April 2012 Archives

The Feeding-Tube Diet


By Shannon Corrigan

The feeding-tube diet, also known as the K-E diet, is the latest fad among brides who are looking to lose weight before their wedding day, reports TIME.

The diet involves inserting a feeding tube into the patients notes which runs to the stomach for a period of ten days. Patients do not eat, but receive 800-calorie-a-day food supplements through a portable pump they carry around, reports CNN.

"The science is based on providing your body with only proteins and fats without carbohydrates or sugars, which force your body into what is called ketosis; this means your body burns up your stores of fat but not muscle because the program is only 10 days long. Because it is delivered to the body in a unique way through the K-E Tube, it works effectively and quickly," Dr. Oliver Di Pietro, who brought the K-E diet to the United States from Italy, reports CNN.

People have started to use the K-E diet to drop significant amount of weight or just to trim off a couple of extra pounds before a big event, reports TIME.

People use it drop significant amounts of weight or just to trim off a couple of extra pounds before a big event. "At first I decided not to do it for people who just want to lose a few pounds," Di Pietro told the New York Times, reported TIME. "But then I thought, why should I say 5 or 10 pounds are not enough? People want to be perfect."

Out of coma, Robin Gibb gravely ill

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By Shannon Corrigan

Bee Gee's star Robin Gibb remains in intensive care after waking from a coma and was diagnosed with advanced colorectal cancer, his doctors said Sunday, reports the Chicago Sun Times.

Gibb, 62, fell into a coma last week after catching pneumonia. He is now fully conscious and able to speak, but remains in intensive care and is "exhausted, extremely weak and malnourished," Dr. Andrew Thillainayagam said reports USA Today.

After several months of being ill, Gibb has canceled several public appearances last year.Thou his website said he had been seriously ill, he did not give more details. Several media outlets reported that he has cancer, which his doctor confirmed Sunday, reports The Chicago Sun Times.

"It is testament to Robin's extraordinary courage, iron will and deep reserves of physical strength that he has overcome quite incredible odds to get where he is now," Thillainayagam said in a statement reports USA Today.

April brings Strange Weather

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By Shannon Corrigan

Winter has made a reappearance on Sunday as a storm brought rare, unseasonable snow to the northeastern United States, while parts of New England are facing flooding, Reuters reports.

Winter storm watches and warnings are posted throughout the northeast from West Virginia, across Western Pennsylvania and into New York, reports USA Today.

The weight of the snow and the additional force from high winds will likely lead to downed trees and power lines, which will lead to multiple power outages ranging from western New York to northern West Virginia, says Weather Channel meteorologist Jonathan Erdman reports USA Today.

Once the snow ends, the forecast shows February-like temperatures in the 30s and 40s, reports USA Today.

Pastor's mother shot, killed outside Colo. church

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By Shannon Corrigan

A pastor's mother and a suspect are dead after being shot outside a suburban Denver church, the Seattle Post Intelligencer reports.

The woman was shot just as services were ending outside the New Destiny Christian Church on Sunday, according to authorities, the Seattle Post Intelligencer reports.

Members at the service who were inside heard shots, and an off-duty police officer who was among them went outside to confront the shooter, reports the Denver Post.

Pastor De Lono Straham told 9News in Denver that his mother had passed away after the shooting, reports the Seattle Post Intelligencer.

"Our job is to protect and to serve, so you're never really off duty for that," Raquel Lopez, a Denver police spokeswoman, said reports the Denver Post. "If, as an officer, we are in fear for our life or someone else's life, it's our job to do what we can."

Trial to begin in John Edwards campaign finance case

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By Shannon Corrigan

In a handsome politians fall from grace in a federal criminal case full of sex, money and betrayal, John Edwards', former presidential candidate, trial for alleged campaign finance violations opens Monday, the LA Times reports.

Edwards is accused of accepting illegal contributions totaling more than $900,000 during his 2008 campaign for the Democratic presidential nomination, the LA Times reports. The contributions were to hide his pregnant mistress from the public so he could continue his campaign, CNN reports.

Edwards' criminal trial is set to begin Monday in Greensboro, North Carolina, CNN reports.

In relation to the money dealing during he presidential campaign, Edwards is being charged with six felony and misdemeanor counts, reports CNN.

Tuna tied to Salmonella outbreak

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By Shannon Corrigan

An outbreak of salmonella across 20 U.S. states, plus the District of Columbia, may be caused by a frozen raw yellowfin tuna product from a California-based company, according to the CDC reports CNN.

According to a reports from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Friday, a total of 116 people have been infected with salmonella Bareilly since the outbreak occurred, 12 of which were hospitalized as a result of the bacteria, reports CNN.

No deaths have been reported, according to Fox6.

The product is not available for sale to individual consumers, but is often used to make sushi, sashimi and similar dishes available in restaurants and grocery stores, according to Fox6.

The FDA recommended that people use caution when eating raw seafood, learn about the source and "when in doubt, don't eat it," Fox6 reports.

400 Inmates Break Out of Pakistan Prison

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By Shannon Corrigan

At least 380 prisoners, including a minimum of 20 insurgents, were freed after Taliban militants attacked a prison in northwest Pakistan, UKPA reports.

The goal behind the jailbreak included the freeing of General Pervez Mushraff, a notorious Islamic militant who was involved in an assassination attempt against Pakistan's former military ruler, CBS News reports.

The raid of greater than 100 fighters displayed the strength of the uprising gripping the nuclear-armed country, reports the UKPA. Giving momentum to a movement that has killed thousands of Pakistani officials and ordinary citizens since 2007, the escaped prisoners may now rejoin the fight, reports UKPA.

The Pakistani government ordered a high-level inquiry to "investigate the gaps in security arrangements," the intelligence official told CBS News from Peshawar, in response to the jailbreak, reports CBS.

Killer of 77 People goes to trial in Norway

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By Shannon Corrigan

Amid worries that he will use the proceedings to showcase his radical views, the terror trial against an anti-Muslim fanatic who confessed to killing 77 people in Norway starts Monday, reports USA Today.

Anders Behring Breivik is scheduled to testify for five days to explain why he set off a bomb in downtown Oslo, killing eight, and then why he shot an additional 69 people dead, mostly teenagers, at a Labor Party youth camp on Utoya island, outside the capital of Norway, USA Today reports.

Breivik is anticipated to deny terrorism charges. According to his legal team, his logic for his attacks was "self defense."He had said his attacks were intended as punishment to the traitors whose pro-immigration policies were adulterating Norwegian blood, The Guardian reports.

Many Norwegians fear that Breivik will make an attempt to use his trial to promote his far-right views and will succeed, the Guardian reports.

Breivik has called several right-wing extremists and radical Islamist to testify, in order to show that others share his view of clashing civilizations, USA Today reports.

Flyers win to take 3-0 series lead on Penguins

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By Shannon Corrigan

In an 8 to 4 victory over the Pittsburg Penguins on Sunday, the Philadelphia Flyers took a 3 to 0 lead in the seven game series, sources report.

Danny Briere, Matt Read and Max Talbot each scored two goals in the fight-filled game, USA Today reports. Three players were tossed out in the first period.

The Flyers will try to close out their in-state rival in game 4 on Wednesday night in Philadelphia, Chicago Times reports.

Booming chants of "You can't beat us!" by the Flyers fans serenaded the Penguins, reported USA Today.

Tornadoes: Three Children Among Five Dead in Oklahoma

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By Shannon Corrigan

Five found dead in an Oklahoma town after tornadoes ripped through the Midwest; three of those under the age of 10, ABC News reports.

The storm hit just past midnight Sunday in Woodward, about 140 miles northwest of Oklahoma City. The destruction included 89 homes and 13 businesses, said Alan Riffel, city manager, reports the Boston Globe.

Frank Hobie and his 5 and 7 year-old daughters were killed when the tornado hit their
mobile home, Oklahoma medical examiner spokeswoman Amy Elliot told The Associated Press, reports ABC News.

Just a few miles away, Darren Juul and his ten year old daughter also died when the tornado struck their home, ABC News reports.

According to officials, 29 additional people were injured and taken to Woodward Regional Hospital.

Shootings in Tulsa 'May Have Been Revenge'

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By Shannon Corrigan

Two men were arrested after a shooting spree which left three dead, two wounded and a black community in fear, and police said one of the suspects may have been attempting to avenge his father's death two years ago by a black man, reports the Associated Press.

Jack England, 19, and Alvin Watts, 32, are scheduled to be arraigned Monday. The two were arrested Sunday morning after investigators were led to England's burned pickup, which matched the description of the vehicle reported at the crime scene, reports CNN.

Police confirmed that both suspects are white, while the five victims of the shootings in Tulsa, Okla. on Friday were black, reports Associated Press.

England had updated his Facebook page Thursday blaming the death of his father on a black man and used a racial slur. He said Thursday marked the second anniversary of his father's death, reports the Associated Press.

Authorities said they intended to charge them with murder, as well as other offences, reported the Associated Press.

Avalanche Buries 100 Pakistani Soldiers in Siachen

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By Shannon Corrigan

An avalanche smashed into the Pakistani army's highest battalion headquarters at an altitude of approximately 4,572 feet in the Gayari region Saturday, burying over 100 soldiers, sources report.

The Pakistani military says the battalion headquarters spent two decades situated in the mountainous location and had never experienced such a disaster, CNN reports.

The rescue effort were delayed due to difficulties bringing heavy machinery into the inhospitable are of the Karakoram mountain range, where temperatures drop to minus 70 degrees Celsius, reports the Times of India.

No bodies have been found despite the hours searching, reported the Times of India.

When asked about the possibility of uncovering survivors, Major General Athar Abbas, Pakistan army spokesman, said "It is too early to say anything," reports the Times of India.

Tulsa Shooting: 3 Dead; Police look for Shooter

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By Shannon Corrigan

After a man in Tulsa, Okla. shot five people; killing three and wounding two others, police asked the public for help in the search, according to the Los Angeles Times.

The shootings occurred Friday each within a few miles of the other. Police identified those killed as Dannaer Fields, 49, Bobby Clark, 54, and William Allen, 31, reports the Los Angeles Times.

Investigators think the shootings are linked because they all occurred around the same time within a 3-mile span and all the victims were black. They are still waiting for the results from the forensic tests, reported the Associated Press.

Of the two surviving victims, one is the only witness to the shootings and described the gunman as a white male, Police Chief Chuck Jordan said, reported the Los Angeles Times. Police are now searching for a man in an older-model white pickup truck, Jordan said.

The pickup was spotted in the area of three of the shootings, Officer Jason Willingham said Saturday, reported the Associated Press.

"We don't have one definitive way where this investigation is headed," Willingham said, reported the Associated Press. "Right now, that's the only thing we have to go on."

80-year-old Woman Lands Plane

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By Shannon Corrigan

After her pilot husband passed out in midflight, 80-year-old Helen Collins took control of the small plane and managed to make a safe landing, New York Daily News reports.

Door County police told local station WULK that the couple was flying above Sturgeon Bay, about 50 miles from Green Bay, when the pilot lost consciousness, reports the New York Daily News.

Helen took the controls of the small plane and called 911, and police alerted the FAA, CBS reports.

Rober Vuksanovic, a licensed pilot from Sturgeon Bay flew to her rescue. "As I was coaching her through the configuration change ... putting the flaps down, putting the gear down and adjusting the power, I was doing the same in my aircraft," he said, reported CBS.

Collins was treated for minor injuries after the bumpy landing, New York Daily News reports. John Collins, her husband, never regained consciousness and was pronounced dead at a local hospital, reports CBS.

Google's Project Glass

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By Shannon Corrigan

Google revealed their first look into "Project Glass," augmented reality eyeglasses that allow one to have Google services available at all times, reports the Washington Post.

According to a video Google posted on Google+ Wednesday, the glasses will be able to display messages, chats, appointments, weather and maps right in your field of vision, reports the Washington Post.

The glasses, which remain in the prototype stage, place a small transparent display screen above the wearer's eye that can show maps and other data. With voice commands, the wearer can get directions or chat a friend, reports the New York Times.

Although it is unclear whether people will want to wear glasses with a screen in their field of vision, those who have seen and used the working prototypes have said that the glasses do not interfere with daily life, the New York Times reports.

"They let technology get out of your way. If I want to take a picture, I don't have to reach into my pocket and take out my phone; I just press a button at the top of the glasses, and that's it," one person said, the New York Times reported.

Numbers Analysis

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By Shannon Corrigan

The reporter for CBS News discussing the CDC study of Autism did a great job of using numbers to tell the story. The lead emphasized a specific statistic saying that the diagnosis of autism, Asperger syndrome or related disorders has increased 20 percent from 2006 to 2008. This was one of the more astounding findings in the study and as the story continued more specific information was revealed. It made it easier to follow by starting broad and getting more specific.

It looks like the reporter did some math to describe the findings differently throughout. In some cases the reporter would directly say one in 54, but in other cases he/she would used percentages. This made the story and the report's findings easier to understand and comprehend. Although the reporter did do this once or twice, he/she could have mixed up the description of the findings more. That would have made the story more interesting to read.

All the information in the CBS News reporter's story came from the CDC report that was released Thursday. The reporter did an efficient job of attributing information to the original report.

By Shannon Corrigan

In the U.S. one in 88 children has an autism spectrum disorder, according to a report released Thursday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, sources report.

The chance of a child being diagnose with autism, Asperger Syndrome or a related disorder has increased more the 20 percent from 2006 to 2008 according to the report, reported the New York Times.

The CDC warned that the rate of autism prevalence "should not be generalized to the United States as a whole," since the study only included 14 areas of the country. What the study does conclude is that diagnosis of autism continues to increase, reports CBS News.

The study shows that boys are more likely to be diagnosed with autism than girls. Approximately one in 54 boys has autism, while one in 252 girls do, reports CBS News.

"This information paints a picture of the magnitude of the condition across our country and helps us understand how communities identify children with autism," Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, said in the CDC statement, reports CBS News. "That is why HHS and our entire administration have been working hard to improve the lives of people living with autism spectrum disorders and their families by improving research, support, and services."

In Cuba, Pope Urges Freedom

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By Shannon Corrigan

Pope Benedict XVI concluded his two-country tour in Havana's Revolution Plaza ending with a plea for "genuine freedom," sources report.

Changes between Cuba and the rest of the world can only happen if "each one is prepared to ask for the truth and if they decide to take the path of love, sowing reconciliation and brotherhood," the pope said, reports CNN.

The pope admonished Cuban authorities for not doing enough to allow the public exercise of religious faith, reports the Philadelphia Inquirer.

He specifically addressed the question of Catholic teaching being allowing in schools. Currently, the church is allowed to only instruct adults, reports the Philadelphia Inquirer.

"The right to freedom of religion, both in its private and in its public dimension, manifests the utility of the human person, who is at once a citizen and a believer," the pope said, reports the Philadelphia Inquirer.

By Shannon Corrigan

Mitt Romney will accept the formal backing of former President George H.W. Bush, which may add increased pressure for Romney's GOP rivals to bow out of the race in Texas, reports the Boston Herald.

In December Bush said Romney is "the best choice for us," while describing Romney as "mature and reasonable--not a bomb thrower," reports the Boston Globe.

Romney has made it evident how meaningful Bush's approval was for him. "I must admit this is much more important to me personally than even politically," Romney said, reported the Boston Globe. "He's a real hero to me and to my family and I appreciate his support."

Bush's approval comes just a week after his son Florida Gov. Jeb Bush announced his support for Romney, reports the Boston Herald.

The 41st president will meet Romney in his office for a photo opportunity that will be open for just a small number of reporters, reports the Boston Herald.

By Shannon Corrigan

Orange County authorities removed dozens of animals from a mobile home in Stanton, sources report.

Animal control officers, with help from law enforcement, took a total of 29 animals from the home, said Lt. Gary Strachan of the Orange County Sheriff's Department reports the LA Times.

Among the animals rescued were eight dogs, 18 cats, four rabbits, two chickens, several mice and reptiles, a raccoon and a crow, said Animal Care Sgt, Kyle Werner, reports the Long Beach Press.

The mobile home owner was given a misdemeanor citation for failing to provide "proper care and attention" to the animals reports the LA Times. The home was also marked as uninhabitable, the LA Times reported.

By Shannon Corrigan

The Minnesota Senate approved a bill Wednesday that would allow the University of Minnesota to become the first Big Ten School to sell alcohol in general seating during sporting events, reports KARE.

If passed and signed, the bill settles ongoing debates that have occurred since the stadium was built in 2009, reports KARE.

The addition of alcohol sales could boost university revenues by more than $1 million per year. The major concern of those opposed to this bill is to keep alcohol out of the hands of underage drinkers. This university is providing a compromise by limiting sales and consumption to confined areas such as a beer garden, reports the Star Tribune.

This deal still needs to be approved by the House and by Governor Mark Dayton and would then need to be approved by the university's Board of Regents.

University spokesperson Chuck Tombarge said he believes that under the bill, the university could also serve alcohol in Williams and Mariucci Arenas, reports the Star Tribune.

"We're certainly supportive of the direction," said Tombarge reports the Star Tribune. "This gives us the parameters to be able to balance the desires of the fans with responsible serving of alcohol."

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