Coldilocks, the oldest captive polar bear in the US, dies
‘‘She was really a great animal,’’ said Dr. Keith Hinshaw, director of animal health at the zoo. It was ‘‘spectacular’’ for Coldilocks to far surpass the average 23-year lifespan of a polar bear, he said.
Pressure builds for state laws to keep threatening people from buying guns
The warnings around Nikolas Cruz, the accused Florida gunman, seemed to flash like neon signs.
Rosalynn Carter recovering from surgery in Atlanta
The former first lady had surgery Sunday to remove scar tissue from a portion of her small intestine.
Just a few states have gun laws targeting threatening people
The warnings around Nikolas Cruz seemed to flash like neon signs. In Florida, that wasn’t enough to request a judicial order barring him from possessing guns.
Kurdish doctors report suspected Turkish gas attack in Syria
Six civilians suffered breathing difficulties and other symptoms indicative of poison gas inhalation.
Lawsuit challenges ban on abortions due to Down syndrome
The American Civil Liberties Union of Ohio said claims that the ban is an antidiscrimination effort are a masquerade.
Woman who got attention by giving birth to septuplets dies
Patricia Frustaci made national headlines in 1985 when she gave birth to seven children.
Nigeria reports 450 suspected cases of Lassa fever; 37 dead
The World Health Organization says as many as 450 people may have been infected with Lassa fever in Nigeria in less than five weeks.
This woman had 14 worms pulled from her eye after getting a rare infection
An Oregon woman who had worms coming out of her eye is being called the first known human case of a parasitic infection spread by flies.
Romanian study: Half-day old snow is safe to eat
How safe is it to eat snow? A Romanian university has published the results of just such a study.
South Dakota considers ban on teaching about gender identity
South Dakota lawmakers will consider banning public school teaching on gender identity in elementary and middle schools, a push that critics say targets transgender students in the same way some states limit the positive portrayal of homosexuality in the classroom.
A girl sold Girl Scout cookies outside a marijuana dispensary — and some people were not happy
The San Diego Girl Scout council is looking into whether a girl who was photographed selling cookies outside a marijuana dispensary broke any rules.
Administration calls family planning program ‘important’
The Trump administration said Tuesday “there will be no gaps in service” in the nation’s $260 million family planning program, even as it acknowledged missing a deadline last fall for providing critical grant information to local agencies.
Mississippi House backs abortion ban at 15 weeks, earliest in US
Mississippi already bans most abortions after 20 weeks and is tied with North Carolina for the nation’s earliest ban.
Climate change diet: Arctic sea ice thins, so do polar bears
Some polar bears in the Arctic are shedding pounds during the time they should be beefing up, a new study shows. It’s the climate change diet and scientists say it’s not good.
Irish health minister defends abortion ban referendum
Irish women are having abortions regardless of a near-total constitutional ban on terminating pregnancies, the country’s health minister said Tuesday in defense of a planned referendum that will ask voters whether the amendment should be repealed.
Lawsuit: Teen prisoner raped by inmate, infected with HIV
The lawsuit also accuses the sheriff and two deputies of violating the teen’s constitutional rights and disregarding a federal law that should have kept the teen segregated from the general population inmates.
Miami school defends handcuffing, detaining seven-year-old
School district officials say they followed standard protocol last week when the boy was placed in in handcuff.
Richards stepping down as Planned Parenthood leader
Cecile Richards led Planned Parenthood through 12 tumultuous years and saw a rise in membership and donor support.
Trump’s global gag rule goes far beyond abortion, groups say
President Donald Trump’s dramatic expansion of a ban on US funding to foreign organizations that promote or provide abortions has left impoverished women around the world without treatment for HIV, malaria and other diseases, health groups say.
Cuban boy dies after surgery to remove 10-pound face tumor
The 14-year-old’s condition went downhill after the surgery at a Miami hospital.
German nurse charged with 97 more murders at hospitals
Niels Hoegel said during his trial he intentionally brought about cardiac crises in about 90 patients because he enjoyed the feeling of being able to resuscitate them.
Gunmen kill two polio workers in Pakistan
Gunmen shot and killed a mother and her daughter who were working for an anti-polio campaign underway in Pakistan’s southwestern city of Quetta on Thursday, police said.
Blood test to detect 8 cancers early gives promising results
In many cases, the test narrowed the possible origin of the cancer to one or two places, such as colon or lung.
Hospital groups creating company to make cheap generic drugs
Several major not-for-profit hospital groups are trying their own solution to drug shortages and high prices.
Arkansas health officials say 150 people exposed to measles
Officials say those exposed to measles include passengers on United Airlines Flight 5314 on Jan. 10, as well as people in the University of Arkansas at Medical Science’s emergency room on Jan. 11.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Rare white tiger diagnosed with cancer dies at zoo
Officials say a rare white tiger has died at the Cincinnati Zoo.
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.
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.
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.
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.