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Reality Check Recap: March 12, 2014

Still no clue on what happened to that Malaysian Airlines flight. Vietnam has said they’re scaling back their search efforts until Malaysian authorities give better info on where to look. One Malaysian official in the Air Force told CNN that the plane still showed up on radar an hour after it lost communication and that the plane had turned and gone off course for hundreds of miles. However, other Malaysian officials aren’t confirming that.
Source: www.cnn.com

Louisiana’s longest-serving death row prisoner is free today. 64-year-old Glenn Ford was on death row for 30 years, but new evidence showed that he was not guilty in a 1983 murder, just like he’d been saying all along. Ford is a black man and was convicted by an all-white jury. His attorneys say his conviction was due to suppressed evidence and the fact that his legal team was inexperienced.
Source: www.cnn.com

Here’s your latest with Ukraine: Crimea’s a peninsula that is technically part of Ukraine but has deep ties to Russia. Now, Crimea’s parliament says they will declare themselves an independent state, as long as its people vote yes to the idea on Sunday. Basically, Crimeans will have two options on Sunday: vote “yes” for joining Russia now or vote “yes” for joining Russia later. This is all stressing out the West, and President Obama is set to meet with Ukraine’s Prime Minister today.
Source: http://theskimm.com/recent

The FDA has approved a device that’s meant to reduce migraine attacks. It looks like a tiara, where an electrode sits right above your eyes. It gives you a little electric current. Studies showed that 38% of users had at least 50% reduction of migraines. By the way, you can already buy it in Canada, at Costco.
Source: www.cnn.com

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And great news if you love “Flappy Bird.” The game’s creator, Dong Nguyen, told Rolling Stone that he’s considering a relaunch of Google’s Android and Apple’s iOS devices. Nguyen suddenly removed “Flappy Bird” in February at the peak of its popularity. If the game does make a comeback, it will reportedly have a warning that tells users to “take a break.”
Source: usatoday.com

And you may have to call Parmesan cheese “hard grated cheese” instead. At least, if the European Union has its way. They’re arguing that cheese made in the US should not be able to have European names. For example, they say that Parmesan cheese should only come from Parma, Italy, and feta cheese is so closely tied to Greece that calling feta cheese from America “feta” cuts into Greece’s profits. Asiago, Gorgonzola, fontina, Neufchatel, Romano, and other cheeses are also in question.
Source: abcnews.go.com

And peeing in the pool may be bad for your health. A new study shows that uric acid in urine plus chlorine equals two dangerous chemical byproducts that can affect your lungs, heart, and central nervous system. Plus, even if you’re not actively relieving yourself in a public pool, you still may be: studies have shown that people can leak out as much as two shots of urine while swimming. I am never swimming again.
Source: newser.com

 

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