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Doctors And Parents Should Watch Language Around Obese Children

ROCHESTER ( WXXI ) - A pediatrician at UR Medicine’s Golisano Children’s Hospital co-authored guidelines to encourage medical professionals to use non-biased language when treating teens and children with obesity. Dr. Steve Cook helped pen the new policy statement that was published in the December 2017 issue of Pediatrics , and it suggests that health professionals to model non-biased behaviors and language in order to reduce the weight stigma that children and teens usually encounter. The...

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For the first time since the country gained independence from white minority rule in 1980, Zimbabwe has a new leader. At a packed stadium in the capital city Harare, Emmerson Mnangagwa promised not to "squander this moment" to change the culture of politics in his country.

Food waste is a huge problem globally — starting with our own refrigerators. Over this Thanksgiving week, Americans will throw out almost 200 million pounds of turkey alone, according to figures from the Natural Resources Defense Council.

But before you toss that bird, read on. We asked Massimo Bottura, one of the world's best chefs, to help us figure out what to do with our holiday leftovers.

Mosque Attack In Egypt's Sinai Kills At Least 235

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A terrorist attack that targeted a mosque in Egypt's Sinai Peninsula has left at least 235 people dead and as many as 100 wounded Friday.

The death toll makes it the biggest attack since the conflict in the North Sinai started six years ago.

The Middle East News Agency said the bombing and shooting attack took place in the city of Arish, which is about 30 miles from the border with the Gaza Strip.

When I was a kid, my mom always told me to rinse the dishes before putting them in the dishwasher. This was especially true for dishware with tacky residue. Peanut butter, cream cheese, frosting — these adversaries were simply too powerful for the dishwasher's meek cleanse. Today, still harboring a distrust of dishwashers, I tend to wash my dishes by hand.

But I often wonder about the consequences of my sponge-scrubbing ways — am I wasting water by avoiding the dishwasher, or saving it?

Oscar Pistorius will be serving an additional 13 years in prison, after a South African court increased the double-amputee and former Olympic athlete's sentence for the murder of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp.

In 2016, a judge sentenced Pistorius to six years in prison for shooting Steenkamp through the bathroom door of his house in 2013.

The government appealed that sentence, saying it was too lenient.

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ROCHESTER (WXXI) - The University of Rochester Medical Center is embarking on $2.4 million study focused on a population that is virtually immune to food allergies: Old Order Mennonites.

Fewer than 1% of Old Order Mennonites have food allergies, asthma or other allergic diseases.

Kirsi Jarvinen-Seppo is leading the study,  an associate professor at UR. She said a difference in lifestyle could be affecting immune systems. Old Order Mennonites live on farms and deliver babies at home, while people who live in cities do just the opposite.

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Congressman Tom Reed returned to the Southern Tier this week and faced heat over his support of the big GOP tax bill that just passed the House of Representatives.

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US Senator from New York Kirsten Gillibrand is pushing to change the sexual harassment culture in Washington.

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HARRISBURG (WSKG) -- The state House has passed a bill to reauthorize the Children's Health Insurance Program, which covers kids from families who make too much to qualify for Medicaid, but can't afford other insurance. 

The routine bill became controversial this year, because the Senate inserted language that would have prohibited CHIP from covering transgender kids' transition surgeries.

The House axed that provision; now the bill returns to the Senate. 

The deadline for reauthorization is the end of the year.

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Pennsylvania’s environmental regulators are considering tougher restrictions on Sunoco’s Mariner East 2 pipeline project after a continuing series of drilling fluid spills and violations of environmental laws. 

A spokesman for the Department of Environmental Protection said the massive cross-state project has been far more of an enforcement challenge than officials expected because of multiple drilling leaks that have seeped into wetlands, bubbled up into residential areas, and in some cases turned private well water cloudy.

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HARRISBURG (WSKG) -- After a year of fights over how to pay for Pennsylvania's claims system for jobless workers, lawmakers say they're getting close to a bipartisan solution. 

A standoff last year over financial mismanagement in the unemployment compensation program resulted in nearly 500 layoffs.

Some workers have since been brought back, but not all.

A new plan passed through the House Labor and Industry Committee on Monday would give the UC program $115.2 million, which would be gradually phased out over four years.

HARRISBURG (WSKG) -- House lawmakers have begun moving a natural severance tax through their chamber. 

It's major priority for Democrats, who have been trying unsuccessfully to pass one for a decade.

But it's slow going--the bill is saddled with well over 300 amendments.

Along with Democrats, the tax is championed by a coalition of moderate, largely southeastern Republicans.

GOP Representative Kate Harper, of Montgomery County, is one of the most vocal advocates.


PJM, which operates the electric grid for Pennsylvania and 12 other states, on Thursday defended a plan to change its rules so that coal, nuclear and some other generators can build their costs into the market price of electricity. 

The proposal, in a paper published Wednesday, would result in a net increase in retail power prices of 2 to 5 percent and would give the coal and nuclear plants, some of which are scheduled for retirement, the opportunity to pass their costs to consumers, PJM said.

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ROCHESTER (WXXI) - Starting this week, the State Labor Department is accepting comments on proposed new regulations for employee scheduling. 

If implemented, the sweeping changes would affect how much notice retail and other service sector workers would get before they have to report to work. 

Push For PA Graduation Standard Delayed Once Again

Nov 19, 2017
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KEYSTONE CROSSROADS - When finalizing the state budget last month, Pennsylvania lawmakers inked yet another delay for a plan that would require students to pass standardized tests before graduating high school.