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Migraine Headaches Are Painful for All Family Members

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Migraine headaches are not just debilitating to sufferers but to the people around them as well, according to research from New York City’s Montefiore Headache Center.

Study author Dawn Buse was already familiar with the toll migraines take within a family through first-hand accounts but decided to quantify just how devastating the effects can be.

With help from a survey company, Buse and her team did research on 1,000 people, about 80 percent of them women, who complained of chronic migraines that last at least 15 days a month.

After migraine sufferers, their spouses and children filled out a questionnaire, three quarters of those with headaches said they would be better spouses and six in ten believe they’d be better parents if they were migraine-free in both instances.

Another major finding: people with chronic migraines admit they are more easily annoyed and miss out on families activities, including vacations, because of the condition.

Buse says the study shows that migraines, “are burdensome and difficult, not only for the people who live with it but also for the people they love.”

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Migraine Headaches Are Painful for All Family Members

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Migraine headaches are not just debilitating to sufferers but to the people around them as well, according to research from New York City’s Montefiore Headache Center.

Study author Dawn Buse was already familiar with the toll migraines take within a family through first-hand accounts but decided to quantify just how devastating the effects can be.

With help from a survey company, Buse and her team did research on 1,000 people, about 80 percent of them women, who complained of chronic migraines that last at least 15 days a month.

After migraine sufferers, their spouses and children filled out a questionnaire, three quarters of those with headaches said they would be better spouses and six in ten believe they’d be better parents if they were migraine-free in both instances.

Another major finding: people with chronic migraines admit they are more easily annoyed and miss out on families activities, including vacations, because of the condition.

Buse says the study shows that migraines, “are burdensome and difficult, not only for the people who live with it but also for the people they love.”

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GM Recalls Outnumber Six Years of Sales

General Motors(NEW YORK) — The numbers are staggering.

In the first six months of this year, General Motors announced the recall of more than 29 million cars, including a new recall on Monday of 8.2 million more vehicles. That’s the largest number of recalls ever in one year by a single auto manufacturer. It’s also more cars recalled than what has been sold by the company in the last six years.

Still, customers appear to remain loyal to GM despite surpassing the record for single-year safety fixes. GM’s new car sales have not been hit hard by the dent to its reputation as the automaker announced Tuesday that it sold 260,000 cars in June, an increase of one percent from a year ago and beyond the expectations on Wall Street.

Though plagued by millions of recalls, the company said the first half of this year was its best since 2008. The company’s stock also remains largely unaffected.

The company says it will take an additional $500 million charge against earnings to pay for the newest recalls. So far, GM has said it will spend $2.5 billion to fix safety problems. But this does not include the newly announced compensation fund for victims of crashes linked to flawed vehicles.

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GM Recalls Outnumber Six Years of Sales

General Motors(NEW YORK) — The numbers are staggering.

In the first six months of this year, General Motors announced the recall of more than 29 million cars, including a new recall on Monday of 8.2 million more vehicles. That’s the largest number of recalls ever in one year by a single auto manufacturer. It’s also more cars recalled than what has been sold by the company in the last six years.

Still, customers appear to remain loyal to GM despite surpassing the record for single-year safety fixes. GM’s new car sales have not been hit hard by the dent to its reputation as the automaker announced Tuesday that it sold 260,000 cars in June, an increase of one percent from a year ago and beyond the expectations on Wall Street.

Though plagued by millions of recalls, the company said the first half of this year was its best since 2008. The company’s stock also remains largely unaffected.

The company says it will take an additional $500 million charge against earnings to pay for the newest recalls. So far, GM has said it will spend $2.5 billion to fix safety problems. But this does not include the newly announced compensation fund for victims of crashes linked to flawed vehicles.

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Cliff Hite Talks About New Ohio Education Standards

7/1/14 – 11:27 A.M.

Education was the topic of discussion when State Senator Cliff Hite paid a visit to Chris Oaks this morning. Ohio’s new graduation standards were brought up. Hite said one of the main reasons new standards were passed was because Ohio students were behind…

Audio: Cliff Hite

The new standards mandate students to pass tests in seven subject areas. Hite says that even though there are seven end of course exams in the plan, it still helps reduce overtesting of students.

Hite adds new graduation standards will give students different paths to their diplomas…

Audio: Cliff Hite

The SAT and ACT will also be factored in.

Some educators have been critical of the plan, saying the tests need a level of technology that many schools don’t have. Hite says paper and pencil options are still available for testing.

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Google Fails to Get Exemption from Federal Wiretap Act

Justin Sullivan/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — Search engine giant Google could face a multitude of lawsuits after the U.S. Supreme Court Monday refused to hear its appeal about allegedly violating the U.S. Wiretap Act in regards to its Street View mapping.

Google was accused of violating the wiretap law after emails, passwords and other data from unencrypted in-home Wi-Fi networks were inadvertently scooped up during the mapping.

In 2013, the company agreed to pay a $7 million fine for collecting personal data in 38 states and the District of Columbia.

Although Google promised to destroy the information it collected and promised to educate people on securing wireless networks, it filed an appeal, asking for an exemption from the Wiretap Act.

However, the high court’s rejection of the appeal lets stand a lower court ruling that protects privacy, meaning Google can be sued over the matter.

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North Korea Still Beckons US Tourists Despite Prosecutions

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — North Korea is still open for Western tourists, according to the agencies that organize such trips, despite word that at least two Americans are being prosecuted there.

“If you’re looking for a vacation that comes with bragging rights, you’ve found it!” New Jersey-based Uri Tours’ website beckons.

“Nobody parties like the Workers Party of Korea!” New Korea Tours of Connecticut proclaims.

“We don’t know 100% [if hotel rooms are not bugged] but hey, that’s part of the excitement and mystery of such a journey!” the FAQ section of Pyongyang Travel, based in Germany, reassures.

The excitement and mystery have probably worn off for Americans like Kenneth Bae, who has been detained since 2012, and, most recently, Matthew Miller, 24 (who took an Uri tour), and Jeffrey Fowle, 56, who are reportedly being put on trial in the Hermit Kingdom for so-called “hostile acts.”

Bae, a Korean-American, has voiced concern over his deteriorating health, and his family has sought the help of U.S. citizens, including the Rev. Jesse Jackson, to get him out, to no avail.

Miller and Fowle were reportedly detained for separate infractions, and State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said Monday that the United States has “humanitarian concern” for their safety.

U.S. tourist and Korean War veteran Merrill Newman, 85, was also held for a month last year, getting pulled from a plane Oct. 26 while preparing to leave the Communist nation after a 10-day tour. North Korea finally let him leave after he apologized for training and advising a U.S.-led North Korean partisan unit during the war.

The men didn’t visit for lack of warning by the United States. While North Korea welcomes U.S. tourism (just not journalists or professional photographers), the State Department’s latest travel warning for the country, issued May 20, 2014, strongly recommends against traveling there, citing the inability of tour groups to get visitors out of dangerous situations.

“Do not assume that joining a group tour or use of a tour guide will prevent your arrest or detention by North Korean authorities,” the warning states. “Efforts by private tour operators to prevent or resolve past detentions of U.S. citizens in the DPRK have not succeeded in gaining their release.”

And yet glossy websites still advertise the allure of skiing the Masik Pass, witnessing celebrations of what’s known as “Victory Day,” commemorating the cessation of Korean War hostilities, and even ringing in the New Year with the “Pyongyang Bell.”

And a number of Americans — albeit a dwindling one — are still drawn to North Korea each year out of sheer adventurism, interest in international relations or, in the case of Bae, a desire to expose the citizens of North Korea, where religion is forbidden, to Christianity and other faiths.

It’s that last goal that particularly riles the country’s dictator Kim Jong-un, said Mike Green, a member of President George W. Bush’s National Security Council and an Asia expert, noting that the Kim dynasty has gone to great lengths to portray itself as a sort of holy family.

“This is in some ways even more threatening than to a normal Communist regime because we’re not talking about religion versus godlessness; but we’re talking about the Kim family being gods,” Green said.

Fowle, who entered North Korea April 29, is accused of leaving a Bible in his hotel room, a criminal act in the country, although his family says he was not there on a mission for his church.

Miller, on the other hand, reportedly tore up his tourist visa upon entry on April 10, shouting that he wanted to seek asylum, which North Korea says was “rash behavior” and a “gross violation of its legal order.”

Tour groups who encourage Americans to visit North Korea say these are highly irregular situations, and that Americans in North Korea are usually treated with open arms.

“In more than 10 years of operation we have never before had an incident concerning the safety of our travelers,” Uri Tours wrote in a blog post shortly after news broke of Miller’s detention.

“Nobody can avoid certain crazy people who can get in any tourist group,” said “Mark,” a director for New Korea Tours who would not give his last name when reached on the phone.

“I think that if you follow instructions, certain rules, and you behave professionally, you will be out of danger,” he continued.

But it’s probably best, Psaki of the State Department said Monday, to stay out of the country altogether.

“The reason we provide information about a range of countries is to ensure people know what circumstances they’re walking into,” Psaki said, adding that while she didn’t have the travel warning in front of her, “I can assure you that it suggests strongly not to travel at all to North Korea.”

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Nationals Activate Bryce Harper from DL

Gary Bogdon/MLB Photos via Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — Bryce Harper was activated from the 15-day disabled list Monday. The 21-year-old missed the last 57 games due to a torn ligament in his left thumb.

Harper started in the Nationals 7-3 win over the Colorado Rockies Monday night. He went 1 for 3 with an RBI and a walk.

Harper’s activation means Ryan Zimmerman, who’s played in left field with Harper out, will return to third base.

The Nationals sent reliever Xavier Cedeno to Triple-A Syracuse to open up a roster spot for Harper.

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Germany Prevails in Extra Time Over Algeria

Martin Rose/Getty Images(PORTO ALEGRE, BRAZIL) — Algeria held tough against the powerhouse Germans, but in the end, the Germans survived and advanced to the World Cup quarterfinals by winning 2-1 in extra time Monday.

In actuality, it was only a matter of time before the Germans scored; they outshot Algeria 28-10. The scoring started in the second minute of extra time when substitute Andre Schurrle took a pass from teammate Thomas Muller, which he knocked past Algerian goalie Rais M’Bolhi.
Germany got back at it 18 minutes later when Mesut Ozil drilled a shot into the net off of a rebound. Algeria’s Abdelmoumene Djabou scored just a minute later, but it was too late as Germany advanced to the quarterfinals for the ninth straight time.

Germany will take on France Friday. The match is scheduled to start at 12:00 p.m. Eastern. You can watch that on ESPN2.

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Hillshire Brands, Pinnacle Foods Agree to Terminate Proposed Merger

Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Hillshire Brands Company released a statement on Monday saying that the previously announced merger between the company and Pinnacle Foods Inc. had been terminated.

According to a company press release, Hillshire’s board of directors “withdrew its recommendation of the acquisition of Pinnacle Foods.” The board of directors reportedly made its decision after receiving an offer from Tyson Foods, Inc. to purchase Hillshire Brands.

Hillshire’s press release says that Tyson has agreed to pay $63 per share.

Pinnacle Foods makes Birds Eye frozen vegetables, Duncan Hines cake mixes and Hungry Man frozen dinners. The company said it would receive a $163 million payment from Hillshire in exchange for the termination.

Hillshire had agreed to purchase Pinnacle Foods in May, but changed their minds after Tyson offered a significant sum to purchase Hillshire Brands, the company which makes Jimmy Dean sausages, Ball Park hot dogs and Hillshire Farm lunch meat.

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