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US charity opens cancer ward for children in Gaza

Feb. 19, 2019 1:35 PM EST

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — A U.S. charity on Tuesday inaugurated the first children's cancer department in the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip, bringing a much-needed service to the blockaded territory that will prevent the need for dozens of children to make the difficult journey to Israel or the West Bank for...

Philippines says 136 people have died in measles outbreak

Feb. 18, 2019 9:26 AM EST

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The Philippine health secretary said Monday that 136 people, mostly children, have died of measles and 8,400 others have fallen ill in an outbreak blamed partly on vaccination fears. A massive immunization drive that started last week in hard-hit Manila and four provincial...

Family: UK teen who joined Islamic State has baby in Syria

Feb. 17, 2019 6:02 PM EST

LONDON (AP) — The family of a British teenager who ran away to join the Islamic State group and now wants to return to the U.K. said Sunday she has given birth to a baby boy. The family's lawyer said 19-year-old Shamima Begum and the baby are in good health. In a recent interview with The Times newspaper,...

Washington lawmakers advance limits on vaccine exemptions

Feb. 15, 2019 6:05 PM EST

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Washington state lawmakers advanced a measure Friday that would remove parents' ability to claim a personal or philosophical exemption to vaccinating their school-age children for measles as the Pacific Northwest struggles with an outbreak of the contagious virus. The House Health...

Judge: Hernandez's child can't sue NFL over brain disease

Feb. 15, 2019 1:34 PM EST

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The 6-year-old daughter of the late NFL player Aaron Hernandez missed a 2014 deadline to opt out of the league's concussion settlement and can't separately pursue a $20 million suit over his diagnosis of a degenerative brain disease, a judge ruled. Yet Hernandez's death in 2017 came too...

Immigration spending pact has more than a border wall

Feb. 14, 2019 9:47 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — A compromise on border and immigration enforcement cleared Congress on Thursday, giving President Donald Trump just a sliver of the money he wanted for his border wall. The White House said Trump would sign the bill and then declare a national emergency to try to shift money to...

First lady makes Valentine's Day art with pediatric patients

Feb. 14, 2019 7:36 PM EST

BETHESDA, Md. (AP) — Melania Trump showed love for her new hometown during a Valentine's Day arts-and-crafts session with pediatric patients Thursday. At a station where children wrote their "favorite things" on construction paper hearts, the first lady went with "My favorite city is Washington." She...

Anesthesia, if limited, can be safe for baby's brain

Feb. 14, 2019 6:34 PM EST

Anesthesia during a short surgery doesn't harm a baby's brain development, according to an experiment involving hundreds of infants in seven countries. While the study can't answer broader safety questions about repeated or prolonged anesthesia, it may ease the worries of millions of parents whose children have...

UN: Experts to develop oversight standards for gene editing

Feb. 14, 2019 10:49 AM EST

LONDON (AP) — The World Health Organization is convening an expert meeting next month to develop global standards for the governance and oversight of human gene editing, months after a Chinese researcher rocked the scientific community with his announcement that he had created the world's first gene-edited...

Las Vegas police seek thief who stole box with cancer drug

Feb. 12, 2019 6:27 PM EST

LAS VEGAS (AP) — A thief in Las Vegas made off with a delivery package containing what a mother told police was $40,000 worth of cancer treatment drugs for her 14-year-old son, authorities said Tuesday. Police issued a plea for help finding the thief and released a photo of the man seen in doorbell...