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Scientists find how obesity gene works

Scientists have finally figured out how the key gene tied to obesity makes people fat, a major discovery that could open the door to an entirely new approach to the problem beyond diet and exercise.

August 19, 2015 | By MARILYNN MARCHIONE AP Chief Medical Writer | Associated Press

Women in combat

WASHINGTON - Two women have now passed the Army's grueling Ranger test, and even tougher and more dangerous jobs could lie ahead. The military services are poised to allow women to serve in most front-line combat jobs, including special operations forces, senior officials told The Associated Press.

August 18, 2015 | By LOLITA C. BALDOR Associated Press | Associated Press

New study links preterm birth with microbes in mom's body

WASHINGTON - Scientists might have found a new way to tell who's at risk of having a premature baby, by checking the bacterial community that lives in mom's reproductive tract.

August 17, 2015 | By LAURAN NEERGAARD AP Medical Writer | Associated Press

States raising taxes, fees and debt to pay for road repairs

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. - While Congress remains stalled on a long-term plan for funding highways, state lawmakers and governors aren't waiting around.

August 17, 2015 | By DAVID A. LIEB Associated Press | Associated Press

Longtime civil rights activist Bond dead at 75

FORT WALTON BEACH, Fla. - Julian Bond, a civil rights activist and longtime board chairman of the NAACP, died Saturday night, according to the Southern Poverty Law Center.

August 16, 2015 | Associated Press | Associated Press

Oceanic junk

NEW DELHI - For years along the Cornish coast of Britain, Atlantic Ocean currents have carried thousands of Lego pieces onto the beaches. In Kenya, cheap flip-flop sandals are churned relentlessly in the Indian Ocean surf, until finally being spit out onto the sand. In Bangladesh, fishermen are haunted by floating corpses that the Bay of Bengal sometimes puts in their path.

August 14, 2015 | By TIM SULLIVAN Associated Press | Associated Press

Kerry calls for democracy as US flag is raised in Cuba

HAVANA - Jubilant crowds waved American flags and chanted "Long live the United States!" as the Stars and Stripes rose over the newly reopened U.S. Embassy in Cuba on Friday after a half-century of often-hostile relations. Secretary of State John Kerry celebrated the day but also made an extraordinary, nationally broadcast call for democratic change on the island.

August 14, 2015 | BRADLEY KLAPPER and MICHAEL WEISSENSTEIN Associated Press | Associated Press

National challenge of leaking mines dwarfs Colorado spill

SILVERTON, Colorado - It will take many years and many millions of dollars simply to manage and not even remove the toxic wastewater from an abandoned mine that unleashed a 100-mile-long torrent of heavy metals into Western rivers, experts said Thursday.

August 13, 2015 | The Associated Press | Associated Press

Despite order, office refuses to issue gay marriage license

MOREHEAD, Ky. - A gay couple marched into the county clerk's office Thursday, carrying a federal judge's order that said the clerk can't deny them a marriage license based on her deeply held Christian beliefs.

August 13, 2015 | By CLAIRE GALOFARO and ADAM BEAM Associated Press | Associated Press

Recording of MLK's 1st 'I Have a Dream' speech discovered

RALEIGH, N.C. - Before the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his famous "I Have a Dream" speech to hundreds of thousands of people gathered in Washington in 1963, he fine-tuned his civil rights message before a much smaller audience in North Carolina.

August 11, 2015 | By MARTHA WAGGONER Associated Press | Associated Press

A century after lynching, town still wrestles over history

MARIETTA, Ga. - Down past the Big Chicken, the 56-foot-high, steel-beaked beacon of extra crispy that may be this town's most prized landmark, the wedge of dirt hard by Interstate 75 is notable only for its lack of notability. Stopping here, Rabbi Steven Lebow leaves the engine running and car door open.

August 11, 2015 | By ADAM GELLER AP National Writer | Associated Press

Top EPA official takes responsibility for mine spill

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - Townspeople affected by the millions of gallons of waste spilled from an abandoned gold mine and now flowing through their communities demanded clarity Tuesday about any long-term threats to their water supply.

August 11, 2015 | By SUSAN MONTOYA BRYAN and ELLEN KNICKMEYER Associated Press | Associated Press

Republicans push for national constitutional convention

AUSTIN, Texas - With Republicans controlling more than half the state legislatures across the country, some want to use that power to push for a federal spending limit through a mechanism unused since George Washington's day.

August 10, 2015 | By WILL WEISSERT Associated Press | Associated Press

Residents demand health answers as mine spill fouls rivers

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - Farmers, towns and tribes slammed water-intake gates shut as a sludge-laden plume from a Colorado mine spill rolled down principal rivers in the desert Southwest on Monday, prompting local officials and families to demand answers about possible long-term threats from heavy metals borne along by the spill.

August 10, 2015 | By SUSAN MONTOYA BRYAN and ELLEN KNICKMEYER Associated Press | Associated Press

Air controller study shows chronic fatigue

WASHINGTON - Air traffic controllers' work schedules often lead to chronic fatigue, making them less alert and endangering the safety of the national air traffic system, according to a study the government kept secret for years.

August 10, 2015 | By JOAN LOWY Associated Press | Associated Press

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House OKs GOP bill blocking Planned Parenthood funds

WASHINGTON - Seeking to avert a government shutdown, Republican leaders drove a bill blocking Planned Parenthood's federal funds through the House on Friday, hoping to ...

September 18, 2015 | By ALAN FRAM and ANDREW TAYLOR Associated Press | Associated Press

Time for flu vaccine

WASHINGTON - It's time for flu shots again, and health officials expect to avoid a repeat of the misery last winter, when immunizations weren't ...

September 17, 2015 | By LAURAN NEERGAARD AP Medical Writer | Associated Press

Fiorina looks to turn debate accolades into dollars, votes

WASHINGTON - Propelled by her standout debate performance, Carly Fiorina sought on Thursday to turn accolades for her crisp, confident showing into actual support from voters ...

September 17, 2015 | By JULIE PACE AP White House correspondent | Associated Press

Outcry after Muslim teen is detained over homemade clock

IRVING, Texas - A 14-year-old Muslim boy became a sensation on social media Wednesday and got an invitation to the White House after word spread that ...

September 16, 2015 | By DAVID WARREN and JAMIE STENGLE Associated Press | Associated Press

Census: Income, poverty numbers stay just about the same

WASHINGTON - The wallets of America's middle class and poorest aren't seeing any extra money, the U.S. Census reported Wednesday, a financial stagnation ...

September 16, 2015 | By JESSE J. HOLLAND Associated Press | Associated Press

Panel backs daily aspirin only for certain adults

WASHINGTON - A government task force says a daily low-dose aspirin could help certain people in their 50s and 60s prevent a first heart attack or ...

September 15, 2015 | By LAURAN NEERGAARD AP Medical Writer | Associated Press

Kentucky clerk returns to work after 5-day jail stint

MOREHEAD, Ky. - Kim Davis returned to work Monday for the first time since she was jailed for denying marriage licenses to gay couples and said ...

September 14, 2015 | By CLAIRE GALOFARO Associated Press | Associated Press

Body cameras can show more than the facts

WASHINGTON - A Seattle man was arrested in January during a demonstration to protest police violence. Though he has yet to be charged with an offense ...

September 12, 2015 | By EILEEN SULLIVAN Associated Press | Associated Press

Study backs more aggressive treatment of high blood pressure

WASHINGTON - Aiming lower saves more lives when it comes to controlling high blood pressure, says a major new study that could spur doctors to more ...

September 11, 2015 | By LAURAN NEERGAARD AP Medical Writer | Associated Press

9/11 victims' relatives mark anniversary

NEW YORK - During years of going to ground zero every Sept. 11, Tom Acquaviva has seen crowds diminish at the ceremonies commemorating the terror attacks ...

September 11, 2015 | By JONATHAN LEMIRE and JENNIFER PELTZ, Associated Press | Associated Press

New federal food safety rules

WASHINGTON - Food manufacturers must be more vigilant about keeping their operations clean under new government safety rules released Thursday in the wake of deadly foodborne ...

September 10, 2015 | By MARY CLARE JALONICK Associated Press | Associated Press

Officials: US to increase number of refugees by 5K next year

WASHINGTON - The United States is prepared to increase the number of refugees it resettles by at least 5,000 next year as European countries struggle ...

September 09, 2015 | By MARY CLARE JALONICK an BRADLEY KLAPPER Associated Press | Associated Press

Defiant Ky. clerk released from jail

GRAYSON, Ky. - The Kentucky county clerk jailed for refusing to issue marriage licenses to gay couples was released Tuesday after five days behind bars, emerging ...

September 08, 2015 | By ADAM BEAM Associated Press | Associated Press

Extreme preemies make survival gains

Odds have improved that many extremely premature U.S. infants will survive without major problems, although prospects remain poor for the smallest and youngest, born ...

September 08, 2015 | The Associated Press | Associated Press

Dentist who killed Cecil the lion set to return to work

MINNEAPOLIS - The Minnesota dentist whose killing of Cecil the lion sparked a global backlash emerged for an interview in which he disputed some accounts of ...

September 07, 2015 | By BRIAN BAKST Associated Press | Associated Press

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