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King County’s wellness plan beats the odds

SEATTLE — When King County, Wash., launched its employee wellness program seven years ago, its motive was clear. “We were being eaten alive by runaway medical costs,” says the county’s top executive Dow Constantine.

Posted: July 24, 2014
Study casts doubt on rate of Antarctic sea ice growth

A new study suggests that scientists must re-examine records that show increases in Antarctic sea ice since 1979. Researchers found that something changed in the way satellite data get converted into ice cover, but they can’t yet identify the exact nature of the change, or whether it fixed a problem or introduced one.

Posted: July 24, 2014
Execution offers evidence against lethal injection

ST. LOUIS (AP) — The nation's third botched execution in six months offers more evidence for the courts that lethal injection carries too many risks and amounts to cruel and unusual punishment, death-row lawyers and other opponents said Thursday.

Posted: July 24, 2014
Doctor fired back at gunman in hospital attack

DARBY, Pa. (AP) — A doctor grazed by gunfire from a patient who had entered his office in a suburban hospital's psychiatric unit stopped him by returning fire with his own gun and injuring him, authorities said.

Posted: July 24, 2014
Prosecutor: Doctor fired back at hospital gunman

DARBY, Pa. (AP) — A doctor wounded by a patient in a deadly shooting at a suburban hospital campus returned fire and wounded the patient, authorities said.

Posted: July 24, 2014
In Alaska, wood frogs freeze for seven months, thaw and hop away

Each September, the wood frogs of Alaska do a very strange thing: They freeze.

Posted: July 24, 2014
Walsh campaign: Senator won't withdraw from race

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Sen. John Walsh remained steadfast Thursday amid allegations he plagiarized a research project required for a master's degree, winning fresh backing from fellow Democrats in Montana and the governor who appointed him to the Senate earlier this year.

Posted: July 24, 2014
Giving Auguste a chance to hear

LOS ANGELES — Auguste is 3 years old, a charmer with big blue eyes, long lashes and a playful smile. He’s wearing a T-shirt that says “Make some noise” and fiddling with his Etch A Sketch in a hospital exam room.

Posted: July 24, 2014
Wreckage found of plane carrying father, son trying to fly around world

Rescue crews off the coast of American Samoa have found some of the wreckage of a single-engine plane carrying a father-son pair who were trying to fly around the world in 30 days, U.S. Coast Guard officials told the Los Angeles Times.

Posted: July 24, 2014
After much movement, stocks end where they began

NEW YORK (AP) — Only Wall Street could make the buying and selling of more than 3 billion shares look like nothing happened.

Posted: July 24, 2014
How did the Arizona execution go wrong?

For the third time this year, a state has set out to execute a convicted murderer but found itself unable to cleanly carry out the sentence. The continuing problems have raised questions about whether the nation’s current methods for carrying out capital punishment — a patchwork of drugs, dosages and needle techniques — can result in a humane death.

Posted: July 24, 2014
Mariners trade for Kendrys Morales

In the search for offensive help, the Mariners decided to bring back someone who has actually had some hitting success at Safeco Field.

Posted: July 24, 2014
Tornado slams Virginia campground; 2 dead

CAPE CHARLES, Va. (AP) — Virginia State Police say a New Jersey couple was killed after a tornado caused a tree to fall on their tent at a popular campground.

Posted: July 24, 2014
Feds charge former high-ranking Chavez aides with protecting drug traffickers

MIAMI — A former Venezuelan judge and his family flew into Miami International Airport with plans for a prepaid, two-week vacation at Disney World.

Posted: July 24, 2014
Kurdish politician Fouad Massoum named president of Iraq

BEIRUT — Iraq’s parliament appointed a new president on Thursday as lawmakers inched closer to forming a new government, even as violence continued to engulf the country.

Posted: July 24, 2014
Overweight and obese kids are in denial about their weight, CDC says

New government data suggest a nonmedical cause of America’s childhood obesity crisis: denial.

Posted: July 24, 2014
Busy Gaza morgue performs Muslim burial rituals

BEIT LAHIYA, Gaza Strip (AP) — In the morgue at a small Gaza hospital, the anguished cries of those who lost loved ones in Israeli airstrikes fell silent Thursday when Ahmed Jadallah began attending to the corpses, one by one, on his wooden work table.

Posted: July 24, 2014
Airlines report big 2Q profits on strong demand

Investing in airlines has long been the butt of jokes, especially when many U.S. carriers traipsed through bankruptcy court in the past decade.

Posted: July 24, 2014
Henry ‘Hank’ Hartsfield Jr., space shuttle astronaut, dies at 80

Over his career as an astronaut, Henry “Hank” Hartsfield Jr. spent many years in training and only 20 days in orbit — but they were very good days.

Posted: July 24, 2014
Woody Allen back in spotlight, promoting new film

Throughout his long career, Woody Allen has been fascinated by magic, a theme he's explored frequently onscreen: playing a magician in "Scoop," sending Owen Wilson on time travel in "Midnight in Paris," or pulling Jeff Daniels out of a movie screen in "The Purple Rose of Cairo."

Posted: July 24, 2014
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