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Alleged Pa. cop killer captured

Is Gov. Chris Christie's brash style presidential or bullying?
The "sit down and shut up" approach plays well in New Jersey, but it could be seen as phony bluster in some states.

Group: State Department too top-heavy with Obama picks
At a time when "The world is a mess," President Barack Obama has packed too many political appointees into top jobs at the State Department, and should replace retiring Deputy Secretary of State William Burns with a career diplomat, a foreign service group warns.

Bike-riding nurse defies Ebola quarantine, on collision course with governor
By Steve Holland CAPE ELIZABETH Maine (Reuters) - A nurse who treated Ebola patients in Sierra Leone but has tested negative for the virus went for a bike ride on Thursday, defying Maines order that she be quarantined in her home and setting up a legal collision with Governor Paul LePage. Attorneys for Kaci Hickox, 33, said they had not yet been served with a court order to enforce the 21-day quarantine - matching the viruss maximum incubation period - but remained prepared to fight such an order if necessary. ...

Pennsylvania manhunt ends with capture of police ambush suspect
By Joe McDonald TANNERSVILLE Pa. (Reuters) - The survivalist suspected of killing a Pennsylvania state trooper and seriously wounding a second officer in a sniper attack in September was taken into custody after a seven-week manhunt, police said on Thursday. Eric Matthew Frein, 31, eluded capture by hundreds of law enforcement officers who had been searching for him since the Sept. 12 ambush of the troopers outside a state police barracks in Blooming Grove. The sniper attack killed Corporal Bryon Dickson, 38, and wounded Trooper Alex Douglass, 31. ...

National Guard arrives in Hawaii town threatened by lava
By Karin Stanton PAHOA Hawaii (Reuters) - National Guard troops arrived in a Hawaii town threatened by a slow-moving river of molten lava on Thursday, and were greeted with cheers by residents of the Big Island community where they are to provide security as the volcanic flow advances. The lava flow from the Kilauea volcano has been slithering toward the Big Island village of Pahoa for weeks, although it slowed to a turtles pace on Thursday and at last watch had advanced only a few feet (meters) over several hours, said Darryl Oliveira, director of Hawaii County Civil Defense. ...

Flames, smoke after small plane crash in Kansas
WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A small plane lost power after takeoff and crashed into a flight-training building while trying to return to a Kansas airport Thursday, killing four people, injuring five others and igniting a fire that sent up towering plumes of black smoke that could be seen for miles around Wichita.

Israel-Sweden tension builds even more
Israel responds to Swedens recognition of a Palestinian state.

Halloween called off in Pennsylvania town
The police manhunt for Eric Frein costs kids the fun of trick-or-treating.

Big change comes to 'The View'
Big change comes to The View

NATO says watching increased Russian miiltary moves in Europe airspace
NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg said Thursday that the transatlantic alliance remained vigilant after an increase in Russian military manoeuvres in European airspace. "NATO is strong, it remains vigilant," he said during a visit to Athens. Russian strategic bombers, fighters and tanker aircraft have been intercepted on Tuesday and Wednesday in what NATO said earlier was "unusual" activity. "This strength is our answer" to what NATO has termed large-scale Russian military manoeuvres over the Atlantic, Baltic, North and Black seas earlier this week, when they skirted NATO airspace.

Tuesday's elections will be landmark for conservation
GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Voters across the nation are deciding whether to set aside billions of dollars for parks and preservation in what some environmentalists are calling one of the most significant elections for land conservation in American history.

N. Korea imposes Ebola quarantine
Foreigners will be isolated for 21 days over fears of the spread of the virus.

Longtime Boston Mayor Thomas Menino dies at 71
By Scott Malone BOSTON (Reuters) - Thomas Menino, the longest-serving mayor in Boston history who led the city after the 2013 marathon bombing, died on Thursday at age 71 from cancer, his family said in a statement. Menino, a Democrat, ran New Englands largest city for two decades before he stepped down in early 2014 at the end of his fifth term, saying he could no longer keep up the intense schedule. Months after ending his final term, Menino disclosed he had been diagnosed with cancer. Last week, he said he would halt cancer treatments to spend more time with his family. ...

NC courthouse shooting: One suspect in jail, one pursued
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — One suspect has been arrested and another is being sought on an assault charges in the shooting at a North Carolina courthouse that wounded two men.

Hawaii's Big Island watches lava slowly reshape community
PAHOA, Hawaii (AP) — The Hawaii National Guard is deploying troops to a rural Hawaii town as lava makes a slow crawl toward a major road and threatens to further isolate the community that got its start during the lumber and sugar-plantation heyday.

World must do more to fight Ebola: UN envoy Power
Returning from W. Africa, ambassador to UN says world must confront "greatest public health crisis ever."

On Politics: Obama, Christie and Ebola
Somehow, Chris Christie has again managed to make himself the most talked-about Republican in the country on the eve of an election in which he isn't on the ballot.

150 found in Iraq mass grave
Militants from Islamic State said to have rounded up Sunni men from villages and executed them Wednesday.

Nurse defies Maine's Ebola quarantine, goes for bike ride
FORT KENT, Maine (AP) — Insisting she is perfectly healthy, nurse Kaci Hickox again defied the states Ebola quarantine Thursday by taking a bike ride with her boyfriend, and Maine health authorities struggled to reach a compromise that would limit her contact with others.

'I'm proud to be gay,' says Apple CEO Tim Cook
Apple CEO Tim Cook on Thursday made a surprising announcement in an opinion piece on Bloomberg Businessweek, which is very much in line with his many public notes in the recent past about diversity at the workplace. “While I have never denied my sexuality, I haven’t publicly acknowledged it either, until now. So let me be clear: I’m proud to be gay, and I consider being gay among the greatest gifts God has given me,” Cook said  in the essay. FROM EARLIER: Tim Cook offers a heartfelt tribute to Steve Jobs on the 3rd anniversary of his passing The executive admitted that he never hid his sexual orientation while working at Apple, even though he had not publicly declared it until now. “For

Apple's chief exec Tim Cook: 'I'm proud to be gay'
By Christina Farr and Sarah McBride (Reuters) - Apple Inc CEO Tim Cook on Thursday became the most prominent American corporate leader to come out as gay, saying he was trading his closely guarded privacy for the chance to help move civil rights forward. The 53-year-old Alabama native and self-described "son of the South", who has spoken out against discrimination of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people, declared his sexual orientation in a magazine editorial, confirming a fact widely known in the close-knit Silicon Valley tech community but rarely discussed. ...

Giants win 3rd Series title in 5 years
Madison Bumgarner comes out of the bullpen to shut down the Royals in a classic Game 7.

Lava 100 feet from Hawaii home, nearing main road
PAHOA, Hawaii (AP) — Rain fell Wednesday on a red-hot river of lava as it threatened to consume its first home on its slow advance into a rural Hawaii town.

China fears Hong Kong protests now national security issue
Month-old pro-democracy demonstrations a threat to Chinas rule; time for neutrality is over, political operative says.

Russia's $25 billion plan for North Korea
Russia is eyeing a mammoth and lucrative project for the hermit state.

Report: Red Cross was totally unprepared for Sandy relief
Two years after Superstorm Sandy, a former Red Cross official says "as many as 40 percent" of the relief organizations emergency vehicles were used as backdrops for press conferences during the groups response to the storm, a new report by ProPublica and NPR finds.

Obama on Ebola fight: We can’t seal ourselves off
The president says it is essential that the U.S. and other countries work to stop the outbreak at its source.

Hundreds feared buried under Sri Lanka mudslide
KOSLANDA, Sri Lanka (AP) — A mudslide triggered by monsoon rains buried scores of workers houses at a tea plantation in central Sri Lanka, raising fears that hundreds may have been killed.

Probe of Virginia rocket blast begins; space station supplied
By Ian Simpson and Irene Klotz WALLOPS Va./CAPE CANAVERAL Fla. (Reuters) - Authorities on Wednesday started investigating what caused an unmanned U.S. supply rocket to explode in a fireball moments after liftoff from a Virginia launch pad, destroying supplies and equipment bound for the International Space Station. The 14-story Antares rocket, built and launched by Orbital Sciences Corp, blasted off from the NASA Wallops Flight Facility on Wallops Island at 6:22 p.m. on Tuesday but burst into flames moments later. ...

Elton John's bold words about Pope Francis
NEW YORK (AP) — Elton John called Pope Francis "my hero" for his compassion and push to accept gays in the Catholic church at his annual AIDS benefit.

FBI under fire for 'completely unacceptable' act
The FBI has come under fire from media organizations following disclosures that it created a fake news website to track down a suspect in a bomb threat case. Documents revealed the FBI created a fake Associated Press news article that appeared to be in the Seattle Times, to trick the suspect to install malware that would reveal his location. The incident dates back to 2007, but the documents surfaced this week after a security research for the American Civil Liberties Union tweeted a link to the case file on Monday. "The FBI impersonating the press is just as irresponsible as the CIA running fake immunization programs.

Purdue University accused killer found dead
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — An Indiana man who fatally stabbed and shot a fellow Purdue University student earlier this year has been found dead from an apparent suicide in his prison cell, state correction officials said Wednesday.

Nation 'unprepared' for Ebola oubreak
An independent review gives dire warnings about the U.S. health care systems readiness.

After U.S. rocket explodes, Russians deliver food to Int'l Space Station
An unmanned Antares rocket exploded seconds after liftoff in Virginia.

Ebola nurse fights quarantine in Maine
Kaci Hickox tested negative for the virus and refuses to stay put for 21 days.

American couple held in Qatar for death of adopted daughter
An American couple feels trapped and abandoned by the U.S. Government as they await a possible death sentence following the death of their daughter in the oil rich country of Qatar. Grace and Matthew Huang were accused of starving their adopted daughter Gloria to death almost two years ago. Since the tragic night of Glorias passing, the Huangs have been jailed, separated from their other two children. Their lives are in the hands of a foreign government whose judicial process is mysterious and terrifying to them.They decided to share their story exclusively with Yahoo’s Global News Anchor Katie Couric.

Storied Washington Post editor Ben Bradlee remembered
WASHINGTON (AP) — Ben Bradlee, the longtime executive editor of The Washington Post during some of its proudest moments, was remembered as a "journalistic warrior" Wednesday during his funeral at Washington National Cathedral.

'I don't feel safe anymore'
Residents still feel mental anguish two years after Sandy ravaged the East Coast.

Increasing diabetes cases lead to new global health fears
Having diabetes triples a persons risk of contracting TB, which killed about 1.5 million people last year, said the report compiled by the International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease and the World Diabetes Foundation. A growing link has been observed between diabetes -- a disease of diet, lifestyle and genes -- and TB, a respiratory disease spread by bacteria, it said. "This is largely because diabetes rates are skyrocketing around the world, and having diabetes increases the risk that a person will become sick with TB." According to the report, it was estimated that there were more people in the world living with a combination of TB and diabetes than there were people living with TB and HIV -- a well-known duo that has claimed millions of lives.

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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
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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.

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Got milk? What kind?
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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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Suge Knight, Katt Williams arrested
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'House of Cards' actress dies
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'Terminator: Genisys' offers new take
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Marvel announces new movies
Marvel announced a huge slate of forthcoming films at an Tuesday press conference -- but left out a bit of "Strange" information fans were waiting for.

Jennifer Lopez: I've felt abused in the past
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Cuoco's Walk of Fame star
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Suge Knight, Katt Williams arrested
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'House of Cards' role models
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Is Kutcher the baby whisperer?
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Final 'Hunger Games: Mockingjay' trailer arrives
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Your guide to the new Marvel movies
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Jackman undergoes third cancer treatment
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Daniel Radcliffe's secret talent? Rapping
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Finally, Taylor Swift's '1989' is out
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Cream bassist Jack Bruce dies
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One Direction back on tour
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Funny or Die: Madden's hilarious bugs
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'Mad Men' vixen takes on a modern office
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Another 'Bachelor' couple bites the dust
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'Constantine': What's the verdict?
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Elizabeth Peña died from alcohol abuse
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Robin Williams' daughter gets tribute
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Christian Bale to play Steve Jobs
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Marvel announces movies into 2019
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Neil Patrick Harris may host variety show
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$3.2 million Superman comic arrives online
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Charles Barkley on 'brainwashed' blacks
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Report: Cumberbatch to play Doctor Strange
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LeVar Burton: 'Go the F*** to Sleep'
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Major League Baseball roundup
(The Sports Xchange) - Kevin Youkilis, a three-time All-Star known affectionately as Yoooouuuuk in Boston and "the Greek God of Walks" in the book "Moneyball," announced his retirement Thursday. The 35-year-old was limited to 21 games in Japan last season due to plantar fasciitis. Youkilis spent most of his 10-year major-league career in Boston, where he was part of World Series champions in 2004 (as a rookie) and 2007. - - The Red Sox re-signed right-hander Koji Uehara to a two-year contract on Thursday. The deal was reported by WEEI.com to be worth $18 million. ...

Reactions at World Series to Selig's reign
By Larry Fine KANSAS CITY Missouri (Reuters) - In an informal survey during the World Series, Reuters asked around for the most important elements of the reign of Major League Baseball commissioner Bud Selig, who is retiring in January: -- Bruce Bochy, San Francisco Giants manager "It's a better game today and that's because of our commissioner. He's had a great tenure and really is a great ambassador for our game. I think we're all thankful that it's an improved game, a cleaner game. "He's created more interest in baseball, it gives more teams hope, more cities hope. ...

National Basketball Association roundup
(The Sports Xchange) - The Cleveland Cavaliers and center Anderson Varejao are close to agreeing on a contract extension, ESPN.com reported Thursday. The deal would be for three years at an estimated $30 million, starting with the 2015-16 season. The Brazilian native is in the final year of a six-year, $42.5 million contract. He is making $9.7 million this season. - - San Antonio Spurs forward Kawhi Leonard, the MVP of the 2014 NBA Finals, will make his season debut Friday night against the Phoenix Suns. ...

Brady, Manning set to add another chapter to storied rivalry
By Simon Evans (Reuters) - Two of the mosts successful quarterbacks of all-time face each other when Tom Brady and the New England Patriots host Peyton Mannings Denver Broncos on Sunday but the clash is all about the present. While both have already secured places in the Pro Football Hall of Fame their recent form suggests they have plenty of fight left. The way they are plyaing, the duo could very well face each other in an AFC playoff battle in January. ...

National Football League roundup
(The Sports Xchange) - Washington Redskins coach Jay Gruden moved Thursday to the precipice of declaring Robert Griffin III his starting quarterback for Sundays game at Minnesota, a big step forward from the coachs dancing around the topic on Wednesday. "The progress that he has made has had us put him in with the ones and prepare to be the starter," Gruden said of Griffin, who returned to full practice on Wednesday after missing the last six-plus games with a dislocated left ankle suffered early in the Week 2 rout of Jacksonville. ...

Fed's George to send BBQ sauce to San Francisco Fed chief after Giants win
SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Kansas City Federal Reserve Bank President Esther George plans to send San Francisco Fed President John Williams some local barbecue sauce to commemorate his home team's World Series victory, spokesmen for the banks said on Thursday. Baseball's biggest annual contest wrapped up its seventh game on Wednesday with the San Francisco Giants' 3-2 win against the Kansas City Royals. The series' final games took place on the same two days that George, Williams and other U.S. ...

Royals' success warms outgoing commissioner Selig's heart
By Larry Fine KANSAS CITY Missouri (Reuters) - In a way, it was fitting for Major League Baseball Commissioner Bud Seligs last World Series in charge to finish in Kansas City. Selig, 80, is ending a 22-year reign as overseer of the game in January, and several of the innovations he instituted paid dividends at the 2014 Fall Classic. In his early days in charge, small market owners clamored for change, complaining that only a handful of wealthier clubs had a chance to win the World Series. ...

Giants a new-age dynasty with help from Bumgarner
By Larry Fine KANSAS CITY Missouri (Reuters) - A different kind of Major League Baseball dynasty has emerged. The San Francisco Giants are champions of a new age of parity, the best at juggling budget and talent, and managing the changing tides of a tumultuous 162-game regular season. Despite missing key players due to injury in pitcher Matt Cain and center fielder Angel Pagan, the Giants squeaked into the playoffs and won a third World Series title in five years with Wednesdays Game Seven win over the Kansas City Royals. ...

Two shot, dozens arrested in San Francisco following Giants win
By Rory Carroll SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Two people were shot, one was stabbed and around 40 were arrested as celebrations in San Francisco for the Giants victory in the World Series turned violent overnight, police said on Thursday. A number of police officers were struck by bottles while responding to the mayhem and three were taken to local hospitals, one with severe lacerations to his hand, Sergeant Monica Macdonald of the San Francisco Police Department said. ...

Champ Giants, near-miss Royals eye Series return
As the Champagne flowed and the San Francisco Giants celebrated a third World Series title in five seasons, they were already thinking about another championship run. Powered by an electrifying effort from left-handed pitcher Madison Bumgarner, the Giants beat Kansas City 3-2 on Wednesday for a 4-3 triumph in Major League Baseballs best-of-seven final that had manager Bruce Bochy talking about the teams ability to remain a perennial contender. "The thing I love about whats happening in San Francisco is the continuity we have so that allows you to hopefully compete and contend every year." The biggest player who could leave is 28-year-old Venezuelan third baseman Pablo Sandoval, who like 25-year-old Bumgarner has been a key figure in the thrilling title trilogy.

Bad bets take a big toll on the Super Bowl's host city
By Robin Respaut GLENDALE Ariz. (Reuters) - Welcome to the sports-crazy home of Februarys Super Bowl. Over the last decade or so, this city of 230,000 on Phoenixs northwest border, has reinvented itself from farm town to sports Mecca. It has built the dome stadium where the National Football Leagues Arizona Cardinals play, the National Hockey Leagues Arizona Coyotes arena, and the new baseball facility where the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Chicago White Sox appear every spring for their pre-season training. But Glendales love of sports has come at a cost: red ink and jobs lost. ...

San Francisco Giants fans take to streets after World Series win
By Rory Carroll SAN FRANCISCO, Oct 30 (Reuters) - Fans of the San Francisco Giants took to the streets to celebrate on Wednesday night after their team won the baseball World Series, topping the Kansas City Royals, but the festivities were marred by raucous fans and fires. Hundreds, many clad in the team's orange and black, flooded Valencia Street in San Francisco's Mission District after the final out in the seventh game of the baseball championship. "(Pitcher Madison) Bumgarner blew my mind tonight!" said Beau Adams, a San Francisco native sporting a Giants tattoo.

Rose fights back, Donaldson rides luck in Shanghai
European Ryder Cup stars Justin Rose and Jamie Donaldson both endured an up-and-down day as the BMW Masters got under way in Shanghai on Thursday. Rose ended on level par after a disastrous start that left him four over after just four holes. Beginning at the 10th Rose was already one-over par when he found water twice en route to a triple-bogey eight at the par-five 13th.

San Francisco celebrations turn violent, two shot: report
Raucous celebrations over San Franciscos World Series baseball triumph degenerated into street violence Thursday, with two people shot and injured, news reports said. In repeats of unrest that broke out after the San Francisco Giants won the baseball title in 2010 and 2012, crowds of revelers set bonfires, got into fistfights on the streets and threw bottles, sparking the deployment of riot police, the San Francisco Chronicle reported.

Poulter focuses on golf in Shanghai after Bishop row and injuries
Ian Poulter is just glad to be back playing -- despite struggling to a two-over 74 in the first round of the BMW Masters on Thursday -- as he tries to put the Ted Bishop row and an injury-hit season behind him. Former PGA of America president Bishop apologised this week for his "lil girl" tweet about Poulter which got him fired a month before his term in office was due to end. Poulter last week launched his autobiography "No Limits" in which his frank comments about Nick Faldo and Tom Watsons Ryder Cup captaincies prompted the offending tweet from Bishop.

With Rose blooming, Bulls open NBA season with emphatic win
The Chicago Bulls welcomed former NBA Most Valuable Player Derrick Rose back from injury Wednesday with a convincing 104-80 win over the New York Knicks. The return of Rose and the addition of Spanish veteran Pau Gasol have branded the Bulls as Eastern Conference contenders in 2014-15, and they looked the part at Madison Square Garden. "I wouldnt say my rust is knocked off, but its getting there," said Rose, who missed the final 71 games of last season with a torn meniscus after missing all of the previous campaign recovering from a torn knee ligament. Rose -- the 2011 NBA MVP -- scored 13 points with five assists in his long awaited regular-season return and off-season acquisition Gasol putting up 21 points with 11 rebounds.

Karlberg takes early CIMB Classic lead
Swedens Rikard Karlberg sunk seven birdies for a seven-under-par 65 to take a two-stroke lead in the first-round of the CIMB Classic in Malaysia, while Spanish star Sergio Garcia lurked four shots back. American defending champion Ryan Moore turned in six birdies of his own to lead a pack of golfers just three strokes off Karlbergs pace on 68. Karlberg had five birdies on the front nine at Kuala Lumpur Golf and Country Club and cemented his lead with two more on the final two holes. World number four Sergio Garcia, the highest-ranked golfer in the field, was in striking distance after entering the clubhouse with a three-under 69.

China specialist Levy leads in wet Shanghai
SHANGHAI (Reuters) - Frenchman Alexander Levy continued his love affair with Chinas golf courses by kicking off the European Tours Final Series with a seven-under-par 65 to lead after the first round of the BMW Masters. Levy, who won the Tours China Open in April, fired seven birdies in a bogey-free round to lead by one at Lake Malaran from Argentine Emiliano Grillo, Nicolas Colsaerts of Belgium and another Frenchman, Romain Wattel. ...

No fairytale ending to Royals' Cinderella story
By Larry Fine KANSAS CITY Missouri (Reuters) - There was no happy ending to Kansas City's storybook season after the Royals lost 3-2 in Game Seven of the World Series, and while they exceeded expectations simply by reaching Wednesday's finale, manager Ned Yost found the narrow loss hard to swallow. The endearing upstarts, who last reached the playoffs in 1985 when they went on to win the Fall Classic, had the tying run at third base in the bottom of the ninth against San Francisco but could not bring Alex Gordon home. ...

Bumgarner rides to the rescue for World Series win
By Larry Fine KANSAS CITY Missouri (Reuters) - The San Francisco Giants rode workhorse left-hander Madison Bumgarner all the way to their third World Series crown in five years with a Game Seven victory over the Kansas City Royals on Wednesday. Ace starter Bumgarner worked his magic as a reliever this time, coming out of the bullpen to throw five shutout innings and earn the save in a 3-2 win that clinched the best-of-seven Fall Classic. It was the eighth World Series title for the Giants and third in five seasons after victories in 2010 and 2012. ...

Giants beat Royals for baseball World Series title
Sparked by Madison Bumgarners historic pitching performance on only two days rest, San Francisco won their third World Series in five seasons by beating Kansas City 3-2. The Giants on Wednesday won Major League Baseballs best-of-seven final 4-3, winning their eighth overall championship and following up 2010 and 2012 titles by taking an intense winner-take-all showdown that was dramatic to the last play. Bumgarner, a 25-year-old left-hander who mystified Royals batters in winning games two and five, pitched five scoreless relief innings, striking out four while allowing only two hits and throwing 50 of his 68 pitches for strikes on career-low rest to earn unanimous Most Valuable Player honors. Bumgarner, originally credited with the game-seven win before an official scorers change gave him only a save and handed Jeremy Affeldt the win, allowed only one run in 21 World Series innings with 17 strikeouts and only one walk.

Magical Bumgarner joins World Series legends
Madison Bumgarner unleashed a pitching performance for the ages that cemented his place among World Series legends and established the San Francisco Giants as a Major League Baseball dynasty. The 25-year-old left-hander, returning to the mound on a career-low two days rest after a complete-game triumph, fired five scoreless innings Wednesday to give the Giants a 3-2 victory over Kansas City in decisive game seven of the 110th World Series. Game seven," Bumgarner said.

Giants ace Bumgarner named World Series MVP
KANSAS CITY Missouri (Reuters) - Madison Bumgarner was named the World Series Most Valuable Player after sealing the San Francisco Giants' 3-2 Game Seven victory over the Kansas City Royals on Wednesday with five shutout innings of relief. The brilliant performance in the do-or-die game gave Bumgarner a save to go with two wins earned through dominant starts, giving him a direct hand in three wins as the Giants claimed the best-of-seven 4-3 for a third title in five years. ...

Giants ride brilliant Bumgarner to World Series win
By Larry Fine KANSAS CITY Missouri (Reuters) - Madison Bumgarner insisted throughout the World Series that he felt great and was eager to take the ball any time San Francisco Giants manager Bruce Bochy asked him to pitch. The 25-year-old ace starter was called upon for a third time in the series in Game Seven on Wednesday, closing out the Giants' clinching victory over the Kansas City Royals with five innings of shutout relief. ...

List of World Series MVP winners
(Reuters) - List of Most Valuable Player winners from Major League Baseball's World Series. 2014 - Madison Bumgarner (San Francisco Giants) 2013 - David Ortiz (Boston Red Sox) 2012 - Pablo Sandoval (San Francisco Giants) 2011 - David Freese (St. Louis Cardinals) 2010 - Edgar Renteria (San Francisco Giants) 2009 - Hideki Matsui (New York Yankees) 2008 - Cole Hamels (Philadelphia Phillies) 2007 - Mike Lowell (Boston Red Sox) 2006 - David Eckstein (St. ...

Factbox: World Series MVP Madison Bumgarner
(Reuters) - A brief look at San Francisco Giants pitcher Madison Bumgarner, who was named the Most Valuable Player of the 2014 World Series on Wednesday: - Born: Aug. 1, 1989, in Hickory, North Carolina and grew up nearby in a log house in an area nicknamed "Bumville" because it had so many families there named Bumgarner. - The 6-foot-5 (1.96 m) left-hander was selected in the first round of the 2007 draft, the 10th player taken overall. - Won the South Atlantic League triple crown in 2008, leading the Class A league in wins, earned run average and strikeouts. ...

NBA's Sacramento Kings break ground on new stadium
After a decade of uncertainty, the NBAs Sacramento Kings broke ground Wednesday on a new stadium that Indian owner Vivek Ranadive vowed would be a state-of-the-art showpiece. He and Sacramento mayor Kevin Johnson -- a former NBA player who championed the teams place in the city -- scooped up ceremonial shovels full of dirt to mark the start of construction on the downtown arena scheduled to open in 2016. "Today is about more than just digging shovels into the ground -- its about celebrating the start of a new era for this city, the Sacramento Kings and the entire region," Ranadive said. Backers say the project will serve as a major catalyst for economic development for the Sacramento region, generating an estimated 4,000 permanent jobs, 1.6 million new annual visitors to downtown and $11.5 billion in regional economic impact over the next 35 years.

Lakers lose injured rookie Randle for season
Los Angeles Lakers rookie forward Julius Randle had surgery Wednesday to repair a broken right leg and will likely miss the rest of the NBA season, the team said. "Randle is expected to make a full recovery, although it is anticipated that he will miss the remainder of the 2014-15 season," the Lakers said in a statement posted on their website. It was a bitter start to the season for the Lakers, who saw Randle go down with a broken tibia as they were beaten 108-90 by the Houston Rockets on opening night. Randle, the seventh overall pick in the NBA entry draft in June, was playing in his first regular-season game and went down hard after a drive to the lane with less than seven minutes left in the contest.

NBA player pleads guilty in Michigan domestic assault
(Reuters) - Charlotte Hornets forward Jeffery Taylor pleaded guilty on Wednesday to misdemeanor domestic assault in connection with his arrest in September at a Michigan hotel, a county prosecutor's office said. Under a deal with prosecutors, Taylor, 25, also pleaded guilty in an East Lansing, Michigan, courtroom to misdemeanor malicious destruction of property. A charge of assault and battery was dropped, prosecutors said. Taylor was taken into custody at an East Lansing hotel early on Sept. 25, police said at the time. They did not release details of the incident. ...

World Series decider captivates host city
By Larry Fine KANSAS CITY Missouri (Reuters) - Buses roll through the downtown streets alternating their destination with the message "Go Royals" -- the same rousing chant that took over Pizza Bar near closing time in the Power & Light district. Nearly three decades of frustration for baseball fans in Kansas City has faded with the Cinderella story of the Royals, who have taken the San Francisco Giants to a deciding Game Seven of the World Series. ...

Man who vanished from Denver NFL game said he 'had his fill of football'
By Keith Coffman DENVER (Reuters) - A man who vanished during a National Football League game in Denver last week only to be found safe days later told police afterward that he had had his "fill of football" and had wanted to go somewhere warmer, authorities said on Wednesday. Paul Kitterman made national headlines this week when his family and friends asked the public for help in finding the 53-year-old who failed to return to his seat after halftime of the Denver Broncos-San Diego Chargers game last Thursday. ...

Wheelchair basketball gives new hope to disabled Afghan women
They have lost limbs to landmines and been disabled by mortar shrapnel, but Afghanistans wheelchair women basketball players refuse to call themselves victims. Clashing wheelchairs, hooting supporters and balls swishing through hoops brought a drab grey court in downtown Kabul alive Wednesday, in the final of the countrys third annual competition organised by the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC). At the end of the forty minutes of play, the scoreline read Mazar-i-Sharif 26, Kabul 9 -- but for many of the athletes who took part it was also a personal triumph over years of adversity. Mariam Samimi, a member of the winning side, was just six when she stepped on undetonated ordnance in her native northern province of Balkh, blowing off her toes.

Royals blank Giants to force baseball World Series title showdown
Kansas City forced a one-game showdown for the World Series title by blanking San Francisco 10-0, combining 15 hits with an overpowering performance by rookie pitcher Yordano Ventura. The 23-year-old Dominican right-hander surrendered only three hits over seven shutout innings in a must-win situation Tuesday, while Royals batters tagged the Giants for seven runs on eight hits in the second inning and cruised from there to level Major League Baseballs best-of-seven final at 3-3 and force a title-deciding matchup Wednesday. "When this thing started, I really hoped we could play seven just for the experience and the thrill of it and were here," said Royals manager Ned Yost. Kansas Citys Jeremy Guthrie, game threes winning pitcher, will open against game three loser Tim Hudson in a battle of right-handed starting pitchers.

London American football franchise could earn UK £100m - report
London (AFP) - The establishment of an American football franchise in London could generate over £100 million ($162 million) a year for the British economy, according to a report published by financial analysts Deloitte on Wednesday.

Garcia and Reed to face off Malaysia
A resurgent Sergio Garcia goes toe-to-toe with US Ryder Cup sensation Patrick Reed at the CIMB Classic beginning Thursday, as reigning FedExCup champion Billy Horschel looks to lift his game to an even higher level in the Malaysian event. Garcia, who will be paired with Reed, is enjoying some of his best form in years at 34. Along with Englands Lee Westwood, Garcia and the 24-year-old Reed comprise the premier trio for the first two rounds when they tee off together at the Kuala Lumpur Golf and Country Club (KLGCC). Reed was a revelation in the Ryder Cup where, along with fellow young playing partner Jordan Spieth, he was a rare bright spot for the United States in another humbling loss to Europe.

Spurs kick off title defence by edging Mavericks
The San Antonio Spurs picked up right where they left off, collecting their championship rings before beginning their title defence Tuesday with a 101-100 victory over the Dallas Mavericks. The Spurs, despite their superb record in ring ceremony games, needed every minute of the contest to hold off their Texas-state rivals, who gave them their most difficult challenge of last years playoffs. "We moved the ball much better in the second half," said Spurs guard Manu Ginobili, who came off the bench to score 20 points in one of three opening-night NBA contests. The Spurs rolled to their fifth NBA title in June by dismantling the LeBron James-led Miami Heat.

Indicators shift to Royals in decisive Game Seven
By Larry Fine KANSAS CITY Missouri (Reuters) - Probability swung in favor of the Cinderella Kansas City Royals after the American League champions routed the San Francisco Giants 10-0 on Tuesday to force a deciding Game Seven in the World Series. While the underdog Royals are seeking their first Major League Baseball crown in 29 years against a Giants team looking for a third title in five years, trends favor Kansas City, who will be hosting the Giants in Wednesday's deciding game. ...

Royals force deciding Game Seven with 10-0 rout
By Larry Fine KANSAS CITY Missouri (Reuters) - The Kansas City Royals got an inspired outing from pitcher Yordano Ventura and woke from their hitting slumber to rout the San Francisco Giants 10-0 and send the World Series to a decisive Game Seven on Tuesday. After a 162-game regular season and three rounds of postseason, the Major League Baseball championship will come down to one game with the Giants chasing a third title in five years and the Royals looking to end a 29-year drought. The Royals entered the contest trailing the best-of-seven-series 3-2 and had not scored a run in 15 innings. ...