Fire forces evacuation of campus, homes in Calif.
2013-05-03 05:09:45 UTC
LOS ANGELES (AP) — A wildfire fanned by gusty Santa Ana winds raged along the fringes of Southern California communities on Thursday, forcing the evacuation of homes and a university while setting recreational vehicles ablaze.
The blaze erupted during morning rush hour along U.S. 101 i...
IG: unclear standards for compassionate release
2013-05-02 04:33:28 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. Bureau of Prisons lacks clear standards on when to grant compassionate release to inmates with terminal illnesses and limited life expectancies, the Justice Department's inspector general said Wednesday.
In a study of 206 such requests from 2006 through 2011, the ...
Van Gogh Museum reopens with display on his craft
2013-05-01 15:55:48 UTC
AMSTERDAM (AP) — The Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam has reopened after a seven-month renovation, kicking off with "Van Gogh At Work," an exhibition that shows the famously tortured artist's working methods right down to his paints, brushes and other tools.
Appropriately, the final painting...
Woman, 80, swallows diamond at Fla. charity event
2013-04-29 04:55:21 UTC
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — The idea behind the Tampa Women's Club charity event was simple. For $20, you could buy a flute of champagne and a chance to win a one-carat, $5,000 diamond.
Organizers of the Saturday event placed $10 cubic zirconia stones in the bottom of 399 of the 400 champagne glasses...
New conservative lobbying push for gay marriage
2013-04-27 05:41:15 UTC
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A national group of prominent GOP donors that supports gay marriage is pouring new money into lobbying efforts to get Republican lawmakers to vote to make it legal.
A spokesman for American Unity PAC tells The Associated Press the group has established a lobbying...
Women to blame for earthquakes
2013-04-23 19:54:23 UTC
A senior Iranian cleric says women who wear revealing clothing and behave promiscuously are to blame for earthquakes.
Iran is one of the world's most earthquake-prone countries, and the cleric's unusual explanation for why the earth shakes follows a prediction by the president, Mahmoud Ahmadin...
The Toxic Truth About Sugar
2013-04-15 15:42:28 UTC
Is sugar a poison? Professor Lustig’s the number one enemy of the sugar lobby. According to him sugar is clearly poisonous in larger quantities. Now Lustig’s published a well written article in the prestigious scientific journal Nature.
The negative health effects of todays sugar consumption c...
San Francisco cable car accidents costs millions
2013-04-14 16:55:47 UTC
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — In this city of innumerable tourist attractions, the clanging, hill-conquering cable cars stand out as a top draw.
The quaint conveyances also stand out for the inordinate number of accidents and the millions of dollars annually the city pays out to settle...
Online translation on the rise, changing lives
2013-04-08 04:44:52 UTC
MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. (AP) — You might use Google Translate to read a hard-to-find Manga comic book or to decipher an obscure recipe for authentic Polish blintzes. Or, like Phillip and Niki Smith in rural Mississippi, you could use it to rescue a Chinese orphan and fall in love a...
Study Bolsters Link Between Routine Hits and Brain Disease
2013-04-06 14:27:33 UTC
The growing evidence of a link between head trauma and long-term, degenerative brain disease was amplified in an extensive study of athletes, military veterans and others who absorbed repeated hits to the head, according to new findings published in the scientific journal Brain.
The study, which...
Four of the most common claims you see on skincare labels can be misleading.
2013-04-02 07:22:41 UTC
Dermatologist Leslie Baumann, MD, explains what these popular terms really mean.
What you think it means: Free of any fragrances.
What it really means: The product doesn’t have a detectable odor—but may contain fragrances to mask its natural scent. If you’re trying to avoid ...
Caroline Kennedy returns to poetry for 10th book
2013-04-01 06:00:54 UTC
NEW YORK (AP) — Beginning work a few years ago on her latest book, an anthology of poems for young people, Caroline Kennedy found herself looking through one of her mother's scrapbooks. She burst into laughter, she says, as she came across a poem that her brother John, as a youngster, had...
Monroe, Eisenhower letters to be auctioned
2013-03-29 18:03:49 UTC
NEW YORK (AP) — Marilyn Monroe's letter of despair to mentor Lee Strasberg and Dwight D. Eisenhower's heartfelt missives to his wife during World War II are among hundreds of historical documents being offered in an online auction.
Monroe's handwritten, undated letter to the f...
Christians mark Jesus' crucifixion on Good Friday
2013-03-29 16:06:11 UTC
JERUSALEM (AP) — Hundreds of Christians streamed through the cobblestone alleyways of Jerusalem's Old City on Friday, hoisting wooden crosses and chanting prayers to mark the crucifixion of Jesus.
Throngs of pilgrims walked a traditional Good Friday procession that retraces Jesus...
Pompeii exhibition brings doomed town to life
2013-03-27 04:38:24 UTC
LONDON (AP) — Pompeii is the little Roman town that became a byword for sudden, violent death.
A new exhibition at the British Museum wants it to be equally famous for raucous, exuberant life.
Most visitors will know how residents of Pompeii and its neighbor Herculaneum died...
Haiti splashes slum with psychedelic colors
2013-03-26 04:49:50 UTC
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — One of Haiti's biggest shantytowns, a vast expanse of grim cinderblock homes on a mountainside in the nation's capital, is getting a psychedelic makeover that aims to be part art and part homage.
Workers this month began painting the concrete facad...
Sandberg book scores big sales for its first week
2013-03-20 21:29:49 UTC
NEW YORK (AP) — Sheryl Sandberg has the ear, and the eyes, of the country's book buyers.
Sandberg's "Lean In" sold 140,000 copies its first week of publication, has gone back to press seven times for additional printings and now has 400,000 copies in print, publisher Alfred A. Knopf a...
Sugary drinks linked to 180,000 deaths worldwide
2013-03-20 21:28:31 UTC
(CNN) -- Sugar-sweetened beverages are linked to more than 180,000 obesity-related deaths worldwide each year, according to new research presented this week at an American Heart Association conference.
"This means about one in every 100 deaths from obesity-related diseases is caused by drinking ...
After decade of criticism, student grouping rises
2013-03-19 04:46:33 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — Teachers say they are grouping students of similar abilities with each other inside classrooms and schools are clustering pupils with like interests together — a practice once frowned upon — according to a review of federal education surveys.
The Brookings Instituti...
First lady: Priority is ensuring 'family is whole'
2013-03-16 18:38:19 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — Michelle Obama is pushing back against the notion that she and President Barack Obama don't socialize enough in Washington.
The first lady says in an interview in the April issue of Vogue magazine that she and the president were straightforward when they...
Whole Foods GMO Labeling To Be Mandatory By 2018
2013-03-10 05:16:13 UTC
Whole Foods has announced that by 2018, all products in U.S. and Canada stores must be labeled if they contain genetically modified organisms (GMOs). This is the first national grocery store to set a deadline from GMO labeling.
“We are putting a stake in the ground on GMO labeling to support t...
Women emerge as crisis leaders in macho Balkans
2013-03-04 08:05:25 UTC
BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — Women in the Balkans are leading a political revolution.
Historically given little say in the politics of the conservative region, they are increasingly taking top leadership posts, signaling that the traditional rules are changing as Balkan countries shake off...
Koop, who transformed surgeon general post, dies
2013-02-25 23:33:10 UTC
With his long silver beard and white braided uniform, former Surgeon General C. Everett Koop became one of the most recognizable figures of the Reagan era — and one of the most unexpectedly enduring.
His nomination in 1981 met a wall of opposition from women's groups and liberal polit...
First lady jokes about hosting 'Tonight Show'
2013-02-23 03:05:04 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — Michelle Obama says she's eyeing another job in 2016 and, contrary to speculation, it doesn't involve running for public office.
During her first appearance on "Late Night With Jimmy Fallon," the host asked her Friday to consider a Michelle-Hillary ticket for president in...
First lady quips that midlife crisis led to bangs
2013-02-19 13:50:35 UTC
PALM CITY, Fla. (AP) — Michelle Obama jokingly says a midlife crisis is what inspired her new haircut with bangs.
The first lady revealed the new hairstyle last month on her 49th birthday, which came a few days before the festivities for President Barack Obama's second inauguration.