Rochester, Minnesota - Hiccups may result from a large meal, alcoholic beverages or sudden excitement. In some cases, hiccups may be a sign of an underlying medical condition. For most people, a bout of hiccups usually lasts only a few minutes. Rarely, hiccups may persist for months. This can result in malnutrition and exhaustion.

Washington, DC - Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Political-Military Affairs Ambassador Tina Kaidanow will travel to Ankara, Tel Aviv, and Jerusalem, from December 11 to17 for discussions on a variety of international security issues.

Washington, DC - Today, the White House released a new capstone report with updates about projects launched and local progress made in response to the Administration’s Rethink Discipline efforts. Rethink Discipline was launched as part of President Barack Obama’s My Brothers’ Keeper initiative and aims to support all students and promote a welcome and safe climate in schools.

Washington, DC - The Vice President met with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in Ottawa, where they discussed the importance of maintaining and expanding the world's most comprehensive trade relationship.  The two leaders underscored the breadth and depth of bilateral cooperation on a range of global issues, including their commitment to NATO, the counter-ISIL campaign, supporting Ukraine, and combating global climate change.

Washington, DC - Assistant Secretary of State for Economic and Business Affairs Charles H. Rivkin will travel to Doha, Qatar; and Riyadh and Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, December 11–16.