Monday, November 13th, 2017

 

1 dead, 5 injured as powerful storm blasts western Washington

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iStock/Thinkstock(RENTON, Wash.) — A woman was killed and at least five people were injured on Monday as damaging winds and heavy rain battered western Washington. The woman, a mother in her mid-30s, died in Renton, Wash. — about 20 minutes south of Seattle — when a tree came crashing down on her car, according to the Renton Fire Department. It is the first and so far only reported death caused by the strong winds and torrential rain that slammed western Washington on Monday, knocking down power lines and leaving moreRead More


Adopted woman whose birth family thought she had died finally meets them at 66 years old

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Courtesy Natalie Graves Tucker(EMPORIA, Va.) — Sylvia Kewer has always been a loner. The retired government worker told ABC News she had very few friends growing up in Emporia, Virginia. It wasn’t until three months ago that Kewer, 66, who was raised as an only child, would discover that she’s actually one of five siblings. Her mother, the late Leona Holmes Duff Goode Lambert, had four other children, whom Kewer met for the first time last Saturday. Kewer said she found out about her siblings just as she moved intoRead More


How to lower your blood pressure without medication

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iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — The new recommendations on blood pressure from the American Heart Association (AHA) will significantly increase the number of Americans diagnosed with hypertension, particularly in younger age groups. The number of adult women under 45 with the diagnosis will double, while the number of adult men under 45 will triple. The number of Americans that are recommended medical treatment will only increase slightly. The AHA recommends “lifestyle modification” as a first line treatment. However, it is not always clear to patients which lifestyle modifications are the most effective.Read More


After 8-hour standoff with police, Florida man told officers he was shooting rats in his yard

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Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office(PALM HARBOR, Fla.) — A Florida man allegedly fired his shotgun at rodents dwelling in his backyard after authorities were called to his property on Sunday, police said. Stephen Jonas of Palm Harbor, Florida, allegedly took his .223 rifle and fired off five rounds early Sunday morning, authorities said. At least one bullet struck a neighbor’s backyard, according to a statement by Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office. No one was injured, police said. Deputies set up a perimeter around Jonas’ home and evacuated the neighbors. A Pinellas CountyRead More


With end to cancer treatment in sight, man celebrates with marching band

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Keira Miller(NORCROSS, Ga.) — In lieu of the traditional ringing of the bell, Josh Libman recently celebrated the upcoming end of his cancer treatment with tubas, drums, flutes, saxophones and pom-poms, all courtesy of the efforts of registered nurse Alane Levy. Libman, 32, of Norcross, Georgia, was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer this summer and in July his left lower leg had to be amputated. That surgery was followed by rounds of grueling chemotherapy, requiring him to stay in the hospital for days. Levy learned of his plightRead More


Supreme Court will hear challenge to California pregnancy center law

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iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — The Supreme Court on Monday said it will consider whether a California requirement for pregnancy centers in that state to provide information about publicly funded abortion and contraceptive services violates free-speech rights. The petitioners, which say they are “life-affirming pregnancy centers”, argue that California’s Reproductive FACT ACT, “Forces licensed pro-life medical centers to post notices informing women how to contact the State at a particular phone number for information on how to obtain state-funded abortions, directly contradicting the centers’ pro-life message.” And that petitioners argue is a violationRead More


Watch now: Kelly Clarkson featured on Cracker Barrel's "Rocking and Stockings" live video series

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Vincent PetersStarting today and continuing through December 12, you’ll be able to enjoy some live performance videos from Kelly Clarkson. Kelly has teamed up with Cracker Barrel restaurants for the chain’s “Rocking and Stockings” holiday video series. She’s taped four live performances for the series: the video for “Love So Soft” is up now, and there’ll be new videos released each week for the next month. Coming up will be performances of the songs “Heat” and the title track from Kelly’s new album, Meaning of Life, as well as herRead More


Seattle, Portland brace for damaging winds, heavy rain

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ABC News(SEATTLE) — The first in a series of storms to impact the Pacific Northwest is hitting Monday, bringing heavy rain along the coastal areas and significant mountain snow across the interior. Here’s what you need to know: Snow accumulations could total over a foot in the highest elevations Monday afternoon through early Tuesday morning. Heavy rain paired with damaging winds are possible for Seattle and Portland areas Monday night. High wind warnings are also in effect for Seattle and Portland. Gusts over 50 mph could cause downed trees andRead More


Taylor Swift already within striking distance of one-million-plus sales week

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Mert and Marcus“Call It What You Want,” but Taylor Swift‘s new album Reputation is shaping up to be a monster success. Following the news that Reputation sold more than 700,000 copies in its first day in the U.S., Billboard reports that by the close of business on Sunday, the album had moved 925,000 copies. That means the it will likely sell a million or more copies by the end of the tracking week, which ends November 16. Industry sources tell Billboard that the album will likely earn Taylor her biggestRead More


Daisy Ridley says of "Force Awakens" performance: "I didn't think I was good"

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Disney(LONDON) — While her character Rey became an instant favorite with many fans young and old, Daisy Ridley gave her Force Awakens performance a thumbs-down. “I didn’t think I was good in the first film, and I was struggling with that,” she told Elle UK. Perhaps it was director J.J. Abrams’ calling her performance “wooden” on the first day of shooting that shook her confidence. “I was petrified…I honestly wanted to die. I thought I was gonna cry, I couldn’t breathe,” she recalled to Glamour afterwards. However, for The LastRead More