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An ill Secretary Hillary Clinton faints, sustains concussion

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U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton delivers a speech at Dublin City University in Ireland on December 6, 2012.

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, who skipped an overseas trip this past week because of a stomach virus, sustained a concussion after fainting, the State Department said Saturday.

The 65-year-old Clinton, who’s expected to leave her job soon after serving as America’s top diplomat during President Barack Obama’s first term, is recovering at home after the incident last week and is being monitored by doctors, according to a statement by aide Philippe Reines.

No further details were immediately available.

The statement said Clinton was dehydrated because of the virus and that she fainted and sustained a concussion. She will continue to work from home in the week ahead and looks forward to being back in the office “soon,” the statement said.

Congressional aides do not expect her to testify as scheduled at congressional hearings on Thursday into the Sept. 11 attack against a U.S. diplomatic outpost in Benghazi, Libya, that killed four Americans, including the U.S. ambassador.


How Hungry Girl shed the pounds without guilt

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Lisa Lillien poses for photos at Planet Hollywood Casino Resort on July 9, 2010 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

She never set out to become the maven of guilt-free, fun-food dieting, the go-to girl for people who want to have their cake — and cheeseburgers and chili fries — and eat them, too, without getting fat.

No, 10 years ago, Lisa Lillien says, she was just another 30-something LA "Hungry Girl." Someone who needed to drop 15 or 20 pounds and would do so periodically by following an all-liquid diet or a one-meal-a-day diet or whatever other weight-loss regimen was in vogue.

Afterward, she'd return to her beloved jam-slathered bagels and french fries and gain it all back.

"Then one day I just woke up and I said, 'You know what? That's not the way to tackle a weight problem,'" says the trim but not skinny Lillien who, presides over a multimillion-dollar empire of Hungry Girl cookbooks, low-calorie recipes, specialty products and TV shows, all of them geared to letting people eat the junk food they love and not get fat.


Sexting study: Los Angeles kids who sext are seven times more likely to have sex


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A cellphone user texts on a Samsung phone.

OMG, hold the phone.

A new study published in the October issue of "Pediatrics" magazine has concluded that the practice of children texting sexually explicit words and/or pictures (aka "sexting") can be linked to actual teen sex. Likewise, those kids whose friends sext are more likely to sext themselves.

One of the researchers, Dr. Eric Rice from USC's School of Social Work, told KPCC Monday that his team spent two years on the study. Dr. Rice noted that the study does not conclude that the virtual shenanigans leads to physical activity, merely that sexting and real sex went hand-in-hand.

"Of teens who said they sext, 78 percent of them said they were sexually active. Among those who don't sext, only 38 percent say they were sexually active," Rice said, explaining how they concluded that kids who sext are seven times more likely to have sex. Simply put, Rice added, "if you sext, your friends also sext. And if you sext you are also probably sexually active."


'Pink slime' maker sues ABC News for $1.2 billion

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ABC's Diane Sawyer introducing the new investigation into the meat product now known as "pink slime".

The manufacturers of the meat product notoriously nicknamed "pink slime" is suing ABC News for sliming it, so to speak.

Beef Products Inc. is suing the Disney-owned news giant for $1.2 billion because of approximately 200 "false and misleading and defamatory" statements regarding its "lean finely textured beef [LFTB]", the Associated Press is reporting.

Among the defendants in the lawsuit are ABC news anchor Diane Sawyer, ABC news correspondents Jim Avila and David Kerley, and the USDA microbiologist who coined the term for the meat "pink slime," Gerald Zirnstein.

BPI is complaining that the bad press "caused consumers to believe that our lean beef is not beef at all — that it's an unhealthy pink slime, unsafe for public consumption, and that somehow it got hidden in the meat," the company's lawyer Dan Webb said before the company's official announcement.


Will calorie counts on drive-thru menus at McDonald's make you healthier?


Detailed look at the calories on the McDonald's menu


Detailed look at the McCafe drinks at McDonalds.


A detailed look at the sweets on the McDonald's menu.


McDonald's new menu board with calorie count.

Do you really want to know how many calories that McRib has in it when you order a combo in the drive-thru? 

In order to be in compliance with upcoming federal health care requirements, drive-thru customers at McDonald's next week will soon see the cold, hard facts next to photos of their warm, soft burgers.  

"At McDonald's, we recognize customers want to know more about the nutrition content of the food and beverages they order,"  McDonald's USA President Jan Fields said in a statement Tuesday. "As a company that has provided nutrition information for more than 30 years, we are pleased to add to the ways we make nutrition information available to our customers and employees."  

So the question is, will you be less inclined to order a Big Mac Extra Value Meal if you see that you ingesting about 1,000 calories?