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Most of Hawaii’s coral recover from mass bleaching

HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii’s corals are recovering after being stressed by warmer-than-normal ocean temperatures last year. But scientists warn the strain of being in warmer water weakened them. This makes the coral more susceptible to disease. The coral are also now more likely to die the next time the waters around them heat up. The [...]

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California declares electronic cigarettes a health threat

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California health officials Wednesday declared electronic cigarettes a health threat that should be strictly regulated like tobacco products, joining other states and health advocates across the U.S. in seeking tighter controls as “vaping” grows in popularity. The California Department of Public Health released a report saying e-cigarettes emit cancer-causing chemicals and [...]

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Obama administration on track to surpass health care goal

  WASHINGTON (AP) — Some 9.5 million people have already signed up for 2015 coverage under President Barack Obama’s health care law, and the administration is on track to surpass its nationwide enrollment target set last year. The Health and Human Services Department said Tuesday that, through the middle of January, more than 7.1 million [...]

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California declares electronic cigarettes a health threat

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California health officials on Wednesday declared electronic cigarettes a health threat that should be strictly regulated like tobacco products, joining other states and health advocates across the U.S. in seeking tighter controls as “vaping” grows in popularity. The California Department of Public Health report says e-cigarettes emit cancer-causing chemicals and get [...]

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Egypt court convicts doctor of female genital mutilation

  CAIRO (AP) — An Egyptian appeals court on Monday convicted a doctor of manslaughter and performing female genital mutilation that led to the death of a 13-year-old girl, sentencing him to two years and three months in prison in the country’s first case that came to trial over the widespread practice, defense lawyers said. [...]

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People not vaccinated for measles urged to avoid Disneyland

  LOS ANGELES (AP) — People who haven’t been vaccinated against measles, including children too young to be immunized, should avoid Disneyland after new infections were linked to the theme park, California public health officials said Wednesday. So far, 70 people in five U.S. states and Mexico have contracted measles in an outbreak that was [...]

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Strikes, attacks bring turbulent politics back to Bangladesh

    DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) — A 2½-year-old victim of a homemade bomb lies in an intensive care unit with burns to his face, head and other body parts. In another hospital, 17 people, including students and a teacher, are being treated for similar injuries. Another victim, a schoolboy, lost both his eyes. That is [...]

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Measles outbreak casts spotlight on anti-vaccine movement

  LOS ANGELES (AP) — A major measles outbreak traced to Disneyland has brought criticism down on the small but vocal movement among parents to opt out of vaccinations for their children. In a rash of cases that public health officials are rushing to contain, at least 70 people in six states and Mexico have [...]

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Adrian Vargas, Santiago Medina, Rodrigo Salas

  GLENDIVE, Mont. (AP) — Eastern Montana residents rushed to stock up on bottled water Tuesday after authorities detected a cancer-causing component of oil in public water supplies downstream of a Yellowstone River pipeline spill. Elevated levels of benzene were found in water samples from a treatment plant that serves about 6,000 people in the [...]

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Man who killed doctor had blamed him for mother’s death

  BOSTON (AP) — A man who walked into a leading hospital, asked for a cardiac surgeon by name and fatally shot him outside an examination room had been upset about his mother’s death and had blamed the doctor for it, relatives said. Gunman Stephen Pasceri entered Brigham and Women’s Hospital on Tuesday morning seeking [...]

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House GOP abruptly drops plans to debate abortion bill

WASHINGTON (AP) — In an embarrassing setback, House Republicans abruptly decided Wednesday to drop planned debate of a bill criminalizing virtually all late-term abortions after objections from GOP women and other lawmakers left them short of votes. The decision came on the eve of the annual March for Life, when thousands of anti-abortion demonstrators stream [...]

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