Morning-after pill use up among younger women 3 arrested in N.J. whipping Hackers send out zombie alerts Pentagon creates cyber medal
NEW YORK -- About 1 in 9 younger women have used the morning-after pill after sex, according to the first government report to focus on emergency contraception since its approval 15 years ago.
The results come from a survey of females ages 15 to 44. Eleven percent of those who'd had sex reported using a morning-after pill. That's up from 4 percent in 2002, only a few years after the pills went on the market and adults still needed a prescription. A prescription is still required for those younger than 17 so it is still sold from behind pharmacy counters.
In the study, half the women who used the pills said they did it because they'd had unprotected sex.
The morning-after pill is basically a high-dose version of birth control pills. It prevents ovulation and needs to be taken within a few days after sex. The morning-after pill is different from the so-called abortion pill, which is designed to terminate a pregnancy. They cost around $35 to $60 a dose at a pharmacy, depending on the brand.
NEWARK, N.J. -- The video starts with a young man being ordered to strip naked as he is berated by a group around him.
One person demands money. When he does not hand any over, the beating starts. As the naked man is lashed repeatedly, those surrounding him laugh above the crack of a belt hitting his skin.
City officials announced Wednesday that they had arrested three people they say participated in the August attack and filmed the 2½-minute video. The men were identified as 22-year-old Ahmad Holt, 31-year-old Raheem Clark and 23-year-old Jamaar Gray. Charges against them include robbery and aggravated assault.
The victim, now 21, "reluctantly" cooperated with police, DeMaio said. The victim's father apparently owed someone $20, prompting the beating, DeMaio said.
DETROIT -- Warnings about the zombie apocalypse may seem pretty amusing, but officials say they're dead serious about figuring out who hacked into the nation's public warning system to broadcast such messages in a handful of states.
So far, people in California, Michigan, Montana and New Mexico have heard the warnings about zombies that have been sent over the Emergency Alert System.
"Local authorities in your area have reported the bodies of the dead are rising from their graves and attacking the living," one message warned. "Do not attempt to approach or apprehend these bodies as they are considered extremely dangerous."
The Federal Communications Commission sent an urgent advisory Tuesday urging stations to reset their alert system passwords.
WASHINGTON -- They fight the war from computer consoles and video screens.
But the troops that launch the drone strikes and direct the cyberattacks that can kill or disable an enemy may never set foot in the combat zone. Now their battlefield contributions may be recognized.
Defense Secretary Leon Panetta announced Wednesday that for the first time the Pentagon is creating a medal that can be awarded to troops who have a direct impact on combat operations, but do it from afar.
The new blue, red and white-ribboned Distinguished Warfare Medal will be awarded to individuals for "extraordinary achievement" related to a military operation that occurred after Sept. 11, 2001. But unlike other combat medals, it does not require the recipient risk his or her life to get it.