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No marathon run for Boston chief
William Evans has run the Boston Marathon 18 times. This year, hes opted out of the race.

12 dead, 3 missing in Everest avalanche
All the victims are Nepalese guides killed in the worst disaster on the worlds highest peak.

Doomed ferry's sharp turn, slow evacuation probed
MOKPO, South Korea (AP) — The investigation into South Koreas ferry disaster focused on the sharp turn it took just before it began listing and on the possibility that a quicker evacuation order by the captain could have saved lives, officials said Friday, as rescuers struggled to find some 270 people still missing and feared dead.

Captain wasn’t at helm when ferry capsized
Investigators say the third officer was in command at the time of the deadly accident.

Obama shows skepticism on Russia in Ukraine
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama conveyed skepticism Thursday about Russian promises to de-escalate a volatile situation in Ukraine, and said the United State and its allies are ready to impose fresh sanctions if Moscow doesn't make good on its commitments.

Ukraine insurgents reject call to quit buildings
DONETSK, Ukraine (AP) — Dashing hopes of progress raised by a diplomatic deal in Geneva, pro-Russian insurgents who have occupied government buildings in more than 10 Ukrainian cities said Friday they will not leave them until the countrys interim government resigns.

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Avalanche sweeps down Everest, killing at least 12
KATMANDU, Nepal (AP) — An avalanche swept down a climbing route on Mount Everest early Friday, killing at least 12 Nepalese guides and leaving three missing in the deadliest disaster on the worlds highest peak.

Late sign-ups improve outlook for Obama health law
WASHINGTON (AP) — A surge of eleventh-hour enrollments has improved the outlook for President Barack Obamas health care law, with more people signing up overall and a much-needed spark of interest among young adults.

Chinese relatives pray over lost Malaysian plane
PERTH, Australia (AP) — Six weeks into the extensive search for the lost Malaysia Airlines plane without so much as a piece of debris yet found, several Chinese relatives met Friday to pray for spouses who never came home, while begging for answers that could end their misery of not knowing.

White House updating online privacy policy
A new Obama administration privacy policy released Friday explains how the government will gather the user data of online visitors to WhiteHouse.gov, mobile apps and social media sites, and it clarifies that online comments, whether tirades or tributes, are in the open domain.

Remembering an officer slain after bombs went off
BOSTON (AP) — Like many other youngsters, Sean Collier wanted to be a police officer. Unlike most, he brought that dream to life — and then died doing it, becoming a central character in one of the most gripping manhunts the nation has ever seen.

AP PHOTOS: Marking Jesus' journey on Good Friday
Around the world, Christians are coming together in observance of Good Friday, which they believe was the day Jesus was crucified.

Blues beat Blackhawks 4-3 in 3 OTs
ST. LOUIS (AP) — In the first period, Ryan Miller looked like the goalie who limped home 0-5. For the final 80 minutes, 26 seconds, the St. Louis Blues saw the cool, confident backstop they acquired to make the deep playoff run theyve long sought.

Nigerians search dangerous forest for 100 abducted girls
MAIDUGURI, Nigeria (AP) — Able-bodied men from the Nigerian town of Chibok have taken to the dangerous Sambisa Forest to search for more than 100 abducted girls and young women whom the military claimed to have freed from their Islamic extremist kidnappers, an education official said Thursday.

Old-timey car pitched to replace NYC's horse-drawn carriages
An electric car that proponents hope will replace horse-drawn carriages in New York City was presented Thursday at the New York International Auto Show, as critics expressed their distaste for the idea. ...

Who gained, and what, at Ukraine talks
Ukraine, Russia, the U.S. and EU each achieved initial satisfaction on some issues in Geneva talks.

Wikipedia beats Google in helping researchers track flu season
By monitoring the number of times people look for flu information on Wikipedia, researchers may be better able to estimate the severity of a flu season, according to a new study. Researchers created a new data-analysis system that looks at visits to Wikipedia articles, and found the system was able to estimate flu levels in the United States up to two weeks sooner than the flu data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention were released. The new system examined visits to Wikipedia articles that included terms related to flulike illnesses, whereas Google Flu Trends looks at searches typed into Google. The research team wanted to use a database that is accessible to everyone and create a system that could be more accurate than Google Flu Trends, which has flaws.

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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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When Jesus came to Hollywood

Scary side of the Easter Bunny
Funny or Die looks at the best stuff on the internet. You're welcome. For more go to funnyordie.com.

'Orphan Black' season 2 preview
If fans thought season one of "Orphan Black" was mysterious, get ready to spiral deeper down the rabbit hole for a second season. The show returns this Saturday April 19 on BBC America.

Paul Walker's mother drops custody bid
Paul Walker's mother has dropped her court bid to take guardianship of the late actor's daughter, a lawyer for Cheryl Ann Walker said Thursday.

'Mrs. Doubtfire' sequel on the way
Fox 2000 Pictures is developing a sequel to the 1993 comedy "Mrs. Doubtfire."

'Scandal' tops itself with season 3 finale
ABC's "Scandal" lives up to its name pretty much every week, but its season three finale on Thursday managed to up the ante.

Scary side of the Easter Bunny
Funny or Die looks at the best stuff on the internet. You're welcome. For more go to funnyordie.com.

'Orphan Black' season 2 preview
If fans thought season one of "Orphan Black" was mysterious, get ready to spiral deeper down the rabbit hole for a second season. The show returns this Saturday April 19 on BBC America.

When Jesus came to Hollywood

Diddy, Dre & Jay Z: Hip-Hop's Wealthiest
Diddy, Dre & Jay Z are hip-hop's wealthiest; "Made in America" coming to L.A.; Jenny McCarthy engaged to Donnie Wahlberg

Rosie O'Donnell reveals 50-pound weight loss
Rosie O'Donnell will be sporting a new look when she returns to "The View" in May.

Paul Walker's mother drops custody bid
Paul Walker's mother has dropped her court bid to take guardianship of the late actor's daughter, a lawyer for Cheryl Ann Walker said Thursday.

Guess who's pregnant!

Miley's road to recovery
Miley Cyrus could be in celebrity sick bay for another three weeks because of an "extreme allergic reaction" to an antibiotic, her representative said Thursday.

Wife accuses 'Scandal' star of violence
Columbus Short's wife swears the "Scandal" actor threatened to kill her and himself with a knife last week.

James Franco slams NYTimes critic for negative review
When James Franco doesn't like something, you'll know about it.

Rapper severs penis, jumps off building
Rapper Andre Johnson severed his penis and jumped from a Los Angeles apartment building early Wednesday, police said.

AC/DC's Malcolm Young ill, taking a break
AC/DC rhythm guitarist Malcolm Young is ill and is "taking a break," the band posted on its website Wednesday.

The ups and downs of Miley's tour

Swift surprises bride at shower

Neil Young's music player raises millions
What happens when a rock 'n' roll legend promotes a music player in a world where the iPod, and its smartphone cousins, already dominate the market?

Alexa Ray Joel OK after collapse
Billy Joel's daughter with Christie Brinkley fainted on a New York cabaret stage Saturday, her rep said Monday.

Would you have sex with Rudd?
Fuse TV's Billy Eichner asks "Would you have sex with Paul Rudd"? Watch more at www.funnyordie.com.

Fun with Kim and Kanye's photo
Funny or Die looks at the best stuff on the internet. You're welcome. For more go to funnyordie.com.

Beyonce site to annoy pals
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Jenny McCarthy's engaged
What are the odds that Jenny McCarthy and Donnie Wahlberg will give us the '90s wedding of our dreams?

'Game of Thrones': Who did it?
So, that happened.

What is Colbert like out of character?
The real Stephen Colbert is probably someone "Stephen Colbert," the character, would find easy to mock.

A mad, mad, mad 'Mad Men' world
A funny thing happened to "Mad Men" on its way to its seventh season.

Colbert to take over 'Late Show'
Stephen Colbert will succeed David Letterman as host of "The Late Show," CBS announced Thursday, one week after Letterman told his audience that he would retire sometime in 2015.

Comic John Pinette dies at 50
Comedian John Pinette was found dead in a Pittsburgh hotel room Saturday, the Allegheny County medical examiner's office said Monday.

'Mrs. Doubtfire' sequel on the way
Fox 2000 Pictures is developing a sequel to the 1993 comedy "Mrs. Doubtfire."

Walker's brothers help finish 'Fast 7'
Paul Walker's brothers are helping "fill in small gaps" in "Fast & Furious 7" action sequences not finished before the actor's death, producers said Tuesday.

Fight over Rooney's remains averted
Mickey Rooney's wife has agreed to drop a legal claim over her husband's remains, according to Rooney conservator Michael Augustine.

'Captain America' soars at box office
"Captain America: The Winter Soldier" is yet another piece of evidence that Marvel's formula for its behemoth superhero film franchise is exactly what audiences want.

How Mickey Rooney showed U.S. its heart
Neal Gabler says in his portrayals of characters with pluck, energy and idealism Rooney may have come closer to the American ethos in Depression-era America than any other star

Couples who can't stay apart

Celebrity addiction confessions

Controversial covers
Model Paulina Gretzky isn't a pro golfer but she's made it onto the cover of the latest issue of Golf Digest.

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Bieber battles lawyer in deposition video
Don't ask Justin Bieber about Selena Gomez. It's a touchy subject for the singer. TMZ posted video of Bieber's combative responses during a deposition in a lawsuit filed by a photographer who claims the singer ordered his bodyguard to attack him last summer.

Up close and personal with Bieber's tattoos
A Florida court technician has the job of blurring Justin Bieber's private parts on jail video before you can see it. The video will then be handed over to CNN and other news agencies this week under Florida's open records law, a Miami judge ordered Tuesday.

The People v. Bieber: The court cases
Justin Bieber's focusing on making new music in the hip-hop capital of Atlanta, while lawyers in three other cities prepare to defend him in court.

Inside Hollywood's toughest role
Justin Bieber's recent arrests and alleged pot-smoking antics on an airplane raise the question: Who's in charge?

FAA investigates Bieber's flight
The Federal Aviation Administration said Friday that it is looking into allegations that passengers on board singer Justin Bieber's charter flight last week interfered with the flight crew.

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

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Blues beat Blackhawks 4-3 in 3 OTs
ST. LOUIS (AP) — In the first period, Ryan Miller looked like the goalie who limped home 0-5. For the final 80 minutes, 26 seconds, the St. Louis Blues saw the cool, confident backstop they acquired to make the deep playoff run theyve long sought.

Stastny leads Avs to 5-4 OT win over Wild
DENVER (AP) — Paul Stastny sweated out the trade deadline, wondering if his big, expiring contract and Colorados desire to beef up its blue line might lead to his departure from Denver.

Can Spurs get back at Heat? Can they survive West?
To get another shot at LeBron James, the San Antonio Spurs may have to go through Dirk Nowitzki, then Dwight Howard and James Harden, and finally Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook.

Duke freshman Jabari Parker declares for NBA draft
Jabari Parker is hoping to become Dukes latest one-and-done star to become the No. 1 pick in the NBA draft.

10 Things to See in Sports: AP's top sports photos
Heres a look at some of the defining moments, exciting scenes, triumphs and defeats from the world of sports.

Clippers-Warriors series billed as must-see TV
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Forget the Showtime Lakers or the Sacramento Kings of past decades.

Sharper loses Arizona bid to be released on bail
PHOENIX (AP) — Former NFL All-Pro safety Darren Sharper lost his bid Thursday to be released on bail in a sexual assault case after an Arizona judge found theres enough evidence to move forward with charges against him in that state.

Sharks beat Kings 6-3 in Game 1
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — The San Jose Sharks spent seven games struggling to get the puck past Jonathan Quick in a playoff loss a year ago.

Rangers score 3 in 3rd, top Flyers in opener 4-1
NEW YORK (AP) — Carl Hagelins contribution to the New York Rangers playoff-opening win was etched all over his busted-up mouth.

Boston police safely blow up suspicious backpacks
BOSTON (AP) — Survivors, first responders and relatives of those killed in the Boston Marathon bombing marked the anniversary Tuesday with tributes that combined sorrow over the loss of innocent victims with pride over the citys resilience in the face of a terror attack.

Golf-European Tour Malaysian Open scores
April 18 (Infostrada Sports) - Scores from the European Tour Malaysian Open at the par-72 course on Friday in Kuala Lumpur. The cut was set at 145. ...

Westwood surges clear in Malaysia as Larrazabal dives for cover
(Reuters) - Lee Westwood surged four shots clear at the halfway stage of the European Tours Malaysian Open on Friday after an eventful second round where Spains Pablo Larrazabal was forced to dive into a lake to avoid a swarm of hornets. Filipino Antonio Lascuna and Belgian Nicolas Colsaerts were his nearest challengers at nine-under. Westwood matched his eight-birdie opening round again on Friday but was pulled back by a double-bogey on the 11th hole at the Kuala Lumpur Golf and Country Club with his tee-shot ending in the water. The water proved a haven for Spains Larrazabal, though, as he encountered the "scariest" moment of his career when he had to dive into a lake after being attacked by hornets on the fifth hole.

Golf-Westwood surges clear in Malaysia as Larrazabal dives for cover
Lee Westwood surged four shots clear at the halfway stage of the European Tour's Malaysian Open on Friday after an eventful second round where Spain's Pablo Larrazabal was forced to dive into a lake to avoid a swarm of hornets. Filipino Antonio Lascuna and Belgian Nicolas Colsaerts were his nearest challengers at nine-under. Westwood has been without a win since claiming the 2012 Nordea Masters in Sweden and the trophy-less spell has seen his world ranking slip to 36. Westwood matched his eight-birdie opening round again on Friday but was pulled back by a double-bogey on the 11th hole at the Kuala Lumpur Golf and Country Club with his tee-shot ending in the water.

Stanford seizes LPGA lead with eight-under 64
Kapolei (United States) (AFP) - Angela Stanford nabbed eight birdies in an eight-under par 64 to grab the second-round lead at the LPGA Lotte Championship. Stanford, a five-time LPGA Tour winner, improved her score from the first round by eight shots, her eight-under par total of 136 giving her a one-stroke lead over fellow American Michelle Wie. World number one Park In-Bee of South Korea, seeking her first title of 2014, carded a 68 to head a group on 138 that also included seventh-ranked South Korean Ryu So-Yeon, 16-time LPGA winner Cristie Kerr and South Koreas Kim Hyo-Joo, who is playing on a sponsors exemption. Stanford strung together five straight birdies on the third through seventh holes, then bagged another three straight birdies at 11, 12 and 13 en route to the halfway lead in the $1.7 million tournament.

South Korean MLB prospect Choi banned for doping
(Reuters) - Seattle Mariners prospect Choi Ji-man has been suspended for 50 games after the first baseman tested positive for a performance-enhancing drug, Major League Baseball said on Thursday. South Korean Choi was on the Mariners' 40-man roster and was hitting .394 with one home run and five RBIs in 10 games for the Mariners' Triple-A affiliate Tacoma this season. The 22-year-old, who signed with the Mariners in 2009, tested positive for methandienone and his suspension was effective immediately, MLB said. "I do not know what I could have taken that caused me to test positive," Choi said in a statement.

Masters contender Kuchar shares PGA Heritage lead
Hilton Head Island (United States) (AFP) - Matt Kuchar carried on his good form from the Masters to fire a five-under par 66 for a share of the first-round lead at the $5.8 million US PGA Heritage. Fellow Americans Scott Langley and William McGirt, each seeking a first tour triumph, were level with Kuchar after 18 holes at Harbour Town, two shots ahead of Harris English. Jordan Spieth, the 20-year-old talent who shared second-place honors at Augusta National last week, was in a pack of 15 players on 69. Four days after briefly sharing the lead in the final round of the Masters with Spieth and eventual winner Bubba Watson, world number six Kuchar was back in contention just a few hours down the road.

Golf-U.S. PGA Tour Heritage Classic scores
April 17 (Infostrada Sports) - Scores from the U.S. PGA Tour Heritage Classic at the par-71 course on Thursday in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina 66 Matt Kuchar (U.S.) 66 Scott Langley (U.S.) 66 William McGirt (U.S.) 66 68 Harris English (U.S.) 68 69 Jordan Spieth (U.S.) 69 Kevin Streelman (U.S.) 69 Charles Howell III (U.S.) 69 John Mallinger (U.S.) 69 Lucas Glover (U.S.) 69 Tim Herron (U.S.) 69 Brian Stuard (U.S.) 69 Ben Martin (U.S.) 69 Robert Allenby (Australia) 69 Bo Van Pelt (U.S.) 69 Brian Harman (U.S.) 69 Russell Knox (Britain) 69 Rory Sabbatini (South Africa) 69 Billy Horschel (U.S. ...

Quo Vadis? An apt query for frustrated Lakers fans
By Mark Lamport-Stokes LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The title of the historical novel "Quo Vadis" is an apt question for frustrated Los Angeles Lakers fans to ask of players and coaches after the teams nightmare 2013-14 NBA campaign came to an end. Written by Pole Henryk Sienkiewicz in 1895, the novel borrows its title from the biblical query "Quo vadis Domine?", Latin for "Where are you going, Lord?", and the future destination of the Lakers franchise is certainly up for debate. Granted the team were severely hampered by multiple injuries throughout the season but, as 16-time NBA champions, they are held to a lofty standard by their supporters who could not believe their eyes as one low after another was posted. The Lakers plunged embarrassing new depths as they finished the regular season well under .500 with a 27-55 record, having never before lost so many games in a single campaign, and they were eliminated from playoff contention a month ago.

Kuchar shrugs off Masters fade, ties Heritage lead
(Reuters) - Matt Kuchar shrugged off his Masters near-miss last week to share the lead after the opening round of the RBC Heritage in South Carolina on Thursday. Kuchar, who contended in Sundays final round at Augusta National before slipping back into a tie for fifth, put that disappointment behind him and shot a five-under-par 66 on a cool, breezy morning at Harbour Town on Hilton Head Island. "Once I got out there this morning, I was ready to go," the six-times PGA Tour winner told Golf Channel after finishing in style with a 15-foot birdie on his final hole, the par-four ninth. Kucher ended the round level with fellow Americans William McGirt and Scott Langley, both of whom played in the warmer and less difficult conditions of the afternoon.

Golf-Kuchar shrugs off Masters fade, ties Heritage lead
* Kuchar fires a 66 for three-way tie at the top * Is only morning starter to break 69 (Updates at end of round) April 17 (Reuters) - Matt Kuchar shrugged off his Masters near-miss last week to share the lead after the opening round of the RBC Heritage in South Carolina on Thursday. Kuchar, who contended in Sunday's final round at Augusta National before slipping back into a tie for fifth, put that disappointment behind him and shot a five-under-par 66 on a cool, breezy morning at Harbour Town on Hilton Head Island. "Once I got out there this morning, I was ready to go," the six-times PGA Tour winner told Golf Channel after finishing in style with a 15-foot birdie on his final hole, the par-four ninth.

Mariners' Choi hit with 50-game doping ban
Seattle Mariners first baseman Choi Ji-Man was suspended for 50 games without pay by Major League Baseball on Thursday after testing positive for a banned performance-enhancing substance. Choi was added to the Mariners 40-man roster in November but has started this season with Seattles top developmental club, the Tacoma Rainiers, based near the Mariners in Washington state. In 10 games this season, Incheon-born Choi batted .394 with one home run and five runs batted in while walking seven times and striking out six in 33 plate appearances. The Mariners fell to 7-8 this season with an 8-6 loss Thursday at Texas, their third loss in a row to the Rangers.

US college stars Parker, Young declare for draft
US college freshman stars Jabari Parker and James Young said Thursday they will skip their final three seasons of collegiate play and declared themselves eligible for Junes NBA Draft. Parker, a forward, led Duke University to a 26-9 season, averaging 19.1 points, 8.7 rebounds 1.2 assists and 1.2 blocked shots a game. He became the first freshman to lead the Blue Devils in scoring and rebounds for a season. He is the epitome of what you would want a basketball player to be," Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski said.

Man arrested in connection with ex-NFL star's murder trial
A man in Florida has been charged with witness tampering and obstruction of justice in a gun-trafficking case linked to the murder trial of ex-National Football League star Aaron Hernandez, authorities said on Thursday. Oscar Hernandez, who is not related to former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez, was arrested on Wednesday and will be brought to Massachusetts to face the charges, the U.S. attorneys office in Boston said in a statement. Aaron Hernandez has been in jail since June on charges he and two associates fatally shot semi-professional football player Odin Lloyd near his home in North Attleboro, Massachusetts. Authorities investigating Lloyds murder found three guns that they determined were bought in Florida in April 2013.

Profiles of NBA Western Conference playoff teams
(Reuters) - Brief profiles of the eight Western Conference teams that qualified for the 2014 National Basketball Association (NBA) playoffs: SAN ANTONIO SPURS Regular season record: 62-20 How they qualified: Won Southwest Division Head coach: Gregg Popovich Top scorer: Tony Parker (16.7 points per game) Top rebounder: Tim Duncan (9. ...

Schedule of games for first round of NBA playoffs
(Reuters) - Following is the schedule for the first-round, best-of-seven series in the National Basketball Association playoffs (prefix number denotes seeding, *-if needed): EASTERN CONFERENCE 1-Indiana Pacers vs. 8-Atlanta Hawks Game 1 - April 19 at Indiana Game 2 - April 22 at Indiana Game 3 - April 24 at Atlanta Game 4 - April 26 at Atlanta Game 5 * April 28 at Indiana Game 6 * May 1 at Atlanta Game 7 * May 3 at Indiana - - 2-Miami vs. ...

Profiles of NBA Eastern Conference playoff teams
(Reuters) - Brief profiles of the eight Eastern Conference teams that qualified for the 2014 National Basketball Association (NBA) playoffs: INDIANA PACERS Regular season record: 56-26 How they qualified: Won Central Division Head coach: Frank Vogel Top scorer: Paul George (21.7 points per game) Top rebounder: Lance Stephenson (7.2 rebounds per game) NBA titles: None Joined NBA: 1976 - - MIAMI HEAT Regular season record: 54-28 How they qualified: Won Southeast Division Head coach: Erik Spoelstra Top scorer: LeBron James (27.1 points per game) Top rebounder: LeBron James (6. ...

Heat playoff run could decide James' future in Miami
The Miami Heat may not be entering the playoffs as the top seed but they are still very much the team to beat, and anything less than a third consecutive NBA title could lead to the breakup of their Big Three. No club has won three straight titles since the Los Angeles Lakers in the early 2000s, and the 16-team field for this years playoffs, which begin on Saturday, has no shortage of contenders for the NBAs Larry OBrien Championship Trophy. The San Antonio Spurs, who were a whisker away from winning last years NBA Finals, and the Indiana Pacers, eager to avenge last seasons loss to Miami in the Eastern conference finals, are just two of the many teams feeling good about their chances. LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh joined forces in 2010 with the goal of creating a dynasty in Miami by stockpiling NBA titles but enter the postseason facing questions about team chemistry and depth.

Westwood roars back to lead Malaysia Open
Lee Westwood fired eight birdies to surge to the first-round lead of the Malaysian Open on Thursday with a seven-under par 65, staying sharp after a solid performance at last weeks Masters. Big-hitting Nicolas Colsaerts of Belgium was just a stroke back on 66 after matching the Englishmans birdie count but falling short due to a pair of bogeys on day one at the Kuala Lumpur Golf and Country Club. But he kept a clean card the rest of the way by sinking some long putts and ending the day with three straight birdies. Itâ s nice to have a good start and build some momentum for the week," said Westwood, who won the Malaysian Open in 1997.

Pak shares LPGA lead with Ryu, Kim
Kapolei (United States) (AFP) - Hall-of-Famer Pak Se-Ri and fellow South Koreans Ryu So-Yeon and Kim Hyo-Joo shared the lead on Wednesday after a windy first round of the LPGA Lotte Championship. The Korean trio all carded four-under par 68s at Ko Olina Golf Club, where steady winds of about 15 miles per hour (24.14 Km) were punctuated by gusts of more than 30 mph (48.28 Km/h). The top trio were one stroke in front of Japans Ayako Uehara, whose 69 put her one shot in front of a group of five players sharing fifth place that included world number one Park In-Bee. Park was joined on two-under 70 by Hawaiian home favorite Michelle Wie, LPGA tour rookie Amy Anderson and South Koreans Jang Ha-Na and Lee So-Young, who are both playing on a sponsors exemption.

Golf-Jet-setter Westwood grabs early Malaysian Open lead
England's Lee Westwood shrugged off jet lag and an opening bogey to fire a superb seven-under-par 65 to lead the field after his first round at the European Tour's Malaysian Open on Thursday. Westwood fired eight birdies in his early round at the Kuala Lumpur Golf and Country Club after completing the marathon journey from Augusta, Georgia where he finished seventh at the U.S. Masters on Sunday. Former world number one Westwood, now ranked 36th, is without a win since claiming the 2012 Nordea Masters in Sweden but put himself in position to change that after grabbing a one-shot lead over Nicolas Colsaerts of Belgium (66). It's obviously very hot and you have to keep hydrated." Northern Ireland's Michael Hoey was two shots back of Westwood, who won the Malaysian Open in 1997, in third after a 67, with diminutive South African Jbe Kruger (68) in fourth before play was halted because of a weather warning.

Thunder clinch West's second seed
Kevin Durants dunk with 16.5 seconds to play lifted Oklahoma City to a 112-111 victory over Detroit on the final night of the NBA regular season. With the victory, the Thunder secured the second seed in the Western Conference playoffs. Durant drove past Kyle Singler on the left side for the two-handed slam -- giving the Thunder their first lead since early in the third quarter. Detroits Brandon Jennings couldnt get an off-balance three-point attempt to fall in at the buzzer.

Brazil unveils $10 billion infrastructure budget for Rio Olympics
By Pedro Fonseca RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) - Brazilian authorities unveiled an infrastructure budget of 24.1 billion reais ($10.76 billion) for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, 25 percent more than planned, as they try to reassure the world they can deliver facilities on time. The budget covers 27 projects in urban development and public transport, including 8 billion reais for a newly added fourth metro line for Rio, Brazils congested second largest city, where getting around town is an ordeal. Other initially envisaged projects were excluded, such as the upgrade to Rios international airport Galeao, which has been handed to private operators. Rio Mayor Eduardo Paes said the higher budget was due to the inclusion of new projects and inflation, which has blown up costs by 30 percent since Rio won hosting rights for the event in 2009.

Tanaka fans 10 in Yankees win over Cubs
Japanese pitching ace Masahiro Tanaka delivered a dazzling 10 strikeouts and allowed just two bunt singles in the New York Yankees 3-0 win over the Chicago Cubs. Tanaka, unfazed by unseasonably chilly weather at Yankee Stadium -- where snow fell overnight -- walked just one for the second time in three starts this season. He lowered his earned-run-average from 3.21 to 2.05, drawing praise from Yankees manager Joe Girardi for his smooth transition to Americas major leagues. Tanaka had retired 15 straight Cubs batters before Anthony Rizzos bunt single against the infield shift to begin the seventh inning.

Knicks ink Odom as season winds down
Lamar Odoms twisting path from NBA champion with the Lakers to tabloid target along with reality TV star wife Khloe Kardashian has brought him, for now, to the New York Knicks. Knicks President Phil Jackson, who coached Odom on two Los Angeles Lakers title-winning teams in 2009 and 2010, announced Wednesday that the team has signed the veteran forward for the remainder of the season. Although Wednesday was the last day of regular-season games, the move gives the Knicks a chance to see Odom work out and assess his fitness before possibly committing to him for the 2014-15 campaign.

Players Championship adopts three-hole playoff
Ponte Vedra Beach (United States) (AFP) - The Players Championship is abandoning its sudden-death playoff and switching to a three-hole aggregate playoff in a move that further separates the elite event from other US PGA Tour stops. The plan will go into effect for this years tournament at TPC Sawgrass in May. Should the final round come down to a playoff, it will take place at holes 16, 17 and 18. "Holes 16, 17 and 18 of The Players Stadium Course are perhaps the most dramatic closing holes in professional golf from a risk-reward standpoint, as they test all facets of a players physical and mental game while under the pressure of trying to win such a significant championship," PGA Tour commissioner Tim Finchem said in a statement on Wednesday. "Given the fact that winning The Players means you have defeated the strongest field in golf, we felt an aggregate playoff that incorporated these three holes was a more appropriate way to determine the champion."

Atlanta awarded Major League Soccer expansion team
By David Beasley ATLANTA (Reuters) - Atlanta has landed a Major League Soccer expansion team that will play beginning in 2017 in the citys new open-air stadium downtown, officials announced on Wednesday. Arthur Blank, owner of the National Football Leagues Atlanta Falcons team and a co-founder of Home Depot Inc. purchased the new franchise, which will be the leagues 22nd team, he told reporters. "This is an exciting day for Atlanta," Blank said. Its been a dream of ours." The Georgia Dome, Atlantas current downtown football stadium, is scheduled to be torn down and replaced in 2017 with a $1 billion open-air facility with a retractable roof.

Milwaukee Bucks sold for $550 million
Milwaukee Bucks owner Herb Kohl said Wednesday hes selling the NBA team to an ownership group eager to keep the club in Milwaukee. Kohl, a former US Senator, said he had agreed to sell the club to hedge-fund billionaires Wesley Edens and Marc Lasry. The Bucks have struggled on the court this season, and will finish the 2013-14 campaign on Wednesday with the worst record in the league. But at least their new owners wont be taking them to a more lucrative market, since Kohl was insistent that he wanted them to stay in Milwaukee.

Wall Street fund managers buy Milwaukee Bucks basketball team
By Svea Herbst-Bayliss (Reuters) - Hedge fund managers Marc Lasry and Wesley Edens are buying the National Basketball Associations Milwaukee Bucks for $550 million from businessman and former U.S. Senator Herb Kohl, becoming the latest Wall Street financiers to own a sports club. "I believe they are the right people and the right fit at the right time," Kohl said at a news conference in Milwaukee announcing the purchase as Lasry and Edens grinned nearby. The Bucks, valued by Forbes at $405 million and ranked as the last team in the 30-member league, have been on the block since late last year, Kohl said.

Park resumes quest for first win of 2014
"Obviously the time has gone really fast," Park said. But she finished 36th in her title defense at the Kraft Nabisco Championship, the first major of the year, two weeks ago. Defending champion Suzann Pettersen of Norway, ranked second in the world, will miss her third successive event with a back injury. Hawaii native Michelle Wie, coming off a runner-up finish to fellow American Lexi Thompson at the Kraft Nabisco, will be looking for a strong performance in her return home.

Clippers down Nuggets for club-record 57th win
The Los Angeles Clippers rolled past Denver 117-105 for a club-record 57th win that kept their hopes of claiming the NBA Western Conference second seed alive. Blake Griffin had 24 points -- and was assessed his 16th technical foul of the season -- in the victory on Tuesday. Chris Paul added 21 points and 10 assists for Los Angeles, who must beat Portland on Wednesday, the last night of the regular season, and have the lowly Detroit Pistons beat the Thunder in Oklahoma City to earn the second seed behind San Antonio in the Western Conference playoffs.