of charging stations.Thus far, the company says it has installed operational charging stations at nearly all of its Northern and Southern Nevada locations. In total, 48 charging stations have been installed in parking lots and valet areas. Each station is free and available to guests.The next Caesars locations to receive charging stations will include Harrah’s New Orleans Hotel and Casino, Harrah’s Philadelphia, Harrah’s Resort Atlantic City and Horseshoe Casino Hammond.”We want to make it easy for our guests to continue their green habits while they stay and play at our resorts,” said Eric Dominguez, corporate director of facilities, engineering and sustainable operations at Caesars Entertainment.
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California Wildfires Spread, Force Evacuations

California Wildfires Spread, Force Evacuations

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(YOSEMITE, Calif.) — A fire near Yosemite National Park has burned over 2,000 acres of land, more than four times as much land as it had on Saturday.Officials called in planes and helicopters and about 400 personnel to help battle the flames. Park spokeswoman Ashley Mayer told ABC News that there have been some evacuations, but officials were not certain whether any structures were lost in the fire.No injuries have been reported in the fire. The Sand Fire in northern California also continued to spread over the weekend with more than 3,800 acres burning on Sunday. Officials say that fire is 35 percent contained, but 10 homes have been destroyed and more than 500 are still at risk. Mandatory evacuations for the area remain in place.
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