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Administration pauses enforcement of abortion restriction

Jul. 21, 2019 10:37 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration is giving taxpayer-funded family planning clinics more time to comply with its new rule that says they no longer can refer women for abortions. But the clinics reacted warily to the administration's enforcement pause, and the widening rift could eventually affect...

Heat and humidity grip East Coast as Midwest gets reprieve

Jul. 21, 2019 10:21 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — The East Coast on Sunday sweated through another day of extreme heat and humidity as organizers in Boston canceled a benefit run, Delaware Civil War re-enactors got the day off and the New York Police Department implored residents to take it easy. "Sunday has been canceled," the NYPD jokingly...

Costa Rica officials say tainted alcohol kills at least 19

Jul. 21, 2019 5:40 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — The Costa Rican Health Ministry says it has confirmed 19 deaths from consumption of alcohol tainted with methanol. The ministry said in a Friday report that the investigation continues, but so far it has counted 14 men and five women who have died after drinking adulterated liquor since...

Teen activists score mental health days for Oregon students

Jul. 21, 2019 3:13 PM EDT

SALEM, Oregon (AP) — Oregon will allow students to take "mental health days" just as they would sick days, expanding the reasons for excused school absences to include mental or behavioral health under a new law that experts say is one of the first of its kind in the U.S. But don't call it coddling. The...

Florida 'pill mills' were 'gas on the fire' of opioid crisis

Jul. 20, 2019 1:15 PM EDT

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Florida survives on tourism, but a decade ago thousands of visitors made frequent trips to the state not to visit its theme parks or beaches. Instead, they came for cheap and easy prescription painkillers sold at unscrupulous walk-in clinics. For a while, few in authority did...

Flavored tobacco targeted in bid to stem youth vaping

Jul. 20, 2019 12:34 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — One year after concluding a successful campaign to raise the minimum age for buying tobacco from 18 to 21 across Massachusetts, anti-smoking advocates are now zeroing in on flavored tobacco products like those popular with electronic cigarette users. Invoking comparisons to the "Joe Camel"...

War-weakened South Sudan tries to prepare for Ebola

Jul. 20, 2019 10:31 AM EDT

JUBA, South Sudan (AP) — With the deadly Ebola outbreak in Congo now an international emergency , neighboring South Sudan and its war-weakened health system is a major concern, especially after one case was confirmed near its border. Health experts say there is an urgent need to increase prevention...

What consumers can do as regulators weigh compounds' risks

Jul. 20, 2019 10:02 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — At first, Tomas Monarrez didn't notice the labels when he went shopping for pots and pans. 'Completely toxin free!" said a big green message on a line of nonstick frying pans in the cookware aisle at a store in the nation's capital. "No PFOA!" boasted the label on a 12-piece kitchen set....

Technology, temporary help keeps farmers on job longer

Jul. 20, 2019 9:32 AM EDT

ALEXANDRIA, Ind. (AP) — At 79 years old, Art McManus says he's still able to hop on the tractor and maintain the 160 acres of cherry trees at his orchard in Traverse City, Michigan. His children have gone on to start lives of their own, though he gets some help running his farmers market from his...

AP FACT CHECK: Trump and Dems on an incendiary week

Jul. 20, 2019 8:07 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump attributed statements to a Democratic congresswoman that she didn't make as he set off an incendiary week of vilification with accusations that she and three other lawmakers of color hate America. The episode roiled the capital and excited Trump's North Carolina...