Some state dropping GED as test price spikes
2013-04-14 16:57:48 UTC
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Several dozen states are looking for an alternative to the GED high school equivalency test because of concerns that a new version coming out next year is more costly and will no longer be offered in a pencil and paper format.
The responsibility for is...
San Francisco cable car accidents costs millions
2013-04-14 16:55:47 UTC
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — In this city of innumerable tourist attractions, the clanging, hill-conquering cable cars stand out as a top draw.
The quaint conveyances also stand out for the inordinate number of accidents and the millions of dollars annually the city pays out to settle...
Implanted 'bracelet' helps treat chronic heartburn
2013-04-14 04:33:57 UTC
A tiny magnetic bracelet implanted at the base of the throat is greatly improving life for some people with chronic heartburn who need more help than medicine can give them.
It's a novel way to treat severe acid reflux, which plagues millions of Americans and can raise their ris...
Baby Lake doing fine 5 months after exit procedure
2013-04-10 05:58:25 UTC
DENVER (AP) — Lake Annabelle Hall wouldn't be alive today if doctors at Children's Hospital of Colorado hadn't operated on a cyst on her left lung before she was born.
Doctors pulled her halfway out of her mother's womb, leaving her connected to her the umbilical cord and place...
Frog-phobic man awarded $1.6M over runoff flooding
2013-04-09 17:01:52 UTC
CLARENCE, N.Y. (AP) — Paul Marinaccio Sr. traces his fear of frogs to a childhood incident in Italy when a man holding bullfrogs chased him away after he'd wandered from the vineyard where his parents worked.
Decades later, he found himself describing his phobia to a jury, calling hims...
Pilot's texting contributed to copter crash
2013-04-09 16:56:37 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal accident investigators said Tuesday that texting by the pilot of a medical helicopter contributed to a crash that killed four people, and they issued a safety alert cautioning pilots against use of cellphones and other distracting advices during "safety-cri...
National beekeeper of year focuses on dying bees
2013-04-08 04:42:05 UTC
LOGAN, Utah (AP) — A Utah man is trying to use his recognition as this year's national beekeeper of the year to focus attention on a major threat to the industry: colony collapse disorder.
Darren Cox of Cache County, who has 5,000 hives in Utah, California and Wyoming, received the aw...
Isolated coral reefs can regrow after bleaching
2013-04-07 09:00:41 UTC
Lonely coral reefs aren’t doomed to die alone. Isolated reefs can bounce back from serious injury despite their lack of helpful neighbors, researchers report in the April 5 Science.
Bleaching strips reefs of colorful life-supporting microalgae and leaves the coral vulnerable to invasive algae ...
South Africa: Mandela discharged from the hospital
2013-04-07 07:58:45 UTC
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Former President Nelson Mandela was discharged from a hospital on Saturday following treatment for pneumonia, the presidency said in news that cheered South Africans who had waited tensely for health updates on a beloved national figure.
Mandela, the anti-apartheid...
Israel's military chief to visit Auschwitz
2013-04-07 07:50:06 UTC
JERUSALEM (AP) — The Israeli military says its chief of staff will head a delegation to a Holocaust memorial at the site of the Nazi death camp Auschwitz.
Lt. Gen. Benny Gantz, the son of Holocaust survivors, left for Poland Sunday as Israel prepared for its Holocaust and Heroism Remembrance...
Chile seeking answers in death of poet Neruda
2013-04-06 16:11:13 UTC
ISLA NEGRA, Chile (AP) — The body of Nobel laureate Pablo Neruda is being exhumed this weekend in an effort to clear up four decades of suspicion about how he died in the days after Chile's military coup.
A team of investigators is to begin digging on Sunday at Isla Negra, a rocky out...
China reports 2 more cases of new bird flu virus
2013-04-06 15:33:51 UTC
BEIJING (AP) — Shanghai has reported two more cases of human infection of a new strain of bird flu, raising the number of cases in eastern China to 18. Six of the people who contracted the virus have died.
Health officials believe people are contracting the H7N9 virus through direct contact...
Iowa museum says tortoise was never stolen
2013-04-06 06:37:12 UTC
DUBUQUE, Iowa (AP) — An African leopard tortoise thought to be stolen from an Iowa museum was actually trapped behind paneling in her enclosure, and a misguided employee who found her lied to keep up the story about her theft, the museum announced Friday.
In a bizarre move, the employee who fo...
Lead poisoning toll revised to 1 in 38 young kids
2013-04-04 16:30:05 UTC
NEW YORK (AP) — Health officials say more than half a million young children are now believed to have lead poisoning in the United States.
The figure is roughly twice the previous high estimate. But that's because the government last year lowered the threshold for lead poisoning, so n...
Estonia's capital gives residents a free ride
2013-04-04 16:26:27 UTC
TALLINN, Estonia (AP) — Looking for a free ride? Go live in Tallinn.
Estonia's capital became the world's first to introduce free public transport for all of its residents. All that's required is a transit pass showing you're a registered Tallinner — and the city's buses, streetcars an...
Study: Dementia tops cancer, heart disease in cost
2013-04-03 23:21:06 UTC
Cancer and heart disease are bigger killers, but Alzheimer's is the most expensive malady in the U.S., costing families and society $157 billion to $215 billion a year, according to a new study that looked at this in unprecedented detail.
The biggest cost of Alzheimer's and other types of deme...
China bird virus likely silent threat
2013-04-03 16:16:58 UTC
BEIJING (AP) — Scientists taking a first look at the genetics of a bird flu strain that has killed three people in China said Wednesday that the virus could be harder to track than its better-known cousin H5N1 because it might be able to spread among poultry without showing any signs.
Possible human remains found in new 9/11 debris
2013-04-03 04:57:40 UTC
NEW YORK (AP) — Jim Riches pulled his firefighter son's mangled body out of the rubble at the World Trade Center, but the phone calls still filtered in years afterward. The city kept finding more pieces of his son.
"They'll call you and they'll tell you, 'We found a shin bone,'" said R...
A Medical Renaissance?
2013-03-31 07:27:45 UTC
Cancer Genomics - With the completion of sequencing of the human genome in 2001, many researchers immediately set their sights on using this information to better understand the genetics and, more recently, epigenetic effects identified during the initiation, development, and progression of cance...
NYC appeals ruling striking down soda size limit
2013-03-30 05:23:13 UTC
NEW YORK (AP) — New York City is asking appeals judges to reinstate a ban on supersized sodas and other sugary drinks, which was struck down by a Manhattan judge the day before it was to go into effect.
The city had vowed an appeal and said Thursday that lawyers had filed it late...
FDA OKs first-of-its-kind diabetes drug from J&J
2013-03-30 05:20:27 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Food and Drug Administration on Friday approved a first-of-its-kind diabetes drug from Johnson & Johnson that uses a new method to lower blood sugar — flushing it out in patients' urine.
The agency cleared J&J's Invokana tablets for adults with Type 2 diabetes, whic...
Seal pup learning to swim again after amputation
2013-03-30 05:13:03 UTC
MYSTIC, Conn. (AP) — The harbor seal pup lay battered on a Massachusetts beach, the victim of a brutal attack by an older seal that left deep wounds all over her body and sapped so much of her strength that she couldn't even flee when rescuers found her.
Now eight months later, the a...
Western environmentalists oppose wolf delisting
2013-03-29 05:25:53 UTC
CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Western environmental groups say they're alarmed that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is considering a plan to end federal protections for gray wolves in vast areas where the animals no longer exist.
The groups say ending federal protections would keep wolves...
FDA approves new multiple sclerosis capsules
2013-03-28 17:26:09 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Food and Drug Administration said Wednesday it approved a new drug from Biogen Idec to control multiple sclerosis in adults with hard-to-treat forms of the disease.
The twice-a-day capsules, called Tecfidera, offer a new option for multiple sclerosis, a debi...
Scientists find new gene markers for cancer risk
2013-03-28 17:09:38 UTC
NEW YORK (AP) — A huge international effort involving more than 100 institutions and genetic tests on 200,000 people has uncovered dozens of signposts in DNA that can help reveal further a person's risk for breast, ovarian or prostate cancer, scientists reported Wednesday.
It's the l...