Deaths from liver disease have increased sharply in recent years in the United States, according to a study published in the British Medical Journal. Cirrhosis-related deaths increased by 65 percent from 1999 to 2016, and deaths from liver cancer doubled, the study said. The rise in death rates was driven predominantly by alcohol-induced disease, the report said. Over the past decade, people ages 25 to 34 had the highest increase in cirrhosis deaths - an average of 10.5 percent per year - of the demographic groups examined, researchers reported.
If it feels like everyone you know on Facebook is angry about politics these days, you're not alone. A new Pew Research Center study of how members of Congress - and their constituents - are using the social network in the Trump era finds that people are smashing the "angry" button in reaction to congressional Facebook posts way more than they did back in 2016. The angry option has skyrocketed in popularity and now surpasses all other emotional reactions to congressional posts.
Inside a Catholic church in New Mexico, a 7-foot tall bronze statue of the Virgin Mary appears to be "weeping," according to church leaders.
On July 18, 157 years ago, the Battle of Blackburn's Ford was fought during an extremely hot and humid afternoon. The battle occurred several miles south of Centreville, Virginia, near where present-day Route 28 crosses Bull Run. There were 83 casualties for the Union and 68 casualties for the Confederacy during the small but fierce battle, which lasted a few hours.
WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump, who has been under fire for not aggressively confronting Russian President Vladmir Putin over election interference, on Wednesday said he believes Russia is no longer targeting the United States. "Thank you very much, no," Trump said in response to a question from a reporter about whether Russia is still targeting the United States. He also asserted that no president has been tougher on Russia than him. "I think President Putin knows that better than anybody, certainly a lot better than the media." Trump told reporters.
WASHINGTON - The Russian woman arrested this week on charges of being a foreign agent had ties to Russian intelligence operatives and was in contact with them while in the United States, federal prosecutors said Wednesday. Maria Butina, 29, also was also engaged in a "personal relationship" with an American Republican consultant only for business purposes and had offered sex to at least one other person "in exchange for a position within a special interest organization."
WASHINGTON - James Comey, the FBI director fired last year by President Donald Trump, is urging voters to support Democrats in this year's congressional elections. Comey, until recently a Republican, argued on Twitter on Tuesday night, July 17, that the GOP, which controls both chambers of Congress, has failed to provide an adequate check on Trump. "All who believe in this country's values must vote for Democrats this fall," he wrote. "Policy differences don't matter right now. History has its eyes on us."
"Watch out! Shots fired!" Officer William Umana shouted through his radio to his fellow Las Vegas police officers pursuing a black SUV containing two shooting suspects. Police later said Fidel Miranda and Rene Nunez fired 34 rounds at officers in Las Vegas on July 11. Officers pursued the pair after they shot a man at a carwash.
Walter Carr sent his friends a flurry of increasingly pleading text messages. The college student's car had broken down, and he was supposed to begin his new job as a mover the next morning -- at a home 20 miles from his apartment near Birmingham, Ala. He struck out finding a ride, but he wasn't about to miss his first day of work at a moving company called Bellhops. Carr, 20, needed the work. He mulled his predicament and concluded there was only one option: He would walk it.
CHIANG RAI, Thailand - With a routine of digging, breaks for water and meditation, a group of young Thai soccer players and their coach stayed alive while trapped in a flooded cave without any food for nine days before they were found by two British divers in a remarkable search-and-rescue operation that gripped the world.