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Cleveland submits new police crisis intervention policy

City police officers with specialized training will be able to refer anyone having a mental health or substance abuse crisis to a hospital or treatment facility rather than arrest them for minor crimes, according to federal court documents filed late Thursday.

1 in 4 US men have cancer-linked HPV genital infections

The first national estimate suggests that nearly half of U.S. men have genital infections caused by a sexually transmitted virus and that 1 in 4 has strains linked with several cancers.

Former President George H. W. Bush, right, and his wife, Barbara.

George H.W. Bush battles pneumonia, wife has bronchitis

Former President George H.W. Bush and his wife, Barbara, on Thursday remained hospitalized in Houston.

Squeeze from experimental robotic sleeve could keep a flabby heart pumping

Harvard and Boston Children’s Hospital scientists have tested the device in pigs.

New report: Abortions in US drop to lowest level since 1974

Even as the election outcome intensifies America’s abortion debate, a comprehensive new survey finds the annual number of abortions in the U.S has dropped to well under 1 million, the lowest level since 1974.

Colo opened presents in her enclosure during her 60th birthday party last month.

60-year-old gorilla, 1st to be born in a zoo, dies in Ohio

The world’s first gorilla born in a zoo, a female named Colo who became the oldest known living gorilla in the U.S., has died at age 60, the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium said Tuesday.

Financial adviser Rilie Ray Morgan of Fargo, N.D., last October held a sign promoting a ballot measure to legalize the use of medical marijuana. Morgan, who suffers from chronic pain, said he has never used marijuana as a pain reliever but wanted the option of doing so.

North Dakota lawmakers want more time on medical marijuana rules

A rare House and Senate meeting was held to consider a proposal to delay the law until the end of July.

Thousands of people showed up in freezing temperatures on Sunday in Michigan to hear Senator Bernie Sanders denounce Republican efforts to repeal President Obama’s health care law.

Thousands rally to resist Republican health law repeal drive

Senator Bernie Sanders, at a gathering in Michigan, said the country is wealthy and should get its priorities right.

Pope demands protection for migrants as sea search continues

Italy’s coast guard said only four people survived the sinking off Libya of a migrant ship carrying about 100 people.

Thousands of people showed up in freezing temperatures on Sunday in Michigan to hear Senator Bernie Sanders denounce efforts to repeal Obamacare.

Sanders rally against repealing Obamacare draws thousands in Michigan

Thousands of people showed up in freezing temperatures to hear Bernie Sanders denounce efforts to repeal President Obama’s health care law.

Peter Nowell, 88; revolutionized cancer research by accident

Dr. Nowell helped uncover the first clear sign of a genetic cause of cancer in the simple process of cleaning slides bearing leukemic cells.

epa05711906 US Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (L) walks to his office from the Senate floor during an after hours series of votes on amendments to the budget bill before the Senate in the US Capitol in Washington, DC, USA, 11 January 2017. EPA/SHAWN THEW

Republican-led Senate takes first step to repeal Obamacare

“We must act quickly to bring relief to the American people,” Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell said.

National Cancer Institute and drug companies aim to speed up clinical trials

The National Cancer Institute launched an effort Wednesday to speed up clinical trials by getting researchers quicker access to the drugs they want to test.

Maine Governor Paul LePage on Dec. 19, nearly two months after his weight loss surgery.

LePage after surgery: ‘There’s 50 less pounds of me to hate’

On Wednesday, Maine Governor Paul LePage revealed that he had weight loss surgery in late September.

Anxiety in Istanbul after series of extremist attacks

For Ethem Salli, life in what he still calls one of the greatest cities on earth has been pared back to little more than his commutes to and from work.

Robert F. Kennedy Jr. in the lobby of the Trump Tower in New York on Tuesday.

Trump asks Robert F. Kennedy Jr., a vaccine skeptic, to chair vaccine safety panel

Robert F. Kennedy Jr. is a vocal advocate for the belief that trace amounts of minerals in vaccines cause autism, a claim for which there is no evidence.

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A long-lasting flu shot may emerge — but not this year

Wouldn’t it be easier if a flu shot were a once-in-a-lifetime event, or even once or twice in a decade?

Federal prosecutor tackles heroin scourge that claimed son

Bruce Brandler, a veteran federal prosecutor, was recently promoted to interim US attorney in Pennsylvania.

US taps N.M. mentoring model for physicians

The heart of an unborn child beat strong and steady through an amplified monitor, as physician Leslie Hayes examined a pregnant 40-year-old who recently was weaned from heroin with help from anti-craving medication.

State report reveals barriers in opioid addiction treatment

More than half of the adults entering residential addiction treatment centers in Mass. do not complete their treatments.

A South Korean website showing the number of women in childbearing age by each city district and region has gone offline after just a few hours following criticism the government is trying to shame women for not having babies.

South Korea shuts website mapping women of childbearing age

The website had gone offline after just a few hours following criticism the government was trying to shame women for not having babies.

Tips for teaching daughters about body kindness

Cooking dinner with kids is “one of the best things I can do for their well-being for their life.”

I went overboard policing my kids’ diets. Here’s why I changed my ways.

Too much pressure on kids can make their eating habits worse.

6/6/2001-Hanover, NH - Dartmouth Green on the campus of Dartmouth College in Hanover, NH. (City/Region/Arden-Smith story) Globe Photo/JD Denham

Pollution from dead Dartmouth College lab mice worries neighbors

The site has contaminated the well water of at least one family in Hanover, New Hampshire.

N.H. lawmaker proposes involuntary commitment for drug treatment

Those struggling with drug addiction could be hospitalized against their will under a bill being proposed by a New Hampshire lawmaker.

Friends say Michelle Obama charted her path largely on her own.

As first lady, Michelle Obama charted her own course

When Michelle Obama considered the daunting prospect of becoming first lady, she purposely avoided turning to books by her predecessors for guidance.

Colo, the nation's oldest living gorilla, sits inside of her enclosure during her 60th birthday party at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium, Thursday, Dec. 22, 2016 in Columbus, Ohio. Colo was the first gorilla in the world born in a zoo and has surpassed the usual life expectancy of captive gorillas by two decades. Her longevity is putting a spotlight on the medical care, nutrition and up-to-date therapeutic techniques that are helping lengthen zoo animals' lives. (AP Photo/Ty Wright)

Happy birthday to Colo: Oldest gorilla in US turns 60

The mother of three, grandmother of 16, great-grandmother of 12, and great-great-grandmother of three recently had surgery to remove a malignant tumor, but doctors say she’s doing well.

FILE- In this July 10, 2015, file photo a woman speaks to The Associated Press inside the police station in Gloucester, Mass. The woman voluntarily came to the police for help kicking her heroin addiction. A novel drug addiction program developed in the small Massachusetts fishing town, and since replicated in dozens of cities nationwide, was able to place almost 400 addicts into treatment nearly each time they sought it during the first year of operation, researchers say in a report being published Thursday, Dec. 22, 2016, in the New England Journal of Medicine. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola, File)

Nearly 400 people with drug addiction helped in police effort in Gloucester

The Angel program has been replicated in some form by more than 150 police departments in 28 states since it was launched in June 2015.

Colo, a western lowland gorilla, rests in her enclosure at the Columbus Zoo, in Columbus, Ohio. Colo, the very first born and oldest surviving gorilla in captivity will celebrate her 60th birthday on Thursday, Dec. 22. (AP Photo/John Minchillo,File

Happy birthday to Colo: Oldest gorilla in US turns 60

She is a mother of three, grandmother of 16, great-grandmother of 12 and great-great-grandmother of three. She recently had surgery to remove a malignant tumor, but doctors say she’s doing well.

Teen pot use declines in Colorado after legalization, study finds

Teen marijuana use fell sharply in Colorado in the years 2014 and 2015, after the opening of that state’s recreational marijuana market, new federal survey data show.

Don’t cut the cord too fast; a pause benefits most newborns

New recommendations for US obstetricians suggest waiting at least 30 seconds to 60 seconds after birth before cutting the umbilical cord, for all healthy newborns.

Study suggests strict rest may not be answer for concussions

The Canadian researchers’ results challenge the idea that physical activity should be avoided until symptoms disappear.

Twitter’s logo at the company’s headquarters in San Francisco, Calif.

Newsweek reporter with epilepsy suffers seizure after Twitter user sends spiteful image

The image was apparently sent in response to Kurt Eichenwald’s outspoken criticism of President-elect Donald Trump.

Chicago residents consoled each other near the scene of a double shooting in the Englewood neighborhood in September.

Chicago’s toll is driving up the murder rate for the 30 biggest US cities

Even though several cities have seen homicides go up, the situation in Chicago stands out, both through sheer numbers and the impact it is having on murder rates nationwide

Smiking a joint might help with the nausea of pregnancy, but studies suggest that infants who were exposed to marijuana are more likely to be anemic, have lower birth weight, and be placed in neonatal intensive care than infants of mothers who did not use marijuana.

More women are using marijuana for morning sickness

The data presents potentially serious medical concerns because infants exposed to marijuana suffer negative effects.

FILE - In this Feb. 5, 2014, file photo, Dr. Henry Heimlich holds his memoir prior to being interviewed at his home in Cincinnati. Heimlich, the surgeon who created the life-saving Heimlich maneuver for choking victims has died Saturday, Dec. 17, 2016, at Christ Hospital in Cincinnati. He was 96. (AP Photo/Al Behrman, File)

Henry Heimlich, life-saving maneuver creator, dies at 96

The surgeon who created the life-saving Heimlich maneuver for choking victims died early Saturday in Cincinnati. Dr. Henry Heimlich was 96.

Oklahoma abortion restrictions blocked

The state law that would have required abortion providers to have special relationships with hospitals.

Police fatally shoot unarmed 73-year-old California man, who family said suffered from dementia

Police in Bakersfield, California, shot and killed an unarmed 73-year-old man whose family claimed was suffering from dementia.

John Kasich signs one abortion bill in Ohio but vetoes a more restrictive measure

The governor signed into law a ban on abortion after 20 weeks of pregnancy, but vetoed a measure that would have barred abortions after a fetal heartbeat was detected.

FILE - In this Friday, Sept. 16, 2016, file photo, Ohio Gov. John Kasich speaks during the daily news briefing at the White House in Washington. Kasich on Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2016 advised state electors not to vote for him in an anti-Donald Trump protest. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)

Ohio governor vetoes ban on abortions after first fetal heartbeat, signs 20-week ban

John Kasich signed a bill Tuesday imposing a 20-week abortion ban while vetoing stricter provisions in a separate measure.

According to government data released Thursday, drug overdose deaths in the US surpassed 50,000 in 2015, the highest mark in at least 15 years.

More people died from opioids than gun homicides in 2015

Opioid deaths continued to surge in 2015, surpassing 30,000 for the first time in recent history.

The family of conjoined twins Erika and Eva Sandoval (left to right), Aniza, Emilio, Art, Aida, and Esmeralda, surrounded them in the preoperating room Tuesday morning in Palo Alto, Calif., before their separation surgery began.

California conjoined twins separated in successful surgery

Eva and Erika Sandoval have become two separate toddlers following a 17-hour marathon surgery at the Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford.

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US life expectancy declines for the first time since 1993

Overall, life expectancy fell by one-tenth of a year, from 78.9 in 2014 to 78.8 in 2015, according to the latest data.

Texas eyes immunizations as more kids file exemptions

Texas could be the epicenter for the nation’s next major fight over stricter requirements for immunizations as rates of schoolchildren who refuse shots for non-medical reasons climb in America’s second-largest state.

President-elect Donald Trump with retired General John Kelly in November.

Trump’s DHS pick believes pot is a gateway drug but is cool with medical marijuana

President-elect Donald Trump chose retired Marine General John Kelly to lead the Department of Homeland Security Wednesday.

A recent study found that people who consistently smoked an average of less than one cigarette per day over their lifetimes had a higher risk of earlier death.

Forget those occasional cigarettes: There is no safe smoking level

A recent study found that people who consistently smoked an average of less than one cigarette per day over their lifetimes had a higher risk of earlier death.

A new report says the hodgepodge of warnings that a food might accidentally contain a troublesome ingredient is confusing to people with food allergies.

Think food allergy warnings are confusing? You’re not alone.

A new report says the hodgepodge of warnings that a food might accidentally contain a troublesome ingredient is confusing.

Webster man sues neighbor over mess left by seagulls

A Webster man says his neighbor feeds the seagulls that hang around his neighborhood, leaving droppings all over his property.

Dr. Cooley performed the first successful human heart transplant in the United States.

Denton Cooley, 96, pioneering heart surgeon

Dr. Cooley performed some of the nation’s first heart transplants and implanted the world’s first artificial heart.

The Ebola outbreak may have been bigger than believed, with ‘invisible’ infection

A significant number of people may have been infected with the virus but showed minimal or no symptoms.