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North Carolina Gov. Cooper vetoes 'born-alive' legislation

Apr. 18, 2019 2:19 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper vetoed a measure Thursday written by Republicans and backed by social conservatives that addresses a doctor's responsibilities if a later-term abortion results in an infant born alive. Cooper announced his decision two days after the General...

Doctors use HIV in gene therapy to fix 'bubble boy' disease

Apr. 17, 2019 5:06 PM EDT

They were born without a working germ-fighting system, every infection a threat to their lives. Now eight babies with "bubble boy disease" have had it fixed by a gene therapy made from one of the immune system's worst enemies — HIV, the virus that causes AIDS. A study out Wednesday details how scientists...

North Carolina 'born-alive' abortion bill wins final passage

Apr. 16, 2019 9:20 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina's legislature gave final passage Tuesday to a bill to require doctors and nurses to care for babies born alive during a failed late-term abortion or face big penalties, a measure opponents deemed legally unnecessary and a threat to abortion providers. House lawmakers...

Baby boy receiving treatment after he was born without skin

Apr. 16, 2019 9:18 PM EDT

SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Doctors are working toward a diagnosis and care plan for a baby boy who has spent the first three months of his life in hospitals after he was born without skin. Ja'bari Gray has been hospitalized since his birth on Jan. 1 at Methodist Hospital in San Antonio, the San Antonio...

North Macedonia declares measles epidemic

Apr. 16, 2019 9:39 AM EDT

SKOPJE, North Macedonia (AP) — North Macedonia's health authorities have declared a nationwide measles epidemic in the small Balkan country after more than 960 cases were registered since the beginning of this year. Vladimir Mikic, an epidemiologist at the Health Ministry commission for infectious...

North Carolina 'born-alive' abortion bill clears Senate

Apr. 15, 2019 9:17 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A bill requiring doctors and nurses to protect and care for children born alive during a failed late-term abortion cleared the North Carolina Senate on Monday, handing social conservatives a victory that could ultimately be undone by the Democratic governor. The Republican-drafted...

Mia Farrow pursues anti-hunger work in South Sudan visit

Apr. 15, 2019 5:48 AM EDT

JUBA, South Sudan (AP) — Mia Farrow will never forget the day she watched a baby die in her mother's arms. "It was a little girl staring at her mother and finally she just stopped breathing. I just moved away and listened to the mother's cry," the actress and human rights activist told The Associated Press...

Measles outbreak kills more than 1,200 in Madagascar

Apr. 14, 2019 9:51 AM EDT

AMBALAVAO, Madagascar (AP) — Babies wail as a nurse tries to reassure mothers who have come to vaccinate their children against a measles outbreak that has killed more than 1,200 people in this island nation where many are desperately poor. Madagascar faces its largest measles outbreak in history, with...

Health officials: Israeli fire kills 15-year-old Palestinian

Apr. 12, 2019 11:41 AM EDT

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Gaza's health ministry says Israeli troops have killed a Palestinian teenager during protests along the perimeter fence dividing Israel and Gaza. Maisara Shalouf, 15, was shot in the belly and died in northern Gaza Strip, at one of the protests along the frontier. The ministry...

Cuomo: Ending exemption for vaccines 'legally questionable'

Apr. 12, 2019 11:06 AM EDT

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York's governor says legislation that would end the ability of parents to object to vaccinations for their children on religious grounds is "legally questionable." Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo during interviews this week called the recent surge in measles cases a serious public...