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FILE - This Jan. 23, 2020 file photo shows a patient receiving a flu vaccination in Mesquite, Texas. On Thursday, Feb. 20, 2020, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said the vaccine has been more than 50% effective in preventing flu illness severe enough to send a child to the doctor's office. Health experts consider that pretty good. (AP Photo/LM Otero, File)

In rough US flu season for kids, vaccine working OK so far

Feb. 20, 2020 1:33 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — It may end up being a bad flu season for kids, but early signs suggest the vaccine is working OK. The vaccine has been more than 50% effective in preventing flu illness severe enough to send a child to the doctor's office, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Thursday....

Staff workers of the Orphanage of the Church of Bible Understanding cry outside the children's home, the morning after a deadly fire broke out at the facility in Kenscoff, on the outskirts of Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Friday, Feb. 14, 2020. A fire swept through this orphanage run by a Pennsylvania-based nonprofit group, killing 13 children, according to health care workers. (AP Photo/Dieu Nalio Chery)

Haiti officials say 15 children died in residence fire

Feb. 14, 2020 8:08 PM EST

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — A fire swept through a Haitian children's home run by a Pennsylvania-based religious nonprofit group, killing 15 children, officials said Friday. Rose-Marie Louis, a child-care worker at the home, told The Associated Press that the fire began around 9 p.m. Thursday and...

In this photo taken Monday, Oct. 1, 2018, residents stand by the side of the road after fetching water, between Melut and Paloch town, in South Sudan. The oil industry in South Sudan has left a landscape pocked with hundreds of open waste pits with the water and soil contaminated with toxic chemicals and heavy metals, and accounts of

South Sudan ignores reports on oil pollution, birth defects

Feb. 14, 2020 3:10 AM EST

PALOCH, South Sudan (AP) — The oil industry in South Sudan has left a landscape pocked with hundreds of open waste pits, the water and soil contaminated with toxic chemicals and heavy metals including mercury, manganese, and arsenic, according to four environmental reports obtained by The Associated Press....

A man in protective clothing cleans the County Oak Medical Centre GP practice which has been temporarily closed

UK man linked to virus spread thanks doctors for recovery

Feb. 11, 2020 8:30 AM EST

LONDON (AP) — A businessman from England who contracted the new virus from China and may have spread it through his wide travels thanked Britain's National Health Service after he recovered. Steve Walsh issued a statement Tuesday after being the focus of intense media coverage once it became apparent that...

West Virginia Senate passes 'born alive' abortion bill

Feb. 10, 2020 5:25 PM EST

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — After acknowledging that murder is already a crime, the West Virginia Senate on Monday passed a bill to penalize physicians who don't provide medical care to a baby born after an abortion attempt. Senators unanimously approved the measure following lone testimony from a Democrat...

LGBT advocate Richard Seese protests a bill that would ban gender confirmation medical treatments for children under 16, Monday, Feb. 10, 2020 at the state Capitol in Pierre, S.D. Legislation that aimed to prevent South Dakota physicians from giving gender confirmation procedures to children under 16 has been stopped by a Senate committee. A Republican-dominated Senate committee voted 5-2 to kill the proposal. (Abigail Dollins/Argus Leader via AP)

Ban on treatments for transgender kids fails in South Dakota

Feb. 10, 2020 4:47 PM EST

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — Legislation aimed at stopping South Dakota physicians from providing puberty blockers and gender confirmation surgery to transgender children under 16 failed to get enough support Monday in a Senate committee. A Republican-dominated Senate committee voted 5-2 to kill the proposal,...

ICE sued over treatment of 5-year-old with head injury

Feb. 8, 2020 12:08 PM EST

HOUSTON (AP) — The mother of a 5-year-old Guatemalan boy sued U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement over the medical care he has received in detention for a head injury suffered before the family was arrested. The lawsuit filed late Friday in California asks a judge to order the child to be taken to a...

People wearing masks, attend a vigil for Chinese doctor Li Wenliang, in Hong Kong, Friday, Feb. 7, 2020. The death of a young doctor who was reprimanded for warning about China's new virus triggered an outpouring Friday of praise for him and fury that communist authorities put politics above public safety. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)

China's Communist Party faces recriminations over virus

Feb. 7, 2020 3:01 PM EST

BEIJING (AP) — China's ruling Communist Party faced public anger and recrimination Friday over the death of a doctor who was threatened by the authorities after trying to sound the alarm about the new coronavirus back in December. The death toll, meanwhile, rose to nearly 640, and the number of people...

In this Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2020, photo, medical staff prepare beds at a temporary hospital which transformed from an exhibition center for accepting patients who diagnosed with the coronaviruses in Wuhan in central China's Hubei province. Ten more people were sickened with a new virus aboard one of two quarantined cruise ships with some 5,400 passengers and crew aboard, health officials in Japan said Thursday, as China reported 73 more deaths and announced that the first group of patients were expected to start taking a new antiviral drug. (Chinatopix via AP)

Chinese doctor who sounded the alarm about the virus dies

Feb. 6, 2020 5:22 PM EST

BEIJING (AP) — A Chinese doctor who got in trouble with authorities in the communist country for sounding an early warning about the coronavirus outbreak died Friday after coming down with the illness. The Wuhan Central Hospital said on its social media account that Dr. Li Wenliang, a 34-year-old...

FILE - In this Jan. 6, 2020, file photo, Trinity Lewis, mother of of Tinslee Lewis, attends a news conference outside of Cook Children's Medical Center in Fort Worth, Texas. An appeals court heard arguments Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2020, in Lewis' case, who does not want a hospital to end life-sustaining treatment for her 1-year-old daughter. Texas' Second Court Court of Appeals in Fort Worth is considering the case after a lower court said Cook Children's Medical Center could remove Tinslee Lewis from life support. The appeals court has said the child will remain on life support until it makes a final ruling in the case. (Amanda McCoy/Star-Telegram via AP, File)

Texas court holds hearing on fight over baby's life support

Feb. 4, 2020 9:56 PM EST

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — An appeals court heard arguments Tuesday in the case of a Texas mother who does not want a hospital to end life-sustaining treatment for her 1-year-old daughter. Texas' Second Court Court of Appeals in Fort Worth is considering the case after a lower court said Cook Children's...