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Coldilocks, the Philadelphia Zoo’s beloved polar bear, is credited with bringing attention to global warming.

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.

Crime scene tape runs outside Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., Sunday, Feb. 18, 2018. Authorities opened the streets around the school, which had been closed since a mass shooting on Wednesday. Nikolas Cruz, a former student, was charged with 17 counts of premeditated murder. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

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.

A picture taken on February 16, 2018, shows a Syrian man receiving treatment at a hospital in the town of Afrin. Six men were treated for breathing difficulties in the main hospital in Afrin after shelling by a Turkish-led offensive on their village, the general director of the Afrin hospital said. / AFP PHOTO / Ahmad Shafie BILALAHMAD SHAFIE BILAL/AFP/Getty Images

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.

Mrs. Frustaci and Sam Frustaci with their three surviving septuplets in 1988.

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.

In this April 15, 2015 photo provided by the United States Geological Survey, a polar bear wearing a GPS video-camera collar lies on a chunk of sea ice in the Beaufort Sea. A new study released on Thursday, Feb. 1, 2018 shows some polar bears in the Arctic are shedding pounds during the time they are supposed to be beefing up. Scientists blame climate change for shrinking the ice cover on the Arctic Ocean that the polar bears need for hunting. (Anthony Pagano/USGS via AP)

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.

Cecile Richards said she would remain engaged in political activism ahead of the November elections.

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.

FILE - In this Dec. 22, 2017, file photo, Emanuel Zayas, 14, sits with his parents Noel Zayas and Melvis Vizcainos at Holtz Children's Hospital at Jackson Memorial in Miami. Emanuel Zayas died Friday, Jan. 19, 2018, days after doctors removed a 10-pound tumor from his face. (C.M. Guerrero/The Florida Times-Union via AP)

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.

Niels Hoegel hid his face during a hearing in February, 2015.

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.

The blood test in the study found about 70 percent of eight common types of cancer in the 1,005 patients.

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.

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.