Trump Meets Finalists; May Expand Search For National Security Adviser

President Trump, who spent the weekend at his Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida, held another round of interviews for the position of national security adviser. Trump interviewed four finalists on Sunday: acting adviser Keith Kellogg, who is a retired three-star Army general, former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations John Bolton, Lieutenant General H.R. McMaster, an Army strategist, and Lieutenant General Robert Caslen Jr., superintendent of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. "We may have...

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Got Back Pain? Try Yoga Or Massage Before Reaching For The Pills

Most of us suffer back pain at some point in our lives. In fact, it's one of the most common reasons people go to the doctor. Many of us also probably reach for medication. Now, new guidelines from the American College of Physicians (ACP) say try exercise, yoga, or massage first. That's a pretty big change for both doctors and patients, but a welcome one, some doctors say. To come up with the recommendations, researchers analyzed more than 150 studies looking at what works and what doesn't...

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Malaysia and North Korea are wrangling over whether a man who died at the Kuala Lumpur airport last week is indeed Kim Jong Nam, the estranged half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

Among the many countries trying to figure out what to make of it is North Korea's neighbor and sole ally, China.

Officially, China has said little except that it is closely monitoring the situation. But in China, Kim Jong Nam's apparent assassination has triggered a debate about what it means and how to respond.

About 13 years ago, The Alchemist brewery in Waterbury, Vt., released a new IPA called Heady Topper. The brewer, John Kimmich, had decided to neither filter nor pasteurize the beer — both common methods of extending a commercial beer's shelf life. The result was an IPA thicker with the microscopic compounds and particulates that add flavor and aroma. Customers noticed and praised the beer as being especially tasty.

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School districts in Albany and Rochester are getting financial help to reach young people who are neither working nor in school.

The state Education Department this week announced a total of $300,000 in state and federal grants to implement the Connecting Youth in Transition Program in the two upstate New York cities.

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Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo says New Yorkers need to beware of new scams this tax season. 

State officials say many of the new schemes target company payroll and human resources workers, with con artists sending emails posing as company executives seeking employee Social Security numbers.

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WAMC's Jim Levulis talks with Ken Lovett of the New York Daily News about Governor Andrew Cuomo's finance director leaving his position, and more on the breakaway Democrats.

Meteorologist Paul Caiano's Morning Forecast

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Here's NewsChannel 13 Meteorologist Paul Caiano's WAMC Regional Forecast:

Mostly sunny and breezy today.  Highs in the lower 40's.

Mostly clear tonight.  Low in the upper teens.

Morning sunshine, giving way to increasing clouds tomorrow. Showers move in toward sunset. Highs in the mid 40's. 

President Trump, who spent the weekend at his Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida, held another round of interviews for the position of national security adviser.

Trump interviewed four finalists on Sunday: acting adviser Keith Kellogg, who is a retired three-star Army general, former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations John Bolton, Lieutenant General H.R. McMaster, an Army strategist, and Lieutenant General Robert Caslen Jr., superintendent of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point.

WAMC's Dr. Alan Chartock discusses the White House budget office's draft to eliminate the National Endowments for the Arts and the Humanities and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, progressives and conservatives swarming local town hall meetings, and a Democrat on the Federal Election Commission quitting her term early due to gridlock.

Presidents Day is a time to reflect on the giants. Lincoln. Jefferson. Washington.

And of course, mattress sales.

"You go hunting when the ducks are flying," says Kevin Damewood, the executive vice president of sales and marketing at Kingsdown, a mattress manufacturer.

He says three-day weekends are when people have time to shop for a new mattress. It's also when many people decide to move, and consequently when many people are in the market for a new mattress.

During Betsy DeVos' bitter confirmation hearing last month for education secretary, U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet pointed to Denver as a potential national model of a big city school district that's found an innovative, balanced approach to school choice.

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