Seated in the front row: the panelists at Thursday's hearing about the Obama administration's contraception plan vs. religious freedom.A panel of experts called to testify Thursday before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee about the Obama administration's contraceptive coverage rule included a Catholic bishop, other religious leaders, and professors -- but no women.
"What I want to know is, where are the women?" asked New York Democratic Representative Carolyn Maloney before walking out of the hearing in protest. "I look at this panel, and I don't see one single individual representing the tens of millions of women across the country who want and need insurance coverage for basic preventive health care services, including family planning."
Republican Representative Darrell Issa of California barred female witnesses from the first panel, saying that "the hearing is not about reproductive rights but instead about the administration's actions as they relate to freedom of religion and conscience." He added that the female law student the ranking Democrat wanted to include was "not an appropriate
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- Lylah M. Alphonse, Senior Editor, Yahoo! Shine | Healthy Living – Thu, Feb 16, 2012 3:15 PM EST
Seated in the front row: the panelists at Thursday's hearing about the Obama administration's contraception plan vs. religious freedom.A panel of experts called to testify Thursday before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee about the Obama administration's contraceptive coverage rule included a Catholic bishop, other religious leaders, and professors -- but no women.Read More »from Women Barred from Panel in Contraception Vs. Religious Freedom Hearing
- Lylah M. Alphonse, Senior Editor, Yahoo! Shine | Healthy Living – Thu, Feb 16, 2012 1:53 PM EST
Some organic baby formulas made with brown rice syrup have been found to have high levels of arsenic, researchers say.A sweetener used in powdered baby formula and some organic and gluten-free foods may contain dangerously high levels of arsenic, researchers reported today.Read More »from Arsenic Found in Brown Rice Syrup, Organic Foods, Baby Formulas
Environmental chemist Brian P. Jackson, who is the director of the Trace Element Analysis Core Facility at Dartmouth University, said that his team found organic baby formula whose main ingredient was brown rice syrup had arsenic levels six times higher than what the EPA considers safe for drinking water. According to the study, which was published Thursday in the journal "Environmental Health Perspectives," the researchers also found high arsenic levels in some organic foods sweetened with brown rice syrup, including cereal bars, energy bars, and gel energy "shots" that athletes slurp down after working out.
"The baby formula findings are concerning," Jackson said. The risk of arsenic poisoning from eating a cereal bar or an energy shot once in a while are low, he pointed out, but for babies and for people who are on gluten-free
- Lylah M. Alphonse, Senior Editor, Yahoo! Shine | Fashion – Wed, Feb 15, 2012 6:02 PM EST
Do you recognize this swimsuit model?We already assumed that not everything you see in Sports Illustrated's annual swimsuit issue is real. But a fake swimsuit model?Read More »from Who's that Girl? Ford Sneaks a Faker Model into the SI Swimsuit Issue
Dalena Henriques appears next to a sleek 2013 Ford Mustang -- or part of her does, at least. We can see some of her curves clad in a bright blue bikini, but her face has been cropped out of the picture. Smitten fans can find her name in the credit line for the photo, and an online search turns up what seems like her personal website, which bills her as a "swimsuit/fashion model."
We like her outfit.It's filled with gorgeous shots of hot… Ford cars. And in case readers still aren't in on the joke, captions like "I'm excited. Can you see it in my face?" sit under photos in which her entire head has been cropped out of the picture.
We dig her strappy, canary-yellow heels and the matching drapey dress. Does it make us want to buy a car (or a copy of Sports Illustrated)? Not so much.
Awesome ad, clever concept, or do you feel fooled?
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- Lylah M. Alphonse, Senior Editor, Yahoo! Shine | Work + Money – Wed, Feb 15, 2012 5:16 PM EST
A new report by Joining Forces shows some of the employment difficulties that military spouses face. As part of the Joining Forces initiative to support military families, the Obama administration has announced plans to make it easier for military spouses to keep their careers in spite of multiple moves -- and lower unemployment rates at the same time.Read More »from White House Announces New Guidlines to Help Military Spouses Keep Their Careers
According to a new report -- "Supporting our Military Families: Best Practices for Streamlining Occupational Licensing Across State Lines," which was presented at the Pentagon by first lady Michelle Obama, Dr. Jill Biden, and Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta on Wednesday -- streamlining the licensing procedure, offering a grace period for newly transferred military spouses, and providing temporary licesnses would "make a meaningful difference in the lives of many military families."
"A spouse's employment plays a key role in the financial and personal well-being of military families, and their job satisfaction is an important component of the retention of service members," the report said. "Without adequate support for military
Romney Wins Maine, but Survey Shows Him Tied with Santorum. Plus: Obama's Budget and Videos from CPACBy Lylah M. Alphonse, Senior Editor, Yahoo! Shine | Work + Money – Tue, Feb 14, 2012 6:26 PM EST
Mitt Romney after his win in Maine on Saturday. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)Here's a quick look at what's happened in the world of politics this week:Read More »from Romney Wins Maine, but Survey Shows Him Tied with Santorum. Plus: Obama's Budget and Videos from CPAC
Romney barely beats Paul in Maine caucuses
GOP frontrunner Mitt Romney won the Maine caucuses on Saturday, narrowly beating Ron Paul 39 percent to 36 percent.
Though Paul has yet to place first in a primary or caucus this season, he's vowing to stay in the race. His supporters say that his close finish in Maine might actually have been a win; two Maine counties cancelled their caucuses because of bad weather, and votes cast in those areas didn't get counted in the totals.
Rick Santorum was in third place with 18 percent of the vote, and Newt Gingrich was in fourth with 6 percent. Turnout was low -- only about 5,600 out of the state's 258,000 registered Republicans went to the polls.
Obama offers up his $3.8 trillion budget proposal for 2013
On Monday, President Barack Obama sent to Congress his proposal for the federal budget for fiscal year 2013, outlining his plans to raise taxes on the rich, cut spending,
- Lylah M. Alphonse, Senior Editor, Yahoo! Shine | At Home – Tue, Feb 14, 2012 3:57 PM EST
The first lady with CBS reporter Charles Collingwood in the newly restored White House in 1962.Fifty years ago on Valentine's Day, Jackie Kennedy gave the country a glimpse into her home via a televised tour of the restored White House. More than 80 million people watched the broadcast on CBS and NBC; the 31-year-old first lady won an Emmy for the program.Read More »from Jackie Kennedy's TV Tour of the White House (50 Years Later)
Personal papers released by the John F. Kennedy Library on Monday included the her script for the TV tour, filled with careful notes and edits by the first lady. She was personally involved in the renovation, delving deep into the White House to rediscover relics and put them back in the spotlight.
"When we first came here and started searching for old things, we found the pier table in the carpenter's shop," she says during the tour. "It was being used as a sawhorse." She had it restored and placed back in the same room where President James Monroe had originally displayed it.
She used old receipts and photographs to claim items that had left the building, among them paintings that had been relocated to the National
Whitney Houston and her daughter, Bobbi Kristina Brown, at a pre-Grammy party in 2011. (AP Photo/Dan Steinberg)With her soaring voice and awe-inspiring accomplishments overshadowed by her addiction to drugs, people were saddened and stunned, but not necessarily surprised, when pop icon Whitney Houston was found dead in her Beverly Hills hotel room on Saturday. Now, TMZ says that the singer died from an overdose of Xanax, other prescription drugs, and alcohol, though official toxicology results have not yet been released.Read More »from Details Emerge in Whitney Houston's Death
Houston, 48, was found in her suite at the Beverly Hilton on Saturday, where she was slated to perform at a pre-Grammy party hosted by Clive Davis at the hotel that night. According to TMZ her aunt, Mary Jones, had prepared Houston's outfit for the evening and laid the dress out on the bed before leaving Houston's room for about half an hour. When she returned, Houston was still in the bathroom; Jones went in to the bathroom and found the her lying motionless under water. She attempted CPR until paramedics arrived.
Citing unnamed "family sources," TMZ says that the L.A.
Whitney Houston in 2006. The pop diva passed away Saturday at the age of 48. (AP Photo)Friends and fans reacted with shock and sadness on Saturday, as news spread that pop music legend Whitney Houston had been found dead in her Beverly Hills Hotel. She was 48. The cause of death was not immediately known.Read More »from WATCH: Remembering Whitney Houston
"Mine is only one of the millions of hearts broken over the death of Whitney Houston," Dolly Parton said in a statement. "I will always be grateful and in awe of the wonderful performance she did on my song, and I can truly say from the bottom of my heart, 'Whitney, I will always love you. You will be missed.'"
"No words! Just tears #DearWhitney," tweeted Rihanna.
"Such a loss. One of the greatest voices of our time. Sending ut prayers to her faily...#R.I.P Whitney." Jennifer Lopez said on Twtitter.
"R.I.P. Whitney Houston, I've always idolized her and her amazing talent," Michael Jackson's daughter Paris tweeted.
"My heart is weeping... RIP to the Legendary Diva & Icon Whitney Houston!!!!! Such an incredible ifluence over music as a whole," Toni Braxton said.
- Lylah M. Alphonse, Senior Editor, Yahoo! Shine | Healthy Living – Fri, Feb 10, 2012 4:05 PM EST
President Barack Obama and Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announce the revamp of policy requiring religious institutions to pay for birth control. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)In spite of a revised rule announced Friday that would allow non-religious institutions that are run by religious organizations to avoid providing or paying for their employees' contraception, some Congressional Republicans insist that the Obama administration is still violating religious freedoms by mandating that prescription birth control be made available without a co-payment.Read More »from Will Obama's Compromise Over Contraception Law Satisfy Critics?
"This ObamaCare rule still tramples on Americans' First Amendment right to freedom of religion," Republican Representative Jim Jordan of Ohio said in a written statement. "It's a fig leaf, not a compromise. Whether they are affiliated with a church or not, employers will still be forced to pay an insurance company for coverage that includes abortion-inducing drugs."
Catholic church leaders have insisted that they would never go along with the law, but they'd never have to: Churches and other places of worship have always been exempt from the mandate.
According to the revised rule, religious charities,
- Lylah M. Alphonse, Senior Editor, Yahoo! Shine | Parenting – Thu, Feb 9, 2012 5:46 PM EST
After finding a rude letter from his daughter posted on Facebook, this dad decided to teach her a lesson.After spending six hours and $130 fixing and upgrading his 15-year-old daughter's laptop computer, Tommy Jordan was furious when he found a disrespectful, expletive-laced post on her Facebook page called "To My Parents" the very next day.Read More »from To Punish Daughter, Dad Destroys Her Laptop: Tough Love or Too Extreme? (Video)
"I'm not your damn slave," the rant begins. "If you want coffee, get off your a** and get it yourself."
She thought she had blocked her mom and dad from being able to read it on Facebook, but she was wrong. So her dad (who works in IT) decided to do something about it.
"She chose to publicly embarrass her family and herself on Facebook. So I chose to make the punishment equally as embarrassing and equally as public," he said. "I was always taught that what's good for the goose is good for the gander."
He made a video of himself reading her post and shooting holes in her computer with his handgun -- and then he posted the video on YouTube and Facebook for Hannah and her friends to see when they got home from school. Some viewers say the video shows