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  • Safeway to Stop Selling 'Pink Slime' Textured Beef

    Safeway, America's second largest supermarket chain, has announced it will no longer sell what the meat industry calls "lean finely textured beef" and the public has come to call "pink slime".

    Safeway says in a statement "considerable consumer concern" led to its decision even though the chain believes its beef with the controversial filler in it is safe

    "Safeway is committed to providing our customers with the highest-quality products," the company said in a statement. "While the USDA and food industry experts agree that lean finely textured beef is safe and wholesome, recent news stories have caused considerable consumer concern about this product.  Safeway will no longer purchase ground beef containing lean finely textured beef."

    Makers of "lean finely textured beef" and the USDA  say that it is not an additive and need not be labeled, and is safe to eat. But critics, including former USDA scientists, contend the ammonia treated "pink slime" - made from low quality scraps

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  • Mother Saves Daughter From Shark Attack in Florida

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    A brave mother fought off a shark that attacked her daughter as the two were surfing, the same day another surfer was attacked on the same Florida beach.

    The  two incidents Wednesday are among a series of shark attacks in recent days, as the underwater predators have seemed to enter shallow coastal waters earlier than usual, with the warmer than usual weather this year.

    Valeh Levy and her 15-year-old daughter, Sydney, were paddling on their surfboards Wednesday off New Smyrna Beach when a shark suddenly pulled the teen underwater - twice. Levy pulled her daughter onto her board.

    "It was to me like a scene out of 'Jaws,' where the girl's getting sucked under, and I said, 'There's no way this thing is going to kill my daughter,' and I grabbed her shoulders and I pulled her up and I threw her on the nose of my board," Levy told WKMG-TV.

    The shark continued circling Levy and her daughter until two nearby surfers heard their screams and

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  • The Colorado news anchor bitten by a rescued dog live on air posted on her Facebook page that she received 70 stitches on her face and is unable to speak because her mouth is stitched shut.

    Kyle Dyer, a veteran morning news anchor for NBC News' Denver affiliate KUSA, was reporting on an uplifting story of a dog rescued from a frozen reservoir when the dog bit her on the lip Feb. 8.

    When Dyer bent down to kiss the dog's nose, the 85-pound Argentine Mastiff named Max turned his head and bit into Dyer's face, as his owner and rescuer watched in disbelief.

    Dyer has received an outpouring of support from thousands of well-wishers on her Facebook page. Over the weekend, she took to the page to update them on her status.

    "After a 4 hour surgery, I have 70 stitches in my upper lip, lower lip and nose," Dyer wrote. "I am unable to talk because my mouth is stitched shut to allow for the skin graft to take and get the blood circulating in my lips again."

    Dyer thanked

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  • Rick Perry: I’ll be back

    Spinners and Winners

    Don't count Rick Perry out just yet. Spinners and Winners caught up with the Texas governor and former Republican presidential candidate at the annual gathering of conservatives in Washington over the weekend, where it sounded a heck of a lot like he is going to run again in 2016.
    "You may run again?" ABC's Jonathan Karl asked.
    "Absolutely," said Perry.
    Perry skyrocketed to the top of the Republican charts last August only to have his campaign fizzle out last month. Perry revealed what he was really thinking during some of those memorable debate moments on the campaign trail: the $10,000 bet, Mitt Romney laying a hand on Perry's shoulder, and Perry's devastating 'oops' moment.
    Although Perry has thrown his support behind former rival Newt Gingrich, he had some advice for Mitt Romney: "Governor you gotta stand up in front of the American people and say what you did on health care in Massachusetts was wrong," he told Karl. "You need to stand up and clearly distance
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  • ‘Top Line’: Is Obama peaking too early?

    President Obama has had a very good week. The election, however, is not until November.

    A January jobs report showed 243,000 new jobs were created, as the unemployment rate ticked down to 8.3%.

    A new ABC News/Washington Post poll showed, for the very first time of the cycle, President Obama crossing the all important 50% threshold in a hypothetical matchup with Mitt Romney.

    And after Rick Santorum's three-state sweep on Tuesday night, the Republican nomination race seems poised to extend itself in a way that keeps President Obama out of the direct line of fire and ultimately produces a wounded Mitt Romney as the nominee.

    To be sure, the week has not been a flawless one for Team Obama as the controversy surrounding contraception coverage and the Catholic Church, as well as the president's decision to embrace and help infuse cash into a friendly Super PAC, have generated some negative headlines.

    But the good economic news and the boost in his poll numbers have delivered Mr. Obama one of his best political weeks of the last year. The biggest challenge now for the White House and the president's reelection campaign team in Chicago is to maintain this upward trend over the course of the next nine months. That's no easy feat.

    Check out the latest installment of the Yahoo/ABC "Power Players" series where ABC Political Director Amy Walter, ABC Senior Washington Editor Rick Klein, and I hash through all of it on "Top Line."

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  • Too Much Salt? Try Holding the Bread

    Americans trying to cut sodium from their diets may be surprised to learn that bread, not chips or pretzels, is a leading culprit .

    A new report from the Center for Disease Control  found that bread and rolls are the top source of sodium in America's diet, more than double the percentage of savory snacks.

    "Breads and rolls aren't really saltier than many of the other foods, but people tend to eat a lot of them," said Mary Cogswell, a CDC senior scientist who co-authored the report.

    Along with bread, the CDC found that just ten food items contributed to 44 percent of the sodium consumed by Americans.

    On average, Americans currently consume nearly 3,300 milligrams of sodium per day, almost 1,000 more milligrams than is recommended by the CDC.

    The study, which looked at 7,227 Americans, found that bread accounted for more than 7 percent of subjects' daily sodium intake, followed by cold cuts, pizza, poultry, soups and sandwiches.

    Rounding out the top ten were

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  • Want to Be an Astronaut? Now's Your Chance

    ABC News' Gina Sunseri Reports:

    HOUSTON - Tonight is the deadline for applications for the next astronaut class. It's a leap of faith because there is no great space race anymore and Newt Gingrich is the only candidate who even mentions a future in space for the U.S.

    NASA is building a capsule called Orion, and the rocket to launch it remains to be determined. It could be a Delta or a Falcon, or a new NASA rocket on steroids called the SLS (Space Launch System).

    The astronauts are all dressed up with no place to go because until the president and Congress agree on a new mission for them, the only game in town is the International Space Station, which veterans privately say ranks as one of the most boring missions on the books. The ISS has a crew of six, all launched, for now, in Russian Soyuz capsules. Between them, the crew members only do 35 hours of research a week; the rest of the time is spent maintaining their orbiting colony.

    NASA's most ambitious

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  • Matt Damon Wades Into World Water Struggle

    As a child, before he was a movie star, before he won an Academy award, and before he was one of the most bankable stars in Hollywood, Matt Damon was deeply affected by the extreme poverty he witnessed with his mother on trips to Guatemala.

    Now with the power of name recognition, he has started a non-profit called Water.org, a microfinance initiative that he started with co-founder Gary White. The organization helps provide drinking water and basic sanitation to communities in Africa, South Asia and Central America.

    Worldwide there are nearly a billion people who don't have access to water and about 2.5 billion without basic sanitation. Half of the worlds hospital beds are filled with people suffering from water related disease, which kills over 3-million people every year.

    Damon was inspired to start Water.org on a mile long walk with a young girl in Zambia while she collected water for her family. It's a walk many young girls take every day; about 200 million hours a day are spent

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  • Malia Obama, 13, Almost as Tall as the President

    One of President Obama's little girls really isn't so little anymore.

    Recent photos of the first family show the Obamas' elder daughter, Malia, now 13, nearly as tall as her parents, who are both about six feet tall.

    The president himself joked about his daughter's height during a speech last July in Kansas City, Mo.

    "Even though she's five-nine, she's still my baby," Obama told the assembled crowd.

     

    But his baby is growing up, and experts say depending on genetics and the timing of puberty, it's not unusual for some young girls to be noticeably tall.

    Genetic factors play a major role in determining height, and since the Obamas are both fairly tall, it's no surprise that their daughter is, too.

    But Dr. Gary Berkovitz, chief of pediatric endocrinology at the University of Miami's Miller School of Medicine, said it's difficult to predict a child's ultimate height.

    Getting an idea of how tall a child will be, based on parents' height, involves a complicated

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  • Canada's Loch Ness Monster Caught on Tape?

    A possible sighting of Canada’s version of the Loch Ness monster at a lake in British Columbia has stirred up the legend of the sea creature long-rumored to reside there.

    A man visiting British Colombia’s Lake Okanagan claims he filmed video of what could only be the elusive monster, known to locals as Ogopogo. The 30-second video shows two long ripples in the water in a seemingly deserted area of the lake.

    “It was not going with the waves,” Richard Huls, who captured the scene on camera during a visit to a local winery, told the Vancouver Sun. “It was not a wave, obviously, just a darker color. The size and the fact that they were not parallel with the waves made me think it had to be something else.”

    Ogopogo is the Canadian version of Scotland’s famous Loch Ness monster. The first recorded sighting of the alleged creature in Loch Ness was nearly 1,500 years ago when a giant beast is said to have leaped out of a lake near Inverness, Scotland, to eat a local farmer. Since

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