Officials seeking stolen art find paint in ashes
2013-07-19 05:18:39 UTC
BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — It may be a case of art to ashes — and scientists are trying to get to the bottom of the mystery.
A Romanian museum official said Wednesday that ash from the oven of a woman whose son is charged with stealing seven multimillion-dollar paintings — including a Matisse, ...
Urban wine renewal in San Francisco
2013-07-17 12:28:38 UTC
Mention wine tasting to a San Francisco visitor and bucolic scenes of rolling vine-covered Napa Valley hills swirl like a ruby red in a crystal glass.
No doubt the 50-mile journey north of the Golden Gate to the stately chateaux is worth a trip, but thanks to a crop of passionate urban winemaker...
Eye to eye with a butterfly in San Francisco
2013-07-17 12:12:53 UTC
San Francisco is notorious for its cold summer fog, but at the Conservatory of Flowers – the oldest wood and glass conservatory in North America – spring is in perennial swing at the colourful Butterflies and Blooms exhibit.
“People love being surrounded by these beauties, and the opportunity t...
Sailing fever blows into San Francisco
2013-07-17 10:46:44 UTC
Anytime is a good time to be in San Francisco, but for seven weeks beginning 4 July there’s no better place to be than along the city’s stunning waterfront, The Embarcadero.
Here, a line-up of concerts, bayside restaurants and the world’s largest pop-up bar herald the arrival of the prestigious ...
Shakespeare's Globe to take Hamlet on world tour
2013-07-16 09:39:32 UTC
Shakespeare's Globe theatre is to take Hamlet to every nation on earth - including some which have never before seen a professional production of Shakespeare's tragedy.
The ambitious tour will mark two anniversaries - 23 April 2016 is 400 years since the Bard's death.
The events will also l...
Mission to redefine the idea of the beautiful woman's body
2013-07-19 05:16:33 UTC
Many women are left with scars, stretch marks, and loose skin after giving birth. It's a reality that women themselves often try to hide and the media never wants to show. But one photographer is on a mission to redefine the idea of the beautiful woman's body.
One day early last year, Jade Bea...
Study: Later retirement may help prevent dementia
2013-07-16 07:15:29 UTC
BOSTON (AP) — New research boosts the "use it or lose it" theory about brainpower and staying mentally sharp. People who delay retirement have less risk of developing Alzheimer's disease or other types of dementia, a study of nearly half a million people in France found.
It's by far the larges...
With a Royal Baby Due, News Outlets Are on High Alert
2013-07-15 05:10:18 UTC
Ask television news executives how long they have been planning for the royal baby’s arrival, and they’re liable to answer with a joke: nearly as long as Prince William and the Duchess of Cambridge have been.
Thanks to their plans, the birth, whenever it happens — any day now, if the tabloids ...
JK Rowling directs anger at lawyers after secret identity revealed
2013-07-19 05:18:55 UTC
JK Rowling's initial regret at the revelation of her secret identity as a critically acclaimed debut crime novelist has now turned into anger. It was her lawyers whodunnit.
Just days after she was outed as Robert Galbraith, author of the Cuckoo's Calling, the author revealed that a partner at ...
FDA sets new limits on arsenic in apple juice
2013-07-12 09:12:38 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — Parents who have been fretting over the low levels of arsenic found in apple juice can feel better about buying one of their kids' favorite drinks.
The Food and Drug Administration is setting a new limit on the level of arsenic allowed in apple juice, after more than a year o...
Margarine v butter: are synthetic spreads toast?
2013-07-09 08:55:13 UTC
Butter v marg: it's a fight that has gone on for decades. On one side, there's butter – rich, creamy, defiantly full-fat and made for millennia by churning the milk or cream from cattle. On the other, there's margarine: the arriviste spread invented in the 1860s. It might not taste delicious, and...
Play about American activist performed in Israel
2013-07-09 08:24:55 UTC
JERUSALEM (AP) — A one-woman play about an American activist who was crushed to death by an Israeli military bulldozer in Gaza is being performed for Hebrew-speaking audiences for the first time. Producers hope the show will force Israelis to confront an issue that, 10 years later, is still stirr...
Haiti sees big money reviving flagging tourism
2013-07-08 06:51:29 UTC
MONTROUIS, Haiti (AP) — The Club Indigo beach resort north of the Haiti capital was crowded with U.N. peacekeepers, aid workers, diplomats and missionaries on a recent Sunday. But the only real, live tourists seemed to be Anne Fournier and her husband.
The young couple from Montreal is a rarit...
Andy Murray beats Novak Djokovic to win Wimbledon
2013-07-07 17:29:08 UTC
BBC - Andy Murray won his first Wimbledon title and ended Britain's 77-year wait for a men's champion with a brilliant victory over world number one Novak Djokovic.
The Scot, 26, converted his fourth championship point in a dramatic final game to win 6-4 7-5 6-4 and claim his second major title....
Vettel wins 1st GP at home
2013-07-07 14:31:08 UTC
NUERBURGRING, Germany (AP) — Three-time defending Formula One champion Sebastian Vettel surged to the lead in his Red Bull at the start of the German Grand Prix on Sunday and held off a strong challenge from the two Lotus cars to win his first race on home soil.
There were no tire blowouts but...
Women and sex: the myth-buster
2013-07-07 07:27:53 UTC
I was on the Victoria line with my boyfriend, telling him about a new book by the American author Daniel Bergner, called What Do Women Want? Its headline, traffic-stopping message is that women, routinely portrayed as the monogamous sex, are actually not very well-suited to monogamy. In fact, far...
Murray, Djokovic to meet in Wimbledon final
2013-07-06 07:33:31 UTC
LONDON (AP) — It looked as though nothing could stop Andy Murray after he reeled off five straight games to take control of a Wimbledon semifinal that hadn't been going his way.
Then chair umpire Jake Garner made an announcement: They were going to stop play to close the roof on Centre Court.
Neil Gaiman's Sandman returns for prequel
2013-07-03 08:07:50 UTC
A quarter-century after his ground-breaking Sandman comic was launched, Neil Gaiman is returning to the character that made him famous with a six-issue prequel about Morpheus, the Lord of Dreams.
Gaiman – currently basking in the glory of phenomenal reviews and booming sales for his first adul...
WHO: Treat people with HIV early to stop spread
2013-07-02 00:16:16 UTC
LONDON (AP) — Young children and certain other people with the AIDS virus should be started on medicines as soon as they are diagnosed, the World Health Organization says in new guidelines that also recommend earlier treatment for adults.
The advice will have the most impact in Africa, where n...
Humerus reunion: Doc returns Vietnamese vet's arm
2013-07-01 06:44:58 UTC
HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — An American doctor has arrived in Vietnam carrying an unlikely piece of luggage: the bones of an arm he amputated in 1966.
Dr. Sam Axelrad flew into the Vietnamese capital, Hanoi, on Saturday from Houston. He was traveling through central Vietnam with his sons and two gra...
Pa. girl doing well after 2nd lung transplant
2013-06-29 09:11:34 UTC
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A 10-year-old Pennsylvania girl whose parents sued to challenge national lung transplant rules received a second set of lungs after the first failed, and her family said she has taken some breaths on her own.
However, she faces another operation because of complications fro...
Phoenix, Las Vegas bake in scorching heat
2013-06-29 09:09:07 UTC
DEATH VALLEY, Calif. (AP) — Dan Kail was vacationing in Las Vegas when he heard that the temperature at Death Valley could approach 130 degrees this weekend. He didn't hesitate to make a trip to the desert location that is typically the hottest place on the planet.
"Coming to Death Valley in t...
If you're going to San Francisco – stay on a stylish Sausalito houseboat
2013-06-29 07:20:59 UTC
London (The Guardian) - On the beautiful houseboats in Sausalito, on San Francisco Bay, the countercultural spirit of 1960s California is alive and well. Joshua Surtees jumps aboard and stays for a couple of nights.
Waking up on board the converted 19th-century ferry steamboat Yellow Ferry, I ...
Goodbye M&M's, hello granola bars as school snacks
2013-06-28 06:40:59 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — Kids, your days of blowing off those healthier school lunches and filling up on cookies from the vending machine are numbered. The government is onto you.
For the first time, the Agriculture Department is telling schools what sorts of snacks they can sell. The new restriction...
Do you know your RMR? (resting energy expenditure)
2013-06-24 14:02:03 UTC
Do you know your RMR? Better yet, what is RMR! RMR (resting energy expenditure) is the number of calories your body burns each day with little or no activity. Why is this important? Your RMR makes up the largest (65-75%) of your total metabolism. Knowing your RMR is a key tool in weight mana...