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APNewsBreak: Watchdog says EPA delayed Flint emergency order

The Environmental Protection Agency had sufficient authority and information to issue an emergency order to protect residents of Flint, Michigan, from lead-contaminated water as early as June 2015 — seven months before it declared an emergency, the EPA’s inspector general said Thursday.

Jennifer Danner (left), sister of Deborah Danner, spoke to reporters alongside relatives and friends, near the building in the Castle Hill neighborhood of the Bronx where Deborah Danner was fatally shot by the police, on Wednesday.

NY mayor calls police shooting unacceptable

Bill de Blasio said the victim’s death was “tragic” and “unacceptable” and her shooting violated department policy.

Preteens can have fewer HPV shots, panel says

It may soon be easier for preteens to get the vaccine against cervical cancer. A government panel is recommending they get fewer shots spaced further apart.

Seven things I wish I’d known before I had a miscarriage

Because of the silence around miscarriage, we don’t know what to expect, what it means for the future, or why losing something so small makes us feel so sad.

Texas board suspends license of vet who killed cat

A Facebook post showed the cat dangling from an arrow as the woman held it up.

B12 is found naturally only in animal products — most notably beef liver and clams.

Here’s why you need vitamin B12, and where you can find it

Symptoms such as fatigue, shortness of breath, and forgetfulness might point to a B12 deficiency, and should not be ignored.

Flight attendant to black female doctor: ‘We’re looking for actual physicians’

Tamika Cross, a physician, has accused Delta Air Lines of “blatant discrimination.’’

Mother of formerly conjoined twins says future is uncertain

Nicole McDonald described the atmosphere as ‘‘one of celebration mixed with uncertainty.’”

Images show addiction’s effect on kids, but to what end?

Widely shared, heartbreaking images of children dealing with the effects of their loved ones’ heroin addiction are raising questions about whether the pictures and videos can scare addicts straight or simply exploit the youngest victims of the epidemic.

Democratic governor: Health law ‘no longer affordable’

Minnesota’s Democratic governor said Wednesday that the Affordable Care Act is “no longer affordable,” a stinging critique from a state leader who strongly embraced the law and proudly proclaimed health reform was working in Minnesota just a few years ago.

A study released Wednesday questioned the value of mammograms for breast cancer screening.

Study questions value of mammograms, breast cancer screening

The study concludes that a woman is more likely to be diagnosed with a small tumor that is not destined to grow than she is to have a true problem spotted early.

Should you replace olive oil with coconut oil?

Coconut oil has a lot going for it from a culinary perspective, but it also raises bad cholesterol.

The UN humanitarian agency has made an appeal for nearly $120 million in aid, saying about 750,000 people in southwest Haiti alone will need ‘‘life-saving assistance and protection.’’

Haitians await aid, help each other regain some normalcy

People throughout Haiti’s devastated southwest peninsula formed makeshift brigades as anger grew over the delay in aid.

In this Sept. 28, 2016 photo, 1-year-old Jose Wesley Campos, who was born with microcephaly, cries during a physical therapy session at the AACD rehabilitation center in Recife, Brazil. Breathing problems make his cries sound like gargling, and his legs stiffen when he is picked up. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)

Zika ‘syndrome’: Health problems mount as babies turn 1

Learning how to eat is just one of the problems as infants born with Zika virus maladies struggle to grow.

Saudi-led coalition airstrike hits Yemen funeral, kills 82

Nasser al-Argaly, the Health Ministry’s undersecretary, said the strike in Sana lso left 534 people wounded.

Vegan mom fed her 11-month-old only fruit and nuts. Now she faces child endangerment charges.

Family members said she took her food choices too far.

British lawmaker hospitalized after party clash

Feuding in Britain’s right-wing UK Independence Party erupted into violence Thursday that left a member of the European Parliament hospitalized with a head injury.

First lady going all-out to preserve White House garden

WASHINGTON — Michelle Obama is going all-out to make sure the White House kitchen garden that she created in 2009 and expanded twice doesn’t get plowed under by the next first family.

Norma Bauerschmidt’s journey with her son, daughter-in-law, and their dog has been chronicled on the Facebook page Driving Miss Norma.

She needed treatment to save her life. Instead, she chose to live it.

A Michigan woman who decided to take a cross-country RV trip instead of undergoing cancer treatment has died at the age of 91.

Some women feel vindicated as study links birth control to depression

‘‘It’s not in your head,’’ one woman wrote on Twitter, sharing the study results.

You probably weigh less now than you will all year

Maybe October should be bikini season instead.

Donald Trump at the

Trump suggests military members with mental health issues aren’t ‘strong’ and ‘can’t handle it’

“We have a politically correct military, and it’s getting more and more politically correct everyday,” Donald Trump said Monday.

Instead of looking at your doctor’s résumé or diploma, you might want to check their voting record, a new study suggests.

Study suggests Democratic, Republican doctors treat patients differently

Instead of looking at your doctor’s résumé or diploma, you might want to check their voting record.

Senator Kelly Ayotte.

Kelly Ayotte’s campaign hands out condoms at N.H. colleges

Republican US Senator Kelly Ayotte’s campaign is aiming to highlight a birth control bill she sponsored.

Thousands of women and men gathered in front of the Polish parliament Saturday to protest the proposed bill.

Black-clad Poles protest proposal to completely ban abortion

Thousands of Poles, many dressed in black, rallied Saturday in front of parliament in Warsaw to protest a proposed bill that would impose a complete ban on abortion.

Zika illnesses are mild at worst in US teens, young children

The report seems to confirm health officials’ belief that infections after birth in children are similar to infections in adults — most people don’t feel sick, and some develop only mild symptoms.

Baby born with DNA from 3 people

A new technique that combines DNA from three people was used to prevent the child from inheriting a fatal genetic disease from the mother.

Aboriginal women vote in a remote voting station in the western New South Wales outback town of Enngonia, Australia, June 22, 2016. REUTERS/David Gray SEARCH

Aboriginal DNA points to an earlier human exodus from Africa

Aboriginal people appear to be the oldest living civilization on the planet outside of Africa.

Man freed after getting head stuck in R.I. jetty while fetching phone

A man who got stuck head-first between two rocks on a Rhode Island jetty while trying to retrieve his cellphone has been rescued with the help of olive oil.

Belgium sees first case of minor being granted euthanasia

A senator said the minor was from Belgium’s Flemish region, but declined to provide further details.


Reflective Clinton returns to campaign trail after pneumonia

Back on the campaign trail, a reflective Hillary Clinton said Thursday her three-day, doctor-mandated break gave her new perspective on why she’s running to be president. She vowed to close her campaign against Donald Trump by giving Americans “something to vote for, not just against.”

Hillary Clinton spoke at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro on Thursday.

Hillary Clinton says her time off was a ‘gift’

The Democratic nominee said her three-day, doctor-mandated break gave her new perspective on why she’s running to be president.

Donald Trump.

Trump says he supports birth control without a prescription

Donald Trump says he believes women should be able to obtain birth control without a prescription.

Doctors: Israel’s Peres showing improvement

Former Israeli President Shimon Peres’ condition was showing slight improvements after he suffered a major stroke, with his physicians saying Wednesday that he had regained consciousness and squeezed his doctor’s hand, while the nation rallied in prayer and support for the 93-year-old elder statesman and Nobel Peace Prize laureate.

Official didn’t publicly report Flint-area disease outbreak

Michigan’s former state epidemiologist acknowledged in a plea deal Wednesday that she was aware of dozens of cases of Legionnaires’ disease in the Flint area around the same time the city changed its water source, but that she didn’t report it to the general public.

Kissing chickens is bad for your health, CDC warns

A not-insignificant share of poultry-keepers kiss their chickens and allow them into the living room, a trend that’s raising flags for health officials.

Hillary Clinton in Florida earlier this month.

Clinton to resume campaign travel Thursday

Hillary Clinton will resume traveling on the campaign trail on Thursday following a bout of pneumonia.

Hillary Clinton spoke after a national security working session, reportedly the same day she was given a diagnosis of pneumonia, in New York.

Clinton has a history of ignoring health issues — and paying the price

Hillary Clinton’s “overheated” incident on Sunday follows a long pattern, with Clinton paying a price — both physically and politically.

Donald Trump spoke at a rally at US Cellular Arena in Asheville, N.C., on Monday.

At rally, Trump supporter punches a protester

A man in the crowd grabbed a male protester around the neck and then punched him. He then slapped at a woman being led out.

John Hinckley, shown in 2003, must follow several rules, including attending counseling sessions and getting a job.

Hinckley leaves D.C. mental hospital permanently

The man who tried to assassinate President Ronald Reagan has been released more than 35 years after the shooting.

More cases of superbug precursor reported, but no spread

The latest case is a 2-year-old Connecticut girl who was diagnosed earlier this year.

In this photo taken July 13, 2016, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Tom Frieden testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, Frieden, the head of the government's fight against the Zika virus said that

CDC head says US ‘essentially out of money’ to fight Zika

Thomas Frieden warned that the country is “about to see a bunch of kids born with microcephaly” in the coming months.

California judge restores disabled man’s right to vote

A California judge has restored the voting rights of a former NPR producer who had a traumatic brain injury.

Shanthi’s footwear, made by Teva, is size 20 with an EEEEEEEEEEEE width.

These boots are made for walking: DC elephant gets footwear

An elephant at the National Zoo has received a large pair of shoes to help with her arthritis.

UN changes guidance for travelers to Zika zones

The UN health agency says both men and women should now practice safe sex or abstinence for six months.

In this Aug. 28, 2016 photo, Cabell County EMT Tabitha Perez demonstrates how medics administer naloxone to overdosing patients, in Huntington, W.Va. On Aug. 15, 28 people overdosed in Huntington and 26 survived. Without the life-saving drug, authorities suspect the death toll would have been much higher. The laced heroin was so potent, the typical dose failed to revive many of them. They used two, sometimes three doses to bring them back to life. (AP Photo/Claire Galofaro)

How the heroin epidemic choked a W. Va. city

On Aug. 15, responders saved 26 lives. They brought people back to life in apartments, on street corners, in the bathroom of a gas station.

UN says Zika remains global emergency, virus still spreading

Scientists still aren’t sure how big the risk is that pregnant women who catch the virus will give birth to brain-damaged babies.

In this photograph taken on September 1, 2016, Indian woman Monica Besra poses at her home village of Nakur in Danogram, 500 kilometres (310 miles) from the eastern city of Kolkata. Besra, a Bengali tribal woman, became an overnight sensation in September 1998 when she alleged that a picture and a medallion of Mother Teresa had cured a cancerous tumour. Known as the

Was it a miracle?

Mother Teresa was considered a living saint by many, but the story of her miracle has always been treated with skepticism.

US court upholds ban on gun sales to marijuana card holders

A federal government ban on the sale of guns to medical marijuana card holders does not violate the Second Amendment, a federal appeals court said Wednesday.

Andreas Lubitz’s training difficulties were one more ‘‘red flag’’ that should have caused Lufthansa and the airline’s Arizona flight school to discover his history of depression, asserted attorneys representing families of crash victims.

Germanwings pilot had struggled in flight school

The German pilot who deliberately flew his airliner into a mountainside last year had failed a key test of his skills during training in the United States.