Author Archive for: ‘Kristen M. Foster’

MRSA Staph Infections In Hospitals Down

A study published yesterday counts the number of health-care-associated MRSA infections down. The study, published in the journal JAMA Internal Medicine, finds a decline in the rate of infection (per 100,000 people) of about 31 percent. Nationwide in 2011, there were just over 80,000 cases of invasive MRSA, down from 2005 with just over 111,000 cases. MRSA-associated deaths are also …

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Lyons, Colorado: Returns Attempted as Deaths Hit 8

Coloradans are attempting to return to homes, some of which are no longer there, as the death toll reaches eight due to severe flooding in the Centennial State. Waters still rage and overrun their boundaries in rivers and canals and the ground is unable to sop up any excess waters as it is already saturated. The town of Lyons, located …

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Deepika Padukone: Can’t Commit to Fast and Furious 7

Deepika Padukone is passing on Fast and Furious 7 due to previous commitments. This would have been the Indian star’s Hollywood debut but she was scheduled to shoot Happy New Year with Shah Rukh Khan and will be out promoting Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Ramleela. Padukone is seen here in the Ramleela trailer and press for the film that is scheduled …

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Christian Serratos is “Walking Dead”; Spin-off Plans

AMC has cast the latest add to the hit series The Walking Dead: Christian Serratos, known for her Twilight role, Angela Weber. Serratos is to recur as Rosita Espinosa in the adaptation of the Robert Kirkman comic book series which is entering Season 4 in October; Serratos has an option to be a regular in Season 5. The casting reveal …

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Iran Teased With Temporary Twitter, Facebook Access

Monday witnessed the ever-so-brief return of Twitter and Facebook to internet users in parts of Tehran, Iran. That is, without requiring them to use anti-filtering software. But as Iranians woke Tuesday morning, the restrictions had been restored. According to the Mehr news agency, Abdolsamad Khoramabadi, of the cyberspace committee tasked with overseeing internet use in the country, blamed a, “technical …

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UN Inspectors’ Report Suggests Damascus to Blame

The United Nations released its report on the chemical weapons attack that killed masses of civilians in Syria on 21 August and while the conclusions are not definitive in assigning blame, the report suggests the complicity of the Syrian government. The report confirmed that the attack was conducted with chemical arms. The report also included details on the particulars of …

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Nina Davuluri, New Miss America, Takes High Road

“I always viewed myself as first and foremost American,” says recently-crowned Miss America, Nina Davuluri, in an Associated Press interview. The New Yorker who won this year’s pageant has become a lightning rod for negative backlash because of her Indian descent. “I’m so happy this organization has embraced diversity,” she says, rising above the outrage which has been expressed mostly …

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Arvada: Flooding Widespread; 7 Deaths as of Monday

The Colorado Office of Emergency Management is now reporting seven confirmed fatalities in the floods that have impacted 17 Colorado counties in the last week. As of Monday, the following counties had been affected by the severe weather and flooding: Boulder, El Paso, Larimer, Adams, Arapahoe, Broomfield, Clear Creek, Denver, Fremont, Jefferson, Logan, Morgan, Pueblo, Washington, Weld, Sedgewick, Otero, Archuelta. …

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Loveland Flooding Eases as Community Cleans Up

As rescuers work across Colorado to recover those stranded and missing, the residents of Larimer County worked to repair homes and businesses, as Associated Press reports. Initial damage numbers reported list 1,500 homes destroyed and about 17,500 damaged, according to the Colorado Office of Emergency Management. County officials have started to whittle down the 1,200 reported missing in the state, …

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Amazonian Butterflies Flock to Turtle Tears for Salt

Nature never fails to amaze. Currently attracting attention are butterflies of the Amazon that are sipping up the tears of Yellow-spotted Side-necked turtles (Podocnemis unifilus). Experts believe the attraction to the tears is to the salt contained therein. Sodium is a mineral that is hard to come by in the western Amazon, according to Phil Torres, affiliated with Rice University …

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Hikers Stranded in Colorado Rescue Themselves

Two women who had been stranded in the Colorado Rockies during an ice storm walked out to safety on their own Friday after rescuers were unable to reach them. Suzanne Turell, 33, and Connie Yang, 32, are experienced mountaineers but got trapped for over two days below the Longs Peak summit. The Tumblr account set up in service of the …

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Pia Zadora to Attend Anger Management, Alcohol Rehab

Singer-actress Pia Zadora is being sent to rehab by a Las Vegas Township Judge. Zadora was arrested in June at her home in Summerlin, NV, for accusations that she attacked her son after an argument. If Zadora stays out of trouble for a year, completes an alcohol program and attends impulse control counseling, charges against her will be dropped. The …

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