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In Helsinki, President Trump meets with Russia's Vladimir Putin on today.
MONDAY, July 16, 2018
From Helsinki, Finland, President Trump is tight-lipped at he gets ready to meet on Monday with Russian President Vladimir Putin. The goal say his staff, is to open a conversation rather than accomplish a reset of U.S.-Russian relations.
U.S. lawmakers urged Mr. Trump to press the case against Mr. Putin for meddling in the 2016 elections. But while the Monday meeting will mark a symbolic end to the American effort to isolate Russia after its 2014 annexation of Crimea, the question persists: What will the U.S. get in return?
Trump officials declined to frame the meeting in those terms, undertaking a coordinated effort Sunday to lower expectations, given the summit’s unpredictability. Mr. Trump predicted he wouldn’t get credit no matter what he achieved.
“Unfortunately, no matter how well I do at the Summit, if I was given the great city of Moscow as retribution for all of the sins and evils committed by Russia over the years, I would return to criticism that it wasn’t good enough – that I should have gotten Saint Petersburg in addition!” Mr. Trump tweeted as he left Scotland en route to Helsinki.
The meeting is unfolding three days after special counsel Robert Mueller indicted a dozen Russian intelligence officers on charges of hacking into Democratic Party servers, bringing the issue of Russia’s interference in the 2016 election to the fore. And it takes place after Mr. Trump’s sometimes bruising trip through Europe.
Rep. Trey Gowdy (R., S.C.) urged the president Sunday on CBS to press Mr. Putin to extradite the Russians charged by the special counsel with hacking Democratic email servers.
“Your first request of Vladimir Putin needs to be: tell us which airport we can pick up the 25 Russians that tried to interfere with the fundamentals of our democracy,” Mr. Gowdy said. “If you really claim you had nothing to do with it then you should be as shocked as we were that your military was being used to impact our election. Tell us where you’re going to extradite those folks because an American grand jury indicted them for undermining our democracy.”
For Mr. Trump, the summit will be his first extensive one-on-one meeting with a leader he described last week as a “competitor” and potential friend, but which North Atlantic Treaty Organization members generally see as a foe who can undermine the alliance.
Trump said in an interview on CBS, parts of which aired Sunday, that he might ask Mr. Putin to extradite the Russian officials charged by Mr. Mueller. “I hadn’t thought of that,” Mr. Trump said. “But I certainly, I’ll be asking about it.”
Helsinki provides another opportunity to test Mr. Trump’s highly personal and freewheeling style of diplomacy, following his meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in Singapore last month. Mr. Trump believes his ability to build a personal relationship could yield benefits on arms control, Syria and other issues, but critics worry that Mr. Putin may get the upper hand in the one-on-one talks.
The Monterey County California Sheriff's Office says missing Oregon woman Angela Hernandez has been found alive south of Big Sur, nearly a week after her car went over a cliff. A couple on the beach reportedly discovered Hernandez near the trail from Kirk Creek, nearly 200 feet down a cliff. Her vehicle was found partially in the water, according to officials. Big Sur Fire, California Highway Patrol and the Monterey County Sheriff's Office responded to the scene.
They say she appeared to have a shoulder injury, but was talking and could walk.
She says she has been there since July 6. The Monterey County Sheriff's Office was searching for Hernandez Friday around Highway 1 and Big Sur.
Her car was seen on a gas station surveillance camera south of Carmel last Friday morning.
Hernandez last spoke with her family earlier that morning after spending the night in Half Moon Bay.
The 23-year-old left Portland last week, bound for her sister's home in Lancaster in Southern California.
In New York today hundreds of asylum-seeking migrant detainees want into the U.S. through a jail medical clinic. It was an unusual request for the county jail—a 1,043-bed facility next to the city airport. The facility has handled people detained by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, but usually only a few individuals at a time.
Sheriff Apple said he called Sarah Rogerson, who runs the immigration-law clinic at Albany Law School, to ask whether the group could provide legal assistance to the detainees. She told him they could.
“I would have never had done it if Sarah said it’s too much to take on,” Sheriff Apple said. “I know people hate when I say this, but we truly try to keep people from coming back and try to help people. I think that’s what we are supposed to do, and that was our mission here.”
In June, migrants, mostly flown in from the southern border, began arriving at the facility. By last week, the jail had about 320.
“We believe that the group of detainees at the Albany County jail are the largest number to arrive at one time to a detention center in New York,” said Colin Brennan, a spokesman for Gov. Andrew Cuomo. New York is funding legal services for the immigrant detainees at the jail, he said.
As detention centers closer to the Mexican border have filled with asylum seekers and other immigrants arrested after being found living in the country illegally, ICE has turned to jails in far-flung locales for help housing detainees. County jails in New Jersey have also seen an influx of detainees.
But moving the migrants to detention facilities inland potentially stretches the legal resources of the communities unaccustomed to providing immigration counsel to this many detainees.
ICE said in a statement that it moves detained immigrants as needed to “accommodate various operational demands.” ICE uses more than 100 facilities, including county jails and private detention centers, in 30 states.
As part of new policies to deter migrants from crossing the southern border, the administration of President Trump has said it wants to hold asylum seekers in detention until their cases are decided. The administration has stepped up criminal prosecutions of those who illegally cross the border as part of a zero-tolerance policy.
The crackdown on asylum seekers and increased arrests of immigrants living in the U.S. illegally has prompted ICE to seek more jail beds and move detained immigrants to facilities with open beds.
At the Albany jail, most of the detainees have come from Central America, but some are from other regions like Africa, Europe, the Caribbean and Asia. The vast majority are seeking asylum in the U.S. and turned themselves in at ports of entry or crossed the border seeking to turn themselves in to border officials, said Camille Mackler, director of Immigration Legal Policy with the New York Immigration Coalition. It is unclear how long they will be detained in Albany.
“This is beyond anything that has ever happened here,” said Ms. Mackler.
Legal advocates are training dozens of volunteers to help prepare the migrants for their credible-fear interviews, a crucial first step in the asylum process when federal officers determine whether the detainees have legitimate asylum claims.
The Legal Project of Albany hosted a training session for volunteer attorneys and translators last week to learn about how to prepare the migrants for the interviews. What qualifies as a valid asylum claim is changing as Attorney General Jeff Sessions has vowed to crack down on what he describes as frivolous claims. In June, he reversed an opinion from an immigration appeals board that had made it easier for victims of domestic violence to win asylum.
Last week, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services issued new guidance to its asylum officers stating that asylum seekers seeking refuge from the kind of private violence Mr. Sessions described will now have to prove that their home government “condoned the private behavior or demonstrated a complete helplessness” to protect the migrant. The new guidance also directs asylum officers to consider if immigrants could relocate within their own countries.
A woman from Central America detained at the jail, who declined to be identified, said she is preparing for her credible-fear interview but doesn’t know when it will happen. She turned herself in to border officials in California on May 5 after crossing from Tijuana, Mexico, with two of her children, 7 and 11 years old, who are both U.S. citizens, she said.
She was detained with both children for three days but was then separated from them, she said. The children now are living with her family on the West Coast, and she has spoken with them by phone. They ask, “ ‘Why is it taking so long?’ I tell them it’s a process,’ ” she said.
Robyn Ringler, a retired attorney from Latham, N.Y., has been voluntarily conducting intake interviews. Ms. Ringler said many of the detainees she spoke with were stunned to find out they were being held in New York, Ms. Ringler said.
“They’ve been shocked to be imprisoned, to be separated,” Ms. Ringler said. “None of them expected it. It’s thrown their whole lives into chaos.”
Friday, July 13, 2108
In Ellesborough, England, all eyes are on President Donald Trump as he today affirmed his commitment to striking a trade deal with the U.K., seeking to row back earlier comments in which he criticized Prime Minister Theresa May’s approach to Brexit and said her plan would “kill” the chances of such a deal.
At a joint news conference Friday, Mrs. May said she and Mr. Trump had agreed to pursue an “ambitious” trade deal between the two nations that “works for both countries right across the economies.”
Mr. Trump also said he was open to pursuing a deal once the U.K. leaves the European Union. In a reversal from the previous day, he signaled an openness to Mrs. May’s approach to Brexit. “I don’t know what you’re going to do, but whatever you do is OK with me,” he said. “That’s your decision.” He said the relationship between the two countries has “never been stronger.”
The day was overshadowed by an interview published late Thursday by the British tabloid the Sun, in which Mr. Trump said Mrs. May’s plans for a close post-Brexit relationship with the European Union “will probably kill” prospects for a U.K. trade deal with the U.S.
After the interview was published, Mr. Trump said, he told Mrs. May: “I wanted to apologize.” He said she responded: “Don’t worry, it’s only the press.”
The apology was a rare concession for the president, who in the face of criticism is more apt to double down than to walk back his comments, and who often instructs aides to never apologize for their actions.
Mr. Trump’s criticism of Mrs. May in the Sun came at a difficult time for the British leader, who is struggling to gain support in Parliament for her approach to Brexit after two senior cabinet ministers resigned earlier this week in protest.
While she and Mr. Trump have had a strained relationship in the past, the British leader is seeking to strengthen ties with the U.S. as the U.K. turns away from the EU. Mr. Trump is one of the few world leaders who supported Brexit. Stay tuned.
Earlier in the day, the two leaders viewed a joint military demonstration by U.S. and U.K. forces and met at Chequers, the U.K. prime minister’s official country house, to hold talks and a working lunch.
Mr. Trump and first lady Melania Trump later traveled to Windsor Castle to meet Queen Elizabeth II, where the queen and the president inspected the Guard of Honour and had tea at a closed event. In the evening, the couple left for Scotland to stay at one of Mr. Trump’s golf courses for the weekend, before the president’s summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Helsinki on Monday.
Back To School is coming soon enough. It always feels like back-to-school season starts earlier and earlier every year. But unlike Christmas — which will likely start in mid-September — parents are OK with back-to-school because it reminds them that relief is on the way.
Of course, it costs money to send kids off looking good and being well-equipped. Like $27.6 billion. That’s what ‘mericans will spend on back-to-school this year. The biggest time for back-to-school is the first two weeks of August when a projected $9.9 billion will be spent, followed by the last two weeks of July with $8.1 billion.
Don’t let social media cost you a job. While your social media profile can be a great asset in your job search, a CareerBuilder study shows it can also end up costing you the job. Around 70% of hiring managers who currently research candidates using social media said they have found information that has caused them not to hire a candidate.
The U.S. Food & Drug Administration said on Thursday recalled Kellogg’s Honey Smacks cereal was still being sold at stores and warned consumers not to purchase the product. Kellogg in June recalled an estimated 1.3 million cases of its Honey Smacks cereal from more than 30 states due to the potential for Salmonella contamination. The recalled products had use by dates of June 14, 2018 through June 14, 2019 and involved the cereals’ 15.3 ounce and 23 oz. packages.
A guy in San Diego just finished his morning run Wednesday when he saw something rolling down the gutter in the street. Once he approached it he discovered it was a lemon. Naturally he took out his phone and took video of the rolling lemon — 1-minute and 51-seconds of video. It’s one of the most-viewed and most-shared videos on Twitter this week. • VIDEO
Chocolate milk may be good after your workout! Researchers (in Iran) have again looked at chocolate milk as an exercise recovery tool and it turns out… it’s still good. A number of studies over the past 13 years have looked at chocolate milk. This study review reminds us that “chocolate milk contains carbohydrates, proteins, fats, flavonoids, electrolytes, and some vitamins which make this drink a good choice for recovery in athletes.”
Trying to eat less at dinner? Start the meal by thinking back at what you had for lunch and you’ll eat 10% less at dinner. Experts say that unless we make a deliberate effort to stew over what we’ve previously consumed, our brains (and stomachs) dismiss that information and signal us to gobble up more than we need.
FRIDAY THE 13th: HOW DID IT START? There are a number of theories about the origins of Friday the 13th and its association with all things unlucky. One theory is that the superstition stems from early Christianity because thirteen is the number of people present at the Last Supper (Jesus and his 12 apostles), which took place on Maundy Thursday. At the Last Supper, Judas, the apostle who betrayed Jesus, was the 13th member of the party to arrive. Jesus died the next day on Good Friday. • MORE F13 STUFF HERE
… Friday the 13th has become a big day for tattoo parlors to offer $13 tattoos and other specials on tattoos and piercings.
A 3-year-old Virginia (Winchester) girl has been hailed a hero for using FaceTime to call her mother after her father suffered a stroke. While Trevor McCabe was home with his daughter, Molly, McCabe heard a loud humming noise in his ears and felt like he was going to lose his balance. Moments later, McCabe was on the ground and felt like he was dying. That’s when Molly — age 3 — used the FaceTime feature on her father’s iPhone to call her mom. She was sobbing and couldn’t tell her mom what was going on. Then Molly turned the phone around so her mom could see her husband collapsed on the ground. Mom called a neighbor, who rushed over to the family’s home and called 911.
You can watch the absolute ugliness of politics and the biased media in full swing today as President Donald Trump’s nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court unleashed two political fights today; one over his confirmation in a narrowly divided Senate, the other a broader battle to energize voters of both parties ahead of November’s midterm elections.
In the Senate, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R., Ky.) faces the challenge of maintaining his party’s unity on health care, abortion and other issues over which Republican senators have splintered in recent months.
Mr. McConnell can’t afford any GOP defections if all Democrats oppose Judge Kavanaugh, though a handful of Democratic votes are in play that could give him a majority. Republicans hold a 51-49 margin in the Senate and with Sen. John McCain (R., Ariz.) fighting brain cancer in Arizona, they are currently operating with only 50 Republicans in Washington. The nominee needs a simple majority to get confirmed, with Vice President Mike Pence able to break a tie.
Senate Democratic leaders positioned the confirmation fight as a battle on health care and abortion rights, given that Judge Kavanaugh would replace Justice Anthony Kennedy, who at times has sided with liberals on the high court.
“In selecting Judge Brett Kavanaugh for the Supreme Court, President Trump has put reproductive rights and freedoms and health care protections for millions of Americans on the judicial chopping block,” Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D., N.Y.) said in a statement.
The two Senate Republicans considered most likely to oppose Mr. Trump’s nomination are Sens. Susan Collins of Maine and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, both of whom defied their party last year by opposing a GOP bill to repeal and replace the 2010 health-care law. Both also voted against a measure that enabled states to strip some federal funds from women’s reproductive-health organization Planned Parenthood and other health-care providers.
However, both Ms. Collins and Ms. Murkowski voted for Judge Kavanaugh in 2006, when President George W. Bush appointed him to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. Senate Democrats killed previous Kavanaugh nominations in 2003 and 2005.
“Judge Kavanaugh has impressive credentials and extensive experience,” Ms. Collins said in a statement Monday night. “I will conduct a careful, thorough vetting of the President’s nominee to the Supreme Court.”
Ms. Murkowski said in a statement that her standards for high court nominees are “rigorous and exacting” and that she would be reviewing Judge Kavanaugh’s judicial decisions, his other writings, and his performance in the nomination hearings. Judge Kavanaugh was scheduled to begin meeting with individual senators Tuesday, starting with Mr. McConnell. The Judiciary Committee will hold his nomination hearing later this summer. The panel’s chairman, Sen. Chuck Grassley (R., Iowa), called Judge Kavanaugh a “superb candidate” Monday night, but also indicated it may take time to review his long record.
“There’s a lot of paper to go through when they’ve been around for 10 years,” Mr. Grassley said broadly of the timeline before Judge Kavanaugh’s nomination had been announced.
The most vulnerable Senate Democrats up for re-election this year in conservative-leaning states gave little indication Monday night of how they plan to vote on Mr. Trump’s nominee. Red-state Democrats’ political calculus will become more complicated if any Republicans decide to oppose Judge Kavanaugh, leaving his confirmation to rely on Democratic support.
Mr. Trump invited to the White House Monday night the three Democratic senators who voted last year for Justice Neil Gorsuch, his first nominee to the high court: Sens. Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota, Joe Donnelly of Indiana and Joe Manchin of West Virginia. The three Democrats didn’t attend the White House announcement. Backing Judge Kavanaugh could boost their support among independent and swing voters in their home states this fall. But such a move could also cost them among some Democrats. Ms. Heitkamp’s opponent, Republican Rep. Kevin Cramer, said he would support Judge Kavanaugh soon after Mr. Trump’s announcement.
Mr. Manchin said his support for Justice Gorsuch didn’t indicate how he would vote on Judge Kavanaugh. He signaled that he would be weighing the impact his confirmation would have on the 2010 Affordable Care Act.
Following his Supreme Court nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court, today President Donald Trump is off to a seven-day tour through Europe that will begin with him confronting jittery NATO allies over military spending and end with a summit with President Vladimir Putin that will seek to reset U.S. relations with Moscow.
The trip will showcase two foreign-policy thrusts of the administration: Mr. Trump’s contention that the U.S. has been unfairly treated by its European allies on trade and security, and his interest in improving relations with Russia, despite Moscow’s efforts to divide the West and meddle in elections in the U.S. and across Europe.
It also comes on the heels of a similar one-two combination last month that European allies and some U.S. officials say they are loath to repeat: a contentious meeting in Quebec with members of the Group of Seven, including the major European powers, followed by a Singapore summit between Mr. Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.
“Trump is comfortable being alone and leading on an issue, and eventually having people come over to him,” said a former Trump national-security official. “If they don’t come over to him, the risk is perhaps diminished American prestige if he’s not able to pull it off.”
On Wednesday and Thursday, Mr. Trump will attend the North Atlantic Treaty Organization summit in Brussels, where he is expected to hold a single bilateral meeting, with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg. On Thursday afternoon, he will travel to London for meetings with U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May and an audience with Queen Elizabeth II, before heading to Scotland to prepare for Monday’s summit in Helsinki with Mr. Putin.
Mr. Trump is departing for Europe hours after he announced his pick to fill the Supreme Court vacancy left by retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy. His new communications adviser, Bill Shine, was expected to accompany the president on the trip, according to a White House official.
As he left the White House on Tuesday morning, Mr. Trump expressed confidence about his upcoming summit with Mr. Putin while describing “turmoil” in the U.K. Listing the stops on his trip, he told reporters: “I have NATO, I have the U.K.—that’s a situation with turmoil. And I have Putin. Frankly, Putin may be the easiest of all.”
He also praised his relationship with Mrs. May but stopped short of calling for her to remain in her post amid a series of recent resignations in the British government. “That’s up to the people,” he said of Mrs. May’s future. “I get along with her very well. That’s up to the people.”
Within the Trump administration, officials are divided over how to approach the NATO summit. Since his inauguration, Mr. Trump has criticized NATO allies for not meeting their defense-spending commitments, complaints he reiterated in a series of letters to NATO leaders last month.
The European Union issued a stark rebuke Tuesday to Mr. Trump’s criticism, warning the U.S. against undermining the trans-Atlantic alliance a day before the NATO summit.
“Money is important, but genuine solidarity is even more important,” European Council President Donald Tusk said. “America, appreciate your allies, after all you don’t have that many.”
Those remarks seemed to have little effect on Mr. Trump’s approach.
“The U.S. is spending many times more than any other country in order to protect them. Not fair to the U.S. taxpayer,” he tweeted Tuesday. “On top of that we lose $151 Billion on Trade with the European Union. Charge us big Tariffs (& Barriers)!”
A group of firefighters and paramedics in Pasco County, Florida, are being praised for going “beyond the call of duty” after a man suffered a heart attack. That man, Gene Work, was laying sod in his yard when he started experiencing symptoms of a heart attack. As Gene faded in and out of consciousness, he was begging his wife to figure out a way to lay down the sod, “because he didn’t want it to go to waste and die.”
Gene was rushed to the hospital with his wife by his side while his brother-in-law, who witnessed the heart attack, stayed behind to finish the project. As his brother-in-law was laying down the sod, he heard the distant rumble of huge trucks on the road. He turned around and saw the fire truck and ambulance had come back. Before he knew it, seven firefighters and paramedics jumped out of the vehicle, rolled up their sleeves and got to work.
Michelin Tires is investigating the use of wood in its tires. The wood will be sourced from industry waste, and it could help reduce reliance on something you might not think about with tires — oil.
… Currently around 80 percent of the materials in a standard car tire come from the oil industry. Using waste wood to create elastomers (flexible polymers) for tires could be much more sustainable. Rubber will still be a vital component of tires, but Michelin wants that to be more sustainable, too. Michelin hopes to have a demo tire ready by 2020. Michelin is also researching 3D-printed tires that could last for the life of a car, being “renewed” via 3D printing whenever the tread gets low.
The International House of Pancakes is once more all about the flapjacks. The restaurant chain famed for its breakfast menu upset and entertained fans in June when it changed its name to International House of Burgers (IHOb) to promote a new hamburger menu. The publicity stunt/experiment wrapped up on Monday. IHOP posted on its @IHOb Twitter account that it’s now returned to its original moniker: “We really appreciate the burgerin’ loyalty, but we’re back to @IHOP again.” The restaurant group also updated its website to remove the temporary IHOb logo and replace it with the usual IHOP version.
… However, an IHOP spokeswoman said the chain will use “touches of IHOb” throughout the summer as it continues to push its burgers.
Wanna lose weight? Break out the pencil and paper. Researchers say keeping a food diary — a detailed account of what you eat and drink and the calories it packs — is a powerful tool in helping people lose weight. Their study involving 1,685 middle-aged men and women over six months found those who kept such a diary just about every day lost about twice as much weight as those who did not.
Parents let kids consume too much sugar in the Summer. Maybe the key to combating childhood obesity is keeping kids in school year-round. Researchers say parents let their children consume up to five times as much sugar during the summer holidays as they would any other time.
… Ice creams and sugary drinks were named as the biggest culprits.
Starbucks announced Monday that by 2020, it will no longer offer plastic straws at any of its stores. By redesigning cups and lids for cold drinks, the company will eliminate more than 1 billion plastic straws each year. Starbucks will invest instead in biodegradable “alternative-material straw options.”
… According to Starbucks, strawless lids will become the standard for all iced coffee, tea, and espresso drinks. Some observers have compared them to “adult sippy cups,” since both feature a raised plastic lip for drinking. Frappuccino drinks will be served with the new eco-friendly straws, but customers may request the other cups if they’d prefer no straw at all.
The U.S. government currently recommends that adults squeeze in 150 minutes of moderate physical activity each week, or 75 minutes of vigorous activity, plus two days a week of “muscle strengthening activities” like weight lifting or calisthenics. Across the board, the number of Americans between the ages of 18 and 64 who actually meet that recommendation hovers at around 23 percent, but some states are much more physically active than others.
… Some of the states with the highest rates of exercise are ones we already associate with health and outdoor activity. California, for instance, scores relatively high, with 24 percent of adults meeting the guidelines. Colorado has the highest percentage, at 32.5 percent. Meanwhile, the South, a region already associated with high rates of obesity and poor public health, has some of the lowest activity rates, including 13.5 percent in Mississippi.
… It’s not just a matter of region, though. Much of the Midwest, including Kansas, Nebraska, and Missouri, is at or slightly above the national average, while South Dakota is far below average. New York has a very low activity rate (18.9 percent) while next door, Pennsylvania has a much higher rate of 25.6 percent.
Want to look rich? Buy an iPhone. It’s difficult to guess how wealthy someone is based on appearances. But if you really need a shorthand to figure out if someone is rich or not, a new study suggests all you need to do is see what kind of phone they own. If it’s an iPhone, odds are they’re doing well for themselves. This comes from economists at the University of Chicago, who recently published a paper highlighting how consumer behavior and media consumption can infer demographic information. As it turns out, the iPhone is a pretty consistent symbol of wealth.
… Of course, owning an iPhone doesn’t mean that a person is rich, but the device serves as the most reliable indicator for determining if someone falls into a higher income bracket. The researchers wrote: “Across all years in our data, no individual brand is as predictive of being high-income as owning an Apple iPhone…” That data showed that owning an iPhone gave the researchers a 69 percent chance to correctly identify the owner as “high-income”
… Other products and brands most indicative of being high-income: owing an iPad; using Kikkoman soy sauce; having a passport; having heated/cooled seats in a vehicle.
More 70-year-olds are having good sex more often. Swedish researchers found 70-year-olds of both sexes are having more sex than they did 30 years ago, and many more women report being satisfied with their sex lives.
Do you know what nodding your head means? When you nod your head, you are influencing your own attitudes about important issues. When you nod your head in affirmation or shake it in disapproval, that action not only sends a message to others, but also influences how you feel and think about the subject at hand. What’s important about these findings is that body movements can exert their influence even when we’re not aware it’s happening.
A Tulsa, Oklahoma, business has helped a man who had been facing a more than $200 fine and a warrant for his arrest for an overdue movie rental he had forgotten about after becoming homeless. Lonnie Perry had rented the movie Ted in 2014 from a rental store. Shortly after that, he became homeless and packed up the movie along with his belongings. Perry had forgotten about the rental until recently, when he got a call and a letter from the Rogers County District Attorney’s Office. Perry didn’t think he could immediately pay the fine. But Jeff of All Trades, a Tulsa handyman company, went to the movie rental store and paid everything Perry owed on the unreturned DVD.
Twinkies….yum yum. It was five years ago this month (July 15) that Twinkies returned to store shelves after an eight-month absence. You may recall that Twinkies vanished in in late 2012 after Hostess Brands filed for bankruptcy.
… Die hard Twinkie fans were excited for their favorite snack to come back, but didn’t like the altered taste. Many noticed the ‘new’ Twinkies didn’t have the same taste and consistency as the classic ones. It might be because, unlike the classic Twinkie, the new one was frozen before shipping. This was done to extend its shelf life from 15 to 45 days.
In Seattle, soda sales are down but tax revenue on soda is up, where the city has made $4.4 million since a roughly 2-cent per ounce tax went into effect a few months ago. That’s almost a million more than city officials thought the soda tax would bring in. The tax has also had an expected result — a drop in soda sales in Seattle. The city says 1.984 million gallons of sweetened beverage were taxed in the first three months.
… The tax money is being used to help low income people, child care programs, and college tuitions.
By the year 2050 the World Economic Forum predicts the plastic in the oceans will outweigh the fish. Slowly — very slowly — humans are catching on to the destructive nature of so-called “must-have” objects like plastic bags and plastic straws. Restaurants are getting creative with some offering pasta straws instead of plastic straws. The uncooked pasta in the shape of a regular straw won’t harm the environment and is technically edible.
… Around 500 million straws are used and tossed away daily in the United States alone. In response, Seattle on July 1 became the first major U.S. city to ban single-use plastic straws citywide.
A Tennessee (Brentwood) woman is recovering after a brown recluse spider bit her several times. Angela Wright said she woke up with arm pain and noticed a couple bumps on her chest and arm, but didn’t think much of it. She went to the doctor’s office and was sent home with medication. Wright was rushed to the emergency room a couple days later after she described feeling like she was hallucinating. She notified management at her “Views of Brentwood” apartment complex, which sprayed her unit. Wright said the dangerous spiders came back. She says she was finding brown recluses in her bed, in the ceiling, in her shoe. She is in the process of moving out of her apartment and asked the complex to break her lease.
Have you ever wondered just how much ‘air’ is in a bag of chips? Using the water displacement method, someone measured the percent of air per bag of chips for 14 different brands of chips. The overall average across the 14 brands was 43%. • INFOGRAPHIC
A woman in Colorado (Longmont) was out getting coffee when she saw a squirrel lugging a slice of pepperoni pizza toward a tree and, naturally, started filming. But the squirrel never got to enjoy its pizza, because moments after the woman put away her phone, a butt-hole dog ran up and performed an act of canine robbery. She says a dog came up just after she finished filming and barked at Pizza Squirrel, who went running up the tree. Pizza Dog snagged the food for himself. • VIDEO
In Washington D.C. on Friday, Scott Pruitt, the embattled administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, resigned after allegations of ethical lapses and improper spending overshadowed his aggressive campaign to roll back Obama-era environmental rules. President Trump apparently has had enough of Pruitt.
Trump announced Mr. Pruitt’s departure in a tweet, said Mr. Pruitt’s deputy, Andrew Wheeler, would become acting EPA administrator on Monday.
A former lobbyist for the coal industry, Mr. Wheeler is expected to continue Mr. Pruitt’s push to position the EPA as an agency that avoids stifling business investment or opportunity while seeking to protect the environment and enforce environmental laws, after years in which many Republicans complained the agency overreached in its regulations.
Mr. Pruitt had become a lightning rod for administration critics, fueled not only by his approach to environmental policy but a string of controversies involving his travel, potential employment for his wife, his living arrangements in Washington and spending at the agency.
“I have accepted the resignation of Scott Pruitt as the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency. Within the Agency Scott has done an outstanding job, and I will always be thankful to him for this,” Mr. Trump tweeted.
The president stood by Mr. Pruitt for months, despite the growing ethical allegations raised by both Democrats and Republicans. Mr. Trump, a Republican, frequently cited the EPA chief’s success in rolling back regulations advanced by Mr. Trump’s Democratic predecessor.
Mr. Pruitt withdrew an Obama-era rule requiring reduced carbon emissions from coal-burning power plants, and was considered instrumental in persuading Mr. Trump to pull out of the Paris climate accord.
The U.S. unemployment rate moved up slightly for the month of June from an 18-year low, but steady hiring and an increased number of job seekers suggest a strong labor market drew in Americans from the sidelines.
U.S. nonfarm payrolls rose a seasonally adjusted 213,000 in June, the Labor Department said Friday. The unemployment rate rose to 4.0% from 3.8% in May. Wages increased modestly last month.
Revised figures show employers added 244,000 jobs in May and 175,000 in April, a net upward revision of 37,000. Through the first half of the year, employers added an average of 215,000 workers to payrolls each month, well outpacing 2017’s average monthly growth of 182,000. That runs counter to economists’ expectation for hiring to broadly ease as the labor market tightens. U.S. employers have added to payrolls for 93 straight months, extending the longest continuous jobs expansion on record.
The unemployment rate rose in June from the lowest mark since April 2000 because 601,000 Americans entered the labor force, and not all found jobs. It’s a sign that historically low unemployment may have prompted some of those on the sidelines to start job searches.
Mom saves kids from carjacking. A quick stop at the gas station almost ended in a car theft and kidnapping in Dallas on Wednesday night, but a mother’s quick thinking and sharp aim with her gun saved her children and vehicle. When a man tried to steal her car with her 2- and 4-year-old children inside, the mother grabbed the gun out of her glove box and shot him in the head. The suspect survived, although the mother isn’t necessarily pleased with that outcome. She later told a Dallas TV station, “I should have just emptied the whole clip but I didn’t. I just wanted to give him a warning shot, that was it. I’m not a killer or anything like that, but I do believe in defending what’s mine.”
… When asked by the TV station if she had a message for the attempted carjacker, she replied: “I wish I would’ve killed you, if I didn’t already.”
Many Americans are searching for a new job. Nearly every job has its drawbacks, but for more than half of U.S. employees, their current work situation just isn’t cutting it. A new Gallup poll found that 51 percent of workers in the country are keeping an eye out for job openings or actively searching for new positions. According to Gallup’s latest “State of the American Workplace” report, 68 percent of workers say they’re overqualified for the job they have. And even if they aren’t looking to switch jobs right away, that doesn’t mean they’re thrilled with their present situation: Only 33 percent of employees reported feeling engaged at work.
Parents, if your child has behavior problems it could be because of smartphone use — your smartphone use. Research involving almost 200 families found that children whose parents were addicted to their phones were significantly more likely to have behavior problems. In the study, 40% of the mothers and 32% of the fathers admitted some form of phone addiction. This led to what the researchers call “technoference” in their relationships with their children where their everyday interactions were interrupted by digital or mobile devices whether during face-to-face conversations or at meal or play times.
… The researchers found poor behavior in the children was more closely linked to their mothers’ phone usage rather than the fathers’. This could be explained by the fact the children spent more time with their mothers who had fewer work commitments.
A man who was visiting Busch Gardens in Florida was hit by celebratory gunfire on the Fourth of July. Police say the man (Scott Deel) was walking at Busch Gardens with his wife when he felt a sudden pain to his left shoulder. His wife noticed he was bleeding, so they went to the Busch Gardens first aid center. A Tampa police officer responded and said the man appeared to have a bullet wound in his left shoulder, just above his shoulder blade. The officer said the bullet appeared to have come from behind and moved downward. It appeared to be celebratory gunfire. His injury happened at the same time that fireworks were being set off in the neighborhood surrounding Busch Gardens.
It was only a matter of time that the remaining half of a Kentucky bourbon warehouse which collapsed two weeks ago would come crashing down. The second half collapsed Thursday, sending another 9,000 barrels of liquor crashing down along with it. The Barton 1792 Distillery in Kentucky, which can store up to 20,000 barrels, was undergoing repairs at the time of the first incident back in June. Barrels from that collapse still haven’t been cleaned up because of worker safety concerns.
… Each barrel contains about 53 gallons of liquor. After the first collapse, spilled bourbon contaminated two nearby creeks, killing almost 1,000 fish. This time, the runoff was contained. The company is looking to build a new warehouse with hopes of salvaging the barrels that are still intact.
Gresham High School in Gresham, Oregon, is undergoing some remodeling. As crews reduced part of the building to rubble, they found a small surprise hidden in the bricks — a lost wallet from 48 years ago. Carrie Henry said she got a message on Facebook from the current principal of Gresham High School. The small, beat up wallet unintentionally became a small time capsule to Carrie’s freshman year of high school back in 1970. Inside was a brand new student ID card, a library card, a couple of pictures, a receipt and a menu from a local pizza place — which at the time sold a giant pizza for just $4.35.
A 92-year-old Arizona woman has been charged with the murder of her son after allegedly telling him “you took my life, so I’m taking yours” over his decision to place her in a nursing home. Anna Mae Blessing is accused of shooting her 72-year-old son during an argument at their home. Prior to the shooting, Anna Mae said she had been thinking about her son’s plan to place her in a home for a number of days. She told detectives she then took two pistols and concealed them in the pockets of her robe before confronting her son in his bedroom. The 92-year-old had moved in with her son four months earlier and a girlfriend of the son told officers she had “become difficult to live with”.
Research shows looking at their smiling baby can trigger the reward centers of a mother’s brain, giving her a natural high. Scientists asked 28 first-time mothers to look at photos of their own and other young babies and monitored them with an MRI scanner as they did so. The machine measured blood flow in the brain, giving researchers a clue as to where and when brain activity takes place. They found that seeing and image of their own child triggered a response in mothers and noted this was heightened if the baby was smiling.
A new study of 2,000 Americans who live with their partner found that things aren’t always sunshine and rainbows in the bedroom when it comes to sleeping harmoniously. When asked on whether they prefer to sleep in a separate bed, nearly half of those polled admitted they would rather sleep alone at least some of the time.
… One in five people named their partner as the biggest thing interrupting their sleep every night. Two big reasons: loud snoring (50%) and the heat coming off their significant (37%).
… It gets so bad sometimes that over half (57%) of people say they’ve actually snuck off in the middle of the night to the couch to get some much-needed shut-eye.
Duke, the Bashu’s BakedBeans dog has passed away. Those Bush’s Baked Beans commercials will never be the same. On Tuesday, Bush’s Beans announced that the dog who’d played the unofficial company mascot, Duke, had died.
… Duke, whose real name was Sam, lived in Apopka, Florida, with his owner and trainer, Susan. She trains animals to work in commercials. Sam had to be euthanized on June 27 due to an aggressive cancer.
… Bush’s addressed the dog’s fans in a July 3 post.
Alex and Jess Monney are remodeling their home in the San Francisco area and stumbled upon something rather surprising while renovating their bathroom. Their contractor found a note hidden on drywall behind a cabinet that had been removed. The note included two photos and: “If you’re reading this, that means you’re remodeling the bathroom again. What’s wrong with the way we did it?!?!?” One photo with the note was of the former owners, the Shinsekis; the other was of their pet bunny at the time, Cassie. • IMAGE
… Some internet sleuths are trying to track down the Shinsekis. Alex and Jess plan to add their own message to the wall before a new cabinet goes up.
Drink more water, lose more weight. A new review of prior studies shows dieters who drink more water have greater weight loss. That is all.
Joey “Jaws” Chestnut extended his reign as champion eater at the Nathan’s Famous hot dog eating contest Wednesday, downing a record 74 dogs and buns in 10 minutes to take home the coveted Mustard Belt for an 11th time.
… Miki Sudo held onto her title as the top woman’s competitor at the annual Brooklyn eat-off. Sudo devoured 37 franks and buns to take home the top prize for an unprecedented fifth consecutive year.
… Chestnut ate 10 more dogs and buns than second-place finisher Carmen Cincotti
Athletes who celebrate wins by drinking a few beers are causing more harm than good. Researchers say the body is in a state of dysfunction and repair after vigorous exercise and drinking alcohol can make post-exercise recovery worse — and the next workout much harder. High-intensity actions such as running, jumping, tackling and changing direction create temporary muscle damage and soreness.
… After intense sports and exercise, an athlete’s strength and endurance can be depleted for several days but proper nutrition and hydration can combat this — but alcohol is off the menu. Drinking alcohol slows down the repair process of exercise-induced muscle damage by inhibiting the functions of hormones that aid this process. And for athletes with a soft tissue injury, it’s even worse, as alcohol opens up the blood vessels and encourages swelling at the injury site.
Calling in sick is always a problem. A study says a third of us have lied about our reason for calling in sick. Not because we want a day off, but because we’re afraid our bosses or coworkers won’t think our excuse is good enough. For example, many who need to take some days off for depression, anxiety and fatigue will come up with a different excuse.
… Vomiting, flu and food poisoning are considered the most ‘legitimate’ reasons for taking a sick day.
Don’t worry about being nice to your partner when times get tough. Just don’t be a total a-hole. New research from Baylor University finds that refraining from being a complete jerk toward your significant other is more important than actually being nice to them during stressful times. In a survey of 325 couples, researchers discovered that negative behaviors, such as blaming your partner, “tend to trigger more intense and immediate responses” than, say, showing support when the going gets rough. In other words, being nice and supportive has less impact than not being a jerk during rough times.
A man’s wandering eye. If you’re a girlfriend or wife who hates it when your man checks out other women, you might have to cut him some slack. It really is in a man’s genes to look at other women, and it’s not really something that can be helped outside of sheer force of will. The reason (according to researchers at the University of Stirling and the University of Glasgow) is that while women are more drawn to (and attracted to) faces that are familiar, men go the other way and are drawn to faces they’ve never seen before.
… For the study, researchers showed a group of men a series of photos of different women, while women were shown images of different men. It turns out that men were less and less attracted to a female the more frequently they saw a photo. Conversely, the more women in the group saw the same man, the more attracted to him they became.
A study (Columbia Business School) floated a novel theory on why some white-collar workers lie, steal, and cheat — it’s partly their desks’ fault. The researchers said they found a correlation between “expansive” physical surroundings and dishonesty. As the theory goes, someone sitting behind a huge desk starts feeling all high and mighty, which affects posture, and posture influences behavior in subtle yet substantial ways. In this case, it makes people feel above the law, or at least above workplace rules.
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