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January 2, 2019

DIETING 101

Low carb? Low fat? What the latest dieting studies tell us

NEW YORK (AP) — Bacon and black coffee for breakfast, or oatmeal and bananas?

If you’re planning to try to lose weight in 2019, you’re sure to find a fierce debate online and among friends and family about how best to do it. It seems like everyone has an opinion, and new fads emerge every year.

Two major studies last year provided more fuel for a particularly polarizing topic — the role carbs play in making us fat. The studies gave scientists some clues, but, like other nutrition studies, they can’t say which diet — if any — is best for everyone.

That’s not going to satisfy people who want black-and-white answers, but nutrition research is extremely difficult and even the most respected studies come with big caveats. People are so different that it’s all but impossible to conduct studies that show what really works over long periods of time.

BEYOND PLUTO

NASA spacecraft dashes by world beyond Pluto

LAUREL, Md. (AP) — NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft has survived humanity’s most distant exploration of another world.

Ten hours after the middle-of-the-night encounter 4 billion away, flight controllers in Laurel, Maryland, received word from the spacecraft on Tuesday. Cheers erupted at Johns Hopkins University’s Applied Physics Laboratory, home to Mission Control.

An anxious spill-over crowd in a nearby auditorium joined in the loud celebration.

New Horizons zoomed past the small celestial object known as Ultima Thule 3 ½ years after its spectacular brush with Pluto. Scientists say it will take nearly two years for New Horizons to beam back all its observations of Ultima Thule, a full billion miles beyond Pluto. At that distance, it takes six hours for the radio signals to reach Earth.

FRANCE-FAIRGROUND-TRAPPED

France: 8 people trapped all night on broken fairground ride

PARIS (AP) — What a way to ring in the New Year. French firefighters say three adults and five teenagers were trapped high in the air on a broken fairground ride for more than eight hours from New Year’s Eve into the early hours of 2019.

The revelers — the youngest aged 13 — were stuck about 170 feet above the ground in the city of Rennes (rehn), in western France.

Witnesses quoted by local newspaper Ouest-France said the pendulum ride broke amid noise and sparks, leaving one of the two passenger sections suspended at the highest point.

Firefighters used a helicopter to reach the trapped people and provide them with harnesses so that they could be winched down onto a firefighters’ ladder.

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