The Hotel Caribe in Colombia, where Secret Service agents allegedly partied with prostitutes while doing advance work before President Obama's arrival last week.The Secret Service prostitution scandal reached new lows on Thursday, as three of the accused agents lost their jobs and eight more had their top security clearances suspended and were put on administrative leave. Ten members of the U.S. Military are also under investigation for misconduct in conjunction with the incident, which took place in Cartagena, Colombia, when the agents and military servicemen were doing work in advance of President Barack Obama's arrival for the Summit of the Americas last week.
After letting loose at a local strip club, about 20 women were allegedly brought back to the Hotel Caribe for a pre-planned party with Secret Service agents and members of the U.S. Marines, most of whom were married, ABC News reported. Local police were called to the hotel after one woman complained that a Secret Service agent refused to pay her the $800 they had agreed upon at the club.
That's right: This whole situation came to light because a member of America's elite protection
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The Hotel Caribe in Colombia, where Secret Service agents allegedly partied with prostitutes while doing advance work before President Obama's arrival last week.The Secret Service prostitution scandal reached new lows on Thursday, as three of the accused agents lost their jobs and eight more had their top security clearances suspended and were put on administrative leave. Ten members of the U.S. Military are also under investigation for misconduct in conjunction with the incident, which took place in Cartagena, Colombia, when the agents and military servicemen were doing work in advance of President Barack Obama's arrival for the Summit of the Americas last week.Read More »from The Secret Service Sex Scandal: Boys Being Boys?
- Lylah M. Alphonse, Senior Editor, Yahoo! Shine | Work + Money – Wed, Apr 18, 2012 5:24 PM EDT
Dick Clark, host of Dick Clark, the perpetually young-at-heart host of "American Bandstand" and the man with whom Americans have welcomed the New Year for decades, has died. He was 82.Read More »from So Long, Dick Clark: America's Oldest Teenager Passes On
His spokesman, Paul Shefrin, told The Associated Press that Clark suffered a heart attack on Wednesday morning at Saint John's hospital in Santa Monica.
Long before he became a midnight staple with "New Year's Rockin' Eve," Dick Clark was an icon. The host of "American Bandstand" and creator of shows including "The $25,000 Pyramid," "TV's Bloopers and Practical Jokes," and the American Music Awards, Clark is credited with bringing rock 'n' roll music to the mainstream masses.
"I played records, the kids danced, and America watched," Clark once said of "Bandstand," which aired on ABC from 1957 to 1987. But for artists everywhere, he did so much more. The Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame honored him in 1993, pointing out that he featured black artists and their original R&B hits instead of the then more-acceptable covers by
- Lylah M. Alphonse, Senior Editor, Yahoo! Shine | Healthy Living – Wed, Apr 18, 2012 4:06 PM EDT
Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant signs House Bill 1390 while Chairman of the Public Health and Human Services Committee Rep. Sam Mims, right, R-McComb, and supporters look on Monday, April, 16, 2012 at the state Capitol in Jackson, Miss. (AP Photo/The Clarion-Ledger, Greg Jenson)Mississippi has just one abortion clinic in the entire state but, thanks to a new law signed by Republican governor Phil Bryant this week, it may not be able to provide services for much longer.Read More »from Mississippi Law Would Make Legal Abortions Nearly Impossible
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House Bill 1390 requires abortion providers in the state to also be board-certified in obstetrics and gynecology. It also requires that they have staff and admitting privileges at a hospital near the abortion facility, even if that facility is the doctor's office. The law goes into effect on July 1.
"I believe that all human life is precious, and as governor, I will work to ensure that the lives of the born and unborn are protected in Mississippi," Bryant said in a statement after signing the law.
Diane Derzis, the owner of the Jackson Women's Health Organizaion, Mississippi's only abortion facility, told the Associated Press that all three of the doctors who work for her are OB/GYNs, but only one of them has admitting privileges at a
- Lylah M. Alphonse, Senior Editor, Yahoo! Shine | Secrets to Your Success – Wed, Apr 18, 2012 2:56 PM EDT
An Australian company is rewarding women who go back to work after maternity leave.One of Australia's largest companies is making it easier for new parents to juggle work and family: Starting this week, new moms who return to work at the Insurance Australia Group (IAG) will get double pay for their first six weeks back after maternity leave.Read More »from Australian Company IAG Rewards New Moms for Returning to Work
"Yes it's generous, but we're a business and it is about making sure we get quality people coming back to us," IAG chief executive Mike Wilkins told the Sydney Morning Herald.
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IAG already offers one of the most generous maternity leave policies in the industry -- 14 weeks of paid time off after giving birth or adopting a child. Their six-week "welcome back bonus" is on top of that -- and in addition to an Australian government policy that gives new parents up to 18 weeks pay at minimum wage or a $5,400 "Baby Bonus" per child, whichever is greater.
It's a stark contrast to parental leave policies in the United States, where the Family
- Lylah M. Alphonse, Senior Editor, Yahoo! Shine | Work + Money – Tue, Apr 17, 2012 3:09 PM EDT
Ann Romney looks on during a campaign rally for her husband, Mitt Romney, at the Pinkerton Academy field house on January 7, 2012 in Derry, New Hampshire. (Photo: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images) No one is disputing the fact that staying home to raise your children is hard work. And Hilary Rosen's attempt to undermine Ann Romney's economic expertise ended up insulting women around the country. But a quick look at previous first ladies' lives shows that, if Mitt Romney makes it to the White House, Ann Romney would be the only First Lady since Mamie Eisenhower who hasn't held a paying job at some point in her life, even while single or childless.Read More »from Ann Romney Would Be the Only First Lady Since Mamie Eisenhower Who Has Never Worked a Paying Job
As the Daily Beast points out, Michelle Obama's career history is well known: She worked as an attorney while juggling her career and family responsibilities.
Laura Bush taught second grade for two years before earning her master's degree and working as a school librarian. She gave up that job when she married George W. Bush in 1977.
Hillary Rodham Clinton chose to work and raise her child simultaneously; she was a lawyer for years before Bill Clinton became president and, after she left the White House, she returned to work, this time
- Lylah M. Alphonse, Senior Editor, Yahoo! Shine | Parenting – Tue, Apr 17, 2012 12:38 PM EDT
Salecia Johnson, 6, was handcuffed by police at school last week after having a temper tantrum.Six-year-old Salecia Johnson was having a massive temper tantrum at Creekside Elementary School when school officials called the police in Midgeville, Georgia, on Friday.
But after failing to calm the 6-year-old, the police officer handcuffed the kindergartner with her hands behind her back, walked her to the police cruiser, and took her down to the police station.
"She called the police on me for no reason," the little girl told WMAZ-TV. Pointing to her wrists, the child added, "It hurt on my arms."
According to the police report, Salecia had been sent to the principal's office that morning for pushing two other students and throwing items off of the teacher's desk. The police were called after the girl refused to go inside the principal's office and began running down the hallway screaming, the report said.
By the time the police arrived, the 6-year-old was in the office and had ripped calendars, photos, and other decorations off of the walls, thrown books and toys, and knocked Read More »from Seriously? Police Handcuff Kindergartner for Having a Tantrum at School
Head injuries are among the biggest health hazards student athletes face.With millions of student athletes in the United States, it's impossible to prevent sports-related health hazards entirely. More than 30,000 student athletes end up in the hospital with sports-related injuries every year, according to the National Athletic Trainers' Association (NATA), and in 2010, 50 student athletes died because of them.Read More »from The Biggest Sport Health Hazards Kids Face
"It's inherent with high school athletics," Brian Robinson, the chair of NATA's Secondary School Committee, told Yahoo! Shine. "If you're going to have high school athletics, you're going to have injuries, and I think schools need to be aware of that."
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Concussions, spinal cord injuries, complications from asthma and diabetes, exertional heat stroke, and sudden cardiac arrest are among the biggest health hazards young athletes face right now, according to a NATA report.
Concussion rates, especially, are on the rise -- and some experts say that may be a good thing in the long run. The increase in
- Lylah M. Alphonse, Senior Editor, Yahoo! Shine | Healthy Living – Mon, Apr 16, 2012 1:13 PM EDT
What happens when athletes run in hot weather?The 116th Boston Marathon took place on Monday, and the day's higher-than-normal temperatures wreaked havoc with the runners. With the mercury creeping up to and over 80 degrees by mid-day, 4,300 or less-experienced runners opted to skip the race this year, and most the 22,426 who opted to run the 26.2-mile course saw slower times than usual.Read More »from The Boston Marathon: How Do High Temperatures Affect Runners?
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The heat claimed a notable victim early on: The defending men's champion, Geoffrey Mutai of Kenya -- who won last year's Boston Marathon with the fastest time in world history -- was forced to drop out at the 18-mile mark because of cramping, The Associated press reported.
Even seasoned athletes are at risk for cramping, heat exhaustion, and heatstroke when they compete on warm days. Amby Burfoot, who won the Boston Marathon in 1968, participated in a 2009 experiment at the University of Connecticut, during which he completed two hourlong runs, one at a cool 53 degrees and the other at a
- Lylah M. Alphonse, Senior Editor, Yahoo! Shine | Politics – Fri, Apr 13, 2012 3:33 PM EDT
The Republican National Committee is offering this $15 mug.Just days after Democratic pundit and mother of two Hilary Rosen questioned Ann Romney's economic expertise, saying that the mother of five "has actually never worked a day in her life," the Republican party has turned the decades-old working-mom vs. stay-at-home mom debate into a fundraising opportunity.Read More »from Ann Romney Vs. Hilary Rosen: The Mommy Wars Become Fundraising Opportunity for GOP
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"I believe that Moms do work and can't stand liberals who think that Moms don't," the Republican National Committee says on its website. "To show my support for the hard work done by Moms everywhere and to help defeat elitist liberals like Barack Obama, I would like to purchase a 'Moms Do Work' travel mug." Proceeds from the sale of the $15 mug support the Republican party.
GOP presidential hopeful Mitt Romney is offering a "Moms Drive the Economy" bumper sticker on his campaign site, urging supporters to buy one for $6 as a show of unity and support, not just for him, but for women everywhere. "We stand with Mitt and Ann in saying that
Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney and his wife Ann Romney greet supporters during an Illinois GOP primary victory party in March. (Photo: Scott Olson/Getty Images) The Mommy Wars entered the political arena on Wednesday, as Democratic pundit Hilary Rosen slammed Mitt Romney's wife, Ann Romney, for being a stay-at-home mom.Read More »from Is There Really a "War on Women"?
Taking issue with the way the GOP presidential hopeful credits his wife for opening his eyes to the concerns of women and the economy, Rosen told CNN: "His wife has actually never worked a day in her life."
Almost immediately, Ann Romney took to Twitter to defend herself. "I made a choice to stay home and raise five boys," she Tweeted. "Believe me, it was hard work."
The rest of Rosen's quote -- that Ann Romney has "never really dealt with the kind of economic issues that a majority of women in this country are facing, in terms of how do we feed our kids, how do we send them to school, and why do we worry about their future" -- has largely been ignored. The working-mom-vs.-stay-at-home mom fires were reignited and, this time, the ones who have criticized the Republican party for waging a "War on Women" were fanning the