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FILE - In this undated image released earlier this year by the New York City Health Department, a graphic warning NYC consumers of high salt content in foods that is now required on menus at many fast-food and chain restaurants is already headed for a court fight. The National Restaurant Association says it filed a lawsuit in Manhattan on Thursday, two days after the first-of-its-kind rule took effect. The rule requires chain restaurants to put the salt-shaker icon on menu items that top the recommended daily limit of 2,300 milligrams of sodium, about a teaspoon of salt. (Antonio D'Angelo/New York City Health Department via AP)

Please, don't pass the salt

It has been postulated that diets high in sodium contribute to an annual 2.3 million cardiovascular deaths worldwide and is responsible for 1-in-10 U.S. deaths. And researchers also found that 40 percent of these deaths affect adults 69 years of age or younger.

Democratic presidential candidate, Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt. speaks during a campaign stop at the Palace Theatre, Monday, Feb. 8, 2016, in Manchester, N.H. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

Bernie, the prophet

The role Sen. Bernard Sanders is playing in our time bears some resemblance to that of the ancient prophets. He has built an entire presidential campaign on an enumerating his view of the failings of American society.

Arnold Schwarzenegger, then Governor of California, speaking at the 2004 Republican National Convention. Screen shot from YouTube of the speech.

No girly man socialism

- The Washington Times

Last night I went back and watched again the stellar speech given by then California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger at the 2004 Republican National Convention. Though only twelve years has passed, it is amazing how many things have changed.

The Super Bowl, not socialism

Super Bowl Sunday, that uniquely American event, is upon us again. Friends and family will gather around the television on Sunday to absorb the game, the advertisements, some unhealthy food and probably more than one drink. About 110 million Americans will undertake this annual ritual. Roads and stores will be deserted.

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott's remarks on his Facebook page, regarding the planned construction of an immense cross in Corpus Christi, Texas.

Religion headlines worth 5 minutes of your Friday

Eventually there will be a 210 feet tall (about 19 stories) cross on that plot of land for all to see. It will be visible to planes flying into Corpus Christi International Airport and be able to seen five miles away by land and double that by air.

Ethiopian Airlines offers nonstop flights from Los Angeles to Dublin Airport (DUB) with onward flights to Addis Ababa that allow passengers unrestricted stopovers in Dublin, Ireland.

Airline travel secret: free stopovers

One super secret of flying these days, as noted in a recent issue of Business Traveler, is the free stopover. Those are the cities between Point A and Point B where you can actually get out of the plane and even out of the airport without suffering a penalty.

In this Thursday, Dec. 17, 2015 photo, Russian President Vladimir Putin speaks during his annual end of year news conference in Moscow, Russia. Putin says that Russia's economy is showing signs of stabilization despite plummeting oil prices. If the year that was turned out to be daunting, 2016 is shaping up as the European Union's year of living dangerously. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko, File)

Russia plans garage sale to pay the bills

Like a college student trying to pay the rent, Russia is lining up a fire sale of state-owned assets to plug holes in its federal budget. This week, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said the list of companies to be sold was not yet finalized but possibly could include the crown jewels Aeroflot and Rosneft. The sale would most likely take place in the second half of the year.