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Eating a diet rich in fiber has long been known to help keep your digestive tract working properly and lower the risk of heart disease, some cancers and diabetes.

Now, a new study suggests it also could reduce the risk of death from cardiovascular, infectious and respiratory diseases.

People who ate a high-fiber diet – at least 26 grams per day – decreased their risk of dying by 22 percent over a nine-year period compared to those who ate 13 grams or less, according to research by the National Institutes of Health and AARP published in the Archives of Internal Medicine.

Foods such as raspberries, lentils, peas, barley and oat bran are packed with fiber. For more information, go to, click on Consumer Corner on the right, then on Eating for Health, and then Fiber.

» Find more health and fitness tips in Tuesday’s Today section.


GE is giving new meaning to wash and wear.

The GE Profile steam washer has an Overnight Ready cycle that lets you leave your laundry in the washer and dries it so it will be ready in the morning.

The cycle keeps the clothes moving gently for up to eight hours and uses fans to remove moisture. It’s meant for small loads, although how many garments you can dry depends on the fabric.

The clothes won’t be any more wrinkled than if they were dried on a clothesline, the company says.

The GE Profile front-load washer with steam has a suggested retail price of $1,499.

» Find more home and garden ideas in Sunday’s Today section.


Looking to get more greens into your diet? Baby arugula tossed with garlic and dressing makes a quick and colorful topping for pan-fried pork chops. For the recipe, see page C5.

» Find more recipes and restaurant news in Wednesday’s Food section.


Here’s what’s on the schedule for this week:

On CD (Tuesday)

Lucinda Williams, “Blessed”

Aaron Lewis, “Town Line”

Harry Connick Jr., “In Concert on Broadway”

Dropkick Murphys, “Going Out in Style”

On DVD (Tuesday)


“127 Hours”

“Love & Other Drugs”


In theaters (Friday)

“The Adjustment Bureau” (sci-fi thriller)

“Beastly” (fantasy)

“Rango” (animation)

“Take Me Home Tonight” (comedy)


“American Idol”: The semifinal round begins with the top 10 male singers, followed by the women on Wednesday and the announcement of finalists Thursday. (Tuesday, 8 p.m., Fox)

“American Masters: Troubadours”: Tracing the rise of the singer-songwriter, focusing on James Taylor and Carole King. (Wednesday, 8 p.m., KSPS)

“Secret Millionaire”: The feel-good series with the rich giving to the poor returns for a second season. (Sunday, 8 p.m., ABC)

“America’s Next Great Restaurant”: Would-be entrepreneurs compete to see their concept turned into a restaurant chain in this new reality show. (Sunday, 8 p.m., NBC)

On stage

B.B. King: Wednesday, INB Performing Arts Center

Celtic Fire: Saturday, The Fox

David Gray: Saturday, INB Performing Arts Center

Martin Short: Sunday, Northern Quest Casino

Around town

Custer’s Spring Arts & Crafts Show: Friday-Sunday, Spokane County Fair and Expo Center

Wine, Stein and Dine: Saturday, Greyhound Park, Post Falls

» Find a full arts and entertainment roundup in the Thursday and Friday Today sections.