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.
NYC Valentine's Day sewage tour back by 'demand'
2013-02-11 21:44:34 UTC
NEW YORK (AP) — Lovers of the unusual are getting another chance to impress their Valentines this year in New York City.
The Department of Environmental Protection is again offering Valentine's Day tours of the Newtown Creek sewage treatment plant in Brooklyn's Greenpoint section.
British Museum puts art from the Ice Age on show
2013-02-05 18:22:28 UTC
LONDON (AP) — The art world loves hype. Works are touted as the biggest, the rarest, the most expensive.
Even in an age of superlatives, the British Museum has something special — the oldest known figurative art in the world.
The artworks on display in the new exhibition "Ice Age Art"...
Bullying study: It does get better for gay teens
2013-02-04 05:31:41 UTC
CHICAGO (AP) — It really does get better for gay and bisexual teens when it comes to being bullied, although young gay men have it worse than their lesbian peers, according to the first long-term scientific evidence on how the problem changes over time.
The seven-year study involved mo...
Rescuing a trapped dolphin
2013-01-30 18:08:33 UTC
Manta Rays in Kona Hawaii - Last Friday night we rescued a Bottlenose Dolphin from entanglement during the Manta dive at Manta Heaven.
It was awe-inspring and a truly breathtaking ;) experience. I filmed the event and want to thank the dive professionals Keller Laros, Masa and Jason Keeffer wh...
Round 2 for Sloppy Joe's bar, a Havana original
2013-01-25 20:08:07 UTC
HAVANA (AP) — A half-century later, Jose Rafa Malem remembers the balmy breezes blowing through the bar's arching porticos, the grain of the tall wood stools, the whiff of Pedro Domecq brandy on his father's breath.
And how could he forget the tangy ground-beef-and-tomato-sauce sandwiche...
Kayaker survives 100-foot drop in first descent of Ozone Falls
2013-01-20 10:01:52 UTC
GrindTV - Three kayakers scouted Ozone Falls and its 100-foot drop that no one had dared run in a kayak previously and saw it raging after the torrential rainfall in the Southeast. "Honestly, it looked like...you could knock yourself out or break your back," Chris Gragtmans told Canoe & Kayak. Sc...
Lung cancer scans backed for older, heavy smokers
2013-01-14 11:00:36 UTC
After decades of qualms about lung cancer screening, the American Cancer Society says there now is enough evidence to recommend it, but only for current and former heavy smokers ages 55 to 74 and after a frank talk about risks and benefits.
The new guidelines, announced Friday, are a cautious ...
Mutilated Mexican dog runs with prosthetic front legs
2013-01-30 18:17:34 UTC
MEXICO CITY — A dog reportedly mutilated by Mexican drug traffickers is recovering at a sanctuary for abused and abandoned dogs.
Pay de Limon, or Lemon Pie, was fitted with prosthetic front legs last year, says sanctuary owner Patricia Ruiz
The Belgian shepherd mix now walks, jumps and runs...
Retooling Pap test to spot more kinds of cancer
2013-01-13 07:46:44 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — For years, doctors have lamented that there's no Pap test for deadly ovarian cancer. Wednesday, scientists reported encouraging signs that one day, there might be.
Researchers are trying to retool the Pap, a test for cervical cancer that millions of women get, so that it ...
Letterman says he sees psychiatrist weekly
2013-01-07 22:02:34 UTC
PASADENA, Calif. (AP) — Three years after an extortion scandal that led him to bare his infidelities, David Letterman said he sees a psychiatrist once a week to try to be the person that he believed he was.
The late-night talk show host gave an extraordinary interview to Oprah Winfrey ...
Poet-performer Jayne Cortez dies in NY at age 78
2013-01-06 07:33:47 UTC
NEW YORK (AP) — Jayne Cortez, a forceful poet, activist and performance artist who blended oral and written traditions into numerous books and musical recordings, has died. She was 78.
The Organization of Women Writers of Africa says Cortez died of heart failure in New York on Dec. 28. She ha...
Women's history pioneer Gerda Lerner dies at 92
2013-01-06 07:35:59 UTC
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Gerda Lerner, a pioneer in the field of women's history and a founding member of the National Organization for Women, has died in Wisconsin, her son said Thursday. She was 92.
Lerner, credited with founding the nation's first graduate program in women's history, died pea...
76-year-old man trapped hunting for lottery ticket
2013-01-03 13:27:46 UTC
AMSTERDAM (AP) — What are the odds?
A 76-year-old man trapped himself in an underground waste paper container in Amsterdam after he clambered in to hunt for a lottery ticket.
Police said in a statement the elderly man managed to open the container and climb in Thursday because he feared h...
Pro-marijuana campaign looks ahead after 2012 victories
2012-12-30 23:03:32 UTC
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - After a decades-long campaign to legalize marijuana hit a high mark in 2012 with victories in Washington state and Colorado, its energized and deep-pocketed backers are mapping out a strategy for the next round of ballot-box battles.
They have their sights set on ballot...
What now in Newtown? Seize the change, healers say
2012-12-24 05:30:41 UTC
NEWTOWN, Conn. (AP) — The grief will not end. Yet the healing must begin. So as the shock of Newtown's horrific school shooting starts to wear off, as the headlines fade and the therapists leave, residents are seeking a way forward through faith, community and a determination to seize their...
Diet Pepsi quietly changes sweetener
2012-12-24 05:29:28 UTC
NEW YORK (AP) — If that can of Diet Pepsi tastes sweeter than normal, there's a reason.
PepsiCo Inc. is quietly changing the sweeteners in the drink, with the goal of helping the soda maintain its potency longer. Cans of Diet Pepsi around the country now list a mix of two artificial sweete...
California in for more unusually high 'king tides'
2012-12-16 18:35:44 UTC
HUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif. (AP) — The tide is high, and it's holding on.
Some Californians were in for another day of ankle-deep seawater in low-lying coastal communities Friday as unusually high "king tides" pulled the Pacific farther ashore than normal.
The tides, the result of an occasiona...
Berlin marks centenary of Nefertiti bust's find
2012-12-11 16:16:51 UTC
BERLIN (AP) — A famed bust of Egypt's Queen Nefertiti is getting some new company to mark the centenary of its discovery: an exhibition of works giving a taste of the site where it was found.
The show, "In the Light of Amarna — 100 Years of the Nefertiti Discovery," opens at Berlin's Neues Mus...
Napoleon's coded Kremlin letter sold for $243,500
2012-12-02 17:01:33 UTC
FONTAINEBLEAU, France (AP) — A secret code letter sent in 1812 by Napoleon Bonaparte boasting that his French forces would blow up Moscow's Kremlin has sold at auction for ten times its estimated presale price.
A Paris museum — the Museum of Letters and Manuscripts — was finalizing its purchas...
AP Newsbreak: New Suzanne Collins book in 2013
2012-11-29 16:20:50 UTC
NEW YORK (AP) — "The Hunger Games" novelist Suzanne Collins has a new book coming out next year.
The multimillion-selling children's author has completed an autobiographical picture story scheduled for Sept. 10, 2013, Scholastic Inc. announced Thursday. The 40-page book will be called "Year of...
Study finds mammograms lead to unneeded treatment
2012-11-22 18:14:31 UTC
Mammograms have done surprisingly little to catch deadly breast cancers before they spread, a big U.S. study finds. At the same time, more than a million women have been treated for cancers that never would have threatened their lives, researchers estimate.
Up to one-third of breast cancers, o...
A Cold Case That Warms a Cop’s Heart
2012-11-22 08:12:27 UTC
Michael Connelly’s Harry Bosch in ‘The Black Box’.
Harry Bosch of the Los Angeles Police Department has a birthday during the course of “The Black Box.” But as Michael Connelly’s readers well know, Harry’s not a party guy. He comes home to find that his 16-year-old daughter, Maddie, has made him...