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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...
  • CDC: Half of young adults get sunburned
    Fa83bb6f20f87b12a33341bdfd6282ce_17835046 2012-05-10 19:01:39 UTC
    TLANTA (AP) — Half of U.S. adults under 30 say they have had a sunburn at least once in the past year, a government survey found — a sign young people aren't heeding the warnings about skin cancer. The rate of sunburn is about the same as it wa...
  • Oregon norovirus traced to reusable grocery bag
    Mers 2012-05-10 18:57:04 UTC
    PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Oregon investigators have traced an outbreak of norovirus to a reusable grocery bag that members of a Beaverton girls' soccer team passed around when they shared cookies. The soccer team of 13- and 14-year-olds traveled to...
  • FDA review favors first drug for HIV prevention
    A1_20120217090003_320_240 2012-05-10 18:46:02 UTC
    WASHINGTON (AP) — A pill that has long been used to treat HIV has moved one step closer to becoming the first drug approved to prevent healthy people from becoming infected with the virus that causes AIDS. The Food and Drug Administration said ...
  • New blood test for fetal anomalies being launched
    S-harmony-prenatal-test-large 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
    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 ...
  • Liberator of ladies' hair Vidal Sassoon dies at 84
    Bildschirmfoto_2012-05-09_um_23.33.45 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
    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...
  • 2012 London Olympics: 1 Million Tickets To Go On Sale Friday
    Bildschirmfoto_2012-05-08_um_19.20.32 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
    Bildschirmfoto_2012-05-08_um_17.04.41 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)
    Bildschirmfoto_2012-05-06_um_16.51.10 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)
    Bildschirmfoto_2012-05-06_um_11.51.05 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
    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...
  • Phoenix woman faked cancer to get implants
    Untitled 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
    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 ...
  • A look at record art auction prices
    51568765 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
    1335948350294 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
    Bildschirmfoto_2012-05-02_um_13.33.41 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
    Joan_arc-capture 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
    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 ...
  • Scientists urge balance of consumption to fight poverty
    0__15912096_401_00 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
    059053ae-3cb8-4f89-b817-2f4327b05e80 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
    4f9c3040b6ae0.image 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
    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...
  • Study: Most victims knew Ala. twisters were coming
    4f9a6357d4142.image 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...