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October 31, 2014

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CNN poll: Voters are angry
CNN poll: Voters are angry
October 31, 2014

Nearly 7 in 10 Americans are angry at the direction the country is headed and 53% of Americans disapprove of President Barack Obama's job performance, two troubling signs for Democrats one week before the midterm elections, a new CNN/ORC International Poll shows.

Democrats are battling to try and save the Senate majority, while hoping to prevent more losses in the House, which the GOP controls by a 234 to 201 margin.

In the Senate, Republicans need a net gain of six seats, and several state polls in the past month of contested races show that Democrats are in danger of losing control of the majority, and thus Congress. Currently, Democrats control the Senate by a 55-45 margin with two of those seats held by independents that align themselves politically with Democrats.

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Gerber Sued by FTC for Deceptive Claims About Baby Formula
Gerber Sued by FTC for Deceptive Claims About Baby Formula
October 31, 2014

Gerber, one of the biggest names in the baby food business, is being sued for deceptive advertising for claiming that one of its baby formula brands would prevent or reduce the risk of allergies when it had no scientific evidence to support that, the Federal Trade Commission said Thursday.

Gerber Products Co., a division of Nestle, was charged by the FTC with falsely claiming the FDA had approved it to tout the alleged allergy-related benefits of its Good Start Gentle infant formula. The FTC lawsuit seeks a court order prohibiting Gerber from making such claims.

"Parents trusted Gerber to tell the truth about the health benefits of its formula, and the company's ads failed to live up to that trust," Jessica Rich, director of the FTC's Bureau of Consumer Protection, said in a statement. "Gerber didn't have evidence to back up its claim that Good Start Gentle formula reduces the risk of babies developing their parents' allergies."

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Brittany Maynard:
Brittany Maynard: "I Want to Die on My Own Terms"
October 31, 2014

Earlier this month, Yahoo Health reported on the heartbreaking story of Brittany Maynard, a 29-year-old newlywed who announced her decision to end her life after being diagnosed with stage IV glioblastoma multiforme, an aggressive form of terminal brain cancer. In a video that went viral (to date, it has received 8.8 million views), Maynard said she wanted to "die with dignity" - focusing a national spotlight on the growing "death with aid" movement. The date Maynard targeted was Nov 1.

But in a new video released Wednesday night, Maynard said she no longer has a set date. "I still feel good enough, and I still have enough joy, and I still laugh and smile with my family and friends enough that it doesn't seem like the right time right now," Maynard explained.

On thebrittanyfund.org, Maynard shared photos from a recent trip to the Grand Canyon with her mother-the last item on her bucket list-and in the latest video, she said she hopes that her husband Dan will move on and start a family after she passes.

The evolution of Maynard's story reveals the difficulties that come with making an end-of-life decision - a decision that Maynard maintains she will see through at some point. "The worst thing that could happen to me is that I wait too long because I'm trying to seize each day."

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Dog leads police to fleeing owner
Dog leads police to fleeing owner
October 31, 2014

Police in Alabama said a suspect's dog turned out not to be his best friend when the canine led officers to his fleeing owner.

Prattville police said a Drug Enforcement Unit pulled up to a home to execute a search Tuesday and resident Edward Melvin Henderson fled on foot when he saw the officers pull up in their vehicles.

Henderson jumped into a 25-foot ravine near the home and continued running, police said. The suspect's dog, a pit bull-husky mix named Bo, then approached officers and was told by police to "go get him."

Police said Bo abided by the request and took off running after his owner.

Officers followed Bo to where Henderson was hiding in some tall grass.

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Hall of fame for mustaches? Why not?
Hall of fame for mustaches? Why not?
October 31, 2014

There are halls of fame for everything from baseball to rock 'n' roll, so why shouldn't those with a hairy upper lip get their just rewards?

The tongue-in-cheek American Mustache Institute says it will unveil its inaugural class for the International Mustache Hall of Fame on Feb. 11 -- the birthday of Burt Reynolds.

The Mustache Hall of Fame will be a virtual-only effort initially, but AMI says it is searching for a physical location.

Nominations for the inaugural class are being accepted through Nov. 30 at MustacheHall.com.

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From Tom Kraeutler - Easy Fall Projects to Get Your Home Winter Ready
From Tom Kraeutler - Easy Fall Projects to Get Your Home Winter Ready
October 30, 2014

Easy Fall Projects to Get Your Home Winter Ready

Winter is coming soon but there's still enough time for a few more home projects. This infographic outlines some simple tasks you can accomplish yourself to ensure your home is winter ready. So grab this list and get going, because you never know when the snow is going to start flying!





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Doug and My Cool Inventions
Doug and My Cool Inventions
October 30, 2014

Doug teams up with Akos Jankura 'The Solutionist' and John Cremeans 'The Doctor of Shopology' from My Cool Inventions Radio in a search for America's Top Invention weekday mornings at 9am (Eastern)!

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Ebola panic: 80 percent of Americans want quarantines
Ebola panic: 80 percent of Americans want quarantines
October 30, 2014

In another sign panic over Ebola is peaking, an overwhelming majority of Americans believe travelers returning to the United States from West Africa should be quarantined until it is determined they are Ebola-free, a new CBS News poll finds.

According to the poll, conducted Oct. 23-27, 80 percent of Americans support mandatory quarantines for U.S. citizens and legal residents arriving from West Africa. Just 17 percent said they believe those without symptoms should be allowed to move freely.

And 27 percent of Americans believe West Africans should be banned from traveling to the United States until the Ebola epidemic is contained.

There have been more than 10,000 reported cases of Ebola in Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone since March, according to the World Health Organization, and 4,912 deaths associated with the virus.

The poll comes amid a debate between federal and state officials over how to deal with health workers returning to the United States from the Ebola-ravaged region.

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Cocoa compound may reverse age-related memory loss
Cocoa compound may reverse age-related memory loss
October 30, 2014

A lab-created cocoa drink appears to improve normal age-related memory loss, a small study suggests.

After three months of consuming the special cocoa concoction, someone with the typical memory of a 60-year-old improved their memory to that of a 30- or 40-year-old, the researchers reported.

But, these findings don't mean the average person can boost their powers of recall with commercially available chocolate or cocoa products, the researchers cautioned. And a senior official with the Alzheimer's Association raised similar concerns.

"This is really not about chocolate," said study co-author Dr. Scott Small, director of the Alzheimer's Disease Research Center with the Taub Institute at the Columbia University Medical Center in New York City. "And it would be detrimental to one's health to try and run out and get flavanols from chocolate, which exist in chocolate, but in minuscule amounts."

The study authors pointed out that flavanols are found (to varying degrees) in many types of foods, including tea leaves, fruits and vegetables, as well as raw cocoa.

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