WASHINGTON—President Donald Trump denounced anti-Semitism in the United States on Tuesday, Feb. 21, in his most forceful remarks to date about a spate of threats to Jewish community centers around the country. Several Jewish community centers were evacuated for a time on Monday after receiving bomb threats, the JCC Association of North America organization said. Vandals toppled the headstones of about 170 graves at the Chesed Shel Emeth Society cemetery in St. Louis, Missouri, according to news reports.
Even though most Americans are worried about dying from a heart attack or stroke, few people know their numbers when it comes to basic risk factors for cardiovascular disease like blood pressure or cholesterol levels, a recent survey suggests. "We have known for a long time that the overwhelming majority of heart disease is preventable if you treat blood pressure and you treat high cholesterol and you treat diabetes," said Dr. Steve Nissen, chairman of cardiovascular medicine at the Cleveland Clinic in Ohio.
LOS ANGELES - From "Singin' in the Rain" to "The Wizard of Oz," musicals haven't traditionally seen much love from the Oscars. But "La La Land" has changed all that, tapping into a desire for escapism and sending Hollywood scrambling to dust off its dancing shoes. With a leading 14 Academy Award nominations including best picture, director, actor, actress and screenplay, Damien Chazelle's love letter to Los Angeles is favorite to waltz away with an armful of Oscars on Sunday and revive musicals as a force to be reckoned with.
OSLO, Norway — Norway has joined an international initiative to raise millions of dollars to replace shortfalls left by President Donald Trump's ban on U.S.-funded groups worldwide providing information on abortion. In January, the Netherlands started a global fund to help women access abortion services, saying Trump's "global gag rule" meant a funding gap of $600 million over the next four years, and has pledged $10 million to the initiative to replace that. Sweden, Denmark, Belgium, Luxembourg, Finland, Canada and Cape Verde have all also lent their support.
Drunken driving contributes to more than one in four motor vehicle fatalities for children, teens and young adults — and nearly half of these deaths happen at night or on weekends, a U.S. study suggests. "The vast majority of young people who die in alcohol-related crashes are killed on Friday and Saturday evenings," said lead study author Dr. Scott Hadland of Boston University School of Medicine. "Parents might consider limiting the extent to which young people drive during late hours on weekends," Hadland added by email.
In the U.S. alone, more than 6,000 people die in drowsy driving-related motor vehicle crashes each year, a recent study suggests. Millions of U.S. drivers fall asleep at the wheel each month, and roughly 15 percent of all fatal crashes involve a drowsy driver, researchers note in the journal Sleep. "Drowsy driving is not just falling asleep at the wheel; it mimics alcohol-impaired driving in many ways," said lead study author Stephen Higgins, a researcher at the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration in Washington, D.C.
STOCKHOLM/WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (Reuters) - A day after falsely suggesting there was an immigration-related security incident in Sweden, President Donald Trump said on Sunday his comment was based on a television report he had seen. Trump, who in his first weeks in office has tried to tighten U.S. borders sharply for national security reasons, told a rally on Saturday that Sweden was having serious problems with immigrants.
TAMPA, Fla. - A Florida middle school student may face criminal charges after confessing to throwing a wooden block at a vehicle in U.S. President Donald Trump's motorcade as it drove through West Palm Beach on Friday, the local sheriff's office said. Authorities received reports that a vehicle in the motorcade appeared to have been struck by a hard, small object, the Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office said in a news release. The incident occurred while the motorcade was en route from the local airport to Trump's Mar-a-Lago resort in Palm Beach.
MOGADISHU - A car bomb ripped through a market in Mogadishu on Sunday, killing 39 people and injuring around 50, a local official said, days after Somalia elected a new president. The car was driven by a suicide bomber, said Ahmed Abdulle Afrax, the mayor of Wadajir district where the bombing happened. "We carried 39 dead bodies and there were many others injured," Dr Abdikadir Abdirahman, director of the Aamin Ambulance Service, told Reuters. Madina hospital took in 47 injured people, Dr Mohamed Yusuf, the manager, said.
Norma McCorvey, the anonymous plaintiff known as Jane Roe in the Supreme Court's 1973 Roe vs. Wade ruling legalizing abortion, died Saturday, Feb. 18, at the age of 69, a journalist close to McCorvey said. McCorvey died on Saturday morning of heart failure at an assisted living home in Katy, Texas, Joshua Prager, a journalist who is writing a book about the decision, said in an email.