Friday, May 17 2013 7:01 AM EDT2013-05-17 11:01:29 GMT
The medical aid group Doctors Without Borders says one of its medical facilities located in a rural but violent region of South Sudan has been ransacked and destroyed. The group said Friday the attackMore >>
The medical aid group Doctors Without Borders says one of its medical facilities located in a rural but violent region of South Sudan has been ransacked and destroyed.More >>
Thursday, May 16 2013 7:35 AM EDT2013-05-16 11:35:35 GMT
Around 1:30 Thursday morning, the Owensboro Police Department responded to an armed robbery call at the Hampton Inn, located at 615 Salem Drive.Responding units spoke with the desk clerk, who advised thatMore >>
Responding units spoke with the desk clerk, who advised that a male subject entered the business armed with a rifle, and demanded money.More >>
Thursday, May 16 2013 6:53 AM EDT2013-05-16 10:53:21 GMT
Police say a 7-year-old boy is critically injured, after he was struck by a hit-and-run driver in Indianapolis. The boy was hit about 9:15 p.m. Wednesday on the city's south side. A police spokesman saysMore >>
Officers were told that the boy was trying to cross the busy two-lane street when he was hit.More >>
Wednesday, May 15 2013 6:53 AM EDT2013-05-15 10:53:05 GMT
European officials are investigating some of the world's biggest oil companies on suspicions of price manipulation over more than a decade. Shell, B-P and Statoil all say they're co-operating with theMore >>
The commission carried out unannounced inspections, because of concerns the companies may have worked together in reporting distorted prices.More >>
According to a study by the Natural Resources Defense Council, 40 percent of food in the United States goes uneaten.
That statistic comes from all the losses, from farming, through packing, processing and distribution. A question that arises is how and why Americans waste food in their homes, and how can we preserve edibles and stretch dollars.
Casey Vaughn is a web producer at FOX Carolina. She and her roommate, Whitney, let FOX Carolina's Dana Wachter into their kitchen to track their food waste for a week.
The roommates often experiment with new recipes - some are a hit, others make for long-time leftovers.
This week, Vaughn said her leftover crock-pot beer chicken will likely hit the garbage can, just like a Tupperware of week-old green beans.
"A lot of the fresh produce will be buy one get one free, or two for five dollars. So it's like, we can eat two in a week, so let's buy them! Then we end up with four in our fridge, and we only eat one bag," said Vaughn.
According to the NRDC study, fresh foods often go bad before they're eaten. Reasons for this range from whether people make too much, their family doesn't like what was bought, or people impulse buy or buy in bulk.
Vaughn said these things happen to her. This week, she bought a large salad from Costco. She said she had been hungry and it was lunch time, so she bought the salad, expecting to eat it through the week. At the end of the week, half of it was tossed.
The study says the average American throws out 50 percent more than the average American did in the 1950's.
One reason for wasted foods may be misinterpreting label dates on packaging.
Dr. Susan Barefoot is a retired food microbiologist and professor, now she works with Clemson extension, and sheds light on those confusing printed numbers.
The "sell-by" date is the last day food can be sold, but there is still plenty of time for it to be eaten. The "use-by" is for the best quality, but the foods shouldn't be harmful for a time after that date. The expiration date is the last date the food should be eaten. Some foods, though, may last longer than the printed dates, like eggs. Barefoot said the texture may be different than if they were fresh, but "it's not a safety issue; it is a quality issue."
Barefoot said foods like lettuce can keep in the fridge for a week.
"There are some bacteria that can grow in the refrigerator, so keeping it much longer than that [and it] is a safety issue, too," said Barefoot.
Barefoot said she's an expert on ways to make fresh foods last. Clemson extension teaches folks how to can their own fruits and veggies, in a pressure cooker or water canner. Many of those can last for a year or more.
Barefoot said freezing is the safest way to keep fresh foods longest. It just may change the texture or nutritional quality of some foods. Wrapped tightly, foods, even milk or prepared casseroles or sauces, can last far longer.
That can save costs, too, said Barefoot.
The NRDC study found that the average family wastes between $1,300 and $2,200 of food a year.
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Thursday, May 16 2013 7:38 AM EDT2013-05-16 11:38:49 GMT
WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - An Army wife who lost over 100 pounds while her husband was away in Afghanistan surprised the soldier Wednesday when he arrived at Wilmington International Airport. Misty Shaffer,More >>
A soldier from Wilmington returns from Afghanistan to a big surprise: a new wife, a new house and a different child.More >>
Saturday, May 18 2013 9:54 AM EDT2013-05-18 13:54:39 GMT
Evansville police made a large drug bust Fir day night. It happened at a home in the 600 block of Jefferson Avenue near Garvin Street. Police say officers were in the area and could smell a strong odorMore >>
Officers got a search warrant, and once inside the home, found what they call a substantial amount of marijuana.More >>
Saturday, May 18 2013 10:35 AM EDT2013-05-18 14:35:07 GMT
(KRIS/NBC) - A dream came true for a Texas foster child who never had a permanent place to call home. That all changed thanks to one family who granted his wish, 24 hours before it was too late. DamienMore >>
A dream came true for a Texas foster child who never had a permanent place to call home.More >>
Saturday, May 18 2013 3:10 PM EDT2013-05-18 19:10:16 GMT
On Wednesday morning, the Evansville Museum will unveil the new home for the Vulcan Statue that, in July of 2012, was moved from the basement of the Old Courthouse. Since the moving of Vulcan, OaklandMore >>
On Wednesday morning, the Evansville Museum will unveil the new home for the Vulcan Statue that, in July of 2012, was moved from the basement of the Old Courthouse.More >>
Saturday, May 18 2013 9:53 AM EDT2013-05-18 13:53:17 GMT
One person was killed in an accident at a recycling center. in Muhlenberg County. It happened at the Greenville Recycling Center II, which is on Wickliffe Street. 28-year-old, Robert Adam Baxter of Greenville,More >>
One person was killed in an accident at a recycling center. in Muhlenberg County. It happened at the Greenville Recycling Center II, which is on Wickliffe Street. More >>
Friday, May 17 2013 7:16 PM EDT2013-05-17 23:16:53 GMT
One person has died in a crash near Harrisonville, MO, Thursday evening. The crash happened on Missouri Highway 7 and Walker Road. It involved a car and a tractor-trailer. Harrisonville is in Cass County.More >>
Savannah Nash celebrated her 16th birthday last week. She died Thursday when her car slammed into a semi while she was texting during her first time driving by herself.More >>
Saturday, May 18 2013 11:05 AM EDT2013-05-18 15:05:55 GMT
Spend your Saturday enjoying some wine, art and jazz on Newburgh's Riverfront. Historic Newburgh Wine, Art and Jazz Festival is set to go from noon until 9 p.m. on Saturday. Local wineries will be offeringMore >>
Historic Newburgh Wine, Art and Jazz Festival is set to go from noon until 9 p.m. on Saturday.More >>
Friday, May 17 2013 10:21 PM EDT2013-05-18 02:21:45 GMT
NEW ALBANY, IN – New Albany police said Friday that a mother found dead along with her two young children in a creek in Binford Park in March drowned her two young children and then herself. New AlbanyMore >>
Investigators said Jaime Clutter, 35, suffered from mental illness -- possibly psychosis and postpartum depression -- when she walked her children to Binford Park March 13 and drowned them. More >>
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