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9 face hazing charges in death of Florida State pledge

The death of a fraternity pledge from alcohol poisoning has led to hazing charges against nine Florida State University students.

FILE - In this Dec. 29, 2011 file photo, a car approaches a sobriety checkpoint set up along a busy street in Albuquerque, N.M. A prestigious scientific panel is recommending that states significantly lower their drunken driving thresholds as part of a blueprint to eliminate the “entirely preventable” 10,000 alcohol-impaired driving deaths in the United States each year. (AP Photo/Susan Montoya Bryan)

Science panel backs lower drunken driving threshold

The National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine are recommending that states significantly lower their drunken driving thresholds as part of a blueprint to eliminate the “entirely preventable” 10,000 alcohol-impaired driving deaths in the United States each year.

Fundraiser saves Maine pony who lost his penis to cancer and frostbite

The animal, named Richard, will be spared from being euthanized thanks to a fundraising campaign that surpassed its goal of raising $4,000.

President Trump was 70 when he took office on Jan. 20, 2017, making him the oldest person ever elected to the presidency.

Doctor: Trump is healthy, did very well on cognitive test

Dr. Ronny Jackson said that Trump ‘‘has a very strong and a very probable possibility of making it completely through his presidency with no medical issues.’’

US approves first drug aimed at women with inherited breast cancer

The Food and Drug Administration on Friday cleared the first treatment for patients with advanced breast cancer caused by BRCA mutations, which are genetic defects that raise the risk of malignancies.

Poland’s lawmakers debate proposed changes to abortion law

Poland’s lawmakers on Wednesday debated two proposals to change the country’s strict abortion law — one liberalizing it, and the other toughening the rules.

Study: Young male migrants fuel rise in violence in Germany

The recent influx of mostly young, male migrants into Germany has led to an increase in violent crime in the country, according to a government-funded study published Wednesday.

American blogger apologizes for video of apparent suicide

American blogger Logan Paul apologized Tuesday after getting slammed for a video he shared on YouTube that appeared to show a body hanging in a Japanese forest known as a suicide spot.

James Holleran, the father of University of Pennsylvania freshman Madison Holleran, talked about his daughter.

Most big public colleges don’t track suicides, AP finds

Most of the largest U.S. public universities do not track suicides among their students, despite making investments in prevention at a time of surging demand for mental health services.

James Holleran talks about his daughter, Madison, who took her life in 2014 while studying at the University of Pennsylvania.

Most big public colleges don’t track suicides, study finds

Only 46 of the country’s 100 largest public universities track suicides, despite increased investments in prevention.

Connecticut woman with cancer marries in hospital hours before her death

A woman fighting breast cancer got married at a St. Francis Hospital on Dec. 22. She died 18 hours later.

Logan Paul.

Youtube star Logan Paul apologizes for video

Logan Paul apologized Tuesday after getting slammed for a video he shared that appeared to show a body hanging in a Japanese forest known as a suicide spot.

2018 starts with record cold in parts of US

The extreme weather iced over some New Year’s celebrations and led to at least two deaths.

Jesse Jackson says he manages Parkinson’s with daily therapy

The civil rights leader showed few signs of slowing down as he delivered a sermon to inmates at one of the nation’s largest jails.

Used needles litter the ground along train tracks in Philadelphia’s Kensington section. Drug overdose deaths in the United States skyrocketed by 21 percent in 2016.

Soaring overdose deaths cut US life expectancy for 2nd year

US deaths from drug overdoses skyrocketed 21 percent last year, and for the second straight year dragged down how long Americans are expected to live.

In this undated photo provided by the Cincinnati Zoo, Akere, a 21-year-old white tiger is shown in his living space at the zoo in Cincinnati, Ohio. Akere, who was recently diagnosed with non-treatable oral cancer, suffered with renal failure and had severe arthritis in his hips, had to be euthanized on Wednesday, Dec. 20, 2017, said a zoo spokeswoman. (Kathy Newton/Cincinnati Zoo via AP)

Rare white tiger diagnosed with cancer dies at zoo

Officials say a rare white tiger has died at the Cincinnati Zoo.

Pope Francis delivers his message on the occasion of his Christmas greetings to the Roman Curia in the Clementine Hall at the Vatican, Thursday, Dec. 21, 2017. Francis acknowledged that there were plenty of competent, loyal and even saintly people who work in the Holy See. But he also said there were others who had been chosen to help him reform the Vatican and weren't up to the task. (Claudio Peri/pool photo via AP)

Pope denounces ‘cancer’ of cliques, ambition in Vatican

Francis once again used a Christmas greeting to dress down Vatican officials, denouncing the “cancer” of cliques and how bureaucrats can become “corrupted” by ambition and vanity.

FILE - In this undated file photo, cookie dough clings to the beaters of a standing mixer. Sampling holiday cookie dough, or any raw dough, can make you sick. And recent research says it's not just because dough often contains raw eggs, which may harbor salmonella bacteria. Raw flour is another culprit. A New England Journal of Medicine study published in 2017 details a 2016 E-coli outbreak that hit dozens of people in 24 states that was linked with raw flour. (AP Photo/Larry Crowe, File)

Are poinsettias poisonous? Does feasting really put on the pounds? Some holiday truths

Sure as sugarplums, myths and misconceptions pop up every holiday season. Here’s what science says about some of them.

FILE - In this Dec. 1, 2017 file photo, Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., leaves a closed-door session where Republican senators met on the GOP effort to overhaul the tax code, on Capitol Hill in Washington. President Donald Trump says McCain is returning home to Arizona after being hospitalized over the side effects from his brain cancer treatment. The 81-year-old McCain has been hospitalized at Walter Reed Medical Center in Maryland. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

McCain says he’s feeling well, vows return in January

Senator John McCain on Monday said he is feeling well and looks forward to being back on the job in January.

Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., leaves a closed-door session where Republican senators met on the GOP effort to overhaul the tax code, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Friday, Dec. 1, 2017. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

John McCain returning home to Arizona, will likely miss tax vote

His daughter Meghan McCain tweeted Sunday: ‘‘My father is doing well and we are all looking forward to spending Christmas together in Arizona.’’

No jail for fertility doctor who lied about using own sperm

A retired Indianapolis fertility doctor accused of inseminating patients with his own sperm will serve no jail time after pleading guilty Thursday to charges that he lied to investigators.

Couples win lawsuit over donated eggs with genetic defect

Two couples that gave birth to children with a genetic defect later traced to donated eggs won a lawsuit against a New York fertility doctor and his clinic in the state’s highest court Thursday.

An expecting dad staged his own pregnancy photo shoot. Hilarity ensued

The Peabody resident surprised his pregnant girlfriend with the photos at their gender reveal party before their son, Logan, was born.

UK surgeon admits to signing his initials on patients’ livers

A British surgeon has admitted assaulting two patients by burning his initials into their livers during transplant operations.

ISIS produced bomb arsenal on industrial scale

The United Nations children’s agency said the children are stranded in a rebel-held suburb near the Syrian capital.

Ms. McKee was a fixture at marijuana policy hearings in the Legislature, where she often testified from her wheelchair, sporting a colorful eye patch and accompanied by her service dog.

JoAnna McKee, 74, longtime Washington state medical marijuana activist

Ms. McKee went to sometimes difficult lengths to obtain the drug for the patients she served.

FILE - In this Tuesday, April 28, 2015 file photo, a patient has her blood drawn for a liquid biopsy at a hospital in Philadelphia. A study released on Friday, Dec. 8, 2017 found that a blood test five years after breast cancer treatment helped identify women who were likely to relapse, long before a lump or other signs appeared. (AP Photo/Jacqueline Larma)

Blood test may help predict which breast cancers will recur

The prediction could be made long before a lump or other signs appeared, a preliminary study found.

Fat squirrel steals pricey goods left out for delivery folks

‘‘We now have our chocolate in a jar that requires opposable thumbs,’’ the homeowner wrote

Representative John Conyers, Democrat of Michigan, is facing a growing number of claims of sexual impropriety. Conyers, 88, said Tuesday he’d leave Congress immediately.

John Conyers, 88, will leave Congress in wake of harassment claims

Conyers said he would leave immediately. He endorsed his son as his replacement.

US Rep. John Conyers announces retirement from Congress

U.S. Rep. John Conyers — beset with allegations of sexual harassment by former staff members — announced Tuesday that he is retiring.

Trump donates third-quarter salary to health department

President Donald Trump is donating his third-quarter salary to the Department of Health and Human Services to help fight the opioid epidemic.

Teen trying to kill bed bug causes $300K fire in Cincinnati

Officials in Ohio say a 13-year-old boy trying to kill a bed bug sparked an apartment building fire that displaced eight people and caused $300,000 in damage in Cincinnati.

UN: About 11 percent of drugs in poor countries are fake

About 11 percent of medicines in developing countries are counterfeit and likely responsible for the deaths of tens of thousands of children from diseases like malaria and pneumonia every year, the World Health Organization said Tuesday.

Group stops bringing dogs from Puerto Rico for now

An animal welfare education group that brought in 10 puppies from Puerto Rico potentially infected with a bacterial disease has stopped importing any more dogs from the island for now.

The researchers analyzed 2001-2015 data on nonfatal self-inflicted injuries treated in emergency rooms among ages 10 to 24.

Self-harm, suicide attempts climb among US girls, study says

It’s unclear why, but some mental health experts think cyberbullying, substance abuse, and economic stress from the recent recession might be contributing.

FILE - In this April 21, 2015, file photo, a patron smokes a cigarette inside a bar in New Orleans hours before a smoking ban takes effect in bars, gambling halls and many other public places such as hotels, workplaces, private clubs and stores. Cigarette smoking, over-eating and other unhealthy behaviors can be blamed for nearly half of U.S. cancer deaths each year, according to a new American Cancer Society study released Tuesday, Nov. 21, 2017. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert, File)

Nearly half of US cancer deaths blamed on unhealthy behavior

Smoking was the leading risk by far, accounting for 29 percent of deaths. Excess body weight was next at 6.5 percent, and alcohol consumption was third at 4 percent.

Jackson discloses Parkinson’s disease

The civil rights leader has been seeking outpatient care for two years for the condition but plans to keep working.

The reverend Jesse Jackson addressed the Grace Church of All Nations in Boston in  April 2017.

Rev. Jesse Jackson discloses Parkinson’s disease diagnosis

The Rev. Jesse Jackson disclosed publicly Friday that he has been seeking outpatient care for two years for Parkinson’s disease and plans to “dedicate” himself to physical therapy.

California officials probe source of Legionnaires’ cases

Three new cases of Legionnaires’ disease have been identified in Southern California and officials are looking at the possibility there may be a source outside Disneyland, where at least 11 of the patients visited in September, according to reports.

Hawaii State Hospital, where 17 escapes have occurred between 2010  and this year.

17 escapes from Hawaii hospital since 2010

More than a dozen escapes have occurred at a Hawaii psychiatric hospital where a patient described as dangerous walked off the grounds and made it to California before he was captured this week.

An injuection at a stem cell clinic. The FDA said it will focus enforcement efforts on ‘‘bad actors’’ who inject stem cell mixtures into the bloodstream, nervous system, or eyes.

FDA to crack down on risky stem cell offerings

The Food and Drug Administration laid out a strategy for regulating cell-based medicine, including hundreds of private clinics that have opened across the nation in the last decade.

Ohio calls off execution after failing to find inmate’s vein

Ohio called off the execution of an ailing 69-year-old killer Wednesday after the executioners couldn’t find a vein to insert the IV that delivers the lethal drugs.

Court won’t stop execution of sick inmate who needs pillow

Ohio prepared on Tuesday to execute a sick inmate who will be provided a wedge-shaped pillow to help him breathe as he’s put to death this week.

FILE - In this Friday, Aug. 4, 2017 file photo, mannequins are arranged to train CPR to incoming medical students in Jackson, Miss. A study released on Sunday, Nov. 12, 2017 shows women are less likely than men to get CPR from a bystander and more likely to die, and researchers think that reluctance to touch a woman's chest may be one reason. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

Study suggests women less likely to get CPR from bystanders

Women are less likely than men to get CPR from a bystander and more likely to die, a new study suggests, and researchers think reluctance to touch a woman’s chest might be one reason.

Lilly Ross and transplant recipient Andy Sandness. Ross hesitated in agreeing to donate her late husband’s face.

Tearful meeting for pair forever linked by face transplant

Sixteen months after transplant surgery gave Andy Sandness a new face, he met the widow of the donor.

3-year-old boy with dairy allergy dies from eating grilled cheese at school, family says

Authorities have closed a New York City pre-school after the toddler died from what his family says was an allergic reaction after being fed a grilled cheese sandwich.

Prosecutors: German nurse may have killed over 100 patients

A nurse who is already serving a life sentence for two murders may have killed more than 100 patients over several years at two hospitals in northwestern Germany, prosecutors said Thursday.

Polish government asks citizens to multiply like rabbits

The Polish government is encouraging citizens to go forth and multiply like rabbits.

Maine Governor Paul LePage vetoed five different attempts by the state Legislature to expand Medicaid.

Maine voters deliver rebuke to LePage on Medicaid

Governor Paul LePage said Maine residents made an expensive mistake when they voted to expand access to Medicaid.

The ACLU sued the government on Rosa Maria Hernandez’s behalf on Oct. 31, days after she and an adult cousin were followed by Border Patrol to a children’s hospital.

10-year-old immigrant with cerebral palsy released

The American Civil Liberties Union says the U.S. government has released to her family a girl who was detained by border agents after surgery.