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Convicted killer of 2 Virginia college students has cancer

May. 22, 2019 1:21 PM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Jesse Matthew Jr., who abducted and killed two Virginia college students five years apart, was transferred to a new prison this week so he can receive medical treatment for cancer. Matthew, 37, is serving multiple life sentences for the 2009 murder of 20-year-old Virginia Tech student...

House hearing grows heated over migrant children's deaths

May. 22, 2019 1:13 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A Democratic lawmaker on Wednesday blamed the Trump administration's border policies for the deaths of migrant children, and the acting head of the Homeland Security Department lashed out at the "appalling accusation." The brouhaha came a House Homeland Security Committee hearing on the...

Alabama House approves 'born alive' abortion bill

May. 22, 2019 11:55 AM EDT

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Doctors would face prison sentences if they fail to treat babies "born alive" after an attempted abortion, under a bill approved Tuesday night by the Alabama House of Representatives. The measure patterned after legislation in Texas was approved after more than an hour of...

Harris, Gillibrand offer plans to bolster maternal care

May. 22, 2019 11:25 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Two Democratic women running for president unveiled plans Wednesday to improve maternal health care, with Sen. Kamala Harris reintroducing a bill aimed at addressing racial disparities in childbirth care and Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand promising to make adoptions and high-tech fertility...

Quarantine at Michigan women's prison after scabies outbreak

May. 22, 2019 10:20 AM EDT

YPSILANTI, Mich. (AP) — Officials say a new scabies outbreak at Michigan's only prison for women led to a quarantine at the facility so inmates could get treatment. The Michigan Department of Corrections confirmed Tuesday that a residential unit at Huron Valley prison near Ypsilanti was placed under...

Kwik Trip veggie trays again linked to salmonella

May. 22, 2019 8:33 AM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin-based convenience store chain Kwik Trip has removed some vegetable trays from its stores after several reported illnesses in Wisconsin and Minnesota. Health officials say the Del Monte vegetable trays, which included broccoli, cauliflower, carrots and dill dip, have been...

Research on children's health risks in doubt over EPA funds

May. 22, 2019 7:59 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Long-running research projects credited with pivotal discoveries about the harm that pesticides, air pollution and other hazards pose to children are in jeopardy or shutting down because the Environmental Protection Agency will not commit to their continued funding, researchers say. The...

Gillibrand proposes more access to maternal care, adoption

May. 22, 2019 7:56 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democratic presidential candidate Kirsten Gillibrand (KEER'-sten JIHL'-uh-brand) says she wants to improve women's access to maternal care and make adoptions and high-tech fertility treatments more accessible to those who want children. The New York senator said Wednesday she's proposing...

Harris' bill seeks to address racial bias in maternal care

May. 22, 2019 7:33 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. Sen. Kamala Harris is offering a new bill to address racial disparities in maternal health care, one of several plans by 2020 Democratic presidential candidates on the issue. Harris' bill, first introduced in 2018, would create some $150 million in grant programs to medical schools...

Another athlete slams testosterone rules, refuses medication

May. 22, 2019 7:06 AM EDT

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Another Olympic medalist has criticized the IAAF's testosterone regulations and said she will refuse to take hormone-reducing medication. Margaret Wambui of Kenya, who won bronze in the 800 meters behind Caster Semenya at the 2016 Olympics, said she is affected by the new rules but...