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FILE - In this Dec. 14, 2009 file photo, Frank Knight, 101, of Yarmouth, Maine, stands in front of an elm tree known as

Clones help famous elm tree named Herbie live on, for now

Jan. 19, 2020 1:11 PM EST

YARMOUTH, Maine (AP) — A massive elm tree nicknamed Herbie is long gone, but it is going to live on, thanks to cloned trees that are being made available to the public. At 110 feet and more than 200 years, Herbie was the tallest and oldest elm in New England and survived 14 bouts of Dutch elm disease...

Ashley Mabry, 35, who has autism and Asperger's syndrome, is graduating from the University of Colorado Colorado Springs this spring. Mabry is one of three seniors in the first cohort to graduate in May from an inclusion program Colorado lawmakers enacted in December 2016 to enable intellectually disabled students to become fully matriculated at three schools: UCCS, the University of Northern Colorado and Arapahoe Community College. Since the fourth-grade Mabry has known she wanted to go to college.

University to graduate first class in special needs program

Jan. 19, 2020 12:13 PM EST

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — Ashley Mabry, who looks forward to family game night, sometimes watches TV and loves her internship at the ARC Pikes Peak Region, knew she wanted to go to college since the fourth grade, when she entered a “talent development” program at Hilltop Baptist School...

In this recent photo, God Smile Ministry founder and director Michael Magan, left, listens as Dr. Janet Rowland, right, talks with patient Jennifer Hasley about denture treatment in Owensboro, Ky. Hasley is among the first three patients to benefit from the God Smile Ministry that helps recovering addicts with dentures. (Messenger-Inquirer/The Messenger-Inquirer via AP)

Going the Extra Smile: Recovering drug addicts get dentures

Jan. 19, 2020 11:38 AM EST

OWENSBORO, Ky. (AP) — In less than four months of existence, God Smile Ministry is already impacting lives through improving their oral health. On Thursday (Jan. 9), the second and third patients of the faith-based nonprofit were being treated by Dr. Janet Rowland at her Rowland Family Dentistry office at...

Pedestrians wear protective masks as they walk through a shopping district in Tokyo Thursday, Jan. 16, 2020. Japan's government said Thursday a man treated for pneumonia after returning from China has tested positive for the new coronavirus identified as a possible cause of an outbreak in the Chinese city of Wuhan. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)

China reports 17 new cases in viral pneumonia outbreak

Jan. 19, 2020 1:10 AM EST

BEIJING (AP) — Seventeen more people in central China have been diagnosed with a new form of viral pneumonia that has killed two patients and placed other countries on alert as millions of Chinese travel for Lunar New Year holidays. In total, 62 cases of the novel coronavirus have been identified in the...

Indiana paramedic buys sensory bags for kids with autism

Jan. 19, 2020 12:01 AM EST

CROWN POINT, Ind. (AP) — A few months ago, Matt Kodicek saw a Facebook post about firefighter paramedic Eric Henry in Springboro, Ohio. The Clearcreek Fire District firefighter brought sensory bags to the department to help respond to calls where there are children who have autism, a cause close to Henry...

Puppy at Texas animal shelter tests positive for rabies

Jan. 18, 2020 5:20 PM EST

STEPHENVILLE, Texas (AP) — Texas health officials say a 6-month-old puppy at an animal shelter in Stephenville has tested positive for rabies and anyone who interacted with the dog should be tested. The Texas Department of State Health Services said in a news release that the tan and white lab mix was...

Despite being born with dwarfism, a condition that prevents him from ever growing taller than 4 feet, 8 inches, Cedar Crest junior Bailey Pennypacker is a key member of the school's wrestling team. (Pat Huggins/Lebanon Daily News via AP)

Wrestler fights off physical limitation, thrives on the mat

Jan. 18, 2020 11:28 AM EST

LEBANON, Pa. (AP) — With its significant physical and mental challenges, wrestling is not a sport for the faint-hearted. Nor, it would seem, is wrestling a sport for someone who stands just 4 feet, 5 inches tall and won't get much bigger because of dwarfism, a condition that limits the growth of a person....

In this Jan. 10, 2020 photo, Brie Gesick, left, of Virginia Beach, and Jamie Van Cleave, of Yorktown ,both suffer from epilepsy say that living with condition is like being in prison in Yorktown, Va. Senate bill 420, a bill submitted by state Sen. Bill DeSteph, would help make life easier at school for them and other children that suffer from seizure related conditions. (John C. Clark/The Daily Press via AP)

Virginia teens advocate for seizure safe school legislation

Jan. 18, 2020 9:00 AM EST

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (AP) — Rowena and Thomas Gesick take turns sleeping in their daughter’s room every night so they can monitor her for seizures while she sleeps. But when Brie goes to school in the morning, the personnel are not required to know how to recognize and respond to seizures. Two...

In this Saturday, Jan. 4, 2020, photo, Bill Adams and Sherri Daniel exchange vows at Christ Restoration Branch church, in Lucasville, Scioto County, Ohio. After a years-long fight for their right to marry without losing any of their disability income, the couple finally wed this month. The couple found out Sherri can keep her income as a dependent drawing from her deceased father's Social Security. (Courtney Hergesheimer/The Columbus Dispatch via AP)

Disabled couples navigate red tape on way to altar

Jan. 18, 2020 8:24 AM EST

LUCASVILLE, Ohio (AP) — As the wedding photographer snapped away, Sherri and Bill Adams leaned over their wheelchairs for a kiss. One felt good, so they enjoyed another. And another. “That’s enough!” someone teased. Sherri beamed. How long had she waited for this? Five years had passed...

Senators: Feds must implement tick-borne disease act swiftly

Jan. 18, 2020 8:11 AM EST

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Two U.S. senators want the federal government to implement new measures to protect people from tick-borne diseases as soon as possible. Republican Sen. Susan Collins of Maine and Democratic Sen. Tina Smith of Minnesota authored and advocated for passage of the Kay Hagan Tick Act,...