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Extreme weather. A lack of lifesaving vaccines. Africa's cholera crisis is worse than ever

May. 24, 2024 01:28 AM EDT

LILANDA, Zambia (AP) — Extreme weather events have hit parts of Africa relentlessly in the last three years, with tropical storms, floods and drought causing crises of hunger and displacement. They leave another deadly threat behind them: some of the continent's worst outbreaks of cholera. ...

Hundreds of people suffer heatstroke in Pakistan, and dangerous heat is forecast to stay a while

May. 23, 2024 20:55 PM EDT

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Doctors treated hundreds of victims of heatstroke at hospitals across Pakistan on Thursday after an intense heat wave sent temperatures above normal levels due to climate change, officials said. Temperatures soared as high as 49 degrees Celsius (120 degrees...

Lawsuit seeks to block Washington parental rights law that critics call a 'forced outing' measure

May. 23, 2024 18:49 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — A school district, a nurse, and civil rights and youth services organizations sued Thursday to block a new Washington state parental rights law that critics describe as a “forced outing” measure. A conservative megadonor backed the law, which is set to take...

Arizona doctors can come to California to perform abortions under new law signed by Gov. Gavin Newsom

May. 23, 2024 17:58 PM EDT
SACRAMENTO (AP) — Arizona doctors can come to California to perform abortions under new law signed by Gov. Gavin Newsom.

Louisiana Legislature approves bill classifying abortion pills as controlled dangerous substances

May. 23, 2024 17:57 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Two abortion-inducing drugs could soon be reclassified as controlled and dangerous substances in Louisiana under a first-of-its-kind bill that received final legislative passage Thursday and is expected to be signed into law by the governor. Supporters of...

HPV vaccines prevent cancer in men as well as women, new research suggests

May. 23, 2024 17:15 PM EDT

New research suggests the HPV vaccine is preventing cancer in men, as well as in women, but fewer boys than girls are getting the shots in the United States. The HPV vaccine was developed to prevent cervical cancer in women and experts give it credit, along with screening, for...

Dying ex-doctor leaves Virginia prison 2 years after pardon for killing his dad

May. 23, 2024 16:53 PM EDT

MARION, Va. (AP) — A former North Carolina doctor who was pardoned for killing his father left a Virginia prison for a hospital on Thursday, more than a decade after a doctor began advocating for his release because of a rare brain condition. Vince Gilmer is in the terminal stages...

Older Americans often don't prepare for long-term care, from costs to location to emotional toll

May. 23, 2024 15:30 PM EDT

MANKATO, Minn. (AP) — Seven tough weeks passed with her husband in the hospital before Nancy Gag Braun found long-term care for him. From 2019 up until that point in 2022, Braun had cared for Steven at their Mankato home. A traumatic brain injury in February 2019, followed by his...

Pennsylvania Rep. Dwight Evans says he's recovering from a minor stroke

May. 23, 2024 14:24 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — U.S. Rep. Dwight Evans of Philadelphia said Thursday that he is in a rehabilitation facility recovering from a minor stroke, and plans to return to voting in Washington in about six weeks. Evans, a Democrat serving his fourth term, said he is having...

Louisiana Legislature votes to make abortion pills controlled dangerous substances under first-of-its-kind measure

May. 23, 2024 13:38 PM EDT
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana Legislature votes to make abortion pills controlled dangerous substances under first-of-its-kind measure.