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Following Paris attacks, encryption services face new scrutiny
Companies are now being asked to defend products that have the potential to facilitate deadly attacks.

No 'specific, credible' threat made against U.S.
After the Paris terror attacks, officials affirm that there have not been any concrete plots for the government to foil.

Turkish army releases audio of warnings to downed Russian plane
The Turkish army on Wednesday released a series of audio recordings of apparent warnings issued to a Russian jet before it was downed near the Syrian border. "This is Turkish Air Force speaking on guard. Change your heading south immediately," a voice in one of the recordings can be heard saying in English, repeating the message several times.

Moroccan woman mistaken as jihadi in bath pic
A Moroccan woman says that the Daily Mail and other news outlets used an image of her seminude, mistaking her for Hasna Ait Boulahcen.

Putin sends air-defense missiles to Syria to deter Turkey
MOSCOW (AP) — In a move raising the potential threat of a Russia-NATO conflict, Russia said Wednesday it will deploy long-range air defense missiles to its base in Syria and destroy any target that may threaten its warplanes following the downing of a Russian military jet by Turkey.

Preventable errors led to hospital attack, military says
WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. airstrike that killed 31 civilians at a hospital in Afghanistan last month resulted from preventable errors by soldiers and airmen who violated rules of engagement and have been removed from duty while awaiting further investigation, military officials said Wednesday.

IS claims Tunisia attack, suspected bomber's body found
TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — The body of a suspected suicide bomber was found at the scene of an attack on Tunisias presidential guard, and the Islamic State group claimed responsibility Wednesday for the attack that left 13 people dead.

Lawyer of Chicago officer charged with murder says video 'distorts images'
The lawyer, Daniel Herbert, told CNN that on Oct. 20, 2014 Officer Jason Van Dyke arrived on a street on the southwest side of Chicago 18 minutes after a suspect carrying a knife was reported to have threatened businesses and vandalized police cruisers. Prosecutors said on Tuesday that Van Dyke shot 17-year-old Laquan McDonald 16 times and started shooting just six seconds after emerging from his patrol car, emptying his gun at McDonald and preparing to reload. Van Dykes lawyer said on CNN that the dashboard camera video, released by the city on Tuesday 13 months after the shooting, was not an indicator of his clients guilt.

Obama tells Americans homeland is safe as millions set off on Thanksgiving travel
By Roberta Rampton and Kylie Gumpert WASHINGTON/NEW YORK (Reuters) - President Barack Obama sought to reassure Americans they are safe as millions of people traveled on Wednesday for the Thanksgiving holiday, with security heightened at airports, New York Citys parade festivities and other venues after the Paris attacks. "Right now, we know of no specific and credible intelligence indicating a plot on the homeland," Obama told reporters at the White House, flanked by his FBI director and other top security officials. Nearly 46.9 million Americans will travel over the Thanksgiving long weekend - the busiest U.S. travel holiday of the year - with 3.6 million going by plane, according to the AAA, a motorist advocacy group.

Three men held in connection with shooting of Minnesota demonstrators
Three white men were being held on Wednesday by Minneapolis police as prosecutors weighed charges against them in connection with the shooting this week of five people protesting against the fatal police shooting of an unarmed black man. While police have said they will not identify the men until they are charged, the Minneapolis Star Tribune, citing sources, reported that Allen Lawrence "Lance" Scarsella III, 23, was arrested, while Nathan Gustavsson, 21, and Daniel Macey, 26, were taken into custody after they turned themselves in. None of the five demonstrators wounded in Mondays shooting received life-threatening injuries, police said.

Hollande, Obama vow unity against IS, appeal to Russia
France and the United States pledged on Tuesday to step up the fight against the Islamic State group, urging Russia to throw its weight behind global efforts to resolve the four-year Syrian conflict. President Francois Hollande met his US counterpart Barack Obama at the White House as Turkeys downing of a Russian warplane dealt a severe blow to efforts to coordinate the fight against IS. Speaking 11 days after jihadists killed 130 people in the French capital, Hollande urged an "implacable" joint response to crush the group in Syria and Iraq.

Ted Cruz has always had a master plan. Now it could win him the White House.

Congress is running out of time, and will, to respond this year to Paris attacks

Chicago prepares for protests after release of video showing officer shooting teen
The latest on the shooting of a black teenager by a white Chicago police officer (all times local): 12:45 a.m. A small crowd of protesters is snaking through streets near Chicagos downtown early Wednesday. ...

Turkey downs Russian warplane near Syria border
Russia claims its plane was still in Syrian airspace at the time of the incident.

Source: Chicago cop expected to be charged in teen's death
CHICAGO (AP) — Cook County prosecutors are expected to charge a white Chicago police officer with murder in the death of a black teenager who was shot 16 times more than a year ago, an official close to the investigation said Monday night.

Researchers try to understand naked mole rats' resistance to cancer
With their pinkish, translucent and wrinkly skin, double-saber buck teeth and black-bead eyes, naked mole rats look like characters in a nightmare from hell. In fact, they do live underground in pitch-dark burrows where their air, from a human point of view, can contain chokingly little oxygen, t...

Doctors try new models to push health insurers aside
Just about everyone agrees that the way we pay for primary care needs fixing. Under the current insurance model, doctors get paid for procedures and tests rather than for time spent with patients, which displeases doctors and patients alike and increases costs. Now some medical practices are side...

Medigap supplemental coverage can be too pricey for younger Medicare beneficiaries
One night three years ago, Joe Hobson finished reading a book, went to sleep and woke up blind. The problem, caused by a rare hereditary disease, forced him to give up his 20-year communications job, along with its generous health insurance. Now 63, the Arlington man is covered by Medicare, the f...

Breathless, but not from asthma

Fish and seafood recipe recommendations
Jennifer LaRue Huget offers some suggestions

Fish and seafood recipes
How much fish and seafood should you eat each week? What are some good recipes?

Inside the new Dietary Guidelines: Fish and other seafood
Jennifer LaRue Huget explains how best to incorporate the new dietary guidelines on seafood into your diet.

Parenting an overweight child can be difficult
Should they intervene early and practice a form of benign neglect, hoping that the baby fat will melt away as a child grows?

Type 2 diabetes surges in people younger than 20
U.S. cases in those under 20 have grown from almost zero to tens of thousands in just over a decade.

Surgeon general says obesity crisis should be addressed together
Surgeon general says obesity crisis should be addressed together.

Wisconsin's health-care fight illustrates challenges as states change leadership
After President Obama signed the nation's health-care overhaul into law, Wisconsin made more headway than virtually anywhere else in the country at preparing to carry the statute out. Then a Republican governor came to power and changed all that.

Drums Alive: Feel the beat, feel the burn
Could Drums Alive be the next Zumba? Vicky Hallett explores Baltimore's latest exercise craze.

Top green vegetables for your health -- and St. Patrick's Day
Get in the spirit with these top five green vegetables.

Fear is potent risk of Japanese nuclear crisis
The psychological impact of Japanese nuclear crisis could turn out to be significant

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Radiation exposure poses range of potential health problems for Japanese
Among other things, radiation from nuclear power plants could increase cancer rates for decades.

Nurses' strike cost Washington Hospital Center $6 million
Washington Hospital Center spent about $6 million to hire 600 temporary nurses, beef up security and cover other costs during last week's nurses' strike and subsequent lockout at the region's largest hospital, hospital officials said.

Report reveals steep increase in war amputations last fall
The majority of American soldiers undergoing amputation for war wounds last fall lost more than one limb, according to data presented Tuesday to the Defense Health Board, a committee of experts that advises the Defense Department on medical matters.

More information about ranch dressing
The original, handmade batches of buttermilk dressing were made in the mid-1950s by Steve Henson at his Hidden Valley Ranch near Santa Barbara, Calif. Buttermilk is now the sixth ingredient in the Hidden Valley full-fat dressing, after soybean oil, water, egg yolk, sugar and salt; it's third on t...

March madness? A basketball league that doesn't keep score
I recently spent a couple of hours at the Jewish Community Center in Fairfax watching women in their 40s, 50s and 60s play two games of full-court basketball. These were rec-league ballplayers, but there was nothing casual about the games. They played organized zone defense. A ref in black and wh...

Ranch dressing: How good is it for you?
Is ranch dressing the best way to get kids to eat their vegetables?

Milestones in the eradication of smallpox
With officials debating whether to destroy the remaining specimens of the pathogen, here is a look at notable dates in smallpox history:

Should last remaining known smallpox virus die?
Intense debate rages over whether to destroy the remaining laboratory specimens of the smallpox virus.

Smart food choices can cut excess sugar and empty calories from your diet
The average U.S. adult consumes about a half-cup of added sugar a day, which amounts to roughly 355 nutritionally empty calories.

Paperbacks discuss antidepressants and technology's role in marriage
Irving Kirsch's describes "The Emperor's New Drugs: Exploding the Antidepressant Myth." Spouses Edward M. Hallowell and Sue George Hallowell explain how technology leaves people "Married to Distraction."

Children seem to gain extra weight after having their tonsils removed
A study analyzes data from nine studies, involving 795 children who had a tonsillectomy, with or without adenoid removal, before they turned 18.

Vitamin D deficiency may be a factor in development of allergies
Young people low in Vitamin D may be more prone to allergies, according to a new study.

Doctor-owned centers spark criticism, scrutiny
When Kenneth Baker found out he had prostate cancer, his urologist detailed his options: The 84-year-old was too old for surgery, but he could pick from two forms of radiation or simply wait to see if he really needed treatment.

Health insurers offer patients the option of paying extra for higher-priced care
When consumers and employers pick health plans, some increasingly are being offered a trade-off these days: They can get a hefty break on their premiums if they agree to pay more out-of-pocket when they use certain high-cost providers in their network or if they cut those providers out of their n...

Hospital, union brace for nurses' strike
Managers at Washington Hospital Center and the nurses union are bracing for a planned strike Friday at the region's largest hospital, with managers flying in replacement nurses from all across the country and nurses seeking support from city officials.

Republicans shift focus to Medicaid complaints
A day after President Obama said he would support amending the health-care law so states can opt out of key provisions sooner, Republicans sought to shift the rhetorical battle back to an issue that would be largely unaffected by the president's proposal: the impact of the law's Medicaid requirem...

Can't judge an exercise book by its cover
Crack open a copy of "The Men's Health Big Book of Exercises: Four Weeks to a Leaner, Stronger, More Muscular You!" and you'll find a compilation of 619 moves designed to work every muscle in your body. If you thought you'd see anything all that different inside "The Women's Health Big Book of Ex...

How men and women exercise differently
No one wants to think she's a cliche. But it's time for me to recognize that when it comes to my gym behavior, that's exactly what I am: a cardio-loving woman who has to be forced to hoist a dumbbell.

The Checklist: Fitness and nutrition advice for March
March is my pudgiest month. Winter has made it challenging to get to the gym or outside for regular runs. But now spring is nigh (it officially starts March 20!), and shorts-wearing weather can't be far behind. So now's the time to start getting in shape for the warm months ahead. I will if you w...

Many Americans have poor health literacy
An elderly woman sent home from the hospital develops a life-threatening infection because she doesn't understand the warning signs listed in the discharge instructions. A man flummoxed by an intake form in a doctor's office reflexively writes "no" to every question because he doesn't understand ...

D.C. Health Department issues measles alert
A woman infected with measles, a contagious and potentially dangerous disease, traveled through the District and Maryland after flying into Dulles International Airport, it was disclosed Monday.

Obama says he will support letting states opt out of health-care law earlier
President Obama told a group of governors Monday that he would support moving up the timetable in which states can opt out of the federal health care law, making a major concession to critics of the law.

Patients find plenty of health information on line, but not all of it is reliable
The Internet has no equal as an information storehouse. The trick is to know how to get right to a source of useful information and not waste time on Web sites that are biased, trying to sell you something or just plain wrong.

Medical Mysteries: A Teen's Swollen Ankle
Shortly after Thanksgiving 2009, 14-year-old old Abby Picard began complaining that her right ankle hurt. Her parents brushed it off, believing her discomfort was the result of her fondness for fashionable thin-soled sneakers and an extremely heavy backpack. "We thought nothing of it," recalled h...

Mobile dental clinic brings care to poor children in Prince George's County
At last, dentist Belinda Carver-Taylor was sitting in the new mobile dental clinic with a child before her. She had hoped for this day so long that now she could only shake her head.

Governors differ on extent of flexibility for Medicaid
Democratic and Republican governors, burdened by crushing budget pressures from Medicaid, said Sunday that federal officials should allow them more freedom to change eligibility rules and other aspects of the public health insurance program for the poor. But they displayed sharp ideological diffe...

The Checkup: More questions about cell phone safety
Are cell phones safe? That question has gotten a lot of attention, but so far, as my colleague pointed out on Monday, there has been no convincing evidence that those ubiquitous devices actually cause health problems. However, a new federal study may stir things up further, even though the bottom...

Obama administration asks states to cut costs without dropping Medicaid coverage
The Obama administration is deploying squadrons of in-house experts to help budget-strapped states figure out how to save money on Medicaid, the health program for the poor that has been a source of rising tensions between state capitals and Washington.

Whole grain and the 2010 Dietary Guidelines
It's no secret that whole grains are good for us. They deliver way more nutrients per calorie than refined grains do, which just happens to fall in line with one of the major themes of the new Dietary Guidelines for Americans 2010 (published by the U.S. Agriculture and Health and Human Services d...

Hospitals aim to reduce the number of patients readmitted after discharge
"Welcome back" are two words you'd really rather not hear at a hospital, especially if you've just been discharged. Yet one in five Medicare patients found themselves back in the hospital within 30 days of leaving it in 2003 and 2004, according to a recent study in the New England Journal of Medi...

I cannot tell a lie: Racing Presidents tryout isn't easy
I had to be Teddy. Nothing else would make sense. This is, after all, a fitness column, and any high school history student can tell you which U.S. president is most closely linked with "the life of strenuous endeavor," as Roosevelt liked to put it himself.

Flu season heats up
Don't let the warmer, brighter days fool you. Flu season is not over.

Fiber seems to be linked to a reduced risk of disease in people older than 50
THE QUESTION: Diets high in fiber have been shown to aid weight loss and help with digestive problems. Might fiber also offer other health benefits?

'Policy Review' essay covers PTSD; veteran benefits
How could a Veterans Administration rule making it easier for veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder to file disability claims be a bad thing? In a "Policy Review" essay called "PTSD's Diagnostic Trap," psychiatrist and Yale University School of Medicine lecturer Sally Satel argues that ful...

Bacteria's role in colon cancer, cystic fibrosis; burning paper to measure carbon
Here's a not-so-savory news flash: There are more bacterial cells living in our bodies than human cells. Researchers are learning how the balance of these bugs affects our health, but reaping the benefits of bacteria is not quite as simple as eating probiotic yogurt. That's the gist of "The Good,...

Google, Yahoo! BabelFish use math principles to translate documents online
Early one morning in 2007, Libby Casey was trying to do her laundry in a guesthouse in Reykjavik, Iceland. When she couldn't figure out how to use the washing machine, she opened up the instruction manual.

An insomniac learns to make the most of getting the least sleep
In the wee hours of the morning - or is it still night? - my eyes snap open and my mind races. What do I have to do today? What didn't I get done yesterday? Why did I get into that disagreement? Other nights, I am on a high wire, hovering between sleep and wakefulness and chewing over my next mov...

Can relaxation drinks put you to sleep?
Once, "relaxation beverages" consisted of alcohol, chamomile tea and warm milk. Now, the field includes a slew of new drinks promising a better night's sleep using such ingredients as melatonin, valerian root and - think turkey - tryptophan.

Women are more likely than men to give up sleep to care for children and others
Call it the real night shift - that noctural period when bleary-eyed adults leave warm beds to tend to the needs of sick kids, elderly parents, an ailing spouse or incontinent pet. So, who takes the night shift: Mom or Dad?

Free app adjusts color on monitors to prevent disruption of sleep cycle
I stare at screens almost every waking hour. Computer monitor. Laptop. TV. Tablet. Smartphone. So I've tested a few ways to ease the strain on my eyes - and, in the process, learned about something that might be helping me in non-waking hours, too. It's about the light that these screens emit. It...

Obama administration unlikely to block Arizona plan to cut 250,000 from Medicaid rolls
The administration will probably permit the plan despite a provision in the new health-care law barring states from tightening their eligibility standards for the program, federal officials said.

The sports bra: Your No. 1 supporter
Everyone has a pair of feet, but women have an additional pair of something to worry about while exercising. And they're every bit as tricky to fit, control and protect, which is why bras are beginning to rival shoes as the most technical of all sporting apparel.

Z drugs keep sleep-aid market awake
With almost a third of Americans reporting sleep problems, it's not surprising that sales of Ambien, Sonata and similar sleep aids are high: It's a $1.8 billion market.

Study of recalled medical devices faults lax FDA testing methods
A new analysis is raising questions about how good a job the Food and Drug Administration is doing at protecting Americans from faulty medical devices.

Meditation and mindfulness may give your brain a boost
They are the simplest instructions in the world: Sit in a comfortable position, close your eyes, clear your mind and try to focus on the present moment. Yet I am confident that anyone who has tried meditation will agree with me that what seems so basic and easy on paper is often incredibly challe...

Humor, music and spirituality may offer physical benefits
Humor, music and spirituality can boost your mood, but growing evidence suggests that they also offer physical benefits.

Group tries to simplify drug labels to help people get the proper doses
"Take two tablets by mouth twice daily." This printed instruction, common on prescription pill bottles, might seem straightforward. Yet in a study, nearly half of patients misunderstood what it or other common label instructions meant.

Book explains allergies, asthma; magazine rates teen TV shows for safe-sex info
POZ, the lifestyle magazine for people with HIV/AIDS, evaluated a variety of teen TV shows for how often characters practiced safe sex.New book discusses allergies and asthma in children.

Apps and gadgets to track your sleep
A bunch of gadgets and apps are now on the market to help high-tech insomniacs (or just the sleep-curious) track their z's. These aren't meant to help you fall asleep, though there are plenty of other apps intended to do that. We're talking here about gizmos that claim to record your movements al...

Too little or too much sleep may take a toll on the heart
Quick Study: Too little or too much sleep may take a toll on the heart.

Tattooing outgrows its renegade image to thrive in the mainstream
It's 1945, and you want a tattoo. You drive to the part of town your mom warned you about, past scruffy bars and burlesque shows, and arrive at a tiny shop offering maybe 200 designs in three or four colors. An ex-sailor who just clocked out of his day job rinses off his tattoo machine. Five minu...

Insuring your health: Book argues against unnecessary medical intervention
In a new book, "Overdiagnosed: Making People Sick in the Pursuit of Health," Dartmouth researchers and physicians H. Gilbert Welch, Lisa Schwartz and Steven Woloshin argue that the medical establishment's embrace of early diagnosis and treatment as the key to keeping people healthy actually does ...

2010 was marked by a recall of eggs, drug warnings and progress on flu vaccines
Consumer Reports Insights: 2010 was marked by a recall of eggs, drug warnings and progress on flu vaccines.

Enrollment in high-risk insurance pools lagging behind predictions
More Americans have been signing up for special health plans designed for people with medical problems that caused them to be spurned by the insurance industry, according to new government figures. But enrollment continues to lag significantly behind original predictions.

FlyScreen Lands On iPhone But Not As We Know It
FlyScreen , the lock screen replacement for Android and Symbian phones from Israeli startup Cellogic, has landed on the iPhone . But not as we know it.That's because Apple's iOS is locked down as it were (see what I did there) and doesn't allow third-party apps to take over the lock screen. This...

D.C.'s leading provider of clean needles to drug addicts to close Feb. 25
The leading provider of clean needles to drug addicts in the District to help stem the spread of AIDS plans to shut its doors by the end of the month, officials said Wednesday, in the city that has the highest HIV/AIDS prevalence rate in the country.

Study: Surgery in womb helps babies with spina bifida
Performing surgery on babies with the most severe form of spina bifida when they are still in the womb doubles the chance that they will be able to walk, according to a federally funded study released Wednesday.

Breast-cancer study questions lymph node removal
Many women with early breast cancer do not appear to need removal of their lymph nodes, as is often recommended, according to a federally funded study released Tuesday.

Want to be one of the Nationals' racing presidents?
Applications are due Friday for those interested in becoming one of the Washington Nationals' racing presidents: Abe, George, Tom or Teddy, right. The mascots are starting their sixth year of entertaining home crowds with a race on the field during the fourth inning.

The February wellness checklist
February's long winter slog is brightened by Valentine's Day, a good reminder to take care of our hearts. Here are some ideas for being well during this shortest, and often snowiest, of months in Washington.

When injuries interrupt exercise: Readers weigh in
I got some great feedback on my Jan. 27 column about the sudden interruption to my running regimen, "Coping with an out-of-the-routine injury." Here are edited excerpts of what two readers had to say, followed by excerpts from an online Q&A nutritional biochemist Shawn Talbott and I did with ...

'Why We Get Fat' by Gary Taubes; teen smoking prevention online
Once more, with feeling "Why We Get Fat" (Knopf, $24.95)

Health benefits of falling and staying in love
Love may make the world go 'round, but is it powerful enough to lower one's blood pressure, reduce depression and speed the healing of an injury? With Valentine's Day just around the corner, we set out to find the answer and discovered that science says yes.

Getting a tattoo is largely safe, though experts advise using a reputable shop
Dermatologists' organizations, tattoo artists and the Food and Drug Administration agree that tattooing is largely safe, but any time you stick a needle into skin there are risks. Consumers need to do their homework.

Military personnel take extreme measures to meet body-fat and weight rules
Air Force Tech. Sgt. Heather Sommerdyke spent $12,000 on two liposuction surgeries last spring. She was running eight to 10 miles, six days a week. She even switched to a starvation diet. It was all part of a last-ditch effort to trim her waistline to the 35.5-inch maximum for female airmen. She ...

Mediation can bring justice with no need for a trial
When a health-care provider harms instead of heals, patients who seek answers and redress generally face the prospect of a long and costly lawsuit. But there's another option, one that can significantly reduce the toll of a court battle while providing many of the same benefits to patients and th...

New dietary guidelines: Eat less, eat better and lose the salt
Americans need to make big changes in their eating habits to fight the obesity epidemic and a host of ailments caused by poor diets, including consuming less sugar, fat and salt and more fish, fruits and vegetables, the Obama administration recommended Monday.

Report on global cardiac risks: World gets fatter, but blood pressure goes down
The whole world is getting fatter, except perhaps for the women of Italy and Singapore. Globally, blood pressure is slowly coming down. Cholesterol is falling in rich countries and rising in developing ones.

State officials divided on meaning of judge's health-care ruling
A day after a federal judge struck down the government's plan to overhaul the health-care system, Wisconsin Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen issued a stern statement: "This means that, for Wisconsin, the federal health care law is dead," and that his state "was relieved of any obligations or duti...

No chilling effect on donations at the Polar Bear Plunge
Much to the chagrin of the proudly purple people of Baltimore, the Ravens will not be playing in the Super Bowl on Sunday.

Super thin Super Bowl spread
Like other food-centered celebrations, Super Bowl gatherings can be both fun and fraught with apprehension for those concerned about their waistlines. Nobody wants to sit on the sidelines, skipping the traditional snacks. But who wants to deal with postgame regrets? You can work football-fan food...

Health information remains high on the list of popular uses for the Internet
Seeking health information is the third-most-prevalent activity among American Internet users, according to a report being issued Feb. 1 by the Pew Internet Project. The only things more universal were exchanging e-mail and using search engines. (Of course, if someone uses Google to look up "shin...

Liposuction can't salvage Navy career
KEY WEST, FLA. - Mick Kruger is not out of shape. The 38-year-old master-at-arms first class has never failed a physical readiness test. He routinely scores "excellent" on the mile-and-a-half run. He has run one marathon and finished three others on in-line skates. His performance evaluations du...

AnyBody: Parents are ignoring their children for their BlackBerry
Increasingly, it is adults' constant, obsessive use of these technologies that's coming under fire.

Judge strikes down entire new health-care law
A federal judge in Florida on Monday became the first to strike down the entire law to overhaul the nation's health-care system, potentially complicating implementation of the statute in the 26 states that brought the suit.

House Republicans sharpen attack on health-care reform in two Hill hearings
Republicans on Wednesday used their new majority in the House of Representatives to hold the first of what they promise will be a steady drumbeat of congressional hearings to denounce the new health-care law.

Nutritional information: Milk
Sales of whole milk in the United States made up about 70 percent of the market in the mid-1970s but have dropped dramatically since, while the sales of skim and 2 percent have risen. The most recent sales figures show:

Got milk? What kind?
After spending a day with her boyfriend's family recently, my daughter marveled, "They only drink whole milk!" That milk was delicious, she reported, even after the container had sat on the counter for a while.

U.S. recovers $4 billion from health-care fraud cases
The government recaptured a record $4 billion last year from pharmaceutical companies, hospitals, doctors, nursing homes and other providers of care that defrauded federal health-care programs, the Obama administration reported Monday. - Entertainment

Landmark 'Dark Knight' comic gets a threequel

7 things to know about the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade

Who won 'Dancing With the Stars'?

Review: 'Good Dinosaur' has great looks, middling story
Finally making it to the screen after what has seemed like an ice age's worth of false starts and creative personnel changes, Disney/Pixar's "The Good Dinosaur" emerges as a visually breathtaking work of computer-generated animation that is ultimately unable to compensate for a disappointingly derivative script.

Adele kills it on 'The Tonight Show' with Jimmy Fallon

Six shows to watch for Thanksgiving

Review: 'Creed' is a solid hit

David Canary, who played Chandler twins on 'All My Children,' dies

John Stamos pleads no contest to DUI
Actor John Stamos entered a no contest plea Tuesday to one misdemeanor count of driving under the influence of a drug, the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office said.

Opinion: Why Adele speaks to you

Ads with World War II symbols pulled after outcry in New York

Plenty of tears on 'Dancing With the Stars' finale

Muppets, 'SNL' spoof 'Hello'
CNN's Lisa France explains her obsession with Adele, what sets her apart from other artists today and why her album "25" could be the biggest record of the year.

'Lost in Space' getting a reboot on Netflix

Dorothy's dress from 'Wizard of Oz' sells for a pretty $1.56 million
Dorothy, living on a Kansas farm in the 1930s, probably never would have imagined her dress traveling to Oz -- let alone New York, where decades later it would be valued at over $1 million.

How Adele became one of the biggest stars in the universe

Pixar's 15 best movie characters

The winners list

23 things you didn't see on TV

American Music Awards 2015: What you missed

U2 plays on in the face of tragedy

Sofia Vergara and Joe Manganiello give fans a glimpse of wedding
Fans of hot Hollywood couple Sofia Vergara and Joe Manganiello had virtual front-row seats to the festivities leading up to their Sunday wedding, thanks to a flurry of Instagram posts from Vergara and others.

A new look for Chris Hemsworth

New album set to break one-week U.S. album sales record
After one day on sale, Adele's "25" appears set to break *NSYNC's long-standing one-week Nielsen-era U.S. album sales record of 2.42 million sold, according to industry forecasters.

Adele saves Thanksgiving on 'SNL'
Adele "saves" Thanksgiving during a sketch on "Staurday Night Live."

Pork Medallions with Blackberries

Seeing Red

The Best Berry Recipes

Summertime Gladness

Stir-Fried Shrimp and Broccoli

10 Ways to Use Low-Fat or Fat-Free Yogurt

Fluffy Blueberry Pancakes

Celebrating Mom

Let's Salsa

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Governor's son sells 'Don't Drop the Soap'
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Texas town hopes to become UFO landing spot

Gamers prove their metal as rock stars
Jess Hu is a child care provider from Brooklyn, New York, but for 20 hours a week, she's a rock star. That's how much she estimates she plays the video game "Rock Band."

Cops snag lotto ticket from accused drug dealer
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Politician cuts the fat with photo fakery
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Puppy vs. polar cub for cuteness title

Comedian is living in an Ikea store
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FanDuel, DraftKings fight threatened shutdown in New York
By Nate Raymond NEW YORK (Reuters) - Daily fantasy sports companies DraftKings and FanDuel argued in a New York state court on Wednesday that the contests are legal games of skill rather than illegal gambling as they fight to avoid a potentially crippling shutdown in one of their top markets. New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman filed for a preliminary injunction to shutter the companies in the state last week, saying that daily fantasy sports gaming "is nothing more than a rebranding of sports betting." New York Supreme Court Justice Manuel Mendez, after hearing oral arguments on the high-stakes matter on Wednesday, said he would rule "very soon." The hearing came amid continued scrutiny of the online daily fantasy sports industry, with authorities at the state and federal level scrutinizing whether the games amount to gambling.

No dead end for Browns' Manziel, just a 'hurdle'
(Reuters) - Johnny Manziels short-lived reign as starting quarterback for the Browns does not signal the end of his career in Cleveland but rather an obstacle for him to overcome, coach Mike Pettine said on Wednesday. Manziel, known by the moniker "Johnny Football" from his standout collegiate years at Texas A&M, was demoted by the National Football League club on Tuesday, one day after a partying video of him hit social media sites. The 22-year-old had been named the Browns starter for the rest of the season after throwing for 372 yards in a loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers on Nov. 15, but has since been replaced by veteran quarterback Josh McCown.

Family of Frank Gifford says late NFL star suffered from brain disease
By Steve Ginsburg WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The family of Frank Gifford said on Wednesday the late NFL Hall of Famer suffered from the degenerative brain disease CTE and that his brain had been donated to help researchers explore the link between football and traumatic head injuries. Gifford, an eight-time Pro Bowl selection for the New York Giants, died of natural causes in August at the age of 84. Gifford's' survivors, including his wife, "Today" show host Kathie Lee Gifford, said in a statement released by NBC that pathologists confirmed their suspicions that he was suffering from chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), a progressive degenerative brain disease linked to repeated head trauma.

#EndofKobe: sun setting on NBA's Bryant
While Stephen Curry looks forward to more record-breaking exploits on the horizon, the sun is setting rapidly on Kobe Bryant. As a study in contrasting fortunes, it doesnt get much starker than the chasm that separated Curry and the Golden State Warriors as they romped past Bryant and the hapless Lakers on Tuesday. Curry, the reigning NBA MVP, was his usual bewitching self in a 111-77 blowout, scoring 24 points as Golden State entered the record books to seal the longest unbeaten start to a season in history at 16-0.

Twickenham to host first NFL game in 2016
The home of English rugby Twickenham will host its first NFL game in October next year, it was announced on Wednesday. The St Louis Rams will face a team from the NFC East on October 23 with their opponents to be determined based on the final standings in that division. Earlier this month the NFL and Rugby Football Union unveiled a partnership which will see Twickenham host at least three regular-season games over the next three years.

Beating Lakers NBA record unlikely: Walton
The Golden State Warriors are not planning an assault on the Los Angeles Lakers all-time winning streak record after etching their names into history with the longest unbeaten start to a season in NBA history. Including matches from the end of last years regular season, the Warriors have now won 20 straight games -- a feat achieved by only three other teams. No. Eventually we will lose," Walton warned.

Man dies at Ohio State after taking annual lake plunge
The man, who has not been publicly identified, went into cardiac arrest after plunging into Mirror Lake on the Columbus campus just after midnight on Tuesday, the Ohio State University Emergency Management department said in a statement. The tradition, which the school does not sponsor, dates back to 1969.

St. Louis Rams player hospitalized after shooting in Florida
Suspended St. Louis Rams wide receiver Stedman Bailey was hospitalized in critical but stable condition on Wednesday after being shot in a car near his Miami-area hometown. Bailey was expected to undergo surgery, according to the Miami Gardens Police Department, which is investigating the Tuesday night shooting. Bailey was in a car with four other people, including two minors, at a private residence when another vehicle arrived and someone in it opened fire, police said in a statement.

Jaguars back in London for fourth year running in 2016
The Jacksonville Jaguars will return to England for a fourth successive year when they take part in the first of three games being staged there next October, the NFL announced on Wednesday. Three weeks later on Oct.23 there is a ground-breaking fixture at the national rugby union stadium, Twickenham, which features the St Louis Rams against a team from the NFC East.

New European Tour season tees off in African bushveld
By Mark Gleeson CAPE TOWN (Reuters) - Just a few days after Rory McIlroy won Dubai's DP World Tour Championship on Sunday and was crowned Europe’s top money earner for a third year in four, a new cycle begins in South Africa. The 2016 European Tour tees off six weeks before the turn of the year with the Alfred Dunhill Championship at the Leopard Creek Country Club at Malelane, on the border of the Kruger National Park, reflecting the growing international nature of a tour that began in 1972 with almost all of its tournaments held in Britain and Ireland. The Leopard Creek course is one of the most unique in the world, bordering on the world-renowned game reserve and featuring water holes alive with crocodiles and hippos.

Warriors thrash Lakers to clinch record start to NBA season
Stephen Curry scored 24 points as the Golden State Warriors set a new record for the longest unbeaten start to an NBA season with a 111-77 rout of the Los Angeles Lakers. Reigning MVP Curry turned on the style as the Warriors extended their perfect start to 16 games, surpassing the previous best of 15-0 they had shared with the 1993-94 Houston Rockets and 1948-49 Washington Capitols. A sell-out crowd at the Oracle Arena had come to see the NBA champions make history and the outcome never looked in doubt from the outset against a Lakers side who slumped to 2-12 with the loss.

Bryant sinks to new low in his likely final season
(Reuters) - As the Golden State Warriors steamrolled Los Angeles Lakers to a historic start on Tuesday, aging star Kobe Bryant sank to a new low in a trying season expected to be his last. Bryant, slowed by age and past injuries, has looked like a shadow of his former self this year and that was never more apparent then against Golden State who blasted the Lakers to improve to a record 16-0. Bryant scored four points and managed to make just 1-of-14 shots to tie the worst shooting night of his 20-year career when he has attempted at last five shots.

Rams receiver Bailey in shooting incident
Suspended St. Louis Rams receiver Stedman Bailey was hospitalised with critical injuries after being shot in Miami, his NFL team confirmed. Bailey, serving a four-game ban for violating the NFLs substance abuse policy, was said to be in a "critical but stable" condition following the shooting. "We are aware Stedman Bailey was involved in an incident this evening," the Rams said in a statement.

Warriors crush Lakers for best start in NBA history
By Rory Carroll and Julia Love OAKLAND (Reuters) - The Golden State Warriors registered the best start in NBA history with their 16th straight victory in a blowout win over the visiting Los Angeles Lakers on Tuesday night at Oracle Arena. The outcome of the game was never really in doubt after the Warriors raced out to a 19-point lead at the end of the first quarter, ultimately cruising to a 111-77 win. The Warriors historic win broke the previous record of 15-0 starts held by the 1948-49 Washington Capitols and 1993-94 Houston Rockets.

Spieth gunning to match Nicklaus, Player with Aussie double
World number one Jordan Spieth is gunning to join Jack Nicklaus and Gary Player as only the third non-local player to win back-to-back Australian Opens this week -- but a "fired-up" Adam Scott is standing in his way. It was a year ago the American ignited a "dream" 10 months by winning in Sydney, and a week later claiming the Tiger Woods-hosted World Challenge. Spieth said he was thrilled to be back at The Australian Club for the tournaments 100th edition, where a final-round, course-record 63 carried him to an impressive six shot success last year.

Manning out of action for at least two weeks with injured foot
(Reuters) - Peyton Manning is likely to miss at least the next two weeks with his injured left foot, the Denver Broncos announced on Tuesday. "Peyton and I had a good visit today, and weve got a plan in place for his recovery," Broncos coach Gary Kubiak told the team’s website. "His foot will be in a cast for at least a week, but hell be able to be part of meetings and do some workouts with the rest of the team." Manning, 39, last took the field on Nov. 15 when he became the National Football League’s all-time leading passer but endured one of his worst days as a pro.

Ryder Cup captain Clarke wary of Tiger influence
European Ryder Cup captain Darren Clarke admitted Wednesday Tiger Woods selection as a vice-captain for 2016 is "massive" for the US team as the Americans try to prise back the coveted trophy. The 14-time major winner and seven-time Ryder Cup team member, who is coming off two back operations, was appointed by US captain Davis Love last week, alongside Steve Stricker, Jim Furyk and Tom Lehman. Clarke, competing at the Australian Open in Sydney, said any involvement by Woods made the European job harder.

Manning out until mid-December - Broncos
Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning faces at least two more weeks on the sidelines his team announced as he struggles back from a foot injury. Manning, who was replaced by understudy Brock Osweiler for Sundays win over Chicago, has suffered a plantar fascia tear which means he will not play again until mid-December. "Peyton and I had a good visit today, and weve got a plan in place for his recovery," Broncos Head Coach Gary Kubiak said on the teams website.

Scott on a mission at Australian Open, short putter and all
By Nick Mulvenney SYDNEY (Reuters) - Adam Scotts target for the Australian Open could not be more straightforward -- a victory preferably following a final-round duel with world number one Jordan Spieth. Spieth said on Tuesday that the 2013 U.S. Masters champion would be the man to beat at The Australian Golf Club and Scott could only agree. "Im very fired up to win the Australian Open this week," the 35-year-old Australian told reporters on Wednesday.

Clarke in no hurry to pick Ryder Cup vice-captains
By Nick Mulvenney SYDNEY (Reuters) - Europes Ryder Cup captain Darren Clarke is in no hurry to pick his vice-captains for next years clash with the United States at Hazeltine, saying he wanted to give the candidates every chance to qualify as players first. Davis Love III, the Northern Irishmans American counterpart for the Sept. 30-Oct. 2 clash, announced four of his five vice-captains, including Tiger Woods, earlier this month. Clarke said he would wait until early April before finalizing his list.

Golf-Clarke in no hurry to pick Ryder Cup vice-captains
By Nick Mulvenney SYDNEY, Nov 25 (Reuters) - Europe's Ryder Cup captain Darren Clarke is in no hurry to pick his vice-captains for next year's clash with the United States at Hazeltine, saying he wanted to give the candidates every chance to qualify as players first. Davis Love III, the Northern Irishman's American counterpart for the Sept. 30-Oct. 2 clash, announced four of his five vice-captains, including Tiger Woods, earlier this month. Clarke said he would wait until early April before finalising his list.

Baseball great Willie Mays, 16 others, receive honors from Obama
By Roberta Rampton WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Baseball Hall of Famer Willie Mays, sporting running shoes with his suit and tie, rose slowly from his chair and waved his baseball cap as President Barack Obama decorated him on Tuesday with the Presidential Medal of Freedom. Mays, 84, one of the first black players in Major League Baseball and considered among the games all-time greats in a career spent mostly with the New York and San Francisco Giants, was among 17 people given the highest U.S. civilian honor. "Its because of giants like Willie that someone like me could even think about running for president," Obama said during the White House ceremony.

Alexander banned at least a year, Landry indefinitely
Carolina Panthers defensive end Frank Alexander was suspended by the NFL for a minimum of one year without pay Tuesday while free agent safety LaRon Landry was issued an indefinite ban. The Panthers announced Alexanders ban, the third on a Carolina player this week, for his third violation of the NFLs substance abuse policy. Landrys punishment, confirmed by the NFLs website, was for his third violation of the leagues performance-enhancing drug policy, according to ESPN.

Browns demote Manziel after partying video
(Reuters) - Johnny Manziels reign as starting quarterback for the Cleveland Browns proved short-lived as the National Football League club demoted him on Tuesday one day after a partying video of him hit social media sites. Browns coach Mike Pettine said in a statement issued by the team that veteran quarterback Josh McCown would start Mondays game against the Baltimore Ravens and would be his starter "going forward". Manziel, known by the nickname "Johnny Football" from his standout collegiate years at Texas A&M, had been named the Browns starter for the rest of the season after throwing for 372 yards in a loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers on Nov 15.

NFL Browns drop Manziel as starter after party antics
Johnny Manziel was dumped as the starting quarterback of the Cleveland Browns on Tuesday after video of him drinking champagne in a party atmosphere surfaced. Manziel, who spent three months in a rehabilitation facility he entered voluntarily in January, was seen in video and photos purportedly partying with alcohol last week during the teams week off. Browns coach Mike Pettine, who a week earlier had said Manziel would be the starter for the remainder of the season, said he was very disappointed to see the video.

NFL Panthers, Packers top US Thanksgiving holiday lineup
Undefeated Carolina will try to reach 11-0 while the Green Bay Packers seek a NFL division lead Thursday in their first US Thanksgiving Day home game since 1923. Green Bay will pay tribute to legendary quarterback Brett Favre on Thursday with his name and jersey number, 4, unveiled alongside the teams five other icons to have their numbers retired: Reggie White (92), Bart Starr (15), Ray Nitschke (66), Don Hutson (14) and Tony Canadeo (3).

DraftKings hires Exiger to review financial controls, compliance
Daily fantasy sports company DraftKings said on Tuesday it hired regulatory risk and compliance firm Exiger to conduct a review of its financial, operational, compliance and risk controls, as the company and its top competitor, FanDuel, have come under fire from state and federal regulators. DraftKings said in a statement that Ray Pollitt -- a former Federal Bureau of Investigation special agent who was the lead case agent in the U.S. governments investigation of online poker -- will head up Exigers efforts at the daily fantasy sports company.

LeBron milestone as labor of Love sparks Cavaliers romp
LeBron James reached another statistical milestone as the Cleveland Cavaliers overpowered the Orlando Magic 117-103 on Monday. James joined Oscar Robertson as the only other player in NBA history to rank in the top 25 for both scoring and assists after helping team-mate Kevin Love to a three-pointer with five minutes left in the second quarter. The assist pushed James career total to 6,837, nudging him ahead of Norm Nixon into 25th place.

Jordan Spieth says Olympics is 'fifth golf major'
World number one Jordan Spieth on Tuesday said hes treating the Olympics as a "fifth major" next year as he revealed his excitement at golfs return to the Games in Rio de Janeiro. "Winning a gold medal has got to be up there now in my mind with winning a major championship. Scott last week said the Olympics was "not really a priority of my scheduling next year".

Jordan Spieth expects to win at least one major in 2016
World number one Jordan Spieth admitted Tuesday it will be difficult to repeat the success hes enjoyed this year in 2016, but the American expects to win at least one major. Spieth is back in Sydney to defend this weeks Australian Open, a victory he capped with a blistering final-round, course-record 63 that kick-started a rich vein of form. The Dallas-born player went on to win the following week’s Hero World Challenge and then headed into the PGA Tour season, capturing the Masters and US Open titles along with the Valspar Championship, a second John Deere Classic and the year-ending Tour Championship.

Perfect 10 as Patriots battle past Buffalo Bills
The New England Patriots ground out a bruising 20-13 victory over the Buffalo Bills to keep their unbeaten start to the season intact. Patriots quarterback Tom Brady survived a sustained buffeting from the Buffalo defense to steer the reigning Super Bowl champions to their 10th win of the current campaign. Brady threw one touchdown pass and his third interception of the season as New England dug deep at Foxborough to see off their AFC Eastern Division rivals.

Unwanted NBA record looms as Philadelphia 76ers crash again
The Philadelphia 76ers edged closer to another chapter of NBA infamy on Monday, crashing 100-95 to the Minnesota Timberwolves to leave them just one defeat away from the worst losing streak in history. The 76ers are now 0-15 for the season, and combined with a run of 10 straight defeats last year have lost 25 games in a row. One more defeat will see them match the all-time record of 26 straight losses, which the 76ers 2013-14 team currently shares with the Cleveland Cavaliers side of 2010-11.

Durant stars for Thunder on return from injury
Kevin Durant scored 27 points on his return from a six-game injury layoff as the Oklahoma City Thunder routed Utah Jazz 111-89. Durant set the tone for a dominant performance in the opening two minutes with a superb floater as the Thunder blew away Utah at the Vivint Smart Home Arena. "It felt good," said Durant, who hit 10 of 13 shots from the field and three of six from three-point range.

Patriots beat Bills to extend unbeaten start to 10-0
(The Sports Xchange) - The undefeated New England Patriots survived a physical war and topped the Buffalo Bills 20-13 on Monday night. Running back James White scored his first two NFL touchdowns and wide receiver Danny Amendola caught nine passes for 117 yards for the Patriots (10-0). Amendola suffered a knee injury in the second half.

Spurs beat Suns, stay perfect at home
(The Sports Xchange) - Christmas might still be a month away but the San Antonio Spurs and Phoenix Suns are already in a giving mood, or so it seems from the two teams combined 49 turnovers in the Spurs 98-84 win versus the Suns Monday. Forward Kawhi Leonard led the Spurs with 24 points and 13 rebounds as one of four San Antonio players in double-figure scoring. The Spurs remained unbeaten at home despite setting a season-high with 21 turnovers that resulted in 18 points for the Suns.

Heat clamp down on defense, destroy Knicks
(The Sports Xchange) - The Miami Heats sputtering offense continued but they used an improving defense to defeat the New York Knicks 95-78 on Monday. Miami, spurred by a 36-8 run in the first half, led by as many as 26 points and held on rather comfortably. The Heat snapped the Knicks four-game win streak, holding them to 32-percent shooting from the floor.

Spieth back in Sydney to defend title that sparked golden year
By Nick Mulvenney SYDNEY (Reuters) - World number one Jordan Spieth returns to the course where he rediscovered the art of winning last year to defend the Australian Open title he clinched with a quite brilliant final round. The American arrived in Sydney last November ranked 14th in the world with just one U.S. PGA title to his name but shot a course record 63 to beat Rory McIlroy and Adam Scott, then the top two in the world, and secure the Stonehaven Cup. "I didnt think it would launch that type of year," Spieth told reporters at The Australian Golf Club on Tuesday.

NFL investigates why Rams' Keenum not tested for concussion
The National Football League said on Monday it was investigating why St. Louis Rams quarterback Case Keenum was not tested for a possible concussion despite new rules to show the league is taking concussions more seriously. When he was tackled by Baltimore Ravens 300-lb (136-kg) defensive lineman Timmy Jernigan, Keenum immediately held his head before managing to get to his knees while game officials sorted out a penalty. St. Louiss backup quarterback Nick Foles put his helmet on and began warming up, but a wobbly Keenum managed to stand up and stay in the game.

FBI investigates violent arrest of fan at Ole Miss football game
The Federal Bureau of Investigation is looking into the violent arrest of a fan at University of Mississippi football game after a video showed a security officer punching the man in the face during the arrest, school officials said Monday. The video, which went viral over the weekend, shows two security officers confronting a man in the stands at Saturday's matchup between Ole Miss and Louisiana State University at the Vaught-Hemingway Stadium in Oxford, Miss. The man is identified as Chris Barnes by his wife, Holly Barnes, who posted the video on her Facebook page. In the video, Chris Barnes is smiling during his conversation with the officers when one of them appears to punch or push him, causing him to fall down behind some nearby spectators.

National Basketball Association notebook
Now theres talk that the Golden State Warriors could surpass the record 72-10 season of the 1995-96 Chicago Bulls. Golden States Klay Thompson is on record as saying 73 wins are possible for the defending champions, who moved to 15-0 on Sunday. Reigning Most Valuable Player Stephen Curry thinks it would be a tall order -- but has also indicated it wasnt out of the realm of possibility.