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  • Almost half of America's obese youth don't know they're obese

    Updated: 32 min ago

    The good news is that after decades of furious growth, obesity rates finally seem to be leveling off in the U.S.. The bad news is that America's youth still appear to be dangerously unaware of the problem. Forty-two percent of obese children and adolescents in the U.S. - those between the ages of 8 and 15 years - misperceive their weight as normal, according to a new report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's National Center for Health Statistics. Among obese boys, the rate is almost 48 percent; for obese girls, it's roughly 36 percent. And America's overweight children are even more confused about the relative size of their waistlines - some three quarters of overweight children and teens consider themselves to be

  • BC-MS--Mississippi News Digest,ADVISORY, MS

    Updated: 2 hr ago

    Good afternoon, Mississippi editors. The news editor is Brian Schwaner (1-504-523-3931). The AP photographer is Rogelio Solis. If you have contributions for or questions about the Mississippi report, call 1-601-948-5897. To report technical problems: 1-800-469-1362. AP stories, along with the photos that accompany them, can also be obtained from Reruns are also available from the Service Desk (877-836-9477). TOP STORIES EDUCATION FUNDING JACKSON — Mississippi's state Board of Education will make its annual request for full funding under the Mississippi Adequate Education Program. State lawmakers have cumulatively underfunded the state's education funding formula by $1.5 billion over th

  • Regular exercise can help kids do better in school

    Updated: 3 hr ago

    (StatePoint) Physical activity may not be the first thing parents or teachers think about when they want to boost a child’s academic performance, but evidence supports the notion that a bit of exercise for the body is beneficial to the brain as well. In fact, kindergarteners who participated in Build Our Kids’ Success (BOKS), a free before-school program involving physical activity and nutrition education, had significantly improved memory skills as rated by teachers, compared to their peers who did not participate. A study of the children’s performance also concluded that those who participated in the program exhibited good behavior in the classroom.

  • Man accused in traffic fatality dies

    Updated: 6 hr ago

    BRANDON, Miss. (AP) — An 85-year-old man charged with manslaughter in the hit-and-run death of a 10-year-old Richland student has died. Leake County Coroner Earl Adams tells The Clarion-Ledger ( ) that Raymond Watts died in Carthage on July 15. Adams says Watts had been under hospice care for end-stage heart disease and bladder cancer. His funeral was last Thursday. Authorities say 10-year-old Allen Lutrick was struck Nov. 1, 2011, as he was boarding a school bus. Lutrick died the next day. Watts also was charged with felonious fleeing the scene of an accident. ___ Information from: The Clarion-Ledger, http://www.clarionledger.

  • Former Cowboys running back Robert Newhouse dead at 64

    Updated: 7 hr ago

    Former Dallas Cowboys fullback Robert Newhouse, who will be remembered most for throwing a touchdown pass to Golden Richards while running to his left in Super Bowl XII on one of Tom Landry’s famous trick plays, died Tuesday night. He was 64. Newhouse battled health issues since suffering a stroke in 2010. He spent much of the past year at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., hoping to get a heart transplant. Newhouse never got strong enough for the transplant before succumbing to heart disease at the Mayo Clinic, his son Rodd Newhouse confirmed Tuesday night. His final days were a stark contrast to how he lived and how he played football during a 12-year career with the Cowboys that included three Super Bowl ap

  • BC-TX--Texas Sports Digest, TX

    Updated: 10 hr ago

    Texas sports at 5:40 a.m. CDT. Diana Heidgerd is on the desk and reachable at 972-991-2100 or, in Texas, 800-442-7189. For access to AP Exchange and other technical issues, contact AP Customer Support at or 877-836-9477. If you have stories of regional or statewide interest, please email them to If you have photos of regional or statewide interest, please send them to the AP state photo center in New York, 1-888-273-6867. FOOTBALL: NFL FBN--TEXANS PREVIEW HOUSTON — As the Houston Texans prepare for the start of training camp on Saturday, their biggest question mark involves a player who probably won't be there when they take the field.

  • The Dallas Morning News Tim Cowlishaw column

    Updated: 13 hr ago

    When former Cowboys gather Wednesday morning at Lovers Lane United Methodist Church for the funeral services of longtime coach Jim Myers, sadly they will have one more Cowboy to remember fondly. Running back Robert Newhouse died from heart disease at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., Tuesday night. The undersized but powerful back known as "House," who suffered a stroke in 2010, was 64. Without question, the most famous pass in Cowboys history was the "Hail Mary'' delivered from the arm of Hall of Fame quarterback Roger Staubach to Drew Pearson to win a playoff game in Minnesota.

  • BC-Texas Sports Digest

    Updated: 16 hr ago

    Texas sports at midnight CDT. Diana Heidgerd is on the desk after 5 a.m. CDT and reachable at 972-991-2100 or, in Texas, 800-442-7189. For access to AP Exchange and other technical issues, contact AP Customer Support at or 877-836-9477. If you have stories of regional or statewide interest, please email them to If you have photos of regional or statewide interest, please send them to the AP state photo center in New York, 1-888-273-6867. FOOTBALL: NFL FBN--TEXANS PREVIEW HOUSTON — As the Houston Texans prepare for the start of training camp on Saturday, their biggest question mark involves a player who probably won't be there when they take the field.

  • What is a tea sommelier? And why is tea growing in popularity?


    In case you haven’t noticed, tea has gotten incredibly popular over the last decade. The tea section at the local supermarket has exploded, and more people are drinking more different types of tea than ever before, due to its increased availability. Your local market’s tea section is no longer filled with just a few varieties of black tea, some green, and a handful of dusty herbal concoctions. And if you haven’t noticed the boxes and tins in your supermarket, perhaps you’ve checked out the ever-expanding offerings at Starbucks, your local coffee shop, or even a neighborhood cafe. If you’re lucky, you may even have a tea shop in your town. David’s Tea now has dozens of tea outlets across the U.S. and Canada — and all t

  • 7th death blamed on 2013 Philly building collapse


    PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The family of a truck driver who died of heart disease weeks after he survived a deadly building collapse in Philadelphia filed a wrongful-death lawsuit Tuesday linking his death to the catastrophe. Danny C. Johnson, 59, spent an hour buried in the rubble last year and suffered a mild heart attack at the scene, the lawsuit said. The event exacerbated his pre-existing heart problems and asthma, and he died after several hospitalizations over 23 days, the family's lawyer said. Johnson, of Philadelphia, has previously been listed as one of 13 survivors of the collapse, which killed six others, and is blamed on shoddy demolition work being done next door.

  • BC-KY--Kentucky News Digest, KY


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  • CDC director to be at Kentucky events


    SOMERSET, Ky. (AP) — The director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is holding four events in eastern Kentucky to discuss the region's high rates of cancer, diabetes, heart disease and obesity. Dr. Thomas Frieden will be at a 6:30 p.m. EDT reception and 7 p.m. dinner Aug. 4 at the Center for Rural Development in Somerset; a 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Aug. 5 appearance at Hazard Community and Technical College-First Federal Center; a 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Aug. 5 appearance at the Ramada Paintsville Hotel and Conference Center; and a 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Aug. 6 event at the Morehead Convention Center. The events are free, but registration is recommended to reserve meal service. To make a reservation, contact Cheryl Keato

  • Improved parenting may fortify low-income kids against poverty effects

    Updated: Mon, Jul 21, 2014

    For children growing up in poverty, the seeds of poor health in adulthood appear to be sown early. But a nurturing parent may be able to foster a child’s resilience to such conditions as allergies, diabetes, heart disease and some cancers, says a new study. To gauge the lasting health effects of good parenting, the latest research returned to rural Georgia eight years after researchers completed their first clinical trial of a seven-week program called the Strong African American Families Project. Of the 667 African-American mothers and their children who participated in that trial, researchers returned to 272 of the child subjects, who were by now 19 to 20 years old. They collected blood samples and measured those samples for si

  • One-on-One with Richard Lueker

    Updated: Mon, Jul 21, 2014

    THE BASICS: Born Richard D. Lueker on Feb. 2, 1933, in Flagstaff, Ariz.; bachelor’s degree in science from Northern Arizona University; medical degree from University of Colorado; married to Meg for 20 years; four adult children: Rob, Steve, Alison and Kate; no pets. POSITION: Medical director at New Heart Inc. Lueker once teamed with a fellow student to write a 30-minute operetta based on their experiences in medical school. They set it to Gilbert and Sullivan tunes and performed it for faculty and students. “The psychiatry department said, ‘We’d like to record this,’” Lueker says with a chuckle. He and his wife, Meg, usually make an annual trip to India at their own expense to help at an eye hospital.

  • BC-NV--Nevada News Coverage Advisory, NV

    Updated: Sat, Jul 19, 2014

    Good afternoon! Here's a look at how AP's general news coverage is shaping up in Nevada. Questions about today's coverage plans are welcome, and should be directed to supervisor Martin Griffith in Reno at 775-322-3639. A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change. Expected stories may not develop, or late-breaking and more newsworthy events may take precedence. Advisories, digests and digest advisories will keep you up to date. Some TV and radio stations will receive shorter APNewsNow versions of the stories below, along with all updates. FRACKING-CENTRAL NEVADA RENO, Nev. — A U.S.

  • Examiner: Wildfire death linked to natural causes

    Updated: Sat, Jul 19, 2014

    SAN DIEGO (AP) — A man whose charred body was found in a homeless camp during a San Diego County wildfire died from natural causes, not from injuries related to the blaze. The body of 47-year-old farm worker Adolfo Velasco was found in thick brush May 15 while the fire raged through parts of Carlsbad. The San Diego County medical examiner says Velasco suffered from chronic alcoholism and heart disease. He had a high level of alcohol in his system when he died. No soot was in his lungs, which would have been present if he was alive while the fire was burning. The Los Angeles Times reported Saturday ( ) the so-called Poinsettia fire burned more than 600 acres and destroyed five homes and 18 ap

  • Mortuary co-owner arrested, accused of mishandling corpses

    Updated: Fri, Jul 18, 2014

    FORT WORTH, Texas — One of the co-owners of a Fort Worth mortuary was arrested Friday, accused of abusing seven corpses found unattended and in advanced stages of decomposition inside her family’s business earlier this week. Rachel Hardy-Johnson, 35, was arrested on seven warrants at her Arlington, Texas, home around lunchtime Friday. She declined to comment as she was escorted by officers into the Fort Worth city jail. Police were still searching for her husband, Dondre Johnson, who had just been released from the Tarrant County Jail at 1:34 a.m. Friday in connection with an unrelated child support case. The two are accused of treating in “an offensive manner” the remains of seven of the eight bodies found Tues

  • Medicare Modifies Controversial Hospice Drug Rule

    Updated: Fri, Jul 18, 2014

    In response to strong criticism, Medicare officials are modifying rules intended to prevent the agency from paying twice for the same prescriptions for seniors receiving hospice care. Under the rules that took effect in May, hospice patients or their families could not fill prescriptions through their Part D drug plans until first confirming that the prescriptions were not covered by hospice providers. Drugs related to palliative and comfort care are supposed to be covered under the fixed rate payments to the hospice.

  • Women's Health Expo to focus on heart health

    Updated: Thu, Jul 17, 2014

    The third annual Women’s Health Expo takes place today and features local health care officials who are focusing on women’s heart health. The Expo will have about 44 vendors, as well as plenty of door prizes and gift bags for the first 100 attendees, but the main event will be two speakers from the local health community —Robin Wollard, a family nurse practitioner at Bothwell Regional Health Center who is board certified from the Missouri Heart Center, and Brandy Wilson, a May 2014 graduate of the State Fair Community College nursing program. “Robin Wollard will be speaking on the early signs of heart disease in women,” said Debra Andresen, office manager for the Sedalia Area Chamber of Commerce.

  • With US encouragement, VA disability claims rise sharply

    Updated: Thu, Jul 17, 2014

    LOS ANGELES — As Malvin Espinosa prepared to retire from the Army in 2011, a Veterans Affairs counselor urged him to apply for disability pay. List all your medical problems, the counselor said. Espinosa, a mechanic at Fort Lee in Virginia, had never considered himself disabled. But he did have ringing in his ears, sleep problems and aching joints. He also had bad memories of unloading a dead soldier from a helicopter in Afghanistan. “Put it all down,” he recalled the counselor saying. Espinosa did, and as a result, he is getting a monthly disability check of $1,792, tax free, most likely for the rest of his life. The VA deems him 80 percent disabled due to sleep apnea, mild post-traumatic stress disorder, t