Civil rights groups sue NYPD over Muslim spying
2013-06-18 17:32:21 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — Civil rights lawyers will urge a federal judge to declare the New York Police Department's widespread spying programs directed at Muslims to be unconstitutional, order police to stop their surveillance and destroy any recor...
Wake-up call: Starbucks to post calorie counts
2013-06-18 16:12:37 UTC
NEW YORK (AP) — Starbucks has a new way to wake up its customers: showing the calories in its drinks.
The Seattle-based coffee chain says it will start posting calorie counts on menu boards nationwide next week, ahead of a federal regulat...
White House threatens veto of anti-abortion bill
2013-06-18 05:04:37 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration is threatening to veto a measure being considered by House Republicans that would ban almost all abortions after a fetus reaches the age of 20 weeks.
The legislation expected to pass the Republican-c...
Court won't hear Seattle officer appeal
2013-06-18 04:53:08 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court won't reconsider a jury's decision that an off-duty Seattle police officer who was cut off in traffic violated a man's rights by detaining him at gunpoint.
The high court Monday refused to hear an appeal fr...
Report: Slowdown in health care costs to continue
2013-06-18 04:51:53 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — There's good news for most companies that provide health benefits for their employees: America's slowdown in medical costs may be turning into a trend, rather than a mere pause.
A report Tuesday from accounting and con...
Pro-Obama group airing health ads
2013-06-17 18:04:57 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — An outside group supporting President Barack Obama's agenda plans to air a series of ads this summer promoting Obama's health care overhaul.
Organizing for Action intends to spend at least $1 million this summer on ads t...
High court to hear NJ housing discrimination case
2013-06-17 17:37:06 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court agreed Monday to take on another dispute involving race, deciding whether people must prove they were victims of intentional housing discrimination to win lawsuits under federal law.
With highly antic...
Food companies work to make it look natural
2013-06-17 17:17:24 UTC
NEW YORK (AP) — Here's the latest goal for food makers: Perfect the art of imperfection.
When stretching out the dough for its premium "Artisan Pizzas," Domino's workers are instructed not to worry about making the rectangles too perfect:...
Immigration bill could decide 2016, senator says
2013-06-17 17:02:31 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — Republicans' hopes to reclaim the White House in the 2016 elections hinge on whether they support — or sabotage — the immigration overhaul being debated in the Senate, two lawmakers who helped write the proposal warn.
Court hears arguments on NYC's big soda ban
2013-06-17 04:38:30 UTC
NEW YORK (AP) — A state appeals court panel had few sweet words Tuesday for a city health regulation that would fight diabetes and obesity by setting a size limit on sugary beverages sold in restaurants.
The four justices peppered a city ...
New lungs buy time but don't cure cystic fibrosis
2013-06-17 04:34:32 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — The 10-year-old Pennsylvania girl who fought for a lung transplant has a difficult journey ahead. The transplant isn't a cure for her cystic fibrosis, and new lungs don't tend to last as long as other transplanted organs.
HIV drug can also protect injection drug users
2013-06-17 04:10:34 UTC
ATLANTA (AP) — U.S. health officials say doctors should consider giving a daily AIDS drug to another high risk group to prevent infection — people who shoot heroin, methamphetamines or other injection drugs.
A similar recommendation is alre...
Lilly stops mid-stage Alzheimer's drug study
2013-06-17 04:05:25 UTC
NEW YORK (AP) — Eli Lilly and Co. said Thursday that it stopped a mid-stage clinical trial of an experimental Alzheimer's disease drug because of potential side effects on patients' livers.
The company stopped testing LY2886721 because of abn...
Cheney says his health 'nothing short of miracle'
2013-06-16 17:40:24 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — Former Vice President Dick Cheney says his health is "nothing short of a miracle."
The heart transplant recipient says he now wakes up each morning "with a smile on my face, thankful for the gift of another day I never expec...
Report: Assaults increase on rangers, park police
2013-06-16 17:30:05 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — Park rangers, wildlife refuge workers and U.S. Park Police experienced more assaults and threats from visitors last year than in 2011, according to a group that represents federal resource workers.
A total of 591 inciden...
Court ruling may open up breast cancer gene tests
2013-06-16 04:56:20 UTC
A ruling by the Supreme Court that human genes can't be patented is expected to increase access and drop the cost for tests for gene mutations that greatly raise the risk of developing breast or ovarian cancer.
In a bit of a mixed messa...
US court says human genes cannot be patented
2013-06-16 04:55:22 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court ruled Thursday that companies cannot patent parts of naturally-occurring human genes, a decision with the potential to profoundly affect the emerging and lucrative medical and biotechnology industries.
Levees, removable walls proposed to protect NYC
2013-06-16 04:51:28 UTC
NEW YORK (AP) — Removable floodwalls would be erected in lower Manhattan, and levees, gates and other defenses would be built elsewhere around the city under a nearly $20 billion plan Mayor Michael Bloomberg proposed Tuesday to protect New Y...
Poll: Most men aspire to be dads
2013-06-16 04:50:14 UTC
A recent Associated Press-WE tv poll found more than 8 in 10 men said they have always wanted to be fathers or think they'd like to be one someday.
Debates about the different ways women approach motherhood dominate news coverage about pa...
Divers begin Lake Michigan search for Griffin ship
2013-06-16 04:49:08 UTC
ON LAKE MICHIGAN NEAR POVERTY ISLAND, Mich. (AP) — Divers began opening an underwater pit Saturday at a remote site in northern Lake Michigan that they say could be the resting place of the Griffin, a ship commanded by the 17th century Fre...
Shock lingers after Nazi unit leader found in US
2013-06-16 04:47:46 UTC
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The revelation that a former commander of a Nazi SS-led military unit has lived quietly in Minneapolis for the past six decades came as a shock to those who know 94-year-old Michael Karkoc. World War II survivors in both t...
Kenyan High School High Jump Video: How It Went Viral
2013-06-13 08:42:02 UTC
By now, you've probably seen the incredible 'video below' from a track and field meet in Kenya. To the backdrop of bouncy music, two contestants — one of them barefoot — take turns gaining momentum before clearing an impossibly tall high jump bar ...
EEOC sues over criminal background checks
2013-06-12 05:28:42 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission filed lawsuits Tuesday against discount retailer Dollar General Corp. and a BMW manufacturing plant in South Carolina over their use of criminal background checks to screen out jo...
World's oldest person dies in Japan at 116
2013-06-12 05:26:10 UTC
TOKYO (AP) — Japan's Jiroemon Kimura, who had been recognized by the Guinness World Records as the world's oldest living person and the oldest man ever, died Wednesday of natural causes. He was 116.
Kimura, of Kyotango, Japan, was born April ...
Seatbelts could have prevented 3 Boston U deaths
2013-06-12 05:23:45 UTC
ROTORUA, New Zealand (AP) — Three Boston University students who were killed last year in New Zealand when their minivan rolled might have survived if they were wearing seatbelts, police said Wednesday.
Constable Tina Mitchell-Ellis told a co...