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  • Disabled surfers brave the waves in Brazil
    309286ad62534c0a2d0f6a7067008c1c 2013-03-27 15:41:32 UTC
    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — One minute, Renata Glasner is watching the waves crash on Leblon beach from her wheelchair. The next, she's plowing through the turbulent waters on a specially adapted surfboard. Glasner, a 35-year-old graphic designer who was diagnosed with multiple scle...

  • Golden Gate Bridge to go to digital toll system
    D1e00f42474f460a2d0f6a70670069f0 2013-03-26 23:21:51 UTC
    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — When their final shifts ended Tuesday at the Golden Gate Bridge, several toll collectors forced their mouths into smiles, hugged each other tightly, and cried as they left their small booths for the last time. On Wednesday, bridge managers planned to repla...

  • Son: $338M lottery winner to 'do something good'
    4b5cbc2b275d290a2d0f6a7067007b26 2013-03-26 16:52:31 UTC
    PASSAIC, N.J. (AP) — The son of a Dominican immigrant who won the $338 million Powerball jackpot said Tuesday he knows his father will "do something good with the money." As state lottery officials prepared to introduce the winner at lottery headquarters, Casiano Quezada also ...

  • Early number sense plays role in later math skills
    R-math-skills-large570 2013-03-26 05:49:54 UTC
    WASHINGTON (AP) — We know a lot about how babies learn to talk, and youngsters learn to read. Now scientists are unraveling the earliest building blocks of math — and what children know about numbers as they begin first grade seems to play a big role in how well they do everyday ...

  • Cities go dark for 'Earth Hour'
    Italian_earth_hour_in_rome 2013-03-24 00:18:14 UTC
    A record 7,000 cities in 152 countries are expected to turn off the lights for an hour on Saturday night for Earth Hour 2013. Some of the world's most famous landmarks -- including the Empire State Building, Big Ben, the Sydney Opera House and the Burj Khalifa -- will go dark from 8:30 to 9:30...

  • Ga. lawmakers OK crackdown on so-called pill mills
    Oxycontin 2013-03-21 20:13:37 UTC
    ATLANTA (AP) — As Southern states cracked down on so-called pill mills, Georgia's lax regulation made it a magnet for clinics known for prescribing powerful painkillers to drug dealers and addicts for an illicit high. The dozens of pain clinics across Georgia that authorities bel...

  • UK: Public OK with creating babies from 3 people
    Imagesca2nwcyu 2013-03-21 17:55:45 UTC
    LONDON (AP) — Britain's fertility regulator says it has found broad public support for in vitro fertilization techniques that allow babies to be created with DNA from three people for couples at risk of passing on potentially fatal genetic diseases. It also found there was no ...

  • Many UK doctors give useless drugs, treatments
    Placebo-pill 2013-03-21 17:53:03 UTC
    LONDON (AP) — More than three-quarters of British doctors prescribe a treatment they know probably won't work at least once a week, like low-dose drugs, vitamins, nutritional supplements or an unnecessary exam, according to a new survey. This use of placebo treatments directly co...

  • Report: 1 in 3 seniors dies with, not of, dementia
    Medalzheimers_800x600-18kfu6c 2013-03-20 18:43:31 UTC
    WASHINGTON (AP) — A staggering 1 in 3 seniors dies with Alzheimer's disease or other types of dementia, says a new report that highlights the impact the mind-destroying disease is having on the rapidly aging population. Dying with Alzheimer's is not the same as dying from it. Bu...

  • Sugary drinks linked to 180,000 deaths worldwide
    Diaalnews 2013-03-20 21:28:31 UTC
    (CNN) -- Sugar-sweetened beverages are linked to more than 180,000 obesity-related deaths worldwide each year, according to new research presented this week at an American Heart Association conference. "This means about one in every 100 deaths from obesity-related diseases is caused by drinking ...

  • Puerto Rico beats Japan, reaches first WBC final
    Abfa54a54bd172092c0f6a7067001fea 2013-03-18 06:17:44 UTC
    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — As Puerto Rico's lively supporters danced and sang in the nearby stands long after the final out, Angel Pagan sat in the dugout draped with his country's flag and filled with national pride. He can only imagine the scene in San Juan. The surprising Puerto Ricans...

  • Journalism study shows impact of cutbacks in news
    Diaalnews 2013-03-18 05:49:49 UTC
    NEW YORK (AP) — Years of newsroom cutbacks have had a demonstrable impact on the quality of digital, newspaper and television news and in how consumers view that work, a study released Monday found. Nearly one-third of consumers surveyed by the Pew Research Center's Project for Excelle...

  • Hundreds checked for risk in rabies case
    Diaalnews 2013-03-16 21:23:57 UTC
    Health officials in five states are assessing hundreds of people for rabies risk following the death of a Maryland man infected by a transplanted kidney. Health officials say the virus can be spread through the infected person's saliva, but human-to-human transmission is rare. The tra...

  • Grieving husband pushes bill for unproven remedies
    1e8d21e1b222fe082b0f6a7067004f01 2013-03-16 19:57:02 UTC
    LONDON (AP) — After the best-selling Irish novelist Josephine Hart died from ovarian cancer in 2011, her husband was so devastated he often went to her grave to have breakfast. And even now, Lord Maurice Saatchi describes his wife's cancer treatment as "medieval." A member of Par...

  • Police: Couple brings kids along for UT bank heist
    Images 2013-03-15 16:22:21 UTC
    TOOELE, Utah (AP) — Police in Utah say they've arrested a husband and wife bank robbery team that took their two children along for the illegal excursion. An arrest report from Tooele (too-WIHL'-uh) police says the man and woman, both 27, were caught Monday soon after a Wells Fargo branch ...

  • South African desert to host speed record bid
    Diaalnews 2013-03-14 15:56:32 UTC
    JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Toiling with shovels, wheelbarrows and bare hands, about 300 workers removed 6,000 tons of stones and other debris from a vast stretch of desert in a desolate corner of South Africa over the past two years. If all goes well, it will become the place where a British-led...

  • Mark Kelly's purchase of rifle draws criticism
    5bdea68996c5f7082b0f6a7067008850 2013-03-13 00:02:38 UTC
    PHOENIX (AP) — The husband of former U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords generated nearly 4,000 comments on Facebook from people on both sides of the gun debate after he posted a photo of himself buying a military-style rifle — a purchase he made to demonstrate how easy it is to obtain the kind ...

  • To mayor, NYC soda ruling just 'temporary setback'
    A30f7392773fdc082b0f6a7067005490 2013-03-12 23:23:01 UTC
    NEW YORK (AP) — Despite Mayor Michael Bloomberg's bullishness, political realities and legal questions make for an uncertain future for one of the premier pieces of his legacy: a ban on supersized sugary drinks that was struck down by a judge. The city lost no time Tuesday getting sta...

  • Titles don't much matter for high school math
    Diaalnews 2013-03-12 23:56:35 UTC
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Advanced or intermediate algebra? Honors or basic geometry? When it comes to high school math, the labels may not really matter — or necessarily predict what's in the textbook. Those revelations are part of the Education Department's new study of high school math cours...

  • Gay couples could see windfalls from court action
    Diaalnews 2013-03-10 00:00:49 UTC
    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Accountants and tax lawyers are encouraging married same-sex couples to apply now for tax refunds, Social Security benefits and other financial perks of marriage they may have been denied under the federal law that prohibits the federal government from recognizing gay and les...

  • Set clocks ahead for daylight saving time
    Diaalnews 2013-03-10 08:44:52 UTC
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Spring must be around the corner. It's time to set the clocks forward for daylight saving time. At 2 a.m. local time Sunday, daylight saving time arrives with the promise of many months ahead with an extra hour of evening light. You lose an hour of sleep, but make sure to ...

  • Researchers: Stonehenge started as huge graveyard
    Fc61487638a4a8082b0f6a706700f6aa 2013-03-09 17:38:57 UTC
    LONDON (AP) — British researchers have proposed a new theory for the origins of Stonehenge: It may have started as a giant burial ground for elite families around 3,000 B.C. New studies of cremated human remains excavated from the site suggest that about 500 years before the Stonehenge...

  • US household wealth regains pre-recession peak
    Diaalnews 2013-03-07 22:14:04 UTC
    WASHINGTON (AP) — It took 5½ years. Surging stock prices and steady home-price increases have finally allowed Americans to regain the $16 trillion in wealth they lost to the Great Recession. The gains are helping support the economy and could lead to further spending and growth. The...

  • Nutrition experts offer 25 great ideas for losing weight and keeping it off.
    Diaalnews 2013-03-04 17:08:08 UTC
    Your weight is a balancing act, and calories are part of that equation. Fad diets may promise you that counting carbs or eating a mountain of grapefruit will make the pounds drop off. But when it comes to weight loss, it's calories that count. Weight loss comes down to burning more calories that ...

  • Native pollinators boost crop yields worldwide
    Native_pollinators_boost_crop_yields_worldwide 2013-03-04 09:21:13 UTC
    Honeybees may be busy, but they may not be efficient: Native pollinators could help farms worldwide produce bigger harvests. Without the aid of local free-living pollinators, “we are not reaching the potential yield we could,” says Lucas Garibaldi of the National University of Rio Negro and Ar...