South Africa makes progress in HIV/AIDS fight
2012-12-01 12:56:08 UTC
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — In the early 90s when South Africa's Themba Lethu clinic could only treat HIV/AIDS patients for opportunistic diseases, many would come in on wheelchairs and keep coming to the health center until they died.
Two decades later the clinic is the biggest ARV (anti-retroviral) ...
Calif oyster farm closure ends long battle
2012-11-30 09:47:01 UTC
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Kevin Lunny's struggle to keep his family's oyster farm running in Point Reyes National Seashore appears to be over, closing out an era of oysterman plying the park's pristine waters and ushering in the nation's newest ocean wilderness.
U.S. Interior Secretary Ken Salazar'...
AP Newsbreak: New Suzanne Collins book in 2013
2012-11-29 16:20:50 UTC
NEW YORK (AP) — "The Hunger Games" novelist Suzanne Collins has a new book coming out next year.
The multimillion-selling children's author has completed an autobiographical picture story scheduled for Sept. 10, 2013, Scholastic Inc. announced Thursday. The 40-page book will be called "Year of...
Obama buys books to promote independent shops
2012-11-26 08:51:41 UTC
ARLINGTON, Va. (AP) — President Barack Obama made a quick trip to a Virginia bookstore for some Christmas shopping.
The president took his daughters, Sasha and Malia, to One More Page Books in Arlington, Va., on Saturday afternoon.
The White House says Obama was promoting an effort called "...
A Cold Case That Warms a Cop’s Heart
2012-11-22 08:12:27 UTC
Michael Connelly’s Harry Bosch in ‘The Black Box’.
Harry Bosch of the Los Angeles Police Department has a birthday during the course of “The Black Box.” But as Michael Connelly’s readers well know, Harry’s not a party guy. He comes home to find that his 16-year-old daughter, Maddie, has made him...
Twinkies likely to survive sale of Hostess
2012-11-18 22:56:14 UTC
DETROIT (AP) — Twinkie lovers, relax.
The tasty cream-filled golden spongecakes are likely to survive, even though their maker will be sold in bankruptcy court.
Hostess Brands Inc., baker of Wonder Bread as well as Twinkies, Ding Dongs and Ho Ho's, will be in a New York bankruptcy courtroom...
EPA turns down states' request for ethanol waiver
2012-11-26 08:50:32 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Environmental Protection Agency on Friday denied requests from several governors to waive production requirements for corn-based ethanol.
A renewable fuels law requires that 13.2 billion gallons of ethanol be produced by this year and 15 billion gallons be produced by 201...
Diabetes rates rocket in Oklahoma, South
2012-11-16 10:44:01 UTC
NEW YORK (AP) — The nation's diabetes problem is getting worse, and the biggest jump over 15 years was in Oklahoma, according to a new federal report issued Thursday.
The diabetes rate in Oklahoma more than tripled, and Kentucky, Georgia and Alabama also saw dramatic increases since 1995, the ...
More American workers to pick their insurance
2012-11-15 19:51:32 UTC
For some American workers, picking the right health insurance is becoming more like hunting for the perfect business suit: It takes some shopping around to find a good fit and avoid sticker shock.
In a major shift in employer-sponsored health insurance coverage, companies such as Sears Holding...
Vietnam may evict bears from 'protected' park land
2012-11-14 08:01:11 UTC
TAM DAO, Vietnam (AP) — Bears rescued from Asia's bear bile trade are enjoying life in a lush Vietnamese national park, but they may need saving once more.
The future of the bears' sanctuary has been in doubt since July, when Vietnam's vice defense minister ordered it to find another location....
Philip Roth says he's done writing
2012-11-09 22:10:02 UTC
NEW YORK (AP) — Exit, Philip Roth? Having conceived everything from turning into a breast to a polio epidemic in his native New Jersey, Roth has apparently given his imagination a rest.
The 79-year-old novelist recently told a French publication, Les inRocks, that his 2010 release "Nemesis" wo...
Work from Monet's 'Water Lilies' fetches over $43M
2012-11-09 20:01:35 UTC
NEW YORK (AP) — A work from Claude Monet's "Water Lilies" series has been sold for more than $43 million at a New York City auction.
The money will benefit the Hackley School in suburban Tarrytown, N.Y.
The work dates from 1905. That's the year Monet began a feverish phase of paintings depi...
Smoking laws limit heart attacks
2012-11-08 08:41:30 UTC
County's ban on smoking in workplaces linked to one-third decline.
Perhaps living in a “nanny state” isn’t half bad. In a Minnesota county that banned smoking in public places in 2007, the heart attack rate dropped by one-third after the ban compared with the period just before the restriction...
Wine and fracking don't mix, say vineyard owners
2012-10-29 09:34:33 UTC
The hillside vineyards of New York's Finger Lakes region make money producing fine Rieslings and inviting tourists to sip white wine by the water's edge. Now winery owners are worried about the prospect of a grittier kind of economic development: gas drilling.
Some grape growers fear that if s...
Study: Male beluga whale mimics human speech
2012-10-29 09:33:49 UTC
SAN DIEGO (AP) — It could be the muffled sound of singing in the shower or that sing-songy indecipherable voice from the Muppets' Swedish Chef.
Surprisingly, scientists said the audio they captured was a whale imitating people. In fact, the whale song sounded so eerily human that divers initia...
Study: Multivitamins may lower cancer risk in men
2012-10-29 09:32:57 UTC
America's favorite dietary supplements, multivitamins, modestly lowered the risk for cancer in healthy male doctors who took them for more than a decade, the first large study to test these pills has found.
The result is a surprise because many studies of individual vitamins have found they do...
Picasso, Monets stolen in Dutch heist
2012-10-16 16:41:07 UTC
AMSTERDAM (AP) -- Thieves broke into a Rotterdam museum on Tuesday and walked off with works from the likes of Picasso, Monet, Gauguin and Matisse potentially worth hundreds of millions.
Police haven't said how they pulled off the early hours heist, but an expert who tracks stolen art said th...
FDA regulation of pharmacies has knotty history
2012-10-13 04:24:59 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — The deadly meningitis outbreak linked to contaminated pain injections has prompted calls for tighter federal regulation of compounding pharmacies, which have periodically been blamed for crippling and sometimes fatal injuries. But this isn't the first time Congress has pushed fo...
Bioethics panel urges more gene privacy protection
2012-10-12 19:20:02 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — It sounds like a scene from a TV show: Someone sends a discarded coffee cup to a laboratory where the unwitting drinker's DNA is decoded, predicting what diseases lurk in his or her future.
A presidential commission found that's legally possible in about half the states — and...
Scottish man dies, taking town's dialect with him
2012-10-05 08:21:46 UTC
LONDON (AP) — In a remote fishing town on the tip of Scotland's Black Isle, the last native speaker of the Cromarty dialect has passed away, taking with him a little fragment of the English linguistic mosaic.
Academics said Wednesday that Bobby Hogg, who was 92 when he died last week, was the ...
Louis V, Miu Miu and Elie Saab give grand finale
2012-10-04 01:46:03 UTC
PARIS (AP) — Marc Jacobs, more than anyone, knows that it's not what you say but how you say it. The Louis Vuitton showman thus capped an incredibly strong Paris fashion week — with help from artist Daniel Buren — by building a life-size shopping mall inside the Louvre.
Understatement is not a...
'Half the Sky' tells pain, hope of exploited women
2012-09-29 22:11:25 UTC
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- It wasn't a juicy script that brought together a half-dozen Hollywood stars, including Meg Ryan, America Ferrera and Olivia Wilde. It was the chance to tell the stories of women seeking, and finding, lives unbound by oppression.
"Half the Sky," a moving PBS documentary ser...
Dior goes mini, in Raf Simons' debut ready-to-wear
2012-09-29 21:43:56 UTC
PARIS (AP) -- Freedom was at the heart of Belgian designer Raf Simons' debut ready-to-wear outing for Christian Dior - a confident show that twinned the essence of the 1950's "New Look," with the liberated hemlines of the 1960s.
Simons, a minimalist, is in many ways the stark opposite of Chri...
Fashion shows travel continents and eras in Paris
2012-09-28 02:04:28 UTC
PARIS (AP) -- Paris fashion has no boundaries and no borders.
Thursday's cultural melting pot of spring-summer 2013 shows was proof enough.
Curious designers, thirsty for new inspiration, ventured across the globe to bring new ideas and exotic cultures back to the catwalk.
Manish Arora ...
Group: More than half in 39 states will be obese
2012-09-19 11:05:42 UTC
NEW YORK (AP) — We Americans already know how fat we are. Can it get much worse?
Apparently, yes, according to an advocacy group that predicts that by 2030 more than half the people in the vast majority of states will be obese.
Mississippi is expected to retain its crown as the fattest stat...