What political issues are most important to you right now?Michele Bachmann, Newt Gingrich, John Huntsman, Ron Paul, Rick Perry, Mitt Romney, and Rick Santorum are competing for your attention right now -- with 98.58 percent of precincts reporting, just five votes separated Romney and Santorum in the Iowa caucus on Tuesday night. And in the coming weeks and months these seven GOP hopefuls will be winnowed down to a single Republican nominee to run against President Barack Obama later this year.
Bachmann, a Tea Party favorite, has portrayed herself as the person to repeal Obama's Affordable Care Act and his other "liberal, socialist policies," as she told voters in Iowa. "We have one chance to repeal Obamacare," she told crowds in Iowa recently. "Of all of the candidates that are running, I am the one with the deepest level of resolve to not quit until Obamacare is repealed." (Late Wednesday morning, however, she announced that she was suspending her campaign after coming in sixth in the Iowa caucus. "Last night, the people of Iowa spoke with
Blog Posts by Lylah M. Alphonse, Senior Editor, Yahoo! Shine
- Lylah M. Alphonse, Senior Editor, Yahoo! Shine | Work + Money – Wed, Jan 4, 2012 12:24 AM EST
What political issues are most important to you right now?Michele Bachmann, Newt Gingrich, John Huntsman, Ron Paul, Rick Perry, Mitt Romney, and Rick Santorum are competing for your attention right now -- with 98.58 percent of precincts reporting, just five votes separated Romney and Santorum in the Iowa caucus on Tuesday night. And in the coming weeks and months these seven GOP hopefuls will be winnowed down to a single Republican nominee to run against President Barack Obama later this year.Read More »from What is the Most Important Political Issue to You Right Now?
A new study finds that women who work at least part time are happier and healthier than those who stay home with their kids.Moms who work at least part time are healthier and happier than those who decide to stay home with their babies, a new study suggests.Read More »from Working Mothers Are Healthier (STUDY)
Why being a work-at-home mother isn't easy
According to the study, "Mothers' part-time employment: Associations with mother and family well-being" (which was published recently in the American Psychological Association's "Journal of Family Psychology"), being employed has multiple benefits for moms -- and for their families. After interviewing hundreds of mothers repeatedly over the course of a decade, the researchers found that those who worked 32 hours per week or less were more sensitive to their kids' needs, less likely to have symptoms of depression, and more likely to split household duties with their spouses than mothers who were not employed. And, the researchers found, even going to full-time status didn't adversely affect working moms' well-being.
"In all cases with significant differences in maternal well-being, such as conflict between
- Lylah M. Alphonse, Senior Editor, Yahoo! Shine | Work + Money – Wed, Dec 28, 2011 3:17 PM EST
Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant bunny rabbit
An earless bunny rabbit born near the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in Japan in May 2011.
The news stories that gripped Shine readers in 2011.2011 was a big news year. Protest movements galvanized nations and birthed change. Osama bin Laden was captured and killed, Libyan dictator Muammar Qadhafi was eliminated, and North Korea's Kim Jong-Il died. There was an increased focus on women's health issues, the fight against childhood obesity, and support for military families. Here's a look at some of the news stories that hit home with readers on Yahoo! Shine this year:Read More »from Shine 2011: The Year in News
In January, the shooting of Arizona congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords shooting sparked discussions about the language of violence and the nature of courage. Her remarkable recovery and dedication to her work made her Shine's 2011 Woman of the Year; when she returned to the House of Representative to vote on the debt-ceiling compromise in August, she earned a standing ovation and applause from both sides of the aisle. Also in January, the autism-vaccine link was definitively debunked when an independent investigation found that Dr. Andrew Wakefield had based the
taupe twin-set you picked out for her? Think again. Clothes and shoes are the gifts that are returned to stores most often after the holiday season.Think that your aunt will adore the
According to a recent MarketTools study, apparel accounted for 62 percent of returned gifts last Christmas. Other presents that customers also brought back (but far less frequently) were:
Toys and games (16 percent)
Electronics (14 percent)
Kitchen and bath products (13 percent)
Cosmetics and beauty products (10 percent)
Jewelry and watches (10 percent)
All of those returns wreak havoc on retailers' bottom lines. Data from the National Retail Federation shows that, thanks to returned merchandise, stores will lose about 9.9 cents for every dollar's worth of stuff they sell -- up from about 7 cents per dollar in years past. Stores are expected to take in about $469 billion during the holiday season, which means that they'll be losing about $46.4Read More »from The Most-Returned Holiday Gifts
After the winter solstice, days start getting longer for those who live in the northern hemisphere. The Winter Solstice marks the shortest day of the year in the northern hemisphere, and the longest day of the year for those who live in the southern half of the world. This year, it arrived at 5:30 p.m. Universal Time on December 22 (which was 12:30 a.m. Eastern Time).Read More »from What is the Winter Solstice?
For centuries, people have celebrated the Solstice. Scientifically speaking, it takes place at exactly the moment when the Earth is tilted on its axis by 23.5 degrees, placing the northern hemisphere at its farthest point away from the sun. But what ancient cultures noticed was that the sun seemed to reverse course at a certain point each winter, and the brutally short days started getting longer again.
Ancient Kelts held massive bonfires to celebrate midwinter. The Ancient Japanese had elaborate rituals involving the return of the sun goddess, Amaterasu. The ancient Romans celebrated Saturnalia, which was originally celebrated by the Greeks as Kronia and marked by the giving of gifts, and they also dedicated an
What does it take to make your kitchen kosher?To those who aren't Jewish, making one's kitchen kosher looks a bit like giving it a thorough deep-cleaning. Countertops, sinks, and cooking surfaces are scrubbed, dried off, and then scalded with boiling water. Refrigerators are cleaned out and wiped down. Pots, plates, platters, and utensils are dipped in boiling water. The grates on top of burners are covered in heavy-duty aluminum foil in order to trap heat and burn off impurities; and ovens are cleaned, left unused for 24 hours, and then turned up to the highest heat for at least an hour before being considered clean enough to cook in again.Read More »from How to Kosher Your Kitchen
The reason for the ritual stems from the Jewish laws of Kashrut which, among other things, dictates that dairy and meat products must be stored, prepared, and consumed separately, and that certain types of food should not be eaten at all. Kosher isn't a style of cooking; it's a term that means that the food has been handled in accordance with the Jewish laws.
Even though the first night of
- Lylah M. Alphonse, Senior Editor, Yahoo! Shine | At Home – Tue, Dec 20, 2011 6:21 PM EST
Some churches are cutting services or staying closed on Christmas Day.Amid all of the "Happy Holidays" vs. "Merry Christmas" controversy, some churches are cancelling services on Sunday, December 25, because pastors and parishioners would prefer to stay home with their families.Read More »from No Church on Christmas Day? Some Churches Cutting or Cancelling Christmas Services
"We felt like let's get together Christmas Eve with our church family and then have Christmas Day with our families," lead pastor Tommy Kyllonen of the Grace Family and Crossover Church told The St. Petersburg Times. The church near Tampa, Florida, is having services on December 23 and 24 instead.
It's a growing trend. Though most Catholics and Episcopalians go to services on Christmas Day no matter which day of the week it falls on, many Protestants are more likely to see that day as one reserved for family, and to worship on Christmas Eve instead. According to a survey of 1,000 Protestant pastors conducted recently by the Christian research group LifeWay, 63 percent of Protestant pastors will offer services on Christmas Eve, and many are planning to scale back services on
- Lylah M. Alphonse, Senior Editor, Yahoo! Shine | Work + Money – Mon, Dec 19, 2011 3:37 PM EST
Should there be a law against all cell phone use while driving?Note to road warriors who try to work during their commute: You may have to find another time for that conference call. Last week, the National Transportation and Safety Board recommended that states should ban all cell phone use by drivers -- including talking on speakerphone, using a hands-free device, and texting -- in order to minimize distractions. And it turns out that plenty of people agree with them.Read More »from Ban All Cell Phones While Driving? Many People Say Yes
According to a new poll by Sodahead.com, 58 percent of respondents would support such a ban.
The board started considering the ban after a deadly accident near Gray Summit, Missouri, in August 2010. A 19-year-old was driving his pickup truck while texting, and rammed into the back of a tractor-trailer at 55 miles per hour. A school bus then rear-ended the pickup and crushed it, and a second school bus slammed into the first. The 19-year-old driver had received five text messages and sent six, CNN reported; he and a 15-year-old student on one of the school busses were killed and
"For nearly nine years, our nation has been at war in Iraq," President Barack Obama told soldiers at Fort Bragg in North Carolina this week. "And you, the incredible men and women of Ft. Bragg, have been there every step of the way, serving with honor, sacrificing greatly, from the first waves of the invasion to some of the last troops to come home. So as your commander-in-chief, and on behalf of a grateful nation, I'm proud to finally say these two words, and I know your families agree: Welcome home."
On Wednesday in Baghdad, General Lloyd Austin ordered the colors to be cased -- the US Forces-Iraq flag lowered and wrapped in camouflage -- formally shutting down operations in Iraq.
And now, American soldiers are coming home.
This Navy sailor came home for Christmas -- and just in time to surprise his three kids. In this video from The Welcome Home Blog, their reaction made us reach for the tissues:
"All my daughter wanted for her birthday was for her dad to come home," Wendy Read More »from Videos of Soldiers Coming Home from Iraq