• AIDS specialists aim to jump-start hunt for a cure
    2012-07-20 12:26:15 UTC

    WASHINGTON (AP) — For years it seemed hopeless. Now the hunt for a cure for AIDS is back on. International AIDS specialists on Thursday released what they call a road map for research toward a cure for HIV — a strategy for global teams of scientists to explore a number of intriguing leads that just might, years from now, pan out. ...
  • In German circumcision debate, 'us vs them' fears
    2012-07-22 09:19:03 UTC

    BERLIN (AP) — Rabbi David Goldberg had performed about 25 ritual circumcisions this year before a regional court ruled in June that the practice amounted to causing criminal bodily harm. Despite the decision, he expects to perform the same number in second half of the year. "I haven't changed anything," said Goldberg, one of Germ...
  • Doctors use eggs to reverse egg allergies in kids
    2012-07-18 23:48:42 UTC

    First peanuts, now eggs. Doctors have reversed allergies in some children and teens by giving them tiny daily doses of problem foods, gradually training their immune systems to accept them. In the best test of this yet, about a dozen kids were able to overcome allergies to eggs, one of the most ubiquitous foods, lurking in everythin...
  • FDA approves first pill to help prevent HIV
    2012-07-17 22:31:48 UTC

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Food and Drug Administration on Monday approved the first drug shown to reduce the risk of HIV infection, the latest milestone in the 30-year battle against the virus that causes AIDS. The agency approved Gilead Sciences' pill Truvada as a preventive measure for healthy people who are at high risk of acquiring ...
  • SF considering ways to curb plastic water bottles
    2012-07-14 04:23:45 UTC

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — San Francisco, the city that regulated Happy Meal toys and banned plastic grocery bags, has a new target in its health-conscious, eco-friendly crosshairs: plastic water bottles. City officials are considering an ordinance that would require owners of new and renovated buildings with water fountains to install sp...
  • Dogs from NY, Virginia wed at charity extravaganza
    2012-07-13 06:26:22 UTC

    NEW YORK (AP) — We double-dog dare you to check this out. Two dogs got married Thursday night at an extravaganza to benefit the Humane Society of New York. Bride Baby Hope Diamond, a white Coton de Tulear with black-gray markings, was led down the aisle, resplendent in her canine couture gown. Her poodle groom, a dapper dude n...
  • 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, and results from a small, early test of i...
  • 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 dropped its plans this spring and has promised...
  • 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, Kurt Hummel and Rachel Berry in the pa...
  • 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 from Long Island hopes to reach the 3 mi...
  • 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 unexplained death of a village resident. ...
  • 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 are called premature and are known to f...
  • 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 Control and Prevention announced Tuesda...
  • 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 Sunday by a tornado spun off by the lar...
  • 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 DeWitt downplays all of that and insists tha...
  • 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-country trek in Boston in April and hopes to...
  • 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 Karen Klein poured into the crowd-funding si...
  • 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 sterilized in North Carolina may be alive. The st...
  • 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 authorities warning folks to check on elderly neig...
  • 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 to start a flashy double play and also hi...
  • 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 steady, measured steps Friday night for 1,8...
  • 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 decade after 9/11, no one's quite sure w...
  • 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 those big zeros posted on the scoreboard ...
  • 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 have associated having longer telomeres (TE...
  • 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 line the first lady walks as she tries to ...