National News

About 8 percent of Americans have diabetes.

Diabetes Raises Women's Risk Of Heart Disease More Than For Men

Diabetes increases a woman's risk of dying from a heart attack or a stroke much more than it does for men, and scientists are trying to figure out why.

Women with diabetes were almost three times more likely to develop heart disease than women without the disease, a relative risk that's 44 percent higher than it is for men. That's despite the fact that men are more likely to have heart disease than women overall.

Since heart disease already is the number one killer of women, and the number of people with diabetes has been rising rapidly, this is not good news.

The Yelp app maps out restaurant locations in Manhattan.

How Yelp Can Help Disease Detectives Track Food Poisoning

Almost 50 million Americans get food poisoning every year, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates. But only a tiny fraction of those cases get reported, making it tough to figure out where they came from.

But health officials recently discovered a trove of data that may help them discover outbreaks of foodborne illness and as well as the restaurants responsible for them, they write in the CDC's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.

This May 20, 2013, file photo shows Harvard Law Professor David Barron during a forum at the John F. Kennedy Library in Boston.

Senate Confirms Author Of Drone Memo To Federal Bench

The Senate voted Thursday to confirm David Barron, whose judicial nomination had been threatened by his work shaping the Obama administration's drone policy.

The vote to seat Barron on the 1st Circuit Court of Appeals in Boston was 53 to 45. Democrats Mary Landrieu of Louisiana and Joe Manchin of West Virginia joined a unified Republican caucus in opposing the nomination.

Lt. Travis St. Pierre, of the New Orleans Police Department, shows off a body-worn camera during a press conference in January.

Can Cop-Worn Cameras Restore Faith In New Orleans Police?

Body-worn video cameras are quickly becoming standard-issue for American police, especially at departments in the process of reform. And in New Orleans, the troubled police department is now requiring almost all officers to wear the cameras.

The city's police department has a dark history of corruption, racism and brutality. The low point may have been the Danziger Bridge episode, after Hurricane Katrina, when police shot unarmed people, then covered up the crime.

These days, the department is trying to rebuild the public's trust — which is where the body cameras come in.

Businessman Tom Steyer listens during a meeting to announce the launch of a group called Virginians for Clean Government in September 2013.

Billionaire Environmentalist Targets 7 Statewide Races

San Francisco billionaire Tom Steyer has already pledged at least $50 million to his superPAC, NextGen Climate, and now the superPAC's leaders are laying out a hardball strategy for the fall campaign.

The goal: tag seven Republican candidates as "science deniers" who are on the wrong side of the increasingly urgent climate change issue.

Clayton Kelly, the blogger at the center of the Mississippi conspiracy case, is shown here in a booking photograph taken on Saturday.

3 More Men Charged In Conspiracy Case Roiling Miss. Senate Race

Mississippi is home to what may be the most contentious primary election in the country. It's also the scene of one of the oddest political stories of the year.

Three men were charged with conspiracy Thursday in an incident that has come to dominate political discussion in the state.

Supporters of state Sen. Chris McDaniel, who is challenging Mississippi Republican Sen. Thad Cochran, allegedly conspired to take and publish photographs of Cochran's wife, Rose, at her nursing home.

Rose Cochran suffers from progressive dementia and has been bedridden for years.

A photograph of the new crater (large, center). Take by the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter's High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment.

Mars Weathercam Spots Big New Crater

Before and after shots taken by a Mars-orbiting satellite have detected a newly created impact crater half the size of a football field near the planet's equator.

NPR's Joe Palca says that while objects are striking Mars all the time (with big chunks surviving until impact, thanks to the Red Planet's thin atmosphere), this is the first time scientists have been able to determine the exact day a meteor struck – in this case, sometime on March 28, 2012.

But it wasn't noticed until two months ago.

Employees lift weights near the end of a workout class at the Sherwin-Williams corporate health and wellness center in downtown Cleveland.

Insurance Fee For Big Businesses Helps Fund Obamacare

The world of health care, like any, is full of haves and have-nots.

It's not hard to the haves at Sherwin-Williams' corporate headquarters in downtown Cleveland where some 2,500 employees have access to an in-house health and wellness center.

The huge paint company offers comprehensive health coverage to its employees and encourages them to take a break from work for an exercise class, a workout on the elliptical trainer or a run on the treadmill.

The egg definitely came before the chicken in this case — the skeleton is from a modern adult kiwi, the egg from its much bigger long-extinct cousin, <em>Aepyornis maximus. </em>

Big Flightless Birds Come From High-Flying Ancestors

Big, flightless birds like the ostrich, the emu, and the rhea are scattered around the Southern Hemisphere because their ancestors once flew around the world, a new study suggests.

That's a surprise, because it means birds in Australia, Africa, and South America independently evolved in ways that made them all lose the ability to fly.

The wheat and grains in many breads contain gluten.

Sensitive To Gluten? A Carb In Wheat May Be The Real Culprit

As late-night host Jimmy Kimmel so cleverly captured in a recent segment, some people on the gluten-free bandwagon don't know much about gluten, or why, precisely, they should avoid it. (For the record, gluten is a protein found in some cereal grains, including wheat and rye.)

Pages