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 he...
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 t...
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-relat...
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...
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.
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 s...
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 for...
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 make...
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 wrench...
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 ...
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...
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 Gramadoe...
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.
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 Colu...
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 ...
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?
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 ...
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 Bea...
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 ...
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 an...
FDA sets new limits on arsenic in apple juice
2013-07-12 09:12:38 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — Parents who have been fretting over the low levels of arsenic found in apple juice can feel better about buying one of their kids' favorite drinks.
The Food and Drug Administration is setting a new limit on the level of arsenic allowed in apple juice, after more than a year o...
Play about American activist performed in Israel
2013-07-09 08:24:55 UTC
JERUSALEM (AP) — A one-woman play about an American activist who was crushed to death by an Israeli military bulldozer in Gaza is being performed for Hebrew-speaking audiences for the first time. Producers hope the show will force Israelis to confront an issue that, 10 years later, is still stirr...
Neil Gaiman's Sandman returns for prequel
2013-07-03 08:07:50 UTC
A quarter-century after his ground-breaking Sandman comic was launched, Neil Gaiman is returning to the character that made him famous with a six-issue prequel about Morpheus, the Lord of Dreams.
Gaiman – currently basking in the glory of phenomenal reviews and booming sales for his first adul...
WHO: Treat people with HIV early to stop spread
2013-07-02 00:16:16 UTC
LONDON (AP) — Young children and certain other people with the AIDS virus should be started on medicines as soon as they are diagnosed, the World Health Organization says in new guidelines that also recommend earlier treatment for adults.
The advice will have the most impact in Africa, where n...
If you're going to San Francisco – stay on a stylish Sausalito houseboat
2013-06-29 07:20:59 UTC
London (The Guardian) - On the beautiful houseboats in Sausalito, on San Francisco Bay, the countercultural spirit of 1960s California is alive and well. Joshua Surtees jumps aboard and stays for a couple of nights.
Waking up on board the converted 19th-century ferry steamboat Yellow Ferry, I ...