5 dead; caramel apples to blame?

Deadly listeria outbreak linked to caramel apples.
Deadly listeria outbreak linked to caramel apples.

(CNN) — A sweet treat has turned potentially deadly for dozens of people in multiple states.

At least four people have died — in a fifth case tests are pending — after eating caramel apples that may have been infected with Listeria monocytogenes.

Some 28 people have become infected with the deadly bacterium in 10 different states according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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Of the people who have gotten sick, nine were pregnant. Pregnant women are 10 times more likely to get listeriosis after eating infected food.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that 48 million people suffer from foodborne illnesses each year in the United States. Stay safe by following these steps outlined by the Food and Drug Administration:The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that 48 million people suffer from foodborne illnesses each year in the United States. Stay safe by following these steps outlined by the Food and Drug Administration:
Clean properly: Wash all produce thoroughly with water and/or a vinegar solution before eating. Make sure also to wash your hands and everything else that comes into contact with food. This includes kitchen utensils, cutting boards, countertops, tableware and cookware. Wash your hands thoroughly with warm water for at least 20 seconds before touching food, after handling uncooked meat or produce, and after eating. Make sure you also wash your hands between preparing each type of food.Clean properly: Wash all produce thoroughly with water and/or a vinegar solution before eating. Make sure also to wash your hands and everything else that comes into contact with food. This includes kitchen utensils, cutting boards, countertops, tableware and cookware. Wash your hands thoroughly with warm water for at least 20 seconds before touching food, after handling uncooked meat or produce, and after eating. Make sure you also wash your hands between preparing each type of food.
Separate your food: Keep uncooked food from contaminating other food with dangerous bacteria. Separate raw meat, poultry, fish and produce from one another and other foods. Use separate cutting boards for meat and vegetables, or thoroughly clean the cutting board before using it to prepare a different food.Separate your food: Keep uncooked food from contaminating other food with dangerous bacteria. Separate raw meat, poultry, fish and produce from one another and other foods. Use separate cutting boards for meat and vegetables, or thoroughly clean the cutting board before using it to prepare a different food.
Separate your utensils: Be careful not to use the same utensils to prepare different foods without first cleaning the utensils. Finally, don't use the same utensils or dishware for both uncooked and cooked food without cleaning them first.Separate your utensils: Be careful not to use the same utensils to prepare different foods without first cleaning the utensils. Finally, don’t use the same utensils or dishware for both uncooked and cooked food without cleaning them first.
Cook food properly: Keep food out of the danger zone by cooking it thoroughly. The danger zone is where germs thrive, between 40 degrees and 140 degrees Fahrenheit. Make sure you cook food to at least 140 degrees to kill harmful microorganisms.Cook food properly: Keep food out of the danger zone by cooking it thoroughly. The danger zone is where germs thrive, between 40 degrees and 140 degrees Fahrenheit. Make sure you cook food to at least 140 degrees to kill harmful microorganisms.
Check the temperature: Check your food's internal temperature with a food thermometer, but be careful not to contaminate food with a dirty thermometer. Make sure you clean the thermometer as you check each item. A food thermometer is the only way to know if your food is cooked enough. Simply cooking meat until it turns brown may not be an accurate indication of whether your food contains harmful bacteria. If you plan to keep food warm after cooking, make sure the internal temperature doesn't drop below 140 degrees Fahrenheit.Check the temperature: Check your food’s internal temperature with a food thermometer, but be careful not to contaminate food with a dirty thermometer. Make sure you clean the thermometer as you check each item. A food thermometer is the only way to know if your food is cooked enough. Simply cooking meat until it turns brown may not be an accurate indication of whether your food contains harmful bacteria. If you plan to keep food warm after cooking, make sure the internal temperature doesn’t drop below 140 degrees Fahrenheit.
Chill: Keep foods cold and chill leftovers quickly. Check your refrigerator with a refrigerator/freezer thermometer to make sure the temperature is 40 degrees Fahrenheit or below, and make sure your freezer is 0 degrees or below. If you have leftovers or perishable foods, refrigerate or freeze them within two hours (only one hour if the surrounding temperature is above 90 degrees F). If you thaw frozen food, don't leave the food out at room temperature. Thaw the food in the refrigerator. If you need to thaw food quickly, place the food under cold running water or in the microwave. Then cook the food immediately.Chill: Keep foods cold and chill leftovers quickly. Check your refrigerator with a refrigerator/freezer thermometer to make sure the temperature is 40 degrees Fahrenheit or below, and make sure your freezer is 0 degrees or below. If you have leftovers or perishable foods, refrigerate or freeze them within two hours (only one hour if the surrounding temperature is above 90 degrees F). If you thaw frozen food, don’t leave the food out at room temperature. Thaw the food in the refrigerator. If you need to thaw food quickly, place the food under cold running water or in the microwave. Then cook the food immediately.
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Each year one out of every six Americans is sickened by a foodborne illness, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Here are some of the biggest foodborne illness outbreaks since 2001. Click here for tips on how to keep your food safe.Each year one out of every six Americans is sickened by a foodborne illness, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Here are some of the biggest foodborne illness outbreaks since 2001. Click here for tips on how to keep your food safe.
In 2013, Foster Farms chicken infected 634 people in 29 states with a multidrug-resistant strain of Salmonella, according to the CDC. Of the 634 cases, 38% involved hospitalization.In 2013, Foster Farms chicken infected 634 people in 29 states with a multidrug-resistant strain of Salmonella, according to the CDC. Of the 634 cases, 38% involved hospitalization.
A salad mix and fresh cilantro from Mexico ended up infecting 631 people with the parasite Cyclospora cayetanensis in summer 2013. The parasite triggers watery diarrhea, nausea, bloating and cramping. A salad mix and fresh cilantro from Mexico ended up infecting 631 people with the parasite Cyclospora cayetanensis in summer 2013. The parasite triggers watery diarrhea, nausea, bloating and cramping.
A hepatitis A outbreak was attributed to Townsend Farms Organic Antioxidant Blend frozen berries in September 2013. A total of 162 cases were reported, and 71 people were hospitalized, according to the CDC. Severe hepatitis cases can cause liver damage. The blend's pomegranate seeds came from a company in Turkey, which was the source of contamination.A hepatitis A outbreak was attributed to Townsend Farms Organic Antioxidant Blend frozen berries in September 2013. A total of 162 cases were reported, and 71 people were hospitalized, according to the CDC. Severe hepatitis cases can cause liver damage. The blend’s pomegranate seeds came from a company in Turkey, which was the source of contamination.
Cantaloupes tainted with salmonella infected more than 260 people across 24 states in October 2012. Three people in Kentucky died and 94 were hospitalized. Investigators determined Chamberlain Farms Produce Inc. of Owensville, Indiana, was the source of this outbreak. Cantaloupes tainted with salmonella infected more than 260 people across 24 states in October 2012. Three people in Kentucky died and 94 were hospitalized. Investigators determined Chamberlain Farms Produce Inc. of Owensville, Indiana, was the source of this outbreak.
Salmonella in a frozen raw yellowfin tuna product, known as Nakaochi Scrape, sickened 425 people and hospitalized 55 in the spring and summer of 2012. The product was used most often to make "spicy tuna" sushi, according to the CDC. Salmonella in a frozen raw yellowfin tuna product, known as Nakaochi Scrape, sickened 425 people and hospitalized 55 in the spring and summer of 2012. The product was used most often to make “spicy tuna” sushi, according to the CDC.
Twenty-two cases were reported of a Listeria monocytogenes infection from the Frescolina Marte brand of ricotta salata cheese in 2012, but 90% of those people were hospitalized, and four people died, according to the CDC.Twenty-two cases were reported of a Listeria monocytogenes infection from the Frescolina Marte brand of ricotta salata cheese in 2012, but 90% of those people were hospitalized, and four people died, according to the CDC.
In September 2011, listeria in cantaloupes left 30 people dead in what was the deadliest U.S. outbreak of a food borne illness since the CDC started keeping track of listeria cases in 1973, according to the agency. In September 2011, listeria in cantaloupes left 30 people dead in what was the deadliest U.S. outbreak of a food borne illness since the CDC started keeping track of listeria cases in 1973, according to the agency.
Between February and August 2011, the Cargill Meat Solutions Corp. recalled more than 36 million pounds of ground turkey after tests revealed a strain of salmonella. The outbreak killed one person and sickened more than 130. Between February and August 2011, the Cargill Meat Solutions Corp. recalled more than 36 million pounds of ground turkey after tests revealed a strain of salmonella. The outbreak killed one person and sickened more than 130.
In summer 2010, more than 1,900 people were reportedly sickened by salmonella found in eggs produced by Iowa's Hillandale Farms, which voluntarily recalled about a half-billion eggs nationwide.In summer 2010, more than 1,900 people were reportedly sickened by salmonella found in eggs produced by Iowa’s Hillandale Farms, which voluntarily recalled about a half-billion eggs nationwide.
Authorities shut down a processing plant in Texas in October 2010 after four deaths were tied to listeria-infected celery produced at the site. The Texas Department of State Health Services ordered SanGar Fresh Cut Produce to recall all products shipped from its San Antonio plant. Authorities shut down a processing plant in Texas in October 2010 after four deaths were tied to listeria-infected celery produced at the site. The Texas Department of State Health Services ordered SanGar Fresh Cut Produce to recall all products shipped from its San Antonio plant.
Between April and August 2008, 1,442 people in 43 states were infected with salmonella from Mexico-grown jalapeño and serrano peppers. At least 300 people were hospitalized, and the infection may have contributed to two deaths, according to the CDC. Walmart stores in four states recalled jars of serrano peppers as a result. Between April and August 2008, 1,442 people in 43 states were infected with salmonella from Mexico-grown jalapeño and serrano peppers. At least 300 people were hospitalized, and the infection may have contributed to two deaths, according to the CDC. Walmart stores in four states recalled jars of serrano peppers as a result.
Nine people died from salmonella-infected peanut butter between September 2008 and April 2009. The Peanut Corp. of America had sold the tainted peanut butter in bulk to King Nut, which recalled its products. More than 700 people were infected and 166 hospitalized. Nine people died from salmonella-infected peanut butter between September 2008 and April 2009. The Peanut Corp. of America had sold the tainted peanut butter in bulk to King Nut, which recalled its products. More than 700 people were infected and 166 hospitalized.
In the summer of 2006, more than 200 people became infected with E. coli from spinach grown on a single California field. Investigators traced the prepackaged spinach back to Natural Selection Foods and baby spinach sold under the Dole brand name. Five deaths were linked to the outbreak. In the summer of 2006, more than 200 people became infected with E. coli from spinach grown on a single California field. Investigators traced the prepackaged spinach back to Natural Selection Foods and baby spinach sold under the Dole brand name. Five deaths were linked to the outbreak.
During 2005 and 2006, four large outbreaks of salmonella infections hit 21 states in the United States. Tainted tomatoes being served in restaurants were found to be the cause. Investigators linked the produce to fields in Florida, Ohio and Virginia.During 2005 and 2006, four large outbreaks of salmonella infections hit 21 states in the United States. Tainted tomatoes being served in restaurants were found to be the cause. Investigators linked the produce to fields in Florida, Ohio and Virginia.
Pre-sliced Roma tomatoes purchased at deli counters in Sheetz gas stations infected more than 400 people in the summer of 2004. Two other smaller outbreaks in the United States and Canada also occurred that summer and were linked back to a tomato-packing house in Florida. Pre-sliced Roma tomatoes purchased at deli counters in Sheetz gas stations infected more than 400 people in the summer of 2004. Two other smaller outbreaks in the United States and Canada also occurred that summer and were linked back to a tomato-packing house in Florida.
Listeria-infected sliced turkey killed eight and infected 46 others in 2002. Three pregnant women had fetal deaths. Two processing plants recalled 30 million pounds of meat following the outbreak. Listeria-infected sliced turkey killed eight and infected 46 others in 2002. Three pregnant women had fetal deaths. Two processing plants recalled 30 million pounds of meat following the outbreak.
In 2001, cantaloupe was again the culprit. Salmonella tainted the fruit that killed two, hospitalized nine and infected 50 in an outbreak that started in Mexico. In 2001, cantaloupe was again the culprit. Salmonella tainted the fruit that killed two, hospitalized nine and infected 50 in an outbreak that started in Mexico.
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Of the rest of the cases, three were children who were otherwise healthy, the CDC said.

Symptoms of listeriosis infection include muscle aches, headache, stiff neck, confusion, loss of balance, fever, and convulsions. Typically, symptoms begin three to 70 days after eating the tainted food.

To date 15 of the 18 people who were interviewed about their illnesses remembered eating commercially produced, prepackaged caramel apples before they got sick.

Most of the people who got sick with this outbreak saw the doctor in late October and November.

Investigators are still trying to determine which specific brands are involved. They are also trying to figure out the source of the infected apples.

In the meantime, the CDC is warning consumers who may have bought caramel apples with toppings like nuts, chocolate or sprinkles not to eat them, at least not until investigators figure out the source of the contamination.

There are about 1,600 cases of listeriosis reported in the United States every year. This kind of infection kills about 260 people annually, according to the CDC.


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Why Castro asked FDR for $10

Washington (CNN) — President Barack Obama jolted the long, tumultuous relationship between the United States and Cuba with his decision to normalize relations with a country that has fascinated and vexed Americans since the days of Theodore Roosevelt.

The decision led CNN to dig through the U.S. National Archives, finding troves of de-classified documents and letters that paint a fascinating picture of two nations as they begin to re-engage after a decades-long stand-off.

Here are a few of our favorite finds:

In 1940, a young Fidel Castro sent a letter to the White House praising Franklin Roosevelt and asking for a $ 10 bill

Castro was a teenager with basic English skills when he sent then-President Franklin Roosevelt a handwritten letter praising the American leader. He also had one special request: He wanted to add a $ 10 bill to his collection of American currency. “My good friend Roosevelt,” the letter Castro began, “I like to hear the radio, and I am very happy because I heard in it that you will be President for a new [term]. “If you like, give me a ten dollars bill green american in the letter because never, I have not seen a ten dollars bill green american and I would like to have on of them.”

The CIA conducted a psychiatric evaluation of Fidel Castro in 1961 Years later, American spies conducted a “psychiatric personality” study of Cuba’s young new leader in 1961 during John F. Kennedy’s administration, and concluded that he was “highly neurotic,” “unstable” and “vulnerable to certain kinds of psychological pressure.”

The two-page memo relayed that Castro thrived on praise, and that his thirst for power could also bring his downfall.

“Castro’s egoism is his Achilles heel,” the CIA report, which was declassified in the 1990s, reads. “The extreme narcissistic qualities of his personality are so evident as to suggest predictable patterns of action during both victory and defeat.”

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The report also outlined ways the U.S. government could exploit his perceived emotional weaknesses.

“Castro is a person of superior intellectual endowment with insatiable narcissistic and exhibitionistic needs,” and propaganda aimed at these characteristics would have an impact on Castro, the report read.

JFK personally annoted this map during the Cuban Missile Crisis
JFK personally annoted this map during the Cuban Missile Crisis

Kennedy’s personal annotations on a Cuban map during the missile crisis

When the U.S. and Soviet Union found themselves on the brink of nuclear war when Russian missiles arrived on Cuba’s shores, Kennedy personally wrote X’s to mark the missile locations on the island.

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JFK doodled “Missiles, Missiles, Missiles,” during a meeting at height of the crisis

Kennedy scribbled these notes and doodles during an October meeting with security advisers on the tenth day of the Cuban Missile Crisis in 1962. The dramatic standoff between the U.S. and the Soviet Union ended three days letter, when Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev agreed to remove the missiles from Cuba in an exchange for an agreement that the U.S. would not invade the island nation.

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Ebola nurse’s aide: Why kill my dog?

  • Teresa Romero Ramos is suing Madrid regional authorities for putting down her dog
  • She is also suing the ex-regional health minister, who she says blamed her for falling ill
  • “It’s clear they were not ready to look after a possible case of Ebola,” she says of hospital
  • Romero wants to see revised protocols for health workers caring for Ebola patients

(CNN) — It’s a long road to recovery for Spanish nurse’s assistant Teresa Romero Ramos.

Discharged from hospital six weeks ago after beating Ebola, she faces life without her beloved dog, Excalibur, put down by Spanish authorities for fear he might harbor the deadly virus.

And questions remain about how she contracted the virus while helping to care for Spanish missionaries brought back from West Africa with Ebola, and the way her own case was handled.

Romero was in court Thursday to seek 150,000 euros in damages from the then-Madrid health minister she accuses of blaming her for catching the disease. He publicly apologized for the comments and later resigned.

She is also taking legal action against regional health authorities over the death of Excalibur.

Teresa Romero Ramos and her dog, Excalibur.
Teresa Romero Ramos and her dog, Excalibur.

Speaking to CNN from Madrid, in her only global TV interview since leaving hospital, Romero became tearful as she recounted how she learned her adored dog had been put down.

“Due to my serious illness, no one was telling me what was happening in the outside world,” she said.

Unbeknownst to her, locked away in a hospital isolation room, animal rights activists had campaigned to prevent the dog’s euthanasia, with an online petition gathering more than 400,000 signatures. But their efforts failed.

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Finally, on the day Romero received a negative blood test for Ebola, her husband Javier Limon broke the news in a phone call to her room.

“My husband decided to wait in order to tell me about it and to me it was a very sad piece of news, totally unexpected. I haven’t got words to talk about it,” she said, her emotion obvious.

It was probably better not to tell her while she was ill, she said, but the loss still affects her today.

“I’ve forgotten about everything except the death of Excalibur — not the death itself, but the way in which this was done without finding out first whether the dog was infected,” she said. “I think it would’ve been much wiser to put the dog in quarantine and keep an eye on it, rather than to sacrifice the dog like that.”

This was what happened in the case of Texas nurse Nina Pham, whose dog Bentley was quarantined while she was treated for Ebola. After testing negative for the virus, the pet was eventually returned, tail wagging, to its grateful owner.

Romero: Experience was surreal

It was “easier” for the Madrid authorities to have her dog put down, Romero said, but it made what was already a traumatic situation for her far harder. And she still asks herself why it had to be that way.

“It’s a lack of sensitivity, a lack of human feelings, it’s really nasty, nasty. Everything has been this way, but we forget about everything except the death of my dog.”

The “everything” Romero refers to relates to the way her infection with Ebola was first diagnosed and then handled.

After she was taken to the Alcorcon Hospital in Madrid by ambulance, suffering symptoms including vomiting and a rash, she underwent a battery tests.

But such was the apparent state of confusion, she said, that she found out she’d been confirmed as having Ebola not from medical staff — but by seeing the news story on her cell phone.

“It is surreal, nobody tells you anything and they come and put you inside a bubble and they take you away. And they didn’t tell you anything. It is really odd.”

She said she later found out that the emergency room doctor who first treated her was not informed about her two positive blood tests either.

“Surprising as it is, this is how it happened,” she said. “No doctor told me about it, nobody told me anything about it, nothing. I think that they were going crazy. This took us all aback.”

CNN is seeking comment from the Spanish Health Ministry over Romero’s allegation that news that she had tested positive for Ebola was given to the press before she found out.

It’s still not clear how this leak transpired.

‘You think about it’

Meanwhile, Madrid’s superior court has already ruled once on the case of Excalibur — saying that regional health officials did not act recklessly in putting him down.

But Romero’s legal team is planning to take them to court again, seeking 150,000 euros compensation for his death.

She also wants to see a change in the official protocols for caring for suspected Ebola cases so others don’t undergo the same ordeal.

This could include recording the medical staff as they work so any errors in taking off the protective gear could be spotted and lessons learned, according to Romero. She says she still does not know how she herself contracted the virus — and likely never will.

“I followed the protocols. I followed the guidelines. I did everything that needs to be done,” she said. “What you are doing is something so serious, you are risking your life every time you walk into a room — so you think about it.”

Last month, the hospital’s Director General Dr. Rafael Perez-Santamarina, said that through Romero’s case, the hospital had learned many lessons about the treatment of Ebola patients and how to protect staff caring for them.

Romero said she was not yet completely physically recovered from the virus — which has killed more than 6,000 people in West Africa — but was slowly getting better.

Meanwhile, her anger and grief over Excalibur’s fate continues to burn strongly.

“If I had known about the killing of the dog, I would never have volunteered” to care for the Spanish missionaries, she said.

CNN’s Max Foster contributed to this report.


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<a href='http://www.cnn.com/2013/05/09/sport/fauja-singh-marathon-oldest/index.html'>Fauja Singh is recognized</a> as the first 100-year-old to ever run a marathon. The great-grandfather, now 103, continues to run or walk every day. Nicknamed the "Turbaned Tornado," he took up running to overcome his grief after the death of his wife and a son. He ran his first marathon at age 89. The key to life: "Laughter and happiness," he says. "That's your remedy for everything." Fauja Singh is recognized as the first 100-year-old to ever run a marathon. The great-grandfather, now 103, continues to run or walk every day. Nicknamed the “Turbaned Tornado,” he took up running to overcome his grief after the death of his wife and a son. He ran his first marathon at age 89. The key to life: “Laughter and happiness,” he says. “That’s your remedy for everything.”
Ruth Frith died February 28 at the age of 104. At 102, the Australian native was the oldest living competitor at the World Masters Games in Sydney, where she won several gold medals and set world records. Her advice for a long life? Avoid smoking, drinking and vegetables. She was also an optimist: "Every year brings something new. I've always been content with what I have." Ruth Frith died February 28 at the age of 104. At 102, the Australian native was the oldest living competitor at the World Masters Games in Sydney, where she won several gold medals and set world records. Her advice for a long life? Avoid smoking, drinking and vegetables. She was also an optimist: “Every year brings something new. I’ve always been content with what I have.”
James Sisnett was born on February 22, 1900, in Barbados. He made it to 113. He worked as a blacksmith, a sugar factory worker and a farmer before retiring at age 70. His longevity made him a local celebrity. His only real health challenge toward the end of his life was hearing loss. He died "peacefully in his sleep at home" in May 2013.James Sisnett was born on February 22, 1900, in Barbados. He made it to 113. He worked as a blacksmith, a sugar factory worker and a farmer before retiring at age 70. His longevity made him a local celebrity. His only real health challenge toward the end of his life was hearing loss. He died “peacefully in his sleep at home” in May 2013.
Mississippi Winn was born on March 31, 1897, in Benton, Louisiana, and she lived to be 113. She maintained her independence until age 103; at 105, she was still walking and working out daily at a local track. Winn said exercise and an optimistic attitude helped her stay healthy for most of her life. She worked primarily as a domestic and child caretaker. She died in January 2011.Mississippi Winn was born on March 31, 1897, in Benton, Louisiana, and she lived to be 113. She maintained her independence until age 103; at 105, she was still walking and working out daily at a local track. Winn said exercise and an optimistic attitude helped her stay healthy for most of her life. She worked primarily as a domestic and child caretaker. She died in January 2011.
Jiroemon Kimura was born April 19, 1897, and died June 12, 2013, at the age of 116. The retired Japanese postman attributed his long life to eating light, working in the sunshine and not smoking. After his postal career, he worked on a farm: "I am always looking up towards the sky; that is how I am." Of his six siblings, five lived to the age of 90. He died of natural causes.Jiroemon Kimura was born April 19, 1897, and died June 12, 2013, at the age of 116. The retired Japanese postman attributed his long life to eating light, working in the sunshine and not smoking. After his postal career, he worked on a farm: “I am always looking up towards the sky; that is how I am.” Of his six siblings, five lived to the age of 90. He died of natural causes.
Jeanne Calment was born on February 21, 1875, and lived to the age of 122 in Arles, France (home of the painter Vincent Van Gogh, whom she met as a little girl). At 85, she took up fencing lessons. At 100, she was still riding her bike. She said she ate more than two pounds of chocolate a week and only quit smoking at age 120 -- not for health reasons, but because she could not see well enough to light her cigarettes. She credited her longevity to port wine, her sense of humor and a diet rich in olive oil. She died in August 1997.Jeanne Calment was born on February 21, 1875, and lived to the age of 122 in Arles, France (home of the painter Vincent Van Gogh, whom she met as a little girl). At 85, she took up fencing lessons. At 100, she was still riding her bike. She said she ate more than two pounds of chocolate a week and only quit smoking at age 120 — not for health reasons, but because she could not see well enough to light her cigarettes. She credited her longevity to port wine, her sense of humor and a diet rich in olive oil. She died in August 1997.
<a href='http://www.cnn.com/2008/POLITICS/10/20/centenarian.votes/'>Ann Nixon Cooper became famous</a> after President-elect Barack Obama used her story on election night 2008 to talk about the country's progress. "She was born just a generation past slavery," Obama said. "At a time when women's voices were silenced and their hopes dismissed, she lived to see them stand up and speak out and reach for the ballot." She died in 2009 at age 107. The secret to her long life, she said, was being cheerful: "I've always been a happy person, a giggling person, a wide-mouthed person." She also kept fit, dancing the electric slide until age 103. Ann Nixon Cooper became famous after President-elect Barack Obama used her story on election night 2008 to talk about the country’s progress. “She was born just a generation past slavery,” Obama said. “At a time when women’s voices were silenced and their hopes dismissed, she lived to see them stand up and speak out and reach for the ballot.” She died in 2009 at age 107. The secret to her long life, she said, was being cheerful: “I’ve always been a happy person, a giggling person, a wide-mouthed person.” She also kept fit, dancing the electric slide until age 103.
<a href='http://www.cnn.com/2014/06/09/us/oldest-man-dies/index.html'>Alexander Imich</a>, a New Yorker who had been certified as the world's oldest living man, died Sunday, June 8, at the age of 111. Imich was born in Poland on February 4, 1903, but fled when the Nazis took over in 1939. Despite a doctorate in zoology, Imich's passion was investigating paranormal activity. He detailed his encounters with the supernatural in "Incredible Tales of the Paranormal," a journal that was published when he was 92.Alexander Imich, a New Yorker who had been certified as the world’s oldest living man, died Sunday, June 8, at the age of 111. Imich was born in Poland on February 4, 1903, but fled when the Nazis took over in 1939. Despite a doctorate in zoology, Imich’s passion was investigating paranormal activity. He detailed his encounters with the supernatural in “Incredible Tales of the Paranormal,” a journal that was published when he was 92.
The oldest living woman alive is Misao Okawa, a 116-year-old from Japan. She was born March 5, 1898, and had three children. Her husband died in 1931. She kept in shape throughout much of her life. At 102, she said she did leg squats to keep healthy. She didn't start using a wheelchair until she turned 110. She currently lives in a nursing home.The oldest living woman alive is Misao Okawa, a 116-year-old from Japan. She was born March 5, 1898, and had three children. Her husband died in 1931. She kept in shape throughout much of her life. At 102, she said she did leg squats to keep healthy. She didn’t start using a wheelchair until she turned 110. She currently lives in a nursing home.
Edward Rondthaler was born on June 9, 1905, in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, and he died in 2009 at the age of 104. He was a noted typographer, earning a national reputation for helping to usher in the age of photographic typesetting, <a href='http://www.nytimes.com/2009/08/30/us/30rondthaler.html?_r=0' target='_blank'>according to The New York Times</a>. Photographic typesetting was an easier way to print than hot-metal type. Rondthaler credited cold showers with his longevity. He died at his home in Cedar City, Utah. Edward Rondthaler was born on June 9, 1905, in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, and he died in 2009 at the age of 104. He was a noted typographer, earning a national reputation for helping to usher in the age of photographic typesetting, according to The New York Times. Photographic typesetting was an easier way to print than hot-metal type. Rondthaler credited cold showers with his longevity. He died at his home in Cedar City, Utah.

(CNN) — Go ahead lie about your age. It may be the very thing that helps you live a longer life.

If those fibbers truly believe that they are younger than what it says on their birth certificate, a new study shows they are among a group of people who have a lower death rate.

That’s compared with those who felt their age or who even feel older than their years.

The land of the elders

The new research letter is published in JAMA Internal Medicine online.

The study looked at data from from 6,489 people with an average age of 65.8 years who reported that they felt a little less than 10 years younger. What’s interesting is most people in the study didn’t feel like their actual age. Most said they felt about three years younger. Only a tiny percent, some 4.8%, felt at least a year older than their actual age.

When University College London researchers followed up on these people over the next eight years, the scientists found only a little over 14% of those who felt younger than their years had died. That was compared with the more than 24% of the people who reported feeling older or feeling their age who had died. Some 18% of the people who felt like their chronological age died in that same time period.

Why happiness is healthy

The researchers say they want to better understand what made the difference with this group.

“Possibilities include a broader set of health behaviors than we measured (such as maintaining a healthy weight and adherence to medical advice), and greater resilience, sense of mastery and will to live among those who feel younger than their age,” the study concludes. “Self-perceived age has the potential to change, so interventions may be possible. Individuals who feel older than their actual age could be targeted with health messages promoting positive health behaviors and attitudes toward aging.”

Dr. Sharon Bergquist, a physician and assistant professor of medicine at Emory University School of Medicine who specializes in healthy aging, isn’t surprised by the results.

“Research is showing us that personality can so be tied to your destiny,” Bergquist said.

Your happiness type matters

New research into the link between personality and aging finds that there are two main traits that seem to help people live a longer life: conscientiousness and optimism.

People who have both traits may have more of a will to do the right thing to live a healthy lifestyle that can keep them healthy long into old age.

“Aging well can certainly become a self-fulfilling prophecy,” she said.


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Apple Wins iPod Antitrust Lawsuit, Found Not Guilty of Harming Consumers – Mac Rumors


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Russia hung up on homosexuality

  • CNN’s Matthew Chance: It’s not only Russia where sexual minorities suffer discrimination
  • Some U.S. states still refuse to recognize same-sex marriage
  • A HRW report says Russia has “legalized discrimination against LGBT people”
  • The report goes on to document various horrific instances of violence and abuse

Moscow, Russia (CNN) — Let’s start with a touch of perspective. It’s not only Russia where sexual minorities suffer discrimination. In the United States, that beacon of tolerance, there’s still a huge amount of bigotry. Some U.S. states still refuse to recognize same-sex marriage. And hate crimes and violence towards LGBT individuals remain a significant problem.

Russia does not have a monopoly on intolerance. However, there is a key difference. In the U.S., officials go to great lengths to espouse tolerant views and behavior. Laws have been passed, and are enforced, protecting LGBT rights. Hate crimes are prosecuted. In Russia, that is rarely the case.

That’s not just my view, it’s the opinion of Human Rights’ Watch, a New York-based rights group.

In their latest report on Russia, titled License to Harm, HRW finds the Russian authorities have not only “failed in their obligation to prevent and prosecute homophobic violence,” but have also “effectively legalized discrimination against LGBT people and cast them as second class citizens.”

The controversial measure the report singles out is, of course, Russia’s “anti-gay propaganda” legislation.

The law bans “propaganda of non-traditional sexual relations among minors” and was, according to HRW, one of several anti-LGBT measures adopted or proposed in 2013.

In their report, HRW says the law doesn’t actually protect anyone, but does give homophobes a reason to believe LGBT lives matter less to the Russian government.

The report goes on to document various horrific instances of violence and abuse against Russia’s LGBT community, including by radical nationalist groups luring gay men on the pretext of a fake date. It makes grim reading.

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During the Soviet Union, homosexuality was a crime punishable by prison and hard labor. Homosexuals were regarded as pedophiles or fascists, outside normal society.

Laws explicitly banning homosexuality were lifted in 1993, after the Soviet collapse — though there was no amnesty for those jailed for sodomy — but the attitude appears to have stuck.

Even today, LGBT activists in Russia — like the couple I met in St. Petersburg recently — are regarded as outsiders, sometimes agents of the liberal West, to be distrusted.

The Saint Petersburg lawmaker behind the controversial “propaganda” law, Vitaly Milonov, underlined this when he told me that any Russians who want a same-sex marriage should move to the West “where they belong.”

That’s a potent connection in these times of growing tensions between Russia and the West.

Linking Russia’s LGBT community with the enemy taps into old fears of corrupt outsiders polluting Russian purity, and bodes extremely badly for hopes that discrimination in Russia will be tackled.


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R&B singer arrested at airport

Singer Jeremih is facing charges in New Jersey after allegedly getting a friend to open an aircraft door for him.
Singer Jeremih is facing charges in New Jersey after allegedly getting a friend to open an aircraft door for him.

(CNN) — Once your airplane’s flight crew has shut the cabin doors in preparation for departure, don’t open the door for a late-arriving boss.

Not even if that employer is “Birthday Sex” singer Jeremih, aka Jeremy Felton.

R&B artist Felton and musician Adam Woods arrived too late to the gate at Newark Liberty International Airport for U.S. Airways Flight 653 to Phoenix on Friday afternoon, an incident that was first reported at NJ.com.

The aircraft doors were closed.

Instead of getting booked on the next flight, Felton called his bouncer, Dontate Cunningham, who was already on the flight, to let Felton and Woods board.

“One of the members who had already properly proceeded through the now closed secondary jetway door opened the jetway door in an effort to unofficially allow his fellow members entrance onto the aircraft,” confirmed Port Authority of New York and New Jersey spokesman Joe Pentangelo, via email. The Port Authority operates the airport.

The US Airways crew called Port Authority police, which took three suspects into custody, Pentangelo confirmed. The entire party was removed from the flight, airline spokeswoman Leslie Scott said.

Felton and Woods were charged with obstruction of the administration of law and disorderly conduct; and alleged door-opener Cunningham was charged with defiant trespass, said Pentangelo.

All three were released on a summons and ordered to appear back in court at a later date, Pentangelo said.

The flight departed about five minutes late, Scott said.


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Jeb Bush to release 250,000 emails

  • Jeb Bush said Sunday he will release 250,000 emails from his time as Florida governor
  • He will also publish an eBook along with the emails outlining his governing philosophy
  • The announcements have fueled speculation he will run for president in 2016

Washington (CNN)Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush said on Sunday he will release 250,000 emails from his two terms in office and write an eBook outlining his governing philosophy. The moves have set the political sphere atwitter with speculation he’s closer than ever to deciding to run for president in 2016.

In what appears to be a move of classic political procedure — getting ahead of the opposition — Bush told WPLG-TV that his intention is to promote transparency.

“Part of serving or running both of them is about transparency,” he said. “I’ll let people make up their minds.”

READ: Jeb Bush ‘I’m thinking about running for president’

Further evidence a presidential run might be looming is a report in the Miami Herald that Bush recently lost 15 pounds, per an unnamed source.

Bush also admitted it’s been “kind of fun” to go back and look back at previous campaigns to remind himself that it’s possible to “move the needle” if you run with big ideas.

“That’s what you need right now in America,” said the brother of former President George W. Bush and son of former President George H.W. Bush.

By controlling the release of the emails and writing a book to accompany them, Bush has the opportunity to frame potential controversial subjects, like his support of the Common Core education policy and immigration reform.

Well aware he holds some positions out of step with the conservative wing of his party, Bush admits, “I am who I’ve been.”

An eBook, too, is noteworthy for Bush, who hasn’t run for office since 2002 — before the invention of the iPhone. The release of a digital product might serve as a flag that the former governor is prepared to build a modernized, digital campaign.

“I was digital before digital was cool I guess,” Bushed joked about emailing. “Now it’s commonplace.”

The book comes as Bush’s finances — including overseas investment and his work for venture capital firms — have come under scrutiny. The released emails could cast light on an already controversial narrative beginning to form or, more likely, serve as a timely distraction.

Bush says he is going to make up his mind about running in “short order,” and he plans to release the emails “sometime early next year.”


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