Last drugs standing: Key Alzheimer results coming
2012-07-11 17:20:57 UTC
We're about to find out if there will be a way anytime soon to slow the course of Alzheimer's disease. Results are due within a month or so from key studies of two drugs that aim to clear the sticky plaque gumming up patients' brains.
A pivotal study of a third drug will end later this year, a...
Parents defend putting children to work on farms
2012-07-10 11:38:14 UTC
FULTS, Ill. (AP) — As he watched his 10-year-old son ease a tractor across a soybean field, Dennis Mosbacher acknowledged the risks of farming.
But Mosbacher said the U.S. Labor Department was misguided in its attempts to protect children from farm accidents and he's relieved the agency droppe...
Archie, pals to find 'Glee' in crossover
2012-07-09 10:27:27 UTC
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The kids from Riverdale are no strangers to high school angst, worries about fitting in or music. Neither are the teens from "Glee."
Now, Archie, Betty, Veronica and resident boy genius Dilton Doiley will match wits — and maybe a vocal or two — with the likes of Finn Hudson...
NY man nears 3 millionth mile in beloved '66 Volvo
2012-07-09 08:50:21 UTC
BAY SHORE, N.Y. (AP) — It just keeps going, and going, and going. No, it's not a battery. It's Irvin Gordon's 1966 Volvo P1800S.
Gordon's small, red two-door has well more than 2 million miles on the odometer, the equivalent of nearly 1,176 times across the globe.
The retired schoolteacher ...
Publisher: Here's cover of new J.K. Rowling novel
2012-07-03 17:29:28 UTC
LONDON (AP) — Publishers have released the cover of the J.K. Rowling novel set for worldwide release in September.
"The Casual Vacancy" will be the Harry Potter author's first offering aimed primarily at adults.
The novel is set in the fictional English town of Pagford and deals with the un...
Early full-term babies may face later school woes
2012-07-02 05:49:17 UTC
CHICAGO (AP) — Even for infants born full-term, a little more time in the womb may matter.
The extra time results in more brain development, and a study suggests perhaps better scores on academic tests, too.
Full-term is generally between 37 weeks and 41 weeks; newborns born before 37 weeks...
CDC trying out free rapid AIDS test at drugstores
2012-06-26 17:32:51 UTC
ATLANTA (AP) — Would you go to a drugstore for an AIDS test?
Health officials want to know, and they've set up a pilot program to find out.
The $1.2 million project will offer free rapid HIV tests at pharmacies and in-store clinics in 24 cities and rural communities, the Centers for Disease...
Tropical Storm Debby soaks Florida's Gulf Coast
2012-06-26 06:34:35 UTC
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Practically parked off Florida's Gulf Coast since the weekend, Tropical Storm Debby raked the Tampa Bay area with high winds and heavy rain Monday in a drenching that could top 2 feet over the next few days and that has already led to flooding.
At least one person was killed...
Hooters-style restaurants experiencing a mini-boom
2012-06-24 19:08:34 UTC
NEW YORK (AP) — The waitresses at Twin Peaks wear skimpy plaid tops that accentuate their chests. In case you didn't catch the joke, the chain's logo is an image of two pointy, snow-capped mountains. And the sports bar doesn't stop there: It promises "scenic views."
Twin Peaks owner Randy DeWi...
Iowa woman running barefoot across USA
2012-06-23 17:19:16 UTC
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — An Iowa woman is running barefoot across America.
Eighteen-year-old Rae Heim says what started out as a personal adventure also has become a fundraiser for Soles4Souls, a charity that supplies shoes to needy kids.
Heim is from Caroll, Iowa. She started her cross-coun...
Online video of NY bullying stirs passion, anger
2012-06-22 17:38:57 UTC
A video of four seventh-grade boys mercilessly taunting a 68-year-old bus monitor in New York state that went viral has turned the victim into an international fundraising juggernaut and opened her tormentors to an onslaught of threats and abuse.
From around the world, small donations for Kare...
Questions, answers about history of eugenics in US
2012-06-22 17:45:01 UTC
Q: WHAT HAPPENED IN NORTH CAROLINA?
A: Under the state's eugenics program, which began in 1929, more than 7,600 people underwent sterilizations. Some procedures were forced to weed out the "feebleminded" while others were a voluntary form of birth control. Up to 1,800 people who were sterilize...
Northeast begins to bake on 1st day of summer
2012-06-21 01:06:41 UTC
NEW YORK (AP) — The official start of summer brought temperatures in the high 90s to the Eastern Seaboard on Wednesday, setting records in some spots and getting awfully close in others, with people wilting at graduation ceremonies, students trying to learn in sweltering classrooms and authoritie...
Phillips, Cueto & Reds top Mets for 6th win in row
2012-06-18 00:43:22 UTC
NEW YORK (AP) — Brandon Phillips loves to fool around in the field during batting practice, trying all sorts of "crazy" stuff with his glove. It's fun and besides, someday those tricks might come in handy.
As in the sixth inning Sunday.
The star second baseman made a between-the-legs flip t...
Wallenda exuberant after wire walk across Falls
2012-06-16 08:12:58 UTC
NIAGARA FALLS, Ontario (AP) — There was "wind coming from every which way," mist so powerful it clouded his vision and an unfamiliar wire beneath him, but daredevil Nik Wallenda didn't let that stop him from becoming the first person to walk on a tightrope across the Niagara Falls.
He took ste...
What do you call that new skyscraper in New York?
2012-06-15 19:29:46 UTC
NEW YORK (AP) — When President Barack Obama came to New York City this week, his first stop was at that tall building under construction at the corner of West and Vesey streets.
You know, One World Trade Center. Or perhaps you might know it as the Freedom Tower. Or ground zero.
More than a ...
Cain raises no-hitter total to 5, so why the rash?
2012-06-15 08:01:44 UTC
A day after Matt Cain's perfect game, some fans actually suggested that no-hitters are becoming almost, well, commonplace.
Perish that thought. The thrill of will-he-or-won't-he always makes for great drama. Be it a future Hall of Famer or a .500 pitcher, the sight of a man on the mound with t...
Older dads linked to grandkid health, study hints
2012-06-11 20:13:43 UTC
NEW YORK (AP) — Finally, some good news for older dads. A new study hints that their children and even their grandchildren may get a health benefit because of their older age.
It's based on research into something called telomeres — tips on the ends of chromosomes.
Some previous studies hav...
First lady applauds NYC plan to ban sugary drinks
2012-06-05 19:15:21 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — First lady Michelle Obama says banning big servings of sugary drinks isn't anything she'd want to do at the federal level but she applauded New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg on Tuesday for proposing to do just that at city eateries.
It was a telling example of the fine li...
VP Joe Biden's daughter marries doctor in Delaware
2012-06-03 06:26:14 UTC
WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — Vice President Joe Biden's daughter Ashley married a Pennsylvania doctor at a ceremony in Delaware, the vice president's office announced late Saturday.
A news release from Biden's office says 30-year-old Ashley Blazer Biden was married Saturday to Dr. Howard David Krei...
Study: 'Smart bomb' drug attacks breast cancer
2012-06-03 06:02:12 UTC
CHICAGO (AP) — Doctors have successfully dropped the first "smart bomb" on breast cancer, using a drug to deliver a toxic payload to tumor cells while leaving healthy ones alone.
In a key test involving nearly 1,000 women with very advanced disease, the experimental treatment extended by sever...
Dark Chocolate Consumption For 10 Years Could Protect The Heart: Study
2012-06-02 18:59:48 UTC
LONDON, (Reuters) - A scientific study likely to stir the souls of chocoholics has suggested that eating dark chocolate every day for 10 years could reduce the likelihood of heart attacks and strokes in some high-risk patients.
A team of researchers from Australia used a mathematical model to ...
Paris plane crash spurs cultural growth in Atlanta
2012-05-31 09:15:38 UTC
ATLANTA (AP) — Fifty years ago, a group of 106 influential cultural and civic leaders from Atlanta traveled to Europe to visit famous museums and demonstrate the ascendant southern city's commitment to culture.
The Atlanta area's population in 1962 had recently hit a million people, but politi...
First lady's book: On growing seeds, healthy kids
2012-05-29 18:33:11 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — From the beginning, Michelle Obama's kitchen garden has been an overachiever, churning out more peppers, parsley and eggplant than expected, and generating interest that — yes, really — crosses oceans.
Now, the first lady has added a 271-page book to her gardening resume, and...
Va. girl is youngest ever in National Spelling Bee
2012-05-29 03:42:57 UTC
McLEAN, Va. (AP) — The youngest person ever to qualify for the National Spelling Bee was running around in a stream with a friend, hunting for rocks. Suddenly, she came charging up the bank and headed straight for her mother.
"Hold on to that basalt," Lori Anne Madison said in a bossy 6-year-o...