Passers-by rescue children after icy river crash
By LYNN DeBRUIN Associated Press January 2, 2012 10:02AM
Former police officer Chris Willden didn’t hesitate when he realized children were trapped in an upside down car in an icy Utah river. He pulled his handgun, pushed it up against the submerged windows and shot out the glass.
Then he reached inside.
“I was trying to grab arms, but I couldn’t feel anything,” Willden said. “I’m thinking ... what are we going to do?’”
But he turned to see up to eight other passers-by had scrambled down the embankment to help after coming upon the accident along U.S. 89 in Logan Canyon on Saturday afternoon.
Highway Patrol Lt. Steve Winward said that after shooting out a window, the rescuer cut a seatbelt to free one child. He said the rescuers helped turn the Honda Accord upright in the Logan River.
They lifted the car enough to free the three trapped children. READ MORE HERE
Poll Finds That 57% of Americans Who Made New Year's Resolutions to Loose Weight Were Successful; 36% of Smokers Succeeded in Quitting
ANN ARBOR, Mich. and WASHINGTON, Dec. 30, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Roughly one-third of Americans say they have made a New Year's resolution to lose weight in the last five years and 42 percent of people who said they smoke regularly in that timeframe pledged to quit the habit, according to the Thomson Reuters-NPR Health Poll.
Thomson Reuters and NPR conduct a monthly poll to gauge attitudes and opinions on a wide range of health issues.
The survey, which asked respondents their opinions and experiences with New Year's resolutions focused on weight loss and smoking, found that 57 percent of Americans who have made a pledge to lose weight in the last five years were successful. Respondents who made a resolution to lose weight said most often that their goal was between 10 and 29 pounds (48 percent). The second most popular weight loss goal was 30-49 pounds (21 percent).
One in four respondents said they smoked regularly in the last five years. Forty two percent of that group said they resolved to quit smoking over that time and 36 percent said their plan was successful.
Americans are still making resolutions as they look forward to 2012. Fifty one percent of all respondents indicated that they will make a resolution to exercise more in the upcoming New Year. Thirty five percent said they will make a pledge to lose weight and 9% of smokers indicated that they will make a resolution to quit smoking. READ MORE HERE
America's Drunkest Cities of 2011, From Las Vegas to Boston
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’Tis the season to throw back a few—eggnog for the holidays, hot toddies for the chill air, and Champagne for the New Year’s festivities. But for some urbanites, every season is drinking season. Certain cities, like Milwaukee, have a strong beer-brewing industry. Others may just have a thriving bar culture.
To compile the second annual list of the “drunkest” cities in the U.S., The Daily Beast first analyzed data from Experian Simmons, a leading market-research firm, which provided data on the average number of alcoholic drinks per month the residents of more than 200 cities across the country reported to have consumed in a survey from earlier this year. As well, we considered the percent of the population that are either binge drinkers or heavy drinkers for each metro area, according to the most recent data available from the Centers for Disease Control. The average number of drinks was given twice the weight of the heavy- and binge-drinking population for the final rank. READ MORE HERE
No More Happy Hour in Utah? New State Laws Set to Ring in 2012
Published December 29, 2011 | FoxNews.com
From laws banning happy hour in Utah and shark fin sales in Oregon to tougher voter identification requirements in at least four states, a wide range of new legislation is set to ring in the new year.
According to The National Conference of State Legislatures, which earlier this week issued its annual list of new laws, the legislation will cover education, drug and alcohol policy, criminal justice and human trafficking, among other areas.
In some cases, the laws could add to the cost of doing business. Other new rules will regulate what Americans eat and drink.
California, for example, will prohibit virtually any business transaction involving beer which contains caffeine as a separate ingredient.
New laws in Utah will make any daily drink specials illegal – essentially banning happy hour. And the sale, trade, or distribution of shark fins will be prohibited in Oregon and California. READ MORE HERE
Wedding ring 'found on carrot' after 16 years
31 December 2011 Last updated at 10:59 ET
A Swedish woman has discovered her wedding ring on a carrot growing in her garden, 16 years after she lost it, says a newspaper.
Lena Paahlsson had long ago lost hope of finding the ring, which she designed herself, reports Dagens Nyheter.
The white-gold band, set with seven small diamonds, went missing in her kitchen in 1995, she told the paper.
Although the ring no longer fits, she hopes to have it enlarged so she can wear it again.
Mrs Paahlsson and her family live on a farm near Mora in central Sweden.
She took the ring off to do some Christmas baking with her daughters, but it disappeared from the work surface where it had been left, she explained to Dagens Nyheter.
The family searched everywhere and years later took up the tiling on the floor during renovations, in the hope of finding the ring. READ MORE HERE
Flushing Can Spread Diarrhea Disease
Jan 2, 2012 8:00am
Researchers from Leeds Teaching Hospitals in the U.K. detected C. difficile — a germ that can cause diarrhea and even life-threatening inflammation of the colon — nearly 10 inches above the toilet seat after flushing lidless hospital toilets. C. difficile is frequently found in hospitals and long-term care facilities were antibiotics are common.
“The highest numbers of C. difficile were recovered from air sampled immediately following flushing, and then declined 8-fold after 60 [minutes] and a further 3-fold after 90 [minutes],” the researchers reported in the January issue of the Journal of Hospital Infection. READ MORE HERE
Man Killed by Train is Sued: Flying Body Parts Injured Woman
By Andrew Chow on December 30, 2011 6:01 AM | No TrackBacks
An Illinois woman is suing the estate of a man killed by a train, claiming the man's flying body parts hit her and caused injuries.
A state appeals court cleared the way for Gayane Zokhrabov's flying body parts lawsuitto proceed -- though it also called the case "tragically bizarre," the Chicago Tribunereports.
The case stems from a horrific accident in 2008, when a train traveling more than 70 mph struck and killed an 18-year-old man who was running across the tracks. The victim did not know the approaching train was a high-speed train, his mother maintains.
The impact flung the man's body about 100 feet, and flying body parts knocked Zokhrabov, then 58, to the ground. She hurt her shoulder, and broke her leg and wrist.
Zokhrabov sued the estate of the deceased victim, Hiroyuki Joho. A lower court dismissed the suit, finding Joho could not have anticipated the woman's injuries, according to the Tribune.
But an Illinois appeals court disagreed, and said "it was reasonably foreseeable" that a train accident could send Joho's flying body parts into crowds of waiting passengers. READ MORE HERE
Alien Cathouse brothel to feature 'girls from another world'
LAS VEGAS REVIEW-JOURNAL
Have you ever dreamed of traveling to distant planets, meeting exotic alien women and having sex with them?
If so, you -- and possibly Captain Kirk -- are the target audience for brothel owner Dennis Hof's newest Southern Nevada business venture.
The reality television star and outspoken sex merchant recently bought a rundown bordello 90 miles northwest of Las Vegas and unveiled plans to renovate and reopen it with a science fiction theme.
He is calling it Alien Cathouse and promising "girls from another world."
Hof has turned to an old friend to plan the costumes and decor: Hollywood Madam turned Pahrump resident Heidi Fleiss.
"She's the chief alien design queen," he said.
Hof purchased the brothel and adjacent gas station, bar and convenience store on U.S. Highway 95 from notorious longtime Nye County brothel owner Maynard "Joe" Richards. READ MORE HERE