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An expecting dad staged his own pregnancy photo shoot. Hilarity ensued

The Peabody resident surprised his pregnant girlfriend with the photos at their gender reveal party before their son, Logan, was born.

UK surgeon admits to signing his initials on patients’ livers

A British surgeon has admitted assaulting two patients by burning his initials into their livers during transplant operations.

ISIS produced bomb arsenal on industrial scale

The United Nations children’s agency said the children are stranded in a rebel-held suburb near the Syrian capital.

Ms. McKee was a fixture at marijuana policy hearings in the Legislature, where she often testified from her wheelchair, sporting a colorful eye patch and accompanied by her service dog.

JoAnna McKee, 74, longtime Washington state medical marijuana activist

Ms. McKee went to sometimes difficult lengths to obtain the drug for the patients she served.

FILE - In this Tuesday, April 28, 2015 file photo, a patient has her blood drawn for a liquid biopsy at a hospital in Philadelphia. A study released on Friday, Dec. 8, 2017 found that a blood test five years after breast cancer treatment helped identify women who were likely to relapse, long before a lump or other signs appeared. (AP Photo/Jacqueline Larma)

Blood test may help predict which breast cancers will recur

The prediction could be made long before a lump or other signs appeared, a preliminary study found.

Fat squirrel steals pricey goods left out for delivery folks

‘‘We now have our chocolate in a jar that requires opposable thumbs,’’ the homeowner wrote

Representative John Conyers, Democrat of Michigan, is facing a growing number of claims of sexual impropriety. Conyers, 88, said Tuesday he’d leave Congress immediately.

John Conyers, 88, will leave Congress in wake of harassment claims

Conyers said he would leave immediately. He endorsed his son as his replacement.

US Rep. John Conyers announces retirement from Congress

U.S. Rep. John Conyers — beset with allegations of sexual harassment by former staff members — announced Tuesday that he is retiring.

Trump donates third-quarter salary to health department

President Donald Trump is donating his third-quarter salary to the Department of Health and Human Services to help fight the opioid epidemic.

Teen trying to kill bed bug causes $300K fire in Cincinnati

Officials in Ohio say a 13-year-old boy trying to kill a bed bug sparked an apartment building fire that displaced eight people and caused $300,000 in damage in Cincinnati.

UN: About 11 percent of drugs in poor countries are fake

About 11 percent of medicines in developing countries are counterfeit and likely responsible for the deaths of tens of thousands of children from diseases like malaria and pneumonia every year, the World Health Organization said Tuesday.

Group stops bringing dogs from Puerto Rico for now

An animal welfare education group that brought in 10 puppies from Puerto Rico potentially infected with a bacterial disease has stopped importing any more dogs from the island for now.

The researchers analyzed 2001-2015 data on nonfatal self-inflicted injuries treated in emergency rooms among ages 10 to 24.

Self-harm, suicide attempts climb among US girls, study says

It’s unclear why, but some mental health experts think cyberbullying, substance abuse, and economic stress from the recent recession might be contributing.

FILE - In this April 21, 2015, file photo, a patron smokes a cigarette inside a bar in New Orleans hours before a smoking ban takes effect in bars, gambling halls and many other public places such as hotels, workplaces, private clubs and stores. Cigarette smoking, over-eating and other unhealthy behaviors can be blamed for nearly half of U.S. cancer deaths each year, according to a new American Cancer Society study released Tuesday, Nov. 21, 2017. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert, File)

Nearly half of US cancer deaths blamed on unhealthy behavior

Smoking was the leading risk by far, accounting for 29 percent of deaths. Excess body weight was next at 6.5 percent, and alcohol consumption was third at 4 percent.

Jackson discloses Parkinson’s disease

The civil rights leader has been seeking outpatient care for two years for the condition but plans to keep working.

The reverend Jesse Jackson addressed the Grace Church of All Nations in Boston in  April 2017.

Rev. Jesse Jackson discloses Parkinson’s disease diagnosis

The Rev. Jesse Jackson disclosed publicly Friday that he has been seeking outpatient care for two years for Parkinson’s disease and plans to “dedicate” himself to physical therapy.

California officials probe source of Legionnaires’ cases

Three new cases of Legionnaires’ disease have been identified in Southern California and officials are looking at the possibility there may be a source outside Disneyland, where at least 11 of the patients visited in September, according to reports.

Hawaii State Hospital, where 17 escapes have occurred between 2010  and this year.

17 escapes from Hawaii hospital since 2010

More than a dozen escapes have occurred at a Hawaii psychiatric hospital where a patient described as dangerous walked off the grounds and made it to California before he was captured this week.

An injuection at a stem cell clinic. The FDA said it will focus enforcement efforts on ‘‘bad actors’’ who inject stem cell mixtures into the bloodstream, nervous system, or eyes.

FDA to crack down on risky stem cell offerings

The Food and Drug Administration laid out a strategy for regulating cell-based medicine, including hundreds of private clinics that have opened across the nation in the last decade.

Ohio calls off execution after failing to find inmate’s vein

Ohio called off the execution of an ailing 69-year-old killer Wednesday after the executioners couldn’t find a vein to insert the IV that delivers the lethal drugs.

Court won’t stop execution of sick inmate who needs pillow

Ohio prepared on Tuesday to execute a sick inmate who will be provided a wedge-shaped pillow to help him breathe as he’s put to death this week.

FILE - In this Friday, Aug. 4, 2017 file photo, mannequins are arranged to train CPR to incoming medical students in Jackson, Miss. A study released on Sunday, Nov. 12, 2017 shows women are less likely than men to get CPR from a bystander and more likely to die, and researchers think that reluctance to touch a woman's chest may be one reason. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

Study suggests women less likely to get CPR from bystanders

Women are less likely than men to get CPR from a bystander and more likely to die, a new study suggests, and researchers think reluctance to touch a woman’s chest might be one reason.

Lilly Ross and transplant recipient Andy Sandness. Ross hesitated in agreeing to donate her late husband’s face.

Tearful meeting for pair forever linked by face transplant

Sixteen months after transplant surgery gave Andy Sandness a new face, he met the widow of the donor.

3-year-old boy with dairy allergy dies from eating grilled cheese at school, family says

Authorities have closed a New York City pre-school after the toddler died from what his family says was an allergic reaction after being fed a grilled cheese sandwich.

Prosecutors: German nurse may have killed over 100 patients

A nurse who is already serving a life sentence for two murders may have killed more than 100 patients over several years at two hospitals in northwestern Germany, prosecutors said Thursday.

Polish government asks citizens to multiply like rabbits

The Polish government is encouraging citizens to go forth and multiply like rabbits.

Maine Governor Paul LePage vetoed five different attempts by the state Legislature to expand Medicaid.

Maine voters deliver rebuke to LePage on Medicaid

Governor Paul LePage said Maine residents made an expensive mistake when they voted to expand access to Medicaid.

The ACLU sued the government on Rosa Maria Hernandez’s behalf on Oct. 31, days after she and an adult cousin were followed by Border Patrol to a children’s hospital.

10-year-old immigrant with cerebral palsy released

The American Civil Liberties Union says the U.S. government has released to her family a girl who was detained by border agents after surgery.

FILE - In this June 17, 2015, file photo, marijuana plants grow at LifeLine Labs in Cottage Grove, Minn. Demand for permission to use, grow and sell medical marijuana in Arkansas is low as the state reaches the halfway point for the application period. A spokesman for the Arkansas Department of Finance and Administration told The Associated Press that the agency had received no applications to grow and distribute medical marijuana as of Wednesday, Aug. 9, 2017. (AP Photo/Jim Mone, File)

Maine governor vetoes bill to regulate sale of marijuana

Governor Paul LePage on Friday vetoed a bill to regulate sales of marijuana, citing concerns including how the Trump administration is going to treat the federal-state conflict in law.

Boy struck by hunter’s stray bullet as newborn dies at age 3

Shayne Iverson was just days old on Sept. 25, 2014, when a hunter’s stray bullet came through a window in the family’s farmhouse east of Pittsburgh and struck his skull.

Supreme Court seems favorable to Texas death row inmate

The prisoner was denied money to investigate his history of mental illness and other claims that could prevent his execution.

Peter Thibault’s puppy, Zoey, was rushed to an animal hospital after she ingested opioids during a walk in Andover.

A puppy apparently overdosed after accidentally ingesting opioids in Andover

Veterinarians had to revive Zoey, a yellow Labrador, after the dog ingested some sort of opioid.

President Donald Trump.

Trump declares opioid crisis a public health emergency

President Trump outlined his plan for combatting the crisis that is killing more than 100 Americans a day, at times speaking on personal terms.

Judge blasts suit seeking reinstatement of federal health subsidies

The top lawyers for 19 states made their appeal in a federal court in San Francisco.

World Health Organization revokes appointment of Mugabe

Zimbabwe’s government said it respected the turnabout and that the UN health agency benefited from the attention.


NAACP names new leader for more active future

Derrick Johnson, 49, of Jackson, Miss., will be the organization’s 19th president and CEO.

Judge tosses $417M award against Johnson & Johnson

A Los Angeles judge has tossed out a $417 million jury award to a woman who claimed she developed ovarian cancer by using Johnson & Johnson baby powder for feminine hygiene.

Mandatory Credit: Photo by Elvis Gonzalez/EPA-EFE/REX/Shutterstock (9139294a) The nephew of the poet Pablo Neruda and lawyer, Rodolfo Reyes (L), with lawyer Eduardo Contreras (C) and the president of the Chilean Communist Party, Guillermo Teillier (R) talk during meeting in Santiago, Chile 16 October 2017. A panel of experts from Chile, Spain, United States, Denmark, Canada and France meet to explore the possibility that Chilean poet-diplomat Pablo Neruda was poisoned by the dictatorship of Augusto Pinochet or died due to prostate cancer. Neruda won the Nobel prize for literature in 1971 and died in 1973. Experts explore possibility poet Pablo Neruda was poisoned by Pinochet government, Santiago, Chile - 16 Oct 2017

Experts say Chilean poet Neruda did not die of cancer

An international team of scientists says Nobel Prize-winning poet Pablo Neruda did not die of cancer, as officials in Chile had said.

In this Sept. 26, 2017 photo, a rooster walks in the backyard of Tanya Keith's home in Des Moines. A rapid increase in the number of backyard chicken pens in cities and suburbs across the country has brought with it a record number of salmonella illnesses that have public health officials concerned. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says treating chickens like pets contributes to the problem. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

The all-too-real perils of backyard chickens

The trend of raising backyard chickens is causing a soaring number of illnesses from poultry-related diseases.

Court to review ruling allowing abortion for immigrant teen

An appeals court on Thursday temporarily stayed a judge’s ruling that would have allowed a pregnant 17-year-old being held in a Texas facility for unaccompanied immigrant children to obtain an abortion.

Senators Patty Murray, a Democrat, and Lamar Alexander, a Republican, agreed to outlines for a health care compromise.

Trump reverses course on emerging Senate health care deal

The bipartisan Senate deal to curb the growth of health insurance premiums is reeling after President Donald Trump reversed course and opposed the agreement.

Senators have deal on health subsidies, and Trump supports it

The president insisted, though, that he’d move forward to repeal Barack Obama’s signature health law.

Summary of Senate bipartisan health care agreement

 Continues payments for two years to insurers for reducing out-of-pocket such as deductibles for lower-income consumers. The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office estimates the government will spend around $20 billion on the cost-sharing reductions over the next two years. President Trump blocked the payments last week.

Large amounts of sea ice forced Adelie penguins to travel farther for food last summer.

Mass die-off of Antarctic penguin chicks alarms researchers

Almost all the chicks from an Adelie penguin colony in the eastern Antarctic was wiped out by starvation last summer

FILE - In this file photo dated Dec. 12, 2005, tourists observe scores of Adelie penguins gathered at Brown Bluff on the northern tip of the Antarctic Peninsula. According to research released Sunday Oct. 15, 2017, by environmental group WWF, scientists say a “catastrophic breeding failure” occurred when thousands of chicks from an Adelie penguin colony died of starvation last summer when adult penguins were forced to travel further for food, with only two chicks surviving the existential phenomena. (AP Photo/Brian Witte, FILE)

Researchers sound alarm over Antarctic penguin chick deaths

Almost the entire cohort of chicks from an Adelie penguin colony in the eastern Antarctic was wiped out by starvation last summer.

The Latest: Trump tells Dems to ‘call me to fix’ health care

The Latest on President Donald Trump and health care (all times local):

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi departed a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington after responding to President Donald Trump's executive action that will halt payments to insurers under the Obama-era health care law on Friday.

Trump tells Democrats to ‘call me to fix’ the ‘broken mess’ that is health care

In a pre-dawn tweet, the president reiterated his oft-stated argument that “Obamacare is imploding.”

Dog days? In Italy, count them as family sick days

An Italian librarian who says her English setter is her family has won the right from her employer to use family sick leave to care for her ailing pet instead of having to use vacation days.

Zika is transmitted by mosquito bites and can also be transmitted sexually.

Florida confirms 1st local Zika infection for 2017

Officials say there’s no evidence of ongoing, active transmission along Florida’s Gulf coast, or anywhere in the state.

President Donald Trump spoke before signing an executive order on health care in the Roosevelt Room of the White House on Thursday.

Unable to repeal Obamacare, Trump turns to executive orders

President Trump’s move to make health insurance changes is likely to encounter opposition from medical associations, consumer groups and perhaps even some insurers.