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Fist bumps less germy than handshakes, study says PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Written by By MIKE STOBBE AP Medical Writer   
Monday, 28 July 2014 14:18
NEW YORK (AP) — When it comes to preventing the spread of germs, maybe the president is on to something with his fondness for fist bumps.
The familiar knocking of knuckles spreads only one-twentieth the amount of bacteria that a handshake does, researchers report. That’s better than a high-five, which still passes along less than half the amount as a handshake.
So fist bumps — popularized by Barack Obama and others — seem to be the wisest greeting, especially during cold and flu season, said researcher David Whitworth of Aberystwyth University in Wales.
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No booze for DC folks? New Hampshire may fix law PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Written by By HOLLY RAMER Associated Press   
Monday, 28 July 2014 07:32
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — New Hampshire is assuring residents of the nation’s capital that they can purchase alcohol in the state despite a law that suggests otherwise. But cigarettes? Maybe not.
The New Hampshire Liquor Commission recently told retailers they should accept Washington, D.C., driver’s licenses when determining a buyer’s age, even though state law does not explicitly include them and instead refers to licenses from “another state” or Canada.
The issue came up this month when a Concord store clerk refused to sell alcohol to a 25-year-old Washington, D.C., man. The incident, first reported by the Concord Monitor, prompted Executive Councilor Colin Van Ostern to approach the commission.
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Calif. dolls were meant to spread cheer, not chill PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Written by Associated Press   
Friday, 25 July 2014 07:36
SAN CLEMENTE, Calif. (AP) — They sent a creepy feeling through several Southern California families, but authorities say the person who left porcelain dolls on doorsteps didn’t mean any harm.
The Orange County Sheriff’s Department said Thursday that someone had left the dolls wearing nightgowns and lace dresses at as many as eight homes in a San Clemente neighborhood this week.
The families were worried because they felt each doll resembled a young girl who lived in the house, setting off an investigation and call for public help in finding who had placed them.
But later Thursday the sheriff’s department said it found the person responsible and the intent had been goodwill. No further details were released.
Sheriff’s Lt. Jeff Hallock told City News Service the dolls and their apparent resemblance to real girls left families feeling “creepy.”
 
Alabama man claims penis mistakenly amputated PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Written by Associated Press   
Thursday, 24 July 2014 14:14

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — An Alabama man who went to the hospital for a routine circumcision says doctors mistakenly amputated his penis.
Johnny Lee Banks Jr. of Birmingham and his wife, Zelda Banks, filed the lawsuit Tuesday in Jefferson County. They’re suing the hospital, doctors and others for what they say is medical malpractice.
The lawsuit says Banks went to Princeton Baptist Medical Center in Birmingham last month for a circumcision. The suit alleges the man’s penis was gone when he awoke.
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Naked thieves take burgers from SW Fla eatery PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Written by Associated Press   
Thursday, 24 July 2014 07:00
BONITA SPRINGS, Fla. (AP) — A southwest Florida waitress has dubbed the trio of naked hamburger thieves who broke into an eatery “dumb, dumber and dumbest.”
Waitress Nancy Sansevieri was still laughing after police released surveillance video Wednesday showing the college-aged men — two naked and one clad in underwear — stealing 60 hamburgers from Doc’s Beach House in Bonita Beach.
Police say the men broke in early Sunday and left a trail of red peppers on the beach.
Doc’s general manager Lou Bangert told the News-Press of Fort Myers (http://newspr.es/1pevKLk) that he’s never witnessed such a crime in the restaurant’s 27-year history. Thieves have broken in and taken money from the cash register, but he says no one has ever slammed through a door completely naked looking for beef.
 
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