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Orinda is a city located in Contra Costa County, California. As of the 2000 census, the city had a total population of 17,599.

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Man fatally stabbed during San Jose altercation

San Jose police were searching for several suspects in an early Tuesday morning altercation and stabbing that left one man dead, authorities said.

According to San Jose police, someone called 911 at around 2:15 a.m. to report that a group of suspects attacking a man near Market and Park streets.

Arriving officers found a man suffering from at least one stab wound. He was rushed to a local hospital but died a short time later of his injuries.

He was the city’s 22nd homicide of the year.

While investigators believe the attack was not gang related, they remained on the scene for several hours gathering evidence while several downtown streets remained blocked off.

There was no description available for the suspects and a motive had yet been released.

It was the second homicide in San Jose in less than 24 hours, but police said they were not related.

Tue, 29 Jul 2014 08:52:05 -0700

Running 5 minutes a day might add years to your life

Attention, everyone who hates to run: Turns out you only need to torture yourself for about five minutes a day to reap some important health benefits. (Via Getty Images)

According to a new study published Monday in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology, those who jogged or ran for as little as five minutes a day reduced their risk of premature death by about three years.

USA Today quotes the study's lead author, who says those who run for less than an hour a week reap the same health benefits as those who run more, regardless of age, gender or health conditions: "More [running] may not be better in relation to health benefits."

To get these results, researchers studied the exercise habits of more than 55,000 adults between the ages of 18 and 100 over the course of 15 years.

They found compared to those who didn't run at all, those who ran less than an hour a week were 30 percent less likely to die for any reason during the course of the study. (Via YouTube / Running Wild)

And on top of that, those runners were also 45 percent less likely to die of cardiovascular disease. (Via Getty Images)

A cardiologist and chief medical officer of Virginia Heart in northern Virginia told CNN: "That's important to note. Even with all the negative factors, such as obesity, smoking and diabetes, those who were, let's say, obese and ran had a less likely chance of dying from heart problems than those obese people who didn't run. Same with smokers, diabetics, etc."

Other studies have offered conflicting results — finding that taking your running routine to the max on a consistent basis may do more harm than good.

Research presented at the American College of Cardiology back in April found those who run an average of more 20 miles a week don't live as long as those who run less than 20 miles per week. In fact, they apparently live, on average, about as long as people who don't run much at all.

It seems consistency is key here. The study that said running could add years to your life found those who ran consistently over a six-year period gained the most health benefits — 29 percent saw a lower risk of death, and 50 percent had a lower risk of death from cardiovascular disease. (Via Getty Images)

The researchers advise that those who want to start running should start off slow with walking, then move to jogging and running. 

Tue, 29 Jul 2014 07:20:24 -0700

It's not just Facebook: OkCupid experiments with users too

Looking for love online? There's a chance somebody else has been looking at just how you go about doing it. 

Popular dating site OKCupid revealed in a blog post that the site has been running experiments on how users go about finding a match, including removing profile pictures and telling badly matched couples they were actually good matches. 

OKCupid co-founder Christian Rudder rationalized the experiment, saying: "Guess what, everybody: if you use the Internet, you're the subject of hundreds of experiments at any given time, on every site. That's how websites work." 

Rudder's decision to come clean about the experiments comes after Facebook revealed it had experimented on its users in 2012, altering whether a group of nearly 700,000 users saw positive or negative content. (Via CBS)

That sparked angry responses from users and prompted some outlets to call it a violation of trust, because Facebook didn't tell anybody about the experiment in the first place. (Via WiredLos Angeles TimesBoston Globe)

‚Äč"They don't then tell you this is a psychological experiment. I don't know why you would continue to use Facebook after you know it does this to users, I honestly don't." (Via Fox News)

It also led critics to file a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission and even an investigation by British regulators. (Via Information WeekUSA Today)

The backlash against OKCupid hasn't quite gotten that far, but people — shockingly — still don't seem to like being secretly experimented on, especially not when it comes to their love lives. 

As a writer for Businessweek put it, "You're the guinea pig for all kinds of experiments run by snarky Internet types, who grind up your loneliness and use it to feed their algorithms."

Businessweek also pointed to the fact that Rudder, who wrote the OKCupid blog post, could be trying to get attention for his upcoming book to be published in the fall. (Via Amazon)

‚Äč‚ÄčOKCupid's revelation once again puts the spotlight on the actual state of our online privacy, with The New York Times noting, "The test also illustrates how easy it is for a website to manipulate users without their knowing."

On the whole, though, the reaction seems more subdued than it was after Facebook's revelation, with some outlets even getting playful. 

"It's what's going on on the inside that counts."
"Yeah, until they show you what's going on on the outside, and according to that, everything changes."
"‚ÄčWell, thank goodness you're so beautiful, right?" 
"‚ÄčAnd you are, too, and so are you and you and you and you." (Via KXAS)

To understand the difference in the responses between the backlash Facebook got and the response to OKCupid's announcement, it's worth noting that OKCupid only has around 30 million users, where Facebook boasts more than a billion. (Via Getty Images)

On the whole, OKCupid said the experiment's findings — that well-matched people do better than people who are just told they're well-matched — prove the site's algorithm works.

Tue, 29 Jul 2014 07:10:04 -0700

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