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Idaho, Utah passengers had possible hepatitis A exposure

Apr. 19, 2019 6:15 PM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Health officials in Idaho say anyone who used an on-board restroom during a Greyhound bus trip from Salt Lake City to Boise on April 10 might have been exposed to hepatitis A. The Central District Health Department in Idaho is asking anyone who used the restroom to contact them to get...

Attackers kill doctor at hospital in Congo's Ebola epicenter

Apr. 19, 2019 5:07 PM EDT

BENI, Congo (AP) — Attackers stormed a hospital at the epicenter of Congo's Ebola outbreak and killed "a dear colleague," the head of the World Health Organization said Friday as he condemned the latest violence against health workers trying to contain the virus. "We are outraged," WHO Director-General...

British sailor to mark 50th anniversary of circumnavigation

Apr. 19, 2019 4:55 PM EDT

SAN DIEGO (AP) — In the spring of 1969, three months before the moon landing, Sir Robin Knox-Johnston of Britain achieved the nautical equivalent of climbing Mount Everest when he became the first man to sail alone around the world nonstop. With GPS still in the future, the merchant seaman made his way...

AP: Failures caused toxic gas leak at Iowa police academy

Apr. 19, 2019 1:30 PM EDT

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — A series of infrastructure failures in a crumbling state dormitory caused a toxic gas leak at an Iowa police academy that sickened dozens of recruits and could have killed some of them, a workplace safety investigation concluded. At least three recruits were poisoned by potentially...

Two-wave US flu season is now the longest in a decade

Apr. 19, 2019 11:24 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Three months ago, this flu season was shaping up to be short and mild in the U.S. But a surprising second viral wave has made it the longest in 10 years. This flu season has been officially going for 21 weeks, according to reports collected through last week and released Friday by the...

Kansas artist battles health care system as disease advances

Apr. 19, 2019 1:06 AM EDT

KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) — In a small back room of his Kansas City, Kansas, art studio, Michael Brantley pointed out a painting stretching across one wall. It was a bird's-eye view of a man playing a trumpet that Brantley said was once part of a temporary exhibit at the American Jazz Museum. A potential big...

Cancer-causing chemical taints water after California blaze

Apr. 18, 2019 7:17 PM EDT

PARADISE, Calif. (AP) — The drinking water in Paradise, California, where 85 people died last year in the nation's worst wildfire in a century, is contaminated with the cancer-causing chemical benzene, officials said. Officials said they believe the contamination happened after the November firestorm...

Study: Genetic test predicts middle-aged obesity risk

Apr. 18, 2019 11:08 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Can a genetic test identify newborns at risk of becoming severely obese by middle age? Researchers say they have come up with one, and that it might allow interventions in childhood to avoid that fate. The test examines more than 2 million spots in a person's genetic code, seeking variants...

Correction: Film-Monty Python-Anniversary story

Apr. 18, 2019 10:33 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — In a story April 17 about (topic), The Associated Press reported erroneously that Michael Palin is 65 and Terry Gilliam is 68. Palin is 75 and Gilliam is 78. A corrected version of the story is below: Monty Python celebrate 'Life of Brian,' honor ailing Jones Celebrations for the 40th...

Emily Oster crunches parenting data so you don't have to

Apr. 18, 2019 9:26 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Breastfeeding, sleep training, food allergies: Parents navigate an onslaught of decisions, particularly fraught from birth to preschool when their own sleep deprivation and inexperience may come into play. Add the know-it-all internet and well-meaning but perhaps uninformed loved ones to...