US, Japan discuss North Korean threat


WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. and Japanese defense chiefs and top diplomats were meeting in Washington Thursday to discuss North Korea amid mixed messages from the Trump administration on how to deal with the nuclear and missile threat.

  • Written by By MATTHEW PENNINGTON , Associated Press

US stocks slide after results from Wal-Mart and Cisco


NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks are lower Thursday morning as investors fail to get excited by quarterly reports from big names like retailer Wal-Mart and technology bellwether Cisco Systems. Most industries are slipping, with some of the biggest losses going to technology and industrial companies, retailers and banks. After dramatic moves late last week and earlier this week, stocks appear to have returned to the pattern of small moves that has marked this year.

  • Written by By MARLEY JAY , AP Markets Writer

Is it really Lyme? Researchers developing a new test to tell

WASHINGTON (AP) — Diagnosing if a tick bite caused Lyme or another disease can be difficult but scientists are developing a new way to do it early — using a "signature" of molecules in patients' blood.

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  • Written by By LAURAN NEERGAARD , AP Medical Writer

The Associated Press' guide to the best free online workouts

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — It's easy to get discouraged by the boutique fitness craze with $25 per class fees and the weekly chore of sitting by your computer to reserve a spot in that popular spin class that always sells out. It's often tempting to just skip it, so we rounded up our favorite free online workouts that you can do in your living room, at the office, in a park or on vacation. That means no more excuses for not getting your fitness on. And bonus, most of the sites also include meal plans, recipes and other nutrition inspiration.


  • Written by By KELLI KENNEDY , Associated Press