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iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — The poor cockroach still gets a bad rap while the fly gets a pass, according to a survey of 300 people by pest-control company Orkin.

When asked, “Which of the following would make you stop chowing down if you spied them while you were in a restaurant?” 61 percent said a cockroach.

Meanwhile, only three percent said they’d stop eating if a fly was buzzing around the dinner table.

However, Orkin entomologist and Technical Services Director Ron Harrison remarked, “Many restaurant patrons may not be aware that houseflies are twice as filthy as cockroaches.”

Without getting too graphic, flies carry all sorts of pathogens on their legs and body’s small hairs that are easily transferred to food or touched surfaces, according to Harrison.

Incidentally, other choices in the Orkin survey of critters you might (or might not) spot in a restaurant included rodents, ants, snakes and geckos.

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Official White House Photo by Pete Souza(WASHINGTON) — President Obama headed back to the White House Sunday night, briefly interrupting his family vacation in Martha’s Vineyard to address unspecified matters.

Administration officials were initially tight-lipped about what the president will deal with during his two days in Washington, although late Sunday the White House released Obama’s itinerary for Monday that includes meeting Vice President Joe Biden and members of the National Security Council to receive an update on U.S. military and humanitarian action in Iraq.

Later Monday, the president and Attorney General Eric Holder will talk about the situation in Ferguson, Missouri, involving the fatal shooting of teen Michael Brown.

There is also speculation that one issue Obama might discuss is the stagnation of immigration reform, which House Republicans have said won’t be debated until after the November mid-term elections.

Although no specific action is expected during his brief White House stay, Obama might use executive orders following the congressional recess to lift the threat of deportation facing millions of undocumented immigrants, a politically risky move that could either empower the Latino base or increase anti-immigration fervor before the election.

Meanwhile, Obama’s due back with his family sometime Tuesday to spend the remainder of the week vacationing.

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iStock/Thinkstock(STANFORD, Calif.) — Flirting is certainly an art form, and one that has taken on new dimensions due to texting.

As it happens, people who receive these texts are pretty particular not only about the content of the messages sent but how they’re conveyed.

Stanford University students who developed the chat app Omlet conducted a survey of 1,000 adults and young people on “Digital Flirting Rules,” and the number-one turnoff for both men and women is “Funky or very informal spelling.”

“Lack of punctuation and grammar” was the second biggest irritant for the ladies, while guys complained about “Multiple exclamation points in chat messages.”

Using a lot of slang, such as LOL, also isn’t inadvisable if you’re trying to make an impression.

Here are women’s five biggest digital flirting turnoffs and disapproval ratings:

  1. Funky or very informal spelling — 73 percent
  2. Lack of punctuation and grammar — 59 percent
  3. Excessive slang — 54 percent
  4. Messages during sleeping hours — 51 percent
  5. All lowercase words — 50 percent

Men’s five biggest digital flirting turnoffs and disapproval ratings:

  1. Funky or very informal spelling — 58 percent
  2. Multiple exclamation points in chat messages — 47 percent
  3. Lack of punctuation and grammar — 46 percent
  4. All lowercase words — 41 percent
  5. Excessive slang — 40 percent

Meanwhile, emoticons and emojis apparently hit the right spot when it comes to flirting. Thirty-one percent of men and 38 percent of women enjoy receiving them, according to the researchers.

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Photodisc/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — College students: choose wisely during this back-to-school season.

A list of highest-earning U.S. jobs by their average salaries was released this month, topped by many jobs in the science and medical fields.

CareerCast used information from the Bureau of Labor Statistics and its 2014 “Jobs Rated” report.

How do you get those jobs? Most of the educational training for those high-paying careers starts in college. Note that many of these careers, including the top-paying job of surgeon, can often come with a six-figure graduate school debt load, said Tony Lee, publisher of CareerCast.

ABC News asked CareerCast to compile the a list of college degrees that pay off and the average salaries of related fields.

Lee said studying actuarial mathematics ranks among the top professions in CareerCast’s annual Jobs Rated Report (No. 4 in 2014) for its employment outlook (26 percent growth by 2022) and high annual salary. Meanwhile, mathematics dominated the top of CareerCast’s report. Mathematician ranked No. 1, statistician No. 3, actuary was No. 4 and economist was No. 18. An educational background in statistics provides the foundation to pursue any number of careers in math, Lee said.

Business-related fields can also lead to high salaries.

“I was once told by an academic advisor that he recommends undecided underclassmen minor in a field they’re interested in but major in business,” Lee said. “His reasoning: a business degree entails requisite courses that can benefit any working American no matter her/his walk of life. As for career paths, a business degree means opportunities in a wide variety of possible fields.”

Studying for pharmacy and chemistry-related fields can also pay off.

“Some universities have pharmacological chemistry-specific programs for students seeking to become pharmacists. However, because passing the PCAT exam is the primary requisite for entry into a pharmacy college, a general chemistry degree can prepare aspiring pharmacists,” Lee said.

Not surprisingly, Lee calls computer engineering an “ideal 21st Century degree program” because those career opportunities for graduates are abundant. Software engineer and computer systems analyst are two of the higher scoring in CareerCast’s 2014 report, but computer engineering graduates might also find opportunities in computer programming and web development, Lee said.

Various universities, including Colorado and Stanford, have adopted engineering physics programs. As Lee notes, this is how Stanford University describes its program in its mission statement: “Engineering Physics prepares students to apply physics to tackle 21st century engineering challenges, and to apply engineering to address 21st century questions in physics.”

“This degree can prepare undergraduates for a variety of post-graduate engineering programs. And engineering careers are some of the most promising in our Jobs Rated Report,” Lee said.

The jobs of surgeon and physician are among the top-paying with high outlooks. Requirements for undergraduates seeking admission into medical school vary by program, Lee said. However, human biology requirements at many universities match the requisites demanded by medical schools.

The “engineering physics” major is something of a catch-all engineering program for students interested in gaining a wider knowledge base before specializing in a particular area of engineer, according to CareerCast.

A degree in biomedical engineering is highly specialized, but the field is projected to be one of the highest growth professions of the next decade, Lee said.

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Eliot Schechter/MLB Photos via Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — Jayson Werth drew a pinch-hit walk in the ninth inning and scored the tying run, before ultimately scoring the winning run in the Washington Nationals 6-5 win over Pittsburgh in 11 innings.

It was the sixth straight win for Washington (69-53) while sweeping the Pirates (64-60).

Pittsburgh led 2-1 in the seventh inning when Nationals manager Matt Williams successfully challenged a call that put Michael Taylor on first base, starting a rally. Washington went on to score three runs in that inning to take a 4-2 lead.

However, the Pirates did not go away, scoring three runs of their own in the top of the ninth. Gregory Polanco drove in two runs off Washington closer Rafael Soriano, giving Pittsburgh a 5-4 advantage. The Nationals had another rally in them in the bottom of the inning. Asdrubal Cabrera singled off Matt Melancon to drive in Werth and force extra innings.

Werth, who missed the last give games with a sore right shoulder, came up in the bottom of the eleventh and doubled to lead things off. He advanced to third on Denard Span’s ground out before Scott Hairston’s sacrifice fly brought in the winning run.

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Streeter Lecka/Getty Images(CHARLOTTE, N.C.) — For the first time since undergoing offseason ankle surgery, Cam Newtown put on his shoulder pads and helmet, walked onto the gridiron, and played football. The Carolina Panthers (1-1) quarterback made his preseason debut on Sunday night in a 28-16 win over Kansas City (1-1).

Newton was reasonably rusty to open the game, starting with three straight three-and-outs. He missed five of his first six passes and was sacked for a 13-yard loss as part of those three drives. Carolina did rebound though when Jonathan Stewart was inserted into the running back position.

Stewart ran for only 26 yards on four carries, but capped off consecutive scoring possessions with touchdown scampers.

“If we can run the ball effectively with the backs and not have to rely on [Cam] running we would much rather do that,” said head coach Ron Rivera on the running attack.

Newton also settled down a bit towards the end of his day. The four-year veteran completed four of nine passes for only 65 yards but connected on his last three attempts.

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Clive Brunskill/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — 2013 U.S. Open champion Rafael Nadal will not be defending his title next week. Nadal announced on Monday that he’s withdrawing from the tournament due to a wrist injury.

“I am very sorry to announce I won’t be able to play at this year’s US Open — a tournament on which I’ve played 3 consecutive finals in my last participations,” Nadal said in a statement. “I am sure you understand that it is a very tough moment for me since it is a tournament I love and where I have great memories from fans, the night matches, so many things.”

“Not much more I can do right now, other than accept the situation and, as always in my case, work hard in order to be able to compete at the highest level once I am back,” the statement continued.

Nadal defeated Novak Djokovic at the French Open in June, but lost in the fourth round at Wimbledon.

The 14-time Grand Slam champion is 44-8 with four titles in 2014.

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ITV(LONDON) — The cast of Downton Abbey turned a goof into something good. It all started after a promotional photo for the show’s fifth season was released last week with a not-so-historically-accurate water bottle visible in the background. While the Internet had a field day with the gaffe, the Downton cast took action.

In an Instagram photo posted Friday, 17 cast members posed with water bottles in reference to the mistake and took the opportunity to raise awareness for WaterAid. The photo’s caption shared a link encouraging people to donate to the international charity, which helps get clean water and safe toilets to the world’s poorest communities.

The fifth season of the Emmy-nominated drama will premiere on PBS on Jan. 4, 2015.

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Monty Brinton/CBS(LOS ANGELES) – Late Late Show host Craig Ferguson is reportedly in talks with Tribune Media to do a syndicated half-hour comedy/talk show.

According to Deadline.com, the show would tentatively start in fall 2016 and would be shot in Los Angeles.

Ferguson plans to take his robot skeleton sidekick, Geoff Peterson, with him — in addition to his longtime showrunner Michael Naidus. His new show would air across Tribune’s 42-station network, likely in a 7:30 p.m. slot.

The comedian is set to end his hosting duties on CBS’ Late Late Show in December. British actor-comedian James Corden is reportedly being considered as his replacement.

Ferguson will also host a syndicated game show, Celebrity Name Game, this fall.

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Lloyd Bishop/NBC(LOS ANGELES) — The Creative Arts Emmys were presented in Los Angeles Saturday night, a little over a week before the Primetime Emmys.

Netflix’s Orange is the New Black was a big winner, with actress Uzo Aduba nabbing her first Emmy for her guest role as Suzanne “Crazy Eyes” Warren and casting director Jennifer Euston snagging a trophy for assembling the comedy series’ diverse cast.

Joe Morton scored his first Emmy for his guest role on ABC’s Scandal and Allison Janney became a five-time Emmy winner after picking up the award for her guest role on Showtime’s Masters of Sex.

The night also saw wins for Jimmy Fallon for his guest appearance on Saturday Night Live, and Jane Lynch for best reality host for Hollywood Game Night.

Zach Galifianakis’ interview with President Barack Obama on the Funny or Die show Between Two Ferns won the Emmy for best short-format, live-action entertainment program.

A complete list of winners is available on Emmys.com. The Primetime Emmys, hosted by Seth Meyers, will air live on NBC next Monday.

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