News archive from 16 December 2011

Biggest childhood obesity declines seen in New York City middle schools

Biggest childhood obesity declines seen in New York City middle schools

Some encouraging news on the childhood obesity front: Obesity levels among kindergartners through eighth-graders in New York City have gone down, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports. The decline, says the report, is to date the...

 
Type 1 diabetes checks are crucial for students, school staff

Type 1 diabetes checks are crucial for students, school staff

Willow Shawl doesn't like to draw attention to her Type 1 diabetes. If a stranger asks about the insulin pump clipped to her jeans, the 10-year-old will say it's an iPod. Sometimes she'll forgo checking her blood-sugar levels to avoid the stares of...

 

Former Cowboys WR Sam Hurd arrested in Chicago on drug charges

CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago Bears wide receiver Sam Hurd was in federal custody Thursday, charged with trying to set up a drug-dealing network after authorities arrested him with a kilogram of cocaine during a sting. Hurd was arrested Wednesday night after...

Dallas News, 17:01 in Sport
 

Fantasy Fool: Cowboys are solid picks against Buccaneers this week

Wondering whether or not to start Drew Brees and Rob Gronkowski, or to bench Caleb Hanie and Tashard Choice?  The network bozos specialize in that kind of advice.  If you’re looking for help with your real starting lineup conundrums, read on.  Here...

Dallas News, 17:01 in Sport
 

Smith: Hurd still on Bears roster despite arrest

Chicago Bears coach Lovie Smith says Sam Hurd remains a member of the team despite his arrest on federal charges of sweeping drug activity. The Bears finished practice Thursday at Halas Hall without the veteran wide receiver, and didn’t discover...

 
For Spain's Next Prime Minister, Rigor Is Watchword

For Spain's Next Prime Minister, Rigor Is Watchword

MADRID - Mariano Rajoy is used to waiting on the sidelines. Connect With Us on Twitter Follow @nytimesworld for international breaking news and headlines. It has been a month since his conservative Popular Party won a landslide victory in Spain,...

 
John Henry says Jason Varitek always welcome with Red Sox

John Henry says Jason Varitek always welcome with Red Sox

PROVIDENCE, R.I. - Boston Red Sox [team stats] owner John Henry says catcher Jason Varitek [stats] always will have a home in the organization. The team isn’t expected to keep Varitek after signing Kelly Shoppach on Tuesday to back up Jarrod...

 

NCAA agrees to $500 million deal with ESPN to air championships in many sports through 2023-24

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - The NCAA has agreed to a $500 million deal with ESPN to broadcast the championships in many of its sports through the 2023-24 school year. The contract announced Thursday gives the company international rights to the men's...

 

RIM’s Quarterly Profit Falls 71%

OTTAWA - Research in Motion’s third quarter earnings fell 71 percent, hurt by giveaway pricing for the BlackBerry PlayBook tablet and costs related to a global service interruption. The company said Thursday that its earnings were $265 million,...

 

Game console owners increasingly stream video, Nielsen finds

LOS ANGELES - Video game consoles aren’t just for gaming anymore. Increasingly, people are using their Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and Wii devices to stream movies and TV shows, according to a survey released Wednesday by the Nielsen Co. Because all three...

 

Iraq: Key figures since the war began

CASUALTIES: --U.S. deaths as of Dec. 15, 2011: 4,487, according to the Pentagon. --Confirmed U.S. military wounded (hostile) as of Nov. 29, 2011: 31,921. --Confirmed U.S. military wounded (non-hostile, using medical air transport) as of Oct. 31, 2011:...

 

Jail terms ordered in Colombian kickback scandal

BOGOTA, Colombia-A Colombian judge has sentenced three construction moguls to more than seven years in prison each for embezzlement in a kickback scandal that also involved the ex-mayor of the capital. Judge Jesus Ignacio Martinez convicted and...

 

Iraqis view US departure with relief, apprehension

BAGHDAD-The Stars and Stripes were lowered, the Iraqi flag raised, and Defense Secretary Leon Panetta declared the U.S. role in the Iraq War officially over. Muhsin Mohammed was glad for that, but not satisfied. He wanted something that never came --...

 

Tunisia president asks for 6 month trial period

TUNIS, Tunisia-Tunisia's newly elected president said he is prepared to resign if life in the country has not improved after six months. In an interview on state television late Wednesday, Moncef Marzouki called for patience while the new government...

 

Palestinians light Christmas tree in Bethlehem

BETHLEHEM, West Bank-Hundreds of Palestinians have gathered in Bethlehem to light a Christmas tree ahead of the holiday festivities in the town where Jesus was born. Palestinian Prime Minister Salam Fayyad pressed a button lighting up the decorations...

 

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