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The Financial Implications of Heart Disease

Lifestyles - Tue, 02/17/2015 - 10:35am
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(NewsUSA) - NewsusaInfographic - Many people share the overly optimistic belief that they are shielded against suffering a heart attack or stroke. But the truth is, no one is immune to life-altering medical events. And, many don't understand the financial implications associated with these health issues. Critical illness insurance can help cover costs resulting from an unexpected illness.

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Labels Shed Light on Your Perfect Bulb

Lifestyles - Tue, 02/17/2015 - 10:32am
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(NewsUSA) - In today's health-conscious times, chances are you read the labels of grocery items at the store before tossing them into your cart. And if you've ever accidentally shrunk a favorite sweater, it's a safe bet you check clothing labels before putting them in the washing machine. But when was the last time you checked the label when purchasing light bulbs?

"The labels on light bulb cartons are mandated by the Federal Trade Commission, and like food labels, they are designed with the consumer in mind," says Terry McGowan, director of engineering and technology for the American Lighting Association (ALA).

Light bulb labels answer the question: What kind of performance should you expect from this light bulb when you buy it and install it in your light fixture? In addition to factors like brightness, energy costs and wattage ratings, bulb labels also focus on the light's appearance, which is described in words such as "warm" or "cool" and also in Kelvins.

Kelvins Count

The color you see from light bulbs involves two components.

"The first component," says McGowan, "is what you see when you look at the bulb itself -- that's the overall tint or tone of the light. You might look at the bulb and say that it looks 'cool' or 'warm.' That color characteristic is called 'chromaticity,' and for bulbs used for residential lighting, chromaticity is expressed in Kelvins, such as a bulb of 2700 Kelvins, or 2700K.

"The second component is color rendering," says McGowan, "which is more subtle than chromaticity because it involves much more human judgment about what the eye is seeing. Color rendering, expressed as a number using the Color Rendering Index (CRI), describes how lifelike or natural people and objects appear."

Natural daylight and standard incandescent bulbs have a CRI of 100, with all other light sources being measured against them. For example, if a bulb has a rated CRI of 80 or 90, that means the light from that bulb will not render the colors of objects or people as well as if they were in natural daylight.

New bulb technology, particularly with LED bulbs, means bulbs are available in myriad brightness levels and colors.

An ALA retailer can help you select the perfect light bulb to provide the best color and ambience for your home. To find your closest ALA-member store, go online to

Bringing Chiropractic to the Little League

Lifestyles - Tue, 02/17/2015 - 10:29am

(NewsUSA) - Participating in sports may be a rite of passage for kids, but it's up to parents to recognize, manage and -- yes -- prevent sports-related health conditions and injuries like concussions. One way to help do just that: an evaluation by a doctor of chiropractic, says Stephanie Mills, the recently crowned Ms. America 2014 and herself a chiropractor. To learn more, visit


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Singapore Pastor Kong Hee Maintains Innocence, Gains Support From Leaders

Lifestyles - Tue, 02/17/2015 - 10:25am
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(NewsUSA) - It is a classic case of "he said, she said."

At the crux of the matter is whether or not charismatic, influential Singapore pastor Kong Hee used millions of dollars from church funds to buy bonds to promote his wife's cross-over music career, as is being contended.

While the prosecution argues that the investment companies and bonds amounted to "shams," Hee maintains that he did nothing wrong. Supporting this claim is his church body, City Harvest, noting that all monies were returned to their coffers with interest, and no funds were lost.

While the case continues to gain attention both in America and abroad, Hee's supporters remain adamant that he is innocent.

"He [Pastor Hee] never did anything illegal, never did anything to the inurement of his own pockets or that of his wife," Pastor A.R. Bernard told the Washington Times in an interview this year. Bernard, an international religious leader based in Brooklyn, N.Y., has been one of Hee's most outspoken and vocal supporters.

Instead, Bernard asserts that the Singapore government is trying to make an example out of Hee and the 20,000-member church that he founded, saying, "Change is taking place in the nation [of Singapore] that is part of a bigger picture."

Bernard is referring to the fact that at least one-third of Singaporeans are Buddhist, while its younger generation is embracing Christianity and Christian churches that are popping up all over that country. This trend, Bernard says, is not sitting well with a government that is accustomed to control and status quo, and has little experience with special interest groups.

Theresa Tan, a spokeswoman for City Harvest, agrees.

"As a church, we believe that God's doing something in Asia, and Singapore is pivotal as a location," she told the Financial Times in an interview last month. "We are at a crossroads to various parts of Asia, so we feel that God's using Singapore in such a way."

For his part, Hee has remained quiet but has told his congregation that he "maintains his integrity ? and will defend that integrity against these charges." Hee continues to preach at City Harvest as a senior pastor.

"Pastor Kong has been a great leader of the church in Singapore and an influence throughout the world," said Pastor Casey Treat, a religious leader at the Christian Faith Center in Washington.

"I have never seen a compromise or unbiblical behavior."

Hee is expected to take the stand in his own defense when the trial resumes this summer.

Al Qaeda wants them dead or alive

CNN World - Tue, 02/17/2015 - 10:17am
CNN's Nic Robertson reports on the 11 people who are included on a "wanted" list published by al Qaeda in the spring of 2013.
Categories: International News

Remote spot resembles hotel from "The Shining"

CNN - Tue, 02/17/2015 - 10:13am
Natalie Allen speaks to a young married couple who takes care of a large remote hotel during the winter, just like "The Shining," minus the horror.
Categories: National News

Princeton receives record $300 million donation in rare books

Business News - Tue, 02/17/2015 - 9:42am
Princeton University just received the largest gift in its 269-year history: $300 million worth of rare books and manuscripts, including the first printed editions of the Bible and the Declaration of Independence.

Runner crawls to finish line at marathon

CNN - Tue, 02/17/2015 - 9:13am
Lifelong runner and Austin Marathon race director John Conley has been a part of many races, but none of the finishes he's been a part of quite compare to what he saw Sunday.
Categories: National News

Suspect's confession played at 'American Sniper' trial

CNN - Tue, 02/17/2015 - 9:09am
The man accused of killing Chris Kyle, subject of the hit film "American Sniper," and Kyle's friend said he didn't have a choice.
Categories: National News

Chapel Hill shooting suspect indicted by grand jury

CNN - Tue, 02/17/2015 - 9:04am
A grand jury has indicted the man accused of killing three Muslim students in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.
Categories: National News

Jose Antonio Vargas partners with Los Angeles Times

Business News - Tue, 02/17/2015 - 8:38am
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Kanye's Yeezy sneakers sell out

Business News - Tue, 02/17/2015 - 8:36am
When he's not crashing the stage at the Grammy awards, Kanye West apparently designs very expensive sneakers.

5 more Ukrainian forces killed

CNN World - Tue, 02/17/2015 - 8:36am
Five more Ukrainian service members have been killed in the past 24 hours, Ukraine's Defense Ministry said -- another sign that the truce is falling apart.
Categories: International News

Stocks: 4 things to know before the open

Business News - Tue, 02/17/2015 - 8:32am
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Latest in the aftermath of the Denmark attacks

CNN World - Tue, 02/17/2015 - 8:01am
Denmark is still coming to terms with the weekend's deadly terrorist attacks in Copenhagen.
Categories: International News

Merkel, Poroshenko, Putin discuss Ukraine peace

CNN World - Tue, 02/17/2015 - 7:59am
With reports of fighting still going on in parts of Ukraine, leaders from Germany, Ukraine and Russia try to find peace. Mathew Chance reports.
Categories: International News

Shelling hits pipeline in Ukraine

CNN World - Tue, 02/17/2015 - 7:59am
As Ukrainian and Pro-Russian forces still battle for position, a shell has hit a pipeline in the city of Debaltseve. Nick Paton Walsh reports.
Categories: International News

Egypt bombs ISIS targets after killings of Christians

CNN World - Tue, 02/17/2015 - 7:59am
The Egyptian military said it has bombed ISIS targets in Libya after the militant group released a video that appeared to show the beheadings of Coptic Christians.
Categories: International News
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