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FILE - In this July 12, 2017, file photo, visitors flock to a beach in Qingdao in eastern China's Shandong Province. China's population crept past 1.4 billion in 2019 for the first time, even as the birthrate continues to fall. (Chinatopix via AP, File)

China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate falls

Jan. 17, 2020 8:39 PM EST

BEIJING (AP) — China's population crept past 1.4 billion last year for the first time, even as the birthrate continues to fall. The National Bureau of Statistics said Friday the population on the Chinese mainland reached 1.40005 billion at the end of 2019, with another overall gain of 4.67 million people....

FILE - In this June 16, 2016, file photo, bottles of wine are displayed during a tour of a state liquor store, in Salt Lake City. According to federal health statistics, Americans are drinking more now than when Prohibition was enacted a century earlier. What’s more, it’s been rising for two decades, and it’s not clear when it will fall again. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, File)

US drinking more now than just before Prohibition

Jan. 14, 2020 12:59 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Americans are drinking more now than when Prohibition was enacted. What’s more, it’s been rising for two decades, and it’s not clear when it will fall again. That’s the picture painted by federal health statistics, which show a rise in per-person consumption and...

FILE - In this Dec. 18, 2019, file photo, President Donald Trump speaks during a campaign rally at Kellogg Arena in Battle Creek, Mich. From foreign policy initiatives to the choice of music at White House events, from the prevalence of “Merry Christmas” greetings to the title of the new USMCA trade deal, Trump is happy to give himself a public pat on the back _ repeatedly _ for his great ideas. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci, File)

Trump goes out of his way to take a bow, again

Jan. 11, 2020 8:11 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — It was wonderful news: Researchers reported this past week the largest-ever one-year decline in the U.S. cancer death rate during 2017. And President Donald Trump didn’t miss the chance to take a bow. Trump tweeted: “U.S. Cancer Death Rate Lowest In Recorded History! A lot...

This 1964 photo made available by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows a lung tissue specimen from a patient with adenocarcinoma of the lung. On Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2020, researchers reported the largest-ever decline in the U.S. cancer death rate, and they are crediting advances in the treatment of lung tumors. Most lung cancer cases are tied to smoking, and decades of declining smoking rates means lower rates of lung cancer diagnoses and deaths. (Dr. Ellis/Emory University, Department of Pathology/CDC via AP)

Cancer group finds biggest one-year drop in U.S. death rate

Jan. 8, 2020 7:40 AM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Researchers on Wednesday reported the largest-ever one-year decline in the U.S. cancer death rate, a drop they credited to advances in lung-tumor treatments. The overall cancer death rate has been falling about 1.5% a year since 1991. It fell 2.2% from 2016 to 2017, according to the new...

Vote count on two articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump.;

Impeachment, immigration, Brexit: How 2019 looked in charts

Jan. 3, 2020 2:26 PM EST

For many reasons, 2019 was historic. The U.S. House impeached the president for the third time in history. The most diverse slate of Democrats ever vied to be their party's nominee for the White House. Britain pushed to extricate itself from the European Union three years after voters chose to leave. While not...

FILE - In this Monday morning, Feb. 4, 2019 file photo, Baltimore Police block off Penn Street at Lombard after a shooting at the University of Maryland Medical Center Shock Trauma in Baltimore. The hospital went on lockdown Monday after a 24-year-old employee was critically wounded by a gunman near an ambulance bay at the University of Maryland Medical Center.  Baltimore could wrap up 2019 with its highest per-capita homicide rate on record as killings of adults and minors alike for drugs, retribution, money or no clear reason continue to add up and city officials appear unable to stop the violence. (Jerry Jackson/The Baltimore Sun via AP)

Nonstop violence as Baltimore nears record homicide rate

Dec. 25, 2019 8:56 AM EST

BALTIMORE (AP) — Baltimore could wrap up 2019 with its highest per-capita homicide rate on record as killings of adults and minors alike for drugs, retribution, money or no clear reason continue to add up and city officials appear unable to stop the violence. Police recorded 338 homicides as of Tuesday,...

California report on horse deaths at Santa Anita delayed

Dec. 12, 2019 1:19 PM EST

LOS ALAMITOS, Calif. (AP) — The California Horse Racing Board's report on the high rate of horse deaths at Santa Anita earlier this year is being delayed. Rick Baedeker, the board's executive director, said the report is now scheduled to be released on Jan. 15. It was originally set to be issued this...

In this 2016 photo provided by Thomas Marrinson, Allison Beach holds the hand of her ailing mother Kathryne Beach inside her home in Hinesburg, Vt. Allison Beach and her husband struggled to figure out how to get help for her mother, who lived with them for three years before dying at their home Hinesburg, Vermont, in 2016. The experience led Beach, who was a nurse, to seek special training in end-of-life care and has become a doula, hoping to help others in such circumstances.  (Thomas Marrinson via AP)

More Americans are dying at home rather than in hospitals

Dec. 11, 2019 7:44 PM EST

For the first time since the early 1900s, more Americans are dying at home rather than in hospitals, a trend that reflects more hospice care and progress toward the kind of end that most people say they want. Deaths in nursing homes also have declined, according to Wednesday's report in the New England Journal of...

FILE - In this April 4, 2019, file photo Richard Branson, of Virgin Group, waves as he arrives on a Brightline train in West Palm Beach, Fla. The Brightline, a higher-speed passenger train service tied to Richard Branson's Virgin Group, has the worst per-mile death rate in the U.S. . (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky, File)

New higher-speed Florida train has highest US death rate

Dec. 2, 2019 12:38 PM EST

MIAMI (AP) — After Richard Branson announced his Virgin Group would partner with Brightline, Florida’s new higher-speed passenger rail service, a train whisked the British billionaire, VIPs and journalists from Miami to West Palm Beach in just over an hour and then back, with no problems. That was...

FILE - In this Monday, Feb. 16, 2015 file photo, HIV-counseling and prevention course facilitators Evelyn Ojwang, center, and Henry Owino, right, conduct an HIV prevention session entitled

Complacency a concern as AIDS treatment improves in Africa

Nov. 29, 2019 9:34 AM EST

KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — AIDS has no cure. HIV is still here. But some people are forgetting that. Those are some of the bold messages Uganda’s leader is emphasizing as health officials try to stem stubbornly high infection rates among young people in this East African country that years ago won...