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China seems to confirm scientist's gene-edited babies claim

Jan. 21, 2019 9:44 PM EST

Chinese authorities appear to have confirmed a scientist's unpublished claim that he helped make the world's first gene-edited babies and that a second pregnancy is underway, and say he could face consequences for his work. China's official Xinhua News Agency said Monday that investigators in Guangdong province...

2 doctors for incapacitated patient who gave birth leave

Jan. 21, 2019 9:37 PM EST

PHOENIX (AP) — Two doctors who cared for an incapacitated woman who gave birth as a result of a sexual assault are no longer providing medical services at the long-term care center in Phoenix. Hacienda HealthCare says Sunday that one has resigned. The other has been suspended. The victim in her 20s had...

New Mexico considers legalizing medically assisted suicide

Jan. 21, 2019 8:29 PM EST

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — State lawmakers are considering whether to legalize medically assisted suicide for terminally ill patients. A proposal from Democratic Rep. Deborah Armstrong of Albuquerque and Sen. Liz Stefanics of Santa Fe sets out assisted-suicide protocols that include authorization from two...

North Dakota's GOP-led Legislature mulls abortion bills

Jan. 21, 2019 5:48 PM EST

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota's Republican-led Legislature reopened the abortion debate Monday following a six-year pause despite critics saying the state is setting itself up for another round of expensive legal fights over legislation they describe as misleading and unconstitutional. In...

22 confirmed cases of measles in Clark County

Jan. 21, 2019 5:13 PM EST

VANCOUVER, Wash. (AP) — Health officials now say they have 22 confirmed measles cases in Clark County since the start of the year. Clark County Public Health said Monday is also investigating three suspected cases of the infection. Officials say 19 of those infected were not immunized, while the three...

All 5 Arkansas medical marijuana plans under construction

Jan. 21, 2019 1:37 PM EST

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — All five of Arkansas medical marijuana cultivation facilities are now under construction. Delta Medical Cannabis Co. in Newport became the final facility to begin work, breaking ground on Tuesday. The other four facilities are Natural State Wellness Enterprises, also in Newport,...

School bus chief has fatal heart attack while shoveling snow

Jan. 21, 2019 12:51 PM EST

PORTAGE, Mich. (AP) — A man in charge of transportation at a southwestern Michigan school district has died while shoveling snow. Portage district officials say Mike Westbrook died Saturday from a heart attack. Superintendent Mark Bielang told families that Westbrook's "work impacted every student who...

Hawaii opioid prescriptions on downward trend, official says

Jan. 21, 2019 10:42 AM EST

HILO, Hawaii (AP) — The number of prescriptions written for opioid painkillers has declined over the last four years in Hawaii, a state health official said. Dr. Daniel Galanis told state lawmakers last week that the average number of monthly opioid prescriptions has decreased from about 69,000 in 2015 to...

Michigan cancer study considers toxic air pollution

Jan. 21, 2019 10:34 AM EST

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — Michigan regulators are expanding an investigation into air pollution produced by a medical-device manufacturer, and the results could be factored into a cancer study. The Department of Environmental Quality this month announced plans to widen air-quality testing around the Viant...

Feral cats spayed, neutered at mobile clinic in Forsyth Co.

Jan. 21, 2019 8:54 AM EST

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) — A North Carolina county is trying to limit the number of feral cats that live there by sponsoring a mobile spay/neuter clinic. The Winston-Salem Journal reports about 50 feral cats were fixed this past weekend by veterinary students working in a trailer in Forsyth County. The...