Missing wife of Norwegian millionaire appears to have been kidnapped; police reveal $10M ransom demand

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Roland Magnusson/iStock(WASHINGTON) — The wife of one of the richest men in Norway is believed to have been kidnapped after police revealed her husband received a note asking for over $10 million in the cryptocurrency Monero as ransom.

Anne-Elisabeth Flakevic Hagen, wife of Norwegian real estate investor and electric company owner Tom Hagen, went missing on Oct. 31 of last year. Hagen found a note left on the couple’s home asking for the ransom, but police did not disclose when specifically the note was found.

Information regarding Flakevic’s disappearance was not made public before because Hagen received a note from the suspected kidnappers threatening to kill his wife if he got the police involved, Norwegian newspaper VG reported.

However, police are now making the information public as their investigation has yielded no results, and hope the video surveillance footage they released on Thursday will help them get new leads on the case.

The video is of an area outside of Hagen’s office building.

“We have access to surveillance video showing persons moving on the outside of the building on the day in question,” Chief Police Investigator Tommy Broske said in a press conference Wednesday.

In the video, two people are seen walking outside the building within 30 minutes of each other on the day Flakevic Hagen went missing. A third person, a cyclist, passes by one of the people standing outside the building. Broske said that police are searching for all of them.

“Finally, I want to reiterate that we do not know where Anne-Elisabeth Hagen is kept hidden. Neither do we know if she has been kept at just one location since 31 October. The hiding place could be within as well as outside Norway’s borders,” Broske said.

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Trump visits southern border after saying he ‘probably’ will declare emergency if no deal on wall

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Official White House Photos by Joyce N. Boghosian(WASHINGTON) — President Donald Trump arrived in McAllen, Texas, on Thursday to tour part of the southern border and meet with border patrol agents as he continued to make a case for a wall to stop illegal immigration.

His trip came on the Day 20 of a partial government shutdown triggered by the president’s demand that Congress pay for a wall, which Democrats refuse to do.

During a roundtable discussion at the border patrol station in McAllen, the president again contended – falsely — that he never said Mexico was going to provide a direct payment for a border wall and attempted to gloss over his past comments to the contrary by arguing he simply intended for the wall to be paid for through the revised NAFTA agreement.

“When I say Mexico is going to pay for the wall, that’s what I said, I didn’t say they are going to write me a check,” Trump said. “I didn’t mean please write me a check, I mean very simply, they are paying for it in the trade deal.”

The president again blasted Democrats, claiming falsely that “Democrats will not fund border security plain and simple” and said their position of “no barrier, no wall is indefensible.”

As he left Thursday morning to head to the border, Trump said he “probably … I would almost say definitely” declare a national emergency to get funding for a border wall if he can’t reach a deal with congressional Democrats. “I would say 100 percent,” the president continued. “I don’t want to say 100 percent because maybe something else comes up.”

While Trump said he’d rather make a deal, he again lashed out at Democrats on Day 20 of the government shutdown over the impasse, denied that he pounded on the Situation Room table and said he didn’t “rant or rave” at the latest round of White House talks Wednesday before walking out. “I didn’t raise my voice. That was a lie,” Trump said.

“I don’t have temper tantrums,” the president said, pushing back on how Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer had characterized how Trump had acted when House Speaker Nancy Pelosi had again told him “no” when he asked whether Democrats would agree to wall funding if he re-opened the government.

The president also said China was more “honorable” in negotiations than the Democrats.

“We’re negotiating and having tremendous success with China, and I find China, frankly, in many ways, to be far more honorable than Cryin’ Chuck and Nancy. China is actually much easier to deal with than the opposition party,” Trump said.

Later Thursday, the president tweeted that he had canceled his trip to Davos, Switzerland, 11 days ahead, for the World Economic forum, blaming the shutdown — and Democrats.

The White House has said the president’s trip to Texas, part of his PR blitz for a border wall, is designed to allow him to meet with those individuals who are “on the front lines” of what they have called a “national security and humanitarian crisis.”

The president was scheduled to meet with border patrol agents at the U.S. Border Patrol McAllen Station and attend a roundtable on border security and immigration. He will then make his way to the Rio Grande, the winding river separating the U.S. and Mexico. Thursday’s trip is his first visit to the border in Texas.

Whether the president has the legal authority to build a wall through a national emergency declaration — in which he would circumvent Congress to get military funding for the project– was under review by White House lawyers, but Trump said he had the power to do so.

“The lawyers have so advised me,” Trump said. “I’m not prepared to do that yet, but if I have to, I will. I have no doubt about it, I will. I have the absolute right to declare,” Trump said. Later he added he has a “tremendous” amount of funds available if he chooses that route.

Should the president go forward with the move, it would almost certainly be challenged in court and some congressional Republicans strongly oppose the president using his executive power to secure border funding.

The White House has struggled to make the case that there is, in fact, a crisis at the border, with the number of illegal apprehensions trending downward over the last two decades. But the administration points to an uptick of illegal border crossing apprehensions in recent months as evidence.

On Capitol Hill, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said the president’s proposal “is not the best way to secure our borders.”

“Not only was the president unpresidential – surprise, surprise – yesterday in his behavior, I think the meeting was a set up so he could walk out, but I’ll say just that,” Pelosi said, recounting the White House meeting. “The fact is is that what the president is proposing is not the best way to protect our borders.”

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Trump’s former lawyer Michael Cohen to testify before Congress in February

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ABCNews.com(WASHINGTON) — Michael Cohen, President Donald Trump’s former personal attorney and fixer, has accepted an invitation to testify in an open session before Congress next month.

“I look forward to having the privilege of being afforded a platform with which to give a full and credible account of the events which have transpired,” Cohen said in a statement to ABC News, adding that he accepted the invitation “in furtherance of my commitment to cooperate and provide the American people with answers.”

The hearing, set for Feb. 7 before the House Committee on Oversight and Reform, was announced Thursday afternoon by Rep. Elijah Cummings, a Maryland Democrat, who is the new chairman of the committee.

In a press release, Cummings said, “I thank Michael Cohen for agreeing to testify before the Oversight Committee voluntarily. I want to make clear that we have no interest in inappropriately interfering with any ongoing criminal investigations, and to that end, we are in the process of consulting with Special Counsel Mueller’s office. The Committee will announce additional information in the coming weeks.”

Cohen was sentenced in December to three years in federal prison for financial crimes, lying to Congress, and for two violations of campaign finance law in connection with hush money payments to two women who have claimed past affairs with Trump. He is due to report to prison in early March.

In an exclusive interview after his sentencing with ABC News’ Chief Anchor George Stephanopoulos, Cohen slammed his former boss as incapable of telling the truth and faulted his own “blind loyalty” to the president for his role in the payments to the women.

Cohen told Stephanopoulos that Trump directed him to arrange the payments to Stormy Daniels and Karen McDougal because then-candidate Trump “was very concerned about how this would affect the election” if their allegations of affairs became public before voters cast their ballots.

Federal prosecutors in the Southern District of New York have implicated, but not charged, the president in the deals reached in the closing weeks of the 2016 election, alleging in court filings that Cohen acted “in coordination with and at the direction of” Trump.

Prosecutors also reached a non-prosecution agreement with American Media Inc., the publisher of the National Enquirer, in which the tabloid admitted to making a $150,000 payment to McDougal “in concert” with the Trump campaign. Under federal law, it is illegal for corporations to make expenditures to influence an election in coordination with or at the request of a candidate or campaign.

The president has denied the affairs but has deployed shifting explanations about when he learned about the payments to the women. He has also contended that the deals were private and unrelated to the campaign, insisting that if anything illegal occurred, it was Cohen’s responsibility.

Trump lashed out at Cohen after his sentencing last month, tweeting that his former close confidant only agreed to plead guilty “in order to embarrass the president and get a much reduced prison sentence, which he did.”

In the interview with Stephanopoulos, however, Cohen rejected Trump’s claims as “absolutely not true. I did not do it to embarrass the president,” he said.

The president, “knows the truth,” Cohen said. “I know the truth, others know the truth, and here is the truth: The people of the United States of America, people of the world, don’t believe what he is saying. The man doesn’t tell the truth. And it is sad that I should take responsibility for his dirty deeds.”

Since his indictment in August, Cohen has also sat for multiple interviews, totaling about 70 hours, with investigators from the office of Special Counsel Robert Mueller amid his ongoing probe of Russian interference in the 2016 election, according to several people familiar with the discussions.

In a plea deal reached with Mueller’s office, Cohen admitted that he made the misstatements about the “Moscow Project” – the Trump Organization’s efforts to “pursue a branded property in Moscow” in an August 2017 letter to the House and Senate Intelligence Committees, each of which were conducting inquiries into Russian interference, according to court records.

When entering his guilty plea in court, Cohen told the judge he made the false statements “to be consistent with Individual 1’s political messaging and to be loyal to Individual 1.” Based on the description in the court documents, Individual 1 appears to be President Trump.

The special counsel’s questioning of Cohen, one of the president’s closest associates over the past decade, has since focused primarily on all aspects of Trump’s dealings with Russia – business and otherwise – sources familiar with the matter told ABC News, as well as whether Trump or any of his associates discussed with Cohen the possibility of a pardon.

Given Cohen’s prolonged time spent in proximity to Trump, his family and the Trump Organization, some insiders consider his cooperation with authorities to be one of most serious potential legal threats to confront the president.

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‘Green Book’ director Peter Farrelly apologizes for exposing himself years ago

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Photo by Dia Dipasupil/Getty Images for National Board of Review(LOS ANGELES) — A day after the writer of Green Book, Nick Vallelonga, deleted his Twitter feed over a controversial 2015 tweet, the movie’s director Peter Farrelly has apologized for a decades-old transgression which may further hurt the multiple-Golden Globe-winning drama’s Oscar chances.

Farrelly, who with his brother Bobby directed the gross-out hits There’s Something About Mary and Kingpin, has apologized for publicly exposing himself for comedic purposes — “decades ago.” Rumor had it, Mary co-star Cameron Diaz was one of his targets.

“True.  I was an idiot,” Farrelly said through a rep in a statement obtained by ABC News. “I did this decades ago and I thought I was being funny and the truth is I’m embarrassed and it makes me cringe now.  I’m deeply sorry.”

On Wednesday, Vallelonga’s Twitter feed was deleted after a post resurfaced that seemed to agree with then-candidate Donald Trump’s comment that “thousands of Muslims” were seen celebrating in Jersey City after the 9/11 terror attacks.

According to IndieWire, in his tweet, Vallelonga claimed to have witnessed the same thing. He tweeted to Trump, “I saw it, as you did, possibly on local CBS news.”

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Pompeo defends US withdrawal from Syria, rebukes Obama’s Middle East strategy, during foreign policy address in Egypt

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Jordan Pix/Getty Images(CAIRO, Egypt) — Secretary of State Mike Pompeo defended the U.S. withdrawal from Syria and issued a strong rebuke of the Obama administration’s Middle East strategy, during a major foreign policy address in Egypt on Thursday.

While the secretary challenged Middle Eastern countries to take on new responsibilities in the fight against extremism, he failed to call out human rights abuses in places like Egypt and Saudi Arabia and did not mention the murder of Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

During his speech at the American University in Cairo, Pompeo declared that “American will not retreat until the terror fight is over,” but acknowledged that President Donald Trump “has made the decision to bring our troops home from Syria.”

“We always do and now is the time. But this isn’t a change of mission,” he said. “We remain committed to the complete dismantling of the ISIS threat and the ongoing fight against radical Islamism in all of its forms.”

Pompeo’s address came one day after his surprise visit to Iraq and in the midst of a whirlwind tour of the Middle East in which he is reassuring partners of America’s presence in the region following Trump’s decision three weeks ago to withdrawal 2,000 U.S. troops from Syria.

What was originally a 30-day timeline for withdrawal gradually grew to several months, but now Pompeo and National Security Adviser John Bolton are stating that any withdrawal is “conditions-based,” including the enduring defeat of ISIS, protection for America’s Kurdish partners, and the assurance that Iran will not increase its influence in the region.

Speaking to reporters before his speech on Thursday, Pompeo said that any contradiction in the administration’s Syria policy has been “made up” by the media.

The secretary began his address in Cairo by blasting the Obama administration for “falsely seeing ourselves as a force for what ails the Middle East.”

“So today what did we learn from all of this? We learned that when America retreats, chaos follows. When we neglect our friends, resentment builds. And when we partner with our enemies, they advance,” he said. “The good news is this: The age of self-inflicted American shame is over, and so are the policies that produced so much needless suffering. Now comes the real ‘new beginning.'”

In a statement, the National Security Action Group – an advocacy organization made up of former Obama administration officials – responded to Pompeo’s criticism, writing: “That this administration feels the need, nearly a decade later, to take potshots at an effort to identify common ground between the Arab world and the West speaks not only to the Trump administration’s pettiness but also to its lack of a strategic vision for America’s role in the region and its abdication of America’s values.”

Pompeo also praised the Trump administration’s decision to leave the Iran nuclear deal, saying “we will not ease our campaign to stop Iran’s malevolent influence and actions against this region and the world.”

That includes Syria, where Iran has had a growing role in supporting the Syrian regime.

Pompeo downplayed the idea that the withdrawal of U.S. forces from Syria would give Iran the upper hand there, saying that, “In Syria, the United States will use diplomacy and work with our partners to expel every last Iranian boot, and work through the [United Nations]-led process to bring peace and stability to the long-suffering Syrian people.”

Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif responded on Twitter, saying, “Whenever/wherever US interferes, chaos, repression and resentment follow. The day Iran mimics US clients and Secretary Pompeo’s ‘human rights models’ — be it the Shah or current butchers — to become a ‘normal’ country is the day hell freezes over. Best for the US to just get over loss of Iran.”

Pompeo declined to call out human rights abuses happening Egypt, including the reported detention and torture of American-Egyptian Khaled Hassan who has been missing since last January — allegations Cairo denies.

During his address, the secretary applauded Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi’s efforts to promote religious freedom and encouraged him “to unleash the creative energies of Egypt’s people, unfetter the economy, and promote a free and open exchange of ideas.”

The State Department did say that the issue of human rights was brought up in Pompeo’s private meeting with Sisi earlier in the day.

Also noticeably absent from Thursday’s address was the mention of Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi, brutally murdered at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul in October.

The killing led the U.S. Senate to vote to suspend U.S. support to the Saudi-led coalition fighting in Yemen, as well as condemn Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman for the act. While the Trump administration has sanctioned Saudi officials for their alleged role in the murder, Trump has continued to defend Saudi leadership.

With stops already in Jordan, Iraq, and Egypt, Pompeo will continue his tour of the Middle East on Friday with planned visits to Bahrain, the United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Oman, and Kuwait.

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Mueller probe shines spotlight on DC insiders lobbying for foreign nations

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Alex Wong/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — Robert Mueller is breathing new life into a World World II-era law that requires lobbyists hired by foreign governments to register with the Department of Justice and document their efforts.

The special counsel has now brought a half dozen indictments utilizing the law in cases related to Russian efforts to influence the 2016 presidential campaign. And more cases are reported to be in the works.

The most high profile of these cases have involved central members of President Donald Trump’s campaign team, including former chairman Paul Manafort, who was convicted of engaging in a secretive lobbying operation for Kremlin-backed Ukrainian president back in 2012, his longtime associate Rick Gates, and Trump’s former national security adviser Lt.Gen. Michael Flynn, who admitted to a foreign lobbying violation when he pleaded guilty to making false statements.

Investigators are now looking at the same law as they scrutinize Democratic operative Tony Podesta, former Minnesota Republican Rep. Vin Weber and former Obama White House counsel Greg Craig, who were all involved in Manafort’s Ukraine-related work.

The succession of high-profile cases has served as a wake-up call for lobbyists and consultants in Washington, according to experts who have argued that compliance had grown lax. There was, they said, a mistaken belief that the Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA) had wilted with age.

“It was a serious eye-opener,” said Caleb Burns, a lawyer who has expertise in political and lobbying laws.

The registration requirements, commonly referred to as FARA, were crafted in 1938 to expose efforts by Nazi sympathizers to try and influence U.S. government activity leading up to World War II. FARA requires individuals and entities acting as an agent of a foreign client to register under the Department of Justice.

The demands on those who register are substantial – filings are supposed to include details about money spent and contacts made on behalf of the foreign client, as well as a full accounting of the payments.

But few cases have been brought to prosecution.

According to a Department of Justice Inspector General’s audit report, from 2016, between 1966 and 2015, federal prosecutors brought only seven criminal FARA cases, and only three of them resulted in convictions.

In recent years there has been a gradual decrease in the number of lobbyists filing registrations. Experts say the decline is largely due to the passage of new lobbying rules that let consultants working for foreign clients that were not directly tied to governments file a relatively simple, and less revealing, disclosure form instead.

Josh Rosenstein, a lawyer with expertise in FARA compliance, said the Justice Department typically has followed its formal policy of encouraging voluntary compliance over prosecution. The rare instances in which violations led to prosecution, Rosenstein said, have been high-profile cases involving unfriendly regimes.

“FARA has been dangled as both a carrot and a stick as part of a negotiation for a plea,” Rosenstein said.

For the special counsel’s office, it has been used a stick.

Manafort, Gates and Flynn retroactively registered as agents under FARA once it became clear they were under investigation, but the special counsel was not satisfied by that in all three cases.

The allegations have helped the special counsel team’s gain leverage as they tried to flip witnesses. On their own, violations carry a maximum fine of $10,000 and five years in prison.

The Mueller team’s tactic of locking down cooperating witnesses using FARA violations follows a standard prosecutorial tactic, said Daniel Petalas, a former federal prosecutor who has expertise in election and lobbying laws. The Mueller team’s actions came as the Justice Department was initiating its own crackdown on FARA, Petalas said.

“FARA charges have constituted a key part of the mosaic of [the special counsel’s] approach to prosecuting many of these cases,” said David Laufman, the former chief of counterintelligence and expert control at the Department of Justice.

Gates in February 2018 pleaded guilty to reduced charges and agreed to cooperate with Mueller’s investigators. Manafort in September also pleaded guilty and reached a cooperation agreement with the special counsel, but only after going through a weeks-long trial in Virginia with his former business partner Gates as the government’s witness against him.

The high profile use of FARA appears to have been noticed. New registrations are up substantially. In 2017, there were 101 new companies registered under FARA as working for a foreign client and 713 individuals registered as foreign lobbyists, compared to 69 new firms and 549 new lobbyists in 2016. New registrations have only increased in 2018.

“We’ve had an extraordinary uptick in FARA-related work since 2017,” Burns said. “And I suspect many other firms in Washington have seen the same.”

More attention to the law will follow if the Department of Justice follows through on cases against three more high-powered Washington figures who have reportedly been subject to scrutiny for their FARA filings — Podesta, Weber and Craig. Those investigations are being handled by the U.S. Attorney’s Office in the Southern District of New York.

Podesta stepped down from his firm immediately after Manafort and Gates were indicted, and revealed he has been fully cooperating with the special counsel’s office. His firm, the Podesta Group, closed in May 2018, after months-long financial struggle. Craig left his firm Skadden Arps amid the controversy. Weber’s firm, Mercury Public Affairs, appears to remain strong, boasting new clients on FARA filings almost every month.

Craig’s attorney William Taylor and Skadden Arps spokesperson declined ABC News’ request for comment. Mercury Public Affairs partner Mike KcKeon was not available for comment by the time of publication.

Podesta’s spokesperson was not reachable for comment by the time of publication.

Prosecutors have also brought charges of FARA violations against two of Flynn’s former business partners, who were involved work on behalf of the Turkish government. Bijan Kian, one of the defendants in the case, pleaded not guilty. The other partner lives abroad and has not yet been arrested.

Laufman, who now advises companies and individuals on FARA, said he believes the increased attention has given an old law new teeth.

“I think it’s quite likely that the department will continue to keep its foot on the gas pedal of FARA enforcement in appropriate cases,” Laufman said.

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Wrestler who was forced to cut his dreadlocks still facing ‘unrelenting fixation on the hair of a 16-year-old’

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tirc83/iStock(BUENA, N.J.) — The attorney for Buena High School wrestler Andrew Johnson, whose forced pre-match haircut was videotaped, has asked the state’s Division of Civil Rights (DCR) to further investigate the “unrelenting fixation on the hair of a 16 year old young man.”

The lawyer, Dominic Speziali, provided more information to the DCR, which launched an investigation after the teenager was told to cut his dreadlocks or forfeit his match in December.

Speziali said a scheduled wrestling match Wednesday was “abruptly canceled” after referees had reached out to the school’s athletic director about whether Johnson would need to wear a head covering.

Johnson’s family is raising questions about the conduct of certain high school wrestling officials since the initial incident and “the motivation of all persons and entities involved.” The DCR declined to comment to ABC News.

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Drug overdose deaths among women ages 30–64 in the US increased by 260 percent: CDC

Moussa81/iStock(ATLANTA) — As the number of drug overdose deaths continues to rise, the social awareness of the epidemic has as well. Even celebrities are opening about their addiction issues.

The drug epidemic, however, has affected far more people than previously thought. Death by drug overdose is classically more common in men but a report released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Thursday shows that women, specifically middle-aged women, are also increasingly affected.

Prescription pill overdose rates are now rising more sharply in women.

Prescription painkillers are opioid narcotic drugs such as Vicodin (hydromorphone), Dilaudid (hydromorphone) and Oxycontin or Percocet (oxycodone). Per the CDC, for every death of a woman taking these drugs, there are 30 more women who end up at an emergency department due to abuse of these drugs.

There was also a drastic increase in death from the use of illegal opioids such as fentanyl and heroin. The overall death rate in women within this age group has increased by 260 percent from 1999 to 2017. But the rate of death has notably increased the most with synthetic opioids. In fact, the death rate from fentanyl increased by 1,643 percent and 915 percent from heroin during this time period.

The exact cause of why women are now disproportionately becoming more affected is unknown. We do know that women who are victims of domestic violence or who have undergone a traumatic life experience such as divorce or loss of a partner or child are more likely to abuse substances. Anxiety, depression and panic attacks are also commonly present with drug abuse.

Women can become addicted faster than men despite using less drugs.

Research has shown that sex hormones can make women more sensitive to the effects of certain drugs. Women tend to use a smaller amount of drugs for a shorter period of time before developing drug cravings and becoming addicted. They are also more likely to relapse after treatment.

Educating doctors and the public about the specific risks in women is the first step in combating this growing problem.

The CDC report has highlighted the need for efforts aimed at decreasing these death rates in vulnerable populations such as middle-aged women. Women with depression, anxiety or pain should be approached with a discussion that includes the consideration of unique biopsychosocial circumstances to attempt to prevent the development of addiction in the first place.

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New study shows how social media use reflects major depressive disorder

bigtunaonline/iStock(NEW YORK) — It’s no secret that many millennials live on social media throughout the day. Although more attention is being paid to the impact of its use on mental health, there’s still a lot that’s unknown.

A new study published this week in the Journal of Applied Biobehavioral Research looked at whether there are specific activities on social media that are related to major depressive disorder (MDD) in millennials.

MDD is a clinical diagnosis of a mood disorder that includes prolonged symptoms of sadness, hopelessness, anger or irritability and is usually diagnosed by a health care provider.

3 social media behaviors that may be related to depression

Social media users who met the criteria for major depressive disorder were more likely to compare themselves to others that they believed were better off than themselves.

They were also more likely to report being bothered if they were tagged in an unflattering picture.

In addition, their pictures were less likely to include friends or family.

More engaged, less likely to suffer from depression

Individuals who put up pictures with other people were less likely to meet the criteria for major depressive disorder. So were those who followed more than 300 people on Twitter.

The study also found that individuals with major depressive disorder had significantly fewer followers on Instagram.

Your reasons for being on social media matter

More individuals with major depressive disorder said they use social media to share memes or GIFs. They also were more likely to use it because someone reached out to them on social media instead of proactively checking in.

And so does your attitude toward posting

Those with major depressive disorder were more likely to avoid posting out of fear of judgment. They were also more likely to report “feeling noticed” on Snapchat when their story was viewed.
Marijuana use may affect if you click the share button

While there were no differences between the two groups when it came to whether they post when under the influence of alcohol, the individuals with major depressive disorder were more likely to post when using marijuana.

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Shaquille O’Neal talks about fixing his snoring and getting back in playing shape

Lorenzo Bevilaqua/ESPN Images(NEW YORK) — It took one cryptic Instagram message for Shaquille O’Neal to start taking his snoring seriously.

Dentist Jonathan Greenburg reached out to Shaq on social media after he saw viral videos of the NBA legend snoring after a long day’s work.

He wrote to O’Neal, cryptically, “Do you want to die?”

The message surprised Shaq, but Dr. Greenburg further explained that his snoring could be a matter of life or death if he did not take it seriously. It caused O’Neal to start thinking more critically about something he had been doing his entire life.

“I thought me snoring was just me releasing all that stress in the work week, but it becomes very, very dangerous,” Shaq explained alongside Dr. Greenburg in an exclusive conversation with ABC News.

Dr. Greenburg told Shaq that snoring causes fatigue and can actually increase his risk of heart attack and stroke. Snoring and sleep apnea, because of that fatigue it causes, can also have a negative effect on an athlete’s performance. Shaq, wanting to get a better night’s sleep and take back his “college body,” took Dr. Greenburg’s advice and got his snoring checked.

Dr. Greenburg was able to fix Shaq’s lifelong snoring issue with a snoring eliminator mouthpiece from Zyppah. The mouthpiece keeps the tongue from blocking a person’s airway, which, according to Dr. Greenburg, leads to snoring and sleep apnea:

“It’s all about the tongue… it’s the tongue falling back, partially blocking the airway is snoring, completely is sleep apnea… you have to keep that tongue from falling backwards.”

Shaq says he sleeps better at night and his snoring is finally cured. He even says it is a little easier to nap too:

“I know there’s a bunch of hard-working dads and guys like me–we work all day and we just want to get that nap I’ve been sleeping better… I’ve been feeling better. I’m starting to get my college body back.”

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