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This handout photo provided by Daniel A. Fletcher shows a Cellscope being used in an outdoor setting. Prick a finger and have the blood checked for parasites _ by smartphone? Scientists are turning those ubiquitous phones into microscopes and other medical tools that could help fight diseases in remote parts of the world. In the newest work, University of California, Berkeley, researchers used a smartphone-run video microscope to target a challenge in parts of Central Africa _ some devastating infections caused by tiny parasitic worms. (Daniel A. Fletcher, UC Berkeley via AP)

A Smartphone Microscope Can Detect Blood Parasites In Blood

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Washington — Prick a finger and have the blood checked for parasites — by smartphone? Scientists are turning those ubiquitous phones into microscopes and other medical tools that could help fight diseases in remote parts of the world. In the newest work, University of California, Berkeley, researchers used a smartphone-run video microscope to target a challenge in parts of Central …

Variety of Attractions in Paris Are Best Enjoyed on Foot

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Paris — The City of Light is not just one of Europe’s most beautiful capitals. Because of its small size, just 5 miles from north to south, Paris is also perfect for exploring on foot. So walk round the winding cobbled streets of panoramic Montmartre or stroll through the historic Marais with its devastatingly chic fashion boutiques. And for budget-conscious foodies — forgo …

Separated Sisters Finally Get Closure on VH1 Reality Show

Saturday, May 23, 2015

High school students Robin Jeter and Jordan Dickerson made headlines across the country in spring 2013 when they found themselves in a situation that resembled a movie. Their respective Washington, D.C., high school track teams were competing against each other; people started pointing out that they looked alike; and, lo and behold, it turned out they were long-lost sisters. It wasn’t quite as …

Biker Meeting Ends in Bloodbath

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Waco, Texas — About 170 people have been arrested on suspicion of engaging in organized crime following a Sunday bloodbath at a Waco, Texas, restaurant involving rival biker gang members that left nine dead and at least 18 …

Daredevil Died Doing What He Loved

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Sean Jones met Graham Hunt in a Sacramento climbing gym about a decade ago. He quickly felt a strong rapport with Hunt, then only in his early 20s, and encouraged him to stay with him in El Portal, Calif., and climb in nearby Yosemite. “We did everything together …

In Putin’s Russia, Universal Health Care Is for All Who Pay

Monday, May 18, 2015

Moscow — Expectant mothers in Moscow must wait as long as six weeks for ultra-sound scans, up from three days last year. Hospital outpatients pay for blood tests and X-rays that were free 12 months ago. And Marif Alekberov, a 27-year-old fireman with leukemia, is being told to …

Contested Iraqi City Falls to IS

Monday, May 18, 2015

Baghdad — The contested city of Ramadi fell to the Islamic State group on Sunday, as Iraqi forces abandoned their weapons and armored vehicles to flee the provincial capital in a major loss despite intensified U.S.-led airstrikes. Bodies, …

Marriage Rate Declines as Millennials Wait Longer to Walk Down the Aisle

Monday, May 18, 2015

Millennials are poised to become the nation’s largest living generation this year. As they grow as a percentage of the population, more of them will reach the age at which Americans historically have gotten married. And many baby-boomer parents are probably eagerly anticipating the big day when their …

Two Palestinian Nuns Receive Sainthood From Pope Francis

Monday, May 18, 2015

Jerusalem — The Palestinians on Sunday became the first Arabic speakers to claim Catholic saints among their people after Pope Francis canonized two nuns born in the Holy Land more than a hundred years ago. Palestinian Christians and Muslims heralded the elevation to sainthood of Sister Mariam Baouardy …

Tsarnaev Could Stay on Death Row for Years

Monday, May 18, 2015

Boston — At 21, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is about to become the youngest, most notorious inmate on federal death row. After convicting the Russian immigrant last month in the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing, a jury on Friday voted to sentence him to death for his role in the worst …

Young Immigrants Blocked From Military

Monday, May 18, 2015

Washington — After the 2012 presidential election, when the Republican Party lost Latino and minority voters by wide margins, the GOP decided it needed to do a better job attracting those groups. But despite several years of outreach, the effort has run into limitations. Congress, in particular, has …

Not Clear if Object Struck Amtrak Train

Monday, May 18, 2015

Philadelphia — As repair crews work to restore rail service following the deadly Amtrak derailment in Philadelphia, investigators are trying to determine the reason for the train’s acceleration and sorting through conflicting reports about an object striking its windshield. National Transportation Safety Board member Robert Sumwalt said on …

Saudi-Led Airstrikes Resume in Yemen

Monday, May 18, 2015

Sanaa, Yemen — Saudi-led coalition airstrikes targeting Shiite rebels resumed early today in the southern port city of Aden after a five-day truce came to a close following talks on the war-torn country’s future that were boycotted by …