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Although many of the line dances are not cardio intensive, they rely on fancy footwork and moves that count as moderate exercise.
Sun, 09/22/2019 - 06:00

Research show that when you add a social component to an exercise plan, you're more likely to stick to it. That's especially true of the steps, turns, beats and fun of soul line dancing.

Former U.S. Vice President Joe Biden says President Trump's call with the Ukrainian president was "an overwhelming abuse of power."
Sat, 09/21/2019 - 17:59

Former Vice President Joe Biden was reacting to reports that President Trump pressured Ukraine's leader to investigate Biden's family.

A state police officer stands outside a Woodfield Mall entrance on Friday, in Schaumburg, Ill. An SUV drove into the mall through the Sears entrance and crashed into several stores and kiosks.
Sat, 09/21/2019 - 12:12

A 22-year-old man was taken into custody. "I am happy to report that there were only very minor injuries from this incident," Police Chief Bill Wolf said. No patrons were hit by the vehicle.

It's estimated that more than half of the indoor cats in the U.S. are overweight. (Above) Miko the cat, aka "Miko Angelo," is seen before and after participation in a study about feline weight loss.
Sat, 09/21/2019 - 11:22

It's estimated that more than half of the indoor cats in the U.S. are overweight. Now researchers are looking for new ways to help felines slim down.

Cokie Roberts, a longtime political reporter and analyst at ABC News and NPR, died on Tuesday.
Sat, 09/21/2019 - 09:00

The veteran journalist, who died on Tuesday at 75, was one of NPR's "Founding Mothers." Roberts' funeral was held Saturday morning at the Cathedral of St. Matthew the Apostle in Washington, D.C.

Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp needs to appoint a senator to fill Sen. Johnny Isakson's seat until a special election in November 2020. He's asking for applicants to submit their resumes online.
Sat, 09/21/2019 - 06:00

Gov. Brian Kemp is seeking an appointee to replace Republican Sen. Johnny Isakson. His office has opened an online application process for anyone eligible to submit their resume.

On a recent day, the sidewalk school in Matamoros, Mexico, began with arts and crafts.
Sat, 09/21/2019 - 05:00

In Matamoros, Mexico, volunteers have created a pop-up school on a downtown sidewalk for migrant children. They're all asylum-seekers waiting for their day in U.S. immigration court.

The New England Patriots cut Antonio Brown after 11 days with the team. The wide receiver is accused of sexual assault and his future in the NFL is in doubt.
Sat, 09/21/2019 - 03:08

The New England Patriots cut Brown from the team on Friday after a second woman accused the wide receiver of sexual misconduct. Brown faces a civil suit accusing him of raping a former trainer.

Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Kevin K. McAleenan, right, with Alexandra Hill, left, Minister of Foreign Affairs for El Salvador, after signing an asylum agreement in Washington, D.C.
Fri, 09/20/2019 - 22:57

The agreement furthers the administration's goal of requiring migrants to seek asylum in so-called "third countries" through which they traveled en-route to the U.S.

In 2018, Twitter released an archive of thousands of accounts that the platform determined were involved in potentially state-backed information campaigns. Since then, it has continued to make announcements of its efforts to remove accounts spreading disinformation.
Fri, 09/20/2019 - 20:35

Many accounts Twitter has suspended or removed have been added to a growing archive of tweets identified as part of "state-backed information operations."

Mario Rayna, center, chants with others at an entrance to the Nevada Test and Training Range near Area 51.
Fri, 09/20/2019 - 19:52

Despite the proposed raid drawing the attention of millions, no aliens were freed today.

Workers fix the damage in the Aramco's Khurais oil field in  Saudi Arabia, Sept. 20, 2019, after it was hit during Sept. 14 attack the U.S. alleges Iran carried out.
Fri, 09/20/2019 - 19:32

The Pentagon provided few details on the deployment. The announcement appears to indicate that the president has not made a decision whether to take military action against Iran

Andrew Wheeler, administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency looks on during a news conference Thursday at the agency's headquarters in Washington, D.C.
Fri, 09/20/2019 - 19:23

The lawsuit comes two days after the Trump administration revoked California's ability to set its own rules for automobiles. The state's top prosecutor blasted the move as "arbitrary and capricious."

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi pushed back against GOP criticism that her plan calling for the federal government to negotiate drug prices interfered with the free market.
Fri, 09/20/2019 - 16:14

In a wide-ranging interview, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi also said she opposes the efforts of leading 2020 Democratic presidential candidates to enact a government-run health care system.

Citing "growing federal, state and local regulatory complexity and uncertainty regarding e-cigarettes," Walmart says it will stop selling electronic cigarettes.
Fri, 09/20/2019 - 16:13

The nation's largest retailer cited regulatory "complexity and uncertainty" around e-cigarettes. U.S. health officials have raised alarms over growing cases of lung injury associated with vaping.

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