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More Than a Third of US Births Unintended

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More that one-third of U.S. births between 2006 and 2010 were the result of unintended pregnancies, a new government report says. That means the overall rate of unintended births has not changed much since 1982.

The findings showed that in total, 37.1 percent of pregnancies in 2006 to 2010 were unintended; the rate in 1982 was 36.5 percent. The rate rose to 39.1 in 1988, before falling to 30.6 in 1995.

Reducing the rate of unintended births is important because these births bring social, economic and health consequences for the mother and child, the researchers said. Women who become pregnant unintentionally have higher rates of delaying prenatal care, smoking during pregnancy and not breast-feeding. Studies show these births are also associated with poorer health during childhood, and poorer outcomes for the mother and the mother-child relationship, according to the report.

Among married women, 23.4 percent of births were unintended, the data from 2006-2010 showed. Half of births to unmarried women living with a partner were unintended.

Among women who were unmarried and not living with a partner, 66.9 percent of births were unintended, a rise from the 2002 rate of 59.5. The highest rate of unintended births was seen in young women in this group - 78.9 percent of births to unmarried women ages 15 to 24 were unintended, the report said.

Attention

PTSD Epidemic: One in Eight Soldiers Has Attacked Someone After Returning from War

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One in eight soldiers has attacked someone after coming home, a new study has found
  • Study found direct link between combat and violence at home
  • A third of victims were someone in the family
  • Former soldier Aaron Wilkinson was jailed last month for killing his landlady
  • He was found to have Post Traumatic Stress Disorder after returning from active combat in Afghanistan
One in eight soldiers has attacked someone after coming home from fighting.

The Kings Centre for Military Health Research spoke to 13,000 veterans from the Afghanistan and Iraq wars and said they discovered a link between combat and trauma, and violence at home, often directed at their partners.

A third of the victims were someone in the family - often a wife or girlfriend, the study found.

Comment: PTSD is a huge epidemic, but far from being committed to helping support returning vets, the governments have been accused of making mental health care virtually unavailable to thousands of discharged soldiers through perfunctory exams, delays in referrals and treatment, and a prolonged and complex system of awarding medical benefits. Because the truth is that the psychopaths in power really don't care what happens to the vets or any of the rest of us:

This is how the U.S. supports its troops: Judge rules court won't step in to aid vets
Underestimation: A Third Of Gulf War Veterans Have Mental Health Difficulties


Gear

'Up-by-his-bootstraps' Romney Ad Star Built His Business using Government-sponsored Loans

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The up-by-his-bootstraps businessman who stars in an ad for Republican hopeful Mitt Romney seems to have built his business through government-sponsored loans, putting a dent in the campaign's attack on President Barack Obama's saying to business owners, "you didn't get there on your own."

"My father's hands didn't build this company? My hands didn't build this company? My son's hands aren't building this company?" New Hampshire businessman Jack Gilchrist, president of Gilchrist Metal, asks in the ad that's been making waves since last week.

Reporting by The New Hampshire Union Leader disputed this claim by looking into Gilchrist's history, revealing that he took over $1 million in government loans since the 1980s, including $800,000 in tax-exempt bonds issued by the New Hampshire Business Finance Authority to build a new manufacturing plant and buy equipment. Gilchrist also admitted to the paper that he took a U.S. Small Business Administration loan of "somewhere south of" $500,000 in the 1980s, and said that to this day about 10 percent of his business comes from defense-related projects.

Evil Rays

More Insanity and Mass Hysteria: 3 Arrested in Separate 'Dark Knight' Incidents

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Weapons gathered from the home and vehicle of Timothy Courtois, of Biddeford, Maine, who was arrested Sunday, July 22
At least 3 men accused of making threats during or after watching the new Batman movie have been arrested in separate incidents, underscoring moviegoers' anxieties and heightened security in the wake of a deadly mass shooting at a Colorado theater showing the film.

A Maine man was arrested when he told authorities that he was on his way to shoot a former employer a day after watching The Dark Knight Rises, Maine state police said Monday.

Timothy Courtois of Biddeford, Maine, had been stopped for speeding, and a police search of his car found an AK-47 assault weapon, four handguns, ammunition and news clippings about the mass shooting that left 12 people dead early Friday, authorities said.

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Video: 10-Year-Old Brutally Bullied by Teens with Cigarette Lighter

A video (below) showing 10-year-old Cequan Haskins being bullied and attacked for 40 minutes, on a school bus, by two 15-year-old bullies in May 2011 has recently been released.

The Appomattox County, Virginia teens used racial and sexual slurs, while they burned Haskins repeatedly with a cigarette lighter.

On the video, Haskins can be heard screaming and pleading with the teens to stop, but they continue the bullying and tell him to "sit down and shut your mouth."

Haskins' mother, Roxanne Haskins, released the video at a press conference on Friday. She told WSET-TV: "I wanted parents to be aware, that when I speak out, I'm speaking out for all kids. But unfortunately, this did happen to my child, and I want parents to be aware of what's going on in the school system."

Footprints

Man finds 248 human foetuses dumped in Russian forest

A Russian fishing trip turned to horror when a man collecting firewood in the dead of night stumbled across hundreds of human foetuses scattered in the woods.

The 248 embryos, most of which were already formed into babies' bodies, had been stashed inside four huge vats of formaldehyde and dumped near the town of Nevyansk, in the industrial heartland of Russia's Ural Mountains.

It is unclear how long the 15-centimetre bodies, aged between 12 and 16 weeks, had been lying in the dusty wilderness but some had shrunk as if mummified.

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Chilling: Mystery shrouds the horrifying discovery which has sparked a full-scale police investigation into how and why the bodies were ditched in such unceremonious fashion.
Mystery shrouds the horrifying discovery which has sparked a full-scale police investigation into how and why the bodies were ditched in such unceremonious fashion.

One theory is that they were illegally dumped after being used for scientific experimentation.

Roses

Sally Ride, First U.S. woman in space, comes out as lesbian in obituary

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Sally Ride, the first American woman to travel into space, passed away Monday at age 61 after a 17-month battle with pancreatic cancer. The astronaut and scientist came out as a lesbian in the obituary posted on her website, announcing that she is survived by her partner of 27 years, Dr. Tam O'Shaughnessy, as well as other members of her family.

Bear Ride, Sally Ride's sister, who also identifies as lesbian, spoke to BuzzFeed about her sister's decision to come out, saying that she hoped to inspire young people, but that Sally Ride was also an intensely private person who also chose not to divulge her illness to the public until its end. "People did not know she had pancreatic cancer, that's going to be a huge shock," Bear said, "For 17 months, nobody knew - and everyone does now. Her memorial fund is going to be in support of pancreatic cancer.

Heart - Black

Masked men carve 'dyke' into lesbian woman, set house on fire in Lincoln, Nebraska

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The recent home invasion and vicious attack on a lesbian woman in Lincoln, Nebraska is being described by the Human Rights Campaign as "truly horrific." The LBGT rights organization is calling on federal authorities to investigate the alleged hate crime.

CNN reported that three masked men allegedly broke into the 33-year-old woman's home early Sunday morning, tied her up, and carved words into her arms and stomach with a knife. One of the words included the derogatory slur "dyke."

The men also spray-painted anti-gay graffiti inside the home and set the house on fire. Police said the fire did little damage.

The woman fled bound, naked and bleeding to her neighbor's house.

Newspaper

Colorado Batman shooting: Mother of James Holmes says her words were twisted

An attorney representing the family of James Holmes, the man accused of a mass shooting at a Colorado cinema, said his mother's initial comment to ABC News on the morning of the shooting has been misconstrued.


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Unexplained rise in farm deaths in Northern Ireland

Northern Ireland is unexplained, according to the Health and Safety Executive (HSE).

Over the past 19 months a total of 20 people have been killed in accidents involving the industry, which is unprecedented in recent history.

Jim King, of the HSE, told BBC Radio Ulster: "It's the worst period that we can ever remember where there has been a consistent, unrelenting death toll in the farming industry."

He has been in his role for 25 years and cannot yet determine if there are any direct reasons for the increase in cases.

A number of possibilities put forward by Mr King include added pressure on farmers at this time or people not taking notice of risk factors in the same way they used to.

One trend that has been spotted is that the majority of deaths have been men over the age of 65, which may provide a clue to the increased number of instances.