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A study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention finds that 1 in 3 adults drinks excessively. That means eight or more drinks per week for women, and 15 or more drinks a week for men.
After a successful 2014 election season, the nation's GOP governors gathered to talk about policy issues and bask in their victories. But President Obama's immigration plans dominated the discussion.
Defying congressional Republicans, President Obama will defer the deportation of the undocumented parents of U.S. citizens and will also prioritize the deportation of criminals.
Nearly a third of us are overweight, and some of the worst rates of obesity are in the developing world. All this corpulence takes a huge economic toll — two trillion dollars a year.
If you are a user of the web browser Firefox in the United States, your default search engine is about to change. Mozilla, the nonprofit that owns Firefox just announced plans to switch the default from Google to Yahoo.
Google was paying Mozilla $300 million a year for the privilege of being the default search engine. Those payments made up more than 80 percent of Mozilla’s income.
Mozilla and Google are very different companies. Mozilla is a mission-driven nonprofit for starters. It's built on 10 principles, one of which is "individual’s security and privacy on the internet are fundamental and must not be treated as optional.”
Google has a slightly different take on privacy. "Google is of course, in the business on tracking users," says USC computer science professor Ellis Horowitz, "and Firefox has taken a very strong line on giving users the ability to not be tracked."
In its deal with Firefox, Yahoo has agreed to honor Mozilla’s "do not track" policy. In return, Yahoo gets all of Firefox’s default search traffic and some street cred with users who are concerned about their privacy. Just how much Yahoo paying is for that traffic and street cred hasn't been made public.
As for Google, it ultimately isn't losing a whole lot. "Many people just have the Google home page as the default page, so they don't really need the search engine to do their searching," says Horowitz.
Plus Google has its own competing browser, Chrome, which now has a much larger market share than Firefox’s. And as more and more web traffic shifts to mobile phones, Firefox has created its own mobile operating system. "The firefox OS which they call it, they are getting onto low cost phones around the world," says Liz Gannes, a senior editor with the tech site Re/code.
"Mozilla in some sense, has already moved on from the Firefox battle in that they are trying to take on the next big closed platform, which is mobile."
The city of Montgomery, Ala., was sued by a group of people who said they were jailed when they couldn't pay court fines and fees. Now the city has agreed to take steps to help those too poor to pay.