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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Science panel backs lower drunken driving threshold
The National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine are recommending that states significantly lower their drunken driving thresholds as part of a blueprint to eliminate the “entirely preventable” 10,000 alcohol-impaired driving deaths in the United States each year.
Fundraiser saves Maine pony who lost his penis to cancer and frostbite
The animal, named Richard, will be spared from being euthanized thanks to a fundraising campaign that surpassed its goal of raising $4,000.