As surgeon general, Koop surprised the country when he endorsed condoms and sex education to stop the spread of AIDS. He also ushered in the era of smoking bans in public places.
The center-left was favored, but there was no clear winner as the ballots were counted. Silvio Berlusconi's center-right coalition was not expected to do well, but was leading in the upper house of Parliament.
There's no evidence that calcium supplements help prevent bone fractures in most people, a preventive services task force says. And calcium supplements boost the risk of kidney stones, and perhaps heart disease.
Dov Hikind dressed as a black basketball player for a party he threw celebrating the Jewish holiday of Purim. Critics he said don't understand him or the holiday.
Researchers say that the heartbeats and breathing of babies may help identify the kids most likely to struggle with poverty later on. Biology matters, the scientists say, but so does baby's relationship with Mom.
Over in Chicago, cocktail connoisseurs are forgoing the liquid state altogether. Instead of drinking their favorite bourbon or infused vodka, they're inhaling it with a simple device, called the Vaportini. But don't expect these gaseous cocktails to replace liquid libations anytime soon.
Text messages spreading false rumors helped spark postelection violence in 2007. This time, monitors will keep an eye on social media and will be in touch with government officials in a bid to prevent bloodshed.
Amarillo, Tex. has already seen 17 inches. By the time it's all over, it may break its all time snowfall record.
Fauja Singh, who completed a marathon at the age of 100, participated in his last race Sunday. He finished the 6.2-mile course in Hong Kong in 1 hour, 32 minutes and 28 seconds.
The White House is calling out Congress for a slowdown in voting on judicial nominees, saying it has left 10 percent of judgeships unfilled. The president also faces criticism from the left on the pace of his nominations. But recent White House moves and a new Senate rule could help get things moving.
For this week's Sandwich Monday, we try McDonald's new "Fish McBites." They're basically a seafood version of their Chicken McNuggets. Or as McDonald's calls it, "tender pieces of poppable white, flaky Alaskan Pollock."
Scientists believe a long-lost land mass, sandwiched between the land masses that make up today's India and Madagascar, was lost on the sea tens of millions of years ago.
The Supreme Court says it won't hear a case that would have let candidates solicit money from corporations. By doing so, the court is reaffirming one strict ban on corporate political money, after easing other limits in its controversial Citizens United ruling three years ago.
Many African-Americans complained about the bureau's use of the word during the 2010 Census, calling it offensive and outdated. On Monday, officials said they would stop using it.
Talks start Tuesday in Kazakhstan. The U.S. and its allies want Iran to give up any ambitions for nuclear weapons. Iran says its nuclear program is for peaceful purposes.
The decision by Yahoo to stop its remote work policy seems to fly in the face of recent trends that allow more working-from-home, not less.
The satirical news outlet agrees it went too far when it posted a tweet that referred to the young actress with a highly offensive four-letter word.
People who stuck with diets rich in olive oil and nuts had about a 30 percent lower risk of experiencing a major cardiovascular problem, such as a heart attack or stroke, than people who followed a low-fat diet.
The court refused to hear the appeal, but Sotomayor took the opportunity for a lesson on racial prejudice in the justice system. Sotomayor issued a stinging statement, saying the attorney's words diminished the dignity of the justice system.
Tuesday marks one year since the fatal shooting of unarmed Florida teen Trayvon Martin. The case has drawn a lot of national attention and polarized America on issues of race and self-defense. Host Michel Martin checks in again with Trayvon's mother, Sybrina Fulton, and her attorney, Benjamin Crump.