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Vegas welcome sign's designer not quite satisfied
In this file photo, tourists take pictures in front of the
In this file photo, tourists take pictures in front of the "Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas" neon sign in Las Vegas. Betty Willis, the woman who designed the iconic neon sign that has welcomed countless visitors to Las Vegas since 1959 has died. She was 91. She was proud of her design for the iconic “Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas” sign, her daughter said, but she never grew fond of how “fabulous” appeared, the single-word adjective not quite as flowing a script as she had envisioned.
AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, File
LAS VEGAS (AP) — The woman who designed the neon sign that has welcomed countless visitors to “fabulous Las Vegas” since 1959 has died.
Wednesday, April 22, 2015


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Diet Pepsi dropping aspartame for sucralose
NEW YORK (AP) — PepsiCo says it’s dropping aspartame from Diet Pepsi in response to customer worries and replacing it with sucralose, another artificial sweetener commonly known as Splenda.
Friday, April 24, 2015

M.H. Abrams, Norton anthology founder, dies
NEW YORK (AP) — M.H. Abrams, an esteemed critic, teacher and tastemaker who helped shape the modern literary canon as founding editor of the Norton Anthology of English Literature and joined the elite himself by writing one of the 20th century’s most acclaimed works of criticism, has died. He was 102.
Thursday, April 23, 2015

Model for Norman Rockwell's Rosie the Riveter painting dies at age 92
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Mary Doyle Keefe, the model for Norman Rockwell’s iconic 1943 Rosie the Riveter painting that symbolized the millions of American women who went to work on the home front during World War II, has died. She was 92.
Thursday, April 23, 2015

Auschwitz guard describes camp in chilling detail
LUENEBURG, Germany (AP) — A former SS sergeant described in chilling detail today how cattle cars full of Jews were brought to the Auschwitz death camp, the people stripped of their belongings and then most led directly into gas chambers.
Wednesday, April 22, 2015

More than $100,000 of Kentucky bourbon stolen
FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — A bourbon theft ring targeting the Buffalo Trace and Wild Turkey distilleries operated for years as a lucrative business, involving tens of thousands of dollars in whiskey, and the scheme began to unravel only when stolen barrels were discovered behind a shed, officials said.  
Wednesday, April 22, 2015

National Zoo plans to breed pandas living in US, China
WASHINGTON (AP) — Scientists at the National Zoo have traveled around the world to prepare for this year’s giant panda breeding season.
Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Amid optimism, US-Cuba relations challenge baseball players
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Yasmany Tomas took his last practice swings, packed his bat and carried his oversized No. 24 duffel bag toward the clubhouse.
Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Things to know about breakfast in the classroom
LOS ANGELES (AP) — When the school bell rings, children file into classrooms and open their textbooks. Increasingly, they're also eating a bowl of cereal.
Monday, April 20, 2015

Snack foods that promote better sleep
According to the National Sleep Foundation, changes in sleep patterns are a part of the aging process. Many people experience difficulty falling asleep and then staying asleep as they age, and that difficulty can make men and women over 50 feel more tired during the day.
Saturday, April 18, 2015

How to eat after 50
As people age, their dietary needs begin to change. Foods that were once staples of your diet as a youth may be restricted once you hit a certain age, while other foods you may have always avoided may now be necessary to fuel and support a healthy body.
Eating healthy foods and exercising may not be enough to sustain health, as hormonal changes and other health effects as a person reaches age 50 can have a profound impact on his or her nutritional requirements. The following are a few things men and women over 50 may want to consider as they look to eat a healthy diet for years to come.

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Get the facts on ocular migraines
While many people are familiar with the term “migraine headache,” few may have experienced an ocular migraine. Ocular migraines, sometimes referred to as “eye migraines,” are often harmless and may disappear rather quickly.

The organization All About Vision defines ocular migraines as painless, temporary visual disturbances that usually affect one eye. Ocular migraines can be disturbing because of their symptoms. People experiencing ocular migraines may experience scintillations, or bright flashing lights or flickering. Wavy lines surrounding an enlarging blind spot (scotoma) also can occur. Blind spots may start small but quickly grow bigger and move across one’s field of vision.

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Preventing osteoporosis
Osteoporosis is a disease of the bones that occurs when a person loses too much bone, produces too little bone or both. When a person has osteoporosis, his or her bones become brittle and can easily break.
Saturday, April 18, 2015

Easy ways to start looking younger now
Many young people, and adolescents in particular, desire to look older. But those desires often shift as men and women reach middle age, at which time looking younger becomes a priority. When wrinkles crop up or laugh lines appear, people are quick to run out and find methods to wipe away the years. Fortunately for adults, there are plenty of ways to create more youthful looks when Father Time starts catching up.
Saturday, April 18, 2015

Causes of women's baldness
Baldness is a condition most often associated with men, but plenty of women suffer from hair loss as well. Oftentimes, women suffer with hair loss in silence, embarrassed that they’re the only one experiencing baldness and failing to take any corrective action.
As many as 5 percent of women under 30 and 60 percent of those older than 70 are affected by some measure of hair loss, according to Dr. Gail Mercurio, MD, associate professor of dermatology at the University of Rochester in Rochester, N.Y. There are many common forms of hair loss in women, and a wide number of treatment and preventative options are.

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Tips for taking back your shower
 If you're like many busy women, you may have discovered that your shower is the only time you have to yourself each day, away from the stress and responsibilities of everyday life. Making the most of each shower will allow you to take the time to cleanse not only your body, but also your mind. 
Saturday, April 18, 2015

How smarter shopping enhances well-being
 There isn't a one-size-fits-all approach to living a better life, but most people agree - feeling your best is aligned with making healthier choices. The road to well-being starts with making informed decisions that will help you to shop, cook, eat and feel better.
From career-driven singles to busy moms and dads, making healthy decisions on a daily basis is a challenge for most Americans. In fact, a 2014 study published for Food Marketing Institute by Prevention magazine and Rodale Inc. found that two out of three shoppers agree that what you eat affects wellness, but a hectic lifestyle can disrupt even the healthiest of intentions.

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Protein an ally to women looking to get healthy
While protein is used to build and repair muscle tissue and promote neurological function, it also can encourage fat loss, deliver essential nutrients and improve metabolic activity. Because protein can increase satiety better than some other foods, it also can be a good way to curb cravings and help cut out some extra calories.
Saturday, April 18, 2015

Traditional matcha tea gets whirled, dusted, infused in US
LOS ANGELES (AP) — More than a thousand years ago, Buddhist monks in Japan began a daily ritual of grinding green tea leaves into powder, mixing it into hot water with a bamboo whisk, then sharing the tea from a single cup.
Saturday, April 18, 2015

Northern Illinois University offers 'Game of Thrones' course
DEKALB, Ill. (AP) — Northern Illinois University is offering a course this semester on the HBO series “Game of Thrones.”
Friday, April 17, 2015

Billy Graham could be immortalized in US Capitol
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A proposal to honor North Carolina favorite son Rev. Billy Graham with a statue in Washington won state House approval Thursday, but not without complaints from Democrats about the process and counter-claims from Republicans that critics had something against Graham.
Friday, April 17, 2015

'Star Wars' teaser: The force is slowly awakening
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — The force won’t officially awaken until December, but Star Wars fans got an early glimpse Thursday with the debut of a spooky new teaser trailer for “Star Wars: The Force Awakens.”
Friday, April 17, 2015

Cat chat: It's more than just meowing around
LOS ANGELES (AP) — When it comes to cats, those meows mean ... well, a lot of things.
Thursday, April 16, 2015

Smithsonian to launch its first new magazine in 30 years on cultural travel
WASHINGTON (AP) — Smithsonian Enterprises, the business arm of the popular museum complex, is launching its first new magazine in 30 years with a focus on cultural travelers.
Thursday, April 16, 2015

Your brain's aging and a new report urges ways to stay sharp
WASHINGTON (AP) — Those lost car keys that were an annoyance in your 30s can spark major anxiety in your 60s. Turns out it’s pretty normal: The brain ages just like the rest of your body, says a new report that urges Americans to take steps to keep sharp in their senior years.
Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Survivors recall Buchenwald horror 70 years later
WEIMAR, Germany (AP) — Buchenwald survivor Henry Oster recalls thinking that a fellow inmate had “lost his sense of reality” when he said 70 years ago Saturday that the concentration camp was being liberated, bringing an end to the long ordeal of the 21,000 surviving prisoners.
Saturday, April 11, 2015

Finding Lincoln's resonance 150 years later
WASHINGTON (AP) — In the reading room overlooking Pennsylvania Avenue, Karen Needles mostly works alone — but always in good company.
Saturday, April 11, 2015

Ringo Starr's latests recalls Fab times and vibes
Saturday, April 11, 2015

A New Trend In Whiskey. . .Rye Rising
(AP) — Fans of brown spirits are taking a rye approach to imbibing.
Saturday, April 11, 2015

Lauren Hill dies after fighting tumor to play college hoops
CINCINNATI (AP) — Lauren Hill spent her final year polishing a layup and inspiring others to live fully. She succeeded at both as she fought an inoperable brain tumor.
Friday, April 10, 2015

12-year-old from Illinois ties for 1st in ESPN brackets
HAWTHORN WOODS, Ill. (AP) — A sixth-grade boy from suburban Chicago completed a near-perfect bracket predicting the NCAA men's basketball tournament, finishing in a tie for first in ESPN's massive annual contest.
Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Homemade sauces serve up health and taste
Getting your family together around a delicious, home-cooked meal is easier when your kitchen is stocked with better-for-you ingredients. For home cooks looking to delight taste buds and satisfy appetites – start with the sauce.
Saturday, April 4, 2015

Events, Exhibits Nationwide Mark 150 Years Since Lincoln Assassination
WASHINGTON (AP)  — April 15th marks 150 years since the death of President Abraham Lincoln. Historic sites, museums and communities around the country are hosting exhibits, performances and events to mark the anniversary. Here are details on a few.
Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Stiff whiskey law stifles town's boozy revival
TRIMBLE, Tenn. (AP) — Booze, bikes and rock ‘n’ roll.
Tuesday, March 31, 2015

An apple a day may not keep the doctor away, study says
CHICAGO (AP) — An apple a day doesn’t necessarily keep the doctor away. That’s according to proverb-busting research that found daily apple eaters had just as many doctor visits as those who ate fewer or no apples.
Monday, March 30, 2015

Simple steps you can take to relieve joint pain
Stiff, painful joints affect a vast number of people. According to the American College of Rheumatology, arthritis and other rheumatic diseases afflict roughly 23 percent of Americans, while Canadian Health Surveys indicate that nearly 17 percent of the Canadian adult population have arthritis. The number of people living with arthritis is expected to increase as the Baby Boomer generation continues to age.
Saturday, March 28, 2015

How to stop a cold before it ever gets started
Keep kids clean. School-aged kids tend to carry home lots of germs, so when kids get home after a long day at school, make sure they wash their hands thoroughly and change into fresh outfits. Such precautionary measures can keep colds and other illnesses from running rampant through your house.

Go outdoors and get some fresh air. It’s a myth that cold air will bring on a cold. In reality, being outside instead of congregating indoors with other sick people may decrease your risk of getting a cold. Don’t be afraid to go outside when the temperatures drop for fear of getting sick. Fresh air and exercise can be good for you.

Drink plenty of fluids. Keeping your body hydrated will help flush toxins out of your body, strengthening your immune system and making it more capable of fending off colds.

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Some side effects of obesity may surprise you
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, nearly 40 percent of the United States population is now considered obese, while an additional 34 percent are considered overweight. The consequences of being overweight or obese include diabetes, heart disease and even death. Here are some health effects that can be the result of carrying around too much weight.
Saturday, March 28, 2015

Recommended immunizations for 50+
Vaccine schedules and recommendations may vary depending on where a person lives, but the following immunizations are recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Saturday, March 28, 2015

Autism spectrum disorder: where to find resources
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that, as of 2014, autism spectrum disorder affects 1 in 68 children across the country. This new estimate is 30 percent higher than previous reports, which may be indicative of better measuring devices, more people coming forward or a greater prevalence of autism across the board.
Saturday, March 28, 2015

'Life After Loss' just one of SCI's support groups
SPRINGFIELD, Il — “Moving Forward” is a new support group for people who have experienced the recent loss of a loved one. The group will meet from 9 – 10 a.m. on the first and third Fridays of each month at Simmons Cancer Institute (SCI) at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine, 315 West Carpenter Street in Springfield.
Saturday, March 28, 2015








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