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CDC cancels nuclear disaster talk, focus switches to flu outbreak

Three days after a false report of a missile attack on Hawaii seemed the perfect time to help the public for a nuclear disaster. But instead, the Atlanta-based Centers for Disease Control and Prevention changed the top of Tuesday’s discussion to the flu epidemic

The CDC did not immediately respond to questions surrounding the topic change for the public health discussion, which had been planned for several weeks. 

RELATED: CDC prepares for nuclear attack

The CDC says the previous event, titled “Public Health Response to a Nuclear Detonation,” will be held at a future date. The session will focus on local, state and federal preparations in the event of a nuclear attack. 

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“While a nuclear detonation is unlikely, it would have devastating results and there would be limited time to take critical protection steps,” the CDC said before the event was changed. “Despite the fear surrounding such an event, planning and preparation can lessen deaths and illness. For instance, most people don’t realize that sheltering in place for at least 24 hours is crucial to saving lives and reducing exposure to radiation.”

Warning: Travelers through Chicago O’Hare International Airport may have been exposed to measles

Anyone who traveled through Chicago O’Hare International Airport earlier this month may want to check for signs of measles.

The Illinois Department of Health issued an alert that a passenger on board an international flight that landed on Jan. 10 tested positive for the disease.

The department has not released what flights the person was on, or where they traveled to or from.

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The unnamed passenger arrived at Terminal 5 and left via a domestic flight from Terminal 1, but may have been in other areas of the airport.

The person was infectious that day, according to Health Department officials.

Officials are most concerned about people who were at the airport between 6:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. local time on Jan. 10, especially those who have not been vaccinated.

The Department of Health says that those exposed, and who have contracted measles, could see symptoms as late as Jan. 31.

Symptoms include: 

  • Rash
  • High fever
  • Cough
  • Runny nose
  • Red, watery eyes

Health Department officials say if you experience the symptoms, call a doctor before going to an office or emergency room so precautions can be taken to protect other patients from possible exposure since measles is highly contagious and can be spread through the air when someone either coughs or sneezes.

WGN reported that there is no risk for travelers currently using O’Hare. The Health Department told the television station, “If you weren’t at O’Hare on Jan. 10 there’s no concern. Even if you were, the risk was very, very low, and ... if you’ve been vaccinated it’s next to nothing.”

Making this delicious Italian meatloaf made me so hangry, I nearly ate it raw

Confession: I tend to get hangry. It’s a combination of hungry and angry — in other words, if I get too hungry, it makes me angry.

And I was hangry when I made this Italian meatloaf. Poor Tyson took the brunt of that anger, as usual.

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RELATED: My freezer-ready meatloaf is the perfect easy dinner for busy parents and hungry kids alike

I like this version more than regular meatloaf because it has two types of meat (beef and pork), plus Italian spices, and it’s topped with lots of mozzarella. What could be better?

You will need:
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • ½ pound ground mild Italian sausage
  • 2 slices white bread
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 cup Italian bread crumbs
  • ½ cup Parmesan
  • 8 ounces shredded mozzarella
  • 1 small onion, chopped and sauteed in olive oil
  • ½ cup green bell pepper, chopped and sauteed in olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons Italian seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tablespoon milk
  • 1 cup marinara sauce*
  • Parsley for topping

*I forgot to reserve some of the marinara for topping the meatloaf. But that’s OK — it just means that my version had a little extra sauce. I’m not complaining.

After a greeting from  The Marshall , who was particularly well dressed…

…it was time to get my hands dirty — or, rather, Tyson’s hands.

An important note: Despite being in the oven for 50 minutes, our meatloaf came out undercooked! You may need to add quite a bit of extra time, so watch your meatloaf closely as it cooks!

Another confession: I was so hangry, I ate the raw meatloaf anyway.

More of my favorite comfort foods

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Put your karate skills to good use to perform this eye-popping bar trick

This bar trick requires a little practice. But once you’ve mastered it, it’s sure to amaze.

You’ll just need a dollar bill and two empty beer bottles.

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RELATED: Balancing a wine glass on a piece of paper is easy — you just need to know this trick

Can you remove the bill from between the bottles’ openings without toppling them?

You need to be quick!

Looking for more bar tricks?  Start here .

Women, never overlook these 3 health symptoms after age 40

Everyone wants to age as painlessly as possible.

But some health issues that crop up after age 40 should never be ignored.

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RELATED: 10 tips for staying in shape after you hit 40

If you’re a woman and you experience frequent knee pain, leg pain, and urination, you should probably see a doctor. They could all be signs of bigger health problems.

10 things you can do with pennies

Pennies are little more than a pittance in your pocket, but they do have uses.

RELATED: Rare pennies that were once worth mere cents now sell for hundreds of thousands at a rare coin auction

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Here are 10 things you can do with pennies other than put them in a jar.

1. Use them as a tire tread gauge

Hold a penny with Lincoln’s head facing toward the rim of the wheel and place it between several of the grooves in your tire. If you can still see his head and read most of “In God We Trust,” you’ll know your tires are wearing low and need to be replaced.

2. Weigh down your curtains

If you’re tired of the wafting of your lacy, gently wafting curtains, pennies can help you keep them in place.

Glue a few pennies to a paper clip and slide it onto either edge of the bottom of the fabric. Crisis averted.

3. Use them as washers

Considering a standard washer will set you back all of $0.33 each, you can save some change by simply punching a hole through the center of a stack of pennies and using them as washers.

4. Shims for wobbly tables or chair

If you’ve got a table or chair that wobbles, pennies can be used to fix it. Find the short leg(s) that’re causing it to bounce around and glue as many pennies to the bottom of each leg as needed to keep it stable.

RELATED: Watch as she tops an old table with $35 of pennies and glaze — the result is incredible!

5. Use as a makeshift screwdriver

In a pinch, a penny becomes a remarkably effective flathead screwdriver for wide-grooved screws, and a great tool to pry open battery compartments on everything from your TV remote to a keyless entry fob.

6. Make a cold pack

If you’re prone to bumps and bruises, you should keep a cold pack in your freezer. They are an effective way to reduce the swelling on an injury.

You can make your own with an old sock or cotton sack and a whole bunch of pennies. Pour them into the sock, tie it up, and pop it in the freezer. When you take them out, the pennies will form around the leg or arm, and they stay cold for a long time.

7. Save a glass of wine

Finding your wine has gone over is enough to drive you to…more wine.

Wine goes over because volatile sulfur compounds (mercaptans and thiols) form when the chemicals in the wine react with oxygen. However, the wine can be saved by a clean copper penny; just make sure it is dated 1982 or earlier (anything after this date is made mostly of zinc).

Pop the penny in your glass of wine and give it a stir. The sulfur in the wine will bond with the copper in the penny, creating copper sulfide (which has no smell).

8. Keep flowers fresh

A similar chemical process can help keep flowers fresh. Take a pre-1982 penny (real copper instead of the current zinc sandwich), plus a cube of sugar, add both to the vase and add water and flowers. The copper from the penny acts as a natural fungicide, which helps keep your flowers free from yeasts and bacteria.

9. Create tap shoes for kids

If your kid wants to experiment with tap, but you’re not sure if it’s something that’ll go as far as lessons and commitment, this is a fun way to play with the idea.

Find an old pair of shoes or sneakers that are not being used. Find some good, industrial-strength glue, and affix three to five pennies on the front part of the sole, and two to four on the back. Let the glue dry, and you have a pair of tap shoes that sound great on hard surfaces.

RELATED: She transforms old tissue boxes into DIY monster feet — perfect for her own little monsters

10. Make buttons

Pennies can become a fun accessory for coats, jackets, and bags.

First, decide if you want the pennies to look worn and dated, or shiny and new. You can get brand new pennies from banks, or shine your own by popping them in a bowl filled with vinegar and a little salt.

When you have the pennies ready, drill two small holes side-by-side in the center. Now, sew them onto your garment.

Mary B's frozen biscuits recalled due to listeria concerns

Be sure to check your freezer because there’s a new recall on frozen biscuits that were sold in nearly two dozen states.

>> Biscuits recalled over listeria concern

Hom/Ade Foods is recalling Mary B’s brand biscuits due to listeria concerns. The biscuits were sold in Alabama, Arkansas, California, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Missouri, Mississippi, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, Wisconsin and West Virginia.

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Company officials said the problem was discovered in a product sampling conducted by an outside company that manufactured the product.

Listeria can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, elderly people and others with weakened immune systems.

The Mary B’s products affected are frozen bagged biscuits. All have “Best If Used By" dates before Sept. 23, 2018, and with the letter “M” immediately after the date.

UPC codes affected by the recall:

  • 2059300015 MARY B’S BUTTERMILK BISCUITS 26.4OZ 12 / 2.2OZ
  • 2059300018 MARY B’S SOUTHERNMADE BISCUITS 26.4OZ 12 / 2.2OZ
  • 2059300022 MARY B’s BUTTERMILK TEA BISCUITS 24OZ 24 / 1OZ
  • 2059300028 MARY B’S THIN BUTTERMILK BISCUITS 28.6OZ 22 / 1.3OZ
  • 3059320583 MARY B’S 3.5 OZ JUMBO BUTTERMILK 144CT BULK BISCUITS 144 / 3.5OZ

Customers are urged to return affected products to the store for a full refund.

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If you’re on a New Year’s salad kick, but missing your favorite foods, try this Big Mac-inspired salad

You’ve tried cheeseburger pizza and cheeseburger soup ; now try this cheeseburger salad.

It has all the classic Big Mac toppings with that special sauce as a dressing. Lucky for us, it’s also low-carb, sugar-free, and dairy-free.

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RELATED: Someone deep-fried a cheeseburger and it looks unbelievably delicious

Find the full recipe on Wholesome Yum.

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