7 things to know now: Trump on wiretapping; March Madness begins; Trudeau, Ivanka go to a show

Published: Thursday, March 16, 2017 @ 7:08 AM
Updated: Thursday, March 16, 2017 @ 7:13 AM


            FILE - In this Feb. 22, 2017, file photo, Kansas coach Bill Self carries his 13th Big 12 championship trophy following the team's NCAA college basketball game against TCU in Lawrence, Kan. In the most damaging instance of legal trouble at Kansas this season, police investigated a reported rape at the dorm that houses the basketball team. No charges have been filed. From there, more headlines kept piling up involving no fewer than four players. Self said he's proud his team has rallied despite the steady stream of issues. (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner, File)

Here's a roundup of news trending across the nation and world today.

What to know now:

1. Travel ban on hold: A federal judge in Hawaii blocked the second version of President Donald Trump’s executive order on immigration Wednesday, questioning whether the administration was motivated by national security concerns when it issued the order. The ban was to go into effect Thursday. Trump called the ruling, 'unprecedented judicial overreach.'

2. Let the ‘madness’ begin: The NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament begins Thursday with a full slate of games. In the day’s opening rounds, you can catch Wisconsin and Virginia Tech; Florida State and Florida Gulf Coast and one of the surprise teams in the tournament – Northwestern – playing Vanderbilt.

3. “Things” coming to committee: President Trump told Fox News host Tucker Carlson that his administration would soon be “submitting things” to the House Select Committee on Intelligence concerning the alleged wiretapping of Trump Towers in Manhattan. He told Carlson he will be “perhaps speaking publically about this next week.” Trump has accused former president Barack Obama of wiretapping his campaign during his 2016 presidential run.

4. Budget plan to be released: The White House will release details Thursday of its plan to cut the federal budget. The "America First" budget outline is said to contain deep cuts at the State Department, including a 38 percent reduction in foreign aid spending. The Corporation for Public Broadcasting and the Environmental Protection Agency are said to be facing similar budget cuts. The Defense Department will see a boost in spending.

5. Fed raises rates: The Federal Reserve raised short-term interest rates on Wednesday by a quarter of a percentage point, a move that had been expected due to the strengthening of the economy in the past few months. It is the third time the Fed has raised rates since December of 2015.

And one more

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, along with his guest, Ivanka Trump, took in a show on Wednesday night in New York City. The new musical shines a light on the compassion of Canadians following the attacks on Sept. 11, 2001. “Come From Away” highlights the stories of those in the Newfoundland town of Gander who took in travelers after flights to the United States were canceled following the 9/11 attacks.

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Security changes coming to Magic Kingdom

Published: Tuesday, March 28, 2017 @ 11:54 PM

LAKE BUENA VISTA, FL - OCTOBER 01: Walt Disney World Resort marked its 45th anniversary on October 1, 2016 in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. (Photo by Jacqueline Nell/Disneyland Resort via Getty Images)
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Security changes coming to Disney’s Magic Kingdom may affect how long guests spend in the security line.

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The theme park is moving the lines to outside the transportation and ticket center, where guests will be screened as soon as they get off the tram coming from the parking lot.

Security barricades are already in the ground and tents are up, but it’s still not clear when the area will be operational.

"Everyone at the transportation and ticket center will be screened there before they get on a ferry boat or a monorail, which will alleviate a lot of the hustle and bustle and craziness of that front area of the Magic Kingdom,” said Tom Corless of WDW News Today.

It also means guests will be screened prior to getting on the monorail or ferry, increasing security beforehand.

“Mass transportation is definitely always a target in any big city,” Corless said. “And certainly, at Disney World, the monorail handles thousands and thousands of guests at a time.”

Corless said eventually, guests going to a monorail from a Disney hotel will be screened from there.

There will still be a security checkpoint outside the train station at the Magic Kingdom, but it will be smaller, primarily for guests coming from the buses or water taxi.

The new security area appears to be much larger, with the option to add more personnel.

“The staffing will have to be in place, but regardless, it should just be a better experience for people,” Corless said.

A Disney World spokesperson said in a statement, "As part of an ongoing effort to enhance the arrival experience for guests at the entrance to Magic Kingdom park, we have relocated some of our bag checks and metal detectors to the transportation and ticket center, and the monorail stations at Disney's Contemporary resort, Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa and Disney's Polynesian Village resort.”

New study shows no long-term cognitive benefits to breast-feeding

Published: Tuesday, March 28, 2017 @ 11:42 PM



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A new study shows there are no long-term benefits to breast-feeding. The study, which was published in the journal Pediatrics says after age 5, there are no cognitive differences between children who were breast-fed and those who were not.

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Advocates of breast-feeding say it’s the short-term benefits that are important.

For instance, Rae Summerbell and 7-month-old Conlan have finally mastered breast-feeding.

But it wasn't easy.

“It was the one thing I was hellbent on doing as a mom,” Summerbell said.

Conlan was born with craniosynostosis, which means his skull was fused at birth.

Because of his complications, Summerbell was committed to breas-tfeeding for nutritional reasons.

So she went to lactation nurse Tracy Corey for help.

“That breast milk is patterned right for her baby,” Corey said.

The short-term benefits of breast milk, Corey said, are much more established.

“When a mom is catching a bug or baby is catching a bug, when a baby breast-feeds, those germs go into mom and vice versa and immediately that breast creates antibodies to fight that bug,” Corey explained.

But Corey, who also owns Nurturing Expressions in West Seattle -- a store that offers breast-feeding support and sells pumps and other supplies -- recognizes there is a pressure and guilt for mothers to breast-feed.

In a story that went viral this month, Jillian Johnson says that pressure led to accidentally starving her son to death. He was just 19 days old. She shared her story in an interview with People magazine.

“You felt brainwashed,” Johnson told People. “Like you were a horrible person if you gave the baby a bottle.”

“As lactation consultants we're not here to just say ‘breast is best’ all the time because it may not be,” Corey added. “What we need to do is look at how to feed that baby.”

For long-term cognitive development, Corey said the key is simply connecting with your baby -- holding, loving and nurturing your child, no matter how they're fed. 

82-year-old dancer fulfills dream of getting back out on the dance floor

Published: Tuesday, March 28, 2017 @ 9:57 PM

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When Joyce Dixson is moving to the music, she finds joy.

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“She’s always danced. She taught me how to dance in the middle of our living room,” her daughter, Kathy Robinson told WSB-TV’s People to People.

Joyce, now 82, was a military wife and often joined her husband at a club on the military base.

“Every Saturday night, they always went out. He was in the Air Force,” said Kathy.

Joyce and her husband will soon celebrate their 63rd wedding anniversary, but a bad knee has kept her from moving much these days. Thanks to the nonprofit Second Wind Dreams, she’s now getting back in the groove.

The foundation offered Joyce special line dancing lessons.

Kathy attended the special lesson with her mom and said she immediately say a difference in her demeanor.

“It’s a happiness that I can re-live because I can see her re-live some of the joy that she had in her life,” said Kathy.

Study: 10,000 steps might not be enough for healthy life

Published: Tuesday, March 28, 2017 @ 9:21 PM

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The standard for a healthy amount of exercise has widely been accepted as 10,000 steps a day. However, new research shows this might not be enough. 

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Researchers in Scotland looked at postal workers and tracked how many steps a day they took — their average was 15,000, according to The New York Times

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Those who achieved the 15,000 steps, or about seven miles, showed no increased risk of heart disease and had normal waistlines, the International Journal of Obesity found. 

Those who sit longer throughout the day had increased health concerns. After five hours of sitting a day, each additional hour in a chair boosted risk of heart disease by 0.2 percent, Newser reported. 

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“Our metabolism is not well-suited to sitting down all the time,” Dr. William Tigbe, who led the study, told The Times. 

So Tigbe suggests people hit the target of 15,000 steps by attacking it “in bits” or taking 30-minute walks compared to 2-hour walks, The Times reported. 

Read more at The New York Times