Growing trend for 2014: Orchid as top color
2013-12-05 06:25:58 UTC
NEW YORK (AP) — Orchid is growing on us: A version of the purple hue is Pantone Inc.'s color of the year for 2014.
It follows this year's pick of emerald green.
Officially known as Radiant Orchid, the tropical shade is a color-wheel contrast...
Diligent Asian students dominate global exam
2013-12-04 18:36:03 UTC
BEIJING (AP) — As a ninth-grader, Shanghai's Li Sixin spent more than three hours on homework a night and took tutorials in math, physics and chemistry on the weekends. When she was tapped to take an exam last year given to half a million students...
Japan food seeks heritage gong as young spurn rice
2013-12-03 09:34:08 UTC
TOKYO (AP) — Washoku, the traditional cuisine of Japan, is being considered for designation as part of the world's priceless cultural heritage by the U.N. this week. But even as sushi and sake booms worldwide, purists say its finer points are cand...
'This country was built on violence'
2013-12-02 16:53:16 UTC
<h3>The director has never been short of opinions – so why has he become evasive when we catch up with him in Brooklyn?</h3>
With the interview over, Spike Lee finally opens up. For 40 minutes the film director has sat in a defensive crouch, ...
New Zealand airline reveals image of Hobbit dragon
2013-12-02 09:03:14 UTC
AUCKLAND, New Zealand (AP) — New Zealand's national airline unveiled a giant image Monday of the dragon Smaug on one of its planes to celebrate the premiere of the second movie in the Hobbit trilogy.
Air New Zealand showed the 54-meter (177-foo...
Jesse Owens' Olympic medal up for auction
2013-12-02 08:42:56 UTC
LAGUNA NIGUEL, Calif. (AP) — Amid the jerseys and baseball bats held in a secure room at SCP Auctions, there's a piece of sports memorabilia that speaks to much more than athletic prowess: an Olympic medal won by track star Jesse Owens at the 1936...
Illinois gay couple to be first to marry
2013-11-28 05:49:23 UTC
CHICAGO (AP) — In a short ceremony inside their Chicago apartment, two beaming brides made Illinois history Wednesday as they became the first gay couple to wed under the state's new law legalizing same-sex marriage.
The law approved last week ...
Gov't to keep ban on paying bone marrow donors
2013-11-27 08:44:31 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — Could paying for bone marrow cells really boost the number of donors? The Obama administration is taking steps to block a federal court ruling that had opened a way to find out.
Buying or selling organs has long been illegal, ...
French drugmaker warns on morning-after pill
2013-11-27 08:37:50 UTC
PARIS (AP) — A French contraceptive maker said Tuesday its morning-after pill doesn't work when taken by women who weigh more than 80 kilograms (176 pounds) and plans to change its labels to warn patients.
The decision to change its labels by H...
Thanksgiving recipe swap
2013-11-25 08:55:15 UTC
<h3>Cellophane noodles with crab
(Mi?n xào cua)</h3>My family has no problem with multiple carbs at a meal. Rice and potatoes, noodle soup and stir-fried noodles, jasmine rice and sticky rice, spaghetti and rice — bring it on. However, we can't ...
Thanksgiving-Hanukkah overlap spurs thanks, angst
2013-11-25 06:39:16 UTC
FARMINGTON HILLS, Mich. (AP) — When life gives you Hanukkah on Thanksgiving, make a menurkey. Or a turkel.
That's what students at suburban Detroit's Hillel Day School are doing — creating paper-and-paint mashups of menorahs and turkeys, and th...
Inmates learn tech sector from Silicon Valley pros
2013-11-25 08:55:00 UTC
SAN QUENTIN, Calif. (AP) — The budding entrepreneurs wear blue sweat pants labeled "prisoner" and huge, flapping blue shirts. Their doors are triple locked, and lunch is a stale peanut butter and jelly sandwich. Complicating matters, participants ...
US survey: More than 1 in 10 kids has ADHD
2013-11-23 07:19:48 UTC
ATLANTA (AP) — The number of U.S. children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder continues to rise but may be leveling off a bit, a new survey shows.
More than 1 in 10 children has been diagnosed with it, according to the Centers for Di...
22-year-old Norwegian clinches chess world title
2013-11-23 03:36:30 UTC
NEW DELHI (AP) — The world of chess has a new king, and it's a 22-year-old who is as much at home posing for fashion shoots as he is pushing pawns.
Magnus Carlsen of Norway won the chess world championship Friday, becoming the first Western pla...
Psychic Sylvia Browne dies at 77 in California
2013-11-22 04:14:36 UTC
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Sylvia Browne once said she was just 3 when she discovered she could look into the future and know what was coming.
For the next 74 years, Browne claimed to do just that, predicting who would win elections, which celebritie...
Forevermark Reveals Iconic Image for New Diamond Collection
2013-11-21 20:04:12 UTC
Forevermark developed an iconic image, which will be used in national advertising campaigns in print and online, to target affluent consumers and introduce the Forevermark Exceptional Diamond Collection.
The iconic image (pictured) was created...
Poll: Overweight people, gays slammed most online
2013-11-21 18:47:30 UTC
Most teens and young adults on Facebook, Twitter or other social networking sites see them at least sometimes: slurs, offensive images or mean-spirited video clips that stigmatize groups of people.
Who's targeted most often? Overweight people, ...
Supreme Court lets Texas abortion law stay for now
2013-11-20 09:34:22 UTC
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A third of Texas' abortion clinics will stay closed after the U.S. Supreme Court declined to intervene in an ongoing legal dispute over a tough new law that Planned Parenthood claims unconstitutionally restricts women's rights...
486,750 sign petition to ban an American TV star from South Africa
2013-11-23 22:07:07 UTC
The petition, launched by Cape Town resident Elan Burman, includes a letter addressed to Director General Mkuseli Apleni and other South African officials.
"She is an absolute contradiction to the culture of conservation this country prides its...
Small NH coffee producer prevails over Starbucks
2013-11-19 00:56:07 UTC
TUFTONBORO, N.H. (AP) — A small New Hampshire coffee producer that operates out of a barn has prevailed in a trademark infringement case brought by Starbucks over a blend called "Charbucks."
"We're just a mom-and-pop little roastery," said Anni...
Ivory seizures swell hidden Hong Kong cache
2013-11-18 07:31:09 UTC
HONG KONG (AP) — When Hong Kong intercepted yet another huge shipment of illegal African ivory in early October, it added to a growing headache for authorities: What exactly do you do with one of the world's biggest stockpiles of elephant tusks?
3-day-old girl dies in storm-wrecked hospital
2013-11-17 09:43:37 UTC
TACLOBAN, Philippines (AP) — All through her very short life, the parents had squeezed oxygen into her tiny body with a hand-held pump to keep her alive.
In the end, their prayers and whatever little medical care doctors could muster in the typ...
Louis D. Rubin, Jr., Southern author, dies at 89
2013-11-17 09:21:39 UTC
Louis D. Rubin, Jr., a curmudgeonly patron of contemporary Southern writing who as an author, teacher, editor and publisher helped establish and advance the careers of John Barth, Annie Dillard and dozens of others, has died. He was 89.
China to ease 1-child policy, abolish labor camps
2013-11-16 06:03:29 UTC
BEIJING (AP) — China's leaders announced Friday the first significant easing of its one-child policy in nearly 30 years and moved to abolish its labor camp system — addressing deeply unpopular programs at a time when the Communist Party feels incr...
Batkid saves San Francisco as charity makes a wish come true
2013-11-16 05:41:55 UTC
San Francisco was beset by a wave of crime on Friday, as a woman was taken hostage and tied to cable car tracks, a criminal calling himself the Riddler attempted to rob a bank vault, and a miscreant known as Penguin generally made a nuisance of hi...