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Stuck in an opioids crisis, officials turn to acupuncture
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PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) -- Marine veteran Jeff Harris was among the first to sign up when the Providence VA hospital started offering acupuncture for chronic pain....

'SNL' alum Quinn recovering from heart attack with humor
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NEW YORK (AP) -- "Saturday Night Live" alum Colin Quinn is exercising his wit days after a heart attack interrupted his busy touring schedule....

Trump focus on mental health after school shooting denounced
Frustration is mounting in the medical community as the Trump administration again points to mental illness in response to yet another mass shooting....





South Africa's new leader winning fans with morning exercise
JOHANNESBURG (AP) -- South Africa's new President Cyril Ramaphosa is winning some fans with his habit of early-morning jogs and walks in which he chats and takes selfies with the public....

UNICEF says Pakistan is riskiest country for newborns
ISLAMABAD (AP) -- The U.N. children's agency in a report released Tuesday singled out Pakistan as the riskiest country for newborns, saying that out of every 1,000 children born in Pakistan, 46 die at birth....

Few states let courts take guns from people deemed a threat
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) -- The warnings around Nikolas Cruz seemed to flash like neon signs: expelled from school, fighting with classmates, a fascination with weapons and hurting animals, disturbing images and comments posted to social media, previous mental health treatment....

Flu season shows signs of leveling off
NEW YORK (AP) -- This nasty flu season, which has been worsening for months, may finally be leveling off....

Ethics dispute erupts in Belgium over euthanasia rules
A disputed case of euthanasia in Belgium, involving the death of a dementia patient who never formally asked to die, has again raised concerns about weak oversight in a country with some of the world's most liberal euthanasia laws....

Trump appeals California judge's curb on birth control rules
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- The U.S. Department of Justice is appealing a California judge's decision to temporarily block new Trump administration rules allowing more employers to opt out of providing no-cost birth control to women....

Flu shot only 36 percent effective, making bad year worse
NEW YORK (AP) -- The flu vaccine is doing a poor job protecting older Americans and others against the bug that's causing most illnesses....