Summary of Senate bipartisan health care agreement
Continues payments for two years to insurers for reducing out-of-pocket such as deductibles for lower-income consumers. The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office estimates the government will spend around $20 billion on the cost-sharing reductions over the next two years. President Trump blocked the payments last week.
Mass die-off of Antarctic penguin chicks alarms researchers
Almost all the chicks from an Adelie penguin colony in the eastern Antarctic was wiped out by starvation last summer
Researchers sound alarm over Antarctic penguin chick deaths
Almost the entire cohort of chicks from an Adelie penguin colony in the eastern Antarctic was wiped out by starvation last summer.
The Latest: Trump tells Dems to ‘call me to fix’ health care
The Latest on President Donald Trump and health care (all times local):
Trump tells Democrats to ‘call me to fix’ the ‘broken mess’ that is health care
In a pre-dawn tweet, the president reiterated his oft-stated argument that “Obamacare is imploding.”
Dog days? In Italy, count them as family sick days
An Italian librarian who says her English setter is her family has won the right from her employer to use family sick leave to care for her ailing pet instead of having to use vacation days.
Florida confirms 1st local Zika infection for 2017
Officials say there’s no evidence of ongoing, active transmission along Florida’s Gulf coast, or anywhere in the state.
Unable to repeal Obamacare, Trump turns to executive orders
President Trump’s move to make health insurance changes is likely to encounter opposition from medical associations, consumer groups and perhaps even some insurers.
UN starts cholera vaccinations in Bangladesh among Rohingya
U.N. agencies and Bangladesh’s health ministry began a massive cholera immunization campaign Tuesday to stem a possible outbreak of the water-borne disease among more than a half million Rohingya Muslims who have fled violence in Myanmar to neighboring Bangladesh.
Melania Trump lashes out at Ivana over ‘first lady’ joke
“I’m basically first Trump wife,” the Czech-born Ivana Trump said with a laugh. “I’m first lady, OK.”
White House to order expansion of health care options
President Trump has long asserted that selling insurance across state lines would trigger competition that brings down premiums for people buying their own policies.
Americans want local leaders to fight warming, poll finds
President Trump is withdrawing the nation an international climate change agreement.
Work with the rhythms of the body nets Nobel medicine prize for three Americans
Discoveries about the body’s daily rhythms opened up whole new fields of research and raised awareness about the importance of getting proper sleep.
Owl stuck in truck survives trip through New England, released to wild
An owl that was hit by a truck last spring and traveled from Massachusetts to New Hampshire is ready to hunt crawfish and moles again.
Wisconsin girl reaches plea deal in Slender Man case
One of two Wisconsin girls charged with stabbing a classmate to impress the horror character will avoid prison time and instead receive treatment for mental illness, attorneys said.
Climate change may spell hotter summers for southern Europe
Climate researchers are warning that Europeans should prepare for the return of “Lucifer,” saying the hellishly named heat wave that hit parts of the continent this summer could become a regular occurrence due to man-made climate change.
McCain calls brain cancer prognosis ‘very poor’
The senator underwent surgery in July for a brain tumor that was later found to be a form of glioblastoma.
Treatment restores signs of consciousness in brain-injured man
The 35-year-old patient hadn’t showed any awareness in 15 years, but responded after researchers electrically stimulated the vagus nerve.
Rand Paul remains opposed to GOP health bill, despite revisions
A spokesperson said the GOP senator from Kentucky opposes the bill, the latest blow to Republican hopes of passing it.
Abuse claims spur 9 arrests at Conn. mental hospital
Thirty-one staff members at the Whiting Forensic Division hospital in Middletown have been suspended, and nine have been arrested.
Pharmacist in deadly meningitis outbreak heading to trial
Glenn Chin is to go on trial Tuesday for his role in the 2012 fungal meningitis outbreak that killed 76 people and sickened hundreds of others.
Study shows hormone pills don’t shorten older women’s lives
Taking hormone pills for several years after menopause didn’t shorten older women’s life spans, according to the longest follow-up yet of landmark research.
Age matters when it comes to screening for cervical cancer
Millions of women may soon have to decide between a routine Pap or a newer test that detects if they have a cancer-causing virus.
Bernie Sanders’ health care plan puts Democrats on the spot
The proposal, which Sanders plans to unveil Wednesday, is thrilling the progressive base, but Democratic leaders are stopping short of embracing it.
Alaska Gold Rush town struggles with hard-drinking legacy
The old Gold Rush town of Nome on Alaska’s western coast is trying again to address hard drinking that’s deeply entrenched there.
For Miami’s homeless, a choice: Take shelter or be held
Miami’s estimated 1,100 homeless people have a stark choice: Come willingly to a storm shelter, or be held against their will for a mental health evaluation.
Ash covers Oregon cities, wildfire smoke chokes US West
Scenic areas like the Oregon’s Columbia River Gorge, Washington’s Mount Rainier, and California’s Yosemite National Park are all being threatened by fire.
Calif. county declares emergency amid hepatitis outbreak
Infections have killed 15 people and hospitalized nearly 400 more, with the homeless population hit hardest.
Prosecutors expect to charge German nurse with more killings
German official determined that Niels Hoegel might have killed another 84 patients, if not more, a prosecutor said.
German prosecutors believe nurse killed at least 86 patients
The male nurse was convicted of killing two patients in Germany with overdoses of heart medication.
Hospital cited in death of boy placed under heating blanket
The Health Department has cited a Pennsylvania hospital in the death of a 6-year-old boy whose temperature topped 107 degrees (41.7 Celsius) while he was under a special heating blanket.
Franklin Park Zoo euthanizes 18-year-old giraffe after health declines
The Masai giraffe, named Beau, leaves behind six offspring — including 1-year-old Amari, who still lives at the Boston zoo.
France wants to involve psychiatrists in preventing attacks
France wants to involve psychiatrists in preventing attacks like the one in which a mentally unstable man drove into two Marseille bus stops, killing a woman, the country’s interior minister said Tuesday.
Jury awards $417m in lawsuit linking talcum powder to cancer
A Los Angeles jury on Monday ordered Johnson & Johnson to pay $417 million to a woman who claimed in a lawsuit that the talc in its iconic baby powder causes ovarian cancer when applied regularly for feminine hygiene.
Ex-NY governor hopeful who insulted Obamas kicked off board
One-time Republican candidate for New York governor Carl Paladino, whose published insults of former President Barack Obama provoked a public uproar, was removed from Buffalo’s school board Thursday for improperly discussing teacher contract negotiations.
US teen drug overdose deaths inch up after years of decline
After years of decline, teen deaths from drug overdoses have inched up, a new U.S. government report shows.
Graham says GOP in trouble if Obama’s health care law stands
Senator Lindsey Graham said that if Republicans can’t deliver, ‘‘We’re all going to be in trouble, including the president.’’
Flu-like symptoms among 19 staff prompt evacuations at N.H. hospital
The cause of the staff members’ sickness at the New Hampshire hospital remained a mystery Friday afternoon.
Democrats target vulnerable Republicans on health care
The goal is to deprive the GOP of its congressional majority in next year’s midterm elections.
Nepal strengthens laws against dowry, menstrual exile
Nepal’s parliament has passed a bill toward making women safer by strengthening laws against acid attacks along with the ancient Hindu customs of demanding dowry payments for marriage and exiling women who are menstruating.
Pope Francis to Belgian Catholics: Stop offering euthanasia
Pope Francis has ordered a Belgian Catholic charity to stop offering euthanasia in its psychiatric hospitals.
Hearing loss of US diplomats in Cuba is blamed on covert device
A string of bizarre incidents left a group of American diplomats in Havana with severe hearing loss attributed to a covert sonic device.
Mom accused of lying about being doctor, faking son’s cancer
A woman has been accused of pretending to be a doctor and falsely claiming her preschool-age son had terminal cancer so he could receive unnecessary hospital care and opioids.
GOP senator suggests brain tumor affected McCain health care vote
Ron Johnson said that John McCain has ‘‘a brain tumor right now. That vote occurred at 1:30 in the morning. Some of that might have factored in.’’
University of Georgia shoots down policy that would let students self-grade
The policy would also have allowed students to drop out of group work if they became too stressed, and allowed for all exams to be open book.
109 US salmonella cases now linked to papayas from Mexico
An increasing number of people have been sickened by eating papaya now traced to a farm located in southern Mexico.
Trump: ‘We will fight this deadly epidemic and the United States will win’
President Donald Trump took on the opioid drug epidemic Tuesday, saying, “Nobody is safe from this epidemic.’’
Report reveals underground US haven for heroin, drug users
The center where users inject themselves has been quietly operating in the United States for the past three years.
Trump drug commission calls for emergency declaration
President Trump’s drug commission called for him to declare a national emergency to deal with the opioid epidemic.
US hospitals set record for fast heart attack care
More than 93 percent of patients have their arteries opened within 90 minutes of arrival.