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Photo of Tsarnaev giving middle finger in cell shown at trial
During a dramatic first day of the penalty phase in the trial of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, federal prosecutors showed the jury an image of the convicted Boston Marathon bomber giving the middle finger to a security camera at the courthouse.

The NRA's brazen shell game with donations: A Yahoo News investigation
The organization may be violating several federal election laws, according to experts.

Justice Dept. opens Baltimore police probe; hundreds protest
BALTIMORE (AP) — The Justice Department said Tuesday it has opened a civil rights investigation into the death of Freddie Gray, a black man who suffered a fatal spinal-cord injury under mysterious circumstances after he was handcuffed and put in the back of a police van.

Obama attorney general nominee heads for vote after 5 months
WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate leaders announced a deal Tuesday to move forward on a stalled human trafficking bill, clearing the way for a vote on President Barack Obamas attorney general nominee within days.

Court sentences ousted Egypt president to 20 years in prison
CAIRO (AP) — Egypts ousted Islamist president, Mohammed Morsi, was convicted of using force against protesters and sentenced to 20 years in prison on Tuesday, the first verdict against him since he was removed by the military nearly two years ago.

DEA chief to step down, Congress probes sex party leaks
By Mark Hosenball WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administrations chief will step down within weeks, the Obama administration said on Tuesday, as a congressional panel planned to examine whether DEA agents divulged secrets at sex parties that Colombian drug lords may have staged. Michele Leonhart will leave as DEA administrator in mid-May, said a statement from the Justice Department, which contains the DEA and other major law enforcement agencies. "I want to express my appreciation to Michele, not only for her leadership of the DEA since 2007, but also for her 35 years of extraordinary service to the DEA," Attorney General Eric Holder said in the statement.

Boston bombing victims recall day of pain, chaos, grief
By Scott Malone BOSTON (Reuters) - Celeste Corcoran was hurled into the air by a bomb at the Boston Marathon finish line two years ago. Gillian Reny saw blood gushing from her legs and wondered if she would survive. William Campbell waited hours for his daughter to emerge from surgery only to learn she had been killed by the blasts. Prosecutors on Tuesday began their case to sentence convicted bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev to death with an emotional gut-punch to the jury as survivors described the toll of the April 15, 2013, attack that killed three people and injured 264.

Posh Beverly Hills considers empty pools, $1,000 fines amid drought
By Dan Whitcomb LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Beverly Hills, the southern California city whose name evokes Hollywood-tinged glamour and luxury, is considering banning the refilling of swimming pools and fining residents $1,000 for water violations. Faced with an order from the governor to cut water use dramatically as the state reels from a three-year drought, city council members were expected to meet most of Tuesday afternoon before voting on which restrictions to impose on their well-heeled residents. Beverly Hills is one of the nations most affluent cities, with palm tree-lined avenues and mansions surrounded by emerald-green lawns, fountains and pools. Californias upscale communities have been criticized for using more water than working-class cities and towns as the state grapples with a devastating drought that has already forced tough new conservation measures and badly depleted reservoirs.

Blue Bell says it's still trying to pinpoint listeria cause
HOUSTON (AP) — A massive recall has brought more attention and put more pressure on a century-old Texas ice cream company that has been searching to discover how its products became linked to a deadly string of listeria cases.

Where the 2016 presidential candidates stand on marijuana
It’s April 20th or 4/20, a day when marijuana enthusiasts gather, legally or otherwise, to celebrate the joys of smoking pot.

Clinton defends family foundation from charges of favoritism
Hillary Clinton dismissed questions about her family foundation as political attacks.

U.S. warship sent to block Iran weapons off Yemen
U.S. Navy officials say the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt is steaming toward the waters off Yemen and will join other American ships prepared to intercept any Iranian vessels carrying weapons to the Houthi rebels fighting in Yemen.

Inside the big business of little presidential campaign souvenirs
Heading back to Washington from Las Vegas just days after announcing his presidential candidacy, Sen. Rand Paul (R.-Ky.) huddled with some of his top advisers aboard a Southwest Airlines flight. The candidate had to make a spot decision. It wasn’t a burning policy question, delicate staffing change or coveted endorsement that engrossed him that day but the kind of choice unique to modern presidential campaigns. Poring over an iPad that an aide had handed to him, Paul chuckled and gave the green light.

Boston Marathon winner wins by four seconds
The 2015 Boston Marathon ran under wet but exultant conditions.

Minnesota men charged with trying to join Islamic militants
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — When Guled Ali Omar made up his mind to join the Islamic State group, authorities said, he wasnt easily deterred.

EU foreign ministers to meet after latest migrant tragedy
MILAN (AP) — Rescue crews searched Monday for survivors and bodies from what could be the Mediterraneans deadliest migrant tragedy ever as hundreds more migrants took to the sea undeterred and European Union leaders said they would hold an emergency summit Thursday to address the crisis.

African marathoners tops at Boston two years after bombing
By Scott Malone and Richard Valdmanis BOSTON (Reuters) - Ethiopian runner Lelisa Desisa finished first in the Boston Marathon on Monday, reclaiming the top spot in a race he last won two years ago when it was struck by a deadly bombing attack. Caroline Rotich of Kenya led the womens field, affirming African athletes dominance at the race. "Strong Boston!" Desisa shouted after he crossed the finish line, in a version of the "Boston Strong" motto that became the citys rallying cry after the April 15, 2013, attack that killed three and injured 264. Security was high near the start line in Hopkinton, along the 26.2 mile (42.16 km) course and around the finish line in Boston, in recognition of the bombing, one of the most visible attacks on U.S. soil since Sept. 11, 2001.

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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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Netflix to stream 'Full House' reunion, spinoff
So, you'd like a 'Full House' reunion and spinoff? You got it, dude!

'Batman v. Superman,' with West, Reeve

'The Americans' hurtles to a finale

Grandmother: Bobbi Kristina Brown's brain damage 'irreversible'

Roseanne Barr reveals she's going blind
Roseanne Barr has revealed that she is slowly going blind. In an interview with The Daily Beast, Barr said she suffers from macular degeneration and glaucoma.

AC/DC drummer pleads guilty
Phil Rudd, the drummer for legendary hard rock band AC/DC, has pleaded guilty to charges of threatening to kill and possession of drugs in a New Zealand court.

Details of 'Star Wars: Rogue One' revealed

Justin Timberlake shares first photo of son Silas

New looks at 'Fantastic Four,' 'Jurassic World'

2015 ACM Awards: Best and worst moments

Ringo Starr, Green Day, Joan Jett in Hall of Fame

Sofia Vergara reportedly sued over frozen embryos
She's one of the hottest and most successful Latinas in Hollywood, but now Sofia Vergara is playing defense in a legal battle initiated by her ex-fiance: He wants to keep the two frozen embryos from their relationship, both female.

'Gone With The Wind' dress sold for $137,000

Joss Whedon faces 'Cabin in the Woods' lawsuit

Letterman announces final 'Late Show' guests

From pot culture to pop culture
CNN's Lisa France looks at the role marijuana has played in pop culture. From music to movies, pot culture has had a prominent place in pop culture in America.

Sofia Vergara sued over frozen embryos
Actress Sofia Vergara is being sued by her ex-fiance to prevent her from destroying their frozen embryos. CNN's Rafael Romo reports.

Hear Sandra Bullock's 911 stalker call
Actress Sandra Bullock's frantic 911 call to police regarding an intruder in her home was played in court.

Meet the swingers next door
A new reality show called "Neighbors With Benefits" looks at a neighborhood of swingers -- and it's just as awkward as it sounds, CNN's Lisa France says.

Scientology documentary: Fact or fiction?
In HBO's documentary film "Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief," former Scientology members talk about the inner workings of the church. But the church calls "Going Clear" propaganda. CNN's Stephanie Elam takes a look.

Best moments from Justin Bieber's roast
"Comedy Central Roast of Justin Bieber" featured Kevin Hart, Jeff Ross, Natasha Leggero, Pete Davidson, Martha Stewart, Shaquille O'Neal, Snoop Dogg and Ludacris.

Biracial beauty queen called not Japanese enough
Ariana Miyamoto, Japan's biracial Miss Universe contestant, is receiving criticism from some for not being Japanese enough. CNN's Will Ripley reports.

Best jaw-dropping Kanye West moments
21-time Grammy Award winner Kanye West has been in the spotlight for some controversial moments. Here is a look back at some of his most memorable comments.

Will Ferrell: In a league of his own
Will Ferrell traveled by helicopter to five different stadiums and played for 10 different MLB teams in 1 day

'Good Times' actor Ben Powers dies at 64
Ben Powers, who played Thelma's (BernNadette Stanis) husband Keith Anderson on the final season of the classic CBS sitcom "Good Times," has died. He was 64.

'Just Got Paid' singer Johnny Kemp dies
Bahamian R&B singer Johnny Kemp, best known for the 1988 party anthem "Just Got Paid," died this week in Jamaica.

'Anne of Green Gables' star dies
Canadian actor Jonathan Crombie, best known for playing Gilbert Blythe in the "Anne of Green Gables" TV movies, died this week at age 48.

R&B singer Percy Sledge dies at 73

'L.A. Law' star dies at 86
Richard Dysart, the award-winning stage actor who gained fame playing law firm leader Leland McKenzie on "L.A. Law," has died. He was 86.

Eastwood co-star Geoffrey Lewis dies

Actor James Best dies at 88

Acclaimed satirist Stan Freberg dies
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OTTAWA - Colin Greening scored 7:39 into double overtime, and the Ottawa Senators rallied for a 2-1 victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins that cut their series deficit to 2-1 on Sunday night.

Trump's Turnberry to undergo major changes for future Opens
By Andrew Both TURNBERRY, Scotland (Reuters) - The Ailsa course at Turnberry, which has hosted four British Opens, will undergo major changes when it closes at the end of September. The magnificent views over the Firth of Clyde will look the same, but the course will be radically different, with all but a handful of holes altered when it reopens next summer. The changes were revealed on Tuesday at a news conference at Trump Turnberry hosted by course owner Donald Trump’s son, Eric. Turnberry has a small but storied history as an Open venue, fist hosting the famous “Duel in the Sun” in which Tom Watson beat fellow American Jack Nicklaus in 1977.

Butler takes charge as Chicago Bulls down Milwaukee Bucks
Jimmy Butler scored a playoff career high of 31 points as the Chicago Bulls took a 2-0 first round playoff series lead with a 91-82 win over the Milwaukee Bucks on Monday. Butler scored 14 of his game high points in the fourth quarter for the Bulls, who maintained home court advantage in the best-of-seven Eastern Conference series. "So far so good," Bulls Pau Gasol said. Bulls guard Derrick Rose added 15 points and nine assists after being held scoreless in the first half.

Tebow signs contract with NFL's Philadelphia Eagles
Tim Tebow, who hasnt played in the National Football League for more than two years, signed a one-year contract with the Philadelphia Eagles, the NFL team announced. With the start of the NFL regular season still over four months away, Tebow becomes one of five quarterbacks on the Eagles roster, joining Sam Bradford, Mark Sanchez, Matt Barkley and G.J. Kinne.

Doug Buffone, longtime linebacker for NFL's Chicago Bears, dies
(Reuters) - Doug Buffone, a linebacker who played 14 seasons for the National Football League's Chicago Bears before retiring in 1980 as the franchise's all-time leader in games played, died on Monday at the age of 70, the team said. Buffone, a fourth-round draft pick whose 24 interceptions remain the most in club history for a linebacker, was found dead in his Chicago home, the coroner's office said. "Today is a sad day for Bears nation," former Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher posted on Twitter. Doug Buffone will be missed." Buffone played in 186 games for the Bears, making 1,257 tackles and going over the 100-tackle mark in seven seasons.

Fenerbahce reach Euroleague Final Four, CSKA held
By Zoran Milosavljevic BELGRADE (Reuters) - Fenerbahce Istanbul became the first team to qualify for the Euroleague Final Four as a 75-74 overtime win at Maccabi Tel Aviv on Monday completed a 3-0 sweep of the holders in the best-of-five quarter-final series. In the other two quarter-finals, Real Madrid are 2-0 ahead of Anadolu Efes Istanbul while Barcelona and Olympiakos Piraeus are tied at 1-1 in the race to reach the May 15-17 Madrid event. Fenerbahce playmaker Andrew Goudelock spun away from his markers and netted a lay-up with his weaker left hand with nine seconds remaining to settle a thrilling rollercoaster contest.

Oklahoma teen faces life term for killing Australian man out of 'boredom'
By Heide Brandes OKLAHOMA CITY (Reuters) - A teenager convicted of fatally shooting an Australian jogger in 2013 out of boredom faces life in prison without the chance of parole after he is sentenced in June, Oklahoma prosecutors said on Monday. Chancey Allen Luna, who was 16 at the time of the crime, was found guilty on Friday of first-degree murder in the drive-by shooting of Christopher Lane, an Australian baseball player who was visiting his girlfriend in Duncan, Oklahoma, when he was shot in the back. Lane’s killing garnered wide attention after Duncan police said the boys said they shot Lane because "they were bored." "I no longer have ... a zest for life because one of my kids is missing,” Lane’s mother, Donna Lane, said in a victim-impact statement to the judge on Friday. The driver of the vehicle, Michael DeWayne Jones, now 19, pleaded guilty in March to second-degree murder.

Braves pitcher McKirahan banned for 80 games
Atlanta Braves pitcher Andrew McKirahan has been handed an 80-game ban for violating Major League Baseballs drug policy. McKirahan, who is in his first season in the majors, tested positive for Ipamorelin, a performance-enhancing substance. Unlike certain other players, who were suspended earlier this month, McKirahan is accepting his ban without any excuses and is asking fans for forgiveness. McKirahan, who was claimed off waivers from the Florida Marlins in early April, also apologized to the Braves.

Raptors' Williams wins NBA's Sixth Man Award
(Reuters) - Toronto Raptors guard Lou Williams was named winner of the National Basketball Associations award for best player in a reserve role, the league said on Monday. Williams, playing in his 10th NBA season and first with the Raptors, won the Sixth Man Award after averaging a career-high 15.5 points per game in helping Toronto win a franchise-record 49 games during the 2014-15 campaign. He led or tied for the Raptors in scoring 18 times, second most in the league for a reserve. Isaiah Thomas of the Boston Celtics finished a distant second with 324 points and two-time winner Jamal Crawford of the Los Angeles Clippers was third with 131 points.

Braves pitcher banned 80 games for failed drug test
(Reuters) - Atlanta Braves reliever Andrew McKirahan has been suspended for 80 games after failing a drug test, Major League Baseball said on Monday. The 25-year-old left-handed pitcher tested positive for Ipamorelin, a performance-enhancing substance, in violation of Major League Baseball’s Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program. McKirahan, who was selected by the Chicago Cubs in the 21st round of the 2011 amateur draft, appeared in three games for Atlanta this season and compiled a 4.15 earned run average in 4-1/3 innings. "We are disappointed in the decision Andrew made," Braves president of baseball operations John Hart said.

Watson and Faldo to play final British Open at St Andrews
Golfing greats Tom Watson and Nick Faldo are both set to make their final British Open appearance at this years edition of the sports oldest major at St Andrews, it was announced Monday. Watson, a five-times British Open champion who came within a whisker of winning a sixth title at the age of 59 in 2009 before losing a play-off at Turnberry, has been granted a special exemption from organisers the Royal and Ancient to play in this years edition of a tournament first staged in 1860. The Americans appearance at the home of golf in July come 40 years after he won his first British Open title at Carnoustie, another Scottish course. For Faldo, Britains most successful golfer with six major titles to his name, the 2015 British Open also signals an anniversary as it will be 25 years since he won the second of his three Open titles on the celebrated Old Course at St Andrews, the R&As base.

Faldo to join Watson in British Open farewell
By Tony Jimenez LONDON (Reuters) - Six-times major champion Nick Faldo will play his last British Open when it returns to St Andrews this year, the 25th anniversary of his victory at the Old Course. "The Open and St Andrews will forever hold a significant place in my heart," the 57-year-old Briton said in a news release on Monday. I am grateful for it all and grateful to golf." Faldo won the Open at St Andrews in 1990 and at Muirfield in 1987 and 1992. "Nick Faldo is an inspirational figure in British golf and has enjoyed a remarkable career in the Open," said Peter Dawson, chief executive of championship organizers the Royal and Ancient.

Golf-Faldo to join Watson in British Open farewell
By Tony Jimenez LONDON, April 20 (Reuters) - Six-times major champion Nick Faldo will play his last British Open when it returns to St Andrews this year, the 25th anniversary of his victory at the Old Course. "The Open and St Andrews will forever hold a significant place in my heart," the 57-year-old Briton said in a news release on Monday. I am grateful for it all and grateful to golf." Faldo won the Open at St Andrews in 1990 and at Muirfield in 1987 and 1992. "Nick Faldo is an inspirational figure in British golf and has enjoyed a remarkable career in the Open," said Peter Dawson, chief executive of championship organisers the Royal and Ancient.

Cavaliers, Clippers cruise to NBA series opening wins
Kyrie Irving made the most of his playoff debut, scoring 30 points as the Cleveland Cavaliers defeated the Boston Celtics 113-100 in the opening game of their first round series. Guard Irving played with the poise of an NBA veteran as he drained his first five shots from beyond the arc. He was backed up by LeBron James 20 points, seven assists and six rebounds and Kevin Loves 19 point and 12 rebound performance as Cleveland took a 1-0 lead in the best-of-seven Eastern Conference series. In other playoff action Sunday, Kyle Korver finished with a game-high 21 points to lift the Atlanta Hawks to a 99-92 win over the Brooklyn Nets in game one of their East series.

Tebow in line for surprise return at Philadelphia
(Reuters) - Tim Tebow is set to make a surprise return to the NFL after the quarterback agreed on a one-year deal with the Philadelphia Eagles, the league reported on Sunday. Terms of the contract have yet to be revealed but the 27-year-old Tebow is expected to join a large group of quarterbacks vying for spots on the Philadelphia roster. Tebow has been employed as a television analyst since his last NFL game in 2012 but worked out with the Eagles last month and appears to have made a good impression.

Tebow to sign contract with NFL's Philadelphia Eagles: media
Tim Tebow, who hasnt played in the National Football League for more than two years, is expected to sign a one-year contract with the Philadelphia Eagles, US media reported on Sunday. Tebow would become one of five quarterbacks on the Eagles roster, joining Sam Bradford, Mark Sanchez, Matt Barkley and G.J. Kinne. The 27-year-old Tebow worked out with the Eagles last month.

Strike like it's 2011? Low copper prices loom large over wage talks
By Josephine Mason SANTIAGO (Reuters) - When Antofagasta Chief Executive Diego Hernandez took the stage at the worlds biggest copper conference last week, he talked about the growing risks mining companies face from rising worker salaries in South America due to staff shortages and strong unions. What he didnt mention at the CRU copper conference in Santiago was the far graver immediate labor threat that many of his rivals face: the biggest round of contract negotiations since 2011, and likely the most contentious in years as falling copper prices and deep cost cutting programs strain relations between workers and operators.  The copper market seems to be perilously indifferent to the threat posed by this years contract talks at mines including one of the worlds largest, Grasberg in Indonesia, and Antamina, Perus biggest, risking a bullish shock if workers move to strike, analysts said. … But it could be a very tough situation," Juan Carlos Guajardo, executive director of Santiago-based mining consulting firm Plusmining, said.

Soccer idols Zidane and Ronaldo team up in U.N. Ebola fundraiser
By Kieran Guilbert LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Soccer idols Zinedine Zidane and Ronaldo will lead a star-studded team in a friendly match on Monday aimed at raising money to help Ebola-hit Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone. The 12th annual Match Against Poverty, organized by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), will be contested in France between French club AS Saint-Étienne and a team of past and present international players. Former France captain Zidane and renowned Brazilian striker Ronaldo, both UNDP Goodwill Ambassadors, will be joined by Ivorian Chelsea striker Didier Drogba, retired Dutch midfielder Clarence Seedorf and ex-Brazilian captain Cafu.

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April 19 (Infostrada Sports) - FedEx Cup rankings 1. (1) Jordan Spieth (U.S.) 2072 2. (2) Jimmy Walker (U.S.) 1680 3. (3) J.B. Holmes (U.S.) 1233 4. (4) Patrick Reed (U.S.) 1173 5. (5) Bubba Watson (U.S.) 1117 6. (6) Dustin Johnson (U.S.) 1106 7. (7) Charley Hoffman (U.S.) 1037 8. (8) Ryan Moore (U.S.) 952 9. (9) Jason Day (Australia) 941 10. (10) Hideki Matsuyama (Japan) 939 11. (13) Brandt Snedeker (U.S.) 934 12. (12) Bae Sang-Moon (South Korea) 929 13. (11) Robert Streb (U.S.) 927 14. (14) Ben Martin (U.S.) 860 15. (15) Brooks Koepka (U.S.) 826 16. (16) Bill Haas (U.S.) 811 17. ...

Veteran Furyk snaps long winless drought
American Jim Furyk birdied the par-three 17th hole to beat Kevin Kisner in a playoff and win the PGA Tours Heritage tournament on Sunday. Furyk, who played in the third to last group, made birdie on both playoff holes after firing a closing round eight under 63 to finish at 18-under-par 266. Though he trailed entering the final round, Furyk had blown nine 54-hole leads since his last win on the PGA Tour at the 2010 Tour Championship. Kisner closed with a seven-under 64 as he birdied the final hole of regulation to force the playoff at the Harbour Town golf course.

Furyk wins RBC Heritage in playoff over Kisner
(Reuters) - Jim Furyk ended a five-year PGA Tour victory drought with a birdie on the second playoff hole to beat fellow American Kevin Kisner for the RBC Heritage title on Sunday in South Carolina. "I really dug deep today and glad I got it done." Furyk, the 2010 winner at Harbour Town Golf Links on Hilton Head Island, fired an eight-under-par 63 for an 18-under total and Kisner used a birdie at the last to complete a 64 and force the sudden death playoff. Both players birdied the first playoff hole, the par-four 18th, and moved on to the par-three 17th.

Golf-Furyk wins RBC Heritage in playoff over Kisner
* Furyk ends victory drought in sudden death * Kisner birdies 72nd hole to force playoff * Masters winner Spieth ties for 11th (Adds details, quotes) April 19 (Reuters) - Jim Furyk ended a five-year PGA Tour victory drought with a birdie on the second playoff hole to beat fellow American Kevin Kisner for the RBC Heritage title on Sunday in South Carolina. "I really dug deep today and glad I got it done." Furyk, the 2010 winner at Harbour Town Golf Links on Hilton Head Island, fired an eight-under-par 63 for an 18-under total and Kisner used a birdie at the last to complete a 64 and force the sudden death playoff. Both players birdied the first playoff hole, the par-four 18th, and moved on to the par-three 17th. Furyk knocked his tee shot to 12 feet, and after Kisner missed his 20-footer for birdie, the 44-year-old tour veteran curled in his downhill putt to claim his 17th career PGA title and first since the 2010 Tour Championship.

Golf-U.S. PGA Tour Heritage Classic scores
April 19 (Infostrada Sports) - Scores from the U.S. PGA Tour Heritage Classic at the par-71 course on Sunday in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina PLAY-OFF 1 Jim Furyk (U.S.) after 2 extra holes 2 Kevin Kisner (U.S.) after 2 extra holes REGULAR ROUNDS -18 Jim Furyk (U.S.) 71 64 68 63 Kevin Kisner (U.S.) 68 67 67 64 -16 Troy Merritt (U.S.) 69 61 69 69 -15 Brendon Todd (U.S.) 73 66 63 67 -14 Matt Kuchar (U.S.) 68 66 68 68 -13 Sean O'Hair (U.S.) 70 67 70 64 -12 Branden Grace (South Africa) 70 67 66 69 Louis Oosthuizen (South Africa) 69 67 69 67 -11 Bo Van Pelt (U.S. ...

Kiradech wins playoff to end Li's teenage dream
Overnight leader Kiradech Aphibarnrat fought back from two shots down with two holes to play Sunday to win the Shenzhen International in a dramatic playoff and end teenager Li Haotongs dream of a maiden European Tour victory. Chinas number one Li, aged just 19 and a four-time winner on the PGA China Tour last year, put in a sparkling closing round of five-under 67 on home soil at Genzon Golf Club to take the clubhouse lead on 12-under par. Second time round the 25-year-old nailed it, screaming with delight and relief after finally adding a second European Tour title to his 2013 Malaysian Open triumph.

Thai Kiradech prevails in playoff to win in Shenzhen
(Reuters) - Big-hitting Thai Kiradech Aphibarnrat eagled the penultimate hole to force a playoff and then prevailed over Chinese teen Li Hao-tong at the Shenzhen International to claim his second European Tour title on Sunday. The 19-year-old Chinese golfer signed off with a five-under-par 67 in his regular round to aggregate 12-under, hoping to be the first from his country to win an European Tour event on home soil. Overnight leader Kiradech, however, had other ideas as the Thai, having dropped four bogeys by then, eagled the 17th to draw level before squandering a putt to win the tournament on the final hole. "Special thanks to my caddie, he was always pushing me," the 25-year-old Kiradech, whose only other European Tour victory came at the 2013 Malaysian Open, said.

Golf-Thai Kiradech prevails in playoff to win in Shenzhen
Big-hitting Thai Kiradech Aphibarnrat eagled the penultimate hole to force a playoff and then prevailed over Chinese teen Li Hao-tong at the Shenzhen International to claim his second European Tour title on Sunday. The 19-year-old Chinese golfer signed off with a five-under-par 67 in his regular round to aggregate 12-under, hoping to be the first from his country to win an European Tour event on home soil. Overnight leader Kiradech, however, had other ideas as the Thai, having dropped four bogeys by then, eagled the 17th to draw level before squandering a putt to win the tournament on the final hole. "Special thanks to my caddie, he was always pushing me," the 25-year-old Kiradech, whose only other European Tour victory came at the 2013 Malaysian Open, said.

Golf-European Tour Shenzhen International scores
April 19 (Infostrada Sports) - Scores from the European Tour Shenzhen International at the par-72 course on Sunday in Shenzhen PLAY-OFF 1 Kiradech Aphibarnrat (Thailand) after 1 2 Li Haotong (China) after 1 REGULAR ROUNDS -12 Kiradech Aphibarnrat (Thailand) 67 69 68 72 Li Haotong (China) 71 73 65 67 -11 Tommy Fleetwood (Britain) 70 69 69 69 -10 Marco Crespi (Italy) 69 70 72 67 Yang Yong-Eun (Korea) 72 71 66 69 Tom Lewis (Britain) 72 71 66 69 Peter Uihlein (U.S. ...

Kim Sei-Young tops Park in playoff for LPGA LOTTE win
Kim Sei Young chipped in for par to force a playoff then holed a shot for eagle to beat Park In-Bee in the LPGA LOTTE Championship. She was joined there by world number three Park, who posted a one-under 71 in the final round.

Warriors hold off Pelicans to launch playoff race
The Golden State Warriors powered to a big lead Saturday, but had to battle late to hold off the New Orleans Pelicans 106-99 in the first game of the NBA Western Conference playoffs. Stephen Curry scored 34 points and the Warriors looked like living up to their status as the top team in the regular-season with a blowout. New Orleans put together a 14-0 scoring run bridging the third and fourth quarters, trimming a 25-point deficit to 11. Curry and Klay Thompson responded for Golden State, draining back-to-back three-pointers to launch a 7-0 run for the hosts.

Kim holes out from fairway to win LOTTE Championship
(Reuters) - LPGA Tour rookie Kim Sei-Young produced a stunning turnaround to win the LOTTE Championship in Hawaii on Saturday, chipping in to force a playoff with Park In-bee before holing out from 150 yards to beat the world number three on the first extra hole. Kim In-kyung (74) was third on nine-under, with Choi Chella (72) and Kim Hyo-joo (69) fourth on 281.

Wizards 'set tone' with win over Raptors
The Washington Wizards, led by a strong performance from Paul Pierce, held off Toronto 93-86 in overtime on the Raptors home floor on Saturday to open the NBA playoffs. The Wizards squandered a lead that stretched to as many as 15 points in the fourth quarter, but allowed the Raptors to score just four points in overtime to seal the victory in the opener of the best-of-seven Eastern Conference first-round series. Elsewhere in the East, a resurgent Derrick Rose scored 23 points to lead the Bulls to a 103-91 victory over the Milwaukee Bucks in Chicago.

Olympic course designer hopes golf wins in Rio Games
By Larry Fine FAR HILLS, New Jersey (Reuters) - Gil Hanse designed the course that will stage the return of golf to the Olympics in 2016 for the first time in 112 years and knows the stakes are high for the sport. "I hate figure skating. "So people who have never watched golf, because it's an Olympic sport will tune in. "If in any small way we can present the face of what we believe golf should look like -- not perfect, a little bit rugged, a little bit rustic -- hopefully this will bring a boom in golf development around the world." After long delays in construction over issues including environmental concerns, Hanse said the struggles are over and only the last touches remain on the as yet unnamed course.

Merritt leads by three, Spieth in the hunt
(Reuters) - Unheralded American Troy Merritt moved one step closer to his maiden PGA Tour title by claiming a three-stroke lead after Saturdays third round of the RBC Heritage in South Carolina. Merritt, ranked 249th in the world and making his 86th tour start, followed his course record-tying 61 in the second round with a 69 for a 54-hole total of 14-under-par 199 on the Harbour Town Golf Links on Hilton Head Island. It was pretty stress free for the most part." Tied for second on 11 under par were defending champion Matt Kuchar, who shot a 68, and fellow Americans Brendon Todd (63) and Kevin Kisner (67). "I hit a beautiful shot in but it caught a limb and it ended up costing me a double bogey." One more shot back were 2010 winner Jim Furyk (68), Brice Garnett (65) and Branden Grace of South Africa (66).

Golf-Merritt leads by three, Spieth in the hunt
(Adds quotes, details) April 18 (Reuters) - Unheralded American Troy Merritt moved one step closer to his maiden PGA Tour title by claiming a three-stroke lead after Saturday's third round of the RBC Heritage in South Carolina. Merritt, ranked 249th in the world and making his 86th tour start, followed his course record-tying 61 in the second round with a 69 for a 54-hole total of 14-under-par 199 on the Harbour Town Golf Links on Hilton Head Island. It was pretty stress free for the most part." Tied for second on 11 under par were defending champion Matt Kuchar, who shot a 68, and fellow Americans Brendon Todd (63) and Kevin Kisner (67). "I hit a beautiful shot in but it caught a limb and it ended up costing me a double bogey." One more shot back were 2010 winner Jim Furyk (68), Brice Garnett (65) and Branden Grace of South Africa (66).

Merritt keeps lead at RBC Heritage
Troy Merritt shook off a double-bogey to keep his bid for a first US PGA Tour title on track Saturday at the RBC Heritage, firing a third-round 69 for a three-shot lead. Defending champion Matt Kuchar, who played in the last group with Merritt, carded a 68 for 202. Brendon Todd joined the group sharing second with a sparkling 63 and Kevin Kisner posted a 67 to get to 11-under for the tournament. Todds 63 -- the third lowest round of the week after Merritts 61 and Jordan Spieths 62 -- included eight birdies without a bogey.

Aphibarnrat grabs Shenzhen lead despite late woes
(Reuters) - Kiradech Aphibarnrat dropped three shots in his last two holes but will still take a two-shot lead into the final round of the Shenzhen International as the Thai bids for his second European Tour title. The 2013 Malaysian Open champion double bogeyed the par-five hole and dropped another shot at the last to sit 12-under after his round of 68. Then I made a big mistake on last two holes, not the way to finish." Halfway leader Peter Uihlein lurked two shots behind after birdying the penultimate hole for the third time this week to return one-under-par 71. Four bogeys, a bit rough, five birdies and missed a couple pretty easy ones," rued Uihlein, who has not won in European Tour since his maiden triumph at the 2013 Madeira Islands Open.

Golf-Aphibarnrat grabs Shenzhen lead despite late woes
Kiradech Aphibarnrat dropped three shots in his last two holes but will still take a two-shot lead into the final round of the Shenzhen International as the Thai bids for his second European Tour title. The 2013 Malaysian Open champion double bogeyed the par-five hole and dropped another shot at the last to sit 12-under after his round of 68. Then I made a big mistake on last two holes, not the way to finish." Halfway leader Peter Uihlein lurked two shots behind after birdying the penultimate hole for the third time this week to return one-under-par 71. Four bogeys, a bit rough, five birdies and missed a couple pretty easy ones," rued Uihlein, who has not won in European Tour since his maiden triumph at the 2013 Madeira Islands Open.

'Diamond' Phachara hopes to sparkle on Asian Tour debut
(Reuters) - Fifteen-year-old Thai Phachara Khongwatmai will make his Asian Tour debut at next week's Indonesian Masters, hoping to steal some limelight from former world number one Lee Westwood and Dane Thomas Bjorn. He turned professional last August before becoming the youngest winner on the Asian Development Tour, which serves as the feeder circuit to the Asian Tour, last month. "I started playing golf when I was nine years old," said Phachara, who earned his Tour card through qualifying school in January.

Kim Sei-Young takes solo lead in LPGA LOTTE Championship
South Korean LPGA rookie Kim Sei-Young defied gusty winds to fire a two-under par 70 to move into the solo lead at the LOTTE Championship. Kim, who notched her first LPGA victory in just her second start as a tour member at the Pure Silk-Bahamas this season, had shared the overnight lead with compatriot Kim In-Kyung. Kim In-Kyung had four birdies and three bogeys in her one-under 71 for 205. Two more South Koreans occupied fourth and fifth, Jenny Shin posting a two-under 70 for 208 and Chella Choi signing for a 71 for 209.

Kim calm and collected in gusty Hawaii
LPGA Tour rookie Kim Sei-young held firm in windy conditions to take over the solo lead after the third round of the South Korean-dominated LOTTE Championship in Hawaii on Friday. Facing winds that reached up to 30 miles per hour, Kim scrapped out a two-under-par 70 that put her at 12-under for the tournament and gave her a one-stroke edge over fellow South Korean Kim In-kyung, who entered the day tied for the lead. For Kim Sei-young, the final round at the Ko Olina course near Honolulu will give her a chance at redemption. Kim In-kyung will be breathing down her neck after a third-round 71, while just two strokes back lurks world number three Park In-bee at 10-under.