Trump silent on abortion as 2024 campaign pushes forwardMarch 20, 2023 GMT
DAVENPORT, Iowa (AP) — No elected Republican has done more to restrict abortion rights in the U.S. than Donald Trump.
But in the early days of the 2024 presidential contest, no Republican has worked harder to avoid the issue than the former president.
With overdoses up, states look at harsher fentanyl penaltiesMarch 20, 2023 GMT
RENO, Nev. (AP) — State lawmakers nationwide are responding to the deadliest overdose crisis in U.S.
Report: 43,000 estimated dead in Somalia drought last yearMarch 20, 2023 GMT
NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — A new report says an estimated 43,000 people died amid Somalia's longest drought on record last year and half of them likely were children under 5 years old.
Biden’s appeals court nominee faces rare Democratic scrutinyAP ExclusiveMarch 20, 2023 GMT
WASHINGTON (AP) — One of President Joe Biden's nominees to a federal appeals court has generated rare concern from some Democrats and outside groups over his signature on a legal brief defending a parental notification law in New Hampshire, injecting the issue of abortion into his confirmation fight from an unexpected flank.
California to seek beds for mental health, drug treatmentMarch 20, 2023 GMT
SAN DIEGO (AP) — California voters would decide whether to fund a major expansion of housing and treatment for residents suffering from mental illness and addiction, under the latest proposal by Gov.
How to shop for new insurance if you lose Medicaid coverageMarch 19, 2023 GMT
Medicaid coverage will end for millions of Americans in the coming months, and it will push many into unfamiliar territory: the health insurance marketplace.
States will start cutting people from the government-funded plans when they no longer qualify based on income, a process that has been paused since shortly after the COVID-19 pandemic hit.
Higher cancer rates found in military pilots, ground crewsMarch 19, 2023 GMT
WASHINGTON (AP) — A Pentagon study has found high rates of cancer among military pilots and for the first time has shown that ground crews who fuel, maintain and launch those aircraft are also getting sick.
Judge won’t toss lawsuit over ivermectin in Arkansas jailMarch 18, 2023 GMT
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) — A federal judge has refused to dismiss a lawsuit that says detainees at an Arkansas jail were given the drug ivermectin to fight COVID-19 without their knowledge.
The lawsuit contends detainees at the Washington County Jail in Fayetteville were given ivermectin as early as November 2020 but were unaware until July 2021.
Florida may ban girls’ period talk in elementary gradesMarch 18, 2023 GMT
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Legislation moving in the Florida House would ban discussion of menstrual cycles and other human sexuality topics in elementary grades.
‘Ted Lasso’ visits White House, promotes mental health careMarch 20, 2023 GMT
WASHINGTON (AP) — Fictional soccer coach Ted Lasso used a White House visit Monday to encourage people, even in politically divided Washington, to make it a point to check in often with friends, family and co-workers to "ask how they're doing, and listen, sincerely,”
New Mexico gov to abusive caregivers: ‘We’re coming for you’March 20, 2023 GMT
Any caregivers who mistreat and abuse developmentally disabled or otherwise vulnerable people will be held accountable, New Mexico’s governor and top health officials warned Monday.
Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham, members of her cabinet and law enforcement officials gathered at the state Capitol to provide an update on ongoing investigations into an alleged abuse and neglect case involving a developmentally disabled person that was brought to the state's attention March 1.
Beshear signs bill to bolster Kentucky’s rural hospitalsMarch 20, 2023 GMT
FRANKFORT, Ky.. (AP) — Gov. Andy Beshear signed into law Monday a bipartisan measure that's meant to bolster access to health care across Kentucky by injecting additional funding into hospitals.
The infusion will help shore up financially ailing hospitals in rural Kentucky, supporters said.
Police: Dentist used rush order cyanide to poison wifeMarch 20, 2023 GMT
DENVER (AP) — Investigators say a Colorado dentist intent on killing his wife put poison in her protein shakes before finally succeeding with a rush order dose of potassium cyanide powder he said he needed to perform surgery.
Anthony Fauci documentary on PBS covers a career of crisesMarch 20, 2023 GMT
NEW YORK (AP) — There's a moment in the new PBS documentary about Dr. Anthony Fauci when a protestor holds up a handmade sign reading, “Dr.
Volunteer doctors providing critical care near Ukraine war front linesMarch 20, 2023 GMT
KHRESTYSHCHE, Ukraine (AP) — In a cramped municipal building in this former front-line village, its front window boarded up with plywood, a team of volunteer specialist doctors have set up a mobile clinic.
Colorado man faces murder charges in wife’s poisoning deathMarch 19, 2023 GMT
DENVER (AP) — A Colorado man suspected of poisoning his wife has been arrested on suspicion of first-degree murder.
The 45-year-old Aurora man was arrested and booked into jail early Sunday, the Aurora Police Department said.
New law allows anti-abortion monument at Arkansas CapitolMarch 19, 2023 GMT
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas Gov. Sarah Huckabee Sanders has signed a new law that will allow a monument near the state Capitol marking the number of abortions performed in Arkansas before the U.S.
California, drugmaker partner to produce affordable insulinMarch 18, 2023 GMT
DOWNEY, Calif. (AP) — The state of California and a generic drug manufacturer announced a 10-year partnership Saturday to produce affordable, state-branded insulin that they hope will rival longtime producers and push down prices for a medication used by millions of Americans.
Wyoming governor signs measure prohibiting abortion pillsMarch 18, 2023 GMT
Wyoming Gov. Mark Gordon has signed into law the nation's first explicit ban on abortion pills since they became the predominant choice for abortion in the U.S. in recent years.
Gordon, a Republican, signed the bill Friday night while allowing a separate measure restricting abortion to become law without his signature.
US warns about fake, dangerous pills being sold in MexicoMarch 18, 2023 GMT
MEXICO CITY (AP) — The U.S. State Department has issued a travel warning about dangerous counterfeit pills being sold at pharmacies in Mexico that often contain fentanyl.
The travel alert posted Friday says Americans should “exercise caution when purchasing medication in Mexico.”
Regulators: Nuclear plant leak didn’t require public noticeMarch 18, 2023 GMT
Minnesota regulators knew four months ago that radioactive waste had leaked from a nuclear power plant in Monticello — but they didn’t announce anything about the leak until this week.
New Mexico passes bill to safeguard abortion providersMarch 18, 2023 GMT
SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico legislators raced against the clock Friday to advance hard-fought proposals aimed at safeguarding abortion access, delivering tax relief and reducing gun violence in the final hours of a 60-day legislative session.
Republican legislator Johnson sued for medical malpracticeMarch 18, 2023 GMT
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A Republican legislator who doubles as an emergency room doctor is being sued for medical malpractice in a patient’s death.
The Indianapolis Star reported Thursday that the lawsuit against Sen.
Lack of hugs caused US fentanyl crisis, Mexico’s leader saysMarch 17, 2023 GMT
MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico’s president said Friday that U.S. families were to blame for the fentanyl overdose crisis because they don’t hug their kids enough.
The comment by President Andrés Manuel López Obrador caps a week of provocative statements from him about the crisis caused by the fentanyl, a synthetic opioid trafficked by Mexican cartels that has been blamed for about 70,000 overdose deaths per year in the United States.
Police: Man shoots 2 women in parking lot, kills himselfMarch 17, 2023 GMT
STERLING HEIGHTS, Mich. (AP) — Authorities say a man shot two women in Sterling Heights before running away and killing himself.
Police said in a statement that the man shot two female acquaintances in a Ruby Tuesday restaurant parking lot Friday afternoon, the Detroit News reported.
New COVID origins data point to raccoon dogs in China marketMarch 17, 2023 GMT
BEIJING (AP) — Genetic material collected at a Chinese market near where the first human cases of COVID-19 were identified show raccoon dog DNA comingled with the virus, adding evidence to the theory that the virus originated from animals, not from a lab, international experts say.
State and US officials tout spending to plug ‘orphan wells’March 17, 2023 GMT
ATCHAFALAYA NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE, La. (AP) — Stacks of valves, networks of pipes and hulking, two-story-tall tanks litter parts of the swampy landscape of Louisiana’s Atchafalaya Basin, rusting relics of sites where oil wells were drilled in the 1970s, an unwanted legacy of the energy industry that has long helped drive the Louisiana economy.
Veto of Kansas bill on trans athletes sets up override fightMarch 17, 2023 GMT
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A Kansas bill banning transgender athletes from girls' and women's sports was vetoed by Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly for the third year in a row Friday, setting up a hotly contested fight in the Republican-controlled Legislature to override her.
Elizabeth Holmes returns to court in bid to avoid prisonMarch 17, 2023 GMT
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — Disgraced Theranos CEO Elizabeth Holmes on Friday made what might be her final court appearance before beginning a 11-year prison sentence, unless a judge grants her request to remain free while her lawyers appeal her conviction for masterminding a blood-testing hoax.
IndyCar clears Jack Harvey to race again at TexasMarch 17, 2023 GMT
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — IndyCar on Friday cleared driver Jack Harvey to return to competition following a frightening crash in the season-opening race.
6 women who went missing in Mexico were killed, burnedMarch 17, 2023 GMT
MEXICO CITY (AP) — Prosecutors in Mexico confirmed Friday that six women who went missing on March 7 were killed and their bodies burned by a gang of armed men.
It was one of the largest collective killings of a group of women in recent years in Mexico.
Mother: Irvo Otieno was ‘brilliant and creative and bright’March 17, 2023 GMT
Irvo Otieno had realized his passion: making hip-hop. He could write a song in less than five minutes. And he was streaming his music under the moniker “Young Vo,” while working toward starting his own record label.
Lawmaker pauses filibuster on agreement to debate trans billMarch 17, 2023 GMT
A lawmaker who has been holding up the work of the Nebraska Legislature for weeks to protest a bill that would ban gender-affirming therapies for minors has paused her persistent filibuster in a deal that will see lawmakers debate the bill next week.
Vermont Senate passes bill to protect abortion providersMarch 17, 2023 GMT
MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — The Vermont Senate on Friday passed a bill that aims to protect health care workers from disciplinary action for providing abortions and gender-affirming health care, and change insurance premium charges related to such care.
California bill to protect doctors who mail abortion pillsMarch 17, 2023 GMT
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Doctors in California who mail abortion pills to people in other states would be protected from prosecution under a new bill announced Friday in the state Legislature.
The bill would not let California extradite doctors who are facing charges in another state for providing abortion medication.
Indiana woman pleads guilty in fentanyl death of son, 2March 17, 2023 GMT
FORT WAYNE, Ind. (AP) — A northeastern Indiana woman has pleaded guilty to neglect charges after her two children ingested fentanyl last year, killing her 2-year-old son and sickening his older sibling.
North Carolina student in good condition after hit by TeslaMarch 17, 2023 GMT
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A North Carolina teenager who was struck by a car this week while departing a school bus in Halifax County is now in good condition, a hospital spokesperson said Friday.
Tillman Mitchell, a 17-year-old student at the Haliwa-Saponi Tribal School in Hollister, had just exited the school bus and was walking across the street to his house when he was hit by a 2022 Tesla Model Y, according to the State Highway Patrol.
Burundi officials detect polio outbreak linked to vaccineMarch 17, 2023 GMT
LONDON (AP) — Health officials in Burundi have declared an outbreak of polio linked to the vaccine, the first time the paralytic disease has been detected in the East African country for more than three decades.
Flight attack raises questions about security, mental healthMarch 17, 2023 GMT
LEOMINSTER, Mass. (AP) — The music was blaring on a February afternoon when Francisco Torres stopped by a Massachusetts barbershop, proclaiming he was half-angel, half-devil.
He wanted a dozen people to come outside the shop and shoot him with an automatic weapon stored in his car trunk.
US military moves to cut suicides, but defers action on gunsMarch 17, 2023 GMT
WASHINGTON (AP) — Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin ordered a number of improvements in access to mental health care on Thursday to reduce suicides in the military, but held off on endorsing more controversial recommendations to restrict gun and ammunition purchases by young troops, sending them to another panel for study.
Kentucky Senate passes bill to legalize medical marijuanaMarch 17, 2023 GMT
FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — The Kentucky Senate voted Thursday to legalize medical marijuana in the state, delivering a breakthrough endorsement after years of resisting access to cannabis for people suffering from a series of debilitating illnesses.
Kansas push for medical marijuana appears done for this yearMarch 17, 2023 GMT
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas legislators aren't likely to legalize marijuana for medical uses this year following a vote Thursday.
A Senate committee tabled a bill that would allow doctors to sign off on patients using marijuana products to treat 21 illnesses or conditions, including cancer, epilepsy, spinal cord injuries or chronic pain, starting in July 2024.
Kentucky lawmakers pass ban on youth gender-affirming careMarch 17, 2023 GMT
FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Republican lawmakers in Kentucky passed a measure Thursday to ban gender-affirming care for transgender minors, completing whirlwind voting on a repackaged proposal that triggered outrage and tears among opponents unable to stop the sweeping policymaking on a culture wars issue.
ST.. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota regulators said Thursday they're monitoring the cleanup of a leak of 400,000 gallons of radioactive water from Xcel Energy's Monticello nuclear power plant, and the company said there's no danger to the public.
Ivey signs spending plan for $1B in pandemic fundsMarch 16, 2023 GMT
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama lawmakers gave final approval Thursday to a spending plan to use $1 billion in federal coronavirus funds largely on a mix of water and sewer infrastructure, broadband expansion and reimbursements to health care providers hit financially by the pandemic.
Mississippi governor OKs longer postpartum Medicaid coverageMarch 16, 2023 GMT
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi Republican Gov. Tate Reeves signed legislation Thursday to solidify a full year of Medicaid coverage for women after they give birth, saying it's part of a “new pro-life agenda” to help mothers now that abortion access is restricted.
Abortion ban injunction upheld by N. Dakota Supreme CourtMarch 16, 2023 GMT
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The North Dakota Supreme Court ruled Thursday that a state abortion ban will remain blocked while a lawsuit over its constitutionality proceeds.
COVID-19 pill Paxlovid moves closer to full FDA approvalMarch 16, 2023 GMT
WASHINGTON (AP) — Pfizer’s COVID-19 pill Paxlovid won another vote of confidence from U.S. health advisers Thursday, clearing the way for its full regulatory approval by the Food and Drug Administration.
Proposal to ban abortions at six weeks advances in FloridaMarch 16, 2023 GMT
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — A proposal to ban abortions at six weeks in Florida received overwhelming approval from a state House committee Thursday with Democrats acknowledging there was nothing they could do to stop it from eventually becoming law.
NY cannabis agencies sued by medical marijuana providersMarch 16, 2023 GMT
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — A coalition that includes some of New York's medical marijuana companies sued state cannabis regulators Thursday in an effort to open up licensing to all retail dispensary applicants immediately.
Utah bans abortion clinics in wave of post-Roe restrictionsMarch 16, 2023 GMT
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Abortion clinics in Utah could be banned from operating under a law signed by the state’s Republican governor, setting off a rush of confusion among clinics, hospitals and prospective patients in the deeply conservative state.
Nurses, paramedics reach pay deal to end England strikesMarch 16, 2023 GMT
LONDON (AP) — Unions representing more than a million health care workers in England, including nurses and paramedics — but not doctors — reached a deal Thursday to resolve months of disruptive strikes for higher wages.
Georgia House OKs ban on some gender-affirming care for kidsMarch 16, 2023 GMT
ATLANTA (AP) — Most gender-affirming surgeries and hormone replacement therapies for transgender people under 18 would be banned in Georgia under a measure that received House approval Thursday.
Doctors could still prescribe medicines to block puberty under the bill that was approved 96-75.
US pregnancy deaths dropped in 2022, after COVID spikeMarch 16, 2023 GMT
NEW YORK (AP) — Deaths of pregnant women in the U.S. fell in 2022, dropping significantly from a six-decade high during the pandemic, new data suggests.
More than 1,200 U.S. women died in 2021 during pregnancy or shortly after childbirth, according to a final tally released Thursday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Thai police to get mental health checks after fatal standoffMarch 16, 2023 GMT
BANGKOK (AP) — Police in Thailand will be subject to random checks of their physical and mental health, officials said Thursday, after a 27-hour standoff in which a senior officer holed up and fired a gun into the air until he was subdued by fellow officers.
Seeking Alzheimer’s clues from few who escape genetic fateMarch 16, 2023 GMT
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Doug Whitney inherited the same gene mutation that gave Alzheimer’s disease to his mother, brother and generations of other relatives by the unusually young age of 50.
Long-used US abortion pill under threat in Texas lawsuitMarch 16, 2023 GMT
Here is what’s at stake in abortion medication caseMarch 16, 2023 GMT
WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal judge heard arguments Wednesday in a lawsuit that poses a threat to the nationwide availability of a leading abortion medication. The hearing comes as a conservative Christian group seeks to reverse federal approval of the drug mifepristone.
NTSB: Wing parts from air ambulance fell far from wreckageMarch 16, 2023 GMT
LAS VEGAS (AP) — A new federal report says parts of the right wing on a medical transport plane that crashed last month in rural Nevada, killing all five people aboard, fell far from the main wreckage site.
Tennessee GOP advance new narrow abortion exemption billMarch 15, 2023 GMT
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee Republican lawmakers on Wednesday took another swing at adding a narrow exemption to one of the strictest abortion bans in the United States.
Arkansas lawmakers send Gov. Sanders school bathroom billMarch 15, 2023 GMT
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Transgender people at Arkansas public schools would not be able to use restrooms that correspond with their gender identity under a bill lawmakers sent to Gov. Sarah Huckabee Sanders on Wednesday.
8 children sickened at LA school after eating marijuanaMarch 15, 2023 GMT
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Eight children were sickened at a Los Angeles school on Wednesday after eating marijuana gummies, authorities said.
Paramedics were called to Sun Valley Magnet School shortly before 1:30 p.m.
Biden says he’s focused ‘intensely’ on lowering drug costsMarch 15, 2023 GMT
LAS VEGAS (AP) — President Joe Biden on Wednesday said his administration was focused “intensely” on lowering health care costs and took aim at “MAGA” Republicans who he said are intent on dialing back Medicare coverage for millions of Americans.
North Carolina Medicaid expansion agreement clears SenateMarch 15, 2023 GMT
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A bipartisan agreement to expand Medicaid coverage to more low-income adults while loosening or ending several regulatory hurdles to building more health care facilities could get its final votes next week after clearing the Senate on Wednesday.
Tree branch falls on benches at San Antonio Zoo; 7 hurtMarch 15, 2023 GMT
SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Seven people were injured, one seriously, when a large part of a tree broke off and fell on some occupied benches at the San Antonio Zoo on Wednesday, authorities and a witness reported.
Report: Toddler overdosing on fentanyl revived by officersMarch 15, 2023 GMT
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Police officers in Oregon revived a 2-year-old girl suspected of overdosing on fentanyl this week, news outlets reported.
Texas judge in abortion pill case is a conservative favoriteMarch 15, 2023 GMT
WASHINGTON (AP) — A Texas judge hearing a case that could throw into jeopardy access to the nation's most common method of abortion is a former attorney for a Christian legal group who critics say is being sought out by conservative litigants because they believe he’ll be sympathetic to their causes.
Medication abortions are under fire: Here’s how they workMarch 15, 2023 GMT
Medication abortions became the preferred method for ending pregnancy in the U.S. even before the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade. They usually involve taking two prescription medicines days apart — at home or in a clinic.
What will happen if medication abortion challenge succeeds?March 15, 2023 GMT
Medication abortions in the United States usually involve two different drugs.
In the latest effort to limit abortion access, opponents of the procedure are seeking to ban one of those medications.
EPA ‘neighbor’ rule cuts downwind pollution by power plantsMarch 15, 2023 GMT
WASHINGTON (AP) — A new “good neighbor” rule issued by the Environmental Protection Agency will restrict smokestack emissions from power plants and other industrial sources that burden downwind areas with smog-causing pollution they can’t control.
Mexican president floats fentanyl ban, faults US drug policyMarch 15, 2023 GMT
MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico’s president called anti-drug policies in the U.S. a failure Wednesday and proposed a ban on using fentanyl in medicine — even though little of the drug crosses from hospitals into the illegal market.
Committee advances $1 billion plan for relief fundsMarch 15, 2023 GMT
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Lawmakers on Wednesday advanced a House-passed plan to use the state’s final $1 billion in federal pandemic relief funds largely on a mix of water and sewer infrastructure, broadband expansion and health care reimbursements.
Here’s how an AI tool may flag parents with disabilitiesAP InvestigationMarch 15, 2023 GMT
PITTSBURGH (AP) — For the two weeks that the Hackneys’ baby girl lay in a Pittsburgh hospital bed weak from dehydration, her parents rarely left her side, sometimes sleeping on the fold-out sofa in the room.
US issues travel alert for Spring breakers in MexicoMarch 15, 2023 GMT
MEXICO CITY (AP) — The U.S. State Department issued a travel alert Wednesday for Americans planning to spend Spring break in Mexico.
The alert warns travelers to “exercise increased caution” especially after dark at Caribbean beach resorts like Cancun, Playa del Carmen and Tulum, which have been plagued by drug gang violence in the past.
West Virginia surpasses 8,000 COVID deaths during pandemicMarch 15, 2023 GMT
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia has surpassed 8,000 coronavirus deaths, according to state health figures released Wednesday.
According to the Department of Health and Human Resources’ website, 8,005 people have died in the state over the past three years since the pandemic started.
Fentanyl testing materials will be legalized in MississippiMarch 15, 2023 GMT
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi will decriminalize materials that allow people to test illegal drugs to detect if they are spiked with fentanyl, a highly powerful synthetic opioid painkiller.
Gov. Healey: COVID-19 public health emergency to end May 11March 15, 2023 GMT
BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts Gov. Maura Healey announced Wednesday that the state's COVID-19 public health emergency will end May 11.
The announcement comes ahead of the 45-day notice required by state law, allowing additional time for organizations affected by the change to prepare for the end of the public health emergency, Healey said.
Iran says 110 arrested over suspected schoolgirl poisoningsMarch 15, 2023 GMT
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Iranian police said Wednesday that 110 suspects have been arrested in connection with the suspected poisoning of thousands of girls in schools across the country.
When will Medicare cover medical marijuana?March 15, 2023 GMT
Many older adults are using medical marijuana to treat a variety of conditions, but experts say that conflicting laws, unclear safety standards and complicated rulemaking processes mean it could be years before Medicare may cover the drug.