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AP Top Health News at 5:21 p.m. EST

Italy OKs living wills amid long-running euthanasia debate
ROME (AP) -- Italy's Senate gave final approval Thursday to a law allowing Italians to write living wills and refuse artificial nutrition and hydration, the latest step in the Roman Catholic nation's long-running and agonizing debate over euthanasia and end-of-life issues....

California lawmakers propose health coverage for immigrants
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SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) -- California, flush with cash from an expanding economy, would eventually spend $1 billion a year to provide health care to immigrants living in the state illegally under a proposal announced Wednesday by Democratic lawmakers....

At crunch time for health sign-ups, hold times are growing
WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Donald Trump's administration says it is trying to accommodate consumers as hold times grow for those seeking to enroll in insurance under the federal health care law....





Mental health care worries linger 5 years after Sandy Hook
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) -- Anguished mothers with mentally ill children have sought out Liza Long for help ever since she wrote an essay, "I am Adam Lanza's Mother," comparing experiences with her son to the emotionally troubled 20-year-old who carried out the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting....

Addiction, mental illness complicate help for the homeless
EVERETT, Wash. (AP) -- This is the lesson that the working-class city of Everett has learned: It takes a community to rescue the hardcore homeless....

AP PHOTOS: Poverty and addiction grip Los Angeles' Skid Row
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- The Skid Row area of downtown Los Angeles is home to thousands of chronically homeless people....

Opioid crisis strains foster system as kids pried from homes
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- The case arrives with all the routine of a traffic citation: A baby boy, just 4 days old and exposed to heroin in his mother's womb, is shuddering through withdrawal in intensive care, his fate now here in a shabby courthouse that hosts a parade of human misery....

Lawyers clash over impact of Trump's rules on birth control
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) -- Lawyers for California and the U.S. Department of Justice clashed in court Tuesday over whether new rules from President Donald Trump's administration would dramatically reduce women's access to free birth control....

UK surgeon admits signing initials on patients' livers
LONDON (AP) -- A British surgeon has admitted assaulting two patients by burning his initials into their livers during transplant operations....

Russian nuclear plant says it emits leaked nuclear isotope
MOSCOW (AP) -- A senior executive at the Russian nuclear processing plant suspected of being behind a spike of radioactivity over Europe this fall admitted Wednesday that the isotope recorded does emerge as part of the plant's production cycle but said its levels are negligible....