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Germany: Howling Winds and Rain to Precede Arrival of Coldest Air Since February

Germany: Howling Winds and Rain to Precede Arrival of Coldest Air Since February

The mild autumn weather that has dominated Germany since late October will be coming to an end later this week as the coldest air since February arrives and also brings the threat for some wintry precipitation with it.
Prior to the arrival of this cold air, a series of fast-moving storm systems will bring rounds of strong winds and rain from Wednesday to Friday.
Locally damaging winds linger across western Germany early Wednesday, with wind gusts over 80 km/h (50 mph). Locations such as Cologne, Dusseldorf, Munster and Hamburg are at risk for these powerful winds. Elsewhere across the country, peak wind gusts over 65 km/h (40 mph) are possible through Wednesday morning.
These winds can result in power outages, travel delays and tree damage across the region.

Following the strong winds of Tuesday night, winds diminish during the day on Wednesday; however, another storm will quickly approach bringing winds of 50-65 km/h (30-40 mph) to all of Germany Wednesday night. The strongest winds will again be across the northern half of the country.
Accompanying these winds will be numerous showers in the northern third of the country while areas farther south will get only brief showers Wednesday night. A prolonged period of steady to at times heavy rain will then spread over the southern half of Germany Thursday night and Friday. Rainfall will total 25-50 mm (1-2 inches).
Northern Germany, including Berlin, will dodge the heavy rain; however, there will be occasional showers on Thursday and Friday.

Behind this storm, the coldest air since February will build over the country this weekend and linger into early next week.
Along with this cold air, showers will be scattered across the entire country on Saturday and Sunday. From Saturday night through Sunday night, these showers can be mixed with snow in the lower elevations with little or no accumulation.
Skin Care Tips You Should Know.
Skin Care Tips You Should Know.
Skin Care Tips You Should Know.

There are thousands of anti-aging creams, moisturizers, lotions, serums, exfoliators, and cleansers available, and you can spend hundreds of dollars on luxury brands, or just a few dollars at the drugstore. But many inexpensive drugstore brands work just as well as the luxury brands, dermatologists say, because they contain many of the same ingredients.
The secret? Find your glow with the right products for your skin type.

Bar Soap and Liquid Cleansers

Most bar soaps are too harsh to use on your face because they contain ingredients that may irritate and dry the skin. Liquid facial cleansers or foaming products are less harsh. Some even moisturize your face as they clean.
Aesthetic dermatologist Amy Derick, MD, advises women to use a liquid facial cleanser containing ceramides, lipids that help skin retain moisture.
If you insist on bar soap, avoid soaps with sodium lauryl sulfate which can dry skin. Instead, look for moisturizing soaps with ingredients such as glycerin and plant-based oils.
If you have oily skin or acne, use a cleanser containing salicylic acid, which removes dead cells from skin, or benzoyl peroxide, which helps unclog pores. This may prevent further breakouts too.

Anti-Aging Creams

How do retinoids and over-the-counter moisturizers and serums that contain retinoids help diminish signs of aging? Yale dermatologist Jeffrey Dover, MD, says they increase cell turnover and may buildcollagen. Another compound, GABA (gamma-aminobutyric acid), a neurotransmitter, seems to work at the nerve level to relax wrinklestemporarily.
  • Try creams containing retinyl propionate or retinol, which are found in the skin as vitamin A derivatives.
  • Read your labels. Ingredients such as peptides and sirtuin, a protein, help smooth uneven texture and improve skin’s elasticity.
  • Look for the terms PAL KTTS, copper peptides, and palmitoyl oligopeptide on the ingredient list of anti-aging creams.
  • Moisturizers

    The skin on your face is constantly exposed to air and pollutants that rob skin of moisture. Old-fashioned petroleum jelly has been used for decades as an inexpensive moisturizer. It works by sealing in moisture, but it’s greasy and heavy.
    Moisturizers with emollients and humectants hydrate the skin without the greasy effect. Humectants help retain moisture while emollients help soften and soothe skin. Together, they can temporarily minimize fine lines around the eye or on the neck.
    Many skincare products both moisturize and provide anti-aging benefits, dermatologist Doris Day, MD, says.
    • Look for creams that contain glycerin and hyaluronic acid, which plumps the skin temporarily, minimizing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
    • Exfoliating Scrubs and Lotions

      Ingredients in moisturizers and serums must get through the the skin’s outermost layer to work effectively. Using an exfoliator twice a week will help slough off dead skin cells, allowing creams to penetrate. It also helps make skin appear smoother and less blotchy. Some all-in-one skin cleansers and exfoliators are gentle enough to be used every day.
      For an effective but gentle exfoliator, look for products containing glycolic acid, lactic acid, salicylic acid, or malic acid.

      Antioxidant Creams

      Many creams contain antioxidants, which help prevent free radicals from damaging cells. Some of the creams claim to diminish wrinkles, sallowness, and other signs of sun damage. But there are very few scientific studies that prove they really work as claimed.
      If you want to try antioxidant face creams, look for products containingniacinamide, which is both an anti-inflammatory and an antioxidant, or the antioxidants coenzyme Q10, coffee berry extract, and soy extract. Dermatologist Robin Ashinoff, MD, says these ingredients may help reduce the signs of sun damage.

      Skin Lightening

      Ashinoff says over-the-counter creams containing licorice extract or kojic acid, a fungal ingredient, may lighten those unsightly “age spots” that crop up on the face and neck. But they won’t get rid of the spots completely. She recommends that women who want to lighten spots on their face look for a cream that contains hydroquinone which has been proven effective in lightening skin.
    • Skin Lightening continued...

      The FDA allows over-the-counter skin lightening products to contain up to 2% hydroquinone. In 2006, the FDA proposed banning hydroquinone, but that ban has not gone into effect.
      The FDA also advises consumers not to use any skin lighteners that might contain mercury, a toxic metal. Those products are made abroad and have been sold illegally in the U.S. If you see "mercurous chloride," "calomel," "mercuric," "mercurio," or "mercury" on the label, stop using it immediately, wash your hands and any other parts of your body it's touched, and call a health care professional for advice.
    • Sun Protection

      About 80% of visible skin changes attributed to aging are caused by exposure to ultraviolet light. Preventing sun damage is the single most important thing you can do for your face.
      Many facial moisturizers and creams contain broad-spectrum sunscreens that filter out UVA and UVB rays. The American Academy of Dermatology recommends using broad-spectrum protection of at least SPF 30 every day. Limiting your time in the sun, especially between the hours of 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., and wearing protective clothing, such as long-sleeved shirts, pants, and a wide-brimmed hat, can also help protect your skin from sun damage.

More than half of college graduates – 54 percent – who are veterans of military service said they are thriving financially, according to a Gallup and Purdue University analysis released Wednesday. Only 43 percent of non-veteran graduates felt the same way, representing the widest margin in the five elements the study used to measure general well-being.

The disparity represents a somewhat startling divide between those who have volunteered to go to war and those who haven’t – one stemming in part from what's known as the Post-9/11 GI Bill, which updated federal benefits that support service members who want to go back to college.
The Post-9/11 Veterans Educational Assistance Act of 2008 covers most tuition fees and other expenses like books for veterans. It's caused the number of veterans going back to school to soar, and exposed that some universities are ill-prepared to take in these nontraditional students.
The benefits available to veterans mean many may not have to take out student loans, or at least to the extent of their civilian counterparts. The Gallup study, based on recent surveys, showed 65 percent of service members and veterans borrowed no money for their education, compared with only 52 percent of non-service members who did.
But veterans having to spend less time in the financial aid office is not necessarily the entire reason for the gap.
“High financial well-being is achieved through the careful management of one’s economic life,” the study said. ​“Those with higher financial well-being have less stress and increased financial security.”
There is, however, still room for improvement: Only 28 percent of service member and veteran graduates strongly agreed that financial education benefits available to those like them are sufficient for attaining a good degree, the study showed. That number was much higher – 55 percent – for those who'd accepted Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits than for those who sought some other form of assistance.
Military graduates' social well-being also exceeded that of civilians, with 56 percent versus 50 percent thriving. Sixty percent of grads with military experience also were thriving in terms of purpose, compared with 53 percent of their civilian counterparts.
“Individuals with high social well-being have supportive relationships in their life, with strong emotional connections to individuals who they can rely upon during difficult times – an important factor for many military service members and veterans returning from service," the study said.
“The strong bonds between service members during and after service may help explain the higher social well-being among these graduates," the report said.The report was based on recent surveys of more than 30,000 respondents with at least a bachelor's degree, including more than 3,700 with military experience. It also exposed some of the differences in how service members view academia.There were smaller differences between veterans and more traditional college graduates in how they perceived both their community and physical well-being – the other two metrics the study analyzed.
Forty percent of those who were still in uniform while attending college believed their school understood their unique needs as a veteran and accommodated them with special facilities, clubs or offices tailored to them. That number dropped to only 25 percent of those who had completed their service before entering college.
“These data suggest colleges and universities have more difficulty demonstrating a strong grasp of the issues that returning veterans face upon enrollment in postsecondary institutions,” the study said.
In many cases, size may have something to do with it. Large universities of more than 10,000 students were less likely than smaller institutions to have veteran graduates who felt their school understood them, according to the study. It also found those who attended private colleges felt a greater sense of understanding there than those at public schools

Prepare to Pay for Law School

Prepare to Pay for Law School

law degree is often a costly investment. At private schools, students paid $40,000 on average for tuition and fees in 2012,according to the American Bar Association. Those at public schools in 2012 paid, on average, between $23,000 and slightly more than $36,000. 

Below are 10 tips to help aspiring J.D.s make smart choices about how to finance a law degree.
3 Ways to Balance Law School Applications, College Responsibilities

Frequent readers of this blog know that one of the things I stress the most about applying for law school is that it takes significant time. Preparing for the LSAT on its own should take at least four months of studying 10-15 hours per week.
Similarly, putting together the strongest possible law school application takes weeks of researching schools, brainstorming and introspection, outlining and drafting essays, and preparing several other elements of the application.
For applicants who are still undergraduates, finding time to prepare law school applications is made more difficult by the fact that they are simultaneously focused on performing as well as possible academically. Since undergraduate GPA is so important in law school admissions, it is often difficult for undergraduates to know how to best allocate their time between academics and preparing applications.
In this post, I'll discuss three principles that will help guide undergraduates strike the best balance between the two.

The best way to space things out is to separate the LSAT from academics and application preparation. To make this happen, consider taking the LSAT during your junior year or earlier so that you are not forced to study for the LSAT while applying.1. Start early: If you are in your freshman, sophomore or junior year, you can put together a game plan for addressing all thecomponents of your application in a much more spread-out fashion. Make sure to take advantage of this luxury.
In addition, I recommend that current undergraduates avoid taking the December LSAT. The December exam is generally held in the first week of the month, when most students are facing end-of-semester exams and papers. Instead, consider the February,which take place at the beginning of the semester or during breaks.
2. Balance your course load: Even if you take the LSAT during your junior year or before, you should expect the first semester of your senior year to contain a significant amount of work in preparing your applications. You should therefore do your best to lighten your academic load during that semester.
Our admissions counselors recommend that you make sure you have completed any difficult courses required for your major during your junior year or earlier. You should also consider taking a course pass-fail if that option is available to you. Finally, consider taking an introductory-level course that you know will not require too much work.
3. Make a semesterlong plan:  In addition to making sure that the courses you take during the first semester of your senior year allow you enough time to devote to applications, you should also make sure to allocate your time within that semester as effectively as possible. To do this, come up with a semesterlong plan.
Your plan will depend on when your academic work will be the heaviest. Courses in the sciences are often evaluated by several exams and lab assignments, which are often spaced throughout the semester. Courses in the humanities, on the other hand, tend to weigh end-of-semester papers and research projects heavily. 
When you get your course syllabuses,​ figure out when you will need to be least focused on academics and plan to work on your application then.
If you are taking the December LSAT, make sure to get as much work done early in the semester as possible so that you can devote enough time in November to LSAT preparation. You might also consider asking for extensions on papers that are due in early December so that you can work on them after the LSAT is over.
The overarching theme to my advice is to plan ahead and know that you will have to devote a lot of time to preparing applications. Thinking ahead will put you in the best position to prepare the most successful application possible.
How are you balancing your schedule? Let me know in an email me, or tweet me
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Illinois mom who watched 3 kids drown fights for new family

In horrifying detail, prosecutors described how three children, trapped in the back seat of their mother's car, screamed for help before they drowned in 4 1/2 feet of water in an Illinois lake while their mother and her boyfriend escaped unharmed.
Amanda Hamm was convicted of child endangerment and served five years in prison for watching her boyfriend carry out a plot to drown her 6-year-old, 3-year-old and 23-month-old children in 2003 because they interfered with the couple's relationship and his sex-and-drugs lifestyle. He was convicted of first-degree murder and is serving a life sentence.
Now in a bizarre twist, Amanda Ware and her new husband are fighting to gain custody of three children -- ages 5, 3 and 1 1/2 -- she had after leaving prison. They were taken away by child protection authorities last year after a doctor recognized Ware as the former Hamm.
A Cook County judge on Friday will decide whether the children of Amanda and Leo Ware were abused and neglected, even without evidence that they were physically harmed.
"This is a scary problem for all the people involved ... but most of all for the judge who has to decide whether to send these children home," said Bruce Boyer, director of the Loyola University child law clinic in Chicago, who's not involved in the case. "What's so difficult is that the likelihood of something going wrong may be low, but if does, the consequences are so high."
Under a legal concept called "anticipatory neglect," the court is not required to wait until a child is harmed before intervening if someone has harmed or endangered a child in the past, Boyer said, adding that such findings aren't unusual in child welfare cases. On the other hand, parents cannot be disqualified for custody solely because of their past if they prove that they're a capable parent.
But prosecutors and child protection authorities told Judge Demetrius Kottaras last week that, although none of the three living children has been physically harmed, there is direct evidence of current abuse and neglect. That includes domestic violence by Leo Ware against his wife and others, substance abuse and Amanda Ware's failure to follow treatment for mental illness, which created an injurious environment for the children.
In 2012, Chicago police responded to a domestic abuse call at the Ware's house after Leo Ware struck his wife. The next year, while she was pregnant, Amanda Ware sought an order of protection, saying she feared for herself and her children because Leo Ware was using crack cocaine and might become violent. Two weeks later, she had the order dropped.
Combined with the parents' histories, "this freight train of evidence is bearing down on three current children who must be protected," Assistant State's Attorney Joan Pernecke told the judge, according to transcripts of the hearing.
Attorneys for Amanda, 39, and Leo Ware, 49, said the children showed no signs of abuse and were healthy, even crying and taking off their shoes and socks to try to prevent child protection workers from taking them from their home last year. They also said no problems had ever been reported to the state Department of Children and Family Services until a doctor at a hospital where Ware gave birth recognized her.
Amanda Ware has a long history of depression and abusing drugs and alcohol, and 20 years ago told a mental health worker that she wanted to kill herself by driving into a lake, prosecutors said. During her 2006 trial, witnesses said she was abused and manipulated by boyfriend Maurice LaGrone Jr., who also terrorized her children -- none of them his -- including by putting one child's head in an oven and chasing a child with a knife. While he couldn't keep a job -- and didn't want to watch the children while Ware worked -- she bought him expensive clothes and jewelry, according to testimony.
Prosecutors at that time said she couldn't live without a man so was willing to sacrifice her children. When the couple wanted to move from Clinton, Illinois to St. Louis, Ware asked her mother to take custody of two of the children, but she said she could take only one.
Months later, the couple drove to nearby Clinton Lake, about 150 miles south of Chicago, where on Sept. 2, 2003, LaGrone drove the 1997 Oldsmobile Cutlass down a boat ramp, at some point jumping out with Ware.
Both claimed the deaths were an accident and that they tried but could not get the kids out. Rescuers eventually called by Ware said it took just two minutes to remove the bodies.
Amanda Ware would not discuss the case before Friday's hearing, but last year told the Pantagraph newspaper in Bloomington, Illinois, that she would never get over the deaths, "but I have to try to move forward and having a home, a husband and a family is the biggest part of that."
Leo Ware said in a telephone interview that the couple is being targeted unfairly.
"They want to compare me to Maurice LaGrone, but I take that as an insult; these are MY kids," he said. "We raised my kids for three years before they decided it was a problem."
Leo Ware admits to a criminal past as a gang member and drug dealer, but insists he's put that all behind him. He also said his wife deserves a chance to move on.
"We all make bad decisions in life," he said. "This is about moving on."
Woman trapped in Subway fridge for 8 hours wrote ‘help me’ in tomato sauce

A Subway employee who was locked in the store’s fridge for eight hours overnight used tomato sauce to write ‘help me’ on pieces of cardboard hoping her message would be seen by CCTV operators.
Karlee Daubeney hoped her desperate message would be seen but was not freed until 7:30am the next morning when a colleague returned to work. The store is facing court over the incident, which occurred in December last year.
“At first I was in a state of panic and I was looking for anything that could have opened the door,” she told the Gloucester Citizen. “I was trying to write ‘help’ on pieces of cardboard to slide under the door. I think it was with ketchup or mayonnaise.
“It got to the stage I was so cold I didn’t have the energy to bang on the door and I only had leggings and a Subway top on. My muscles became so cold I found it really hard to walk for a few days, I had migraines and dry skin around my nose. When I went to hospital the next day I was told I was close to having hypothermia and I made myself as warm as I could when I got home.”
The 20-year-old Gloucester woman, who recreated the incident in a photo shoot for the local paper, said she still suffered from anxiety over the incident, and becomes nervous if a door to a room shuts behind her.
“I was obviously on shift alone which was scary enough as the windows had been kicked in a few weeks before and I didn’t feel comfortable being there,” she said.
“I didn’t leave the house for a long time afterwards as I was suffering from really bad panic attacks — it has been nearly a year and I still suffer from anxiety.”
The franchisee has been accused of breaching workplace health and safety laws by not ensuring the safety and welfare of its employees. It entered a not guilty plea at the first hearing on October 26.
Philadelphia police hunt gunman in 'crime of passion' murders
Philadelphia police hunt gunman in 'crime of passion' murders
Police in Philadelphia are searching for a gunman who murdered a couple in an SUV over the weekend in what authorities described as a "crime of passion."
The couple, identified as 25-year-old Shakoor Arline and 32-year-old Lisa Smith, were found shot to death Friday inside a white Toyota Sequoia. Both had been shot multiple times in the head. The Philadelphia Daily News reported that the pair were in the backseat of their SUV and were partially clothed.
Philadelphia Police Capt. James Clark told reporters that Arline and Smith were dating, but also were in relationships with other people. He added that the section of Fairmount Park where their bodies were found is sometimes frequented by "lovers." Clark said that the pair had visited the spot where they were murdered before.
Clark said nothing was taken and the case was not a robbery.
"You've got nine shots fired, all of them head shots to both of the victims, so it appears to be very much a crime of passion," Clark said.
The 22 Worst Carbs in America.
Carbohydrates. They’re the most important source of energy for the body. Our internal works change carbohydrates into glucose, then use this type of energy for cells, tissues and organs, storing any extra sugar in the liver and muscles for when it’s needed. But here’s the thing: Not all carbs are not created equal, especially when it comes to rapid weight loss. Many, particularly the types of carbs that are added to our food in the form of sweeteners, are likely to get in the way of your noble mission to look and feel your best. Below are 22 of the worst carbohydrates to eat if that’s indeed your goal. Avoid, or at least limit, as many of the below as you can.

1. “Coffee” drinks

Coffee is great news for your health and weight loss goals: It packs a virtually calorie-free boost to your metabolism, it’s rich in disease-fighting antioxidants and it reduces the risk of Type 2 diabetes, colon cancer, liver cancer, gallstones, cirrhosis of the liver and Parkinson's disease. But those benefits are offset when you dump fatty and caloric additives into this amazing stuff — or worse, order a coffee chain’s drink that has the same calorie and carb profile as a dessert. Some of those can easily reach 400 calories and 60 to 80 grams of carbs per serving. Avoid them, unless you want your coffee habit to increase your girth.

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Get a taste for delicious and evocative black coffee by experimenting with different blends and roasts. Ease into it by using skim milk. Get a taste for delicious and evocative black coffee by experimenting with different blends and roasts. Ease into it by using skim milk. Or even better, lose weight fast drinking tea. Test panelists lost up to 10 pounds in one week on the best-selling The 7-Day Flat-Belly Tea Cleanse!

2. Bagels

According to Manuel Villacorta, RD, author of Eating Free: The Carb Friendly Way to Lose Inches, to be nutritionally worthwhile, eating a bagel must be paired with something else: A two- to three-hour run. See, even before you’ve treated it with butter, cream cheese, or a similar delivery method for empty carbs, a bagel could pack 250 to 300 calories and a whopping 50 grams of carbs. That makes a morning bagel significantly more caloric and carborific than a serving of white-flour pasta.

China says up to Philippines to heal rift over South China Sea case

BEIJING (Reuters) - Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said the Philippines' case against China at an arbitration tribunal over rival claims in the South China Sea had strained relations and that it was up to the Philippines to heal the rift.

"We do not want this knot to become tighter and tighter, so that it even becomes a dead knot," Wang told reporters in Manila. "As for how to loosen or open the knot, (we'll) have to look at the Philippines."The arbitration case against China in the Hague "is a knot that has impeded the improvement and development of Sino-Philippine relations", a statement on the Foreign Ministry's website cited Wang as saying in Manila.
Beijing's claim to almost the entire South China Sea is shown on Chinese maps with a nine-dash line that stretches deep into the maritime heart of Southeast Asia. Vietnam, the Philippines, Taiwan, Malaysia and Brunei also claim parts of the waterway.
The nine-dash line also includes parts of the Indonesian-held Natuna islands and Jakarta could take China to the International Criminal Court if Beijing's claim is not resolved through dialogue, Indonesia's security chief said on Wednesday.
For years, China has insisted that disputes with rival claimants be handled bilaterally.
In a legal setback for Beijing, the arbitration court in the Netherlands ruled late last month that it had jurisdiction to hear some territorial claims the Philippines had filed against China.
The Philippines has welcomed the decision and its Foreign Affairs Department said on Wednesday it would pursue the case "to its logical conclusion".
"China's nine-dash line claim is expansive, excessive and has no basis under international law," said foreign affairs spokesman Charles Jose. "If left unchallenged, we could lose about 80 percent of our EEZ (exclusive economic zone)."
China has boycotted the legal proceedings and rejects the court's authority in the case.
Manila filed the case in 2013 to seek a ruling on its right to exploit the South China Sea waters in its 200-nautical mile EEZ as allowed under the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea.
"The person who caused the problem should solve it," Wang said. "We hope that the Philippines can make a more sensible choice."
Next week, Manila hosts the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit, an event at which the United States says the South China Sea will likely come up on the sidelines.
Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei said China hoped "sensitive political topics" would not be discussed there.
"We hope all sides can uphold the economic trade essence of the APEC forum," he told reporters in Beijing.
(Reporting by Sui-Lee Wee and Ben Blanchard; Additional reporting by Manuel Mogato in Manila; Editing by Nick Macfie)

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