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Veggies More Dangerous Than Beef

At least when it comes to carrying diseases

Vegetables may be more of a risk than beef when it comes to food safety.   (Shutterstock)
An apple a day keeps the doctor away—unless, of course, it’s carrying a disease. Turns out that vegetables and fruits are actually worse than beef and pork when it comes to making people sick, reports Bloomberg, based on a CDC paper from last year. Experts looked at illnesses and hospitalizations from various kinds of foods between 1998 and 2008. Healthy stuff, including fruits and vegetables, accounted for some 46% of illnesses.
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Teen’s Phone Ignites Under Her Pillow

Could be due to replacement battery, says dad

By Newsy, a Newser Video Partner
– Plenty of people tend to fall asleep with their phones in their beds at night, but one 13-year-old’s tale is cautionary, to say the least. Ariel Tolfree says her Samsung Galaxy S4 slipped under her pillow after she went to bed, and she woke a burning smell. Her dad tells KDFW he thinks the phone overheated and the battery—a replacement, not the original—swelled while she slept. Newsy reports:
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Dollar Tree to Buy Family Dollar for $8.5B

Combined chain will have triple the stores of Walmart

By Newser Editors and Wire Services


Posted Jul 28, 2014 6:43 AM CDT
A Dollar Tree Store in Barre, Vt., is seen Monday, Feb. 8, 2010.   (AP Photo/Toby Talbot)                                                                     Dollar Tree is buying rival discount store Family Dollar in a cash-and-stock deal valued at about $8.5 billion. Dollar Tree CEO Bob Sasser says the deal will give Dollar Tree more than 13,000 stores in the US and Canada. That is nearly three times as many stores as Walmart, though the Waltons’ behemoth still has greater square footage. The combined Dollar Tree-Family Dollar chain will have sales of more than $18 billion and Sasser says that the transaction will create a more diverse company with an enhanced geographic reach. The Family Dollar brand will continue to operate. 
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The “kissing bug” can transmit Chagas disease.   (Wikimedia Commons/Fernando Ot?lora Luna)

‘Kissing Bug’ Disease Prompts Growing Concern in US

Some 8 million people have Chagas disease, a life-threatening illness passed to humans by “kissing bugs,” or triatomines, living in Latin America. In the US, few people know about the disease—but the CDC figures that some 300,000 people may be infected here. In countries like Bolivia, which has the highest rate of Chagas in the world, it’s standard practice to screen expectant mothers for the disease, since they could pass it on to their children. But in the US, doctors rarely think to check for the illness


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300K have Chagas disease, little-known in the US

Casey Kasem’s Missing Body Case Gets Even Weirder

Private investigator says it’s in hometown of his wife’s lover


In this 2003 file photo, Casey Kasem accepts a radio icon award during the Radio Music Awards in Las Vegas.   (AP Photo/Joe Cavaretta, file)
(Newser) – The saga of the late Casey Kasem’s family drama continues: It was revealed this week that the iconic DJ’s missing body had been moved to Canada by his wife, Jean, who had previously been accused of cheating on her dying husband. Now, a private investigator hired by Kasem’s daughter from a previous marriage, Kerri, says Kasem’s body is in Montreal … the hometown of Jean Kasem’s alleged 46-year-old lover. The PI also says that lover, John Paul Gressy, has been living in Kasem’s Malibu condo—and was doing so even before Kasem’s death.
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Teen Who Sued Parents Files Restraining Order

Rachel Canning accuses Lucas Kitzmiller of choking her during fight

In this Tuesday, March 4, 2014, file photo, high school senior Rachel Canning appears in Morris County Superior Court in Morristown, N.J.   (AP Photo/Daily Record, Bob Karp, Pool, File)
Remember Rachel Canning? Yup, the teen who sued her parents for college tuition is back in the news, this time for handing her beau a temporary restraining order. Canning accuses 18-year-old Lucas Kitzmiller—the guy her parents wanted out of the picture in the first place—of choking her in the street during a spat early Sunday, Canning’s father, Sean Canning says…
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Who Ages Faster, Blacks or Whites?

Researchers find a 3-year gap in ‘biological age’

A black woman prays in church. Her biological age is on average three years higher than that of similarly situated whites, according to a new study.   (AP Photo/Muhammed Muheisen)
A troubling new study says that black Americans age faster and die younger than their white counterparts, possibly because of the “everyday stressors” of being black, Medical Daily reports. Researchers at USC calculated this “biological age gap” by analyzing the physical exams and lifestyle surveys of 7,644 Americans aged 30 and older, 11% of whom were black and the rest white. The study considered 10 age-related biomarkers (including total cholesterol, C-reactive protein, and systolic blood pressure) as well as education level, smoking history, and body-mass index, Pacific Standard reports. In the end, researchers calculated an average biological age of 53.16 years for blacks and 49.84 years for whites.
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CaseClosed: Blacks are killing each other so that is the main reason they are dying quicker than whites.


Nigeria’s New Casualties: Parents of Kidnapped Girls

11 dead as attacks, trauma-related illnesses take their toll

FILE-In this Monday, May 19, 2014 file photo, Martha Mark, the mother of kidnapped school girl Monica Mark cries as she displays her photo, in the family house, in Chibok, Nigeria. At least 11 parents…   (AP Photo/Sunday Alamba File)
                                                                     Whether Nigeria’s 219 kidnapped schoolgirls will ever come home to Chibok is an open question, but some of them will definitely never see their parents again. Seven fathers were killed this month in an attack on a nearby village, the AP reports, and heart failure, high blood pressure, and illnesses likely caused by trauma have claimed four more parents. “One father of two of the girls kidnapped just went into a kind of coma and kept repeating the names of his daughters, until life left him,” says one community leader.

Meanwhile, Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau is demanding in a new video this week that the government free extremists in return for the girls. President Goodluck Jonathan continues to refuse. At the same time, the parents and Jonathan are again planning to meet after a failed attempt last week, the BBC reports.


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Woman Busted After Posting Selfie in Stolen Dress

Facebook led police to thief within hours


An Illinois woman who shared photos of her eye-catching new dress on Facebook was arrested after the pics caught the eye of people who knew the boutique she had allegedly stolen it from. Police say Amanda Saxton, 27, shared the photos just a few hours after stealing a distinctive leopard-pattern dress and other items and still had stolen clothes in her hand when officers arrived at her home


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