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By Nanci Hellmich, USA TODAY Some top fitness experts are angry over a new reality TV show called Fat March, which they say has contestants doing too much walking too fast, putting them at a high risk for injuries. The severely obese contestants on the ABC show, which airs...
Americans Popping Nearly Twice as Many Painkillers Than in 1997 Monday, August 20, 2007 MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. — People in the United States are living in a world of pain and they are popping pills at an alarming rate to cope with it. The amount of five major painkillers sold at...
Cars With Kids: NYC's Next Smoking Ban? Big Apple Could Be Newest Locale to Institute Secondhand Smoking Policy By DAVID SCHOETZ Aug. 16, 2007 Don't light up while driving with minors inside Big Apple city limits. That's the proposal a New York City councilman will unveil today...
Census Bureau Asks That Immigration Raids Halt for 2010 Count Thursday, August 16, 2007 E-MAIL STORY PRINTER FRIENDLY VERSION WASHINGTON — The Census Bureau wants immigration agents to suspend enforcement raids during the 2010 census so the government can better count illegal...
38% - Say Premarital Sex is Wrong Fewer than four-in-ten American adults (38%) now say that sexual relations between a man and woman before marriage is always or almost always wrong compared with nearly six in ten (59%) who say that it is only sometimes or never wrong. Not...
Defense Contractor Was Paid $1 Million to Ship 2 Washers By Renae Merle Washington Post Staff Writer Friday, August 17, 2007; Page D02 A South Carolina defense contractor pleaded guilty yesterday to bilking the Pentagon out of $20.5 million over nearly 10 years by adding...
Young Women Defy Labels in Intimacy With Both Sexes Bisexuals Take a 'Flexible' View and Don't Follow a 'Fixed Path,' Say Sexuality Experts By SUSAN DONALDSON JAMES Aug. 16, 2007 Pop culture loves the recreational lesbian -- the woman who dabbles but doesn't stay the course...
In Austin, 86 of 104 schools meet federal standards As standards continue to rise, 18 Austin campuses stumble, including nine of 13 high schools. By Raven L. Hill AMERICAN-STATESMAN STAFF Thursday, August 16, 2007 Nine of 13 Austin high schools are among 18 district campuses...
McCain: Immigration Issue Led to Threats Aug 15 08:10 PM US/Eastern By STEVEN K. PAULSON Associated Press Writer ASPEN, Colo. (AP) - Republican presidential candidate John McCain said Wednesday that the issue of illegal immigration angered people unlike no other, including the...