• (Courtesy: Paige Benoit) Paige Benoit and Daniella Pitruzzello, both juniors at Assumption College in Worcester, Massachusetts, smile for the camera. (WORCESTER, Mass.) -- Christmas crept in early for one unsuspecting roommate who hates that people celebrate before the Thanksgiving turkey is even on the table.Assumption College junior Paige Benoit walked into her version of a Christmas nightmare after her roommate Daniella Pitruzzello decked the halls in their dorm early with over-the-top holiday decorations."She always complains about how she hates when people celebrate Christmas before Thanksgiving and when her friends send snaps of listening to Mariah Carey, so I thought, 'If this isn’t the perfect opportunity for a prank, I don’t know what is,'" Pitruzzello told ABC News with a laugh.Benoit said she hates it when people “go from Halloween mode straight into Christmas mode” because Thanksgiving is her favorite holiday."It just bugs the crap out of me," Benoit, 20, told ABC News. "Girls at my school, at midnight on November first, start blasting Christmas music. So it always drives me crazy. My roommates know how annoyed I get by it."Pitruzzello started plotting the Christmas extravaganza prank in September, gathering supplies she already owned and spending $7 on more ornaments, jingle bells and wrapping paper from the dollar store.When Benoit left to grab dinner last week at the dining hall, Pitruzzello seized the opportunity, spreading her holly, jolly spirit all over the room.Benoit returned to a full-blown Christmas wonderland, which caused her to turn into the Grinch."When I came back I opened the door to find Christmas decorations and Christmas music playing," she recalled. "She covered my tapestries, she remade my bed to put Christmas blankets on it, she had a stocking above my bed, Christmas lights were up and she wrapped my closet in wrapping paper. She also put jingle bells around my fan.“I was like, ‘Dear God, why?,’” Benoit said of her Scrooge-like reaction. “I didn’t know what to do, so I walked out of my room.”Pitruzzello said she realized her roommate really wasn’t going to come back until she took all the festive decor down, so she did. But it's all in safe keeping.The decorations are now under her bed, ready to make a Christmas comeback on Dec. 1.To clear the air, Benoit said “Christmas is still a really good holiday.”But, she said, after her grandfather passed away, her family no longer celebrated like they once did.“Christmas was my grandpa’s favorite and he loved decorating for it as a family," Benoit said. "But when he passed away, Christmas drifted back into the background because it was too sad for us to think about. So Thanksgiving became one of my favorites."
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  • iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Consuming alcoholic beverages, even in moderation, may increase your risk of developing certain cancers, according to a new statement released by the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO)."People typically don't associate drinking beer, wine, and hard liquor with increasing their risk of developing cancer in their lifetimes," Dr. Bruce Johnson, president of the ASCO, an organization of cancer doctors, said in a statement."The link between increased alcohol consumption and cancer has been firmly established," Johnson added. He said he hopes that this knowledge empowers doctors "to help their patients reduce their risk of cancer."The new review of past studies on the link between alcohol and cancer, published Tuesday in the Journal of Clinical Oncology, found that approximately 3.5 percent of all cancer deaths in the U.S. can be attributed to alcohol consumption.In addition, researchers said that in 2012, approximately 5.5 percent of all new cancer occurrences and 5.8 percent of all cancer deaths globally could be attributed to drinking alcohol.Although heavy, long-term, drinkers were found to have the greatest risks of developing cancer, even modest alcohol consumption may increase cancer risk, researchers said in the publication.If a drinker stops consuming alcohol for 20 years or more, however, their risk of cancer reverts back to that of non-drinkers, according to the researchers' analysis.The 11-page ASCO statement on alcohol and cancer also says that "associations between alcohol drinking and cancer risk have been observed consistently regardless of the specific type of alcoholic beverages," meaning the link between alcohol and certain cancers was not specific to consumption of just beer, wine, or other types of liquor.In addition to increasing risk factors for certain types of cancer, the ASCO review also found that drinking alcohol can have an adverse effect on treatment and outcomes for patients with cancer."Limiting alcohol intake is a means to prevent cancer," Dr. Noelle LoConte, one of the publication's authors and a professor of medicine at the University of Wisconsin said in a statement.LeConte said the new ASCO statement joins other public health organizations "in recognizing that even moderate alcohol use can cause cancer.""The good news is that, just like people wear sunscreen to limit their risk of skin cancer, limiting alcohol intake is one more thing people can do to reduce their overall risk of developing cancer," LoConte added.
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  • iStock/Thinkstock (NEW YORK) -- Delhi, India, is surrounded by a thickening blanket of smog.  The Indian Medical Association (IMA) declared a public health emergency in the city on Tuesday as the city's air quality rating climbed above the highest levels on the index. People have been advised to avoid outdoor activities and keep children indoors to avoid the “severely harmful” air.The education minister confirmed elementary schools will be closed on Wednesday, saying an extension of the order is possible.The problem is expected to linger for some time.The Doctors Association requested that the Airtel Delhi Half Marathon, scheduled for November 19, be cancelled, according to local media reports.Flight schedules have also been changed due to low visibility. On Tuesday, more than 20 flights were delayed and at least four were rerouted.The Air Quality Index (AQI) in Delhi is currently 316, well above the threshold for “severely polluted,” according to officials. AQI scores range from excellent and good at 0-50 and 51-100, lightly polluted and moderately polluted at 101-150 and 151-200 and heavily and severely polluted at 201-300 and 300+.The air quality in the Punjab region is even worse than Delhi, with an index of 462. Many believe stubble burning -- the practice of burning fields to clear them for planting -- has contributed to the extreme pollution there and elsewhere.Despite restrictions on stubble burning in Punjab, many do not comply with the new regulations. The resulting smoke is creating problems not only for that region, but also for adjacent provinces in both India and Pakistan.Imran Hussain, minister of food and civil supplies, environment, forests and election in Dehli, said he has asked Punjab officials to curb the burns to control air pollution in Delhi. But no action has been taken.Punjab officials deny the effect on Delhi's air quality, saying stubble burning has been reduced by thirty percent since Punjab banned crop burning in 2013.Copyright © 2017, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.
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  • @DemetriaObilor/Twitter(DALLAS) -- Demetria Obilor, a local traffic anchor with ABC affiliate WFAA-TV in Dallas, is making headlines for her inspiring response after a woman body-shamed her on social media.“I’m waking up from my Friday nap to some controversy, but a whole lot of love,” Obilor, who began working at the station earlier this month, said in a video she posted to Twitter. “The controversy is coming from people who aren’t too happy with the way that I look on television saying, ‘Oh, her body is too big for that dress. It’s too curvy.’ Or, ‘Her hair, it’s unprofessional, it’s crazy. We don’t like it.’”Obilor, who is African-American, took to the social media platform to address a woman’s recent post on Facebook attacking the way she dressed on air.“Has anyone seen Channel 8’s new morning traffic reporter? Her name is Demetria Obilor & she’s a size 16/18 woman in a size six dress and she looks ridiculous,” Jan Shedd wrote in a Facebook post that has since been deleted. “I understand that when I watch Channel 8 I’m going to get biased reporting and political correctness, but clearly they have taken leave of their senses. I’m not going to watch Channel 8 anymore.”Shedd’s post was deleted after it started going viral. Even celebrities shared screenshots of her comment.Chance the Rapper weighed in, re-tweeting the post to his more than 6 million followers.Meghan McCain told Obilor she is “absolutely gorgeous” and thanked her for speaking out against body-shaming.Obilor was never going to let the body-shaming comments get the best of her, instead choosing to rise above Shedd’s commentary by posting her own thoughtful response online, which WFAA-TV later shared on its website as well.“This is the way that I’m built. This is the way that I was born,” Obilor said in her now viral video, addressing the haters. “I’m not going anywhere, so if you don’t like it, you have your options.”She then praised those who stood up in her defense.“I love you right back,” she said. “You know, when you look a little different, people think it’s OK to talk to you a little different. And I’m on TV. I can’t clap back how I want to clap back all the time."Obilor said she’s “forever grateful” for the people who told her, “You don’t have to put up with this.”“We don’t have to put up with this, and we’re not going to,” she agreed. “So once again, just everybody know that I love you, I appreciate you, and we’re in this together.”Shedd told ABC News she had “no comment.”
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  • ABC News(ATLANTA) -- A student at Morehouse College in Atlanta who was looking for some extra credit ended up getting more than he bargained for. A rap video he made for his biology class has gone viral, with nearly 660,000 views on YouTube.The young scholar, Julien Turner, transformed the Lil Uzi song, “XO Tour Llif3,” into a biology lesson with educational lyrics like: “The DNA starts to unwind. The RNA reads the other side. Meiosis is the key to making life. Mitosis copies cells about to die. If my genes go left unread, all my cells are dead.”Turner, a linebacker on the college’s football team, said the idea came to him as he was sitting in bed after a game one night.“[I] was listening to 'XO Tour Llif3' and I remembered [the professor] had assigned an extra credit assignment where I could make a music video out of anything, and ‘all my cells are dead’ just kept repeating in my head,” Turner, 19, a marketing major, said on “Good Morning America” Monday. “I scrambled to check my notes to make sure it had something to do with biology and I started writing lyrics that were parallel to the song so I could remember it better. I called up a few teammates and we made the video, and it just blew up from there.”His professor, Dr. Dwann Davenport, said Turner earned the extra credit with his creative music video.“I actually heard about it before I even checked my email to see that he’d turned it in,” Davenportd said. “I see the text message with the link and I clicked on it and I was like, ‘Oh this is catchy. This is nice.’ I saw all the likes and all the retweets and I was like, ‘Wait, this is my student. Wait a minute, this is Julien. Oh my goodness.’ I was so excited, but I didn’t expect anything like this.”Davenport said Turner was already “an excellent student doing well in the class, minus the extra credit.”“He’s an athlete, he’s on the football team. He’s amazing,” she said.Turner said he and his younger brother also started their own production company, Dreadhead Films, several years ago, and that “it’s crazy” this video went viral because “it’s the worst film” he has ever made. He said his brother is usually the cinematographer and editor, but he didn’t work on this one.Music runs in Turner’s family. His father, Kevin Turner, is a jazz guitarist and music professor at Ohio State.
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  • Sassy Mouth Photo / www.sassymouth.net(MERIDEN, Conn.) -- One 5-year-old girl had one wish before her fourth open heart surgery -- get married to her best friend.Sophia Chiappalone's mother, Kristy Somerset-Chiappalone, told ABC News she'd do anything to give another smile to her daughter, who was born with several heart defects.Chiappalone, who has already undergone three open heart surgeries during her short lifetime, spent much of her early life in Hartford Hospital's neonatal intensive care unit. She's now being treated at Boston Children's Hospital, where she is scheduled to undergo her fourth open heart surgery in January."It became apparent that her heart wasn't looking as well as they would like and we knew she needed treatment," Somerset-Chiappalone recalled. "So I asked Sophia, 'What do you want to do? Do you want to go to an indoor water park? Do you want to go on a shopping spree, maybe get some toys?'"And she said she wanted to be a princess and marry Hunter," the Meriden, Connecticut, mother of three recalled.When Somerset-Chiappalone, 36, told Tracy Laferriere, the mother of her daughter's bestie, Hunter, what her daughter wanted, the family was on board."Immediately I started crying," Laferriere, 34, told ABC News. "If it's in my power to give that to her how could I not?"Laferriere's best friend is photographer, Marisa Balletti-Lavoie, and offered to give Chiappalone a mock wedding photo shoot. She even got Bliss Bridal in Chester, Connecticut, to supply a veil and a little wedding dress -- well, really it was a flower girl's dress -- for Chiappalone.The two best friends, who met in preschool, spent an hour on Oct. 23 inside City Park in Meriden, capturing the fall-inspired wedding images."Just seeing Sophia's smile, he didn't complain once," Hunter's mother said of the photo shoot. "He was genuinely having a fun time. They were laughing together, tickling, swinging and on the slides. I think he really enjoyed it. I think it makes him happy to see her happy."Although it seemed that Sophia "felt like a princess" and "radiated the whole time," Somerset-Chiappalone said for her there were mixed emotions."I was trying so hard to be strong," she admitted. "I'm trying to be strong for Sophia. In reality, she's slipping into heart failure more and more, and this might be the only time I ever see her in a wedding dress. That was going through my head."Still, the mom has her own wish for her daughter: "I wish that she keeps her fighting spirit. And I hope she never loses her quality of life ... no matter what the end result is."Copyright © 2017, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.
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