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  • Supreme Court rules out death penalty for Texas inmate

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court is ending a long legal fight by ruling that a Texas death row inmate is intellectually disabled and thus may not be executed. The justices ruled 6-3 Tuesday in the case of inmate Bobby James Moore. Moore had been sentenced to death for the 1980 shotgun slaying of a […]
  • High court to consider case about reach of clean water law

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court has agreed to consider a case about the reach of a federal clean water law. The justices agreed Tuesday to hear a case involving the Clean Water Act. The act requires polluters to get a permit when they release pollution from a source such as a pipe or well […]
  • US charity opens cancer ward for children in Gaza

    GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — A U.S. charity has inaugurated the first children’s cancer department in the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip. The $3 million department, sponsored by Palestine Children Relief Fund, will help many children avoid the difficult journey of exiting the blockaded area for treatment in Israel and the West Bank, often without an […]
  • Detained Mexican migrant dies in Texas hospital

    MCALLEN, Texas (AP) — A Mexican man detained by Border Patrol for illegal re-entry died Monday at a hospital in Texas. U.S. Customs and Border Protection spokesman Andrew Meehan says the 45-year-old man was initially apprehended Feb. 2 and requested medical attention. He was taken to a medical center and later cleared to return to […]
  • Officials: Ohio has a hepatitis A outbreak, but it’s not new

    COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The Ohio Department of Health says reports that wrongly imply a newly declared outbreak of hepatitis A are circulating around the state, apparently prompted by a recent case involving a restaurant worker. A statewide outbreak of hepatitis A was declared last summer. Department spokesman J.C. Benton said Monday that outbreak is […]
  • Coal dust turns white snow black in Siberian town

    MOSCOW (AP) — A Siberian coal mining town has gotten a blanket of black snow, a regular occurrence in the region known for high industrial pollution levels. The snow in the town of Prokopyevsk, darkened by coal dust, was featured in Sunday’s Russian state TV report. Black snow also has been seen in the nearby […]
  • Evers wants to decriminalize marijuana, legalize medical use

    MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers announced Monday that his budget will include proposals to decriminalize possession of small amounts of marijuana for personal use and legalize medical marijuana. The new Democratic governor said it was time for Wisconsin join more than 30 other states and the District of Columbia in legalizing medical […]
  • Philippines says 136 people have died in measles outbreak

    MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The Philippine health secretary said Monday that 136 people, mostly children, have died of measles and 8,400 others have fallen ill in an outbreak blamed partly on vaccination fears. A massive immunization drive that started last week in hard-hit Manila and four provincial regions may contain the outbreak by April, Health […]
  • China’s leaders want more babies, but local officials resist

    BEIJING (AP) — Facing a future demographic crisis and aging society, China’s leaders are desperately seeking to persuade couples to have more children. But bureaucrats don’t seem to have gotten the message, fining a couple in a recent widely publicized case for having a third child against the strict letter of the law. The move […]
  • Family: UK teen who joined Islamic State has baby in Syria

    LONDON (AP) — The family of a British teenager who ran away to join the Islamic State group and now wants to return to the U.K. said Sunday she has given birth to a baby boy. The family’s lawyer said 19-year-old Shamima Begum and the baby are in good health. In a recent interview with […]