National Briefs / Healthful eating has taken a dive

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Americans have been eating worse than in previous years, according to a newly released poll of more than 150,000 adults.

Every day, Gallup and the health improvement company Healthways ask hundreds of Americans whether they ate healthfully the day before. Healthful eating usually rises and falls month by month, with Americans eating a little worse in spring, better in late summer and much worse around November and December. But the survey found that every month this year Americans said they were eating worse than during the same months in 2012. Healthful eating has been at its lowest point since 2008, according to the Gallup-Healthways poll.

Pollsters didn't speculate on why the American diet might be worsening, but Ms. Ruelas suggested that persisting poverty after the recession could be pushing Americans to eat badly.

Biden to visit DMZ

WASHINGTON -- Vice President Joe Biden is preparing to visit the Korean demilitarized zone, the heavily armed border between South and North Korea.

The White House released details Sunday of Mr. Biden's itinerary for his weeklong trip to Asia aimed at showing the U.S. remains focused on the region. Mr. Biden was to depart Sunday for Japan, China and South Korea.

He will visit the DMZ on Saturday following a ceremony honoring U.S. troops who died during the Korean War, which ended 60 years ago. The border visit will likely highlight the conflict over North Korea's nuclear program.

Weak hurricane season

With just one storm that made landfall in the United States, this year's Atlantic hurricane season officially ended Saturday as the weakest since 1982. Hurricanes need moist air to form, and the low number of Atlantic hurricanes was due in large part to dry air over the Gulf of Mexico, Caribbean Sea and the tropical Atlantic Ocean, according to National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. The Atlantic hurricane season runs from June 1 to Nov. 30. This year's season ranks as the sixth-least active since 1950.

In an average year, there are 12 named storms, including six hurricanes and three major hurricanes. Though there were 13 named storms in 2013, just two -- Ingrid and Humberto -- developed into hurricanes, and neither became a major hurricane.

Crash investigation delayed

ANCHORAGE, Alaska -- Investigators with the National Transportation Safety Board were attempting Sunday to reach the scene of a plane crash in remote southwest Alaska that killed four people and injured six Friday night.

Bad weather has kept investigators from reaching the scene where a single-engine aircraft went down near the village of Saint Marys. Two NTSB investigators were waiting in Bethel, and they hoped to get to the crash site by Sunday afternoon, if weather allowed.

Baby panda named

WASHINGTON -- The National Zoo's baby giant panda cub got an appropriate name Sunday. The 100-day-old female cub was dubbed "Bao Bao," which means "precious" or "treasure" in Mandarin Chinese.

Bao Bao is the second surviving panda cub to be born in the U.S. since China gave two pandas to the National Zoo as a state gift in 1972 after a visit by President Richard Nixon. More than 123,000 votes were cast in an online contest to choose the panda's name. Bao Bao has yet to be shown to the public, except in photographs.


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