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Who: Grandparents Dennis and Joanne Seibel of Lodi. Son Brandon Seibel and wife Tricia, with children Lauren and Jeffrey, all of Lodi. Son Dustin Seibel and wife Mattie of Concord. Son Ryan Seibel of Los Angeles.

Posted: August 01, 2014
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Thursday 10/09/2014
Get A Head Start Planning Your Ski Vacation
Updated: October 10, 2014 - 1:31 am

(NAPSI)—When cooler temperatures set in, many Americans start thinking about winter travel plans.

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Thursday 10/02/2014
Negligence is the rust of the soul ... and the car
Updated: October 10, 2014 - 1:31 am

(BPT) - Whether it’s the anxiety of looking at a bank statement after a big purchase or waiting for news from a doctor, facing harsh realities can be nerve-racking. The same mentality applies when dealing with your car discrepancies, be it routine maintenance or even skirmishes with other drivers on - and sometimes off - the road.

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Tuesday 09/30/2014
High-tech monitoring of digital information keeps America secure
Updated: October 08, 2014 - 1:32 am

(BPT) - The digital age has made online information widely available both for good and bad purposes. When it comes to the nation’s security, monitoring, tracking, securing and analyzing digital data is a key factor in defending intelligence networks.

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Sunday 09/28/2014
Space? Ocean Depths? Experts Predict the Future of Travel
Updated: October 03, 2014 - 1:38 am

(StatePoint) As you book your next vacation, it doesn’t hurt to think ahead -- way ahead. Technology is changing everything about the way we live, work and play, and travel is no exception.

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Thursday 09/25/2014
How Students Can Get Ahead: What Colleges And Companies Want
Updated: September 26, 2014 - 1:40 am

(NAPSI)—If your family is like most, you want a college education for your children—today, 75 percent of Americans have their eyes set on a college education. That's a good thing. Over a lifetime, college graduates average about a million dollars more than high school graduates.

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Thursday 09/18/2014
How to avoid crowds in Rome
Updated: September 26, 2014 - 1:40 am

(BPT) - Rome has been a starring city on the world stage throughout history. Art is all around you in this cultural center where pieces by Bernini, Raphael, Caravaggio and Michelangelo are daily decor. The city surrounds you with masterpieces from throughout the ages, making it a highly coveted destination with plenty of crowds. DreamPlanGo has provided some tips to help you avoid long lines and enjoy the city in peace:

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Getting The Most From Your Fall Travel Dollar
Updated: September 19, 2014 - 1:35 am

(NAPSI)—From smaller crowds and lower prices to a bounty of festivals and beautiful seasonal foliage, there are many reasons to vacation in the fall.

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Travel Prepares Students For Success With Personal Growth And Character Building
Updated: September 19, 2014 - 1:35 am

(NAPSI)—The keys to your child’s success in school, college and beyond may be the ones that fit the locks on his or her suitcase.

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Football Fans Get Bright New Look At Energy Innovation
Updated: September 19, 2014 - 1:35 am

(NAPSI)—The next time you catch a football game, while you’re admiring the energy expended on the field, you might give a thought to how the sport is helping America save energy.

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Thursday 09/11/2014
Students Are Filling A Gap With Travel
Updated: September 12, 2014 - 1:34 am

(NAPSI)—Increasingly, students and those just out of school are using international travel as a productive way to make the most of the gap of time between high school and college or between college and starting a career. That’s why this type of purposeful travel has come to be known as gap travel.

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Remember when green coffee bean extract was the next big thing in weight loss, a remedy with positive clinical findings touted as a breakthrough by Dr. Mehmet Oz and aggressively hawked online?

Well, fuggedaboutit.

Last week, the 2012 study that started the hype and jump-started a coffee bean buying frenzy was retracted by Joe Vinson and his co-author, Bryan Burnham of the University of Scranton. Writing in the journal Diabetes, Metabolic Syndrome and Obesity: Targets and Therapy, Vinson and Burham said they were retracting the study, published in the journal, because “the sponsors of the study cannot assure the validity of the data.”

The retraction followed a $3.5 million settlement last month between Applied Food Science Inc. — a manufacturer of a green coffee bean product and sponsor of Vinson and Burnham’s study — and the Federal Trade Commission.

In a complaint leading to the settlement, the FTC called the study, conducted by researchers in India at AFS Inc.’s behest, “so hopelessly flawed that no reliable conclusions could be drawn from it.”

The study’s lead investigator repeatedly altered the weights and other key measurements of the subjects, the FTC charged. He changed the length of the trial and misstated which subjects were taking the placebo, the agency said.

When the Indian investigators were unable to get the study published, the FTC said AFS hired Vinson and Burnham to rewrite the study for submission to journals.

“Despite receiving conflicting data, Vinson, Burnham and AFS never verified the authenticity of the information used in the study,” the FTC said in a news release.

Vinson succeeded in getting a spot on the roster of the American Chemical Society’s spring meeting to present the study, and it was quickly accepted and published by Diabetes, Metabolic Syndrome and Obesity: Targets and Therapy.

The study was said to have 16 participants, who cycled between a low-dose of green coffee bean extract, a high dose of the supplement and a placebo. Subjects taking the supplement were reported to have lost an average of 17.5 pounds in 22 weeks and reduced their overall body weight by 10.5 percent.

And those reported changes came despite the fact that participants’ average daily calorie consumption did not change, Vinson reported. The FTC complaint, however, contends that participants were told to restrict their calories and to exercise more.

Vinson told the Los Angeles Times that a larger trial was planned to further investigate the supplement’s safety and effectiveness in 60 participants.

News of the supplement’s alleged promise prompted Oz, on his show, to hail green coffee beans as a “miracle” aid to weight loss. In the weeks that followed, supplement manufacturers used video of Oz’s seeming endorsement to boost sales, the FTC inquiry found.

“Applied Food Sciences knew or should have known that this botched study didn’t prove anything,” said Jessica Rich, director of the FTC’s Bureau of Consumer Protection. “In publicizing the results, it helped fuel the green coffee phenomenon.”

This summer, Oz — appearing before a hearing of the Senate’s subcommittee on consumer protection, product safety and insurance — was chastised for appearing to endorse green coffee beans and other dietary supplements as safe and effective treatments.

“I don’t get why you need to say this stuff when you know it’s not true,” subcommittee chairwoman Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., said to Oz. “With power comes a great deal of responsibility.”

In addition to agreeing to settle the case for $3.5 million, Applied Science Inc. agreed “to have scientific substantiation for any future weight-loss claims it makes, including at least two adequate and well-controlled human clinical tests.”

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