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  • Mayo Clinic receives record $200M gift from Michigan donor

    ROCHESTER, Minn. (AP) — A corporate strategist from Michigan has given Mayo Clinic its largest gift ever — $200 million. The Rochester-based medical center announced Tuesday that its School of Medicine will be named for the philanthropist, Jay Alix, of Birmingham, Michigan. He also has been named to the Mayo Clinic Board of Trustees. Alix […]
  • CIA considered potential truth serum for terror suspects

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Shortly after 9/11, the CIA considered using a drug it thought might work like a truth serum and force terror suspects to give up information about potential attacks. After months of research, the agency decided that a drug called Versed, a sedative often prescribed to reduce anxiety, was “possibly worth a try.” […]
  • WHO official predicts 6 more months battling Ebola in Congo

    GENEVA (AP) — The emergencies chief for the World Health Organization predicted Tuesday that Congo’s Ebola outbreak will last at least another six months, saying that informal health facilities have become “major drivers” of the current, deadly transmission. Dr. Peter Salama said that makeshift “tradi-modern” health centers — offering both traditional and modern treatment — […]
  • More US kids get paralyzing illness, cause is still unknown

    NEW YORK (AP) — More children have been diagnosed with a mysterious paralyzing illness in recent weeks, and U.S. health officials said Tuesday that they still aren’t sure what’s causing it. This year’s count could surpass the tallies seen in similar outbreaks in 2014 and 2016, officials said. Fortunately, the disease remains rare: This year, […]
  • The Latest: Newest abortion court fight opens in Kentucky

    LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — The Latest on a federal trial over a lawsuit challenging a Kentucky abortion law (all times local): 11:45 a.m. Attorneys for Kentucky’s socially conservative governor and the state’s only abortion clinic have opened their latest legal fight over an abortion-related law passed by the state’s Republican-run legislature. This time, the fight […]
  • No accounting for these tastes: Artificial flavors a mystery

    NEW YORK (AP) — Six artificial flavors are being ordered out of the food supply in a dispute over their safety, but good luck to anyone who wants to know which cookies, candies or drinks they’re in. The dispute highlights the complex rules that govern what goes in our food, how much the public knows […]
  • More leeway for states to expand inpatient mental health

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration Tuesday allowed states to provide more inpatient treatment for people with serious mental illness by tapping Medicaid, a potentially far-reaching move to address issues from homelessness to violence. Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar made the announcement Tuesday in a speech to state Medicaid directors, a group that […]
  • Germany: Male nurse suspected of killing 6 elderly patients

    BERLIN (AP) — German authorities said Tuesday they suspect a male nurse of killing six elderly patients, and attempting to kill at least three more, after he admitted to injecting them with diabetes medication. Munich police said the 36-year-old Polish man has acknowledged injecting 12 people in his care with unnecessary insulin shots from April […]
  • Petco, others respond to demand for natural pet foods

    Demand for healthy, natural food is extending from humans to their pets. Petco announced Tuesday it will stop selling dog and cat food and treats with artificial colors, flavors and preservatives, both online and at its nearly 1,500 stores in the U.S. and Puerto Rico. “We are making sure we are always taking the nutritional […]
  • AP Interview: US VP’s wife champions art therapy in Japan

    TOKYO (AP) — Karen Pence, the U.S. vice president’s wife, announced Tuesday a $54,000 U.S. grant to a teacher at Tsukuba University in Japan for the study of art therapy, a little-known mental health profession she has championed under the Trump administration. Pence was in Japan while accompanying her husband, Mike Pence, on a trip […]