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  • EPA: No widespread harm to drinking water from fracking

    Hydraulic fracturing to drill for oil and natural gas has not caused widespread harm to drinking water in the United States, the Environmental Protection Agency said Thursday in a report that also warned of potential contamination of water supplies if safeguards are not maintained.
  • 3-D surprise: Girl missing part of arm gifted a prosthetic

    When 10-year-old Annika Emmert patted Winter the dolphin's smooth back at the Clearwater Aquarium on Thursday, she thought that was the best part of her morning.
  • Tulsa’s Glory Johnson-Griner pregnant, will miss WNBA season

    Tulsa forward Glory Johnson-Griner will miss the WNBA season after announcing Thursday on Instagram that she is pregnant. Johnson-Griner, who married Phoenix Mercury star Brittney Griner last month following a highly publicized domestic violence incident between the two, posted a photo on the social networking site showing a bun coming out of a cake shaped […]
  • Texas doctors do world’s first skull-scalp transplant

    Jim Boysen, a 55-year-old software developer from Austin, Texas -- expects to leave the hospital Thursday with a new kidney and pancreas along with the scalp and skull grafts. He said he was stunned at how well doctors matched him to a donor with similar skin and hair coloring.
  • Texas doctors do first skull and scalp transplant

    Jim Boysen, a 55-year-old software developer from Austin, Texas -- expects to leave the hospital Thursday with a new kidney and pancreas along with the scalp and skull grafts. He said he was stunned at how well doctors matched him to a donor with similar skin and coloring.
  • More reason for calm than panic in South Korea’s MERS scare

    Sales of surgical masks surge amid fears of a deadly, poorly understood virus. Airlines announce "intensified sanitizing operations." More than 1,100 schools close and 1,600 people -- and 17 camels in zoos -- are quarantined.
  • Pot remains Europe’s most used drug, agency report says

    Marijuana continues to be the European Union's most commonly used drug, with almost 79 million EU citizens estimated to have tried it at some point in their lives, the bloc's drug agency said in a report published Thursday.
  • Facts about needle exchanges and Hepatitis C

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  • Appalachia gripped by hepatitis C epidemic, bracing for HIV

    Patton Couch shook his head and clenched his teeth, recounting the night four years ago when he plucked a dirty needle from a pile at a flophouse and jabbed it into his scarred arm.
  • Transplant surgeons save children’s lives in Venezuela

    Clutching a tiny Bible, Gilda Velasquez leans over her son as he falls asleep with the help of a powerful sedative and a catchy cartoon jingle playing on a hand-held TV.