NY State Senator Lee Zeldin to speak at CPAC today!

From Lee Zeldin’s Facebook 

Good Morning from the final day of #CPAC2014! I hope you’ll tune into my speech on the main stage at 3:52pm this afternoon. In the meantime, check out the link below for live coverage and highlights as the day gets underway: 

The speech will be live on CSPAN.  Lee is running in the Republican Primary against George Demos to fight for Tim Bishops NY 1st congressional seat.lee zeldin

Posted On 08 Mar 2014

Ke$ha Out of Rehab, Says She’s ‘Feeling Healthy’

(LOS ANGELES) — Ke$ha entered rehab January 3 to battle an eating disorder, and it appears the treatment was successful.

The singer tweeted that she’s “happy to be back,” using her newly-christened Twitter account, @Kesharose, to post the message.  Her previous Twitter handle had been the less-than-positive “keshasuxx.”

A rep for the singer confirms to ABC News Radio that Ke$ha has indeed left rehab.

“Happy to be back! Feeling healthy & working on tons of new music. I can’t thank my fans enough for all the love & support u have given me,” the singer tweeted.  “life is beautiful. I’m so blessed to have u all.”  She also tweeted a string of emjois of hearts and rainbows.

When Ke$ha initially sought treatment, she said in a statement, “I’m a crusader for being yourself and loving yourself, but I’ve found it hard to practice…I’ll be…seeking treatment for my eating disorder…to learn to love myself again, exactly as I am.”

Later, it was reported that body-shaming by people involved in her career — particularly her producer, Dr. Luke — was partly responsible for Ke$ha’s eating disorder.  Luke has denied those accusations.

While she was in rehab, Ke$ha scored a #1 hit: “Timber,” her collaboration with Pitbull.

Posted On 08 Mar 2014

The Jobs Bummer: 4 Million Still Long-Term Unemployed

(NEW YORK) — From energy boomtowns in North Dakota to high-tech manufacturing in Oregon, the fastest job growth in the U.S. is heavily clustered in the West — from Arizona and Utah to Colorado — and in the middle states with big oil and gas industries.

But for all these bright spots, Friday’s jobs report also revealed a sharp spike in the number of Americans out of work for six months or longer.

While employers had added 175,000 new jobs in February — better than experts had predicted — unemployment inched higher to 6.7 percent, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

It was fueled by a surge in the number of Americans who have been out of work for more than 27 weeks — the long-term unemployed.

Those 4 million people now make up 37 percent of the unemployed.

Older people are more likely to be among the long-term unemployed. Nearly half of the people between 45 and 54 years of age are unemployed long term.

Sunil Sunder Raj said he’d been out of his health care job since 2007.

“I’m trying every single day,” said Raj, who lives in New Jersey and holds multiple college degrees. “I am down in that [home] office — that’s my dungeon, that’s my war room. I’m looking for a job. There is just no time to slack off.”

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, among the workers that will be most in demand in coming years are home health aides who will be needed to assist the aging population. Also in demand will be insulation workers, and interpreters and translators.

Raj, a husband and father of two, said he was hopeful despite feeling ignored when applying for work.

“You have to be optimistic these days,” he said. “You feel sorry for yourself. … There is not room for that.”

Posted On 08 Mar 2014

Malaysia Airlines Flight Goes Missing En Route to China

(NEW YORK) — A Malaysia Airlines flight with more than 200 passengers on board has gone missing, and a search and rescue team has been deployed to locate the aircraft, a spokeswoman has confirmed to ABC News.

The Beijing-bound flight departed Kuala Lumpur at 12:55 a.m. local time, and was scheduled to land in Beijing at 6:30 a.m., the airline said. It went missing two hours into the flight.

The airline said there are 227 passengers, including two infants, and 12 crew members on board the Boeing 777-200 aircraft. Three Americans were on board the flight, which includes one infant.

“We deeply regret that we have lost all contacts with flight MH370,” the airline’s chief executive officer Ahmad Jauhari Yahya said statement on Facebook.

“Malaysia Airlines is currently working with the authorities who have activated their Search and Rescue team to locate the aircraft,” Yahya said. “Our team is currently calling the next-of-kin of passengers and crew.”

Meanwhile, the flight information board at the airport in Beijing indicated the flight was delayed

Posted On 08 Mar 2014

Daylight Saving Time 2014: How to Spring Forward

(NEW YORK) — Get ready to roll your clocks forward into daylight saving time — the bittersweet switch that signals spring but delivers a blow to your sleep.

For most people, a 23-hour Sunday means a mildly sleepy Monday. But for some — particularly those who aren’t big on mornings to begin with — daylight saving time takes a toll on mood and productivity, earning blame for car accidents, workplace injuries and stock market dips.

“It’s an interesting paradox, because traveling one time zone east or west is very easy for anyone to adapt to,” said Dr. Alfred Lewy, director of Oregon Health and Science University’s Sleep and Mood Disorders Laboratory in Portland. “But in daylight saving time, the new light-dark cycle is perversely working against the body clock. We’re getting less sunlight in morning and more in the evening.”

The body clock is a cluster of neurons deep inside the brain that generates the circadian rhythm, also known as the sleep-wake cycle. The cycle spans roughly 24 hours, but it’s not precise.

“It needs a signal every day to reset it,” said Lewy.

The signal is sunlight, which shines in through the eyes and “corrects the cycle from approximately 24 hours to precisely 24 hours,” said Lewy. But when the sleep-wake and light-dark cycles don’t line up, people can feel out-of-sync, tired and downright grumpy.

With time, the body clock adjusts on its own. But here are a few ways to help it along:

Soak Up the Morning Light

Getting some early morning sun Saturday and Sunday can help the brain’s sleep-wake cycle line up with the new light-dark cycle. But it means getting up and outside at dawn. Sleeping by a window won’t cut it, Lewy said. The sunlight needs to be direct because glass filters out much of the frequencies involved in re-setting the sleep-wake cycle.

Avoid Evening Light

Resisting the urge to linger in the late sunlight Sunday and Monday also can help the body clock adjust, Lewy said.

Try a Lose Dose of Melatonin

While light synchronizes the body clock in the morning, the hormone melatonin updates it at night. The exact function of the hormone, produced by the pea-size pineal gland in the middle of the brain, is unclear. But it can activate melatonin receptors on the neurons of the body clock, acting as a “chemical signal for darkness,” Lewy said. Taking a low-dose (less than 0.3 milligrams) of melatonin late in the afternoon Friday through Monday can help sync the sleep-wake and light-dark cycles. But be careful: Though melatonin is sold as a dietary supplement, it can cause drowsiness and interfere with other drugs.

Posted On 08 Mar 2014

Obama’s Weekly Address: Congress Should Raise US Minimum Wage

(WASHINGTON) — Repeating his call to Congress to raise the U.S. minimum wage, President Obama says state governors aren’t waiting for Washington to make up its mind.

“So these governors aren’t waiting for Congress to make up its mind.  And in my State of the Union Address, I asked America’s business leaders to go ahead and do what they could to raise their employees’ wages, too,” the president says in his weekly address.

President Obama has already signed an executive order to raise the minimum to $10.10 for people employed under federal contracts. Now, he says the American people are “way ahead of Congress on this issue,” adding, “It’s time for ‘ten-ten.'”

Read the full transcript of the president’s address:

“Hi, everybody.  This week, I traveled to New England, where I was joined by four governors who are working to raise the minimum wage in each of their states.  And they’ve also joined me in calling on Congress to raise the minimum wage from $7.25 to $10.10 an hour.  Because it would give nearly 800,000 Americans in their states a raise – and lift wages for about 28 million across the country.

“So these governors aren’t waiting for Congress to make up its mind.  And in my State of the Union Address, I asked America’s business leaders to go ahead and do what they could to raise their employees’ wages, too.  And increasingly, it’s not just large companies like Costco or the Gap that choose to pay their employees higher starting wages.

“It’s smaller businesses like Jaxson’s, a family-owned ice cream parlor in South Florida.  They answered the call and raised their wages so that more than 70 employees would earn at least $10.10 an hour, without cutting back on hiring.

“And two weeks ago, an Atlanta small business owner named Darien Southerland [SUTH-er-lind] wrote me to share a lesson his grandmother taught him – that if you treat your employees right, they’ll treat you right.  And Vice President Biden paid him a visit this week.

“I agree with these business owners, which is why I issued an executive order requiring federal contractors to pay their employees a fair wage of at least $10.10 an hour.  It’s good for our bottom line.  And working Americans have struggled through stagnant wages for far too long.

“A clear majority of Americans support raising the minimum wage, because we believe that nobody who works full-time should have to live in poverty.  About half of all Republicans support raising the minimum wage, too.  It’s just too bad they don’t serve in Congress.  Because the Republicans who do serve in Congress don’t want to vote on the minimum wage at all.  Some even want to get rid of it completely.  Seriously.

“That’s why what business leaders and everyday Americans are doing to raise wages is so important.  Because change doesn’t come from Washington – change comes to Washington.  I’ve always believed that, and it’s true in this case, too.  Outside Washington, Americans are ready to put aside old political arguments and move this country forward.  The American people are way ahead of Congress on this issue, and we’ve just got to let Congress know that.  It’s time for “ten-ten.”  It’s time to give America a raise.  And it’s time to restore opportunity for all.

“Thanks, and have a great weekend.”

Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Posted On 08 Mar 2014

Weekend Weather

Tonight: A chance of freezing drizzle before 9pm.  Cloudy,
then gradually becoming partly cloudy, with a low around 25.
North wind around 11 mph.

Saturday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 46. Northwest wind
8 to 13 mph.

Saturday Night: A slight chance of snow showers after
midnight.  Mostly cloudy, with a low around 31. Northwest
wind 6 to 9 mph.  Chance of precipitation is 20%.

Sunday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 41. Northwest wind 13
to 17 mph.

Sunday Night: Mostly cloudy, with a low around 29. Northwest
wind 6 to 9 mph becoming southwest after midnight.

Monday: Partly sunny, with a high near 44.

Monday Night: Mostly cloudy, with a low around 36.

Tuesday: Partly sunny, with a high near 47.

Tuesday Night: Mostly cloudy, with a low around 31.

Wednesday: Rain and snow likely.  Cloudy, with a high near
37. Chance of precipitation is 60%.

Wednesday Night: Snow likely.  Mostly cloudy, with a low
around 27. Chance of precipitation is 60%.

Thursday: A chance of snow.  Mostly cloudy, with a high near
33. Chance of precipitation is 40%.

Thursday Night: Mostly cloudy, with a low around 25.

Friday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 33.

Posted On 08 Mar 2014

Toddler with Rare Kidney Disorder Beats Odds After Transplant Fails

(NEW YORK) — Ayana Richards said she will never forget waking up in the hospital to find out that the kidney she donated to her 3-year-old daughter had failed.

The doctor came in two hours after initially telling Richards the transplant was a success to say that a blood clot had destroyed the new organ beyond repair.

“I remember him having tears in his eyes,” said Richards, who lives in New York City. “I have to take pause because that moment, I think, is one of the lowest points in my life I ever had.”

But the doctors at Mount Sinai weren’t willing to give up so easily.

Anaya — which is Ayana Richards’s first name spelled backwards — was born with a rare kidney disorder called Finnish type congenital nephrotic syndrome, an inherited disorder that caused her kidneys to “leak” vital proteins.

Normal kidneys take in blood and sift out waste, which goes to the bladder and leaves the body as urine. Anaya’s kidneys were causing her to expel important proteins through her urine in addition to the waste. Since proteins are needed for everything from keeping blood from clotting inside the body to making the immune system function, Anaya’s health was in jeopardy.

“In the past, if you didn’t do anything, there’s no doubt she would have died as an infant,” said Dr. Jeffrey Saland, who cared for Mount Sinai’s Kravis Children’s Hospital, where Anaya would eventually get her transplant.

But neither Richards nor Anaya’s pediatrician knew Anaya had this disorder when she was born. After all, it’s common among people of Finnish descent, and Anaya was black and Hispanic.

“As a first-time mother, I didn’t know what to expect, just what she looked like,” said Richards, who was the first in her family to move to the United States from Trinidad and initially didn’t have her mother around for guidance. “But you know that instinct. I just knew that something was wrong.”

Anaya cried a lot during her first two months of life, Richards said. She also threw up a lot and wasn’t as aware as Richards thought she should be.

But one day, the crying changed. It was piercing.

“I remember running her on foot to Harlem Hospital,” Richards said. “I knew the ambulance wouldn’t have been quick enough.”

That night, they relocated to New York Presbyterian Hospital, where doctors did a spinal tap and discovered that Anaya had bacterial meningitis. After a series of tests, they found out Anaya got meningitis because of the effects of her kidney disorder.

One doctor told Richards the disorder was so rare that she should be able to go outside blindfolded, play the lottery and win.

“He was trying to up my spirits, but I didn’t want to be lucky that way,” she said.

They sent Anaya home with a central line in her chest so Richards could give her regular infusions and injections of the proteins her kidneys removed. But the tube was prone to infection and clots because of Anaya’s condition.

“She needed a central line to live, but the central line could also cause something that can kill her,” Richards said, explaining that Anaya came down with several infections.

After Anaya got an infection that caused her head to swell to the size of a basketball, Richards started thinking about a kidney transplant to allow Anaya to live without the central line and its risks.

Richards took Anaya to Mount Sinai’s Kravis Children’s Hospital, where Saland was on the team that cared for her.

“We said the only way to prevent these issues is not to be in this situation anymore,” Saland said.

Once Richards learned she was a donor match, they transplanted her kidney into Anaya and removed Anaya’s two bad kidneys. Although they initially told Richards the transplant was a success, it failed two hours later when a blood clot did irreparable damage to the new kidney after it was transplanted.

And things would get worse before they got better.

The swelling from Anaya’s protein deficiencies and infections were made worse by the anesthesia, causing Anaya’s trachea to collapse when doctors tried to remove her breathing tube. When Richards went to visit her in a wheelchair, she said she remembers hearing the beeping of the machines and feeling as if she was in some horrible movie when the beeping stopped and Anaya went into respiratory arrest.

“I turned and I looked at Anaya. They were still pumping her. ‘You are going to go through this and you will fight,'” Richards recalled telling her daughter.

Anaya pulled through with a tracheostomy and escaped with no neurological damage, but it would be a few months before a new kidney would become available. Since Anaya was so young, she was moved to the top of the kidney transplant waiting list, which has different sets of rules than other organ transplant waiting lists because kidneys from adults can be placed into small children.

Since Anaya was on dialysis for the two months leading up to her transplant, her protein levels returned to almost normal, preventing her blood from abnormally clotting like it did during the first transplant.

Now, Ayana is almost 4 years old. She is learning Mandarin Chinese at her preschool and was voted “most likely to become president” in her class.

“Each visit is like a treat because we get to see her develop in a way her kidney function is not a factor –- it’s a non-issue for her development,” Saland said. “[We] get to see her blooming.”

Read On ABC News Radio: http://abcnewsradioonline.com/health-news#ixzz2vKGpcs2D

Posted On 08 Mar 2014

How Much Does That Trip to the Movies Really Cost You?

(NEW YORK) — From the movie tickets to the large bucket of popcorn, watching a movie in a theater can be a pricey experience.

Unfortunately, that might not change anytime soon. As much as to 70 percent of your ticket price goes to movie studios and distributors. That means theater owners need to rely on concessions to stay afloat.

“I make money by selling concessions,” Robert Bucksbaum, who owns The Reel Cinema in Wofford Heights, Calif., told ABC News’ 20/20. “We still do pipe the smell of popcorn into the auditorium. …I’ve got an exhaust pipe that runs from the popcorn machine into the actual auditorium.”

Speaking of popcorn, Bucksbaum said, concessions also carry a high mark up. For example, he said, the amount of popcorn it takes to fill a large bag can cost 8 cents to make. Bags by themselves can cost theaters 22 cents to 35 cents per bag, and a tub can range in cost from 85 cents to $1.

A theater may sell a large tub of popcorn for $8, Bucksbaum said. So if a tub-size container cost the theater, say, 92 cents, combined with the 8 cents for the kernels, that tub of popcorn could carry a 700 percent mark-up.

A visit to the movies may not just hit you in the wallet. Germs might also be lurking where you sit.

“You have to be aware that the armrest, the seat and other areas of the theater are contaminated with the public that sat before you,” New York University Professor of Microbiology Philip M. Tierno, Ph.D., told 20/20. “When you wear shorts or have open lesions in the skin, you might subject yourself to a risk of an infection.”

20/20 swabbed a few areas inside a bunch of theaters in New York and Los Angeles, collecting 17 samples in total, nine from New York City theaters and eight from L.A. theaters. Then, 20/20 asked Tierno to analyze the lab results.

On one seat in New York City, a sample showed evidence of bacteria usually found in cattle and soil. Other samples turned up bacteria commonly found in human feces and even yeast.

“We found the yeast in two armrests,” Tierno said. “They were grossly contaminated with yeast.”

According to Bucksbaum, there are no laws stating how often theaters have to clean the seats. But, Tierno said, there are things you can do to avoid getting sick.

“One of the things, when I’m eating popcorn, is not to touch the seats with your right hand,” he said. “If you’re going to hit the armrest, keep your hand in the air. …Always have a ‘good hand’ and a ‘bad hand.’”

Read On ABC News Radio: http://abcnewsradioonline.com/business-news/how-much-does-that-trip-to-the-movies-really-cost-you.html#ixzz2vKG6wDrB

Posted On 08 Mar 2014

JFK Baggage Handlers Charged with Theft

(NEW YORK) — Five baggage handlers at New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport were charged with theft on Friday.

Checks and money orders meant for recipients in Japan, China, and South Korea were allegedly stolen by baggage handlers who were supposed to load them onto international flights.

Prosecutors say they found checks intended for child support and a money order mailed by a United States serviceman.

The five men were also accused of taking credit cards from the mail and using them at Best Buy vending machines at the airport to buy iPad minis and other electronics.030714_BaggageHandlers

Posted On 08 Mar 2014