• Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Critics took aim at Nikki Reed's husband, Ian Somerhalder, this week after the actor admitted in an interview to throwing out the actress' birth control pills.Somerhalder, 38, recounted the ordeal, which took place when the couple was vacationing in Barcelona last year."Unbeknownst to poor Nikki, she didn't realize I was going to go into her purse" to grab her birth control pills, he said Wednesday on the Informed Pregnancy podcast. "It was the beginning of the pack, so I had to pop all those suckers out."Although Reed, 29, was initially "freaking out" -- as Somerhalder acknowledged -- the two later decided to expand their family. Last July, they welcomed a daughter named Bodhi.Reed, who wed Somerhalder wed in 2015, also took to Twitter to quell the criticism, writing that fans shouldn't be alarmed by the story.We should be talking about these things,but using a funny interview between married ppl &twisting it to perpetuate gossip is irresponsible
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  • ABC News (ANZA, Calif.) --  Earlier this week, her story was featured on various news outlets, including ABC News' "World News Tonight," sparking interest within the Facebook group Pacific Crest Trail Class of 2017. Some members of the group raised questions among themselves, asking whether hikers who'd been on the trail during the same time period as Kozel remembered seeing her. Kozel said she started receiving messages Wednesday, inquiring about details from the hike and accusing her of lying about completing the journey. Donna L-Rod Saufley, who owns a hostel along the trail and was described by member and two-time Pacific Crest Trail thru-hiker Mark Votapek as "the most famous trail angel on the PCT," started the group thread Wednesday, writing: "Did anyone in the Class of 2017 see Stacey Kozel on the trail this year?" Saufley, responding to all the media attention the disabled hiker was getting, called Kozel's claim "unbelievable and frankly ridiculous." Saufley and her husband have hosted Pacific Crest Trail hikers for more than 20 years at their Agua Dulce, California, home. Their home is situated at mile 454 and this year, she said, her two-acre hostel -- called Hiker Heaven -- had hosted more than 1,500 hikers on the trail. She said the two are members of a "trail angels" group that communicates with each other and keeps tabs on the hikers. Saufley, who described herself as a trail section hiker, also completed the Pacific Crest Trail around the same time as Kozel. She said she had not heard of Kozel from other hikers and that had given her initial pause a few weeks ago. "The trail grapevine is incredibly robust, so even if she didn't stay at Hiker Heaven, surely I would have heard about her. I spent time on the trail this season too, and saw many hikers on my journey. I finished the trail at the northern terminus around the same time that Stacey claims to have been there. No mention of her at all from anyone," she said. Chatter about Kozel took over the Facebook group's conversation. Saufley shared some of the information and speculation that members of the group had put forth to discredit Kozel's hiking claims. According to Saufley, snow levels, flooding and fires made it "nearly impossible for able-bodied" hikers to complete the trail this year. She said that not one trail angel along the Pacific Crest Trail had reported seeing, hosting or helping Kozel. The group also took issue with Kozel's hiking dates. "The dates Stacey has provided do not add up. She says she is 'slow' but claims to have done a contiguous northbound thru-hike in what would be considered an extremely fast pace," Saufley said. "The dates are all over the place; she says she started on several different dates, and the same is true about her finishing date. ... There is one fact that most thru-hikers remember: the dates they started and finish the trail. No one is ambiguous about their dates. Except Stacey, who can't seem to decide when she started or finished." "Rather than respond with facts, photos, or people that Stacey met along her journey, she instead took all her accounts offline after questions about her began to surface. Not one shred of evidence has been put forth that validate Stacey actually being on the trail, by Stacey or anyone else," Saufley said. The Pacific Crest Trail Association today told ABC News that while it was aware of the controversy surrounding Kozel, it did not get involved in disputes over hikers or whether they hiked the trail. It said completion of the trail was based on an honor system. "There is no requirement for anyone to report their hikes to us. … We don't validate or verify hikes in any way," said Scott Wilkinson, the association's director of communications and marketing. When contacted by ABC News about the accusations, Kozel told ABC News that she was "heartbroken" over what was being said about her online. "This was never about doing a thru-hike for me," she said. "It was more about 'not givi
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  • tyncho/iStock/Thinkstock(LOS ANGELES) -- Avoiding refined sugar may be a challenge for most Americans, but Byron Paidoussi and Whitney Cole, the owners of Fitness and Fuel LA, regularly look for alternatives. In the tenth and final episode of ABC News' "Healthy Living for Summer" series, we asked them for some tips."We try to avoid processed sugar as much as we can," said Paidoussi.The couple has experimented with creating different recipes that exclude sugar. In the video above, they make spicy chocolate pumpkin squares with stevia, a sugar substitute, and dates."[It's] a really yummy thing we can have around the house, and it's a lot less sugary, a lot less impact on our blood sugar going up and down," Cole said.Below is a list of advice Cole and Paidoussi gave ABC News.Quick tips•  Look at the ingredients to see how many grams of sugar the item contains•  Check if sugar alternatives come in pure forms, which the couple recommends•  You can use natural items like dates as alternatives to refined sugar•  Experiment and get creative with recipes, such as the pumpkin squares pictured above
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  • Girl Scouts of Central Indiana(NEW YORK) -- Last April Melina Lakey was riding home from a movie with her parents when their SUV clipped a drainage ditch and rolled over six times, landing on its roof.The 9-year-old was pulled to safety by her dad, Jeff Lakey, who was driving. When Melina saw that her mom, Ashley McCollum-Lakey, was stuck in the passenger seat, she ran back to help.“When the airbags deploy you can’t see any of the doors, so she lifted them up so I could find my way out,” McCollum-Lakey told ABC News. “She said, ‘Mommy I’m right here. Come to me.’”She continued, “She lifted up five impact airbags to get me out, through glass and debris.”Melina, a Girl Scout from Pendleton, Indiana, was honored Thursday for her heroism by the Girl Scouts of the USA.She received the Medal of Honor, one of two Lifesaving Awards given by the Girl Scouts for “saving life or attempting to save life without risk to the candidate’s own life.”The Girl Scouts of Central Indiana, the 45-county council that represents Melina’s troop, has awarded only one other Lifesaving Award in the past decade, according to a council spokeswoman.“It felt really good,” Melina, a fourth grader who has been a Girl Scout for the past five years, told ABC News. “It felt like everybody cared.”Melina, who was 8 at the time of the accident, took control after rescuing her mom by calling 911 on her parents' cellphone. She and her mom, who is her troop leader, had spent that April day at a local fire department with fellow Girl Scouts learning first aid skills and what to do in an emergency.“They said that if you’re ever in a big accident, always call 911,” Melina said.She added, "Even though you think [an accident] is not going to happen to you, it still will. They taught me everything I needed."Melina and her dad escaped the accident with no injuries. McCollum-Lakey suffered a shoulder injury and some bruising but credits her daughter with saving her life.“Melina didn’t think twice,” she said. “She knew there was glass and debris and she just wanted to make sure that she knew mommy and daddy were OK.”Melina, whose favorite Girl Scout activity is hiking, also received a congratulatory letter from Girl Scouts of the USA CEO Sylvia Acevedo.“Your extraordinary courage, incredible confidence, and your willingness to take decisive action in the midst of an emergency has not only saved a life, but also serves as a shining example for Girl Scouts everywhere of fortitude and dedication,” the letter read in part. “Your heroism and sound judgment have earned you a place in the pantheon of heroes who have come before you, and left an indelible mark on the Girl Scouts.”Copyright © 2017, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.
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  • ABC News(QUEENSLAND, Australia) -- As if running a marathon weren't enough of a feat, one dad pushed a stroller the entire way.For Troy Austin, an Australian man who is an Ironman competitor and triathlete as well as a marathon runner, the exertion of pushing the stroller wasn't so much physical as emotional. Because the stroller he pushed was empty.Austin ran the Sunshine Coast Marathon with the empty stroller last month in honor of his late son, T.G. The boy was stillborn in 2016 at 27 weeks, three days after his parents had learned through a sonogram that he had no heartbeat."The day you find out about your child has passed isn't the day of labor -- well, not in our instance," Austin told ABC News. "The day after our devastating news, we had to go back and have a time of death recorded."Following the terrible news on the sonogram, Austin said his wife was given medication to help prepare her body to give up the baby."After a few emotionally painful days, you go to the hospital to give birth, knowing that your bub isn't coming home to his room," he said.T.G. would be more than 1 year old now."Three days after we heard those horrible words, 'No heartbeat,' we got to meet our boy. He is beautiful," Austin said."He is still and innocent. We smile through the heartache because we have our first child. We are a family. His grandparents came to meet our son and for a cuddle. We stayed with him all night. He was born too late for a photographer to come, so we held him 'til the sunrise only to have to say goodbye as a nurse wheeled him away.""Next time we saw T.G was at the funeral home, wrapped so innocently," he said.After the ordeal, Austin said he coped by throwing himself into physical fitness, which was already a major part of his life. His wife, Kelly, worked to handle the loss by preserving everything she could about T.G., he said.The stroller was one of the first purchases the couple had made when Kelly was pregnant. Until this marathon, it had been sitting in the garage unused.One of Austin's friends was running his first marathon to raise money and awareness for the Austin family charity Everyday Hero, which raises awareness and offers support to families who had a stillborn child.Austin paced himself to run with his friend, but while the race wasn't terribly difficult physically, it took an emotional toll.There were people along the route who joked about getting a ride in the stroller, and an announcer who said over the loudspeaker, "'Here comes old mate, and it looks like he has lost his kid,'" Austin said. He estimates there were a hundred comments made about the empty stroller through the course of the race."They weren't trying to be mean; it was just the Aussie humor. Stillbirth was the furthest from their mind, and I understood that," he said. "I kept answering the onslaught of questions and shout-outs with, 'That's the point,' and, 'Yes, I have lost my son and I'm not getting him back.' "He said he got a mixed response from people who understood the point of his pushing the empty stroller. "A fair few didn't get it," he said. But he said he's glad the event raised awareness of the issue of stillbirths.The couple now have another son, Samuel, but still deeply miss T.G., Austin said. They honor his memory at family functions with a small giraffe and give photos of him to his grandparents. And T.G.'s stroller will race again, bringing more awareness to the issue of stillbirth."I just want to help. I want T.G to play with the other kids in heaven and know we are helping their parents down here," Austin said. "I would like to let the community know it's OK to talk about stillbirth, to mention the children we have lost. Parents that have lost a child want to hear their children's name. They want to know that they are counted."Copyright © 2017, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.
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  • Chris Graythen/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Tom Brady's claim that staying ultra-hydrated helps protect him from the sun's rays is raising eyebrows on social media."When I was growing up, and playing outside in the sun, I got sunburned a lot. I was a fair-skinned Irish boy, after all. These days, even if I get an adequate amount of sun, I won't get a sunburn, which I credit to the amount of water I drink," the New England Patriots quarterback writes in his new book "The TB12 Method: How to Achieve a Lifetime of Sustained Peak Performance."Brady writes that he drinks more than 150 ounces of water a day. On "active days," he says, he drinks "close to twice that."The NFL star's comments quickly garnered backlash on social media, with many questioning the science behind his claims.The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends seeking shade, wearing long-sleeved clothing, using a hat, wearing sunglasses, and applying broad-spectrum sunscreen on in order to protect yourself from sun exposure. The group does not mention on its sun safety website that drinking water can in any way help prevent a sunburn.The CDC does state, however, that men are more likely than women to develop skin cancer, partly because men are less likely to apply sunscreen."When outside on a sunny day for more than an hour, only about 14 percent of men use sunscreen on both their face and other exposed skin," the CDC writes on its website.Copyright © 2017, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.
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