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Uncertainties loom as Vermont GMO law takes effect

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MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) -- At Mehuron's Supermarket in Waitsfield, Vermont, manager Bruce Hyde Jr. said he and his team support and are ready for the state's new law requiring genetically modified foods to be labeled as such. But uncertainties abound....

Suicide by job: Farmers, lumberjacks, fisherman top list

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NEW YORK (AP) -- Farmers, lumberjacks and fishermen have the highest suicide rate in the U.S., while librarians and educators have the lowest, according to a large study that found enormous differences across occupations....

Zika virus a concern for poor urban areas along Gulf Coast

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HOUSTON (AP) -- The poorest parts of Houston remind Dr. Peter Hotez of some of the neighborhoods in Latin America hardest hit by Zika....




New Mexico high court: Doctors can't help patients end lives
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) -- The New Mexico Supreme Court ruled Thursday that terminally ill patients cannot end their lives with help from doctors, ending what right-to-die advocates thought would be a successful legal fight....

Judge blocks Indiana genetic abnormality abortion law
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- A federal judge blocked an Indiana law Thursday that would have banned abortions sought because of a fetus' genetic abnormalities, saying that the state does not have the authority to limit a woman's reasons for ending a pregnancy....

It sucks _ startups look to redesign the breast pump
NEW YORK (AP) -- Ask many mothers and they'll tell you, pumping sucks in more than one sense of the word....

Laws encourage alternatives to prison for veterans with PTSD
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -- A former Army sergeant's defenders say he truly believed he was protecting fellow soldiers from a Taliban bomber when he emptied 24 rounds at police and firefighters responding to a fire in his apartment....

Germany: number of births hits highest level since 2000
BERLIN (AP) -- Germany recorded its highest number of births since 2000 last year, an encouraging sign in a country with an aging population....

HMO, EPO, PPO, OMG! How to navigate insurance plans
Hunting for the right health insurance plan outside the workplace used to involve a much lower risk of losing hair - from tearing it out in frustration....

FDA has a few questions for makers of hand sanitizer
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Federal health officials want to know whether hand sanitizers used by millions of Americans work as well as manufacturers claim - and whether there are any health risks to their growing use....