Award-winning Chicago chef Charlie Trotter dies
2013-11-05 21:12:32 UTC
CHICAGO (AP) — Award-winning chef Charlie Trotter, a self-taught culinary master whose namesake Chicago restaurant elevated the city's cuisine and provided a training ground for some of the nation's other best chefs, has died at the age of 54.
Paramedics were called around 10 a.m. Tuesday to h...
Warming report sees violent, sicker, poorer future
2013-11-02 21:57:13 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — Starvation, poverty, flooding, heat waves, droughts, war and disease already lead to human tragedies. They're likely to worsen as the world warms from man-made climate change, a leaked draft of an international scientific report forecasts.
The Nobel Peace Prize-winning Interg...
Iran gives activist actress 18-month sentence
2013-10-30 07:47:47 UTC
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — An Iranian court has sentenced an actress known for her reformist political activism to 18 months in prison on security charges, newspapers reported Tuesday, in another sign of the underlying tensions between Iran's hard-liners and calls for greater openness by new President H...
Dutch museums identify 139 likely Nazi looted art
2013-10-30 07:48:48 UTC
AMSTERDAM (AP) — Dutch museums announced Tuesday they have found 139 artworks that may have been looted during the Nazi era, including paintings from masters such as Matisse, Klee and Kandinsky.
The major review of all museum collections in the country found art that had either dubious or defi...
Saudi women drive in protest with little problem
2013-10-26 18:34:29 UTC
RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — More than 60 women across Saudi Arabia claimed they drove cars Saturday in defiance of a ban keeping them from getting behind the wheel, facing little protest by police in their push for easing restrictions on women in the kingdom.
The campaign's message is that dri...
More victims of online abuse reach out to parents
2013-10-24 08:22:13 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — Sarah Ball was a 15-year-old high school sophomore at Hernando High School in Brooksville, Fla., when a friend posted on Facebook: "I hate Sarah Ball, and I don't care who knows."
Then there was the Facebook group "Hernando Haters" asking to rate her attractiveness, plus an a...
Holocaust survivor to make symphony debut with Ma
2013-10-22 06:43:19 UTC
NEWTOWN SQUARE, Pa. (AP) — The already remarkable life of Holocaust survivor George Horner is about to take another exceptional turn.
The 90-year-old pianist will make his orchestral debut with renowned cellist Yo-Yo Ma on Tuesday night at Boston's Symphony Hall. And they'll be playing music c...
At these coffee klatches, death is on the agenda
2013-10-21 05:38:35 UTC
NEW YORK (AP) — It can be tough to get a conversation going if you want to talk about the late stages of dementia, your last will and testament or the recent passing of your mother.
"When you're at a cocktail party and you lead off by saying, 'What do you think about death?' it'll be, 'C'mon, ...
Zimbabwe diamonds: Where has all the money gone?
2013-10-17 16:04:04 UTC
HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — Despite living in an impoverished country under sanctions, some in Zimbabwe seem awash in money, judging by the Mercedes-Benzes parked at a country club and the private woodland estate with artificial lake and mansion built by the nation's police chief.
The wealth enjoy...
They can shoot a body, but they cannot shoot my dreams
2013-10-17 23:26:08 UTC
When Malala Yousafzai woke from the coma the Taliban put her in, she was aware of only a few things.
“Yes, Malala, you were shot,” she told herself.
She thought back to her dreams – of lying on a stretcher, being in some distant place far from home and school – and realized that they weren’...
Australian diver survives his second shark attack
2013-10-09 06:41:50 UTC
SYDNEY (AP) — A diver bitten by a shark off Australia's southwest coast was recovering in a hospital on Wednesday after surviving his second shark attack in nine years.
Greg Pickering, 55, was diving for abalone off an area called Poison Creek near the Western Australia city of Esperance on Tu...
Exercise 'can be as good as pills'
2013-10-02 19:49:19 UTC
Exercise can be as good a medicine as pills for people with conditions such as heart disease, a study has found.
The work in the British Medical Journal (BMJ) looked at hundreds of trials involving nearly 340,000 patients to assess the merits of exercise and drugs in preventing death.
Dog Befriends Little Boy With Down Syndrome
2013-10-02 19:57:52 UTC
This is a dog called Himalaya. She's refusing to give up on a toddler who doesn't want to play.
Little Hernán, from Buenos Aires, has Down Syndrome, which, according to comments posted by his mom Ana, causes him to shy away from physical contact.
But Himalaya is persistent and gentle, and H...
Zimbabwe: Poachers poison 91 elephants
2013-10-01 18:32:40 UTC
HWANGE, Zimbabwe (AP) — The stench of rotting elephant carcasses hangs in the air in western Zimbabwe where wildlife officials say at least 91 elephants were poisoned with cyanide by poachers who hack off the tusks for the lucrative illegal ivory market.
Massive bones, some already bleached by...
In cancer drug battle, both sides appeal to ethics
2013-10-02 20:01:33 UTC
(CNN) - Andrea Sloan is dying of ovarian cancer. Having exhausted all standard treatment options, her doctors say her best hope now is a new class of cancer drugs called PARP inhibitors.
The California pharmaceutical company BioMarin makes one version of these drugs called BMN 673. Earlier this ...
99-year-old Iowa woman gets high school diploma
2013-09-24 19:01:55 UTC
WATERLOO, Iowa (AP) — A 99-year-old Iowa woman who dropped out of a high school more than 80 years ago despite needing only one credit to graduate has finally received her diploma.
Audrey Crabtree, of Cedar Falls, smiled Monday as she received an honorary diploma for her time at Waterloo East ...
How much is too much exercise when you're pregnant?
2013-10-02 20:02:58 UTC
(CNN) - The caption on Lea-Ann Ellison's photo says it all: "8 months pregnant with baby number 3."
"I have been CrossFitting for 2½ years," Ellison posted on CrossFit's Facebook page, "and ... strongly believe that pregnancy is not an illness, but a time to relish in your body's capabilities to...
Why women have a right to sex-selective abortion
2013-09-19 20:32:49 UTC
As far as I'm concerned, it doesn't matter why any woman wants to end her pregnancy. If it's to select for sex, that's her choice.
When you talk about being pro-choice, sex selective abortion is often slung at you as the triumphant gotcha. "You love women so much you want them to be in charge ...
Holocaust survivor, top German lit critic dies
2013-09-18 17:07:52 UTC
BERLIN (AP) — Marcel Reich-Ranicki, who grew up in Poland and Nazi Germany, survived the Warsaw Ghetto and went on to become post-war Germany's best-known literary critic, has died at age 93.
The sharp-tongued Reich-Ranicki established himself as West Germany's premier arbiter of literary tast...
13-yr-old Indian girl begins microbiology master's
2013-09-16 18:22:27 UTC
LUCKNOW, India (AP) — In a country where many girls are still discouraged from going to school, Sushma Verma is having anything but a typical childhood.
The 13-year-old girl from a poor family in north India has enrolled in a master's degree in microbiology, after her father sold his land to p...
Details about first American killed by a car
2013-09-16 06:32:16 UTC
It was the evening of September 13, 1899, when 69-year-old Henry H Bliss stepped from a trolley car along New York’s Central Park, was hit by a taxi cab and died the next morning from injuries. He was gentlemanly helping a lady friend off the trolley when he was run down.
“Fatally hurt by auto...
Synthetic Marijuana Prompts Colorado Health Investigation
2013-09-14 06:43:23 UTC
More than 150 people are now believed to have been sickened by synthetic marijuana in Colorado, which legalized recreational use of real pot last November. Three people may have died.
State and federal investigators are scrambling to identify the exact source of the illnesses. The state health...
Guinness: World's smallest dog is in Puerto Rico
2013-09-12 23:46:44 UTC
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Puerto Rico can now boast it is home to the world's smallest dog — at least when it comes to height.
The brown Chihuahua named Miracle Milly is shorter than a soup can, standing at 3.8 inches (9.65 centimeters) tall when measured from backbone to paw, Guinness Worl...
Allende's legacy strong 40 years after Chile coup
2013-09-11 17:12:38 UTC
SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — As bombs fell and rebelling troops closed in on the national palace, socialist President Salvador Allende avoided surrender by shooting himself with an assault rifle, ending Chile's experiment in nonviolent revolution and beginning 17 years of dictatorship.
But as the na...
Team New Zealand take 2-0 lead in America's Cup
2013-09-08 06:31:19 UTC
Team New Zealand have dealt a huge blow to America's Cup holders Oracle with two commanding wins on the opening day of racing in San Francisco today.
Already down two points before the action started, the Americans are now on the back foot.
And it's not just on the points board.