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Study Finds Households With Kids Buy Less Junk Food

Monday, September 22, 2014

American families with kids bought 101 fewer calories per person per day in packaged foods in 2012 than they did in 2007, according to an analysis of a pledge by big food companies to reduce calories in the marketplace. It’s an “impressive” accomplishment but not sufficient to reverse childhood obesity, experts say. The assessments, published last weekin the American Journal of Preventive Medicine, follow on an earlier report on the …

Lawmakers: Security Breach Means Secret Service Needs Work

Monday, September 22, 2014

Washington — Members of Congress insisted Sunday that the Secret Service improve its procedures after an Army veteran, apparently suffering from mental problems, jumped a fence and managed to make it into the White House. Rep. Mike Rogers, R-Mich., chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, said the incident suggested the protective service might be plagued by an “atrophy of concern.” “I think what …

Thousands March in Moscow Against Fighting

Monday, September 22, 2014

Moscow — Tens of thousands of people marched through central Moscow on Sunday to demonstrate against the fighting in Ukraine and Russia’s alleged complicity in the conflict. An Associated Press reporter estimated the crowd at about 20,000, although the city police department put the number at about 5,000. The demonstrators chanted slogans including …

Poll: Nearly One in Four Americans Favor Secession

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Nearly one out of four Americans is so fed up with Washington that they are prepared to not take it anymore and would favor their state breaking away from the rest of the United States. According to a Reuters/Ipsos poll released Friday, 23.9 percent of Americans polled from …

Russia Plans Break From Global Web

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Moscow — Russia plans next week to discuss contingency measures to cut the country off from the global Internet in what the Kremlin called a necessary step to shield the nation from the U.S.-controlled worldwide Web. Russia’s state security council will examine ways to ensure domestic users can …

License Plate Scanners Capture Vehicles’ Travel

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Los Angeles — A rapidly expanding digital network that uses cameras mounted to traffic signals and police cruisers captures the movements of millions of vehicles across the U.S., regardless of whether the drivers are being investigated by law enforcement. The license plate scanning systems have multiplied across the …

Climate Seen as Economy Threat

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Washington — Shaun Donovan gave his first speech as White House budget director Friday and he didn’t even mention that Washington obsession of recent years — the $17.8 trillion national debt. No, in the run-up to next week’s United Nations climate summit in New York, the Obama administration …

For Victims of Gynecologist, Settlement Marks Step in Recovery

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Baltimore — Maria Lennon said she felt some relief when she heard the news Friday afternoon: A judge had finalized a $190 million settlement between Johns Hopkins Hospital and more than 8,000 patients of a gynecologist who used tiny cameras to secretly photograph women and girls during examinations. …

CEO, Two Others Guilty in Georgia Salmonella-Tainted Peanut Trial

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Albany, Ga. — More than five years after hundreds of Americans got sick from eating salmonella-tainted peanut butter, the top executive at the Georgia plant where it was made was convicted Friday and faces prison time in a rare food-poisoning trial that advocates said sends a stern warning …

Cowboy Churches Preach the Gospel With a Little Twang

Friday, September 19, 2014

Fort Worth, Texas — At high noon in the Stockyards Station, just after the longhorn cattle drive down Exchange Avenue and just before the gunfight show, a congregation comes to worship. Pastor George Westby has been leading services …

Home Depot Breach Affected 56 Million Credit, Debit Cards

Friday, September 19, 2014

New York — Home Depot said that 56 million debit and credit cards are estimated to have been breached in a data theft between April and September at its stores in the U.S. and Canada. That makes it the second-largest breach for a retailer on record. The nation’s …

Day Care Serves Gourmet Meals

Friday, September 19, 2014

Oslo — Growing up in Scandinavia’s richest nation has its perks. A private day-care center in Oslo’s Nydalen neighborhood is taking it a step further, serving gourmet food with a menu that includes King Crab, veal with foie gras sauce as well as exclusive Japanese Kobe beef to …

In the U.S., Gun Violence Kills Blacks at Twice the Rate of Whites

Friday, September 19, 2014

The risk of dying from a gunshot wound is twice as high for African-Americans as it is for white Americans, according to a new study based on 11 years’ worth of data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Between 2000 and 2010, the rate of firearm-related …