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Kristen Bell: Why We Taught Lincoln Sign Language

10/19/2014 at 01:00 PM ET

Kristen Bell: Why We Taught Lincoln Sign Language
Courtesy Nicole Sands

Kristen Bell‘s 18-month-old daughter Lincoln is already a great communicator.

“[She can say] a lot of two-syllable words, but she signs mostly because she’s really good at it,” the actress told PEOPLE at This Party Saves Lives event hosted by her company, This Bar Saves Lives, on Thursday night.

She adds, “People recommend doing signs because the baby can communicate with you and say, ‘I want an apple’ or ‘Look at the black dog,’ and you can actually form sentences.”

While Lincoln works on her signing skills, Bell, 34, and husband Dax Shepard, 39, are preparing for the upcoming arrival of their second child. The actress says her pregnancy has fortunately been a breeze — just like her first.

“Thank my lucky stars, it’s been a virtually identical pregnancy,” she shares. “Pregnancy can be really hard for women, and I’m lucky that I’m not really symptomatic. I’m okay with being on my feet and I’m lucky that my body feels really good.”

Her secret to a feel-good pregnancy? Yoga.

“I’ve found pre-natal yoga to be really unbelievably therapeutic,” she explains. “The days that I do it — even I find in my mental attitude — I’m so much happier. All pregnancy really does is contract your body in these weird ways, so that’s one thing I’ve tried to commit to.”

And while she typically maintains a healthy lifestyle, the mom-to-be has been known to occasionally indulge in what she loves most: snacks.

“I suppose I give in to more cravings because I eat pretty healthy normally, but I’ll give into a lot more snack food and potato chips here and there because why not,” Bell says.

Fortunately, the family has found a fall favorite that has plenty of flavor without the added sugar.

“The whole family is really into organic honey crisp apples in the fall — I know that sounds weirdly specific,” Bell shares. “We try to stay away from sugar and when you haven’t had a ton of sugar in a while, having an organic honey crisp apple feels like you’re having a Snickers bar.”

– Nicole Sands

Kristen Bell: Why We Taught Lincoln Sign Language
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Misty Upham’s Father, Sister Speak Out: ‘She Had Such a Giving Heart’

10/19/2014 AT 06:30 PM EDT

Misty Upham was always worried about everyone else, her sister tells PEOPLE.

“She was very giving,” says Amanda Upham, 34. “She always put everybody before herself. She was an activist and worked for so many different causes, including PETA. She loved animals. She had such a giving heart. She always looked out for the underdog.”

Upham’s body was found on Thursday at the bottom of a 150-foot embankment in Auburn, Washington, after she went missing 11 days earlier. On the night the Django Unchained actress, 32, disappeared, police responded to a call to her apartment because she was having “a psychotic episode” and wanted them to bring her to the hospital, her father, Charles Upham, 56, tells PEOPLE.

But when officers arrived, she had already left. Police did not search for her that night or in the days following, says Charles, who says she suffered from mental illness.

He and his family do not believe she committed suicide.

“We believe she ran into the wooded area behind her apartment to hide from the police,” he said in a statement on Facebook. “The area in question has a hidden drop off and evidence suggests that she slipped and fell off of the steep embankment when she tried to get out of a view from the road. She simply did not see the drop-off.”

Misty had a lot to live for, Amanda says. In addition to writing a screenplay and preparing for upcoming projects, “she wanted to get married,” she says. “She wanted to have kids.”

She was thrilled when she got pregnant last spring, says her father, Charles adds, “but she had a miscarriage in May. I had a stroke in May. This was all very stressful for her. It would be too much for anybody. I told her doctors, ‘Please take care of her. She needs your help more than ever.’ “

Charles says his daughter fled police in the local department because they had mistreated her in the past.

“Misty was afraid of the Auburn PD officers with good reason,” he wrote on Facebook. “In an incident prior to her disappearance, the Auburn PD came to pick up Misty on an involuntary transport to the ER. She was cuffed and placed in a police car. Some of the officers began to taunt and tease her while she was in the car. Because it was dark they couldn’t see that we, her family, were outside our apartment just across the street witnessing this behavior.”

Auburn Police commander Steve Stocker declined to comment about Charles’s accusations, other than to dispute his claim that Stocker himself had animosity against Misty due to a previous encounter. “I had never met Misty or talked to her,” Stocker said.

Earlier, Stocker responded to the family’s claims that Misty’s disappearance was insufficiently investigated by local authorities, who declined to rule her an “endangered” missing person.

“Our detective was doing everything they could based on the information we had and the tips that we were getting,” Stocker told PEOPLE. “We feel that we’ve done everything we could based on these circumstances, and we’re just really sorry that this was the ending.”

King’s County Medical Examiner’s Office determined the date Misty died was Oct. 5 but says the “cause and manner of [her] death are pending investigation.”

Amanda says she and her family are distraught over her sister’s death. “Everybody loved her,” she says.

A memorial fund has been set up in her honor.


Misty Uphams Father, Sister Speak Out: She Had Such a Giving Heart
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San Francisco Radio Stations Ban Lorde’s ‘Royals’ Until World Series Ends

10/19/2014 AT 05:20 PM EDT

San Francisco’s trying to live its fantasy.

With the World Series approaching, San Francisco radio stations 104.5 KFOG and 96.5 KOIT are pitching in to help the Giants keep a clear head going into the big games. How?

Both stations are banning Lorde’s hit “Royals” until the World Series ends.

The connection is actually stronger than just name alone: Lorde told VH1 last year that a National Geographic photo of a Royals player autographing baseballs sparked a fixation on the word itself and, thus, the song.

96.5 KOIT says its ban was spurred by listeners, who wrote in questioning its Frisco loyalty after they heard the tune on the station. “Our listeners told us to do it, so we did it,” KOIT program director Brian Figula said on the station’s website.

Whether or not Kansas City has responded by banning They Might Be Giants from its airwaves has yet to be determined.

San Francisco Radio Stations Ban Lordes Royals Until World Series Ends
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Nursing Assistant Teresa Romero Clear of Ebola Virus, Spanish Authorities Say

10/19/2014 AT 04:15 PM EDT

An initial test shows that a nursing assistant who became infected with Ebola in Spain is now clear of all traces of the virus nearly two weeks after she was hospitalized, authorities said Sunday.

Teresa Romero, 44, is the first person known to have contracted the disease outside West Africa in the current outbreak when she tested positive for the virus Oct. 6. She has been in quarantine at Carlos III hospital in Madrid since then.

A statement Sunday said a blood test revealed that Romero’s immune system had eliminated the virus from her body. The statement came from the Spanish government committee in charge of the nation’s Ebola crisis. A second test in the coming hours is needed to absolutely confirm Romero’s recovery, said Manuel Cuenca, microbiology director at Madrid’s Carlos III health care complex.

Romero had treated two patients who died of Ebola at Carlos III hospital. The first, Miguel Pajares, contracted the disease in Liberia and died on Aug. 12, despite having been treated with the experimental drug ZMapp. The second was Manuel Garcia Viejo who died at the age of 69 on Sept. 25.

Health authorities quarantined Romero’s husband and euthanized Romero’s pet dog, Excalibur, on Oct. 8 instead of placing it in quarantine, creating outrage among animal rights activists.

Spain, meanwhile, has agreed to allow the United States to use two military bases in the southwest of the country to support its efforts to combat the Ebola outbreak in West Africa.

A Defense Ministry statement said the deal permits U.S. armed forces to use the air base at Moron de la Frontera near Seville and the naval station at Rota on Spain’s Atlantic coast to transport personnel and materials to and from Africa. Defense Minister Pedro Morenes sealed the deal with U.S. counterpart Chuck Hagel in Washington.

The ministry statement, released late Saturday, said the agreement will be reviewed and updated on a case-by-case basis and would also permit U.S. forces to use the bases against IS militants. The United States has made use of the bases since the 1950s.

Nursing Assistant Teresa Romero Clear of Ebola Virus, Spanish Authorities Say
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