U.S. students lag behind international peers
2013-12-03 23:56:55 UTC
<h3>In tests reading, math and science, U.S. 15-year-olds were outperformed by many of their counterparts in Asia and Europe - in some cases placing below the international average.</h3>
WASHINGTON (AP) — American students once again lag behind...
First lady Michelle Obama: “I'm not a big believer in Facebook for young people"
2013-12-02 19:44:56 UTC
First lady Michelle Obama doesn’t want her two young daughters to have a big presence on Facebook yet, she told ABC News’ Barbara Walters in an interview.
“I still am not a big believer in Facebook for young people…particularly for them, because ...
12 Ways to Help Your Child Cope With ADHD
2013-11-23 08:03:43 UTC
<h3>Try these methods to help your child manage ADHD without taking meds.</h3>
If your child has been diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), he or she is not alone. The National Institute of Mental Health reports that in ...
Rickets making a comeback in the UK, doctors say
2013-11-08 19:46:57 UTC
LONDON (AP) — Rickets, the childhood disease that once caused an epidemic of bowed legs and curved spines during the Victorian era, is making a shocking comeback in 21st-century Britain.
Rickets results from a severe deficiency of vitamin D, wh...
No more trans fat: FDA banning the artery-clogger
2013-11-07 22:39:07 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — Heart-clogging trans fats were once a staple of the American diet, plentiful in baked goods, microwave popcorn and fried foods. Now, mindful of the health risks, the Food and Drug Administration is getting rid of what's left of t...
America's poor at 49.7M, higher than official rate
2013-11-06 19:22:13 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of poor people in America is 3 million higher than the official count, encompassing 1 in 6 residents due to out-of-pocket medical costs and work-related expenses, according to a revised census measure released Wednesda...
Germany: 1,400 paintings found at apartment
2013-11-05 10:52:12 UTC
AUGSBURG, Germany (AP) — German officials say a huge hoard of art found last year at a Munich apartment included works ranging from Pablo Picasso, Marc Chagall, Max Liebermann and back to the 16th century, some of them apparently seized by the Naz...
Warming report sees violent, sicker, poorer future
2013-11-02 21:57:13 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — Starvation, poverty, flooding, heat waves, droughts, war and disease already lead to human tragedies. They're likely to worsen as the world warms from man-made climate change, a leaked draft of an international scientific report ...
How ticks get under your skin
2013-11-02 06:23:17 UTC
A close look at a tick’s mouthparts reveals enviable burrowing tools.
A new look at a tick’s mouthparts shows how the arachnid saws its way through skin and hangs on for up to a week. The castor bean tick Ixodes ricinus, a European species that...
More victims of online abuse reach out to parents
2013-10-24 08:22:13 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — Sarah Ball was a 15-year-old high school sophomore at Hernando High School in Brooksville, Fla., when a friend posted on Facebook: "I hate Sarah Ball, and I don't care who knows."
Then there was the Facebook group "Hernando Ha...
3-month-old Prince George is christened in London
2013-10-23 19:05:55 UTC
LONDON (AP) — Dressed in a lace gown designed in the 1840s and doused with water from the River Jordan, 3-month-old Prince George, third in line to the British throne, was christened Wednesday in London.
The small family gathering of four gener...
California 'sea serpents' draw gawkers
2013-10-22 06:55:34 UTC
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The silvery carcasses of two giant oarfish were discovered along the Southern California coast last week, baffling scientists and gaining a growing online following who gawked at the bony, snake-like creatures.
A 14-foot oarf...
At these coffee klatches, death is on the agenda
2013-10-21 05:38:35 UTC
NEW YORK (AP) — It can be tough to get a conversation going if you want to talk about the late stages of dementia, your last will and testament or the recent passing of your mother.
"When you're at a cocktail party and you lead off by saying, '...
Kate Middleton Looks Amazing Three Months After Baby's Birth
2013-10-18 18:45:57 UTC
Kate Middleton is having a ball! On Friday, Oct. 18, three months after giving birth to Prince George, her first child with husband Prince William, the Duchess of Cambridge attended a SportsAid Athlete Workshop at the Copper Box in London's Queen ...
Zimbabwe diamonds: Where has all the money gone?
2013-10-17 16:04:04 UTC
HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — Despite living in an impoverished country under sanctions, some in Zimbabwe seem awash in money, judging by the Mercedes-Benzes parked at a country club and the private woodland estate with artificial lake and mansion built...
Exercise 'can be as good as pills'
2013-10-02 19:49:19 UTC
Exercise can be as good a medicine as pills for people with conditions such as heart disease, a study has found.
The work in the British Medical Journal (BMJ) looked at hundreds of trials involving nearly 340,000 patients to assess the merits o...
Dad who saved girl in deadly rock slide remembered
2013-10-02 10:42:44 UTC
BUENA VISTA, Colo. (AP) — Friends preparing to bury five relatives who died in a Colorado rock slide are remembering the father credited for saving his daughter's life as a selfless volunteer who probably didn't flinch to jump in front of cascadin...
Search on for 2 hikers in Wash. state; 2 safe
2013-10-02 06:38:56 UTC
SEATTLE (AP) — Search and rescue officials plan to renew their efforts to locate a man and a woman missing in separate, remote parts of southwest Washington after a helicopter rescued two other hikers from waist-deep snow.
Hikers Matt Margiotta...
Millions Try Obamacare Enrollment
2013-10-02 07:34:36 UTC
CHICAGO (AP) — For millions of Americans trying to log in, the online insurance marketplaces created by the new health care law began with a stalled website, an error message or a menu that didn't work.
But the debut of the new insurance market...
Zimbabwe: Poachers poison 91 elephants
2013-10-01 18:32:40 UTC
HWANGE, Zimbabwe (AP) — The stench of rotting elephant carcasses hangs in the air in western Zimbabwe where wildlife officials say at least 91 elephants were poisoned with cyanide by poachers who hack off the tusks for the lucrative illegal ivory ...
Midday naps help preschoolers learn, study says
2013-09-24 19:20:34 UTC
NEW YORK (AP) — Any parent knows that a daytime nap can help keep preschoolers from getting cranky. Now a small study suggests that it helps them learn, too.
The lesson for grown-ups: Don't cut out the naps if you try to cram more learning acti...
Gay Rights Protest Greets Opening Night at the Met
2013-09-24 16:36:16 UTC
After the lights dimmed for the Metropolitan Opera’s Russian-themed opening night gala on Monday evening, the first solo voice that rang out in the house was not of a tenor or soprano, but of a protester criticizing the recent antigay laws signed ...
How much is too much exercise when you're pregnant?
2013-10-02 20:02:58 UTC
(CNN) - The caption on Lea-Ann Ellison's photo says it all: "8 months pregnant with baby number 3."
"I have been CrossFitting for 2½ years," Ellison posted on CrossFit's Facebook page, "and ... strongly believe that pregnancy is not an illness, b...
Does gold come from outer space?
2013-09-20 05:26:41 UTC
The idea that gold came from outer space sounds like science fiction, but it has become well-established - it's pretty much received opinion in the field of earth sciences. How did this bizarre theory take hold, and is it here to stay?
For the ...
Milan fashion week celebrates homegrown creativity
2013-09-20 04:19:13 UTC
MILAN (AP) — Milan is seeking to reclaim its fashion pre-eminence with a re-energized fashion week not only through strong messages from the runways but concrete acts of to enhance the city's prestige.
Fendi unveiled a new flagship store on via...