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Widespread outage shuts down 988 mental health hotline

Dec. 01, 2022 15:53 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The nation's new 988 hotline, intended to help anyone experiencing a mental health emergency, has been out of service for several hours Thursday. Those trying to reach the line for help with suicide, depression or other mental health crises are greeted with a...

Biden pledges new commitments, respect for tribal nations

Nov. 30, 2022 19:48 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden on Wednesday pledged to give Native Americans a stronger voice in federal affairs, promising at the first in-person summit on tribal affairs in six years that he will bolster tribal consultations, inclusion of Indigenous knowledge in decision-making and...

FDA clears 1st fecal transplant treatment for gut infection

Nov. 30, 2022 18:12 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. officials have approved the first pharmaceutical-grade version of the so-called fecal transplant procedures that doctors have increasingly used against hard-to-treat intestinal infections. The Food and Drug Administration on Wednesday approved Rebyota for...

Drug slows Alzheimer's but can it make a real difference?

Nov. 30, 2022 10:26 AM EST

An experimental Alzheimer’s drug modestly slowed the brain disease’s inevitable worsening — but the anxiously awaited new data leaves unclear how much difference that might make in people’s lives. Japanese drugmaker Eisai and its U.S. partner Biogen had announced earlier this...

Ukraine's 'Invincibility' centers offer refuge, resilience

Nov. 29, 2022 03:43 AM EST

BUCHA, Ukraine (AP) — Retired Ukrainian construction worker Borys Markovnikov is on the move again: This time, just a few steps from his home in the town of Bucha, northwest of Kyiv, to seek shelter and warmth at a “Point of Invincibility” — a government-built help station that serves food,...

Toronto police charge man in 1983 killings of 2 women

Nov. 28, 2022 16:16 PM EST

TORONTO (AP) — A 61-year-old man has been charged in the cold case killings of two women who were found dead in their Toronto homes within months of each other almost four decades ago, police said Monday. Police Chief James Ramer said Joseph George Sutherland, of Moosonee, Ontario,...

Walmart shooting raises need for violence prevention at work

Nov. 28, 2022 14:46 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — The mass shooting Wednesday at a Walmart in Virginia was only the latest example of a workplace shooting perpetrated by an employee. But while many companies provide active shooter training, experts say there is much less focus on how to prevent workplace violence,...

Dominican sugar imports tied to forced labor rejected by US

Nov. 23, 2022 11:57 AM EST

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — The U.S. government announced Wednesday that it will detain all imports of sugar and related products made in the Dominican Republic by Central Romana Corporation, Ltd. amid allegations that it uses forced labor. A U.S. Customs and Border Protection...

$3.5M gene therapy for hemophilia gets FDA approval

Nov. 22, 2022 18:23 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. health regulators on Tuesday approved the first gene therapy for hemophilia, a $3.5 million one-time treatment for the blood-clotting disorder. The Food and Drug Administration cleared Hemgenix, an IV treatment for adults with hemophilia B, the less common...

'Stock up on blankets': Ukrainians brace for horrific winter

Nov. 22, 2022 17:25 PM EST

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Ukrainians could face rolling blackouts from now through March in frigid, snowy weather because Russian airstrikes have caused “colossal” damage to the power grid, officials said. To cope, authorities are urging people to stock up on supplies and evacuate hard-hit areas....