• 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 World Records announced Thursday. She is ...
  • 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 nation marks Wednesday's 40th anniversary ...
  • 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. Team New Zealand showed a decided edge in boats ...
  • Simple looks are deceiving at NY Fashion Week
    2013-09-07 23:31:20 UTC

    NEW YORK (AP) — The simple things can be the hardest to do in fashion, because you have to do them well. Take the white shirt. Designers Peter Som and Max Azria both said a plain white button-down shirt is their favorite thing to see on a woman, and versions of it have been on nearly every catwalk during the previews of Spring 2014 ...
  • After years of decline, US births leveling off?
    2013-09-06 19:32:45 UTC

    ATLANTA (AP) — After falling four years in a row, U.S. births may finally be leveling off. The number of babies born last year — a little shy of 4 million — is only a few hundred less than the number in 2011, according to a government report released Friday. That suggests that lately, fewer couples may be scared away from having ...
  • Nyad 1st to swim to Florida from Cuba without cage
    2013-09-02 22:22:48 UTC

    KEY WEST, Fla. (AP) — Looking dazed and sunburned, U.S. endurance swimmer Diana Nyad walked ashore Monday, becoming the first person to swim from Cuba to Florida without the help of a shark cage. The 64-year-old Nyad swam up to the beach just before 2 p.m. EDT, about 53 hours after starting her journey from Havana on Saturday. As sh...
  • David Frost, known for Nixon interview, dies at 74
    2013-09-02 07:22:37 UTC

    LONDON (AP) — David Frost had sparred with Richard Nixon for hours, recording a series of interviews with the former president three years after he stepped down in disgrace over Watergate. But as the sessions drew to a close, Frost realized he still lacked something: an acknowledgement by Nixon that he had been wrong. Nixon had admi...
  • Scientists find clue to age-related memory loss
    2013-08-29 01:53:24 UTC

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Scientists have found a compelling clue in the quest to learn what causes age-related memory problems, and to one day be able to tell if those misplaced car keys are just a senior moment or an early warning of something worse. Wednesday's report offers evidence that age-related memory loss really is a distinct cond...
  • Study seeks super agers' secrets to brain health
    2013-08-22 07:29:04 UTC

    CHICAGO (AP) — They're called "super agers" — men and women who are in their 80s and 90s, but with brains and memories that seem far younger. Researchers are looking at this rare group in the hope that they may find ways to help protect others from memory loss. And they've had some tantalizing findings: Imaging tests have found unus...
  • AP-NORC Poll: Parents back high-stakes testing
    2013-08-17 13:36:04 UTC

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Often criticized as too prescriptive and all-consuming, standardized tests have support among parents, who view them as a useful way to measure both students' and schools' performances, according to an Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research poll. Most parents also say their own children are given ...
  • Dogs help sniff out ovarian cancer in Pa. study
    2013-08-10 08:01:39 UTC

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Researchers trying to develop a diagnostic tool for ovarian cancer are hoping dogs' keen sense of smell will lead them down the right path. An early detection device that combines old-fashioned olfactory skills, chemical analysis and modern technology could lead to better survival rates for the disease, which is ...
  • Study ties higher blood sugar to dementia risk
    2013-08-08 06:33:54 UTC

    Higher blood-sugar levels, even those well short of diabetes, seem to raise the risk of developing dementia, a major new study finds. Researchers say it suggests a novel way to try to prevent Alzheimer's disease — by keeping glucose at a healthy level. Alzheimer's is by far the most common form of dementia and it's long been known t...
  • Camping resets internal clock
    2013-08-03 15:45:02 UTC

    A short camping trip could help people rise and shine. After a week living in tents in Colorado’s Rockies, volunteers’ internal clocks shifted about two hours earlier, transforming night owls into early birds, researchers report August 1 in Current Biology. “It’s a clever study, and it makes a dramatic point,” says Katherine Shar...
  • End-Of-Life Lessons For Nelson Mandela's Family -- And Yours
    2013-07-30 05:23:22 UTC

    As the world watches, former South African President Nelson Mandela, 94, remains hospitalized in critical condition. Amid conflicting reports and limited information from relatives and officials, many observers believe he is on life-support equipment. Mandela’s family now faces the same wrenching end-of-life decisions that challenge...
  • Unsealed birth records give adoptees peek at past
    2013-07-29 02:55:48 UTC

    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Maura Duffy spent a day in Chicago last September with her mother: A walk along Lake Michigan, shared meals, a boat tour highlighting Second City architecture. But this was no typical mother-daughter outing. It was the first time the two women had ever met. Since a handful of states, including Illinois, h...
  • 99-year-old woman from Iran becomes US citizen
    2013-07-27 04:53:12 UTC

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — In nearly a century since her Iranian birth, Khatoun Khoykani has lived through revolutions and world wars. Now, 15 years after moving to the United States, the 99-year-old can add to the list the unlikely experience of becoming a U.S. citizen. Khoykani joined about 3,700 other people on Friday for a naturaliza...
  • Johannesburg loses eatery with star-studded past
    2013-07-23 20:11:46 UTC

    JOHANNESBURG (AP) — The name of the South African restaurant means "the back of beyond," but it was the place to be in its heyday, drawing Nelson Mandela and other global figures who perused a menu of ostrich casserole, deep-fried crocodile cubes and other regionally inspired dishes. Now Gramadoelas is closing after the murder of one o...
  • DIANA: The ultimate star of the 20th century monarchy
    2013-07-22 18:46:14 UTC

    That she was beautiful is clear — Princess Diana's beauty was frozen in time by her untimely death. "A less attractive girl — we wouldn't be sitting here talking about her now," said Tina Brown, who has been covering Diana since she was a young editor at Britain's saucy Tatler magazine. "Everyone ended up falling for her charm," ...
  • Thousands of kids hurt yearly on amusement rides
    2013-07-21 21:35:09 UTC

    From carousels to roller coasters, part of summer fun for many kids is a trip to the local carnival or a nearby amusement park. But experts are warning parents their children need to be supervised on rides because of the risk of injuries. Researchers from Nationwide Children's Hospital in Columbus, Ohio, looked at Consumer Product S...
  • Scrapbooks give peek inside Hemingway's early life
    2013-07-21 05:54:21 UTC

    BOSTON (AP) — Long before Ernest Hemingway first wrote a story, his mother was busy writing about him. Grace Hall Hemingway started a series of scrapbooks documenting the childhood of the future Nobel and Pulitzer Prize winner by describing how the sun shone and robins sang on the day in July 1899 when he was born. Starting Sunda...
  • Why are some babies overdue?
    2013-07-21 06:15:11 UTC

    The world is eagerly waiting to hear news of the birth of the royal baby. A royal source told CNN that the due date was Saturday, July 13, which would mean that the Duchess of Cambridge is several days overdue. Why is it taking the future prince or princess of Cambridge so long to arrive? First-born babies are less likely to arrive o...
  • Breastfeeding Note From Pizza Waitress Pays It Forward
    2013-07-19 05:07:24 UTC

    A breastfeeding mother at a pizza restaurant got the surprise of her life when she received a free pizza and a kind note on her receipt from a waitress. Jackie Johnson-Smith, 33, a stay-at-home mother from Ankeny, Iowa was celebrating her 33rd birthday on Sunday at Fong’s Pizza in Des Moines with her husband and their three kids, a...
  • Mission to redefine the idea of the beautiful woman's body
    2013-07-19 05:16:33 UTC

    Many women are left with scars, stretch marks, and loose skin after giving birth. It's a reality that women themselves often try to hide and the media never wants to show. But one photographer is on a mission to redefine the idea of the beautiful woman's body. One day early last year, Jade Beall - a new mother based in Tucson, Arizo...
  • JK Rowling directs anger at lawyers after secret identity revealed
    2013-07-19 05:18:55 UTC

    JK Rowling's initial regret at the revelation of her secret identity as a critically acclaimed debut crime novelist has now turned into anger. It was her lawyers whodunnit. Just days after she was outed as Robert Galbraith, author of the Cuckoo's Calling, the author revealed that a partner at Russells law firm was the cause of the d...
  • Woman gored during final bull run in Spain
    2013-07-14 09:32:00 UTC

    PAMPLONA, Spain (AP) — An Australian woman was seriously injured after being gored during the final bull run of this year's annual San Fermin festival in Spain on Sunday. Four other runners were also hospitalized after sustaining cuts and bruises. The 23-year-old woman was gored in the back and undergoing surgery, a regional governm...