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Islamic State attacks on track to double in Iraq and Syria compared to last year, US military says

Jul. 17, 2024 10:25 AM EDT

BAGHDAD (AP) — The U.S. Central Command said Wednesday that the Islamic State group is trying "to reconstitute” as the number of attacks in Syria and Iraq is on track to double this year, compared to the year before. IS claimed 153 attacks in the two countries in the first six...

China investigating after media report finds same trucks transport edible oil and a form of coal

Jul. 10, 2024 07:43 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — China's authorities said they were investigating food safety concerns in cooking oils after an investigative report from local media revealed that tankers carrying soybean oil from a major state-owned company were also used to carry a form of coal. The report from...

India is likely undercounting heat deaths, affecting its response to increasingly harsh heat waves

Jul. 04, 2024 01:16 AM EDT

BENGALURU, India (AP) — Months of scorching temperatures sometimes over 50 degrees Celsius (122 Fahrenheit) in parts of India this year — its worst heat wave in over a decade — left hundreds dead or ill. But the official number of deaths listed in government reports barely scratches the...

US surgeon general declares gun violence a public health crisis

Jun. 26, 2024 15:58 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. surgeon general on Tuesday declared gun violence a public health crisis, driven by the fast-growing number of injuries and deaths involving firearms in the country. The advisory issued by Dr. Vivek Murthy, the nation's top doctor, came as the U.S....

At least 6 heat-related deaths reported in metro Phoenix so far this year as high hits 115 degrees

Jun. 21, 2024 18:21 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — At least six people have died from heat-related causes this year so far in sizzling metro Phoenix, where the temperatures this week hit 115 degrees Fahrenheit (46 Celsius), the Maricopa County Department of Public Health reported this week. Another 87 deaths are...

New coffee center in Northern California aims to give a jolt to research and education

Jun. 21, 2024 13:03 PM EDT

DAVIS, Calif. (AP) — A college in Northern California is now home to a center devoted to educating students and closely studying one of the most consumed beverages in the world known for powering people through their day — coffee. The University of California, Davis, launched its...

Army Corps finds soil contaminated under some St. Louis-area homes, but no health risk

Jun. 14, 2024 15:19 PM EDT

ST. LOUIS (AP) — The Army Corps of Engineers has determined that soil is contaminated beneath some suburban St. Louis homes near a creek where nuclear waste was dumped decades ago, but the contamination isn't enough to pose a health risk. Soil beneath six homes at the Cades Cove...

Editorial Roundup: Minnesota

Jun. 12, 2024 07:24 AM EDT

Minneapolis Star Tribune. June 7, 2024. Editorial: A heads-up for those with MNCare Monthly bills were paused during the pandemic but are resuming for about 46,000 enrollees. Timely payment is important to prevent coverage loss. Those relying on...

Editorial Roundup: Minnesota

Jun. 05, 2024 07:11 AM EDT

Minneapolis Star Tribune. June 1, 2024. Editorial: A pioneering office to aid Indian health Minnesota’s Office of American Indian Health just made its debut. It’s an example of the innovation needed to close shameful, longstanding health gaps. ...

AP analysis finds 2023 set record for US heat deaths, killing in areas that used to handle the heat

May. 31, 2024 11:33 AM EDT

David Hom suffered from diabetes and felt nauseated before he went out to hang his laundry in 108-degree weather, another day in Arizona's record-smashing, unrelenting July heat wave. His family found the 73-year-old lying on the ground, his lower body burned. Hom died at the...