Hobby Lobby tests birth-control coverage mandate
2013-05-24 04:52:38 UTC
DENVER (AP) — In the most prominent challenge of its kind, Hobby Lobby Stores Inc. asked a federal appeals court Thursday for an exemption from part of the federal health care law that requires it to offer employees health coverage that in...
New rules for labeling meat go into effect in US
2013-05-24 04:50:56 UTC
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Shoppers in the U.S. will soon have more information about where their meat comes from after new federal labeling rules went into effect Thursday.
The rules require labels on steaks, ribs and other cuts of meat to say whe...
Report: Nation's kids need to get more physical
2013-05-24 04:25:58 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — Reading, writing, arithmetic — and PE?
The prestigious Institute of Medicine is recommending that schools provide opportunities for at least 60 minutes of physical activity each day for students and that PE become a core...
Cancer Society hits 100 as US cancer rate falls
2013-05-23 04:48:06 UTC
NEW YORK (AP) — The American Cancer Society — one of the nation's best known and influential health advocacy groups — is 100 years old this week.
Back in 1913 when it was formed, cancer was a lesser threat for most Americans. The biggest ...
Portland, Ore., rejecting water fluoridation
2013-05-23 04:46:55 UTC
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The mayor of Portland, Ore., has conceded defeat in an effort to add fluoride to the city's drinking water.
With more than 80 percent of the expected ballots counted late Tuesday night, the Multnomah County election ...
More doctors, hospitals using electronic records
2013-05-23 04:43:48 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration says more doctors and hospitals are embracing technology as adoption of computerized medical records reaches a "tipping point" in America.
A report Wednesday from Health and Human Services says more ...
Beatles' lyrics headed for British Library
2013-05-22 17:53:37 UTC
LONDON (AP) — Shakespeare, the Magna Carta — and now some of John Lennon's finest lyrics.
The British Library on Wednesday added substantially to its already formidable collection with handwritten lyrics to Beatles' classics "Strawberry F...
Dog sniffs out grammar
2013-05-22 11:24:34 UTC
Chaser isn’t just a 9-year-old border collie with her breed’s boundless energy, intense focus and love of herding virtually anything. She’s a grammar hound.
In experiments directed by her owner, psychologist John Pilley of Wofford College in Sp...
Harry Potter book with author notes sold for $228K
2013-05-22 05:10:19 UTC
LONDON (AP) — For fans of the boy wizard, this could be the most coveted copy of all the "Harry Potter" books in the world.
A first edition copy of "Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone" that contains author J.K. Rowling's notes and origi...
Should we let wunderkinds drop out of high school?
2013-05-21 16:42:08 UTC
NEW YORK (AP) — Thomas Sohmers, 17, of Hudson, Mass., has been working at a research lab at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology since he was 13, developing projects ranging from augmented reality eyewear to laser communications syste...
Sally Ride to get posthumous Medal of Freedom
2013-05-21 04:17:57 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama will bestow the Medal of Freedom posthumously on Sally Ride, the first American woman to fly in space.
Obama says Ride was a role model to young women and showed that achievement has no limits. He say...
Education Department gives 3 more states waivers
2013-05-21 04:15:41 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — Education Secretary Arne Duncan announced on Monday that three more states would join the ranks of those given permission to ignore parts of the federal No Child Left Behind law in favor of their own school improvement pl...
Official: Va. driver likely had medical condition
2013-05-20 04:42:38 UTC
DAMASCUS, Va. (AP) — Authorities believe the driver who plowed into dozens of hikers marching in a Virginia mountain town parade suffered from a medical condition and did not cause the crash intentionally, an emergency official said Sunday.
Officer shot in Marathon showdown wants to work
2013-05-20 04:40:07 UTC
BOSTON (AP) — With a bullet still in his body, the police officer who survived a showdown with the Boston Marathon bombing suspects said Sunday he's determined to return to duty.
Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority Officer Richar...
Birth of anteater has Conn. zoo staff puzzled
2013-05-20 04:38:11 UTC
GREENWICH, Conn. (AP) — An anteater has given birth at a Connecticut conservation center, prompting officials there to wonder how the mother conceived.
Officials at the LEO Zoological Conservation Center tell the Greenwich Time (http://bit.ly...
Funeral home has bicycle hearse for 1 last ride
2013-05-19 07:05:26 UTC
EUGENE, Ore. (AP) — An Oregon funeral home in Eugene offers natural burials where the ride to the person's final resting place is on the back of a three-wheeled bicycle.
Sunset Hills Cemetery and Funeral Home director Wade Lind says he got...
Aussie minister sorry he 'liked' exposed teen pic
2013-05-19 06:53:50 UTC
SYDNEY (AP) — An Australian politician says he has learned a valuable lesson in social networking after he "liked" a Facebook photo without realizing that it showed a teenage prankster exposing himself.
Western Australia Minister for Educatio...
$590M-plus Powerball: 1 winning ticket sold in Fla
2013-05-19 06:44:35 UTC
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — It's all about the odds, and one single ticket in Florida has beaten them all by matching the numbers drawn for the highest Powerball jackpot in history at an estimated $590.5 million, lottery officials disclosed Sunday.
Sea turtle comeback in a corner of the Caribbean
2013-05-18 16:02:28 UTC
GRANDE RIVIERE, Trinidad (AP) — Giant leatherback turtles, some weighing half as much as a small car, drag themselves out of the ocean and up the sloping shore on the northeastern coast of Trinidad while villagers await wearing dimmed hea...
Pew survey questions Gen X, baby boomer savings
2013-05-18 05:13:23 UTC
NEW YORK (AP) — A research report by the Pew Charitable Trusts says younger baby boomers and Generation Xers face an uncertain retirement because of reduced savings, high levels of debt, and losses during the Great Recession.
The study ...
Puerto Rico faces lowest coffee production ever
2013-05-17 04:11:44 UTC
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Coffee production in Puerto Rico has hit the lowest level ever in the island's history, leaving farmers and government officials worried about how to revive a once burgeoning industry amid a deep economic cris...
Stem cells recovered from cloned human embryos
2013-05-16 05:12:15 UTC
NEW YORK (AP) — Scientists have finally recovered stem cells from cloned human embryos, a longstanding goal that could lead to new treatments for such illnesses as Parkinson's disease and diabetes.
A prominent expert called the work a l...
EU court finds Swiss assisted-suicide laws vague
2013-05-15 07:24:00 UTC
GENEVA (AP) — An elderly Swiss woman who would rather end her life now than decline further in health found sympathy Tuesday from the European Court of Human Rights, which called on the Swiss to clarify their laws on so-called passive assist...
Deaths from West Nile virus hit record last year
2013-05-15 07:18:47 UTC
NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. health officials say last year was the worst ever for West Nile virus deaths.
The final tally reported Monday was 286 deaths — or two more than the record set in 2002.
But there were far fewer illnesses overall,...
89 charged in Medicare fraud busts in 8 cities
2013-05-15 06:46:19 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — Nearly 100 people, including 14 doctors and nurses, were charged for their roles in separate Medicare scams that collectively billed the taxpayer-funded program for roughly $223 million in bogus charges in a massive b...