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Best ways to carve out Thanksgiving calories

Ventura County Star Top Stories - November 24, 2014 - 8:30am

Gobbling up turkey and goodies does not have to mean ruined diets or fitness routines.

At least that’s what CoachUp CEO Jordan Fliegel says.

Fliegel founded the private coaching company that focuses on training athletes. He said there are ways people may avoid the food hangover often caused by too much pumpkin pie and stuffing without sacrificing taste.

“There’s a way to eat what you want to eat, be with your family, have a great time, but also make it kind of productive from a health standpoint,” Fliegel said.

To overcome Thanksgiving belly aches, people need to start preparing before the meal even begins, Fliegel said. 

“I think it’s definitely important to work out before because you may not be feeling up to it afterwards,” he said.

Fliegel recommends people do some sort of cardio work either the night before or the morning of Thanksgiving to help make the body need some of the additional calories they might eat on Thanksgiving.

Lifting weights is a great way to prepare the body for a bigger meal, Fliegel said.

Thanksgiving meals also don’t have to involve overindulging. Patience is a virtue when it comes to eating, Fliegel said.

“The best thing from a food standpoint is to eat a modest meal at Thanksgiving itself because there are certainly going to be leftovers, and you can have them later that evening or the following morning for breakfast,” he said.

Those steps can help keep prevent people from a bloated feeling after a huge meal, Fliegel said.

“If you’re going to do this by the book, get a real lift in with weights before the meal, eat a modest meal and then have lots of leftovers in subsequent meals.” 

What Big Economies Got Right, Wrong After Crisis

Wall Street Journal U.S. News - November 24, 2014 - 8:00am
Divergent policy paths taken by the world’s advanced economies provide lessons for global leaders.

Gang member arrested in Oxnard

Ventura County Star Top Stories - November 24, 2014 - 7:50am

A gang member was arrested Sunday night in connection with being in possession of a firearm and a violation of a gang injunction, officials said.

Police were working gang enforcement in the downtown Oxnard when they conducted a traffic stop near Third and B streets about 10:10 p.m.

The passenger, later identified as Alvaro Cervantes, 30, of Oxnard, was found to be currently on probation and on the Colonia gang injunction, officials said. Police searched the vehicle and found a loaded semi-automatic handgun.

Cervantes was arrested on suspicion of violating the gang injunction and several firearm-related charges, officials said.

Farmers Urge Congress to Legalize Agriculture Workers

Wall Street Journal U.S. News - November 24, 2014 - 7:47am
Farmers hope that Obama’s decision to temporarily legalize millions of immigrants will propel Congress to achieve a legislative solution that addresses agriculture workforce needs.

Franchisees Buck Minimum-Wage Push

Wall Street Journal U.S. News - November 24, 2014 - 7:43am
Owners of fast-food restaurants and other franchises are mobilizing to counter the spread of union-backed worker strikes and protests seeking higher wages.

‘Embattled Rebel,’ by James M. McPherson

NY Times Books - November 24, 2014 - 7:36am
James M. McPherson reconsiders Jefferson Davis, the Confederate president and military commander.

Ferguson Grand Jury Set to Reconvene

Wall Street Journal U.S. News - November 24, 2014 - 7:06am
Nightly protests continued here through the weekend as residents, police and demonstrators brace for a decision from a grand jury set to reconvene Monday.

Going It Alone Has Its Risks for Obama

Wall Street Journal U.S. News - November 24, 2014 - 6:37am
With time ticking down on his second term, President Barack Obama has escalated his efforts to accomplish his policy goals without winning approval from Congress, a strategy that may produce results quickly but with the risk that they may be undone by lawmakers or a future president.

Fatal California bus crash

Ventura County Star Top Stories - November 24, 2014 - 6:35am
REDDING, Calif. (AP) — A tour bus drifted off a Northern California interstate and crashed onto its roof, killing a 33-year-old man and injuring 30 others in the vehicle's second collision in a day, authorities said.   The same bus struck a Denny's restaurant earlier Sunday in Red Bluff, about 50 miles south, but no one was hurt, California Highway Patrol Officer Jeff Borgen said.   The bus was en route from Los Angeles to Pasco, Washington, when it went off Interstate 5 around 7:30 a.m. about 100 miles south of the Oregon border, Borgen said. It rolled over and came to rest upside-down on a frontage road.   Police said the man who died was from the Fresno-area city of Parlier, but his name was being withheld until relatives could be notified.   Three patients were in critical condition, including one who was flown by helicopter to Mercy Medical Center in Mount Shasta with severe head injuries, hospital spokeswoman Joyce Zwanziger told the Sacramento Bee.   Three people were in serious condition at the same hospital's Redding location, where most of the patients were taken, spokeswoman Heather Nichols said.   "We drill for this kind of thing," Nichols told the Redding Record-Searchlight.   The two dozen others who were treated at hospitals had mostly minor injuries and were released.   Jose Victor Garcilazo, 67, of Los Angeles, drove the bus, a 1996 Vanhool. Investigators said evidence at both crash sites show that driver fatigue may have been a factor. They did not say whether drugs or alcohol may have been involved or whether any citations or charges were planned.   It wasn't clear how much damage was done in the initial crash or why the bus continued on its trip. Red Bluff police, who investigated the first crash, had no additional information Sunday night.   The bus operator, Yellow Arrow LLC, is based in Othello, Washington. It has a current license and had no reported accidents in the past two years before Sunday, according to federal records.   No one answered several calls from The Associated Press to a telephone number for the company that was listed in the records.   The hospital was working with the Salvation Army and the Red Cross to assist patients who had been released, many of whom were staying at a hospitality house run by the medical center.   "We're just keeping them safe and comfortable," Nichols said.   The crash was on the same freeway and about 90 miles away from a wreck in April involving another charter bus from Southern California, which collided with a FedEx tractor-trailer and killed 10 people. That bus was carrying high school students on a visit to Humboldt State University.

Kaiser-Target Partnership

Ventura County Star Top Stories - November 24, 2014 - 5:43am

Marking a significant step in what might be called the "retailization" of health care delivery, Kaiser Permanente is partnering with Target to open medical clinics in the retail stores in Southern California.

Three Kaiser clinics opened last week in Target stores in Fontana, San Diego and Vista. Another is scheduled to open next week in West Fullerton.

Chain retailers -- CVS, Walmart, Target and others -- have operated clinics in their stores for years, but the Kaiser-Target partnership is a notable new chapter: Kaiser's size and previously insular reputation suggest a new, perhaps far-reaching change in health care delivery, relying heavily on telehealth technology. The partnership is new and small but Kaiser officials hope the model will grow in the eight states and District of Columbia where Kaiser does business.

The clinics represent a couple of significant firsts for Kaiser, California's largest HMO with about 7.3 million members. The move marks Kaiser's first foray into retail settings and the first time its providers will routinely treat patients covered by other insurers.

Health care changes in California -- especially involving the state's largest HMO -- are often carefully watched by the rest of the country.

"This is definitely new for us, however it fits in the larger context of a strategy we have called Care Anywhere," said Chris Stenzel, senior vice president of business development and innovation at Kaiser.

Rather than "retailization," Stenzel suggested "you might think about it as the consumerization of health care. We're doing many things to make our care convenient and accessible."

Stenzel pointed to mobile health options, an "increasing array of teleheath visits in the home" and a number of work site clinics. In some ways, Kaiser clinics at employers' sites is coming full circle for the insurer with roots in the Kaiser shipyards in the 1930s and '40s.

Kaiser's Target clinics will treat all comers -- Kaiser and non-Kaiser members, as well as Medi-Cal and Medicare beneficiaries. Stenzel said Kaiser is negotiating reimbursement agreements with three other large insurers and more may follow. He declined to name the insurers.

The clinics will be staffed with nurse practitioners and rely heavily on telehealth technology to connect to physicians and Kaiser's large clinical and technical infrastructure.

"The telehealth capacity at Kaiser is pretty impressive, so that will certainly add something to these Target clinics," said Dylan Roby, director of UCLA's Health Economics and Evaluation Research Program.

Interpreter services, specialty consults and other needs could be coordinated fairly easily because of the infrastructure investment Kaiser has made in electronic health records, videoconferencing and secure e-mail systems, Roby said.

Nurse practitioners' role as primary care giver at Kaiser and other retail clinics may increase as more people gain coverage through the Affordable Care Act.

"Nurse practitioners have been very involved in primary care and urgent care for many years, and that may increase due to the pressure put on the health care workforce due to the aging of the population, increase in chronic illnesses, expansion of coverage and improved insurance benefits," Roby said.

"I haven't heard reports yet of specific providers being overburdened by the ACA, but the general trend is toward a workforce shortage due to population growth, aging, etc. Because NPs have a scope of practice that allows them to do substantial primary care duties and prescribe drugs, they are a popular option at many urgent care centers and community clinics," Roby said.

Medical clinics in Target stores are not new. The first opened a decade ago, offering vaccinations and flu shots. But Kaiser's participation takes them to a new level. The Kaiser clinics will offer pediatric primary care visits, ob-gyn services, management of chronic illnesses, such as diabetes and hypertension, and consultations with specialists.

Although Kaiser officials said the new partnership is not primarily a marketing tool -- "This is really not about selling the health plan," Stenzel said -- the exposure won't hurt.

"Both Kaiser Permanente and Target are well-known brands that could mutually benefit from the arrangement in terms of drawing in customers," Roby said. Shoppers will be exposed to Kaiser and Kaiser members will be drawn into Target stores.

"I think this is a bit different than other smaller retail clinic chains partnering with drug store chains, where the focus has been on convenience and developing a new brand," Roby said. "Target and Kaiser have pre-existing brands that have some customer overlap, but there is a lot to gain for both in my opinion."

As health insurers compete in the new ACA landscape, exposure to new customers is critical.

"Strategically, Kaiser has been trying to lower premiums relative to other carriers through Covered California and get more patients and this could also help them do that," Roby said.

"If they feel patients from Blue Shield and Medicare will come in, use their services as an in-network provider and like what they see of the Kaiser model -- integration, EHR, follow-up -- they may be likely to sign up for Kaiser at the next open enrollment via Covered California, their employer, or in Medicare Advantage," Roby said.

This article is reprinted from California Healthline, a free, daily online news service funded by nonpartisan California HealthCare Foundation and distributed by Associated Press.

Obama defends moves on immigration

Ventura County Star Top Stories - November 24, 2014 - 4:59am
HENDERSON, Nev. (AP) — President Barack Obama is shrugging off Republican criticism of his actions to lift the threat of deportation from millions of immigrants living illegally in the United States.   In an interview broadcast Sunday on ABC's "This Week," Obama said it was important that he act unilaterally to prioritize the deportation of criminals and recent arrivals and spare those who have lived here illegally for at least five years and have roots, including children who are American citizens.   "Why we would prefer a system in which they're in the shadows, potentially taking advantage of living here but not contributing?" Obama said in the interview, which was taped Friday in Las Vegas after Obama delivered an immigration speech there.   The president pointed to executive orders issued by Democratic and Republican predecessors and said presidents exercise "prosecutorial discretion all the time."   Obama's executive actions, which he announced Thursday, have drawn a withering response from Republicans, but also has laid bare divisions within the GOP over how to deal with immigration.   Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, rejected Obama's claim of prosecutorial discretion. "Essentially he's gotten in the job of counterfeiting immigration papers, because there's no legal authority to do what he's doing," Cruz said on "Fox News Sunday."   A second Republican, Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, said his party shares the blame for failing to get an immigration bill through the House of Representatives.   "Shame on us as Republicans for having a body that cannot generate a solution to an issue that is national security, it's cultural and it's economic. The Senate has done this three times," Graham said on CNN's "State of the Union."   Indeed, Obama cast his decision as the result of the Republican-led House's failure to act on a comprehensive immigration bill the Senate passed with bipartisan support in June 2013, or advance legislation of its own.   He said Republicans still could pass an immigration bill.   Rep. Raul Labrador, R-Idaho, said he had pressed the Republican leadership to start passing legislation two weeks ago on the immigration issue.   "We are going to pass legislation, but it is not going to be the legislation the president is asking for," Labrador said. "We as Republicans don't believe you should give amnesty first and talk about security later, which is what the Senate bill did." Labrador spoke on "Face the Nation" on CBS.   Obama spent the weekend in Nevada, mostly playing golf, after the speech and returned to the White House on Sunday evening.  

Katy Perry lands Super Bowl Halftime Show gig

Ventura County Star Top Stories - November 24, 2014 - 4:37am

The roar of the crowd at this season's NFL Super Bowl will be matched by the roar of Katy Perry's pipes.

The NFL confirmed Sunday the 30-year-old pop superstar will be the main attraction at the Pepsi Super Bowl XLIX Halftime Show in Glendale, Arizona this February. (Video via Capitol Records / Katy Perry)

The announcement was made during NBC's "Sunday Night Football" matchup between the New York Giants and Dallas Cowboys.

And Perry says she's already got a few ideas on how to kick the show up a notch, as she revealed in her new Pepsi commercial. (Video via BBC)

"What if we covered the stadium in glitter? ... I said Pegasus not unicorn! ... Kittens! Oh, this is great! But we're going to need like a thousand of them," Katy Perry said in a Pepsi commercial.

Now, while some of those killer ideas might not make the final cut, one thing's for sure: there'll be plenty of eyeballs watching her take the stage with whatever she comes up with.

Last year, the Super Bowl Halftime Show featuring Bruno Mars pulled in more than 115 million viewers — the largest audience ever to watch the mid-game spectacle.

And with her Katy Cats chomping at the bit for this performance, Perry has a shot at eclipsing that number for sure.

The multi-platinum artist has been all over the Billboard Top 100 since her second album, "One of the Boys" hit the charts in 2008. (Video via Scared Goose Productions)

In fact, Perry's third album, "Teenage Dream," became the first by a female artist to have five singles break into those coveted Top 100 slots. (Video via Capitol Records / Katy Perry)

Making her the first artist overall to do so since this one guy by the name of Michael Jackson did it with his "Bad" album in 1987.

Speaking of the battle of the sexes, Perry's performance will also fall right in line with a recent trend for halftime shows: that is, female dominance.

Perry becomes the third female pop star in four years to nab the halftime spotlight after Beyonce and Madonna headlined in 2012 and 2011, respectively. 

Whereas, the later half of the last decade saw a string of male artists headline the event such as Bruce Springsteen, Prince and The Rolling Stones. 

Perry's performance at the Pepsi Super Bowl XLIX Halftime Show will get underway at the University of Phoenix Stadium Feb. 1 and will be televised on NBC. 

This video includes images from Getty images.

The top three firsts of the 2014 AMAs

Ventura County Star Top Stories - November 24, 2014 - 4:36am

There were a lot of big firsts for some big names in the music industry during the 2014 American Music Awards. Here are our top three favorites of the night.

First on our list of AMA firsts —  rapper Iggy Azalea took home her very first music award ever.

"This award is the first award I've ever won in my entire life," Iggy Azalea said during her acceptance speech at the 2014 American Music Awards.

Azalea picked up the award for Best Rap/Hip-Hop Album, beating out Drake and Eminem in the process.

And she mentioned how humbling it was to win against Eminem in her touching acceptance speech, even though he seemingly threatened to sexually assault her in his new song, "Vegas." (Video via Aftermath Records / Interscope Records / Eminem)

And to top it all off, Azalea also won the award for Favorite Rap/Hip-Hop Artist later in the night. Not too bad for a music award newbie.

Next, Diana Ross presented the first-ever Dick Clark Award for Excellence. And the winner is... 

"Ladies and gentlemen, Taylor Swift!" said Diana Ross at the 2014 American Music Awards.

Yes, pop sensation Taylor Swift incredibly nabbed a lifetime achievement award at the ripe old age of 24. (Video via Big Machine Records / Taylor Swift)

But all anyone could talk about after the presentation was Swift's attempt to defend albums as art during her acceptance speech.

"Music is valuable and music should be consumed in albums and albums should be consumed as art and appreciated," said Taylor Swift at the 2014 American Music Awards.

And finally, amazing first performances of new hit singles from some big artists.

Taylor Swift opened the show with a, um, crazy performance of her song "Blank Space" for the first time on television.

"Got a long list of ex-lovers, they'll tell you I'm insane, but you know I love the players, and you love the game," Taylor Swift sang at the 2014 American Music Awards.

Selena Gomez's debut performance of "The Heart Wants What It Wants," a ballad supposedly about her on-again-off-again love Justin Bieber, was dubbed emotional and dramatic by viewers.

"The heart wants what it wants," Selena Gomez sang at the 2014 American Music Awards.

And for the first time on American television, Lorde performed her single "Yellow Flicker Beat," which is featured on the soundtrack of the newest "Hunger Games" movie.

"And my necklace is a rope, I tie it and untie it," Lorde sang at the 2014 American Music Awards.

There were plenty of other amazing moments at this year's AMAs, including a rare performance from Garth Brooks, an epic celebrity dance party led by Jessie J and even Ariana Grande sans her trademark ponytail. GASP.

Head to ABC's website to check it all out.

This video includes images from Getty Images.

No Iran Deal Seen by Deadline

Wall Street Journal U.S. News - November 24, 2014 - 4:11am
The U.S. and other world powers said it will be virtually impossible to reach a comprehensive deal to curb Iran’s nuclear activities by the Monday night deadline.

Daily Report: Silicon Valley Responds to Obama's Immigration Order

New York Times - California News - November 24, 2014 - 4:09am
Despite drawbacks of the president’s executive order, some immigrants working in technology said it could make work in the United States easier.

Man in Oxnard hit and run arrested

Ventura County Star Top Stories - November 23, 2014 - 11:00pm
OXNARD, Calif. - A man was arrested in connection with a hit and run after a pedestrian was seriously injured in Oxnard late Sunday afternoon.   The hit and run was reported at 5:50 p.m.  around West Wooley Road and South G Street, officials said.   At the scene, officers found an unconscious man lying in the roadway, police said. The man was taken to Ventura County Medical Center and was listed in critical condition.    He sustained significant head trauma, two broken legs and extensive internal injuries as a result of the crash, officials said.   Police said the man was crossing Wooley Road outside of a marked crosswalk, when he was struck by an Acura, the driver then fled the scene.   Witnesses told police two additional vehicles crashed with the man before emergency responders arrived. They both fled the crash as well.   About 7 p.m., the driver of an Acura Legend, arrived at the police station and surrendered himself, officials said. Johnny Cruz Romero, 20, of Oxnard, identified himself as one of the drivers of the crash and his vehicle was found with damage consistent with the crash, police said.   Romero was arrested on suspicion of a felony hit and run causing great bodily injury.  He was booked into Ventura County jail.         It is unknown if alcohol or drugs were a factor in the crash, officials said. The investigation was ongoing.    

Gabriel García Márquez’s Archive Goes to University of Texas

NY Times Books - November 23, 2014 - 11:00pm
Gabriel García Márquez’s archive has been acquired by the University of Texas and includes manuscripts, correspondence, photos and personal artifacts related to his important books.

Small brush fire reported

Ventura County Star - Local News - November 23, 2014 - 9:12pm

A small brush fire was reported near Highway 101 along the Conejo Grade between Camarillo and Newbury Park Sunday night.

The fire was reported at 8:38 p.m.

Investigators searched but were unable to find any fire in the area.

Small brush fire reported

Ventura County Star Top Stories - November 23, 2014 - 9:03pm

A small brush fire was reported near Highway 101 along the Conejo Grade between Camarillo and Newbury Park Sunday night.

The fire was reported at 8:38 p.m.

No structures were reported threatened and no injuries were reported.

The incident was under investigation Sunday night.

American Music Awards Red Carpet 2014: Selena Gomez and More

New York Times - California News - November 23, 2014 - 9:00pm
Selena Gomez in Armani Privé, Jennifer Lopez in Reem Acra and Taylor Swift in custom Michael Kors were some of the standouts.
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