Thousands truckin' to Chicago for final Grateful Dead shows
CHICAGO (AP) ? The Grateful Dead is closing the lid on its storied half-century of concerts this weekend in Chicago, where a museum has captured the band's prankster heart by displaying its artifacts, skeletons-and-roses iconography included, in the shadow of a world-famous dinosaur.
VA hospital that once treated Civil War veterans could close
HOT SPRINGS, S.D. (AP) ? Perched atop a bluff in the remote Black Hills, a veterans hospital built of thick blocks of pink sandstone and topped with red-tiled roofs in a Spanish mission style overlooks the tiny town of Hot Springs, South Dakota, and has provided recovering soldiers a bucolic haven for more than a century.
Solar Impulse sets record but faces 'difficult' hours
A solar-powered plane on the riskiest leg of a round-the-globe bid is closing in on Hawaii after a record-breaking flight which has tested its exhausted pilot to the limit in "difficult" conditions. Veteran Swiss aviator Andre Borschberg, who has spent more than four days flying from Japan in the Solar Impulse 2, is expected to land on the Pacific US island state early Friday if all goes well. More importantly, it had crossed a last cold weather front before Hawaii, which organizers described as "jumping over the wall" before the final stretch towards the Pacific archipelago.
Russian supply ship launched to International Space StationMOSCOW (AP) ? A Russian booster rocket on Friday successfully launched an unmanned cargo ship to the International Space Station, whose crew is anxiously awaiting it after the successive failures of two previous supply missions.
BP to pay record $18.7 bn over Gulf of Mexico oil spill
British energy giant BP said Thursday it had agreed to pay a record $18.7 billion to compensate the US government and five states for damages stemming from the deadly 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill. The spill was sparked by an explosion on the Deepwater Horizon rig which killed 11 men and saw millions of barrels of oil flow into Gulf waters, in one of the worst environmental disasters to strike the United States. It took 87 days to cap BP's runaway well -- some 5,000 feet (1,500 meters) below sea level off the coast of Louisiana.
New opinion poll shows Yes vote slightly ahead in Greece
A new opinion poll on Greece's bailout referendum pointed to a closely balanced result in the vote that could decide the country's future in Europe. The poll, conducted by the ALCO polling institute and published in the Ethnos newspaper on Friday, reflected a sharp swing from a previous opinion poll that showed the No vote backed by the left-wing government strongly ahead. The latest poll was published a day after the International Monetary Fund delivered a stark warning of the huge financial hole facing Greece.
Aetna nears deal to buy Humana for about $34 billion: sources
U.S health insurer Aetna Inc is nearing an agreement to buy rival Humana Inc for about $34 billion in a cash and stock deal, people familiar with the matter told Reuters on Thursday. One person said Aetna's offer would value Humana at about $230 per share and that a deal could be announced as early as Friday. The offer, if it goes through, would make it the largest deal in the insurance industry, dwarfing Anthem Inc's acquisition of WellPoint in 2004 for $16.6 billion.
Philippines halts ferry rescue as hopes for survivors fade
Rough seas on Friday forced Philippines rescuers to suspend the search for dozens of people still missing a day after a ferry disaster claimed at least 38 lives. The Kim Nirvana, believed to be carrying 189 passengers and crew, capsized off a central Philippine port on Thursday shortly after setting sail from Ormoc city for its regular run to the Camotes island group, about an hour's sailing away. Distraught relatives waited at the Ormoc city port on Friday for news of the missing, after a sleepless nighttime vigil, while others checked hospitals and morgues for their loved ones.
Could insulin pills prevent diabetes? Big study seeks answer
CHICAGO (AP) ? For nearly a century, insulin has been a life-saving diabetes treatment. Now scientists are testing a tantalizing question: What if pills containing the same medicine patients inject every day could also prevent the disease?
Military recruits still not using American-made sneakers