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State abortion bans may hand Democrats a political weapon

May. 25, 2019 3:53 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A flood of laws banning abortions in Republican-run states has handed Democrats a political weapon heading into next year's elections, helping them paint the GOP as extreme and court centrist voters who could decide congressional races in swing states, members of both parties say. The...

Florida governor, Cabinet begin trade mission in Israel

May. 25, 2019 3:06 PM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Republican Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis was on his way to Israel Saturday with a delegation of close to 100 people, a trip that will include a ceremonial meeting with the independently elected Cabinet. The agenda DeSantis' office released ahead of the trip was vague on details,...

Massachusetts health officials warn of measles exposure

May. 25, 2019 2:17 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Health officials in Massachusetts say a child has tested positive for measles after visiting a number of locations in the Boston area that could have resulted in exposure to other people. The Massachusetts Department of Public Health confirmed Saturday that the child was diagnosed Friday....

AP FACT CHECK: Trump and a tale of 2 sheets of paper

May. 25, 2019 1:27 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump held up and read from a sheet of paper in the Rose Garden this past week as he argued he's been hounded by investigators in the Russia probe for no reason. "Nearly 500 search warrants," says the page, from an ABC News graphic. "More than 2,500 subpoenas." And: "19...

Bill would create $25B opioid epidemic response fund

May. 25, 2019 12:53 PM EDT

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — New Hampshire Congresswoman Annie Kuster and Pennsylvania Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick have introduced a bill to create a $25 billion Opioid Epidemic Response Fund to provide resources to support states, cities, towns, and communities fight the drug crisis. The fund would provide $5 billion...

Planned Parenthood drops challenge of Arkansas abortion law

May. 25, 2019 12:07 PM EDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Planned Parenthood has dropped its challenge of an Arkansas law requiring doctors who oversee medication-induced abortions to contract with a physician who has admitting privileges at a hospital and agrees to handle any complications. The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports that...

Aid coming to try to improve Maine's high cancer death rates

May. 25, 2019 11:59 AM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine health officials are receiving more than $2 million to try to improve the state's efforts to prevent cancer. Republican Sen. Susan Collins and independent Sen. Angus King say the money will support the Maine Center for Disease Control's cancer prevention and control programs....

Toxic plants suspected of killing cows in Four Corners

May. 25, 2019 11:54 AM EDT

SHIPROCK, N.M. (AP) — Ranchers in northwestern New Mexico suspect toxic plants, used in Navajo and Hopi religious ceremonies, are responsible for the recent deaths of more than a dozen cows. At least 15 cows from different herds in the Shiprock area have died of a mysterious illness in the past three...

Indiana educators disappointed about mental health funding

May. 25, 2019 11:29 AM EDT

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (AP) — The failure of Indiana lawmakers to approve proposals during this year's legislative session that would have made mental health services eligible for school safety funding is a huge disappointment, education officials said. Early in the session, Democratic state Rep. Tonya Pfaff, a...

Problems persist at Wyoming's largest mental health facility

May. 25, 2019 11:13 AM EDT

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Serious problems persist at Wyoming's largest mental health facility four years after employees left an incapacitated woman on a couch without food, water or bathroom use for over 24 hours, according to two groups that provide legal and advocacy services to patients in need. They...