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UPDATE: Post-publication of this story, the official Marine Corps Facebook page released the following statement:
"Despite what you may have seen in other headlines, there will be no change to the male uniform cover. Straight from the Commandant of the Marine Corps Gen. James F. Amos:
1. The President in no way, shape or form directed the Marine Corps to change our uniform cover.
2. We are looking for a new cover for our female Marines for one overriding reason: the former manufacturer went out of business.
3. The Marine Corps has zero intention of changing the male cover."
Crank up the defibrillator: The New York Post is having a coronary over what it says is "Obama's plan" to sissify the United States Marines. "A change to the Marine Corps' uniform hats could take the hard-nosed Leathernecks from the Halls of Montezuma to the shops of Christopher Street," gasps the tabloid in what it calls an "exclusive" article headlined "Obama wants marines to wear 'girly' hats." Christopher Street is
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- Sarah B. Weir, Shine Senior Writer | Fashion – Thu, Oct 24, 2013 3:10 PM EDT
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- Sarah B. Weir, Shine Senior Writer | Parenting – Wed, Oct 23, 2013 7:49 AM EDT
Prince George Louis Alexander's christening took place on Wednesday in a brief private ceremony at the Chapel Royal at St. James's Palace. The baby, who turned 3 months old on Tuesday, looked robust and adorable in a frilly ivory christening robe.
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The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge selected two hymns, two lessons, and two anthems for the service, and Prince Harry and Pippa Middleton each recited a reading.
Catherine Middleton looked chic and feminine wearing a beautifully tailored ivory coatdress by Alexander McQueen—the same house that designed her wedding gown—featuring a dramatic ruffle down the front, which echoed the lace details on baby George’s robe. She wore a fascinator by Jane Taylor Millinery, tilted elegantly on her head with a swish of netting and a large silk rose. Pippa Middleton and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, also wore ivory.
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- Sarah B. Weir, Shine Senior Writer | Team Mom – Tue, Oct 22, 2013 2:54 PM EDT
new study indicates that first-born children perform better in school and also suggests why. It's not that they are smarter or have higher self-esteem, but that their parents are tougher on them. "People shouldn't feel limited because they are the second or third child," V. Joseph Host of Duke University, tells Yahoo Shine. "Yes, there are birth order patterns to what we accomplish, but these accomplishments are influenced by many different factors, including how we are raised by our parents." Host co-authored the paper with Juan Patano of Washington University.A
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The authors, who are both economists, looked at data from the National Longitudinal Survey of Youth, which surveyed more than 12,000 participants. The study controlled gender, divorce, family size, and other factors that might have influenced the outcomes. They found that parents of earlier-born children were harder on them when they brought home poor gradesRead More »from Want Your Youngest Child to Achieve? Treat Him Like He's Your Oldest
- Sarah B. Weir, Shine Senior Writer | Parenting – Mon, Oct 21, 2013 2:26 PM EDT
blond little girl hiding under a blanket in a Roma encampment in Greece has spotlighted a group perceived by many as "Gypsies," a term without much context and cultural immediacy in America. But for Europeans, issues surrounding of the Romani people — their identity and how they fit into today's society — are very real and extremely controversial.The recent discovery of a pale,
The girl, known as Maria and called the "blonde angel" by the Greek media, was found when police raided a settlement near the city of Larissa, about 170 miles north of Athens, looking for drugs, weapons, and other contraband. She was the only fair, blue-eyed child in a family of 13 kids, and her parents offered conflicting stories about how she had ended up in their care. On Monday, Christos Salis and Eleftheria Dimopoulou were charged with abducting a minor. While there are countless unanswered questions surrounding the case — for one, the births ofRead More »from Amid Suspicion, Europe's Roma Struggle to Find Home
UK chain PizzaExpress after employees noticed that their new 14-inch pizza was being eagerly gobbled up by diners, despite the fact it used the same exact amount of dough and topping as their classic 11-inch pizza. Cheng previously calculated what proportions comprise the ultimate British "cream tea" (scones with clotted cream and jam). "I love math and food, and I like putting them together," Cheng tells Yahoo Shine. "People find food fun, but math, not so fun."There are a lot of pizza geeks out there, but mathematics professor Eugenia Cheng, PhD, has one-upped them all by devising up with a mathematical formula to express the toppings-to-dough-to-size ratio of the perfect pie. Cheng, a professor at the University of Sheffield in England who is currently guest lecturing at the University of Chicago, was contacted by the
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To dissect her latest culinary challenge, Cheng dug out her favorite cookbook, a worn copy of the BritishRead More »from Perfect Pizza? There's a Formula for That
- Sarah B. Weir, Shine Senior Writer | In The Pantry – Thu, Oct 17, 2013 4:52 PM EDT
2,300 craft breweries in the United States today, each creating innovative and unique styles and blends. In fact, these artisanal brews now account for 30 percent of the suds sold by Costco. Restaurants, breweries, and pubs across the country are pairing gourmet dishes with esoteric beers redolent of caramel, pine, figs and other funky flavors. Even the upscale resort chain Four Seasons has launched Beerfest, a worldwide campaign to promote craft beers by serving dishes like Peruvian ceviche and sweet potatoes paired with a citrusy pale ale.Put a cork in that Malbec, because the biggest trend in food and beverage pairings is beer. And we're not talking about a Michelob with hot wings. There are more than
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This may all sound a tad snobby, but the exciting thing is that beer, true to its blue-collar roots, is accessible and democratic. It's also a bargain: trying an unfamiliar wine in a restaurant could set youRead More »from Beer, Not Bordeaux: The New Trend in Food and Drink Pairings
- Sarah B. Weir, Shine Senior Writer | Work + Money – Wed, Oct 16, 2013 4:25 PM EDT
"Monday morning I received an email from a woman who keeps track of as many rip offs as she can find," illustrator and artist Lisa Congdon tells Yahoo Shine. The email contained a photo of Congdon's Nordic-themed drawings of reindeer, polar bears and other animals, alongside Cody Foster's look-a-like baubles. The details are the same down to the intricate patterns on the beasts' saddle blankets. "It made my stomach turn. It was pretty obvious it was a blatant copy," says Congdon.
A quick Internet search revealed she was just one of the many artists accusing the knick-knack giant—whose items have been sold by Anthropologie,Read More »from How We're Ripping Off Indie Artists with Our Cheap Tchotchke Habit
- Sarah B. Weir, Shine Senior Writer | Love + Sex – Tue, Oct 15, 2013 3:03 PM EDT
When Marie Robertson accidentally flushed her rings down the toilet, her husband was ready to just give up and consider them lost for good. "I'm from the old school. I'm 91 years old," Charles Robertson said.
Robertson was filmed in a video recently released by the city of Springfield, Missouri, to call attention to what happened. "In my age group you accept things the way they are," he said.
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After three weeks, their daughter Joy, however, persuaded her father to ask the local public works department to see if it could help. The rings had special meaning to the couple, who have been married for 67 years. Robertson, a retired dentist, had purchased the gold band with a cluster of small diamonds for his wife "many, many, many years ago," he said. His wife, who is now living in a nursing home and being treated for Alzheimer's, had a custom casing made of leftover gold fillings from his dental practice to
- Sarah B. Weir, Shine Senior Writer | Get Happy Now – Fri, Oct 11, 2013 1:35 PM EDT
Journal of Nutrition reports that older adults who consume higher amounts of polyphenols have a 30 percent chance of living longer. Polyphenols are micronutrients found mainly in fruits, vegetables, legumes, nuts, grains, coffee, and tea. Evidence suggests polyphenols have a role in preventing cancer, cardiovascular disease, inflammation, osteoporosis, and other degenerative diseases.A group of international scientists has located a possible fountain of youth, and it's in our kitchens. A new study in the
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The 12-year study, which involved more than 800 participants, is the first to use a specific biomarker (in this case, urine analysis) to measure polyphenol levels, instead of relying on questionnaires. "The results corroborate scientific evidence suggesting that people consuming diets rich in fruit and vegetables are at lower risk of several chronic diseases and overall mortality," lead author Raúl Zamora Ros, PhD, of the University ofRead More »from Eat These and You May Live Longer, New Study Says