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Mud Facial Bar(CHICAGO) — A just-opened Chicago facial bar plans to add breast milk to its list of skin-care add-ons in the coming months.

Mud Facial Bar founder Shama Patel said moms inspired her to find a vendor so she could offer the purported benefits of breast milk to her clients.

“I always want to think outside the box,” she said. “Moms are using breast milk for more than feeding their babies. They also use it on skin.”

Indeed. A quick search for “breast milk facials” revealed a BabyCenter message board thread from 2011 where several moms talked of using breast milk to reduce redness and get acne under control. Mom Mary Haddad said she used breast milk “on everything” for her little one, from eye crust to diaper rash.

But Patel admitted the benefits of breast milk for skin benefits are anecdotal as opposed to scientific.

The breast milk add-on will cost $10 on top of the $40 treatments Mud Facial offers. The breast milk is mixed with a white clay so it can be applied to the face and dried.

The breast milk comes from milk banks in the Chicago area. Moms are screened by the banks before becoming donors, and Patel gets the milk from the approved women. She thinks it’ll be a big hit come summer when women might be looking for a possible way to reduce redness in the face from too much sun.

For the squeamish, Alexis Wolfer, editor of The Beauty Bean, said the purported benefits of breast milk can be mimicked at home with whole milk and honey.

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SABC(JOHANNESBURG, South Africa) — A television reporter was mugged in Johannesburg, South Africa Tuesday seconds before going on air, and the incident was caught on camera.

The public broadcaster SABC’s contributing editor Vuyo Mvoko “became a victim of a mugging outside Milpark Hospital in Johannesburg in full view of SABC cameras,” the broadcaster said in a statement.

The men demanded that the crew hand over cell phones, laptops and broadcasting equipment, according to SABC.

Another reporter, Chriselda Lewis, and an editor, Sophie Mokoena, were present at the scene and started tweeting as soon as the incident was over.

“Do you know these men? They robbed us at gunpoint. They screamed at us ‘kill these dogs,’” Lewis wrote.

The incident happened before Mvoko was scheduled to deliver a live evening news bulletin about the Zambian President’s arrival in South Africa to undergo medical tests.

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iStock Editorial/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Twitter has got its finger on the pulse of the nation in a lot of ways, including which television programs are grabbing the audience’s attention.

A new Nielsen study says that when people are tweeting about TV shows, it’s generally a “bellwether for general audience engagement.”

Therefore, the way people are reacting to what they’re seeing in their living rooms is reflected on Twitter and vice versa.

Nielsen’s Neuro division arrived at this finding by attaching brain monitors to 300 viewers to track reactions to eight primetime shows on both broadcast and cable TV. Overall, there was close to an 80 percent correlation between brain activity tracing emotion, memory and attention and Twitter TV activity.

Twitter TV has said for some time that it reflects overall public sentiment. As for the TV industry, this information is useful in order to develop strategies to reach bigger audiences.

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iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — In spite of the National Rifle Association and other pro-firearm groups touting gun ownership, guns are now found in fewer U.S. households than ever before.

During the 1970s and early 1980s, one in two Americans said there was a gun in their household.

But according to the General Social Survey conducted by the independent research organization NORC, just 32 percent of households in 2014 had at least one gun.

This drop corresponds to the decline in the number of people who hunt. In 1977, about 32 percent of households had at least one hunter compared to 16 percent today.

The GSS survey says that despite these figures, the number of guns sold is actually going up but they are concentrated in fewer hands.

As of 2014, 22 percent of Americans said they owned guns, compared to a high of 31 percent exactly 30 years ago.

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iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — In spite of the National Rifle Association and other pro-firearm groups touting gun ownership, guns are now found in fewer U.S. households than ever before.

During the 1970s and early 1980s, one in two Americans said there was a gun in their household.

But according to the General Social Survey conducted by the independent research organization NORC, just 32 percent of households in 2014 had at least one gun.

This drop corresponds to the decline in the number of people who hunt. In 1977, about 32 percent of households had at least one hunter compared to 16 percent today.

The GSS survey says that despite these figures, the number of guns sold is actually going up but they are concentrated in fewer hands.

As of 2014, 22 percent of Americans said they owned guns, compared to a high of 31 percent exactly 30 years ago.

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Slaven Vlasic/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) — Ashton Kutcher would like to call your attention to an issue that’s near and dear to his heart: the absence of diaper-changing stations in men’s public restrooms.

Kutcher, who has a five-month-old daughter named Wyatt Isabelle with fiancée Mila Kunis, wrote on Facebook, “There are NEVER diaper changing stations in mens public restrooms. The first public men’s room that I go into that has one gets a free shout out on my FB page! #‎BeTheChange.”

The post has been liked more than 223,000 so far.

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Slaven Vlasic/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) — Ashton Kutcher would like to call your attention to an issue that’s near and dear to his heart: the absence of diaper-changing stations in men’s public restrooms.

Kutcher, who has a five-month-old daughter named Wyatt Isabelle with fiancée Mila Kunis, wrote on Facebook, “There are NEVER diaper changing stations in mens public restrooms. The first public men’s room that I go into that has one gets a free shout out on my FB page! #‎BeTheChange.”

The post has been liked more than 223,000 so far.

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Alex Wong/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Faced with her own controversy involving a personal email account, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton weighed in on another hot button issue Tuesday regarding a letter sent to Iran by 47 Republican Senators that appears to encourage its leadership to reject a deal with the Obama administration to freeze its nuclear program.

Clinton told reporters the missive “was out of step with the best traditions of American leadership. And one has to ask, what was the purpose of this letter?”

However, Clinton gave own her theories about why Republicans warned Tehran that any agreement could be undone by the next president, saying, “Either these senators were trying to be helpful to the Iranians or harmful to the commander-in-chief in the midst of high-stakes international diplomacy.”

Meanwhile, GOP lawmakers are fighting back against charges that they were trying to undercut the authority of the White House in making deal with foreign regimes.

Senator Majority Leader Mitch McConnell accused President Obama of deliberately trying to keep members of Congress in the dark over Iran negotiations, which are supposed to conclude within weeks.

The Kentucky Republican surmised that Obama “does not want Congress to have any say-so over the bad deal that we are certain he seems to be inclined to make.”

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Alex Wong/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Faced with her own controversy involving a personal email account, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton weighed in on another hot button issue Tuesday regarding a letter sent to Iran by 47 Republican Senators that appears to encourage its leadership to reject a deal with the Obama administration to freeze its nuclear program.

Clinton told reporters the missive “was out of step with the best traditions of American leadership. And one has to ask, what was the purpose of this letter?”

However, Clinton gave own her theories about why Republicans warned Tehran that any agreement could be undone by the next president, saying, “Either these senators were trying to be helpful to the Iranians or harmful to the commander-in-chief in the midst of high-stakes international diplomacy.”

Meanwhile, GOP lawmakers are fighting back against charges that they were trying to undercut the authority of the White House in making deal with foreign regimes.

Senator Majority Leader Mitch McConnell accused President Obama of deliberately trying to keep members of Congress in the dark over Iran negotiations, which are supposed to conclude within weeks.

The Kentucky Republican surmised that Obama “does not want Congress to have any say-so over the bad deal that we are certain he seems to be inclined to make.”

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iStock Editorial/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Twitter has got its finger on the pulse of the nation in a lot of ways, including which television programs are grabbing the audience’s attention.

A new Nielsen study says that when people are tweeting about TV shows, it’s generally a “bellwether for general audience engagement.”

Therefore, the way people are reacting to what they’re seeing in their living rooms is reflected on Twitter and vice versa.

Nielsen’s Neuro division arrived at this finding by attaching brain monitors to 300 viewers to track reactions to eight primetime shows on both broadcast and cable TV. Overall, there was close to an 80 percent correlation between brain activity tracing emotion, memory and attention and Twitter TV activity.

Twitter TV has said for some time that it reflects overall public sentiment. As for the TV industry, this information is useful in order to develop strategies to reach bigger audiences.

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