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Heat-not-burn cigarette alternative faces US scrutiny
WASHINGTON (AP) -- A device that heats tobacco without burning it reduces some of the harmful chemicals in traditional cigarettes, but government scientists say it's unclear if that translates into lower rates of disease for smokers who switch....

Oregonians to vote on Medicaid taxes as costs soar

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PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- Oregon aggressively expanded its Medicaid rolls under the Affordable Care Act, adding enough people to leave only 5 percent of its population uninsured - one of America's lowest rates....

Sewage spill shuts beaches along California's Central Coast

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MONTEREY, Calif. (AP) -- Nearly 5 million gallons of sewage spilled into the ocean on California's Central Coast after a filter at a water treatment plant got clogged and the computer system failed to sound an alarm, an official said Monday, forcing several popular beaches to close....




German nurse charged with 97 more murders at hospitals
BERLIN (AP) -- A German nurse who is already serving a life sentence for two murders has been charged with killing 97 more patients over several years at two hospitals in northwestern Germany, prosecutors said Monday....

Deportation fears have legal immigrants avoiding health care
MIAMI (AP) -- The number of legal immigrants from Latin American nations who access public health services and enroll in federally subsidized insurance plans has dipped substantially since President Donald Trump took office, many of them fearing their information could be used to identify and deport relatives living in the U.S. illegally, according to health advocates across the country....

US flu season gets worse, has 'lot more steam' than expected
NEW YORK (AP) -- The flu season in the U.S. is getting worse....

Trump tells March for Life: 'We are with you all the way'
WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Donald Trump on Friday delivered new support to the anti-abortion movement he once opposed, telling thousands of activists demonstrating in the annual March for Life, "We are with you all the way."...

Anti-smoking plan may kill cigarettes--and save Big Tobacco
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Imagine if cigarettes were no longer addictive and smoking itself became almost obsolete; only a tiny segment of Americans still lit up. That's the goal of an unprecedented anti-smoking plan being carefully fashioned by U.S. health officials....

World moves closer to eradicating Guinea worm disease
JOHANNESBURG (AP) -- A new report says the world is moving closer to eradicating Guinea worm disease, in which a meter-long worm slowly emerges from a blister in a person's skin....

Letter sent to police barracks sickens 2 troopers, staffer
CARLISLE, Pa. (AP) -- A letter containing what investigators are calling a "biohazard" has been sent to a Pennsylvania police barracks and has sickened three employees....