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  • International adoptions drop amid fraud crackdowns
    Untitled 2012-05-10 19:57:38 UTC
    HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — The number of international adoptions has fallen to its lowest point in 15 years, a steep decline attributed largely to crackdowns against baby-selling, a sputtering world economy and efforts by countries to place more childr...
  • Report: Schools key to fighting America's obesity
    A604caf2-22ec-4425-bd15-76f18357b414 2012-05-10 20:04:08 UTC
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Fighting obesity will require changes everywhere Americans live, work, play and learn, says a major new report that outlines dozens of options — from building more walkable neighborhoods to zoning limits on fast-food restaurants ...
  • FDA: Kids' medical tests need child-size radiation
    470_cancer_110301 2012-05-09 15:15:35 UTC
    WASHINGTON (AP) — The government is taking steps to help ensure that children who need CT scans and other X-ray-based tests don't get an adult-sized dose of radiation. Too much radiation from medical testing is a growing concern, especially for...
  • Cattle prices jump as ranchers begins rebuilding
    Untitled 2012-05-09 15:07:51 UTC
    FRANKSTON, Texas (AP) — A cow runs circles in a small pen, her baby close by her side. Ranchers, their brows wrinkled, scribble in a glossy catalog while high on a podium the auctioneer slams his gavel, taking bids as the price of the pair rises r...
  • Seller of suicide kits sentenced on tax charges
    Untitled 2012-05-07 18:24:43 UTC
    SAN DIEGO (AP) — A 92-year-old woman who sold $40 suicide kits has been sentenced in San Diego for failing to file federal tax returns. Sharlotte Hydorn was ordered Monday to serve five years of supervised probation and pay a fine of $1,000. Sh...
  • Study ties fertility treatment, birth defect risk
    Img_2173758_620 2012-05-05 16:34:18 UTC
    Test-tube babies have higher rates of birth defects, and doctors have long wondered: Is it because of certain fertility treatments or infertility itself? A large new study from Australia suggests both may play a role. Compared to those conceive...
  • Salmonella in dog food sickens 14 people across US
    120430111532_dog-food 2012-05-05 16:41:14 UTC
    COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Federal health officials say at least 14 people in nine states have been infected with salmonella from tainted dog food made at a South Carolina plant. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said no deaths have bee...
  • Octomom at crossroads, broke and considering porn
    Untitled 2012-05-04 18:52:27 UTC
    LOS ANGELES (AP) — From Miracle Mom to Octomom and now, perhaps soon, Homeless Mom, the bizarre life of Nadya Suleman and her 14 children has been a subject that rarely fails to hit a nerve among those who have followed her personal soap opera. ...
  • CDC report: More teen girls use best birth control
    Teen 2012-05-03 18:55:59 UTC
    ATLANTA (AP) — Health officials say more teen girls use the best kinds of birth control. A recent survey found 60 percent of teen girls who have sex use the most effective kinds of contraception. That's up from the mid-90s, when less than half ...
  • Munch's 'The Scream' may fetch $80M at NYC auction
    3844016-3x2-700x467 2012-05-02 07:30:36 UTC
    NEW YORK (AP) — One of the art world's most recognizable images — Edvard Munch's "The Scream" — could sell for $80 million or more when it is auctioned at Sotheby's on Wednesday. The 1895 painting of a man holding his head and screaming under a...
  • Parents cheer autism-friendly 'Mary Poppins'
    Untitled 2012-05-01 19:21:01 UTC
    NEW YORK (AP) — The afternoon performance of "Mary Poppins" was marked by loud yips, shouts and moans — and that was just fine. It was the second autism-friendly performance of a Broadway show, and for many families with a child who suffers fro...
  • Number of US newborns with drug withdrawal triples
    Untitled 2012-05-01 17:56:16 UTC
    CHICAGO (AP) — Less than a month old, Savannah Dannelley scrunches her tiny face into a scowl as a nurse gently squirts a dose of methadone into her mouth. The infant is going through drug withdrawal and is being treated with the same narcotic ...
  • Number of US newborns with drug withdrawal triples
    5990575_600x338 2012-04-30 21:02:37 UTC
    CHICAGO (AP) — Less than a month old, Savannah Dannelley scrunches her tiny face into a scowl as a nurse gently squirts a dose of methadone into her mouth. The infant is going through drug withdrawal and is being treated with the same narcotic ...
  • Dolphin spends third day in California wetlands
    Pb-120427-dolphin-03.photoblog900 2012-04-29 19:54:33 UTC
    HUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif. (AP) — A wayward dolphin is spending a third straight day in a narrow wetlands channel along the Southern California coast, under the watchful eyes of wildlife experts. Peter Wallerstein of Marine Animal Rescue said Sun...
  • Serena says diet change to support Venus not hard
    9576b0_serena_04272012 2012-04-28 23:15:11 UTC
    NEW YORK (AP) — Serena Williams says altering her diet in support of big sister Venus hasn't been much of a hardship. Serena said she's cut down on eating chicken and fish and is eating more raw foods like Venus, who adopted the change to help ...
  • Calif. rescuers to aid dolphin's return to sea
    4f9bb1f195eac.image 2012-04-28 16:20:29 UTC
    HUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif. (AP) — Wildlife experts are trying to return a healthy dolphin to the ocean after it became stranded by swimming into a narrow wetlands channel along the southern California coast. Rescuers are hoping that by Saturday m...
  • Dutch ban takes aim at foreigners buying pot
    Art-amsterdam-cannabis-coffee-shop-420x0 2012-04-27 19:55:32 UTC
    AMSTERDAM (AP) — This country of canals and tulips is also famous for "coffee shops" where joints and cappuccinos share the menu. Now, the Netherlands' famed tolerance for drugs could be going up in smoke. A judge on Friday upheld a government ...
  • Lesbian Scout leader ousted in Ohio; parents upset
    Untitled 2012-04-27 06:31:53 UTC
    The first-graders in Ohio Pack 109's Tiger Scouts didn't know or care their den mother was a lesbian — at least not until the Boy Scouts of America threw her out over the organization's ban on gays. Now, parents who were aware of Jennifer Tyrre...
  • Parents wire kids to prove teachers' verbal abuse
    Akian 2012-04-27 15:11:35 UTC
    CHERRY HILL, N.J. (AP) — Teachers hurled insults like "bastard," ''tard," ''damn dumb" and "a hippo in a ballerina suit." A bus driver threatened to slap one child, while a bus monitor told another, "Shut up, you little dog." They were all spec...
  • Irish artist Louis le Brocquy dies in Dublin at 95
    Lui_le_brocquy 2012-04-25 15:48:23 UTC
    DUBLIN (AP) — Irish expressionist painter Louis le Brocquy, who was best known for abstract portraits of Ireland's literary and artistic stars, died Wednesday in Dublin, the government announced. He was 95. Irish President Michael D. Higgins pr...
  • Marathon runner's death inspires $1M in donations
    Untitled 2012-04-25 19:34:10 UTC
    LONDON (AP) — Donations to the charity supported by a 30-year-old woman who died during the London Marathon topped $1 million on Wednesday as thousands took up her cause. Claire Squires entered the race to raise money for an organization that h...
  • J.K. Rowling's next book: 'The Casual Vacancy'
    Untitled 2012-04-25 04:12:25 UTC
    LONDON (AP) — It may lack wizards and witches, but J.K. Rowling and her publisher are hoping her first novel for adults, "The Casual Vacancy," will have the magic touch. The book's title was announced Thursday by Little, Brown & Co. along with ...
  • Happy? Positive outlook may be good for your heart
    Optimist_use 2013-03-25 03:27:05 UTC
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Be happy — it seems to be good for your heart. Scientists have long known that Type A personalities and people who are chronically angry, anxious or depressed have a higher risk of heart attacks. Now a Harvard review of the...
  • Study suggests breast cancer is clutch of 10 diseases
    Breast_cancer_symptoms 2012-04-18 18:02:27 UTC
    LONDON (Reuters) - Scientists who conducted a major international study into the genetics of breast cancer say they can now classify the disease into 10 subtypes - a finding that points to more accurate, tailored treatment for individual patients ...
  • Quiara Alegria Hudes wins Pulitzer Prize for drama
    Bildschirmfoto_2012-04-17_um_10.40.58 2012-04-17 08:40:08 UTC
    NEW YORK (AP) — Quiara Alegria Hudes's play "Water by the Spoonful," about an Iraq war veteran struggling to find his place in the world, has won the 2012 Pulitzer Prize for drama, leaving its author in a "daze." The drama, which was produced l...