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In an image from the first Foxfire book, students in 1969 look on as Hobe Beasley, John Hopper and Hopper's wife suspend a hog for finishing the work of scalding and scraping.

The Foxfire Book Series That Preserved Appalachian Foodways

The 1,500-mile Appalachian Mountain range stretches so far that those on the northern and southern sides can't agree on what to call it: Appa-LAY-chia or Appa-LATCH-ia. The outside perspective on the people who live there might be even more mangled. Stories about Appalachia tend to center around subjects like poverty, the opioid epidemic and coal, but since 1966 a series called Foxfire has been sharing food, culture and life as it's actually lived in the mountain region.

Poet and playwright Derek Walcott published his first poem at the age of 14. He won the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1992.

Derek Walcott, Who Wrote Of Caribbean Beauty And Bondage, Dies At 87

Derek Walcott's work explored the beauty of his Caribbean homeland and its brutal colonial history. The prolific, Nobel Prize-winning poet and playwright died Friday at his home in St. Lucia. He was 87.

Walcott wrote dozens of books of poetry and plays, among them his epic poem Omeros and his Obie-winning drama, Dream on Monkey Mountain.

President Trump and German Chancellor Angela Merkel pose for pictures side by side in the Oval Office on Friday.

WATCH LIVE: After First Face-To-Face Meeting, Trump And Merkel Address Media

Updated at 1:15 p.m. ET

Like any diplomatic visit worth its salt, German Chancellor Angela Merkel's first personal meeting with President Trump since he took office was punctuated by the flash and snap of cameras. The two leaders sat side by side for photographers in the Oval Office after Merkel arrived Friday, smiling despite months of unease between the two longtime allies.

Naturally, though, the photo op isn't the only order of business between Trump and Merkel, who are capping their meeting with a joint news conference.

By combining results of common blood tests, the researchers were able to come up with a way to predict risk of diabetes and other chronic diseases.

Common Blood Tests Can Help Predict Chronic Disease Risk

A score based on common blood tests may someday help people gauge their risk of developing a chronic disease like diabetes or dementia within the next three years.

President Donald Trump looks over towards Budget Director Mick Mulvaney, left, after signing his "Comprehensive Plan for Reorganizing the Executive Branch" executive order.

Why Eliminating Government Agencies Is A Lot Easier Said Than Done

President Trump's budget blueprint calls for eliminating dozens of government programs and zeroing out funding for 19 independent agencies. And that may only be a preview of things to come as the Trump administration seeks to reorganize the executive branch.

Pricey New Cholesterol Drug's Effect On Heart Disease Is More Modest Than Hoped

Another cardiology meeting, another big prevention trial – and questions abound. People at risk for cardiovascular disease will be wondering about the implications for them. So are the doctors. New trials take some time to digest – and yet our news cycle wants quick, succinct answers. Sometimes it is not an easy call.

"The policy of strategic patience has ended," Secretary of State Rex Tillerson (left) said Friday of dealing with North Korea. Tillerson is visiting South Korea; he's seen here alongside South Korean Foreign Minister Yun Byung-se in Seoul.

Tillerson Says 'All Of The Options Are On The Table' In Dealing With North Korea

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson says the U.S. doesn't want to take military action against North Korea, but "all of the options are on the table" if a serious threat arises. Tillerson made his frank remarks in a visit to South Korea on Friday, a day after saying diplomatic efforts "have failed" to persuade North Korea to abandon its nuclear program.

Tillerson's Asia tour began in Japan and will end in China. The top American diplomat is traveling without a press contingent.

A House-approved bill would require a court hearing before a U.S. veteran is deemed mentally unfit to own a gun. Here, rifles are seen at a gun shop in Merrimack, N.H., last year.

House OKs Bill Allowing 'Mentally Incapacitated' Veterans To Buy Guns

The House has approved legislation allowing veterans who are "mentally incapacitated, deemed mentally incompetent" or prone to blackouts to buy guns. Critics of the bill say it could raise the suicide rate among veterans — a rate that has risen in the past decade.

At least a dozen Democrats joined Republicans to support the bill, which was approved by a 240-175 vote.

Sea algae at low tide along the Irish coast. Seaweed was long a part of Irish cuisine. Nutrient-rich, it helped some survive the Great Famine. Irish cooks reviving the practice say it's not just good for you – it's a zap of flavor from the sea.

Want To Eat Green For St. Patrick's Day? Do It The Irish Way — With Seaweed

Speak of the Emerald Isle, and you picture verdant rolling hillsides. But there's another green bounty — not just on Ireland's soil, but off its coast. We're talking about seaweed. And if some Irish have their way, it'll be making its way back onto plates.

Howdy Holmes, president and CEO of the Chelsea Milling Co., in his office.

How To Make Boring Sell: In A Jiffy

We hear a lot about U.S. companies laying off workers and shipping jobs overseas.

So, amid the global pressures to downsize, How do you hang onto your workforce?

We went looking for answers in Chelsea, Mich., home to a family owned manufacturer that's managed to thrive over four generations, since the company's founding in 1907.