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  • Congo says Ebola cases have reached 30, warns against rumors

    KINSHASA, Congo (AP) — Congo’s Ministry of Health said Thursday the number of confirmed Ebola cases has reached 30, including eight deaths in the three affected health zones in the country’s Equateur province. The ministry gave the toll after surveillance teams in the capital, Kinshasa, were deployed along the Congo River to monitor people coming […]
  • South Sudan’s quiet victims of war: With HIV, without help

    YAMBIO, South Sudan (AP) — Tracing his fingers over his bald head, the 11-year-old boy shifts uncomfortably in his chair. “I’m scared,” James Seferino says. “All I know is that if I don’t take my pills I’ll die.” The boy’s mother died of AIDS several years ago because she didn’t know where to get help, […]
  • Still smoking and still joking, Tommy Chong views life at 80

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Yeah man, Tommy Chong says he always knew he’d live to see the day marijuana legalization would be sweeping the country. He had no doubt when he and partner Cheech Marin pioneered stoner comedy 50 years ago, a time when taunting the establishment with constant reminders that they didn’t just play […]
  • Landmark abortion vote in Ireland may change constitution

    DUBLIN (AP) — An abortion debate that has inflamed passions in Ireland for decades will come down to a single question on Friday: yes or no? The referendum on whether to repeal the country’s strict anti-abortion law is being seen by anti-abortion activists as a last-ditch stand against what they view as a European norm […]
  • No stay of ruling that tossed California assisted-death law

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — An appeals court on Wednesday refused to block a court decision that said a California law allowing the terminally ill to end their lives was passed illegally. California’s 4th District Court of Appeal refused to grant an immediate stay requested by state Attorney General Xavier Becerra. However, the court gave Becerra […]
  • Nurse who sued hospital for retaliation awarded $28 million

    BOSTON (AP) — A jury has ruled that a Boston hospital retaliated against a Haitian-American nurse who stood up for a black colleague and has awarded her $28 million. Gessy Toussaint’s attorney described Wednesday’s verdict against Brigham and Women’s Hospital as “monumental.” The Boston Globe reports that Toussaint also had accused the hospital of racial […]
  • After mass shootings, NRA pins blame on familiar list

    In the aftermath of recent school shootings, a familiar pattern has played out in the debate over guns. Gun-control advocates push for tougher laws, including universal background checks to prohibiting the sale and possession of AR-style long guns. The National Rifle Association and many Republican leaders insist the root of the problem is not guns […]
  • E-cigarettes disappoint in a workplace quit-smoking study

    It’s a big question for smokers and policymakers alike: Do electronic cigarettes help people quit? In a large study of company wellness programs, e-cigarettes worked no better than traditional stop-smoking tools, and the only thing that really helped was paying folks to kick the habit. Critics of the study say it doesn’t close the case […]
  • The Latest: Senate approves bill to widen private care at VA

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the Senate vote on a bill to expand private care at the Department of Veterans Affairs (all times local): 4:08 p.m. The Senate has passed a sweeping bill aimed at fulfilling President Donald Trump’s pledge to expand private care to veterans as an alternative to the troubled Veterans Affairs […]
  • With death rate up, US life expectancy is likely down again

    NEW YORK (AP) — The U.S. death rate rose last year, and 2017 likely will mark the third straight year of decline in American life expectancy, according to preliminary data. Death rates rose for Alzheimer’s disease, diabetes, flu and pneumonia, and three other leading causes of death, according to numbers posted online Wednesday by the […]