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Group to carry on legal fight for medically assisted death

Jan. 14, 2020 12:45 PM EST

A group working to make it legal in Massachusetts for doctors to prescribe a lethal dose of medication to mentally competent patients with terminal illnesses says it will continue its fight despite a recent legal setback. Compassion & Choices in its suit filed in 2016 said legalizing the practice, referred to...

FILE - In this Friday, Jan. 3, 2020 file photo, the Wall St. street sign is framed by American flags flying outside the New York Stock Exchange, in New York. Global stock markets are falling Monday, Jan. 6 while oil and gold prices are rising as tensions escalate between the U.S. and Iran. Markets have been roiled since Friday after the U.S. killed Iran's top general. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer, File)

Gold, oil prices retreat, shares rebound in Asian trading

Jan. 6, 2020 11:49 PM EST

BANGKOK (AP) — Shares advanced in Asia Tuesday following modest gains on Wall Street despite caution over rising tensions between the U.S. and Iran. U.S. officials were bracing for Iran to respond to the killing by a U.S. drone of its most powerful general, Qassem Soleimani. Noting heightened levels of...

How major US stock indexes fared Monday

Jan. 6, 2020 4:39 PM EST

Stocks shook off an early loss and managed modest gains on Wall Street as traders remain cautious about rising tensions between the U.S. and Iran. Gold touched its highest price in nearly seven years Monday and oil prices added to their big gains from Friday after a U.S. drone killed Iranian Gen. Qassem...

Fire at hospice in Poland kills 4 patients; others hurt

Jan. 6, 2020 2:35 AM EST

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — A fire broke out at a hospice in Poland on Monday, killing four people and hospitalizing 21 others, Polish media reported. The four dead were all patients at the hospice in Chojnice, a town in northern Poland, said Marian Hinca, a spokesman for firefighters. One of the four was found...

In this Dec. 18, 2019 photo, Ana Estrada, a 42-year-old Peruvian psychologist who is almost completely paralyzed by a terminal illness and yearns to be legally allowed to end her own life, rides her motorized wheelchair through her home in Lima, Peru. “In Peru, ‘mercy killing’ is a crime carrying three years in jail, so any person or doctor who wants to help her would be committing a crime,” Public Defender Walter Gutiérrez said. (AP Photo/Martin Mejia)

Sick woman campaigns for medically assisted suicide in Peru

Dec. 30, 2019 2:28 PM EST

LIMA, Peru (AP) — Almost completely paralyzed by a terminal illness, 42-year-old Peruvian Ana Estrada says she is a “prisoner in her own body” and yearns to be legally allowed to end her own life. But Peru doesn't permit medically assisted suicide, so Estrada is campaigning for a change in...

New 2019 laws: Easing limit on abuse suits, assisted suicide

Dec. 28, 2019 8:17 AM EST

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — The past year brought hundreds of new laws in New Jersey, including a measure to make it easier for childhood victims of sexual assault to sue for damages. November's legislative election gave Republicans, who have been weathering an electoral downturn for years, something to cheer...

Report: 34 used Vermont aid-in-dying law over 2 years

Dec. 28, 2019 7:50 AM EST

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Thirty-four people took advantage of Vermont's aid-in-dying law in the most recent two-year period studied by the state, according to a report released by the Vermont Department of Health . The report, which was submitted to the Legislature this week, covered the two years ending...

In this photo taken Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2019, palliative care nurse Madeleine Mukantagara, 56, left, prays with Vestine Uwizeyimana, 22, right, who has spinal degenerative disease and is taking oral liquid morphine for her pain, as she visits to check on her health at her home in the village of Bushekeli, near Kibogora, in western Rwanda. While people in rich countries are dying from overuse of prescription painkillers, people in Rwanda and other poor countries are suffering from a lack of them, but Rwanda has come up with a solution to its pain crisis - it's morphine, which costs just pennies to produce and is delivered to households across the country by public health workers. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis)

Rwanda avoids US-style opioids crisis by making own morphine

Dec. 25, 2019 11:19 PM EST

BUSHEKELI, Rwanda (AP) — It was something, the silence. Nothing but the puff of her breath and the scuff of her slip-on shoes as Madeleine Mukantagara walked through the fields to her first patient of the day. Piercing cries once echoed down the hill to the road below. What she carried in her bag had...

Hospice singers offer comfort of song to those at life's end

Dec. 16, 2019 1:01 AM EST

KENOSHA, Wis. (AP) — Twice a month on Wednesday nights, a dozen or so women sit in a circle surrounding a folding chair in the Guild Hall of St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church. Seemingly spontaneously, they break into songs with words like “May peace be with you,” and “Let the...

New Zealand's Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern speaks during an interview in Wellington, New Zealand, Thursday, Dec. 5, 2019. Ardern said she’ll do all she can to stop a man accused of killing 51 Muslim worshippers from spreading his message of hate at his trial. She also hopes artificial intelligence will one day stop such attacks from being broadcast online. (AP Photo/Sam James)

New Zealand leader discusses abortion, marijuana, monarchy

Dec. 5, 2019 4:06 AM EST

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — During an interview with The Associated Press, New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern discussed a range of social issues, including three the nation will make decisions on next year: euthanasia, marijuana use and abortion. But one thing she remained quiet about was her...