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Jun222017

Former nurse suspected of killing up to 60 children

Creatas/Thinkstock(SAN ANTONIO) -- A former nurse in Texas was charged Wednesday in the 1981 murder of a 2-year-old girl.

Bexar County District Attorney Nico LaHood told ABC News Thursday that Genene Jones, 66, is suspected of killing as many as 60 children during her time as a nurse.

"We looked at her work schedule and when these babies were passing and the increase in passing under her direct work schedule was astronomical," said LaHood.

The district attorney's office said in a statement Wednesday that Jones had been indicted for the Sept. 16, 1981, murder of then 2-year-old Rosemary Vega. Last month, Jones was also charged with murder in a separate case for the Dec. 12, 1981, murder of then 11-month-old Joshua Sawyer.

At the time of Joshua's death, Jones was working as a nurse in the pediatric intensive care unit in what was formerly known as the Bexar County Hospital. According to the district attorney's office, evidence showed that Jones injected the boy with a toxic level of Dilantin.

Jones, who is currently incarcerated in the Texas Department of Criminal Justice Lane Murray unit in Gatesville, Texas, was sentenced to 99 years in prison in 1984 for the death of 15-month-old Chelsea McClellan. Later that year, a Bexar County judge sentenced Jones to 60 years in prison for injecting then 4-week-old Rolando Santos with Heparin, according to a news release from Bexar County district attorney's office. The sentences were ordered to be served concurrently.

A grand jury recommended that Jones' bond be set at $1 million for the latest indictment in the case of Vega. It is unclear if Jones has an attorney and LaHood said that no date has been set for a court appearance.

Due to a law that was in effect when Jones was first sentenced to prison, Jones will be released in March 2018. However, prior to her release, she will be sent back to Bexar County where she will await trial for the new charges, according to the district attorney's office.

"Our focus is to hold Genene Jones accountable for as many children's deaths as our evidence will support," LaHood said in Wednesday's press conference. "For that reason, this will continue to be an open investigation."

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Former nurse suspected of killing up to 60 children

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Thursday
Jun222017

Dad-to-be catches 28-pound catfish to reveal baby’s sex 

Creatas Images/Thinkstock(MANNFORD, Okla.) -- One Oklahoma couple learned the sex of their baby through a new twist on a Southern tradition -- catching a catfish by hand.

“It is definitely out of the box, to say the least,” mom-to-be Shelby Moore, of Mannford, told ABC News of their catfish-noodling reveal party.

Her husband, Colt Moore, caught a 28-pound catfish to which a friend had attached a pink tag for the parents to learn their baby's sex.

“I was really excited it was a girl! I’ve always wanted one!,” Colt Moore, 26, wrote to ABC News. “I’m looking forward to having her in my arms for the first time! And a few years after that she’ll be in the water noddlin’ with me!”

Shelby Moore said noodling is a hobby she and her husband enjoy doing together.

“It is hand-fishing catfishing. You catch catfish with your hands," she said. "You go to the lake or a river or wherever and you work the banks to find these catfish in the rocks.”

Her husband caught the catfish a week before the reveal and had a friend tag it-- without telling the couple-- whether it was pink or blue.

“My husband actually went and noodled this fish last Monday and our reveal was Sunday,” Shelby Moore, 25, said of the Father’s Day surprise. “They kept it in a live well in one of our friends’ house for the week. My appointment to find out what we’re having was Wednesday and they gave the envelope to our best friend who had kept the catfish alive all week. He went out on his boat and found a hole an hour before we came out. He tagged the fish blue or pink and stuck it in the hole and stayed at the hole for about an hour.”

Colt Moore was less nervous about what the baby’s sex would be than about “losing the fish in front of all my buddies,” he said with a laugh. “They wouldn’t have let me hear the end of it.”

The parents are over the moon to be having a baby girl, due on Dec. 2, whom they plan to name Collins Taylor Moore.

“We have always talked about kids and wanted a girl,” said Shelby Moore. “We have always felt like we’re supposed to be a girl parent. I had a gut feeling it was a boy but we all wanted a girl so bad. I had mentally prepared myself for a boy because obviously I’d never be disappointed. We just want a happy, healthy baby, but when it came up with a girl I was beyond excited. It just made my heart so happy that it was pink.”



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Thursday
Jun222017

Lily Collins faces her eating disorder in new book and film

Netflix(NEW YORK) -- After years of struggling with an eating disorder, Lily Collins has done something she never thought she'd do.

"I never dreamed I’d be posing in a bikini on the cover of Shape. It’s a complete 180 for me. It’s a magazine about what it means to be healthy," the 28-year-old actress said in an interview in the July issue of Shape.

Not only does she appear on the cover in a two-piece but she is also shown posing in several different swimsuits for a photo spread in the magazine.

Collins' swimsuit display comes after more than half a decade of her suffering from an eating disorder that she kept hidden from friends and family.

Now fully recovered, Collins has a new definition of healthy.

"I used to see healthy as this image of what I thought perfect looked like -- the perfect muscle definition, etc. But healthy now is how strong I feel," she said. "It’s a beautiful change, because if you’re strong and confident, it doesn’t matter what muscles are showing. Today I love my shape. My body is the shape it is because it holds my heart."

Collins is opening up about her battle in a new book, Unfiltered: No Shame, No Regrets, Just Me.

"I did consider that talking about my struggles with an eating disorder would overshadow my accomplishments as an actor, but I also knew this was something I needed to do to move forward as a human and an actress. I needed to let go," she told Shape. "Having suffered from an eating disorder doesn’t define me; I’m not ashamed of my past."

Collins also confronts her past in her new film To the Bone, in which she plays a woman sent to rehab for an eating disorder.

"It was a new form of recovery for me. I got to experience it as my character, Ellen, but also as Lily. I was terrified that doing the movie would take me backward, but I had to remind myself that they hired me to tell a story, not to be a certain weight," she said. "In the end, it was a gift to be able to step back into shoes I had once worn, but from a more mature place."

To the Bone, debuts on Netflix July 14.

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Thursday
Jun222017

"Consumer Reports" reveals the top yogurts for your diet

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Yogurt is a top choice for breakfast and a go-to snack for both adults and kids.

Low-fat and fat-free versions have long been top favorites but now, whole-fat yogurt is making a comeback. And studies are showing that it might actually be more beneficial for a number of reasons in comparison to low-fat yogurt.

Find out why in the video below with ABC News' Mara Schiavocampo:

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Wednesday
Jun212017

Study: extra virgin olive oil could help reduce risk of Alzheimer's disease

dulezidar/iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- A new study published in the Annals of Clinical and Translational Neurology indicates that extra virgin olive oil may be associated with reduced risk of Alzheimer's disease.

The research was completed at Temple University, and involved the introduction of extra virgin olive oil in mice known to develop key characteristics of Alzheimer's disease at the age of six months. They were fed a diet supplemented with the oil for six months, and then their neuropathy and behavior was studied for changes.

Researchers said that those mice that had their diet supplemented with EVOO performed better on cognitive tests and saw stark differences in brain tissue -- including fewer amyloid plaques.

A Mediterranean diet, heavy in fish, olive oil and plant-based foods, has long been known to reduce the risk of heart disease and stroke, as well as lowering the risk of dementia. Some previous research had linked extra virgin olive oil to the health benefits of the diet as a whole.

Experts say that research remains to be done to determine whether the use of extra virgin olive oil can stop or reverse the disease in mice -- as well as determining whether the findings are applicable to humans.

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Wednesday
Jun212017

Doctors' advice for protection in extreme heat conditions

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- As the Southwest is being battered by record-breaking extreme heat, experts warn about the trouble that can mean for the human body.

How hot is it in parts of the country right now? Some flights were canceled in Phoenix because of the crippling heat reaching a record high of 119 degrees -- the fourth hottest temperature ever recorded in the city, according to ABC News meteorologists.

The heat in Las Vegas tied the all-time hottest temperature record for that city at 117 degrees. But that's nothing compared to more obscure parts of the region like Needles, California, a small city in San Bernardino County where temperatures hit a record breaking 125 degrees, or Death Valley, California, which hit a daunting 127 degrees Tuesday.

Doctors urge people to take precautions in excessive heat. Here are some changes to monitor in extreme temperatures and how to respond:

Drink fluids, but the right ones and at an appropriate level

Most adults understand that drinking fluids is necessary when it's hot out, but many may not realize the kind of drink and how much of it can have significant effects.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) notes that "because your body loses fluids through sweat, you can become dehydrated during times of extreme heat," and that people should "drink more water than usual."

But, while consuming more water is important, people should stay level-headed about it and avoid needlessly flooding their systems, Dr. Robert Glatter, an Emergency Physician at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City told ABC News.

"When people drink fluids in excess and go overboard, they can get hyponatremia," Glatter said, referring to a condition that occurs when the level of sodium in the blood becomes too low due to dilution, causing cells to swell up.

Glatter suggested that drinking water alone may not suffice in instances when people are putting their bodies through great exertion, like exercising for an hour outdoors.

In such instances, he recommends "drinking Pedialyte, or a sports drink" to replace lost electrolytes.

For normal levels of activity during heat waves, however, Glatter says that water alone should suffice.

"In general you should stick to water, and avoid drinks with an excess of sugar or caffeine," he said.

Stay cool, when possible

Glatter said that he frequently sees construction workers and street vendors in his ER who have had prolonged exposure to heat.

For those who are stuck outside in the heat, drinking more water and electrolytes may be the only protection. But for those who can, staying out of prolonged, intense sun is a safe bet.

The CDC recommends staying in air-conditioned buildings as much as possible and limiting direct exposure to sunlight to avoid heat stroke, which can cause damage to internal organs, including the brain.

Monitor children and the elderly

Children and the elderly are particularly vulnerable to the effects of high temperatures, according Glatter, who says that they need to be monitored.

"Infants and children especially need to wear a hat outside -- a floppy hat," he said. "The scalp is very susceptible to overheating."

Glatter adds that sunscreen should be applied to children before leaving the house, not after, to allow time for absorption.

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Wednesday
Jun212017

Prince Harry reveals he suffered panic attacks after Princess Diana's death

Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images(LONDON) -- Prince Harry has revealed he suffered panic attacks at royal engagements and said the Invictus Games, the Paralympic-style competition he founded for injured service members, forced him to confront his own fears and reach out for help.

"Actually going through Invictus and speaking to all the guys about their issues has really healed me and helped me," Harry, 32, said in a new interview with Dave Henson airing Wednesday in the U.K. on Forces TV. "I have got plenty of issues. None of them really relate to Afghanistan but Afghanistan was the thing that triggered everything else and the process."

Harry, a former Apache pilot, said it was his two tours of duty in Afghanistan that prompted him to deal with the 1997 death of his mother, Princess Diana, in a Paris car crash.

“If you lose your mum at the age of 12, you have got to deal with it,” Harry said. “The idea that 20 years later I still hadn’t really… that 15, 17 years later I still hadn’t dealt with it. Afghan was the moment where I was like, ‘Right, deal with it.'”

Harry, who shared earlier this year that he sought counseling in his late 20s, told Henson how he overcame his own fears to ask for help.

"I was like, 'Right, you are Prince Harry. You can do this. As long as you're not a complete t-- then you are going to be able to get that support because you've got the credibility of ten years' service and therefore you can really make a difference," he said.

Harry spoke with Henson, a Paralympic medal winner, to promote the 2017 Invictus Games, which will be held next in Toronto in September. The fifth-in-line to the British throne launched the Invictus Games in London in 2014 and credits the event with helping him conquer his own demons.

"Yeah, 100 percent. For me, Invictus has been sort of like a cure for myself," he said.

Harry also revealed in the interview details about the panic attacks he said he suffered at public engagements.

"In my case, suit and tie, every single time I was in any room with loads of people, which is quite often, I was just pouring with sweat, like heart beating – boom, boom, boom, boom - and literally just like a washing machine," Harry said.

Both Harry and his brother, Prince William, have spoken more publicly this year about the loss of Princess Diana and how they coped. The brothers joined Princess Kate in creating the Heads Together campaign last year to break down the stigma surrounding mental illness.

Harry told The Telegraph's Bryon Gordon in April that he "shut down all [his] emotions” for almost two decades after Diana's death.

Harry, who started dating American actress Meghan Markle last summer, also described feeling completely overwhelmed having to live his life so publicly.

"I have probably been very close to a complete breakdown on numerous occasions when all sorts of grief and sort of lies and misconceptions and everything are coming to you from every angle,” said Harry, who credited William with encouraging him to seek out mental health support.

Harry told Henson that he wanted to help himself so he could help others.

"When you can get your own head and self back on the right path, the amount of people you can help is unbelievable because you can tell the signs in people," Harry said. "You can see it in their eyes. You can see it in their reactions."

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Wednesday
Jun212017

Experts warn rising temperatures can turn air conditioners into fire hazards

Jupiterimages/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- The appliance many people rely on to keep their homes cool could potentially pose a fire risk.

Air conditioners cause an average of 20 deaths, 140 injuries and $82 million in property damage annually, according to a 2016 report by the National Fire Protection Association.

Experts warn that rising temperatures can strain air conditioning units and, if they are not properly maintained, can turn them into fire hazards.

"If they are overworked and overheated or there are some electrical issues, it can catch nearby combustibles on fire," Pete Piringer, chief spokesperson for the Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Service in Maryland, told ABC's Good Morning America.

But fires can be prevented through proper maintenance, Piringer said. Changing the filter and ensuring adequate power supply to the unit are two safety measures that can help avoid potential problems.

Avoiding the use of extension cords or power strips is also important, he said.

"When you start using extension cords, it can be problematic," Piringer said. "They can overheat and start a fire."

Piringer also recommends that people have their units checked once or twice per year by a certified HVAC technician and make sure that space around them is clear.

"Create that circle of safety," he said. "Make sure you're clear of certainly any combustible material."

In a demonstration on GMA, Piringer showed how properly anchoring the unit into a window opening ensures that if a fire were to start, the seal between the bracket and the opening will prevent the flames from coming into the house.

The National Fire Protection Association found that from 2010 to 2014, there was an average of 2,800 reports of home structure fires involving air conditioners annually.

In April, an air conditioning unit caused a two-alarm fire at an apartment complex in Tampa, Florida, ABC affiliate WFTS-TV reported.

"I look out my window and the AC unit was on fire," Carla Alberto, who lives across from the building that caught fire, told WFTS.

"You could see the smoke like 10 minutes away," witness Latrida Smart told WFTS.

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Wednesday
Jun212017

Five unusual yoga styles for International Yoga Day

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- If you've never practiced yoga before, there's no better day to start than on Wednesday. June 21 is International Yoga Day.

According to Days of the Year, International Yoga Day was declared by the United Nations General Assembly on Dec. 11, 2014. But the physical, mental and spiritual practice that's helped millions worldwide is actually more than 6,000 years old.

If the idea of "oooming" your way through a yoga class has you yawning, read on. Yoga has taken all sorts of forms and has risen to new heights -- even incorporating all sorts of furry friends. The good news is that yoga always comes back to the basics and is a great practice for everyone, from the very old to the very young.

Kids Yoga

Even the tiniest of tots can practice yoga. The same things that benefit adults -- stress reduction, mind-body connection and physical strength -- also benefit kids. It's also a non-competitive sport, something that's hard to come by for kids these days.

Kids yoga tends to be more creative than an adult yoga class. So imagine barking like a dog in downward dog, or meowing in cat pose. It's those little tweaks and a bit of silliness that keeps the kids focused.

Heli Yoga

Talk about taking yoga to new heights. In Las Vegas, just a few minutes from the Strip, guests are transported via helicopter to the Valley of Fire for a 75-minute yoga class led by Dray Gardner of Silent Savasana.

Maverick Helicopters, which runs the tours, told ABC News its clients are the type of people who are not only looking to stay health-conscious on vacation, but who want to experience "the latest and greatest Las Vegas has to offer." If you're looking for a way to stay fit and turn your Instagram followers green with envy, heli yoga is it.

Goat Yoga


If you love baby goats, you'll love goat yoga. The classes started in Willamette Valley, Oregon, by Lainey Morse in 2016. Morse said a goat therapy idea first came to her during a rough period in her life.

“It’s impossible to be sad and depressed when there’s baby goats jumping around,” she said.

Her business is expanding rapidly, with people traveling from all over the nation to attend a class.

“They have a sense of clam about them, but are really funny too,” Morse said. “They’re the perfect therapy animal.”

Dog Yoga

Those who identify as dog people rather than goat people will be pleased to know there's a growing trend of pairing downward dog with an actual dog. Sometimes called "doga," the practice makes use of canines as props and even weights in some yoga poses.

Dog owner Jocelyn James spoke to ABC News about the benefit of doga, saying, "It’s been very powerful for me and Peanut Butter ... she has allergies and a little anxiety. Everything that breathes needs a little healing.”

Voga

Looking to amp up your yoga practice? Look no further than Voga, or Voguing-yoga. It pairs the dance moves from Madonna's "Vogue" with yoga. The class description offers the "synchronized movement of yoga with the expressive moves of a dance class, fusing power and strength with attitude and flamboyance, where slick alignment is key." 

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Wednesday
Jun212017

Mike Pence, other lawmakers donate to Capitol Hill blood bank in honor of Scalise

Twitter/VP(WASHINGTON) -- Vice President Mike Pence was among those on Capitol Hill Tuesday who rolled up their sleeves and donated blood in honor of the victims of last week's shooting at congressional baseball practice at an Alexandria, Virginia, park.

The blood drive -- which will also take place on Thursday -- is supported by the American Red Cross and hosted by Deputy Whip Rep. Patrick McHenry, R-N.C. It's in honor of Rep. Steve Scalise, R-La., who has been upgraded from critical to serious condition, as well as Capitol Police officer Crystal Griner and lobbyist Matt Mika, all of whom were injured when gunman James Hodgkinson opened fire. He was killed in a shootout with police.

"Inspiring to see members of Congress & staffers at the blood drive organized to help those hurt in last week's shooting. #TeamScalise," Pence tweeted, along with photos of himself at the blood bank.

Marc Lotter, Pence's press secretary, tweeted a photo of the vice president "donating blood & getting update on @SteveScalise."

Pence's donation to the blood bank was welcomed by Scalise's staff, who tweeted from the congressman's account, "Thanks to @VP Pence for giving blood today in honor of those injured in last week's attack. #TeamScalise"

Rep. McHenry also commended Pence, tweeting, "Great to see @VP Pence taking part in today's blood drive honoring the victims of last week's attack. #ScaliseStrong @CapitolPolice."

Rep. Pete Aguilar, R-Calif., also donated blood, tweeting a photo of himself at the blood bank.

"Thank you @PatrickMcHenry for organizing a blood drive in honor of @stevescalise and all the victims of last week's horrific attack," he wrote.

Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) also tweeted a photo of himself, while blood was being drawn.

"Happy to give blood today in honor of @SteveScalise and others injured on the ball field last week," he wrote.

Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) tweeted a series of photos, as well.

Rep. Jason Lewis (R-Minn.) tweeted a photo of himself giving the thumbs-up, while his blood was being drawn.

"Joined @InovaBlood to give blood today in support of my friend @SteveScalise's recovery! Praying for Steve & our brave Capitol Police #Mn02," he wrote.

Georgia congressman Drew Ferguson also tweeted a photo of himself donating blood.

"Proud to be supporting #TeamScalise today at the Capitol Hill blood drive," he wrote.

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