Babies are generally born with healthy hearts that should be cared for during childhood to ensure good health later in life, according to the American Heart Association. Yet many U.S. children don't meet seven basic standards of good heart health, the AHA says in a statement in the journal Circulation. The standards include having a healthy weight in relation to height (body mass index, or BMI), getting enough physical activity, not smoking, following a healthy diet and maintaining healthy cholesterol, blood pressure and blood sugar levels.
RIO DE JANEIRO—Canadian teenager Penny Oleksiak and Simone Manuel of the United States dead-heated for the 100 meters Olympic swimming freestyle gold on Thursday when both women touched the wall in 52.70 seconds. Sweden's Sarah Sjostrom, the Olympic 100m butterfly champion, took the bronze in 52.99. It was the second time that the women's 100 freestyle had ended in such a fashion—the 1984 Los Angeles Games saw a tie between Americans Nancy Hogshead and Carrie Steinseifer in 55.92 seconds.
MINNEAPOLIS -- The Houston Astros put on an offensive clinic in a split doubleheader against the Minnesota Twins, capping the day with a 10-2 victory at Target Field. George Springer had three hits, including a two-run homer, and Chris Devenski pitched five shutout innings to lead Houston in the nightcap. Houston won both ends of the doubleheader, compiling a season-high 19 hits in a 15-7 victory in the opener.
RIO DE JANEIRO—Michael Phelps of the United States won the Olympic 200 meters individual medley on Thursday to capture the 22nd gold medal of his career and become the first swimmer to win the same event at four consecutive Games. Japan's Kosuke Hagino won silver and Wang Shun of China took bronze, both moving dramatically through the field on the final length after turning in fifth and seventh place. It was yet another extraordinary swim for Phelps, 31, who has now won two individual and two relay golds at his fifth Olympics, two years after coming out of retirement.
RIO DE JANEIRO—Ryan Murphy completed a backstroke double and extended a U.S. winning streak on Thursday, adding the Olympic men's 200 meters gold to the 100 title he won earlier in the week. The U.S. men have now won the event for six successive Olympics dating back to Atlanta in 1996. World champion Mitch Larkin, who had hoped to become only the second Australian to win a backstroke gold and the first since 1960, took the silver medal while Russian Evgeny Rylov clinched bronze. "There's a lot of pressure. Unfortunately Ryan came over the top of me," said Larkin.
RIO DE JANEIRO—United States gold medal hopes Nicholas Lucena and Phil Dalhausser relished Thursday's marathon victory against Italy's Paolo Nicolai and Daniele Lupo, a performance they said put them in good stead for the knockout rounds. With the sun setting over a windy Copacabana beach, the U.S. won 21-13, 17-21, 24-22 after both teams successfully defended match points in a third set that usually only goes to 15. "It was a good test. They are one of the top five teams in the world, they're the future of this sport," Lucena said.
RIO DE JANEIRO -- The tears flowed freely down Simone Biles' face as she was crowned Olympic all around champion with a dazzling performance on the floor exercise on Thursday. An athlete who had been labeled the greatest ever female gymnast, even before she made her Olympic debut, proved that all the hype had not been misplaced as she mopped up the title by a margin of 2.100 points.
TORONTO—The infamous video of late Toronto mayor Rob Ford smoking from what appears to be a crack pipe while slurring his words has been made public after a Toronto court lifted a publication ban on Thursday, Aug. 11. The video shows Ford mostly muttering inaudibly while a woman off-camera speaks about politics and uses profanities in respect to Justin Trudeau, now Canada's prime minister, as Ford lights the pipe and inhales. Ford, who died in March, can be seen with sunlight streaming onto his face while holding the pipe and gesticulating.
DENVER—A man accused of killing three people at a Planned Parenthood clinic in Colorado last year who was ruled incompetent to stand trial remains mentally unfit, according to a report from a mental hospital, a court official said on Thursday.
Macy's Inc said it plans to close another 100 stores, or 14 percent of the total, as it seeks to turn around its business after six quarters of falling sales, sending its shares soaring. The venerable department store operator also reported better-than-expected second-quarter profit and revenue, raising hopes that the struggling sector may be turning a corner.