Olympics gymnastics: Gabby Douglas wins all-around gold
2012-08-02 20:21:24 UTC
Gabby Douglas declared American gymnastics domination as she wrapped up the women's individual all-around title to sit alongside her team Olympic gold.
Douglas, the 16-year-old, whose nickname "the Flying Squirrel" has been borne out by the heights she is hitting at London 2012, outscored Rus...
Michael Phelps beats Ryan Lochte to win 20th Olympic medal
2012-08-02 20:16:31 UTC
Michael Phelps won his first individual gold at London 2012 and his 20th Olympic medal by beating Ryan Lochte in the men's 200m individual medley.
The American led from the front and looked as if he might break the world record but touched for a historic 16th gold medal in 1:54.27.
Olympic houses turn London into global party
2012-08-02 08:58:11 UTC
LONDON (AP) — Russia wants to knock your socks off. Denmark is stylish and sophisticated. Ireland is up for a party — on a budget.
There are more than 200 countries at the Olympics, and they have two ways to stand out. One is on the medal podium — the other is by partying.
Dotted across Lon...
Armstrong wins 2nd straight time trial gold
2012-08-02 20:29:05 UTC
HAMPTON COURT, England (AP) — Kristin Armstrong of the United States won her second straight gold medal in the Olympic cycling time trial Wednesday, beating Judith Arndt of Germany by more than 15 seconds
Armstrong covered the 18-mile course south of London in 37 minutes, 34.82 seconds. Arndt ...
Phelps finishes second again for 18th career medal
2012-07-31 19:57:05 UTC
LONDON (AP) — Michael Phelps flipped away his cap in disgust, having blown the race with a blunder at the end.
He hardly looked like the swimmer who had just equaled the record for most Olympic medals.
Phelps won his 18th career medal Tuesday night, but it was only a silver. Having led the ...
Olympics awash in Twitter, for better or worse
2012-07-31 19:40:47 UTC
LONDON (AP) — It's amazing how much trouble can be stirred up in 140 characters or less.
But also how much intimacy, excitement, global scope and, yes, general zaniness. For better and for worse, the 2012 Olympics are being shaped, shaken and indisputably changed by a social media revolution t...
EYES ON LONDON: Big night approaches for Phelps
2012-07-31 08:08:04 UTC
LONDON (AP) — Around the 2012 Olympics and its host city with journalists from The Associated Press bringing the flavor and details of the games to you:
BIG NIGHT FOR PHELPS
After missing the medal podium in his first swim in London and taking a surprising silver in the 4x100 freesty...
First Lady Michelle Obama Hugs USA Basketball Players
2012-07-30 12:43:17 UTC
First lady Michelle Obama hugs entire U.S. basketball team after win over France.
What better way to celebrate a dominant opening to group play at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London than with a hug from the first lady of the United States?
After the final buzzer of their 98-71 win over Fran...
Alzheimer’s Drug Fails to Reduce Significant Agitation
2012-07-24 06:37:50 UTC
USA Biotechnology - A drug prescribed for Alzheimer’s disease does not ease clinically significant agitation in patients, according to a new study conducted by researchers from the U.K., U.S. and Norway. This is the first randomized controlled trial designed to assess the effectiveness of the dru...
How to protect kids from whooping cough outbreaks
2012-07-22 09:26:55 UTC
ATLANTA (AP) — Whooping cough was once a terrible menace to U.S. children, with hundreds of thousands of cases reported annually. Then a vaccine drove cases down, and the illness became thought of as rare and even antiquated.
But it never totally disappeared, and now there's been a spike in ca...
In German circumcision debate, 'us vs them' fears
2012-07-22 09:19:03 UTC
BERLIN (AP) — Rabbi David Goldberg had performed about 25 ritual circumcisions this year before a regional court ruled in June that the practice amounted to causing criminal bodily harm.
Despite the decision, he expects to perform the same number in second half of the year.
"I haven't chang...
Doctors use eggs to reverse egg allergies in kids
2012-07-18 23:48:42 UTC
First peanuts, now eggs. Doctors have reversed allergies in some children and teens by giving them tiny daily doses of problem foods, gradually training their immune systems to accept them.
In the best test of this yet, about a dozen kids were able to overcome allergies to eggs, one of the mos...
FDA approves first pill to help prevent HIV
2012-07-17 22:31:48 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Food and Drug Administration on Monday approved the first drug shown to reduce the risk of HIV infection, the latest milestone in the 30-year battle against the virus that causes AIDS.
The agency approved Gilead Sciences' pill Truvada as a preventive measure for healthy p...
Polish rescuers of Jews celebrated as heroes
2012-07-15 18:04:18 UTC
WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Dozens of elderly Poles who helped save Jews during World War II have gathered in Warsaw to be recognized by Jewish representatives who hailed them for their heroism.
The meeting, over a kosher lunch Sunday in an upscale hotel, comes amid a growing appreciation in Poland ...
Autistic man survives 3-week ordeal in Utah desert
2012-07-14 12:47:39 UTC
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The father of a 28-year-old autistic man who barely survived three weeks in remote southern Utah says his son was an experienced mountaineer but was out of his element in the harsh desert.
John LaFever said Friday that his son William made one crucial mistake: setting off...
Panel calls for annual PTSD screening
2012-07-14 04:20:25 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Institute of Medicine recommended Friday that soldiers returning from Iraq and Afghanistan undergo annual screening for post-traumatic stress disorder and that federal agencies conduct more research to determine how well the various treatments for PTSD are working.
Star dancer born into war grows up to inspire
2012-07-11 18:48:12 UTC
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Michaela DePrince was little more than a toddler when she saw her first ballerina — an image in a magazine page blown against the gate of the orphanage where she ended up during Sierra Leone's civil war. It showed an American ballet dancer posed on tip toe.
"All I remember ...
Last drugs standing: Key Alzheimer results coming
2012-07-11 17:20:57 UTC
We're about to find out if there will be a way anytime soon to slow the course of Alzheimer's disease. Results are due within a month or so from key studies of two drugs that aim to clear the sticky plaque gumming up patients' brains.
A pivotal study of a third drug will end later this year, a...
NYC asking developers to test tiny apartments
2012-07-10 12:09:06 UTC
NEW YORK (AP) — Maybe it's the urban dwelling of the future: studio apartments measuring no more than 300 square feet.
New York City planners believe the tiny units could be the answer to a growing population of singles and two-person households. And in a nation that's becoming increasingly po...
Parents defend putting children to work on farms
2012-07-10 11:38:14 UTC
FULTS, Ill. (AP) — As he watched his 10-year-old son ease a tractor across a soybean field, Dennis Mosbacher acknowledged the risks of farming.
But Mosbacher said the U.S. Labor Department was misguided in its attempts to protect children from farm accidents and he's relieved the agency droppe...
Having trouble getting online? Call your provider
2012-07-09 10:50:40 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — Having trouble getting online?
Some may find their smartphones working overtime because the family computer couldn't seem to connect to the Internet Monday morning.
You may be one of thousands across the United States who waited too long or simply didn't believe the warnin...
NY man nears 3 millionth mile in beloved '66 Volvo
2012-07-09 08:50:21 UTC
BAY SHORE, N.Y. (AP) — It just keeps going, and going, and going. No, it's not a battery. It's Irvin Gordon's 1966 Volvo P1800S.
Gordon's small, red two-door has well more than 2 million miles on the odometer, the equivalent of nearly 1,176 times across the globe.
The retired schoolteacher ...
FDA approves first rapid, take-home HIV test
2012-07-03 20:43:33 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — Americans will soon be able to test themselves in the privacy of their own homes for the virus that causes AIDS, now that the Food and Drug Administration has approved the first rapid, over-the-counter HIV test.
The OraQuick test detects the presence of HIV antibodies using a...
Publisher: Here's cover of new J.K. Rowling novel
2012-07-03 17:29:28 UTC
LONDON (AP) — Publishers have released the cover of the J.K. Rowling novel set for worldwide release in September.
"The Casual Vacancy" will be the Harry Potter author's first offering aimed primarily at adults.
The novel is set in the fictional English town of Pagford and deals with the un...
Guys who like My Little Pony gather for 'BronyCon'
2012-07-02 07:00:46 UTC
SECAUCUS, N.J. (AP) — Dale Fjordbotten is a proud "My Little Pony" fan, with the shiny blue body suit and yellow lightning bolt, blue wings and blue tail to prove it.
Like many "Bronies" — boys and men who like the cartoon "My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic"— the 25-year-old college student ...