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December 2013

Bill Cowher Rumors: Former Coach Generating Buzz For NFL Vacancies

Bill Cowher is again surrounded by rumors that he will be leaving the comfort of the broadcast booth to return to the NFL sidelines.

The former Pittsburgh Steelers coach, who led his team to a Super Bowl title before retiring, has been rumored as a candidate for the Washington Redskins coaching vacancy and other openings.

Though Cowher hasn’t spoken about whether he wants to return to coaching, the Redskins job would seem a decent fit. The franchise has a tendency to select established coaches rather than rolling the dice with hot young assistant coaches and Cowher would be an excellent successor to Mike Shanahan.


Jenny McCarthy Gives Up Smoking For 2014, Ryan Seacrest Gave Up On Resolutions

Jenny McCarthy and Ryan Seacrest talked about their New Year’s resolutions for 2014. McCarthy says she already quit smoking in December, and that was HER New Year’s resolution out of the way. Seacrest says he’s given up on resolutions.

The most famous show for welcoming the New Year – ABC’s “Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve” – will be hosted again by McCarthy and Seacrest.


Social Security Institute | ObamaCare Is Rationing Seniors To Death

ObamaCare was not supposed to affect seniors on Medicare but it does, and it already has started to squeeze Medicare, which in turn squeezes healthcare providers who in turn squeeze the medical care seniors receive by rationing, delayed treatment, substandard care and even outright denial of care.

The death panels we warned about in 2009 are up and running, here and now in 2013, and they are working with a vengeance to restrict the healthcare seniors receive through Medicare.  And the worst part of it is, the death panels are such an integral part of the government’s scheme to finance ObamaCare on the backs of seniors through Medicare that it is impossible just to eliminate them; they are woven into the fabric of ObamaCare; so ObamaCare must be defunded and repealed in its entirety.


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U.S. population estimated at 317.3 million - San Francisco Business Times

The population of the United States is expected to hit 317,297,938 on New Year's Day, an increase of 2,218,622, or 0.7 percent, from New Year's Day 2013, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.

California remains the country's most populous state, with 38.33 million people, the Sacramento Business Journal reports.

According to the Census Bureau, in January 2014, one birth is expected to occur every eight seconds in the United States and one death every 12 seconds. The projected world population on Jan. 1, 2014, is 7,137,577,750, an increase of 77,630,563, or 1.1 percent from New Year's Day 2013.



University of Iowa researchers develop new staph infection vaccine | TheGazette

The vaccine targets infections caused by Staphylococus aureus bacteria, commonly called staph, including drug-resistant strains like MRSA that kill thousands of Americans every year. Because some influenza-related deaths are caused by secondary staph infections, the new vaccine also could lessen the impact of the seasonal flu, said UI professor Patrick Schlievert, chair of microbiology in the UI Carver College of Medicine who led the vaccination research.

“We could bring the flu death rate down to near zero,” Schlievert said.


'Academics first and football second' | Iowa Now - The University of Iowa

Brett Van Sloten will suit up one final time in an Iowa football uniform at the 2014 Outback Bowl. Playing in a premier New Year’s Day bowl game is a great reward for countless hours of work on the practice field and in the weight room for the Decorah, Iowa, native. Van Sloten’s biggest reward, however, came two weeks ago on a Sunday in December.

Iowa’s starting senior right tackle will most likely get a chance to play in the NFL, fulfilling a childhood dream. But receiving his degree from the TippieCollege of Business at the University of Iowa was the culmination of years of hard work and dedication in the classroom.

“My parents and the coaching staff here at Iowa always preached academics first and football second,” Van Sloten says. “That’s the motto I took. I wanted to be a great football player but I also realized that you can’t play football your whole life. Getting a degree and an education is very important.”


Congress letting 55 tax breaks expire at year's end | Fox News

n an almost annual ritual, Congress is letting a package of 55 popular tax breaks expire at the end of the year, creating uncertainty -- once again -- for millions of individuals and businesses.

Lawmakers let these tax breaks lapse almost every year, even though they save businesses and individuals billions of dollars. And almost every year, Congress eventually renews them, retroactively, so taxpayers can claim them by the time they file their tax returns.


Global Warming Researcher Gets Stuck in Ice | RealClearPolitics

A funny thing happened during Australian climate change professor Chris Turney's venture to retrace a 1912 research expedition in Antarctica and gauge how climate change has affected the continent: Two weeks into a five-week excursion, Turney's good ship MV Akademik Shokalskiy got trapped in ice. It turns out, global warming notwithstanding, that there's so much ice down under that two ice-breaking vessels sent to rescue the research team cannot reach the Australasian Antarctic Expedition.

Years ago, global warming believers renamed the phenomenon "climate change" -- probably because of pesky details such as unusually cold weather undercutting the warming argument. Now, just as advocates argue that earth is approaching a tipping point, there's so much ice floating in Antarctica during the Southern Hemisphere's summer that the Australasian Antarctic Expedition posted in a statement: "We're stuck in our own experiment."