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Police investigate death of Autumn Oxley, Virginia woman featured on '16 and Pregnant'

Jul. 23, 2024 21:57 PM EDT

Authorities in Virginia are investigating the death of Autumn Oxley, who appeared on the MTV reality show “16 and Pregnant" a decade ago and died over the weekend, police say. Police said they responded to a medical emergency shortly after 3:00 p.m. Saturday in Sandston, about 9...

Iowa law banning most abortions after six weeks of pregnancy to take effect Monday

Jul. 23, 2024 17:25 PM EDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — An Iowa judge has ruled the state's strict abortion law will take effect Monday, preventing most abortions after about six weeks of pregnancy, before many women know they are pregnant. The law passed last year, but a judge had blocked it from being enforced....

Restaurant critic's departure reveals potential hazards of the job

Jul. 21, 2024 06:44 AM EDT

Restaurant critics appear to have the best job in journalism, enjoying meals a few nights a week on someone else’s dime. But New York Times restaurant critic Pete Wells had painted a more complicated picture. In a recent column, Wells announced he’s leaving the beat because the...

Here's what to do with deli meats as the CDC investigates a listeria outbreak across the U.S.

Jul. 20, 2024 14:47 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — As U.S. health officials investigate a fatal outbreak of listeria food poisoning, they're advising people who are pregnant, elderly or have compromised immune systems to avoid eating sliced deli meat unless it's recooked at home to be steaming hot. The U.S. Centers...

Two deaths linked to listeria food poisoning from meat sliced at deli counters

Jul. 19, 2024 17:58 PM EDT

At least two people have died and more than two dozen were hospitalized in an outbreak of listeria food poisoning linked to meat sliced at grocery store deli counters, federal health officials said Friday. At least 28 people in a dozen states have gotten sick, though the largest...

Alabama birthing units are closing to save money and get funding. Some say babies are at risk

Jul. 19, 2024 01:10 AM EDT

GROVE HILL, Ala. (AP) — One of the last remaining birthing units in southern Alabama will close next month to qualify for federal funding that will save the hospital’s emergency services, but doctors warn the move may cost newborns and pregnant women essential access to obstetric care. ...

Kansas won't force providers to ask patients why they want abortions while a lawsuit proceeds

Jul. 18, 2024 18:32 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas isn't enforcing a new law requiring abortion providers to ask patients why they want to terminate their pregnancies, as a legal challenge against that rule and other older requirements makes its way through the courts. Attorneys for the state and for...

Top court lets New Yorkers vote on constitutional amendment barring discrimination over gender or 'pregnancy outcomes'

Jul. 11, 2024 15:53 PM EDT
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Top court lets New Yorkers vote on constitutional amendment barring discrimination over gender or 'pregnancy outcomes.'

Arkansas election officials reject petitions submitted for an abortion-rights ballot measure

Jul. 10, 2024 22:06 PM EDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas election officials on Wednesday rejected petitions submitted for an abortion-rights ballot measure that organizers hoped to put before voters this fall in a predominantly Republican state. The secretary of state’s office rejected the petitions...

Which states could have abortion on the ballot in 2024?

Jul. 10, 2024 16:24 PM EDT

A ballot measure to scale back the abortion ban in Arkansas won’t go before voters after the secretary of state on Wednesday found that organizers failed to submit required paperwork about the paid canvassers it used to help gather signatures that were submitted earlier this month. ...