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People’s Most Beautiful person is …Lupita Nyong’o

Known for her 100-watt smile & impeccable fashion sense, this Oscar-winning looker took this latest honor as a ‘major, major compliment.’

Thousands of Drug Offenders Get New Shot at Clemency Rob Quinn Newser Staff

White House calls for ‘justice, fairness, proportionality’

Thousands of nonviolent drug offenders now serving long sentences in federal prisons could receive clemency from President Obama under a major Department of Justice overhaul. Attorney General Eric Holder announced yesterday that “a larger field of eligible individuals” will be eligible for clemency under new guidelines and the administration is preparing for a flood of requests, reports USA Today, which notes that the move is part of a broader effort to reduce the federal prison population and correct past sentencing disparities. Holder said the White House is seeking “justice, fairness, and proportionality for deserving individuals who do not pose a threat to public safety.” Read on…
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Effects of Bullying Last Into Middle Age

Researchers say bullied kids more likely to be depressed adults

It’s not a revelation that bullying takes a toll—mental, physical, or both—on kids who are victims. But a major new British study suggests that the ill effects are still evident right through age 50, reports Reuters. Middle-aged adults who were bullied as kids tend to be in worst physical and psychological shape than their peers, according to findings from the British National Child Development Study. Its researchers have tracked 8,000 babies born in 1958 over the course of their lives.

Wild Discovery: Insects With Female Penises

Tiny creatures have sex for 40 to 70 hours                                                                                                                                                                                          

By Matt Cantor,  Newser Staff                                                                        For the first time, scientists have discovered animals whose genitalia seem to be swapped: The female has a penis-like structure while the male has an organ akin to a vagina, LiveScience reports. The animals in question are four species of flea-sized insects from the genus Neotrogla, found in Brazilian caves. Mating between the creatures is far from rushed: It lasts between 40 and 70 hours, and sees the female inserting her gynosome (what the penis-like organ is being called) into the male’s vagina-like phallosome to retrieve a teardrop-shaped sperm capsule. The gynosome is a “completely novel structure in evolution,” says Kazunori Yoshizawa, lead author of the study, published in Current Biology.  Read more

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Jermaine Jackson shuts down ‘Wife Swap’ after hoarding intervention

Apr 16th 2014 6:39AM

Did Hillary Fake The Shoe  Throwing Incident?

This image provided by the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department shows Alison Ernst. (AP Photo/Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department)

Limbaugh: Clinton Staged Shoe-Throwing

Suspect disrupted Holmes hearing in 2012

By Rob Quinn, Newser Staff

Is Hillary Clinton gearing up for a White House run by having stooges chuck shoes at her? That appears to be Rush Limbaugh’s theory: He told listeners yesterday that he has “people telling me her reaction wasn’t natural,” Politico reports. He explained that he found it hard to care about the incident last week, “because in my subconscious I think it was staged or set up or whatever. Look, folks, I know these people so well that I do not attach much genuineness to them at all.”

The alleged shoe-thrower, Alison Ernst, faces misdemeanor federal charges including trespassing in a restricted building and while Limbaugh complained that the media “doesn’t seem to have much interest in what motivated” her, the 36-year-old’s motive may prove hard to explain, the New York Daily News finds.

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Police in Utah have been horrified to discover the bodies of seven babies in the garage of a home in a small town south of Salt Lake City. Megan Huntsman, 39, has been booked on six counts of murder. Investigators believe she gave birth to the babies, at least six of which were born alive, between 1996 and 2006 and suffocated or strangled them as soon as they were born, reports the Deseret News. “It’s unfathomable,” a police spokesman says. “I can’t even imagine what’s going through somebody’s head to do that.”

(Newser) – We all know how important it is to get enough sleep—but a new study suggests that daytime napping may actually increase your risk of an early death. Researchers looked at more than 16,000 British adults over a 13-year period, and found that those who slept for an hour or more during the day were almost a third more likely to die prematurely, the Daily Mail reports. Specifically, they were more likely to die from lung diseases, and researchers say napping could contribute to respiratory ailments by triggering inflammation in the body. However, the researchers note that napping may simply be an early sign that your health is in danger, rather than the cause of the problem, the Independent notes.  Story continues…


The Obamas Paid Their Taxes

President Obama and first lady Michelle Obam at the LBJ Presidential Library Thursday in Austin, Texas. (AP Photo/Jack Plunkett)

Obamas Pay $98K in Taxes on $481K of Income

They donate $59K to charities

By Newser Editors and Wire Services

President Obama and first lady Michelle Obama paid $98,169 in taxes on $481,098 income last year, according to tax returns the White House released today. They paid an effective federal income tax rate of 20.4%. The 42-page document shows the Obamas reported donating $59,251 to 32 charities. That works out to 12.3% of their adjusted gross income. Their largest charitable gift, $8,751, went to the Fisher House Foundation, which supports military families. The Obamas also released their Illinois income tax return showing they paid $23,328 in income taxes to their home state.

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Va-JJs Grown In A Lab? WTH???

A professor at the Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine and taken demonstrates the process to engineer a vaginal organ in a laboratory in Winston Salem, N.C. (AP Photo/WFBMC Photography)

Women Get Lab-Grown Vaginas

Patients now have normal sexual function

By Rob Quinn, Newser Staff

Four young women are experiencing normal levels of “desire, arousal, lubrication, orgasm, satisfaction” and pain-free intercourse after having lab-grown vaginas implanted, doctors say. The implants—created in a US lab with tissue samples and a biodegradable scaffold—were used in teenage patients starting eight years ago, but this is the first time the results have been made public, the BBC reports. The implants became indistinguishable from native tissue within months and the women are theoretically now able to have children, reports NBC.

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