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(AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki). In this April 8, 2019, photo, Tim Tanksley, who has been fighting for years trying to convince Oklahoma lawmakers to crack down on the coal ash dumping, stands outside a dump site in Bokoshe, Okla. President Donald Trump’s EPA h... (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki). In this April 8, 2019, photo, Tim Tanksley, who has been fighting for years trying to convince Oklahoma lawmakers to crack down on the coal ash dumping, stands outside a dump site in Bokoshe, Okla. President Donald Trump’s EPA h...

Trump's EPA shifts more environmental enforcement to states

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A small town in Oklahoma is warning communities about the Trump administration's environmental policies. More>>

Female lawmakers speak about rapes as abortion bills advance

(Brad Nettles/The State via AP). In this May 13, 2019 photo, South Carolina Rep. Nancy Mace discusses being sexually assaulted in Columbia, S.C. For more than two decades, Nancy Mace did not speak publicly about her rape. In April, when she finally bro... (Brad Nettles/The State via AP). In this May 13, 2019 photo, South Carolina Rep. Nancy Mace discusses being sexually assaulted in Columbia, S.C. For more than two decades, Nancy Mace did not speak publicly about her rape. In April, when she finally bro...
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As more Republican-led states seek to ban most abortions, a growing number of female lawmakers have gone public with painful tales of being raped and in some cases getting a subsequent abortion. More>>

Using a smartphone to sound out sign of kids' ear infections

(Dennis Wise/University of Washington via AP). In this undated photo provided by the University of Washington in May 2019, Dr. Randall Bly uses a uses a phone app and a paper funnel to focus the sound, to check his daughter for an ear infection, at the... (Dennis Wise/University of Washington via AP). In this undated photo provided by the University of Washington in May 2019, Dr. Randall Bly uses a uses a phone app and a paper funnel to focus the sound, to check his daughter for an ear infection, at the...
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Researchers have created a way for a smartphone to 'hear' a warning sign of ear infections in kids. More>>

Missouri 8-week abortion ban one step from going to governor

(AP Photo/Charlie Riedel, File). FILE - In this Jan. 16, 2019, file photo, Missouri Gov. Mike Parson delivers his State of the State address in Jefferson City, Mo. Parson on Wednesday, May 15, called on state senators to take action on a bill to ban ab... (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel, File). FILE - In this Jan. 16, 2019, file photo, Missouri Gov. Mike Parson delivers his State of the State address in Jefferson City, Mo. Parson on Wednesday, May 15, called on state senators to take action on a bill to ban ab...
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Missouri's Republican-led Senate has passed a wide-ranging bill to ban abortions at eight weeks of pregnancy, acting only hours after Alabama's governor signed a near-total abortion ban into law. More>>

Obesity surgery benefits may be bigger for teens than adults

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A study finds that teens who have obesity surgery lose as much weight as adults who have the operation and are more likely to have other health problems go away. More>>

Louisiana governor breaks with Democratic Party on abortion

(AP Photo/Melinda Deslatte). Abortion rights supporters protest outside the Louisiana House chamber, objecting to the advancement of a bill that would ban abortion when a fetal heartbeat is detected, on Wednesday, May 15, 2019, in Baton Rouge, La. (AP Photo/Melinda Deslatte). Abortion rights supporters protest outside the Louisiana House chamber, objecting to the advancement of a bill that would ban abortion when a fetal heartbeat is detected, on Wednesday, May 15, 2019, in Baton Rouge, La.
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Democratic Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards has repeatedly bucked national party leaders on abortion rights and is about to do it again. More>>

Judge: Ex-NFL players must see neurologists close to home

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A federal judge in Philadelphia says retired NFL players seeking testing as part of a $1 billion concussion settlement must see a doctor close to home to prevent fraud and "doctor shopping". More>>

Prison health care provider resolves disabilities lawsuit

(AP Photo/File). FILE - This July 23, 2014 file photo shows a state prison in Florence, Ariz. In May 2019, Corizon Health Inc. and Corizon LLC that provide health care in jails and prisons across the United States, including this one in Florence, have ... (AP Photo/File). FILE - This July 23, 2014 file photo shows a state prison in Florence, Ariz. In May 2019, Corizon Health Inc. and Corizon LLC that provide health care in jails and prisons across the United States, including this one in Florence, have ...
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Two providers of prison health care agreed to pay $950,000 to resolve a lawsuit that alleged it discriminated against employees with disabilities by failing to accommodate them, requiring them to be healed before they can return to work, and firing them. More>>

New Mexico Little League park plagued by hypodermic needles

(Jim Thompson/The Albuquerque Journal via AP). This May 8, 2019, photo shows hypodermic needles, needle caps, cotton swabs and other drug paraphernalia removed from Atrisco Park, home of the Atrisco Valley Little League, in Albuquerque, N.M. The little... (Jim Thompson/The Albuquerque Journal via AP). This May 8, 2019, photo shows hypodermic needles, needle caps, cotton swabs and other drug paraphernalia removed from Atrisco Park, home of the Atrisco Valley Little League, in Albuquerque, N.M. The little...
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A New Mexico Little League park is fighting a battle against discarded syringes with attached hypodermic needles amid the region's outgoing opioid epidemic. More>>

Hundreds protest Alabama abortion ban: 'My body, my choice!'

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Hundreds of demonstrators have marched to the Alabama Capitol to protest the state's new abortion ban, chanting 'my body, my choice!' and 'vote them out!'. More>>

Jury: Monsanto to pay $2 billion in weed killer cancer case

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A Northern California jury ordered agribusiness giant Monsanto Co. to pay a combined $2.05 billion to a couple who claimed the company's popular weed killer Roundup Ready caused each of their cancer. More>>

Dems push bill on health care, drug prices through House

(AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite). House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., flanked by Rep. Lisa Blunt Rochester, D-Del., left, and Rep. Anna Eshoo, D-Calif., right, attend a Democratic event ahead of a House... (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite). House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., flanked by Rep. Lisa Blunt Rochester, D-Del., left, and Rep. Anna Eshoo, D-Calif., right, attend a Democratic event ahead of a House...
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Democrats are pushing legislation buttressing the 2010 health care law and curbing prescription drug prices toward House passage. More>>

Former UK doctor jailed for groping female patients

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A former British doctor has been sentenced to 10 years in prison for groping female patients including a 12-year-old child. More>>

Alabama Sen. Doug Jones calls new abortion ban 'shameful' Video included

(Hal Yeager/Alabama Governor's Office via AP). This photograph released by the state shows Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey signing a bill that virtually outlaws abortion in the state on Wednesday, May 15, 2019, in Montgomery, Ala. Republicans who support the mea... (Hal Yeager/Alabama Governor's Office via AP). This photograph released by the state shows Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey signing a bill that virtually outlaws abortion in the state on Wednesday, May 15, 2019, in Montgomery, Ala. Republicans who support the mea...
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Alabama's Republican governor has signed a bill into law criminalizing abortion in nearly all cases, with no exceptions for rape or incest. More>>

Less fat, more fruit may cut risk of dying of breast cancer

(Katie Alaimo/Kalamazoo Gazette via AP). FILE - In this Sept. 18, 2014 file photo, produce is displayed for sale at a farmers market in Kalamazoo, Mich. A study released on Wednesday, May 15, 2019 suggests that trimming dietary fat and eating more frui... (Katie Alaimo/Kalamazoo Gazette via AP). FILE - In this Sept. 18, 2014 file photo, produce is displayed for sale at a farmers market in Kalamazoo, Mich. A study released on Wednesday, May 15, 2019 suggests that trimming dietary fat and eating more frui...
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A large experiment finds that trimming dietary fat and eating more fruits and vegetables may lower a woman's risk of dying of breast cancer. More>>

Blurred lines: A pregnant man's tragedy tests gender notions

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Doctors report a tragic case of a hospital not acting urgently when a pregnant transgender man arrived in labor that ended in a stillbirth. More>>

Judge orders FDA to speed up review of e-cigarettes

(AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh, File). FILE - In this April 23, 2014, file photo, a man smokes an electronic cigarette in Chicago. In a ruling handed down Wednesday, May 15, 2019, a federal judge is siding with public health groups in their effort to force the F... (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh, File). FILE - In this April 23, 2014, file photo, a man smokes an electronic cigarette in Chicago. In a ruling handed down Wednesday, May 15, 2019, a federal judge is siding with public health groups in their effort to force the F...
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Judge says FDA overstepped its authority by delaying review of vaping industry. More>>

US births lowest in 3 decades despite improving economy

(AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File). FILE - This Feb. 16, 2017 file photo shows newborn babies in the nursery of a postpartum recovery center in upstate New York. According to a government report released Wednesday, May 15, 2019, U.S. birth rates reached recor... (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File). FILE - This Feb. 16, 2017 file photo shows newborn babies in the nursery of a postpartum recovery center in upstate New York. According to a government report released Wednesday, May 15, 2019, U.S. birth rates reached recor...
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US birth rates reach record lows for women in their teens and 20s, leading to the fewest babies in 32 years. More>>

Louisiana 'heartbeat' abortion ban nearing final passage

(AP Photo/Melinda Deslatte). Abortion rights supporters protest outside the Louisiana House chamber, objecting to the advancement of a bill that would ban abortion when a fetal heartbeat is detected, on Wednesday, May 15, 2019, in Baton Rouge, La. (AP Photo/Melinda Deslatte). Abortion rights supporters protest outside the Louisiana House chamber, objecting to the advancement of a bill that would ban abortion when a fetal heartbeat is detected, on Wednesday, May 15, 2019, in Baton Rouge, La.
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A proposal to ban abortions as early as the sixth week of pregnancy continues to speed through Louisiana's legislature, a day after Alabama lawmakers voted to outlaw almost all abortions. More>>

The Latest: Sen. Doug Jones calls abortion ban 'shameful'

(Hal Yeager/Alabama Governor's Office via AP). This photograph released by the state shows Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey signing a bill that virtually outlaws abortion in the state on Wednesday, May 15, 2019, in Montgomery, Ala. Republicans who support the mea... (Hal Yeager/Alabama Governor's Office via AP). This photograph released by the state shows Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey signing a bill that virtually outlaws abortion in the state on Wednesday, May 15, 2019, in Montgomery, Ala. Republicans who support the mea...
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Leading U.S. physician groups are denouncing strict anti-abortion laws adopted or proposed in several states. More>>

Aid group: More funds needed for Ebola safe burials in Congo

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An international aid organization says it only has enough funding to continue safe burials of Ebola victims in eastern Congo for another two weeks. More>>

Utah prosecutor says he won't enforce strict abortion law

(AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, File). FILE - In this Sept. 30, 2014, file photo, Salt Lake County District Attorney Sim Gill speaks to reporters during a news conference in Salt Lake City. Gill, the chief prosecutor in the county with Utah’s only two abortion ... (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, File). FILE - In this Sept. 30, 2014, file photo, Salt Lake County District Attorney Sim Gill speaks to reporters during a news conference in Salt Lake City. Gill, the chief prosecutor in the county with Utah’s only two abortion ...
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The chief prosecutor in the county with Utah's only two abortion clinics says he won't enforce a new law banning most procedures after 18 weeks. More>>

New liver transplant rules begin amid fight over fairness

(Latisha Ozuna/Wendy Gomez via AP). This Aug. 17, 2017 photo provided by Wendy Gomez, fourth from left, in April 2019 shows her wife, Wilnelia Cruz-Ulloa, third from left, with their children and stepchildren on their wedding day in New York. Cruz-Ullo... (Latisha Ozuna/Wendy Gomez via AP). This Aug. 17, 2017 photo provided by Wendy Gomez, fourth from left, in April 2019 shows her wife, Wilnelia Cruz-Ulloa, third from left, with their children and stepchildren on their wedding day in New York. Cruz-Ullo...
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New rules aim to make liver transplant wait depend less on ZIP code, but some hospitals say it's still not fair. More>>

Alabama governor invokes God in banning nearly all abortions

(AP Photo/Brynn Anderson, File). FILE - In this Friday, Nov. 17, 2017 file photo, Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey speaks to the media in Montgomery, Ala. Alabama lawmakers have passed a near total ban on abortion. The state Senate on Tuesday, May 14, 2019, passe... (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson, File). FILE - In this Friday, Nov. 17, 2017 file photo, Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey speaks to the media in Montgomery, Ala. Alabama lawmakers have passed a near total ban on abortion. The state Senate on Tuesday, May 14, 2019, passe...
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Alabama lawmakers have passed a near total ban on abortion. More>>

What helps prevent dementia? Try exercise, not vitamin pills

(AP Photo/Francisco Seco). FILE - In this Tuesday, April 4, 2017 file photo, an elderly couple walks across a street near the Royal Palace in Madrid. If you want to save your brain, focus on keeping the rest of your body well with exercise and healthy ... (AP Photo/Francisco Seco). FILE - In this Tuesday, April 4, 2017 file photo, an elderly couple walks across a street near the Royal Palace in Madrid. If you want to save your brain, focus on keeping the rest of your body well with exercise and healthy ...
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New guidelines for preventing dementia focus on keeping the whole body healthy as a way to prevent mental decline. More>>

Louisiana 'heartbeat' abortion ban nearing final passage

(AP Photo/Melinda Deslatte, File). FILE - In a Tuesday, April 30, 2019 photo, Sen. John Milkovich, D-Keithville, speaks about his bill to ban abortions if a fetal heartbeat is detected, in a Senate judiciary committee hearing in Baton Rouge, La. The Ho... (AP Photo/Melinda Deslatte, File). FILE - In a Tuesday, April 30, 2019 photo, Sen. John Milkovich, D-Keithville, speaks about his bill to ban abortions if a fetal heartbeat is detected, in a Senate judiciary committee hearing in Baton Rouge, La. The Ho...
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A proposal to ban abortions as early as the sixth week of pregnancy continues to speed through Louisiana's legislature, a day after Alabama lawmakers voted to outlaw almost all abortions. More>>

Delaware AG investigating prison medical contractor

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Delaware's attorney general is investigating the medical contractor for the state's prison system amid allegations that contract counselors were ordered to forge documents to indicate that inmates were getting mental health treatment they never received. More>>

Philly soda tax study sees sales dip, health impact unclear

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A Philadelphia study bolsters evidence that soda taxes can reduce sales, but whether they influence health remains an open question. More>>

Washington now 1st state with long-term care program

(AP Photo/Rachel La Corte). Gov. Jay Inslee, seated, hands Democratic Rep. Laurie Jinkins his pen after he signed a measure that makes Washington the first state in the nation to establish a program to help offset the costs of long-term care, Monday, M... (AP Photo/Rachel La Corte). Gov. Jay Inslee, seated, hands Democratic Rep. Laurie Jinkins his pen after he signed a measure that makes Washington the first state in the nation to establish a program to help offset the costs of long-term care, Monday, M...
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Washington Gov. Jay Inslee has signed a bill that makes his state the first to create an insurance benefit to help offset the costs of long-term care. More>>

US measles cases still climbing, topping 800 for year

(Steph Chambers/Pittsburgh Post-Gazette via AP). FILE - In this Wednesday, May 8, 2019 file photo, University of Pittsburgh pharmacy student Alexandria Taylor prepares syringes during a free measles vaccination clinic by the Allegheny County Health Dep... (Steph Chambers/Pittsburgh Post-Gazette via AP). FILE - In this Wednesday, May 8, 2019 file photo, University of Pittsburgh pharmacy student Alexandria Taylor prepares syringes during a free measles vaccination clinic by the Allegheny County Health Dep...
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New York outbreaks continue to drive US measles cases to a level not seen in 25 years. More>>

New Jersey gets official state microbe: Streptomyces griseus

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A microorganism that played a role in treating tuberculosis is now officially recognized as New Jersey's state microbe. More>>

California sues US over home health worker union dues

(AP Photo/Adam Beam). California Attorney General Xavier Becerra announces a lawsuit against the Trump Administration's new rule affecting home health care workers on Monday, May 13, 2019, in Sacramento, California. California and four other states, Co... (AP Photo/Adam Beam). California Attorney General Xavier Becerra announces a lawsuit against the Trump Administration's new rule affecting home health care workers on Monday, May 13, 2019, in Sacramento, California. California and four other states, Co...
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Five states have joined forces to try and block a new rule from the Trump administration they say weakens labor unions and their ability to collectively bargain for wages and benefits. More>>

Alabama Senate passes ban on abortion, with few exceptions

(Mickey Welsh/The Montgomery Advertiser via AP, File). FILE - In this Wednesday April 17, 2019 file photo, Bianca Cameron-Schwiesow, from left, Kari Crowe and Margeaux Hardline, dressed as handmaids, take part in a protest against HB314, the abortion b... (Mickey Welsh/The Montgomery Advertiser via AP, File). FILE - In this Wednesday April 17, 2019 file photo, Bianca Cameron-Schwiesow, from left, Kari Crowe and Margeaux Hardline, dressed as handmaids, take part in a protest against HB314, the abortion b...
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Alabama lawmakers are headed toward a vote on a proposal to outlaw most abortions that has splintered Republicans over its lack of an exception for pregnancies resulting from rape and incest. More>>

Maryland gov signs 1st-in-nation measure to help uninsured

(AP Photo/Brian Witte). Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan highlights bipartisan efforts to improve health care in Maryland before signing legislation to help uninsured residents get health insurance and to raise the smoking age from 18 to 21 on Monday, May 13,... (AP Photo/Brian Witte). Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan highlights bipartisan efforts to improve health care in Maryland before signing legislation to help uninsured residents get health insurance and to raise the smoking age from 18 to 21 on Monday, May 13,...
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Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan signed a first-in-the-nation measure to help people without health insurance find out if they qualify for free or low-cost insurance after they file their taxes. More>>

California to ban pesticide it says hurts babies' brains

(AP Photo/Eric Risberg, File). FILE - In this Aug. 28, 2013, file photo, a load of Sauvignon Blanc grapes are dropped into a bin during harvest in St. Helena, Calif. California regulators are recommending new restrictions on a widely used pesticide bla... (AP Photo/Eric Risberg, File). FILE - In this Aug. 28, 2013, file photo, a load of Sauvignon Blanc grapes are dropped into a bin during harvest in St. Helena, Calif. California regulators are recommending new restrictions on a widely used pesticide bla...
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California plans to ban a widely used pesticide shown to harm the brains of babies. More>>

States seek explicit patient consent for pelvic exams

(AP Photo/Gerry Broome). In this May 2, 2019, photo, Savanah Harshbarger, a medical student at Duke University, poses for a photo on campus in Durham, N.C. Harshbarger estimates she did as many as 10 pelvic exams last year on patients who were under an... (AP Photo/Gerry Broome). In this May 2, 2019, photo, Savanah Harshbarger, a medical student at Duke University, poses for a photo on campus in Durham, N.C. Harshbarger estimates she did as many as 10 pelvic exams last year on patients who were under an...
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Lawmakers in several states want to make sure women undergoing surgery have a chance to say no to a medical student examining them while they're under anesthesia. More>>

Washington to offer first 'public option' insurance in US

(AP Photo/Rachel La Corte, File). FILE - In this April 29, 2019, file photo, Gov. Jay Inslee, surrounded by Democratic lawmakers from the Senate and House, talks to the media following the Washington Legislature adjourning its 105-day legislative sessi... (AP Photo/Rachel La Corte, File). FILE - In this April 29, 2019, file photo, Gov. Jay Inslee, surrounded by Democratic lawmakers from the Senate and House, talks to the media following the Washington Legislature adjourning its 105-day legislative sessi...
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Washington is set to become the first state in the nation to offer a universally available public health insurance option. More>>

States bring price fixing suit against generic drug makers

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More than 40 states allege price fixing in suit against generic drug makers. More>>

Hong Kong reports African swine fever case

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A case of African swine fever has been detected in a Hong Kong slaughterhouse, forcing the culling of all 6,000 pigs at the facility. More>>

Washington state limits exemptions for measles vaccine

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Washington Gov. Jay Inslee has signed a measure removing parents' ability to claim a personal or philosophical exemption for their children from receiving the measles, mumps, rubella vaccine before attending a day care center or school. More>>

Scrap 'Obamacare'? Maybe not all, Trump administration says

(AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, File). FILE - In this Oct. 31, 2018, file photo, the HealthCare.gov website is photographed in Washington. The Trump administration is arguing in court that the entire Affordable Care Act should be struck down as unc... (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, File). FILE - In this Oct. 31, 2018, file photo, the HealthCare.gov website is photographed in Washington. The Trump administration is arguing in court that the entire Affordable Care Act should be struck down as unc...
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Trump administration sends mixed messages on 'Obamacare's' fate: Should federal judges salvage parts of the law?. More>>

Michigan on verge of showdown over high car insurance rates

(AP Photo/Carlos Osorio, File). FILE- In a June 23, 2015, file photo, traffic heads north along the Lodge freeway in Detroit. Michigan, the state with the highest car insurance premiums in the country, is on the verge of a political showdown over long-... (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio, File). FILE- In a June 23, 2015, file photo, traffic heads north along the Lodge freeway in Detroit. Michigan, the state with the highest car insurance premiums in the country, is on the verge of a political showdown over long-...
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Michigan is on the verge of a political showdown over long-running efforts to cut car insurance rates by reining in generous medical benefits. More>>

Diplomat joins athletes in pledging brain for research

(AP Photo/Rodrique Ngowi). Mark Lenzi, a U.S. State Department security engineer who was among several diplomats evacuated in 2018 from the U.S. Consulate in Guangzhou, China, speaks at a news conference Friday, May 10, 2019, in Boston. Lenzi suffered ... (AP Photo/Rodrique Ngowi). Mark Lenzi, a U.S. State Department security engineer who was among several diplomats evacuated in 2018 from the U.S. Consulate in Guangzhou, China, speaks at a news conference Friday, May 10, 2019, in Boston. Lenzi suffered ...
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A U.S. diplomat who suffered headaches and memory loss under mysterious circumstances while stationed in China has pledged to donate his brain for research. More>>

Juul's 'switch' campaign for smokers draws new scrutiny

(AP Photo/Craig Mitchelldyer, File). FILE - In this April 16, 2019, file photo, a woman exhales a puff of vapor from a Juul pen in Vancouver, Wash. Under intense scrutiny amid a wave of underage vaping, Juul is pushing into television with a multimilli... (AP Photo/Craig Mitchelldyer, File). FILE - In this April 16, 2019, file photo, a woman exhales a puff of vapor from a Juul pen in Vancouver, Wash. Under intense scrutiny amid a wave of underage vaping, Juul is pushing into television with a multimilli...
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E-cigarette giant Juul is pushing into television with a multimillion-dollar campaign touting its vaping device as an alternative for middle-age smokers. More>>

The Latest: Trump proposes end to 'surprise medical bills'

(AP Photo/Gerald Herbert). President Trump speaks at a rally in Panama City Beach, Fla., Wednesday, May 8, 2019. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert). President Trump speaks at a rally in Panama City Beach, Fla., Wednesday, May 8, 2019.
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President Donald Trump says it's time to end 'surprise medical bills,' which can leave insured patients facing sticker shock from charges submitted by doctors outside their insurers' networks. More>>

Trump backs Fla. plan to import lower-cost meds from abroad

(AP Photo/Evan Vucci). President Donald Trump speaks during a event on medical billing, in the Roosevelt Room of the White House, Thursday, May 9, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci). President Donald Trump speaks during a event on medical billing, in the Roosevelt Room of the White House, Thursday, May 9, 2019, in Washington.
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Trump signals support for Fla. Gov. DeSantis' plan to allow importation of lower-cost drugs from abroad. More>>

Drugmaker will donate meds for US push to end HIV epidemic

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Drugmaker Gilead agrees to donate prevention meds in US push to end HIV epidemic. More>>

Meatsplainer: How new plant-based burgers compare to beef

(AP Photo/Richard Drew). An Original Impossible Burger, left, and a Cali Burger, from Umami Burger, are shown in this photo in New York, Friday, May 3, 2019. A new era of meat alternatives is here, with Beyond Meat becoming the first vegan meat company... (AP Photo/Richard Drew). An Original Impossible Burger, left, and a Cali Burger, from Umami Burger, are shown in this photo in New York, Friday, May 3, 2019. A new era of meat alternatives is here, with Beyond Meat becoming the first vegan meat company...
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A new era of meat alternatives is here, but patties from Beyond Meat and Impossible Foods can be nutritionally similar to beef. More>>

A growing number of states call porn a public health crisis

(AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, File). FILE - In this April 19, 2016, file photo, Utah Gov. Gary Herbert looks up during a ceremonial signing of a state resolution declaring pornography a public health crisis, at the Utah State Capitol, in Salt Lake City. More ... (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, File). FILE - In this April 19, 2016, file photo, Utah Gov. Gary Herbert looks up during a ceremonial signing of a state resolution declaring pornography a public health crisis, at the Utah State Capitol, in Salt Lake City. More ...
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More than a dozen states have moved to declare pornography a public health crisis, encouraging supporters but raising concerns among some experts who say the label goes too far and carries its own risks. More>>

House votes to block Trump's eased health coverage rules

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The Democratic controlled House has voted to prevent the Trump administration from easing health care coverage rules required by President Barack Obama's health care law. More>>

Princes William and Harry back UK mental health text support

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Princes William and Harry and their wives, Kate and Meghan, are joining forces to back a text messaging service to help people experiencing mental health problems. More>>

4 Tennessee pain clinics accused in fraud scheme have closed

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Four Tennessee pain clinics previously part of an organization accused of defrauding the federal government have abruptly closed. More>>

Notre Dame's melted roof leaves astronomical lead levels

(AP Photo/Thibault Camus). Cranes work at Notre Dame cathedral, in Paris, Thursday, April 25, 2019. French police scientists were starting to examine Notre Dame Cathedral on Thursday for the first time since last week's devastating fire. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus). Cranes work at Notre Dame cathedral, in Paris, Thursday, April 25, 2019. French police scientists were starting to examine Notre Dame Cathedral on Thursday for the first time since last week's devastating fire.
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Notre Dame Cathedral's melted roof has left astronomically high lead levels in the plaza outside and adjacent roads. More>>

Trump calls on Congress to end 'surprise medical bills'

(AP Photo/Gerald Herbert). President Trump acknowledges the crowd at the end of his rally in Panama City Beach, Fla., Wednesday, May 8, 2019. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert). President Trump acknowledges the crowd at the end of his rally in Panama City Beach, Fla., Wednesday, May 8, 2019.
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Trump wants to limit 'surprise medical bills,' the unexpected charges faced by insured patients when a member of a health care team that treated them is an out-of-network provider. More>>

APNewsBreak: New Mexico wants lake on Air Force base closed

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The state attorney general's office is demanding the U.S. Air Force close a publicly accessible lake in eastern New Mexico over contamination concerns. More>>

TV pitches for prescription drugs will have to include price

(AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File). FILE - In this March 13, 2019, file phtooHealth and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar testifies before a House Appropriations subcommittee on Capitol Hill in Washington. Azar says drugmakers will soon have to reveal price... (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File). FILE - In this March 13, 2019, file phtooHealth and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar testifies before a House Appropriations subcommittee on Capitol Hill in Washington. Azar says drugmakers will soon have to reveal price...
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APNewsBreak: Government requiring drugmakers to reveal prices of prescription medications in TV ads. More>>

Denver is 1st US city to decriminalize 'magic mushrooms'

(AP Photo/Richard Vogel). A vendor bags psilocybin mushrooms at a pop-up cannabis market in Los Angeles on Monday, May 6, 2019. Voters decide this week whether Denver will become the first U.S. city to decriminalize the use of psilocybin, the psychedel... (AP Photo/Richard Vogel). A vendor bags psilocybin mushrooms at a pop-up cannabis market in Los Angeles on Monday, May 6, 2019. Voters decide this week whether Denver will become the first U.S. city to decriminalize the use of psilocybin, the psychedel...
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Voters have made Denver the first U.S. city to decriminalize psilocybin, the psychoactive ingredient in "magic mushrooms.". More>>

Census: Poverty, race play role in whether parents are alive

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A new study by the U.S. Census Bureau says poverty, educational attainment, sex and race all play a role in the likelihood of someone having their parents alive as they get older. More>>

MTV launches 'Save Our Moms' campaign to combat mortality

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MTV is launching a campaign aimed at stemming the rise of maternal mortality in the U.S. Thursday's launch of "Save Our Moms" comes as Mother's Day approaches and will feature original content and educational resources across all MTV platforms. More>>

California overhauls sex education guidance for teachers

(AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, File). FILE - In this June 12, 2013 file photo second-grade teacher Vickie Boudouris goes over a an English work sheet with her students at the Cordova Villa Elementary School, in Rancho Cordova, Calif. The California State ... (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, File). FILE - In this June 12, 2013 file photo second-grade teacher Vickie Boudouris goes over a an English work sheet with her students at the Cordova Villa Elementary School, in Rancho Cordova, Calif. The California State ...
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The California board of education is set to vote Wednesday on new guidance for teaching sex education in public schools that some opponents are calling obscene. More>>

Beverly Hills poised to end most tobacco sales

(AP Photo/Jae C. Hong). Cigarettes are displayed on store shelves Tuesday, May 7, 2019, in Beverly Hills, Calif. Beverly Hills is considering outlawing the sale of tobacco products, a move that would make the glamorous California city the first in the ... (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong). Cigarettes are displayed on store shelves Tuesday, May 7, 2019, in Beverly Hills, Calif. Beverly Hills is considering outlawing the sale of tobacco products, a move that would make the glamorous California city the first in the ...
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The smoke hasn't cleared yet, but Beverly Hills is poised to become the first US city to end most tobacco sales. More>>

Walmart raises minimum age to buy tobacco to 21

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Walmart said Wednesday that it will raise the minimum age for tobacco products and e-cigarettes to 21 in an effort to combat tobacco sales to minors. More>>

Warren releases $100 billion plan to combat opioid epidemic

(AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall). 2020 Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Elizabeth Warren speaks to local residents during an organizing event, Friday, May 3, 2019, in Ames, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall). 2020 Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Elizabeth Warren speaks to local residents during an organizing event, Friday, May 3, 2019, in Ames, Iowa.
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Democratic presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren has unveiled a new version of her plan to combat America's opioid epidemic, proposing to spend $100 billion over 10 years on battling the consequences of addiction. More>>

Attorneys general from 33 states urge pot banking reform

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Attorneys general from 33 states are urging Congress to approve a bill intended to fully open the doors of the U.S. banking system to the legal marijuana industry. More>>

US pregnancy deaths are up, especially among minorities

(AP Photo/Teresa Crawford). FILE - In this Aug. 7, 2018 file photo, a doctor performs an ultrasound scan on a pregnant woman at a hospital in Chicago. According to a report released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Tuesday, May 7, 2... (AP Photo/Teresa Crawford). FILE - In this Aug. 7, 2018 file photo, a doctor performs an ultrasound scan on a pregnant woman at a hospital in Chicago. According to a report released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Tuesday, May 7, 2...
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Officials say more U.S. moms are dying from pregnancy-related causes, and most of the deaths are preventable. More>>

The Latest: Beverly Hills nears ban on most tobacco sales

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Beverly Hills is considering outlawing the sale of tobacco products, a move that would make the glamorous California city the first in the nation to enact such a ban. More>>

Opponents of Georgia abortion ban promise court challenge

(Alyssa Pointer/Atlanta Journal-Constitution via AP, File). FILE - In this Tuesday, May 7, 2019, file photo, protesters rally outside of the Georgia State Capitol following the signing of HB 481, in Atlanta. Georgia Governor Brian Kemp signed legislati... (Alyssa Pointer/Atlanta Journal-Constitution via AP, File). FILE - In this Tuesday, May 7, 2019, file photo, protesters rally outside of the Georgia State Capitol following the signing of HB 481, in Atlanta. Georgia Governor Brian Kemp signed legislati...
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Opponents of a Georgia law banning abortions once a fetal heartbeat can be detected are vowing to take their fight to the courts. More>>

Melania Trump unveils steps to make 'Be Best' even best-er Video included

(AP Photo/Evan Vucci). President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump walk out to participate in a National Day of Prayer event in the Rose Garden of the White House, Thursday May 2, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci). President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump walk out to participate in a National Day of Prayer event in the Rose Garden of the White House, Thursday May 2, 2019, in Washington.
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Melania Trump is celebrating the anniversary of her 'Be Best' children's initiative by announcing plans to expand it. More>>

Proposed tobacco ban sparks fiery debate in Beverly Hills

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Beverly Hills is considering outlawing the sale of tobacco products, a move that would make the glamorous California city the first in the nation to enact such a ban. More>>

Denver voters to decide legalizing 'magic mushrooms'

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Denver is deciding whether to become the first U.S. city to decriminalize "magic mushrooms". More>>

US measles count rises to 764, driven by New York outbreaks

(AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File). FILE- In this March 27, 2019, file photo, measles, mumps and rubella vaccines sit in a cooler at the Rockland County Health Department in Pomona, N.Y. On Monday, May 6, 2019, U.S. health officials said 60 more U.S. measles ... (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File). FILE- In this March 27, 2019, file photo, measles, mumps and rubella vaccines sit in a cooler at the Rockland County Health Department in Pomona, N.Y. On Monday, May 6, 2019, U.S. health officials said 60 more U.S. measles ...
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New York outbreaks continue to drive measles case counts up to highest level in 25 years. More>>

NFL concussion fund pays out $485M, but legal fights resume

(AP Photo/Matt Rourke). Attorney Gene Locks, who represents many former NFL players, walks from the federal courthouse in Philadelphia after a hearing, Tuesday, May 7, 2019. The NFL concussion fund has paid out $485 million since 2017, but some players... (AP Photo/Matt Rourke). Attorney Gene Locks, who represents many former NFL players, walks from the federal courthouse in Philadelphia after a hearing, Tuesday, May 7, 2019. The NFL concussion fund has paid out $485 million since 2017, but some players...
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A claims administrator for the NFL concussion fund says the fund has paid out $485M, but some retired players' lawyers say there aren't enough approved doctors in the program. More>>

French telecom giant Orange on trial over staff suicides

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French telecom giant Orange and seven former or current managers are going on trial over a wave of employee suicides a decade ago. More>>

Germany mulls fines to boost measles vaccination rates

(AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File). FILE- In this March 27, 2019, file photo, measles, mumps and rubella vaccines sit in a cooler at the Rockland County Health Department in Pomona, N.Y. On Monday, May 6, 2019, U.S. health officials said 60 more U.S. measles ... (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File). FILE- In this March 27, 2019, file photo, measles, mumps and rubella vaccines sit in a cooler at the Rockland County Health Department in Pomona, N.Y. On Monday, May 6, 2019, U.S. health officials said 60 more U.S. measles ...
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Germany's health minister is proposing fines for parents of school-age children who haven't been vaccinated for measles. More>>

Johns Hopkins to offer school leaders safety programming

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A new Johns Hopkins University initiative will offer short courses to principals and other school leaders as part of a push to create standards around school safety. More>>

Georgia governor signs restrictive 'heartbeat' abortion ban Video included

(Bob Andres/Atlanta Journal-Constitution via AP, File). FILE - In this Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2019, file photo, Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp addresses the 2019 Season Joint Budget hearings, in Atlanta. Kemp is set to sign legislation on Tuesday, May 7, 2019, b... (Bob Andres/Atlanta Journal-Constitution via AP, File). FILE - In this Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2019, file photo, Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp addresses the 2019 Season Joint Budget hearings, in Atlanta. Kemp is set to sign legislation on Tuesday, May 7, 2019, b...
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Georgia's Republican Gov. Brian Kemp signs legislation banning abortions at around six weeks of pregnancy. More>>

Health officials say NYC measles cases reach 466

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The number of measles cases in New York City has reached 466 since the outbreak began in October. More>>

Health officials: Arizona sees surge of hepatitis A cases

(AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin). In this May 2, 2019, photo homeless people gather on the sidewalk at an encampment in Phoenix. Health officials say Arizona is seeing a surge in hepatitis A cases, with the majority of people infected being the homeless pop... (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin). In this May 2, 2019, photo homeless people gather on the sidewalk at an encampment in Phoenix. Health officials say Arizona is seeing a surge in hepatitis A cases, with the majority of people infected being the homeless pop...
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Health officials say Arizona is seeing a surge in hepatitis A cases, mostly in the Tucson area but also in metro Phoenix. More>>

The Latest: Georgia governor signs restrictive abortion ban Video included

(Bob Andres/Atlanta Journal-Constitution via AP, File). FILE - In this Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2019, file photo, Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp addresses the 2019 Season Joint Budget hearings, in Atlanta. Kemp is set to sign legislation on Tuesday, May 7, 2019, b... (Bob Andres/Atlanta Journal-Constitution via AP, File). FILE - In this Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2019, file photo, Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp addresses the 2019 Season Joint Budget hearings, in Atlanta. Kemp is set to sign legislation on Tuesday, May 7, 2019, b...
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Georgia's Republican Gov. Brian Kemp has signed legislation banning abortions once a fetal heartbeat can be detected. More>>

Ebola outbreak deaths top 1,000 in Congo amid clinic attacks

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UN says Ebola deaths in Congo outbreak expected to exceed 1,000 later Friday. More>>

Klobuchar releases $100B substance abuse, mental health plan

(AP Photo/John Locher, File). FILE - In this April 27, 2019, file photo, Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., right, speaks at a Service Employees International Union forum on labor issues in Las Vegas. Klobuchar has released ... (AP Photo/John Locher, File). FILE - In this April 27, 2019, file photo, Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., right, speaks at a Service Employees International Union forum on labor issues in Las Vegas. Klobuchar has released ...
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Democratic presidential candidate Amy Klobuchar has released a plan to spend $100 billion over a decade to improve mental health care and fight substance abuse. More>>

With Trump rollback, school lunch could get more white bread

(AP Photo/Wilson Ring). In this Friday, April 5, 2019 photo, a student buys lunch in the cafeteria at Burlington High School in Burlington on, Vt. The school's food service provider is preparing to comply with a Trump administration decision to roll ba... (AP Photo/Wilson Ring). In this Friday, April 5, 2019 photo, a student buys lunch in the cafeteria at Burlington High School in Burlington on, Vt. The school's food service provider is preparing to comply with a Trump administration decision to roll ba...
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After Trump rollback, more white rice and white bread may return to school lunch menus. More>>

Pharmaceutical exec guilty of bribing doctors to push opioid

(AP Photo/Steven Senne, File). FILE - In this Jan. 30, 2019, file photo, Insys Therapeutics founder John Kapoor leaves federal court in Boston. On Thursday, May 2, 2019, Kapoor was found guilty in a scheme to bribe doctors to boost sales of a highly ad... (AP Photo/Steven Senne, File). FILE - In this Jan. 30, 2019, file photo, Insys Therapeutics founder John Kapoor leaves federal court in Boston. On Thursday, May 2, 2019, Kapoor was found guilty in a scheme to bribe doctors to boost sales of a highly ad...
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The wealthy founder of a drug company has been convicted of scheming to bribe doctors across the country to prescribe a highly addictive fentanyl spray. More>>

Budget office: $177B in added costs from Trump drug plan

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Budget office: Trump administration plan to reduce out-of-pocket drug costs for Medicare beneficiaries will cost taxpayers another $177 billion from 2020-2029. More>>

Breast implants tied to rare cancer to remain on US market

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US will allow a type of breast implant linked to a rare form of cancer to stay on the market. More>>

Cocaine deaths up in US, and opioids are a big part of it

(AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File). FILE - In this 1989 file photo, a razor blade is used to divide the contents of a five-dollar vile of crack, a smokable, purified form of cocaine, at a crack house in the South Bronx section of New York. Cocaine deaths h... (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File). FILE - In this 1989 file photo, a razor blade is used to divide the contents of a five-dollar vile of crack, a smokable, purified form of cocaine, at a crack house in the South Bronx section of New York. Cocaine deaths h...
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Amid a national opioid overdose crisis, cocaine deaths are also up, new report says. More>>

Rebuking Trump, House votes to keep US in Paris climate pact

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The Democratic-controlled House has approved legislation that would prevent President Donald Trump from following through on his pledge to withdraw the U.S. from a landmark global climate agreement. More>>

Trump defends health workers' right to object to abortions

(AP Photo/Evan Vucci). President Donald Trump speaks during a National Day of Prayer event in the Rose Garden of the White House, Thursday May 2, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci). President Donald Trump speaks during a National Day of Prayer event in the Rose Garden of the White House, Thursday May 2, 2019, in Washington.
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Trump says on National Day of Prayer his administration is putting the finishing touches on a regulation to protect the rights of clinicians who object to participating in abortions. More>>

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