• Sales of new US homes plunge 14.5 percent in March
    23 April 2014, 14:59

    Sales of new US homes plunge 14.5 percent in March

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of Americans buying new homes plummeted in March to the slowest pace in eight months, a sign that real estate's spring buying season is off to a weak start. The Commerce Department said Wednesday that sales of new homes declined 14.5 percent last month to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 384,000. That was the second...

image 23 April 2014, 19:33 Jodie Foster Married Alexandra Hedison

The actress married her girlfriend, Alexandra Hedison, her rep confirmed to ABC News. No other details were available. Foster, 51, had been dating Hedison, 44, since last year, according to E! News. "It's pretty serious," a source told E! last fall. "They're totally in love." "I am so proud of our modern family. Our amazing sons, Charlie and Kit, w...

image 23 April 2014, 19:16 First 'Jurassic World' Photos Bring Us Back To The Dino Island

Bryce Dallas Howard stars in the first look at the upcoming fourth film. Filming on "Jurassic World" started a little over a week ago, and we're already getting a look behind the scenes of the fourth dino adventure. Entertainment Weekly shared three set photos from the Colin Trevorrow-directed sequel, which brings that action back to Isla Nublar, t...

image 23 April 2014, 19:08 NASA Finds Drought May Take Toll on Congo Rainforest

A new analysis of NASA satellite data shows Africa's Congo rainforest, the second-largest tropical rainforest in the world, has undergone a large-scale decline in greenness over the past decade. The study, led by Liming Zhou of University at Albany, State University of New York, shows between 2000 and 2012, the decline affected an increasing amount...

image 23 April 2014, 19:06 Community-based weight loss program aids diabetes management

Weight loss and control of blood sugar can reduce the risk of complications in patients with diabetes but this is difficult for many to achieve. A University of California, San Diego School of Medicine randomized controlled trial of obese adults with type 2 diabetes suggests that participants enrolled in a community-based structured weight loss pro...

image 23 April 2014, 18:33 Daniel Cormier-Dan Henderson Now Official For UFC 173 Co-Main Event

Light heavyweights Daniel Cormier and Dan Henderson will meet at UFC 173: Barao vs. Dillashaw next month. UFC president Dana White confirmed the fight on ESPN’s “SportsCenter” Wednesday. Set for May 31 from Las Vegas, the card has received several changes over the recent weeks. The main event now features UFC bantamweight champion Renan Barao again...

image 23 April 2014, 18:32 Coca-Cola Plans To Operate 100% Solar-Powered Vendng Machine

CHICAGO -- The world’s first Coca-Cola cold drink vending machine to run exclusively on solar energy made its debut at the National Automatic Merchandising Association's recent OneShow here. The one-of-a-kind prototype combines a conventional "stack" vending machine (a closed-front configuration easier to adapt for outdoor operation, named for the ...

image 23 April 2014, 18:30 Governor signs measure aiming to combat human trafficking in Arizona

The help that Gov. Jan Brewer promised victims of human trafficking in her State of the State address became law Tuesday, increasing penalties and establishing being a victim of sex trafficking as a defense in child prostitution cases. “The goal of this legislation is to further discourage criminals from further inflicting this horror on people of ...

image 23 April 2014, 18:27 Amedisys to pay $150 mln for over billing Medicare -U.S.

WASHINGTON, April 23 (Reuters) - Home healthcare company Amedisys Inc will pay $150 million to resolve allegations that it submitted false billings to Medicare, the U.S. Justice Department said on Wednesday. Louisiana-based Amedisys between 2008 and 2010 improperly billed for unnecessary services or misrepresented patients' conditions to boost paym...

image 23 April 2014, 18:18 Agent testifies he searched home where teens shot

Byron Smith, center, comes out of a Morrison County courtroom in Little Falls, Minn., Monday, April 21, 2014, during a break in his trial. Smith shot and killed two teenagers who broke into his house on Thanksgiving Day 2012. Jurors began the process of deciding whether the killings were justified or whether the homeowner committed murder. Smith, 6...

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WASHINGTON (AP) — The U-2 spy plane outlasted the Cold War, outlived its successor and proved crucial a half-century ago when two superpowers were on the brink of nuclear war. But defense cuts now threaten to knock the high-flying reconnaissance aircraft out of the sky. The Air Force wants to gradually retire the fleet of 32 “Dragon Lady” planes, w...