Day: June 12, 2017

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Model's crazy beauty treatment


Some women will go to any length for the sake of beauty.

Former Victoria’s Secret model Miranda Kerr revealed she’s no stranger when it comes to bizarre beauty treatments.

Kerr, who was on a panel at the Goop Health Summit in Culver City, California over the weekend, told host and Goop founder Gwyneth Paltrow that she’s tried leech therapy, People reports.

“I’ve had a leech facial,” said Kerr at the summit. She also noted that she enlisted the blood-sucking worms to help with her tailbone as well.

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But wait, there’s more.

When the facial was finished, the Australian model decided to take the leeches home with her so they didn’t die. “I kept the leeches, they’re in my koi pond. You’re not allowed to reuse them and if you don’t take them home then she kills them and I didn’t like that idea,” said Kerr.

Leech therapy has been a Hollywood craze for several years, which some believe helps brighten and tighten skin and give it a more youthful glow, according to Refinery29.

Paltrow, who’s no stranger to testing out unusual and often outrageous treatments herself, was surprised by Kerr. “Wow! I thought I was bats— crazy!” she remarked.

In an interview with the New York Times, Paltrow discussed her own beauty regimen, including one particularly uncomfortable procedure.

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“I’ve been stung by bees. It’s a thousands of years old treatment called apitherapy. People use it to get rid of inflammation and scarring. It’s actually pretty incredible if you research it. But, man, it’s painful,” Paltrow said.

So don’t go flower picking with Paltrow.

And don’t dangle your toes in Kerr’s koi pond.



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Sexy shoes for cheap drinks


Looking for an excuse to buy new shoes? Turns out, wearing high heels can actually save you money… on your bar tab, that is.

My Place Café & Bar, a new venue located on the first floor of the Hilton Osaka hotel in Japan, is offering female customers a discount on their food and drink orders based on the height of their high heels, Sora News 24 reports.

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To qualify for the promotion, heels must be at least five centimeters (two inches) tall. But the higher the heel, the greater the discount on the bar’s select dining options, craft beer, organic wine and cocktails.

Discounts start at 10 percent off your order, with each additional two centimeters of heel height receiving a better deal.

Heels from seven to nine centimeters get 15 percent off, nine to 11 centimeters 20 percent, 11 to 13 centimeters 25 percent and 13 to 15 centimeters 30 percent. Anyone wearing heels above 15 centimeters (almost 6 inches!) will 40 percent off their bill.

My Place is running its “High Heels Ladies Night Discount” on Thursday nights starting June 15 and it lasts from 6 p.m. and 11:30 p.m.

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My Place isn’t the only bar offering unusual promotions to attract customers.

Mong Bar in Ko Lanta, Thailand, offers visitors free shots if they’re willing to partake in an extreme version of the famous knife game. The popularity of this deal proves people will go to just about any length to save money on alcohol.



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Amy gets it wrong on TV


Back and jam-packed with stars, ABC premiered the new season of “Celebrity Family Feud” with some fresh faces and tough competition. It was an all-girls night as Amy Schumer, Kelly Clarkson, Bindi Irwin, Chrissy Metz and their respective families battled it out for a chance to win $25,000 for their favorite charities.

Kicking off the night was Schumer who was joined by her brother and sister to help her take on her opponents. The comedian admitted at the beginning of the round that they’re all big fans of the game. As a result, she was particularly excited and nervous to be there. They were going against Grammy-winner and original “American Idol” winner, Kelly Clarkson. The singer stretched the “family” portion of “Family Feud” in the interest of charity, bringing in her friends to round out her team. She confessed to feeling like she had home field advantage as “Idol” previously filmed in the same studio.

It wouldn’t be an appearance by comedian Schumer without some outrageous moments. The biggest of these came when she was prompted with the question, “name something a wife might do to a bald husband’s head.” Reaching the end of all the obvious answers, the comedian blurted out “Push it down!” Her competition had to take a laugh break to react to the naughty reply before the answer was revealed. Not surprisingly, it wasn’t on the board.

Despite the setback, team Schumer cast a decided victory. The round ended with Schumer and her sister winning the “Fast Money” round with ease. With $25,000 in the pocket of their favorite charity, the show shifted gears to its next batch of celebrity families, Irwin and Metz.

“This is Us” star Metz kicked off the round, sending things over to her mom and three sisters. Irwin, meanwhile, was joined by her brother, mother and cousins. Billed as an “animal conservationist,” many may remember Bindi as the daughter of famed TV host and animal activist Steve Irwin. Their round even kicked off with Irwin sharing a story with host Steve Harvey about the time he made her late father an “honorary black man.” Harvey recalled the moment and was struck that it had such an impact on her father.

“This is cool,” he repeated before finally reading their question.

Despite their early lead, the Metz lost out to the Irwins, sending brother Robert and cousin Daniel into the “Fast Money” round. In the end, they only scored $10,000 for their charity, but the night was a general win all around as Harvey announced that each team would be getting money donated to their causes.
 



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DID SHE KNOW? Jury will decide if Pulse killer’s wife played role


A year after gunman Omar Mateen opened fire in Orlando’s Pulse nightclub, his widow, Noor Salman, is currently awaiting trail, accused of helping her husband carry out the massacre on June 12, 2016. 

Salman pleaded not guilty in April to federal charges including aiding and abetting, the Orlando Sentinel reported. In May, an appeals court ordered her to stay in jail until her trial starts next year.

FBI agents arrested Salman last January in her California home where she had been living with her son. 

The trial is scheduled to begin in March 2018, with jury summonses to be sent out in September. She could face life in prison if convicted. 

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Salman knew about her husband’s plan before the attack and how he pledged allegiance to the Islamic State terror group, prosecutors said. She shopped with her husband the night before the attack when he bought five containers of ammunition, a source close to the investigation told Fox News.

She also failed four lie detector tests, according to the source.

More than 60 families of victims and survivors have joined a lawsuit against Salman and Mateen’s former employer, G4s security firm, on the same claims as the federal case, according to the Orlando Sentinel. They allege both parties ignored warning signs that could have prevented the massacre from happening. 

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The lawsuit is seeking an unspecified amount of compensation for the families’ victims, including medical and funeral expenses, loss of support, along with other possible payments. 

Mateen killed 49 people and wounded dozens of others just before 2 a.m., around closing time at the gay nightclub. He was killed in a shootout with police after a three-hour standoff. The city of Orlando remembered the victims in the shooting on Monday, marking one year since the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history. The day was named “Orlando United Day” — a day of love and kindness. 

Fox News’ Mike Arroyo, Malia Zimmerman and The Associated Press contributed to this report.



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Katniss trick saves a life?


A young Massachusetts girl used a first aid tip learned from reading “The Hunger Games” series to rescue her friend.

Megan Gething, 12, and her friend Mackenzie George, were at a marshland in Gloucester with a few other friends on June 3 when George slipped and fell into a steel pump, cutting her calf, according to the Gloucester Times.

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“I didn’t feel anything. I thought I just bumped my leg, but when I pulled it up I saw the cut and I started screaming to call 911,” George told the Gloucester Times.

Megan jumped into action and tied a pair of shorts around Mackenzie’s leg to slow the blood loss, a tip she learned from the young adult science fiction novels, while another friend went to get help.

“I knew it from a book I read,” Gething said about the “The Hunger Games.” “I figured it was a well-known method of stopping bleeding.”

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A few minutes later, George was transported to the hospital and had to undergo surgery. She is expected to recover.

“Megan was the star of the show,” Mackenzie’s father, Gregory said. “Thank goodness she was there. Mackenzie would have lost a lot more blood, and it could have been life-threatening if she hadn’t done what she did.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report.



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'Batman' co-stars devastated


Former “Batman” co-stars Burt Ward and Julie Newmar took time to remember Adam West, who died Friday at age 88 from leukemia.

“Adam and I had a special friendship for more than 50 years,” Ward told Fox News. The 71-year-old actor starred opposite West as sidekick Robin in the superhero series, which ran from 1966 through 1968.

“We shared some of the most fun times of our lives together; our families have deep love and respect for each other,” he added. “This is a terribly unexpected loss of my lifelong friend. I will forever miss him. There are several fine actors who have portrayed Batman in films, in my eyes there was only one real Batman and that is and always will be Adam West; He was truly the Bright Knight.”

Newmar, who appeared as seductive villainess Catwoman, also had “sweet memories” of her beloved friend.

“Stellar, exemplar, a king to the end,” the 83-year-old actress told Fox News in a statement. “He was bright, witty, and fun to work with. I will miss him in the physical world and savor him always in the world of imagination and creativity. He meant so much to people – a friend said, ‘The father that we wanted.’ That is a great gift, no matter how you live it.”

Newmar told Fox News in May that her relationship with Batman and Robin endured over the years.

“I love them, I love being with them,” she explained. “They’re very dear to me, they’ve become dearer over time. It was a wonderful casting… I see Burt and Adam all the time. And I still don’t think there has been a better Batman.”

West died “after a short but brave battle with leukemia,” his family stated on Facebook.

“It’s with great sadness that we are sharing this news,” the family said. “He was a beloved father, husband, grandfather, and great-grandfather. There are no words to describe how much we’ll miss him.”

West initially chaffed at being typecast after playing the Cape Crusader, but in later years he admitted he was pleased to have had the role in kicking off a big-budget film franchise by showing the character’s wide appeal.

“I’m delighted because my character became iconic and has opened a lot of doors in other ways, too,” he told the Associated Press in 2014.

Most recently West voiced Mayor Adam West in the long-running animated series “Family Guy.” In February 2016 he made an appearance on the CBS sitcom “The Big Bang Theory’s” 200th episode, which marked the 50th anniversary of “Batman.”

West was married three times and had six children.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.
 



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Dean: 10 wedded years


A few months ago my husband and I were in our living room catching up on each other’s busy day after putting the kids to bed.  We were going over the highlights of our week – what was going on at the office, our boys’ lives at school, the funny things they said or did, our summer plans – when Sean looked at me and said somewhat seriously:  “We have a big anniversary coming up.” 

My mind went into alert-mode.  Anniversary?  What day was it?  What month were we in?  Life was speeding by in a colorful blur and I felt like I had to take a moment and slow my brain down.   Wedding anniversary.  Wait, how long had we been married?  Quick math.  Finger counting.  Wow.  Ten years. 

I thought about it for a moment.  So much has happened, and yet it seemed like just yesterday we were planning to spend the rest of our lives together. 

A decade ago I was in the middle of meteorology classes and exams.  He was busy applying for a Master’s program and we were both working full time.  But one cold February morning, Sean asked me to take a walk – and take a break. 

He put on the green wool sweater he had worn on our first date.   I noticed he hadn’t worn it in a long time, and commented that I loved that sweater – why didn’t he wear it more often?   I didn’t pick up on the fact that this was the first time he had worn it SINCE our very first date five years or so before. I remember marveling at the time that he was so lucky that years later clothes still fit him  – whereas I was always screaming at my fluctuating numbers on the scale. 

We walked towards midtown from our Upper West Side apartment and Sean suggested we go to the Prime Burger for lunch on East 51st Street, right down the block from St Patrick’s Cathedral.  This is the famous burger restaurant where the décor hadn’t changed for decades. It was also the place where Sean and I had our very first date.  “Yes!  I agreed. “We haven’t been there in years.”

Once again -not picking up on the bread crumbs he was clearly dropping in front of me. We arrived at the Prime Burger and noticed it was closed.  Darn it.  I was hungry!  (And stressed out from studying thermodynamics equations). A couple of women walked by and were also disappointed about the “Sorry, we’re closed” sign.  They saw us standing out in front and asked if we knew another place to eat close by.  “I think there’s a few spots up towards Sixth Avenue,” I said, “and we’re coming with you!” 

I started to charge down the block with my new hungry tourist friends when Sean grabbed my hand and had a frantic look in his eye.  “No.  Not yet! ” he said.  “What?”  I pleaded – it’s closed, I’M HUNGRY!  “No wait!”  I had no idea what Sean was doing.  

He then reached for his breast pocket.  In the midst of New York City scaffolding and in front of a vacant restaurant Sean took out a small velvet box.  My heart was racing.  WAS THIS REALLY HAPPENING?  I knew I had to make an imprint of this moment on my brain.  He took out a ring – a flash of sparkle. And put it on my finger.   I look at him.   He smiles.  “Janice, will you marry me?”

Sean then quickly reached into his other pocket and pulled out a handkerchief because he knew I would need it to wipe away hundreds of happy tear drops.

“Yes, yes of course I will!” Suddenly, I realize all the clues I had missed.  The green sweater, the restaurant where we had our first date.   I don’t think I even looked at the ring.  I was just so caught up the moment.  Pure joy.  The rest of our lives were about to begin.

A few months went by.  Sean and I talked about planning a wedding, but we were both so busy.   We started writing down a guest list.  Trying to figure out the how, what, where.  And then one of us had an idea.  Why don’t we just elope?  Pick a day on the calendar and go to City Hall.   That sounded like a perfect plan.  I bought a dress, he bought a suit.  We had our friends Mark and Jen stand up for us and we both took the day off work.  It was a beautiful June day.  

Fast forward back to our living room almost ten years later.  Sean asked me if on our tenth anniversary, we could get married in church.  “Make it official?”  I laughed.   What a wonderful idea.   Our boys would be there with us.  How special to have our two most cherished gifts from our union to share in our wedding vows.  I wouldn’t want it any other way.

Looking back on my life, I’ve come to realize that my marriage to Sean was the best thing that ever happened to me.  For so many years I was on my own and wondered if I would ever find a partner to share my life with.  When I trace my steps I see every path I’ve gone down – every job I’ve taken, every city I’ve lived in and experiences I’ve had – has led to me to meeting this wonderful person. He’s the best man I know.   We still enjoy each other’s company, laugh easily together, share the same values and are so blessed to have to our beautiful boys.  I cannot imagine my life without him. 

Sean, I hope you still have that handkerchief handy.  I may shed a few happy tears. And I can’t wait to spend the rest of our lives together again.  As husband and wife.  Amen.

Janice Dean is senior meteorologist for Fox News Channel. She is author of two children’s books about weather. Her latest is “Freddy the Frogcaster and the Terrible Tornado” (Regnery 2016). Click here for more information on Janice Dean.



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IKEA to ruin life on Mars


Setting up Ikea furniture may be difficult, but it’s not rocket science … or is it? Thanks to a new collaboration between NASA and the Swedish furniture store, the two challenges may not be so differentafter all. Ikea is now “looking into how a Mars habitat can become more like home,” so that one day, if we do leave this planet, we’ll be able to set up cheap, mass-produced furniture on new horizons, too.

In order to determine how best to create a Mars-ready home, an Ikea team is spending three days at MDRS Habitat in Utah, which the company describes as “a confined spacecraft-like environment that simulates the experience of outer space.” It’s no joke — NASA’s own astronauts spend up to three years in this habitat in order to ready themselves for space travel.

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Its a crazy, fun experience,” said Ikea Creative Leader, Michael Nikolic, of the experience.”Were basically completely isolated for three days to get a taste of what astronauts go through for three years. Its almost like that misery you feel when youre out camping.

But the hope is that it doesn’t always have to be so miserable. It’s unclear exactly what will come out of this collaboration, but Ikea says that it’s “curiousto find out how this newfound space knowledge might be relevant to the urban life in mega cities, where small-space living, air and water pollution is the norm.” So it may not even be that Ikea is making furniture for us to use on Mars — rather, they’re attempting to use lessons gleaned from being an astronaut (or at least, living like one), to improve the furniture that we have here on Earth.

I think that the essence of this collection will be about appreciating what we have on Earth: human beings, plants clean water and air. But also diversity and a sense of belonging — things that we take for granted on a daily basis,” Nikolic added. “After this journey, itll probably feel pretty awesome to come home to my own bed.”



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TODD STARNES: Alabama school facing possible lawsuit over baccalaureate, graduation prayer


An Alabama school district could be one bowl of banana pudding away from a federal lawsuit.

The Freedom From Religion Foundation sent a threatening letter the other day to Opp City Schools regarding the high school’s baccalaureate service. 

For generations, public high schools have held baccalaureate services on the Sunday before graduation. It’s a sacred rite of passage steeped in our nation’s rich Christian heritage – with prayers, Bible readings, religious music and a message from a preacher.

But it turns out atheists are not big fans of baccalaureate services or, for that matter,  our Lord and Savior.

“The school’s role in sponsoring a baccalaureate on school property would cause any reasonable graduating senior or parent to conclude that the District endorses the religious messages espoused at the service,” FFRF attorney Sam Grover wrote to the Alabama school district.

The Freedom From Religion Foundation is a perpetually-offended gang of atheists, agnostics and free-thinkers. They typically prey on small towns and communities that do not have the financial resources to fight back against their bogus threats.

“Opp City Schools has a legal duty to remain neutral toward religion,” Grover wrote. “It makes no difference how many students want religious speeches or wouldn’t be offended by them at their graduation.”

Read more from ToddStarnes.com.

Todd Starnes is host of Fox News & Commentary. His latest book is “The Deplorables’ Guide to Making America Great Again.” Follow him on Twitter @ToddStarnes and find him on Facebook.



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Secret Ford Ranger spotted


A new generation of the Ford Ranger returns to the United States as a 2019 model, and it may just offer a high-performance variant bearing the Raptor name.

Prototypes for the new Ranger are being tested in Australia where the local Ford division has been tasked with development of the vehicle’s T6 platform. The T6 platform is also the basis of the current Ranger on sale outside the United States.

CarAdvice has managed to spot one of the prototypes sporting some upgrades that suggest it’s for a version of the Ranger very much like the F-150 Raptor. Unique elements not seen on previous prototypes include flared wheel arches, increased ride height, off-road tires, and a shorter front bumper (to improve the approach angle).

The prototype’s photographer said the vehicle sounded like it was powered by one of Ford’s twin-turbocharged V-6 gasoline engines. The Ranger currently on sale overseas is offered with a pair of diesels: a 2.2-liter inline-4 with 158 horsepower and 284 pound-feet of torque and a 3.2-liter inline-6 with 197 hp and 346 lb-ft.

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There’s also good reason to believe the vehicle will be called a Ranger Raptor. It was discovered in 2015 that Ford had registered the “Ranger FX4” and “Ranger Raptor” trademarks in Australia. We’ve already seen a Ranger FX4 launched Down Under. That leaves the Ranger Raptor name for this latest truck.

Interestingly, a new Bronco is being developed alongside the new Ranger, and any mechanical package offered in the pickup could potentially end up in the SUV.

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