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Tuesday morning online trends 10/08

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Here's a look at the top trending stories from Tuesday morning.

It's definitely that time of year, people are starting to get flu shots, there's already talk of super bugs, and new research is showing that doctors could be over-prescribing antibiotics.

The research comes from Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston.

Part of the findings are that antibiotics prescriptions for sore throat and acute bronchitis are far more common than they should be.

The study authors say that while only 10-percent of adults with sore throats have strep.

The condition that requires antibiotics -- doctors prescribe them in 60-percent of sore throat cases.

For acute bronchitis, the prescribing rate nationally is around 73-percent.

Experts say that's despite an abundance of evidence that shows antibiotics do not actually help the condition.

One of the biggest problems -- if you have a viral infection, antibiotics aren't an effective treatment and putting those chemicals into your body could mean other side effects.

Also concerning is when you take antibiotics, there's a chance the disease you're fighting -- or other bacteria in your body -- will mutate, making it more resistant to antibiotics in the future.

So why is this happening?

When you're sick, just about anything sounds good.

Well, apparently it is patient demand.

People are asking for these drugs, thinking it will make them feel better and doctors could be just following old habits -- over-prescribing antibiotics.

A bald eagle is terrorizing a family's pets and the owner says she has had enough.

But finding a solution to the problem hasn't been easy.

The bald eagle is a symbol of everything our great country stands for.

Most people are glad to see a slice of Americana in their own backyard.

But in one Michigan town, it's a little different story. 

Tami Bieri is fed up ever since the young animal made his presence known just off beck street.

Bieri says the bird that her daughter named "Derrick" has been terrorizing her pets.

So far, Bieri says she's not getting much help getting rid of the bird.

It's federally protected so officials tell her there isn't much they can do unless the bird is injured.

The Wausau Wests Master singers a school singing group in Wisconsin may not be back on a stage anytime soon.

Concerns over the amount of religious based music performed by students could mean the cancellation of numerous holiday concerts, and a disbanding of a high school singing group.

The swirling controversy started after a suggestion by the Wausau School Districts' attorney to limit religious music performed during holiday concerts.

One father explains why he thinks this move would have a negative impact.

Authorities in New York state are looking for a would-be robber who was chased out of a deli by a machete-wielding clerk.

Police say a man wearing a mask walked into the deli, pulled out a gun and demanded money.

In surveillance video, which can be seen in the video player above, the suspect is seen holding open a black bag as he fires a shot into the wall.

That's when the employee, who appears to be unfazed by the robbery, pulls a large machete from under the counter and chases the suspect out of the store.

The suspect took off empty-handed but crime investigators are still searching for him.

Yes, it's the beginning of October and we are already talking holiday shopping.

It appears the calendar might be a little more crunched this year so planning ahead may not be the worst thing to do.

This year, Thanksgiving falls on November 28th.

That means there are only 25 days between Black Friday and Christmas.

To put it into perspective, last year there were 31 days.

Apparently it's the shortest stretch it's been in a decade!

That's far fewer shopping days and retail experts are already saying it means the stores will be more crowded than ever.

Analysts say crowds, plus less personalized customer service means aggravation.

People will still buy the same amount of stuff, just in a more concentrated period.

What's more there are only four full weekends to shop during that crazy period. 

Last year there were five.

In Canada, a group of strangers are being called heroes after lifting a car to save a child.

Police say a SUV driver hopped a curb after being hit by another driver, and landed on a sidewalk pinning the child underneath.

Up to twenty people came to the boy's rescue, lifting the car off the 9-year-old.

The child was taken to the hospital with a broken leg and head injuries.

A study released today will have you talking.

U.S. school kids are always being compared to their international counterparts and found to be lacking.

Now adults are too!

In math, reading and problem-solving using technology American adults scored below the international average on a global test.

We have this up on our Facebook page, so be sure to head over there and join the conversation on this.

And check this out: if you're an Instagram user you're about to start seeing ads in your feeds.

An Instagram blog post says they'll roll out in the next few months in U.S. accounts, and will pop up occasionally.

The ads will come from brands which are already part of the "Instagram community."

Users will be able to hide ads you don't like, and give feedback.

Join Jen Baird for Trending Now every morning on the Breakfast Show.

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