Irish Labour Party names first female leader

Jul 5, 2014

Irish Labour Party names first female leader

AP Ireland’s Labour Party elected its first female leader on Friday, naming lawmaker Joan Burton to guide the country’s traditional voice for the poor. Welcoming her election, Prime Minister Enda Kenny announced Burton’s appointment as deputy prime minister, a post previously held by the ...

Jul 2, 2014

U.S. Navy gets its first female four-star admiral

The U.S. Navy has its first female four-star admiral. She is Michelle Janine Howard, promoted Tuesday to the service’s highest rank. The ceremony was held at the Women in Military Service for America Memorial at Arlington National Cemetery, near the Pentagon. She will serve ...

U.S. health decision galvanizes Democrats

| Jul 2, 2014

U.S. health decision galvanizes Democrats

Their Senate majority in peril, anxious Democrats have seized the Supreme Court decision that some companies need not provide birth control to women as fresh evidence of the Republicans’ “war on women” — an argument they hope will energize female voters who could decide ...

Female arm-wrestlers fight hand in hand, tongue in cheek

Jun 30, 2014

Female arm-wrestlers fight hand in hand, tongue in cheek

Signature bottle of bourbon in one hand, “Amy Smackhouse” uses the other to slam down her opponent’s arm, her latest victory in a Washington women’s arm-wrestling tournament. The light-hearted event aims to raise money for charity, but there is a competitive edge of sorts. ...

Jun 30, 2014

Pakistan girl dies after suitor sets her on fire

A teenage girl died in Pakistan after being doused in gasoline and set alight by a man who wanted to marry her but whose proposal had been rejected, police said Sunday. It was the second brutal killing in Pakistan’s Punjab province within days, following ...

Nigeria's epidemic: divorcee kids

Jun 29, 2014

Nigeria's epidemic: divorcee kids

by Michelle Faula

By the time she ran away, Maimuna bore the scars of a short but brutal marriage. Her battered face swelled so much that doctors feared her husband had dislocated her jaw. Her back and arms bristled with angry welts from the whipping her father ...

U.S. Supreme Court curbs limits on abortion clinic protests

Jun 27, 2014

U.S. Supreme Court curbs limits on abortion clinic protests

The U.S. Supreme Court handed a victory to anti-abortion activists on Thursday by making it harder for states to enact laws aimed at helping patients entering abortion clinics to avoid protesters, striking down a Massachusetts statute that had created a no-entry zone. In a ...

3-D imaging detects more breast cancer than mammography

Jun 26, 2014

3-D imaging detects more breast cancer than mammography

The largest study of its kind has shown that three-dimensional imaging finds more breast cancers than traditional mammography alone, according to research published on Tuesday. The technique, called 3-D mammography or tomosynthesis, was approved by U.S. regulators in 2011 after initial research showed it ...