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Donald Trump inauguration: Protesters take to streets outside 'DeploraBall'

Published: Friday, January 20, 2017 @ 9:58 AM
Updated: Friday, January 20, 2017 @ 10:17 AM

            NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 11: A small group of anti-Donald Trump protestors marches on 5th Avenue toward Trump Tower, January 11, 2017 in New York City. On Wednesday morning, Trump is having his first press conference since winning the election. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 11: A small group of anti-Donald Trump protestors marches on 5th Avenue toward Trump Tower, January 11, 2017 in New York City. On Wednesday morning, Trump is having his first press conference since winning the election. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

Anti-Donald Trump protesters who aim to create "a major political crisis" at Trump's presidential inauguration kicked off their efforts Thursday night by filling a street outside a building where Trump supporters were attending a "DeploraBall."

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Demonstrators chanted "No Trump / No KKK / No fascist U.S.A," and shouted "Shame," "Fascist" and "Nazi pigs" at Trump supporters entering the event at the National Press Club building on F Street NW, a few blocks from the White House.

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"DeploraBall" takes its name from Democrat Hillary Clinton's remark during the 2016 campaign that half of Trump's supporters belong in a "basket of deplorables" -- a phrase that Trump backers quickly embraced as a badge of honor.

Many of Thursday night's protesters wore masks to partially cover their faces.

Some protesters threw objects and occasionally lit small fires, burning a "Make America Great Again" hat at one point. Police used pepper spray later in the evening, according to an NBC News report.

Multiple protestors were removed by police.

Pre-printed signs touted a website, which says Trump's "fascist regime must be stopped before it starts" and envisions creating "a major political crisis, to which all the factions in the power structure would have to react."

Signers of a "call to action" on the website include Weather Underground co-founder and onetime Pentagon bomber Bill Ayers, Revolutionary Communist Party USA co-founder Carl Dix and others associated with the Revolutionary Communist Party USA.

Women happier after age 85 once spouse dies, psychiatrists say

Published: Friday, December 15, 2017 @ 9:04 PM


Marriage is supposed to lead to happily ever after, right? A new report reveals women over 85 are actually happier after their partner dies.

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The Health Survey for England recently conducted a study to monitor trends in the nation’s health. To do so, researchers surveyed 8,000 British adults to ask them questions about topics, including happiness, depression, anxiety, sleep disturbance and self-confidence.

After analyzing the results, they found that women have poorer mental health than men throughout much of their lives. 

About 28 percent of women aged 16 to 24 reported mental health conditions, compared to just 16 percent of men. The percentage, however, decreases for young adult women. About 18 percent of both men and women between 25 and 34 said they had mental health issues. 

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It dwindles again for middle-aged women. Of those 45 to 54, 24 percent of women experienced mental health problems, compared to only 16 to 18 percent of men. And by the time people reached 85 and over, it dropped to 14 percent for women and spiked to 19 percent for men. 

Why is that? 

Women “are still more likely to bear the brunt of domestic and caring responsibilities,” Kate Lovett, the dean of the Royal College of Psychiatrists, told The Times. But as they age, they tend to have fewer obligations.

“Men who are single, windowed or divorced are more vulnerable to developing depression and men who are in this age bracket may be more likely to be on their own,” she said. “Paradoxically married women are often more likely to develop depression.”

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Although the report showed women have more mental health issues, it noted suicide rates were three times higher among men than women. 

“Thankfully, women are more likely to also speak out about their mental health and seek support from services,” Stephen Buckley, spokesman for the U.K.-based mental health charity, Mind, said in the article

Want to learn more about the study? Take a look at the findings here

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Here’s why keeping a cell phone too close to your body might be bad for your health

Published: Friday, December 15, 2017 @ 8:42 PM

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Do you sometimes sleep with your cell phone? The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) has issued a warning against it, because the radiation from the devices may be harmful to our bodies.

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“Although the science is still evolving, there are concerns among some public health professionals and members of the public regarding long-term, high use exposure to the energy emitted by cell phones,” Karen Smith, CDPH director and state public health officer, said in a statement earlier this week. 

Why is it potentially dangerous?

When cellphones send and receive signals, they emit radio frequency energy, which maybe impact human health. “Children’s brains develop through the teenage years and may be more affected by cell phone use,” Smith wrote. 

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To limit the exposure, CDPH is implementing new guidelines, which include keeping the phone away from the body, reducing cellphone use when the signal is weak, decreasing the use of cell phones to stream audio or video, downloading or uploading large files and keeping the phone away from the bed at night.

They also are advising people to remove headsets when not on a call and to avoid products that claim to block radio frequency energy as they may actually increase your risk.

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"We know that simple steps, such as not keeping your phone in your pocket and moving it away from your bed at night, can help reduce exposure for both children and adults," Smith said.

Take a look at the details of the recommendations here

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Baby sloth born at Texas zoo needs name

Published: Friday, December 15, 2017 @ 2:39 PM

Texas Zoo Needs Name For Baby Sloth

A baby sloth born a couple of weeks ago at a Texas zoo needs a name.

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The Linnaeus two-toed sloth was born to Sid and Sylvia on Nov. 17 at the Animal World and Snake Farm. 

“The birth was an unexpected surprise for animal care staff members,” the zoo said in a release. “Due to the sedentary lifestyle of the sloth, along with their thick, wiry fur, it is exceedingly difficult to see outward signs of pregnancy.”

The unnamed baby will wean on its mother until it eventually becomes part of exhibits for the zoo.

The name contest ends Dec. 22.

Woman mauled to death by her own pit bulls during neighborhood walk 

Published: Friday, December 15, 2017 @ 7:52 PM

Pit Bulls Maul Owner To Death During Neighborhood Walk

A Virginia woman was mauled to death by her own pit bulls Thursday while out for a walk with them in her Goochland County neighborhood, authorities said.

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Victim Bethany Lynn Stephens, 22, was found in a wooded area by her father after he went looking for her when she didn’t return home from the walk, according to WTVR-TV.

He told told sheriff’s officials that her two dogs appeared to be “guarding” her body when he found his daughter.

"It appeared the attack was a violent attack initiated by the victims' dogs while the victim was out for a walk with the dogs," Sheriff James Agnew said, citing the Medical Examiner's initial report indicated, WTVR reported

"The victim had defensive wounds on her hands and arms trying to keep the dogs away from her, which would be consistent with being attacked while she was still alive,” Agnew told the TV station.

He said Stephens apparently sustained injuries to her face and throat.

"It appears she was taken to the ground, lost consciousness, and the dogs then mauled her to death," he said.

Goochland County Animal control has custody of the pit bulls, which will be euthanized.

The sheriff told WTVR it was a grisley mauling.

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"In my 40 years of law enforcement I've never seen anything quite like it. I hope I never see anything like it again," he said.