A skirmish between Apple and a French publisher
2014-04-14 07:29:56 UTC
I wonder how many fewer copies French author Bénédicte Martin's book La femme would have sold had her publishers opted for a subtler, more abstract cover design. The image they chose to illustrate her disquisition of "Woman 2013" is a striking chi...
Carlos Queiroz’s European infusion has Iran thinking upset at 2014 World Cup
2014-04-11 19:45:12 UTC
Playing in a World Cup Group F containing Argentina, Nigeria and Bosnia was always going to be difficult, even before Iran’s lack of warm-up games factored into the equation.
After qualifying last June, Iran played their first preparation game ...
Bayern Munich blow Manchester United away after Patrice Evra's strike
2014-04-10 05:51:35 UTC
Among all the disappointments for Manchester United, nothing will jar so much as the knowledge that, briefly, they had this game under their control. They will be anguished about the speed at which everything unravelled, leaving them with an uncom...
Try thinking of yourself as a pea, instead of a human
2014-04-10 05:42:06 UTC
For those concerned about climate change, the ultra-conservative Heartland Institute offers up a calming solution: try thinking of yourself as a pea, instead of a human. Peas in a lab sprouted faster with extreme concentrations of carbon dioxide, ...
Stolen Gauguin painting 'hung on factory worker's wall'
2014-04-02 16:32:16 UTC
Stolen paintings by Paul Gauguin and Pierre Bonnard hung on an Italian factory worker's kitchen wall for almost 40 years, police have revealed.
Now worth at least 10.6m euros (£8.8m), they were stolen from a collector's London home in 1970 and ...
Jimmy Carter on the road for 'A Call to Action'
2014-04-02 07:17:25 UTC
Former President Jimmy Carter is on an impressive publicity tour as he promotes his new book, “A Call to Action: Women, Religion, Violence, and Power." The book addresses worldwide discrimination and violence against women and girls, covers the im...
Soccer player’s life saved by opponent in scary incident
2014-03-31 21:08:40 UTC
Dnipropetrovsk's Georgian midfielder Jaba Kankava possibly saved Dynamo Kiev midfielder Oleh Husev's life with his fast reactions after a potentially deadly incident during a Ukrainian top flight match at the weekend.
In the 22nd minute of Sunday...
Jimmy Carter: Fight worldwide 'abuse of women and girls'
2014-03-29 20:27:17 UTC
Jimmy Carter is making a "call to action" over discrimination and violence against women, addressing issues from female genital mutilation to child marriage in a new book out in the US this week.
The 39th US president writes in A Call to Action...
Vitamin A deficiency during pregnancy hurts immune development
2014-03-23 07:08:13 UTC
Adequate vitamin A intake during pregnancy is needed for offspring to fully develop an immune system and fend off disease, researchers working with mice report March 19 in Nature.
Vitamin A is plentiful in egg yolks, fish, carrots, yellow sweet...
Guinea confirms deadly mystery epidemic as Ebola
2014-03-22 23:27:38 UTC
Local experts had not been able to identify the disease, the symptoms of which are diarrhea, vomiting and bleeding, since they were first identified some six weeks ago. However, lab samples were sent to scientists in the French city of Lyon, who c...
London 'draining life' from rest of UK economy
2014-03-19 07:49:00 UTC
LONDON (AP) — There's London. And then there's the rest of the U.K.
A tale of two Britains has increasingly emerged since the Great Recession. While the government trumpets the country's recovery from the financial crisis and its status as the ...
'Chocolate' pills for heart health
2014-03-17 20:16:15 UTC
It won't be nearly as much fun as eating candy bars, but a big study is being launched to see if pills containing the nutrients in dark chocolate can help prevent heart attacks and strokes.
The pills are so packed with nutrients that you'd have...
Friend: Pistorius fired guns in public
2014-03-12 02:56:06 UTC
PRETORIA, South Africa (AP) — Oscar Pistorius fired guns in public in the months before he killed his girlfriend — once out of a car sunroof on a road and once in a crowded restaurant, a onetime friend said at the athlete's murder trial Tuesday, d...
New food labels would highlight calories and sugar
2014-02-27 08:12:10 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — Those "Nutrition Facts" labels that are plastered on nearly every food package found in grocery stores are getting a new look.
Calories would be in larger, bolder type, and consumers for the first time would know whether f...
Dyslexia unscientific and lacks meaning, warn academics
2014-02-27 06:41:25 UTC
Dyslexia may not exist, warn academics. Experts at Durham and Yale Universities are calling for the term ‘dyslexia’ to be abandoned because it is unscientific and lacks meaning.
Millions of children may have been wrongly diagnosed as dyslexic aft...
Sochi cleans up as world leaves Olympics behind
2014-02-24 09:10:46 UTC
SOCHI, Russia (AP) — By the busload, the world's athletes and visitors rolled toward Sochi's airport and took off for home Monday, fresh from a Winter Games experience that many Russians pronounced a smashing success and that the Olympic movement'...
265 Anne Frank books vandalized in Tokyo libraries
2014-02-22 08:31:38 UTC
TOKYO (AP) — Anne Frank's "The Diary of a Young Girl" and scores of books about the young Holocaust victim have been vandalized in Tokyo public libraries since earlier this year.
The damage was mostly in the form of dozens of ripped pages in th...
Jansrud leads super-combi downhill; Kostelic 7th
2014-02-14 08:23:58 UTC
KRASNAYA POLYANA, Russia (AP) — Kjetil Jansrud of Norway was fastest in the downhill portion of a spring-like Olympic super-combined Friday, with Ivica Kostelic of Croatia best positioned among the slalom specialists in seventh.
The slalom leg ...
Maze and Gisin tie for Olympic downhill gold
2014-02-12 09:01:05 UTC
KRASNAYA POLYANA, Russia (AP) — In a rare tie in Alpine skiing, Tina Maze of Slovenia and Dominique Gisin of Switzerland both won Olympic gold Wednesday in the women's downhill.
The pair sped down the Rosa Khutor course in 1 minute, 41.57 secon...
Belgium set to extend right-to-die law to children
2014-02-11 22:09:23 UTC
BRUSSELS (AP) — Belgium, one of the very few countries where euthanasia is legal, is expected to take the unprecedented step this week of abolishing age restrictions on who can ask to be put to death — extending the right to children for the first...
White falls to the I-Pod in Olympic stunner
2014-02-11 22:03:15 UTC
KRASNAYA POLYANA, Russia (AP) — Shaun White lost to a kid they call the "I-Pod," and now, he may never hear the end of it.
How big of an Olympic shocker was this? White, the best snowboarder of his era and one of the best-known and best-markete...
Caffeine common in kids, young adults; mainly soda
2014-02-11 08:16:49 UTC
CHICAGO (AP) — Nearly 3 out of 4 U.S. children and young adults consume at least some caffeine, mostly from soda, tea and coffee. The rate didn't budge much over a decade, although soda use declined and energy drinks became an increasingly common ...
Mary Quant's Miniskirt Changed the World
2014-02-11 07:03:10 UTC
<h3>'A mini-skirt was a way of rebelling': British stylist Mary Quant, who will soon celebrate her 80th birthday, is credited with inventing the above-the-knee skirt that has become a wardrobe staple. Coco Chanel may have said they were 'just awfu...
Matthias Mayer: It's amazing to be an Olympic champion
2014-02-09 20:54:09 UTC
SOCHI, Russia (AP) — Matthias Mayer shut his eyes for a moment, his day's work over.
If he had trouble believing what had just happened as he stood before the crowd it was with good reason. The Austrian struck a big upset Sunday in one of the O...
Wang lures fashionistas to Brooklyn Navy Yard
2014-02-09 20:45:03 UTC
NEW YORK (AP) — There are hip fashion shows. And then there are fashion shows that seek nothing less than to redefine just how hip a fashion show can be.
How else to describe a designer who can get crowds of the most discerning fashionistas to ...