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Judge: Trump's health care cuts don't pose immediate threat

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An attempt by 19 states to force President Donald Trump to pay health care subsidies will go before a federal judge in San Francisco. More>>

Iowa withdraws proposal to opt out of Affordable Care Act

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Iowa has withdrawn its request with the Trump administration to opt out of the Affordable Care Act and redirect federal money toward lowering premiums for younger participants in a single state-run program. More>>

FDA approves better vaccine against painful shingles virus

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New, more effective vaccine to prevent painful shingles approved by US regulators. More>>

Jurors to begin deliberating in meningitis outbreak case

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Jury deliberations are set to begin in the case of a Massachusetts pharmacist charged with murder in the 2012 meningitis outbreak that killed 76 people. More>>

California company recalls vegetables over listeria fears

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A California company has voluntarily recalled packaged vegetables distributed throughout the U.S. and Canada because of possible bacterial contamination. More>>

Judge tosses $417M award against Johnson & Johnson

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A Los Angeles judge has tossed out a $417 million jury award to a woman who claimed she developed ovarian cancer by using Johnson & Johnson baby powder for feminine hygiene. More>>

Man in yard mistakes coyote for neighbor's dog, gets bitten

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A Massachusetts man has mistaken a coyote for his neighbor's dog and has been bitten several times. More>>

Christie denies making remark about Trump, opioid crisis

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New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is denying a published report that he said Donald Trump's "presidency is over" if he doesn't recognize the seriousness of the opioid crisis. More>>

The Latest: Charity hails decision to revoke Mugabe honor

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The Latest: Zimbabwe respects WHO decision on Mugabe, says attention helped UN 'tremendously'. More>>

WHO chief now 'rethinking' Mugabe 'goodwill ambassador' post

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World Health Organization's chief selects Zimbabwe's Mugabe as 'goodwill ambassador'. More>>

Women say they were branded, traumatized by group's doctors

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Women say they were branded and traumatized by doctors in a secretive New York group, and state officials say they'll review why authorities didn't act sooner on the women's reports. More>>

Study: Pollution kills 9 million a year, costs $4.6 trillion

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Environmental pollutants are killing at least 9 million people and costing the world $4.6 trillion a year, a toll exceeding that of war, smoking, hunger or natural disasters. More>>

Trump urges House GOP to move quickly on budget, tax cuts

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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says that he's willing to bring bipartisan health care legislation to the floor if the president makes clear he supports it. More>>

Second bacterium found in Louisiana mass food poisoning

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Louisiana health officials say a second bacterium apparently contributed to the mass food poisoning that may have killed one person and apparently sickened more than 100 people who ate at a fundraiser. More>>

Uninsured rate up to 12.3 percent amid "Obamacare" turmoil

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Gallup-Sharecare survey: US uninsured up 3.5M this year; expected to rise. More>>

Australian state takes step toward legalizing euthanasia

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An Australian state has taken a step toward allowing voluntary euthanasia 20 years after the country repealed the world's first mercy killing law. More>>

Prosecutor: Pharmacist in meningitis case gambled with lives

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Attorneys are preparing to make their closing arguments in the case of a Massachusetts pharmacist charged with second-degree murder in a deadly meningitis outbreak. More>>

Countries with the highest pollution deaths, mortality rates

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Countries with the highest pollution deaths, mortality rates: study. More>>

Officials: Jambalaya at fundraiser sickens more than 100

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Louisiana's health department says salmonella from the chicken and sausage jambalaya at a softball team's fundraiser may have killed one person and apparently has made more than 100 people ill. More>>

Top Dems nix White House demands to alter health care deal

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Top Senate Democrats are rejecting White House demands to change the bipartisan compromise aimed at steadying unsettled insurance markets. More>>

WHO chief selects Zimbabwe's Mugabe as 'goodwill ambassador'

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World Health Organization's chief selects Zimbabwe's Mugabe as 'goodwill ambassador'. More>>

94 deaths from plague in Madagascar, UN health agency says

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94 deaths from plague in Madagascar, World Health Organization says. More>>

Q&A: New health bill offers stability, respite on premiums

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Q&A: Bipartisan health care bill offers stability for markets; potential respite for consumers on premium hikes. More>>

US regulators approve 2nd gene therapy for blood cancer

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U.S. regulators approve 2nd gene therapy for blood cancer, 1st one for adults. More>>

Ohio seeks technology ideas to solve national opioid crisis

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Ohio has launched an $8 million effort to attract ideas for using technology to solve the national opioid addiction crisis. More>>

Bipartisan plan to curb health premiums gets strong support

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Republican Sen. Ron Johnson of Wisconsin is criticizing Donald Trump's response to a bipartisan health deal in the Senate, saying it's best for the president to take a consistent position, 'and let's face it, he's not been particularly consistent here.'. More>>

Collins: Trump should back effort to resume health subsidy

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A key moderate Republican is urging President Donald Trump to support a bipartisan Senate effort to reinstate insurer payments. More>>

Trump's health subsidy shutdown could lead to free insurance

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How's that? Trump's health subsidy shutdown could lead to free insurance, experts say. More>>

The Latest: 2 senators formally propose health deal

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Two leading senators have formally proposed their bipartisan compromise for steadying health insurance markets. More>>

Uncertainty reigns ahead of new health care sign-up period

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Uncertainty and confusion are mounting as millions of Americans prepare to select health insurance policies when the new open enrollment period under the Affordable Care Act begins on Nov. 1. More>>

The Latest: Governors urge Congress to back health subsidies

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Sen. Lamar Alexander says President Donald Trump called him Wednesday "to be encouraging" of bipartisan efforts to come up with a plan to stabilize health insurance premiums after Trump stopped them. More>>

GOP, Dem senators push health deal as Trump keeps distance

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A bipartisan Senate deal to curb the growth of health insurance premiums is on shaky ground. More>>

California declares emergency to fight hepatitis A outbreak

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California Gov. Jerry Brown declares state of emergency to combat hepatitis A outbreak that has claimed 18 lives in San Diego. More>>

Correction: Pain Gap story

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Report finds millions die suffering in part because of a global disparity that leaves many poor countries without opioid painkillers. More>>

Book's challenge: Can you do squats like Justice Ginsburg?

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Personal trainer Bryant Johnson has been working out 84-year-old Supreme Court justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg for years. In a book out Wednesday, he details her workout regimen. More>>

A short-term health deal by senators _ but Trump a question

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Two leading senators say they have the "basic outlines" of a bipartisan deal to resume payments to health insurers that President Donald Trump has blocked. More>>

US obesity problem is not budging, new data shows

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New government research shows obesity rates for U.S. children, teens and adults aren't getting any better. More>>

Puerto Rico hurricane may cause shortage of hospital IV bags

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Maker of hospital IV solution bags expects some shortages because Hurricane Maria shut down its factories in Puerto Rico. More>>

Trump's blow to 'Obamacare' jolts health consumers, politics

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President Donald Trump plans to halt payments to insurers under the Obama-era health care law he has been trying to unravel for months. More>>

Collins urges Trump to back effort to restore health subsidy

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A key moderate Republican is urging President Donald Trump to back a bipartisan Senate effort to shield consumers from rising premiums after his abrupt decision to halt federal payments to insurers. More>>

Plague cases double in Madagascar as treatment center sent

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Red Cross sends 1st-ever plague treatment center to Madagascar as outbreak spreads. More>>

Kitchen staff fall ill, evacuated from new EU building

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The European Union says staff working in kitchens of its new building in Brussels have fallen ill and been evacuated after a ventilator malfunction filled the air with fumes. More>>

The Latest: Trump cuts off insurers, rattling health market

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President Donald Trump is inviting congressional Democrats to "call me to fix" America's health care system, as he prepares an order ceasing federal subsidy payments to health insurers. More>>

FDA advisers endorse gene therapy to treat form of blindness

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U.S. health advisers are deciding whether to recommend approval of an experimental treatment for improving vision in patients with a rare form of blindness. More>>

Dangerous sound? What Americans heard in Cuba attacks Video included

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The Associated Press has obtained a recording of what some U.S. embassy workers heard in Havana as they were attacked by what investigators initially believed was a sonic weapon. More>>

Merck scraps disappointing experimental cholesterol drug

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After publishing mediocre test results for a new type of cholesterol medicine, drugmaker Merck won't seek regulators' approval. More>>

Paris hopes to ban gas-powered cars in city by 2030

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The noise of car engines enveloping the streets of the French capital might in the future become a memory for Paris pedestrians. More>>

Sweden won't prosecute Italian stem cell scientist

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Swedish prosecutors say the investigation against a disgraced Italian stem cell scientist suspected of involuntary manslaughter in connection with three patients who died after windpipe transplants has been abandoned. More>>

Trump health coverage alternatives may pose risk to the sick

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White House plan could bring more health insurance choices and cheaper options to some but may pose risk to the sick. More>>

Mother who ignored deal to vaccinate son to share custody

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A Michigan judge has reduced the child custody rights of a woman who was jailed for five days for not following through on an agreement to vaccinate her 9-year-old son. More>>

Seychelles reports plague case linked to Madagascar outbreak

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Authorities in Seychelles say a man was diagnosed with pneumonic plague after returning from Madagascar, where a plague outbreak has killed dozens of people. More>>

Trump to halt subsidies to health insurers

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Frustrated by failures in Congress, President Donald Trump will try to put his own stamp on health care with an executive order that aims to make lower-premium plans more available. More>>

Women's health docs say Trump ignores birth control science

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Critics say Trump birth control rule overlooks known benefits while raising doubts on effectiveness. More>>

Ethics report says NY lawmaker's actions warrant review

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The House Ethics Committee says it's extending its review of Republican Rep. Chris Collins of New York. More>>

The Latest: FDA advisers endorse gene therapy for blindness

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U.S. health advisers are deciding whether to recommend approval of an experimental treatment for improving vision in patients with a rare form of blindness. More>>

Phish drummer warns parents of lead poisoning after scare

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The drummer for the band Phish is trying to raise lead poisoning awareness after an alarming experience with his young son. More>>

Melania Trump tours West Virginia infant drug rehab center Video included

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First lady Melania Trump has toured a West Virginia drug addiction recovery center for babies in the heart of the nation's opioid epidemic. More>>

Dirty old birds shed light on key global warming particle

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Scientists say more than 1,000 dirty stuffed old birds from Midwestern museums are helping them better understand a key global warming particle. More>>

China to allow some drugs based on foreign approvals

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China's government says it will allow use of some drugs and medical devices based on approval by foreign regulators in a move that could help ease access to its health care market. More>>

White House plans order to expand health care options

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The White House is finalizing an executive order that would expand health plans offered by associations to allow individuals to pool together and buy insurance outside their states. More>>

Bystander rape-prevention programs face questions

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A national wave of rape-prevention programs seeks to make people better bystanders, but they are facing hard questions and new concerns. More>>

Trump reaches out to Democrats in bid for 'great' health law

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President Donald Trump is reaching out to Democrats to see if they "want to do a great HealthCare Bill" after Republicans have failed so far to fulfill their yearslong promise to repeal and replace the Obama health law. More>>

Correction: Genetic Frontiers-Blindness-Gene Therapy story Video included

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Advisers to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration will meet Thursday to consider whether to recommend approval of a gene therapy aimed at restoring vision for some people with hereditary blindness. More>>

Life changes in a flash, other mass shootings survivors say

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Shooting rampage in Las Vegas triggered grim memories for survivors of previous massacres. More>>

Oklahoma judge again overturns medical abortion restriction

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Attorneys say an Oklahoma judge has again overturned a state law restricting a woman's access to medication abortion. More>>

FDA: Drug shortages possible due to Puerto Rico power outage

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FDA says drug shortages possible because of power outages in Puerto Rico after hurricane. More>>

UK court drops lawsuit against IVF clinic in forgery case

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Britain's High Court has dismissed a lawsuit against an IVF clinic by a man who says his ex-wife forged his signature to conceive a child using an egg fertilized with his sperm. More>>

Trump's one-two punch hits birth control, LGBT rights

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In a one-two punch that elated social conservatives, the Trump administration is letting more employers opt out of providing no-cost birth control and issuing a religious-freedom directive that could weaken anti-discrimination protections for LGBT people. More>>

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  • Senate advances $36.5B disaster relief package

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  • Texas police await word on whether body is missing toddler's

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    The sibling of a missing Texas toddler will remain in foster care as police await the identification of a body found Sunday.
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  • Judge: Trump's health care cuts don't pose immediate threat

    Judge: Trump's health care cuts don't pose immediate threat

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    State attorneys general argue the monthly payments are required under former President Barack Obama's health care law and cutting them off will harm consumers.

    State attorneys general argue the monthly payments are required under former President Barack Obama's health care law and cutting them off will harm consumers.

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