Major Judaica collection to be auctioned in NYC
2013-01-11 10:15:32 UTC
NEW YORK (AP) — Philanthropist and former Wall Street money manager Michael Steinhardt began collecting objects of Jewish history and culture three decades ago, eventually amassing a collection of manuscripts, textiles and art worth millions of dollars.
Now, the 72-year-old wants to se...
Montreux Jazz Festival founder Claude Nobs dies
2013-01-11 09:23:44 UTC
GENEVA (AP) — Claude Nobs, the founder and general manager of the Montreux Jazz Festival, whose passion for music and artistry introduced generations of legendary musicians to international audiences on the Swiss stage, has died. He was 76.
The Jazz Festival said Nobs, a native of Mont...
Organ donations fall in Germany after scandal
2013-01-10 09:07:04 UTC
BERLIN (AP) — Organ donations have dropped sharply in Germany following a scandal over alleged corruption at several transplant clinics.
The German Foundation for Organ Transplantation says the number of organs donated fell almost 13 percent to 3,917 last year, the lowest figure in a decade.
Report: Death rates from cancer still inching down
2013-01-11 10:17:50 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — Death rates from cancer are continuing to inch down, researchers reported Monday.
Now the question is how to hold onto those gains, and do even better, even as the population gets older and fatter, both risks for developing cancer.
"There has been clear progress," said D...
Violence plays role in shorter US life expectancy
2013-01-10 09:06:38 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States suffers far more violent deaths than any other wealthy nation, due in part to the widespread possession of firearms and the practice of storing them at home in a place that is often unlocked, according to a report released Wednesday by two of the nation's...
Retooling Pap test to spot more kinds of cancer
2013-01-13 07:46:44 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — For years, doctors have lamented that there's no Pap test for deadly ovarian cancer. Wednesday, scientists reported encouraging signs that one day, there might be.
Researchers are trying to retool the Pap, a test for cervical cancer that millions of women get, so that it ...
US roasts to hottest year on record by landslide
2013-01-08 18:35:50 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — Government meteorologists say 2012 was by far the hottest year on record in the United States.
The average temperature was off the charts at over 55 degrees. That's a full degree warmer than the previous record of 1998. Normally, temperature records are broken by abou...
Poet-performer Jayne Cortez dies in NY at age 78
2013-01-06 07:33:47 UTC
NEW YORK (AP) — Jayne Cortez, a forceful poet, activist and performance artist who blended oral and written traditions into numerous books and musical recordings, has died. She was 78.
The Organization of Women Writers of Africa says Cortez died of heart failure in New York on Dec. 28. She ha...
SC woman, oldest living US citizen, dies at 114
2013-01-06 07:08:55 UTC
A 114-year-old South Carolina woman who was the oldest living U.S. citizen has died, two of her daughters said Saturday.
Mamie Rearden of Edgefield, who held the title as the country's oldest person for about two weeks, died Wednesday at a hospital in Augusta, Ga., said Sara Rearden of...
Photo of teen princess-to-be Diana set for auction
2013-01-06 07:01:42 UTC
AMHERST, N.H. (AP) — A photo marked "not to be published" that shows a teenage Diana Spencer before she became Princess of Wales, with a young friend seated beside her, will be featured in an auction this month in New Hampshire.
The photograph might never have been seen publicly until now, R...
CDC: 1 in 24 admit nodding off while-driving
2013-01-04 08:09:31 UTC
NEW YORK (AP) — This could give you nightmares: 1 in 24 U.S. adults say they recently fell asleep while driving.
And health officials behind the study think the number is probably higher. That's because some people don't realize it when they nod off for a second or two behind the wheel.
Women's history pioneer Gerda Lerner dies at 92
2013-01-06 07:35:59 UTC
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Gerda Lerner, a pioneer in the field of women's history and a founding member of the National Organization for Women, has died in Wisconsin, her son said Thursday. She was 92.
Lerner, credited with founding the nation's first graduate program in women's history, died pea...
Kansas wants sperm donor pay child-support
2013-01-03 13:57:39 UTC
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — The state of Kansas is trying to force a man who donated sperm to a lesbian couple to pay child support, arguing that the agreement he and the women signed releasing him from all parental duties was invalid because they didn't go through a doctor.
Under Kansas law, a doctor...
76-year-old man trapped hunting for lottery ticket
2013-01-03 13:27:46 UTC
AMSTERDAM (AP) — What are the odds?
A 76-year-old man trapped himself in an underground waste paper container in Amsterdam after he clambered in to hunt for a lottery ticket.
Police said in a statement the elderly man managed to open the container and climb in Thursday because he feared h...
Pro-marijuana campaign looks ahead after 2012 victories
2012-12-30 23:03:32 UTC
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - After a decades-long campaign to legalize marijuana hit a high mark in 2012 with victories in Washington state and Colorado, its energized and deep-pocketed backers are mapping out a strategy for the next round of ballot-box battles.
They have their sights set on ballot...
7 Misconceptions About Male Sexuality
2012-12-25 15:15:48 UTC
"Guys just want sex and aren't interested in relationships." "Men are just Casanovas, players or studs." It's the story we typically hear about male sexuality, whether it's guys like Barney on "How I Met Your Mother," Charlie on "Two and A Half Men" or even General David Petraeus. It's the experi...
Thousands sign US petition to deport Piers Morgan
2012-12-25 10:19:37 UTC
LONDON (AP) — Tens of thousands of people have signed a petition calling for British CNN host Piers Morgan to be deported from the U.S. over his gun control views.
Morgan has taken an aggressive stand for tighter U.S. gun laws in the wake of the Newtown, Connecticut, school shooting. Last ...
Subdued mood on the last holiday shopping weekend
2012-12-24 14:48:27 UTC
ATLANTA (AP) — Christmas shoppers thronged malls and pounced on discounts but apparently spent less this year, their spirits dampened by concerns about the economy and the aftermath of shootings and storms.
Talk about more than just the usual job worries to cloud the mood: Confidence a...
Bionic women (and men) get closer to reality
2012-12-24 06:43:01 UTC
Prosthetics and new therapies restore abilities to move, see, walk.
Science News Magazine - Outfitted with a bionic eye, arm, legs and fantastic ’70s hair, Steve Austin was a cyborg whose implants allowed him to recover stolen atomic weapons, fight aliens and protect cryptographers in distress...
'Hobbit' extends No. 1 journey with $36.7 million
2012-12-23 18:20:04 UTC
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Tiny hobbit Bilbo Baggins is running circles around some of the biggest names in Hollywood.
"The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey" took in $36.7 million to remain No. 1 at the box office, easily beating a rush of holiday newcomers. "The Hobbit" raised its domestic total to ...
Study: Solo stars at higher death risk than bands
2012-12-20 14:39:43 UTC
LONDON (AP) — Rock 'n' roll will never die — but it's a hazardous occupation.
A new study confirms that rock and pop musicians die prematurely more often than the general population, and an early death is twice as likely for solo musicians as for members of bands.
Researchers from Liver...
Diet Pepsi quietly changes sweetener
2012-12-24 05:29:28 UTC
NEW YORK (AP) — If that can of Diet Pepsi tastes sweeter than normal, there's a reason.
PepsiCo Inc. is quietly changing the sweeteners in the drink, with the goal of helping the soda maintain its potency longer. Cans of Diet Pepsi around the country now list a mix of two artificial sweete...
President's pot comments prompt call for policy
2012-12-15 20:11:47 UTC
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — President Barack Obama says he won't go after pot users in Colorado and Washington, two states that just legalized the drug for recreational use. But advocates argue the president said the same thing about medical marijuana — and yet U.S. attorneys continue to force t...
Huge DNA code of the Christmas tree being revealed
2012-12-14 08:22:13 UTC
NEW YORK (AP) — To millions of people, the Christmas tree is a cheerful sight. To scientists who decipher the DNA codes of plants and animals, it's a monster.
We're talking about the conifer, the umbrella term for cone-bearing trees like the spruce, fir, pine, cypress and cedar. Apart ...
California in for more unusually high 'king tides'
2012-12-16 18:35:44 UTC
HUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif. (AP) — The tide is high, and it's holding on.
Some Californians were in for another day of ankle-deep seawater in low-lying coastal communities Friday as unusually high "king tides" pulled the Pacific farther ashore than normal.
The tides, the result of an occasiona...