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AP Interview: Phelps says mental health is new passion

May. 22, 2018 8:55 PM EDT

Michael Phelps was hanging at the pool on Tuesday. No, he's not planning another comeback. He's got a bigger goal to tackle. Mental health. After revealing the depths of his depression — and even thoughts of suicide after his second drunken-driving arrest — Phelps is hoping to make a difference for...

EPA blocks some media from summit, then reverses course

May. 22, 2018 7:59 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — A reporter for The Associated Press was grabbed by the shoulders and shoved out of an Environmental Protection Agency building by a security guard Tuesday for trying to cover a meeting on water contaminants in which some reporters were welcomed and others were not. An aide to EPA...

Pruitt promises action on rising threat from contaminants

May. 22, 2018 7:21 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Soaring numbers of water systems around the country are testing positive for a dangerous class of chemicals widely used in items that include non-stick pans and firefighting foam, regulators and scientists said Tuesday. The warnings, and promises by Environmental Protection Agency chief...

Congo announces 6 new confirmed cases of Ebola virus

May. 22, 2018 6:13 PM EDT

KINSHASA, Congo (AP) — Congo's health ministry announced six new confirmed Ebola cases and two new suspected cases Tuesday as vaccinations entered a second day in an effort to contain the deadly virus in a city of more than 1 million. Dozens of health workers in the northwestern provincial capital,...

Former Indiana first lady has surgery to remove brain tumor

May. 22, 2018 5:49 PM EDT

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Former Indiana first lady Susan Bayh had surgery Tuesday to remove a malignant brain tumor, her family said. The wife of Evan Bayh, a Democratic former Senator and Indiana Governor, Susan Bayh had a malignant glioblastoma removed. That's the same deadly cancer former Democratic Sen. Ted...

Congress OKs letting terminal patients try unapproved drugs

May. 22, 2018 5:34 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A bill helping people with deadly diseases try experimental treatments sailed through Congress on Tuesday, a victory for President Donald Trump and foes of regulation and a defeat for patients' groups and Democrats who argued the measure was dangerous and dangled false hope. After an...

California moves to defend law allowing life-ending drugs

May. 22, 2018 4:49 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California's attorney general is asking an appeals court to quickly block a judge's decision to toss a 2016 state law allowing the terminally ill to end their lives. Attorney General Xavier Becerra on Monday requested an immediate stay and the reversal of a judge's ruling last...

Favre says he went to rehab 3 times to fight addictions

May. 22, 2018 4:05 PM EDT

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — Retired quarterback Brett Favre says he made three trips to rehabilitation centers during his Hall of Fame career to fight his dependence on painkillers and alcohol. Favre told Sports Illustrated he took as many as 14 Vicodin at one time during the 1995 season in Green Bay. Favre won...

Woman accuses R. Kelly of sexual battery, giving her herpes

May. 22, 2018 4:05 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — R. Kelly sexually abused and demeaned a woman, locked her in rooms and vehicles for punishment and infected her with herpes, according to a lawsuit that furthers a string of misconduct accusations against the platinum-selling singer. Faith Rodgers said in the suit filed Monday in New York...

Bear researcher in 'dream job' attacked by grizzly

May. 22, 2018 3:53 PM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A government wildlife worker who recently landed her dream job researching grizzly bears in a Montana mountain range is recovering from a bear attack that left her with a fractured skull and other serious injuries. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service seasonal field assistant Amber Kornak...