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South Korean government warns striking doctors to return to work or face legal action

Feb. 21, 2024 03:14 AM EST

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — The South Korean government on Wednesday warned thousands of striking doctors to return to work immediately or face legal action after their collective walkouts caused cancellations of surgeries and disrupted other hospital operations. About 7,800 medical...

A pacemaker for the brain helped a woman with crippling depression. It may soon offer hope to others

Feb. 21, 2024 00:13 AM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Emily Hollenbeck lived with a deep, recurring depression she likened to a black hole, where gravity felt so strong and her limbs so heavy she could barely move. She knew the illness could kill her. Both of her parents had taken their lives. She was willing to try...

Alabama Supreme Court rules frozen embryos are 'children' under state law

Feb. 20, 2024 21:55 PM EST

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — The Alabama Supreme Court has ruled that frozen embryos can be considered children under state law, a decision critics said could have sweeping implications for fertility treatment in the state. The decision was issued in a pair of wrongful death cases...

San Francisco wants to offer free drug recovery books at its public libraries

Feb. 20, 2024 20:24 PM EST

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The most stolen books from San Francisco public libraries' shelves are not the hottest new novels or juicy memoirs, they are books about recovering from addiction. Now, city officials want to provide universal access to free drug recovery books, including Alcoholics...

Executive is convicted of insider trading related to medical device firm acquisition

Feb. 20, 2024 19:57 PM EST

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — An executive at a medical device company has been convicted in Minnesota of insider trading for a scheme involving negotiations for the acquisition of the firm that was valued at $1.6 billion, federal prosecutors said Tuesday. Doron Tavlin was a vice...

Republican DA asks Wisconsin Supreme Court to decide abortion lawsuit without lower court ruling

Feb. 20, 2024 18:28 PM EST

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A Republican prosecutor asked the Wisconsin Supreme Court on Tuesday to decide whether a 174-year-old state law bans abortion in the state without waiting for a ruling from a lower appellate court. The U.S. Supreme Court's 2022 decision to overturn Roe v. Wade,...

Georgia House leaders signal Medicaid expansion is off the table in 2024

Feb. 20, 2024 17:55 PM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia's house speaker cracked open the door to Medicaid expansion in the state, but now that door appears to be closing for 2024. A bill introduced Tuesday by a top lieutenant to Republican House Speaker Jon Burns proposes to create a Comprehensive Health Care...

Kentucky GOP lawmaker pitches his early childhood education plan as way to head off childcare crisis

Feb. 20, 2024 16:31 PM EST

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — A Republican lawmaker on Tuesday promoted his ambitious plan to bolster early childhood education as a way to head off a looming crisis once pandemic-era federal aid dries up for the childcare sector. Kentucky state Sen. Danny Carroll pitched his legislation...

Utah 9-year-old arrested in fatal shooting of a family member

Feb. 20, 2024 15:59 PM EST

TOOELE, Utah (AP) — A 9-year-old child has been arrested in northern Utah for fatally shooting a family member in the head, police said Tuesday. Officers from the Tooele City Police Department, located 35 miles (56 kilometers) southwest of Salt Lake City, were dispatched to the...

Man hurt in crash of stolen car steals ambulance after leaving Virginia hospital in gown, police say

Feb. 20, 2024 13:03 PM EST

FAIRFAX, Va. (AP) — A man who was injured in a car crash walked out of the northern Virginia hospital where he was being treated and made off in an ambulance, which was later found abandoned, authorities said. Police on Tuesday were searching for the man, who was one of five people...