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A synthetic drug ravages youth in Sierra Leone. There's little help, and some people are chained

May. 27, 2024 01:46 AM EDT

FREETOWN, Sierra Leone (AP) — In Sierra Leone, a cheap, synthetic drug is ravaging youth. Trash-strewn alleys are lined with boys and young men slumped in addiction. Healthcare services are severely limited. One frustrated community has set up what it calls a treatment center, run by volunteers....

Braves star Ronald Acuña Jr. to miss the rest of the season after tearing his left ACL

May. 26, 2024 22:34 PM EDT

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Atlanta Braves star Ronald Acuña Jr. will miss the rest of the season after he tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee during Sunday's 8-1 victory at Pittsburgh. The reigning NL MVP led off the game with a double to right-center field off Martín...

Grayson Murray's parents say the two-time PGA Tour winner died of suicide

May. 26, 2024 19:54 PM EDT

Grayson Murray's parents said Sunday their 30-year-old son took his own life, just one day after he withdrew from a PGA Tour event. The family asked for privacy and that people honor Murray by being kind to one another. “If that becomes his legacy, we could ask for nothing else,”...

Fire at a baby care center kills 7 infants in India's capital, a fire officer says

May. 26, 2024 01:04 AM EDT

NEW DELHI (AP) — A fire broke out in a baby care center in India's capital Saturday night, killing seven infants, a fire service officer said. Rescuers carried 12 newborns from the center to a nearby hospital but five of them died due to smoke inhalation, fire officer Atul Garg...

What to look for in mosquito repellents

May. 25, 2024 12:31 PM EDT

FORT COLLINS, Colo. (AP) — There's an old joke that mosquitoes are like family: They are annoying, but they carry your blood. Mosquito season is starting to rev up across much of the United States. And that means bug bites. When a mosquito bites you, it pierces the...

Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin resumes duty after undergoing procedure at Walter Reed

May. 24, 2024 22:23 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin underwent a medical procedure at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center Friday evening and has resumed duty after temporarily transferring power to his deputy, Pentagon press secretary Maj. Gen. Pat Ryder said in a statement. ...

Adult day services provide stimulation for older Americans, and respite for full-time caregivers

May. 24, 2024 22:14 PM EDT

PLATTSBURGH, N.Y. (AP) — Sally White helps her husband of 46 years get dressed, fed and on the bus for the short ride from their home to Third Age Adult Day Center four mornings a week. Preparing 74-year-old Rodger White to leave the house for the day can be a chore since he’s...

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

May. 24, 2024 22:10 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...

Bird flu virus detected in beef from an ill dairy cow, but USDA says meat remains safe

May. 24, 2024 20:46 PM EDT

Bird flu has been detected in beef for the first time, the U.S. Department of Agriculture announced Friday, but officials said the meat from a single sickened dairy cow was not allowed to enter the nation's food supply and beef remains safe to eat. The USDA said the virus was found...

Tennessee, Delaware to become first states to offer free diapers for Medicaid families

May. 24, 2024 20:35 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee will soon become the first state in the country to offer free diapers to families enrolled in the state's Medicaid program after receiving federal approval, state officials have confirmed. Similarly, The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services...