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Inseparable sisters give birth on same day, at same hospital

Feb. 15, 2020 4:16 PM EST

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Two inseparable sisters found themselves upping their togetherness game by giving birth on the same day — at the same hospital. Sisters Charell and Cierra Anthony gave birth Wednesday at Indianapolis' Community Hospital East. Charell Anthony's son, Terry Valentino, was born at...

New NC maternity center is 'ideal place' for expectant moms

Feb. 15, 2020 12:01 AM EST

GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) — Spacious rooms, abundant natural light and lots of color. That’s what most impressed some of the pregnant women who toured the new Women’s & Children’s Center at Moses Cone Hospital on Feb. 12. “It’s a big change,” said 27-year-old...

In this photo taken Monday, Oct. 1, 2018, residents stand by the side of the road after fetching water, between Melut and Paloch town, in South Sudan. The oil industry in South Sudan has left a landscape pocked with hundreds of open waste pits with the water and soil contaminated with toxic chemicals and heavy metals, and accounts of

South Sudan ignores reports on oil pollution, birth defects

Feb. 14, 2020 3:10 AM EST

PALOCH, South Sudan (AP) — The oil industry in South Sudan has left a landscape pocked with hundreds of open waste pits, the water and soil contaminated with toxic chemicals and heavy metals including mercury, manganese, and arsenic, according to four environmental reports obtained by The Associated Press....

Republican N.H. Gov. Chris Sununu gestures during his State of the State address at the State House in Concord, N.H., Thursday, Feb. 13, 2020. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

Sununu touts New Hampshire as a bit different, a lot better

Feb. 13, 2020 5:28 PM EST

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Republican Gov. Chris Sununu touted economic, educational and environmental successes in his State of the State address Thursday, while offering a handful of initiatives spanning life stages from pre-birth to old age. Sununu, who is seeking a third term in November, urged lawmakers to...

In this photo taken Monday, Oct. 1, 2018, a sign marks the chemical junkyard run by the Chinese-led Dar Petroleum Operating Company in Gumry, near Paloch, in South Sudan. The oil industry in South Sudan has left a landscape pocked with hundreds of open waste pits with the water and soil contaminated with toxic chemicals and heavy metals, and accounts of

South Sudan buries reports on oil pollution, birth defects

Feb. 13, 2020 11:34 AM EST

PALOCH, South Sudan (AP) — The oil industry in South Sudan has left a landscape pocked with hundreds of open waste pits, the water and soil contaminated with toxic chemicals and heavy metals, according to four environmental reports obtained by The Associated Press. The reports also describe alarming birth...

The 'lowest thing': Woman sent to prison for adoption fraud

Feb. 12, 2020 3:45 PM EST

DETROIT (AP) — A Michigan woman who broke the hearts and emptied the wallets of couples anxious to adopt babies was sentenced to 21 months in prison Wednesday after acknowledging that she faked her own pregnancy and committed other acts of deception. There were no children to adopt. In one example,...

GOP lawmakers push maternal, infant health plans

Feb. 11, 2020 7:21 PM EST

PHOENIX (AP) — A series of proposals from two Republican senators would boost funding for programs designed to increase care for new mothers and infants. The proposals announced Tuesday by Sens. Kate Brophy McGee and Heather Carter include providing dental care to pregnant women on the state’s...

FILE- In this Jan. 31, 2018, file photo, shows Provo Republican Sen. Curt Bramble on the Senate floor at the Utah State Capitol, in Salt Lake City. A law requiring abortion and medical providers to cremate or bury fetal remains passed the state Senate Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2020, in Utah, one of several states considering similar measures that abortion-rights advocates say stigmatize the procedure.

States weigh fetal-remains bills amid abortion debate

Feb. 11, 2020 6:11 PM EST

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A law requiring abortion and medical providers to cremate or bury fetal remains passed the state Senate Tuesday in Utah, one of several states considering similar measures that abortion-rights advocates say stigmatize the procedure. The proposals come after the U.S. Supreme Court last...

Indiana governor says he'll keep up pregnancy protection bid

Feb. 11, 2020 4:17 PM EST

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana’s governor said Tuesday he would keep pushing for a law requiring more businesses to provide workplace accommodations for pregnant women, even though the state Senate rebuffed his proposal last week. Republican senators stripped from a bill the requirement that businesses...

FILE - In this April 23, 2019, file photo Indiana Senate President Pro Tem Rodric Bray, R-Martinsville, speaks during a session at the Statehouse, in Indianapolis. The Republicans who dominate state government say they're giving educators more respect, pointing to a proposal that would end the mandatory use of student test results in teacher evaluations. .(AP Photo/Darron Cummings, File)

Cellphone ban, pregnancy accommodations face Indiana debates

Feb. 10, 2020 1:37 PM EST

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana lawmakers returned Monday to the Statehouse after deadlines last week on advancing bills for action during the last half of this year’s legislative session. The Legislature has already approved a plan for spending $291 million in unanticipated state tax revenue on several...