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Mother Russia: South Florida sees a boom in 'birth tourism'

Mar. 22, 2019 3:17 AM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — Every year, hundreds of pregnant Russian women travel to the United States to give birth so that their child can acquire all the privileges of American citizenship. They pay anywhere from $20,000 to sometimes more than $50,000 to brokers who arrange their travel documents, accommodations and...

Glance at what some state legislatures are doing on abortion

Mar. 21, 2019 7:34 PM EDT

Mississippi's governor signed into law one of the most restrictive abortion bans in the country on Thursday. The bill outlaws abortions after the heartbeat of a fetus can be detected, around roughly the sixth week of a pregnancy. The ban is set to take effect on July 1, but abortion-rights advocates have already...

'Thrones' actress Emilia Clarke says she's had 2 aneurysms

Mar. 21, 2019 6:04 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — "Game of Thrones" actress Emilia Clarke revealed Thursday that she has had two life-threatening aneurysms, and two brain surgeries, since the show began. An unknown actress before landing the role, Clarke had just finished filming her first season as Daenerys Targaryen, the "Mother of...

Mississippi governor signs 'heartbeat' abortion law

Mar. 21, 2019 5:31 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant on Thursday signed one of the strictest abortion laws in the nation — a measure that bans most abortions once a fetal heartbeat can be detected, about six weeks into pregnancy. Bryant's action came despite a federal judge's ruling last year that...

Study: About 4 percent of women are pregnant when jailed

Mar. 21, 2019 4:55 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — About 4 percent of women incarcerated in state prisons across the U.S. were pregnant when they were jailed, according to a new study released Thursday that researchers hope will help lawmakers and prisons better consider the health of women behind bars. The number of imprisoned women has...

Monkey birth a step to saving fertility of boys with cancer

Mar. 21, 2019 4:13 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Scientists are closing in on a way to help young boys undergoing cancer treatment preserve their future fertility — and the proof is the first monkey born from the experimental technology. More and more people are surviving childhood cancer, but nearly 1 in 3 will be left infertile...

Markets Right Now: Tech leads US stocks broadly higher

Mar. 21, 2019 4:08 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The latest on developments in financial markets (all times local): 4 p.m. The stock market closed broadly higher, led by gains in Apple and other big technology companies. Apple rose 3.7 percent Thursday. The company has made several product announcements this week and has an event...

The Latest: Planned Parenthood criticizes abortion law

Mar. 21, 2019 4:04 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — The Latest on the signing of (all times local): 3 p.m. A physician who is president of Planned Parenthood of America is criticizing a Mississippi law that will ban most abortions once a fetal heartbeat is detected, about six weeks into pregnancy. Dr. Leana Wen says the law "will...

Benzene warning lifted near Houston-area petrochemical plant

Mar. 21, 2019 3:07 PM EDT

Residents near a petrochemical storage terminal in the Houston suburb of Deer Park were warned to shelter in place for several hours on Thursday after elevated levels of benzene were detected in the air. The warning was lifted around noon after air-quality readings improved, but health officials said air...

New Jersey governor: Push to legalize pot is short on votes

Mar. 21, 2019 2:58 PM EDT

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Days ahead of a planned vote in the Legislature that would make New Jersey the 11th state to legalize recreational marijuana, Gov. Phil Murphy said Thursday that the measure is short of the votes needed to pass. The Democrat spoke Thursday during a news conference alongside more than a...