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  • 2014 Winners of the “Fattest” Fast Food Chains
    2014 Winners of the “Fattest” Fast Food Chains

    Of the many fast food chains in this country, the Cheesecake Factory stands out for selling dishes with the most calories and the highest concentrations of sodium, saturated fat and sugar, according to the Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI), a nonprofit health-advocacy group. “The Cheesecake Factory may have reformulated a few dishes in response to being named a ‘winner’ of Xtreme Eating Awards in years past,” noted CSPI in a press release Wednesday. Keep in mind that the Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion estimates a daily caloric need of 2,600 for a moderately active man between the ages of 26 and 45, while a moderately active woman between the ages of 26 and 50 needs roughly 2,000 calories a day to maintain a current weight. The chain’s Bruléed French Toast, which consists of a plate of custard-soaked bread topped with powdered sugar and served with maple-butter syrup and bacon, would require a person to swim laps for seven hours to burn off its head-spinning 2,780 calories, CSPI noted.

  • Music aside, Queen of Soul is pumped for fair food
    Music aside, Queen of Soul is pumped for fair food

    COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Aretha Franklin is jazzed about more than music at the Ohio State Fair: She's also looking forward to the food.

  • Ebola can spread like 'forest fire,' US warns
    Ebola can spread like 'forest fire,' US warns

    The deadly Ebola virus can spread like a forest fire, US health authorities said Monday, urging travelers to West Africa to take extra precautions amid the largest outbreak in history. Since March, there have been 1,201 cases of Ebola and 672 deaths in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said. Two Americans -- one doctor and one healthcare worker -- in Monrovia, Liberia have come down with the virus, characterized by fever, joint pain, diarrhea, vomiting and often fatal bleeding. "The likelihood of this outbreak spreading beyond West Africa is very low," admitted Stephan Monroe, deputy director of the CDC's National Center for Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases.

  • ABC Goes Inside Gaza With an Israeli Armored Unit
    ABC Goes Inside Gaza With an Israeli Armored Unit

    ABC's Terry Moran Embedded With Israeli Unit Checking Out a Gaza Tunnel

  • Russia warns sanctions will backfire on West
    Russia warns sanctions will backfire on West

    A defiant Russia said Wednesday unprecedented Western sanctions over Ukraine would boomerang back on the United States and lead to energy price hikes in Europe after Brussels and Washington unveiled the toughest punitive measures against Moscow since the Cold War. Russia's response came as the Ukrainian military pushed on with its offensive against pro-Russian rebels in the east, retaking the town of Avdiyivka, only a dozen kilometres (eight miles) from the main rebel city of Donetsk. The Russian foreign ministry warned the United States it was shooting itself in the foot, saying the US was punishing the Kremlin for "independent policies that Washington finds inconvenient."

  • Hilarious ‘Deadpool’ Test Footage Starring Ryan Reynolds Leaked [VIDEO]
    Hilarious ‘Deadpool’ Test Footage Starring Ryan Reynolds Leaked [VIDEO]

    Test footage of the long-awaited movie about Marvel Comics’ favorite mercenary has leaked online following the close of San Diego Comic Con, and fans are all abuzz over Reynolds’ hilarious portrayal.

  • Weight-Loss Supplement Linked to Liver Failure Case

    A healthy 35-year-old woman who took a weight-loss supplement developed liver failure, and needed a liver transplant, according to a new report of her case. The woman took three Saba Appetite Control and Energy (ACE) pills within two days, and two weeks later she developed jaundice, according to the report from researchers at the University of Kentucky in Lexington, who treated the woman. Eight weeks after her jaundice set in, the woman experienced liver failure and needed a transplant. "In summary, this case of drug-induced fulminant liver failure was likely due to Saba ACE supplement," the investigators wrote.

  • US appeals court blocks Mississippi abortion law
    US appeals court blocks Mississippi abortion law

    JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi's governor and attorney general will have to decide whether to challenge a federal appeals court ruling that is keeping the state's only abortion clinic in business.

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