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Trump builds on Obama opioid policy

It’s a rare instance in which fractious Republicans and Democrats in Congress have come together.

Barbara Bush.

Barbara Bush is in ‘failing health,’ won’t seek additional medical treatment

The former first lady, 92, “will instead focus on comfort care,” a family spokesman said.

Federal lawsuit seeks to block Kentucky’s new abortion law

Kentucky lawmakers and the American Civil Liberties Union are again locked in battle over abortion rights.

FILE - In this June 29, 2016 file photo, a man holds a bag of synthetic marijuana in Houston. In a report released Tuesday, April 10, 2018, fake marijuana likely contaminated with rat poison has killed three people in Illinois and sickened more than 100 others in the past month. (Melissa Phillip/Houston Chronicle via AP)

Synthetic marijuana likely tainted with rat poison kills 3, sickens 100

Fake marijuana likely contaminated with rat poison has killed three people in Illinois and caused severe bleeding in more than 100 others, including a few in four other states.

The Coulter family visited Place Heritage Park in Salt Lake City.

Laws that let kids roam could catch on

Utah passed the country’s first law legalizing free-range parenting, and groups in states from New York to Texas are pushing for similar steps.

Hospital says ex-spy improves, no longer on ‘critical’ list

Sergei Skripal had been fighting for his life after exposure to a nerve agent the Britain has linked to the Russian government.

Poll shows complex views on prescription drug addiction

A slim majority of Americans see prescription drug addiction as a disease that requires medical treatment, but most would not welcome those suffering from the problem into their neighborhoods, workplaces or families.

French President Emmanuel Macron played with children at Le Moulin Vert nursery in Rouen.

France makes effort to catch up on autism care

The plan includes a push for earlier diagnosis, help for families, teacher training, and research to better understand autism. Yet families and associations say the plan is unlikely to take the giant steps needed to catch France up with the United States, Canada, and other European countries.

Russia lost a bid on April 4 at a global chemical weapons watchdog to launch a joint probe with Britain into a spy poisoning scandal, and sought to press its case at the highest level calling for urgent UN Security Council talks.

Russia loses vote to join spy poisoning probe; next stop UN

Britain said Russia’s proposal for a joint investigation received only six votes at a special session of the executive council of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons.

Studies link legal marijuana with fewer opioid prescriptions

Advocates for liberalizing marijuana laws have proposed it as a lower-risk alternative to opioids.

Old, new drugs creating deadly mixtures in Ohio

There has been a surge in the use of methamphetamine and cocaine mixed with a powerful synthetic opioid.

Adam Lange scoops coffee beans before making a drink at a Philz Coffee shop in San Francisco, Friday, March 30, 2018. Coffee sellers will have to post ominous warnings in California because each cup contains a chemical linked to cancer, a judge ruled. The culprit is a byproduct of the bean roasting process that is a known carcinogen and has been at the heart of an eight-year legal struggle between a tiny nonprofit group and Big Coffee companies. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

Will this be a buzzkill? Coffee cancer warnings could go beyond California

A headline from California is jolting people more than their morning cup: A judge ruled that coffee in the state should carry a cancer warning.

FILE - In this Sept. 22, 2017, file photo, a barista pours steamed milk in a coffee at a cafe in Los Angeles. Superior Court Judge Elihu Berle has ruled that California law requires coffee companies to carry an ominous cancer warning label because of a chemical produced in the roasting process. Judge Berle wrote in a proposed ruling Wednesday, March 28, 2018, that Starbucks and other coffee companies failed to show that the threat from a chemical compound produced in the roasting process was insignificant. At the center of the dispute is acrylamide, a carcinogen found in many cooked foods, that is produced during the roasting process. (AP Photo/Richard Vogel, File)

California judge says coffee needs cancer warning labels

A Los Angeles judge has ruled that California law requires coffee companies to carry an ominous cancer warning label because of a chemical produced in the roasting process.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov.

Russia says it will expel Western envoys in retaliation for expulsion of Russian diplomats

Lavrov said Moscow will also retaliate to the US decision to shut the Russian consulate in Seattle by closing the US consulate in St. Petersburg.

Ronny Jackson was President Trump’s personal physician and surprise choice to lead the massive Department of Veterans Affairs.

VA pick impressed Trump when he gave glowing health report

Ronny Jackson passed his screen test with President Donald Trump before the casting session even began.

Trump fires VA head Shulkin, taps WH doctor to replace him

President Trump has fired David Shulkin, tweeting that White House doctor Ronny Jackson is his nominee to be the next Veterans Affairs secretary.

Fertility clinic: Alarm was turned off on failed embryo tank

An alarm system turned off on a fertility clinic storage tank that had been malfunctioning for weeks led to a failure that likely ruined more than 4,000 eggs and embryos, double what the clinic first thought, it said Tuesday.

Yucky ducky? Study reveals bath-time toy’s dirty secret

Scientists now have the dirt on the rubber ducky: Those cute yellow bath-time toys are — as some parents have long suspected — a haven for nasty bugs.

Dentist group aims to curb use of painkillers

The American Dental Association wants dentists to drastically cut back on prescribing opioids.

Federal money for opioid crisis called insufficient

The government will spend a record $4.6 billion this year to fight the nation’s deepening opioid crisis.

EU leaders back Britain in blaming Russia for poisoning of ex-spy and his daughter

British Prime Minister Theresa May won the backing of 27 other European Union leaders on Thursday in blaming Russia for the poisoning of a former spy on English soil

Russia-UK war of words over ex-spy’s poisoning gets uglier

The war of words between Russia and Britain over an ex-spy’s poisoning got uglier Wednesday as the U.K. foreign secretary called it vomit-inducing that Russian President Vladimir Putin is rejoicing over hosting the World Cup. Russia shot back that Boris Johnson is “poisoned with venom of malice and hate.”

Conservative Utah lets women get birth control from pharmacy

Women in conservative Utah will soon be able to get birth control directly from a pharmacist rather than visiting a doctor each time they want to obtain or renew a prescription, a move taken by only a few other states, many of them liberal.

Clinic escort Kim Gibson spoke with a driver attempting to enter the parking lot at Jackson Women's Health Organization's clinic, the only facility in Mississippi that performs abortions. An abortion protester is in the background.

Judge temporarily blocks most restrictive abortion law in US

The Mississippi law was in effect less than 24 hours before a federal judge temporarily blocked it during what could become a long legal fight between the state’s Republican governor and its only abortion clinic.

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Study finds obesity robs the tongue of taste buds in mice

If Tuesday’s findings pan out, ‘‘this could be a whole new kind of target in treating obesity,’’ said a Cornell University food scientist.

Police, army, and other emergency service personnel examine a car found in Durrington near Salisbury, England, that investigators believe may be connected to the nerve agent attack on Russian double agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia.

EU condemns attack on spy as Britain slams ‘absurd’ Russia denials

‘‘The lives of many citizens were threatened by this reckless and illegal act,’’ EU foreign ministers said.

Want to avoid the flu while flying? Here’s what experts say you should do

The advice comes out of a new attempt to determine the risks of catching germs on an airplane.

Abortion rights demonstrators and those opposing abortion clashed in front of the Supreme Court in January.

US report finds abortion is safe but barriers reduce quality of care

Getting one without facing delays and false medical information depends on where women live, the study said.

Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin at a House Appropriations subcommittee hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington on Thursday.

Veterans chief Shulkin says he has no intention of quitting

David Shulkin, under fire for ethics violations, said Thursday that he has no intention of leaving his job even as the White House hinted at the possibility of “personnel changes” to lead the beleaguered agency.

President Donald Trump boarded Air Force One at Palm Beach International Airport in West Palm Beach, Fla.

Trump scheduled to visit New Hampshire on Monday

President Trump is planning to visit New Hampshire for the first time since the 2016 election campaign.

British Prime Minister Theresa May.

UK will expel 23 Russian diplomats over spy poisoning

UK Prime minister Theresa May, announcing a range of economic and diplomatic measures against Russia, said the diplomats have a week to leave Britain.

Police officers, dressed in protective gear, continued their investigation into last week’s poisoning of Sergei Skripal in Salisbury, England.

Russia calls poisoning accusations by Britain ‘nonsense’

The Kremlin said it was not involved in an attack on Sergei Skripal and his daughter in England.

An official spoke to the media Tuesday to give an update on the poisoning of Sergei Skripal, which police say does not appear to be linked to the “unexplained” death of a Russian businessman disclosed Tuesday.

Police investigating death of Russian in London

Police say there is no evidence to suggest a link to the poisoning of former spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter, but they are investigating the “unexplained” death.

Florida passes bill to ban marriage of anyone under 17

A woman who was 11 when she was forced to marry her rapist has worked for six years to ban child marriages in Florida. On Friday, she was hailed as a hero after the Legislature passed a bill prohibiting marriage for anyone under 17.

21 people sought treatment after ex-spy poisoning

UK officials have warned of a strong response if the Russian government is found to be responsible.

Anti-abortion protester Mary McLaurin called out to a patient hidden on the other side of a sign outside the Jackson Women's Health Organization clinic in Jackson, Miss., the state's only abortion clinic.

Mississippi governor says he supports 15-week abortion ban

Phil Bryant is indicating he will sign a bill, which the Senate has approved and sent to the House.

Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin acknowledged to reporters Wednesday that the problems in the VA were “systemic.”

Watchdog report finds failed VA leadership put patients at risk

The report is another blow to Secretary David Shulkin, who served at the VA then and is fighting to keep his job.

Doctor-assisted suicide measure advances in Hawaii

The Hawaii House has approved a bill that would allow physicians to prescribe life-ending medication to terminally ill patients.

Florida Senate passes bill restricting gun sales

The Senate voted, 20 to 18, in favor of bill that was crafted in a response to the Feb. 14 massacre.

Poles march for abortion rights

Some 2,000 women with colorful banners have walked through Poland’s capital city for the event.

24 killed in fire at drug rehab clinic in Azerbaijan

Authorities in Azerbaijan say at least 24 people have been killed in a fire at a drug rehabilitation clinic in the capital this morning.

Agency weighs new rules for climbers’ waste on Alaska peak

Climbers on North America’s tallest mountain may have to start packing out more of their waste after a researcher determined a glacier in which much of it has been dumped over the past decade probably is not decomposing the human waste.

What’s in the IV bag? Studies show safer option than saline

President Trump discussed the issue of mental hospitals in a meeting with governors this week.

Administration pressed to expand mental health treatment

Amid the outcry over the Florida school shootings, the Trump administration says it is “actively exploring” ways to help states expand inpatient mental health treatment using Medicaid funds.

Coldilocks, the Philadelphia Zoo’s beloved polar bear, is credited with bringing attention to global warming.

Coldilocks, the oldest captive polar bear in the US, dies

‘‘She was really a great animal,’’ said Dr. Keith Hinshaw, director of animal health at the zoo. It was ‘‘spectacular’’ for Coldilocks to far surpass the average 23-year lifespan of a polar bear, he said.

Pressure builds for state laws to keep threatening people from buying guns

The warnings around Nikolas Cruz, the accused Florida gunman, seemed to flash like neon signs.

Rosalynn Carter recovering from surgery in Atlanta

The former first lady had surgery Sunday to remove scar tissue from a portion of her small intestine.

Crime scene tape runs outside Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., Sunday, Feb. 18, 2018. Authorities opened the streets around the school, which had been closed since a mass shooting on Wednesday. Nikolas Cruz, a former student, was charged with 17 counts of premeditated murder. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

Just a few states have gun laws targeting threatening people

The warnings around Nikolas Cruz seemed to flash like neon signs. In Florida, that wasn’t enough to request a judicial order barring him from possessing guns.

A picture taken on February 16, 2018, shows a Syrian man receiving treatment at a hospital in the town of Afrin. Six men were treated for breathing difficulties in the main hospital in Afrin after shelling by a Turkish-led offensive on their village, the general director of the Afrin hospital said. / AFP PHOTO / Ahmad Shafie BILALAHMAD SHAFIE BILAL/AFP/Getty Images

Kurdish doctors report suspected Turkish gas attack in Syria

Six civilians suffered breathing difficulties and other symptoms indicative of poison gas inhalation.

Lawsuit challenges ban on abortions due to Down syndrome

The American Civil Liberties Union of Ohio said claims that the ban is an antidiscrimination effort are a masquerade.