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US moves migrant kids after harsh conditions, including lack of food and water, are exposed

Most of the infants, toddlers, and teens at the Border Patrol station in Clint, Texas, were to be moved to shelters and other facilities run by a separate federal agency by Tuesday.

FILE - This June 20, 2019, file frame from video shows the entrance of a Border Patrol station in Clint, Texas. U.S. Customs and Border Protection has told a Texas congresswoman Monday, June 24, that the agency is quickly removing children from the patrol station following reports that children locked inside were in a perilous situation. (AP Photo/Cedar Attanasio, File)

Government moves migrant kids after bad treatment is exposed

The U.S. government has removed most of the children from a remote Border Patrol station in Texas following reports that more than 300 children were detained there, caring for each other with inadequate food, water and sanitation

Death toll in Indian encephalitis outbreak rises to 152

India’s Supreme Court on Monday directed state and national authorities to file reports to the court on an encephalitis outbreak in the eastern state of Bihar this month in which 152 children have died.

The entrance of a Border Patrol station in Clint, Texas.

Government moves migrant children after poor conditions exposed

Most of the children living in a remote Border Patrol station in Texas were moved following reports that more than 300 children were detained there, caring for each other with inadequate food, water and sanitation.

(FILES) A file photo taken on January 4, 2013 shows a Cannabis plants which grow in a private house in Esvres, near Tours. - A group of French economists recommended on June 20, 2019 to legalise marijuana, arguing it would add billions to state coffers, but President Emmanuel Macron's government again ruled out letting recreational users get legally high. (Photo by Alain JOCARD / AFP)ALAIN JOCARD/AFP/Getty Images

Physician assistants given OK to prescribe medical marijuana in New Hampshire

Physician assistants soon will be able to prescribe medical marijuana in New Hampshire.

This image provided by Amag Pharmaceuticals in June 2019 shows packaging for their drug Vyleesi. The medication OK'd Friday, June 21, 2019 by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration is only the second approved to increase sexual desire in a women, a market drugmakers have been trying to cultivate since the blockbuster success of Viagra for men in the late 1990s. (Amag Pharmaceuticals via AP)

Waltham-based Amag’s sex-drive drug for women gets FDA approval

Women can give themselves a shot in the thigh or abdomen; it raises sexual interest for several hours.


House would block Feds from interfering with state pot laws

The Democratic-controlled House has voted to block the Justice Department from interfering with states that have legalized marijuana for recreational use.

Appeals court allows Trump abortion rules to take effect

NEW YORK — A federal appeals court said Thursday new Trump administration rules imposing additional hurdles for women seeking abortions can take effect while the government appeals decisions that blocked them.

$4.5m in settlements over deaths tied to Ohio doctor

An Ohio hospital system has reached nearly $4.5 million in settlements so far over the deaths of patients who allegedly received excessive painkiller doses ordered by a doctor now charged with murder.

FILE - This May 20, 2019, file photo shows marijuana plants in a grow room using green lights during their night cycle in Gardena, Calif. An alliance of large cannabis businesses in the growing global marketplace has a message for the public: We're good corporate citizens. The 45-member Global Cannabis Partnership that includes Canopy Growth Corp. and other major companies issued guidelines Tuesday, June 18, 2019, aimed at minimizing greenhouse gas emissions and promoting ethical conduct and responsible pot use. (AP Photo/Richard Vogel, File)

Marijuana use doubles in US pregnant women to 1 in 14

Marijuana use in pregnancy has doubled among US women and is most common during the first trimester, government research shows.

A study released on Tuesday found US preschoolers on government food aid were tipping scales at lighter weights, offering fresh evidence that previous signs of shrinking obesity weren’t a fluke.

Study finds US preschoolers are less pudgy

Preschoolers on government food aid have grown a little less pudgy, a US study found, offering fresh evidence that previous signs of declining obesity rates weren’t a fluke.

An  Indian child suffering from acute encephalitis syndrome was treated at the government-run Sri Krishna Medical College and Hospital in Muzaffarpur district in the eastern state of Bihar.

More than 100 children die in India in encephalitis outbreak

More than 100 children have died in an encephalitis outbreak in India’s eastern state of Bihar, authorities said Tuesday.

This photo shows medical marijuana flowers at the Minerva cannabis dispensary in Santa Fe, N.M., Tuesday, June 11, 2019. New Mexico proposed new pot production rules Tuesday intended to shore up supplies to its medical marijuana program without flooding the rapidly expanding market. (AP Photo/Morgan Lee)

Medical marijuana bills in N.H. advance to governor’s desk

New Hampshire isn’t ready to legalize recreational marijuana use, but it is close to expanding options for those who use it for medical reasons.

People coming from Congo had their temperature measured to screen for symptoms of Ebola, at the Mpondwe border crossing with Congo, in western Uganda on Friday.

UN says Ebola outbreak in Congo still not a global emergency

Some experts say the disease’s outbreak met the criteria to be designated an international emergency long ago.

President Donald Trump arrives at a Polish-American reception in the East Room of the White House, in Washington on Wednesday, June 12, 2019. Trump on Thursday defended his willingness to accept campaign help from Russia or other foreign governments by equating it to the sort of diplomatic meetings he holds with world leaders as the nation’s chief executive, following an interview with ABC News broadcast on Wednesday night. (Doug Mills/The New York Times)

Court rules against Trump on migrant teen abortion prohibition

A federal appeals court in Washington is backing an order barring the Trump administration from enforcing the policy.

In this May 27, 2019, photo, Muna Awad, mother of 5-year-old Aisha a-Lulu, shows her photo while Aisha is in a Jerusalem hospital, at the family home in Burij refugee camp, central Gaza Strip. The death of the 5-year-old Palestinian girl has drawn attention to Israel's vastly complex system for issuing travel permits to Gaza medical patients and their families. (AP Photo/Hatem Moussa)

Sick Gaza child caught in Israeli permit system dies alone

When Palestinian preschooler Aisha a-Lulu came out of brain surgery in a strange Jerusalem hospital room, she called out for her mother and father. She repeated the cry over and over, but her parents never came.

Cambridge, MA., 01/31/17, Gina McCarthy, outgoing head of the EPA, photographed at her new office at the Institute of Politics at John F. Kennedy School of Government. Suzanne Kreiter/Globe staff

Former Bush, Reagan EPA heads warn on Trump rollbacks

Environmental Protection Agency heads under three previous Republican presidents joined their Democratic counterparts Tuesday in telling lawmakers they were concerned by the Trump administration’s rapid rollbacks of environmental protections.

ADVANCE FOR PUBLICATION ON TUESDAY, JUNE 11, AND THEREAFTER - This April 25, 2019, photo shows a tiny container of high-potency marijuana oil, commonly called

Promise of marijuana leads scientists on search for evidence

Marijuana has been shown to help ease pain and a few other health problems, yet two-thirds of US states have decided pot should be legal to treat many other conditions with little scientific backing.

ADVANCE FOR PUBLICATION ON TUESDAY, JUNE 11, AND THEREAFTER - In this April 26, 2019, photo, medical marijuana cardholder Scott Donnelly, assisted by his wife and licensed caregiver, Vicki Poppen, leaves Western Oregon Dispensary in Sherwood, Ore., after buying medical marijuana to treat muscle spasms caused by his multiple sclerosis. Donnelly visits the medical-only dispensary once a week and relies on it for the cannabis that eases his tremors long enough that he can fall asleep. The dispensary is one of two medical-only shops left in Oregon. (AP Photo/Gillian Flaccus)

Broad pot legalization can hurt the medical marijuana industry, AP finds

When states legalize pot for all adults, longstanding medical marijuana programs take a big hit, in some cases losing more than half their registered patients.

ADVANCE FOR PUBLICATION ON TUESDAY, JUNE 11, AND THEREAFTER - In this April 8, 2019, photo, a jar of medical marijuana sits on the counter at Western Oregon Dispensary in Sherwood, Ore. The dispensary is one of two medical-only marijuana dispensaries left in Oregon. An Associated Press analysis has found existing medical marijuana programs take a hit when states legalize cannabis for all adults. (AP Photo/Gillian Flaccus)

Maine medical marijuana grower catches fire; cause not clear

A medical marijuana growing facility caught fire in Maine, sending smoke into the sky and drawing firefighters from several surrounding departments.

FILE - In this Friday, March 22, 2019 file photo, an employee at a medical marijuana dispensary in Egg Harbor Township, N.J., sorts buds into prescription bottles. At the end of 2018, about 1.4 million Americans are actively using marijuana to treat to treat anxiety, sleep apnea, cancer and other conditions, according to an Associated Press analysis of states that track medical marijuana patients. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez, File)

Medical marijuana laws are no answer for US opioid deaths, study finds

A new study shoots down the notion that medical marijuana laws can prevent opioid overdose deaths, challenging a favorite talking point of legal pot advocates.

FILE - This Nov. 11, 2013 file photo shows a bedroom in Belle, W.Va. According to U.S. preliminary research published Tuesday, June 4, 2019, dozing off to late-night TV or sleeping with other lights on may mix up your body clock and lead to weight gain and even obesity. (Craig Cunningham/The Daily Mail via AP, File)

Sleeping with the TV on may make you gain weight

Dozing off to late-night TV or sleeping with other lights on may mix up your metabolism and lead to weight gain and even obesity, new research suggests.

German nurse who murdered 87 patients given life sentence

Niels Hoegel liked to bring about cardiac arrests in his patients by injecting them with overdoses of heart medication and other drugs because he enjoyed the feeling of being able to resuscitate them. Sometimes he succeeded in bringing them back, but in at least 87 cases they died, making him what is believed to be modern Germany’s most prolific serial killer.

Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers vowed to veto all the abortion bills being sent to his desk.

Wisconsin Legislature sends abortion bills to governor

Wisconsin’s Republican-controlled Senate on Wednesday sent four abortion bills to Democratic Gov. Tony Evers, who has promised to veto all of them.

President Trump.

Trump ending fetal tissue research by federal scientists

The Trump administration said Wednesday it is ending medical research by government scientists using human fetal tissue, a victory for abortion foes.

Signs advertised new products available inside a CVS store with the new HealthHUB in Spring, Texas, May 30, 2019.

CVS Health stores offer new health care resources

CVS Health announced its plans on Tuesday to expand a new store format that will provide dietitians, help people monitor chronic diseases, and add community rooms that can be used for yoga classes.

Paris’s regional health agency on Tuesday recommended a blood test over concerns that the Notre Dame Cathedral fire may have caused lead pollution in the area.

Blood tests recommended over Notre Dame lead risk

Paris’s regional health agency is recommending that children under 7 and pregnant women who live near Notre Dame Cathedral take a blood test over concern the fire that ravaged the monument caused lead pollution.

CVS announces further expansion into health care services

CVS Health is pushing deeper into health services with plans to add dietitians, medical equipment, and space for the occasional yoga class to 1,500 stores over the next few years.

San Francisco police officers waited while homeless people collect their belongings.

San Francisco eyes forced treatment for mentally ill addicts

San Francisco supervisors were expected to consider a proposal Tuesday that could force drug addicts with serious mental illnesses into treatment.

Mich. doctor faces trial for allegedly making phony epilepsy diagnoses

Mariah Martinez was 9 years old when she got bad news about her chronic headaches: A doctor said she had epilepsy.

Participants prayed together on Saturday at a vigil in response to a fatal mass shooting in Virginia Beach, Va.

Mass shootings create rippling network of stricken survivors

The unending litany of mass shootings in recent years — the latest, on Friday, leaving 12 dead in Virginia Beach — has built an unacknowledged community of heartbreak, touching and warping the lives of untold thousands.

A cookies and cream flavored protein bar marketed by JustCBD is displayed at the Cannabis World Congress & Business Exposition trade show, Thursday, May 30, 2019 in New York. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)

US holds CBD hearing as fans, sellers await legal clarity

CBD products are widely available despite confusion around their legal status. Now US regulators are exploring ways to officially allow the hemp ingredient in food, drinks, and dietary supplements.

US measles count nears 1,000, surpassing 25-year-old record

US health officials on Thursday reported 971 measles cases so far this year, the highest tally in 27 years, and experts say it’s not clear when the wave of illnesses will stop.

Governor John Bel Edwards signed a ban on abortion as early as six weeks of pregnancy Thursday.

Louisiana’s Democratic governor signs abortion ban into law

The move puts Governor John Bel Edwards squarely in line with the leaders of other conservative Southern states while provoking anger from members of his own party.

Although similar abortion bans have drawn sharp criticism from Democrats nationwide, Louisiana’s proposal won wide bipartisan support and was sponsored by a Democrat from the northwest corner of the state, Senator John Milkovich.

Louisiana lawmakers pass strict ban on abortion as early as six weeks of pregnancy

Governor John Bel Edwards, a Democrat, supports the ban and intends to sign it into law despite opposition from national party leaders who say such laws are attacks on women.

New US diabetes cases fall as obesity rises, and health officials aren’t celebrating

The number of new diabetes diagnoses fell to about 1.3 million in 2017, down from 1.7 million in 2009, raising alarms for health officials who cannot determine the cause.

Protesters marched around Memorial Plaza Park during the Protest for Reproductive rights on Saturday.

Missouri’s last abortion clinic may close, Planned Parenthood says

Planned Parenthood says Missouri’s only abortion clinic could be closed by the end of the week because the state is threatening to not renew its license.

A bald eagle.

Maine’s oldest documented bald eagle dies at 35

A nearly 36-year-old bald eagle in Maine, the oldest ever documented in the state, has died after suffering a badly broken leg.

Protesters for women's rights held a rally on the Alabama Capitol.

Federal lawsuit filed to block Alabama’s new abortion ban

A federal lawsuit filed Friday asks a judge to block an Alabama law that outlaws almost all abortions.

UN health agency seeks to halve number of snakebite deaths

The World Health Organization is publishing its first-ever global strategy to tackle the problem of snake bites, aiming to halve the number of people killed or disabled by snakes by 2030.

At the hearing Wednesday, Representative Lauren Underwood, an Illinois Democrat, questioned Kevin McAleenan, the head of US Customs and Border Protection.

Tense exchanges over migrant children’s deaths rock House hearing

Representative Lauren Underwood on Wednesday blamed the Trump administration’s border policies for the deaths of migrant children, an accusation the acting head of the Homeland Security Department called ‘‘appalling.’’

States sue over rule allowing clinicians to refuse abortions

Nearly two dozen states and municipalities sued the federal government Tuesday to stop a new rule that lets health care clinicians decline to provide abortions and other services that conflict with their moral or religious beliefs.

Viviane and Pierre Lambert, left, parents of Vincent Lambert, appealed to the UN Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, arguing their 42-year-old son Vincent should be treated as disabled.

Frenchman in vegetative state kept alive after appeal to UN

A last-ditch appeal to the United Nations forced French doctors to resume life support Tuesday for a man who has been in a vegetative state for years and whose case has drawn attention across Europe.

Leonard Bailey, surgeon who transplanted baboon heart into baby, dies at 76

Dr. Leonard Bailey, who in 1984 transplanted a baboon heart into a tiny newborn dubbed “Baby Fae” in a pioneering operation that sparked both worldwide acclaim and condemnation, has died.

Protesters for women's rights gather to march to the Alabama Capitol to protest a law passed last week making abortion a felony in nearly all cases with no exceptions for cases of rape or incest, Sunday, May 19, 2019, in Montgomery, Ala. (AP Photo/Butch Dill)

Female lawmakers speak about rapes as abortion bills advance

The lawmakers and other women have stepped forward to tell searing, personal stories — in some cases speaking about attacks for the first time to anyone but a loved one or their closest friend.

South Carolina Rep. Nancy Mace discusses being sexually assaulted in Columbia, S.C. For more than two decades, Nancy Mace did not speak publicly about her rape. In April, when she finally broke her silence, she chose the most public of forums, before her colleagues in South Carolina’s legislature.

Female lawmakers speak about rapes as abortion bills advance

For more than two decades, Nancy Mace did not speak publicly about her rape. In April, when she finally broke her silence, she chose the most public of forums — before her colleagues in South Carolina’s legislature.

The Missouri State Capitol.

Republican-led Missouri Legislature approves eight-week abortion ban

Missouri’s Legislature has approved a ban on abortions at eight weeks of pregnancy, and Governor Mike Parson is expected to sign it.

Miranda Taylor posed outside Christ College of Nursing and Health Science in Cincinnati. When she was 16 and weighed 265 pounds, she had obesity surgery.

Obesity surgery benefits may be bigger for teens than adults

Researchers say longer study is still needed to know lifetime effects of this radical surgery and that it’s a personal decision whether and when to try it.

Former president Jimmy Carter was released Thursday morning from a Georgia hospital after getting a hip replacement.

Jimmy Carter to teach Sunday school days after breaking hip

Carter suffered a broken hip Monday as he was leaving to go turkey hunting.

Senator Karla May, a St. Louis Democrat, made a point about Missouri's proposed new abortion law during debate on Wednesday.

Missouri 8-week abortion ban one step from going to governor

A wide-ranging Missouri bill banning abortions at eight weeks of pregnancy was just one step away from going to a supportive Republican governor after the state Senate passed the measure Thursday.