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  • Viola Davis addresses struggling alma mater
    Untitled 2012-05-24 20:59:19 UTC
    CENTRAL FALLS, R.I. (AP) — Viola Davis addressed graduating seniors Thursday at the high school in the struggling Rhode Island city where she grew up, urging them to treasure "hard times and joyous moments" and telling them that the "privilege of a lifetime is being who you are." The Oscar-nom...

  • Everest weekend death toll reaches 4
    Everest 2012-05-22 04:22:41 UTC
    KATMANDU, Nepal (AP) — A mountaineering official in Nepal says climbers have reported seeing another body on Mount Everest, raising the death toll to four for one of the worst days ever on the world's highest mountain. Nepali mountaineering official Gyanendra Shrestha said Tuesday that the bod...

  • 'Da Vinci Code' author Dan Brown speaks in NH
    Untitled 2012-05-19 03:12:06 UTC
    PORTSMOUTH, N.H. (AP) — Best-selling author Dan Brown made a rare public appearance in New Hampshire on Friday, saying very little about his next novel other than he's well into the writing process. "The Da Vinci Code" author, who grew up in New Hampshire, spoke at a benefit for The Music Hall...

  • French autistic kids mostly get psychotherapy
    French-autistic-kids-mostly-get-psychotherapy-ge1gmakp-x-large 2012-05-18 22:11:22 UTC
    LONDON (AP) — In most developed countries, children with autism are usually sent to school where they get special education classes. But in France, they are more often sent to a psychiatrist where they get talk therapy meant for people with psychological or emotional problems. Things are slowl...

  • US forecasters say heat will stay on this summer
    Kansas_heat_supp 2012-05-17 18:43:21 UTC
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Meteorologists say America's unusually warm year is likely to extend through the summer. And that's a bad sign for wildfires in the West. The National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration's forecast for June through August calls for warmer-than-normal weather for about three-qu...

  • Coffee buzz: Study finds java drinkers live longer
    Image 2012-05-17 18:49:54 UTC
    MILWAUKEE (AP) — One of life's simple pleasures just got a little sweeter. After years of waffling research on coffee and health, even some fear that java might raise the risk of heart disease, a big study finds the opposite: Coffee drinkers are a little more likely to live longer. Regular or dec...

  • Blood drive set for flesh-eating bacteria survivor
    682-hlsso.st.55 2012-05-15 17:28:07 UTC
    CARROLLTON, Ga. (AP) — A blood drive is being held at University of West Georgia for a student fighting a flesh-eating bacteria that threatens her life. Aimee Copeland's left leg has been amputated, and her parents say she will likely lose her fingers as well after the infection spread rapidly...

  • Parents read lips of woman with flesh-eating bug
    Untitled 2012-05-14 16:39:50 UTC
    ATLANTA (AP) — The parents of a young Georgia woman battling a flesh-eating bacterial infection said Monday they've learned to read lips and are now able to communicate with their daughter despite a breathing tube in her throat. Speaking on NBC's "Today" show Monday, Andy Copeland says his dau...

  • Advocates: HIV prevention pill could save lives
    The_latest_developments_in_coronavirus_outbreak 2012-05-11 17:40:56 UTC
    CHICAGO (AP) — A pill to prevent HIV infection is already being given to some healthy people, but without government approval, it remains out of reach and too costly for many who need it. Doctors, patients and advocates say that would change if the Food and Drug Administration takes a landmark...

  • Guinness recognizes surfer for riding 78-foot wave
    5d213b88-623f-4091-95b4-0c909d5723b0 2012-05-11 14:19:36 UTC
    HONOLULU (AP) — Dude, that was the gnarliest wave ever. Guinness World Records says so. The record-keeping agency is acknowledging a 44-year-old Hawaii pro surfer for catching a 78-foot wave off the coast of Portugal, saying the November run beats a 2008 record by more than 1 foot. Big-wave...

  • International adoptions drop amid fraud crackdowns
    Untitled 2012-05-10 19:57:38 UTC
    HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — The number of international adoptions has fallen to its lowest point in 15 years, a steep decline attributed largely to crackdowns against baby-selling, a sputtering world economy and efforts by countries to place more children with domestic families. Globally, the number...

  • Report: Schools key to fighting America's obesity
    A604caf2-22ec-4425-bd15-76f18357b414 2012-05-10 20:04:08 UTC
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Fighting obesity will require changes everywhere Americans live, work, play and learn, says a major new report that outlines dozens of options — from building more walkable neighborhoods to zoning limits on fast-food restaurants to selling healthier snacks in sports arenas. B...

  • FDA: Kids' medical tests need child-size radiation
    470_cancer_110301 2012-05-09 15:15:35 UTC
    WASHINGTON (AP) — The government is taking steps to help ensure that children who need CT scans and other X-ray-based tests don't get an adult-sized dose of radiation. Too much radiation from medical testing is a growing concern, especially for children, because it may increase the risk of can...

  • Cattle prices jump as ranchers begins rebuilding
    Untitled 2012-05-09 15:07:51 UTC
    FRANKSTON, Texas (AP) — A cow runs circles in a small pen, her baby close by her side. Ranchers, their brows wrinkled, scribble in a glossy catalog while high on a podium the auctioneer slams his gavel, taking bids as the price of the pair rises rapidly. The high-profile auction at the Neches ...

  • Seller of suicide kits sentenced on tax charges
    Untitled 2012-05-07 18:24:43 UTC
    SAN DIEGO (AP) — A 92-year-old woman who sold $40 suicide kits has been sentenced in San Diego for failing to file federal tax returns. Sharlotte Hydorn was ordered Monday to serve five years of supervised probation and pay a fine of $1,000. She could have faced a year in prison. Assistant ...

  • Study ties fertility treatment, birth defect risk
    Study_ties_fertility_treatment__birth_defect_risk_ 2012-05-05 16:34:18 UTC
    Test-tube babies have higher rates of birth defects, and doctors have long wondered: Is it because of certain fertility treatments or infertility itself? A large new study from Australia suggests both may play a role. Compared to those conceived naturally, babies that resulted from simple IVF,...

  • Salmonella in dog food sickens 14 people across US
    120430111532_dog-food 2012-05-05 16:41:14 UTC
    COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Federal health officials say at least 14 people in nine states have been infected with salmonella from tainted dog food made at a South Carolina plant. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said no deaths have been reported, but at least five people have been hos...

  • Octomom at crossroads, broke and considering porn
    Untitled 2012-05-04 18:52:27 UTC
    LOS ANGELES (AP) — From Miracle Mom to Octomom and now, perhaps soon, Homeless Mom, the bizarre life of Nadya Suleman and her 14 children has been a subject that rarely fails to hit a nerve among those who have followed her personal soap opera. With Suleman on the verge of losing her home and ...

  • CDC report: More teen girls use best birth control
    Teen 2012-05-03 18:55:59 UTC
    ATLANTA (AP) — Health officials say more teen girls use the best kinds of birth control. A recent survey found 60 percent of teen girls who have sex use the most effective kinds of contraception. That's up from the mid-90s, when less than half were using the best. Health officials say the t...

  • Munch's 'The Scream' may fetch $80M at NYC auction
    3844016-3x2-700x467 2012-05-02 07:30:36 UTC
    NEW YORK (AP) — One of the art world's most recognizable images — Edvard Munch's "The Scream" — could sell for $80 million or more when it is auctioned at Sotheby's on Wednesday. The 1895 painting of a man holding his head and screaming under a streaked, blood-red sky has become a modern symbo...

  • Parents cheer autism-friendly 'Mary Poppins'
    Untitled 2012-05-01 19:21:01 UTC
    NEW YORK (AP) — The afternoon performance of "Mary Poppins" was marked by loud yips, shouts and moans — and that was just fine. It was the second autism-friendly performance of a Broadway show, and for many families with a child who suffers from the disorder, it turned out to be a practically ...

  • Number of US newborns with drug withdrawal triples
    Untitled 2012-05-01 17:56:16 UTC
    CHICAGO (AP) — Less than a month old, Savannah Dannelley scrunches her tiny face into a scowl as a nurse gently squirts a dose of methadone into her mouth. The infant is going through drug withdrawal and is being treated with the same narcotic prescribed for her mother to fight addiction to po...

  • Number of US newborns with drug withdrawal triples
    5990575_600x338 2012-04-30 21:02:37 UTC
    CHICAGO (AP) — Less than a month old, Savannah Dannelley scrunches her tiny face into a scowl as a nurse gently squirts a dose of methadone into her mouth. The infant is going through drug withdrawal and is being treated with the same narcotic prescribed for her mother to fight addiction to po...

  • Dolphin spends third day in California wetlands
    Pb-120427-dolphin-03.photoblog900 2012-04-29 19:54:33 UTC
    HUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif. (AP) — A wayward dolphin is spending a third straight day in a narrow wetlands channel along the Southern California coast, under the watchful eyes of wildlife experts. Peter Wallerstein of Marine Animal Rescue said Sunday that the 6-foot-long, black-and-white common d...

  • Serena says diet change to support Venus not hard
    9576b0_serena_04272012 2012-04-28 23:15:11 UTC
    NEW YORK (AP) — Serena Williams says altering her diet in support of big sister Venus hasn't been much of a hardship. Serena said she's cut down on eating chicken and fish and is eating more raw foods like Venus, who adopted the change to help her body cope with Sjogren's syndrome, an autoimmu...