Top 10 cities with world’s worst traffic jams

If traffic snarls in Mumbai, Delhi or Bengaluru give you the heebie-jeebies, then you can draw satisfaction from the fact that none of the Indian cities figures in the 10 cities with the worst traffic in the world.

As many as 390 cities, in 48 countries and six continents, were surveyed by TomTom, a Dutch company manufacturing traffic and mapping products, to create the TomTom Traffic Index 2017 report which ranks cities with the worst traffic congestion.

The following are the world’s top 10 cities with the worst traffic congestion (the percentage given against each city refers to the increase in overall travel time over what time it would take to commute if there was no congestion):

(Source – World Economic Forum and TomTom Traffic Index 2017 report; image credits – Getty Images)


Kristen Bell and Dax Shepard Have the Exact Relationship I Want With My Partner

From Redbook

How much I relate to Kristen Bell (particularly as a very short woman attached to a rather tall, funny man) is probably off-putting to those who aren’t as familiar with (or enthusiastic about) the actress and mom of two. For one, I’m not an actress or a mom, so, at first glance, the differences might seem to outweigh the similarities. But when it comes to her outlook on love and marriage, Bell and I are kindred spirits – and her relationship with Dax Shepard is one that I would happily mimic.

Bell has been married to fellow actor Shepard since 2013, and their path to marriage was the first indication I had that the former Veronica Mars star and her husband are the celebrity couple I most identify with when it comes to my own relationship with my fiancé. They began dating in 2007, became engaged in 2010, but put off marrying for several years. As a long-term engaged lady who has been in a relationship for over 7 years, engaged for nearly 5, and is in no rush to walk down the aisle, I admire the fact that Bell, like me, hasn’t centered her life around a wedding.

“We’ve been very vocal about not wanting to be married in a state that doesn’t allow that right to all of its citizens. We’ll wait until California gets on the right side of history,” Bell said in 2012, when asked about her wedding plans. Though Bell and Shepard’s reasoning was political and ethical, mine has been more a matter of life getting in the way of the planning, paying for, and throwing of a wedding. But the point remains the same: The act of getting married isn’t the most important aspect of my or Bell’s relationship.

When the two did eventually tie the knot after the Defense of Marriage Act was overturned in June 2013, Bell “re-proposed” via Twitter and Shepard responded with an enthusiastic “fuck yes.” It warmed my heart, and I’d be lying if I said it didn’t remind me, at its core, of my own engagement story: “Hey, wanna get married?” my sweaty fiancé said to sweaty me after we’d spent 12 hours moving across Brooklyn into a new apartment. “Fuck yes” (or the gist of it) was also my response. Perfectly casual, perfectly us.

Bell and Shepard’s $142 wedding in October of that same year (which Shepard once jokingly referred to as the “world’s worst wedding”) was a courthouse affair, without all the bells and whistles typically associated with Hollywood weddings. But that didn’t stop Bell from getting teary-eyed, and who could blame her? She was marrying her best friend in a ceremony that was just about them and their love for one another. I’ve fielded plenty of opinions regarding my own wedding specifics since I got engaged nearly 5 years ago, and when I do eventually get married, my goal is to make it something that’s more about us than something meant to satisfy other peoples’ expectations – just like Bell did.

And Bell’s emotional response to the casual ceremony didn’t stop Shepard from making fun of her, because if one thing’s certain, it’s that these two know how to make one another laugh – yet another aspect of their silly partnership that I always want to keep in my own relationship.

They know how to have fun with one another, something that’s also yet to change in my long-term relationship (and, ideally, never will). Just watch their rendition of Toto’s “Africa” – filmed while they were, in fact, vacationing in Africa – and try not to smile as you feel the love and joy radiating off of these two. This goofiness, in my opinion, is the surest way to maintain the genuine love and best friendship that helps a marriage go the distance and avoid eventually feeling like a glorified roommate situation, once the so-called “honeymoon period” ends.

Silly videos and playful teasing aside, these two always remind you that the serious stuff matters, too – traditional vows include “for better or worse” for a reason, and being able to anticipate your partner’s needs during disastrous, life-changing moments is key to a successful long-term relationship. For instance, in 2013, Bell told Redbook an emotional story about the time she surprised her then almost-husband by showing up, heavily pregnant, at his terminally ill father’s bedside (a story that had previous been shared by Shepard via his blog):

“We finished shooting [House of Lies] a day early, and this feeling came over me that Dax needed me. So I got on a place, without telling him, and walked into the hospital room. And sure enough, it had been a bad day and Dax and his dad had gotten some rough news. Two days later, his dad passed away. I was meant to be there.”


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Trump officials defend immigration arrests at California courthouses

U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions speaks to law enforcement officers at the Thomas Eagleton U.S. Courthouse in St. Louis Missouri, U.S. March 31, 2017. REUTERS/Lawrence Bryant

By Alex Dobuzinskis

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Federal agents have arrested illegal immigrants at California courthouses because local authorities have made such apprehensions at jails difficult, the Trump administration’s top two law enforcement officials told the state’s chief justice, who had requested a halt to the practice.

In a letter to Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye made public on Friday, U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Department of Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly gave no indication that agents would stop the arrests.

Sessions and Kelly criticized California officials for limiting the cooperation of state and local law enforcement officers with U.S. agents, preventing them from going to jails to pick up illegal immigrants arrested for other crimes.

“As a result, ICE officers and agents are required to locate and arrest these aliens in public places, rather than in secure jail facilities,” Sessions and Kelly wrote in the letter dated on Wednesday, using the acronym for Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

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Kelly, whose Department of Homeland Security includes ICE, and Sessions, who as attorney general heads the Justice Department, are members of Republican President Donald Trump’s Cabinet.

Since taking office in January, Trump has widened the net for illegal immigrants to be detained and removed from the country, in keeping with his White House campaign promise.

Immigrant rights groups say federal agents have entered courthouses with increased frequency this year, including in California, Massachusetts, Maryland and Texas.

California law enforcement officers, including in Los Angeles and San Francisco, decline requests from ICE agents to hold illegal immigrants past their release dates in local jails so they can be transferred to federal custody. The stance of these law enforcement officials conforms with advice from the state’s two most recent attorneys general.

These and other “sanctuary” jurisdictions that opt not to cooperate with federal immigration agents have drawn fire from conservative Republicans. On Monday, Sessions threatened to withhold millions of dollars in U.S. funding for cities that fail to assist immigration authorities.

In their letter, Kelly and Sessions said agents make arrests at courthouses rather than other public places in part because visitors are screened for weapons before entering, as they are at jails.

They were responding to a letter sent two weeks ago by Cantil-Sakauye, who asked the two Cabinet officials to stop immigration agents from arresting undocumented immigrants inside California courthouses.

“Courthouses should not be used as bait in the necessary enforcement of our country’s immigration law,” she wrote.

The presence of immigration agents in courthouses in the nation’s most populous state could undermine public trust in its judicial system, she said.

Her letter went on to say that immigration agents were “stalking undocumented immigrants” at courthouses, language that drew a sharp rebuke from Sessions and Kelly.

They said the use of the word “stalking” suggested criminal conduct. They said that was unwarranted because agents have full authority to arrest illegal immigrants.

(Editing by Jonathan Oatis)


Doctor Sued for Posting Drunk Pic of ER Patient

A Chicago woman has reportedly sued a doctor for posting a photo on Facebook showing her recovering from an alcohol binge in the ER. She claimed the photo could “affect her potential to someday work for Fortune 500 companies.” The complaint also alleges that she was incapable of giving consent when the pictures were taken.

“I’m bothered by this. It was in a hospital setting, and it was from a doctor on staff,” says ER Physician Dr. Travis Stork. “From my perspective as an ER doctor, this should never happen.” If the facts about the incident are accurate, he says, “It goes against every ethical rule we are taught in medicine.”

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Legal expert Areva Martin points out that people own their own likeness and image. “You have to have consent of the person before you can post it.” If someone posts something negative about you, you have a right to ask them to remove it and to issue a retraction. And if you can prove it was damaging to you, you may have a legal case to sue.

Dr. Stork understands the “Can you believe how this person is acting!?” response from emergency-room doctors – they see people acting bizarrely under the influence of the alcohol, and there’s the temptation to share just how bad the effects of drinking too much can be. “But you would never post it,” he adds.

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Dermatologist Dr. Sandra Lee agrees. She uses social media all the time, but she’s very conscious of respecting her patients’ privacy and she never posts without the subject’s consent.

Dr. Stork concludes that “You get black-out drunk and if the worst thing that happens is you get a picture posted on social media, you’re getting off lucky.” And, Areva adds, don’t post pictures of another person that you wouldn’t want posted of you.


Poll: Merkel’s conservatives in dead heat with challenger

A regular poll of German voters shows the nationalist Alternative for Germany party slipping further amid infighting in its ranks, while Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservative bloc and its main challenger, the Social Democrats, remain in a dead heat.

The Emnid Sunday poll for the Bild newspaper showed both major parties’ support unchanged at 33 percent, with a margin of error of plus or minus 2.5 percentage points.

The Social Democrats have been boosted in the polls since nominating Martin Schulz in January as Merkel’s rival for the chancellery in the September election. That failed to translate to electoral success, however, in a state vote in Saarland last week, which Merkel’s conservative party easily won.

The nationalist AfD fell one point to 8 percent, its lowest level in more than a year.


The Real Reason You’re Unlucky in Love, According to Science

That stereotypical break-up line (you know the one: “It’s not you, it’s me”) may not actually be true.

When figuring out whether a new relationship will work, people tend to focus on a potential partner’s negative traits-even if he or she actually has many positive qualities, according to researched published late last year in Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin but making the rounds now. In fact, just one or two negative qualities can be enough justification to stop seeing that person.

“We have a general tendency to attend more closely to negative information than we do to positive information,” Gregory Webster, one of the study’s authors and an associate professor of psychology at the University of Florida, said in a statement released Monday.

The study, conducted by researchers from the University of Florida, Western Sydney University, Indiana University, Singapore Management University, and Rutgers University, examined information from six independent studies to determine the top relationship deal breakers and the effect they have on the formation of romantic relationships. The top deal breakers, in no particular order, were unattractiveness, unhealthy lifestyle, undesirable personality traits, differing religious beliefs, limited social status, differing mating strategies, and differing relationship goals.

Interestingly, the findings show that women and people in committed relationships are generally more sensitive to deal breakers than other segments of the population. Friendships, on the other hand, are not as strongly affected by negative traits. But some deal breakers, like dishonesty, are universally avoided.

“Things that can harm are generally more important [to pay attention to] than things that can help you,” Webster said. But it’s important to note that what’s considered a deal breaker for some may be a deal maker for others. For example, some individuals may be attracted to an impulsive person-others will prefer someone more predictable.

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