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  • GOP on defense to explain pre-existing condition protections

    JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — In ads and speeches, Democratic U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill is pounding Missouri voters with a single message: Her Republican challenger wants to end health insurance protections for people with pre-existing conditions. The Republican, Attorney General Josh Hawley, says it’s not true and has been forced to defend himself. Virtually the […]
  • UN agencies urge end to ‘virginity tests’ in some countries

    GENEVA (AP) — U.N. agencies are calling for an end to the practice in some countries of determining whether a girl or woman is a virgin through gynecological tests. The World Health Organization, U.N. Women and the U.N. Human Rights office say the “medically unnecessary” tests have been documented in at least 20 countries across […]
  • Virginia lawmaker settles suit; seeks mental-health reform

    RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A Virginia lawmaker whose son stabbed him before killing himself has settled a lawsuit over the young man’s mental-health care. The Roanoke Times reports that Sen. R. Creigh (KREE’) Deeds and his family will be paid $950,000 by the state’s risk-management fund to settle their suit against Michael Gentry, a former […]
  • Rising drug prices widen gap between have, have-not patients

    TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — For Bridgett Snelten, changing her health insurance meant enduring wild blood sugar swings, bouts of vomiting and weight gain. The Sandy, Utah mother of two young girls has diabetes and has had to change health insurance plans three years in a row. Twice, new insurers wouldn’t cover Trulicity, a once-a-week injected […]
  • California surgeon, girlfriend face new rape, other charges

    NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. (AP) — A California surgeon and his girlfriend were charged Wednesday with crimes against five additional victims in addition to two women they were previously charged with drugging and sexually assaulting. Dr. Grant Robicheaux, 38, and his girlfriend, Cerissa Riley, 31, were charged with rape by use of drugs, kidnapping with the […]
  • The Latest: Pot activist complains about new Canada law

    VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) — The Latest on Canada’s legalization of recreational marijuana (all times local): 1:15 p.m. A long-time cannabis advocate says the legalization of recreational marijuana in Canada is a remarkable step forward, but many flaws remain in the law. Dana Larsen is the founding member of the Marijuana Party of Canada and […]
  • Melania Trump visits babies, moms affected by opioid crisis

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) — First lady Melania Trump toured a hospital’s neonatal care unit Wednesday to learn about the treatment given to newborns experiencing opioid withdrawal, after she was initially delayed by mechanical problems on her plane. Her flight was forced to return to a Washington-area military base because of smoke in the cabin, and she […]
  • Runner praised for helping legally blind competitor who fell

    AUBURN, N.Y. (AP) — A New York high school cross-country athlete is being praised for stopping to help a vision-impaired runner who had fallen as they neared the finish line. reports that Cazenovia High School sophomore Jake Tobin only had about 320 yards (292 meters) to go in the boys’ junior varsity race during […]
  • Video shows Chicago cop shooting unarmed black autistic teen

    CHICAGO (AP) — Surveillance video shows an off-duty Chicago police officer shooting and wounding an unarmed autistic black man, contradicting an initial police description of an armed confrontation and echoing devastating dashcam video evidence against a white Chicago officer who claimed Laquan McDonald tried to stab him before he fatally shot the black teen. The […]
  • For Ed Asner, comic-books and autism are family matters

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Even at age 88, actor Ed Asner still hangs out at the comic-book store with his kid. Early last week, the Asners could be spotted at Hollywood’s legendary Golden Apple Comics. But they weren’t shopping. Instead, the two were promoting an internet comic-art auction to raise funds for The Ed Asner […]