Search on for 2 hikers in Wash. state; 2 safe
2013-10-02 06:38:56 UTC
SEATTLE (AP) — Search and rescue officials plan to renew their efforts to locate a man and a woman missing in separate, remote parts of southwest Washington after a helicopter rescued two other hikers from waist-deep snow.
Hikers Matt Margiotta and Kyla Arnold were hoisted aboard a Coast Guard...
Zimbabwe: Poachers poison 91 elephants
2013-10-01 18:32:40 UTC
HWANGE, Zimbabwe (AP) — The stench of rotting elephant carcasses hangs in the air in western Zimbabwe where wildlife officials say at least 91 elephants were poisoned with cyanide by poachers who hack off the tusks for the lucrative illegal ivory market.
Massive bones, some already bleached by...
In cancer drug battle, both sides appeal to ethics
2013-10-02 20:01:33 UTC
(CNN) - Andrea Sloan is dying of ovarian cancer. Having exhausted all standard treatment options, her doctors say her best hope now is a new class of cancer drugs called PARP inhibitors.
The California pharmaceutical company BioMarin makes one version of these drugs called BMN 673. Earlier this ...
Midday naps help preschoolers learn, study says
2013-09-24 19:20:34 UTC
NEW YORK (AP) — Any parent knows that a daytime nap can help keep preschoolers from getting cranky. Now a small study suggests that it helps them learn, too.
The lesson for grown-ups: Don't cut out the naps if you try to cram more learning activities into a preschooler's day, say researchers f...
Snake grounds jet with 370 passengers in Sydney
2013-09-24 19:11:00 UTC
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — A tiny Asian snake was found on a Qantas Boeing 747 airliner in Australia, leading to 370 passengers being grounded overnight.
Staff found the 20-centimeter (8-inch) Mandarin rat snake in the passenger cabin near the door late Sunday before passengers were due to boa...
99-year-old Iowa woman gets high school diploma
2013-09-24 19:01:55 UTC
WATERLOO, Iowa (AP) — A 99-year-old Iowa woman who dropped out of a high school more than 80 years ago despite needing only one credit to graduate has finally received her diploma.
Audrey Crabtree, of Cedar Falls, smiled Monday as she received an honorary diploma for her time at Waterloo East ...
Shaq shows Sacramento love as Kings minority owner
2013-09-24 18:52:54 UTC
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Shaquille O'Neal has apologized to all Sacramento Kings fans for his verbal jabs during his playing career and is promising to restore the franchise to its winning ways as a minority owner.
Declaring the new name of the city "Shaqramento," O'Neal took several steps to...
How much is too much exercise when you're pregnant?
2013-10-02 20:02:58 UTC
(CNN) - The caption on Lea-Ann Ellison's photo says it all: "8 months pregnant with baby number 3."
"I have been CrossFitting for 2½ years," Ellison posted on CrossFit's Facebook page, "and ... strongly believe that pregnancy is not an illness, but a time to relish in your body's capabilities to...
Why women have a right to sex-selective abortion
2013-09-19 20:32:49 UTC
As far as I'm concerned, it doesn't matter why any woman wants to end her pregnancy. If it's to select for sex, that's her choice.
When you talk about being pro-choice, sex selective abortion is often slung at you as the triumphant gotcha. "You love women so much you want them to be in charge ...
Winning ticket sold in SC for Powerball jackpot
2013-09-19 16:11:45 UTC
LEXINGTON, S.C. (AP) — Officials with the South Carolina Education Lottery say a $400 million winning ticket in the latest Powerball drawing was sold at a service station just off I-20 west of Columbia.
Media gathered Thursday at a Murphy USA station in Lexington where the ticket was sold.
Samantha Geimer on Roman Polanski: 'We email a little bit'
2013-09-18 20:21:34 UTC
In 1977, the film director had 'unlawful sex' with 13-year-old Samantha Geimer, an event that has overshadowed their lives ever since. So why would he get in touch with her now?
There isn't much in the way of revelation to be found in Samantha Geimer's new memoir, The Girl; every rotten detail...
Holocaust survivor, top German lit critic dies
2013-09-18 17:07:52 UTC
BERLIN (AP) — Marcel Reich-Ranicki, who grew up in Poland and Nazi Germany, survived the Warsaw Ghetto and went on to become post-war Germany's best-known literary critic, has died at age 93.
The sharp-tongued Reich-Ranicki established himself as West Germany's premier arbiter of literary tast...
French Senate votes to ban child beauty pageants
2013-09-18 10:06:08 UTC
PARIS (AP) — France's Senate has voted to ban beauty pageants for children under 16, in an effort to protect children — especially girls — from being sexualized too early.
Anyone who enters a child into such a contest would face up to two years in prison and 30,000 euros in fines, according to...
Concordia success boosts pride for shamed Italy
2013-09-17 18:23:21 UTC
GIGLIO ISLAND, Italy (AP) — The extraordinary righting of the Costa Concordia from its watery Tuscan graveyard has given Italy a boost of sorely needed pride, helping erase the shame many felt after an Italian captain took the cruise ship off course in an apparent stunt, crashed it and then aband...
13-yr-old Indian girl begins microbiology master's
2013-09-16 18:22:27 UTC
LUCKNOW, India (AP) — In a country where many girls are still discouraged from going to school, Sushma Verma is having anything but a typical childhood.
The 13-year-old girl from a poor family in north India has enrolled in a master's degree in microbiology, after her father sold his land to p...
Is Great Britain really a 'small island'?
2013-09-16 06:56:36 UTC
A Russian official referred last week to Great Britain as "a small island to which no-one pays any attention". PM David Cameron responded by challenging anyone to name a country with a "prouder history, with a bigger heart, with a greater resilience". But he conceded that the UK was a "small grou...
Details about first American killed by a car
2013-09-16 06:32:16 UTC
It was the evening of September 13, 1899, when 69-year-old Henry H Bliss stepped from a trolley car along New York’s Central Park, was hit by a taxi cab and died the next morning from injuries. He was gentlemanly helping a lady friend off the trolley when he was run down.
“Fatally hurt by auto...
How and why do we snore?
2013-09-15 14:53:47 UTC
It’s one of the loudest noises a human can make, and the bane of sleepless partners’ lives. James May explains what causes snoring and how we can stop it.
Unfortunately for those subjected to it, snoring is one of the loudest noises a human can make. Noise levels of up to 92 decibels have been...
World's oldest man dies in NY at age 112
2013-09-15 07:26:30 UTC
GRAND ISLAND, N.Y. (AP) — The world's oldest man, a 112-year-old self-taught musician, coal miner and gin rummy aficionado from western New York, has died. He was 112.
Salustiano Sanchez-Blazquez died Friday at a nursing home in Grand Island, according to Robert Young, senior gerontology consu...
Synthetic Marijuana Prompts Colorado Health Investigation
2013-09-14 06:43:23 UTC
More than 150 people are now believed to have been sickened by synthetic marijuana in Colorado, which legalized recreational use of real pot last November. Three people may have died.
State and federal investigators are scrambling to identify the exact source of the illnesses. The state health...
Ig Nobel awards honor weird, funny discoveries
2013-09-14 06:31:10 UTC
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) — An experiment that proved people who think they are drunk also think they are attractive and another that showed lost dung beetles can use the Milky Way to find their way home were among the winners at this year's Ig Nobel awards ceremony held Thursday.
This is the 23rd...
Would you board flight 666 to HEL?
2013-09-14 06:26:44 UTC
HELSINKI (AP) — Would you board flight 666 to HEL on Friday the 13th?
For superstitious travelers, that might be tempting fate. But Finnair passengers on AY666 to Helsinki — which has the 3 letter designation HEL — don't seem too bothered. Friday's flight is almost full.
"It has been quite ...
Hawaii can't fit woman's last name on license
2013-09-14 06:21:55 UTC
HONOLULU (AP) — A Hawaii woman's last name is a real mouthful, containing 36 characters and 19 syllables in all. And it's so long that she couldn't get a driver's license with her correct name.
Janice "Lokelani" Keihanaikukauakahihuliheekahaunaele is in the midst of a fight with state and loca...
Guinness: World's smallest dog is in Puerto Rico
2013-09-12 23:46:44 UTC
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Puerto Rico can now boast it is home to the world's smallest dog — at least when it comes to height.
The brown Chihuahua named Miracle Milly is shorter than a soup can, standing at 3.8 inches (9.65 centimeters) tall when measured from backbone to paw, Guinness Worl...
Conn. slave who died in 1798 called 'child of God'
2013-09-12 23:36:48 UTC
WATERBURY, Conn. (AP) — A slave who died more than 200 years ago in Connecticut but was never buried was given an extraordinary funeral Thursday that included lying in state at the Capitol and calls for learning from his painful life.
The enslaved man known as Mr. Fortune was buried in a cemet...