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iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Today’s youth, just like earlier generations, apparently believe they have it tougher than those who came before them — at least when it comes to looking for work.

A new Way to Work Survey from Adecco Staffing U.S. does not indicate how many young people today have to walk five miles to work each day — uphill both ways — but it does find that nearly 70 percent of Americans ages 18-24 believe that they have it harder than any generation before them when it comes to finding a job.

Despite the finding, 65 percent of those who are employed spent less than six months finding their current job. Eighteen percent spent six months to under a year and only 12 percent spent a year or more.

“When it comes to job prospects, today’s youth tend to feel they have it harder than generations before them — and perhaps they’re right — especially given the economic events of the past few years,” said Joyce Russell, president, Adecco Staffing U.S.

The survey also found 54 percent of currently employed 18- to 24-year-olds say they “work to live” compared to 32 percent who “live to work.”

And even though 63 percent of respondents said their parents raised them for professional success, 31 percent wished mom and dad had taught them the importance of making connections and networking, while 25 percent wished they had been taught how to make a good impression.

Other lessons today’s youth wish their parents had taught them include how to negotiate; having a strong work ethic; the importance of getting as much work experience as possible; the benefits of going to college; and not taking a job you hate or are not passionate about.

The telephone survey of 750 adults, ages 18 to 24, was conducted from April 5 to 8, 2014.

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iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Americans overwhelmingly say small businesses are on their side, followed by local news media and local government. But helpfulness scores turn middling to mildly negative for a range of other institutions in society — and sharply negative for one, the U.S. Congress.

The latest ABC News/Washington Post poll tested whether people see any of a dozen institutions as more helpful to their best interests, more harmful or not much of an influence either way. The results provide fresh evidence that primary concerns are local; small is beautiful, at least in business; and Congress is, well, just plain unpopular.

See PDF with full results and table here.

Small businesses easily win top credit in this poll, produced for ABC by Langer Research Associates. A broad 72 percent see them as more helpful to their interests, vs. just 5 percent more harmful — a net positive of 67 percentage points, far and away the best score. Half “strongly” think small businesses are helpful, double the next closest in intensity of sentiment.

Next up, 49 percent see the local news media in their area as helpful, 15 percent as harmful — a 34-point net positive score, albeit with 35 percent reporting no impact (vs. 21 percent for small businesses). “The local government where you live” lands a 19-point net positive score — 38 percent say it helps them, 19 percent say it hurts.

Americans give their state governments a narrower 10-point net positive score as being more helpful than harmful. Ratings drop in terms of national institutions, with net scores of a scant +3 points for the Democratic Party and +1 for the national news media; -5 for the Obama administration and the federal government overall, and -9- to -11 for the Republican Party, Wall Street and large business corporations.

But it’s Congress that gets the gong, partly because partisans on both sides can easily see something there to dislike. Seventeen percent of Americans see Congress as more helpful to their best interests, while 44 percent see it as more harmful — a 27-point net negative rating.

To be sure, some Americans may not expect some of these institutions to act in their personal best interests at all, but rather to provide general social or economic benefits instead of overtly personal ones. Those could include, for instance, security, infrastructure and the rule of law, in terms of government; robust political discourse, in terms of the parties; and a well-functioning commercial system, in terms of financial and business institutions.

Indeed, substantial numbers say the institutions tested neither help nor hurt their best interests, ranging from a low of 21 percent (for small businesses and the Obama administration) to a high of 44 percent (for Wall Street). An additional 10 percent express no opinion of whether Wall Street helps or hurts them, making it the least familiar entity of those tested.

Attitudes vary among groups depending on the institution in question. Here’s a summary of some of those results:

Congress
There’s a strong economic aspect to views of the U.S. Congress. Among people who say the economy’s in especially bad shape, 61 percent also say Congress is harmful to their best interests. That shrinks to 34 percent among those who say the economy’s in good condition.

Views of Congress as harmful also peak among political independents (at 50 percent, with just 14 percent seeing it as helpful). Perhaps surprisingly, liberals and moderates are 10 points more apt than conservatives to see Congress as harmful to their best interests. And Congress is seen more negatively by whites than by non-whites, by 11 points; by people in the West and East vs. in the Midwest and South, by 10 points; and by 22 among those in urban and rural areas compared with the suburbs, where more say it doesn’t affect them one way or the other.

The Obama administration, the federal government and the political parties
Views of the Obama administration, naturally, are very partisan: Sixty-eight percent of Democrats say it helps their personal interests, while 75 percent of Republicans say it harms theirs. Independents see more harm than help by a 25-point margin. There are similar wide gaps by political ideology, among whites vs. nonwhites, and again by views on the condition and direction of the economy. Views on the federal government overall and the political parties show similar divisions among partisan, ideological and racial groups.

State government engenders some partisanship, but far less sharply. Forty-eight percent of Republicans see it as helpful, compared with 32 percent of Democrats and independents. And conservatives are 13 points more apt to see their state government as helpful vs. harmful. Republicans and conservatives therefore are far more ill-disposed toward the federal government specifically than toward government more generally.

Local government is more likely to be seen as helpful by suburbanites compared with people in either urban or rural areas, college graduates vs. non-grads, whites vs. non-whites and (as with state government) Republicans compared with Democrats or independents, all by 10- or 11-point margins. Satisfaction with representation in Congress is an even bigger factor: Among people inclined to re-elect their Congress member, 55 percent also see their local government as helpful. That falls to 34 percent among anti-incumbents.

Small and large businesses and Wall Street
Ideology marks one of the few group differences in views of small businesses, with their ratings as helpful ranging from 63 percent among liberals to 78 percent of conservatives — a 15-point difference, but substantial majorities regardless. Liberals instead are 10 points more apt than conservatives to see no impact of small businesses on their personal best interests.

Large business corporations engender more divisions. Forty-eight percent of young adults (those under age 30) see them as harmful, compared with 28 percent of seniors. Republicans are twice as likely as Democrats or independents to see large corporations as helpful, and half as likely to see them as harmful. Half of liberals say corporations are harmful to their interests; that declines to 38 percent of moderates and 25 percent of conservatives. And whites are more skeptical than nonwhites of major corporations, 41 vs. 29 percent.

Liberals also are somewhat more critical of Wall Street — 38 percent see it as harmful to their best interests, vs. 28 percent of conservatives and 24 percent of moderates. And here there’s a sharp gender gap, with men more apt than women to see Wall Street as harmful, 36 vs. 21 percent.

Local and national news media
There are partisan, ideological and racial differences in views of local and national news media alike, with Democrats, liberals and nonwhites more favorably inclined. But the partisan and ideological gaps are wider when it comes to national as opposed to local media.

Forty-four percent of Democrats see the national news media as helpful to their best interests; that falls to about a quarter of independents and Republicans alike. Just more than four in 10 Republicans and independents instead see the national media as harmful, while only 14 percent of Democrats agree.

Similarly, liberals are more apt than moderates or conservatives to see the national news media as helpful, by 12 and 13 points, respectively; 49 percent of conservatives call the national media harmful to their best interests, vs. 27 percent of moderates and 21 percent of liberals. And there are similarly sharp differences between whites, who are far more apt to see the national media as harmful, and nonwhites, who are far more likely to see national news outlets as helpful.

METHODOLOGY – This ABC News/Washington Post poll was conducted by telephone April 24-27, 2014, in English and Spanish, among a random national sample of 1,000 adults, including landline and cell-phone-only respondents. Results have a margin of sampling error of 3.5 points, including design effect.

The survey was produced for ABC News by Langer Research Associates of New York, N.Y., with sampling, data collection and tabulation by Abt-SRBI of New York, N.Y.

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ABC/Craig Sjodin(LOS ANGELES) — Chris Harrison is nearing the end of shooting this season of The Bachelorette with Andi Dorfman, and he promises a lot of drama.

However, this season, it’s not necessarily just one person causing trouble.

“This season reminded me a little of the guys from Trista’s season. It was a really close-knit group…and that’s a good thing, but it’s also a bad thing because it’s not a fraternity. [Andi] wants the guys to be there for her,” he told ABC News. “That always gives you some issues along the way. These seasons never go smoothly and there are always going to be bumps in the road.”

For now though, Harrison, who is also working with American Academy of Periodontology to spread awareness of gum disease, which affects nearly 65 million people, said that in spite of the drama, shooting this season with Andi, an Atlanta attorney, has been “a breath of fresh air.” Not only does she “handle her business,” the way she did last season with Juan Pablo Galavis, Harrison said, but fans will also get to see her as “vulnerable, sweet, and a woman who wants to find love.”

“I love the way she approaches everything. Because of her background, she’s very analytical and she’s methodical about approaching things almost like a case,” he said. “She’s a great investigator and she knows more about these guys in a very short time than any of our bachelorettes have known in an entire season! You can ask her about the final 10 guys and she could name every brother, parent. It’s astounding!”

The Bachelorette will premiere next month on ABC.

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Sara Jaye Weiss/STARTRAKS PHOTO via ABC(TORONTO) — Toronto Mayor Rob Ford announced he is entering rehab, amid reports he was allegedly caught on camera smoking crack again. So what does his latest fall from grace have to do with Justin Bieber?

According to the Toronto Star, Ford’s recent problems began just before St. Patrick’s Day, with a March 15 bender at a Toronto club called Muzik, where he reportedly ran into the Bieb and the star allegedly enraged the politician by asking, “Did you bring any crack to smoke?”

According to the paper, Ford is a regular at the club, and owner Zlatko Starkovski has told staff the politician “is our best customer,” and warned workers, “His money is no good here.”

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File photo. iStock/Thinkstock(LOS ANGELES) — Gusty winds that whipped a Southern California wildfire over 1,000 acres of foothills east of Los Angeles eased at sunset Wednesday and mandatory evacuation orders were canceled for 1,650 homes. But the worry is that the winds will pick back up Thursday, igniting the blaze all over again.

The treacherous combination of 90-degree heat — and up to 90-mile-per-hour wind gusts — is making the fire fast-moving and unpredictable. The winds are so fierce, fire crews couldn’t put up any helicopters or planes to battle the blaze.

Over 700 troops are battling the fire on the ground. At the fire’s height, seven schools were closed and parents scrambled to take their children away.

Francisco Aguilar, a Los Angeles firefighter who lives in Rancho Cucamonga, picked up his 11-year-old daughter, Bella.

“It’s like a madhouse in there,” he told the San Bernardino Sun. “Parents are running around trying to grab their kids, and kids are covering their faces with tissue or their T-shirts.”

The winds finally began to ease in late afternoon, and the mandatory evacuation was canceled shortly before 6 p.m. Although the fire remained out of control, it had run out of fuel in some areas, while firefighters and bulldozers cut away brush in others, said Chon Bribiescas, a spokesman for the U.S. Forest Service.

The winds were expected to continue easing overnight, but they could pick up again Thursday.

Resident Dennis Rudolph described the fear of packing up his belongings, of being forced to leave his home.

“The thought goes through your head that I’m going to lose it all,” he said.

That hasn’t happened — yet. So far no homes have been destroyed. At this point, the only structure that burned was a fence.

Still, homeowners such as Jenna Zwerner remain nervous.

“You keep thinking it’s just going to go by, but it doesn’t,” she said. A separate fire damaged nearby houses and backyards recently, “so we know that it’s real. And it can happen.”

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iStock/Thinkstock(DENVER) — Now that sale, possession and use of marijuana is legal to those 21 and over in Colorado, state regulators, lawyers and health officials are now discussing possible regulations for edible pot.

Christian Sederberg, an attorney who worked on the law that made marijuana legal in the state, says there’s a concern that people don’t know how much pot they can safely eat.

On Wednesday, Sederberg attended a meeting about the issue and said the group is trying to establish what one marijuana serving would be. “We’re just trying to make sure that the consumer understands what a serving size is for marijuana in terms of how many milligrams of marijuana is an appropriate amount for me to take,” Sederberg said.

He says one idea is to set up sales in terms of serving size, similar to the idea of alcohol content. “A glass of beer, a glass of wine, a shot of whiskey…we sort of understand in the alcohol world these things are roughly equivalent and we know that that’s one alcohol serving,” says Sederberg. “We’re trying to establish what one marijuana serving is.”

The topic of warning labels was also discussed, and Sederberg says one idea floated was to mark edible marijuana products like ski slopes.

“One of the proposals which I thought was really interesting was using symbols from ski slopes, which is green circle is beginner…blue square is intermediate, black diamond is advanced, double black diamond is expert only.”

Sederberg says it’s a guide with which many Coloradans would be very familiar.

The group didn’t finalize anything and will meet again next month.

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Blend Images/Thinkstock(SAN DIEGO) — Want your young children to help out around the house? A new study published in the Society for Research in Child Development suggests that instead of specifically asking for help, parents should simply refer to their kids as “helpers” when the need arises and watch them jump at the chance.

Researchers from the University of California, San Diego performed two experiments with 149 children, aged three to six, to learn how certain words work better than others when requesting a favor.

Some of the children were randomly designated as “helpers” while others were simply “asked to help.” When all the kids were presented with scenarios such as picking up crayons on the floor or opening a storage bin, the kids that had the title of “helpers” were 29 percent more likely to spring into action than their counterparts who were “asked to help.”

Researchers suggest that children seek a positive identity and that noun descriptors instill responsibility. The experiment was repeated in various locations with different adult researchers with similar results.

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iStock/Thinkstock(CHICAGO) — A new study finds that people who are not in good enough shape to do strenuous walking, kayaking or biking can still reduce their risk of disability by doing light household chores.

Researchers found that people who spent more than four hours a day doing light physical activity such as vacuuming the house had more than a 30-percent reduction in their risk for developing a disability, compared to those spending only three hours a day in light activity.

“The bottom line is to stay as active as possible. Even spending time in light activity will be beneficial,” said lead author Dorothy Dunlop, a professor with the Center for Healthcare Studies at Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine, in Chicago.

Dunlop says the federal government recommends adults get at least 2.5 hours of moderate-intensity exercise a week, but many people have health issues that prevent them from pursuing that level of exercise. Her research team studied almost 1,700 adults, aged 45 to 79, who were not disabled, but were at elevated risk for becoming disabled due to knee arthritis.

The researchers had the participants wear an accelerometer around one hip during their waking hours for about a week to measure the intensity of their daily movements.

The researchers checked on the participants two years later and found that people who took part in more light activity were one-third to one-half less likely to suffer a disability, compared to people who had the least amount of daily light activity.

The conclusion is some movement is better than none, so start cleaning that house. The study appeared in the April 29 issue of the BMJ.

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iStock/Thinkstock(AUGUSTA, Ga.) — Ultraviolet lamps have been used at nail salons for years to dry wet nail polish, and scientists have also known for years that UV light is considered a carcinogen.

Dermatologists at the Medical College of Georgia recently decided to examine the issue by studying 17 UV lamps at commercial salons and specifically screen the light sources for UV-A irradiance, known to cause DNA damage.

Researchers studied the levels of irradiance from five separate lamp positions, to account for varying “nail-drying” postures, and calculated a median of 11.8 visits as sufficient to damage skin cells. The 17 lamps examined displayed significant variations based on wattage, bulb and position. Taking all lamps into account, the minimum number of days to incur skin damage was eight and the maximum was 208.

Experts note that even with repeat visits, the risk for carcinogenesis remains small for nail salon customers, but they advise that establishments use physical blocking sunscreens and/or UV-A blocking gloves.

Medical observers note that there have been previous studies highlighting the dangers from UV lamps, but this research is the first to physically sample those from commercial nail salons. The study was published in JAMA Dermatology.

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iStock/Thinkstock(ANN ARBOR, Mich.) — Everyone knows the dangers of driving while using a cell phone, but if you thought parents with young children in their cars would refrain from the dangerous practice, you’d be mistaken.

A new University of Michigan study published in Academic Pediatrics found moms and dads are no less likely to engage in driving distractions like cell phone use than other drivers.

According to the study, two-thirds of respondents said they’ve talked on cell phones while driving their child, and one-third admitted they’ve texted while driving with their kid. Those percentages are consistent with other studies about the general population.

Drivers in the survey also admitted to other distractions, such as giving food to their child, more frequently than they disclosed talking on a cellular phone, says lead author Michelle L. Macy, M.D., M.S., an emergency medicine physician at the University of Michigan’s C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital.

“Efforts to improve child passenger safety have often focused on increased and proper use of restraining seats. But this study shows that reducing distractions and discouraging unsafe behaviors could prevent crashes,” says Macy.

Each year, more than 130,000 children younger than 13 are treated in U.S. emergency departments after motor-vehicle collision-related injuries.

The study was conducted by faculty from the U-M Medical School, School of Public Health and the U-M Injury Center. The research is based on responses of 570 parents of children between the ages of one and 12 who arrived in the emergency departments of the two Michigan hospitals.

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