German court orders Muslim girl to join swim class
2013-09-11 17:20:42 UTC
BERLIN (AP) — A court in Germany has ruled that a Muslim girl cannot be excused from mixed-sex swimming lessons on the grounds of religious belief.
The 13-year-old girl from Frankfurt had argued that the sight of bare-chested male pupils breached her religious modesty.
She also claimed that...
Long-lost painting by Van Gogh is identified
2013-09-10 05:03:22 UTC
AMSTERDAM (AP) — A painting that sat for six decades in a Norwegian industrialist's attic after he was told it was a fake Van Gogh was pronounced the real thing Monday, making it the first full-size canvas by the tortured Dutch artist to be discovered since 1928.
Experts at the Van Gogh Museum...
Sinatra's old Tahoe resort to get major makeover
2013-09-09 04:57:18 UTC
RENO, Nevada (AP) — A Lake Tahoe resort once owned by Frank Sinatra and frequented by his Rat Pack buddies is about to undergo a major makeover.
The Cal Neva hotel-casino that straddles the California-Nevada line will close for more than a year beginning Monday to allow for the multimillion-do...
Team New Zealand take 2-0 lead in America's Cup
2013-09-08 06:31:19 UTC
Team New Zealand have dealt a huge blow to America's Cup holders Oracle with two commanding wins on the opening day of racing in San Francisco today.
Already down two points before the action started, the Americans are now on the back foot.
And it's not just on the points board.
Simple looks are deceiving at NY Fashion Week
2013-09-07 23:31:20 UTC
NEW YORK (AP) — The simple things can be the hardest to do in fashion, because you have to do them well.
Take the white shirt. Designers Peter Som and Max Azria both said a plain white button-down shirt is their favorite thing to see on a woman, and versions of it have been on nearly every cat...
FDA study says amount of arsenic in rice is low
2013-09-06 19:43:57 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Food and Drug Administration says consumers shouldn't worry too much about levels of arsenic in rice — but should vary their diets just in case.
The agency released a study Friday of arsenic in 1,300 samples of rice and rice products that is the largest study to date look...
After years of decline, US births leveling off?
2013-09-06 19:32:45 UTC
ATLANTA (AP) — After falling four years in a row, U.S. births may finally be leveling off.
The number of babies born last year — a little shy of 4 million — is only a few hundred less than the number in 2011, according to a government report released Friday.
That suggests that lately, fewer...
NH hospital calls 8 over brain disease chances
2013-09-06 19:26:59 UTC
MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) — Eight patients who may have been exposed to a fatal brain disease at a New Hampshire hospital have been contacted by the hospital's president, who said Thursday the patients aren't panicking.
Dr. Joseph Pepe called the Catholic Medical Center patients a day after health...
Nyad 1st to swim to Florida from Cuba without cage
2013-09-02 22:22:48 UTC
KEY WEST, Fla. (AP) — Looking dazed and sunburned, U.S. endurance swimmer Diana Nyad walked ashore Monday, becoming the first person to swim from Cuba to Florida without the help of a shark cage.
The 64-year-old Nyad swam up to the beach just before 2 p.m. EDT, about 53 hours after starting he...
Unlikely Salinger detective spent decade on trail
2013-09-02 08:32:38 UTC
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Shane Salerno's phone never stops ringing.
Known until now as a screenwriter for "Armageddon" and "Savages," working by day on a sequel to "Avatar," he has taken on a surprising and news-making identity: the latest, and, apparently, greatest seeker of clues about J.D. Saling...
2 kittens that stopped NYC subway service found
2013-08-30 17:43:22 UTC
NEW YORK (AP) — It only took two kittens to stop the city's subway in its tracks.
Power was cut to the B and Q lines in Brooklyn for more than an hour after a woman reported Thursday morning that her kittens were loose in the nation's largest subway system, transit officials said.
Nobel-winning Irish poet Seamus Heaney dies at 74
2013-08-30 17:38:14 UTC
DUBLIN (AP) — To all lovers of the perfectly weighed word, Seamus Heaney offered hope on this side of the grave.
Heaney, 74, died Friday in a Dublin hospital some 18 years after he won the Nobel Prize in literature and gained global recognition as Ireland's greatest poet since William Butler Y...
Financial stress may hit your brain and wallet
2013-08-29 22:35:03 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — Being short on cash may make you a bit slower in the brain, a new study suggests.
People worrying about having enough money to pay their bills tend to lose temporarily the equivalent of 13 IQ points, scientists found when they gave intelligence tests to shoppers at a New Jers...
Zurich introduces 'drive-in' sex
2013-08-27 06:31:05 UTC
New regulations for sex workers are coming into force in Zurich this week, designed to provide some safety to women who work in the sex trade, and to bring a measure of peace to the city centre, the city authorities say.
Although prostitution is legal in Switzerland, critics say the law actual...
No copays, easier pills may reduce blood pressure
2013-08-22 07:40:15 UTC
CHICAGO (AP) — New research suggests giving patients easier-to-take medicine and no-copay medical visits can help drive down high blood pressure, a major contributor to poor health and untimely deaths nationwide.
Those efforts were part of a big health care provider's eight-year program, invol...
Study seeks super agers' secrets to brain health
2013-08-22 07:29:04 UTC
CHICAGO (AP) — They're called "super agers" — men and women who are in their 80s and 90s, but with brains and memories that seem far younger.
Researchers are looking at this rare group in the hope that they may find ways to help protect others from memory loss. And they've had some tantalizing...
Best-selling author Elmore Leonard dies at 87
2013-08-20 16:43:34 UTC
DETROIT (AP) — He was the master of his genre, the Dickens of Detroit, the Chaucer of Crime.
Every novel Elmore Leonard wrote from the mid-1980s on was a best-seller, and every fan of crime stories knew his name. George Clooney was an admirer. So were Quentin Tarantino, Aerosmith, Saul Bellow ...
AP-NORC Poll: Parents back high-stakes testing
2013-08-17 13:36:04 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — Often criticized as too prescriptive and all-consuming, standardized tests have support among parents, who view them as a useful way to measure both students' and schools' performances, according to an Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research poll.
UK court OKs vasectomy for man who can't consent
2013-08-16 14:31:46 UTC
LONDON (AP) — A British court has ruled for the first time that a man who lacked the capacity to give informed consent should have a vasectomy because it is in his "best interests."
The 36-year-old man, known only as DE, has an IQ of 40, lives with his parents and has a long-term girlfriend wh...
British cat DNA database helps convict killer
2013-08-14 17:00:55 UTC
LONDON (AP) — Fingerprints are not the only thing that killers can leave behind — add cat hair to that list.
A British university said Wednesday that its DNA database of British felines helped convict a man of manslaughter, illustrating how the genetic material of pets can be used by crime sce...
CNN's Gupta: I was wrong about marijuana
2013-08-10 08:12:00 UTC
NEW YORK (AP) — CNN's Dr. Sanjay Gupta says he spoke too soon in opposing the medical use of marijuana in the past and that he now believes the drug can have very real benefits for people with specific health problems.
Gupta, the network's chief medical correspondent and a brain surgeon, detai...
Dengue epidemic looms for Central American region
2013-08-10 08:06:24 UTC
MEXICO CITY (AP) — Central America is on track to have one of its worst years ever for the painful, sometimes fatal disease of dengue, prompting governments across the region to mobilize against the mosquito-borne virus.
There have been 120,000 suspected cases of dengue reported across Central...
Dogs help sniff out ovarian cancer in Pa. study
2013-08-10 08:01:39 UTC
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Researchers trying to develop a diagnostic tool for ovarian cancer are hoping dogs' keen sense of smell will lead them down the right path.
An early detection device that combines old-fashioned olfactory skills, chemical analysis and modern technology could lead to better s...
Five hundred new fairytales discovered in Germany
2013-08-09 06:07:15 UTC
Collection of fairytales gathered by historian Franz Xaver von Schönwerth had been locked away in an archive in Regensburg for over 150 years.
A whole new world of magic animals, brave young princes and evil witches has come to light with the discovery of 500 new fairytales, which were locked ...
Six of 12 small cars do well in front crash tests
2013-08-08 06:42:50 UTC
DETROIT (AP) — Six of 12 small cars performed well in front-end crash tests conducted by an insurance industry group, but some popular models fared poorly in the safety evaluations.
Only the two-door and four-door Honda Civic models earned the top rating of "good" in the tests done by the Insu...