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An American Tragedy: A Serious Diagnosis And No Health Insurance

Susan Murphy-Milano, an author and fellow Forbes contributor, has made it her career to advocate for the rights of women and children. She even lobbied for the passage of 1993′s Illinois Stalking Law. Her quest for justice has been a 20-year pursuit.

Now, she's in the fight of her life against cancer and faces one of the biggest travesties of all: no health insurance.

Susan's life took another drastic turn in 1989 when her father, a 30-year veteran and decorated Chicago police detective, murdered her mother, Roberta, with his department-issued service revolver - a .44 magnum - then took his own life. Susan vowed to, for the rest of her life, speak for the victims of domestic violence - what she has termed "intimate partner violence" - to give them a voice and the tools to survive.

Susan, diagnosed in early June with stage IV cancer, isn't unlike many Americans who find themselves in similar circumstances without adequate medical coverage. Besides being pricey, the variations of coverage often don't pay the cost of treatment. According to a 2010 survey by the Center for Disease Control, 46 million Americans are without health insurance. One person, by my way of thinking, is too many.


Life Expectancy in US Trails Developed Counterparts and Poorer Citizens Live Five Years Less Than Affluent

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Despite modest gains in lifespan over the past century, the United States still trails many of the world's countries when it comes to life expectancy, and its poorest citizens live approximately five years less than more affluent persons, according to a new study from Rice University and the University Colorado at Boulder.

The study, "Stagnating Life Expectancies and Future Prospects in an Age of Uncertainty," used time-series analysis to evaluate historical data on U.S. mortality from the Human Mortality Database. The study authors reviewed data from 1930 through 2000 to identify trends in mortality over time and forecast life expectancy to the year 2055. Their research will be published in an upcoming issue of Social Science Quarterly.

Heart - Black

Now Sandusky's adopted SON comes forward to claim HE was abused as a child by shamed Penn State coach

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Former Penn State University assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky leaves the Centre County Courthouse in Bellefonte, Pa., Wednesday, June 20, 2012.
Jerry Sandusky's own adopted son has dramatically accused him of abuse as a jury deliberates over scores of sex abuse charges against the former Penn State coach.

A lawyer for Matt Sandusky said the man told authorities that the former Penn State assistant football coach abused him.

Matt Sandusky is one of Jerry Sandusky's six adopted children.

His lawyers, Andrew Shubin and Justine Andronici, issued a statement on Thursday naming Matt Sandusky and saying that the 33-year-old had been prepared to testify on behalf of prosecutors at his father's sex abuse trial.

The statement says Matt Sandusky is 'a victim of Jerry Sandusky's abuse,' but doesn't go into specifics.

NBC News reported that Matt Sandusky was to take the stand as a 'rebuttal witness' if Jerry Sandusky testified.

Arrow Up

Nigerian Scam Emails 'Deliberately Implausible'

New research from Microsoft suggests that email scammers maximise profits by entrapping only the most gullible.

Scam Email
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Please Fax Us Your Account Number!
Machine learning expert and Microsoft researcher Cormac Herley suggests in a paper released yesterday that "by sending an email that repels all but the most gullible the scammer gets the most promising marks to self-select."

Herley's reasoning is that scammers have to go to a lot of effort to successfully extract money from their victims. "At the interface between the digital and physical worlds effort must often be spent," he writes. "Each respondent to a Nigerian 419 [advance fee fraud] email requires a large amount of interaction...each potential target represents an investment decision."

The most profitable way to earn money through email scams, Hurley finds, is to only invest in those targets most likely to pay out, rather than maximising the number of targets "attacked". This is why 419 emails contain fabulous stories that most people find laughable - or that savvy internet users will see through with a quick search or based on their experience.


Explosives found at Swedish nuclear plant

Swedish nuclear facilities were placed on alert Thursday after explosives were found at the Ringhals nuclear power plant, the Radiation Safety Authority said.

Authority spokesperson Maria Strahle told the Swedish news agency TT the threat level was raised as a precaution following the incident at the plant south of Gothenburg.

An explosive device was found Wednesday afternoon on a large truck that was returning to the reactor area from an industrial estate belonging to the nuclear power plant.

"Under the first step onto the truck there is a fire extinguisher and that is where the explosive had been placed," said Gosta Larsen of the Ringhals plant.

Larsen told TT the device was the size of a small fist.

Police have no suspects but truck drivers and officers are being questioned, officials said. The explosive device was sent to Sweden's National Laboratory of Forensic Science for testing.

The incident has been classified as suspected sabotage.

Alarm Clock

Middle School Students Bully School Bus Monitor

Karen Klein wasn't having the best of days when she was recently bullied by a bus full of students from Greece, N.Y.

The middle school students teased, taunted and threatened the 68-year-old school bus monitor. The incident was caught on video, posted on YouTube, and instantly went viral -outraging viewers.

The students, between ages 12 and 13, can be heard heckling Klein - calling her "a troll" and asking aloud why there's water running down her face.

"I'm crying," Klein said on the video. "Unless you don't have something nice to say, don't say anything at all."


Boat with 200 asylum-seekers capsizes on way to Australia

Indonesian and Australian navies launched a rescue for about 200 people on a boat that capsized Thursday south of Indonesia in an apparent attempt to reach Australia to seek asylum. Scores of people were feared drowned.

The boat capsized about 200 kilometers (120 miles) north of the Australian territory of Christmas Island - and about the same distance south of Indonesia - with "up to 200 people" on board, the Australian Customs Service said in a statement.

It was not immediately clear where the passengers were from.

"There's about 40 on the hull and the rest are in the water," Western Australia state Police Commissioner Karl O'Callaghan said. "Some of the very early reports suggest that up to 75 people may have drowned, but I do stress that they're unconfirmed at this stage."

Penis Pump

Women being singled out for airport strip searches

airport - Gatwick
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Women are being disproportionately singled out for strip searches at Gatwick airport, an official study has found. Grounds for subjecting woment to a strip search included the fact that they had bought a ticket the day before travel, were carrying £200 in cash or had said they were in Britain to look for hair and beauty products
John Vine, the Government's chief inspector of immigration, highlighted the failings of Border Force staff in a highly critical report.

It followed a study of the immigration and customs operation Gatwick Airport's North Terminal last summer.

It was Mr Vine who disclosed the unauthorised relaxation of immigration checks which heaped embarrassment on Theresa May, the Home Secretary, and led to Brodie Clark being forced out of his job as Border Force.

He found a series of irregularities in the way in which searches were being conducted, which were not only discriminatory, with Afro-Caribbean women being singled out, but were also not recorded properly.

"Although the majority of person searches involved men, women were significantly more likely to be subject to a strip search than men if a search was undertaken."


'Zombie Apocalypse' Comes To Abandoned U.K. Mall Through Live-Action Game

Anyone with a Xbox or PS3 has played or at least heard of a zombie video game. But an undead experience that was once relegated to the virtual and movie world has now moved into the real one. Sort of.

ABC News reports the U.K.-based company Zed Events has been using an abandoned Berkshire mall to provide thrill seekers with a game simulating a zombie apocalypse. (Zed Events hires local students to play the part of the zombies.)

Zombie Apocalypse organizer Lee Fields argues the idea of a slow, encroaching and inescapable death is what draws people to zombies. Making the fear factor more real only increases the draw -- and the cost. But the game's organizers believe in the national home of the film 28 Days Later, both locals and tourists who can afford the $189 price of a live-action zombie game will gladly pay to play.

2 + 2 = 4

Clinton Third-Grader Strip-Searched by Assistant Principal after Being Accused of Stealing

Clinton, North Carolina - The mother of a Clinton third-grader says a school administrator went too far when she strip-searched her child after accusations that he stole from another student.

Clarinda Cox says her 10-year-old son, Justin, a student at Union Elementary School, was ordered to take off everything but his T-shirt and boxer shorts on June 1 after a girl accused him of taking $20.

Justin told his mother that a girl dropped the money in the cafeteria and that he picked it up and gave it back to her, Cox says.

"If I felt he needed to be searched, I would have brought him into the bathroom," she said Monday. "You could have had a witness in the bathroom with me. I would have searched my son."