U.S. ends annual Spring military exercises with South Korea

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Chung Sung-Jun/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — Seeking to give diplomatic efforts to denuclearize North Korea more of a chance, the U.S. and South Korea have decided to stop holding the large-scale annual spring exercises that have irritated North Korea in the past. Instead, replacing them with smaller-scale exercises intended to maintain the readiness of U.S. and South Korean troops on the Korean Peninsula.

The move was announced following a phone call on Saturday between acting Defense Secretary Pat Shanahan and South Korean Defense Minister Jeong Kyeong-doo.

“The Secretary and Minister reviewed and approved the Alliance decisions recommended by the Commander of U.S. Forces Korea and the Republic of Korea Joint Chiefs of Staff on the combined exercise and training program,” said a Pentagon statement reading during their phone call. “Following close coordination, both sides decided to conclude the KEY RESOLVE and FOAL EAGLE series of exercises.”

“The Minister and Secretary made clear that the Alliance decision to adapt our training program reflected our desire to reduce tension and support our diplomatic efforts to achieve complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula in a final, fully verified manner,” the statement said.

Every spring for two months the U.S. and South Korea held multiple combat exercises throughout the Korean Peninsula involving tens of thousands of ground, sea and air forces from both countries under the umbrella name “Foal Eagle.”

A separate exercise known as “Key Resolve” was a computer simulation for commanders and their staffs. Both exercises simulated a joint U.S. and South Korean response to a North Korean invasion.

Both exercises also served as shows of force to remind North Korea of the American military commitment to defend South Korea.

Not surprisingly, the annual exercises consistently riled North Korea which often issued inflammatory statements describing them as provocative. At times North Korea would respond with military shows of force of its own — carrying out ballistic missiles that heightened tensions.

The Pentagon statement said both exercises will be “newly designed Command Post exercises and revised field training programs.”

U.S. officials said holding the new exercises at lower command levels will allow both the U.S. and South Korean militaries to maintain their readiness — though possibly not at the same levels as if the larger exercises had been held.

Last fall, then-Defense Secretary James Mattis said that the exercises would be “scaled back” to give more space to reduce tensions and give more space to diplomatic efforts to denuclearize North Korea.

Following the Trump-Kim summit in Singapore last June, President Trump announced the cancellation of “war games” he felt were too costly and “provocative.” That decision led to the suspension of the annual Ulchi Freedom Guardian exercise held every August.

NBC News first reported the planned end to the exercises on Friday.

President Trump’s meeting with North Korea’s Kim Jong Un did not result in an agreement to get rid of North Korea’s nuclear weapons program, but the decision to end the exercises this spring indicates the U. S. and South Korea want to continue giving those talks as much diplomatic space as possible.

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Posted On 02 Mar 2019

Roger Federer wins 100th career title

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Francois Nel/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Roger Federer won his 100th career title with a win at the Dubai Championships on Saturday.

The 37 year old beat Stefanos Tsitsipas 6-4, 6-4 to become the second male player to reach the century mark after American Jimmy Connors, who won 109 career matches.

The 20-time Grand Slam Champion won his last title October in his hometown of Basel, Switzerland.

Federer has won at least one Association of Tennis Professionals title in every season, except 2016 when he suffered a knee injury.

He won 24 straight titles from October 2003 to October 2005.

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Posted On 02 Mar 2019

Scoreboard roundup — 3/1/19

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iStock(NEW YORK) — Here are the scores from Friday’s sports events:

   INTERLEAGUE
 Final  Atlanta      4  Toronto       3
 Final  N-Y Mets     7  Detroit       1
 Final  Pittsburgh   1  Toronto       1
 Final  Oakland      6  Colorado      3
 Final  Seattle      7  Milwaukee     3
 Final  St. Louis    4  Houston       4
 Final  Cleveland    8  L-A Dodgers   4
   ——
   AMERICAN LEAGUE
 Final  Tampa Bay      10  Baltimore     5
 Final  Minnesota       4  Boston        3
 Final  Chi White Sox   8  Texas         5
 Final  L-A Angels     10  Kansas City   7
 Final  Baltimore       2  N-Y Yankees   2
   ——
   NATIONAL LEAGUE
 Final  Philadelphia    7  Pittsburgh    3
 Final  Washington      5  Miami         4
 Final  Chi Cubs       10  Arizona       2
 Final  San Diego       5  L-A Dodgers   4
 Final  San Francisco   5  Cincinnati    3
   ——
   NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION
 Final 4OT  Chicago      168  Atlanta     161
 Final  Charlotte    123  Brooklyn    112
 Final  Boston       107  Washington   96
 Final  Toronto      119  Portland    117
 Final  New Orleans  130  Phoenix     116
 In 3rd  L.A. Clippers   87  Sacramento   82
 In 3rd  L.A. Lakers     74  Milwaukee    67
   ——
   NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE
 Final OT  Buffalo        4  Pittsburgh      3
 Final  Washington     3  N-Y Islanders   1
 Final  Philadelphia   6  New Jersey      3
 Final  Montreal       4  N-Y Rangers     2
 Final  Carolina       5  St. Louis       2
 Final  Winnipeg       5  Nashville       3
 In 2nd  Vegas      2  Anaheim    0
 In 2nd  San Jose   2  Colorado   1
   ——

  TOP-25 COLLEGE BASKETBALL

Final  (21) Buffalo   77  Miami (Ohio)   69

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Posted On 02 Mar 2019

Extra sleep on the weekend may not reverse the health effects of losing sleep during the week

iStock/AndreyPopov(NEW YORK) — Whether it’s because of an unconventional work schedule or from over-binging on a good TV show, people often sleep less during the week, thinking that they’ll be able to make up for it by sleeping extra on the weekend.

A new study, however, suggests that catching up on sleep during the weekend may not be able to reverse the negative health effects of losing sleep during the week.

The study, conducted by researchers at the University of Colorado at Boulder, found that insufficient sleep affected the timing at which people ate throughout the day, subsequently throwing their metabolism off balance.

“When people don’t get enough sleep, there are important health consequences” senior author Kenneth P. Wright Jr., Ph.D., professor of integrative physiology at the University of Colorado at Boulder, told ABC News. “The findings suggest that weekend recovery sleep is not an effective strategy for maintaining our metabolic health when we have chronic sleep loss during the workweek.”

Participants were more likely to snack after dinner and gain weight as a result of these metabolic changes, which included a reduced sensitivity to the blood sugar-regulating hormone insulin. Further increasing this effect, their bodies also tended to take longer reacting to the hormones that would induce sleep, the study found.

These effects continued as participants yo-yoed between losing sleep during the week and getting extra sleep on weekends.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the National Sleep Foundation recommend that all adults get at least seven to nine hours of sleep per night. Yet, more than a third of adults in the United States do not get enough sleep on a regular basis.

Insufficient sleep has been linked to several health conditions, including Type 2 diabetes, heart disease, obesity and depression.

People in the study were divided into three different groups and followed for two weeks. One group slept for nine hours every night on both weekdays and weekends, another slept for five hours every night without extra sleep on the weekends, and the last group slept for five hours each night with extra sleep on the weekends. The researchers administered blood tests intermittently to measure participants’ insulin and blood sugar levels as well as the hormones that promote sleep.

All of the people included in the study were generally healthy and young, making it difficult to apply the results to other groups, like older adults or people who already have medical problems. It’s also unclear whether men and women respond differently to extra sleep on the weekends.

While there are multiple reasons people might not get enough sleep, one of them could be that there is a sleep problem that is not yet diagnosed, Wright said. He also suggested that everyone monitor the amount of time spent watching TV and other electronic devices, calling them “sleep stealers.”

If you are struggling to get a good night’s sleep, here are some tips: be consistent and sleep at the same time every night; make sure the bedroom is dark and quiet; remove electronic devices from the bedroom; exercise regularly; and avoid large meals, caffeine and alcohol when it’s close to bedtime.

If these don’t help, it may be a good idea to keep a sleep diary and visit your doctor.

“If we value our health,” Wright said, then “sleep is an important component of a healthy lifestyle.”

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