Early full-term babies may face later school woes
2012-07-02 05:49:17 UTC
CHICAGO (AP) — Even for infants born full-term, a little more time in the womb may matter.
The extra time results in more brain development, and a study suggests perhaps better scores on academic tests, too.
Full-term is generally between 37 weeks and 41 weeks; newborns born before 37 weeks...
CDC trying out free rapid AIDS test at drugstores
2012-06-26 17:32:51 UTC
ATLANTA (AP) — Would you go to a drugstore for an AIDS test?
Health officials want to know, and they've set up a pilot program to find out.
The $1.2 million project will offer free rapid HIV tests at pharmacies and in-store clinics in 24 cities and rural communities, the Centers for Disease...
Hooters-style restaurants experiencing a mini-boom
2012-06-24 19:08:34 UTC
NEW YORK (AP) — The waitresses at Twin Peaks wear skimpy plaid tops that accentuate their chests. In case you didn't catch the joke, the chain's logo is an image of two pointy, snow-capped mountains. And the sports bar doesn't stop there: It promises "scenic views."
Twin Peaks owner Randy DeWi...
Iowa woman running barefoot across USA
2012-06-23 17:19:16 UTC
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — An Iowa woman is running barefoot across America.
Eighteen-year-old Rae Heim says what started out as a personal adventure also has become a fundraiser for Soles4Souls, a charity that supplies shoes to needy kids.
Heim is from Caroll, Iowa. She started her cross-coun...
Online video of NY bullying stirs passion, anger
2012-06-22 17:38:57 UTC
A video of four seventh-grade boys mercilessly taunting a 68-year-old bus monitor in New York state that went viral has turned the victim into an international fundraising juggernaut and opened her tormentors to an onslaught of threats and abuse.
From around the world, small donations for Kare...
Rescuing climber, recovering body on Mount Rainier
2012-06-22 17:13:23 UTC
SEATTLE (AP) — Authorities at Mount Rainier National Park faced the grim task Friday of recovering the body of one of their own rangers who fell more than 3,000 feet to his death while helping rescue members of a climbing party who fell into a crevasse.
Ranger Nick Hall, 34, died Thursday as h...
Study: E-book library borrowing takes slow pace
2012-06-22 16:40:59 UTC
NEW YORK (AP) — E-book readers have been relatively slow to borrow digital works from the library, frustrated by a limited selection and by not even knowing whether their local branch offers e-releases, according to a new study.
The Pew Research Center published a survey Friday that reports ar...
NYPD: Man swiped Dali painting from art gallery
2012-06-22 05:31:52 UTC
NEW YORK (AP) -- Police are looking for a suspect who stole a $150,000 Salvador Dali painting from a Manhattan art gallery.
Police say the man walked into the Venus Over Manhattan art gallery on Madison Avenue posing as a customer and removed the watercolor and ink painting from the wall, put ...
Northeast begins to bake on 1st day of summer
2012-06-21 01:06:41 UTC
NEW YORK (AP) — The official start of summer brought temperatures in the high 90s to the Eastern Seaboard on Wednesday, setting records in some spots and getting awfully close in others, with people wilting at graduation ceremonies, students trying to learn in sweltering classrooms and authoritie...
Wallenda exuberant after wire walk across Falls
2012-06-16 08:12:58 UTC
NIAGARA FALLS, Ontario (AP) — There was "wind coming from every which way," mist so powerful it clouded his vision and an unfamiliar wire beneath him, but daredevil Nik Wallenda didn't let that stop him from becoming the first person to walk on a tightrope across the Niagara Falls.
He took ste...
What do you call that new skyscraper in New York?
2012-06-15 19:29:46 UTC
NEW YORK (AP) — When President Barack Obama came to New York City this week, his first stop was at that tall building under construction at the corner of West and Vesey streets.
You know, One World Trade Center. Or perhaps you might know it as the Freedom Tower. Or ground zero.
More than a ...
Older dads linked to grandkid health, study hints
2012-06-11 20:13:43 UTC
NEW YORK (AP) — Finally, some good news for older dads. A new study hints that their children and even their grandchildren may get a health benefit because of their older age.
It's based on research into something called telomeres — tips on the ends of chromosomes.
Some previous studies hav...
AP: 1940 NY census records now searchable by name
2012-06-06 00:16:46 UTC
NEW YORK (AP) — Americans are in for a cyber-surprise on Wednesday: They'll be able to plug family names into an online 1940 U.S. census and come up with details about the lives of New Yorkers — from Joe DiMaggio and Jacqueline Kennedy to their own relatives.
Starting after midnight, it will n...
First lady applauds NYC plan to ban sugary drinks
2012-06-05 19:15:21 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — First lady Michelle Obama says banning big servings of sugary drinks isn't anything she'd want to do at the federal level but she applauded New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg on Tuesday for proposing to do just that at city eateries.
It was a telling example of the fine li...
Study: 'Smart bomb' drug attacks breast cancer
2012-06-03 06:02:12 UTC
CHICAGO (AP) — Doctors have successfully dropped the first "smart bomb" on breast cancer, using a drug to deliver a toxic payload to tumor cells while leaving healthy ones alone.
In a key test involving nearly 1,000 women with very advanced disease, the experimental treatment extended by sever...
Dark Chocolate Consumption For 10 Years Could Protect The Heart: Study
2012-06-02 18:59:48 UTC
LONDON, (Reuters) - A scientific study likely to stir the souls of chocoholics has suggested that eating dark chocolate every day for 10 years could reduce the likelihood of heart attacks and strokes in some high-risk patients.
A team of researchers from Australia used a mathematical model to ...
NYC exhibition evokes Claude Monet's flower garden
2012-06-02 18:50:20 UTC
NEW YORK (AP) -- Claude Monet's beloved flower and water gardens in the north of France are world-famous. But for those unable to visit the artist's iconic home, a trip to the Bronx over the next several months will offer a taste of Monet's indisputably radiant living masterpiece - a riotous disp...
First lady's book: On growing seeds, healthy kids
2012-05-29 18:33:11 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — From the beginning, Michelle Obama's kitchen garden has been an overachiever, churning out more peppers, parsley and eggplant than expected, and generating interest that — yes, really — crosses oceans.
Now, the first lady has added a 271-page book to her gardening resume, and...
Va. girl is youngest ever in National Spelling Bee
2012-05-29 03:42:57 UTC
McLEAN, Va. (AP) — The youngest person ever to qualify for the National Spelling Bee was running around in a stream with a friend, hunting for rocks. Suddenly, she came charging up the bank and headed straight for her mother.
"Hold on to that basalt," Lori Anne Madison said in a bossy 6-year-o...
Bountiful bikinis at Rio fashion week
2012-09-25 00:11:43 UTC
Rio de Janeiro (AP) — Just how many variations can you spin off the marvel of simplicity that is the bikini?
Judging by the options on spectacular display at FashionRio, the Marvelous City's five-day-long summer 2013 fashion extravaganza, the options are endless.
Fancy pairing your string b...
Rivera work poised to set new auction record in NY
2012-05-22 09:39:25 UTC
NEW YORK (AP) -- Mexican artist Diego Rivera's 1939 oil painting "Girl in Blue and White" is headlining Sotheby's Latin American art auction in New York.
If it sells for the high end of its $4 million to $6 million estimate, it could double the artist's previous record of $3 million dollars.
Study: Simple scope exam cuts colon cancer deaths
2012-05-22 04:26:34 UTC
A simple, cheaper exam of just the lower part of the bowel can cut the risk of developing colon cancer or dying of the disease, a large federal study finds.
Many doctors recommend a more complete test — colonoscopy — but many people refuse that costly, unpleasant exam. The new study shows that...
'Da Vinci Code' author Dan Brown speaks in NH
2012-05-19 03:12:06 UTC
PORTSMOUTH, N.H. (AP) — Best-selling author Dan Brown made a rare public appearance in New Hampshire on Friday, saying very little about his next novel other than he's well into the writing process.
"The Da Vinci Code" author, who grew up in New Hampshire, spoke at a benefit for The Music Hall...
French autistic kids mostly get psychotherapy
2012-05-18 22:11:22 UTC
LONDON (AP) — In most developed countries, children with autism are usually sent to school where they get special education classes. But in France, they are more often sent to a psychiatrist where they get talk therapy meant for people with psychological or emotional problems.
Things are slowl...
US forecasters say heat will stay on this summer
2012-05-17 18:43:21 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — Meteorologists say America's unusually warm year is likely to extend through the summer. And that's a bad sign for wildfires in the West.
The National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration's forecast for June through August calls for warmer-than-normal weather for about three-qu...