Only 5% of Americans Wash Their Hands Right


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In news that’s sure to upset germophobes everywhere, a study from Michigan State University has found that 95% of people do not wash their hands properly.

According to the New York Times, the study’s authors dispatched twelve undercover researchers to public restrooms in a college town in Michigan, where they surreptitiously monitored 3,749 people as they scrubbed, rinsed, or just zipped up their pants and left.

(MORE:Could Hand-washing Boost Your Workplace Productivity?)

The researchers found that for every 100 people observed, only five washed their hands properly, meaning they washed their hands with soap for at least 15 seconds. The Atlanticnotes that even this standard falls short of the CDC’s guidelines, which advise a good twenty-second scrub of the hands (front, back, between the fingers and under the nails) or long enough to hum the “Happy Birthday” song twice.

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“Victim of alleged rape at Marine base: ‘I thought … I would be safe’


NBC NEWS

By Michael Isikoff

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A 23-year-old Washington, D.C. woman who alleges she was raped on a Marine Corps base just blocks from the U.S. Capitol said she never thought she’d be in danger among members of the military

“I thought I was going to a place where I would be safe,” said Karalen Morthole in an exclusive interview with NBC News. “In my head, I thought these are people who are supposed to be protecting me.”

This week a Marine Corps general ordered that Master Sgt. Ronald E. Bohlayer be charged with raping Morthole after a night of partying and drinking last July at the historic Marine Barracks on Capitol Hill. The charges come as the entire U.S. military is under fire for its handling of sexual assault cases, and barely a year after the release of an Oscar-nominated documentary, “The Invisible War,” that featured allegations of sexual assault and raucous drinking at the Barracks. The allegations got widespread attention from Congress despite strong denials from the Marine Corps.

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“U.S.: Syria used chemical weapons, crossing ‘red line”


CBS NEWS

By STEVE CHAGGARIS, STEPHANIE CONDON

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The Obama administration has concluded that Syrian President Bashar Assad‘s government used chemical weapons against the rebels seeking to overthrow him and, in a major policy shift, President Obama has decided to supply military support to the rebels, the White House announced Thursday.

“The president has made a decision about providing more support to the opposition that will involve providing direct support to the [Supreme Military Council]. That includes military support,” Deputy National Security Adviser for Strategic Communication Ben Rhodes told reporters.

President Obama has repeatedly said that the use of chemical weapons is a “red line” that, if crossed, would be a “game changer” for more U.S. involvement in the Syrian civil war.

“The President has been clear that the use of chemical weapons – or the transfer of chemical weapons to terrorist groups – is a red line for the United States,” said Rhodes in a separate written statement.

“The President has said that the use of chemical weapons would change his calculus, and it has,” he continued.

In terms of further response, Rhodes said, “we will make decisions on our own timeline” and that Congress and the international community would be consulted.  Mr. Obama is heading to Northern Ireland Sunday for a meeting of the G8 group of nations; Rhodes indicated the president will consult with leaders of those countries.

“Any future action we take will be consistent with our national interest, and must advance our objectives, which include achieving a negotiated political settlement to establish an authority that can provide basic stability and administer state institutions; protecting the rights of all Syrians; securing unconventional and advanced conventional weapons; and countering terrorist activity,” Rhodes said.

To date, the U.S. policy on Syria has primarily focused on offering the rebels nonlethal assistance and humanitarian aid.

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JUNE 14, 2013

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