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ALERT: BACON SHORTAGE INEVITABLE

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Sorry for yelling, but this is just about the worst news we could get today — apparently a shortage of bacon is looming on the horizon… and we can't do anything to stop it!

Britain's National Pig Association (NPA) (yes it's real) says that pig herds in Europe are shrinking, which is now a trend around the world.

To blame?

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MObama Takes Olympic Tour!

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Well, well, well!

If it isn't our fave First Lady, Michelle Obama!

What have you been up to lately?

Catching the Olympics?? Awesome!

MObama has been spotted supporting the good ol' U.S. of A. in London — seen at both the aquatics center AND the 2012 Men's Basketball game, where she had words for Kobe and LeBron!

Check out some of the pics (below), even though the photog seems to have caught Michelle unenthusiastically waving that flag around!

LOLz!

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Mississippi's Last Abortion Clinic Can Stay Open!

Filed under: Legal MattersHealth

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A federal judge just upheld a ruling that continues to block a state law that would shut down Mississippi's only abortion clinic.

The U.S. supreme court ruled that

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Largest Supermarket Chain In The U.S. Stops Selling Pink Slime

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We're so glad food retailers are making the RIGHT decision by ending the sale of beef that includes what the meat companies call "lean, finely textured beef," and what we call "gross."

Kroger, the largest chain of supermarkets in the U.S., has announced it will no longer purchase beef with pink slime, an ammonia-treated filler/cheap and disgusting substitute for real meat.

The grocery giant released a statement explaining their decision that reads:

"Our customers have expressed their concerns that the use of lean finely textured beef — while fully approved by the USDA for safety and quality — is something they do not want in their ground beef. As a result, Kroger will no longer purchase ground beef containing lean finely textured beef."

Thank you!

Kroger has joined Safeway, the second-largest supermarket chain, in their initiative, along with Dutch-owned chain Stop & Shop.

Does your store still sell pink slime? Don't buy it! Tell the managers you want ACTUAL meat and you'll take your business elsewhere if they don't get it.

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Starbucks Is Boosting Prices!!!

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Stupid inflation.

Starbucks has announced it will be raising prices by an average of 1% on Tuesday in the Northeast and Sunbelt regions of the U.S. because coffee, milk and fuel could cut into profits this year.

Cities like New York, Boston, Washington DC, Atlanta, Dallas and Albuquerque can expect prices for 12-ounce "tall" brewed coffees and latte drinks to go up by 10 cents.

We don't think that is a deal breaker for most people. However, we know somebody, somewhere is pretty pissed right now.

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Lung Cancer Rates Decline In U.S. Men And Women

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CDC’s latest journal Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report has found that lung cancer rates are declining in both men and women.

Yay!!!

According to the report released last Friday, new cases of lung malignancies fell by 2.2% per year on average for women between 2006 and 2008.

New cases in men fell by an average of 1.4% per year between 1999 and 2006 but that accelerated to a drop of nearly 3% per year by 2006-2008.

Awesome news!

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Dr. Thomas R. Freiden believes further investment in anti-tobacco efforts will continue this trend, saying:

“Although lung cancer among men and women has decreased over the past few years, too many people continue to get sick and die from lung cancers, most of which are caused by smoking. The more we invest in proven tobacco control efforts, the fewer people will die from lung cancer.”

We're so on board with that. Do your lungs and life a favor by quitting tobacco today!

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U.N. Sets Out To Stop Mother-Child HIV Infections

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The voices of the hopeless may have finally been heard.

Just in time for the 30th anniversary of the discovery of the tragic disease, world leaders at the U.N. AIDS summit have hatched a plan to eliminate anymore HIV infections in newborn children from their infected mother.

Providing HIV-positive pregnant women with treatment can reduce the risk of a child being born with the virus to less than 5 percent, so with that in mind, the campaign aims to reduce the number of child infections 90% by 2015.

The initiative is being led by the U.S. President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) and the UNAIDS organization, which said in a statement:

"We believe that by 2015 children everywhere can be born free of HIV and that their mothers can remain healthy."

$500 million a year is currently being dedicated to funding the prevention of mother-child HIV transmission, but the new resolution to begin the end of the disease calls for $2.5 billion more to achieve the goal in 3 years.

We're happy to see that countries all over the world are finally joining for forces and funds to put a stop a disease which has over 9 million people waiting for treatment.

While there is still no cure, amazing leaps in treatment options over the last few years have saved millions and we believe this new initiative will continue that trend.

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