CBS Local — Filling out a bracket for the NCAA Tournament at your office? A new study finds the average U.S. employee will spend six hours of office time keeping track of March Madness instead of working this year. According to a survey by staffing firm OfficeTeam , the average worker spends 25.5 minutes a day on March Madness-related activities. Adding up the 15 workdays the annual college basketball tournament runs through, employees take over six hours of work time focusing on watching games or checking scores online. Researchers at OfficeTeam say office managers should actually look at the lack of production as a good thing. “While employers may worry about events like March Madness being a distraction in the office, allowing workers to enjoy sports-related activities for even a few minutes can be time well spent,” district president Brandi Britton said in a press release . “Staff will appreciate the opportunity to bond with colleagues and return to their desks rejuvenated.” The survey of 1,000 employees and 300 senior managers across the country found that 46 percent of U.S. workers enjoy celebrating March Madness however, a third of workers say they just play along even though the tournament doesn’t interest them. OfficeTeam adds that employees should make sure they avoid certain activities connected to the tournament that could get them in trouble with their bosses; such as gambling. “If you’re going to do something, make it a prize or something that is more of an object than actual money,” Trey Barnette told WTOP . The D.C. office representative adds if you’re staying out late to watch the games, don’t use it as an excuse to miss work the next day. “Go ahead and already take that day off with some personal time off instead of calling in abruptly late that day,” Barnette warns.
KOREATOWN (CBSLA) — One person is dead and three others injured in aa case of possible carbon monoxide poisoning, police said. The incident took place inside an apartment building at 920 Hobart in Koreatown. A hazmat team is on scene. The three people who were injured were all transported to the hospital, according to Stu Mundel reporting in in Sky9. The entire building has been evacuated as a precaution. Mundel reported that in earlier days, someone passed away who lived inside the building and now investigators are trying to determine if that person might have also succumbed to carbon monoxide.
CBS Local — With online genealogy companies growing in popularity, a new study is suggesting that marrying a cousin should not be considered a bad thing for your family tree. Data scientists at Columbia University have published a report in the journal Science that examines the DNA of a 13 million member family tree and data found in online genealogy profiles. The research found that first cousins share about 12.5 percent of the same DNA. Second cousins share just over six percent of their DNA while third cousins share about three percent. According to Popular Science , the modern stigma around marrying cousins boils down to the need for genetic diversity. The more diverse the genes passed down from your mother and father are, the better the odds are that a child will be born without any defects. Simply put, if a father’s DNA does not have the proper resistance to a certain disease then it’s better if the mother has significantly different genes because she may have the proper anti-bodies. While a diverse gene pool is best for preventing major birth defects, the study found that a marriage between first cousins would only create a four to seven percent chance of birth defects. Unrelated parents had a three to four percent chance of having a child with a genetic defect. According to Columbia’s Yaniv Erlich, who is also chief science officer of the DNA test company MyHeritage, cousin marriage was common even into the 1950s. From 1650 to 1850 humans were typically marrying their fourth cousins. The study believes that present day humans are likely all 10th to 12th cousins. In the United States, 24 states ban first cousin marriage while 20 allow the practice. The other six states, including Arizona, Illinois, and Minnesota, have various restrictions on cousin marriage.
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NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Police are looking for a suspect who they say violently robbed an 83-year-old woman in Harlem. It happened around 10:20 a.m. Wednesday inside her building in the area of 117th Street and St. Nicholas Avenue. Surveillance video shows the man following the victim into her building and onto an elevator. Police said when she got to her floor, he knocked her to the ground in the hallway before making off with her purse. Police said he then took off down the stairway and dropped the woman’s purse, but fled with her cell phone and her wallet that had $10 in cash inside. The victim was treated at the scene for pain and bruising to her head. Investigators describe the suspect as a Hispanic man who was wearing a black hooded jacket, green cargo pants and tan boots. Anyone with information is asked to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477) or for Spanish, 1-888-57-PISTA (74782), visit www.nypdcrimestoppers.com or text tips to 274637 (CRIMES) then enter TIP577.
NYPD: 83-Year-Old Woman Violently Robbed In Harlem
LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — “Star Wars” fans were treated to a sneak peek of the film Monday as teaser trailers for “The Force Awakens” were released, while tickets for the much-anticipated flick went on sale. The Force. It’s calling to you. Tickets on sale now: https://t.co/PwNxYwmCEe #TheForceAwakens https://t.co/UxAgY5MejQ — Star Wars (@starwars) October 20, 2015 The trailers were released on social media, while the entire two-minute trailer is expected to be played during halftime on “Monday Night Football.” Despite reports that tickets were going to go on sale after the halftime show, sites like Fandango and ArcLight began selling tickets earlier in the day. According to at least one “Star Wars” fans, it took him about 35 minutes to purchase his tickets on Fandango, which he said required him to continual refresh his screen as the site appeared to have crashed. The ArcLight website was also experiencing delays. Meanwhile, Lucasfilm also released the film’s new poster, which raised questions about the obvious exclusion of Luke Skywalker. “The Force Awakens” is the seventh film in the franchise. The film blasts its way to theaters Dec. 18.
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