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Breastfeeding May Drop Breast Cancer Risk

BOSTON, Aug. 18 (UPI) — Giving birth to two or more children is linked to estrogen and progesterone receptor negative cancers in women who didn’t breastfeed, U.S. researchers say. Lead author Julie Palmer, a senior epidemiologist at the Slone Epidemiology Center and a professor of epidemiology at Boston University School of Public Health, said the […]

Addiction Redefined As Brain Disorder

WASHINGTON, Aug. 17 (UPI) — A U.S. group of doctors redefined addiction as a chronic brain disorder and not just a behavioral problem involving too much alcohol, drugs, gambling or sex. Dr. Michael Miller, past president of American Society of Addiction Medicine, who oversaw development of the new definition, says this is the first time […]

Competitive Scrabble May Make You Smarter

CALGARY, Alberta, Aug. 18 (UPI) — Competitive Scrabble players develop visual word recognition ability in adulthood — beyond what Canadian researchers say they thought was achievable. Penny Pexman, a professor of psychology at the University of Calgary, and colleagues say in their study Scrabble players were able to recognize English words — compared with nonsense […]

Dog Transports Keys For Golf Course

CHARLESTON, Maine, Aug. 18 (UPI) — Officials at a Maine golf course said they are employing their 6-year-old golden retriever to bring golf cart keys back to the clubhouse. The owners of the White Tail Golf Course in Charleston said Kaleigh’s job started as a joke when a golfer handed the keys to the dog […]

Girl, 9, Proud Owner Of Classic Car

DETROIT, Aug. 18 (UPI) — A Detroit man said he handed his 1958 MG Roadster down to his daughter, but the girl won’t be able to drive it for another seven years. Kim Brady, 50, said he gave the car, which he has owned for 23 years, to his daughter, Kym, 9, and made the […]

Sheriff adopts two cats for jail inmates

LINCOLN, Neb., Aug. 18 (UPI) — A Nebraska sheriff said inmates at his county jail have been caring for two cats he adopted to help the men feel “a lot more at ease.” Lincoln County Sheriff Jerome Kramer said jail inmates have recently been volunteering at a local animal shelter and their work inspired him […]

Bat Interrupts Town Hall Meeting

EPPING, N.H., Aug. 18 (UPI) — Officials in a New Hampshire town said a meeting of selectmen was interrupted for about two minutes by a bat. The Epping selectmen said the bat showed up about 46 minutes into the town hall meeting and remained in the room for about two minutes until it was successfully […]

Mo. Lieutenant Gov Admits Foolishness

ST. LOUIS, Aug. 18 (UPI) — Missouri Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder says he was young and “foolish” when he became fascinated by an exotic dancer at a strip club in Sauget, Ill. Kinder, a Republican from Cape Girardeau, is expected to run for governor next year against Democratic incumbent Jay Nixon. On Wednesday, Kinder told […]

Suit: Lifeguard Fired Over Speedo Refusal

LONG BEACH, N.Y., Aug. 18 (UPI) — A 61-year-old man’s lawsuit against the state of New York claims he lost his job as a lifeguard because he refused to wear a Speedo during his annual swim test. Roy Lester of Long Beach said he was employed as a lifeguard for four decades at Jones Beach […]

Syrian Refugees Dig In For Long Haul

WADI KHALED, Lebanon, Aug. 18 (UPI) — Syrian refugees fleeing the violence of the 5-month-old uprising against the regime of President Bashar Assad say they have lost hope of returning home soon. Human rights organizations estimate 1,700 people have died in the fighting and nearly 3,000 are missing. Some 5,000 more have fled to a […]


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