Peace Corps to accept same-sex couples
2013-05-22 05:08:03 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Peace Corps says it will begin accepting applications from same-sex domestic partners who want to serve together as volunteers overseas.
Peace Corps Deputy Director Carrie Hessler-Radelet says the change will diver...
Archie Comics' gay kiss a poke at real controversy
2013-05-21 04:58:24 UTC
It's just a quick kiss, but it's a long step forward for Archie Comics' only openly gay character Kevin Keller.
The Riverdale teen finds his life turned upside down after locking lips with his boyfriend, Devon, in Pop Tate's diner, drawin...
Alaska man runs onto frozen lake to avoid jail
2013-05-20 04:35:31 UTC
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Anchorage police say a young man who didn't want to return to jail ran out onto the uncertain ice of an Alaska lake to escape officers armed with an arrest warrant.
Police spokeswoman Dani Myren says officers were suf...
Small Fla. city wonders who won Powerball jackpot
2013-05-20 04:14:59 UTC
ZEPHYRHILLS, Fla. (AP) — Some lucky person walked into a Publix supermarket in suburban Florida over the past few days and bought a ticket now worth an estimated $590.5 million — the highest Powerball jackpot in history.
But it wasn't M...
Vatican re-enters art world with Venice Biennale
2013-05-14 17:50:53 UTC
VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Vatican is getting back into its centuries-old tradition of arts patronage with its first-ever exhibit at the Venice Biennale, commissioning a biblically inspired show about creation, destruction and renewa...
Women have new options for breast cancer surgery
2013-05-14 17:49:28 UTC
CHICAGO (AP) — Treating breast cancer almost always involves surgery, and for years the choice was just having the lump or the whole breast removed. Now, new approaches are dramatically changing the way these operations are done, ...
2 new diseases could both spark global outbreaks
2013-05-14 06:28:37 UTC
LONDON (AP) — Two respiratory viruses in different parts of the world have captured the attention of global health officials — a novel coronavirus in the Middle East and a new bird flu spreading in China.
Last week, the coronav...
Popular psychologist Joyce Brothers dead at 85
2013-05-14 06:25:08 UTC
Joyce Brothers, the pop psychologist who pioneered the television advice show in the 1950s and enjoyed a long and prolific career as a syndicated columnist, author, and television and film personality, has died. She was 85.
Cars made in Brazil are deadly
2013-05-12 04:22:40 UTC
SAO PAULO (AP) — The cars roll endlessly off the local assembly lines of the industry's biggest automakers, more than 10,000 a day, into the eager hands of Brazil's new middle class. The shiny new Fords, Fiats, and Chevrolets tell th...
Ore. smokejumpers skydive into illegal pot garden
2013-05-11 05:02:01 UTC
MEDFORD, Ore. (AP) — A team of smokejumpers parachuting into a fire in the mountains of Southern Oregon landed in an illegal marijuana garden being prepared for growing season.
The six smokejumpers from a base in Redmond found the site Mo...
Former hostage left bemused by UK piracy mix up
2013-05-03 05:28:21 UTC
LONDON (AP) — Arrrrgh! That must've been embarrassing.
A man held hostage by Somali pirates says he was bemused when he encountered a crowd of eye patch-wearing, plastic sword-wielding women on the lecture circuit earlier this month.
Food, skin allergies increasing in children
2013-05-02 05:15:35 UTC
NEW YORK (AP) — Parents are reporting more skin and food allergies in their children, a big government survey found.
Experts aren't sure what's behind the increase. Could it be that children are growing up in households so clean that it...
Men's pro sports finally joins gay-rights trend
2013-04-30 06:40:02 UTC
NEW YORK (AP) — By coming out as gay while still an active NBA player, Jason Collins breaks one of the last remaining barriers for gays and lesbians in era of constant political gains and ever-growing public acceptance.
In most other re...
Calif. families want chance at 9/11 scholarships
2013-04-24 15:59:58 UTC
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Many of the relatives of Californians killed in the Sept. 11 attacks never knew that millions of dollars were raised in their name for college scholarships, and now lawmakers want to give them another chance to appl...
France legalizes gay marriage after harsh debate
2013-04-23 19:30:56 UTC
PARIS (AP) — France legalized gay marriage on Tuesday after a wrenching national debate that exposed deep social conservatism in the nation's heartland and triggered huge protests in Paris from both sides of the divide. Legions of officers with wa...
Lax attitude on teens and Rx drug abuse
2013-04-23 04:51:56 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — More parents need to talk with their teens about the dangers of abusing Ritalin, Adderall and other prescription drugs, suggests a new study that finds discouraging trends on kids and drug use.
When teens were asked about ...
Lenny's rise from garage to Brazil's bikini queen
2013-04-18 05:12:49 UTC
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Before she became Brazil's bikini queen, with an empire of chic boutiques and legions of VIP fans that include Hollywood A-listers and pop royalty, Lenny Niemeyer was locked away in her garage, making swimwea...
Implanted 'bracelet' helps treat chronic heartburn
2013-04-14 04:33:57 UTC
A tiny magnetic bracelet implanted at the base of the throat is greatly improving life for some people with chronic heartburn who need more help than medicine can give them.
It's a novel way to treat severe acid reflux, which pla...
Report: Global warming didn't cause big US drought
2013-04-13 16:21:15 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — Last year's huge drought was a freak of nature that wasn't caused by man-made global warming, a new federal science study finds.
Scientists say the lack of moisture usually pushed up from the Gulf of Mexico was t...
National beekeeper of year focuses on dying bees
2013-04-08 04:42:05 UTC
LOGAN, Utah (AP) — A Utah man is trying to use his recognition as this year's national beekeeper of the year to focus attention on a major threat to the industry: colony collapse disorder.
Darren Cox of Cache County, who has 5,000 hive...
Chile seeking answers in death of poet Neruda
2013-04-06 16:11:13 UTC
ISLA NEGRA, Chile (AP) — The body of Nobel laureate Pablo Neruda is being exhumed this weekend in an effort to clear up four decades of suspicion about how he died in the days after Chile's military coup.
A team of investigators is to ...
Study Bolsters Link Between Routine Hits and Brain Disease
2013-04-06 14:27:33 UTC
The growing evidence of a link between head trauma and long-term, degenerative brain disease was amplified in an extensive study of athletes, military veterans and others who absorbed repeated hits to the head, according to new findings published ...
Jail dream comes true
2013-04-06 06:30:07 UTC
Manhattan prosecutors are happy to accommodate the bizarre obsession of a corrections buff accused of sneaking into jails in four boroughs — telling a judge yesterday that they want him to stay behind bars for 10 years.
Matthew Matagrano, 36, p...
Ancient site unearthed in Iraqi home of Abraham
2013-04-04 16:46:41 UTC
BAGHDAD (AP) — British archaeologists said Thursday they have unearthed a sprawling complex near the ancient city of Ur in southern Iraq, home of the biblical Abraham.
The structure, thought to be about 4,000 years old, probably served ...
Samoa airline introduces pay-by-weight pricing
2013-04-03 05:13:27 UTC
PAGO PAGO, American Samoa (AP) — A tiny Samoa airline is giving passengers a big reason to lose weight: tickets sold not by the seat, but by the kilogram.
Samoa Air planned on Wednesday to start pricing its first international flights based...