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  • From comfort to high-tech: Food a serious quest at Olympics

    PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (AP) — First, U.S. snowboarding star Chloe Kim tweeted about being “down for some ice cream” while competing in Pyeongchang, then about being “hangry” because she hadn’t finished her breakfast sandwich. Clearly, food is a big deal for Olympians, and it’s usually much more complicated than ice cream and sandwiches: the very […]
  • Brazil yellow fever vaccine campaign struggling to meet goal

    SAO PAULO (AP) — Brazil’s Health Ministry says a massive yellow fever vaccination campaign has reached less than 20 percent of the targeted population since it began three weeks ago. Authorities have confirmed 407 cases in the current outbreak, including in areas not previously considered at risk. Of those, 118 have died. The campaign aims […]
  • Vatican denies report Benedict XVI has neurological disease

    VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Vatican is denying a German tabloid report that suggested Emeritus Pope Benedict XVI is suffering from a neurological disease. Germany’s Neue Post quoted Benedict’s 94-year-old brother, the Rev. Georg Ratzinger, as saying the disease was forcing Benedict to use a wheelchair more and more, and that “the biggest worry is […]
  • Raisman feels empowered by posing for SI swimsuit issue

    NEW YORK (AP) — Olympic gold-medal gymnast Aly Raisman is a survivor, and she’s got the word on her body to prove it. The six-time medalist poses with nothing more than that, and some other powerful words, in the 2018 Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue. Raisman poses nude for the “In Her Own Words” portion of […]
  • Hundreds of Arizonans killed by flu this season, new strain emerging

    This flu season will likely go down as one of the deadliest in Arizona history, as more than 450 people have been killed by the illness.
  • Denver moves closer to sparking up at legal marijuana club

    DENVER (AP) — A Colorado business is closer to becoming one of the nation’s first legal marijuana clubs. Owners of the Coffee Joint plan to charge an entry fee to the bring-your-own marijuana space, where customers can vape or eat products. A Denver attorney recommended on Wednesday that the city approve the proposal following a […]
  • Flu shot only 36 percent effective, making bad year worse

    NEW YORK (AP) — The flu vaccine is doing a poor job protecting older Americans and others against the bug that’s causing most illnesses. Preliminary figures released Thursday suggest the vaccine is 36 percent effective overall in preventing flu illness severe enough to send a patient to the doctor’s office. There’s only been one other […]
  • The Latest: DA urges reforms after police-shooting acquittal

    NEW YORK (AP) — The Latest on the acquittal of a police officer in the 2016 shooting death of a mentally ill woman (all times local): 12:30 p.m. A New York City prosecutor, expressing disappointment over the acquittal of a police officer in the 2016 shooting death of a mentally ill woman, says the case […]
  • Abortion-rights supporters push back against gains by foes

    Foes of abortion have pushed through several hundred state laws restricting access to the procedure over the past decade. This year, as never before, abortion-rights supporters are fighting back nationwide with proposals to protect and expand access to abortion and contraception. Successes are most likely in the dozen or so states where Democrats control policymaking. […]
  • Ban on abortions due to Down syndrome challenged in lawsuit

    COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The American Civil Liberties Union of Ohio filed a lawsuit Thursday challenging an Ohio law prohibiting doctors from performing abortions based on a diagnosis of Down syndrome, saying claims it is an anti-discrimination effort are a masquerade. The suit against the state Health Department, state medical board and county prosecutors charged […]