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More than 80 whales found dead off Florida coast

Wildlife officials are working to save false killer whales stranded in the area of Everglades National Park. NOAA Fisheries said that 95 of the whales were reported stranded off Hog Key on Saturday afternoon. The agency tweeted Saturday, saying that 81 of those whales are dead, one has been seen alive and 13 are unaccounted for. NOAA and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission have asked for...
Parents warn others of mold inside popular teething toy

Parents warn others of mold inside popular teething toy

A popular teething toy for infants is susceptible to mold, according to some parents who took a closer look at the inside of the toy. >> Read more trending stories   Pediatric dentist Dana Chianese said she used to recommend the Sophie the Giraffe teething toy to parents regularly. But that was before she made a discovery in her own children's Sophies.  Chianese said she noticed...
Video shows dog standing on trailer of car on busy interstate

Video shows dog standing on trailer of car on busy interstate

A woman who was driving in the Palm Coast area recorded video of a dog on top of a trailer while the car was traveling on Interstate 95. The woman, Brenna Cronin, said she could not get the driver's license plate information when the vehicle exited the interstate. Cronin, who said the dog was chained to a crate, posted the video on Facebook. The video has been viewed more than 2 million...
Politicians, celebs honor Martin Luther King Jr.

Politicians, celebs honor Martin Luther King Jr.

Civil rights activist Martin Luther King Jr. is celebrated each year on MLK Jr. Day and throughout February for Black History Month.  >> Read more trending stories   The Atlanta-born Baptist minister encouraged equality, desegregation and civil disobedience as a way to stand for change. Each year, Americans remember him and honor him, and many celebreties and politicians...
Superbug resistant to all U.S. antibiotics kills Nevada woman

Superbug resistant to all U.S. antibiotics kills Nevada woman

The victim, who is unnamed, was in her 70s. She was initially hospitalized in August 2016 after returning from a trip to India. There, she had sought treatment for a broken hip several times in recent years, most recently in June 2016. Her most recent hospitalization, according to a postmortem CDC report, was in June 2016. The victim died of septic shock. Though she died in September, the CDC...
Jessica Alba's Honest Co. recalls organic baby powder over infection risk

Jessica Alba's Honest Co. recalls organic baby powder over infection risk

"We've decided to voluntarily recall this product out of an abundance of caution," Gavigan said last week in a YouTube video.
Unconventional path led Springfield pastor to true calling

Unconventional path led Springfield pastor to true calling

When Pastor Vicki Downing assumed her role as pastor of Grace United Methodist Church, she completed a successful journey to pastoral leadership by taking the unconventional path. Downing became pastor of Grace United Methodist Church in July of 2009, after serving 19 years in various pastoral positions at Christ United Methodist Church in Kettering and South Park United Methodist Church in Dayton...
Tuna, star of the Amazing Acro-Cats, dies of cancer

Tuna, star of the Amazing Acro-Cats, dies of cancer

The cowbell won't sound quite the same now that Tuna, the star of the Amazing Acro-Cats cat circus, has died.Happy Cats Haven posted the news Friday on its Facebook page: "To all our fans of Tuna and The Rock Cats and the Amazing Acro-Cats, it's with many tears that we let you know that Samantha Martin's star kitty Tuna crossed the Rainbow Bridge yesterday from cancer." Tuna had recently...
Husbands, time to plan your annual spousal performance review

Husbands, time to plan your annual spousal performance review

This column is for husbands only. I can cite no study, of course, but I’d still claim that first sentence is virtually guaranteed to swell the readership of this week’s column among wives – and maybe even more among ex-wives. Given their commitment curve, the line could even draw a few millennial readers. They likely would see the column in email version sent by parents or parents-in-law...
7 small changes that will have a big impact

7 small changes that will have a big impact

It’s only a few weeks into 2017, but you’ve already come to an uncomfortable and familiar realization. New Year’s resolutions result in more guilt and depression than achievement. Forget about the big aspirations for a transformational do-over. They don’t work. How about making some small changes today that eventually can have a big impact in your life? Consider these. 1. Weekly...
Let’s have a cheer for the Amherst Hamsters

Let’s have a cheer for the Amherst Hamsters

Amherst, a tiny college of 1,795 really smart scholars in Massachusetts, made news last year when the board of trustees voted to drop Lord Jeffs as its athletic teams’ unofficial mascot. Lord Jeffery Amherst, historians discovered, was not necessarily a nice person. The 18th century British general reportedly once suggested giving smallpox-infested blankets to Native Americans. As he wrote to...
Urbana schools working to prevent future carbon monoxide incident

Urbana schools working to prevent future carbon monoxide incident

Urbana school officials are working with professionals to implement a carbon monoxide monitoring system after about 40 students were taken to the hospital last week as the high school was showing signs of high levels of the gas. “We are working with a contractor in the initial stages of determining what type of monitoring system to put into place so that we are alerted to the presence of increased...
Stark numbers show heroin’s local grip

Stark numbers show heroin’s local grip

An average of seven Montgomery County residents a day were treated for drug overdoses by emergency departments in 2016, and one person alone made eight trips to the ER. Eleven people were treated twice in the same day for overdoses. The stark figures — amassed largely due to a devastating heroin epidemic — are found in a new Public Health - Dayton & Montgomery County report just sent to...

After a cesarean, some women can have a vaginal birth

Premier HealthNet is one of the largest groups of pediatrics, family medicine, internal medicine, and urgent care practices in southwest Ohio. For more information, go online to www.premierhealthnet.com/news. Birthing a baby can be a long, painful process, but for many women the experience fulfills a deep emotional longing as a new mom. A vaginal birth, however, isn’t a reality for millions...

Knee pain? 4 tips to help you bounce back

Kettering Health Network is a faith-based, not-for-profit healthcare system. The network has eight hospitals: Grandview, Kettering, Sycamore, Southview, Greene Memorial, Fort Hamilton, Kettering Behavioral Health and Soin. No matter what your age, you have likely experienced some kind of knee pain. Whether you are a weekend warrior who experiences occasional soreness or you live with chronic pain...

Free play has benefits for mind and body

This look at a children’s health or safety issue comes from Dayton Children’s Hospital. Email: newsroom@childrensdayton.org. The snow may be tempting, but if it’s just too cold for your kids to get out and play, don’t worry. Indoor play can be just as enriching, and as active. “Using their imagination helps children develop their brain,” says Melissa King, DO, pediatrician...
5 things you didn't know about Martin Luther King Jr.

5 things you didn't know about Martin Luther King Jr.

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. made his mark on the U.S. and the world when he pioneered for civil rights and equality decades ago. His story has been told and recreated in numerous forms: books, movies, articles and podcasts highlight facts about the activist's life until his death in 1968. While most people know about the Baptist minister's work with the Southern Christian Leadership Conference...

Make New Year’s resolutions worth keeping

While ringing in the New Year, some of you didn’t bother to commit to making any resolutions because in the past you gave them up in no time. Even though you no longer call them resolutions, however, I’m guessing you have thought about ways in which you would like to improve your life. You think of things like: I need to lose weight, exercise, save money and get organized. No wonder you...

What’s in a (plant) name?

Have you ever wondered why plant people need to speak in Latin? Or do you even care? Well, in fact, it’s very important to use Latin names for plants. Following is a great example that I borrow from my colleague Jim Chatfield, who is quite good at teaching binomial nomenclature (more on that later). Let’s say you walk into a garden center and ask the salesperson for a red maple. She takes...
Woman makes Instagram account for amputated foot

Woman makes Instagram account for amputated foot

A cancer survivor from Oklahoma City has made the best of a bad situation in an interesting way. KOKH reported that Kristi Loyall, a survivor of cancer, had problems with her right foot for six years. "I kept going to the neurologist five or six more times he kept telling me it was a B-12 deficiency, so I kind of gave up on that until last summer I noticed a lump on the inside of my foot,"...
A new Oreo-flavored Cadbury Creme Egg has hatched and we’re already drooling

A new Oreo-flavored Cadbury Creme Egg has hatched and we’re already drooling

Will wonders never cease? Cadbury, our favorite British chocolate maker, has debuted a new Creme Egg filled with crushed Oreo cookies and creme. Cadbury has launched another Oreo-related Egg treat in the United Kingdom — the Cadbury Dairy Milk Egg ‘n’ Spoon Oreo. According to The Independent, the treat is filled with vanilla mousse and Oreo pieces, which are eaten with the provided...
Study: Japanese tapeworm found in wild Pacific salmon

Study: Japanese tapeworm found in wild Pacific salmon

Wild salmon is touted as part of a healthy diet by nutrition experts, but the results of a new study may prompt consumers to change their cooking methods.
Maid of honor hits wedding guest, almost drives over best man at Florida wedding

Maid of honor hits wedding guest, almost drives over best man at Florida wedding

A wedding in Florida described as beautiful went downhill quickly after the reception began, and now the maid of honor faces several charges. Amanda Willis, 20, of Port Charlotte, Florida, began drinking alcohol at the reception and wound up almost backing over the best man with his own car, according to WBBH-TV.  Jennifer Butler, the new bride, told WBBH that Willis became obviously intoxicated...
Man knits sweaters of landmarks, poses in them at landmarks

Man knits sweaters of landmarks, poses in them at landmarks

Barksy has already received interview requests from Jimmy Kimmel and the BBC, but judging by his Facebook page, he’s handling his 15 minutes of fame with grace. “Just to let everyone know, I really love all my fans,” he wrote this week. “In the past day, as most of you know, my publicity has exploded exponentially worldwide. I have a flood of messages and requests for...
Starbucks debuts first new latte of 2017

Starbucks debuts first new latte of 2017

Starbucks has introduced its first new drink of the year, and it features flavors from the coffee cherry fruit. The coffee chain’s newest drink is the Cascara Latte, which combines espresso with steamed milk, cascara syrup and foam. “Cascara is Spanish for ‘husk,’ and we are taking the fruit of the coffee cherry to give our latte a subtle, lightly sweet flavor,” said...
Clark County gets $1M, first-of-its-kind program to treat kids

Clark County gets $1M, first-of-its-kind program to treat kids

Oesterlen Services for Youth kicked off a new $1 million pilot program Wednesday designed to provide services to children who otherwise might fall through the cracks of the state’s mental health and developmental disabilities systems. State and local leaders described the new program as the first of its kind in the state that brings 15 news jobs with it. It’s designed to provide intensive...
Clark County housing center gets new leader, looks to retool in 2017

Clark County housing center gets new leader, looks to retool in 2017

Mark and Lori Senter went into the 2016 Christmas season without much cheer. The closer it came to the holidays, the nearer they were to eviction from their rented home. The Clark County Fuller Center for Housing’s intervention provided its own version of a Christmas miracle. The Christian-based nonprofit helped the Senters, who also care for their 8-year-old grandson, with a lease-to-own deal...
Ohio water systems to map where lead pipes are located

Ohio water systems to map where lead pipes are located

A new Ohio law is tightening the notification and reporting processes for when elevated levels of lead are found in drinking water, and city officials are now mapping where lead pipes are located at in the public water systems. Ohio House Bill 512 went into effect in early September after Gov. John Kasich signed the legislation. The amendments and new law required the Ohio Environmental Protection...
10-year-old twins separated at birth reunite for first time

10-year-old twins separated at birth reunite for first time

A pair of identical twins separated at birth in China reunited for the first time Wednesday. Audrey Doreing and Gracie Rainsberry were adopted by two different American families years ago. Audrey lives with her family in Wisconsin and Gracie lives in Washington state. >> Read more trending stories   The 10-year-old identical twins learned about each other a few weeks before Christmas, after...
Barack Obama serves as groomsman at aide's wedding

Barack Obama serves as groomsman at aide's wedding

A politically connected couple celebrated their union this month in a private ceremony that featured some special guests. President Obama's longtime aide and friend, Marvin Nicholson, got married last weekend to Helen Pajcic, who also worked for the Obama administration. According to The Washington Post, Nicholson is Obama's White House trip director, personal aide and golf partner...
Logan County Historical Society to unveil 1920s restored plane

Logan County Historical Society to unveil 1920s restored plane

The Logan County Historical Society will unveil a restored 1920s plane at its transportation museum next week. The Wissler WA-6 bi-plane was originally built in 1922 by Bellefontaine resident Clarence Wissler, Logan County Historical Society President Brian Baker said. The historical society purchased the plane about four years ago. “The body of the aircraft is still original,” Baker said...
Big Stories of 2016: Clark County sees impact of opiate epidemic

Big Stories of 2016: Clark County sees impact of opiate epidemic

The nation has been dealing with a spike in opiate abuse and Clark County wasn’t spared from the epidemic. Since 2008, the number of overdose deaths in Ohio has risen by more than 600 percent, according to statewide data. In 2015, a record 72 people died of unintentional drug overdoses in Clark County. Through November 2016, the county had seen 39 confirmed unintentional overdose deaths, according...
Virginia college to build on-campus gun range

Virginia college to build on-campus gun range

Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia, has announced plans to build a $3 million, state-of-the-art gun range on its campus. >> Read more trending stories   The university's president, Jerry Falwell, announced the plans Tuesday after the county unanimously approved the proposal. The gun range will sit on a 500-acre plot of campus land and will include a pistol range, three rifle ranges...
SEE IT: Prince William, Duchess Kate's holiday thank-you card makes rounds on social media

SEE IT: Prince William, Duchess Kate's holiday thank-you card makes rounds on social media

The holiday season has come and gone, but fans of the British royal family are getting another festive treat as Prince William and Duchess Kate's holiday thank-you card makes the rounds online. Last week, a few lucky social media users revealed that they had received an adorable photo of the royal family as a thank-you for Christmas greetings. The charming photo features an awestruck Prince...
'Pioneer Woman' says goodbye to 'Charlie the Ranch Dog' in bittersweet blog post

'Pioneer Woman' says goodbye to 'Charlie the Ranch Dog' in bittersweet blog post

Charles, the title character in Drummond's "Charlie the Ranch Dog" children's books, died Sunday, according to Drummond's website. In a post on her website, Drummond said she will allow parents to decide whether or not to tell their children about Charlie's death.  "It might not be necessary if they are younger!" she added. Drummond is the television personality behind...
Pet deer gunned down by Kansas game wardens in front of upset family

Pet deer gunned down by Kansas game wardens in front of upset family

 A pet deer on a Kansas farm was gunned down by state wildlife officials in front of its owners, outraging the Mcgaughey family and sparking a social media backlash. Owner Taryn Mcgaughey told local news outlets in western Kansas that a game warden and two other officials showed up at her farm and shot her pet deer five times. “They followed her around our horse pen. The first shot in the...
Teen wears suit for niece's birth because 'first impressions matter'

Teen wears suit for niece's birth because 'first impressions matter'

A teenager wanted to make a good first impression on his baby niece and ended up impressing thousands of people on social media.
6 ways to fight prolonged anxiety

6 ways to fight prolonged anxiety

Premier HealthNet is one of the largest groups of pediatrics, family medicine, internal medicine, and urgent care practices in southwest Ohio. For more information, go online to www.premierhealthnet.com/news. Nearly everyone has experienced the sweaty palms and quickening heart rate that come with occasional anxiety, but such symptoms may be pointing to an actual disorder if they become a hindrance...
The Limited closes all retail stores

The Limited closes all retail stores

The Limited has closed all stores in the country as it struggles with accumulating debt and falling sales, the Wall Street Journal reported. The company made the announcement of the closures Saturday but said the demise of the retailer's physical presence "isn't goodbye."  >> Read more trending stories   In total, the company, which once operated ...

Do you have PAD (peripheral arterial disease)?

Kettering Health Network is a faith-based, not-for-profit healthcare system. The network has eight hospitals: Grandview, Kettering, Sycamore, Southview, Greene Memorial, Fort Hamilton, Kettering Behavioral Health and Soin. When you walk, do your legs protest? If they seem to tire out or cramp during physical activity, your muscles might not be getting the oxygen they need. Fatigue and pain in the...
WATCH: Mom wears Chewbacca mask while in labor

WATCH: Mom wears Chewbacca mask while in labor

There’s a new "Chewbacca mom" in town. Katie Stricker Curtis took Candace Payne’s Chewbacca mom video to a whole new level when she wore her Chewbacca mask while in labor. The Detroit mom filmed herself while having contractions before giving birth to her son Jayden, and she definitely let out some Wookie calls. “Just because I’m about to be a...
Wind farms stall, solar grows as energy debate continues in Ohio

Wind farms stall, solar grows as energy debate continues in Ohio

Alternative energy advocates cheered a recent decision by Ohio Gov. John Kasich to veto a recent bill that would have weakened the state’s clean energy standards, arguing the move will lead to more investment and jobs in the industry statewide. But opponents, including residents engaged in a long legal battle over a proposed Champaign County wind farm, said they have seen laws repeatedly shift...
Obamacare poll: Few want repeal without replacement

Obamacare poll: Few want repeal without replacement

A new poll released Friday finds one in five voters want the Affordable Care Act repealed before a replacement plan is ready, highlighting challenges for a new Congress. Incoming president Donald Trump tweeted to GOP legislators to “be careful” last week. To break it down, 20 percent of people surveyed want it gone immediately, with details worked out later. Another 28 percent...

When your child won’t take ‘no’ for an answer

Dear Kid Whisperer, My 10-year-old takes a lot of my time and energy in so many ways. The most annoying and embarrassing way is that he won’t take “no” for an answer. He asks for explanations about why he has to do things, why he can’t do things, why he can’t have things, etc. Lately I have found myself avoiding saying “no” to him so I don’t have to...
Ohio State WR Noah Brown declaring for NFL draft

Ohio State WR Noah Brown declaring for NFL draft

The biggest surprise of the Buckeyes postseason, Ohio State wide receiver Noah Brown declared for the 2017 NFL draft on his personal Twitter account Saturday night. “I have decided it is time for me to move on to the next level,” Brown wrote. “I have decided to forgo my remaining years of eligibility and declare for the 2017 NFL draft.” Ohio State had three early departures...
Boy in hospital seeks snow photos via #SnowForTyler

Boy in hospital seeks snow photos via #SnowForTyler

A boy in South Carolina is missing out on a rare snowstorm because he's in the hospital. His sister took to social media to ask people to send her brother Tyler snow photos, and the response has been overwhelming.
Springfield resident finds comfort playing piano

Springfield resident finds comfort playing piano

Her memory isn’t what she’d like it to be. Her glasses don’t seem to work as well as they once did. And there are those pains that arrive with the cold fronts. At age 92, none of that prevents Irene Davenport from having a following. They find her at four places in Oakwood Village: The dining room of the care center, where the higher-need residents live; the elevator atrium in the...
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