In January, two dozen former Miss Americas were bunking in a grand rental home in Kissimmee, Florida, for a weekend of sisterhood. There was swimming and spa treatments and kitschy fun with an old Miss America board game. But Gretchen Carlson - the veteran TV news host and 1988's first violin-playing Miss America - could stay only an hour or two. She was there on business.
It turns out maintaining low blood pressure does not just help prevent heart attacks -- it can also keep your mind sharp. Research presented Wednesday at the Alzheimer's Association International Conference in Chicago found that at-risk people whose blood pressure was kept lower than the recommended level had a significant reduction in mild cognitive impairment (MCI), the precursor to dementia.
WASHINGTON - The U.S. and European Union have reached a deal to ease trade tensions and avoid further tariffs, President Donald Trump and European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said Wednesday. The deal calls for both sides to "work together toward zero tariffs" on non-auto industrial goods, President Trump said at a joint appearance in the Rose Garden. The European Union will also import more U.S. soybeans and liquified natural gas, or LNG, both leaders said. And both sides will work together to reform the World Trade Organization, they said.
WASHINGTON - The White House on Wednesday, July 25, pushed to next year President Trump's planned meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin, a move that comes amid intensifying criticism of Trump's conflicting statements on Russian interference in U.S. elections.
Ann Dieffenbach got her first shot of the new shingles vaccine, Shingrix, on Feb. 25 at her CVS pharmacy in suburban Washington. It's a two-injection series, the second shot recommended two to six months after the first. But Dieffenbach, 63, hasn't yet been able to get that second shot: There has been no vaccine available.
A $12 billion assistance plan for farmers hit by a growing trade war is unlikely to be extended in future years even if tariff battles continue, Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue said Wednesday. The mix of direct payments to farmers, commodity purchases for food-aid programs, and stepped-up promotion of new export markets announced by the Trump administration Tuesday is based on losses related to 2018 crops that were planted well before retaliatory tariffs from China, Canada and other nations began, Perdue said after speaking at an agriculture conference in Arlington, Virginia.
Surveys of crops in the U.S. and Canada are producing fresh insight into the condition of wheat and canola, and providing evidence that there may be surprises in store for this season. Early results from the North Dakota leg of a crop tour organized by the Wheat Quality Council have cast doubt on whether the U.S. Department of Agriculture's forecast for an all-time high national spring wheat yield will actually prevail.
WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump lashed out at his former personal lawyer and fixer Michael Cohen on Wednesday for releasing a recorded conversation between the two, asking on Twitter "what kind of lawyer would tape a client?" Trump's comments came the morning after Lanny Davis, a lawyer for Cohen, released a recording of a September 2016 phone call between Trump and Cohen that makes it appear Trump was familiar with a deal that Playboy model Karen McDougal made to sell the rights to her story of an alleged affair with him.
Lanny Davis, an attorney for President Donald Trump's onetime lawyer and fixer Michael Cohen, said Wednesday that Cohen is not interested in a presidential pardon. Davis flatly said "no" when asked during a morning television interview if Cohen is seeking a pardon from Trump. Davis appeared on ABC's "Good Morning America" to discuss the release of a recording of a September 2016 phone call between Trump and Cohen that makes it appear Trump was familiar with a deal that Playboy model Karen McDougal made to sell the rights to her story of an alleged affair with him.
Around the world - from Chicago to Munich to Roskilde, Denmark - airports have become centers of political protest over deportations. Activists have blocked airport entrances, demonstrated outside terminal fences, and even stormed a runway in attempts to stop flights carrying deportees.