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Bitter GOP finger-pointing clouds path for Trump agenda

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President Donald Trump's aides have opened the door to working with moderate Democrats on health care and other issues. More>>

EPA chief: Trump to undo Obama plan to curb global warming

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The head of the Environmental Protection Agency says President Donald Trump in the coming days will sign a new executive order that unravels his predecessor's sweeping plan to curb global warming. More>>

New anxieties as Trump says Obamacare will 'explode'

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Americans who benefited from President Barack Obama's health care law and were relieved when a Republican push to repeal it failed are facing a new set of anxieties as President Donald Trump vows to let the law "explode.". More>>

Utah's governor signs abortion-halting legislation

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Utah's governor has signed legislation that requires doctors to inform women that medication-induced abortions can be halted after taking just one of two pills. More>>

Now what? Options for consumers as health law drama fades Video included

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As the political drama over health care legislation in Washington fades, the rest of the country faces a more immediate concern: Getting insurance for next year. More>>

Colorado weighs strategy for guarding against pot crackdown

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Colorado is considering an unusual strategy to protect its nascent marijuana industry from a federal crackdown. More>>

No repeal for 'Obamacare' _ a humiliating defeat for Trump Video included

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Republicans have set course for a climactic House vote on their health care overhaul. More>>

Mississippi lawmaker discloses dementia diagnosis from floor

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A colorful Mississippi lawmaker who is an undertaker by trade has gone public with a diagnosis of dementia, saying he will seek to live his days with 'the gusto of a hound dog'. More>>

Winners and losers in House Republican health plan Video included

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The rich and the almost rich make out well under the House Republican health plan but the old and the poor get hit pretty hard. More>>

Vegas doctor, 93, convicted in opioid pill mill conspiracy

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A 93-year-old Las Vegas doctor has been convicted of illegally writing prescriptions for oxycodone and other painkillers that ended up in the hands of drug addicts and dealers. More>>

House GOP abruptly pulls troubled health care bill Video included

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Republican leaders have abruptly pulled their troubled health care overhaul bill off the House floor, short of votes and eager to avoid a humiliating defeat for President Donald Trump and GOP leaders. More>>

Inspector general to review pullback of HealthCare.gov ads

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A federal inspector general has launched an inquiry into the Trump administration's decision to pull back advertising for HealthCare.gov in the closing stretch of this year's sign-up season. More>>

Judge: Case alleging Ohio 'segregates' disabled can proceed

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A federal judge says a lawsuit claiming Ohioans with intellectual and developmental disabilities experience widespread segregation when forced to receive services in institutions can proceed. More>>

House sets risky health care vote after Trump demands it Video included

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Republicans have set course for a climactic House vote on their health care overhaul. More>>

White House, in gamble, demands make-or-break health vote Video included

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The long-promised GOP health bill to repeal and replace former President Barack Obama's Affordable Care Act is on the brink, short of votes just hours before Republican leaders plan to put it on the House floor. More>>

SCIENCE SAYS: Unavoidable typos in DNA help fuel cancer

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New research says more cancer-causing mutations are due to random chance than heredity or lifestyle risks, but lots of tumors still are preventable. More>>

Death rates up for middle age whites with little education

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Middle-age white Americans with limited education are increasingly dying younger, on average, than other middle-age U.S. adults, a trend driven by their dwindling economic opportunities, research by two Princeton University economists has found. More>>

UN aims to immunize more than 115 million kids against polio

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The World Health Organization says it's aiming to vaccinate more than 115 million children against polio across Africa next week, in its continuing bid to wipe out the crippling disease. More>>

Egypt suspends school lunches after mass food poisoning

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Egypt suspends distribution of school meals nationwide after food poisoning outbreaks sickened hundreds of children. More>>

Some of the youngest opioid victims are curious toddlers Video included

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Some of the youngest victims of the nation's opioid epidemic are children under age 5 who die after swallowing opioids. More>>

Obama health law's 'essential benefits' may be in jeopardy Video included

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Scrambling to nail down votes for the House health care bill, Republicans are considering ways to ease federal requirements that insurers cover such basic services as prescription drugs, maternity care, and substance abuse treatment. More>>

Leaders need votes for health bill on eve of House showdown Video included

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President Donald Trump and House leaders are intensifying pressure on conservatives and other Republicans as crunch time approaches on their health care bill. More>>

Steady fall in suicides offers glimmer of hope in Japan

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Fewer Japanese are taking their own lives, a glimmer of hope in a country with one of the world's highest suicide rates. More>>

Ex-pharmacy exec convicted in deadly meningitis outbreak

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A verdict has been reached in the trial of a Massachusetts pharmacy co-founder over a nationwide meningitis outbreak that killed 64 people and sickened 700 others in 2012. More>>

After surgery, Georgia senator could miss crucial votes

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Georgia Sen. Johnny Isakson is at home recuperating from back surgery, and that means Republican leaders may have to muster the votes to overhaul the 2010 health care law without him. More>>

FDA links very rare cancer, 9 deaths, to breast implants

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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration says it has received reports of 9 deaths and more than 350 cases of a rare cancer linked to breast implants. More>>

Retirement dreams fizzle for some with 'Obamacare' repeal Video included

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Workers dreaming of early retirement are getting the jitters as Washington debates replacing the Obama-era health care law with a system that could be a lot more expensive for many older Americans. More>>

Hope flows into Indian village in the form of clean water

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Schoolchildren cheered as a gush of clean water flowed through gleaming taps connected to a newly installed water filtration plant in a dusty Indian village. More>>

Trump to GOP: Pass health care bill or seal your fate Video included

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President Donald Trump is rallying support for the Republican health care overhaul by taking his case directly to GOP lawmakers at the Capitol. More>>

Baby born with extra legs thriving after surgery Video included

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Doctors say a baby girl from Africa who's recovering from a risky surgery at a suburban Chicago hospital should now be able to lead a normal life. More>>

OxyContin maker asks judge to toss case brought by city

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The maker of the pain medication OxyContin has asked a federal judge in Seattle to throw out a Washington city's lawsuit that seeks to hold the drugmaker responsible for allowing its pills to flood the black market and into Everett. More>>

FDA OKs new drug as add-on treatment for Parkinson's

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The Food and Drug Administration has approved the first new drug in a decade for Parkinson's disease, the debilitating movement disorder. More>>

AP FACT CHECK: Trump's claim of fleeing doctors rings false

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President Donald Trump contends doctors are fleeing the medical profession because of "Obamacare," but an AP Fact Check finds that dire claim is not supported by the data. More>>

Dallas woman on trial in silicone injection death of client

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Prosecutors say a salon worker charged with murder injected clients' buttocks with industrial-grade silicone as part of illegal cosmetic procedures. More>>

Gorsuch, students defend his questions about women at work Video included

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Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch says he taught his law school students about inappropriate questions from prospective employers, contradicting a student who accused him of showing a lack of respect for working women during a classroom discussion. More>>

AP Interview: McConnell rejects Trump's foreign aid cuts Video included

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AP Interview: Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is warning Republicans of political consequences if they oppose health care legislation facing a vote in the House. More>>

Patients' reports may aid prostate cancer treatment choice

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Men with early-stage prostate cancer face a quandary over which treatment to choose, but two new studies on side effects may make those decisions a bit easier. More>>

AP Explains: How GOP health care plan would turn into law

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AP Explains: GOP health plan would travel a complicated path on its way to becoming law. More>>

Trump urges support for health care plan so he can move on

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President Donald Trump is trying to give the teetering Republican plan to repeal and replace Obamacare a new sense of urgency by saying he'd like to get it over with and move on to his preferred agenda items. More>>

GOP leaders propose health bill changes to help older people Video included

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Top House Republicans hunting votes for their health care overhaul are proposing amendments aimed at providing more help for older people. More>>

Use of genetically modified mosquitoes considered in Houston

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Officials are considering releasing genetically modified mosquitoes in Houston as part of the fight against the insects known to carry diseases such as the Zika virus. More>>

Who's happy, who's not: Norway tops list, US falls Video included

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A new global happiness report finds that money doesn't quite buy happiness as Norway vaults to No. 1 and the United States keeps falling down in the rankings. More>>

2 kids burned by drink at buffet are released from hospital

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Officials say two children severely sickened after drinking what they believed to be apple juice at a Chinese buffet have been released from a Pennsylvania hospital. More>>

Who's happy, who's not: Norway tops list, US falls Video included

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A new global happiness report finds that money doesn't quite buy happiness as Norway vaults to No. 1 and the United States keeps falling down in rankings. More>>

Ryan: More help for older people needed in GOP health bill Video included

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House Speaker Paul Ryan says he will seek changes to a divisive GOP health care bill to provide more help to older people hard hit by the plan. More>>

2 schools named after eugenics advocates to get new names

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School officials in Palo Alto have unanimously voted to rename two middle schools that bear the names of leaders in the eugenics movement. More>>

Airline pilot, wife died from apparent fentanyl OD's in Ohio

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Family members say an Ohio woman found dead along with her airline pilot husband from apparent fentanyl overdoses had long batted drug problems. More>>

Governor: Funding sought for East Chicago water filters

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Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb says the state is working on finding funding for water filters in East Chicago homes dealing with lead contamination. More>>

Small Brazil city on edge after man dies from yellow fever

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Small city in the state of Rio de Janeiro on high alert after authorities confirmed the death of one many from yellow fever and are investigating several other possible cases. More>>

Ellen Page, Jennifer Garner to do live reading of 'Juno'

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Entertainment Weekly reports that Ellen Page will reprise her pregnant-teen role in "Juno" during an all-female live reading of the film to mark its 10th anniversary and to benefit Planned Parenthood. More>>

Correction: Congress-Health Overhaul story

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Republicans are pulling in different directions as they strive to get traction for a health care overhaul in danger of being dragged down by intra-party differences. More>>

Republicans at odds over how to overhaul Medicaid

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The House Republican health care bill has competition from another GOP group, governors who've made their own proposal about how to overhaul Medicaid for low-income people. More>>

How do insurers decide what medicines to pay for?

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How do insurance companies decide what medicines to pay for and when to pay for them. More>>

AP FACT CHECK: Fukushima radiation not cause for alarm in US

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Radiation from the Fukushima nuclear reactor disaster in Japan has reached North American shores, but _ despite a number of reports shared on social media _ scientists say the levels of radiation are so low that it poses no risk to public health. More>>

Indigenous Bolivians have some of the healthiest hearts

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New research finds a group of indigenous people in the Bolivian Amazon has some of the healthiest hearts. More>>

Cholesterol drug cuts heart risks, spurs new debate on cost

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A long-acting cholesterol medicine cut the risk of having a heart attack or some other serious problems by 15 to 20 percent in a big study. More>>

Health bill short of votes, GOP leaders look to Trump Video included

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The White House and Republican leaders are talking to rank-and-file lawmakers about revising their health care overhaul. More>>

California: $400 million plan to slow largest lake shrinkage

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California authorities have proposed spending nearly $400 million over 10 years to slow the shrinkage of the state's largest lake. More>>

Brazil yellow fever cases pass 400; more than 130 dead

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Brazil's Health Ministry says 424 people have been infected with yellow fever in the largest outbreak the country has seen in decades. More>>

UN imposes controls on chemicals used to make fentanyl

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The U.N.'s Commission on Narcotic Drugs has imposed controls on the production, sale and exports of some substances used for illicit manufacture of a deadly opioid that kills thousands a year in America. More>>

Falls are taking a huge and rising toll on elderly brains

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Health officials say elderly Americans are suffering brain injuries from falls at what appear to be unprecedented rates. More>>

Meningitis outbreak: Murder or public health tragedy?

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Jurors are set to hear closing arguments in the trial of a former pharmacy executive charged in a deadly national meningitis outbreak traced to tainted steroids made by the New England Compounding Center. More>>

High stakes for Trump on GOP health care bill Video included

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President Donald Trump knows he'll be judged on whether he can help repeal the so-called "Obamacare" law and replace it with something new. More>>

UK grants 1st license to make babies using DNA from 3 people

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Britain's Newcastle University says their scientists have received a license to create babies using DNA from three people, the first time such approval has been granted. More>>

Doctors say unproven stem cell treatment blinded 3 women

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Doctors say three women were rendered legally blind by an unproven stem-cell treatment at a private clinic, in a dramatic illustration of how dangerous such clinics can be. More>>

GOP health overhaul puts pressure on state governments Video included

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State officials say the Republican health care overhaul working its way through Congress could leave them with a tough decision: Find a way to pay for federal cutbacks or see coverage dropped for millions of Americans. More>>

Pain doctor accused of overprescribing opioids pleads guilty

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A pain management doctor who federal prosecutors say prescribed opioids to drug abusers is due in court for a change-of-plea hearing. More>>

Egypt: 2,262 children fell ill in suspected food poisoning

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In Egypt, over 2,200 schoolchildren admitted to hospital in suspected mass food poisoning. More>>

Ryan's gambit: Second health care bill to woo the reluctant Video included

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House Republicans are working on a companion to their bill replacing "Obamacare," a legislative second act that would ease cross-state sale of health insurance and limit jury awards for pain and suffering in malpractice lawsuits. More>>

Facing defiance, GOP leaders press ahead on health bill Video included

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Critics of the Republican health care bill have gotten fresh ammunition from budget office findings that 14 million would lose coverage in the legislation's first year. More>>

At a glance: Insurance coverage for hearing loss is spotty

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Hearing loss is the third most common chronic physical problem in the US, but insurance coverage is spotty. More>>

AP FACT CHECK: Both sides loose with facts in health debate Video included

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President Donald Trump told Americans he'd do it all on health care: "insurance for everybody," better coverage and lower consumer costs. More>>

Kenya's public doctors to end 100-day strike that saw deaths

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Kenya's public doctors to end 100-day strike as government signs agreement. More>>

AP Interview: US hails UN plan to monitor fentanyl market

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The chief U.S. State Department counter-narcotics official is hailing a pending U.N. move to control substances used to make a deadly synthetic drug, but acknowledges it will not put an immediate dent in illegal trafficking of the chemicals. More>>

AP Explains: CBO is obscure but respected budget scorekeeper

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AP Explains: Obscure but respected, the Congressional Budget Office can rankle Republicans and Democrats alike with its independent analyses of government spending. More>>

City alleges drugmaker let OxyContin flood black market Video included

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Everett is suing Purdue Pharma, maker of OxyContin, in an unusual case that alleges the drugmaker knowingly allowed pills to be funneled into the black market in Everett. More>>

How well can you hear in a noisy background? Try it here

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Here's a chance to test your hearing in noise. More>>

Now hear this: Loud sound may pose more harm than we thought

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Recent research says loud noise may damage our hearing in a way that does not show up in standard hearing tests. More>>

Get by without Planned Parenthood? One Texas effort stumbles

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The Republican health care bill that defunds Planned Parenthood has conservatives trying to reassure women that other clinics will step up to fill the gap. More>>

Congress' analyst: Millions to lose coverage under GOP bill Video included

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Republicans pushing a plan to dismantle Barack Obama's health care law are bracing for a Congressional Budget Office analysis. More>>

CDC: Don't donate sperm in 3 Florida counties due to Zika

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U.S. health officials say men from three Florida counties shouldn't donate sperm because of the risk of spreading Zika. More>>

FDA OKs new Novartis drug for type of advanced breast cancer

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U.S. regulators have approved a new drug as an initial treatment for postmenopausal women with a type of advanced breast cancer. More>>

Cystic fibrosis patients surviving longer in Canada than US

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Cystic fibrosis patients are living longer than ever, but new research shows Canadians have about a 10-year survival advantage over Americans with the same genetic disease. More>>

Some parts of 'Obamacare' are working fairly well

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Despite cries for repeal, some parts of 'Obamacare' are working fairly well. More>>

GOP looking to avoid lengthy health care debate Dems faced Video included

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Democrats considering President Barack Obama's health plan allowed plenty of time for public opposition to boil over. More>>

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