• 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, or 50,000 to 70,000 cases a year, don't n...
  • 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 a culinarily ambitious birthday dinner....
  • Minneapolis writer's secret: Tap inner 11-year-old
    2012-11-17 08:36:34 UTC

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Barely known in a literary field dominated by brand names like "Twilight" and "The Hunger Games," William Alexander scored the National Book Award for Young People's Literature by tapping into his burning love for books when he was 11 years old. "Of course I still love books, I adore books. But not with the same i...
  • Archduke Joseph Diamond fetches record $21.5M
    2012-11-13 23:08:58 UTC

    GENEVA (AP) — Geneva's jewelry auctions, held in five-star hotels along its elegant lakefront, can seem a continent if not a world away from the grim austerity gripping much of Europe. Two out-of-this-world diamonds are being auctioned off this week, joining a long list of other fabulous jewels, watches and other luxury goods sold in G...
  • Smoking laws limit heart attacks
    2012-11-08 08:41:30 UTC

    County's ban on smoking in workplaces linked to one-third decline. Perhaps living in a “nanny state” isn’t half bad. In a Minnesota county that banned smoking in public places in 2007, the heart attack rate dropped by one-third after the ban compared with the period just before the restrictions were phased in, researchers report in ...
  • Museums, theaters among NYC attractions reopening
    2012-10-31 18:52:11 UTC

    NEW YORK (AP) — Museums, the Empire State Building, Broadway theaters and many stores reopened Wednesday to the relief of tourists who'd been stuck in hotel rooms since the weekend due to superstorm Sandy. But parks, the 9/11 Memorial, the Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island and many other top attractions remained shuttered, some indefinit...
  • For travelers, Sandy's aggravation spans globe
    2012-10-30 13:34:25 UTC

    NEW YORK, USA (AP) — Hurricane Sandy grounded well over 10,000 flights across the Northeast and the globe, and it could be days before some passengers can get where they're going. According to the flight-tracking service FlightAware, more than 13,500 flights had been cancelled for Monday and today, almost all related to the storm. By ...
  • More than ever, Barca more than club for Catalans
    2012-10-29 09:30:15 UTC

    BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Nearly 20 minutes into the latest clash between Spain's most popular football teams, Barcelona's 98,000-seat Camp Nou stadium erupted into a deafening roar. Tens of thousands of Catalans in the city at the heart of their separatist movement chanted in unison: "Independence!" More than ever, FC Barcelona, know...
  • Wine and fracking don't mix, say vineyard owners
    2012-10-29 09:34:33 UTC

    The hillside vineyards of New York's Finger Lakes region make money producing fine Rieslings and inviting tourists to sip white wine by the water's edge. Now winery owners are worried about the prospect of a grittier kind of economic development: gas drilling. Some grape growers fear that if shale gas drilling, or fracking, is allow...
  • Study: Male beluga whale mimics human speech
    2012-10-29 09:33:49 UTC

    SAN DIEGO (AP) — It could be the muffled sound of singing in the shower or that sing-songy indecipherable voice from the Muppets' Swedish Chef. Surprisingly, scientists said the audio they captured was a whale imitating people. In fact, the whale song sounded so eerily human that divers initially thought it was a human voice. Han...
  • Study: Multivitamins may lower cancer risk in men
    2012-10-29 09:32:57 UTC

    America's favorite dietary supplements, multivitamins, modestly lowered the risk for cancer in healthy male doctors who took them for more than a decade, the first large study to test these pills has found. The result is a surprise because many studies of individual vitamins have found they don't help prevent chronic diseases and so...
  • Picasso, Monets stolen in Dutch heist
    2012-10-16 16:41:07 UTC

    AMSTERDAM (AP) -- Thieves broke into a Rotterdam museum on Tuesday and walked off with works from the likes of Picasso, Monet, Gauguin and Matisse potentially worth hundreds of millions. Police haven't said how they pulled off the early hours heist, but an expert who tracks stolen art said the robbers clearly knew what they were af...
  • FDA regulation of pharmacies has knotty history
    2012-10-13 04:24:59 UTC

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The deadly meningitis outbreak linked to contaminated pain injections has prompted calls for tighter federal regulation of compounding pharmacies, which have periodically been blamed for crippling and sometimes fatal injuries. But this isn't the first time Congress has pushed for more authority over the industry. S...
  • Bioethics panel urges more gene privacy protection
    2012-10-12 19:20:02 UTC

    WASHINGTON (AP) — It sounds like a scene from a TV show: Someone sends a discarded coffee cup to a laboratory where the unwitting drinker's DNA is decoded, predicting what diseases lurk in his or her future. A presidential commission found that's legally possible in about half the states — and says new protections to ensure the priv...
  • Scottish man dies, taking town's dialect with him
    2012-10-05 08:21:46 UTC

    LONDON (AP) — In a remote fishing town on the tip of Scotland's Black Isle, the last native speaker of the Cromarty dialect has passed away, taking with him a little fragment of the English linguistic mosaic. Academics said Wednesday that Bobby Hogg, who was 92 when he died last week, was the last person fluent in the dialect once c...
  • Rowling's first novel for adults goes on sale
    2012-09-27 10:53:22 UTC

    LONDON (AP) — British bookshops opened their doors early Thursday and some grown-up Harry Potter fans lined up overnight as J.K. Rowling launched her long-anticipated first book for adults, "The Casual Vacancy." The lines were shorter and the wizard costumes missing, but the book was published to some of the same fanfare that greete...
  • Studies more firmly tie sugary drinks to obesity
    2012-09-22 05:57:03 UTC

    New research powerfully strengthens the case against soda and other sugary drinks as culprits in the obesity epidemic. A huge, decades-long study involving more than 33,000 Americans has yielded the first clear proof that drinking sugary beverages interacts with genes that affect weight, amplifying a person's risk of obesity beyon...
  • Group: More than half in 39 states will be obese
    2012-09-19 11:05:42 UTC

    NEW YORK (AP) — We Americans already know how fat we are. Can it get much worse? Apparently, yes, according to an advocacy group that predicts that by 2030 more than half the people in the vast majority of states will be obese. Mississippi is expected to retain its crown as the fattest state in the nation for at least two more de...
  • Mixed grades for new, healthy school lunch rules
    2012-09-14 07:52:57 UTC

    ROTTERDAM, N.Y. (AP) — One student complains because his cafeteria no longer serves chicken nuggets. Another gripes that her school lunch just isn't filling. A third student says he's happy to eat an extra apple with his lunch, even as he's noshing on his own sub. Leaner, greener school lunches served under new federal standards are...
  • ABC News sued for defamation over 'pink slime'
    2012-09-14 02:52:36 UTC

    NORTH SIOUX CITY, S.D. (AP) — Beef Products Inc. sued ABC News, Inc. for defamation Thursday over its coverage of a meat product that critics dub "pink slime," claiming the network damaged the company by misleading consumers into believing it is unhealthy and unsafe. The Dakota Dunes, S.D.-based meat processor is seeking $1.2 billio...
  • Nielsen shows how people use TV differently
    2012-09-11 06:08:19 UTC

    NEW YORK (AP) — The number of U.S. homes that don't get traditional television service continues to increase, but that doesn't mean they don't have TVs. The Nielsen company said in a report issued on Tuesday that three-quarters of the estimated 5 million homes that don't get TV signals over the airways or through cable, satellite or...
  • Feel Happier in 11 Steps
    2012-09-11 06:18:23 UTC

    Find out what makes you happy so you can keep it going. Find Your Happy Place. Are you happy? It's such an important question because happiness has such a huge impact on your health, from your arteries to your heart, from the glow in your skin to the pep in your step. Happy feelings influence your brain and body chemistry in ways th...
  • Healthy Eating: Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Whole Grain Foods
    2012-09-11 06:16:45 UTC

    Discover exactly what whole grain foods are, how they work, and what makes them some of the healthiest foods you can eat. It seems everything these days is touted as "whole" this or that. Whole grains, whole wheat, a whole lot of health: It's the latest in food marketing. Why? Because food manufacturers know that whole grains are, i...
  • Australian court OKs logo ban on cigarette packs
    2012-08-15 06:17:40 UTC

    CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia's highest court upheld the world's toughest law on cigarette promotion on Wednesday despite protests from tobacco companies that argued the value of their trademarks will be destroyed under new rules that will strip all logos from cigarette packs. The decision by the High Court means that startin...
  • Highlights from 2 weeks of London 2012
    2012-08-12 23:01:49 UTC

    The 2012 London Games kicked off 16 days ago with Queen Elizabeth II (actually, a body double) parachuting into a whimsical opening ceremony. The games gathered speed as U.S. swimmer Michael Phelps collected four gold medals and six overall to become the most decorated Olympian ever, with 22 career medals. Gabby Douglas, the 16-y...