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11 hurt as lightning strikes Paris park

Eight children and three adults were struck Saturday when a sudden storm sent a bolt down on a children’s birthday party.

11 people hit by lightning in a Paris park

Eight of the people struck were children and four people have life-threatening injuries, officials said.

FILE - In this Feb. 5, 2014 file photo, Dr. Henry Heimlich describes the maneuver he developed to help clear obstructions from the windpipes of choking victims, while being interviewed at his home in Cincinnati. Heimlich recently used the emergency technique for the first time himself to save a woman choking on food at his senior living center. Heimlich said Thursday, May 26, 2016 that he has demonstrated the well-known maneuver many times through the years but had never before used it on a person who was choking. (AP Photo/Al Behrman)

96-year-old Heimlich uses namesake maneuver on choking woman

The 96-year-old Cincinnati surgeon credited with developing the Heimlich maneuver recently used the emergency technique for the first time.

Bacteria resistant to antibiotic of last resort found in US

Researchers said the gene was found in E. coli retrieved from a woman from Pennsylvania.

VA restored benefits to 4,200 veterans wrongly declared dead

A Florida congressman says the Veterans Administration cut off the benefits of more 4,200 people nationwide after they were wrongly declared dead.

Judge blocks Ohio from stripping Planned Parenthood funding

The funding will continue while a state law aimed at keeping public money from going to the organization is being challenged.

Court hears woman’s appeal in death of infant

The Indiana woman was found guilty of killing the premature infant she delivered after ingesting abortion-inducing drugs.

UMass lab steps up tick testing as season hits high gear

The Laboratory of Medical Zoology in Amherst is partnering with about two dozen towns in the state

A Tasmanian devil roared in a zoo at Tasman Peninsula, Tasmania state, Australia last month. Devils live disease-free in zoos, but healthy ones are harder to find in the wild.

Saving devils, in a single disease-free corner of Tasmania

Conservationists seek to preserve a wild population of devils threatened by cars and cancer.

Trying to get jump on Zika preparations with money in limbo

Congress continues to haggle over its response as federal, state, and local health officials wait for money they really need.

Pregnant women in US with Zika spikes on new counting method

The number of pregnant women in the United States infected with Zika virus is suddenly tripling, due to a change in how the government is reporting cases.

FILE - In this Jan. 27, 2016, file photo, an Aedes aegypti mosquito is photographed through a microscope at the Fiocruz institute in Recife, Pernambuco state, Brazil. The number of pregnant women in the United States infected with Zika virus is suddenly tripling, due to a change in how the government is counting cases. In a change announced Friday, May 20, 2016, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will count all women who tested positive, regardless of whether they had suffered symptoms. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana, File)

After change in counting method, number of pregnant women with Zika spikes

The number of pregnant women in the US infected with the Zika virus has suddenly tripled.

Trudeau apologizes again for assailing lawmakers

The Canadian prime minister apologized for a third time after elbowing a female lawmaker in the chest and grabbing another lawmaker.

People stand on the plaza in front of the Supreme Court at sunset on Saturday, Feb. 13, 2016, in Washington. On Saturday, Feb. 13, 2016, the U.S. Marshals Service confirmed that Scalia has died at the age of 79. (AP Photo/Jon Elswick)

Supreme Court avoids major ruling in birth control dispute

The court is asking lower courts to take another look at the issue between faith-based groups and the Obama administration.

Larry Daughtrey with his wife, Judge Martha Daughtrey, just after her appointment to the Tennessee Court of Criminal Appeals in 1975.

Larry Daughtrey, 76, longtime Tennessean political reporter

Mr. Daughtrey began his career at the paper while still studying at Vanderbilt University and spent his entire career covering politics in Nashville.

Emma Morano, 116, sat in her apartment in Verbania on Friday.

Emma Morano may be the last person alive who was born in the 1800s

Surrounded by relatives and friends, Italy’s Emma Morano greeted with a smile the news that she, at 116, is now the oldest person in the world.

Brain scans find protein a marker of Alzheimer’s decline

Scientists are peeking inside living brains to watch for the first time as a toxic duo of plaques and tangles interact to drive Alzheimer’s disease — and those tangles may predict early symptoms, a finding with implications for better treatments.

Zika expected to hit South hard

There’s little doubt: Zika is coming to the continental United States, bringing frightening birth defects.

Bullying is a serious public health problem, report says

The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine said bullying should no longer be dismissed as merely a matter of kids being kids.

Unpack the trunk: Ringling’s elephants retire to Florida

The last 11 touring elephants from Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus kicked off their retirement in Florida on Friday with a buffet brunch of carrots, apples, celery, loaves of bread, and lots of hay.

FILE - In this Feb. 20, 2015 file photo, Charla Nash smiles as her care worker washes her face at her apartment in Boston. The Connecticut woman who underwent a face transplant five years ago after being attacked by a chimpanzee is back in a Boston hospital after doctors discovered her body is rejecting the transplant. Nash says doctors have decided to end an experimental drug treatment and put her back on her original medication in the hopes of reversing the rejection. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa, File)

Chimp victim who underwent face transplant back in Boston hospital

The Connecticut woman’s body is rejecting tissue from the transplant.

A man held a dead rat at the main garbage dump in the city of Peshawar.

Pakistani city struggles to end rat rampage

More than 400 people in Peshawar have been bitten over the past month.

FILE - In this March 11, 2011 file photo, children take advantage of warmer weather, as they play on a playground at sunset in Armstrong Park, in Lafayette, Ind. Playground concussions are on the rise, a government study found, and monkey bars and swings are most often involved. Most injuries were mild, but the researchers say the trend raises public health and safety concerns. (Jordan Kartholl /Journal & Courier via AP, File) MANDATORY CREDIT; NO SALES; TV OUT; RADIO OUT; LOCAL INTERNET OUT

Monkey bars, swings most often involved in playground concussions, CDC study finds

The research also found that playground concussions, a potentially serious injury, are on the rise.

Teen birth rate hits all-time low, led by 50 percent decline among Hispanics and blacks

WASHINGTON — The birth rate among teenagers, at crisis levels in the 1990s, has fallen to an all-time low, according to an analysis released Thursday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Georgia governor OKs state funds for anti-abortion centers

Georgia can give state money to “pregnancy resource centers” that offer medical and other services to pregnant women while discouraging them from getting abortions, under legislation signed Tuesday by Republican Gov. Nathan Deal.

The movement to legalize pot gains speed in the Americas

MEXICO CITY — With a swipe of his pen last week, Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto proposed that Mexican citizens could legally possess up to an ounce of marijuana.

This judge sentenced a veteran to a night behind bars, and served it with him

A veteran suffering from PTSD was sentencedto 24 hours in jail for failing a urine test, but the judge who sentenced him decided to serve the time with him.

In this photo taken January 28, 2014, a french commercial jet, rear, taxis past the M’Poko refugee camp in Bangui, Central African Republic, where thousands had seek refuge from sectarian violence. The U.N. has reported it is now investigating more than 100 cases of sexual misconduct from peacekeepers here in Central African Republic, where violence exploded in late 2013. Peacekeepers from France, who are not part of the U.N. mission here, and other soldiers from a now repatriated European mission, are also facing accusations. (AP Photo/Jerome Delay)

Raped, then left with nothing but the taunts

The stories of survivors at a refugee camp in Central African Republic are harrowing and suggest attacks by peacekeepers were more frequent than previously known.

Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette stood at a podium with (left to right) Chief Investigator Andy Arena, Special Prosecutor Todd Flood, Deputy Chief Investigator Ellis Stafford, and Geneses County Prosecutor David Leyton, as they announced 13 felony charges and 5 misdemeanor charges against two state officials and one city official in the City of Flint's lead water contamination crises.

3 officials charged in Flint water crisis

The Michigan attorney general warned there will be more charges — ‘‘That I can guarantee’’ — and added: ‘‘No one is off the table.’’

FILE - In this Feb. 23, 2016, file photo, women run as the sun sets in San Diego. Life expectancy for white women has fallen a little, according to a new government report. The dip is small - white women lost about five weeks from their predicted lifespan in 2014, compared to 2013, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported Wednesday, April 20, 2016. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull, File)

Life expectancy for white females dips, according to CDC

Life expectancy at birth for white, non-Hispanic females in the United States declined slightly from 2013 to 2014.

Michigan Governor Rick Snyder drinks a glass of water as he testifies before a House Oversight and government Reform hearing on

Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder promises to drink Flint water for 30 days

Michigan Governor Rick Snyder pledges to drink filtered Flint water for 30 days.

Study backs pancreas cell transplants for severe diabetes

Researchers say the transplants can protect seriously ill patients from a dangerous complication.

As clinic access tightens, group touts pregnancy-ending drug

The outreach effort has raised some concerns in the abortion-rights movement.

N.C. judge orders breast-feeding mother to cover up or leave

Under North Carolina law, mothers are allowed to breast-feed their children in public.

Canada to seek legalization of assisted suicide

The new law will only apply to Canadians and permanent residents, meaning Americans won’t be able to travel to Canada to die.

Zika definitely causes severe birth defects, CDC says

The conclusion confirms the worst fears of many pregnant women in the United States and Latin America.

Lara, who is less then 3-months old and was born with microcephaly, was examined by a neurologist in Brazil.

No doubt now that Zika virus causes rare birth defects, CDC says

Experts had been cautious about making a definitive link despite a surge of babies born with a rare birth defect in Brazil during a Zika outbreak.

Lara, who is less then 3-months old and was born with microcephaly, was examined by a neurologist in Brazil.

No doubt now that Zika virus causes rare birth defects, CDC says

Experts had been cautious about making a definitive link despite a surge of babies born with a rare birth defect in Brazil during a Zika outbreak.

Dr. Anne Schuchat, principal deputy director of the Center for Disease Control, spoke about the Zika virus in front of a US map of the ranges of two different types of mosquito.

The more we learn about Zika, the scarier it is, US health officials say

Top health officials say they still need more money to fight the mosquitoes that spread the disease — and for research into vaccines and treatments.

US water systems repeatedly exceed federal standard for lead

An analysis of EPA data found that nearly 1,400 water systems serving 3.6 million Americans violated the standard.

Doctors stunned by rare twins born more than five weeks apart

A pregnant Tennessee woman underwent a rare procedure to save the lives of her twin children.

Sentencing of Northern Ireland woman for abortion revives old and bitter debate

She was 19 years old, just over a couple months pregnant, and she didn’t want to have a baby.

FILE -- Women and children gather at a clinic for a talk about the Zika virus in Carolina, Puerto Rico, Feb. 25, 2016. In an effort to break the two-month deadlock, Obama administration officials announced on April 6 the transfer of $510 million originally intended to protect against Ebola to help combat the Zika virus -- as congressional Republicans had demanded. (Victor J. Blue/The New York Times)

White House directs Ebola money to Zika fight

President Obama has been rebuffed by Congress in his call for emergency funds.

A patient advocate worked at the Whole Woman's Health clinic in San Antonio, which conducts abortions. Threats and violence directed at US abortion clinics increased sharply in 2015, according to the National Abortion Federation

Increase in threats reported at US abortion clinics

Death threats targeting abortion providers increased from one in 2014 to 94 in 2015.

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The siesta’s going to the dogs in Spain

The country’s prime minister wants to do away with a long-standing and well-recognized tradition.

Global research sees statin benefits in lower risk patients

The results bolster recommendations in recent guidelines on who should consider taking the drugs.

Doctors applaud the end of Tennessee’s fetal assault law

They say it encouraged women to avoid prenatal care and expose their babies to more risks.

New Ebola case confirmed in Liberia, first case there since Dec.

The World Health Organization says the case comes days after it declared the outbreak no longer qualifies as a global emergency.

Bat-killing disease found in Washington state, first in West

The fungal disease that has killed millions of bats nationwide.

Man arrested after doing yoga on Japan-bound airplane

A Japan-bound airplane returned to Hawaii because of a violent passenger who wanted to do yoga instead of sit in his seat, the FBI said.