Obama attends youngest daughter's dance recital
2013-02-24 13:33:14 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama has attended his youngest daughter's dance recital at an arts center in suburban Maryland.
The White House said 11-year-old Sasha performed during a recital Saturday evening at the Music Center at Strathmore.
Located in North Bethesda, Md., about a h...
German children's author Otfried Preussler dies
2013-02-20 11:46:47 UTC
BERLIN (AP) — Otfried Preussler, a bestselling German children's author who created "The Robber Hotzenplotz" and "The Little Witch" books, has died. He was 89.
His publisher says Preussler died Monday at his home in Prien am Chiemsee.
The Stuttgart, Germany-based Thienemann publishing hou...
CDC app lets you solve disease outbreaks at home
2013-02-19 21:55:56 UTC
ATLANTA (AP) — You may not be a disease detective, but now you can play one at home.
The nation's public health agency has released a free app for the iPad called "Solve the Outbreak." It allows users to run through fictional outbreaks and make decisions: Do you quarantine the village? T...
Drug overdose deaths up for 11th consecutive year
2013-02-19 21:52:33 UTC
CHICAGO (AP) — Drug overdose deaths rose for the 11th straight year, federal data show, and most of them were accidents involving addictive painkillers despite growing attention to risks from these medicines.
In 2010, there were 38,329 drug overdose deaths nationwide, according to a new ...
Costlier robotic surgery soars for hysterectomies
2013-02-19 21:43:41 UTC
CHICAGO (AP) — Robotic surgery is increasingly being used for women's hysterectomies, adding at least $2,000 to the cost without offering much benefit over less high-tech methods, a study found.
The technique was used in just 0.5 percent of operations studied in 2007, but that soared to ...
Miley Cyrus hints at wedding dress designer
2013-02-16 08:28:37 UTC
MILEY Cyrus has hinted she may wear Marchesa on her wedding day.
The actress-and-singer is engaged to The Hunger Games star Liam Hemsworth, but has so far remained tight-lipped about their impending nuptials.
Miley has been busy checking out new collections at New York Fashion Week, which finis...
Long-married couples in NY to share celebration
2013-02-15 19:15:03 UTC
NEW YORK (AP) — Murray and Esther Redlitz fell for each other in the worst of circumstances.
The two Holocaust survivors met in Poland while trying to find missing family members after the Russian Army freed their concentration camps at the end of World War II.
"We didn't have nobody,...
Uggs? Ugh. NY Fashion Week battles the elements
2013-02-09 10:26:56 UTC
NEW YORK (AP) — Mother Nature is clearly not a fashionista.
A blizzard forced Michael Kors to arrive at New York Fashion Week's "Project Runway" show on Friday in — gasp — Uggs.
"I came in looking like Pam Anderson," he joked backstage, where the offending boots had been traded for ...
Runners and riders in Europe's horsemeat scandal
2013-02-15 19:28:26 UTC
LONDON (AP) — The European Union agreed Friday to begin random DNA checks on meat products in a bid to put a lid on a spreading scandal over horsemeat, while British authorities announced traces of horse had been found in school meals, restaurant dishes and hospital food, as well as super...
NM abortion complaint highlights privacy concerns
2013-02-07 07:47:34 UTC
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A woman from New York came to New Mexico to terminate her pregnancy at one of the nation's four late-term abortion clinics after she found out the fetus she had been carrying for more than eight months had severe brain abnormalities. There were complications durin...
Remembering Rosa Parks on Her 100th Birthday
2013-02-04 09:01:49 UTC
“We received a call upon arrival the bus driver said he had a colored female sitting in the white section of the bus, and would not move back.” These words, from the official City of Montgomery police report from December 1st, 1955, recorded one of the pivotal events of the 20th century into hist...
How did 'Little House' sister really become blind?
2013-02-04 05:51:23 UTC
CHICAGO (AP) — Any fan of Laura Ingalls Wilder's beloved "Little House" books knows how the author's sister Mary went blind: scarlet fever. But turns out that probably wasn't the cause, medical experts say, upending one of the more dramatic elements in the classic stories.
An analysis ...
Rules would make school snacks healthier
2013-02-01 19:50:18 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — The government for the first time is proposing broad new standards to make school snacks healthier, a move that would ban the sale of almost all candy, high-calorie sports drinks and greasy foods on campus.
Under new rules the Department of Agriculture proposed Friday...
What school foods are in and what foods are out
2013-02-01 19:31:36 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Agriculture Department is proposing new nutritional rules that would apply to most all foods sold in schools. The rule would apply to "a la carte" lines in school cafeterias, vending machines, snack bars and any other food sold regularly on campus. It wouldn't apply ...
Ready to rumble: Super Bowl fans get in the game
2013-01-31 18:24:40 UTC
NEW YORK (AP) — You don't have to be a football player to be a part of the action on Super Bowl Sunday.
Coca-Cola is asking people to vote for an online match between three groups competing for a Coke on Game Day. Pepsi and Toyota are using viewers' photos in their ads. Audi let peopl...
Obama birth control mandates loosens lawsuits
2013-01-27 08:14:24 UTC
NEW YORK (AP) — The legal challenges over religious freedom and the birth control coverage requirement in President Barack Obama's health care overhaul appear to be moving toward the U.S. Supreme Court.
Faith-affiliated charities, hospitals and universities have filed dozens of lawsuits ...
Obama not sure he'd allow a son to play football
2013-01-27 07:50:45 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — Football's first fan isn't sure he'd let his son play the game, in light of the impact it takes on its players.
"I'm a big football fan, but I have to tell you, if I had a son, I'd have to think long and hard before I let him play football," President Barack Obama tells T...
Women have caught up to men on lung cancer risk
2013-01-23 22:39:33 UTC
Smoke like a man, die like a man.
U.S. women who smoke today have a much greater risk of dying from lung cancer than they did decades ago, partly because they are starting younger and smoking more — that is, they are lighting up like men, new research shows.
Women also have caught up with m...
Midwest bundles up as bitter cold grips region
2013-01-23 07:47:57 UTC
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Homeless people scrambled to find shelter, schools closed down and plumbers wrestled with frozen pipes Tuesday as the Upper Midwest endured a third straight day of bitter cold temperatures.
Waves of frigid Arctic air began sweeping south from Canada on Saturday nig...
Flu season fuels debate over paid sick time laws
2013-01-20 22:08:01 UTC
NEW YORK (AP) — Sniffling, groggy and afraid she had caught the flu, Diana Zavala dragged herself in to work anyway for a day she felt she couldn't afford to miss.
A school speech therapist who works as an independent contractor, she doesn't have paid sick days. So the mother of two repo...
Lilly drug chosen for Alzheimer's prevention study
2013-01-18 20:48:25 UTC
Researchers have chosen an experimental drug by Eli Lilly & Co. for a large federally funded study testing whether it's possible to prevent Alzheimer's disease in older people at high risk of developing it.
The drug, called solanezumab (sol-ah-NAYZ-uh-mab), is designed to bind to and help clea...
Large study confirms flu vaccine safe in pregnancy
2013-01-17 04:05:40 UTC
Large study confirms flu vaccine safe in pregnancy
NEW YORK (AP) — A large study offers reassuring news for pregnant women: It's safe to get a flu shot.
The research found no evidence that the vaccine increases the risk of losing a fetus, and may prevent some deaths. Getting the flu whi...
World's oldest woman dies at 115
2013-01-13 08:30:03 UTC
TOKYO (AP) — A Japanese official says a woman in his town near Tokyo who became world's oldest living female just last month has died at 115.
Koto Okubo died Saturday at a nursing home in Kawasaki City, according to city official Mitsuhiro Kozuka. He said her relatives declined to release th...
Report: Warming is changing US daily life
2013-01-14 02:48:49 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — Global warming is already changing America from sea to rising sea and is affecting how Americans live, a massive new federally commissioned report says.
A special panel of scientists convened by the government issued Friday a 1,146-page draft report that details in dozens...
Mutilated Mexican dog runs with prosthetic front legs
2013-01-30 18:17:34 UTC
MEXICO CITY — A dog reportedly mutilated by Mexican drug traffickers is recovering at a sanctuary for abused and abandoned dogs.
Pay de Limon, or Lemon Pie, was fitted with prosthetic front legs last year, says sanctuary owner Patricia Ruiz
The Belgian shepherd mix now walks, jumps and runs...