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Parliament's sergeant-at-arms hailed as hero
Kevin Vickers is credited with fatally shooting a gunman during an attack at the Canadian Parliament.

Senator blasts DEA for fake Facebook profile using woman's name, photos
The chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee is calling on the Justice Department to condemn the actions of a DEA agent who created a fake Facebook profile using a real womans name and photos without her consent.

Blackwater guards found guilty in Iraq shootings
WASHINGTON (AP) — Four former Blackwater security guards were convicted Wednesday in the 2007 shootings of more than 30 Iraqis in Baghdad, an incident that inflamed anti-American sentiment around the globe and was denounced by critics as an illustration of a war gone horribly wrong.

U.S. tightens Ebola monitoring for West African visitors
By Bill Berkrot NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. health officials unveiled new measures on Wednesday to carry out Ebola monitoring on anyone entering the country from the three nations at the center of a West African epidemic, increasing precautions to stop the spread of the virus. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said that beginning Monday, travelers from Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea will be directed to check in with health officials every day and report their temperatures and any Ebola symptoms for 21 days, the period of incubation for the virus. ...

Autopsy of slain Missouri teen shows close-range gunshot: report
By Carey Gillam (Reuters) - A government autopsy of the unarmed black teenager whose killing by a white police officer set off months of protests in Ferguson, Missouri, suggests he suffered a gunshot to the hand from close range, according to a copy of the autopsy published by the St. Louis Post Dispatch. The autopsy results could buttress claims by supporters of Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson that the Aug. 9 shooting of Michael Brown, 18, was justified. ...

U.S. jury convicts ex-Blackwater guards in 2007 Baghdad killings
By Aruna Viswanatha and Julia Edwards WASHINGTON (Reuters) - In a sweeping victory for the U.S. government, a federal jury on Wednesday found four former Blackwater guards guilty on nearly every count they faced in connection with the 2007 killing of 14 unarmed Iraqis at a Baghdad traffic circle. Jurors found three of the ex-guards guilty of manslaughter and weapons charges, and a fourth guilty of murder. The verdict comes more than seven years after the shooting incident that outraged Iraqis and inflamed anti-American sentiment around the world. ...

Tests return for dog belonging to nurse with Ebola
Bentley, the year-old Cavalier King Charles spaniel owned by Ebola-infected Texas nurse Nina Pham, has tested negative for Ebola, officials said Wednesday.

2 dead in shooting at Canadian Parliament
Parliament remains on lockdown after a uniformed soldier and a gunman are fatally shot.

Latest update in Canada shootings
Police search for suspects near the National War Memorial in central Ottawa.

Man faked coma for two years
LONDON (AP) — He might have got away with it if it hadnt been for his supermarket loyalty card.

Suspected Indiana serial killer's 1st hearing postponed
CROWN POINT, Ind. (AP) — A man who allegedly confessed to killing seven women in Indiana refused to even acknowledge his name to the judge Wednesday during his initial court appearance, and a sheriff explained later that the suspect was upset his hearing was in open court before dozens of journalists.

Ottawa police investigate 3 shooting scenes
Soldier taken to hospital; shots fired in Parliament buildings, malll. Live updates.

All four Blackwater guards found guilty in 2007 Iraq shootings
WASHINGTON (AP) — Four former Blackwater security guards were convicted Wednesday in the 2007 shootings of more than 30 Iraqis in Baghdad, an incident that inflamed anti-American sentiment around the globe and was denounced by critics as an illustration of a war gone horribly wrong.

CDC: 21-day Ebola monitoring for W. African travelers to U.S.
(Reuters) - The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Wednesday announced new measures to monitor for Ebola anyone entering the United States from Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea for a 21-day period. Under the measures starting Monday, travelers from the three West African countries will be expected to check in with health officials every day and report their temperatures and any Ebola symptoms through the 21-day period, the CDC said. (Reporting by Bill Berkrot; Editing by Grant McCool)

U.S. airdrop to Kurdish fighters was wrong, says Turkey's president
ANKARA (Reuters) - Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said on Wednesday it was wrong of the United States to air drop military supplies to Kurdish fighters defending the Syrian border town of Kobani, as some weapons were seized by Islamic State militants besieging it. The Pentagon said on Tuesday the vast majority of the U.S. supplies dropped on Sunday had reached the Kurdish fighters despite an online video showing Islamic State jihadists with a bundle. "What was done here on this subject turned out to be wrong. ...

3 Denver teens possibly tried to join Islamic State
Girls headed for Turkey, stopped in Germany; authorities now looking at friends for similar sentiments.

Care for a little 'Hitler' in your coffee?
Geneva (AFP) - Swiss retailer Migros apologised on Wednesday for putting cream capsules with the faces of Hitler and Mussolini on them in cafes in the Alpine country.

What we don't know about 2014's political rising star
Many questions surround Iowa GOP Senate candidate Joni Ernst.

Three Denver teens may have tried to join Islamic State: FBI
DENVER (AP) — Three teenage girls from Colorado flew to Europe in a possible bid to join Islamic State militants in Syria, and now authorities are looking at their friends to see if any have similar intentions.

Family reunion for N. Korean detainee
Ohio man, held nearly half a year for leaving a bible behind in a bar, on home ground.

Toys R Us responds to 'Breaking Bad' controversy
NEW YORK (AP) — Toys R Us is pulling its four collectible dolls based on characters from AMCs hit series "Breaking Bad" after taking heat from a Florida mom who launched a petition campaign last week.

From Bedouin Israeli doctor to jihadist
HURA, Israel (AP) — He was a quiet whiz kid at the top of his class in Israel, who overcame tough odds in this minority Arab village to become a star medical student and hospital intern.

Massive finds off coast of North Carolina
Washington (AFP) - Two sunken ships from World War II -- a German U-boat and an American merchant vessel -- have been found deep in the ocean off the coast of North Carolina, officials said Tuesday.

Giants stun in World Series opener
The Giants snapped Kansas Citys eight-game postseason winning streak, riding a Hunter Pence home run, another sublime Madison Bumgarner performance and a mistake-filled Royals showing to a 7-1 victory at Kauffman Stadium on Tuesday.

CDC debuts new safety steps in Ebola training for thousands
Thousands of New York City health care workers — from nurses to janitors — learned how to safely put on and take off a full suit of protective equipment to treat a patient with Ebola at an upbeat Centers for Disease Control and Prevention event in Manhattan on Tuesday morning.

The Ben Bradlee mystique
The famed Washington Post editor was a one-of-a kind newsman from an age gone by.

Former Washington Post editor Ben Bradlee dies
In a charmed life of newspapering, Bradlee seemed always to be in just the right place.

Hospital: American video journalist free of Ebola
American video journalist Ashoka Mukpo will be released from the hospital soon, officials say.

Indiana man was violent long before 7 killings
GARY, Ind. (AP) — With hindsight, there were signs years ago of increasing violence against women by Darren Vann, who police said Tuesday has confessed to killing seven women in northwestern Indiana.

Eric Frein sightings: How 'wilderness ninja' has outfoxed 1,000 cops
Two fresh sightings of alleged sniper Eric Frein has resulted in more closed public schools in northern Pennsylvania.

NATO intercepts Russian jets over Baltic Sea
NATO scrambled fighter jets twice in two days to intercept Russian military aircraft over the Baltic Sea, it said Tuesday amid reports that Russian military activity in the region is increasing.

Ebola nurse's status upgraded to good from fair
NEW YORK (Reuters) - The medical status of nurse Nina Pham, who contracted Ebola when she helped treat the first patient to be diagnosed with the disease on U.S. soil, was upgraded to good from fair on Tuesday, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) announced. Pham was admitted to the NIH Clinical Center Special Clinical Studies Unit in Bethesda, Maryland, on Oct. 16. (Reporting by Sharon Begley)

Homeland Security orders new screening for Ebola
Everyone coming to the U.S. from the three West African countries at the center of the Ebola outbreak will now be screened for the deadly disease.

Doctor gets emotional recounting Ebola patient's final days
Dallas doctor Gary Weinstein describes Texas Health Presbyterians efforts to care for Thomas Eric Duncan, the countrys first Ebola patient.

Consumed by Islamic State, Iraq's Anbar province a key battleground again
In recent weeks, the world has watched the battle to save Syria’s border town of Kobani from Islamic State. But the radical jihadists have for longer been engulfing another strategically more vital target - Iraq’s western Anbar province and its road to Baghdad.

North Korea's big move on captured American
WASHINGTON (AP) — American detainee Jeffrey Fowle has been released from North Korea, nearly six months after he was taken into custody on charges of leaving a Bible in a nightclub, the State Department said Tuesday. Two other Americans who have been tried and convicted of crimes in North Korea are still being held.

Man to Obama: 'Don't touch my girlfriend'
A funny thing happened when the President went to the voting booth.

Stone in Jerusalem may answer ancient mystery
JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli archaeologists said Tuesday they have discovered a large stone with Latin engravings that lends credence to the theory that the reason Jews revolted against Roman rule nearly 2,000 ago was because of their harsh treatment.

Islamic Front propaganda video as good as martial arts movie
The Islamic Front, an alliance of militant groups in Syria, released a video on October 20, described as showing “special operations” unit training camp. The unit, dubbed War Lions, are filmed undergoing vigorous exercises. A fighter being interviewed in 1’00" says that main reason they come to the training camp is to defeat militias from different countries that have recently entered Syria. The video states that a number of unit leaders were killed in battle in Aleppo. Credit: YouTube/Islamic Front

6,000-year-old temple discovered with altars for sacrifices
A 6,000-year-old temple holding humanlike figurines and sacrificed animal remains has been discovered within a massive prehistoric settlement in Ukraine. It was a "two-story building made of wood and clay surrounded by a galleried courtyard," the upper floor divided into five rooms, write archaeologists Nataliya Burdo and Mykhailo Videiko in a copy of a presentation they gave recently at the European Association of Archaeologists annual meeting in Istanbul, Turkey. A platform on the upper floor contains "numerous burnt bones of lamb, associated with sacrifice," write Burdo and Videiko, of the Institute of Archaeology of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine. The floors and walls of all five rooms on the upper floor were "decorated by red paint, which created [a] ceremonial atmosphere." [See Photos of the Prehistoric Temple & Animal Remains]

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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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McConaughey blitzed for 'Redskins' views
Matthew McConaughey lit a social media fire with comments about his favorite NFL team, the Washington Redskins.

Pregnant Duchess of Cambridge feeling better

Flipping gender roles in famous movies
Women as "Ghostbusters" is a good start. What about Sofia Vergara as Scarface?

Italian nun sings 'Like a Virgin'
A nun sings "Like a Virgin" And CNN's Jeanne Moos says it's not the Virgin Mary she's singing about, it's a Madonna cover.

Leslie Jones and the women of 'SNL'
The Women of 'SNL'

'Mockingjay': The new trailer is here
A new preview for "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay -- Part 1" was released Wednesday. Titled "Choice," it's got fans more eager than ever.

Disney to introduce new heroine
Get ready for another addition to the line of Disney heroines: Moana, an ocean adventurer.

Carvey channels 'Walking Dead'
Dana Carvey rattles off some impressions including Barack Obama, Michael Caine and characters from "The Walking Dead."

McConaughey blitzed on 'Redskins'
Matthew McConaughey lit a social media fire with comments about his favorite NFL team, the Washington Redskins.

Italian nun sings 'Like a Virgin'
A nun sings "Like a Virgin" And CNN's Jeanne Moos says it's not the Virgin Mary she's singing about, it's a Madonna cover.

Cranston responds to mom
A mom is upset over "Breaking Bad' action figures being sold at Toys "R" Us and has petitioned them to be removed.

Renee Zellweger thinks face talk is 'silly'

Even Taylor Swift's silence is golden
"Track 3" from Taylor Swift's new album shot to No. 1 on iTunes in Canada. But the release was an accident, as the track is eight seconds of white noise.

'Django' actress charged
"Django Unchained" actress Daniele Watts and her boyfriend have been charged with one count each of lewd conduct, a spokesman said Tuesday.

Yeah, that's the (Primus) ticket
Alt-metal rockers Primus were never ones to do things the normal way, so why start now?

Kate, Duchess of Cambridge is feeling better

Flipping gender roles in famous movies
Women as "Ghostbusters" is a good start. What about Sofia Vergara as Scarface?

Jason Aldean extends tour into 2015
Good news, ladies (and gentlemen): Country star Jason Aldean is extending his sold-out Burn It Down Tour into 2015.

Jimi Hendrix's 'invisible legacy'
Four decades after his death, Jimi Hendrix is finally reaching his toughest audience -- a group he called "my people."

Bono: 'I have glaucoma'
There's a reason for Bono's ever-present orange-tinted sunglasses, and it's not rock-star affectation. The U2 frontman has glaucoma.

Dr. Luke reveals 'extortion' e-mail
Dr. Luke's lawyer is going public with details of what the music producer alleges is Kesha's attempt to extort him to get out of her recording contract.

Black Keys drummer slams U2 release
First the Black Keys' Patrick Carney lit into Justin Bieber. Now he's taking on U2.

Jim Marshall: 'The Haight,' with love
Jim Marshall was always watching. A new book showcases his mid-'60s photos of S.F.'s Haight-Ashbury.

Funny or Die: Madden's hilarious bugs
The wait is over -- it's officially football season. For more go to funnyordie.com.

Beyonce and Jay-Z heading for divorce?
The rumors about Beyonce and Jay-Z are getting crazier every day. For more go to funnyordie.com.

'Mad Men' vixen takes on a modern office
"Mad Men" character Joan Holloway visits a more modern office. For more go to funnyordie.com.

Ebola, the TV series
Had enough of Ebola news coverage? Wait until you see the TV series. Ridley Scott is one of the people behind it.

'Walking Dead': How gross!
Gross is par for the course when it comes to "The Walking Dead."

'American Idol' alum dies at 32
Singer and model Joanne Borgella, an "American Idol" contestant in 2008, died on Saturday at age 32 after a battle with cancer, her family said on her Facebook page.

What was that about Carrie, Chris Noth?
"Sex and the City's" Chris Noth has made an apparent joke that fans likely won't find funny.

'Modern Family' actress Elizabeth Pena dies
Actress Elizabeth Pena has died of natural causes after a brief illness, her manager told CNN. She was 55.

Chris Rock, Prince to appear on 'SNL'
Prince will be the musical guest on NBC's "Saturday Night Live" on November 1, a show that will be hosted by another entertainment giant, Chris Rock.

DiCaprio, Netflix team up for film
Netflix announced Friday that it will team up with Leonardo DiCaprio to distribute a documentary film entitled "VIRUNGA," about the quest to save endangered mountain gorillas in the eastern Congo park by that name.

Brad Pitt's 'Fury' opens at No. 1
Brad Pitt triumphed over Ben Affleck at the box office this weekend as "Fury" ousted "Gone Girl" from its two-week ride as the nation's No. 1 movie.

Body might be missing actress
The body of "August: Osage County" actress Misty Upham is believed to have been found along a river in suburban Seattle, according to a news report from a Seattle television station.

Johansson for 'Ghost in the Shell?'

'Jem' movie makes a date
The reaction to this announcement could be truly outrageous.

Who just joined 'Episode VII' ?
First, the call came for Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill and Carrie Fisher.

How Oscar de la Renta was a pop icon
Oscar de la Renta, who died Monday at the age of 82, was as much an icon as some of the celebrities he dressed over the years.

Platinum albums? Not this year
It's not a great sign for the music industry when the year's top-selling album is the soundtrack to a Disney movie.

Diamond reveals story behind 'Sweet Caroline'
It was a great story.

Jason Momoa's 'Game of Thrones' audition
Jason Momoa's audition tape for "Game of Thrones" is an impressive piece of work.

'Buffy' star Nicholas Brendon arrested
Actor Nicolas Brendon, best known as Xander Harris on the "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" TV series, was arrested in Boise, Idaho, showing signs of intoxication, police said.

No more wedding bells for Sheen and Rossi
Charlie Sheen calls off engagement to former adult film actor Brett Rossi weeks before their planned wedding.

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The Women of 'SNL'

Happy birthday, Carrie Fisher!

Baby bump alert: See who's expecting

50 people turning 50

Bono joins apology hall of fame

How Zach Galifianakis looks now

Pork Medallions with Blackberries

Seeing Red

The Best Berry Recipes

Summertime Gladness

Stir-Fried Shrimp and Broccoli

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

Fluffy Blueberry Pancakes

Celebrating Mom

Let's Salsa

Orecchiette with Ricotta, Spinach, and Fava Beans

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

Comedian is living in an Ikea store
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Texas town hopes to become UFO landing spot

Governor's son sells 'Don't Drop the Soap'
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Cops snag lotto ticket from accused drug dealer
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Politician cuts the fat with photo fakery
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Puppy vs. polar cub for cuteness title

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League welcomes British chancellor's support for London team
LONDON (Reuters) - The National Football League welcomed British chancellor George Osbornes support for a London-based team and remain focused on building a fan base that could support any expansion plans, the league said on Wednesday. According to a story in the Evening Standard newspaper on Wednesday, Osborne held recent talks with NFL officials about the possibility of putting a team in London. "We warmly welcome the Chancellors strong support for the possibility of an NFL team in London and look forward to welcoming him to a game at Wembley over the next few weeks," the NFL told Reuters. ...

NFL official says legal process will play role in abuse punishment
(Reuters) - Punishment for NFL players implicated in domestic violence will not be imposed upon arrest but at some point "farther down the process," said a key figure charged with overhauling the league's handling of such cases. Lisa Friel said the legal process will play a role in determining at what point the National Football League will sanction players involved in domestic violence. "It won't be upon an allegation, I can tell you that," Friel, the former head of the New York City District Attorney's sex crimes unit, said on NBC's "Today" show in an interview that aired Wednesday. ...

Giants rip Royals 7-1 in baseball World Series opener
Kansas City (AFP) - A pitching masterpiece by San Francisco left-hander Madison Bumgarner sparked the Giants over the Kansas City Royals 7-1 in Tuesdays opening game of the 110th World Series.

Bumgarner dominant as Giants end Royals record streak
By Larry Fine KANSAS CITY Missouri (Reuters) - Madison Bumgarner had his fun, while the Royals vowed to bounce back after the San Francisco Giants brought Kansas Citys perfect postseason to an emphatic end with a 7-1 win in Tuesdays World Series opener. Giants ace Bumgarner delivered a dominating seven innings of work and Hunter Pence slammed a two-run homer in the first inning that pushed the Royals into an early hole they were unable to claw out of at their Kauffman Stadium home. "(Bumgarner) was on top of his game," Giants manager Bruce Bochy told reporters. ...

Road warrior Bumgarner brings Giants big win
Kansas City (AFP) - Another dazzling road victory for San Francisco pitcher Madison Bumgarner has staked the Giants an early edge as they bid for a third World Series title in five seasons.

Bumgarner gets kick out of denying Royals a rally
By Larry Fine KANSAS CITY Missouri (Reuters) - Madison Bumgarner welcomes a challenge, and the San Francisco Giants ace left-hander handled a big one with aplomb in Tuesday's victory in the World Series opener against the Kansas City Royals. After the Giants staked him to a 3-0 lead in the first inning, Bumgarner faced a sticky jam when Mike Moustakas doubled after Omar Infante reached on an error by shortstop Brandon Crawford to put men on second and third with no outs. ...

Royals look to bounce back but rue missed opportunity
By Larry Fine KANSAS CITY Missouri (Reuters) - The Cinderella Kansas City Royals tasted defeat for the first time in a fairytale postseason in their World Series opener on Tuesday but stalwart Alex Gordon was unfazed. After reaching the playoffs for the first time in 29 years, the Royals roared through the first eight games in unprecedented fashion before being cut down 7-1 by the visiting San Francisco Giants. "It would have been nice to go 12-0," said Gordon after Kansas City's first loss since Sept. 27. ...

Veteran against young fireballer in Game Two match-up
By Larry Fine KANSAS CITY Missouri (Reuters) - It will be the veteran against the youngster in Game Two of the World Series when San Francisco's Jake Peavy takes the mound against fireballing Yordano Ventura of the Kansas City Royals on Wednesday. Peavy, 33, said he hopes the Giants can take advantage of the emotions Kansas City's 23-year-old Dominican starter may feel. "He'll be excited, I'm sure," Peavy told reporters on Tuesday. "Everybody playing in this game, there is a lot of excitement. ...

New Jersey school board suspends five coaches in hazing scandal
By Sascha Brodsky SAYREVILLE N.J. (Reuters) - New Jersey school officials voted on Tuesday to suspend five high school coaches in a locker-room hazing scandal that has led to criminal sex abuse charges against teen football players. Head coach George Najjar and four coaching assistants at Sayreville War Memorial High School were officially suspended by the Sayreville Board of Education during a raucous meeting in which dozens of parents, students and alumni voiced their strong support for the coaching staff. ...

Korean 'superfan' cheers on Royals at World Series
By Larry Fine KANSAS CITY Missouri (Reuters) - Success starved Kansas City Royals supporters packed Kauffman Stadium for Game One of the World Series against the San Francisco Giants on Tuesday with none more excited than South Korean superfan Lee Sung-woo. "Its still like a dream," the bespectacled Lee told Reuters a short stroll away from the entrance to the Royals clubhouse, a Major League Baseball credential hung around his neck as a guest for the Fall Classic. "I asked them several times, is it a dream or not? Its kind of like a never-forget, lifetime dream for me. ...

Ray Rice hearing set for November 5
Washington (AFP) - Former Ravens running back Ray Rices appeal of his indefinite suspension from the NFL will be heard on November 5 and 6, US media reported Tuesday.

Trust team doctors over concussion, says MLS medical chief
By Simon Evans BRIDGETOWN Barbados (Reuters) - FIFA's new plans for dealing with concussions have been criticized by some in the United States for not involving an independent medical inspection, but Major League Soccer's medical chief believes team doctors should be trusted. The proposed protocol from FIFA states that when a suspected concussion occurs, the referee should stop the game for three minutes, allowing a team doctor to make an on-pitch assessment and decide if the player has a suspected concussion. ...

Peavy seeks back-to-back World Series titles
Kansas City (AFP) - It took Jake Peavy 12 years to realize his dream of pitching for a Major League Baseball champion. Now the San Francisco Giants newcomer might do it in back-to-back seasons.

National Basketball Association roundup
(The Sports Xchange) - Kevin Durant says he will not rush back from surgery to repair a fracture in his right foot. Durant could miss two months with the Oklahoma City Thunder, projecting his return close to Christmas from what the reigning MVP said is his first real injury. - - Veteran guard John Lucas III signed a one-year deal with the Washington Wizards. Lucas, undrafted in 2005 from Oklahoma State, spent his first six seasons with Houston, Chicago, Toronto and Utah. Lucas, 31, went to training camp with the Boston Celtics. ...

National Football League roundup
(The Sports Xchange) - Michael Sam, who first made headlines earlier this year as the first openly gay NFL player, as of Tuesday afternoon is no longer an NFL player. The Dallas Cowboys waived the rookie defensive end from the practice squad to make room on their roster to sign second-year linebacker Troy Davis. Sam was drafted in the seventh round in May by the St. Louis Rams but failed to make their 53-man roster at the end of the preseason. He then was picked up by the Cowboys and added to their practice squad. ...

First openly gay NFL draftee Sam released by Dallas
Dallas (AFP) - Michael Sam, the first openly gay player drafted by a National Football League team, was released Tuesday from the Dallas Cowboys practice squad.

NFL's Ray Rice appeal hearing tentatively set for Nov. 5-6
(Reuters) - The hearing on Ray Rices appeal of his indefinite suspension by the National Football League for domestic violence has tentatively been set for Nov. 5 and 6, sources close to the situation told Reuters on Tuesday. Rice was originally suspended for two games for knocking out his then-fiancee at a New Jersey casino in February. When video later emerged of the altercation, he was cut by the Baltimore Ravens and suspended indefinitely by the NFL. The union contends that Rice was punished twice for the same offense. ...

Durant upbeat despite starting season on sidelines
Oklahoma City (AFP) - Four-time NBA scoring champion Kevin Durant, last seasons NBA Most Valuable Player, was upbeat Tuesday as he discussed starting the season on the sidelines.

NFL's Cowboys release gay athlete Michael Sam from practice squad
By Steve Ginsburg (Reuters) - Defensive end Michael Sam, who hopes to become the first openly gay athlete to play in a regular-season National Football League game, was released on Tuesday by the Dallas Cowboys. Sam, who joined the team on Sept. 3, spent the first seven weeks of the season on the 10-man practice squad and never made it to the 53-man roster. He thanked Cowboys owner Jerry Jones for the chance. "I want to thank the Jones family and the entire Cowboys organization for this opportunity, as well as my friends, family, teammates, and fans for their support," Sam said via Twitter. ...

New Jersey school officials to tackle hazing scandal, suspensions
By Sascha Brodsky (Reuters) - New Jersey school officials on Tuesday were set to address the suspension of five high school coaches in a locker room hazing scandal that has led to criminal sex abuse charges, according to local media. Seven football players at Sayreville War Memorial High School have been suspended and charged with sexually abusing four freshmen members of the team. The head coach and four coaching assistants were suspended as well last week, according to local media. School officials have not officially confirmed those suspensions. ...

McIlroy taking time off for legal dispute
London (AFP) - World number one Rory McIlroy is taking time away from golf early next year to better deal with the multi-million dollar legal dispute he has with his former management company.

Steelers' quick points silence fans, help them beat Texans
(Reuters) - The Pittsburgh Steelers needed less than three minutes to score 24 unanswered points in the second-quarter to help them beat the Houston Texans 30-23 on Monday. A mixture of trick plays and improbable bounces jolted Pittsburgh from a 13-0 deficit to a 24-13 lead in a span of 2:54, which erased an ugly start for the home side, who had been initially booed by their own fans. "We fought through some adversity," Pittsburgh quarter Ben Roethlisberger told reporters after he threw for 265 yards and two touchdowns. "You dont expect to score that many points that fast. It was crazy. ...

Steelers rally for win over Texans
Pittsburgh (AFP) - The Pittsburgh Steelers rallied in quick-fire fashion on Monday, scoring 24 points in less than three minutes en route to a 30-23 NFL victory over Houston.

Royals manager lets young player 'be themselves'
By Larry Fine (Reuters) - After nine seasons as a Major League Baseball manager Kansas City Royals skipper Ned Yost decided to put games in the hands of his young players, who repaid the trust by reaching the World Series. Yost said on the eve of Tuesdays World Series opener against the San Francisco Giants that he quit trying to fashion his players into an ideal about two seasons ago and encouraged them to be themselves. "My mindset was always try to mould my players into what I thought they should be," Yost, who managed the Milwaukee Brewers for six years before joining the Royals in 2010. ...

McIlroy pulls out of China swing to focus on legal battle: media
(Reuters) - Rory McIlroy has pulled out of next weeks BMW Masters and the following WGC HSBC Champions event in Shanghai to focus on his legal battle with his former management company, British media reported, citing a statement from the Northern Irishman. McIlroy terminated his contract with Dublin-based Horizon Sports Management in Sept. 2013 to form his own management company and the protracted legal dispute is now set to go to trial. ...

Waiting game over for Cinderella Royals
By Larry Fine (Reuters) - The waiting game will soon be over for the Kansas City Royals, who last played for the World Series crown 29 years ago and who host the San Francisco Giants in Tuesdays opener of Major League Baseballs championship series. Besides waiting nearly three decades to return to postseason baseball, the Cinderella crew will have cooled their heels for five days since extending a record unbeaten playoffs streak to 8-0 by sweeping the American League Championship Series. ...

Giants lefty ace Bumgarner set for Royal test
Kansas City (AFP) - San Francisco Giants pitcher Madison Bumgarner, baffling rival batters throughout a record-shattering season, tries to halt Kansas Citys unbeaten playoff run in Tuesdays opening game of the 110th World Series.

NFL, others file lawsuit to block New Jersey sports betting
By Steve Ginsburg (Reuters) - The National Football League and other sports leagues filed a lawsuit on Monday in an attempt to block New Jersey from offering legalized wagering on sporting events. In calling for the injunction, the NFL, NBA, Major League Baseball and the NCAA are seeking to block enforcement of a law that New Jersey Governor Chris Christie signed on Friday, which partially repeals a ban on sports wagering in the state. They claimed that the law violates the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act, a 1992 federal ban on state-sponsored sports betting. ...

Teams count cost of bruising weekend
Los Angeles (AFP) - Jacksonville paid a price for their first win of the NFL season, announcing on Monday that linebacker Paul Posluszny will miss the rest of the season with a torn pectoral muscle.

San Francisco stations banish 'Royals' song ahead of World Series
(Reuters) - At least two Northern California radio stations have pledged not to play New Zealand artist Lordes song "Royals," in solidarity with the San Francisco Giants during their World Series matchup with the Kansas City Royals. The decision by San Francisco stations KOIT and KFOG to drop the song, which has nothing to do with the baseball team, comes as the Giants and Royals prepare to play Game One of the championship series on Tuesday. In response, Kansas City station KZPT said it would play the song every hour on Tuesday from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. KZPT said it was a sister station of KOIT. ...

Lorde's 'Royals' banned by baseball rivals
New York (AFP) - Lordes smash hit "Royals" is suddenly taking on a renewed significance -- and, to one set of sports fans, unwelcome -- as the Kansas City Royals head to baseballs World Series.

Golf-European Tour announces early part of 2014-15 schedule
By Tony Jimenez LONDON, Oct 20 (Reuters) - The European Tour announced the early part of its 2014-15 schedule on Monday and it includes the Thailand Classic and Indian Open for the first time. The tour is going back to Thailand for the first time since the 2007 Johnnie Walker Classic in Phuket. The Indian Open will also make its debut, with the tour co-sanctioning both new events alongside the Asian Tour. The European Tour has only announced the opening sector of the 2014-15 schedule. The remainder is likely to be disclosed at the season-ending DP World Tour Championship in Dubai next month. ...

Match Play champion Ilonen over the dreaded yips now
By Tony Jimenez LONDON (Reuters) - Nine years after Mikko Ilonen was at his wits end with the dreaded putting yips, the Finn has finally cracked golf's big time by winning the Volvo World Match Play Championship. His 3 & 1 victory over world number five Henrik Stenson in an all-Nordic final at the London Club on Sunday not only clinched his biggest payday, it also catapulted the 34-year-old to a career high 37th in the rankings. The blond Ilonen now knows he can plan for his first U.S. ...

Golf-World Rankings
Oct 20 (Infostrada Sports) - The World Rankings 1. (1) Rory McIlroy (Britain) 11.48 2. (2) Adam Scott (Australia) 8.33 3. (4) Jim Furyk (U.S.) 7.51 4. (3) Sergio Garcia (Spain) 7.45 5. (5) Henrik Stenson (Sweden) 7.41 6. (6) Justin Rose (Britain) 6.86 7. (7) Bubba Watson (U.S.) 6.78 8. (8) Jason Day (Australia) 6.68 9. (9) Matt Kuchar (U.S.) 6.10 10. (10) Rickie Fowler (U.S.) 5.66 11. (11) Phil Mickelson (U.S.) 5.38 12. (12) Martin Kaymer (Germany) 4.92 13. (13) Billy Horschel (U.S.) 4.89 14. (14) Jordan Spieth (U.S.) 4.82 15. (16) Zach Johnson (U.S.) 4.50 16. (15) Dustin Johnson (U.S.) 4. ...

Peyton Manning breaks NFL touchdown passes record
Denver (AFP) - Peyton Manning broke Brett Favres all-time record for touchdown passes, leading Denver to a 42-17 rout of San Francisco to cap a scintillating Sunday in the NFL.

Asian Tour to unveil new event, eyes $50 million prize money by 2017
By Amlan Chakraborty NEW DELHI (Reuters) - The Asian Tour will add a third new tournament to next year's calendar and hopes to offer more than $50 million in prize money by 2017, chief executive Mike Kerr said. The $3 million tournament in Thailand, co-sanctioned by the European Tour and slated for February, was further proof of the Tour's robust health, Kerr told Reuters. "In the last couple of months we have added four new events," Kerr said in a telephone interview. "We are projecting robust growth in 2015 and carry on in 2016. ...

Golf-Asian Tour to unveil new event, eyes $50m prizemoney by 2017
By Amlan Chakraborty NEW DELHI, Oct 20 (Reuters) - The Asian Tour will add a third new tournament to next year's calendar and hopes to offer more than $50 million in prizemoney by 2017, chief executive Mike Kerr said. The $3 million tournament in Thailand, co-sanctioned by the European Tour and slated for February, was further proof of the Tour's robust health, Kerr told Reuters. "In the last couple of months we have added four new events," Kerr said in a telephone interview. "We are projecting robust growth in 2015 and carry on in 2016. ...

Manning posts record 509 touchdowns
(Reuters) - Denver quarterback Peyton Manning broke Brett Favres National Football League record for career touchdown passes when he threw his 509th scoring pass during the second quarter of the Broncos game against the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday. Mannings eight-yard pass was caught in the end zone by wide receiver Demaryius Thomas to eclipse the record of 508 regular season touchdowns Brett Favre set in 2010 while playing for the Minnesota Vikings. ...