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US health officials confirm four new bird flu cases, in Colorado poultry workers

Jul. 14, 2024 23:47 PM EDT

Four poultry workers in Colorado have been diagnosed with bird flu, health officials confirmed Sunday. The new cases bring the U.S. total to nine since the first human case of the current outbreak was detected in 2022, also in a Colorado poultry worker. Eight of the nine were...

Richard Simmons, a fitness guru who mixed laughs and sweat, dies at 76

Jul. 14, 2024 13:28 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Richard Simmons, television's hyperactive court jester of physical fitness who built a mini-empire in his trademark tank tops and short shorts by urging the overweight to exercise and eat better, died Saturday. He turned 76 on Friday. Simmons died at his home in...

Can a Medicaid plan that requires work succeed? First year of Georgia experiment is not promising

Jul. 14, 2024 00:36 AM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — By now, Georgia officials expected their new Medicaid plan, the only one in the nation with a work requirement, to provide health insurance to 25,000 low-income residents and possibly tens of thousands more. But a year since its launch, Pathways to Coverage has...

Richard Simmons, fitness guru who mixed laughs and sweat with TV show and 'Sweatin' to the Oldies,' dies at 76

Jul. 13, 2024 17:41 PM EDT
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Richard Simmons, fitness guru who mixed laughs and sweat with TV show and 'Sweatin' to the Oldies,' dies at 76.

Historically Black town in Louisiana's Cancer Alley is divided over a planned grain terminal

Jul. 13, 2024 16:39 PM EDT

WALLACE, La. (AP) — Sisters Jo and Dr. Joy Banner live just miles from where their ancestors were enslaved more than 200 years ago in St. John the Baptist Parish, Louisiana. Their tidy Creole cottage cafe in the small riverfront town of Wallace lies yards from property their great-grandparents...

Dutch rower makes it to Paris Olympics two years after nearly losing her life in a bicycle crash

Jul. 13, 2024 13:20 PM EDT

Two years ago, doctors were by the hospital bed of Dutch rower Marloes Oldenburg asking if she wanted to donate her organs in case the risky surgery they were about to perform on her didn’t go well. She had just been airlifted to a hospital with her back broken into multiple places...

Dr. Ruth Westheimer, America’s diminutive and pioneering sex therapist, dies at 96

Jul. 13, 2024 12:35 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Dr. Ruth Westheimer, the diminutive sex therapist who became a pop icon, media star and best-selling author through her frank talk about once-taboo bedroom topics, has died. She was 96. Westheimer died on Friday at her home in New York City, surrounded by her...

Who is the Buddhist nun who built a global charity from a tiny apartment in rural Taiwan?

Jul. 13, 2024 00:36 AM EDT

HUALIEN, Taiwan (AP) — The Buddhist teacher who founded what is now a global charity and religion with a $283 million operating budget grew up at a time when women could not be ordained as Buddhist nuns. What Cheng Yen, now 87, started in 1966 in Taiwan's countryside as a...

Mental health clinics across the US are helping Latinos bridge language and access barriers

Jul. 13, 2024 00:07 AM EDT

Michelle Mata wasn’t diagnosed with a mental illness until she was 23, after years of suffering. She knew very little about who to ask for help, having grown up in a Latino family in San Antonio that didn’t talk about mental health. At appointments, she was terrified of telling the truth. ...

375-pound loggerhead sea turtle returns to Atlantic Ocean after 3 months of rehab in Florida

Jul. 12, 2024 22:07 PM EDT

COCOA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — A 375-pound (170-kilogram) sea turtle has been released back into the Atlantic Ocean after three months of rehabilitation in Florida. Officials with the Brevard Zoo released a male loggerhead named Bubba Wednesday afternoon in Cocoa Beach. ...