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Suspect arrested in D.C. quadruple murder
Daron Dylon Wint is accused in the slayings of a wealthy family and their housekeeper.

South Korean court frees Korean Air 'nut rage' executive
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — A South Korean court on Friday suspended the prison term of a former Korean Air executive whose onboard "nut rage" tantrum delayed a flight last year, immediately ending her incarceration.

Ireland votes in historic referendum on gay marriage
Ireland took to the polls on Friday to vote on whether same-sex marriage should be legal, in a referendum that has exposed sharp divisions between communities in this traditionally Catholic nation. "This burden and pressure thats been on (gay couples), living in the shadows -- that can be removed on Friday by voting Yes," Kenny said.

Federal judge rules again that gay couples have right to wed in Alabama
(Reuters) - A federal judge on Thursday reaffirmed her earlier ruling that same-sex couples in Alabama have a right to wed under the Constitution, but she put the ruling on hold until the U.S. Supreme Court issues a landmark decision on gay marriage. U.S. District Judge Callie Granade in January overturned the states ban on same-sex marriage, in a ruling that went into effect the following month and led probate judges throughout much of the state to begin issuing licenses to the couples. In March, the Alabama Supreme Court ordered probate judges to stop issuing marriage licenses.

Washington quadruple slaying suspect arrested in city
By Ian Simpson WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The suspect in the killing of a Washington businessman and three others found in a torched mansion last week was arrested late on Thursday, police said. The Washington D.C. Metropolitan Police Department said the suspect, identified as 34-year-old Maryland man Daron Dylon Wint, was arrested in the city's northeast just before midnight local time by a U.S. Marshals Service-led task force. The bodies of businessman Savvas Savopoulos, his wife, son and housekeeper, were found inside the multi-million dollar house in a neighborhood near Vice President Joe Biden's official residence after a fire that police called "very suspicious." Earlier on Thursday, Police Chief Cathy Lanier said Wint was believed to be in Brooklyn.

FBI arrests two suspected Islamic State recruits in California: NBC News
(Reuters) - The FBI has arrested two men in southern California, one at Los Angeles International Airport, suspected of attempting to travel abroad to join Islamic State, NBC News reported on Thursday. NBC, which cited anonymous law enforcement officials, said the two men were unarmed and never posed any threat to the public. The other man was arrested in Orange County. FBI spokeswoman Laura Eimiller confirmed to Reuters that two men in those locations had been arrested following a joint terrorism task force investigation, but said further details could not be provided until charges were ...

Senate expected to act on NSA collection of phone records
WASHINGTON (AP) — The fate of the bulk collection of American phone records by the National Security Agency is now before the Senate, in what is increasingly looking like a game of legislative chicken.

Anti-Asian discrimination claims at Harvard reveal long fight over affirmative action
Does one of the nation’s most prestigious universities really have a racially biased admissions process, or are the organizers behind such a claim merely pushing a larger, more controversial agenda?

Prosecutor: 6 officers indicted in death of Freddie Gray
The state attorney in Baltimore says all six officers charged in the police-custody death of Freddie Gray have been indicted by a grand jury.

Robert Gates: Boy Scouts’ ban on gay adult leaders not sustainable
The Boy Scouts of America must reverse its longstanding policy of excluding gay adult leaders or risk unfavorable legal decisions that could doom the historic organization, president Robert Gates warned his group’s national leadership Thursday.

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Suspect in slaying of wealthy family hunted in New York
WASHINGTON (AP) — Police and federal agents searched Thursday for a welder suspected in the slayings of a wealthy construction executive, his wife, their 10-year-old son and a housekeeper inside their Washington mansion last week.

Obama's trade bill narrowly clears a key Senate hurdle
WASHINGTON (AP) — In a triumph for President Barack Obama, sweeping legislation to strengthen the administrations hand in global trade talks advanced toward Senate passage Thursday after a showdown vote that remained in doubt until the final moment.

The emoji diversity lobby
As one redhead found out, those cute little figures are ruled by a surprisingly complex political process.

Matt Bai: What presidential candidates need to understand about income inequality
The American Dream that’s at the center of our national identity is not, in fact, in danger of slipping away. For most Americans, it’s already long gone, like Oldsmobiles and New Coke.

David Letterman signs off as late-night host
The funnyman hosts his final show after 33 years and 6,028 broadcasts.

Two 2016 candidates, two faces of fear
Two top Republican senators aired their grievances against the Obama administration’s approach to foreign policy and surveillance.

Innovative technologies under development for cleaning up oil spills
As California struggles to deal with Tuesday’s huge oil spill, scientists are working on more efficient technologies to aid in future cleanups.

About 120 guns found at scene of deadly Texas gang fight
By Jon Herskovitz AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) - About 120 guns and 160 knives were recovered from the scene of a deadly Sunday battle between rival motorcycle gangs in the Texas city of Waco that left nine people dead, police said on Wednesday as they sharply dropped their tally of weapons found. Gang members hid weapons in sacks of flour and bags of chips at the Twin Peaks restaurant, where they attacked each other in a fight that was likely set off by a smoldering turf battle, Waco Police said. Waco Police Sergeant Patrick Swanton told cable channel CNN: "These were vicious gang members that were in our city Sunday." The two main adversaries were motorcycle gangs the Bandidos, seen as the long-standing dominant gang in Texas and called a criminal organization by the U.S. Justice Department, and the Cossacks, which have been challenging them for power in the state, according to experts on the gangs.

Bin Laden fixated on attacking U.S. interests: documents
By Mark Hosenball WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Osama bin Laden was fixated on attacking U.S. targets and pressured al Qaeda groups to heal local rivalries and focus on that cause, according to documents the United States says were seized in his hideout in Pakistan and released on Wednesday. The documents published by U.S. intelligence also contained details of purported negotiations between al Qaeda, its allies in the Pakistani Taliban and representatives of Pakistani intelligence, and what seemed to be an al Qaeda job application.

Bin Laden bent on spectacular U.S. attack until the end: files
Hunkered down in his Pakistani compound, Osama bin Laden pleaded with his followers to stay focused on attacking the United States instead of being dragged into Muslim infighting. Documents that were declassified on Wednesday shed new light on the mindset of Al-Qaedas founder, his debates over tactics, his anxiety over Western spying and his fixation with the groups media image. "The focus should be on killing and fighting the American people and their representatives," the late Al-Qaeda figurehead wrote.

Oil slicks off California span 9 miles; cleanup underway
An oil spill that fouled beaches and threatened wildlife along a scenic stretch of the California coast spread across 9 miles of ocean Wednesday as cleanup efforts began and federal regulators investigated ...

Nebraska lawmakers vote to abolish death penalty
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska lawmakers gave final approval on Wednesday to a bill abolishing the death penalty that would make it the first conservative state to do so since 1973 if the measure becomes law.

Waitresses chronicle Texas biker bloodshed, uncertain futures
Some ran, others cowered in a walk-in freezer to escape the deadly biker brawl.

Banks fined $2.5 billion, to plead guilty to market rigging
Four big banks will pay $2.5 billion in fines and plead guilty to criminally manipulating global currency market going back to 2007. JPMorgan Chase, Citigroup, Barclays and The Royal Bank of Scotland conspired ...

Los Angeles becomes latest US city to favor $15 minimum wage
The move is closely watched as Americans wages have stagnated.

Pinterest removes (then reactivates) #GunFAIL boards
David Waldman uses his #GunFAIL boards to keep track of all the children who are accidentally shot and killed in the United States.

Takata air bag recall becomes biggest ever in US
Air bag maker Takata Corp. has agreed to declare 33.8 million of its inflator mechanisms defective, effectively doubling the number of cars and trucks that have been recalled in the U.S. so far. The announcement ...

Top Democrat sounds 'alarm bells' over Obama rhetoric on Islamic State
A senior House of Representatives Democrat said Tuesday that the White House’s description of supposed progress in the war against the Islamic State should ring “alarm bells,” and called the fall of the city of Ramadi to the extremists “a very serious and significant setback.”

Bulk domestic surveillance: Where the 2016 candidates stand
The candidates are split on one of the USA Patriot Acts most controversial provisions.

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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.

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The famous movie I never saw
Some movies are so part of our culture we assume everyone has seen them, but a small minority never sat through "Titanic" or -- gasp! -- "Star Wars."

Check out the trailer for 'Batkid Begins'

10 reactions to David Letterman's last show

Josh Duggar on child molestation report: 'I acted inexcusably'

'Scandal' and more shocking season finales
Another TV season has come and gone, and it was not short of shocks. Here are some of the biggest season finales that May had to offer.

Celebrating the long reign of 'The Line King'

Neville Longbottom is all grown up

What is Red Nose Day?

The mad crazy world of writing for Letterman
It was the best and worst of times, says Steve O'Donnell, who looks back with fondness at the heady mayhem of writing for the quirky, incomparable host

Top 10 reasons Letterman is a comedy god

Bone Thugs-n-Harmony rapper helps save ill driver

What's behind singer Charice's new look

'Dancing with the Stars' winners crowned

Cannes Film Festival: no heels, no entry

Who's got the best 'Voice'?

Jay Z posted bail for protesters, writer says

Bristol Palin's wedding is called off

Maya Rudolph channels Beyonce for Tulane grads

Top moments from David Letterman finale
David Letterman says goodbye to the "Late Show." Here are a few highlights.

Conan goes wild during Letterman's last show
CNN's Anderson Cooper takes a look at what you might have missed on "Conan" while watching David Letterman's last show.

Blues legend B.B. King dies at 89
Legendary bluesman B.B. King has died at the age of 89.

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Bruce Jenner, from punchline to transgender icon
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Golf-U.S. PGA Tour Colonial Invitational scores
May 22 (Infostrada Sports) - Scores from the U.S. PGA Tour Colonial Invitational at the par-70 course on Thursday in Fort Worth, Texas -6 Jordan Spieth (U.S.) 64 Kevin Na (U.S.) 64 Boo Weekley (U.S.) 64 Ryo Ishikawa (Japan) 64 -5 Ian Poulter (Britain) 65 George McNeill (U.S.) 65 -4 Zachary Blair (U.S.) 66 Ben Crane (U.S.) 66 Luke Guthrie (U.S.) 66 Marc Leishman (Australia) 66 Ben Martin (U.S.) 66 Danny Lee (New Zealand) 66 Colt Knost (U.S.) 66 Charley Hoffman (U.S.) 66 David Hearn (Canada) 66 -3 Jeff Overton (U.S.) 67 Jerry Kelly (U.S.) 67 Tony Finau (U.S.) 67 Kevin Kisner (U.S. ...

Warriors survive Harden onslaught to forge 2-0 lead
(Reuters) - The Golden State Warriors survived a stirring James Harden-inspired fightback to take command of the Western Conference Final with a 99-98 Game Two victory over the Houston Rockets on Thursday. This seasons MVP runner-up scored 10 of his teams final 12 points and added 10 rebounds and nine assists but again had to accept second billing to Golden States Stephen Curry. Curry finished with 33 points and teamed with backcourt mate Klay Thompson to swarm Harden on the final play, lifting the Warriors to a 2-0 lead in the best-of-seven series.

Warriors edge Rockets to double series lead
NBA Most Valuable Player Stephen Curry and the Golden State Warriors edged the Houston Rockets 99-98 to double their lead in the Western Conference finals. Curry again came out on top in a duel with James Harden, stifling the Rockets star in the moments before the final buzzer to preserve the win. Golden State had to battle to the bitter end.

Late birdie lifts Spieth to share of Colonial lead
Masters champion Jordan Spieth drained a 19-foot birdie at the final hole to join a four-way tie for the lead at the $6.5 million Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial. Playing in front of delighted fans near his hometown of Dallas, Spieth was unfazed by the three-hour delay that pushed back the start of play, recording six birdies without a bogey to tie Japans Ryo Ishikawa and fellow Americans Kevin Na and Boo Weekley atop the leaderboard on six-under 64. Spieth, ranked number two in the world, drew a massive gallery when he teed off at 3:36 pm, the times pushed back after overnight rain and thunderstorms.

Ex-NFL star Sharper set to change plea in federal rape case
(Reuters) - Disgraced former NFL star Darren Sharper, who has pleaded guilty or no contest to rape and attempted rape charges in three states, is set to change his not guilty plea in a federal rape case in New Orleans next week, court records show. Sharper, 39, has pleaded guilty or no contest to charges in Arizona, California and Nevada in March as part of a series of plea bargains prosecutors have said will land him at least nine years in federal prison. Local prosecutors in New Orleans have said Sharper had reached a plea deal to settle the Louisiana case which, like the others, stems from allegations that he drugged women and then raped them.

'Good memories' help Weekley into four-way tie for lead
(Reuters) - Former champion Boo Weekley took advantage of "good memories" and superb putting to charge into a share of the first-round lead at the weather-hit Crowne Plaza Invitational in Fort Worth, Texas on Thursday. The 41-year-old American, who won the prestigious PGA Tour event at Colonial Country Club in 2013, piled up three birdies on each nine to fire a flawless six-under-par 64 on a course softened by heavy rain overnight. Weekley, a three-times champion on the highly competitive U.S. circuit, signed off by sinking a 13-foot birdie putt on his final hole, the par-four ninth, to finish level with compatriots Jordan Spieth, Kevin Na and Japan's Ryo Ishikawa.

Golf-'Good memories' help Weekley into four-way tie for lead
Former champion Boo Weekley took advantage of "good memories" and superb putting to charge into a share of the first-round lead at the weather-hit Crowne Plaza Invitational in Fort Worth, Texas on Thursday. The 41-year-old American, who won the prestigious PGA Tour event at Colonial Country Club in 2013, piled up three birdies on each nine to fire a flawless six-under-par 64 on a course softened by heavy rain overnight. Weekley, a three-times champion on the highly competitive U.S. circuit, signed off by sinking a 13-foot birdie putt on his final hole, the par-four ninth, to finish level with compatriots Jordan Spieth, Kevin Na and Japan's Ryo Ishikawa.

Golf-Japan's Kuramoto one ahead in Senior PGA Championship
Japanese Massy Kuramoto was the only player to dip below par in difficult scoring conditions as he carded a one-under 71 for a one-shot lead in Thursday's opening round of the Senior PGA Championship in French Lick, Indiana. The 59-year-old, who won 30 tournaments on the Japan Golf Tour, birdied two of his first three holes before going into damage limitation mode on a cold, wet and windy day at French Lick Resort. Defending champion Colin Montgomerie of Scotland offset a bogey at the eighth with a birdie at the 12th before ending a gruelling day a stroke off the pace in the second of the season's five major championships for senior golfers.

$550 million naming rights cash bonanza for top teams
Major companies are now spending more than $550 million a year to get their names on sports stadiums in Europe and the United States, according to a report released Thursday. The amount of money pouring into European football and US basketball, baseball and hockey stadiums has risen by 21 percent in three years with phone companies particularly keen to get involved, according to the Repucom sports data firm. Telecom firms account for about $64 million of the $552 put into stadium sponsorship, said Repucoms annual report on naming rights.

Bills defender Dareus gets one-game doping ban
Buffalo Bills defensive tackle Marcell Dareus was suspended for one game without pay by the National Football League on Thursday for a violation of its substance abuse policy. The four-year veteran will miss Buffalos season opener at home against the Indianapolis Colts but be able to take part in all off-season and pre-season workouts until the week of the opener. "Last year, I made a mistake involving possession of a banned substance," Dareus said in a statement.

Ford fights back tears as he remembers bad times
By Tony Jimenez VIRGINIA WATER, England (Reuters) - Matt Ford had to wait a long time to achieve his golfing dreams and the Briton still gets emotional when describing the trials and tribulations he endured before getting his tour card at the age of 36. Ford twice went close to giving up the game and only six months ago was contemplating the prospect of becoming a postman when he suddenly made the breakthrough he longed for, progressing through Qualifying School at the 10th time of asking. The Kent professional was so fed up with making unsuccessful trips to Q School that he had to be cajoled by his wife Suzie into entering again in November 2014.

NBA Hall of Famer Thomas maintains he is innocent of sex discrimination
Isiah Thomas, an NBA Hall of Famer who was named president of the Womens National Basketball Associations New York Liberty despite a 2007 court ruling he sexually harassed a female colleague, maintained his innocence on Thursday and said he was "proud of the man" he is today. A federal jury eight years ago found that Thomas, then coach of the New York Knicks, made unwanted advances to team executive Anucha Browne Sanders, and it ordered Madison Square Garden and its chairman, James Dolan, to pay her $11.6 million in punitive damages for unfairly firing her after she complained about Thomas.

Golf-European Tour PGA Championship scores
May 21 (Infostrada Sports) - Scores from the European Tour PGA Championship at the par-72 course on Thursday in Wentworth -7 Francesco Molinari (Italy) 65 -5 Robert Karlsson (Sweden) 67 -4 Yang Yong-Eun (Korea) 68 Jorge Campillo (Spain) 68 Chris Wood (Britain) 68 Miguel Angel Jimenez (Spain) 68 Marc Warren (Britain) 68 -3 Thomas Bjorn (Denmark) 69 Jerome Lando-Casanova (France) 69 Pablo Larrazabal (Spain) 69 Tommy Fleetwood (Britain) 69 Nicolas Colsaerts (Belgium) 69 Peter Lawrie (Ireland) 69 -2 Ian Ellis (Britain) 70 Gregory Havret (France) 70 Shiv Kapur (India) 70 Jamie Donaldson (Britain) ...

Dodgers' Ryu out for season after shoulder surgery
(Reuters) - Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Ryu Hyun-jin will be sidelined for the rest of the season after having arthroscopic surgery on his troublesome left shoulder on Thursday, the Major League Baseball team said. The South Korean left-hander, who signed a six-year, $36 million contract with the Dodgers in 2012, has not played for the team since late March after suffering from a sore shoulder during spring training. Ryu, 28, had surgery in Los Angeles to repair a labral tear in his left shoulder, the Dodgers said in a statement.

Molinari overshadows McIlroy with opening 65 at Wentworth
World number one Rory McIlroy was left frustrated as Italys Francesco Molinari headed the leader board at the end of the first day of the European PGA Championship at Wentworth on Thursday. Molinari carded a seven-under par 65 with no bogeys finishing with a flourish with birdies at the 17th and 18th –- both par-5s -– to leave himself two shots in front of Swedens Robert Karlsson and six in front of McIlroy who had a 71. Karlsson is a shot in front of a clutch of players on four-under including 2008 winner Miguel Angel Jimenez, another Spaniard in Jorge Campillo, Englands Chris Wood and Koreas YE Yang.

Ex-NFL star Hernandez pleads not guilty to witness intimidation charge
By Scott Malone BOSTON (Reuters) - Convicted murderer and former National Football League star Aaron Hernandez pleaded not guilty on Thursday to charges he intimidated a witness in a double-murder case against him by shooting the man in the face. Hernandez, 25, is accused of shooting former friend, Alexander Bradley, in February 2013 after he referred to the 2012 murders in Boston. Hernandez is awaiting trial on the double-murder charge, with a judge urging the trial begin in late November or early December.

No structural knee damage for Hawks' Carroll
(Reuters) - The Atlanta Hawks had cause to celebrate on Thursday when medical tests revealed that forward DeMarre Carroll had no structural or ligament damage after suffering a leg injury in Game One of the Eastern Conference finals Carroll, the Hawks leading scorer in the playoffs, exited the contest against the Cleveland Cavaliers on Wednesday with 4:59 to play after his left knee buckled as he drove to the basket. "An X-ray was negative and an MRI revealed a left knee sprain," the Hawks said in a statement on Thursday after the small forward was tested. "Carroll will be listed as questionable and his status will be updated as appropriate." Carroll, who was averaging 17.1 points per game this postseason coming into the conference finals, had been diagnosed with a sprained knee on Wednesday night.

James, Curry unanimous picks to All-NBA squad
Clevelands LeBron James and Golden States Stephen Curry, who could oppose each other in next months NBA Finals, were unanimous selections to the All-NBA First Team roster announced Thursday. Voting by a North American media panel gave James, a four-time NBA Most Valuable Player, and Curry, this seasons NBA Most Valuable Player for the league-leading Warriors, the maximum 645 votes from all 129 ballots to the select squad.

Tests show Atlanta's Carroll only has bone bruise
Atlanta Hawks forward DeMarre Carroll, helped off the court in the fourth quarter of a playoff loss with a sore left knee, learned Thursday that he only suffered a bone bruise. The Hawks playoff scoring leader with 17.1 points a game was running to the basket Wednesday against the Cleveland Cavaliers in the opening game of the NBA Eastern Conference finals when his knee buckled on a fast break after a steal off LeBron James. The Cavaliers won the game 97-89.

Molinari hits the front at Wentworth while McIlroy toils
By Tony Jimenez VIRGINIA WATER, England (Reuters) - Francesco Molinari has gone three years without a win but his golfing radar was back in good working order as he raced into a two-shot lead with an opening 65 at the BMW PGA Championship on Thursday. The 32-year-old Italian crammed seven birdies in a flawless seven-under-par effort at Wentworth while world number one Rory McIlroy could only manage a 71 on a day of unbroken sunshine on the outskirts of London. Swede Robert Karlsson was in second place on 67, one ahead of Spanish pair Miguel Angel Jimenez and Jorge Campillo, British duo Marc Warren and Chris Wood and 2009 U.S. PGA Championship winner YE Yang.

Broncos defender investigated over child abuse: reports
Denver Broncos defensive end Antonio Smith is being investigated for alleged child abuse by authorities in Texas, celebrity website TMZ and the Denver Post reported Thursday. Smith, 33, signed a one-year National Football League contract worth $2 million with the Broncos last month. Smith, who was named to the Pro Bowl all-star game in 2011, is familiar with changes to the Denver defensive system being made by a new coaching staff and has 44 sacks in 155 career NFL games.

Curry and James headline All-NBA selections
(Reuters) - Most Valuable Player Stephen Curry of the Golden State Warriors and Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James headlined the list of players selected for the All-NBA team, the league said on Thursday. James Harden of the Houston Rockets, Anthony Davis of the New Orleans Pelicans and Marc Gasol of the Memphis Grizzlies joined Curry and James on the first team.

Domestic violence charge dismissed against Rice
A domestic violence charge against Ray Rice, the former NFL star who knocked his girlfriend unconscious in a casino elevator, was dismissed Thursday and dropped from his record. Judge Michael Donio signed off on the move after the former Baltimore Ravens running back completed a pre-trial intervention program, which required a minimum one year of attendance. Rice was charged with aggravated assault in February of last year for knocking out his now-wife Janay.

Ex-NFL star Ray Rice's domestic violence charges dismissed
A New Jersey judge on Thursday dismissed domestic violence charges against Ray Rice brought against the former National Football League star for knocking unconscious the woman he later married after Rice completed a pretrial intervention program. The February 2014 incident involving Rice and Janay Palmer in an Atlantic City casinos elevator and others involving NFL players prompted the most popular U.S. sports league to toughen penalties for domestic violence and other off-field misconduct. Rice, a 28-year-old running back who was released by the Baltimore Ravens due to the incident, had applied for New Jerseys pre-trial intervention program during a May 2014 court appearance in which he pleaded not guilty to third-degree aggravated assault charges.

Ryan Fox in leading quartet at SK Telecom Open
Seoul (AFP) - Ryan Fox of New Zealand was part of a four-way tie at the top of the leaderboard Thursday after the first round of the SK Telecom Open in Incheon, South Korea.

Frustrated McIlroy settles for one-under at Wentworth
By Tony Jimenez VIRGINIA WATER, England (Reuters) - British fans, starved of top-notch golf for seven months, turned out in their droves for the BMW PGA Championship first round on Thursday and the main attraction was world number one Rory McIlroy. The Florida-based Northern Irishman, back on home soil for the first time since October, was less than satisfied with an opening one-under-par 71 and showed his displeasure with the occasional flash of indiscipline. Defending champion McIlroy tossed his club across the fairway in frustration after playing an errant second at the par-five 17th.

McIlroy looks to bounce back after frustrating 71
Rory McIlroy was kicking himself after carding a first round one-under par 71 as he started the defence of his European PGA Championship title at Wentworth on Thursday. The world number one was four shots off the early pace set by Swedens Robert Karlsson, who had a 67, and three away from Englandâ s Chris Wood and a pair of Spaniards in Miguel Angel Jimenez and Jorge Campillo who all shot 68s. McIlroy fresh from his win at Quail Hollow in the United States last week had started with a bogey at the par-4 first and was never better than one-under par and could only manage pars on the two closing par-5s.

Golf-New Zealand's Fox dialled in at SK Telecom
New Zealand's Ryan Fox, the son of All Black great Grant, carded a four-under 68 to sit tied for the lead after the first round of the SK Telecom Open in South Korea on Thursday. Joining Fox at the top of the leaderboard of the OneAsia event were South Koreans Park Sang-hyun, Choi Jin-ho and Kim Gi-hwan, while Australian David McKenzie and amateur Kim Nam-hun are in group of five players a shot further back.

Golf-Sponsors of Dubai finale sign new five-year deal
Global ports operator DP World has given the European Tour a boost by extending its sponsorship of the end-of-season $8 million tournament in Dubai for another five years. The new agreement means the Tour Championship, launched in 2009, will remain on the schedule until at least 2020. "The support DP World has shown the European Tour has been evident right from the start of the Race to Dubai and the strength of their ongoing commitment is further evidenced with today's announcement," tour chief executive George O'Grady said in a news release on Thursday.

Injured Gallacher out of BMW PGA Championship
VIRGINIA WATER, England (Reuters) - European Ryder Cup player Stephen Gallacher has pulled out of the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth because of a hand injury, organizers said. The 40-year-old Scot had been due to partner Ryder Cup team mate Lee Westwood and young English prospect Tommy Fleetwood in Thursdays opening round. Gallacher finished tied fifth behind winner Rory McIlroy at the tours flagship event last year. He was fourth at Wentworth in 2010 but has also missed the cut at the tournament 11 times. (Writing by Tony Jimenez; Editing by John OBrien)

Cleveland tops Atlanta to open Eastern Conference finals
LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers defeated the top-seeded Atlanta Hawks 97-89 on Wednesday to open the NBA Eastern Conference finals. With a berth in the NBA championship finals on the line in the best-of-seven series, J.R. Smith set a Cavaliers club record for three-pointers, draining eight from beyond the arc. "I was just trying, if anything, to take good shots," Smith said.

NBA MVP Stephen Curry disagrees with flopping fine
National Basketball Association Most Valuable Player Stephen Curry was fined $5,000 by the NBA on Wednesday for "flopping," but the Golden State Warriors guard insisted he didnt fall to try to draw a foul. Curry was fined for an incident in the fourth quarter of the Warriors 110-106 victory over the Houston Rockets on Tuesday in game one of the Western Conference finals.

China's ZTE seeks more NBA partnerships to boost U.S. smartphone sales
Chinese smartphone maker ZTE Corp is planning to sponsor more NBA teams to boost its brand in the United States where the company aims to become the No. 3 smartphone vendor in three years time. The company has been expanding its smartphone business overseas amid a slowdown in sales at home and the rise of domestic rival Xiaomi Inc [XTC.UL].

Hawks lose Game One, Carroll to knee injury
(Reuters) - The Atlanta Hawks suffered a double blow on Wednesday when they were beaten 97-89 by the Cleveland Cavaliers in Game One of the Eastern Conference finals and lost DeMarre Carroll to what looked like a serious knee injury. J.R. Smith caught fire off the bench with 28 points, including eight three-pointers, and LeBron James tallied 31 points, eight rebounds and six assists as the Cavaliers grabbed the lead in the best-of-seven series. Smith, who has seen his reputation tainted by sour exits at previous teams, has thrived since being acquired by the Cavaliers in a mid-season trade.

Dodgers' Ryu to have surgery; likely out for season
(Reuters) - Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Ryu Hyun-jin will have arthroscopic surgery on his troublesome left shoulder this week, likely ending his season, the Major League Baseball team said on Wednesday. The South Korean left-hander, who signed a six-year, $36 million contract with the Dodgers in 2012, has been sidelined since late March after suffering from a sore shoulder during spring training. Ryu, 28, has posted a 28-15 record with a 3.17 ERA after two seasons in Los Angeles but was twice shut down last year because of shoulder tightness.

Howard hopes to play in game two
Houston Rockets center Dwight Howard said he hopes that his sore left knee, which he hurt in opener of the NBA Western Conference finals, wont prevent him from playing in Thursdays game two. "I dont think that its going to be something that is going to restrict me from playing for the rest of the series," Howard said on Wednesday. Houston officially listed Howards injury as a strain and said he is questionable for game two on Thursday.

South Korea's Ryu to have shoulder surgery
Los Angeles (AFP) - South Korean pitcher Ryu Hyun-Jin, who has yet to throw a pitch this season, will undergo left shoulder surgery, the Los Angeles Dodgers said Wednesday.

Eyes of Texas on Spieth at Colonial
Masters champion Jordan Spieth is back home in Texas this week, and set for a heros welcome at Colonial. The 21-year-olds sensational victory at Augusta National made him the first Texan to win a major title since Justin Leonard won the 1997 British Open. "To come back home with the green jacket and be introduced like that is really special," Spieth said.

Kraft took 'initiative' to drop appeal, says Goodell
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said he welcomed the decision by New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft to accept the leagues penalties, but said it wont affect quarterback Tom Bradys four-game suspension. Goodell told reporters Wednesday at the annual NFL owners meeting that Kraft chose to accept the punishment for using improperly deflated footballs in the "Deflategate" scandal without any added pressure from the league. "Robert made the decision.

Spurs' Leonard headlines All-Defensive team
New York (AFP) - San Antonio Spurs forward Kawhi Leonard, already the NBAs Defensive Player of the Year, headlines the 2014-15 all-Defensive first team announced on Wednesday.