Americans seeking to stay healthy can get their exercise in small increments of just a few minutes at a time, according to new guidelines issued by the government Monday that again encourage a largely sedentary nation to start moving. The guidance from a committee appointed by the Department of Health and Human Services does away with the official government position that physical activity should occur in sessions of at least 10 minutes. The earlier position was contained in the government's first physical activity guidelines, issued in 2008.
WASHINGTON - Kellyanne Conway doesn't think the controversial video shared by the White House of CNN reporter Jim Acosta refusing to let go of the microphone during President Donald Trump's news conference last week was altered. The widely criticized clip was merely "sped up," she said Sunday.
The most destructive wildfires in California's history have killed at least 31 people and forced tens of thousands more to evacuate as firefighters struggle to gain control amid swirling winds. The so-called Camp Fire in Northern California and the Woolsey Fire in suburban Los Angeles have destroyed more than 6,700 structures and could cost the state, insurers and homeowners at least $19 billion in damages. More winds are forecast for the afflicted areas, and there are no signs of seasonal rain ahead.
"Anna" will not stop calling. She really, really wants to sell you health insurance. What a lot of consumers really, really want is to smack Anna upside her robo-calling head. With health insurance open-enrollment season underway, automated phone calls offering Affordable Care Act or other health plans are spiking - and driving many consumers to the brink. California residents may have it worst, because its open-enrollment period is twice as long as in other parts of the country.
At first, Judy Melinek didn't know how to respond when she learned about an NRA tweet last week telling doctors who dared enter the gun debate to stay "in their own lane." But two days later, when the forensic pathologist, was on her way to the morgue to examine the body of one of the country's many forgotten gunshot victims, the words came to her. "Do you have any idea how many bullets I pull out of corpses weekly? This isn't just my lane," she tweeted on Friday. "It's my [expletive] highway."
Sgt. Robert Cude remembered that the bugle call, "Stand Fast" - cease firing - sounded across the foggy landscape of the British lines that morning. The American motorcycle courier Leon George Roth noted that in the sudden quiet, he could hear his watch ticking. Near the Moselle River in northeastern France, recording equipment that had been tracking the thunder of artillery flatlined. It was 11 a.m. on Nov. 11, 1918 - a century ago Sunday - the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month. Armistice Day.
Assistant Manager Dong Zheng paced the aisles of his Asian grocery store in Maryland with an urgent task: Slap higher prices on about 50 different items to reflect the latest tariffs in the U.S.-China trade war. Among his targets at 99 Ranch Market in the Washington suburb of Gaithersburg: crispy broad beans, up 40 cents to $2.69, and Lee Kum Kee abalone sauce, jumping to $8.39 from around $5. The chain imports many of its goods from China, and the trade war may push prices higher on as many as 90 percent of the store's products, Zheng said.
Hours after officials announced grim new statistics in California's Camp Fire - nine dead, more than 6,700 structures incinerated - President Donald Trump blamed poor forest management for the destruction and threatened to pull federal funding. "There is no reason for these massive, deadly and costly forest fires in California except that forest management is so poor," Trump tweeted Saturday morning. "Billions of dollars are given each year, with so many lives lost, all because of gross mismanagement of the forests. Remedy now, or no more Fed payments!"
KABUL, Afghanistan - When Maj. Brent Taylor, a reservist in the Army National Guard and the mayor of North Ogden, Utah, was killed here Nov. 3 in an insider attack, his friend and comrade in arms, Afghan Air Force Maj. Abdul Rahman Rahmani, felt he had to send a message to Taylor's family. "He died on our soil but he died for the success of freedom and democracy in both of our countries," Rahmani, 34, a helicopter pilot, wrote the next day in a letter he included in a tweet. It was addressed to Jennie Ashworth Taylor, the mayor's wife and the mother of their seven children.
WASHINGTON - Federal investigators last year looked into whether Matthew Whitaker, as an advisory board member of a Miami patent company accused of fraud by customers, played a role in trying to help the company silence critics by threatening legal action, according to two people with knowledge of the inquiry. Whitaker, named this week by President Donald Trump as acting attorney general, occasionally served as an outside legal adviser to the company, World Patent Marketing, writing a series of letters on its behalf, according to people familiar with his role.