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Court: Extraordinary damages OK in 'wrongful life' case

Aug. 18, 2022 17:43 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — The Washington Supreme Court says that under state law, it's OK for judges to award extraordinary damages in so-called “wrongful life” cases where a child has birth defects or disabilities that require extensive care. The unanimous decision Thursday came in the...

Kohl's cuts 2022 outlook, capping mixed week for retailers

Aug. 18, 2022 17:30 PM EDT

Kohl’s on Thursday slashed its sales and profit expectations for the year, a result of its stepped up price cutting to shed unwanted merchandise. The department store chain also cut back on orders ahead of the critical holiday period, spooking investors and sending shares down...

Mississippi sees rebound in latest student test scores

Aug. 18, 2022 17:18 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss (AP) — Mississippi student test scores are exceeding pre-pandemic levels in two subjects after a decline the previous year, according to results released Thursday by the state Department of Education. The statewide results from the 2021-22 Mississippi Academic...

US offers extra monkeypox vaccine doses for gay pride events

Aug. 18, 2022 16:16 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The U.S. is setting aside an extra 50,000 doses of monkeypox vaccine for places with upcoming gay pride events, health officials said Thursday. The number of doses sent to each place will be based on factors like the size of the event, how many health workers will...

RFK Jr.'s anti-vaccine group kicked off Instagram, Facebook

Aug. 18, 2022 15:50 PM EDT

Instagram and Facebook suspended Children's Health Defense from its platforms this week after the anti-vaccine group led by Robert Kennedy Jr. repeatedly violated rules prohibiting misinformation about COVID-19. A non-profit, Children's Health Defense is one of the most influential...

Vance's anti-drug charity enlisted doctor echoing Big Pharma

Aug. 18, 2022 14:03 PM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — When JD Vance founded “Our Ohio Renewal” a day after the 2016 presidential election, he promoted the charity as a vehicle for helping solve the scourge of opioid addiction that he had lamented in “Hillbilly Elegy,” his bestselling memoir. But Vance...

North Dakota audit finds delays in child abuse contacts

Aug. 18, 2022 11:20 AM EDT

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A new audit shows North Dakota’s Department of Human Services continues to fall short of establishing timely contact with individuals when investigating extreme cases of child abuse. The state analysis found the department averaged 13 days before staff had...

WHO: World coronavirus cases fall 24%; deaths rise in Asia

Aug. 18, 2022 10:57 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — New coronavirus cases reported globally dropped nearly a quarter in the last week while deaths fell 6% but were still higher in parts of Asia, according to a report Thursday on the pandemic by the World Health Organization. The U.N. health agency said there were 5.4...

Africa CDC says renaming of monkeypox variants curbs stigma

Aug. 18, 2022 10:17 AM EDT

KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — The head of Africa's public health agency says he's “really pleased” that the World Health Organization is renaming the strains of the monkeypox disease to remove references to African regions amid concerns about stigmatization. The variant of the...

Republicans block Evers spending plan for opioid settlement

Aug. 18, 2022 10:04 AM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Legislature's Republican-controlled budget committee objected Wednesday to Gov. Tony Evers' plans to spend $31 million Wisconsin is slated to receive in a multi-state settlement with drug manufacturers over their role in the opioid crisis. The state...