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Adults Want Some Control of Teens in Self-Driving Cars

iStock/Thinkstock(PITTSBURGH) — Self-driving cars are still years away from hitting the nation’s roads but already, people are considering the ramifications of having teens operating these vehicles.

In a survey of 1,000 adults from 18 to 70, researchers at Carnegie Mellon University discovered that 84 percent want certain controls installed in self-driving cars that would make them safer for younger, less experienced operators.

These features would include setting a maximum speed the vehicles can travel at as well as a curfew time. Most respondents would also like to limit the number of teen passengers in self-driving cars.

Other controls favored by a majority of those taking the survey involve limiting the range a self-driving car can travel with teens inside. Also, most people want a text display that would enable parents to communicate with their kids.

The Carnegie Mellon researchers believe that various controls, sensors and computing technology in driver-less cars will reduce the number of accidents that kill and injure teen motorists. Vehicular accidents are the leading cause of teen deaths in the U.S.

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Skinny Mom’s 6-Pack Abs Are Back Just Weeks After Giving Birth

sarahstage/Instagram(NEW YORK) — The woman whose tiny pregnant belly caused a social media uproar is back, and she’s brought her six-pack abs and a bikini.

Just a few weeks after giving birth, Sarah Stage, 30, took a break from posting photos of her newborn to snap a selfie in a white bikini with the hashtags “#postpartum” and “#MomLife.”

“As long as the baby is healthy I don’t think anything else matters,” Stage told Good Morning America in March. “That should be the most important thing.”

Stage’s photos of her barely-there belly caused a social media debate over whether the model looked fit or famished. Despite being in her third trimester, Stage had defined abs.

She gave birth on April 14 to James Hunter, Stage’s representative confirmed to ABC News at the time.

Four days later, Stage was back on Instagram, posting a photo of her slim figure. She wrote that she’d gained 28 pounds in all.

Dr. Jennifer Ashton, ABC News medical contributor and a practicing obstetrician and gynecologist, said at the time that she predicted Stage’s body would snap back into shape very quickly after seeing her barely-there belly photos.

“She was in excellent shape to start,” Ashton said in April. “She exercised before her pregnancy and all throughout her pregnancy and she ate well.”

At 8 pounds, 7 ounces, Stage’s son, James Hunter, was no lightweight. But Ashton said because Stage had gained the appropriate amount of weight, she could see her belly would flatten out quickly. It also helped that she is still young and this is her first baby, Ashton added.

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Hugh Jackman Goes Step Further in Sunscreen Push

Hugh Jackman has teamed up with a sunscreen brand made in America to help protect children from the damaging effects of the sun. ABC News(NEW YORK) — Hugh Jackman has joined forces with a sunscreen brand to protect children from an enemy he’s faced thrice: skin cancer.

“You try and put sunscreen on a kid, it’s literally like herding cats,” said Jackman, known for his role as Wolverine in the X-Men franchise.

With Pure Sun Defense, which is made in Texas, the Australian actor is helping to make affordable children’s sunscreen — and hoping that the brand’s use of cartoon characters draws young children’s attention and educates them to the sun’s effects on their skin. Jackman is also the co-founder and executive director of the Pure Growth Group, which developed the Pure Sun Defense sunscreen line.

The youngest of five children, Jackman said he spent his childhood outdoors, trying to keep up with his brothers under the blazing sun. He said he was not told to apply sunscreen.

“It was all outdoors,” he told ABC News. “I don’t think my dad or mom ever bought it or made us put it on…..The thing I remember most, the rule about being outdoors was you weren’t allowed to swim within half an hour of eating….And it’s not true.”

What is true, according to the publication JAMA Dermatology, is that one in five Americans will develop skin cancer at some point in their lives.

Jackman said it was while filming X-Men that he noticed a speck of blood on his nose.

“I thought somewhere in the fight, I hit myself, right, which is not unusual,” he said. “I casually mentioned this to my wife, who’s like, ‘Get it checked. You’ve gotta get it checked.'”

He waited two months. When he finally did get checked by a doctor, in 2013, the doctor informed him that it was skin cancer. Jackman was diagnosed with the most common and least dangerous: basal cell carcinoma. Jackman then took a picture of himself and posted it to Instagram, warning fans and followers to wear sunscreen.

“He actually, in real time, in my office, was sending Instagrams,” dermatologist Dr. Michael Albom said. “That’s very unique.”

These days, Jackman said, his children are the ones looking out for him.

“You know, it worries them,” he said. “They’re always saying to me, ‘You know, Dad, sit in the shade.'”

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Olympian Bryan Clay Uses Javelin Throw to Pull Daughter’s Loose Tooth

Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Bryan Clay is a retired Olympic athlete, so when his 5-year-old daughter’s tooth became loose, he didn’t just pull it out with a piece of string.

He tied some floss to the loose tooth, tied the other end of the floss to his javelin, and let fly. It did the trick.

“I don’t think she felt it at all,” Clay, 35, told ABC News in a Wednesday interview, describing his youngest child as a “daredevil.” He added: “She had a great time.”

The unusual idea actually came as a result of a talk between his wife and his daughter, Clay said. The Glendora, California, man said loose tooth removals have always been a special occasion in his family. After older children, Jake, 10, and Kate, 8, had their loose teeth out, the family would go for ice cream.

“Of course our number three sees brother and sister having those experiences and can’t wait for her teeth to fall out,” he said. “So she had a loose tooth and so she wanted me to pull it out, I said, ‘No, no, no,’ I’m not going to do it. It’s not ready yet.”

Ellie, he said, “wiggled and wiggled” the tooth for days until it “was just barely hanging on,” he said, and then his wife and other children gave the little girl suggestions for how to remove the tooth. His wife, Sarah, was the one who came up with the javelin throw idea.

On Tuesday, the family went to Clay’s alma mater, Azusa Pacific University, for the event. Clay tweeted video of the unorthodox tooth removal and was amazed at how quickly it was shared.

“We really posted only for just, kind of so family and friends could see it and be a part of it. You know it’s that age where it’s such a fun experience and so we posted it just so grandmas and grandpas could see it, and uncles and aunties….We really didn’t expect it to kind of take off,” he said.

Clay, who won the decathlon at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, is a motivational speaker and consultant. He recently started a small tech company that’s developing a fitness franchise. His company is also in beta testing on a fitness app. The app, which will work with the Apple Watch, will be available in the app store soon, he said.

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US Is Only Industrialized Nation Without Paid Maternity Leave

evgenyatamanenko/iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — In time for Mother’s Day, advocates for paid family leave are reminding people that the U.S. is only one of three countries in the world that don’t offer paid maternity leave. The other two countries are Papua New Guinea and Suriname.

A Better Balance, a New York-based national legal advocacy group that promotes workplace fairness for families, released a report Wednesday titled “Investing in Our Families: The Case for Paid Family Leave in New York and the Nation.”

“For workers without paid family leave, taking time off to care for a new baby or a seriously ill loved one can have devastating long-term financial consequences, ranging from racking up credit card debt to raiding savings to bankruptcy,” Dina Bakst, co-founder and co-president of A Better Balance, told ABC News. “Paid family leave would provide a critical safety net for these working families in their times of need.”

The United Nations’ International Labour Organization said last year that out of the 185 countries and territories with available data, all but three provide cash benefits to women during maternity leave. Oman, Papua New Guinea and the United States provide some form of maternity leave but have no overall law for cash benefits. Since then, Oman established paid maternity leave, the World Bank reports, while the World Policy Forum reports that Suriname, which did not have data available for the U.N. report, does not. The World Policy Forum also notes five small Pacific Island states don’t offer paid maternity leave: Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Nauru, Palau, and Tonga.

In some countries, cash benefits are only available for a specific number of births. In Malaysia, cash benefits are offered for a woman’s first five children, the U.N. report said, while Lesotho provides cash benefits paid by the employer to certain categories of workers.

But the International Labour Organization’s committee of experts discourages drawing on sick leave benefits instead of maternity leave benefits, saying it’s contrary to its standards on maternity protection. The organization states that “the practice has the effect of unduly shortening the worker’s right to sickness benefits in the postnatal period, when she might need them most, and leading to potential discrimination against women.”

In Argentina, if a child has Down syndrome, maternity leave can be extended by an extra six months without pay, but subject to the same conditions as paid maternity leave, the U.N. report said.

Swaziland, which many media outlets report do not offer paid leave, provides cash benefits for two of the 12-week statutory leave period, the U.N. report said.

Julia Wang, director of TheBump.com, a website that offers information on fertility, pregnancy and parenthood, said many women and men are on their own when it comes to parental leave in the U.S., because only half of all workers are covered by the Family and Medical Leave Act, which allows employees of companies with more than 50 employees to take unpaid, job-protected leave up to 12 weeks.

“There are state governments and individual companies that are making progress on maternity rights for women, and we hope that the more people who are aware of what other countries are doing to support women and families, the more they’ll fight for rights here at home,” she said.

Fathers are also advocating for greater paternity leave benefits in the U.S. Josh Levs is a CNN reporter who successfully advocated for his employer to provide the same leave benefits to biological dads as it did to adopting families. He is the author of the upcoming book All In: How Our Work-First Culture Fails Dads, Families and Businesses — And How We Can Fix It Together.

“These problems are one and the same. The lack of paid maternity leave and the lack of paternity leave both come from the exact same source,” Levs told ABC News. “This is the problem in America: the source is a view in our workplace policies that women should stay home and men should keep working. If you think the woman should stay home, why would she need paid leave? And if the men worked, why would they need paternity leave? Our workplace policies are built around that ancient outdated thinking.”

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New Game Show “Labor Games” Challenges Contestants During Labor

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Women are sure to expect labor pains when they are expecting, but games in the delivery room?

Labor Games is the title of a new game show on TLC that is sparking outrage because it goes into the delivery room just moments before women give birth and offers the parents-to-be the chance to win prizes.

Jessica and Aaron VanZeeland were picked to compete on the show while awaiting the birth of their son.

“It was kind of vague,” Jessica told ABC News. “We knew that it was a chance to win some prizes so, I mean, why not.”

“Actually Jessica was in labor for 28 hours so it was a welcome distraction,” Aaron said of Labor Games.

During the show, airing Wednesday night on TLC, the birthing room is transformed into a full-fledged game show set.

For every correct answer to seven baby trivia questions, the couple is awarded loot such as baby strollers, food and clothing for their bundle of joy. The show’s grand prize is a $10,000 scholarship.

ABC News’ Chief Health and Medical Editor, Dr. Richard Besser, said bringing a game show into the delivery room could prove a distraction.

“During labor, emergencies can arise,” Besser said. “This is one of the most important moments of your life. I think this is a really bad idea to have a camera come in at that moment in your life.”

TLC said it gets prior consent from parents-to-be and the hospital before filming.

“I had no worries,” Jessica said. “TLC was wonderful on the fact that my health and the baby’s health were first and foremost. … I called the shots. If at any point I wasn’t ready or willing to continue, we were done.”

The VanZeelands both said Labor Games was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.

“I think people will think we’re crazy but it was worth it,” Jessica told ABC News.

“[A] really neat life experience that our boy, River, can talk about for the rest of his life,” said Aaron.

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New Game Show “Labor Games” Challenges Contestants During Labor

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Women are sure to expect labor pains when they are expecting, but games in the delivery room?

Labor Games is the title of a new game show on TLC that is sparking outrage because it goes into the delivery room just moments before women give birth and offers the parents-to-be the chance to win prizes.

Jessica and Aaron VanZeeland were picked to compete on the show while awaiting the birth of their son.

“It was kind of vague,” Jessica told ABC News. “We knew that it was a chance to win some prizes so, I mean, why not.”

“Actually Jessica was in labor for 28 hours so it was a welcome distraction,” Aaron said of Labor Games.

During the show, airing Wednesday night on TLC, the birthing room is transformed into a full-fledged game show set.

For every correct answer to seven baby trivia questions, the couple is awarded loot such as baby strollers, food and clothing for their bundle of joy. The show’s grand prize is a $10,000 scholarship.

ABC News’ Chief Health and Medical Editor, Dr. Richard Besser, said bringing a game show into the delivery room could prove a distraction.

“During labor, emergencies can arise,” Besser said. “This is one of the most important moments of your life. I think this is a really bad idea to have a camera come in at that moment in your life.”

TLC said it gets prior consent from parents-to-be and the hospital before filming.

“I had no worries,” Jessica said. “TLC was wonderful on the fact that my health and the baby’s health were first and foremost. … I called the shots. If at any point I wasn’t ready or willing to continue, we were done.”

The VanZeelands both said Labor Games was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.

“I think people will think we’re crazy but it was worth it,” Jessica told ABC News.

“[A] really neat life experience that our boy, River, can talk about for the rest of his life,” said Aaron.

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Teacher Goes Extra Mile with Piggyback Ride for Boy with Rare Syndrome

KTRK(BELLAIRE, Texas) — A Texas teacher literally went the extra mile for a student when she gave him a lift so that he could cross the finish line during a special race at the school field day.

After undergoing facial surgery, Lance Dromgoole, 9, had been told by doctors not to participate in physical activity during the field day at Horn Elementary School in Bellaire, Texas.

Days earlier, the boy had undergone a five-hour surgery for Treacher Collins syndrome, which affects facial development and usually results in underdeveloped facial bones.

Lance’s grandfather, Willie Dromgoole, said after the surgery the third grader wasn’t even supposed to go to school, but he asked to go see his friends at the field day event, when students play games and have fun races.

“He enjoys school, he really does. That’s where most of his friends are,” said Dromgoole.

While Lance could attend, he wasn’t able to participate in any of the events. So to keep Lance included in the activities, Dromgoole said, his third grade teacher, Tiffany Thorn, spent the day asking Lance to be her “coach.”

“On some of the events, he was my coach. He helped me pass out materials, helped me cheer on his classmates,” Thorn told ABC News affiliate KTRK-TV in Houston.

For the big balloon race, Thorn had another idea. She asked if Lance wanted a piggy-back ride.

“It was the balloon pop, I put him on my back and we ran down, popped the balloon,” she told KTRK-TV. “Had a little bit of trouble, but we popped it and then ran back and celebrated.”

Dromgoole said his grandson remained excited about the race long after it was over.

“He was in hog heaven,” Dromgoole told ABC News.

Lance’s grandmother, Kathy Dromgoole, also a teacher at Horn Elementary, said she was thankful that Thorn made a special effort for Lance.

“He was smiling and giggling, and he had his hands in the air crossing the finish line,” Kathy Dromgoole told KTRK-TV. “He had a great time.”

“When Ms. Thorn did this, it was so uplifting. She’s special,” she added. “She went so above the call of duty.”

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Beyonce’s Trainer on How She Got That Met Gala Body

Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Beyonce’s body was on full display in her jeweled peekaboo dress at Monday’s Met Gala, and the singer looked fitter than ever.

To pull off such a daring display, Beyonce apparently started preparing weeks in advance.

The singer’s personal trainer and the founder of 22 Days Nutrition, Marco Borges, told E! News that Beyonce did his plant-based, 22-day revolution.

Borges called it “unique in that it’s not a diet but rather a way of life, which starts with habit formation over 22 days.”

He added, “With most diets, you see weight loss and then as soon as the program ends the weight slowly starts to add back up again. With The 22-Day Revolution, you’ll experience weight loss, improved sleep, clear skin, increased energy, improved sex drive and more, but unlike other programs, at the completion of the 22 days the benefits continue because you walk away armed with the tools [habits] you need to continue experiencing these remarkable benefits. … In short, the best version of you emerges.”

There seems to be little doubt that we were seeing the best of Beyonce at Monday’s ball. But this isn’t the first time Beyonce apparently has gone vegan.

In December 2013, she and her husband, Jay Z, undertook a 22-day vegan challenge, sharing photos of their meat-free meals on Instagram.

This past February, Beyonce announced that she was teaming up with Borges to create their own 22-day meal service.

The meal plan, dubbed, “22 Days Nutrition” lets you choose meal plans with options between one to three meals per day for as many days of the week as you’d like, all delivered to your doorstep. The dishes are organic and gluten-, soy- and dairy-free, and run $9 to $16 per meal.

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Beyonce’s Trainer on How She Got That Met Gala Body

Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Beyonce’s body was on full display in her jeweled peekaboo dress at Monday’s Met Gala, and the singer looked fitter than ever.

To pull off such a daring display, Beyonce apparently started preparing weeks in advance.

The singer’s personal trainer and the founder of 22 Days Nutrition, Marco Borges, told E! News that Beyonce did his plant-based, 22-day revolution.

Borges called it “unique in that it’s not a diet but rather a way of life, which starts with habit formation over 22 days.”

He added, “With most diets, you see weight loss and then as soon as the program ends the weight slowly starts to add back up again. With The 22-Day Revolution, you’ll experience weight loss, improved sleep, clear skin, increased energy, improved sex drive and more, but unlike other programs, at the completion of the 22 days the benefits continue because you walk away armed with the tools [habits] you need to continue experiencing these remarkable benefits. … In short, the best version of you emerges.”

There seems to be little doubt that we were seeing the best of Beyonce at Monday’s ball. But this isn’t the first time Beyonce apparently has gone vegan.

In December 2013, she and her husband, Jay Z, undertook a 22-day vegan challenge, sharing photos of their meat-free meals on Instagram.

This past February, Beyonce announced that she was teaming up with Borges to create their own 22-day meal service.

The meal plan, dubbed, “22 Days Nutrition” lets you choose meal plans with options between one to three meals per day for as many days of the week as you’d like, all delivered to your doorstep. The dishes are organic and gluten-, soy- and dairy-free, and run $9 to $16 per meal.

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