Got chocolate milk? As US schools consider a ban, an old, sketchy study holds sway

Research from a now discredited scholar continues to stoke the belief that the sugary drink is better than no milk at all

This spring, the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) is expected to weigh in on one of the most heated arguments in school nutrition: whether chocolate milk belongs in the cafeteria.

The USDA is eyeing a proposal to allow flavored milk only at high schools starting in the 2025-2026 school year; children in grades K-8 would have access to fat-free or low-fat unflavored milk. The agency reviews national dietary guidelines every five years, and the milk question has generated hundreds of comments from parents concerned about sugar consumption; nutritionists; school workers who believe any milk is better than none; and the dairy industry, which has stoked that belief.

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Trump warns of enemies ‘within our country’ to Christian media gathering

The ex-president told the National Religious Broadcasters that ‘the greatest threat’ to the US is ‘people from within our country’

Donald Trump told a warmly receptive gathering of religious broadcasters on Thursday that “it’s the people from within our country that are more dangerous than the people outside”, in his latest effort to mobilize Christian fundamentalists who have swung dramatically behind him in recent years.

Trump’s speech in Nashville, Tennessee, to the National Religious Broadcasters presidential forum gala offered him a chance to pitch himself to hundreds of Christian media figures whose approval – and willingness to carry his message on air – could drive huge turnout in November.

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Remains of Oregon teenager identified by DNA after more than 50 years

Sandra Young was in high school when she disappeared in 1968 or 1969, state police said after using advanced DNA technology tests

The remains of a teenager found more than 50 years ago have been identified through advanced DNA technology as a young woman who went missing from Portland, Oregon state police said.

The remains are that of Sandra Young, a high school student who disappeared in 1968 or 1969, police said on Thursday in a news release.

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Nikki Haley battles steep odds and Trump taunts in home state primary

The former ambassador to the UN is defying calls for her to drop out as she campaigns in South Carolina, where she was once governor ahead of Saturday’s vote

Standing before a large crowd outside a waterfront hotel in Georgetown, Nikki Haley confronted the question that many Republicans in her “sweet” home state of South Carolina – and across the country – have asked: why is she still running for president?

“I don’t care about a political future. If I did, I would have been out by now,” she said. “I’m doing this for my kids. I’m doing this for your kids and your grandkids.”

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First Thing: US returns to lunar surface for first time in more than 50 years

Intuitive Machines’ spacecraft Odysseus lands after a 73-minute descent, touching down near moon’s south pole. Plus, how Finland halved its suicide rate

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The United States has returned to the lunar surface for the first time in more than 50 years after a privately built spacecraft named Odysseus capped a nail-biting 73-minute descent from orbit with a touchdown near the moon’s south pole.

What’s the plan for further moon exploration? The so-called “soft landing” yesterday, which Steve Altemus, the company’s founder, had given only an 80% chance of succeeding, was designed to open a new era of lunar exploration as Nasa works towards a scheduled late-2026 mission to return humans there.

When was the last time the US landed on the moon? It was the first time any US-built spacecraft had landed on the moon since Nasa’s most recent crewed visit, the Apollo 17 mission in December 1972. Last month, Peregrine One, another partnership between the space agency and a private company, Astrobotic, failed to reach the moon .

How many children have been killed in Ukraine? Ukraine’s prosecutor general estimates that 528 children have been killed since the full-scale invasion began almost two years ago and 2,134 are missing. Another 19,500 are believed to have been abducted and taken to Russia, with some being forcibly re-educated with a “pro-Russia patriotic and military-related education”, a US report said.

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