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Does eating bacon ensure long life?

Lois Judge, left, helps her aunt Susannah Mushatt Jones, 115, during breakfast in Jones' room at the Vandalia Avenue Houses, in the Brooklyn borough of New York; Jones and Emma Morano, of Verbania, Italy, who is also 115, are believed to be the last two people in the world with birthdates in the 1800s; June 22, 2015 (Credit: AP Photo/Richard Drew)Susannah Mushatt Jones of Brooklyn, New York, is 116 years old and currently the world's oldest person. What are her secrets to longevity?

She credits good sleeping habits and abstinence from tobacco and alcohol. But a sign hanging in her kitchen is also a clue: "Bacon makes everything better." She eats scrambled eggs with bacon for breakfast, every morning. According to her niece, "she'll eat bacon all day long."

Just so we're clear, scientists says that bacon is not our best diet. In fact, one Harvard study found that daily consumption of bacon was associated with a twenty percent increase in the risk of dying. But don't tell that to Susannah.

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Actor would rather 'slash my wrists' than be 007 again

The official teaser poster for SPECTRE, the 24th Bond movie starring Daniel Craig, was released today (Credit: Columbia Pictures)Daniel Craig is James Bond. At least, that's how the world sees him. With his fourth Bond movie opening next month, Craig is making the publicity rounds. Surprisingly, he told one interviewer, "I'd rather break this glass and slash my wrists" than do another Bond film.

By contrast, when Tom Hanks was recently asked how he knows a film is working, he replied: "The only thing we know is, Hey, that was fun" (his emphasis). So an actor who starred in such gut-wrenching movies as Saving Private Ryan and Philadelphia measures success by fun, while an actor who plays jet-setting James Bond hates the role.

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Smugglers seek to sell nuclear material to ISIS

A photo posted on internet shows ISIS or Daesh (Daech) or Islamic State group militants posing in Yarmouk (Yarmuk) Palestinian camp, located in a suburb of Damascus, Syria, that is partially now under their control, April 7, 2015 (Credit: AP Images/Balkis Press)"In the age of the Islamic State, it's especially terrifying to have real smugglers of nuclear bomb material apparently making real connections with real buyers." So says Matthew Bunn, a Harvard professor who studied the security of Russia's nuclear arsenal for the Clinton administration.

He's talking about the Associated Press's report that gangs with suspected Russian connections are trying to sell radioactive material to Middle Eastern extremists. One suspect said to an informant, "I really want an Islamic buyer because they will bomb the Americans." Another said he wanted to "annihilate America." (For more on this, read Ryan Denison's Eastern Europe's road to a nuclear Middle East.)

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Why is 'phubbing' a bad thing?

Phubbing - the rude social scourge of phone snubbing. It means to interact with a mobile phone in preference to people in a social setting. (Credit: Stop Phubbing campaign)"Phubbing" is the latest new word to make headlines. The term is short for "phone snubbing," now an epidemic in the U.S. Why is this bad?

A paper published in Computers in Human Behavior reports that ignoring people in favor of your phone can cause them to feel depressed and less satisfied with life. Researchers discovered that the more partners phubbed, the more conflict was felt in the relationship. Of those participating in the study. 46.3 percent said they experienced phubbing from their significant other; 22.6 percent said this led to problems in their relationship.

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Oregon shooting hero making headlines

Chris Mintz - UCC Shooting Survivor (Credit: Chris Mintz via GoFundMe)Chris Mintz enrolled in the Army after high school. He served from 2004 to 2007, then moved to Oregon. He was working at the local YMCA and had just started classes at Umpqua Community College with the goal of becoming a fitness trainer. When last week's shooting started, an eyewitness says Mintz ran into the school library, pulling fire alarms and warning people to get out. He then ran back toward the building where the shooter was and attempted to block a classroom door. He was shot seven times.

Now a petition is circulating that nominates Mintz for the Presidential Medal of Freedom, our country's highest civilian honor.

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