Scout pushes bounds with Eagle project

CHICAGO – David Fite already had earned the 21 merit badges needed to earn the coveted rank of Eagle Scout. But he still had to complete a community service project.

  • App interest outweighs romance

    NEW YORK – Online dating services are now hip with young adults, but not always for dating.

  • Palestinians renovate Christian holy site

    BETHLEHEM, West Bank – After two years of painstaking work, experts have completed the initial phase of a delicate restoration project at the Church of the Nativity, giving a much-needed face-lift to one of Christianity’s holier sites.

  • Truly best films don’t always win

    LOS ANGELES – Ahead of Sunday’s 88th Academy Awards, Associated Press film writers Lindsey Bahr and Jake Coyle share their predictions for a ceremony that has everyone guessing:

  • Awards hooked on ‘Oscar bait’

    NEW YORK – In the Coen brothers’ recent 1950s Hollywood satire, “Hail, Caesar!” Ralph Fiennes’ ascot-wearing British director Laurence Laurentz is helming a stuffy drawing room drama full of tuxedoed men and ballroom-gowned women.

  • Slow cooker provides warm meals in winter

    During a cold winter, a hearty, home-cooked meal is just the thing you need to warm up.

Bacteria might be means to overcome malnutrition

WASHINGTON – Manipulating what kinds of bacteria live in the gut might lead to a new way to treat millions of children suffering chronic malnutrition, says new research that suggests the right microbes can help get the most out of a poor diet.

  • Effort fulfills breast milk need

    ANDERSON, Ind. – 
When Ashley Nevin had her third child, she was set on breast feeding her baby.

  • Mental Health Court offers more than justice

    DECATUR, Ill. – The series of events that sent Jeff Lingle spiraling into depression began with the premature birth of his son in 2008.

  • Controversial gene research gets OK

    LONDON – Britain’s fertility regulator has approved a scientist’s request to edit the human genetic code in an effort to better understand how embryos develop – but critics fear the new technique crosses too many ethical boundaries.

  • Sisters show screening’s value

    ST. CLOUD, Minn. – It takes more than one hand to count the number of women in the Hansen family who have been diagnosed with breast cancer.Joan Willenbring.

  • Top age for mammogram remains unknown

    WASHINGTON – 
Lost in the arguing over whether women should begin mammograms at age 40 or 50 or somewhere in between is the issue they’ll all eventually face: when to stop.

Slow cooker provides warm meals in winter

During a cold winter, a hearty, home-cooked meal is just the thing you need to warm up. But after a long day, it can be tough to find time or energy to get dinner on the table.

  • Simple ingredients transform pork loin

    This is one of those recipes that makes you feel like a bit of a genius because it’s so easy, requires little active time and tastes as if you worked your little fingers to the bone.

  • Slow roasting brings out best in lamb

    I love lamb in all its guises: lamb chops, lamb stew, rack of lamb, ground lamb, souvlaki ... You name it, I dig it.

  • Low-carb diet helps reverse weight gain

    The hustle and bustle of the holiday season – now a distant vision in the rearview mirror – led to over-indulging and deviating from a healthy lifestyle.

  • Crostini offer easy elegance for Academy Awards night

    Crostini sound simple. Slices of bread brushed with olive oil and toasted then topped with something that need be no more complex than a sprinkle of salt and a generous rub with a fresh garlic clove.

  • Hors d’oeuvres show a Hollywood flair

    So you’ve decided to host an Oscars party this year, but you aren’t sure what to serve.

Truly best films don’t always win

LOS ANGELES – Ahead of Sunday’s 88th Academy Awards, Associated Press film writers Lindsey Bahr and Jake Coyle share their predictions for a ceremony that has everyone guessing:

  • Awards hooked on ‘Oscar bait’

    NEW YORK – In the Coen brothers’ recent 1950s Hollywood satire, “Hail, Caesar!” Ralph Fiennes’ ascot-wearing British director Laurence Laurentz is helming a stuffy drawing room drama full of tuxedoed men and ballroom-gowned women.

  • Many Oscar-nominated flicks still aren’t streaming

    NEW YORK – The good news for those trying to catch up on Oscar-nominated flicks: A little more than half are available for streaming online.

  • College tensions play out in TV drama

    LOS ANGELES – A white college student goes out to party costumed as black rapper Lil Wayne, angering black students, who see it as evidence of insidious campus racism.

  • Indie games ‘Firewatch,’ ‘Unravel’ fall short

    What makes a game a game? That question has arisen around some of the most popular independent video games of the last few years – titles such as “Gone Home,” ‘’Her Story” and “That Dragon, Cancer” that steer away from traditional video-game mechanics in favor of narrative and character development.

  • Talented field makes it tough to make Grammy picks

    NEW YORK – Kendrick Lamar has a chance to become the first rapper to win album of the year since Outkast took the prize in 2004 for “Speakerboxxx/The Love Below.

Palestinians renovate Christian holy site

BETHLEHEM, West Bank – After two years of painstaking work, experts have completed the initial phase of a delicate restoration project at the Church of the Nativity, giving a much-needed face-lift to one of Christianity’s holier sites.

  • Jews increasingly leave Europe for Israel

    JERUSALEM – Jewish immigration to Israel from Western Europe has reached an all-time high as a result of a rise in anti-Semitic attacks, as France’s beleaguered Jewish community grapples with whether to refrain from donning Jewish skull caps for their own safety.

  • Symbol of faith becomes a target

    PARIS – Religious Jews in Marseille are facing a wrenching choice: Whether to wear the skullcap that proclaims their religion or tuck it away in hopes of staying safe.

  • Minister finds pleasure in two professions

    BATTLE CREEK, Mich. – Ministers are called. Artists are born.The Rev. Sue Trowbridge is a pastor and a painter.

  • ‘Pink Sisters’ mark 100th year of worship

    PHILADELPHIA – For more than 100 years, the cloistered nuns known as the Pink Sisters have worked in shifts to ensure nonstop prayer in Philadelphia’s Chapel of Divine Love.

  • Bills offer exemptions for gay-marriage foes

    ATLANTA – Months after the U.S. Supreme Court effectively legalized same-sex marriage, lawmakers nationwide are pushing bills that would give businesses and some public employees the right to refuse serving gay couples because of the owners’ or workers’ religious beliefs.

Scout pushes bounds with Eagle project

CHICAGO – David Fite already had earned the 21 merit badges needed to earn the coveted rank of Eagle Scout. But he still had to complete a community service project.

  • App interest outweighs romance

    NEW YORK – Online dating services are now hip with young adults, but not always for dating.

  • Readers are sure to have good stories to share

    I’ve recently received a couple of interesting letters from 86-year-old Bess Thibault.

  • Traffic can drive you to distraction

    The weather folks on the television and in the newspaper all predicted foul weather, rain, sleet, snow and low icy temperatures.

  • Program brings more than music to tough prison

    BISHOPVILLE, S.C. – One of South Carolina’s most dangerous prisons also is home to beautiful music, occasions when gate alarms and tower sirens are replaced by guitar riffs, beat box rhythms and the strains of Vivaldi.

  • Question response can haunt students

    They are basic yes-no questions that ask whether a college applicant ever got into trouble in high school.