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FDA issues warnings to four hand sanitizer companies
The Food and Drug Administration said Wednesday the companies claim their lotions and gels can prevent a variety of infections, including staphylococcus aureus, E. coli and bird flu. Companies that claim their products can prevent a disease must submit scientific studies to the FDA before launching them. “The FDA cannot allow companies to mislead consumers by making unproven prevention claims,” said FDA compliance director Deborah Autor, in a statement.

Girl Scouts court the growing Latina population in U.S.
According to the latest demographic data, the Latino population now totals 16.3% of the nation’s inhabitants, increasing by 43% over the last ten years. One organization taking this information to heart is the Girl Scouts of America. Already the 100 year-old organization enjoys some pretty impressive membership numbers among young American girls with one in 10 claiming membership in Girl Scouts. But in order to keep up with these ever-evolving demographic trends, the organization decided to launch a new national Hispanic-focused media campaign to reach “one of the only girl populations in the country that is growing,” according Girl Scout Council of Northern Texas.

No new PlayStation, Xbox until 2014?
Gamers might have to wait at least another three years before there’s any update to their Xbox or PlayStation consoles. Prominent gaming news site Kotaku on Thursday quoted multiple unnamed sources saying both Sony and Microsoft hope to extend the life of the current generation of consoles for as long as possible.

Teen fakes pregnancy as school project
A student at a high school in south-central Washington state faked her pregnancy for the past six months as a social experiment for her senior project. Gaby Rodriguez revealed she was not pregnant Wednesday by taking off the belly bundle in front of a stunned student assembly at Yakima High School that ended with a standing ovation. Her presentation about rumors and stereotypes is part of her about the perceptions of a pregnant student. The 17-year-old will present her project in May before she graduates.

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