New blood test for fetal anomalies being launched
2012-05-10 18:40:02 UTC
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — A new, noninvasive test to detect certain fetal abnormalities early in pregnancy is being launched and should be widely available next month.
The Harmony Prenatal Test can detect whether a fetus has an extra chromosome, ...
Report: Schools key to fighting America's obesity
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 ...
Liberator of ladies' hair Vidal Sassoon dies at 84
2012-05-10 01:26:05 UTC
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Vidal Sassoon used his hairstyling shears to free women from beehives and hot rollers and give them wash-and-wear cuts that made him an international name in hair care.
When he came on the scene in the 1950s, hair was high an...
Cattle prices jump as ranchers begins rebuilding
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...
2012 London Olympics: 1 Million Tickets To Go On Sale Friday
2012-05-08 17:19:50 UTC
LONDON — Olympic fans who missed out on tickets for the London Games will get another opportunity this week, including a chance of securing high-demand seats for the opening ceremony or 100-meter final.
Olympic organizers said Tuesday they are ...
'Where Wild Things Are' author Maurice Sendak dies
2012-05-08 15:04:35 UTC
NEW YORK (AP) -- Maurice Sendak didn't think of himself as a children's author, but as an author who told the truth about childhood.
"I like interesting people and kids are really interesting people," he explained to The Associated Press last f...
20 Reasons To Visit Colombia (PHOTOS)
2012-05-06 14:49:20 UTC
Colombia has made all the headlines recently, but, yet again, for all the wrong reasons. And before this bout of bad press, what else do we associate with Colombia, aside from romantic but tourist-laden Cartegena? Perhaps you might say security co...
Film Sets As Vacation Rentals (PHOTOS)
2012-05-06 09:50:52 UTC
Want to rent Edward and Bella's honeymoon villa from "Twilight"? What about the insanely beautiful home Ari and Melissa Gold escaped to in the series finale of "Entourage"?
Home, apartment and condo rental site FlipKey.com has created a list of...
Salmonella in dog food sickens 14 people across US
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...
Phoenix woman faked cancer to get implants
2012-05-04 20:29:17 UTC
PHOENIX (AP) — A Phoenix woman has been charged with fraud and theft after authorities say she told people she had cancer and needed treatment so she could get money from them to buy breast implants.
Police reports filed in Maricopa County Supe...
CDC report: More teen girls use best birth control
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 ...
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...