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Anti-smoking plan may kill cigarettes--and save Big Tobacco

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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....

US flu season gets worse, has 'lot more steam' than expected

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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'

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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."...




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....

China's birthrate dropped despite allowing 2-child families
BEIJING (AP) -- The birthrate in China fell last year despite the country easing its family planning policies and allowing all couples to have two children, a result parents say of the stresses of urban life....

Peace be with you, but no touching: Flu season altering Mass
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) -- Widespread influenza across Maine has prompted the Roman Catholic Diocese of Portland to alter some traditions to keep parishioners healthy....

The Latest: Trump says he's committed to protecting life
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Latest on President Donald Trump and his views on abortion rights (all times local):...

Power Five conferences approve medical benefits extension
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- The NCAA's five largest conferences approved sweeping changes in everything from medical care to basketball during the holidays on Friday, dashing through the agenda with little opposition and virtually no debate....

Blood test to detect 8 cancers early gives promising results
Scientists are reporting progress on a blood test to detect many types of cancer at an early stage, including some of the most deadly ones that lack screening tools now....

Gov't scientists scramble to save research ahead of shutdown
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The nation's premier medical research institute is in "a scramble" to prepare for a partial government shutdown that could ruin costly experiments and leave sick patients unable to enter cutting-edge studies, Dr. Anthony Fauci of the National Institutes of Health said Thursday....