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Arkansas governor urges changes to religious objection bill
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson on Wednesday called for changes to a religious objection measure facing a backlash from businesses and gay rights groups, saying it wasnt intended to sanction discrimination based on sexual orientation.

Iraq declares victory over Islamic State group in Tikrit
TIKRIT, Iraq (AP) — Iraq declared a "magnificent victory" Wednesday over the Islamic State group in Tikrit, a key step in driving the militants out of their biggest strongholds.

Iran nuke talks stumble a day after missing deal deadline
Iran and six world powers are pressing ahead with efforts to hammer out a framework accord.

Getty oil heir found dead in Los Angeles home
The grandson of billionaire Getty oil founder J. Paul Getty was found dead on Tuesday afternoon at his home in Los Angeles, the family said in a statement. Andrew Gettys parents, Ann and Gordon, confirmed the 47-year-olds death and requested privacy for the family during "this extremely difficult time", adding that further details would be released as they became available. Los Angeles Police Department spokesman Commander Andrew Smith said it was very early in the investigation and witnesses were being questioned, but no one was in custody. The death appeared to be either accidental or natural, Los Angeles County Coroners Office spokesman Ed Winter told reporters in a news conference broadcast by TV station KTLA 5.

Singer-songwriter Joni Mitchell hospitalized
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Joni Mitchell was in intensive care in a Los Angeles-area hospital on Tuesday, according to the Twitter account and website of the folk singer and Rock and Roll Hall of Famer.

Exclusive: Republican White House hopefuls attack Obamacare but take money
By Andy Sullivan WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Several Republican governors likely to run for president have secured hundreds millions of dollars under Obamacare while working to dismantle the healthcare law, according to a Reuters review of federal spending records. Governors Scott Walker of Wisconsin, Chris Christie of New Jersey, Bobby Jindal of Louisiana and former Texas Governor Rick Perry, all staunch opponents of President Barack Obamas 2010 Affordable Care Act, have collectively applied for and won at least $352 million through grant programs set up by the law, federal records show. "Receiving federal grants that existed prior to the ACA is not the same as participating in the core elements of the ACA." The money in question stems from less controversial parts of the law that enhance public health and other nuts-and-bolts programs, rather than the insurance exchanges and expansion of the Medicaid program for the poor that have drawn fierce opposition from Republicans.

Arkansas governor rejects bill after pressure over gay discrimination
By Steve Barnes LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (Reuters) - Republican Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson on Wednesday rejected a religion bill he had said he would sign into law, reversing course after a national firestorm of criticism assailing such legislation as discriminating against gays and lesbians. In a news conference Hutchinson said he was sending the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) back to the Republican-controlled state legislature for a rewrite to better balance tolerance for diversity and protections of religious freedom. The governor said his own son had asked him to veto it, adding a personal element to the intense pressure to reject the bill he had already faced from businesses such as Arkansas-based Wal-Mart Stores Inc, the worlds biggest retailer. "We just didnt get it perfect through that legislative process." Hutchinsons reversal came a day after Indiana Governor Mike Pence, also a Republican, said he was sending his states RFRA back for a rewrite for the same reason.

Protesters again disrupt U.S. Supreme Court proceedings
By Lawrence Hurley WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Protesters disrupted U.S. Supreme Court proceedings for the third time in just over a year on Wednesday, with several people shouting out before the nine justices heard oral arguments in a bankruptcy case. The protesters criticized two court rulings that pared back campaign finance restrictions. Activist group 99Rise, which was responsible for the previous disruptions in February 2014 and this January, issued a statement saying it was behind the protest.

World's oldest person dies at 117
TOKYO (AP) — The worlds oldest person has died nearly a month after celebrating her 117th birthday.

Co-pilot told flight school of depressive episode in 2009
Lufthansa says the note was found in emails that Andreas Lubitz sent.

Indiana governor wants changes to religious-objections law
Mike Pence said Tuesday that he wants legislation on his desk by the end of the week to clarify that a new religious-freedom law does not allow discrimination.

Nigeria opposition leader fears 'tricks' after election victory
ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) — Amid anger over an Islamic insurgency that has claimed thousands of lives, Nigerians threw out the incumbent and elected a 72-year-old former military dictator in a historic transfer of power officially announced early Wednesday following the nations most hotly contested election ever.

Lavrov, Zarif claim breakthrough in Iran nuclear talks
Russia and Irans foreign ministers claimed a breakthrough early Wednesday in talks on a framework deal curtailing Tehrans nuclear programme, but the US said not all issues had been agreed yet, as discussions were suspended for the night. "One can say with relative certainty that we at the minister level have reached an agreement in principle on all key aspects of the final settlement of this issue," Russian media quoted Sergei Lavrov as saying at talks in Switzerland. This came after Russias top diplomat and the foreign ministers of five other major powers and Iran continued working through the night as they missed a midnight (2200 GMT) deadline to agree the main outlines of what they hope will be an historic accord. The powers hope a full agreement, due to be finalised by June 30, will see Iran scale back its nuclear capability to prevent Tehran developing nuclear weapons under the guise of its civilian programme.

Police: Prisoner who stole gun, fled hospital found in DC
WASHINGTON (AP) — Police say a prisoner who escaped custody at a northern Virginia hospital with a guards gun has been captured in Washington.

No nuke agreement yet: Iran talks push past deadline
Diplomats wrap up six days of marathon nuclear talks with mixed results.

On a cold Boston morning, remembering Teddy Kennedy
A host of political luminaries attended the dedication Monday of the Edward M. Kennedy Institute on Columbia Point, right next to the presidential library of Teddy’s older brother, President John F. Kennedy.

Colorado theater gunman's mother says he's not a 'monster'
The mother of accused Colorado theater gunman James Holmes says in a new book that she prays for her son’s victims daily, even calling out the deceased by name. “The first time I prayed for them by name and by wound, I was shaking, overcome,” Arlene Holmes writes.

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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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Singer-songwriter Joni Mitchell hospitalized
Singer-songwriter Joni Mitchell has been hospitalized in Southern California. "Joni was found unconscious in her home (Tuesday) afternoon," according to her official website.

'Furious 7' revving up for record April opening

Disney developing live-action 'Mulan'

Famous alumni of 'The Daily Show'

Who is Trevor Noah? Behind his rise to fame

Is this a solo song from Zayn Malik?

Adam West, Burt Ward promise return to Batman and Robin in 2016
The skies over Gotham City might become bright once again in 2016, with Adam West and Burt Ward promising a return to their career-high roles of Batman and Robin as part of an upcoming animated project next year.

Famous '2001' spaceship to go on display
After decades in private hands, a spaceship from the classic film "2001: A Space Odyssey" will go on display for the first time to the public.

Outrage over Jamie Foxx's Bruce Jenner joke

Taraji Henson apologizes to police officers
Actress Taraji P. Henson apologized Friday for claiming her son was racially profiled during a traffic stop in Southern California last year.

Lauren Bacall's $3 million art collection on sale
An impressive art collection assembled by the late actress and Hollywood icon, Lauren Bacall, is officially ready for purchase.

'Family Matters' actor arrested

Martha Stewart roasts ... like you've never seen before
Foul-mouthed Martha Stewart unloads at Bieber roast. CNN's Jeanne Moos reports Martha went from baking to bashing.

New 'Daily Show' host faces heavy criticism over tweets
CNN's Sara Sidner reports on new "The Daily Show" host Trevor Noah's past tweets he wrote that some are calling offensive and anti-Semitic.

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

Meet the 'awkward black girl'
In this week's Lisa's Desk episode, actress and writer Issa Rae stops by to talk Oprah, her new HBO show, and her book "The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl."

A.J. Pero, Twisted Sister drummer, dead at 55

Toto bassist Mike Porcaro dies at age 59

Fantasy author Terry Pratchett dies at age 66
Best-selling British fantasy author Terry Pratchett has died at the age of 66, his website said Thursday.

Richard Glatzer, director of 'Still Alice,' dies

'High Life' delivery guy Windell Middlebrooks dies

Unexpected BFFs: Martha Stewart + Snoop Dogg

Who's turning 50 in 2015?

10 years of new 'Doctor Who': Where are they now?

Nate Berkus welcomes baby Polly

'Dallas' cast: Where are they now?

Sam Smith debuts new look after weight loss

'Pretty Woman' at 25: Where are they now?

Biggest celebrity feuds

'The Bachelor' chose ...

Jussie Smollett and other stars who've come out

Houses made famous by Hollywood

Who got the final rose on 'The Bachelor'?

Vince Vaughn's synergistic stock photos

Lady Gaga's shock-and-awe style

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Ex-NFL star handled gun that may have been murder weapon: friend
By Elizabeth Barber BOSTON (Reuters) - A former friend of Aaron Hernandez testified on Wednesday that he saw the ex-New England Patriots player handle a gun similar to the one prosecutors contend he used to murder an acquaintance, and that Hernandez had a distrustful nature. Alexander Bradley, who had been friends with the former tight end, was permitted to tell jurors that Hernandez had access to the type of pistol he is accused of using to murder semipro football player Odin Lloyd, but not about a separate 2013 incident in which Bradley contends Hernandez shot him in the face. Hernandez, 25, is charged with killing Lloyd, who was dating his fiancee’s sister. Lloyd was found shot dead in June 2013 in an industrial park near Hernandezs home in North Attleborough, Massachusetts.

Tiger plays 18 but unsure of Masters
Tiger Woods played an 18-hole practice round at Augusta National but remains uncertain if he will compete in next weeks Masters, according to reports. ESPN and USA Today, citing comments from Woods agent Mark Steinberg, reported that Woods continues to work on his game but is undecided if he will be ready in time for the years first major and try for a fifth green jacket.

Parker fastest to 1,000 NBA games
San Antonio Spurs star guard Tony Parker has become the fastest NBA player to reach 1,000 career games. "To tell the truth, I did not even know it was my 1,000th game," Parker told AFP after the Spurs beat Miami Heat 91-85 on Tuesday to get within a win of a playoff place. Parker, 32, who has spent his whole NBA career at the Texas franchise, is the 114th player to join the 1,000 game club.

Spurs burn Heat in rematch of last year's final
The defending champion San Antonio Spurs returned to Miami for the first time since last years NBA Finals and delivered a 95-81 defeat to the struggling Heat. Kawhi Leonard scored a game-high 22 points and grabbed nine rebounds while French guard Tony Parker added 16 points and a game-high five assists and Tim Duncan contributed 12 points and pulled down 11 rebounds. It was the 14th win in 17 games for the Spurs and their fourth in a row, boosting San Antonio to 48-26 on the season, one loss behind Portland for fifth place in the Western Conference.

Woods plays 18 holes in practice at Augusta National
(Reuters) - The lingering will he play/wont he play? scenario with Tiger Woods ahead of next weeks Masters entered a new phase on Tuesday when the former world number one played a practice round at Augusta National. Woods manager Mark Steinberg told Reuters that Woods had played 18 holes at the iconic Masters venue as he continued to assess whether his game would be "tournament-ready" for the first major of the year. Woods, whose ranking has plummeted to a mind-boggling 104th, has struggled badly for form and fitness this season, and has played only twice on the 2014-15 PGA Tour. Woods, who claimed the most recent of his 14 major titles at the 2008 U.S. Open, said he would not return to the PGA Tour until his game was "tournament-ready" and many pundits believe he is suffering from the chipping yips.

Golf-Woods plays 18 holes in practice at Augusta National
The lingering 'will he play/won't he play?' scenario with Tiger Woods ahead of next week's Masters entered a new phase on Tuesday when the former world number one played a practice round at Augusta National. Woods' manager Mark Steinberg told Reuters that Woods had played 18 holes at the iconic Masters venue as he continued to assess whether his game would be "tournament-ready" for the first major of the year. Woods, whose ranking has plummeted to a mind-boggling 104th, has struggled badly for form and fitness this season, and has played only twice on the 2014-15 PGA Tour. Woods, who claimed the most recent of his 14 major titles at the 2008 U.S. Open, said he would not return to the PGA Tour until his game was "tournament-ready" and many pundits believe he is suffering from the chipping 'yips'.

Winners of the ANA Inspiration
(Reuters) - Winners of the ANA Inspiration, being played this week from April 2-5 at Mission Hills Country Club in Rancho Mirage, California, since the inaugural edition in 1972 (U.S. ...

Korean LPGA dominance here to stay, say former players
South Korean-born players have dominated the LPGA circuit this season, winning six of seven tournaments to date, and the juggernaut will be difficult to stop at this week's ANA Inspiration, the first major of the year. World number one Lydia Ko, five-time major champion Park Inbee and last week's winner Kim Hyo-joo are just the tip of a very large wave of talent flowing out of the east Asian nation. Hall of Famers Judy Rankin and Annika Sorenstam are united in their belief that Korean dominance is here to stay. "Not only do they have great golf swings, but they have an early maturity, at least on the golf course, and they are very composed." Sorenstam believes Ko is the pick of the bunch, as much because of her attitude as physical attributes.

Webb, Tseng not ready to concede spotlight to new breed
As the LPGA focus turns to the glut of youthful talent, two former number ones are showing that women's golf is not exclusively a preserve of the very young. Karrie Webb and Yani Tseng have won 12 majors between them but are not prepared to rest on their laurels and might just make their presence felt at this week's ANA Inspiration in California, the first major of the year. Webb has made the cut in all six starts this year, while Tseng tied for second at the Thailand Open in February.

Ko's consistency a major topic at Mission Hills
By Mark Lamport-Stokes RANCHO MIRAGE, California (Reuters) - World number one Lydia Ko has yet to win a major title but the 17-year-old prodigy has already achieved so much in golf that she enters this weeks ANA Inspiration envied by many of her rivals. The richly talented New Zealander has landed six LPGA titles and her astonishingly consistent game has helped her shoot under par for 28 consecutive rounds, one shy one of the record set by former world number one Annika Sorenstam in 2004. "I got to play with her last week, and its just incredible," reigning champion Lexi Thompson told reporters at Mission Hills Country Club on Tuesday while preparing for the first womens major of the season. "She has a great attitude on the golf course, and probably the best tempo Ive ever seen on a golf swing or a putting stroke." U.S. Womens Open champion Michelle Wie, another golfing prodigy who turned professional shortly before her 16th birthday in 2005, agreed.

Golf-Webb, Tseng not ready to concede spotlight to new breed
By Andrew Both March 31 (Reuters) - As the LPGA focus turns to the glut of youthful talent, two former number ones are showing that women's golf is not exclusively a preserve of the very young. Karrie Webb and Yani Tseng have won 12 majors between them but are not prepared to rest on their laurels and might just make their presence felt at this week's ANA Inspiration in California, the first major of the year. Webb has made the cut in all six starts this year, while Tseng tied for second at the Thailand Open in February.

Golf-Ko's consistency a major topic at Mission Hills
By Mark Lamport-Stokes RANCHO MIRAGE, California, March 31 (Reuters) - World number one Lydia Ko has yet to win a major title but the 17-year-old prodigy has already achieved so much in golf that she enters this week's ANA Inspiration envied by many of her rivals. The richly talented New Zealander has landed six LPGA titles and her astonishingly consistent game has helped her shoot under par for 28 consecutive rounds, one shy one of the record set by former world number one Annika Sorenstam in 2004. "I got to play with her last week, and it's just incredible," reigning champion Lexi Thompson told reporters at Mission Hills Country Club on Tuesday while preparing for the first women's major of the season. "She has a great attitude on the golf course, and probably the best tempo I've ever seen on a golf swing or a putting stroke." U.S. Women's Open champion Michelle Wie, another golfing prodigy who turned professional shortly before her 16th birthday in 2005, agreed.

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March 31 (Reuters) - Winners of the ANA Inspiration, being played this week from April 2-5 at Mission Hills Country Club in Rancho Mirage, California, since the inaugural edition in 1972 (U.S. ...

Ex-NFL star 'swore on his baby's life' he didn't commit murder
By Daniel Lovering FALL River, Mass. (Reuters) - Former New England Patriots star Aaron Hernandez insisted he had nothing to do with the shooting death of an acquaintance near his home when the teams owner and security director confronted him, a jury at his trial heard on Tuesday. Billionaire business magnate and Patriots owner Robert Kraft said Hernandez told him he was innocent of the June 2013 murder of semiprofessional football player Odin Lloyd, and team security director Mark Briggs said Hernandez "swore on his babys life he was telling the truth." Hernandez, 25, had a $41 million contract with the National Football League team but was dropped hours after his arrest in June, 2013 on murder and firearms charges in the death of Lloyd, who had been dating his fiancées sister. His trial at the Bristol County Superior Court in Fall River, Massachusetts, began in January.

Whan gets six-year contract extension as LPGA boss
Mike Whan has received a six-year contract extension to remain as LPGA commissioner that will keep him in the position through 2020, the tours board of directors announced Tuesday. Since arriving in 2010 to a womens golf tour that had lost several tournaments and key sponsors, Whan has guided a rebound that has seen the LPGA grow from 23 events and $40 million in prize money to more than $60 million in prize money and 33 events. "While we are certainly pleased with the growth weve experienced over the last five years, I firmly believe we are poised for even greater success," board of directors chair Mike Trager said. "Over the course of the LPGAs history, we have certainly experienced wonderful periods of growth.

China closes 66 'illegal' golf courses
Chinas Communist rulers have turned against the exclusive sport of golf with the government saying nearly 70 "illegal" courses have been closed, seemingly enforcing a decade-old ban for the first time. The announcement by the ministry of land and resources comes amid a high-profile anti-graft campaign spearheaded by President Xi Jinping, which has seen crackdowns on banquets, lavish gift-giving and other official excesses. The ruling Communist Party has long had an ambivalent relationship with golf, which is a lucrative opportunity for local authorities and a favoured pastime of some officials, but is also closely associated with wealth and Western elites. "Presently, local governments have shut down a number of illegally-built golf courses, and preliminary results have been achieved in clean-up and rectification work," read the announcement on the ministrys website late Monday.

Thunder's Durant undergoes successful foot surgery
Oklahoma City Thunder forward Kevin Durant underwent season-ending bone graft surgery Tuesday on his right foot, a procedure that could see him resume playing in four to six months. Last seasons NBA Most Valuable Player underwent the successful operation in New York four days after the team announced Durant would have the operation and miss the remainder of the campaign. Durant did not make his season debut until December 2 but played in 27 games, averaging 25.4 points, 6.6 rebounds and 4.1 assists.

DeRozan scores 42 as NBA's Raptors bring down Rockets
DeMar DeRozan scored a career-high 42 points and matched a career best with 11 rebounds as Toronto beat Houston 99-96 in a battle of NBA division leaders. DeRozan, who netted 12 points in the fourth quarter on Monday, was 14-of-27 from the court and 12-of-17 from the free throw line to power the Raptors to their eighth home win in a row over the Rockets. Atlantic division leader Toronto improved to 44-30, one game behind Chicago for the third-best record in the Eastern Conference.

Hawks down Milwaukee to clinch top seed in NBA's East
DeMarre Carroll scored a game-high 23 points and the Atlanta Hawks, already assured of the best record in the NBA Eastern Conference, ripped the Milwaukee Bucks 101-88. Al Horford scored 18 points on Monday while Paul Millsap contributed 15 points and nine rebounds and Carroll added eight rebounds as the Hawks improved to 56-18, 4 1/2 games behind Golden State for the top record in the league. Atlantas Kyle Korver scored all 11 of his points in a 65-second span of the third quarter, boosting the Hawks lead from five points to 16 on the way to their third victory in four games.

McIlroy, Stenson, Watson commit to WGC Match Play
World number one Rory McIlroy as well as the next two in the rankings, Swedens Henrik Stenson and two-time Masters champion Bubba Watson, will play at the World Golf Championships Match Play, organizers said Monday. The Northern Ireland star, whose major wins include the 2011 US Open plus the 2012 and 2014 PGA Championship and 2014 British Open, was runner-up in the WGC Match Play three years ago to American Hunter Mahan but has never won the event. Watson has three top-10 finishes in four appearances at the WGC Match Play, including fourth-place in 2011.

Ex-NFL player's fiancée says she threw out box after murder
By Daniel Lovering FALL RIVER, Mass. (Reuters) - Ex-NFL star Aaron Hernandez asked his fiancée to dispose of a heavy cardboard box that smelled of marijuana a day after prosecutors say he fatally shot an associate, the fiancée told jurors at his murder trial on Monday. Shayanna Jenkins, 25, testified that she put the box in a trash bag and concealed it with baby clothes before carrying it from the basement of their home in North Attleboro, Massachusetts, to her sisters car in the driveway. ... At that point I was nervous." Hernandez, 25, is being tried on murder and firearms charges in the slaying of Odin Lloyd, a semiprofessional football player who was dating Jenkins sister, Shaneah. Prosecutors say he and two friends, Ernest Wallace and Carlos Ortiz, picked up Lloyd at his Boston home early on June 17, 2013, and drove him to an industrial park near Hernandezs house, where his bullet-riddled body was found later that day.

Play-off-bound Rockets lose Beverley for rest of season
Houston Rockets guard Patrick Beverley will miss the remainder of the NBA season after undergoing surgery on his injured left wrist, the team announced Monday. Beverley will have an operation on Tuesday to repair a torn wrist ligament that he suffered in last Mondays 110-100 victory over Indiana. The Rockets lost Beverley just two days before they welcomed back center Dwight Howard following a two-month absence due to a right knee injury. Beverley, 26, was averaging 10.1 points, 4.2 rebounds and 3.4 assists over 56 games this season, but was as important to the Rockets for his defensive skills.

NFL's Falcons fined, stripped of draft choice for piping in fake noise
The National Football League on Monday fined the Atlanta Falcons $350,000 and stripped them of a fifth-round draft choice in 2016 for piping in artificial crowd noise during their home games in 2013 and part of 2014. Separately, Cleveland Browns General Manager Ray Farmer has been suspended four games for texting coaches during games in 2014 and the team was fined $250,000, the NFL said. Falcons President Rich McKay, although not implicated in the scheme, will be suspended from the league's competition committee from April 1 through at least June 30 for failing to ensure that the team complied with NFL rules, the league said. "What took place was wrong and nowhere near the standards by which we run our business," Falcons owner Arthur Blank said Monday in a statement.

Falcons lose draft pick for artificial crowd noise
The Atlanta Falcons were fined $350,000 and stripped of a fifth-round pick in the 2016 National Football League draft on Monday for using artificial crowd noise for the past two seasons. A review by league officials concluded with the NFL imposing the punishments because a former Falcons executive, event marketing director Roddy White, pumped extra crowd noise into the Georgia Dome for home games in the 2013 and 2014 season until the situations was revealed last November. "What took place was wrong and nowhere near the standards by which we run our business," Falcons owner Arthur Blank said. "Any time there are actions that compromise the integrity of the NFL or threaten the culture of our franchise, as this issue did, they will be dealt with swiftly and strongly.

Browns GM banned four games for texting to sideline
Cleveland Browns general manager Ray Farmer was suspended for four games without pay by the National Football League on Monday for violating rules banning the use of electronic devices during games. Farmer sent text messages to the Browns sideline with a cell phone during games last season. The suspension will begin at the start of the 2015 regular season and forbids Farmer from any involvement in club matters or from being at the teams offices, practice facility or Browns games. The Browns were also fined $250,000, although the league found no other members of the front office were involved.

Tiger Woods out of golf world top 100
Former number one Tiger Woods has dropped out of the world top 100 for the first time in his career as he continues his battle against injuries and loss of form. Just last January Woods posted an 82 in the Phoenix Open -- his worst round as a professional -- that saw him drop outside the top 50 in the world rankings for the first time in more than three years. He then jumped from world number 221 to 75 five tournaments later in breaking through for a maiden pro career win at the 1996 Las Vegas Invitational, the first of his 79 PGA Tour titles.

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Woods drops out of world's top 100
(Reuters) - Tiger Woods has dropped outside the top 100 in the world golf rankings for the first time since 1996. Woodss last major title was the 2008 U.S. Open but he won five PGA Tour events in 2013 and topped the rankings in May 2014 before suffering injury problems and a loss of form.

China says 66 golf courses shut in renewed crackdown
BEIJING (Reuters) - Chinese authorities have closed 66 golf courses in a renewed crackdown on courses built in contravention of rules designed to protect arable land and save water, China's top economic planning body said on Monday. The central government last year ordered the demolition of courses built by five mainly little-known developers, the first real sign of enforcement of a 2004 ban. The ban was imposed to protect China's shrinking land and water resources in a country home to a fifth of the world's population but which has just 7 percent of its water. ...

Kerr fires 65 to capture 17th career LPGA title
Cristie Kerr fired a seven-under-par 65 to win her 17th career LPGA title, taking a two-stroke victory over South Koreas Lee Mi-Rim at the Kia Classic. A tearful Kerr had vowed to win after her caddie, Greg Johnston, mourned the death of his father last week. Lee was second, undone by a double bogey at 17, with world number one Lydia Ko of New Zealand third on 271, American Alison Lee fourth on 272 and South Korean world number two Park In-Bee fifth on 273. Ko, 17, fired a 67, stretching her streak of sub-par rounds to 28 as she prepares for the years first major tournament, next weeks Ana Inspiration at Rancho Mirage.

Leonard's hot NBA finish sparks Spurs over Grizzlies
San Antonio (AFP) - San Antonios Kawhi Leonard scored 15 of his game-high 25 points in a six-minute span of the fourth quarter, powering the reigning NBA champion Spurs over Memphis 103-89.

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March 30 (Infostrada Sports) - The World Rankings 1. (1) Rory McIlroy (Britain) 11.00 2. (2) Henrik Stenson (Sweden) 7.81 3. (3) Bubba Watson (U.S.) 7.57 4. (6) Jordan Spieth (U.S.) 6.90 5. (4) Jason Day (Australia) 6.50 6. (5) Adam Scott (Australia) 6.41 7. (9) Dustin Johnson (U.S.) 5.99 8. (8) Sergio Garcia (Spain) 5.86 9. (7) Jim Furyk (U.S.) 5.78 10. (13) Jimmy Walker (U.S.) 5.57 11. (10) Justin Rose (Britain) 5.30 12. (11) Rickie Fowler (U.S.) 4.69 13. (12) Martin Kaymer (Germany) 4.64 14. (14) Matt Kuchar (U.S.) 4.58 15. (15) Patrick Reed (U.S.) 4.54 16. (16) Hideki Matsuyama (Japan) 4. ...

Golf-Race to Dubai rankings
March 30 (Infostrada Sports) - Race to Dubai rankings 1. (1) Danny Willett (Britain) 1081480 2. (2) Rory McIlroy (Britain) 778137 3. (3) Ross Fisher (Britain) 753512 4. (4) Anirban Lahiri (India) 725187 5. (5) Branden Grace (South Africa) 682976 6. (6) Bernd Wiesberger (Austria) 641582 7. (7) Louis Oosthuizen (South Africa) 540484 8. (8) Gary Stal (France) 529852 9. (9) Andy Sullivan (Britain) 491947 10. (10) Marc Warren (Britain) 482424 11. (15) George Coetzee (South Africa) 432406 12. (11) Alexander Noren (Sweden) 394337 13. (12) Henrik Stenson (Sweden) 389357 14. ...

LeBron leads Cavaliers to narrow win over 76ers
LeBron James scored a game-high 20 points and added 11 rebounds with six assists Sunday as the Cleveland Cavaliers edged Philadelphia 87-86 for their 16th consecutive home triumph. Australian-born Kyrie Irving added 17 points while Kevin Love had 10 points and 10 rebounds for the Cavaliers, who improved to 48-27 and stretched their Central division lead over Chicago to 2 1/2 games. Russian big man Timofey Mozgov scored off a rebound for the last of his 14 points to give Cleveland an 87-83 lead with 4:03 remaining. Robert Covington answered with a 3-pointer for the 76ers six seconds later with what turned out to be the last of the games scoring.

Love to have toe surgery, misses Clarke catch-up
By Bernie McGuire SAN ANTONIO, Texas (Reuters) - United States Ryder Cup captain Davis Love III will miss a practice round next week with European rival Darren Clarke in order to undergo toe surgery. Love was set to meet with Clarke for the first time since both were appointed respective 2016 captains at this weeks Shell Houston Open. "Its been bothering me for some years and has been dislocated for some time so Ive been told I need surgery to get it put back into the joint.

Local favorite Walker wins Texas Open
(Reuters) - Hometown favorite Jimmy Walker became the first multiple winner on the PGA Tour this season by claiming a four-stroke victory over Jordan Spieth in the Texas Open at TPC San Antonio on Sunday. Walker, who stormed to a nine-shot win at the Sony Open in Hawaii in January, began the day with a four-shot lead and was never seriously threatened as the San Antonio area resident shot a two-under 70 for an 11-under-par 277 total. Texan Spieth, who won his last tour start two weeks ago at the Valspar Championship, made four birdies in a row from the 14th but Walker held off Spieths charge with birdies of his own at 16 and 17 to retain his lead. "It plays hard, sometimes it’s hard to make pars," Walker said of the fast-running, wind-blown TPC San Antonio, which played to an average of two-over 74 on Sunday.

Golf-U.S. PGA Tour Texas Open scores
March 29 (Infostrada Sports) - Scores from the U.S. PGA Tour Texas Open at the par-72 course on Sunday in San Antonio, Texas 277 Jimmy Walker (U.S.) 71 67 69 70 281 Jordan Spieth (U.S.) 71 69 71 70 284 Billy Horschel (U.S.) 72 70 71 71 285 Chesson Hadley (U.S.) 71 72 71 71 Daniel Summerhays (U.S.) 71 73 72 69 286 Ryan Palmer (U.S.) 70 75 73 68 Dustin Johnson (U.S.) 78 72 68 68 287 Scott Pinckney (U.S.) 73 72 69 73 Chris Kirk (U.S.) 71 71 73 72 Brendan Steele (U.S.) 74 68 72 73 288 Charley Hoffman (U.S.) 67 72 79 70 Kyle Reifers (U.S.) 77 68 75 68 Jason Kokrak (U.S. ...

Walker wins Texas Open before hometown supporters
Hometown hero Jimmy Walker captured his fifth US PGA Tour title on Sunday, firing a two-under-par 70 final round to win the $6.2 million Texas Open by four strokes. Walker, who lives only a half-hours drive from the TPC San Antonio course, led by four shots when the day began and finished on 11-under 277 to defeat fellow Texan Jordan Spieth by that same margin. You can feel the love from your friends and family," Walker said. It was the second US PGA triumph of the season for Walker, who won his second consecutive Sony Open in Hawaii title earlier this year and also captured last years Pebble Beach National Pro-Am and the 2013 Frys.com Open.

Golf-Local favorite Walker wins Texas Open
Hometown favorite Jimmy Walker became the first multiple winner on the PGA Tour this season by claiming a four-stroke victory over Jordan Spieth in the Texas Open at TPC San Antonio on Sunday. Walker, who stormed to a nine-shot win at the Sony Open in Hawaii in January, began the day with a four-shot lead and was never seriously threatened as the San Antonio area resident shot a two-under 70 for an 11-under-par 277 total. Spieth, who struggled on the front nine, put on a late charge to whittle Walker's seven-shot lead down to four.

Harden, Howard ignite Rockets in win over Wizards
James Harden scored 24 points while Dwight Howard contributed 11 points and 10 rebounds as the Houston Rockets defeated Washington 99-91 Sunday, matching Memphis for the NBA Southwest division lead. Harden, second to former Oklahoma City teammate Russell Westbrook in a fight for the NBA scoring title, also added six assists for the Rockets, who won their fourth game in a row and improved to 50-23, level with Memphis for the second-best record in the Western Conference.