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Florida Set To Pass New York In 2014

Figures out from the Census Bureau Monday showed that the U.S. population grew just 0.72 percent last year, the lowest rate in more than seven decades. The figures also show that New York remained the third most populous state, after California and Texas -- but just barely. New York has just fewer than 100,000 people more than Florida, which is expected to take over the third place spot at some point in 2014.
In a separate release, the Census Bureau projected that on January 1st, the U.S. population would be 317,297,938, a 0.7 percent increase from January 1st, 2013.
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Tim Tebow Lands TV Deal

Tim Tebow is embarking on a TV career. The Heisman Trophy winner has been hired by the new SEC Network as a college football analyst on the pregame show SEC Nation. In announcing the new gig, Tebow and the network noted that the job does not preclude a return to the NFL.

ESPN, which runs the network, specified that the multiyear deal "will not preclude him from continuing to pursue playing opportunities in the NFL." Tebow has been without a team since he was cut by the Patriots in August.

Tebow said of his new job, "While I continue to pursue my dream of playing quarterback in the NFL, this is an amazing opportunity to be part of the unparalleled passion of college football and the SEC.".  Tebow will make his debut during pregame coverage of the BCS championship on January 6.

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NYE TV

Here is a rundown of New Year's Eve TV programming:
ABC-Dick Clark's Primetime New Year's Rockin' Eve with Ryan Seacreast-8pm
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eaturing Jenny McCarthy of The View and Fergie of the Black Eyed Peas as co-hosts.  A slew of performances will take place including appearances by Miley Cyrus, Melissa Etheridge, Blondie, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Jason Derulo, Fall Out Boy, Jennifer Hudson, Icona Pop, Enrique Iglesias and Robin Thicke. The program will also feature a performance by Billy Joel, who will be playing a show in nearby Brooklyn, N.Y. at the Barclays Center.

Carson Daly will also be in Times Square to host an NBC special starting at 10 p.m. ET. Angela Kinsey of The Office fame will be on hand to help co-host the event, which will feature performances by Train and The Voice stars Tessanne Chin and Cassadee Pope. Mariah Carey and Blake Shelton are expected to appear, too.

Fox will celebrate New Year’s Eve with a special hosted by Mario Lopez. J. Cole, Krewella, New Politics and Panic! At the Disco will perform.

Rodney Atkins, Susan Boyle and Blues Traveler will perform on Fox News Channel's All American New Year, with Elisabeth Hasselbeck and Bill Hemmer as hosts. 

BET will host a special New Year’s Eve event with a 106 & Party special, featuring hosts Lil Mama and Mack Wilds. A$AP Rocky, Trey Songz and August Alsina will perform.

PBS will air the New York Philharmonic Gala Concert featuring featuring guest cellist Yo-Yo Ma. 

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Online Tool Lets You Know If An App Is A Data Hog

Have you ever downloaded an app that didn’t seem like it was going to chew up a ton of data only to later find out that it was devouring megabytes without you knowing? A wireless industry group has put together a website that measures data usage on the most popular iOS and Android apps (sorry Windows phone users) so consumers can know what to expect before they download.  Click here to find out the name of the app and the rest of the story.
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5 Healthy Late-Night Snakcs

These snacks will leave you feeling full but, according to Angela Lemond, R.D.N., of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, won't do bad things like spike you blood sugar, incite cravings or pack on the pounds.
1. one medium banana & one tablespoon almond butter
2. one medium apple & one ounce of low-fat cheese
3. a quarter cup of black beans & a small corn tortilla
4. one cup of blueberries & six to eight ounces of plain, non-fat yogurt
5. one cup of carrots stick & three tablespoons of hummus
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13 Most Useless Food Inventions of 2013

Not every invention is  a home run.  I see plenty of them when I forget to turn off my TV and wake up in the middle of the night.  Some strange item is being pitched for the low price of $19.95.  But did that useless food item make the top 13 list of 2013?

Click here for the 13 Most Useless Food inventions of 2013
-Chris Malone
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Melbourne Police Hand Out Lottery Tickets With Speeding Tickets

A speeding ticket can be awfully expensive, but police in Melbourne, FL, were giving some lead-footed motorists a chance to win enough money to pay off their citations by handing out scratch-and-win lotto tickets and speeding tickets on Christmas day.

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Lower Risk Of Nut Alllergy By Eating Them

Sometimes it really is the "hair of the dog" that can make things better. As nut allergies increase among children mothers have been wondering whether they should be consuming tree nuts while pregnant. Researchers say the answer is yes, eating tree nuts helps. To find this, researchers followed nearly 11-thousand participants form birth through about age four. The participants' mothers reported their diets during or shortly before or after pregnancy, and researchers found that peanut/tree nut allergy incidence was significantly lower among the children of mother who ate more nuts during pregnancy. Researchers say, "This study adds to the emerging body of evidence that early introduction of food allergens leads to the development of tolerance to these food allergies, reducing the risk of developing food allergies." (Fox)

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Chill You Bottle Of Bubbly For Good Reasons

Keeping your bottle of bubbly chilled not only makes it taste great, it makes opening it safer. Researchers from the Champagne region of France have recently discovered that the warmer the bottle of Champagne the faster the cork travels when popped. Researchers say the cork of a bottle kept at about 40 degrees Fahrenheit traveled at about 25 miles-per-hour while the cork of a bottle kept at about 65-degrees Fahrenheit traveled up to 34 miles-per-hour. Researchers claim this happens because the gases inside the bubbles move faster at warmer temperatures, which increases the velocity of the cork. The American Academy of Opthamology says that last year almost a fifth of serious eye injuries were blamed on flying champagne corks. (Daily Mail)
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FOMO in 2014

FOMO -- the fear of missing out -- has only recently become a phrase in wider use, meaning the fear that something's going on that you don't know about or aren't involved in, that's been heightened by social media. But AP reports that global advertising and marketing company and trend watcher JWT believes that JOMO -- the joy of missing out -- is going to be gaining ground in 2014. The prediction is that more people will be trying to shut out distractions and focus on the moment. The company's trend-spotter, Ann Mack, explained, "You're enjoying what you're doing in the here and now and not on social media broadcasting or seeing what everybody else is doing. I think the real surprise is the fact that as we get more immersed in technology we're starting to question its siren call, although we're not resisting it entirely. . . . Over the past several years we've let technology rule us and now we're ready to rule it and find a balance in our lives because we realize technology is here to stay but it's fundamentally changing our relationships, our behaviors, perhaps even our brains."
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