National Briefs: Excess sugar, heart risk tied

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CHICAGO -- High sugar consumption may double the chance of dying from heart disease, according to a study that adds to evidence that high levels of the sweetener in processed foods and drink is bad for a person's health.

People whose sugar intake is about a quarter or more of their total daily calories had twice the risk of dying from heart disease than those who whose intake was 7 percent, according to the research Monday in JAMA Internal Medicine. For those whose intake of added sugar was about 19 percent, their risk of dying from heart disease was about 38 percent higher.

The study is the first to link on a national level the amount of sugar American adults eat to their risk of dying from heart disease after taking into account weight, age, health, exercise and diet, said lead study author Quanhe Yang, an epidemiologist at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Christie to honor subpoena

TRENTON, N.J. -- Gov. Chris Christie on Monday said his office is cooperating with a subpoena from federal authorities investigating whether any laws were broken when lanes near a New Jersey bridge were apparently closed for political retribution.

The Republican governor also said in a radio interview as he took questions for the first time in more than three weeks that he may have heard about the traffic tie-ups in Fort Lee when they were going on last September, but that it didn't register with him as a major issue if he did.

Hotel's data breach

INDIANAPOLIS -- A nationwide hotel operator is investigating a suspected data security breach that may have compromised credit card and debit card information of customers who stayed at properties in Pennsylvania and seven other states last year, the company announced Monday.

White Lodging Services Corp. said in a statement that the suspected breach affected cards used at hotel restaurants and lounges between March 20 and Dec. 16 at 14 properties it manages, including the Sheraton Erie Bayfront in Erie, Pa.

Fugitive killer captured

IONIA, Mich. -- A convicted killer who peeled a hole in two fences with his hands to escape from a Michigan prison before abducting a woman and fleeing to Indiana was captured Monday evening after a chase, authorities said.

Officials were stunned by the brazen escape at the Ionia Correctional Facility in western Michigan on Sunday night of Michael David Elliot, who had a record of good behavior during his 20 years in custody.

YouTube spurs abuse case

RIVERSIDE, Calif. -- A California educator who was confronted by a former student on a YouTube video seen hundreds of thousands of times was charged Monday with 16 counts of sexual abuse, prosecutors said.

The case came to light after a now 28-year-old woman posted a video on YouTube last month showing her making a call to confront Andrea Cardosa, 40, about the abuse allegations that she said began when she was 12.

Arson death case

TOLEDO, Ohio -- The owner of a two-story apartment building was arraigned Monday on charges of arson and murder in the deaths of two firefighters in a Jan. 26 blaze in this northwestern Ohio city.

Police say that Ray Abou-Arab, 61, of the Toledo suburb of Oregon, was seen acting suspiciously at the building by residents shortly before the fire began. Two firefighters became trapped after responding to the blaze and died after being rescued.


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