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Cervical cancer death rate higher than experts thought – especially for black women

A new study says the death rate from cervical cancer in the United States is higher than experts thought – particularly for black women.

The medical journal Cancer on Monday published the study, which said the rate black American women are dying from the disease is akin to that of women in many poor developing nations.

Previously, the mortality rate was 5.7 per 100,000 black women and 3.2 per 100,000 white women, the study said. However, after researchers excluded women who have had a hysterectomy – and thus no chance of developing the disease – from the numbers, the mortality rate was 10.1 per 100,000 black women and 4.7 per 100,000 white women, according to the study.

Experts say what is especially disturbing is that cervical cancer is largely preventable through screenings.

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“This shows that our disparities are even worse than we feared,” said Dr. Kathleen M. Schmeler, an associate professor of gynecologic oncology at the University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center.

“We have screenings that are great, but many women in America are not getting them.”

Schmeler told the New York Times that repealing the Affordable Care Act could make matters worse because it covers screenings. The repeal also could result in the closing of family planning clinics that perform the test, she said.

Some doctors said the racial disparity could reflect unequal access to screening and insurance coverage.

Cervical cancer is caused, in most cases, by the virus called human papillomavirus, or HPV. It can be transmitted through sexual contact. There is a vaccine for women age 26 and younger.

– The Cox Media Group National Content Desk contributed to this report.

Trump proclaims his Inauguration Day a National Day of Patriotic Devotion

President Donald Trump is naming Jan. 20, 2017 – his Inauguration Day – a National Day of Patriotic Devotion.

>> PHOTOS: The inauguration of Donald Trump

According to The Hill, the proclamation, set to be published Tuesday, refers to "a new national pride" that "stirs the American soul."

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"We are one people, united by a common destiny and a shared purpose," the proclamation says.

The proclamation is meant "to strengthen our bonds to each other and to our country – and to renew the duties of government to the people," according to the document.

>> Read the proclamation here

Former President Barack Obama declared his first Inauguration Day a National Day of Renewal and Reconciliation in 2009.

'Saturday Night Live' writer suspended for Barron Trump tweet

Democrats and Republicans seem to agree on one thing about criticizing the President Donald Trump's family: Leave the kids out of it. That especially goes for Barron Trump, who is 10 years old. 

>> PREVIOUS STORY: 'SNL' writer under fire for Barron Trump tweet

Last week, a writer from “Saturday Night Live” joked that Barron would kill his family. Now, NBC has announced consequences for Katie Rich, who tweeted that Barron would be the "first homeschool shooter."

>> Chelsea Clinton defends Barron Trump: He deserves 'to be a kid'

The tasteless joke drew swift and widespread backlash. A petition called “Fire Katie Rich” on attracted more than 100,000 signatures.

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Rich, who has been writing for “SNL” since 2013, will be suspended “indefinitely,” the network said. She tweeted an apology Monday afternoon, resurrecting her Twitter account after initially deleting it.

>> Read the apology here

I sincerely apologize for the insensitive tweet. I deeply regret my actions & offensive words. It was inexcusable & I'm so sorry.— Katie Rich (@katiemaryrich) January 23, 2017

Felon admits to running illegal drug ring from prison

Authorities said a Georgia man could face up to 40 years in prison after he pleaded guilty to running a multistate drug trafficking operation from prison, using cellphones and drones. 

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Daniel Roger Alo, 46, pleaded guilty Monday to drug and weapons charges, U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Georgia Edward Tarver said. Alo was serving a sentence for a kidnapping conviction during the commission of the crimes. 

“This defendant is an example of the enormous challenges that our law enforcement partners face in their fight against illegal drugs in our communities,” Tarver said. “Alo used readily available technology (drones and cell phones) to continue his substantial criminal behavior even while confined in a secure state prison. It is necessary and appropriate that his next stop be a federal prison.”

Alo and 15 others, including $3 million lottery winner Ronnie Music, were indicted on the charges in September. Authorities said Music used his winnings to buy drugs from the drug ring. Music is in prison awaiting sentencing. 

According to a release from Tarver, Alo admitted to forming a drug trafficking operation with gang members inside and outside the prison. Alo also used drones to smuggle cellphones and other contraband inside the prison, Tarver said. 

Alo used the cellphones to coordinate the drug deals while outside members distributed crystal meth in Georgia, Tennessee, Virginia and other parts of the Southeast, authorities said. 

Officials had already seized nearly $600,000, 11 pounds of methamphetamine and 10 guns from five of Alo’s co-conspirators in a 2015 undercover drug sting in Brunswick. 

After the investigation, Tarver said authorities seized more than 15 pounds of methamphetamine, $600,000, two drones, rounds of ammunition, multiple cars and 15 firearms, which were either stolen or had sawed off. 

Tarver said Alo could face between five and 40 years in federal prison. He will be sentenced after the U.S. Probation Office completes its pre-sentence investigation. 

Watch: Dog appears to dance to music at groomer

An Orlando pet salon uploaded a video to its Facebook page of an adorable dog that appears to dance to salsa music.

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In the brief clip, uploaded Jan. 12, the dog can be seen rising to its hind legs and dancing around to "Conga" by the Miami Sound Machine. It's famously led by singer Gloria Estefan.

 When you had such a fun time at your groomers, you can't help but do the #congo 💃🎶 407.442.7297 #plushpawspetsalon #doggroomer #downtownorlando #orlandobusiness #supportlocal #orlandosbest #smallbusiness #dancingdog #plushpaws #doggrooming #orlandoliving #collegeparkfl #petgrooming #petlover #animallovers #doglover #petsalon #orlando #florida #petsofinstagram #rescuedog #rescuedogsofinstagram #savedontshop #gloriaestefan #terriersofinstagram #terrier Petoftheday #instamood #instagram #youtube #salsadancingPosted by Plush Paws Pet Salon on Thursday, January 12, 2017

The footage of the dog seemingly dancing the conga was shot at the Plush Paws Pet Salon.

"When you had such a fun time at your groomers, you can't help but do the (conga)," the pet salon wrote in the Facebook post.

Woman's dog saves her from would-be attacker in broad daylight

One woman has her 10-month-old puppy to thank after a man tried to attack her while she was on a trail in a Houston suburb.

Catalina Humphrey told KTRK a man grabbed her from behind when she was walking her Rottweiler, Hercules, on Saturday afternoon.

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"I didn't have a purse on me. I just had my workout gear on," Humphrey told KHOU. "I didn't have something that would draw me out for him to want to attack me like that. I don't know what his intent was, but I know it wasn't good."

The 110-pound pup took action, biting the man over and over and pinning him to the ground until he ran away.

"The minute that he ran, I saw blood on the ground," Humphrey said. She ran home and called police right after.

Montgomery County Sheriff's Office deputies are still looking for the man.

"It's still hard for me to want to leave my house, because I'm still trying to wrestle with that," Humphrey said.

Police say the sttackeris a black male in his 20s with a clean-shaven face, a height of about 5 feet 10 inches and weight of about 175 pounds.

KHOU reported that investigators collected DNA from Hercules' mouth and a scratch the suspect made on Humphrey's shoulder.

Humphrey's hero was rewarded with a day at the doggie spa and a bone.

"To know he protected me ... I am beyond grateful he did that," she said. "He is a hero because he saved my life."

'A Dog's Purpose' video fallout: movie producer, animal supplier speak out

"A Dog's Purpose" is set to premiere Jan. 27, but it is still battling publicity surrounding a controversial video that was obtained and posted by TMZ last week.

The video shows a 2-year-old German shepherd named Hercules struggling with a person who appears to be a trainer as rough waves churned in a pool.

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Producers of the film initially told TMZ on Wednesday hours after the video surfaced that the dog was fine, and the American Humane Association, which oversees safety guidelines for animal actors on movie sets, placed a representative who had been on set on leave.

On Thursday, Universal Pictures and Amblin Entertainment, the distributor and creator of the film, announced that they canceled the Hollywood premiere of the film and the associated press junket.

Related: 'A Dog's Purpose' producers respond to video of possible abuse, says German shepherd is fine

Despite a statement from W. Bruce Cameron, the author of the book on which the film is based and the co-screenwriter, in which he questions the video, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals has called for a boycott of the film and has criticized Birds & Animals Unlimited, the supplier of animal actors for the movie.

Gavin Polone, a columnist for The Hollywood Reporter and the producer of the movie, wrote an op-ed in THR, expressing concern over the involvement of AHA in the shoot, and criticized PETA for its response.

Polone said the dog had been trained to perform a stunt in which he appears to drag a woman to safety from a specific point at the set, but that point was moved for one of the shots, which he said made Hercules uncomfortable.

Related: 'A Dog's Purpose' premiere canceled as video of possible abuse investigated, author issues statement

"That, evidentially, is what caused him to be spooked," Polone said. "When the dog didn’t want to do the scene from the new position, they cut, though not soon enough, and then went back to the original position. The dog was comfortable and went in on his own and they shot the scene. The TMZ video only shows the unfinished take of when the dog was on the right side."

Polone did take issue with how Hercules was forced into the water and with another instance, shown in the video, in which the dog's head becomes submerged underwater.

"These two things are absolutely inexcusable and should never have happened," he said,  adding that the AHA representative on set and the person who was running the set that day "should have also intervened immediately on both of those parts of the filming. … Those individuals should be held accountable and never used again by that studio or its affiliates."

Polone's full response can be read on The Hollywood Reporter.

On Monday, PETA Senior Vice President Lisa Lange said in a statement to Deadline Hollywood that her organization's investigation of Birds & Animals Unlimited "revealed that dogs were kept in barren kennels and forced to sleep outside in the cold, animals were denied adequate food so that they would be hungry while being trained to do tricks, and other animals were denied adequate veterinary care and made to live in filthy conditions."

Lane also responded to Polone's op-ed:

Those who made the movie want it to succeed, but even the film’s producer, Gavin Polone, admitted that the incident should not have occurred, so for him to offer alternative facts about what countless people have now watched and condemned is a form of spin that even the best filmmaker couldn’t pull off.

Birds & Animals Unlimited issued a response to Deadline Monday that said in part, the "falsely edited video" depicted something that did not happen, "nor would it ever occur under the supervision of our animal trainers."

The statement went on to detail the process of the stunt performed by Hercules:

Whenever Hercules was in the water there were two trainers poolside, one trainer in the water, a safety diver, as well as stunt personnel. The day before the scene was filmed, Hercules and his trainers did a comprehensive rehearsal at the pool location with safety and stunt teams to make certain that safety measures were in place to insure that the dog was not put in any danger.

The company said it is "currently reviewing available footage of these scenes and is evaluating its legal options."

Birds & Animals Unlimited's full statement, as well as Lange's full statement, can be read at

Alec Baldwin to host SNL for record 17th time, smashing previous record

Actor Alec Baldwin is scheduled to host “Saturday Night Live” next month for the 17th time, in an appearance that will break comedian Steve Martin’s record for most times hosting the late-night comedy show.

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Baldwin's impression of President Donald Trump has garnered rave reviews and plenty of late-night laughs, as he played Trump throughout the 2016 presidential campaign and beyond.

The actor’s portrayal of Trump even provoked a response from the president himself via Twitter, with Trump calling "Saturday Night Live" "unwatchable." Baldwin responded by tweeting back, "Release yor tax returns and I'll stop. Ha."

Just tried watching Saturday Night Live - unwatchable! Totally biased, not funny and the Baldwin impersonation just can't get any worse. Sad— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 4, 2016

...@realDonaldTrump Release your tax returns and I'll stop.Ha— ABFoundation (@ABFalecbaldwin) December 4, 2016

Trump did appear on “Saturday Night Live” in Nov. of 2015, but that was before Baldwin began performing his hilarious spoof of him.

Baldwin will host the show on Feb. 11.

Federal agents seize $20M hidden in a box spring in Massachusetts

Federal agents seized nearly $20 million in cash hidden in a box spring in a Westborough, Massachusetts, apartment. 

The money was seized this month and a Brazilian man was arrested in connection with conspiring to launder proceeds of a massive TelexFree pyramid scheme. 

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The U.S. attorney for the District of Massachusetts said agents searched TelexFree, Inc. headquarters in April 2014 in Malborough, Massachusetts. Later that same day, one of the company's founders, Carlos Wanzeler, allegedly fled to Brazil. 

Wanzeler and his co-founder, James Merrill, were indicted in July 2014. They pleaded guilty to running the pyramid scheme in October 2016 and are awaiting sentencing. 

Agents said that millions were still hidden in the Boston area. The U.S attorney for the District of Massachusetts posted a photo on Twitter of about $20 million in cash found hidden in a box spring.

Photo of $20M seized in box spring following arrest of Brazilian national in scheme to launder proceeds of TelexFree— U.S. Attorney MA (@DMAnews1) January 23, 2017

They said an associate, 28-year-old Cleber Rene Rizerio Rocha, was working to launder cash through Hong Kong and transfer it to Brazilian accounts. They claim Rocha was a carrier for Wanzeler's nephew. 

Agents followed Rocha to an apartment complex in Westborough and arrested him. He may face a maximum 20 years in prison, three years supervised release and a fine of $250,000 or twice the gross gain or loss, whichever is greater, the district said.

High school student hits teacher with paper airplane, faces 1 month in jail

A South Carolina high school student accused of throwing a paper airplane that hit a teacher in the eye could face up to a month of jail time, according to South Strand News.

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Georgetown County sheriff's deputies arrested a 17-year-old student after his teacher, Edward McIver, said he had been hit by a paper airplane thrown by the high schooler, the newspaper reported. The young man was arrested and charged with third-degree assault and battery.

In an incident report obtained by South Stand News, authorities said a school resource officer found McIver with a "very red" eye after the science teacher was hit by the paper plane on Jan. 10. The officer said McIver was "very upset" that he was struck because he recently had eye surgery.

The student admitted to throwing the plane during class, according to the report. He said he meant to hit McIver in the head.

The young man was taken to Georgetown County Detention Center, where he was later released on bail. He is scheduled to appear in court on Feb. 14.

Lifetime's Britney Spears biopic trailer released

The first trailer for "Britney Ever After," Lifetime's TV movie biopic on pop icon Britney Spears was posted Monday morning on the network's social media pages.

Mashable reported that the trailer is somewhat somber, focusing on on Spears' publicized struggles with fame.

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Using shots of British actress Natasha Bassett portraying Spears as a red carpet darling and onstage performer, the trailer gives a clip of Spears' infamous head-shaving incident.

"I’m not going to say I was fun, 'cause I wasn’t," Bassett says in a southern accent as Spears. "Everything’s just kind of this blur, you know? Until you hit rock bottom."

The trailer offers glimpses of the movie's interpretation of Spears' 2004 marriage to former backup dancer Kevin Federline and what looks like a re-enactment of a 2008 MTV documentary about the singer.

"I wanna be strong for my fans," a voice-over says. "They're what keeps me going."

Spears' publicist told Entertainment Weekly in August 2016 when the movie was first announced that the singer would not be involved in the film "in any way, shape or form… nor does it have her blessing."

"Britney Ever After" airs Feb. 18. at 8 p.m. on Lifetime. Watch the trailer below.

 You know her name, but do you know her story? Britney Ever After premieres, February 18th at 8/7c.Posted by Lifetime on Monday, January 23, 2017

Fox News drops Stacey Dash, critics rejoice

Brianna Chambers contributed to this report.

Fox News contributor Stacey Dash hasn't been seen on the network since September, and she might not be returning any time soon.

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Best known for her role in the 1995 movie "Clueless," the 50-year-old actress-turned-political-pundit supported Mitt Romney's presidential run in 2012 and from there, she became known as a champion of conservative values.

She earned a role at Fox News in 2014, authored "There Goes My Social Life: From Clueless to Conservative" in 2016 and was an early vocal supporter of Donald Trump during his run for president.

Even though Dash's Twitter profile still reads "@Foxnews Contributor," and she's still tweeting charged political commentary, a network representative told The Hollywood Reporter on Sunday that the decision to cut Dash loose and not extend her contract was made in September.

In 2015, she was temporarily suspended from Fox News for swearing during an on-air rant about President Barack Obama. She said Obama could "give a (expletive)" about terrorism.

Dash's views on transgender issues, as well as Middle Eastern immigration into the U.S. following the Orlando, Florida, nightclub shooting caused more of a stir. 

"It's tyranny by the minority," Dash said while discussing trans rights during a 2016 interview with Entertainment Tonight. "Why do I have to suffer because you can't decide what you want to be that day? It's your body. So, it's your decision, right? We all make choices."

Dash went on to say that transgender people should go to the bathroom "in the bushes."

"I don't know what to tell you, but I'm not going to put my child's life at risk because you want to change a law. So that you can be comfortable with your beliefs -- which means I have to change my beliefs and my rights? No."

Dash also said that there should be no Black History Month because there isn't a white history month.

Many social media users were outspoken Sunday about their support of the network's decision to let Dash go. 

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Photo appears to show Michigan man walking on water, literally

A photo of a Michigan man looks startlingly surreal, as if he’s walking on water, but in reality he’s standing on an ice-covered lake near Boyne City in the northern part of the state.

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It wasn’t a hoax, as some have suggested, according to Andre Poineau, who said he ventured out onto Lake Charlevoix in mid-January when the ice was more than 2 inches thick and so clear, you could see the sandy ripples on the lake bottom.  

No, this is not a Photoshop manipulation. And it's not Biblical water-walking skills. It's a photograph of Andre...Posted by Detroit Free Press on Monday, January 23, 2017

Such extremely clear ice occurs under certain conditions.

“I’ve seen it several times before. The water in Lake Charlevoix is incredibly clear to begin with, partly because of zebra mussels,” Poineau told

“When it freezes without agitation, there are hardly any oxygen bubbles in the ice. “

“It happens on rare occasions,” he added.

Poineau, 63, says he was a little apprehensive about stepping out on the ice that day and had a shovel with him to test its strength. It passed the test.

Photographer Martha Sulfridge took the stunning shot on Jan. 15 and the rest, as they say, is history. The picture has gone viral and has been shared on Facebook more than 60,000 times.  



Arthur Blank to send all Falcons employees to Super Bowl

Atlanta Falcons franchise owner Arthur Blank plans to take all of the team's employees to Houston for the Super Bowl. The team employs about 500 people.

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No further details of Blank's plans were available on Monday, the day after the Falcons beat the Packers for the NFC championship. The Falcons will play the AFC champion New England Patriots in the Super Bowl on Feb. 5.

Blank would not be the first NFL franchise owner to take all of his employees to the Super Bowl along with the team.

The owners of both the Panthers and the Broncos paid for all of their employees to go to the 2016 Super Bowl in Santa Clara, California.

Atlanta Falcons fan bawls after big win against Green Bay

The Atlanta Falcons are heading to Super Bowl LI, and one super fan just couldn't contain his emotions after the win Sunday.

Jonathan Tarantino was watching the game with friends in his Atlanta apartment Sunday and couldn't contain his emotions after the Falcons' win against the Green Bay Packers. The Falcons defeated the Packers 44-21, securing their spot in the Super Bowl.

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"I've waited for this ever since the 49ers," Tarantino said in a video shot by his wife, Kayte.

Tarantino, who grew up in Gwinnett County, said he is a lifelong Atlanta fan. 

"Since I could walk," said Tarantino. "An Atlanta fan no matter what, whether it be the Falcons, the Hawks or the Braves." 

He vividly remembers the Falcons' 2012 loss to the 49ers during the NFC Championship game.

"That's the first thing I thought of," said Tarantino. "Me and my wife, or my fiancée that the time, were watching at the Taco Mac at the CNN Center. I'll never forget that. It was a devastating loss."

He couldn't believe his team pulled out such a strong win against the Packers.

"Remembering that loss and watching them be able to beat the Packers the way they did, it was just a lot of emotion coming out all at once," said Tarantino.

The Falcons will take on the New England Patriots Sunday, Feb. 5 in Houston.

Tarantino said he and his wife are working on a plan to get to Houston.

"We probably won't get tickets, but me and my wife might drive to Houston to be there," said Tarantino. "It'll be once in a lifetime. It'll be awesome to have a little road trip and experience the environment there."

 Atlanta Falcons fan overwhelmed they're going to the Super BowlAMAZING: He's been an Atlanta Falcons fan his whole life... and he just. can't. even. by WSB-TV on Monday, January 23, 2017

Johnny Manziel has advice for President Donald Trump

Johnny Manziel is back on the scene not just in time for the Super Bowl but also to help out our 45th president as he settles into the Oval Office.

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The former Cleveland Browns quarterback offered some important social media advice for President Donald J. Trump on Monday. 

"Yo @POTUS even I know to stay away from the notifications section on twitter. (Expletive) will drive you crazy, lead the country and let them hate," he wrote.

In a subsequent tweet, he advised Trump to "control what you can control and let the rest fall by the wayside."

The tweets disappeared within an hour after they were posted and Manziel appeared to have deleted his Twitter account.

The tweet even caught the attention of former White House press secretary Ari Fleischer, who wrote on Twitter that, to his shock, "Johnny Manziel is right."

When you're right, you're right. Johnny Manziel is right. (I can't believe i said that.)— Ari Fleischer (@AriFleischer) January 23, 2017

It's not clear what exactly prompted the Heisman winner's words, but it's safe to say there are plenty of candidates.

The Cox Media Group National Content Desk contributed to this report.

Alec Baldwin to host 'Saturday Night Live'

Alec Baldwin is scheduled to host to "Saturday Night Live" on Feb. 11 amid his ongoing battle with President Donald Trump.

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Ed Sheeran will appear as the night's musical guest.

Baldwin, who has played the president multiple times in the run-up to and since the election, will host the show for the 17th time. He holds the record for the most times hosting the sketch comedy hour, trailed by comedian Steve Martin, who has hosted 15 shows, and actor John Goodman, who has hosted 13 episodes.

>> Related: Trump blasts 'Saturday Night Live,' Alec Baldwin on Twitter – again

Baldwin has frequently been the target of attacks by Trump, who has criticized the actor for his portrayal of the business mogul-turned-politician.

President-elect Donald Trump only wants to talk about what is really important in this country. #SNL— Saturday Night Live (@nbcsnl) January 15, 2017

In an early morning tweet on Dec. 3, Trump called "Saturday Night Live," "totally biased" and "unwatchable" after Baldwin portrayed him as too preoccupied with Twitter to pay attention to a security briefing.

*retweets* #SNL— Saturday Night Live (@nbcsnl) December 4, 2016

"The Baldwin impersonation just can't get any worse," Trump wrote. "Sad."

Just tried watching Saturday Night Live - unwatchable! Totally biased, not funny and the Baldwin impersonation just can't get any worse. Sad— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 4, 2016

Baldwin responded on an account dedicated to his Alec Baldwin Foundation.

"Release your tax returns and I'll stop," he wrote.

...@realDonaldTrump Release your tax returns and I'll stop.Ha— ABFoundation (@ABFalecbaldwin) December 4, 2016

Sen. Jack Sandlin criticized for 'fat women' Women's March Facebook post

Indiana Sen. Jack Sandlin is being criticized for a Facebook post he shared Sunday.

The Indianapolis Star reported that Sandlin shared an image that appears to contain a photo from one of the women's marches with text that was some people found offensive.

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The text reads: "In one day, Trump got more fat women out walking than Michelle Obama did in 8 years."

Sandlin removed the post, but screenshots quickly surfaced on social media.

"Apparently there is an offensive post on Facebook that's attributed to me about women in Washington marching," Sandlin in a since-removed Facebook post. "Not sure how that ended up on my Facebook wall but that certainly does not reflect my opinion of women. People who know me will know that's not my view."

But according to the screenshot, the image was shared by Sandlin to his followers. Posts that are shared by Facebook users are also posted to the user's own profile.

The IndyStar reported that the explanation had over 950 comments Monday morning, but was removed around 9 a.m. The post might have been removed from public view, meaning that only Sandlin's Facebook friends can see the message, or it might have been deleted completely.

WXIN reported that Sandlin issued a statement about the incident echoing the same explanation that was on his Facebook page:

"Yesterday, an offensive message related to the Women’s March on Washington appeared on my Facebook page. It’s unclear to me how this ended up on my page, but I have removed it. This message in no way represents my views toward women, and I sincerely apologize to anyone who may have seen it."

Burned toast, too crispy potatoes pose cancer risk, British food agency warns

Burned toast or brown French fries are examples of over-cooked foods that could cause cancer due to a possible carcinogen they contain, according to the U.K.’s Food Standards Agency, or FSA.

The FSA has launched a campaign aimed at getting people to “go for gold” when cooking some foods, including potatoes, root vegetables, toast, biscuits and cereals to reduce the amount of a chemical called acrylamide.

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Acrylamide is a natural by-product of cooking, and is  formed when foods with a high starch content, like potatoes and bread, are fried, grilled, roasted, toasted or baked at high temperatures. The longer a high starch food is cooked and the higher the temperature the more acrylamide is produced.

Studies have shown acrylamide causes cancer in animals and scientists believe it might cause cancer in humans, too.

The FSA said it wants to help reduce the amount of the carcinogen in food as researchers continue studying the effects of acrylamide.  

The agency is advising, through its “go for gold” campaign, that starchy foods should be cooked until golden yellow or lighter.

“We want our ‘Go for Gold’ campaign to highlight the issues so that consumers know how to make small changes that may reduce their acrylamide consumption,” FSA director of policy Steve Wearne said in a statement.

The new safety standard comes as the agency released a new study showing people in the U.K. are eating higher levels of acrylamide than “is desirable.”

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