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The Daily Buzz: September 11, 2014

Sugar is not actually addictive, says new study; federal agents raid Los Angeles fashion district over alleged money laundering for drug cartels; and Shia La Beouf is sentenced to six months of rehab for disrupting a Broadway musical.

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Sugar Is Not Addictive, Says New Study
Last year, scientists “discovered” what many people already knew: Sugar can be as addictive as cocaine. This is why those Girl Scouts are so successful. But now a new study from Edinburgh, Scotland, finds that while the act of eating is addictive, the brain cannot become dependent on specific foods (like those high in sugar or fat). Who to believe: Girl Scout cookies or science?

Feds Raid Los Angeles Fashion District Over Alleged Links to Drug Cartels
Nearly 1,000 federal and local law-enforcement agents raided businesses in LA’s downtown Fashion District yesterday as part of an investigation into alleged money laundering for Mexican drug cartels. They arrested nine people and seized approximately $65 million in cash and probably confused a few people buying shoes.


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Binge Drinking Once During Pregnancy Can Damage Child’s Mental Health
The risks of moderate alcohol consumption while pregnant remain heavily debated, but binge drinking (four or more drinks in one session) presents a more obvious risk. Researchers say they have found a link between mothers who binge drank one or more times during pregnancy and an increased risk of mental health problems in 11-year-olds, particularly hyperactivity and inattention.

Colorado Recreational Marijuana Sales Finally Beat Medical Sales
Did you know it was a competition? Well of course it is. And if you’re on team recreational, you can wave your flag in triumph because sales of legal recreational pot went up to $29.7 million in July. This surpassed sales of medical pot ($28.9 million) for the first time, according to the state’s Department of Revenue.

Shia LaBeouf Ordered to Six Month Rehab for “Cabaret” Disruption
The 28-year-old Transformers actor pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct, three months after he was arrested for interrupting a Broadway performance of “Cabaret” at Studio 54. He will avoid jail time but has been sentenced to six months of outpatient rehab for alcoholism.