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Health officials link US salmonella outbreak to red onions

Aug. 1, 2020 11:34 AM EDT

Federal health officials say an outbreak of salmonella infecting nearly 400 people in more than 30 states has been linked to red onions, and identified a California company as the likely source. The Food and Drug Administration said in a statement on Friday that Thomson International Inc. of Bakersfield,...

Traditional dancers wear costumes as they prepare their performance in a parade in Bali, Indonesia on Thursday, July 30, 2020. Indonesia's resort island of Bali will reopen for domestic tourists on Friday after months of virus lockdown. (AP Photo/Firdia Lisnawati)

The Latest: Bali welcoming visitors after 4-month lockdown

Jul. 30, 2020 11:36 PM EDT

DENPASAR, Indonesia — Indonesia’s resort island of Bali has reopened to domestic tourists after an almost four-month lockdown for the coronavirus pandemic. Bali’s governor has been impatient to revive the economy and began easing restrictions on public activities three weeks ago. Under the...

Federal agencies appeal suspension of abortion pill rule

Jul. 30, 2020 1:11 PM EDT

SILVER SPRING, Md. (AP) — The Trump administration has asked a federal appeals court to reinstate a rule that has required women to visit a hospital, clinic or medical office to obtain an abortion pill during the COVID-19 pandemic. A federal judge in Maryland agreed earlier this month to temporarily block...

FILE - This Jan. 25, 2011 file photo shows a Kodak slide projector in Philadelphia.  Photography company Eastman Kodak is set to receive a $765 million government loan to create a new division that will help make ingredients for use in generic drugs. Kodak Pharmaceuticals will make critical pharmaceutical ingredients that have been identified as essential but have lapsed into chronic national shortage, as defined by the Food and Drug Administration.  (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)

Kodak lands loan to bolster US-produced drug supply

Jul. 28, 2020 7:21 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Eastman Kodak will receive a federal loan of $765 million to help reduce reliance on other countries for ingredients in generic drugs, an agreement President Donald Trump hailed Tuesday as a breakthrough in bringing more pharmaceutical manufacturing to the United States. Kodak...

President Donald Trump wears a face mask as he participates in a tour of Bioprocess Innovation Center at Fujifilm Diosynth Biotechnologies, Monday, July 27, 2020, in Morrisville, N.C. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Trump defends disproved COVID-19 treatment

Jul. 28, 2020 6:48 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump issued a stout defense Tuesday of a disproved use of a malaria drug as a treatment for the coronavirus, hours after social media companies moved to take down videos promoting its use as potentially harmful misinformation. The president, in a marked shift from the...

FILE - This Nov. 25, 2019 photo shows IQOS heated cigarette heatsticks  displayed in an IQOS store in Richmond, Va.  Altria said Tuesday, July 28, 2020, that cigarette sales continue to decline as it pushes to expand sales of an alternative heated-tobacco product. The tobacco giant's second-quarter profit fell slightly but still beat Wall Street expectations when adjusted for one-time expenses. (AP Photo/Steve Helber, File)

Altria expands sales of heated-cigarette as revenue slides

Jul. 28, 2020 11:04 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Marlboro-maker Altria said Tuesday that cigarette sales continued to decline in its last quarter as the company pushed to expand sales of an alternative heated-tobacco product. The Richmond, Virginia-based company reported second-quarter profit of $1.94 billion, or $1.04 per share, down...

People wearing face masks to protect against the coronavirus wait to cross an intersection in Beijing, Saturday, July 25, 2020. China on Saturday reported several dozen new confirmed coronavirus cases, including a few who caught the virus abroad. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)

The Latest: New virus cases rise in China's Xinjiang region

Jul. 27, 2020 9:34 PM EDT

BEIJING — New coronavirus cases continue to rise in China’s northwestern region of Xinjiang, with 57 reported on Tuesday. The capital Beijing also reported its first case of domestic transmission in more than two weeks, while the northeastern province of Liaoning added another six cases in its local...

FILE - In this Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2019 file photo, a fire medic holds a box containing naloxone hydrochloride which is carried in all their department's emergency response vehicles, in Akron, Ohio. Doctors who prescribe opioid painkillers should tell their patients about a potentially life-saving medication that can reverse drug overdoses, according to new federal guidelines issued Thursday, July 23, 2020. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)

FDA tells doctors to discuss overdose antidote with patients

Jul. 23, 2020 4:54 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Doctors who prescribe opioid painkillers should tell their patients about a potentially life-saving medication that can reverse drug overdoses, according to new federal guidelines issued Thursday. The move by the Food and Drug Administration is the latest government effort to increase...

FILE - In this Jan. 31, 2020 file photo a woman holds a Puff Bar flavored disposable vape device in New York. U.S. health officials are cracking down on the brand of fruity disposable e-cigarettes that is popular with teenagers, saying the company never had permission to launch in the U.S. The Food and Drug Administration sent a letter Monday, July 20 telling the maker of Puff Bar e-cigarettes to remove its products from the market, including flavors like Mango, Pink Lemonade and Strawberry. (AP Photo/Marshall Ritzel, File)

FDA calls for removal of fruity, disposable e-cigarettes

Jul. 20, 2020 5:22 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. health officials are cracking down on fruity disposable electronic cigarettes popular with teenagers, saying the companies never received permission to sell them in the U.S. The Food and Drug Administration sent a letter Monday telling the company behind Puff Bar e-cigarettes to...

A man wearing a mask to curb the spread of the coronavirus sits near a red lantern outside a restaurant in Beijing Monday, July 13, 2020. China reported eight new cases, all of them brought from outside the country, as domestic community infections fall to near zero. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)

The Latest: Hawaii to wait to waive quarantine requirement

Jul. 13, 2020 11:22 PM EDT

HONOLULU — Hawaii’s governor says he will wait another month to waive a 14-day quarantine requirement for out-of-state travelers who test negative for COVID-19, citing an increasing number of cases locally, “uncontrolled” outbreaks in several U.S. mainland states and a shortage of...