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  • Study: Sugary drinks linked to higher risk of premature death, especially for women

    WASHINGTON — Frequent consumption of sugary drinks such as sodas, sports drinks and juice is linked to an increased risk of premature death from cardiovascular disease and, to a lesser extent, from cancer, according to new research. Compared with women who had sugary beverages less than once per month, those who had more than two servings a day — defined as a standard glass, bottle or can — had a 63 percent increased risk of premature death, according to a […]

  • Daily aspirin to prevent heart attacks no longer recommended for older adults

    WASHINGTON — If you’re a healthy older adult looking for ways to reduce your risk of heart attack and stroke, don’t turn to that age-old standby: Daily low-dose aspirin. It’s no longer recommended as a preventative for older adults who don’t have a high risk or existing heart disease, according to guidelines announced Sunday by the American College of Cardiology and the American Heart Association. “For the most part, we are now much better at treating risk factors such as hypertension, diabetes […]

  • Dead whale found with more than 85 pounds of plastic bags in its stomach

    A young whale whose carcass washed up in the Philippines died of “dehydration and starvation” after consuming 40 kilograms (88 pounds) of plastic bags, scientists have found. Marine biologist and environmentalist Darrell Blatchley told CNN that the juvenile male Cuvier’s beaked whale was found “showing signs of being emaciated and dehydration” and had been “vomiting blood before it died.” Blatchley, who is president and founder of D’ Bone Collector Museum, a natural history museum in the Philippine city of Davao, […]

  • Police looking for driver who dragged Nashville officer with his ATV

    The Metro Nashville Police Department is looking for the ATV driver who dragged an officer down Broadway on Saturday. About 100 “dirt bikes, motorcycles, ATVs, and four wheelers” illegally took over the street around 3 p.m. on Saturday, MNPD said. It was the second day in a row that off-road vehicles began illegally driving on major roads throughout Nashville, according to WTVF. “These individuals were weaving in and out of moving and parked vehicles, endangering motorists and pedestrians, when Sergeant […]

  • Deaths from dementia have more than doubled in US, report says

    Dementia not only affects memory and quality of life, it can be fatal. A report released Thursday by the National Center for Health Statistics shows that the rate of Americans who died from dementia has more than doubled from 30.5 deaths per 100,000 people in 2000 to 66.7 in 2017. The term dementia encompasses disease states that impair memory and result in a decline in cognitive function. These conditions seem to be affecting more of the population as it is expected to […]

  • Chico, the canine star of ‘Legally Blonde — The Musical,’ has died

    NEW YORK — Chico, the Chihuahua from “Legally Blonde — The Musical,” has died, his owner said. The dog was 14. Chico won hearts as Bruiser, the pet of the main character Elle Woods, during the musical’s 2007-2008 Broadway run. It was based on the popular 2001 Reese Witherspoon movie. “On Monday, March 11th, our beloved Chico crossed the rainbow bridge,” an Instagram caption with photos of Chico said. “His journey to the Palace Theater, where he originated the role […]

  • Trump attacks McCain over dossier; Meghan McCain swipes back

    WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump again attacked late Sen. John McCain on Saturday — prompting the Arizona Republican’s daughter Meghan McCain to respond that “no one will ever love” Trump the way they loved her father. Trump’s recent attack on McCain, who died in August, is the latest in his years-long offensive feud against the late senator, this time targeting McCain’s ties to the controversial Russia dossier and his vote against repealing Obamacare. “Spreading the fake and totally discredited Dossier […]

  • New Zealand PM’s office received shooter’s ‘manifesto’ minutes before attack

    ATLANTA — New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern’s office received an email with the manifesto from the suspect behind the mass shootings at two Christchurch mosques, minutes before the attack began. Ardern’s chief press secretary Andrew Campbell told CNN that the email in a “generic” email account maintained by staff, and was not seen by the Prime Minister. Authorities have declined to discuss potential motives for the attack, which killed at least 50. But the 87-page document, also posted on social […]

  • Mikaela Shiffrin extends record run as Marcel Hirscher hints at retirement

    ANDORRA LA VELLA, Andorra — She’s ski racing’s undoubted new queen, but Mikaela Shiffrin finished the slalom season in regal fashion with victory in the final race in Andorra. The 24-year-old clinched her 16th win of a record-breaking season Saturday to take her tally to 59 World Cup titles overall. The victory was also her 40th slalom win to equal the record of Swedish great Ingemar Stenmark, who heads the all-time list with 86 World Cup wins. Overall champion Shiffrin, […]

  • Nebraska farmer is killed trying to rescue someone in state’s worst flooding in 50 years

    OMAHA, Neb. — Parts of Iowa, Missouri and Nebraska are grappling with the aftermath of a powerful “bomb cyclone” that turned some areas into swamps as rivers spilled over highways and residential areas. The “bomb cyclone” slammed the central US with hurricane-like winds and blizzard conditions this week, leaving in its tracks heavy rains and flooding. In a news conference Friday, Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts said the state has experienced historic flooding in nearly every region. “This is the largest […]

  • Nebraska battles ongoing floods: ‘Everyone needs to be prepared,’ governor says

    OMAHA, Neb. — Heavy flooding continued in Nebraska on Friday as it and other states in the Midwest geared up for days and even weeks of water-logged misery. “As snow and rain pass, many communities have experienced devastating flooding. This could last for quite some time,” Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts said. At least 37 people were rescued from flood waters Thursday and rescues continued Friday, said Nebraska National Guard Adjutant General Daryl L. Bohac during an afternoon briefing. No fatalities have yet […]

  • New Zealand Prime Minister says, ‘Our gun laws will change’ following attack on mosques

    CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand — New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said Saturday morning that “our gun laws will change” following the mass shooting at two Christchurch mosques that left 49 people dead. “There were five guns used by the primary perpetrator,” she said at a news conference in Wellington. “There were two semi-automatic weapons and two shotguns. The offender was in possession of a gun license. I’m advised this was acquired in November of 2017. A lever-action firearm was also […]

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