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La literatura ‘para chicas’ puede perjudicar seriamente a tu autoestima corporal

La 'Chick Lit' no es tan inofensiva como parece. Un estudio defiende que si la protagonista está insegura sobre la imagen de su cuerpo, las lectoras …

Woman jumps on car hood as thief drives

A Wisconsin woman fought off car thieves by jumping on the hood of her car during the attempted theft.

Turner Broadcasting

The man behind the Ice Bucket Challenge is drowning in medical bills

<b>(CNN) —</b> The man behind the massively successful ALS Ice Bucket Challenge is facing major financial hurdles in his own fight against ALS.<p>Pete Frates lies on life support in the bedroom of his house with his care costing somewhere between $85,000 and $95,000 every month, his family says.<p>The family …

Take a Load Off. The Robots That Fold Laundry Are Coming.

Cars can now drive themselves. Cellphones talk to us. How long will it be until the dreams of every college student and overworked parent come true — and laundry can fold itself?<p>At least two companies are promising to bring laundry-folding robots for the home to market by the end of 2017. Known as …

Mockups

‘Love, Rick’: Teacher’s Letters Track an Attempted Seduction

The first letter was hand-delivered, written on a store-bought card that was as goofy as it was flirtatious. The sender, who signed it as Rick, apologized that he was not around when its recipient, Jane, stopped by. He invited her to come back for poetry and wine.<p>The note seemed innocent enough, …

Why China is so afraid of Chinese students in the United States

In 1944, amidst a crackdown on liberal dissent at home, the government of China launched a program to ensure the ideological purity of Chinese students studying in the United States. The government ordered that all students planning to go to the United States be first checked for political …

What are our genes really telling us? The answer is far from clear

<i>Jonathan Weiner is the author of “The Beak of the Finch,” which won the 1995 Pulitzer Prize for general nonfiction, and “Time, Love, Memory,” among other books. He teaches at Columbia Journalism School.</i><p>Here are two new books vying for our attention, “The Gene Machine” and “DNA Is Not Destiny.” One …

Fitness trackers are largely inaccurate when counting calories, Stanford researchers say

Calorie counting is a useful way to lose weight, but a new study suggests a fitness tracker could sabotage your efforts.<p>The devices are overwhelmingly popular. For instance, since its inception, the leading brand, Fitbit, has sold at least 30 million of them. The company promises on its website …

Teen dies from too much caffeine, coroner says

<b>(CNN) —</b> Too much caffeine caused the death of a 16-year-old high school student from South Carolina who collapsed during class last month, according to the county coroner.<p>Davis Allen Cripe died from a caffeine-induced cardiac event causing a probable arrhythmia, Richland County Coroner Gary Watts …

Wellness

Fitted tees, shorty shorts: Sending the wrong message to girls?

<b>(CNN) —</b> Sharon Choksi, a mom of two and an entrepreneur, grew so frustrated with the clothing options offered for girls that she co-founded a business, Girls Will Be, which provides empowering shirts and shorts so girls can live their active lives and still feel good about what they wear.<p>The …

Clothing

The fidget spinner fad: Adults don't get it, and that's the point

When I asked a colleague if he knew about fidget spinners, he responded: "I'd never heard of them until last week, when my daughter told me she had to have one."<p>Many parents must be having that conversation with their elementary school-age kids; as of this writing, fidget spinners held the top 16 …

Princess giving up royal status for love

Japan's Princess Mako's decision to give up her royal status to marry a commoner has sparked debate in Japan about why women are not equal under the royal succession process.

Japan

ABC Turning 'The Little Mermaid' Into A Live Musical With 'Cutting-Edge' Technology

The production will be a part of this world in October.<p>Just when you thought you’d seen enough live TV musical reboots, ABC is diving head first into the sea with one of its own.<p>On Tuesday, the network announced it will be turning the Disney classic “The Little Mermaid” into a live TV musical, …

Teen Writes Children's Book To Encourage Other Girls To Code

Sasha Ariel Alston wants to see more diversity in STEM fields.<p>When Sasha Ariel Alston pursued her love for coding, she noticed there were never many girls ― especially girls of color ― pursuing it, too. That’s why she decided to write a children’s book to encourage girls to learn about coding and …

A Nutella Café Swirls Into Chicago And Our Hearts This Month

🎶 "Ooh heaven is a place on Earth." 🎶<p>There’s a twinkling of light shining upon us during these dark times, and it’s lit with the glow of chocolatey, hazelnut-y, spreadable goodness.<p>That’s right, folks, a Nutella café swirls into Chicago on May 31 to fill the industrial jar-sized holes in our …

911 call of 8-year-old who helps save mom one week after dad dies

A 911 recording of an 8-year-old Massachusetts boy calmly calling the ambulance for his choking mother.

Amtrak engineer won't be charged in deadly crash

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The speeding Amtrak engineer involved in a derailment that killed eight people and injured about 200 others won't face criminal …

'Baby Dragon' Found In China Is The Newest Species Of Dinosaur

Meet <i>Beibeilong sinensis,</i> the most recently identified dinosaur species.<p>The name means "baby dragon from China." The dinosaur had massive feathered wings and a birdlike skull. It probably looked most like a cassowary, flightless birds slightly smaller than an ostrich.<p>But the <i>Beibeilong</i> was much …

DNA from exhumed body of priest could solve cold-case murder of nun

<b>(CNN) —</b> The exhumation of a Catholic priest's body by Baltimore County Police could hold the key to solving the 47-year-old cold case of a murdered nun.<p>On February 28, police opened the grave of Rev. A. Joseph Maskell after securing an order from the state's attorney, according to Elise Armacost, …

Crime

These People Are Locked In A 50-Hour Kissing Contest For A Free Car

And you can watch their struggle on Facebook Live.<p>What would you do for a free car? How about lock lips with it for more than 48 hours?<p>People are engaged in a bizarre kissing contest in Texas that will reward the last person slobbering on the vehicles with a free Kia.<p>Since 7 a.m. on Monday, …

Cleveland Man Suspected In Facebook Video Killing Found Dead

Steve Stephens killed himself in Pennsylvania Tuesday after a brief police pursuit.<p>The man suspected of carrying out a chilling homicide in Cleveland that was filmed and shared on Facebook was found dead Tuesday in Erie, Pennsylvania, from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound, authorities …

The 2017 Mumps Outbreak Probably Isn't Related To Vaccine Refusal

You can get mumps even if you’re vaccinated, though your symptoms likely won’t be as bad.<p>Texas has reported 221 cases of mumps so far this year, the state’s highest number of cases since 1994, according to state health officials.<p>The outbreak appears to have originated in Arkansas before spreading …

Maryland Fails To Pass Bill That Would Take Away Rapists' Parental Rights

Women in that state must include their attackers in any decisions about custody or adoption.<p>Maryland was poised to end a policy this week that would have stopped requiring that rape victims who get pregnant share parental rights with their attackers.<p>Instead, the legislation fizzled when a …

A simple checklist prevents deaths after surgery, a large new study suggests

Surgery checklists save lives, a study released Monday found.<p>Hospitals in South Carolina that completed a voluntary, statewide program to implement the World Health Organization's Surgical Safety Checklist had a 22 percent reduction in post-surgical deaths. The study, set to publish in the August …

Could Arkansas’ battle over the death penalty signal the beginning of its end?

The Supreme Court said Monday that Arkansas won't be able to execute two of its death-row inmates. And a growing number of conservatives, who see the death penalty as an anachronistic, religiously hypocritical and big-government waste of money, are just fine with that.<p>In fact, the extreme nature of …

Death Row

Eight Injured in Shooting at High School in France

Seventeen-year-old gunman has been taken into police custody, official says<p>PARIS—A gunman opened fire inside a high school in southern France on Thursday, injuring eight people, according to the Interior Ministry.<p>The 17-year-old student who fired the shots at the Alexis de Tocqueville high school …

France

After a lifetime of foster homes and abuse, a 14-year-old broadcast her suicide on Facebook

Naika Venant was on Facebook Live for more than two hours before her suicide. Her viewers, some of them her friends, begged the 14-year-old to not go through with it.<p>But others were cruel. They told her she was just seeking attention, that she was putting up an act. They even urged her to do it.<p>And …

A region in Italy wants to ban veiled women from being treated at hospitals

Italy has a major domestic violence problem. The United Nations has called domestic abuse the "most pervasive form of violence" in the country, affecting nearly one-third of all girls and women ages 16 to 70.<p>It's one horrifying illustration of the struggles many Italian women face. "While the rest …

Dive Instructor Saves Shark With A Large Knife Wedged In Its Head

"The shark settled right below me as if asking for help," said diver Brett Johnson.<p>They’re mistakenly regarded as monsters of the sea, with scary films like “Jaws” all about them unleashing terror on people. But it’s clear from the video above that this shark was a real victim.<p>Brett Johnson and his …