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Man at center of French soul-searching on life support dies

Jul. 11, 2019 11:50 AM EDT

PARIS (AP) — A French man who was in a vegetative state for 11 years while his wife and parents disagreed over his continued medical care died Thursday, and a prosecutor quickly ordered an autopsy and an investigation. Vincent Lambert, 42, died in a hospital east of Paris nine days after doctors stopped...

Lawyer: Man charged in assisted suicide a loving husband

Jun. 21, 2019 4:03 PM EDT

MIDDLETOWN, Conn. (AP) — A man accused of helping his terminally ill wife kill herself last year was a loving husband whose spouse was "suffering terribly" from cancer, his lawyer said Friday after a brief court appearance. Kevin Conners, of Westbrook, was arraigned on a manslaughter charge in Middletown...

Connecticut man charged with assisting wife's suicide

Jun. 20, 2019 5:35 PM EDT

WESTBROOK, Conn. (AP) — A Westbrook man helped his cancer-stricken wife to die by suicide and now faces manslaughter charges, state police said. Kevin Conners, 65, told investigators that he held a revolver to the head of his wife, Lori, 62, who pulled the trigger on Sept. 6, according to the arrest...

Voluntary euthanasia becomes legal in Australian state

Jun. 19, 2019 4:49 AM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Voluntary euthanasia became legal in an Australian state on Wednesday more than 20 years after the country repealed the world's first mercy-killing law for the terminally ill. The process of dying in an assisted suicide after an initial approach to a doctor in Victoria state...

Congo pastor likely sparked Ebola outbreak spread to Uganda

Jun. 13, 2019 7:29 PM EDT

BWERA, Uganda (AP) — The Congolese pastor who is thought to have caused the Ebola outbreak's spread into Uganda was unknown to health officials before he died of the disease, the World Health Organization's emergencies chief said Thursday. That underlines the problems in tracking the virus as a WHO expert...

Maine becomes 8th state to legalize assisted suicide

Jun. 12, 2019 9:52 PM EDT

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine legalized medically assisted suicide on Wednesday, becoming the eighth state to allow terminally ill people to end their lives with prescribed medication. Democratic Gov. Janet Mills, who had previously said she was unsure about the bill, signed it in her office. "It is my hope...

Maine becomes 8th state to legalize medically assisted suicide

Jun. 12, 2019 4:21 PM EDT
AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine becomes 8th state to legalize medically assisted suicide.

Sick Gaza child caught in Israeli permit system dies alone

Jun. 12, 2019 12:51 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — When Palestinian preschooler Aisha a-Lulu came out of brain surgery in a strange Jerusalem hospital room, she called out for her mother and father. She repeated the cry over and over, but her parents never came. Instead of a family member, Israeli authorities had approved a stranger to...

The Latest: Lawyer says doc didn't try to euthanize people

Jun. 5, 2019 4:30 PM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The Latest on a doctor charged with murder in the overdose deaths of 25 patients (all times local): 4:20 p.m. A defense attorney says a doctor charged with murder in the deaths of 25 Ohio hospital patients was trying to provide "comfort care" for dying people, not euthanize them....

Bill to legalize assisted suicide in Maine goes to governor

Jun. 4, 2019 4:20 PM EDT

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — The Maine Legislature voted Tuesday to legalize assisted suicide, with supporters declaring it in line with the state's tradition of individualism and opponents insisting the practice tempts fate. The bill now goes to Democratic Gov. Janet Mills, who has 10 days to act on the bill and...