“Delaying retirement can delay dementia, large study finds”


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Alex Brandon / AP June Springer, who just turned 90, at Caffi Contracting Services where she works in Alexandria, Va.
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June Springer, who just turned 90, at Caffi Contracting Services where she works in Alexandria, Va.

New research boosts the “use it or lose it” theory about brainpower and staying mentally sharp. People who delay retirement have less risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease or other types of dementia, a study of nearly half a million people in France found.

It’s by far the largest study to look at this, and researchers say the conclusion makes sense. Working tends to keep people physically active, socially connected and mentally challenged — all things known to help prevent mental decline.

“For each additional year of work, the risk of getting dementia is reduced by 3.2 percent,” said Carole Dufouil, a scientist at INSERM, the French government‘s health research agency.

She led the study and gave results Monday at the Alzheimer’s Association International Conference in Boston.

About 35 million people worldwide have dementia, and Alzheimer’s is the most common type. In the U.S., about 5 million have Alzheimer’s — 1 in 9 people aged 65 and over. What causes the mind-robbing disease isn’t known and there is no cure or any treatments that slow its progression.

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“Egypt protesters ransack headquarters of President Morsi’s Muslim Brotherhood on 2nd day of demos”


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CAIRO – Protesters have stormed and ransacked the Cairo headquarters of President Mohammed Morsi‘s Muslim Brotherhood Islamist group.

An Associated Press video journalist at the scene says protesters stormed the six-story building in an eastern Cairo district Monday morning, leaving the heavily fortified villa with furniture and files.

Footage on local TV networks showed smashed windows and smoke billowing out of the building. One protester was seen removing the Muslim Brotherhood sign from the building’s front wall.

The storming of the Brotherhood’s headquarters followed overnight clashes between armed Morsi supporters barricaded inside the building and young protesters pelting it with firebombs and rocks.

At least 10 people were killed during Sunday’s protests, five of them in provinces south of the capital Cairo. Activists said five more were killed outside the headquarters of the Muslim Brotherhood.

On Sunday, supporters of the Islamist leader barricaded inside the Brotherhood office opened fire on protesters pelting the suburban villa with rocks and firebombs. A fire broke out in the heavily fortified building.

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Donde es Edward Snowden?


Ecuador's President Rafael Correa, speaks during a interview with The Associated Press in Portoviejo, Ecuador, Sunday, June 30, 2013. Correa said he had no idea Snowden’s intended destination was Ecuador when he fled Hong Kong for Russia last week. He said the Ecuadorean consul in London committed “a serious error” without consulting any officials in the capital, Quito, when the consul issued a letter of safe passage for Snowden. (AP Photo/Martin Mejia)
Ecuador’s President Rafael Correa, speaks during a interview with The Associated Press in Portoviejo, Ecuador, Sunday, June 30, 2013. Correa said he had no idea Snowden’s intended destination was Ecuador when he fled Hong Kong for Russia last week. He said the Ecuadorean consul in London committed “a serious error” without consulting any officials in the capital, Quito, when the consul issued a letter of safe passage for Snowden. (AP Photo/Martin Mejia)

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“Paula Deen Dropped by Target, Home Depot, Novo Nordisk, Caesars, and Walmart”


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The decline of Paula Deen, and her brand, continues.

Last week, after a deposition in which she admitted using the “N” word was made public, the Savannah, Ga.-based cook, who’s spend years building a brand as a queen of Southern cooking with endorsement deals with a host of products and TV shows, was dropped by just about every major company that she worked with. Things just keep getting worse for her, even after issuing a tearful apology, as it’s now being reported that not only has Walmart vowed to stop carrying Deen-branded products, Caesars Entertainment plans to “rebrand” the four restaurants that bear her name.

Deen stood up Matt Lauer’s much-hyped TODAY show appearance, and was dropped by Food Network, who she worked with for the past 11 years. On Monday, Smithfield Foods, the ham producer,cancelled her spokeswoman contract as well. When FoodNetwork announced that her time slot would be filled by a show featuring Giada De Laurentiis, her fans flew into a rage, and now that her sons, who also have shows on Food Network, are coming to her defense, some are urging the network to cut ties with them as well.

Deen finally appeared on the TODAY show on Wednesday, but that did little to ebb the flow: later that day Walmart announced that it “would not place any new orders beyond what’s already committed” for its line of products that are endorsed by her and branded with her name, according to the Associated Press, and TMZ is reporting that Caesars Entertainment, which owns Deen-branded buffet restaurants in Harrah’s Tunica near Memphis, Tenn., Harrah’s Joliet near Chicago, Harrah’s Cherokee in North Carolina, and a buffet at Horseshoe Southern Indiana, has decided to “rebrand” those restaurants and has closed them down for a couple months.

Additionally, the AP is reporting that both Target, which carried Deen-branded cookware, and pharmacautical company Novo Nordisk, which produced the diabetes drug that Deen was famously hired to sponsor, have ended their relationships with her, as has The Home Depot, NBC News reported.

So as Deen’s endorsement deals, as well as her entire career, continue to fall away, what does she even have left at this point? A deal with QVC, which is reportedly “reviewing itsbusiness relationship,” with her. [QUOTE]

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Oscar Pistorius, “Bladerunner” (shirtless)


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“McDonnell, awash in scandal, sees conservative credibility eroded”


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


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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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“Man dead in “truly shocking” London attack”


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LONDON – Two men with butcher knives hacked another to death Wednesday near a London military barracks and one then went on video to explain the crime — shouting political statements, gesturing with bloodied hands and waving a meat cleaver. Soon after, arriving police shot and wounded the unidentified assailants and took them into custody.

The brutal daylight attack galvanized this city and raised fears that terrorism had returned to London.

Authorities did not identify the victim by name, but French President Francois Hollande referred to him as a “soldier” at a news conference in Paris with visiting British Prime Minister David Cameron. Cameron would not confirm that, but British media reported that the victim was wearing a shirt in support of troops and Britain’s Ministry of Defense said it was investigating whether a U.K. soldier was involved.

Calling it “an appalling murder,” Cameron said there were “strong indications” it was an act of terrorism, and two other officials said there were signs the attack was motivated by radical Islam.

The Cabinet’s emergency committee was immediately convened and security was stepped up at army barracks across London. Cameron cut short his Paris trip to return to London and his office said he would chair another session Thursday.

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“White House defends IRS handling, McConnell asserts ‘culture of intimidation”


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By Michael O’Brien, Political Reporter, NBC News

President Barack Obama’s team emerged on Sunday to defend his handling of revelations that the IRS had targeted conservative groups for scrutiny, as senior Republicans conceded they lacked evidence — so far — that the president directed the abuses.

Republicans appeared on the Sunday talk show circuit with hopes of sustaining their political momentum generated during this past week, one of the toughest weeks of Obama’s presidency. A series of controversies — that the IRS had targeted conservative groups, new questions about the administration’s response to last year’s terrorist attack in Benghazi, and news that the Department of Justice seized phone records of Associated Press journalists as part of an investigation regarding national security leaks — have forced the White House onto the defensive.

Senate GOP Leader Mitch McConnell said the IRS controversy amounted to evidence of a “culture of intimidation” by the administration. But he and Rep. Dave Camp, R-Mich., admitted they lacked evidence that the targeting of conservatives was ordered by the White House.

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