• Connecticut high school acclaimed for unified sports program

    SIMSBURY, Conn. (AP) — A Connecticut high school is receiving national recognition from the Special Olympics for its unified sports program.

  • Californians head back home to altered lives, communities

    PETALUMA, Calif. (AP) — Some have lost loved ones. Many have survived near-death experiences. Others have lost their homes and a lifetime of possessions.

  • Helmet maker vows fight against Hernandez concussion lawsuit

    DEDHAM, Mass. (AP) — Football helmet maker Riddell says it intends to vigorously defend its products and its reputation against concussion-related lawsuits like one lawyers for late New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez have filed in Massachusetts against it and the NFL.

  • In Madagascar, plague outbreak now threatens largest cities

    ANTANANARIVO, Madagascar (AP) — As plague cases rose last week in Madagascar’s capital, many city dwellers panicked. They waited in long lines for antibiotics at pharmacies and reached through bus windows to buy masks from street vendors. Schools have been canceled, and public gatherings are banned.

  • A nursing home’s high school teaches lessons on life

    NEW YORK (AP) — In a classroom, an old man glides in pushing a walker, and none of the young faces turn. In the cafeteria, a white-haired woman eats across from a teenager, to no one’s surprise. And walking to the school bus, students pass wheelchairs and oxygen tanks as nonchalantly as if they were backpacks and notebooks.

  • Dozens gravely wounded in Vegas face long road to recovery

    LAS VEGAS (AP) — The bullets are still there.

  • California declares emergency to fight hepatitis A outbreak

    SAN DIEGO (AP) — California Gov. Jerry Brown on Friday declared a state of emergency to combat a hepatitis A outbreak that has claimed 18 lives in San Diego.

  • Former player: Parents should be warned of football’s risks

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Parents should be informed before they sign up their kids to play football that the sport can cause long-term neurological damage, even to players who don’t have obvious concussion symptoms, NFL Hall of Famer Harry Carson told a congressional panel on Friday.

  • US obesity problem is not budging, new data shows

    NEW YORK (AP) — America’s weight problem isn’t getting any better, according to new government research.

  • Football equipment manufacturers look to improve helmets

    CHICAGO (AP) — One of the nation’s largest football equipment manufacturers is testing new helmet designs, as the Illinois company and its competitors try to create a safer helmet.