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More Millennials Living at Home with Parents, Even as Job Market Improves

During the first third of this year, 42.2 million individuals 18-34 years old lived on their own, according to U.S. Census Bureau numbers analyzed by Pew researchers. That’s fewer than in 2007, before the downturn, when 42.7 million headed their own households. Looking at just the post-recessionary period, the trend is for millennials is to stay with their parents. In 2010, 69% of this group lived independently. Five years later, the number has fallen to 67%.   read more

Chimps Don’t Have the Same Legal Rights as People, Judge Rules

The Nonhuman Rights Project contended that “Hercules and Leo are autonomous and self-determining beings who possess the New York common law right to bodily liberty protected by the New York common law of habeas corpus.” Judge Jaffe denied this claim. “Animals, including chimpanzees and other highly intelligent mammals, are considered property under the law,” she ruled. “They are accorded no legal rights beyond being guaranteed the right to be free from physical abuse and other mistreatment.”   read more

The U.S. Dentist who Lured a Famous Lion out of its Sanctuary and Killed Him

Minnesota dentist Walter Palmer has come in for severe criticism since it became known that he killed Cecil, a 13-year-old lion who was lured out of a national park in Zimbabwe by local guides. Palmer reportedly paid about $54,000 for the chance to kill Cecil.   read more

27% of People Killed in Police Car Chases are Innocent Bystanders

One of these innocent bystanders was Dillan Harris, a 13-month-old child who was fatally struck earlier this month near a Chicago bus stop by a man fleeing police. The suspect led police on a 3.5-mile chase that included running four red lights and driving at speeds up to 70 mph in an area with a speed limit of 30 mph. Watkins lost control of his car, jumped a curb and struck the stroller Dillan was sitting in, dragging it and the infant into a vacant lot.   read more

Loneliness and Too Much TV are Bad for the Brains of the Elderly

“Loneliness is a form of suffering in older people that is prevalent but undetected and untreated in medical practice,” said researcher Donovan. "Our work shows that loneliness, like depression, is associated with accelerated cognitive decline in older Americans." Other researchers found watching too much TV might also lower cognitive function. People who watch four or more hours of TV had a 1.5% higher risk of performing worse on cognitive tests compared with those who watched less TV.   read more

Tanning Salon Operators Sue Cancer Coalition for Defamation

The site provides many statistics on skin cancers, including that indoor tanning is linked to more skin cancers than cigarettes to lung cancers. Medical studies appear to support this surprising fact. According to the American Cancer Society, there were 224,210 new cases of lung cancer in the United States in 2014. A study published in JAMA Dermatology journal estimated that more than 419,000 cases of skin cancer a year can be attributed to indoor tanning.   read more

Lawsuit Accuses Conan O’Brien of Stealing 4 Mediocre Jokes

On January 14, Conan read this joke that Kaseberg claims he had posted earlier that day: “A Delta flight this week took off from Cleveland to New York with just two passengers. And they fought over control of the armrest the entire flight.” Then, on February 4, Conan used this joke, which Kaseberg claims he wrote and posted the day before: “Tom Brady said he wants to give his MVP truck to the man who won the game for the Patriots. So enjoy that truck, Pete Carroll."   read more

NASA Announces Discovery of Earth-Like Planet

Kepler 452b is larger than Earth, about 1.5 times the radius with five times the mass. More importantly, the exoplanet circles a sun-like star in an orbit that takes 385 days, just slightly longer than our own year. These qualities put Kepler 452b in the so-called “Goldilocks” habitable zone that scientists say could result in lukewarm temperatures and liquid water on the surface.   read more

Convicted of Murder at Ages 12 and 13, Brother and Sister to be Released 18 Years Later

The youngest convicted murderers in U.S. history will soon be released from prison in Florida. The 12-year-old boy now a 29-year-old man became an ordained minister while in prison. But he has “very little knowledge of the real world. He also leaves with the burden of a lifetime of probation, which one lawyer described to me as having one foot on a banana peel and one foot in the Department of Corrections,” Torres wrote. Catherine found love and married a pen pal while serving her time.   read more

Federal Appeals Court Rules Butt Dialers Give up Right to Privacy

Huff was talking to his colleague in a hotel when the phone in his pocket unintentionally dialed his office. The call was received by his assistant, Carol Spaw. Spaw listened to Huff’s conversation for 90 minutes, recording portions of it and making notes, believing it involved illegal discrimination. She then passed her material to members of the board. Huff claimed Spaw’s actions—which also included recording a private conversation between Huff and his wife—violated his right to privacy.   read more

Obama Adds One Million Acres of Wilderness to Federal Protection

The White House announced earlier this month that Basin and Range National Monument in Nevada, Berryessa Snow Mountain National Monument in California and Waco Mammoth National Monument in Texas would be protected as public lands. They join 16 other national monuments Obama has already created under the Antiquities Act. The president has set aside “more public lands and waters than any administration in history,” according to his administration.   read more

Latest U.S. Export to China: Phallic-Shaped Clams

Called the geoduck, the clam features a long probing siphon that bulges out of its shell, according to BBC News. The geoduck is the largest burrowing clam in the world, weighing up to 16 pounds. Its siphon can grow as long as three feet, and the clam can live up to 160 years, but most commercial geoducks are harvested when they reach maturity after about six years.   read more

8 Policy Decisions Bill Clinton Now Regrets

Haiti’s economy was hit hard by the damage done to its country’s rice farmers after Clinton called for an elimination of tariffs on imported, subsidized U.S. rice. In 2010, Clinton sat before a U.S. Senate committee and conceded “it was a mistake that I was a party to. I am not pointing the finger at anybody. I did that. I have to live every day with the consequences of the lost capacity to produce a rice crop in Haiti to feed those people, because of what I did. Nobody else.”   read more

Spam Emails Drop below 50% for First Time in 12 Years

Symantec issued a report saying that for the first time since 2003, spam is under the 50% mark. Other online attacks, such as phishing attacks and email-based malware, have also dropped. hackers have other means of attack that are on the rise. There were 57.6 million new malware variants created in June. Another form of attack, ransomware, has also increased.   read more

NASA’s Trip to Pluto Cost less than each of 5 NFL Stadiums and 2 MLB Stadiums

NASA spent $723 million on the nine-year, 3 billion-mile voyage to Pluto. The Cowboys play in a football cathedral that cost $1.33 billion. But that’s not the most expensive NFL stadium. That distinction belongs to MetLife Stadium, home to the New York Jets and New York Giants, which cost $1.6 billion to construct. Another billion-dollar NFL venue is on the way in Minnesota: U.S. Bank Stadium, where the Minnesota Vikings will play.   read more

Alert Driver Uses Missing Comma to Avoid Parking Ticket

After receiving her citation, Cammelleri’s boyfriend noticed a missing comma in it. It read that “motor vehicle campers” were prohibited, when it should have read “motor vehicle, campers.” She argued in court that the ordinance applied to a type of vehicle she didn’t own, and Judge Robert Hendrickson of the 12th Ohio District Court of Appeals agreed. In his ruling, Hendrickson threw out the ticket and ordered the city to reimburse Cammelleri $1,500 for towing and legal fees.   read more
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More Millennials Living at Home with Parents, Even as Job Market Improves

During the first third of this year, 42.2 million individuals 18-34 years old lived on their own, according to U.S. Census Bureau numbers analyzed by Pew researchers. That’s fewer than in 2007, before the downturn, when 42.7 million headed their own households. Looking at just the post-recessionary period, the trend is for millennials is to stay with their parents. In 2010, 69% of this group lived independently. Five years later, the number has fallen to 67%.   read more

Chimps Don’t Have the Same Legal Rights as People, Judge Rules

The Nonhuman Rights Project contended that “Hercules and Leo are autonomous and self-determining beings who possess the New York common law right to bodily liberty protected by the New York common law of habeas corpus.” Judge Jaffe denied this claim. “Animals, including chimpanzees and other highly intelligent mammals, are considered property under the law,” she ruled. “They are accorded no legal rights beyond being guaranteed the right to be free from physical abuse and other mistreatment.”   read more

The U.S. Dentist who Lured a Famous Lion out of its Sanctuary and Killed Him

Minnesota dentist Walter Palmer has come in for severe criticism since it became known that he killed Cecil, a 13-year-old lion who was lured out of a national park in Zimbabwe by local guides. Palmer reportedly paid about $54,000 for the chance to kill Cecil.   read more

27% of People Killed in Police Car Chases are Innocent Bystanders

One of these innocent bystanders was Dillan Harris, a 13-month-old child who was fatally struck earlier this month near a Chicago bus stop by a man fleeing police. The suspect led police on a 3.5-mile chase that included running four red lights and driving at speeds up to 70 mph in an area with a speed limit of 30 mph. Watkins lost control of his car, jumped a curb and struck the stroller Dillan was sitting in, dragging it and the infant into a vacant lot.   read more

Loneliness and Too Much TV are Bad for the Brains of the Elderly

“Loneliness is a form of suffering in older people that is prevalent but undetected and untreated in medical practice,” said researcher Donovan. "Our work shows that loneliness, like depression, is associated with accelerated cognitive decline in older Americans." Other researchers found watching too much TV might also lower cognitive function. People who watch four or more hours of TV had a 1.5% higher risk of performing worse on cognitive tests compared with those who watched less TV.   read more

Tanning Salon Operators Sue Cancer Coalition for Defamation

The site provides many statistics on skin cancers, including that indoor tanning is linked to more skin cancers than cigarettes to lung cancers. Medical studies appear to support this surprising fact. According to the American Cancer Society, there were 224,210 new cases of lung cancer in the United States in 2014. A study published in JAMA Dermatology journal estimated that more than 419,000 cases of skin cancer a year can be attributed to indoor tanning.   read more

Lawsuit Accuses Conan O’Brien of Stealing 4 Mediocre Jokes

On January 14, Conan read this joke that Kaseberg claims he had posted earlier that day: “A Delta flight this week took off from Cleveland to New York with just two passengers. And they fought over control of the armrest the entire flight.” Then, on February 4, Conan used this joke, which Kaseberg claims he wrote and posted the day before: “Tom Brady said he wants to give his MVP truck to the man who won the game for the Patriots. So enjoy that truck, Pete Carroll."   read more

NASA Announces Discovery of Earth-Like Planet

Kepler 452b is larger than Earth, about 1.5 times the radius with five times the mass. More importantly, the exoplanet circles a sun-like star in an orbit that takes 385 days, just slightly longer than our own year. These qualities put Kepler 452b in the so-called “Goldilocks” habitable zone that scientists say could result in lukewarm temperatures and liquid water on the surface.   read more

Convicted of Murder at Ages 12 and 13, Brother and Sister to be Released 18 Years Later

The youngest convicted murderers in U.S. history will soon be released from prison in Florida. The 12-year-old boy now a 29-year-old man became an ordained minister while in prison. But he has “very little knowledge of the real world. He also leaves with the burden of a lifetime of probation, which one lawyer described to me as having one foot on a banana peel and one foot in the Department of Corrections,” Torres wrote. Catherine found love and married a pen pal while serving her time.   read more

Federal Appeals Court Rules Butt Dialers Give up Right to Privacy

Huff was talking to his colleague in a hotel when the phone in his pocket unintentionally dialed his office. The call was received by his assistant, Carol Spaw. Spaw listened to Huff’s conversation for 90 minutes, recording portions of it and making notes, believing it involved illegal discrimination. She then passed her material to members of the board. Huff claimed Spaw’s actions—which also included recording a private conversation between Huff and his wife—violated his right to privacy.   read more

Obama Adds One Million Acres of Wilderness to Federal Protection

The White House announced earlier this month that Basin and Range National Monument in Nevada, Berryessa Snow Mountain National Monument in California and Waco Mammoth National Monument in Texas would be protected as public lands. They join 16 other national monuments Obama has already created under the Antiquities Act. The president has set aside “more public lands and waters than any administration in history,” according to his administration.   read more

Latest U.S. Export to China: Phallic-Shaped Clams

Called the geoduck, the clam features a long probing siphon that bulges out of its shell, according to BBC News. The geoduck is the largest burrowing clam in the world, weighing up to 16 pounds. Its siphon can grow as long as three feet, and the clam can live up to 160 years, but most commercial geoducks are harvested when they reach maturity after about six years.   read more

8 Policy Decisions Bill Clinton Now Regrets

Haiti’s economy was hit hard by the damage done to its country’s rice farmers after Clinton called for an elimination of tariffs on imported, subsidized U.S. rice. In 2010, Clinton sat before a U.S. Senate committee and conceded “it was a mistake that I was a party to. I am not pointing the finger at anybody. I did that. I have to live every day with the consequences of the lost capacity to produce a rice crop in Haiti to feed those people, because of what I did. Nobody else.”   read more

Spam Emails Drop below 50% for First Time in 12 Years

Symantec issued a report saying that for the first time since 2003, spam is under the 50% mark. Other online attacks, such as phishing attacks and email-based malware, have also dropped. hackers have other means of attack that are on the rise. There were 57.6 million new malware variants created in June. Another form of attack, ransomware, has also increased.   read more

NASA’s Trip to Pluto Cost less than each of 5 NFL Stadiums and 2 MLB Stadiums

NASA spent $723 million on the nine-year, 3 billion-mile voyage to Pluto. The Cowboys play in a football cathedral that cost $1.33 billion. But that’s not the most expensive NFL stadium. That distinction belongs to MetLife Stadium, home to the New York Jets and New York Giants, which cost $1.6 billion to construct. Another billion-dollar NFL venue is on the way in Minnesota: U.S. Bank Stadium, where the Minnesota Vikings will play.   read more

Alert Driver Uses Missing Comma to Avoid Parking Ticket

After receiving her citation, Cammelleri’s boyfriend noticed a missing comma in it. It read that “motor vehicle campers” were prohibited, when it should have read “motor vehicle, campers.” She argued in court that the ordinance applied to a type of vehicle she didn’t own, and Judge Robert Hendrickson of the 12th Ohio District Court of Appeals agreed. In his ruling, Hendrickson threw out the ticket and ordered the city to reimburse Cammelleri $1,500 for towing and legal fees.   read more
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