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Sugru is aclay-like synthetic wondermaterial that can be easily shaped with your hands and hardens completely after 24 hours. You can use it to fix and modify anything. It’s really cool on itself, but awesome when you combine it with powerful magnets.

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Wacky Waving Inflatable Tubes Save Vineyards From Grape-Stealing Birds

The tension between grape growers and hungry birds is at an all-time high. Standard-issue scarecrows have proven ineffective. Air cannons no longer startle. It’s time to call in the secret weapon. Summon the Wacky Waving Inflatable Arm Flailing Tube Men.

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Mary J Blige Fronts Shape December 2013

Continuing promotions for her brand new Christmas album A Mary Christmas, Mary J Blige was selected to front the December 2013 issue of Shape magazine.

While showing off her flawless tummy in a sexy white bikini for the spread, the 42-year-old discussed her favorite workouts and her why she gave up alcohol.

“My main exercise is cardio,” Miss Blige explained. “The treadmill is fine but running outdoors gives me the best results. I try to job 6 to 8 miles a week. I could be in the worst mood, but when I do my cardio I feel much, much better.”

Also devoting time to swimming, Mary stated, “At first it was very hard, but once I got in the water and figured out how to breathe, it was so liberating.”

In regards to cutting alcohol out of her life, the 42-year-old singer revealed that Whitney Houston’s death greatly influenced her decision. “Others may be able to drink and have a great time, but it doesn’t work for me at this point. I haven’t had a drink in a year and three months.”

“I had quit for a long time but started again about five years ago. I’m off it completely once more, and now I feel stronger than ever,” she added.

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10 Things to Know: This Week’s Takeaways

A Filipino girl rests on top of a pedicab parked in front of toppled trees and poles left from Typhoon Haiyan, Tacloban city, Leyte province, central Philippines on Friday, Nov. 15, 2013. Hundreds of thousands of people were displaced by Typhoon Haiyan, which tore across several islands in the eastern Philippines on Nov. 8. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)

A Filipino girl rests on top of a pedicab parked in front of toppled trees and poles left from Typhoon Haiyan, Tacloban city, Leyte province, central Philippines on Friday, Nov. 15, 2013. Hundreds of thousands of people were displaced by Typhoon Haiyan, which tore across several islands in the eastern Philippines on Nov. 8. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)

President Barack Obama, accompanied by Marilyn Tavenner, head of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, second from right, makes a statement before the start of a meeting with representatives of health insurance companies, Friday, Nov. 15, 2013, in the Roosevelt Room of the White House in Washington. The president said he brought health insurance CEOs to the White House to brainstorm ways to make sure Americans know what their coverage options are under the law. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)

FILE – In this Jan. 10, 2013 photo, parents play with their children at a kid’s play area in a shopping mall in Beijing. China will loosen its decades-old one-child policy and abolish a much-criticized labor camp system, its ruling Communist Party said Friday, Nov. 15, 2013. The official Xinhua News Agency said the party announced the changes in a policy document following a key, four-day meeting of party leaders that ended Tuesday in Beijing. (AP Photo/Alexander F. Yuan, File)

Janet Yellen, of California, President Barack Obama’s nominee to become Federal Reserve Board chair, is sworn in on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday Nov. 14, 2013, prior to testifying before the Senate Banking Committee hearing on her nomination to succeed Ben Bernanke. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

Tommy Donahue, son of Michael Donahue, speaks to the media as his fiancee Michelle Carter, his mother Patricia Donahue, and his brothers Shawn and Michael Jr. (far right) listen outside federal court in Boston, Thursday, Nov. 14, 2013. Former Boston crime boss James “Whitey” Bulger was sentenced Thursday to life in prison for his murderous reign in the 1970s and ’80s, bringing to a close a case that exposed FBI corruption so deep that many people across the city thought he would never be brought to justice. Bulger was found guilty in Michael Donahue’s 1982 murder. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

Looking back at the stories to remember from this week:


The widespread destruction caused by one of the most powerful storms on record became clear this week, with more than 3,600 dead and 600,000 homeless. After days of logistical bottlenecks, a massive aid effort was finally reaching the victims.


Under pressure from consumers and fellow Democrats, he said the administration no longer would require insurance companies to jettison current individual and small group plans that fall short of minimum coverage standards under the health care law.


The country’s leaders addressed the deeply unpopular programs at a time when the Communist Party feels increasingly alienated from the public.


U.S. doctors are being told to calculate a patient’s body mass index and — if needed — come up with a weight-loss plan that includes counseling.


Janet Yellen said in testimony before the Senate Banking Committee, which is considering her for the job of Fed chairman, that the U.S. economy has regained the ground it lost in the Great Recession.


The 84-year-old gangster was found guilty in 11 of the 19 killings he was accused of, along with dozens of other gangland crimes, including shakedowns and money-laundering. He sat stone-faced as a judge castigated him for his “almost unfathomable” depravity.


The 1,451-foot Willis Tower in Chicago is being dethroned by the New York skyscraper. Including its 408-foot needle, it is 1,776 feet tall and rises on the site of the twin towers that were destroyed in the 9/11 terrorist attack.


With the help of the Make-A-Wish Foundation and thousands of people in the city, Miles Scott — aka Batkid — became a superhero for a day. He dressed in a Batman costume, helped a damsel in distress and foiled a robbery by the Riddler.


The Patriot-News of Harrisburg says it’s sorry that it didn’t recognize the greatness of President Abraham Lincoln’s oratory at the time it was delivered. The newspaper says the coverage by its predecessor, The Harrisburg Patriot & Union, failed to see the speech’s “momentous importance, timeless eloquence and lasting significance.”


Turner Field opened as the Olympic stadium for the 1996 Summer Games and then was converted for baseball the next year. But the Braves said they are moving out in 2017 to a new $672 million ballpark in suburban Cobb County.

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Doctors are told to get serious about obesity

In this Nov. 12, 2013 photo, Diane LeBlanc, 50, poses for a photograph her office in Baton Rouge, La. LeBlanc lost 40 pounds since joining “Heads Up” , a supervised weight loss assistance program, provided by the Pennington Biomedical Research Center and the Louisiana Office of Group Benefits. (AP Photo/Tim Mueller)

In this Nov. 12, 2013 photo, Diane LeBlanc, 50, poses for a photograph her office in Baton Rouge, La. LeBlanc lost 40 pounds since joining “Heads Up” , a supervised weight loss assistance program, provided by the Pennington Biomedical Research Center and the Louisiana Office of Group Benefits. (AP Photo/Tim Mueller)

In this Nov. 12, 2013 photo, Diane LeBlanc, 50, poses for a photograph her office in Baton Rouge, La. LeBlanc lost 40 pounds since joining “Heads Up” , a supervised weight loss assistance program, provided by the Pennington Biomedical Research Center and the Louisiana Office of Group Benefits. (AP Photo/Tim Mueller)

ATLANTA (AP) — Next time you go for a checkup, don’t be surprised if your doctor gets on your case about your weight.

The medical profession has issued new guidelines for fighting the nation’s obesity epidemic, and they urge physicians to be a lot more aggressive about helping patients drop those extra pounds.

Doctors should calculate your body mass index, a weight-to-height ratio. And if you need to lose weight, they should come up with a plan and send you for counseling.

“We recognize that telling patients to lose weight is not enough,” said Dr. Donna Ryan, co-chair of the guidelines committee.

The good news? By next year, most insurance companies are expected to cover counseling and other obesity treatments, following in the steps of the Medicare program, which began paying for one-on-one help last year.

More than a third of U.S. adults are obese, and that’s been the case since the middle of the last decade. Officials define someone with a BMI of 30 or higher as obese. A 5-foot-9 person would be obese at 203 pounds.

Doctors are well aware that excess weight can trigger diabetes and lead to heart disease and other health problems. Yet surveys have shown that only about a third of obese patients recall their doctor talking to them about their BMI or counseling them about weight loss.

The guidelines were released this week by a group of medical organizations that include the American Heart Association, the American College of Cardiology and the Obesity Society.

They come amid a spate of important developments in the fight against obesity.

Last year, the Food and Drug Administration approved two more obesity-fighting drugs. And this year, the AMA labeled obesity a disease, a measure intended to get doctors to pay more attention to the problem and prod more insurers to pay for treatments.

Yet many people have been on their own when it comes to slimming down, left to sift through the myriad diets and exercise schemes that are promoted for weight loss. And most doctors have little training in how to help their obese patients, other than telling them it’s a problem and they need to do something about it.

“I feel for these guys,” said Dr. Tim Church, a researcher at Louisiana State University’s Pennington Biomedical Research Center. “They have patients who come in and ask them about the latest fad diet. They’re not trained in this stuff and they’re not comfortable” recommending particular diets or weight-loss plans.

The guidelines advise doctors to:

— At least once year, calculate patients’ BMI, measure their waists and tell them if they are overweight or obese.

— Develop a weight-loss plan that includes exercise and moderate calorie-cutting.

— Consider recommending weight-loss surgery for patients with a BMI of 40 or for those with a BMI of 35 who also have two other risk factors for heart disease such as diabetes or high blood pressure.

— Refer overweight and obese patients who are headed for heart problems to weight-loss programs. Specifically, discuss enrolling them in at least 14 face-to-face counseling sessions over six months with a registered dietitian, psychologist or other professional with training in weight management.

Web or phone-based counseling sessions are considered a less effective option.

Donna LeBlanc said the new guidelines are overdue.

More than year ago, the Baton Rouge, La., woman sat down with her longtime family doctor to talk about her weight and get a referral for some kind of help. She had tried dieting without success for more than a decade, had high blood pressure and was about to hit a dress size of 20.

She said the doctor smiled and told her: “There’s a lot of programs out there. But really, you just have to eat less.”

“It just devastated me,” LeBlanc recalled. “He was saying, ‘It’s all in your mind.’ I was thinking, ‘If I could do that, don’t you think I would have done it by now?’”

She changed doctors and has lost 40 pounds from her 5-foot-4 frame since May after getting into an intensive Pennington weight-loss program that includes counseling sessions.

Doctors “need to get the message,” ”LeBlanc said. “Just telling someone you need to push the plate away is not going to work for everyone.”




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The MMA Hour with Eddie Alvarez, Dominick Cruz, Dan Henderson, Renzo Gracie, Gunnar Nelson, Joey Beltran, Bobby Green

The MMA Hour is back in your life on Monday. Below is a rundown of who will be stopping by and when:

1:00 p.m. ET — Eddie Alvarez will talk about beating Michael Chandler to become the new Bellator lightweight champion.

1:25 p.m. — UFC bantamweight champion Dominick Cruz will talk about his much-anticipated return to the Octagon at UFC 169.

1:45 p.m. — Former UFC turned Bellator fighter Joey Beltran will talk about his Nov. 15 fight against Quinton Jackson.

2:05 p.m. — Dan Henderson will preview his Nov. 9 UFC Fight Night 32 bout against Vitor Belfort.

2:25 p.m. — UFC welterweight Gunnar Nelson will talk about the almost-life-threatening car accident he was in last week and his road back to the Octagon following knee surgery.

2:45 p.m. — The legendary Renzo Gracie will talk about his latest efforts to fight again, coaching on TUF 19, Rafael Natal’s main event fight against Tim Kennedy, and more.

3:05 p.m. — “King” Bobby Green will preview his UFC Fight for the Troops 3 bout against James Krause on Wednesday.

3:25 p.m. — We’ll answer your #themmahour questions on anything and everything going on in the MMA world. Hit us up on Twitter using that hash tag, leave a question in the comments section below, or give us a call.

Plus, we’ll be taking your calls on anything and everything. Got a question or comment? Give us a call at 1-888-418-4074.

Watch the show live below beginning at 1 p.m. ET / 10 a.m. PT / 6 p.m. GMT. Subscribe to The MMA Hour on iTunes: audio feed here; video feed here. Download previous episodes here. Listen to the show via Stitcher here or via TuneIn here.

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Jaguars, Buccaneers halfway to NFL history

Tampa Bay Buccaneers strong safety Mark Barron rests on the field after the Buccaneers lost 27-24 to the Seattle Seahawks in overtime of an NFL football game Sunday, Nov. 3, 2013, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Stephen Brashear)

Tampa Bay Buccaneers strong safety Mark Barron rests on the field after the Buccaneers lost 27-24 to the Seattle Seahawks in overtime of an NFL football game Sunday, Nov. 3, 2013, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Stephen Brashear)

San Francisco 49ers linebacker Corey Lemonier (96) tries to knock the ball out of Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Chad Henne’s hand during the first half of an NFL football game at Wembley Stadium, London, Sunday, Oct. 27, 2013. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)

Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Mike Glennon walks off the field after the Buccaneers lost 27-24 to the Seattle Seahawks in overtime of an NFL football game Sunday, Nov. 3, 2013, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Stephen Brashear)

Jacksonville Jaguars wide receiver Cecil Shorts (84), right, evades the tackle of San Francisco 49ers free safety Eric Reid (35) during the NFL football game between San Francisco 49ers and Jacksonville Jaguars at Wembley Stadium in London, Sunday, Oct. 27, 2013. (AP Photo/Sang Tan)

Jacksonville and Tampa Bay are halfway to history — and not the kind anyone wants to celebrate, chronicle or recall.

Winless through eight games, the Jaguars and Buccaneers could join the 2008 Detroit Lions (0-16) and the 1976 Tampa Bay Buccaneers (0-14) as the only winless teams in NFL history.

It’s not a spot either Florida franchise thought it would be in when the season began two months ago.

The Bucs finished 7-9 in 2012, and despite losing five of their final six games, were widely expected to show improvement in coach Greg Schiano’s second year. They spent more than $130 million on cornerback Darrelle Revis and safety Dashon Goldson.

The Jags were coming off the worst season in the franchise’s 18 years, a 2-14 debacle the led to the firing of general manager Gene Smith and coach Mike Mularkey. Under new GM Dave Caldwell and first-year coach Gus Bradley, it was a clear rebuilding project in Jacksonville. Nonetheless, the Jaguars figured things couldn’t possibly get any worse.

Think again.

Now, at the midway point of the season, the teams located about 175 miles apart are making headlines and highlights as they approach history one loss at a time.

“Things happen for a reason, so obviously going 0-8 happened,” Jaguars running back Maurice Jones-Drew said. “But you have to learn from that. We’re not going to run away from anything. That happened, and we have to face it head on.”

There’s still plenty of football remaining, with both teams getting eight more chances to avoid ending up in an elusive club that would make them a punch line for a lifetime.

But until one of them notches that first victory, the question lingers: Who has the best shot at going 0-16?


WHY THE BUCS: Their locker room could become as messy as a MRSA infection. Schiano botched quarterback Josh Freeman’s benching, getting accused of rigging the captains vote and then of releasing confidential information about Freeman being in the league’s substance-abuse program. Eventually, players might give up on Schiano, who is widely perceived as just another college coach in over his head since leaving Rutgers to take over a team that lost its final 10 games in 2011. The Bucs have dropped 13 of 14 dating to last season.

WHY THE JAGS: They have been bad — really bad. Jacksonville is the first team since the 1984 Houston Oilers to lose its first eight games by double digits, a stunning display of ineptitude on both side of the ball. The Jaguars can, however, point to having the league’s toughest schedule so far. They played Kansas City, Seattle, Indianapolis, Denver and San Francisco — teams at or near the top of every power poll. There may be hope, though. Jacksonville’s next seven games are against teams currently .500 or worse.


WHY THE BUCS: They can’t seem to win close games. Tampa Bay has led in the fourth quarter four times, dropping all four in final 89 seconds of regulation or overtime. The Bucs led 21-0 at Seattle — one of the toughest places for visiting teams — last week before fading down the stretch. “At times, we’ve snatched defeat from the jaws of victory, which is really frustrating,” said Schiano, whose team is 0-7 in games decided by three points or less during his tenure.

WHY THE JAGS: They won’t have their best offensive player for the rest of the season. Receiver Justin Blackmon’s latest violation of the league’s substance-abuse policy landed him an indefinite suspension. Despite his troubles, countless roster moves and the surprising trade of left tackle Eugene Monroe, the Jaguars have a cohesive locker room. Even Jones-Drew, who’s in the final year of his contract, appears fully vested in the new regime. “What else can you be?” Jones-Drew said. “It’s a choice. You could be moping around and down if you want, but that’s not going to solve anything.”


WHY THE BUCS: They have a rookie quarterback. Although third-round draft pick Mike Glennon set NFL rookie records for the most completions and attempts over his first four starts, he’s now 0-5, has been sacked 13 times and has failed to mount a game-winning drive. Glennon has completed 60 percent of his passes for 1,165 yards, with eight touchdowns and three interceptions. He’s also gotten little help from the team’s sputtering ground game. “The guy can make every throw,” receiver Vincent Jackson said. “He is very decisive. He puts balls in places, usually where you can make a play on it. If it’s not catchable, he’s going to throw it away. He’s not going to take a lot of chances. That just helps us as an offense when we’re taking care of the football.”

WHY THE JAGS: They have the worst quarterback situation in the league. The Jags already benched former first-round draft pick Blaine Gabbert in favor of backup Chad Henne. Together, they have four TD passes and 12 INTs, and have been sacked a whopping 28 times. Gabbert’s struggles under pressure and his inability to stay healthy prompted the Jaguars to move on after he played just three games this season. No matter what happens the rest of the way, Jacksonville is surely to draft another quarterback in April — likely with one of the first few picks.


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Police Weren’t ‘Minutes’ Behind Los Angeles Shooting Suspect

Tuesday brings word that some heartbreaking headlines from Monday apparently weren’t correct. We’ll try to set things straight.

Monday, reports such as these about Friday’s shooting at Los Angeles International Airport were getting lots of attention:

— “LAPD missed intercepting alleged shooter by minutes.” (Los Angeles Times)

— ” ‘A matter of minutes:’ Police checked on LAX suspect after he left for the airport.” (

— “Police Came Within 45 Minutes of Potentially Stopping the LAX Shooting Before It Began.” (Slate)

News outlets based their dramatic headlines and stories on comments made Sunday by Rep. Michael McCaul, R-Texas, who chairs the House Homeland Security Committee. He said on CNN’s State of the Union that he had been told Los Angeles police were contacted Friday by police in New Jersey. The New Jersey police, McCaul said, informed the California authorities that Paul Ciancia’s family was worried he might commit suicide.

Police went to Ciancia’s residence in Sun Valley, Calif., and “missed him by literally, probably 45 minutes,” McCaul said.

Ciancia is the 23-year-old man who authorities say opened fire at the airport — killing TSA agent Gerardo Hermandez and injuring several other people. Seriously wounded after an exchange of gunfire with airport police, Ciancia remains hospitalized.

But here’s what now seems to be a more accurate timeline, based on what Los Angeles Police Department Commander Andy Smith tells NPR’s Kirk Siegler and documents made public by authorities investigating the shooting. It indicates that police were more likely 2 hours or more behind Ciancia:

— Early Friday morning: Ciancia reportedly asks a roommate to take him to the airport. They lived about 30 miles from the airport. Given that distance and the time it can take to drive anywhere in Los Angeles, it seems likely that Ciancia would have asked for the ride before or around 8 a.m. local time and left soon after.

— 9:20 a.m. in Los Angeles: The shooting begins.

— 10:06 a.m. in Los Angeles: After a call from a family member concerned about Ciancia’s mental state (not about the shooting, which hadn’t yet become national news), LAPD officers are dispatched to his residence. That’s 46 minutes after the attack began and perhaps 2 hours after Ciancia is thought to have left for the airport.

— 10:12 a.m. in Los Angeles: Officers are at Ciancia’s residence. They’re reportedly told by another roommate that he’s not there.

— 10:30 a.m. in Los Angeles (1:30 p.m. on the East Coast): Ciancia’s father calls the local police department in Pennsville, N.J., saying that he’s concerned about his son because of suicidal-sounding text message he reportedly sent. Pennsville police call the Los Angeles police. Officers are again dispatched to Ciancia’s residence in Sun Valley. By then, it’s likely Ciancia had been gone from the home for more than 2 hours.

As we’ve written many times when news is breaking, initial reports — and even stories a day or two later — often include include information that later turns out to have been inaccurate. We’ll continue trying to sort through things.

Our colleagues at Southern California Public Radio are also following the story. They’ve collected their coverage here.

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Bellator 106 results: Mike Richman finishes Akop Stepanyan in first round

LONG BEACH, Calif. — When Akop Stepanyan upped the ante Saturday night, Mike Richman had the answer.

The first round of their featherweight fight at Long Beach Arena was an all-standup affair. Stepanyan appeared to be turning the fight in his favor when he cracked Richman with a huge left to the jaw.

But Richman responded with a huge left to the jaw, which dropped Stepanyan to the mat. One big double hammer first later, and referee Herb Dean had seen enough. Richman was the winner of the Bellator 106 main-card opener in 4:05.

“This win felt amazing, man,” said Richman. “He hit me with one of those shots like whoa, alright. I ain’t going down like that. I waited for my chance and I came back swinging.”

With seventh career knockout, Richman improved to 16-3 and has one three of his past four fights. Stepanyan, a Reign MMA product by way of Russia is 13-7 and has dropped four of his past five.

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