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  • Study ties fertility treatment, birth defect risk
    Study_ties_fertility_treatment__birth_defect_risk_ 2012-05-05 16:34:18 UTC
    Test-tube babies have higher rates of birth defects, and doctors have long wondered: Is it because of certain fertility treatments or infertility itself? A large new study from Australia suggests both may play a role. Compared to those conceived naturally, babies that resulted from simple IVF,...

  • Syrians questioning whether armed revolt works
    W460 2012-05-04 18:01:50 UTC
    BEIRUT (AP) — The woman wearing a blood-red dress stood in the middle of a busy intersection outside Syria's parliament holding up a red banner: "Stop the killing, we want to build a homeland for all Syrians." Drivers tooted their horns and supporters clapped. Rima Dali's act of defiance last ...

  • Yitzhak Rabin: I believe . . . that peace is attainable regardless of the Arabs’ mentality, society or government.
    Untitled 2012-05-04 05:51:39 UTC
    The sitting prime minister of Israel, Yitzhak Rabin, was assassinated on this date in 1995. The murderer was Yigal Amir, a rightwinger opposed to the Oslo Peace Accords, which Rabin, a lifetime warrior, had signed in 1994 with his enemy, PLO leader Yasser Arafat. Rabin was born in Jerusalem and g...

  • Scientists to use blimp to look for meteorites
    Meteroite 2012-05-03 19:21:59 UTC
    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A group of scientists will board a blimp to search for meteorites that rained over California's gold country last month. The researchers from NASA and the SETI Institute plan to depart from a Sacramento airfield sometime Thursday. From the air, they hope to spot sites...

  • Amateur sleuth helps stop National Archives thefts
    Untitled 2012-05-03 19:11:04 UTC
    WASHINGTON (AP) — When J. David Goldin saw the recorded interview of baseball great Babe Ruth for sale on eBay he knew something was wrong. There was only one original record of that 1937 interview of Ruth on a hunting trip, and Goldin had donated it to a government archive more than 30 years ago...

  • Parents cheer autism-friendly 'Mary Poppins'
    Untitled 2012-05-01 19:21:01 UTC
    NEW YORK (AP) — The afternoon performance of "Mary Poppins" was marked by loud yips, shouts and moans — and that was just fine. It was the second autism-friendly performance of a Broadway show, and for many families with a child who suffers from the disorder, it turned out to be a practically ...

  • Africa: 'For much of Africa, water resources are available'
    0__15712800_401_00 2012-05-01 01:34:31 UTC
    Africa's chronic shortage of fresh water could be alleviated by stepping up efforts to access groundwater reserves, or aquifers. UK scientists have produced a pan-African map of reserves that are found deep underground. DW spoke to Alan MacDonald, Chief Hydrogeologist at the British Geological S...

  • AP EXCLUSIVE: US not reporting all Afghan attacks
    Afghanistan_-_us 2012-04-30 18:51:10 UTC
    WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S.-led military coalition in Afghanistan is under-reporting the number of times that Afghan soldiers and police open fire on American and other foreign troops. The coalition routinely reports attacks in which a coalition soldier is killed by an Afghan in uniform. But it...

  • Obama, Clintons deepen political and policy ties
    Untitled 2012-04-30 19:22:06 UTC
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Once a tense rivalry, the relationship between President Barack Obama and Bill and Hillary Rodham Clinton has evolved into a genuine political and policy partnership. Both sides have a strong incentive in making the alliance work, especially in an election year. For Obama, Bi...

  • UK Olympic doping ban declared illegal
    Uk-anti-doping-001 2012-04-29 18:37:14 UTC
    LONDON (AP) — Britain's last attempt to keep former doping offenders off its Olympic teams has failed, with sports' top court declaring the country's lifetime bans for drug cheats unlawful. A person familiar with the ruling said Sunday the Court of Arbitration for Sport has backed the World An...

  • Study: Antarctic ice melting from warm water below
    Ice 2012-04-28 05:12:06 UTC
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Antarctica's massive ice shelves are shrinking because they are being eaten away from below by warm water, a new study finds. That suggests that future sea levels could rise faster than many scientists have been predicting. The western chunk of Antarctica is losing 23 feet of...

  • The ghost of North Korea
    Yuriko_koike_ 2012-04-27 19:27:21 UTC
    Yuriko Koike is a former Minister of Defence and National Security Adviser of Japan. Tokyo, Japan - At 7:39 am on April 13, North Korea fired a missile (which it called a satellite launch) in the face of opposition from almost the entire international community. In a perverse way, the world g...

  • Conn. governor signs bill to repeal death penalty
    Deathpenalty 2012-04-27 18:54:38 UTC
    HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Gov. Dannel P. Malloy quietly signed a new law Wednesday that ends the state's death penalty for future crimes, making Connecticut the 17th state to abolish capital punishment. The Democrat signed the bill behind closed doors, without fanfare. An aide said Malloy was sur...

  • Study: Most victims knew Ala. twisters were coming
    4f9a6357d4142.image 2012-04-27 16:03:24 UTC
    ATLANTA (AP) — Most of the victims of last year's epic tornado outbreak in Alabama had at least one thing in common: They knew the storm was coming. A year after the onslaught of dozens of twisters killed at least 250 people in Alabama and more elsewhere in the South, federal researchers are c...

  • Parents wire kids to prove teachers' verbal abuse
    Akian 2012-04-27 15:11:35 UTC
    CHERRY HILL, N.J. (AP) — Teachers hurled insults like "bastard," ''tard," ''damn dumb" and "a hippo in a ballerina suit." A bus driver threatened to slap one child, while a bus monitor told another, "Shut up, you little dog." They were all special needs students, and their parents all learned ...

  • US: Mexico seized 68,000 guns from US since 2006
    0112-mexico-guns_full_600 2012-04-26 18:46:13 UTC
    WASHINGTON (AP) — The government said Thursday that 68,000 guns recovered by Mexican authorities in the past five years have been traced back to the United States. The flood of tens of thousands of weapons underscores complaints from Mexico that the U.S. is responsible for arming the drug cart...

  • Analysts say North Korea's new missiles are fakes
    Analysts-north-koreas-new-missiles-are-fakes-3g1cga1s-x-large 2012-04-26 18:27:03 UTC
    TOKYO (AP) — Analysts who have studied photos of a half-dozen ominous new North Korean missiles showcased recently at a lavish military parade say they were fakes, and not very convincing ones, casting further doubt on the country's claims of military prowess. Since its recent rocket launch fa...

  • Taylor conviction sends warning to tyrants
    Untitled 2012-04-26 20:05:19 UTC
    LEIDSCHENDAM, Netherlands (AP) — Former Liberian President Charles Taylor on Thursday became the first head of state since World War II convicted by an international war crimes court, a legal landmark observers say sent a clear message to tyrants around the world that their days of impunity are n...

  • AP Interview: Iraqi Kurd leader hints at secession
    Barezani 2012-04-26 04:10:47 UTC
    RBIL, Iraq (AP) — The president of Iraq's self-rule Kurdish region demanded Wednesday that Shiite leaders agree on sharing power with their political opponents by September or else the Kurds could consider breaking away from Baghdad. The warning by Kurdish President Massoud Barzani in an inter...

  • I'm not that powerful, Rupert Murdoch tells judge
    Murdoch 2012-04-26 04:01:50 UTC
    LONDON (AP) — News Corp. chairman Rupert Murdoch said Wednesday that his globe-spanning TV and newspaper empire doesn't carry as much political sway as is often believed, telling a British inquiry into media ethics that he wasn't the power behind the throne often depicted by his enemies. Speak...

  • Supreme Court takes up Arizona immigration law
    Untitled 2012-04-25 15:59:22 UTC
    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court appears ready to allow Arizona to enforce a state law provision that requires police officers to check the immigration status of people they think are in the country illegally. The justices strongly suggested Wednesday that they are not buying the Obama admi...

  • Irish artist Louis le Brocquy dies in Dublin at 95
    Lui_le_brocquy 2012-04-25 15:48:23 UTC
    DUBLIN (AP) — Irish expressionist painter Louis le Brocquy, who was best known for abstract portraits of Ireland's literary and artistic stars, died Wednesday in Dublin, the government announced. He was 95. Irish President Michael D. Higgins praised le Brocquy's work as "amongst this country's...

  • Annan alarmed at Syria military action
    De03ef19ea9f4f43a40eefd42d3604b6-cba569dc3ae04f02bee98a90dda113a4-1_t615 2012-04-25 07:00:18 UTC
    UNITED NATIONS (AP) — International envoy Kofi Annan told the U.N. Security Council Tuesday that the situation in Syria is "bleak" and expressed alarm at reports that government troops are still carrying out military operations in towns where U.N. observers are not present. He expressed partic...

  • Protesters crash Wells Fargo shareholder meeting
    Activists_protest_outside_wells_fargo_shareholders_qebvl8cxwwsl 2012-04-25 04:39:28 UTC
    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Hundreds of Occupy Wall Street demonstrators from across the country descended on San Francisco Tuesday in an attempt to crash banking giant Wells Fargo's annual shareholders meeting. Several dozen people representing community groups had bought company stock and were allo...

  • Californians to vote on abolishing death penalty
    San-quentin-prison-aerial-view 2012-04-24 07:30:32 UTC
    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — California voters will soon get a chance to decide whether to replace the death penalty with life in prison without the possibility of parole. A measure to abolish capital punishment in California qualified for the November ballot on Monday, Secretary of State Debra Bowen ...