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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.

Mrs. Frustaci and Sam Frustaci with their three surviving septuplets in 1988.

Woman who got attention by giving birth to septuplets dies

Patricia Frustaci made national headlines in 1985 when she gave birth to seven children.

Nigeria reports 450 suspected cases of Lassa fever; 37 dead

The World Health Organization says as many as 450 people may have been infected with Lassa fever in Nigeria in less than five weeks.

This woman had 14 worms pulled from her eye after getting a rare infection

An Oregon woman who had worms coming out of her eye is being called the first known human case of a parasitic infection spread by flies.

Romanian study: Half-day old snow is safe to eat

How safe is it to eat snow? A Romanian university has published the results of just such a study.

South Dakota considers ban on teaching about gender identity

South Dakota lawmakers will consider banning public school teaching on gender identity in elementary and middle schools, a push that critics say targets transgender students in the same way some states limit the positive portrayal of homosexuality in the classroom.

A girl sold Girl Scout cookies outside a marijuana dispensary — and some people were not happy

The San Diego Girl Scout council is looking into whether a girl who was photographed selling cookies outside a marijuana dispensary broke any rules.

Administration calls family planning program ‘important’

The Trump administration said Tuesday “there will be no gaps in service” in the nation’s $260 million family planning program, even as it acknowledged missing a deadline last fall for providing critical grant information to local agencies.

Mississippi House backs abortion ban at 15 weeks, earliest in US

Mississippi already bans most abortions after 20 weeks and is tied with North Carolina for the nation’s earliest ban.

In this April 15, 2015 photo provided by the United States Geological Survey, a polar bear wearing a GPS video-camera collar lies on a chunk of sea ice in the Beaufort Sea. A new study released on Thursday, Feb. 1, 2018 shows some polar bears in the Arctic are shedding pounds during the time they are supposed to be beefing up. Scientists blame climate change for shrinking the ice cover on the Arctic Ocean that the polar bears need for hunting. (Anthony Pagano/USGS via AP)

Climate change diet: Arctic sea ice thins, so do polar bears

Some polar bears in the Arctic are shedding pounds during the time they should be beefing up, a new study shows. It’s the climate change diet and scientists say it’s not good.

Irish health minister defends abortion ban referendum

Irish women are having abortions regardless of a near-total constitutional ban on terminating pregnancies, the country’s health minister said Tuesday in defense of a planned referendum that will ask voters whether the amendment should be repealed.

Lawsuit: Teen prisoner raped by inmate, infected with HIV

The lawsuit also accuses the sheriff and two deputies of violating the teen’s constitutional rights and disregarding a federal law that should have kept the teen segregated from the general population inmates.

Miami school defends handcuffing, detaining seven-year-old

School district officials say they followed standard protocol last week when the boy was placed in in handcuff.

Cecile Richards said she would remain engaged in political activism ahead of the November elections.

Richards stepping down as Planned Parenthood leader

Cecile Richards led Planned Parenthood through 12 tumultuous years and saw a rise in membership and donor support.

Trump’s global gag rule goes far beyond abortion, groups say

President Donald Trump’s dramatic expansion of a ban on US funding to foreign organizations that promote or provide abortions has left impoverished women around the world without treatment for HIV, malaria and other diseases, health groups say.

FILE - In this Dec. 22, 2017, file photo, Emanuel Zayas, 14, sits with his parents Noel Zayas and Melvis Vizcainos at Holtz Children's Hospital at Jackson Memorial in Miami. Emanuel Zayas died Friday, Jan. 19, 2018, days after doctors removed a 10-pound tumor from his face. (C.M. Guerrero/The Florida Times-Union via AP)

Cuban boy dies after surgery to remove 10-pound face tumor

The 14-year-old’s condition went downhill after the surgery at a Miami hospital.

Niels Hoegel hid his face during a hearing in February, 2015.

German nurse charged with 97 more murders at hospitals

Niels Hoegel said during his trial he intentionally brought about cardiac crises in about 90 patients because he enjoyed the feeling of being able to resuscitate them.

Gunmen kill two polio workers in Pakistan

Gunmen shot and killed a mother and her daughter who were working for an anti-polio campaign underway in Pakistan’s southwestern city of Quetta on Thursday, police said.

The blood test in the study found about 70 percent of eight common types of cancer in the 1,005 patients.

Blood test to detect 8 cancers early gives promising results

In many cases, the test narrowed the possible origin of the cancer to one or two places, such as colon or lung.

Hospital groups creating company to make cheap generic drugs

Several major not-for-profit hospital groups are trying their own solution to drug shortages and high prices.

Arkansas health officials say 150 people exposed to measles

Officials say those exposed to measles include passengers on United Airlines Flight 5314 on Jan. 10, as well as people in the University of Arkansas at Medical Science’s emergency room on Jan. 11.

9 face hazing charges in death of Florida State pledge

The death of a fraternity pledge from alcohol poisoning has led to hazing charges against nine Florida State University students.