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Trump faces pushback over Romney
The president-elect’s supporters are balking after he said Romney is on his shortlist to be secretary of state.

Petraeus: 'I made a very serious mistake'
The former CIA director says he "paid a very heavy price" for sharing classified info with his former lover and biographer.

Help for ‘underwater’ car buyers
If the principal on the loan for your car is larger than its resale value, and you want to buy a new one, that may not be a problem.

Former CIA officer: 'The truth will come out'
The imprisoned Jeffrey Sterling is holding out hope a federal appeals court will reverse his espionage conviction.

Mourning period for Castro ends
Nine days after the man who ruled Cuba for nearly half a century died, his ashes are interred in a private ceremony.

N.D. authorities make offer to protesters
“Yes! We want this to de-escalate,” said Cass County Sheriff Paul Laney as he outlined conditions.

Snowden: Petraeus shared far more 'classified' secrets
The fugitive ex-NSA worker says Gen. Petraeus case shows a "two-tiered" justice system in the U.S. where "connected" people get light punishments.

Putin: Trump will soon grasp weighty role
"Since he managed to achieve success in business, that shows he is a clever person,” Russian President Vladimir Putin observed.

24 deaths in Oakland fire, more expected
Fire officials are calling the tragedy at a converted warehouse the deadliest blaze in the citys history.

Trump attends costume party as … himself
The president-elect goes as "me" to a "Villains and Heroes" bash hosted by one of his biggest donors.

Green Party changes strategy in Pa. recount bid
Hours after it dropped a case in the state courts, the Green Party said it will seek an emergency federal court order on Monday.

Police baffled by California kidnapping case
The mystery over what happened to Sherri Papini is confounding investigators and roiling social media.

Trump draws praise, fire for Taiwan call
Some U.S. conservatives are cheering the president-elects decision to break with a policy in place since Richard Nixon.

Universities explore 'sanctuary' status
Several universities are considering labeling themselves that way, given the fears of immigrant students.

7 car-buying tips for landing the best deal
Dont forget to do your homework, search for rebates, and print out all the research.

Bowe Bergdahl seeks pardon from Obama
The former prisoner of war is accused of endangering comrades by walking off his post in Afghanistan.

Castro's ashes return to home of revolution
Crowds cheer as the urn arrives at the building where the Cuban leader delivered a victory speech in 1959.

Trump shrugs off fuss over Taiwan call
Donald Trump is unapologetic about roiling diplomatic waters with his decision to speak with Taiwans leader.

EMS: We won't let pipeline protesters freeze
The state government says it is ready to respond to Dakota Access pipeline protesters who may need help during the winter months.

Trump acting as dealmaker, not policymaker
President-elect Trump has a freewheeling style, which helped stop Carrier from shipping 800 factory jobs to Mexico.

Health secretary nom's right-wing association
Tom Price belongs to the libertarian Association of American Physicians and Surgeons.

Up to 40 feared dead in Oakland warehouse fire
Authorities say a massive fire broke out in the building where people were having a party on Friday night.

At least 9 dead in Oakland warehouse fire
Authorities say a massive fire broke out in the building where people were having a party on Friday night.

6 issues facing Trump's Pentagon pick
Retired Marine general James Mattis agrees with the president-elect on some — but not all — of his approaches to these challenges.

The 'Two Trumps' in the Trump team transition
One has a serious side that has helped calm anxious Republicans. The other is still prone to Twitter tirades.

Why Trump's election lifts Russia's hopes
"It turns out that United Russia won the elections in America," one official declares in a radio interview.

Duterte: Trump wished me 'success' in drug war
Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte says he discussed his deadly crackdown on illegal drugs with Donald Trump.

Arrest in fatal stabbing of USC professor
A University of Southern California student stabbed professor Bosco Tjan over a personal dispute, police say.

'Trump-like fearmongering': S.F. police commissioner pans union ad
A new advertisement from San Franciscos police union urges viewers to contact the citys police commissioner to oppose a proposed city policy.

Howard Dean drops out of DNC leadership race
The former Vermont governor says the party needs to "turn itself over to the next generation" and takes himself out of the running.

Jury deadlocked in Walter Scott case
Jurors in the trial of former police officer Michael Slager adjourn for the weekend after struggling to reach a unanimous verdict.

Chairman: GOP will change Medicare to save it
Kevin Brady, head of the Ways and Means Committee, says Republicans will move cautiously, starting with "small" steps.

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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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'Mariah's World' lives down to expectations on E!
To say that "Mariah's World" is a predictable train wreck serves more as promotion than criticism. Yet even by the standards of reality docu-series, this E! showcase for pop diva Mariah Carey is pretty hilarious, especially with everything that's transpired since the point where the show's storytelling begins.

Meet the young actor at the center of one of the year's best films
'Manchester by the Sea' standout Lucas Hedges on film's success

Major networks new shows trade buzz for bulk, with mixed results

'La La Land' wins New York Critics' big award
The musical "La La Land" has danced its way into snagging a biggie at the New York Film Critics Circle Awards.

Seth MacFarlane has a theory on why Hollywood hates on Trump
"Family Guy" creator Seth MacFarlane has a theory on why a bunch of people in Hollywood can't get on board with the idea of President-elect Donald Trump.

2016 was great for black cinema, but don't kill off #OscarsSoWhite just yet
Gil Robertson has no problem saying that 2016 has been "the best year ever in terms of the diversity of content for black images, black stories in cinema."

Selena Gomez is 2016's most popular Instagram celebrity
A Pope and a pop star ruled Instagram this year, but they weren't the only popular figures on the social media platform. Olympic icons, caffeinated hastags, Oscar-winning actors and smiley faced emojis also pleased the crowd. Here's what else we learned cruising through Instagram's 2016 list of the most popular hashtags, emojis, celebrities and moments:

Luke Bryan hits concert-goer
A concert-goer in the front row of a Nashville, Tennessee, show got more than good seats while Luke Bryan was performing Wednesday.

Chris Pratt loves trolling Jennifer Lawrence
Cut it out, Chris Pratt!

Mila Kunis and Ashton Kutcher welcome a baby boy
Mila Kunis and Ashton Kutcher are parents again.

'Fawlty Towers' star Andrew Sachs dies at 86
British actor Andrew Sachs, famous for his role as bumbling waiter Manuel in British TV show "Fawlty Towers", has died at the age of 86, the UK's Press Association reported.

Obama sings 'Jingle Bells' with the help of some stars
Obama sang the Christmas carol at the White House tree lighting ceremony

'Daily Show' host has fiery debate with guest
Host Trevor Noah and conservative commentator Tomi Lahren engaged in a contentious debate about race issues on a recent episode of "The Daily Show."

'Castle' star lights 30-ft. Lego Christmas tree
Stana Katic and her 5-year-old niece joined Santa at LEGOLAND in Carlsbad, CA, which donated $10,000 to Children's Hospital LA.

Sarah Jessica Parker talks 'Divorce'
When she finished her iconic turn as Carrie Bradshaw in 'Sex and the City,' her character had gotten her happily ever after. Now, the actress returns to HBO to play an entirely different role in 'Divorce.'

Natalie Portman on portraying Jacqueline Kennedy's darkest hours
Embodying Jacqueline Kennedy's darkest hours in the upcoming movie "Jackie" was no easy task for Natalie Portman.

Sarah Jessica Parker on the humor and brutality of 'Divorce'
Sarah Jessica Parker finds it ironic that couples who divorce have to come together in order to end their marriage.

Chrissy Teigen's go-to gift for John Legend and more celebrity inspired gift ideas
What's a girl to get a guy that has everything? That's the problem Chrissy Teigen is faced with every year around the holidays when it comes to buying a gift for her husband, John Legend.

Nicole Kidman on adoption, giving birth and surrogacy: 'I am a mother because I love being a mother'
Nicole Kidman wants to keep adoption "very much a part of our conversation," and her latest role in "Lion" is doing exactly that.

'Gilmore Girls' actor on revival: 'I was a little nervous at first'
Thanks to his work as Kraglin in Marvel's "Guardians of the Galaxy," Sean Gunn has had his fair share of exposure to a notoriously passionate group -- comic book fans. But even they, he said, aren't quite as fervent as fans of "Gilmore Girls."

For 'Lion,' Dev Patel took his mind and body to new places
Dev Patel admits he was a "puddle of tears" the first time he read the script for his upcoming film "Lion."

Chloe Sevigny: It 'maybe hurt' my career
Chloe Sevigny doesn't want it to sound like she's "complaining" but the actress admits that being labeled an indie actress has kept her from more mainstream roles.

Natalie Portman humanizes former first lady in flawed 'Jackie'
Movie biographies always wrestle with the balance between finding the essence of the subject and replicating his or her look and manner. Natalie Portman devotes so much energy to the latter as to partially sacrifice the former in "Jackie," an intriguing look at Jacqueline Kennedy in the wake of her husband's assassination that plays more like a series of monologues than a wholly realized movie.

What's on Netflix, Amazon, Hulu in December
Tis the season to stay in and enjoy some streaming entertainment.

Leah Remini takes on Scientology in A&E series
Beyond the usual producers and editors, it clearly required a legion of lawyers to get "Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath" on the air. That explains the disclaimer that runs during each act break of this A&E series, in which the former "King of Queens" star details abusive practices with help from other former church members.

'Gilmore Girls' follows TV's nostalgia wave to Netflix
Did anyone really need a "Gilmore Girls" revival? No more so than an updated "Full House," which doesn't mean the practice isn't smart business-wise for Netflix -- not just tapping into nostalgia, but offering fans an excuse to revisit old episodes.

Syfy's 'Incorporated' imagines future ravaged by climate change
Politics is often too cavalierly connected to entertainment choices, but a show about a dystopian future ravaged by climate change -- produced by Ben Affleck and Matt Damon -- probably invites more scrutiny on that score than most.

'Manchester by the Sea' sails along as a melancholy gem
Kenneth Lonergan has earned a reputation for finely drawn character studies, and the writer-director outdoes himself with "Manchester by the Sea." Featuring Casey Affleck in an Oscar-caliber performance, it's a deeply affecting little gem of a film, which should gently sweep filmgoers up in its melancholy tides.

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

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NFL: Rams extend contract of head coach Fisher
(The Sports Xchange) - Despite being mired in another losing season, the Los Angeles Rams have handed head coach Jeff Fisher a contract extension. The deal was agreed to in the preseason and signed during the season, according to NFL Networks Ian Rapoport and confirmed by ESPN. In his first four seasons with the Rams, the 58-year-old Fisher led the team to records of 7-8-1, 7-9, 6-10, and 7-9.

Golf: Stone cruises to comfortable Alfred Dunhill Championship win
Brandon Stone claimed a second European Tour victory as he ran away from the field for a seven-stroke triumph at the Alfred Dunhill Championship at the Leopard Creek Country Club on Sunday. Four birdies in five holes from 10th strengthened his grip on the leaderboard and saw him move away from the chasing pack to add to the South African Open title he won in January. Fellow South African Richard Sterne was second after a final round 67 with Belgian Thomas Detry a further two shots back in third place.

Golf-European Tour Dunhill Championship scores
Dec 4 (Gracenote) - Scores from the European Tour Dunhill Championship at the par-72 course on Sunday in Malelane -22 Brandon Stone (South Africa) 67 66 66 67 -15 Richard Sterne (South Africa) 68 70 68 67 -13 Thomas Detry (Belgium) 69 71 67 68 -12 Graeme Storm (Britain) 73 67 68 68 Thomas Aiken (South Africa) 69 67 71 69 Scott Jamieson (Britain) 67 71 69 69 Carlos Pigem (Spain) 68 69 70 69 Charl Schwartzel (South Africa) 66 68 68 74 Benjamin Hebert (France) 70 66 68 72 -11 Bryce Easton (South Africa) 70 69 67 71 -10 Keith Horne (South Africa) 69 66 67 76 Chris Hanson (Britain) 69 65 68 76 ...

American Varner's breakthrough win in Australian PGA
American Harold Varner III claimed his first professional victory at the Australian PGA Championship Sunday on the Gold Coast by two strokes. Varner, 26, who lost in a three-way play-off in last years event, fired rounds of 65, 72, 67 and 65 for 19-under 269. Varner came closest to winning his first top-level pro event when runner-up after a three-way playoff with Dylan Frittelli and eventual 2015 champion Nathan Holman a year ago.

Warriors bounce back to rout Suns 138-109
Stephen Curry finished with 31 points as the Golden State Warriors extended their league record streak of games without consecutive defeats with a dominating 138-109 win over the Phoenix Suns. The Warriors have now gone 106 games without back-to-back losses as they rebounded Saturday from a 132-127 double overtime defeat two night earlier to the Houston Rockets. The Warriors shot a season-high 62.8 percent from the field against the Suns, just shy of their franchise record of 63.6 percent.

Thomas takes charge as Celtics topple 76ers
Isaiah Thomas scored the go-ahead layup with 30 seconds left as the Boston Celtics defeated the Philadelphia 76ers 107-106. Thomas finished with 37 points to match his season high and fell one point short of his career high as Boston won for the third time in four games and the sixth time in eight. "I just love the fourth quarter," Thomas said.

American Varner shoots 65 to clinch Australian PGA
Big-hitting American Harold Varner III bagged nine birdies in a sizzling final round 65 to win the Australian PGA Championship by two strokes from overnight leader Andrew Dodt on the Gold Coast on Sunday. Varner, who missed out on the title after a playoff last year, rode some brilliant iron work in blustery conditions at Royal Pines to become the first non-Australian to win the title since New Zealander Greg Turner in 1999. The 26-year-old, who last year became the first African-American to earn his U.S. PGA Tour card through the feeder Web.com circuit, is also the first winner from the United States since Hale Irwin in 1978.

Warriors' Green slams NBA for flagrant foul call
(Reuters) - Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green slammed the NBA on Saturday for its officiating, two days after he was penalized for a flagrant foul that led to his team losing to the Houston Rockets. Green was given a flagrant foul late in the game against the Rockets when his flailing leg connected with the head of James Harden during a shot attempt.Houston earned two points and possession of the ball in their 132-127 double overtime win over the Warriors, who had their 12-game winning streak snapped.The play was the latest for Green who has been repeatedly penalized for his frequent high kicks."I just laugh at it," Green told the Mercury News.

Colts' Luck set to return after clearing concussion protocol
(Reuters) - Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck has cleared the NFLs concussion protocol and is set to return on Monday against the New York Jets. Lucks concussion caused him to miss his teams Thanksgiving Day contest against the Pittsburgh Steelers, which the Colts lost 28-7.

Raptors pummel Hawks, extend win streak to six games
DeMar DeRozan and Kyle Lowry combined for 38 points as the Toronto Raptors routed the Atlanta Hawks 128-84 on Saturday to stretch their winning streak to a season-best six games. Lowry also had eight assists and Patrick Patterson tallied 17 points for Toronto who moved into a tie with Cleveland for first place in the NBAs Eastern Conference. It was the sixth loss in a row for the Hawks (10-11), who also have dropped nine of their last 10 games.

Pats officially rule Gronkowski out for rest of season
New Englands star tight end Rob Gronkowski will miss the remainder of the NFL season the Patriots confirmed, one day after he had surgery to repair a herniated disk in his back. The Patriots had said Thursday they would wait to see the results of the surgery before making a final decision on whether Gronkowski might return. There was a slight possibility Gronkowski could be ready for the Super Bowl if the 9-2 Patriots made it to the championship game.

Golf: Seven is the charm for leader Matsuyama in the Bahamas
(Reuters) - Seven has been a magic number for Japan's Hideki Matsuyama in recent weeks and it was no different at the Hero World Challenge in the Bahamas in Saturday's third round. World number six Matsuyama has been a winner three times in his last four starts worldwide, and on two of those occasions he triumphed by seven strokes to establish himself as the hottest player in the game. With typical humility, Matsuyama said his sizzling form owed a great deal to the help of fellow PGA Tour player and compatriot Hiroshi Iwata, along with a slice or two of good fortune.

Patriots tight end Gronkowski out for season
(The Sports Xchange) - Tight end Rob Gronkowskis season is over after the New England Patriots placed him on injured reserve on Saturday one day after he underwent surgery in Los Angeles to repair a herniated disk in his back. New England (9-2), which currently has the inside track on the No. 1 playoff seed in the AFC, had announced on Thursday that it would wait to receive the results of the surgery before making a final determination on Gronkowskis status. Initial estimates prior to the procedure listed a recovery timetable of two months, leaving open the slight possibility of Gronkowski being available should the Patriots advance to the Super Bowl.

Golf: Woods starts fast again, struggles at finish in Hero event
(Reuters) - For a third day in a row, Tiger Woods treated his fans to a rousing start in his much anticipated return to competition but lost momentum over the closing stretch at the Hero World Challenge in the Bahamas on Saturday. Woods, who had been sidelined for nearly 16 months due to back-related issues, birdied six of the first 11 holes while briefly closing to within two shots of the lead before bogeying 13 and 14, and ending the third round with a double bogey. The 40-year-old Woods, the prime focus of attention in the 18-man event which he hosts at the Albany course on the island of New Providence, signed for a two-under 70 that put him a distant 11 behind runaway leader Hideki Matsuyama of Japan (65).

Matsuyama soars to Challenge lead on eagle wings
Hideki Matsuyama, seeking his fourth title in the past two months, fired a seven-under par 65 Saturday to seize a seven-stroke lead after the third round of the Hero World Challenge. "The eagle at seven was huge," Matsuyama said. Matusyama stood on 19-under par 197 after 54 holes at the 18-player invitational event hosted by Tiger Woods, who is making his comeback this week after a 16-month back injury layoff.

Tiger 'not quite there' but still eyes major record
Tiger Woods sees daily progress in his return from a 16-month back injury layoff and hinted Saturday he is still chasing the record 18 majors won by Jack Nicklaus. Woods, a 14-time major champion, sizzled early for the third consecutive round but fizzled late in firing a two-under-par 70 at his comeback event, the Hero World Challenge hosted by his charity foundation. The great thing is Im building and each day Ive gotten a little bit stronger," said Woods, who admits tiring on late holes.

Warriors coach Kerr says marijuana could ease pain
Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr says marijuana didnt help his chronic back pain, but he still thinks pro sports leagues must eventually reconsider their opposition to the drug. Kerr told CSN Bay Area that he experimented with marijuana a "few times" to help him cope with pain. Medicinal marijuana use has been legalized by the state of California, although its still illegal under US federal law and against the rules for players in the NBA, NFL and Major League Baseball.

Warriors coach: marijuana may be better option than painkillers
(The Sports Xchange) - Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr said he smoked marijuana to treat the pain as he recovered from two back operations and believes it may be a better option for professional athletes than some painkillers. Kerr told CSN Bay Area on Friday that he experimented with the drug a "few times" to help him overcome the chronic back pain over the last two seasons. "I guess maybe I can even get in some trouble for this, but Ive actually tried it twice during the last year and a half, when Ive been going through this chronic pain that Ive been dealing with," Kerr said on The Warriors Insider Podcast.

Golf: Solid Stone extends Alfred Dunhill Championship lead
(Reuters) - Brandon Stone edged closer to a second European Tour title with a fine 66 in the third round of the Alfred Dunhill Championship on Saturday to lead by three shots at Leopard Creek Country Club. The 23-year-old South African moved to 17 under par for the tournament, ahead of compatriots Keith Horne (67) and Charl Schwartzel (68), and England's Chris Hanson (68), who were tied second on 14 under par. Stone, who represented South Africa at the Rio de Janeiro Olympic Games this year after a number of higher-ranked players withdrew, is looking to add to his BMW Open title won in January.

'Honeymoon over' as Bulls hand Cavs third straight defeat
Dwyane Wade and the Chicago Bulls handed the Cleveland Cavaliers a third straight defeat, and superstar LeBron James said it should serve as a wakeup call to the defending NBA champions. "It's a new season and everyone is gunning for us every night," James told reporters after his Cavs fell 111-105. "The honeymoon stage is over," James added.

Lowry leads Raptors past Lakers for fifth straight win
Kyle Lowry and DeMar DeRozan combined for 40 points on Friday as the Raptors clobbered the Los Angeles Lakers 113-80 in Toronto to stretch their NBA winning streak to five games. Lowry finished with 24 points and seven assists while DeRozan tallied 16 points and six assists in a wire-to-wire victory for the Raptors, who didn't allow the Lakers to get within 17 points in the final quarter.

Dodt maintains advantage at Australian PGA
Andrew Dodt will tee off with a two-shot shot lead for the third day in a row in the final round of the Australian PGA Championship after a two-under-par 70 kept him on top of the leaderboard on Saturday. Adam Scott looked like reining in his fellow Australian when he eagled the ninth and set off on a back nine which he tore up on Friday, but the world number seven found the water twice and ended up with a 70 and a share of fourth. Dodts mixture of five birdies and three bogeys on a windy day at Royal Pines left him on 14-under for the tournament, two clear of popular American Harold Varner III and Ashley Hall with Scott and John Senden (68) a further two shots back on 10-under.

Golf-European Tour Australian PGA Championship scores
Dec 3 (Gracenote) - Scores from the European Tour Australian PGA Championship at the par-72 course on Friday in Gold Coast, QLD -14 Andrew Dodt (Australia) 65 67 70 -12 Harold Varner III (U.S.) 65 72 67 Ashley Hall (Australia) 65 69 70 -10 Adam Scott (Australia) 68 68 70 John Senden (Australia) 70 68 68 -7 Ryan Fox (New Zealand) 67 69 73 -6 Julian Suri (U.S. ...

Clippers down Pelicans in follow-up to big win over Cavs
The Los Angeles Clippers finished a potentially disastrous NBA road trip on a strong note, following up their impressive upset of the Cleveland Cavaliers with a 114-96 victory over the Pelicans in New Orleans. "It was average, it was OK," Clippers head coach Doc Rivers said of the six-game road swing that yielded three victories. "Obviously, we won three games, we went .500," Rivers said.

James makes good on wager, wears Cubs kit to Bulls game
Cleveland star LeBron James made good on a World Series wager Friday, sporting a full Chicago Cubs baseball uniform upon arriving for the Cavaliers Friday NBA game at the Chicago Bulls. In a bet with friend and former teammate Dwyane Wade, now with the Bulls, James agreed that he would turn out in the Cubs kit if the Chicago team beat the Cleveland Indians in baseballs championship showcase this year. The Cubs did indeed end their epic title drought, battling back from a 3-1 series deficit to do so.

Foot surgery could sideline Pujols through MLB Opening Day
Los Angeles Angels slugger Albert Pujols has had surgery on his right foot and will be in a race to recover in time for his teams 2017 Major League Baseball season-opener on April 3. "I would imagine hes frustrated and I can sympathize with that frustration," Angels general manager Billy Eppler told the Los Angeles Times.

Matsuyama matches US Open champ for Challenge lead
Japans Hideki Matsuyama, making the most of a hot putter, shot a five-under par 67 Friday to match US Open champion Dustin Johnson for the lead at the Hero World Challenge. Sixth-ranked Matsuyama, coming off three Asian triumphs in the past six weeks, moved level with the third-ranked American on 12-under 132 through 36 holes at the 18-man invitational event at the Albany resort. "Im very happy with my round," Matsuyama said.

Golf-Tiger roars back with bogey-free 65 in the Bahamas
(Reuters) - Tiger Woods, in his second round of competitive golf since returning from a chronic back injury that kept him out for almost 16 months, shot a flawless seven-under 65 at the Hero World Challenge in the Bahamas on Friday. Fourteen-times major winner Woods, who teed off alone after partner Justin Rose of Britain pulled out of the 18-man tournament with a bad back, was three-under on the front nine and four-under on the homeward stretch. After a rollercoaster opening round, Woods displayed the type of focus and form that once made him the dominant player of his generation in his second tour of the Albany course.

Tiger roars with bogey-free 65 in second comeback round
Tiger Woods evoked memories of his glory days by firing a bogey-free seven-under-par 65 Friday at the Hero World Challenge in his second round after a 16-month back surgery layoff. Former world number one Woods, a 14-time major champion, shot his best sub-par round since a 10-under 62 in the second round of the 2013 edition of the elite 18-player event that benefits his charity foundation. "It was very important for me," Woods said.

MLB changes World Series home-field format rules
(Reuters) - Home field advantage in the World Series will go to the pennant winner with the better record rather than the league that wins the All-Star Game, according to details of Major League Baseballs new labor agreement revealed on Friday. MLB averted its first labor glitch in two decades on Wednesday when it reached a tentative five-year labor deal with the union representing its players. Former MLB Commissioner Bud Selig came up with the old rule in 2003 after the prior years All-Star Game ended in a tie when teams ran out of pitchers.

Outrage after killer of former NFL player McKnight is released
Friends and ex-teammates of slain former New York Jets player Joe McKnight expressed outrage Friday after the gunman involved in the killing was released without charge by police in Louisiana less than 24 hours after the slaying. Ronald Gasser, 54, was freed by police early Friday after being questioned following the shooting death of McKnight. Newell Normand, the Jefferson Parish Sheriff, told a media briefing Gasser had admitted to shooting McKnight during what was described as a road-rage incident.

Suspect released in Louisiana shooting death of ex-NFL player
The suspect, 54-year-old Ronald Gasser, was taken into custody after Thursday's shooting around 3 p.m. local time in Terrytown. McKnight, 28, was pronounced dead at the scene, suffering from "multiple gunshot wounds," Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Department said in a statement on Thursday. McKnight played for the New York Jets and Kansas City Chiefs.

Texas prosecutor may drop assault charge under deal with Manziel
By Lisa Maria Garza DALLAS (Reuters) - Former Cleveland Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel has agreed to take an anger management course and be treated for substance abuse under a deal that could lead to the dismissal of a charge that he assaulted his ex-girlfriend earlier this year. Under the agreement with the Dallas district attorneys office, Manziel must complete the course and enroll in either the NFLs substance abuse program or a court-approved rehabilitation facility, court records show. Manziel, a star player at Texas A&M University before he entered the National Football League, was charged with a misdemeanor after Crowley accused him of hitting, kidnapping and threatening to kill her during an incident in January.

Stone eagles last to lead at Leopard Creek
(Reuters) - Branden Stone ended with an eagle three on the last hole for a six-under par 66 to take a one-stroke lead after two rounds of the Alfred Dunhill Championship on Friday. Stone finished just ahead of South African compatriot Charl Schwartzel and Englishman Chris Hanson, who hit eight birdies in a blistering 65. Schwartzel continued his dominance of the Leopard Creek Country Club course as he bids for a fifth title.

Tourists came to Cuba for fun but got Castro funeral instead
By Daniel Trotta HAVANA (Reuters) - They came to Cuba for an education, plus some fun and games, but got a state funeral instead. Some of the Americans touring Cuba when Fidel Castro died on Friday at age 90 feared there might be civil unrest and a major security operation. U.S. law still bans trips strictly for pleasure to Cuba but allows educational "people-to-people" visits.

Dead-eye Dodt bosses the tees to retain Australian PGA lead
Overnight leader Andrew Dodt shot a five-under-par 67 to retain his two-stroke advantage after the second round of the Australian PGA Championship on Friday as Adam Scott stayed in touch to seize a share of third. Leading the field after an opening round 65, Dodt picked up three shots on the front nine and another three on the way home but three-putted the last for a bogey to leave him on 12-under for the tournament at the Royal Pines course on the Gold Coast. Fellow Australian Ashley Hall, who lost out to Jordan Spieth in a playoff at the Australian Open two weeks ago, was in second place after completing the last seven holes of his opening round for a 65 and adding a six-birdie 69 for his second round.

Woods' swing 'ineffective', says ex PGA Tour winner Chamblee
(Reuters) - Tiger Woods might have earned plaudits from some with his return to competition at the Hero World Challenge on Thursday, but one former player was unimpressed with the 14-time major winners swing. Brandel Chamblee was scathing in his assessment of Woods swing, predicting that the former world number one will continue to struggle unless he tweaks his swing. Refusing to cut Woods much slack after a 15-month-plus injury-enforced break, former PGA Tour winner Chamblee said "rust" was the wrong word to use.

Cowboys blunt Viking's late rally to win 11th straight
The Dallas Cowboys equalled the franchises longest win streak Thursday night as they held off a frantic last minute Minnesota rally to beat the Vikings 17-15 at US Bank Stadium. Dallas won its 11th consecutive game this season as they prevented Minnesota quarterback Sam Bradford from scoring the potential game-tying two point conversion with 30 seconds left. The Cowboys can become the first NFL team to clinch a postseason spot with a loss or a tie by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers or a loss by the Washington Redskins this weekend.

Rockets down streaking Warriors in double overtime
The Houston Rockets shot down streaking Golden State, ending the Warriors 12-game NBA winning streak with a 132-127 double-overtime triumph. Rockets guard James Harden posted his fourth triple-double of the season, scoring 29 points with 15 rebounds and 13 assists. Harden connected on a three-pointer to put the Rockets up 126-123 with 3:12 remaining in the second overtime and added two free throws with 2:10 left.

Golf-Woods' swing 'ineffective', says ex PGA Tour winner Chamblee
Tiger Woods might have earned plaudits from some with his return to competition at the Hero World Challenge on Thursday, but one former player was unimpressed with the 14-time major winner's swing. Brandel Chamblee was scathing in his assessment of Woods' swing, predicting that the former world number one will continue to struggle unless he tweaks his swing. Refusing to cut Woods much slack after a 15-month-plus injury-enforced break, former PGA Tour winner Chamblee said "rust" was the wrong word to use.