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'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....

Few states let courts take guns from people deemed a threat

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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....

Abortion-rights supporters push back against gains by foes
Foes of abortion have pushed through several hundred state laws restricting access to the procedure over the past decade. This year, as never before, abortion-rights supporters are fighting back nationwide with proposals to protect and expand access to abortion and contraception....

McDonald's moves cheeseburgers off Happy Meal menu
NEW YORK (AP) -- McDonald's is taking cheeseburgers and chocolate milk off its Happy Meal menu in an effort to cut down on the calories, sodium, saturated fat and sugar that kids consume at its restaurants....

Study cited for blaming autism on TV cartoon does not exist
WASHINGTON (AP) -- There is no Harvard study that says a British children's television cartoon causes autism, despite what a social media post claims. In fact, there's at least one peer-reviewed study that hints that a children's television show may help autistic kids....