Posted 11:37 AM 6/19/2013
The American Medical Association has officially designated obesity as a disease.
The AMA says the disease requires medical treatment and prevention. One third of Americans are obese. That's on top of the one third who are overweight.
A board member of the Association says recognizing obesity as a disease will help change the way the medical community tackles this complex issue that affects approximately one in three Americans.
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Posted 7:59 AM 6/19/2013
NEW YORK - The mayors of New York, Los Angeles, Chicago and 15 other cities are reviving a push against letting food stamps be used to buy soda and other sugary drinks.In a letter sent to congressional leaders on Tuesday, the mayors say it's "time to test and evaluate approaches (More)
Posted 7:52 AM 6/19/2013
NORTH ATTLEBOROUGH, Mass. - State and local police spent hours at the home of New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez on Tuesday night as another group of officers searched an industrial park about a mile away where a body was discovered the day before.Police at the scene and (More)
Posted 7:46 AM 6/19/2013
WASHINGTON - An influential Republican senator says the Internal Revenue Service is about to pay $70 million in employee bonuses despite an Obama administration directive to cancel discretionary bonuses because of automatic spending cuts.Sen. Chuck Grassley of Iowa says his office has (More)
Posted 7:42 AM 6/19/2013
NEW YORK - Former investigators of the TWA Flight 800 crash off Long Island are calling on the National Transportation Safety Board to re-examine the case.The retired investigators claim that findings were "falsified." A documentary on the subject is coming out in July.The (More)
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Posted 7:40 AM 6/19/2013
OAKLAND TOWNSHIP, Mich. - FBI agents plan a third day of digging Wednesday in suburban Detroit for the remains of former Teamsters union leader Jimmy Hoffa, who disappeared 38 years ago.Authorities have pursued multiple leads into Hoffa's whereabouts since his disappearance in 1975. (More)
Posted 7:37 AM 6/19/2013
MIAMI - Forecasters say a tropical depression crossing Mexico's Bay of Campeche is expected to become a tropical storm before making landfall in that country's Gulf Coast state of Veracruz.The National Hurricane Center in Miami said the Atlantic season's second tropical depression is (More)
Posted 7:56 AM 6/18/2013
ATLANTA - Fewer U.S. adults are smoking, a new government report says.Last year, about 18 percent of adults participating in a national health survey described themselves as current smokers.The nation's smoking rate generally has been falling for decades, but had seemed to (More)
Posted 7:54 AM 6/18/2013
WASHINGTON - Military leaders are ready to begin tearing down the remaining walls that have prevented women from holding thousands of combat and special operations jobs near the front lines.Under details of the plans obtained by The Associated Press, women could start training as Army (More)
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Posted 7:49 AM 6/18/2013
SYRACUSE, N.Y.- Federal authorities have fired and demoted U.S. probation officers in the monitoring of a man charged with raping a 10-year-old girl and killing her mother during a carjacking at a New York mall.The Post-Standard of Syracuse reports the changes made at the federal (More)
Posted 7:47 AM 6/18/2013
NEW BEDFORD, Mass. - A Massachusetts woman says she and her 5-year-old developmentally disabled daughter were thrown out of a Providence, R.I., theater during a "Beauty and the Beast" performance because the girl was making giggling and humming noises she makes when she's happy. (More)
Posted 7:44 AM 6/18/2013
GLOUCESTER, Va. - A farm field overlooking the York River in Tidewater Virginia is believed to be where Pocahontas interceded with her powerful father Powhatan to rescue English Capt. John Smith from death.That's a fanciful footnote for many Virginia Indians, historians and (More)
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