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Luis Enrique returns as Spain coach after daughter’s death

Nov. 19, 2019 7:42 AM EST

MADRID (AP) — Luis Enrique is returning as Spain coach five months after stepping down because of his daughter’s illness. He is taking over from former assistant Robert Moreno, who coached the team through qualifying for the 2020 European Championship. His last match was on Monday, a 5-0 rout of...

Pennsylvania families demand investigation into rare cancers

Nov. 18, 2019 5:17 PM EST

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — The families of young people diagnosed with a rare childhood cancer confronted Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf on Monday over what they called his administration’s insufficient response to a health crisis they blame on pollution from the shale gas industry. Dozens of children and...

Hospital: Mold outbreak linked to infections since 2001

Nov. 18, 2019 3:32 PM EST

SEATTLE (AP) — Seattle Children's Hospital said Monday it believes a mold outbreak that has sickened seven patients, one fatally, since summer 2018 is linked to mold-related infections dating back nearly two decades. Five children died from infections linked to Aspergillus mold in operating rooms at...

Samoa shuts schools, declares emergency as measles kills 6

Nov. 18, 2019 3:02 AM EST

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Samoa has closed all its schools, banned children from public gatherings and mandated that everybody get vaccinated after declaring an emergency due to a measles outbreak that has so far killed six people. For the past three weeks, the Pacific island nation of 200,000 people...

Mother and daughter pen children's book about breast cancer

Nov. 17, 2019 12:06 AM EST

NEWNAN, Ga. (AP) — When Shaquita Estes was diagnosed with breast cancer, one of the hardest things she said she had to deal with was the loss of her hair from chemotherapy. It was also hard for her to find books to help explain what was happening with her to her 8-year-old daughter, Lexie, a third-grader...

Plan would create a Marietta shelter for immigrant children

Nov. 16, 2019 3:22 PM EST

MARIETTA, Ga. (AP) — A building in Marietta could be used to house immigrant children under a plan by a local nonprofit group. Freemont Grace Human Services has obtained approval from the city’s zoning department to refurbish an existing building and convert it into a shelter, The Atlanta...

Foster parents, ACLU resist Illinois Medicaid plan change

Nov. 16, 2019 8:36 AM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — Foster parents and child care advocates are resisting a new Illinois Medicaid health care plan that is set to roll out next year, questioning whether it will adequately serve the needs of foster children. The plan, which is scheduled to begin Feb. 1, will be run by the private contractor...

Library designs program to reach children with autism

Nov. 16, 2019 12:05 AM EST

ATHENS, Ala. (AP) — In a dimly lit corner of the library, far away from the colorful children's area, the beeping of the scanners and stacks of thousands of books, Amanda Coleman waited in silence, surrounded by bean bags and sensory pads. "It's Pikachu. I'm so glad you're here," the Athens-Limestone...

Family of girl scarred by laser procedure files lawsuit

Nov. 15, 2019 7:26 AM EST

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The family of a 6-year-old girl whose face was permanently scarred during a laser procedure is suing the University of Minnesota Physicians doctor who treated the child. A lawsuit filed in Hennepin County District Court this week alleges Dr. Kristen Hook failed to disclose her...

Tents, stench, smoke: Health risks are gripping migrant camp

Nov. 14, 2019 6:29 PM EST

MATAMOROS, Mexico (AP) — A smoke-filled stench fills a refugee camp just a short walk from the U.S.-Mexico border, rising from ever-burning fires and piles of human waste. Parents and children live in a sea of tents and tarps, some patched together with garbage bags. Others sleep outside in temperatures...