Serbia, Bosnian Serbs hold joint anti-terrorism drill

Published: Sunday, August 28, 2016 @ 9:23 AM
Updated: Sunday, August 28, 2016 @ 9:21 AM

Police from Serbia and the Serb mini-state in Bosnia have held a joint anti-terrorism drill that could add to simmering tensions in the Balkans stemming from the 1990s war.

The exercise, dubbed "Drina 2016," was held Sunday at the border between Serbia and Bosnia simulating an extremist attack and a bus hijacking. Several thousand people watched the drill.

Serbian President Tomislav Nikolic says that the exercise has shown that borders shouldn't exist when it comes to fighting terrorism.

Joint security drills by Serbian and Bosnian Serb troops remain a sensitive issue because Serbia backed Bosnian Serbs in their fight against Bosnia's Muslims and Croats during the 1992-95 war.

About 100,000 people died in the war, and millions were made homeless amid numerous atrocities.

When do adults reach peak happiness? Not until age 50, study says

Published: Saturday, August 26, 2017 @ 6:15 PM
Updated: Wednesday, October 18, 2017 @ 3:52 PM

Wondering what age you’ll reach peak happiness? It may be well after your 50s, according to new research.

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Scientists from Dartmouth College and the University of Warwick in England conducted a study, which was published in the National Bureau of Economic Research, to determine the pattern of psychological well-being among adults.

To do so, they assessed seven different surveys that questioned 1.3 million people across 51 countries. The questionnaire focused on individuals’ life-satisfaction and happiness. 

They found that happiness follows a U-shape over the course of most people’s life, where they experience high levels of euphoria in their teens and early 20s. However, it lowers over the next few decades. 

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According to the analysis, people are more miserable around age 50, and they become elated again in their later years on through retirement. 

“There is much evidence that humans experience a midlife psychological ‘low,’” the authors said in the paper. "The decline in well-being is apparently substantial and not minor.”

Researchers did note that other studies that have used more longitudinal data or examined the same participants over a certain period of time found different patterns of happiness. While some reported more wavy patterns, others saw more flat routes. 

Despite the differences, the scientists believe their conclusions will prove effective. 

“Our own view,” they wrote, “is that these kinds of plots of happiness and life satisfaction should be shown - with a discussion of appropriate caveats - to all young psychologists and economists.”

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Prince William, Kate Middleton expect 3rd child in spring

Published: Tuesday, October 17, 2017 @ 11:12 AM

Third Child Coming for Prince William, Kate Middleton

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge on Tuesday announced that the couple is expecting their third child in April.

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Kensington Palace officials shared the announcement in a post on Twitter.

The duke and duchess of Cambridge, Prince William and Kate Middleton, announced last month that they were expecting. The couple has two children, 4-year-old Prince George and 2-year-old Princess Charlotte.

Kensington Palace officials said in a statement that Queen Elizabeth and other family members were "delighted with the news."

Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, Prince George of Cambridge, Princess Charlotte of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge depart from Hamburg airport on the last day of their official visit to Poland and Germany on July 21, 2017 in Hamburg, Germany. (Photo by Julian Simmonds - Pool/Getty Images)(Pool/Getty Images)

The duchess, 35, suffered from hyperemesis gravidarum, or severe morning sickness, during her first two pregnancies, and Kensington Palace officials said last month that she was again dealing with the illness through her third pregnancy.

Hyperemesis gravidarum affects about one in every 200 pregnancies, BBC News reported. Symptoms include severe and constant nausea, dehydration and reduced appetite, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

American hostage Caitlan Coleman, family rescued in Pakistan after years of captivity

Published: Thursday, October 12, 2017 @ 8:35 AM

Caitlan Coleman, Family Rescued After Being Held Prisoner by Terrorists in Afghanistan

An American woman, her Canadian husband and their three children were rescued in Pakistan on Wednesday, five years after the couple was captured by a terrorist group while hiking in Afghanistan.

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The rescue, prompted by a tip from U.S. intelligence officers tracking the family, was announced in a statement Thursday from Pakistan’s army.

President Donald Trump identified the rescued captives as 31-year-old American Caitlan Coleman, 34-year-old Canadian Joshua Boyle and their three children.

Coleman and Boyle were abducted in 2012 and held hostage by the Haqqani network, a terrorist organization with ties to the Taliban, the president said.

“Yesterday, the United States government, working in conjunction with the Government of Pakistan, secured the release of the Boyle-Coleman family from captivity in Pakistan,” Trump said. “Today they are free.”

FILE - In this June 4, 2014, file photo, mother's Linda Boyle, left and Lyn Coleman hold photo of their married children, Canadian citizen Joshua Boyle and American citizen Caitlan Coleman, who were kidnapped by the Taliban in late 2012, in Stewartstown, Pa. Pakistan's military says soldiers have recovered five Western hostages held by the Taliban for years. Pakistan's army did not name those held, only saying it worked with U.S. intelligence officials to track down the hostages and free them after discovering they had been brought into Pakistan. (AP Photo/Bill Gorman, File)(Bill Gorman/AP)

A Canadian model nearly goes blind after an eyeball tattoo. She’s warning others of the dangers.

Published: Friday, September 29, 2017 @ 1:09 PM

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Tattoos aren’t uncommon, but one woman’s unusual tattoo session went terribly wrong when she nearly went blind after getting her eye inked. 

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Caitlin Gallinger, 24, from Canada, recently took to social media to share what happened when she attempted to tint the white of her eye, or sclera, purple. 

According to her Facebook post, the tattoo artist did not dilute the ink and used too much of it, which brought on an infection.

She claims she properly followed post-care instructions, but felt intense pain shortly after her appointment. 

After rushing to the hospital, she was prescribed antibiotic eye drops for about a week, but things worsened and her eye had swollen completely shut. Apparently, the medicine spread the infection, causing a clump around her cornea. 

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Now, Gallinger has to see a specialist and is “at risk of being blind if it doesn’t get corrected,” she wrote

She continues to post updates of her condition on her page. 

On Friday, she said she was still on medication, which includes pain meds and steroid drops, and there is still a lot of build-up in her eye. However, she said her “eyesight is still holding so that's good.”

She’s also looking towards surgery to remove any excess ink and is warning others to do their research before going under the needle.

“I am NOT sharing this with you to cause trouble, I am sharing this to warn you to research who you get your procedures by as well as how the procedure should be properly done,” she said. “Just please be cautious who you get your mods from and do your research. I don't want this to happen to anyone else.”