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 special needs students, and their parents all learned about the verbal abuse the same way — by planting audio recorders on them before sending them off to school.
In cases around the country, suspicious parents have been taking advantage of convenient, inexpensive technology to tell them what children, because of their disabilities, are not able to express on their own. It's a practice that can hel...
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 it's not just the sheer strength of their numbers — 77 million. They are living longer. They are more educated than previous generations. And, especially appealing: They bring well-honed skills and years of real-world work and life experience.
"What we have with the transition of the boomers across the traditional age of retirement is a great opportunity," says Dr. Erwin Tan, who heads the Senio...
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 declaration of bankruptcy in November. During that same period most of its major rivals used the bankruptcy process to cut wages and benefits, which American says has left it saddled with higher labor costs.
American wants to eliminate 13,000 union jobs — about one in every four union workers — freeze or terminate pension plans, curb health benefits, reduce time off, and impose many other cuts.
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 preliminary hearing May 22 on a contraband charge filed last week by a Fayette County detective.
The detective says the phone was found during a search of Greer's cell on Feb. 23.
Greer was sentenced to jail after he was convicted in March of driving with a suspended license. Inmates are not allowed to bring their own phones into the jail.
Greer's public defender did not immediately return a ca...
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-fastest marathon runner ever, won the 26.2-mile race for the first time, more than two minutes ahead of fellow Kenyan Martin Lel.
Kipsang had stormed ahead of the pack with about 6 miles to go in the British capital before winning in 2 hours, 4 minutes, 44 seconds.
"I knew when I went away they have to work very, very hard to beat me as I was feeling very good in myself," he said. "I am sorr...
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 Department at a hearing on Tuesday.
Owner David Ho's daughter, Julie, told the San Francisco Chronicle (http://bit.ly/JcjydH) that the restaurant will be closed over the weekend, but nothing is definite beyond that.
Health officials had demanded changes after finding violations including rodent activity, but the restaurant's owners had said the 100-year-old eatery in Chinatown was just too old. T...
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 name that belongs to the border region the sausage comes from. Both countries have enjoyed the snack for centuries and consider it part of their cultural heritage.
Now, Slovenia has applied to the European Union for exclusive use of the name, and the Austrians are having none of it.
"We're not going to allow anyone to deny us the Krainer," declared Austrian Agriculture Minister Niki Berlakovich...
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.
Meow's 87-year-old owner could no longer take care of him, so the pet was turned over to a shelter in southeastern New Mexico that called the Santa Fe shelter for help.
"The thing with this cat is when you look at it, certainly it's obese. You see that. But it's a sweet looking cat. His face is very sweet. It's just incredibly fat," shelter spokesman Ben Swan said Friday.
Meow has been placed wit...
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 of ethnic eateries for which the city's culinary scene was lauded before it became a trendy haven for foodies, planned to serve its last customers early Saturday.
David Ho, a descendent of one of the restaurant's original owners, decided to shut down after officials demanded extensive health and safety upgrades.
Heartbroken customers lined up down the block Friday to get a seat at one of the...
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 flip side of that psychology concludes that being upbeat and optimistic just may help protect against heart disease.
Rather than focusing only on how to lessen heart risks, "it might also be useful to focus on how we might bolster the positive side of things," said lead researcher Julia Boehm of the Harvard School of Public Health.
Boehm reviewed dozens of studies examining a positive outlo...
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 allergenic pollen.
This year is no different. A mild winter—the fourth-warmest on record—means that trees have started budding and releasing pollen earlier. While that certainly bodes well for birds and cherry-blossom festivals, it could leave you feeling miserable if you suffer from spring allergies. The good news is that natural allergy relief is within an arm's reach of your refrigerator: Foods ri...
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 uncover the best places to stay young.
"Aging is inevitable, but the rate of aging is not," says RealAge Chief Medical Officer Keith Roach, MD. "Each city ranking is a unique assessment of the healthy lifestyles, or lack of them, in that metro area."
This year, RealAge reviewed two dozen factors that influence a person's RealAge to reveal the best places to stay young. Lifes...
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 hospital in northern Argentina.
Analia Bouter told Todo Noticias television that she thought she was hallucinating when she looked at her baby in the mortuary drawer, then heard a whimper and saw signs of life.
Doctors say the girl is now in good condition.
The baby was born on April 3 after just six months of pregnancy, and the hospital issued a death certificate, saying she died of unk...
Has Victoria been giving you tips? David Beckham to become ELLE magazine's FIRST solo male cover star
2012-04-10 20:55:37 UTC
His wife regularly dominates the covers of the top women's magazines. But it seems that husband David Beckham may be venturing onto her turf.
Mail Online can exclusively reveal that the handsome football star - who is as famous off the pitch as he is on it - has been chosen to grace the cover of Elle UK as the magazine's first ever solo male fashion cover star.
Talking about the 'really exciting' venture - his first appearance on the cover of a women’s glossy magazine - the LA Galaxy ace said: 'ELLE is a prestigious magazine with international recognition.
'I'm honoured to have been asked to be the first ever solo male fashion cov...
Doctors seek end to 5 cancer tests, treatments
2012-04-10 04:39:28 UTC
NEW YORK (Reuters) - The nation's leading association of cancer physicians urged doctors to stop offering five common tests and treatments for cancer patients, a move that threatens to further inflame concerns about the rationing of medical care.
The recommendations emerged from a two-year effort, similar to a project other medical specialties are undertaking, to identify procedures that are routinely done but do not help patients live longer or better or may even be harmful.
As much as 30 percent of health-care spending goes to procedures, tests and hospital stays that do not improve a patient's health, according to a 2008 analysis ...
Is high spending on cancer care 'worth it'?
2012-04-09 20:08:13 UTC
NEW YORK (Reuters) - With the United States spending more on healthcare than any other country — $2.5 trillion, or just over $8,000 per capita, in 2009 — the question has long been, is it worth it? At least for spending on cancer, a controversial new study answers with an emphatic "yes."
Cancer patients in the United States who were diagnosed from 1995 to 1999 lived an average 11.1 years after that, compared with 9.3 years for those in 10 countries in Europe, researchers led by health economist Tomas Philipson of the University of Chicago reported in an analysis published Monday in the journal Health Affairs.
Those extra years came a...
Calvin For Macy’s
2012-04-09 14:56:59 UTC
CALVIN KLEIN creative director Francisco Costa will launch a limited edition collection for Macy's next month, signifying a first- and extensive - foray onto the high street by the American fashion giant.
With price points from $135 (£84.40), to $180 (£112.60), the range will mark the start of the US chain's new spring project - a celebration of all things Brazilian, in a bid to raise money for the Amazon Rainforest. Costa, who was born in Guarani, Brazil, says that the pairing is a perfect fit.
"This fresh, youthful line of dresses reflects both my roots and the modern, yet timeless spirit of Calvin Klein," said Costa.
Examining mechanisms behind gun rampages
2012-04-13 22:52:32 UTC
How can apparently normal young men become coldblooded murderers? In "The Amok Complex", the author Ines Geipel searches for answers. She examines five shocking examples and the mechanisms behind them.
Almost ten years ago to the day, the inconceivable happened. In April 2002, a 19 year-old stormed into his high school in Erfurt and created a blood bath. By the end of his gun rampage, 16 school children and teachers were dead. They were executed by Robert Steinhäuser, who had recently been expelled from the school.
Ines Geipel learnt about the massacre a few hours later. The university professor was teaching theate...
Kansas winner of Mega Millions lottery comes forward
2012-04-08 07:11:47 UTC
(Reuters) - A Kansas winner of a share of the record U.S. $656 million Mega Millions lottery claimed the cash on Friday, nearly a week after becoming one of three winners of the historic jackpot, lottery officials said.
The winner asked to remain anonymous, and officials declined to detail the winner's gender, age, occupation or hometown. The ticket was purchased at a Casey's General Store on Main Street in Ottawa, Kansas. The store will get a $10,000 payment for selling the winning ticket.
The winner's legal share of the jackpot was $218.6 million before taxes. The winner chose the lesser cash option instead of the full amount in a ...
Kuwaiti artist "more determined" after exhibition ban
2012-04-08 07:01:31 UTC
KUWAIT (Reuters) - A Kuwaiti artist whose pictures of men were deemed "obscene" by authorities said she would keep on producing art that challenged perceptions of society in the Gulf Arab state after her exhibition was shut down.
Officials sent by the government told the gallery showing Shurooq Amin's work to close her "It's a Man's World" exhibition last month, three hours after it opened, the artist said.
The works were "indecent" and "obscene", a notice from the Commerce Ministry, seen by Reuters, said. Officials from the ministry - which issues licenses for art galleries to operate - declined repeated requests to comment.
U.S. island was green victory to save slice of paradise
2012-04-08 06:35:10 UTC
MARCO ISLAND, Florida (Reuters) - When the Mackle brothers, Elliot, Robert and Frank Jr., first set foot on the deserted beaches of Marco Island in 1962 there were more pelicans, terns and mosquitoes than people.
With it white sand beaches and gentle waves from the Gulf of Mexico, the brothers had planned to create a new resort on Marco Island, the largest in the chain of Ten Thousand Islands off the coast of southwest Florida, with hotels and homes that would become the Hawaii of the East.
A large part of their vision was realized in the next decade but conservationists and environmentalists, eager to preserve the natural habitat, b...
Pray For Manchester
2017-05-23 17:07:23 UTC
Parents go online to find their children after UK attack</h2>
By Michael Holden and Jon Super | </i>MANCHESTER, ENGLAND — Desperate parents and friends posted heart-wrenching messages and pictures on social media in the search for their loved ones on Tuesday after a suicide bomber killed 22 people and injured dozens at a British concert by U.S. singer Ariana Grande.
"Please...please retweet. Looking for my daughter and her friend," Michael MacIntyre wrote on Twitter, alongside an image of his daughter Laura and her friend Eilidh.
Many people had been posting pictures of eight-year old Saffie Rose Roussos,...
What Are The Best Fish To Eat?
2017-06-07 07:16:11 UTC
To determine the best fish, we compiled a list of popular seafood consumed in the U.S., and we left off endangered species like Atlantic bluefin tuna. Because essential omega-3s and lean protein are two of the most uniquely valuable nutrients provided by fish, we chose to rank the seafood based on these nutritional benefits over standard methods of calories or fat. We also used nutritional perks like selenium, vitamin B12, and vitamin D to break any ties. Using the USDA Nutrient Database, we calculated the omega-3 (DHA and EPA) and protein content of each raw fish for a standard size of 3 ounces. The rankings also factored in potentially t...
Hollywood cinematographer Michael Ballhaus, dead at 81
2017-04-13 06:42:53 UTC
Hollywood cinematographer Michael Ballhaus, who counted "Goodfellas", "Gangs of New York" and "The Departed" among the blockbuster movies he filmed, died overnight at his home in Berlin, his publisher said on Wednesday. He was 81.
In a career that spanned over four decades, Ballhaus worked with Hollywood directors including Francis Ford Coppola, Martin Scorsese and Robert Redford. He was nominated three times for the Academy Award for Best Cinematography, though he never won.
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Boston Red Sox fan gets a little too aggressive taking foul ball from Andrew McCutchen
2017-04-03 23:06:14 UTC
As a fan along the wall during a baseball game, it is almost a responsibility to be ready and aggressive when it comes to claiming foul balls up for grabs. After all, you paid a lot for those tickets, and it'd be nice to come away with a free souvenir.
But in the video below, this one fan probably took his attempt at a foul ball too far. Take a look at how he grabbed the ball from Pittsburgh Pirates right fielder Andrew McCutchen after a foul ball down the line.
Take note of how he keeps his hands inside as the ball comes his way, making sure he doesn't interfere with the play. That part is good. But then, as McCutchen tries to give ...