US warship diverts to help New Zealand quake evacuation

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — The first U.S. warship to visit New Zealand in more than 30 years was changing course Tuesday to help evacuate people stranded in a coastal town following a powerful earthquake.

  • Written by NICK PERRY, Associated Press

Russia launches new offensive, airstrikes hit Syria's Aleppo

BEIRUT (AP) — Russia announced a major new air offensive in Syria on Tuesday as opposition activists on the ground reported that the first airstrikes in nearly a month struck the besieged, rebel-held parts of the northern Syrian city of Aleppo.

  • Written by BASSEM MROUE, Associated Press

Nephew in 'Making a Murderer' ordered released

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A man whose homicide conviction was overturned in a case profiled in the Netflix series "Making a Murderer" could be celebrating Thanksgiving at home with his family in Wisconsin after a judge Monday ordered him released from prison.

  • Written by SCOTT BAUER, Associated Press

Social worker, boss charged in death of Detroit 3-year-old

DETROIT (AP) — Prosecutors on Monday took the rare step of charging a social worker and her boss with manslaughter and child abuse, alleging they neglected to do everything required to protect a 3-year-old Detroit boy who died.

  • Written by JEFF KAROUB, Associated Press

It's not all in the genes: Clean living can cut heart risks

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Clean living can slash your risk for heart disease even if your genes are heavily stacked against you. A large study finds that people with the most inherited risk cut their chances of having a heart attack or other heart problems in half if they didn't smoke, ate well, exercised and stayed slim.

  • Written by MARILYNN MARCHIONE, AP Chief Medical Writer