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Pregnant woman taken off life support in Ireland
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DUBLIN (AP) -- A brain-dead pregnant woman was taken off life support Friday after a court ruled that her 18-week-old fetus was doomed to die - a case that exposed fear and confusion among doctors over how to apply Ireland's strict ban on abortion in an age of medical innovation....

CDC monitoring tech for possible Ebola exposure
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ATLANTA (AP) -- A laboratory technician at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention was being monitored Wednesday for possible accidental exposure to the Ebola virus that came during an experiment, officials said....

Report: Ebola survival improving in Sierra Leone
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One year into the world's worst Ebola outbreak, doctors are reporting an encouraging sign: About 70 percent of patients in a hard-hit area of Sierra Leone now survive....





Officials cite progress on health care enrollment
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The second sign-up season under President Barack Obama's health care law is off to a good start but has a way to go to make it a success, administration officials said Tuesday....

Denver shelters cite legal pot in homeless upswing
DENVER (AP) -- Chris Easterling was sick of relying on drug dealers in Minneapolis when he needed marijuana to help ease the pain of multiple sclerosis. They were flaky, often leaving the homeless man without the drug when he needed relief the most....

Liberia's UN mission reports 4th Ebola case
MONROVIA, Liberia (AP) -- The U.N. peacekeeping mission in Liberia says one if its staffers has contracted Ebola, bringing to four the number of its members who have come down with the disease during the worst outbreak on record....

Safeway pulls caramel apples amid listeria scare
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Safeway has pulled prepackaged caramel apples from its shelves, the grocery chain said Tuesday, a day after the family of a person who died from a listeria infection linked to the fruit sued the company....

FDA to ease ban on blood donations by gay men
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Federal officials have moved closer to overturning a decades-old ban on blood donations from gay and bisexual men, but activists say the proposed alternative would continue to stigmatize men who have sex with men....

Torture leaves long-term psychological scars
WASHINGTON (AP) -- At times, waterboarding rendered al-Qaida terror suspect Abu Zubaydah hysterical. But later, a message to CIA headquarters described an interrogator merely lifting his eyebrow and snapping his fingers, leading Zubaydah to "slowly (walk) on his own to the water table" to lie down....

FDA going after sellers of pure caffeine powder
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Food and Drug Administration is building a legal case against companies that sell pure powdered caffeine, which can be fatal even in small doses....