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From Tom Kraeutler - Black & Decker Cordless Trimmer/Edger Eliminates the Hassles of Gas
From Tom Kraeutler - Black & Decker Cordless Trimmer/Edger Eliminates the Hassles of Gas
March 26, 2015

Tired of dealing with gas-powered outdoor equipment? The weight, the fumes, the mixing and the storing can be a real hassle. Now there's a high performance, high power, cordless alternative to gas: the Black and Decker 40V MAX* Lithium Brushless Trimmer & Edger.

This 40V MAX String Trimmer is an upgrade from BLACK+DECKER's existing bestselling 40V string trimmer because it features new, more efficient brushless motor technology. The more durable brushless motor provides 30% longer runtime than its predecessor, more power, and eliminates the issues of gas-powered tools.

The unit converts from trimmer to edger with the push of a button. The string trimmer features a patented gear drive transmission, which increases torque for more cutting power at the string. It also features a variable speed trigger, which allows for more user control over power and runtime.

At only 7 lbs, this string trimmer is lightweight yet durable. It has a wide, 13-inch swath and features the patented AFS system, which automatically feeds spool while trimming, with no bumping required. Its easily adjustable height and handle position provide maximum user comfort.

The Black and Decker 40V MAX* Lithium Brushless Trimmer & Edger comes with a fast-charger, which recharges the battery in under 90 minutes. It's also a part of a larger, newly expanded family of outdoor tools that includes hedge trimmers, sweepers, and mowers.

A high performance, high power, cordless alternative to gas, the Black and Decker 40V MAX* Lithium Brushless Trimmer & Edger has a suggested price of $179 and is available at Sears and Amazon in April.

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More Whole Grains May Boost Life Span
More Whole Grains May Boost Life Span
March 26, 2015

In more good news for those who fill up on bran cereal and quinoa, a new study suggests that older people who eat a lot of whole grains may live longer than those who hardly ever eat them.

Even the obese and sedentary appear to gain a benefit, the researchers added.

People should "eat more whole grains and reduce intake of refined carbohydrates," said study co-author Dr. Lu Qi, an associate professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School in Boston.

Qi added that eating more grains may even help people lose weight: "There is no evidence that [a diet rich in] whole grain increases calorie intake, and it may lower it," he said.

The finding does have limitations -- almost all participants were white, for example -- and it doesn't directly prove that eating lots of whole grains caused people to live longer.

In the study, researchers looked at whole fiber -- the whole seed of grain that's used in grain products like bread and cereal.

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Seattle Street Art Only Appears When It's Raining
Seattle Street Art Only Appears When It's Raining
March 26, 2015

Seattle may not be America's rainiest city, but it's certainly up there. That wetness, coupled with the dreariness of what seems to be an eternally grey sky, could get a little depressing.

But instead of staying cooped up next time it rains, maybe listening to Death Cab for Cutie because gloomy weather requires channeling high school angst, Seattle locals should consider going for a walk. You might stumble onto a "Rainworks" creation around the city-street art made from a sort of invisible ink that only appears when it's wet.

Local magician Peregrine Church has created 25 to 30 such "rainworks" around town, with more to come. He hopes the sidewalk messages will bring a little cheer to people who are sick of the blah weather.

"It's sort of the ideal Seattle art," Church says in an introductory video. "It's going to rain no matter what. Why not do something cool with it?"

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Bergdahl charged with desertion
Bergdahl charged with desertion
March 26, 2015

Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, who was held five years after being captured by the Taliban when he left his remote post in Afghanistan, was charged Wednesday by the Army with desertion and misbehavior before the enemy.

The misbehavior charge carries a potential life sentence, the Army said in a statement, but legal analysts said it was likely Bergdahl would reach an agreement that would result in a light punishment.

Bergdahl was released from captivity after the United States agreed to release five Taliban militants held at Guantanamo Bay.

He was charged with "misbehavior before the enemy by endangering the safety of a command, unit or place," according to the Army statement.

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Trespassing Suspect Left Credit Card Used To Jimmy Garage Door
Trespassing Suspect Left Credit Card Used To Jimmy Garage Door
March 26, 2015

State police in Pennsylvania say a trespassing suspect used his own credit card to jimmy open a garage door, then left it behind when the homeowner suddenly appeared and startled him.

The important clue helped police arrest 41-year-old Brent Henry, of East Butler, on Saturday in Clay Township.

Police say the homeowner heard a noise and caught Henry, who ran away but left the credit card behind.

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US conducting airstrikes to help Iraqi forces retake Tikrit
US conducting airstrikes to help Iraqi forces retake Tikrit
March 26, 2015

The Pentagon gave orders for U.S. and coalition forces to begin airstrikes to help Iraqi forces retake Tikrit, a senior U.S. defense official confirmed to Fox News on Wednesday.

Col. Steve Warren, a Pentagon spokesman, said the Iraqi government requested coalition support and that operations were ongoing Wednesday. A statement from the Combined Joint Task Force, the U.S. military command overseeing operations in Iraq, said the caolition was also providing intelligence and were assisting Iraqi Security Forces headquarters in the fight against the Islamic State, also known as ISIS, or ISIL.

An Associated Press reporter in Tikrit reported hearing warplanes overhead late Wednesday, followed by multiple explosions.

The U.S. and Iraq had been discussing airstrikes in support of a stalled Iraqi ground offensive against a dug-in ISIS force in the northern city, U.S. officials said earlier Wednesday.

The CJTF said Wednesday afternoon that Iraqi forces have ISIS in Tikrit encircled, but Warren said they have not yet made significant inroads into the heavily defended city limits.

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FDA OKs New Drug for Diabetes-Linked Eye Condition
FDA OKs New Drug for Diabetes-Linked Eye Condition
March 26, 2015

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Wednesday approved the use of Eylea, an injected drug, to treat diabetic retinopathy in patients with diabetic macular edema.

According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, diabetic retinopathy is a leading cause of blindness in American adults. A third of those over 40 with diabetes have some form of the eye condition, according to 2008 data, the CDC said.

Overall, more than 29 million people in the United States have type 1 or type 2 diabetes, and diabetes remains the leading cause of new blindness among people aged 20 to 74, the CDC noted.

In some people who have diabetic retinopathy with macular edema, abnormal new blood vessels grow on the surface of the retina. If those new blood vessels break, severe vision loss or blindness can occur.

"The major cause of vision loss occurs when abnormal blood vessels leak, causing retinal swelling also known as macular edema," explained one expert, Dr. Mark Fromer, an ophthalmologist at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City.

"Today's approval [of Eylea] gives patients with diabetic retinopathy and diabetic macular edema another therapy to treat this vision-impairing complication," Dr. Edward Cox, director of the Office of Antimicrobial Products in the FDA's Center for Drug Evaluation and Research, said in an agency news release.

Eylea is given by a doctor as an injection into the eye once a month for the first five injections, and then once every two months. It is meant to be used along with measures to control a patients' blood sugar, blood pressure and cholesterol levels, the FDA said.

The approval is based on the findings from two clinical trials that included a total of 679 diabetic retinopathy patients with diabetic macular edema. They were randomly assigned to receive Eylea or macular laser photocoagulation, a laser treatment that burns small areas of the retina.

After 100 weeks, patients taking Eylea had significant improvement in the severity of their diabetic retinopathy, compared with those who did not receive the drug, the FDA said.

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Brazilian bus falls through sinkhole, gets carried away by river
Brazilian bus falls through sinkhole, gets carried away by river
March 26, 2015

A video camera was running in the Brazilian state of Paras when a bus stuck on a road disappeared into a sinkhole and resurfaced in a fast-moving river.

The bus became stuck in the mud Monday on a road near the cities of Itaituba and Ruropolis when a sinkhole opened up and swallowed the vehicle whole after the driver and passengers had gotten off the vehicle.

The footage of the incident shows the bus disappear into the sinkhole and emerge a few seconds later being carried away by the fast-moving river waters next to the road.

No injuries were reported.

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Woman 'Physically Sick' After Her Anorexia Photo Used In 'Amazing' Weight Loss Story
Woman 'Physically Sick' After Her Anorexia Photo Used In 'Amazing' Weight Loss Story
March 26, 2015

Imagine if you used the Internet to find support for recovering from your eating disorder, and help inspire others to overcome theirs. Now, imagine that photos of you at your most sick were used in an article on "amazing" weight loss transformations.

That's exactly what happened to Anne Marie Sengillo of Cincinnati, Ohio.

She tells Yahoo Health that she first learned from a concerned reader that the photos she posted of herself showing her experience with anorexia on Reddit had been republished - without her permission - on a website named The Chive, touted to detail "funny photos and videos." The 27-year-old says she was shocked that the site only showed photos of her beginning weight at 150 pounds and her anorexic weight at 93 pounds in a positively spun story about weight loss transformations - not eating disorders.

Sengillo had posted a full album of photos documenting her path to recovery on Reddit. The album showed her going from 150 pounds to 70, 90, 110, 95, 105, 113, and 120 pounds.

"I was really mad because my whole reason for putting the pictures out there was to show, like, 'Hey, there's recovery, and relapse, but you can still get better,'" she tells Yahoo Health. "And they took all of that way. It made me physically sick because it upset me so much."

She posted her collection of pictures on Reddit to show her path to health, hoping to inspire others with eating disorders to show them they can also get better. She suffered with anorexia for seven years after her father's death but has been in recovery since 2013.

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From Warren Eckstein - Nevada bill would give medical marijuana to pets
From Warren Eckstein - Nevada bill would give medical marijuana to pets
March 25, 2015

State Sen. Tick Segerblom, D-District 3, introduced an omnibus bill Tuesday aiming to strengthen the state's medical marijuana law, and one of the provisions in the proposed legislation would allow pets of Nevada residents to receive medical marijuana cards on the recommendation of veterinarians.

"People these days believe that marijuana can cure everything under the sun," Segerblom told the Los Angeles Times, "from the inability to eat if you're terminally ill to problems with your nervous system. So if your dog has a nerve disease or uncontrollable tremors, this might be able to help it."

The senator said the bill includes several provisions related to the state's medical marijuana bill, but the pet provision has been gathering the most attention.

"This was an omnibus bill; it includes everything including the kitchen sink," he said. "There are a lot of things in it, but this is the one addition that people seem to be fixating on."

Segerblom said pets would only get medical marijuana "if a veterinarian says its OK."

"That will change if we get a law passed for recreational marijuana use," Segerblom said. "And it's going to happen. We've already got 100,000 signatures to get the issue on the ballot next year."

The Food and Drug Administration issued warnings earlier this month to two Washington state businesses selling cannabis-infused products for animals.

The FDA letters to Canna Companion and Canna-Pet said the products are "unapproved new animal drug(s) and your marketing of them violates the FDC [U.S. Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act]."

Canna Companion said its products provide the positive health effects of marijuana while "minimizing the 'high-inducing' concentrations of [active ingredient] THC."

Nevada state Sen. Mark Manendo, D-District 21, said he is skeptical of medical marijuana for animals.

"I've never even heard of this," he said. "Are there vets out there who would even know if this works on animals There are lots of questions."

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