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April 20

Morning sickness? Prenatal check-ups? What to know about new rights for pregnant workers

Pregnant workers have the right to a wide range of accommodations under new federal regulations for enforcing the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act
April 20
FILE - The emblem of the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission is shown on a podium in Vail, Colo., Tuesday, Feb. 16, 2016, in Denver. Pregnant workers have the right to a wide range of accommodations under new federal regulations for implementing the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act. The regulations take an expansive view of conditions related to pregnancy, from fertility treatments to abortion and post-childbirth complications. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski, File)
April 19

Idaho group says it is exploring a ballot initiative for abortion rights and reproductive care

A new Idaho organization says it will ask voters to restore abortion access and other reproductive health care rights in the state after lawmakers let a second legislative session end without modifying the strict abortion bans
April 19
April 19

Kansas has a new anti-DEI law, but the governor has vetoed bills on abortion and even police dogs

The Democratic governor in Kansas has vetoed proposed tax breaks for anti-abortion counseling centers while allowing restrictions on college diversity initiatives to become law without her signature
April 19
Students walk down Jayhawk Boulevard, the main street through the main University of Kansas campus, Friday, April 12, 2024, in Lawrence, Kan. The Kansas Board of Regents, which oversees higher education, has drafted a new policy against requiring diversity, equity and inclusion statements on applications for students, job seekers and staff promotions. (AP Photo/John Hanna)
April 19

Popular weight loss drugs in tight supply, Zepbound shortage could last through June

Most doses of Wegovy and Zepbound have limited availability, the FDA says.
April 19
An injection pen of Zepbound is displayed in New York City, December 11, 2023.
April 19

A convicted rapist is charged with murder in the killing of a Connecticut visiting nurse

A convicted rapist has been charged with murder and attempted sexual assault in the killing of a visiting nurse at a Connecticut halfway house for sex offenders in October
April 19
FILE - This undated photo provided by Kyle Ellsworth shows Joyce Grayson. Michael Reese, a convicted rapist, was charged with murder and attempted sexual assault Friday, April 19, 2024, in the killing of Grayson, a visiting nurse at a Connecticut halfway house for sex offenders in October. (Kyle Ellsworth via AP)
April 19

Patel is like it is: 'Do blue light glasses actually work?'

Learn about the truth behind the eyewear, as well as the future of organ donations and avoiding ear infections.
April 19
VIDEO: Patel is like it is: 'Do blue light glasses actually work?'
April 19

French athletes at Paris Olympics will receive better mental health protection

French athletes at the Paris Olympics will be offered better protection for their mental health with priority given to curbing online harassment and cyberbullying
April 19
From left, French athletes Arnaud Assoumani, Pauline Deroulede, Romain Cannone, and Melina Robert-Michon stand on stage as they wear the French team uniforms for the Paris 2024 Olympic Games opening ceremony, Wednesday, April 17, 2024 at the Grand Palais Ephemere venue in Paris. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)
April 19

South Korea slows plan to hike medical school admissions as doctors' strike drags on

South Korea's government says it will slow down a plan to admit more students to the country’s medical schools from next year, in a bid to end a weeks-long strike by thousands of doctors
April 19
South Korean Prime Minister Han Duck-soo speaks during a briefing at the government complex in Seoul, South Korea, Friday, April 19, 2024. Desperate to end a weekslong strike by thousands of doctors, South Korea’s government said Friday it will slow down a plan to admit thousands more students to the country's medical schools from next year.(Hang Gwang-mo/Yonhap via AP)
April 19

4/20 grew from humble roots to marijuana's high holiday

Marijuana advocates are gearing up for April 20
April 19
FILE - Jim Weber examines the inside of The Bud Light marijuana growing trailer at the International Cannabis & Hemp Expo, Saturday, April 17, 2010, in Daly City, Calif. The unit, once hooked up to electricity and water supplies, is a turnkey marijuana growing space. (AP Photo/Noah Berger, File)
April 19

BNSF Railway says it didn't know about asbestos that's killed hundreds in Montana town

BNSF Railway attorneys told Montana that the railroad should not be held liable for the lung cancer deaths of two former residents of an asbestos-contaminated Montana town
April 19
FILE - In this April 27, 2011, file photo, the entrance to downtown Libby, Mont., is seen. BNSF Railway attorneys are expected to argue before jurors Friday, April 19, 2024, that the railroad should not be held liable for the lung cancer deaths of two former residents of the asbestos-contaminated Montana town, one of the deadliest sites in the federal Superfund pollution program. (AP Photo/Matthew Brown, File)
April 19

Soldiers who lost limbs in Gaza fighting are finding healing on Israel's amputee soccer team

Israel's national amputee soccer team is heading to France for the 2024 European Amputee Football Championships in June
April 19
The soccer player of Israel Amputee Football Team, Ben Binyamin controls the ball during a practice session in Ramat Gan, Thursday, April 11, 2024. Ben Binyamin was celebrating his 29th birthday at the Tribe of Nova music festival on Oct. 7 when Hamas militants stormed into southern Israel and opened fire on thousands of Israelis dancing to electronic music. Binyamin raced into an air raid shelter, but attackers fired shots and then threw in grenades. He was seriously wounded; his right leg was blown off. He was left for dead. (AP Photo/Leo Correa)
April 19

Emergency rooms refused to treat pregnant women, leaving one to miscarry in a lobby restroom

Complaints about pregnant women being turned away from emergency rooms spiked in the months after states began enacting strict abortion laws following the 2022 U.S. Supreme Court decision overturning Roe v. Wade
April 19
FILE - A pregnant woman stands for a portrait in Dallas, May 18, 2023. Complaints about pregnant women being turned away from emergency rooms spiked in the months after states began enacting strict abortion laws following the 2022 U.S. Supreme Court decision overturning Roe v. Wade. The cases are detailed in federal documents obtained by The Associated Press and raise serious questions about the state of emergency pregnancy care in the U.S. (AP Photo/LM Otero, File)
April 18

Nevada Supreme Court rulings hand setbacks to gun-right defenders and anti-abortion activists

Nevada's Supreme Court has handed setbacks to gun-right defenders and anti-abortion activists in two new rulings
April 18
FILE - "Ghost guns" are displayed at the headquarters of the San Francisco Police Department, Nov. 27, 2019, in San Francisco. Nevada's Supreme Court upheld the state's ban on ghost guns Thursday, April 18, 2024, overturning a lower court's ruling that had sided with a gun manufacturer's' argument the 2021 law regulating firearm components with no serial numbers was too broad and unconstitutionally vague. (AP Photo/Haven Daley, File)
April 18

Legislation allowing doctor-assisted suicide narrowly clears Delaware House, heads to state Senate

A bill allowing doctor-assisted suicide in Delaware has narrowly cleared the Democrat-led House and now goes to the state Senate for consideration
April 18
April 18

Kentucky governor announces lottery to award initial round of medical cannabis business licenses

Gov. Andy Beshear says Kentucky will use a lottery to award licenses to businesses competing to participate in the state’s startup medical cannabis program
April 18
FILE - Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear responds to a question during an interview, Dec. 19, 2023, in Frankfort, Ky. Kentucky will use a lottery system to award an initial round of licenses to businesses competing to participate in the state's startup medical cannabis program, Beshear announced Thursday, April 18, 2024. (AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley, File)
April 18

As syphilis cases among US newborns soar, doctors group advises more screening during pregnancy

With syphilis cases in U.S. newborns skyrocketing, a doctors group is now recommending that all pregnant patients be screened three times for the sexually transmitted infection
April 18
FILE - This 1972 microscope image provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows a Treponema pallidum bacterium which causes the disease syphilis. With syphilis cases in U.S. newborns skyrocketing, a doctors group is now recommending that all pregnant women be screened three times for the sexually transmitted infection. The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists issued updated its guidance to doctors on Thursday, April 18, 2024. (Susan Lindsley/CDC via AP)
April 18

ER visits for heat illness rose in 2023 amid record temperatures, CDC report finds

Some U.S. regions saw the highest rate of heat-related ER visits since 2018.
April 18
People spend time near a fountain during extreme heat wave in New York, July 27, 2023.
April 18

A lab chief's sentencing for meningitis deaths is postponed, extending grief of victims' families

A 12-year saga over a fatal national meningitis outbreak still isn't over
April 18
Brothers Steve Kruzich, left, and Michael Kruzich look at a photo of their late mother Donna, Monday, April 15, 2024, in Lansing, Mich. Donna Kruzich was one of dozens of people in the U.S. who died after being injected with tainted steroids made by a specialty pharmacy in Massachusetts. Now, more than a decade later, the operator of the New England Compounding Center is returning to a Michigan court to be sentenced on involuntary manslaughter charges. (AP Photo/Mike Householder)
April 18

Two shootings, two different responses — Maine restricts guns while Iowa arms teachers

State lawmakers are taking very different approaches to public safety following high-profile shootings
April 18
FILE - Police respond to Perry High School, Jan. 4, 2024, in Perry, Iowa. Iowa's Republican-led Legislature passed a bill this week allowing teachers and staff who undergo training to get permits to carry guns on school property. That comes three months after a fatal shooting at the Iowa school. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File)
April 18

UN approves an updated cholera vaccine that could help fight a surge in cases

The World Health Organization has approved a new version of a widely used cholera vaccine that could help address a surge in cases that has depleted the global vaccine stockpile
April 18
FILE - A family enters a tent set aside for cholera patients at a clinic in Harare, Zimbabwe, on Nov. 18, 2023. The World Health Organization has approved a new version of a widely used cholera vaccine that could help address a surge in cases that has depleted the global vaccine stockpile. In a decision last week, WHO authorized a new vaccine by EuBiologics, the only maker of the oral cholera vaccine for a global stockpile managed by the U.N. health agency and partners. (AP Photo/Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi, File)
April 18

CDC and FDA investigate fake ‘Botox’ injections

Officials claim at least 19 people across nine states have received either counterfeit “Botox” or treatment from unlicensed or untrained individuals.
April 18
VIDEO: CDC and FDA investigate fake ‘Botox’ injections
April 18

Evidence of racial disparities in health care reported in every US state: New report

Researchers found health system performance is worse for many people of color.
April 18
April 17

Democrats clear path to bring proposed repeal of Arizona’s near-total abortion ban to a vote

Democrats in the Arizona Senate cleared a path to bring a proposed repeal of the state’s near-total ban on abortions to a vote after the state’s highest court concluded the law can be enforced and the state House blocked efforts to undo the long-dorman...
April 17
A anti-abortion supporter stands outside the House chamber, Wednesday, April 17, 2024, at the Capitol in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt York)
April 17

Lab chief faces sentencing in Michigan 12 years after fatal US meningitis outbreak

The head of a specialty pharmacy will be sentenced in Michigan for 11 deaths more than a decade ago that were tied to tainted steroids
April 17
Brothers Steve Kruzich, left, and Michael Kruzich look at a photo of their late mother Donna, Monday, April 15, 2024, in Lansing, Mich. Donna Kruzich was one of dozens of people in the U.S. who died after being injected with tainted steroids made by a specialty pharmacy in Massachusetts. Now, more than a decade later, the operator of the New England Compounding Center is returning to a Michigan court to be sentenced on involuntary manslaughter charges. (AP Photo/Mike Householder)
April 17

Things to know as courts and legislatures act on transgender kids’ rights

Several U.S. courts have ruled this week on state laws restricting the rights of transgender young people
April 17
April 17

How donating organs can save lives

Dr. Alok Patel shares what you need to know about organ donation and how it can save lives.
April 17
VIDEO: How donating organs can save lives
April 17

Earth Day: How a senator's idea more than 50 years ago got people fighting for their planet

Millions of people around the world will pause on Monday, at least for a moment, to mark Earth Day
April 17
FILE - Activists display prints replicating solar panels during a rally to mark Earth Day at Lafayette Square, Washington, April 23, 2022. (AP Photo/Gemunu Amarasinghe, File)
April 17

UN report points to yawning gap of inequality in sexual and reproductive health worldwide

The U.N. population fund says in a new study that an African woman is roughly 130 times more likely to die from pregnancy and childbirth complications than a woman in Europe or North America
April 17
FILE - A woman carries a her baby and a bucket of water in Harare on April 6, 2020. A new study says an African woman is roughly 130 times more likely to die from pregnancy and childbirth complications than a woman in Europe or North America, the U.N. population fund reported Wednesday, April 17, 2024, as it decried widening inequality in sexual and reproductive health and rights worldwide. (AP Photo/Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi, File)
April 16

Idaho's ban on youth gender-affirming care has families desperately scrambling for solutions

Idaho families with transgender children are desperately scrambling for solutions as a state law banning gender-affirming care for minors has taken effect
April 16
FILE - The Idaho State Capitol in Boise, Idaho, is seen on June 13, 2019. The U.S. Supreme Court's decision on Monday, April 15, 2024, allows the state to put in place a 2023 law that subjects physicians to up to 10 years in prison if they provide hormones, puberty blockers or other gender-affirming care to people under age 18. A federal judge in Idaho had previously blocked the law in its entirety. (AP Photo/Keith Ridler, File)
April 16

Counterfeit Botox causing harmful reactions in US

So far, 19 people across 9 states have suffered reactions, according to the CDC.
April 16
So far, 19 people across 9 states have suffered reactions, according to the CDC.
April 16

What to know about counterfeit, mishandled Botox causing harmful reactions in US

Nineteen people across nine states have suffered reactions, the CDC said.
April 16
A counterfeit box of botulinum toxin, or Botox. Several people in the U.S. have fallen ill after receiving counterfeit or mishandled Botox injections, according to the CDC.
April 16

Texas fined $100,000 per day for failing to act on foster care abuse allegations

Texas is being fined $100,000 a day by a federal judge for neglecting investigations into abuse and neglect allegations raised by some of the 9,000 children it has in foster care
April 16
April 16

UK lawmakers back landmark bill to gradually phase out smoking for good

A plan by Britain’s government to introduce a landmark smoking ban that aims to stop young people from ever smoking has cleared its first hurdle in Parliament despite vocal opposition from within Prime Minister Rishi Sunak’s Conservative Party
April 16
A woman smokes on a street, in London, Tuesday, April 16, 2024. A bold plan to ban anyone born after 2008 from ever legally buying cigarettes in Britain faces its first test in Parliament. The bold plan has divided the governing Conservatives, with some hailing its public health benefits and others condemning it as state overreach. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)
April 16

Biden administration announces new partnership with 50 countries to stifle future pandemics

President Joe Biden's administration is launching a program that will help 50 countries identify and respond to infectious diseases, with the goal of preventing pandemics like the COVID-19 outbreak
April 16
President Joe Biden speaks during a meeting with Prime Minister Petr Fiala of the Czech Republic in the Oval Office at the White House, Monday, April 15, 2024. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)
April 16

Indiana limits abortion data for privacy under near-total ban, but some GOP candidates push back

Some Indiana Republicans in key campaigns for office are fighting for access to detailed abortion reports that the health department stopped releasing to protect patient privacy under a near-total ban on the procedure
April 16
FILE - Abortion-rights protestors march between the Indiana Statehouse and the Indiana State Library where Vice President Kamala Harris was meeting with Indiana legislators to discuss reproductive rights, July 25, 2022, in Indianapolis. After a near-total ban on abortions went into effect in August 2023, some Indiana Republicans want access to reports detailing each abortion still performed in the state. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy, File)
April 16

Weedkiller manufacturer seeks lawmakers' help to squelch claims it failed to warn about cancer

The maker of a popular weedkiller is turning to lawmakers in key states to try to squelch legal claims that it failed to warn about cancer risks
April 16
FILE - A soybean field is sprayed in Iowa, July 11, 2013. The maker of a popular weedkiller is turning to lawmakers in key states to try to squelch legal claims that it failed to warn about cancer risks. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall, File)
April 15

Award-winning molecular biologist on the consequences of aging

ABC News' Linsey Davis speaks with Nobel Prize-winning molecular biologist Venki Ramakrishnan on aging and his new book, "Why We Die: The New Science of Aging and the Quest for Immortality."
April 15
VIDEO: Award-winning molecular biologist on the consequences of aging
April 15

Former Marine sentenced to 9 years in prison for firebombing California Planned Parenthood clinic

A former U.S. Marine has been sentenced to nine years in prison for firebombing a Southern California Planned Parenthood clinic in 2022
April 15
April 15

Supreme Court allows Idaho to enforce its ban on gender-affirming care for transgender youth

The Supreme Court is allowing Idaho to enforce its ban on gender-affirming care for transgender youth while lawsuits over the law proceed, reversing lower courts
April 15
FILE - The Supreme Court of the United States is seen in Washington, March 26, 2024. (AP Photo/Amanda Andrade-Rhoades, File)
April 15

Supreme Court allows Idaho to enforce its ban on gender-affirming care for transgender youth, reversing lower courts

Supreme Court allows Idaho to enforce its ban on gender-affirming care for transgender youth, reversing lower courts
April 15
April 15

Paris Hilton backs California bill to bring more transparency to youth treatment facilities

Hotel heiress and media personality Paris Hilton is backing California legislation that aims to bring more transparency to discipline used at facilities for troubled teens
April 15
Hotel heiress and media personalty Paris Hilton, center, discusses a proposed bill calling on more transparency for youth treatment facilities during a news conference in Sacramento, Calif., Monday, April 15, 2024. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)
April 15

Asbestos victim's dying words aired in wrongful death case against Buffet's railroad

The dying words of an Oregon man who had an asbestos-linked cancer are being replayed in a federal courtroom for a jury hearing a wrongful death case against Warren Buffett’s BNSF Railway
April 15
FILE - The town of Libby, Mont., is seen Feb. 17, 2010. Thousands of people have been sickened and hundreds killed by asbestos contamination in the Libby area. Victims of asbestos exposure are suing BNSF Railway alleging the railroad polluted the town by storing asbestos contaminated vermiculite at a downtown rail yard. The railroad denies the allegations. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, File)
April 15

Vertex Pharma scientist talks about the long road to developing non-addictive painkillers

Patients suffering from pain have limited options when it comes to medication
April 15
(AP Illustration/Jenni Sohn)
April 15

What does science say about the ingredients in functional beverages?

Drinks promoted as offering mental or physical benefits beyond hydration are growing in popularity around the world
April 15
A can of Celsius, a fitness drink that is supposed to accelerate metabolism and burn body fat, is shown on Wednesday, April 10, 2024, in New York. The frenzy of functional beverages – drinks designed to do more than just taste good or hydrate - has grown into a multi-billion-dollar industry. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)
April 15

With 'functional' beverages, brands rush to quench a thirst for drinks that do more than taste good

The global market has exploded for drinks that promise to do more than just taste good
April 15
Cans of Olipop, a soda containing botanicals, plant fibers, and prebiotics, are shown at a Kroger supermarket, Friday, April 12, 2024, in Marietta, Ga. U.S. sales of prebiotic and probiotic drinks more than tripled last year. (AP Photo/Mike Stewart)
April 15

Abortion in Germany should be decriminalized during pregnancy's first 12 weeks, experts recommend

An independent expert commission has recommended that abortion in Germany should no longer fall under the country’s penal code and be made legal during the first 12 weeks of pregnancy
April 15
From left: Claudia Wiesemann, Friederike Wapler, Frauke Brosius-Gersdorf and Liane Woerner, members of an expert commission tasked by the German government, present a report to decriminalize the current abortion law during a news conference in Berlin, Geramny, Monday, April 15, 2024. The independent experts commission recommended that abortion in Germany should no longer fall under the country's penal code but be made legal during the first 12 weeks of pregnancy. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)
April 15

Only 26% of Americans say they get at least eight hours of sleep, new Gallup poll says

It seems Americans don't think they're particularly well-rested
April 15
FILE - A traveler takes a nap as he waits for a ride outside Miami International Airport, Friday, July 1, 2022, in Miami. The Gallup survey, released Monday, April 15, 2024, says that a majority of Americans say they would feel better if they could have more sleep. But in the U.S., where the ethos of grinding and pulling yourself up by your own bootstraps is ubiquitous, getting enough sleep can seem like a dream. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee, File)
April 14

Wife of ex-Harvard morgue manager pleads guilty to transporting stolen human remains

The wife of a former Harvard Medical School morgue manager has pleaded guilty to a federal charge after investigators said she shipped stolen human body parts to buyers
April 14
FILE - Denise Lodge, left, covers her face with a printout of the indictment against her as she walks from the federal courthouse, Wednesday, June 14, 2023, in Concord, N.H., following her arrest on charges related to an alleged scheme to steal and sell donated body parts. Lodge, 64, the wife of a former Harvard Medical School morgue manager has pleaded guilty Friday, April 12, 2024, to a federal charge after investigators said she shipped stolen human body parts to buyers. (Steven Porter/The Boston Globe via AP, File)
April 14

Polish opponents of abortion march against recent steps to liberalize strict law

Thousands of Polish opponents of abortion are marching in Warsaw to protest recent steps by the new government to liberalize the predominantly Catholic nation's strict laws and allow termination of pregnancy until the 12th week
April 14
Anti-abortion demonstrators march in support of every conceived life and against steps taken by the new government to liberalize Poland's strict law and allow termination of pregnancy until the 12th week, in Warsaw, Poland, on Sunday, April 14, 2024. Last week, Poland's parliament, which is dominated by the liberal and pro-European Union ruling coalition, voted to approve further detailed work on four proposals to lift the near-ban on abortions. (AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski)
April 14

How to get rid of NYC rats without brutality? Birth control is one idea

New York lawmakers are proposing rules to humanely drive down the population of rats and other rodents
April 14
FILE - Rats swarm around a bag of garbage near a dumpster in New York, July 7, 2000. New York lawmakers are proposing rules to humanely drive down the population of rats and other rodents, eyeing contraception and a ban on glue traps as alternatives to poison or a slow, brutal death. (AP Photo/Robert Mecea, File)
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