A look at record art auction prices
2012-05-03 02:37:53 UTC
NEW YORK (AP) — One of the art world's most recognizable images — Edvard Munch's "The Scream" — was auctioned for a record $119,922,500 at Sotheby's Wednesday. Only eight other works have sold at auction for more than $80 million.
The pieces th...
100,000 Facebook users use new organ donor option
2012-05-02 17:56:47 UTC
ATLANTA (AP) — An organ donation group says more than 100,000 people used a new Facebook feature the first day to declare they are donors.
The new option was announced Tuesday by Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg to boost the number of potential org...
Rare Cezanne watercolor fetches $19M at NY auction
2012-05-02 11:36:14 UTC
NEW YORK (AP) — A rare watercolor study by Paul Cezanne believed lost for nearly 60 years fetched over $19 million at a New York City auction on Tuesday.
Christie's auction house said "A Card Player" sold to a buyer who wished to remain anonymo...
France fetes Joan of Arc's 600th birthday
2012-05-01 20:17:28 UTC
ORLEANS, France (AP) — The normally tranquil city of Orleans is buzzing with festivities over the next two weeks to mark the 600th birthday of one of France's best cultural exports: Joan of Arc.
On Tuesday, like in a Hollywood epic, the Loire R...
Number of US newborns with drug withdrawal triples
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 ...
Scientists urge balance of consumption to fight poverty
2012-05-01 01:42:15 UTC
A group of 23 scientists from across the globe have called for a drastic rethink on consumption to fight poverty as global population rises. They say incentives and regulation are needed to achieve a balance.
Levels of consumption between develop...
Dubai spends $250M to get full control of Atlantis
2012-04-28 23:45:57 UTC
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Dubai says it now has full control of the Atlantis resort hotel perched atop its palm-shaped island.
State-run investment firm Istithmar World said late Friday it paid $250 million to buy out financially troub...
1 year later, Ala residents recall deadly twisters
2012-04-28 21:30:02 UTC
People across Alabama are remembering the horror of a deadly twister outbreak a year ago that left more than 250 people dead. Memorials have been held in the college town of Tuscaloosa and smaller communities still struggling to rebuild since Apri...
Calif. rescuers to aid dolphin's return to sea
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...
Study: Most victims knew Ala. twisters were coming
2012-04-27 16:03:24 UTC
ATLANTA (AP) — Most of the victims of last year's epic tornado outbreak in Alabama had at least one thing in common: They knew the storm was coming.
A year after the onslaught of dozens of twisters killed at least 250 people in Alabama and more...
Gaultier Takes Cannes
2012-04-27 14:02:52 UTC
ALONG with celebrating his 60th birthday this week, Jean Paul Gaultier has been named in the Cannes Film Festival jury line-up. With eight other panelists, the French designer will be responsible for selecting the winner of the Palme d'Or prize - ...
Lesbian Scout leader ousted in Ohio; parents upset
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
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...
Looking for a few good boomers to help others
2012-04-25 06:27:53 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — Local charities and nonprofits are looking for a few good baby boomers — well, lots of them, actually — to roll up their sleeves to help local schools, soup kitchens and others in need.
Boomers are attractive volunteers, and i...
American makes its case against union contracts
2012-04-23 19:05:33 UTC
NEW YORK (AP) — American Airlines argued before a federal bankruptcy judge Monday that its union contracts need to be changed to make the company financially stable.
The airline lost more than $10 billion in the decade leading up to its declara...
DA: Pa. man hid phone in jail in prosthetic leg
2012-04-23 15:12:04 UTC
UNIONTOWN, Pa. (AP) — A county detective says a man serving six months in a southwestern Pennsylvania county jail illegally hid a cellphone and charger in his prosthetic leg.
Twenty-seven-year-old Christopher Greer, of Uniontown, faces a prelim...
Kipsang, Keitany of Kenya win London Marathon
2012-04-22 21:12:47 UTC
LONDON (AP) — Kenyan marathon runners showed their superiority going into the Olympics, with Wilson Kipsang and Mary Keitany coasting to victory in London on Sunday to virtually assure themselves of selection for the games.
Kipsang, the second-...
Calif. 'rudest waiter' eatery may stay open
2012-04-21 16:27:15 UTC
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A San Francisco Chinese restaurant once known for having "the world's rudest waiter" may not be closing for good after all.
The owners of Sam Wo restaurant are scheduled to plead their case to the city's Public Health Depar...
Slovenia and Austria at odds over sausage
2012-04-21 16:19:44 UTC
KRANJ, Slovenia (AP) — It's a diplomatic rift that has both countries hungry for a fight. The subject of the spat? A humble pork sausage.
Slovenia calls the spicy delicacy "Kranjska klobasa" and Austria "Krainerwurst" — variants of the same nam...
New Mexico fat cat weighs in at nearly 40 pounds
2012-04-23 19:00:24 UTC
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Meow can't help but waddle. He's one super-sized cat.
The 2-year-old orange and white tabby tips the scale at nearly 40 pounds, and the Santa Fe Animal Shelter is on a mission to get the feline back into shape.
SF restaurant known for 'rudest waiter' closing
2012-04-21 06:40:32 UTC
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A 100-year-old Chinese restaurant in San Francisco once known for having "the world's rudest waiter" is slinging its last insults and barbequed pork noodle rolls.
Sam Wo, a Chinatown hole-in-the-wall that typified the kind ...
Happy? Positive outlook may be good for your heart
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...
10 Foods That Fight Spring Allergies
2012-04-12 07:40:09 UTC
Thanks to climate change, every allergy season is the worst allergy season ever. Warmer temperatures have led to earlier springs and longer allergy seasons, while higher levels of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere have led to more potent and allerg...
25 Best Cities for Staying Young
2012-04-12 06:22:17 UTC
Is your city keeping you young, or making you old before your time? The RealAge 2012 Youngest & Oldest Cities in America report employed RealAge Test results from more than 28 million people to rank America's 50 largest metropolitan areas to uncov...
Baby alive after 12 hours in morgue
2012-04-11 15:56:58 UTC
A woman who insisted on seeing the presumably lifeless body of her premature baby has found the infant alive in the drawer of a hospital morgue.
Authorities say the girl had spent 12 hours in the refrigerated room at the Perrando de Resistencia...