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U.S., China reach climate change deal

CNN - Wed, 11/12/2014 - 4:57pm
In a historic climate change deal, U.S. President Barack Obama and Chinese President Xi Jinping announced both countries will curb their greenhouse gas emissions over the next two decades.
Categories: National News

Female suicide bomber kills 1 other, injures 7 in Nigeria

CNN World - Wed, 11/12/2014 - 4:28pm
A female suicide bomber on Wednesday blew herself up at a teacher training college in central Nigerian town of Potiskum, killing one and injuring seven others, witnesses said.
Categories: International News

MSU Volleyball Inks Five Newcomers For 2015 Season

Bulldog Beat - Wed, 11/12/2014 - 4:22pm
STARKVILLE, Miss. – While the Mississippi State volleyball Bulldogs prepare for a mid-week contest against Alabama, sixth-year head coach Jenny Hazelwood secured five standouts who will join the Bulldogs for the 2015 season.

Man found trapped in store wall for days

CNN - Wed, 11/12/2014 - 4:07pm
Police say a man was trapped for up to three days in a Marshalls store wall before they rescued him. KUSA reports.
Categories: National News

Bulldogs To Hold First Hail State Hoops Luncheon Thursday

Bulldog Beat - Wed, 11/12/2014 - 4:06pm
STARKVILLE, Miss. – Prior to Friday's season opener, Vic Schaefer's Mississippi State women's basketball begins its 2014-15 Hail State Hoops Luncheon slate Thursday.

US proposes fiscal Ebola relief

Business News - Wed, 11/12/2014 - 3:39pm
Ebola-stricken Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone might get $100 million in debt relief if the US gets its way.

YouTube to launch premium music streaming service

Business News - Wed, 11/12/2014 - 3:20pm
Millions of people already listen to music on YouTube, but soon they'll be able to hear their favorite tunes without any annoying ads.

Obama's China climate deal: Job killer or worth the cost?

Business News - Wed, 11/12/2014 - 3:18pm
President Obama's deal with China to have both countries make deep cuts in greenhouse gas emissions will cost the U.S. economy tens of billions of dollars a year, according to critics.

Cold yet? Just wait

CNN - Wed, 11/12/2014 - 3:10pm
A cold snap will leave parts of the United States buried in snow and shivering under an icy blanket for several days.
Categories: National News

1 city; 1,111 sex crimes; 0 investigations?

CNN - Wed, 11/12/2014 - 3:06pm
Five New Orleans detectives may have failed to investigate 1,111 sex crimes over a 3-year period, a report says.
Categories: National News

A new face for Captain America

CNN Entertainment - Wed, 11/12/2014 - 3:04pm
Sam Wilson, a.k.a. the Falcon, makes his debut as Captain America in the first issue of Marvel's "All-New Captain America."
Categories: Entertainment News

Cannabis be true? Colorado pot sales fall

Business News - Wed, 11/12/2014 - 2:40pm
It appears that Colorado's booming pot industry has hit a bit of a bump.

U.S. weather system hacked, affecting satellites

Business News - Wed, 11/12/2014 - 2:34pm
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An End to Acid Reflux?

Lifestyles - Wed, 11/12/2014 - 2:25pm
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(NewsUSA) - Nearly everyone gets heartburn now and then. But the fiery sensation that grips your chest and throat after eating spicy food, for example, can also be a symptom of a more serious condition: gastroesophageal reflux disease, which in its most chronic form can lead to cancer.

For years, the roughly one-third of Americans with GERD have mainly relied on prescription or over-the-counter medications to reduce stomach acid. However, as we've learned more about the potential long-term effects of the newest class of drugs called "proton pump inhibitors" -- which now take up more space on the shelves than good ol' Tums ever did -- that's made for a different kind of heartburn.

"The Food and Drug Administration has issued numerous warnings about PPIs, saying long-term use and high doses have been associated with an increased risk of bone fractures and infection with a bacterium called Clostridium difficile that can be especially dangerous to elderly patients," the New York Times has reported.

That helps explain the current excitement over a simple outpatient procedure that may actually correct GERD for good without the need for invasive surgery.

Stretta Therapy (, which is FDA-approved, uses radiofrequency (RF) energy delivered to the muscle between the stomach and esophagus to, in effect, "remodel" the problem area.

"The sphincter muscle gets thicker and stronger, so it won't open as easily," explains Dr. Mark Noar of Endoscopic Microsurgery Associates in Towson, Maryland, who performs the procedure in his own practice.

Dr. Noar is also the lead author of a newly published, peer-reviewed study that tracked patients for 10 years after receiving Stretta Therapy, which is covered by most insurance (including Medicare). Among the most remarkable findings: 72 percent were found to have remained GERD symptom-free.

That's almost a job requisite for someone like Kathleen Dickinson, who -- loathe to even consider surgery -- sought the doctor out for Stretta Therapy after what she describes as "years of suffering" and concerns about possibly developing osteoporosis from the medication she'd been taking.

"For me, it wasn't just that I couldn't enjoy my favorite dishes," says the 70-year-old Maryland woman. "I'm a corporate trainer, and the constant coughing and clearing my throat affected my speaking presentations."

She's now back to eating Mexican food.

Oh, and one final reminder: While heartburn may be the most common symptom of GERD, it's not the only one. Others include chronic coughing, sleep apnea and a change in voice.

How to Select a Contractor: Certification Counts With Vinyl Siding

Lifestyles - Wed, 11/12/2014 - 2:23pm
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(NewsUSA) - No doubt, finding a qualified siding contractor can be tricky. Do you use a contractor who did a good job down the block? A cousin or in-law? Maybe crowd sourcing services such as Angie's List or Home Advisor?

Recommendations, whether personal or anonymous, might work out, but no matter the task, you'll have greater peace of mind with someone who has been certified in their industry.

"When you need someone to do your taxes, you look for a CPA. When you need your car serviced, you go a certified mechanic. Why wouldn't you want the same level of confidence with someone working on your home?" said Jery Y. Huntley, president and CEO of the Vinyl Siding Institute (VSI).

Vinyl siding, including insulated vinyl siding, is the only exterior cladding with a certified installer program to ensure that installers demonstrate knowledge of industry-accepted application techniques, and a product-certification program that ensures that vinyl siding, insulated siding and polypropylene siding meet or exceed industry standards. Both are sponsored by VSI and administered by independent agencies.

"Siding is more than just aesthetics; it's the home's first line of defense against Mother Nature. If not properly installed, any siding product can be vulnerable to extreme weather conditions like high winds and rain, which can lead to degradation, repair or replacement," Huntley said. "Trained, experienced and certified professionals help ensure that your home's siding will not only look great, but perform as specified."

VSI Certified Installers have at least two years of experience, have successfully completed a training course and have demonstrated knowledge of vinyl siding installation based on internationally accepted standards. They must recertify every three years.

The specific knowledge Certified Installers are tested on includes knowing how to correctly fasten vinyl siding securely on the wall, accounting for normal expansion and contraction properties so it lies flat, and properly preparing the area around doors, windows and other openings to prevent water infiltration.

In addition to withstanding winds of 110 mph (and most achieve a wind rating higher than that), and resisting the weathering effects of heat, cold and moisture, properly installed certified vinyl siding comes with the strongest guarantees for any exterior cladding -- vinyl siding manufacturers generally offer lifetime warranties for the original homeowner and typically carry prorated warranties of at least 50 years to subsequent owners.

"Neither the fiber cement nor engineered wood industries put their products through a stringent third-party certification program, nor do they sponsor programs to independently certify the professionals on knowledge of proper installation and best practices," said Huntley. "Certification provides homeowners with an unprecedented degree of confidence that their vinyl siding will provide lasting value to their homes."

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Own a pricey pied-à-terre? Get ready to pay more taxes

Business News - Wed, 11/12/2014 - 2:21pm
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Jack Ma: Being rich is a 'great pain'

Business News - Wed, 11/12/2014 - 2:20pm
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Cross Country Teams Compete in NCAA South Regionals

Bulldog Beat - Wed, 11/12/2014 - 2:08pm
STARKVILLE, Miss. – After finishing higher than predicted at the SEC Championships two weeks ago, the Mississippi State cross country teams travel to Tallahassee, Fla., to compete in the NCAA South Regionals on Friday.

Hedge funds want 'one-night stand' with startups

Business News - Wed, 11/12/2014 - 2:01pm
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CNN to end broadcasts in Russia as new laws bite

Business News - Wed, 11/12/2014 - 1:55pm
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