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Where they are now? Key players in the bin Laden raid
Five years ago, United States special forces shot and killed Osama bin Laden, ending a manhunt that began in earnest after his Al-Qaeda operatives hijacked planes and flew them into buildings in New York and Washington in September 2001. Having originally come to office in the aftermath of global financial meltdown, Obama had put America back on track, extricated its forces from the "dumb war" in Iraq and had seemingly won the smarter war against Al-Qaeda by ordering the mission to kill bin Laden.

Bernie Sanders begins making case to Hillary Clinton’s superdelegates
The Vermont senator held a press conference in Washington, D.C., on Sunday to mark one year since launching his presidential bid — and urge superdelegates to rethink their pledges to Hillary Clinton.

Train derails in Washington, DC; leaks hazardous chemical
WASHINGTON (AP) — Officials warned Washington D.C. area residents to brace for a potentially slow commute Monday after a CSX freight train derailed near a Metro stop, sending 15 cars off the tracks and spilling hazardous material.

Fears of Trump drive immigrants to become citizens
MIAMI (AP) — Tens of thousands of immigrants are applying for U.S. citizenship in a year when immigration is at the center in this years presidential campaign.

May Day rally in Los Angeles features strong anti-Trump theme
Hundreds of people marched through Los Angeles on Sunday in a May Day rally that took aim at Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump for his anti-illegal immigration platform that includes building a wall along the U.S. border with Mexico. The demonstration in Americas second most populous city, which has a large immigrant population, came just days after protesters smashed the window of a police car and blocked traffic outside a Trump campaign event in Costa Mesa, California, 40 miles (64 km) southeast of Los Angeles. On Friday, demonstrators blocked the entrance of a hotel hosting the California Republican convention in Burlingame, south of San Francisco, forcing Trump to halt his motorcade and go through a back entrance to deliver his speech.

LGBT rights protesters vow to keep fighting Mississippi law
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Hundreds of supporters of lesbian, gay bisexual and transgender rights protested Sunday against a new Mississippi law they call discriminatory, saying theyre not giving up their fight.

Malia Obama to take gap year before entering Harvard in 2017
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obamas daughter Malia will take a year off after graduating high school in June before enrolling at Harvard University in 2017, a year later than had been widely expected, the president and his wife said in a long-awaited announcement Sunday.

Bergdahl defense can access classified information, court rules
Legal proceedings against Bergdahl, which had been halted pending a resolution of the classified material issue, can now resume, according to a ruling on Thursday by the United States Army Court of Criminal Appeals that was made public late on Saturday by Bergdahls attorney, Eugene Fidell. Bergdahl, now 30, walked away from his post in Afghanistan in 2009 and was captured by the Taliban, who held him prisoner for five years and tortured him. Bergdahl returned to active duty, but after an investigation he was prosecuted by the U.S. military who said his disappearance from his post resulted in a 45-day search that put soldiers lives at risk.

CIA director says unverified material in secret 9/11 pages
WASHINGTON (AP) — CIA Director John Brennan says a 28-page secret chapter from a congressional inquiry into 9/11 contains preliminary information about possible Saudi links to the attackers that hadnt been corroborated or checked out at the time.

Obama out: President closes out his run as comedian-in-chief
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama performed his brand of sharp-tongued comedy at the White House Correspondents Dinner for the last time — wrapping up with "Obama out" and dropping the mic while the crowd cheered.

Tear gas in Paris, Istanbul as tensions erupt on May Day
French and Turkish police fired tear gas at protesters as tensions erupted in both countries during May Day rallies Sunday, while thousands marched across the globe for the annual celebration of workers rights. From Moscow to Madrid, workers chanted demands for higher wages, better conditions and more job security as many countries battle economic uncertainty and high unemployment. Police estimated some 17,000 protesters marched throughout the French capital for a rally riding a wave of anger against planned labour reforms set to come before parliament on Tuesday.

Warren Buffett isn’t worried about President Trump
No president will derail the U.S. economy, Warren Buffett said at the Berkshire Hathaway annual meeting.

Trump gets outside help for potential GOP convention battle
WASHINGTON (AP) — Donald Trump has a Plan B if hes faced with a contested convention, and it involves the sort of outside groups that hes called "corrupt."

Kate's new photos of Princess Charlotte mark 1st birthday
LONDON (AP) — Kensington Palace officials have released new photos of Princess Charlotte ahead of her first birthday.

UK royal Kate appears on cover of Vogue's 100th anniversary edition
The Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton, will appear on the cover of the 100th anniversary edition of the British version of fashion magazine Vogue, following in the path of her husbands late mother, Princess Diana. Late on Saturday Vogue revealed the cover of its June edition on its website, which goes on sale on Thursday, showing a smiling Kate in a rural outdoors setting wearing a green hat, brown jacket and white blouse. "I am hugely grateful that we have been able to continue with our tradition of outstanding royal portraiture," Vogue editor-in-chief Alexandra Shulman said.

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

Four 911 calls to Prince's home
Prince was enigmatic in life. And a week after he was found unresponsive in an elevator in his home and declared dead, the circumstances of his death are still not completely clear.

Prince had opioid medication on him
Authorities who are investigating the death of music legend Prince found prescription opioid medication on his person and in his Minnesota home, a law enforcement official told CNN on Wednesday.

Prince's Paisley Park could become attraction
Fans have flocked outside Prince's Paisley Park estate since the singer's recent death at the age of 57.

Fallon, Grande lip-sync a conversation
Ariana Grande visited "The Tonight Show" and had a full conversation with host Jimmy Fallon while lip-syncing popular songs.Popular: Radical Islam in America | Graham Opposes Republican Leader | Guns in America

Will Ferrell reportedly abandons Reagan role
Will Ferrell is well known for his George W. Bush impersonation, but reports that he will play another president have riled some people.

New music from Drake and Kesha
It's a good day for Drake and Kesha fans.

Janet Jackson has something 'Coming Soon'
What are you up to Janet Jackson?

Seacrest in for more 'New Year's Rockin' Eve'
"American Idol" may be over, but Ryan Seacrest is staying plenty busy.

Kesha returns to studio, this time with Zedd
Kesha has returned to the studio while still battling to break free of her recording contract.

Barbra Streisand's first TV special
Barbra Streisand's first television special, "My Name is Barbra," aired 51 years ago on April 28, 1965.Podcast favorites: Bernie gets the Axe | Radical Islam in America | Graham Opposes GOP Leader

Troian Bellisario's generous adventure
Troian Bellisario may have just won the award for coolest celeb ever.

'Biggest Loser' winner talks regaining the weight
Ali Vincent, the first woman to win NBC's "The Biggest Loser," is telling Oprah Winfrey she felt ashamed about regaining the weight she had lost.

The most powerful words from 'Lemonade' aren't Beyonce's
Some of the most powerful words in Beyonce's visual album "Lemonade" do not belong to the singer.

Susan Boyle 'fine' after police incident
Singing sensation Susan Boyle is reportedly home and "fine" after an incident involving police at London's Heathrow Airport.

Kid Rock 'beyond devastated' by assistant's death
Kid Rock is reeling from the death of his personal assistant, Mike Sacha.

'Fantastic Beasts' screenplay to be published
J.K. Rowling's screenplay of "Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them," a "Harry Potter" spinoff, is set to be published in the fall to coincide with the release of the new Warner Bros. film.Recent podcasts: Sanders Demands Clinton Apologize | Guns in America | Radical Islam in America

Rachel Roy denies she's 'Becky with the good hair'
The Internet is obsessed with "Becky with the good hair," but fashion designer Rachel Roy has come forth to deny that's her.

Ripa and Strahan's 'breakup' emotional for fans
It's no secret morning show hosts make their bread being upbeat and positive. It's why people are easily drawn in to a routine and a relationship with them. For almost five years, Kelly Ripa and Michael Strahan have over-shared and joked and invited viewers into their lives, so an ending as sudden and ugly as the one that's playing out now can feel like a bad breakup.

Chyna to donate brain to science
Representatives for the wrestler and entertainer Chyna confirmed that her brain will be donated for research into the degenerative brain disease chronic traumatic encephalopathy, known as CTE.

Lil' Kim criticized for new look
Lil' Kim looks nothing like she used to.

Decoding Beyonce's 'visual album'
Beyonce gave viewers a lot to process Saturday night when she released "Lemonade."

Billy Paul, "Me and Mrs. Jones" singer, dies
Billy Paul, the Grammy-winning soul singer of the 1970s hit "Me and Mrs. Jones," has died, a statement on his official website said. He was 80.Popular: Guns in America | Sanders Demands Clinton Apologize | Blindsided: How ISIS Shook The World

Prince death: Latest news
Days after Prince's death, memorials for the music legend are still going strong.

Prince shunned celeb culture
There was no slipping unnoticed into a room when Prince was around.

Beyonce releases visual album
We finally know what Beyonce's mysterious "Lemonade" actually is.

Minneapolis and Prince: A love story
Early in his career, Prince would walk into the First Avenue club in Minneapolis and hand first versions of his songs on vinyl to DJ Kevin Cole.

Wife of comedian Patton Oswalt dies at 46
Michelle McNamara, the crime writer who founded the website and the wife of popular comedian Patton Oswalt, died Thursday, her husband's publicist confirmed.

You're singing these lyrics wrong!
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NBA's Warriors keep cruising, Heat and Raptors book clash
Klay Thompson and Draymond Green made sure the Golden State Warriors barely missed injured superstar Stephen Curry in a 118-106 victory over Portland in the first game of their NBA Western Conference second-round playoff series. Thompson scored 37 points and Green notched the first post-season triple-double of his career as the reigning champion Warriors leapt to a quick lead and never looked back on their home floor in Oakland, California. Thompson drained a three-pointer 17 seconds into the contest and the Warriors rolled from there.

DeRozan, Raptors shoot past Pacers in Game 7
(The Sports Xchange) - Dwane Casey read the reviews of the Toronto Raptors decisive Game 6 loss to the Indiana Pacers. "I love that because I thought our guys used it as motivation." DeMar DeRozan, who had struggled in the playoffs, took matters into his own hands and led the way with 30 points as the Raptors held on to defeat the Pacers 89-84 on Sunday. The Raptors advance to face the Miami Heat in the second round, with Game 1 on Tuesday in Toronto.

Thompson pours in 37 as Warriors jump on Blazers
(The Sports Xchange) - If the Golden State Warriors miss Stephen Curry, they sure did not show it in their first-round playoff series against the Houston Rockets. Klay Thompson bombed in a game-high 37 points and Draymond Green recorded his second career postseason triple-double as the Warriors ran off early from the Portland Trail Blazers en route to a 118-106 victory in Game 1 of the Western Conference semi-finals on Sunday.

Shin breaks through for first win at Texas Shootout
Jenny Shin became the third first time winner on the USLPGA Tour this year, coming from behind to close with a four-under 67 and win the Texas Shootout tournament. "I was really nervous on the last hole," said South Koreas Shin. Shin played the final 43 holes at the Dallas-area Las Colinas Country Club bogey free as she finished at 14-under 270.

Day three off lead as PGA Tour event spills into Monday
(Reuters) - World number one Jason Day moved within three strokes of the lead during the third round at the weather-plagued Zurich Classic of New Orleans on Sunday before more torrential rain halted play for the day. Co-leaders Brian Stuard and Jhonattan Vegas were five holes into their third round when play was suspended after steady rainfall continued to saturate the TPC Louisiana layout.

Golf-Day three off lead as PGA Tour event spills into Monday
* Leaders complete only five holes Sunday * Tournament shortened to 54 holes (Adds quotes) May 1 (Reuters) - World number one Jason Day moved within three strokes of the lead during the third round at the weather-plagued Zurich Classic of New Orleans on Sunday before more torrential rain halted play for the day. Officials shortened the event to 54 holes and extended it to a Monday finish, with the third round scheduled to resume at 7 a.m. local time (1200 GMT). Co-leaders Brian Stuard and Jhonattan Vegas were five holes into their third round when play was suspended after steady rainfall continued to saturate the TPC Louisiana layout.

Shin cards closing 67 to clinch first LPGA victory in style
(Reuters) - Jenny Shin made a sizzling start to the final round on her way to a two-stroke victory at the Texas Shootout in Irving on Sunday. Shin, 23, born in South Korea and raised in California, clinched her first LPGA victory, and continued a trend of young winners on tour. Shin began the final round two shots behind overnight leader Gerina Piller, but charged past the American and into the lead with three birdies in the first five holes.

Golf-Shin cards closing 67 to clinch first LPGA victory in style
Jenny Shin made a sizzling start to the final round on her way to a two-stroke victory at the Texas Shootout in Irving on Sunday. Shin, 23, born in South Korea and raised in California, clinched her first LPGA victory, and continued a trend of young winners on tour. Shin began the final round two shots behind overnight leader Gerina Piller, but charged past the American and into the lead with three birdies in the first five holes.

Warrriors beat Blazers 118-106 in first game of series
(The Sports Xchange) - Klay Thompson bombed in a game-high 37 points and Draymond Green recorded his first career postseason triple-double as the Golden State Warriors ran off early from the Portland Trail Blazers en route to a 118-106 victory in Game 1 of their Western Conference semifinal series in Oakland, California, on Sunday. Thompson hit a 3-pointer just 17 seconds into the game and the Warriors never looked back en route to their seventh consecutive win in Game 1 of a playoff series. Hitting four 3-pointers, Thompson poured in 18 of his 37 points in the first quarter, during which he single-handedly outscored the Trail Blazers 18-17.

Vegas, Stuard share lead as Zurich Classic heads for 54-hole Monday finish
Venezuelas Jhonattan Vegas birdied two of the five holes he squeezed in before the weather hit on Sunday, joining Brian Stuard atop the leaderboard of the Zurich Classic now slated to finish Monday after 54 holes. After rain and thunderstorms again brought the tournament in New Orleans to a halt, tournament officials said play would resume on Monday, and would conclude after three rounds. Vegas rolled in birdie putts at his first two holes of the third round while Stuard, who held a one-shot lead overnight, made one birdie before the round was suspended after just over two hours of play.

Warriors roll on in NBA as injured Curry eyes return
The Golden State Warriors again did just fine without injured superstar Stephen Curry on Sunday, but their 118-106 NBA playoff win over Portland didnt dim his desire to be back on the floor with his teammates. Curry sprained a ligament in his right knee in game four of the Warriors first-round series against Houston on April 24. Warriors coach Steve Kerr said Sunday that chances were "pretty slim" that Curry could play in game two on Tuesday.

Dragic stars as Heat pound Hornets to win series
(The Sports Xchange) - Miami point guard Goran Dragic had a game-high 25 points as the Heat advanced to the Eastern Conference semifinals by routing the Charlotte Hornets 106-73 in a deciding Game 7 on Sunday. The Heat will play the winner of Sunday other Game 7 between the Toronto Raptors and Indiana Pacers. "The paint was more open, and I could attack," Slovenian Dragic said.

Golf-Li maintains Chinese grip on China Open
Li Haotong kept the China Open title in local hands for the second year in a row by conjuring up his best round of the week, a bogey-free 64, to clinch his maiden European Tour title by three shots on Sunday. The 20-year-old Hunanese began the final round two shots behind overnight leaders Felipe Aguilar (69) and Lucas Bjerregaard (70) but carded a blemish-free round for a winning total of 22-under at the Topwin Golf and Country Club. Li became followed in the footsteps of Wu Ashun, who became the third Chinese winner of the country's oldest professional tournament last year.

Golf-European Tour China Open scores
May 1 (Infostrada Sports) - Scores from the European Tour China Open at the par-72 course on Sunday in Beijing -22 Li Haotong (China) 69 67 66 64 -19 Felipe Aguilar (Chile) 68 65 67 69 -18 Lucas Bjerregaard (Denmark) 68 67 65 70 Marcel Siem (Germany) 68 67 69 66 Richard Bland (Britain) 69 67 68 66 -17 Peter Hanson (Sweden) 66 71 67 67 Richie Ramsay (Britain) 68 70 67 66 Scott Hend (Australia) 71 68 68 64 -16 Fabrizio Zanotti (Paraguay) 66 71 67 68 David Lipsky (U.S. ...

Spurs storm past Thunder in series opener
LaMarcus Aldridge scored a season-high 38 points in just three quarters as the San Antonio Spurs stormed to a 124-92 victory over Oklahoma City in game one of their NBA playoffs second-round series. The Spurs built a 23-point lead in the first quarter -- when they connected on 81.8 percent of their shots -- and the rout was on in game one of the Western Conference semi-finals in San Antonio. Kawhi Leonard added 25 points, five rebounds and five assists for the Spurs, who never trailed and led by as many as 43.

Piller hits every green en route to two-shot LPGA lead
(Reuters) - American Gerina Piller produced another ball-striking clinic in the third round at the Texas Shootout on Saturday to earn a two-shot lead and put herself in position for her first LPGA title. The world number 20, in her sixth LPGA season, hit 18 greens in regulation for the second straight day, en route to a bogey-free four-under-par 67 at Las Colinas Country Club in Irving. Piller, winless in 123 career LPGA starts, has top-six finishes in her past three starts, including a tie for third in San Francisco last Sunday.

Golf-Piller hits every green en route to two-shot LPGA lead
American Gerina Piller produced another ball-striking clinic in the third round at the Texas Shootout on Saturday to earn a two-shot lead and put herself in position for her first LPGA title. The world number 20, in her sixth LPGA season, hit 18 greens in regulation for the second straight day, en route to a bogey-free four-under-par 67 at Las Colinas Country Club in Irving. Piller, winless in 123 career LPGA starts, has top-six finishes in her past three starts, including a tie for third in San Francisco last Sunday.

Stuard leads rain-ravaged Zurich Classic
Brian Stuard and the other leaders never hit a third-round shot as the Zurich Classic of New Orleans was halted by thunderstorms, raising the chance of a Monday finish for the event. Stuard, seeking his first professional victory, finished off a four-under-par 68 in round two on Saturday morning, making four birdies while closing on the front nine to take a one-stroke lead over Jamie Lovemark and Venezuelas Jhonattan Vegas. Lovemark carded a 66 and Vegas a 69 -- both wrapping up their second rounds on Friday, when there was no weather delay but darkness stopped play in a tournament still trying to catch up from a delay on Thursday.

Draft ends with Titans naming 253rd pick
(The Sports Xchange) - One of the most dramatic drafts in NFL history wrapped up in Chicago on Saturday with the team that started the spectacle ahead of schedule by trading the No. 1 overall pick to the Los Angeles Rams two weeks earlier. Likely to be remembered for the social media fireworks and ensuing drama surrounding Mississippi offensive tackle Laremy Tunsil and his tumble to the middle of the first round, the 2016 NFL Draft ended with the Tennessee Titans announcing Mr. Irrelevant, Southern Miss cornerback Kalan Reed, as the 253rd and final pick. Cal quarterback Jared Goff was the No. 1 pick Thursday night and plans are for him to start early for the Los Angeles Rams.

Piller leads Texas Shootout, Korean juggernaut poised to pounce
Gerina Piller shot a four-under par 67 to hold off a raft of South Korean challengers, taking a two-stroke lead after 54 holes of the LPGA Tour Texas Shootout. Piller shot her second straight bogey-free round for a 14-under par total of 199. Five South Koreans are among the players hot on her heels, including Amy Yang and Hur Mi-Jung -- who share second on 201.

Monday finish on the cards in weather-hit New Orleans
(Reuters) - Third-round play at the weather-disrupted Zurich Classic of New Orleans was suspended for the day after just 75 minutes of action on Saturday, setting up the possibility of a Monday finish at the TPC Louisiana. The golfers were called off the course at 2:15 p.m. ET (1815 GMT) because of approaching thunderstorms and four hours later officials abandoned any further prospect of play after 1.2 inches (30 millimetres) of rain had drenched the already sodden course. The tournament has been severely behind schedule since the opening round on Thursday when nearly five hours of play was wiped out by thunderstorms.

Li Haotong surges to victory at China Open
Chinas Li Haotong surged to victory in the China Open on Sunday, the second successive home winner of the tournament. Aguilar held a two-shot lead at the turn with four birdies, but Li made gains on the third and fifth holes.

Golf-Monday finish on the cards in weather-hit New Orleans
Third-round play at the weather-disrupted Zurich Classic of New Orleans was suspended for the day after just 75 minutes of action on Saturday, setting up the possibility of a Monday finish at the TPC Louisiana. The golfers were called off the course at 2:15 p.m. ET (1815 GMT) because of approaching thunderstorms and four hours later officials abandoned any further prospect of play after 1.2 inches (30 millimetres) of rain had drenched the already sodden course. The tournament has been severely behind schedule since the opening round on Thursday when nearly five hours of play was wiped out by thunderstorms.

Woods books accommodation for Memorial, say sources
Tiger Woods has made accommodation plans for the Memorial tournament in Ohio, sources have told Reuters, suggesting the Jack Nicklaus-hosted event could mark the former world number ones PGA Tour return from back surgery. Although Woods has made no commitment to the Memorial, and his plans remain fluid as he rehabilitates his body, it makes sense that he would want to compete in at least one tournament before the years second major, the U.S. Open. The Memorial tournament, to be played from June 2-5 on the Muirfield Village course in Dublin, a suburb of state capital Columbus, is held two weeks before the U.S. Open.

NFL's Vikings draft German wide receiver Boehringer
The Minnesota Vikings made German wide receiver Moritz Boehringer the first European drafted directly to the NFL on Saturday, taking him in the sixth round. Boehringer got interested in the gridiron game five years ago at the age of 17 -- when he saw a video of Vikings running back Adrian Peterson. "I cant describe how I feel right now, just happy to be drafted," said Boehringer, who played four years in a German league but unlike the other Europeans who have made it to the NFL has never played in North America.

Stuard leads in New Orleans at halfway point
(Reuters) - American journeyman Brian Stuard birdied four of his last nine holes to seize a one-shot lead when the weather-delayed second round of the Zurich Classic of New Orleans was completed on Saturday. Seeking his first PGA Tour victory, Stuard continued to benefit from a putter he picked up last week in San Antonio as he fired a flawless four-under-par 68 on a rain-softened layout at the TPC Louisiana. Americans Harold Varner III (67), Daniel Berger (65), Chad Collins (64), Charles Howell III (69) and Patrick Rodgers (69), and South Korean An Byeong-hun (68), were tied for fourth at eight under.

Golf-Stuard leads in New Orleans at halfway point
American journeyman Brian Stuard birdied four of his last nine holes to seize a one-shot lead when the weather-delayed second round of the Zurich Classic of New Orleans was completed on Saturday. Seeking his first PGA Tour victory, Stuard continued to benefit from a putter he picked up last week in San Antonio as he fired a flawless four-under-par 68 on a rain-softened layout at the TPC Louisiana. Americans Harold Varner III (67), Daniel Berger (65), Chad Collins (64), Charles Howell III (69) and Patrick Rodgers (69), and South Korean An Byeong-hun (68), were tied for fourth at eight under.

Bjerregaard joins Aguilar to lead China Open golf
Denmarks Lucas Bjerregaard joined Chilean Felipe Aguilar at the top of the leaderboard after the third round of the Volvo China Open in Beijing Saturday, boosting his chances of securing a first European Tour win. A win for Bjerregaard -- currently ranked 134 in the world -- would be his first on the European Tour. World number 477 Aguilar, who started the day with a one shot lead, recorded a five under par 67 to remain at the top alongside Bjerregaard.

Trail Blazers sink Clippers in six games
The Portland Trail Blazers closed out the shorthanded Los Angeles Clippers in six games, while the Indiana Pacers and Miami Heat both lived to fight another day. Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum combined for 46 points to lead the Trail Blazers past the Clippers 106-103 at Portlands Moda Center. Lillard scored 26 points and McCollum added 20 as the Trail Blazers closed out the Clippers in six games in their first-round NBA playoff series.

Trail Blazers down Clippers to clinch series
(The Sports Xchange) - Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum combined for 46 points to lead the Portland Trail Blazers past the Los Angeles Clippers 106-103 Friday night at the Moda Center. Lillard scored 26 points and McCollum added 20 as the Trail Blazers closed out the Clippers in six games in their first-round playoff series. Mason Plumlee contributed nine points -- including the deciding three free throws in the final 14.7 seconds -- and grabbed 14 rebounds for Portland, which opens Western Conference semifinals play Sunday at Golden State.

Brilliant Wade lifts Heat to win over Hornets in Game Six
(The Sports Xchange) - When the Miami Heat needed someone to step up at crunch time Friday, Dwyane Wade delivered. As a result, the Heat have forced a deciding Game 7 in their first-round Eastern Conference playoff series against the Charlotte Hornets. Wade scored 23 points and hit two crucial baskets in the final minute as the Heat held off the Hornets 97-90 to even the series 3-3.

Lakers put faith in Walton to lead return to glory
(Reuters) - Luke Walton, the new head coach of the Los Angeles Lakers, will leave the leagues hottest team to take charge of an acclaimed NBA franchise that has fallen on hard times and currently occupies the other end of the spectrum. Currently in his second season as assistant coach at the reigning NBA champion Golden State Warriors, Walton was confirmed as Byron Scotts replacement on Friday. Scott was ditched after the Lakers went 17-65 in the recently-completed season, otherwise known as the Kobe Bryant farewell tour.

Pacers beat Raptors 101-83 to force Game Seven
(The Sports Xchange) - When the Indiana Pacers are more than All-Star forward Paul Georges prolific scoring, they usually are difficult to beat. George had a game-best 21 points and 11 rebounds Friday, but the Pacers used smothering defense, solid rebounding and a dominating second half to defeat the Toronto Raptors 101-83 in Game 6, tying the best-of-seven series 3-3 and forcing Game 7 on Sunday in Toronto. After leading 65-64 late in the third quarter, Indiana used a 32-5 run to increase its lead to 97-69 with 3:02 remaining.

Vegas shares lead at rain-hit Zurich Classic
Venezuelas Jhonattan Vegas shot a three-under 69 to grab a share of the clubhouse lead after the second round of the rain-delayed Zurich Classic of New Orleans on Friday. Vegas is tied with American Jamie Lovemark at 11-under as the second round of the USPGA Tour event was suspended because of darkness. Lovemark carded a six-under-par 66 in the second round after finishing the final nine holes of the first round in the morning for a 36-hole score of 133 at TPC Louisiana.

Lakers hire Walton as head coach
The Los Angeles Lakers reached an agreement to hire Luke Walton as their new coach, making the former player and current assistant with Golden State the 26th coach in franchise history. The 36-year-old Walton will remain with the Warriors until the end of the current season. Walton served as the interim coach for Golden State at the start of this season and led them to a 39-4 record, including an NBA-record 24-0 start.

Perfect Piller piles on birdies for second-round Texas lead
(Reuters) - American Gerina Piller continued her sizzling recent form with a ball-striking clinic, hitting every green in regulation on her way to the second-round clubhouse lead at the Texas Shootout in Irving on Friday. On a day when half the field did not complete the round due to fierce afternoon thunderstorms, Piller posted a 10-under 132 halfway total, one stroke ahead of South Korean Ji Eun-hee (66). Piller, who lives in nearby Fort Worth, is enjoying sleeping in her own bed this week, albeit without her husband, PGA Tour player Martin Piller, who is competing in New Orleans.

Linebackers Smith, Jack drafted despite knee issues
The NFL dream was still alive for linebackers Jaylon Smith and Myles Jack, who were selected on the second day of the draft despite concerns over knee injuries that disrupted their college football careers. Smith was drafted by the Dallas Cowboys with the 34th overall selection, a higher spot than many expected because of the major knee injury he suffered playing for Notre Dame in the Fiesta Bowl on January 1. University of California at Los Angeles linebacker Myles Jacks agonizing wait ended when the Jacksonville Jaguars added to their offseason overhaul on defense by drafting him 36th overall.

Piller grabs lead at weather-hit LPGA Texas Shootout
Gerina Piller tapped in for birdie at the final hole on Friday to take a one-shot second-round lead in the weather-disrupted LPGA Texas Shootout in Dallas. Overnight leader Hur Mi-Jung of South Korea had three birdies in her first 12 holes and was alone in third place at eight-under with six holes remaining when play was suspended for the day. Piller, a native of nearby Fort Worth, was pleased to complete her round before the weather hit.

Tunsil turmoil reverberates beyond NFL draft day
The turmoil around Laremy Tunsils arrival in the NFL continued to reverberate as his former college Ole Miss vowed to "aggressively investigate" his admission he took money from a coach there. A video of Tunsil smoking from a marijuana pipe made in part from a gas mask, which mysteriously appeared on the players own Twitter account as the draft began, was just the beginning. The video was enough to see the 21-year-old offensive tackle drop from a likely top-five pick to 13th overall, where he was taken by the Miami Dolphins.

Lovemark and Vegas set early pace in New Orleans
(Reuters) - American Jamie Lovemark produced sizzling form on the greens as he charged into a tie for the lead midway through the second round of the weather-disrupted Zurich Classic of New Orleans on Friday. Seeking his first victory on the PGA Tour, Lovemark ended a marathon day of golf by firing a six-under-par 66 on a rain-softened layout at the TPC Louisiana to post an 11-under total of 133. The 28-year-old Californian racked up seven birdies and a lone bogey to finish level with Jhonattan Vegas of Venezuela, who followed his opening 64 with a 69.