While voters took to the polls in New Hampshire on Tuesday, GOP candidates were out and about, trying to secure undecided votes and do a bit of spin control at the same time.
On Sunday, frontrunner Mitt Romney told supporters in Rochester, N.H., that he knew what it was like to worry about getting fired. "There are times when I wondered whether I was going to get a pink slip," he confided.
But on Monday, while talking about health insurance, he quipped to the Nashua Chamber of Commerce that he likes "being able to fire people."
"I want individuals to have their own insurance," he said. "That means the insurance company will have an incentive to keep you healthy. It also means if you don't like what they do, you can fire them. I like being able to fire people who provide services to me. You know, if someone doesn't give me a good service that I need, I want to say I'm going to go get someone else to provide that service to me."
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- Lylah M. Alphonse, Senior Editor, Yahoo! Shine | Work + Money – Wed, Jan 11, 2012 1:55 PM EST
While voters took to the polls in New Hampshire on Tuesday, GOP candidates were out and about, trying to secure undecided votes and do a bit of spin control at the same time.He caught criticism for the remarks almost immediately, -- Read More »from As New Hampshire primary begins, candidates try some spin control
- Lylah M. Alphonse, Senior Editor, Yahoo! Shine | Parenting – Tue, Jan 10, 2012 1:50 PM EST
Should a show like No doubt about it: Breastfeeding still causes controversy. In 2011 alone, a judge ruled that a woman couldn't do it in "his court" and under "his law," and Facebook deleted thousands of photos of mothers with babies at their breasts. Stores have thrown women out for discreetly nursing their infants, angry moms protested at places like Target, and any magazine that shows a nursing mother on their cover still sparks outrage, even if the woman is showing less of her breast than a bikini-clad model on the front of a typical fitness magazine.Read More »from Should "Sesame Street" Teach Kids About Breastfeeding?
Now, some parents are pushing to bring breastfeeding back to public television. Specifically, on "Sesame Street."
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In the 1970s and 1980s, the landmark show routinely talked about nursing as a normal and natural part of childhood. In this clip from 1977, guest star Buffy St. Marie breastfeeds her baby while Big Bird watches. "See? He's drinking milk from my
How does money affect marriage?Unemployment and a sluggish economy affect all stages of a relationship, from dating to marriage, parenthood to retirement.Read More »from Marriage and the Economy: How Are Couples Coping?
"People tend to postpone or forgo marriage when the economic conditions are not good," says Bradford Wilcox, director of the National Marriage Project, a non-partisan research institute at The University of Virginia.
"The birth rate has declined every year since the recession started, falling over 7 percent," the The Fiscal Times reported in September. "Couples are either downsizing their dream family, or skipping out on having children all together. Nearly 20 percent of women today choose not to have kids, up from 10 percent in the 1970s."
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In "Remake America," part of Yahoo!'s Troy tells Yahoo.com, "and all of a sudden you can't support any more."
With the median household income down by more than $4,000, couples have had to get creative in order to cope with crisis. Extended families
Are you friends with your coworkers on Facebook? It's common knowledge that most companies keep an eye on what their employees are posting online, especially on social media sites like Facebook. And yet, according to a new study by Millennial Branding, most "Generation Y" Facebook users "friend" many of their co-workers, potentially opening themselves up to embarrassing and career-killing problems at the office.Read More »from Are You Friends with Your Coworkers on Facebook?
"Gen-Y needs to be aware that what they publish online can come back to haunt them in the workplace," says Dan Schawbel, founder of Boston-based Millennial Branding and the author of "Me 2.0." "Gen-Y managers and co-workers have insight into their social lives, which could create an awkward workplace setting or even result in a termination."
Related: Do you Facebook with your boss?
Using more than 50 million Facebook data points supplied by Indentified.com, the Millennial branding study notes that 64 percent of Facebook users ages 18 to 29 avoid listing their job on their profiles. "They don't want to list their employer
- Lylah M. Alphonse, Senior Editor, Yahoo! Shine | Healthy Living – Fri, Jan 6, 2012 3:52 PM EST
What would it take for you to try these ridiculous workouts?After getting a record-breaking 10 plastic surgeries in a single session, Heidi Montag spent 14 hours a day working out in order to drop from 130 pounds to 103 pounds. The reason? "I've been working out really hard because I had this pool party and I was like, 'I have to be in shape,'" she explained to US Weekly last summer. The probable result? A loss of muscle instead of just fat. Overdoing it at the gym can lead to a host of problems, from stress fractures to sleeplessness.Read More »from Ridiculous Workouts (extreme? or Extremely Funny?)
Some workouts promise maximum impact from minimal effort. Others involve specialized classes that make you feel ridiculous, given that there are actual witnesses to your flailing. But these workout routines take ridiculousness to the extreme.
The cartoon-worthy glute workout
Forget abs of steel...
The only time we've seen someone's backside do this was on an episode of "SpongeBob SquarePants." It's part of an amazing belly-dancing workout, but it may be a bit much for your average woman.
Lifting weights while balanced on an exercise
The Department of Justice has announced a new, more inclusive definition of rape.The U.S. Department of Justice on Friday announced a new, more-modern definition of rape that acknowledges that both men and women can be victims and includes acts other than vaginal sex.Read More »from New Definition of Rape is More Realistic
Until now, the FBI's Uniform Crime report used a guideline from 1927 that defined rape as "The carnal knowledge of a female, forcibly and against her will." It applied only to female victims and it did not include anal or oral assaults, sexually violent attacks with objects or body parts other than genitals, male victims, or sexual assaults made while a victim was impaired, incapacitated, or unable to physically resist.
"Rape is a devastating crime and we can't solve it unless we know the full extent of it," said Vice President Joseph Biden, the author of the 1994 Violence Against Women Act, who last year launched an initiative to prevent sexual violence in schools. "This long-awaited change to the definition of rape is a victory for women and men across the country whose suffering has gone
- Lylah M. Alphonse, Senior Editor, Yahoo! Shine | Work + Money – Thu, Jan 5, 2012 2:33 PM EST
What's the strangest thing you've been asked during a job interview?There are some questions you tend to expect when you walk into a job interview these days, things like "How would you deal with a difficult coworker?" and "Where do you see yourself in five years?" And there are certain questions you shouldn't answer, like ones pertaining to race or age. But these days, companies are sprinkling in a few brain-teasers and technical problems that make "If you were an ice-cream flavor, which one would you be?" seem like nothing.Read More »from Bizarre Interview Questions (and How to Answer Them)
Job-and-companies watchdog Glassdoor.com compiled a list of most bizarre interview questions job seekers have faced -- and the companies that asked them. Here are our top 10, all of which were taken from actual interviews:
Asked at Deloitte: "How many ridges are there around a quarter?"
Answer: There are 119 ridges around the outside edge of a quarter, but only two that go all the way around -- one on the face side, and the other on the tails.
Asked at AT&T: "If you could be any superhero, who would it be?"
Answer: Depending on
- Lylah M. Alphonse, Senior Editor, Yahoo! Shine | Parenting – Thu, Jan 5, 2012 12:49 PM EST
Casey Anthony in her first video diary entry, made public on January 5, 2012.Casey Anthony -- who was acquitted of murder in the death of her 2-year-old daughter, Caylee, in July and went into hiding soon after -- has resurfaced to tell supporters that her life is "surreal" and starting to "look up."
"It's just a little surreal how much things have changed since July and how many things haven't changed," Anthony, 25, says in the grainy, black-and-white webcam video, which was shot on October 13, 2011 and posted on YouTube on Thursday by one of her supporters. "But the good thing is that things are starting to look up and things are starting to change in a good way. I just hope that things stay good and that they only get better."
Wearing a white tank top and chunky black-rimmed glasses and sporting a short, blonde bob, Anthony seems self-conscious and awkward, but calm and happy. She doesn't mention her whereabouts, the rumors about movie and book deals, or her dead daughter. Instead, she talks about how much she loves her newly adopted dog and how pleased Read More »from Casey Anthony Video Diary: "Things Are Starting to Look Up"
- Lylah M. Alphonse, Senior Editor, Yahoo! Shine | At Home – Wed, Jan 4, 2012 4:30 PM EST
Snakes (almost) on a plane.Sure, we chafe at the carry-on restrictions imposed upon us by the Transportation Security Administration. And while we've gotten used to taking off our shoes and limiting ourselves to 3-ounce toiletries, passengers still try to smuggle plenty of things past airport security. The TSA keeps track of the things that they confiscate, though, and among the nail files, water bottles, and cosmetics there are a few contraband items that really stand out.Read More »from The Crazy Things People Tried to Take on Planes in 2011
Weird items that will set off airport security
Birds. According to the TSA, agents in Los Angeles discovered two birds wrapped in socks and taped to the leg and chest of a woman who was en route to China. The birds were found during "a pat-down that was being administered due to bulky clothing," the TSA reported on its blog.
A science project. A college student's metal-and-wire science project prompted agents to shut down an checkpoint in Omaha after they saw it on the X-ray monitor.
Leave your ninja gear at home, travelers.Knives and swords. Not just a plastic picnic knife or a
- Lylah M. Alphonse, Senior Editor, Yahoo! Shine | Work + Money – Wed, Jan 4, 2012 2:54 PM EST
Flanked by her husband and her mother, Michelle Bachmann announced on Wednesday that she was dropping out of the presidential race. (Photo: Scott Olsen/Getty Images)After a sixth-place finish in the Iowa caucus, Minnesota Representative Michele Bachmann, one of the most vocal members of the Tea Party movement and the only woman in the GOP race, has announced that she is suspending her campaign for president.Read More »from Michele Bachmann Drops Out After Iowa Caucus. What's Next for Her?
"Last night, the people of Iowa spoke with a very clear voice. And so I have decided to stand aside," she told reporters in Des Moines on Wednesday. "Make no mistake, I'll continue to be a strong voice. I'll continue to stand and fight for the country and for the American people, and for our freedom."
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Mitt Romney, who won the Iowa caucus by just eight votes, already seems to be reaching out to Bachmann's supporters, praising her just hours after her announcement as "a friend and strong competitor."
"She ran a campaign to advance the principles of limited government that I hold dear," he said in a statement. "Her tenacity on the campaign trail and her fierce intelligence in the