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Idaho group says it is exploring a ballot initiative for abortion rights and reproductive care

Apr. 19, 2024 19:07 PM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A new Idaho organization says it will ask voters to restore abortion access and other reproductive health care rights in the state after lawmakers let a second legislative session end without modifying strict abortion bans that have been blamed for a recent exodus of health...

UK Conservatives suspend lawmaker as sleaze allegations swirl over possible misuse of party funds

Apr. 18, 2024 10:37 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Britain’s governing Conservative Party said Thursday it has suspended a lawmaker who is alleged to have used campaign funds for personal medical expenses and to pay off someone who was threatening him. The Times of London reported Mark Menzies took thousands of...

Many say Biden and Trump did more harm than good, but for different reasons, AP-NORC poll shows

Apr. 12, 2024 17:54 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — There’s a reason why President Joe Biden and former President Donald Trump are spending so much time attacking each other — people don't think either man has much to brag about when it comes to his own record. Americans generally think that while they were in the White...

Editorial Roundup: New England

Apr. 12, 2024 12:50 PM EDT

Portland Press Herald. April 7, 2024. Editorial: Digital privacy should not be a state-level priority A bill that would place novel limits on digital marketing in the name of consumer protection could do more harm than good. Increasingly predatory means...

How effective are California's homelessness programs? Audit finds state hasn't been keeping track

Apr. 09, 2024 17:42 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California spent $24 billion to tackle homelessness over the past five years but didn’t consistently track whether the huge outlay of public money actually improved the situation, according to state audit released Tuesday. With makeshift tents lining the...

Simon Harris is installed as Ireland's new prime minister. He's the country's youngest leader

Apr. 09, 2024 15:38 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Lawmaker Simon Harris was elected Ireland's prime minister by a vote in parliament Tuesday, becoming at 37 the country’s youngest-ever leader. Harris takes over as head of Ireland’s three-party coalition government from Leo Varadkar, who announced his surprise...

Biden and Sen. Bernie Sanders join forces to promote lower health care costs, including for inhalers

Apr. 03, 2024 17:57 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden teamed up with Sen. Bernie Sanders on Wednesday to promote his administration’s efforts to lower the cost of inhalers and other health care needs, as the White House continues its effort to highlight Biden’s legislative achievements to voters ahead of the...

Volunteers uncover fate of thousands of Lost Alaskans sent to Oregon mental hospital a century ago

Mar. 30, 2024 01:05 AM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Lucy Pitka McCormick’s relatives cooked salmon, moose, beaver and muskrat over an earthen firepit on the banks of the Chena River, just outside Fairbanks, as they honored her life. They whipped whitefish, blueberries and lard into a traditional Alaska Native dessert,...

Biden is announcing a new rule to protect consumers who purchase short-term health insurance plans

Mar. 28, 2024 05:04 AM EDT

President Joe Biden on Thursday announced new steps to protect consumers who buy short-term health insurance plans that critics say amount to junk. A new rule finalized by the Democratic president's administration will limit these plans to just three months. And the plans can only...

Steward Health Care strikes deal to sell its nationwide physician network to Optum

Mar. 27, 2024 17:39 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Financially embattled hospital operator Steward Health Care has struck a deal to sell its nationwide physician network to Optum, a subsidiary of UnitedHealth Group, as it works to stabilize its finances. The move comes as Gov. Maura Healey has said state monitors are...