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New brain protein tied to Alzheimer's disease

Posted 7/17/2014 in National

Scientists have linked a new protein to Alzheimer's disease, different from the amyloid and tau that make up the sticky brain plaques and tangles long known to be its hallmarks.

 

 

Study: U.S. Alzheimer's rate seems to be dropping

Posted 7/16/2014 in National

The rate of Alzheimer's disease and other dementias is falling in the United States and some other rich countries -- good news about an epidemic that is still growing simply because more people are living to an old age, new studies show.

 

 

New guidelines could help many pregnant workers

Posted 7/16/2014 in National

New federal guidelines on job discrimination against pregnant workers could have a big impact on the workplace and in the courtroom.

 

Giant African snails seized at airport

Posted 7/15/2014 in National

Inspectors at Los Angeles International Airport seized an unusually slimy package -- 67 live giant African snails that are a popular delicacy across West Africa.

 

Man claims kingdom so daughter can be princess

Posted 7/15/2014 in National

A Virginia man says he has claimed a kingdom in Africa so his daughter can be a princess.

 

Archie's death latest comic book to inject reality

Posted 7/15/2014 in National

For most of Archie Andrew's life, the red-headed comic book icon's biggest quandary was whether he liked Veronica or Betty.

 

VA cites progress on backlog; Congress disagrees

Posted 7/15/2014 in National

The Department of Veterans Affairs says it has made "tremendous progress" in reducing a disability claims backlog that reached above 600,000 early last year. Members of Congress and the department's assistant inspector general don't believe it.

 

 

Governors group skirts Common Core

Posted 7/15/2014 in National

Reviled by staunch conservatives, the common education standards designed to improve schools and student competitiveness are being modified by some Republican governors, who are pushing back against what they call the federal government's intrusion into the classroom.

 

 

Pakistani teen seeks release of Nigerian girls

Posted 7/15/2014 in National

The Pakistani teen who survived a Taliban assassination attempt in 2012 marked her 17th birthday Monday with a visit to Nigeria and urged Islamic extremists to free the 219 schoolgirls who were kidnapped there, calling them her "sisters."

 

 

Bergdahl returned to regular duty

Posted 7/15/2014 in National

The Army has given Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl a desk job, ending the formal phase of his transition from Taliban prisoner to not-quite-ordinary soldier, and setting the stage for Army investigators to question the Idaho native about his disappearance that led to five years in captivity.

 

Researchers try to save huge salamander

Posted 7/14/2014 in National

With a long, slimy body and beady eyes, North America's largest salamander wouldn't top any cutest animal lists. The hellbender's alien appearance and mysterious ways have earned the big amphibian a bad reputation and unflattering nicknames ranging from snot otter to devil dog.

Michelle Knight says fame comes with complications

Posted 7/14/2014 in National

Michelle Knight has discovered that the fame that followed her escape from Ariel Castro's house of horrors cuts both ways.

 

Israel says it has downed drone along southern coast

Posted 7/14/2014 in National

The Israeli military said it downed a drone on Monday along the country's southern coastline, the first time it encountered an unmanned aircraft since the campaign against Gaza Strip militants began last week.

 

Underground lab tackles Japan nuclear waste issue

Posted 7/14/2014 in National

Reindeer farms and grazing Holstein cows dot a vast stretch of rolling green pasture here on Japan's northern tip. Underground it's a different story.

 

Got a rash? iPad, other devices might be the cause

Posted 7/14/2014 in National

Unexplained rash? Check your iPad. It turns out the popular tablet computer may contain nickel, one of the most common allergy-inducing metals.

 

U.S. jails struggle with role as makeshift asylums

Posted 7/14/2014 in National

Peering through the chain link of a holding pen at the Cook County Jail, a man wrapped in a navy varsity jacket leans toward clinical social worker Elli Petacque Montgomery, his bulging eyes a clue that something's not right. "They say I got bipolar, that's all," he says.

 

Biden calls on governors to lead nation

Posted 7/12/2014 in National

Vice President Joe Biden on Friday condemned the political gridlock crippling Washington, calling on Republican and Democratic governors alike to lead the nation "out of this mess" while insisting that Congress approve billions of dollars to repair the country's aging infrastructure.

 

 

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