NYC firefighter stages dramatic rescue in fatal blaze

NEW YORK (AP) — As roaring flames consumed an apartment building in New York City early Thursday, a firefighter dangling from a rope plucked a trapped person from a window on the fifth floor and safely lowered him to the ground.

  • Written by THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

Boy's family sues town over his fatal shooting by deputies

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Relatives of a 6-year-old autistic boy who was shot and killed during a traffic stop filed a federal lawsuit Thursday against the central Louisiana town where two deputy city marshals opened fire on his father's car.

  • Written by MICHAEL KUNZELMAN, Associated Press

Cranberries squashed as folk remedy for urinary infections

CHICAGO (AP) — Another folk medicine remedy bites the dust. Cranberry capsules didn't prevent or cure urinary infections in nursing home residents in a study challenging persistent unproven claims to the contrary.

  • Written by LINDSEY TANNER, AP Medical Writer

United Way loses its ranking as America's largest charity

NEW YORK (AP) — United Way, ranked as America's largest charity for all but one of the past 25 years, has been emphatically knocked from that spot by Fidelity Charitable, the leader of a rapidly growing philanthropic sector that is transforming the way many Americans give.

  • Written by DAVID CRARY, AP National Writer

Artificial hand helps amputees feel just how hard to squeeze

WASHINGTON (AP) — A next-generation artificial hand is letting two amputees tell the difference between a soft or firm touch — like holding a child without squeezing too tightly. It's another step toward developing prosthetics that can feel.

  • Written by LAURAN NEERGAARD, AP Medical Writer