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CPAC shows how GOP media strategy could backfire
The RNC made avoiding the mainstream media a top priority for the 2016 cycle.

Congress edges toward domestic security funding patch
By David Lawder and Richard Cowan WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Republicans in the House of Representatives were planning to pursue on Friday a temporary funding bill to keep the lights on at the U.S. domestic security agency for three weeks, postponing the threat of a partial agency shutdown. As the clock ticked toward a midnight Friday deadline for funding the Department of Homeland Security, lawmakers said a stop-gap extension would buy time to try to work out differences between the Republican-controlled House and the Senate. Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid, who has insisted on a full Homeland Security funding bill free of immigration reform restrictions that have caused weeks of delay, said on Thursday he would refuse to allow such negotiations with the House.

Indiana may allow 'baby boxes' for surrendering newborns
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — On the outside, the metal box looks like an oversized bread container. But whats inside could save an abandoned newborns life.

Accused Boston bomber's lawyers challenge jury-selection process
Lawyers for the accused Boston Marathon bomber filed on Thursday a last-gasp request to dismiss the charges against their client or delay the start of the trial next week, contending that court officials had violated their own rules during jury selection. Attorneys for Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, who is accused of carrying out the largest mass-casualty attack on U.S. soil since Sept. 11, 2001, argued in a court filing that after randomly assigning numbers to the more than 1,350 people who reported for initial selection early last month, the court re-ordered the jurors based on arrival time. They also contend that people who live within the Boston city limits and those under 30 and over 70 were disproportionately under-represented. The final phase of jury selection is set to take place on Tuesday, when prosecutors and defense attorneys will whittle down the field of about 70 provisionally qualified jurors to 18 people, including 12 jurors and six alternates.

Most Americans see combating climate change as a moral duty
By Bruce Wallace WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A significant majority of Americans say combating climate change is a moral issue that obligates them – and world leaders - to reduce carbon emissions, a Reuters/IPSOS poll has found.     The poll of 2,827 Americans was conducted in February to measure the impact of moral language, including interventions by Pope Francis, on the climate change debate. In recent months, the pope has warned about the moral consequences of failing to act on rising global temperatures, which are expected to disproportionately affect the lives of the world’s poor.     The result of the poll suggests that appeals based on ethics could be key to shifting the debate over climate change in the United States, where those demanding action to reduce carbon emissions and those who resist it are often at loggerheads.     Two-thirds of respondents (66 percent) said that world leaders are morally obligated to take action to reduce CO2 emissions.

Two killed in southern California street racing crash
(Reuters) - Two onlookers were killed and one injured on Thursday after a driver taking part in an illegal street race near Los Angeles lost control of his sports car and plowed into the crowd, police said. Henry Gevorgyan, 21, was racing his gray Ford Mustang around 2:05 a.m. local time in Chatsworth when the incident occurred, the Los Angeles Police Department said in a statement. Two pedestrians, 26-year-old Eric Siguenza and another unidentified person, were killed in the accident, police said.

CPAC: Convention with history of controversy is underway
Since the nonprofit American Conservative Union hosted its first Conservative Political Action Conference in 1973, CPAC has morphed into a massive annual event, with everyone from bloggers to national networks enticed by the opportunity to observe conservatives in their natural habitat in hopes of witnessing something controversial. And CPAC, for its part, rarely disappoints.

Rand Paul calls out Jeb Bush on marijuana
In interview with Yahoo News’ Katie Couric, the GOP senator slams the ex-Florida governor.

Chris Christie turns to media-bashing at CPAC
As the governor of New Jersey, Christie told her he has reporters from The New York Times covering him every day and accused journalists of taking sides on issues he has stood up against. "When you do things like Ive done in New Jersey, take on a lot of these special interests that they support they just want to kill you and thats what they tried to do to me every day and heres the bad news for them, here I am and Im still standing," Christie, 52, said.

Bill O’Reilly clarifies claim he saw nuns executed
The Fox News anchor disputes allegations and says he was referring to seeing photos of executions.

FCC adopts net neutrality rules to ban Internet discrimination
FCC adopts net neutrality rules to ban Internet discrimination

Graffiti artist Banksy highlights condition of people living in Gaza
Banksy turned his attention on the Gaza Strip for one of his most provocative political projects to date

U.S. wraps up Ebola military mission in Liberia
The Pentagon says around 100 American troops are to remain in the region.

Panel moves toward vote on attorney general pick
Loretta Lynch is expected to win approval and become the next AG.

GOP may need House Dems to help resolve DHS funding impasse
Speaker Boehner holds a potential escape key, if hes willing to use it: cooperative Democrats.

'Jihadi John' suspect in IS beheading videos is identified
The BBC says the man seen in several Islamic State videos is Mohammed Emwazi from London.

Rand Paul Slams Hillary Clinton on Benghazi
The GOP senator tells Katie Couric why Clinton should not be a presidential candidate.

Legal pot arrives in D.C. amid wrangle with Congress
City officials move ahead with legalization despite warnings from Republicans in Congress.

With 2016 on horizon, conservatives rally at CPAC
Thousands of American conservatives will gather just outside Washington beginning Thursday with a thinly-veiled mission: vet the Republican politicians who might soon announce bids for the White House. This weeks annual CPAC convention will see the right wing rallying around core principles it hopes will shape the 2016 presidential election. The Conservative Political Action Conference is hard to put a label on. While it appeals to young ideological conservatives converging on Washington in the heart of winter -- the Potomac River, adjacent to the events National Harbor setting in Maryland, is nearly frozen over -- CPAC attracts seasoned Republican A-listers who are virtually assured of a warm reception.

Confident Obama predicts success in immigration appeal
MIAMI (AP) — President Barack Obama urged immigrants thrown into limbo by legal wrangling to keep planning for eventual relief, professing confidence Wednesday that his deportation directives wont be thrown out in court.

1 seriously injured in Manhattan partial building collapse
Emergency workers say collapse occurred at a 3-story building that was under construction.

‘American Sniper’ guilty verdict draws brisk, blunt reactions from Texans
STEPHENVILLE, Texas — The “American Sniper” murder trial was closely followed in this rural town, but also drew international attention in part because of the Oscar-winning blockbuster film based on Chris Kyle’s memoir of his four tours in Iraq. Late Tuesday, a jury took a little more than two hours to find an ex-Marine guilty of gunning down Kyle and his friend, Chad Littlefield, two years ago. “Most people around here, if you talk to them, would say that they think hes guilty,” Lana Karlberg said.

FCC to vote to regulate net neutrality Thursday: What it means
The Federal Communications Commission is set to vote Thursday on a new set of Internet service rules. For all those who’ve avoided the net neutrality conversation, it’s not too late. In fact, there’s no better time to start paying attention.

Bipartisan deal paves way for Homeland Security vote
Democrats support GOPs plan without immigration provisions opposed by President Obama.

3 nabbed in N.Y., Florida in plot to join Islamic State group
The men are accused of plotting to travel to Syria to wage war against the U.S.

‘American Sniper’ jury finds ex-Marine guilty of murder
Eddie Ray Routh is sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole.

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel forced into April runoff election
CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel failed to capture a majority of the vote Tuesday in his bid for a second term, an embarrassment for the former White House chief of staff who now faces a runoff against Cook County Commissioner Jesus "Chuy" Garcia.

Official says Afghan avalanches kill at least 124 people
PANJSHIR VALLEY, Afghanistan (AP) — Avalanches caused by a heavy winter snow killed at least 124 people in northeastern Afghanistan, an emergency official said Wednesday, as rescuers clawed through debris with their hands to save those buried beneath.

N.Korea may have 100 atomic arms by 2020
North Korea appears poised to expand its nuclear program over the next five years and in a worst case scenario could possess 100 atomic arms by 2020, US researchers warned Tuesday. Unveiling the first results of what will be a 15-month study, Joel Wit, senior fellow at the US-Korea Institute at Johns Hopkins University, said some of their conclusions were very "disturbing." Although North Koreas nuclear program remains shrouded in uncertainty, Pyongyang is currently believed to have a stockpile of some 10 to 16 nuclear weapons fashioned from either plutonium or weapons-grade uranium.

No relief: More cold, snow, ice, wintry mix for much of US
A wide swath of the country shivered in freezing, record-breaking temperatures while other areas saw more winter precipitation Tuesday.

Defying GOP, Obama vetoes Keystone XL pipeline bill
President Barack Obama has vetoed a Republican bill forcing construction of the Keystone XL oil pipeline.

Netanyahu declines Democrats' invitation for meeting during visit
By Patricia Zengerle WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu declined on Tuesday an invitation to meet with U.S. Senate Democrats during his trip to Washington next week. "Though I greatly appreciate your kind invitation to meet with Democratic Senators, I believe that doing so at this time could compound the misperception of partisanship regarding my upcoming visit," Netanyahu wrote in a letter to Senators Richard Durbin and Dianne Feinstein obtained by Reuters. Durbin and Feinstein, two senior Senate Democrats, invited Netanyahu to a closed-door meeting with Democratic senators in a letter on Monday, warning that making U.S.-Israeli relations a partisan political issue could have "lasting repercussions." Republican congressional leaders broke diplomatic protocol by consulting neither the White House nor Democrats in Congress before inviting Netanyahu to address a joint meeting of the House of Representatives and Senate.

Homeland Security shutdown by the numbers
Yahoo News takes a look at how a shutdown could affect workers at the TSA and other agencies.

Aaron Schock's spending problem isn't going away
WASHINGTON (AP) — Illinois Rep. Aaron Schock has hired top lawyers and public relations experts in the wake of recent questions surrounding his travel and entertainment expenses.

Axelrod takes on Giuliani
Axelrod takes on Giuliani

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

Lupita Nyong'o's $150,000 pearl Oscars dress stolen
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Fore! In Iran, golf remains a game of the elite
The bumpy fairways and patchy putting surfaces -- more burnt-out browns than grassy greens -- are not much to look at. In Iran however, this is golf at its finest. In the same way that the streets of Tehran got new names when the Islamic republic dramatically came into being in 1979, so did the Engelhab ("Revolution" in Farsi) Club. Irans only recognised golf course has had a fairly rough time since.

'King' James and Cavs rule Warriors
LeBron James posted a season-high 42 points with 11 rebounds and five assists to lead Cleveland to a 110-99 NBA victory over league-leading Golden State. In Thursdays game, touted as a possible NBA finals preview, James insisted the Cavaliers werent out to make a statement against the Warriors, but they did so nevertheless. Cleveland avenged a 112-94 loss to the Warriors in January as they notched their fourth straight victory and an 18th win in their last 20 games.

Earl Lloyd, first African-American in NBA, dead at 86
(Reuters) - Earl Lloyd, the first African-American to play in the National Basketball Association, died on Thursday at the age of 86, the league said on its website. The cause of death was not disclosed. Lloyd paved the way for black players when he made his NBA debut with the Washington Capitols in 1950. He missed the 1951-52 season due to military service but later won a championship with the Syracuse Nationals and also played for the Detroit Pistons before retiring in 1960. According to, Lloyd, a small forward, scored 4,682 points in 560 games. ...

NBA's Derrick Rose set for knee operation
Former NBA Most Valuable Player Derrick Rose will have surgery on Friday to repair a torn meniscus in his right knee, the Chicago Bulls said. Rose will undergo a meniscectomy, which is removal of part or all of the meniscus, and Bulls general manager Gar Forman will discuss the 26-year-olds prognosis after the procedure. If the tear is small, its possible Rose could return within six weeks. Its the second straight season that Rose has needed surgery for a similar injury in the same knee.

McIlroy struggles in wind, unheralded Herman leads Honda Classic
World number one Rory McIlroy battled to a three-over-par 73 at a windswept Honda Classic in his first US PGA Tour start of 2015. Given Thursdays daunting conditions, which saw only 19 players break par, the Northern Irishman wasnt too disappointed with an effort that left him eight shots off the pace set by Tour graduate Jim Herman.

Herman says Trump gave him timely push to make the tour
By Simon Evans PALM BEACH GARDENS, Florida (Reuters) - Honda Classic first round leader Jim Herman's dream of making the PGA Tour looked to be fading when he was working as an assistant professional at the Trump National course in New Jersey. Trying and failing to qualify for the highly competitive U.S. circuit at the second stage of qualifying school in Tampa proved to be demoralizing for the Cincinnati-born Herman, who eventually threw in the towel. "You play the (third tier) Golden Bear tour, go to Q‑School, it was just the same cycle every year," Herman, 37, said after shooting a five-under-par 65 at PGA National on Thursday. I played in Tampa, seems like every year and driving back to East Coast with, 'What am I going to do now?' "I got in the golf business, started working at the PGA Village, got a phone call and started working up at Trump National in Bedminster, New Jersey." It was there, in 2006, that the owner of the course, American celebrity entrepreneur Donald Trump, spurred Herman to try again at a professional career.

McIlroy struggles in wind at Honda but lives to fight on
By Simon Evans PALM BEACH GARDENS, Florida (Reuters) - Rory McIlroy has had his share of ups and downs at the Honda Classic and Thursdays opening round, where he shot a three-over-par 73, was no different. The Northern Irishman won at PGA National in 2012 with a victory that sent him to the world number one spot for the first time in his career and signaled his arrival as one of the sports true stars. McIlroy walked off the course just a year later during his first round, talking about being in a "bad place" but later saying a painful toothache had been behind his withdrawal. Twelve months ago, he played some outstanding golf but surrendered a three-stroke lead with an error-strewn 74 in the final round before losing out to American Russell Henley in a four-way playoff.

American Herman moves one ahead at Honda Classic
By Simon Evans PALM BEACH GARDENS, Florida (Reuters) - American journeyman Jim Herman was the unlikely first round leader at the Honda Classic after shooting a five-under-par 65 as world number one Rory McIlroy struggled at blustery PGA National on Thursday. Northern Irishman McIlroy, looking to make a winning start to his build-up to the April 9-12 Masters, recovered from an erratic first 14 holes as he finished birdie-birdie for a three-over 73. Herman, 37, has never won on the PGA Tour and was not even sure of entry into the tournament on Monday but he handled the tough conditions superbly as he stayed bogey-free while recording five birdies on the Champion Course.

Golf-American Herman moves one ahead at Honda Classic
* Flawless 65 earns Herman outright lead * McIlroy opens with a 73 on blustery day (Updates at close of play) By Simon Evans PALM BEACH GARDENS, Florida, Feb 26 (Reuters) - American journeyman Jim Herman was the unlikely first round leader at the Honda Classic after shooting a five-under-par 65 as world number one Rory McIlroy struggled at blustery PGA National on Thursday. Herman, 37, has never won on the PGA Tour and was not even sure of entry into the tournament on Monday but he handled the tough conditions superbly as he stayed bogey-free while recording five birdies on the Champion Course.

U.S. judge rules for Vikings' Peterson in NFL discipline case
By David Bailey MINNEAPOLIS (Reuters) - A federal judge on Thursday overturned the NFLs suspension of Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson, who had pleaded no contest to charges of hitting his son with a switch, and sent the case back to the leagues arbitration process for resolution. Despite the ruling, Petersons future remains unclear and until the matter is settled, the NFL placed the leagues 2012 Most Valuable Player on the commissioners exempt list, taking him off the field with pay. In a 16-page ruling, U.S. District Court Judge David Doty said National Football League Commissioner Roger Goodell acted beyond his authority in November when he suspended Peterson until at least April 15. Doty, siding with the players union, said the NFL could not retroactively suspend Peterson under a new personal conduct policy announced by Goodell in December for behavior that occurred under the old code.

Maccabi win thriller as Real rout Red Star
By Zoran Milosavljevic BELGRADE (Reuters) - Euroleague holders Maccabi Tel Aviv and record eight-time winners Real Madrid edged closer to the playoffs of Europe's elite club competition with contrasting wins on Thursday. Maccabi edged Panathinaikos 73-70 while Real recovered from an early 14-6 deficit to blow away Red Star Belgrade 85-61 after the visitors committed a whopping 19 turnovers. Maccabi playmaker Jeremy Pargo produced another inspired performance, leading his team with 16 points as the champions repelled a second-half onslaught by the visitors. Having led by double figures in the first half, Maccabi were pegged back by some fine long-range shooting after the interval and Yogev Ohayon also played a key role in the victory with a pair of crucial three-pointers.

Kings lose Collison indefinitely due to hip surgery
Sacramento Kings starting point guard Darren Collison will undergo surgery Tuesday to repair a right hip flexor strain and might not play again this season, the NBA team announced Thursday. Collison will meet with Dr. William Meyers in Philadelphia on Monday before undergoing surgery on the muscle injury and will be re-evaluated in three to six weeks, the Kings said. Six weeks after the operation will be the eve of the Kings final regular-season game, on April 15 at the Los Angeles Lakers. Collison, 27, was injured in the first half of a February 5 loss at Dallas and has not played since, the Kings going 3-4 in his absence entering Fridays home game with reigning NBA champion San Antonio.

Indiana's George has first full workout since injury
Indiana Pacers star Paul George underwent Thursday his first full practice session since breaking his right leg last August and said he hopes to return for NBA games in March. Most expected that George would miss the entire 2014-15 NBA campaign but he vowed to return for at least a portion of the season and took a major step toward that goal Thursday. "It felt really good," George said.

Dallas Cowboys' Dez Bryant linked to incident at Walmart parking lot
By Lisa Maria Garza and Jon Herskovitz DALLAS (Reuters) - Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant was questioned by police at the scene of a 2011 incident in which a witness reported that Bryants girlfriend was dragged by an unidentified man across a Texas Walmart parking lot, according to police documents. Neither Bryant or the Cowboys have commented on the report that was released as the National Football League has been rocked by a series of highly publicized domestic violence incidents among players including Ray Rice and Adrian Peterson. In the 2011 incident in Texas, a Walmart security guard told police a person reported to him that a black man dragged Bryants girlfriend Ilyne Nash from a white Mercedes, which was registered to Bryant, and across the parking lot.

Blue Jays lose Saunders to left knee injury
Toronto Blue Jays outfielder Michael Saunders is expected to be sidelined until the Major League Baseball All-Star Game break in July because of a knee injury, the team announced Thursday. Saunders, a 28-year-old Canadian, suffered the injury when he stepped on a soft patch of grass surrounding the head of a sprinkler while chasing a fly ball at batting practice on Wednesday. Doctors said Saunders, who reported early for workouts to the Blue Jays Florida camp for an early start on pre-season preparations, suffered a torn left meniscus. The Blue Jays obtained Saunders from Seattle in an off-season deal for pitcher J.A. Happ and had hoped he would become Torontos starting leftfielder.

Beasley rejoins Heat after Shanghai Sharks stint
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Golf-American Herman grabs early clubhouse lead at Honda Classic
By Simon Evans PALM BEACH GARDENS, Florida, Feb 26 (Reuters) - American journeyman Jim Herman grabbed the early clubhouse lead at the Honda Classic after shooting a five-under-par 65 in the opening round at blustery PGA National on Thursday. World number one Rory McIlroy, looking to make a winning start to his build-up to the April 9-12 Masters, was four-over par through five holes after a rough start that included a pair of double-bogeys. Herman, 37 and seeking his first PGA Tour win, was bogey-free and managed five birdies despite strong winds on the Champion Course. Two-time British Open winner Padraig Harrington of Ireland, who has slumped to 297th in the world rankings, recovered from an early bogey at the second en route to a 67 that left him two shots off the early lead.

Angels' Hamilton suffers drug relapse - reports
Los Angeles Angels outfielder Josh Hamilton has met with Major League Baseball officials amid reports the 33-year-old slugger suffered a drug and alcohol relapse, according to multiple reports Thursday. Hamilton, a five-time All-Star and the 2010 American League Most Valuable Player, met with league officials Wednesday, confirmed the Angels, who appeared to be preparing for a possible suspension. Right shoulder surgery figures to sideline Hamilton for at least the first month of the upcoming season anyway. Hamilton was suspended from Major League Baseball from 2004 into 2006 for cocaine and alcohol issues and the New York Daily News reported that he has suffered a relapse in both areas during the off-season.

K-Rod inks two-year deal with Brewers
Venezuelan ace closing relief pitcher Francisco Rodriguez has signed a two-year Major League Baseball contract worth $13 million to remain with the Milwaukee Brewers, the team said Thursday on its website. Rodriguez, nicknamed "K-Rod" after the one-letter baseball scoring abbreviation for strikeout and the first letters of his last name, is a five-time All-Star and over 13 seasons is 46-41 with a 2.73 earned-run average. Rodriguez re-signed with Milwaukee a year ago after having been traded to Baltimore during the 2013 campaign. The Brewers hope Rodriguez can help them reach the playoffs for only the third time since losing the 1982 World Series in their only trip to Major League Baseballs best-of-seven championship final.

Vikings rusher Peterson reinstated by US judge
A US federal judge overturned on Thursday the National Football Leagues suspension of Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson, saying an arbitrator exceeded his authority in upholding the ban. US district judge David Doty reinstated Peterson following his appeal of a suspension that was imposed last September when the star rusher faced charges of causing reckless or negligent injury to a child. NFL-appointed arbitrator Harold Henderson upheld the sanction in December, saying the ban was allowed under tougher sanctions for players involved in domestic violence imposed by the league in August in the wake of an incident involving Baltimore running back Ray Rice knocking his then-fiancee unconscious in an Atlantic City casino elevator. "The NFL responds that Henderson, after a careful review of the policy and new policy, correctly determined the commissioner had broad discretion under the collective bargaining agreement to impose the enhanced discipline set forth in the new policy.

Former Kentucky university athlete pleads not guilty to rape
By Steve Bittenbender LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Reuters) - A former basketball player for the University of Louisville in Kentucky pleaded not guilty Thursday to charges that he had raped and sodomized two women. Chris Jones, 23, is one of three men charged in the alleged incident early Sunday in an apartment complex near campus, police said. The allegations come at a time of heightened national scrutiny of criminal sexual conduct by student athletes, and the response by their schools. A Tennessee jury late last month convicted two former Vanderbilt University football players of the campus rape of an unconscious female student. Jones was suspended from the team just days earlier on Feb. 17 and missed a game the following night at Syracuse University after it was discovered he had sent a threatening text to another female, said Kenny Klein, the university’s sports information director.

Golf-World number 1,555 Henning ties Joburg Open record
Nic Henning, who possesses the worst possible world ranking of joint 1,555th, belied his lowly golfing status by shooting a West Course record-tying nine-under 62 to lead after the Joburg Open first round on Thursday. The 45-year-old South African fired five birdies and an eagle in a remarkable outward 29 and at that stage looked capable of returning the European Tour's first 59. Henning then managed only two birdies on the back nine and had to settle for a one-stroke lead over compatriots Titch Moore and Tjaart van der Walt and Belgian Thomas Pieters. "That was fantastic, I haven't shot 29 for a couple of years and on the last hole of that front stretch I told myself I had to make a birdie and I did that," Henning told reporters at the Royal Johannesburg and Kensington Club.

Ex-NFL star bought drinks, smoked pot before murder: witness
By Daniel Lovering FALL RIVER, Mass. (Reuters) - Former New England Patriots star Aaron Hernandez smoked marijuana and bought food and drinks for friends at a Rhode Island restaurant hours before prosecutors say he fatally shot an acquaintance, a witness testified on Thursday. Kelly Rose Belanger, former manager of the South Street Cafe in Providence, said Hernandez arrived at the restaurant with a woman and other people around 9:30 p.m. on June 16, 2013, and at one point stepped out to smoke marijuana with another man. "I asked them to put it out because the other customers could smell it, and they did," Belanger said at Massachusetts Superior Court in Hernandezs trial on charges of murdering Odin Lloyd, a man who was dating his fiancées sister.

Golf-European Tour Joburg Open scores
Feb 26 (Infostrada Sports) - Scores from the European Tour Joburg Open on Thursday in Johannesburg -9 Nic Henning (South Africa) 62 -8 Titch Moore (South Africa) 63 Thomas Pieters (Belgium) 63 Tjaart Van der Walt (South Africa) 63 -7 Garth Mulroy (South Africa) 64 Dean Burmester (South Africa) 64 Jason Scrivener (Australia) 64 -6 Scott Henry (Britain) 65 Joachim Hansen (Denmark) 65 Wallie Coetsee (South Africa) 66 An Byeong-Hun (South Korea) 65 Sam Hutsby (Britain) 66 Andrew Curlewis (South Africa) 65 Simon Dyson (Britain) 65 Jorge Campillo (Spain) 65 -5 Niclas Fasth (Sweden) 66 Ben Evans ...

Tseng share opening round lead at Thai LPGA event
(Reuters) - Two-time winner Yani Tseng of Taiwan carded a six-under-par 66 to share the opening round lead with Americans Brittany Lang and Stacy Lewis at the womens Thailand Open, the fourth event on this years LPGA Tour, on Thursday. Former world number Tseng, who won the event in 2011 and 2012, dropped the only shot of her round on the final hole after firing seven birdies. Lewis scorched the front nine at the Siam Country Club in Chonburi, starting with an eagle on the first and then added five birdies to make the turn on 29.

Timberwolves win as Garnett makes emotional return
Kevin Garnett received a heros welcome in his return to Minnesota, even if his on-court contribution to a 97-77 NBA win over Washington was relatively modest. Garnett on Wednesday finished with five points, eight rebounds and two blocks for the Timberwolves, who notched their second victory in three games. Kevin Martin led the Timberwolves with 28 points on 10-of-15 shooting, Andrew Wiggins added 19 points and Nikola Pekovic contributed 15 points and 13 rebounds. Washington grabbed an early 15-point lead, but soon collapsed into a fifth straight defeat.

Mavericks suspend Rondo, fall to Hawks
With point guard Rajon Rondo suspended for one game for a heated argument with coach Rick Carlisle, the Dallas Mavericks fell 104-87 to Atlanta. Dallas had won three straight NBA games coming into the contest, but they were without three starters. Chandler Parsons missed his third straight game with an ankle injury, Tyson Chandler was out with a hip injury and Rondo was serving his one-game ban by the team for a shouting match with Carlisle during the third quarter of Tuesdays win over Toronto. Recently acquired reserve forward Amare Stoudemire was also missing.

Hornets sting injury-hit Bulls
The Chicago Bulls, reeling from the loss of again-injured Derrick Rose, fell 98-86 to the Charlotte Hornets. The Bulls announced on Tuesday that Rose, the 2011 NBA Most Valuable Player, had a meniscus tear in his right knee and would need surgery for the second straight year. The right knee injuries come after Rose missed an entire season recovering from a torn left knee ligament. "I dont know what to say other than its so unfair," Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau said before Wednesdays game.

McIlroy savors status as golf's dominant player
World number one Rory McIlroy, preparing for his 2015 US PGA Tour debut, is relishing his role as the dominant player in golf. "Of course I want to be that guy," McIlroy said. The Northern Irishman, whose appearance at this weeks Honda Classic launches his build up to the Masters, will be gunning for a third straight major title at Augusta National in April. With 14-time major champion Tiger Woods season in limbo after back pain forced him out of the Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines earlier this month, McIlroy is under even more scrutiny.

Love returned to Ryder captaincy despite Medinah crash
The naming of Davis Love III as captain of the 2016 U.S. Ryder Cup team was well received by his peers but it may be a tougher sell to fans who still have nightmares over the epic collapse he oversaw at Medinah in 2012. Despite other candidates without a blemish the size of Loves on their resumes, the man who captained the worst U.S. finishing-day flop in Ryder Cup history was given a chance to atone for the devastating defeat. Besides bringing back bad memories for U.S. fans, Loves hiring even raised the eyebrow of world number one Rory McIlroy, a member of the winning European side at Medinah. Others championed to lead the Americans at Hazeltine outside Minneapolis included Paul Azinger, who in 2008 was the last U.S. captain to win the Cup, and three-time Presidents Cup-winning captain Fred Couples.

Tseng, Lewis and Lang share LPGA Thailand lead
Two-time winner Tseng Yani hit seven birdies on Thursday to share the overnight lead with American duo Stacy Lewis and Brittany Lang after the first round of the Honda LPGA Thailand. It might have been even better than six under, 66, for the Taiwanese golfer, but for a dropped shot on the final hole that tarnished an otherwise perfect round at the Siam Country Club. Nonetheless it left Tseng -- who won in Thailand in 2011 and 2012 -- in the unfamiliar territory of leading after the first round in a tournament for the first time in three years. Compatriot Lang had an indifferent start to the day, bogeying on six before rattling off five birdies in a row and eight in total to the leaders back at the clubhouse.

'Florida Swing' kicks off the road to the Masters
By Simon Evans PALM BEACH GARDENS, Florida (Reuters) - The PGA Tours Florida Swing, golfs unofficial start of the road to the Masters, begins on Thursday with world number one Rory McIlroy heading a strong field in the Honda Classic at PGA National. World number six Sergio Garcia, who missed out on a playoff by one shot at Riviera last week, will also be looking to fine-tune his game along with Germanys Martin Kaymer and Englands Justin Rose, the last two U.S. Open winners, respectively. American Russell Henley, who triumphed at last years Honda Classic, is one of 12 former champions in the field.

On field and off, all eyes on A-Rod at Yankees' spring training
By Letitia Stein TAMPA, Fla.(Reuters) - New York Yankees fans waited for six hours on Wednesday with baseballs, bats, cards and even a Wheaties box for slugger Alex Rodriguez to autograph in his first week back from a yearlong suspension in one of sports biggest doping scandals. Media outlets from New York to Japan lugged cameras between the teams training facilities in Tampa, Florida, hoping for a sighting of the 14-time All-Star with 654 career home runs. "Love him, hate him, everyone has got an opinion," said Tom Ferguson, 50, of Tampa, waiting in line for an autograph. "Hes the hottest thing in baseball right now." Each move by A-Rod, as he is popularly known, has become a daily guessing game since he arrived early for spring training.

Golf-'Florida Swing' kicks off the road to the Masters
By Simon Evans PALM BEACH GARDENS, Florida, Feb 25 (Reuters) - The PGA Tour's 'Florida Swing,' golf's unofficial start of the road to the Masters, begins on Thursday with world number one Rory McIlroy heading a strong field in the Honda Classic at PGA National. World number six Sergio Garcia, who missed out on a playoff by one shot at Riviera last week, will also be looking to fine-tune his game along with Germany's Martin Kaymer and England's Justin Rose, the last two U.S. Open winners, respectively. American Russell Henley, who triumphed at last year's Honda Classic, is one of 12 former champions in the field.

McIlroy shocked by Love's appointment as U.S. captain
By Bernie McGuire PALM BEACH GARDENS, Florida (Reuters) - World number one Rory McIlroy was "shocked" at the appointment of Davis Love 111 as 2016 United States Ryder Cup captain. McIlroy is returning to competition at this week’s Honda Classic and teeing up for a first time this year on American soil following a three-week break since winning the Dubai Desert Classic. Northern Irelands McIlroy, a triple European Ryder Cup-winning team member and four-times major champion, was asked about his reaction to the appointment of Love.  "It came as a big shock when they announced yesterday Davis was going to be the next U.S. captain," McIlroy told reporters. “It will be great to see Davis and (European captain) Darren (Clarke) go head-to-head at Hazeltine and they will be formidable opponents.

Golf-McIlroy shocked by Love's appointment as U.S. captain
By Bernie McGuire PALM BEACH GARDENS, Florida, Feb 25 (Reuters) - World number one Rory McIlroy was "shocked" at the appointment of Davis Love 111 as 2016 United States Ryder Cup captain. McIlroy is returning to competition at this week's Honda Classic and teeing up for a first time this year on American soil following a three-week break since winning the Dubai Desert Classic. Northern Ireland's McIlroy, a triple European Ryder Cup-winning team member and four-times major champion, was asked about his reaction to the appointment of Love. "It came as a big shock when they announced yesterday Davis was going to be the next U.S. captain," McIlroy told reporters.

Quail Hollow to host 2021 Presidents Cup
Quail Hollow Club will host the 2012 Presidents Cup match play showdown between the United States and an International team, US PGA Tour commissioner Tim Finchem said Wednesday. Quail Hollow will become the fifth golf course in the United States to host the biennial event. Liberty National (2017) and TPC Harding Park (2025) were previously announced as future sites for the Presidents Cup. "Were thrilled to add Quail Hollow Club to the growing list of exceptional venues to host the Presidents Cup," Finchem said.

IOC 'surprise' at Rio mayor golf course criticism
International Olympic Committee chief Thomas Bach voiced dismay on Wednesday at criticism of the golf course for the 2016 Rio Games by the citys mayor. Rio Mayor Eduardo Paes told O Globo newspaper Tuesday he would have preferred the course never to have been built.

Eyeing 'career grand slam', McIlroy relishes being top man
By Simon Evans PALM BEACH GARDENS (Reuters) - World number one Rory McIlroy begins the countdown to his career grand slam bid at the Masters in this weeks Honda Classic and says he feels entirely comfortable being the face of the sport. The decline of Tiger Woods, who is on a break from the game after his form and injury problems, only heightens the attention on the Northern Irishman who has three events before he tees up at Augusta looking to win all four majors by the age of 25. Asked whether he was comfortable being the main star of the sport, McIlroy was emphatic in his response.