August 2011

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U.S. newborn death rate surprisingly high

by nickj on August 31, 2011

Results of a new study reveal some shocking information about infant mortality in the United Sates. Published in the journal PLoS Medicine, the research indicates the newborn death rate in the U.S. is higher than 40 other countries including Cuba, Malaysia and Poland. The biggest reason for the surprising statistics is that the United States […]

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NCAA hands out suspensions to 12 Miami football players

by Derrick Johnson on August 31, 2011

Weeks after it was revealed that athletes from the University of Miami have been receiving illegal benefits for the better part of the last decade, the NCAA has taken action against some current players. ESPN.com reports that 12 members of the football team have been punished, and eight will miss at least one game of the […]

Several large U.S. cities have seen minority races rise to become the majority over the past decade, according to a recent report that tapped census data. The Washington Post reports that eight cities – Memphis, Tennessee; Modesto, California; Las Vegas, Nevada; Jackson, Mississippi; San Diego, California; Washington, D.C.; Oxnard, California and the New York City […]

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Michael Vick signs $100 million contract with Eagles

by Derrick Johnson on August 30, 2011

Michael Vick shocked the football world last season when the resurgent star came off the bench and led the Philadelphia Eagles to the playoffs. Now, the Eagles are rewarding him. According to ESPN.com, Vick and the team agreed to a six-year, $100 million contract that makes him one of the highest paid players in the […]

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August becomes the deadliest month in Afghanistan

by Adam Russett on August 30, 2011

Just months after President Barack Obama announced the drawdown in troops from Afghanistan, U.S. forces saw their deadliest month yet. A record 66 troops were killed during August, surpassing the previous high of 65 killed in July 2010, The Associated Press reports. Most of the deaths occurred on August 6 when 30 Americans died after […]

A registered nurse working at a string of clinics in Wisconsin may have exposed up to 2,345 patients to infectious diseases such as hepatitis or HIV, Reuters reports. The nurse worked at a number of Dean Clinic locations, most of which were located in Dane County, Wisconsin, between 2006 and 2011. Working as a certified […]

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Beyonce’s pregnancy announcement highlights VMAs

by Shannon Harris on August 29, 2011

Though Katy Perry came home with the top prize at Sunday night's MTV Video Music Awards, it was someone else who stole the show – and they haven't even been born yet. After giving a performance, Beyonce revealed that she and husband Jay-Z are expecting their first child, a fitting announcement in a night when […]

Hurricane Irene pummeled communities up and down the east coast this weekend, and although its strength was below original predictions, officials say it was responsible for at least 25 deaths across nine states. CNN reports about 3 million people were without power as of Monday morning, and residents as far north as Vermont were grappling […]

In her ongoing quest for the office of the President of the United States, controversial candidate Michele Bachmann has once again shocked the media with a few rather surprising statements. During a speaking engagement in Florida on Sunday, Bachmann said she would be willing to drill for oil in the delicate ecosystem of the Everglades. […]