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Alabama IVF ruling highlights importance of state supreme court races in this year's US elections

Mar. 01, 2024 22:57 PM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — The recent ruling in Alabama that frozen embryos are legally considered children created a political firestorm after the decision halted treatment for many couples seeking to have families through fertility treatments. It also has turned the spotlight on the importance of...

Oregon lawmakers pass bill to recriminalize drug possession

Mar. 01, 2024 22:52 PM EST

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — A bill recriminalizing the possession of small amounts of drugs was passed by the Oregon Legislature on Friday, undoing a key part of the state’s first-in-the-nation drug decriminalization law as governments struggle to respond to the deadliest overdose crisis in U.S....

Paramedic gets 5 years in prison for Elijah McClain’s death in rare case against medical responders

Mar. 01, 2024 22:04 PM EST

BRIGHTON, Colo. (AP) — A Colorado paramedic was sentenced Friday to five years in prison in a rare prosecution of medical responders following the death of Elijah McClain, a Black man whose name became part of the rallying cries for social justice that swept the U.S. in 2020. ...

Medical groups urge Alabama Supreme Court to revisit frozen embryo ruling

Mar. 01, 2024 20:31 PM EST

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Groups representing Alabama doctors and hospitals urged the state Supreme Court on Friday to revisit a decision equating frozen embryos to children, saying the ruling is blocking fertility treatments and harming the medical community. The Medical...

As an opioids scourge devastates tribes in Washington, lawmakers advance a bill to provide relief

Mar. 01, 2024 19:34 PM EST

SEATTLE (AP) — A bill that would bring millions of dollars to tribes in Washington state to address the opioid crisis received unanimous support in the House on Friday, opening the door for state funding to address a scourge that some say is claiming a generation. "This bill...

The CDC has relaxed COVID guidelines. Will schools and day cares follow suit?

Mar. 01, 2024 19:31 PM EST

BOSTON (AP) — Four years after the COVID-19 pandemic closed schools and upended child care, the CDC says parents can start treating the virus like other respiratory illnesses. Gone are mandated isolation periods and masking. But will schools and child care centers agree? ...

Patient and 3 staffers charged in another patient's beating death at mental health facility

Mar. 01, 2024 18:37 PM EST

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A patient, two psychiatric assistants and a nurse have been indicted on charges stemming from the beating death of another patient at a state-run mental health facility in Ohio. A 24-year-old man who allegedly attacked the 57-year-old victim at Twin Valley...

Dengue cases in Peru are surging, fueled by mosquitoes and high temperatures brought by El Niño

Mar. 01, 2024 18:29 PM EST

PIURA, Peru (AP) — Residents of Pedregal Grande, a poor neighborhood in the Peruvian city of Piura, receive water for only 30 minutes a day because of shortages, forcing them to collect it in plastic tanks that have become breeding grounds for mosquitoes. Scorching temperatures...

Marine general taking steps to return to full duty as commandant several months after heart attack

Mar. 01, 2024 17:58 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Gen. Eric Smith is taking steps to return to full duty as commandant of the Marine Corps, about four months after being sidelined due to a heart attack, according to defense officials. Smith quietly returned to the Pentagon on one occasion a few weeks ago, and was...

Colorado paramedic gets five years in prison for death of Elijah McClain in rare prosecution of medical responders

Mar. 01, 2024 17:45 PM EST
BRIGHTON, Colo. (AP) — Colorado paramedic gets five years in prison for death of Elijah McClain in rare prosecution of medical responders.