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Mattel introducing a Barbie construction set

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Mattel is introducing a Barbie construction set just in time for Christmas, New York Times reports.

Mattel is combining with Lego to create a line of pastel colored Legos for girls to create Lego-luxury hot pink mansions, to encourage girls to develop math and science skills early on.

The hope is that young girls will see the iconic Barbie character in the Mega Bloks Barbie character and be inspired to try the new toy.

Studies also suggest that dads will feel more comfortable spending time building with their daughter than they have playing "doll" with Barbie.

Wisconsin headed to Rose Bowl for third consecutive year

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After beating Nebraska 70-31 on Saturday, the Wisconsin Badgers are headed to the Rose Bowl for the third consecutive year, ESPN reports.

The Badgers will head to the Rose Bowl after scoring seven touchdowns in their first nine possessions.

The Badgers are the first team to have a five loss season to head to the Rose Bowl. The team is also the first team to go three consecutive years in a row since Michigan in the late 1970's.

The Badgers will play Stanford Jan 1, filling Pasadena with red -- a major color in both team's uniforms.

Oxytocin keeps men attached

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New research, released Tuesday, discovered a dose oxytocin could help protect monogamous relationships, LA Times reports.

The research showed that men in monogamous relationships given the hormone oxytocin will stand farther away from women they have just met.

The "love hormone" oxytocin has been found to increase bonding in parents and children at birth, increase trust, and reduce conflict between couples.

Researchers said that until now, there had been no connection between oxytocin levels and the maintenance of a relationship.

The research also suggests that oxytocin makes people more empathetic and attuned to social cues, which makes the men in the study act accordingly and stand farther away from women when they are in a relationship.


LA declares 'Meatless Mondays'

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The City Council unanimously approved a resolution this week to make all future Mondays in the city of Los Angeles 'Meatless Mondays,' NBC news reports.

Los Angeles is the largest city in the nation to embrace the 'Meatless Monday' campaign after the City Council voted 12-0 approving the non-binding resolution.

Councilwoman Jan Perry, who co-introduced the resolution with Councilman Ed Reyes said the campaign not only helps reduce common illnesses in the United States, such as heart disease and various cancer, but it also can reduce environmental impact of meat production.

Jaya Bhumitra,campaigns director for the group Compassion Over Killing, said eliminating meat from your diet one day a week will reduce the environmental impact an equivalent of two days driving.

NYC marathoners run anyway

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After the abrupt cancellation of the New York City Marathon on Friday, runners hit the streets and ran anyway, helping Hurricane Sandy victims along the way, CBS News reports.

Although the marathon was officially canceled, many runners decided to run anyway, helping victims on Staten Island or donating items and running the marathon around Central Park in NYC.

New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced the cancellation of the world's largest marathon due to the large amount of criticism, many wanting volunteers to aid the victims of Hurricane Sandy instead of helping to run the marathon.

The runners set up groups to run and help online and gathered at the still up starting line at 8 A.M. Many runners donated items at cardboard box station, then ran clock-wise or counter-clock-wise around Central Park. Some runners said said they wanted to finish what they started.

Other runners packed back-packs of items and helped Hurricane victims in Staten Island.

One runner, Hana Abdo, said that although she had been training two years for the marathon, she realizes that many people have lost much more than two years of there time.

An 8-year-old gir wrote a response to Dwell magazine's article about the realease of the Architect Barbie, Huffington Post reports.

Olivia Steger, 8, wrote the response to a Dwell magazine article about the pros and cons of the new "Barbie I can be... Architect Doll" for girls.

In the original article, the writer discusses how the Barbie introduces the idea that girls can do anything, but also has Barbie wearing a dress, loads of make-up, and high heels. A get-up that the author said is unrealistic for an architect.

Stegner said she really enjoyed the article. She suggested that the Barbie gets sent out with information about being an architect or a home-design game so that the girls can know what the doll means.

Stegner pointed out that there aren't many female architects that can serve as role models for young girls. She said that Frank Lloyd Wright is her favorite architect, but he wouldn't inspire most girls to become architects because, "after all, he is a man."

Olympic swimmer, Missy Franklin, commits to Cali

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Missy Franklin, a five-time medalist from the Summer 2012 Olympics, announced verbally that she will attend the University of California, Fox Sports reports.

''Committed to swim at Cal Berkeley! I am officially a baby Golden Bear [symbols] I am so honored to be a part of such a special team! #GoBears,'' Franklin tweeted Saturday.

Franklin will join Summer 2012 Olympic Swimming Coach, Teri McKeever, as well as olympic teammate Rachel Bootsma on the Bears.

Franklin only plans on swimming at the collegiate level for two years until going pro in 2015 before the 2016 Rio Olympics.

24 mile skydive breaks records

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Australian skydiver jumped through the stratosphere on Sunday, breaking three world records, Chicago Tribune reports.

Felix Baumgartner, 43, broke three world records as he jumped from 24 miles above Roswell, Mexico.

Baumgartner broke the records for the highest altitude manned balloon flight, the highest altitude skydive, and was the first person to break the sound barrier. His maximum speed was around 833.9 miles per hour.

Baumgartner's decent took about 2 1/2 hours and he broke the highest sky jump on record by five miles.

UW-Stout officers honored for saving student's life.

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UW-Stout officers were honored for saving the life of a freshman student on Sept. 27, Journal Sentinel reports.

Officers, Spetz and Peterson, were honored Sept. 27 for saving the life of Ryan Child, 18, when he suffered from sudden cardiac arrest.

Child had heart flutters throughout the summer but doctors had no idea the problem was severe. On Thursday Sept. 13 Child was walking with a classmate when he suddenly collapsed and fell to the ground, his heart had stopped.

Luckily, Spetz and Peterson were close by and immediately took action. Spetz kept Childs airway open as Peterson performed chest compressions, according to the police report.

According to the American Heart Association, few resuscitation attempts succeed after 10 minutes of cardiac arrest.

Spetz and Peterson were honored for saving the life of Child, as they responded quickly and immediately took action. Child says he beat the odds because of the two officers quick response.

"It's one in a million," Child said. "People don't usually survive this."

California bans "gay cure" therapy

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On Sunday the Governor of California, Jerry Brown, announced he signed a state legislative bill banning the controversial sexual orientation reversal therapy treatment for children, NBC News reports.

The bill will prevent those under 18 from undergoing therapy that's aimed at reversing homosexuality, and will go into effect Jan. 1.

Clarissa Filgioun, board president of Equality California, said Governor Brown has reaffirmed medical and mental health organizations outlook that these reversal therapies are not therapies but are prejudice practices that harm those in the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender community.

Human Rights Campaign President, Chad Griffin, urged other states to follow California's footsteps.

"LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) youth will now be protected from a practice that has not only been debunked as junk science, but has been proven to have drastically negative effects on their well-being," said Griffin.

The bill's sponsor, Senator Ted Lieu, said the pyschiatrist who pioneered the therapy, Dr. Robert Spitzer, has since renounced the therapy and apologized to the LGBT community.

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