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 Former House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio spoke during a news conference.

Former House speaker predicts Obamacare will not be repealed

Former House Speaker John Boehner said a full repeal and replacement of “Obamacare” is “not going to happen.”

Testosterone gel shows no benefit for older men’s memories

In the latest results from landmark government research, testosterone treatment did not improve older men’s mental function but helped strengthen bones and alleviate anemia.

Research found declines in teen suicide attempts in states that passed laws allowing gays to marry before the Supreme Court made it legal nationwide.

Teen suicide attempts fell as same-sex marriage became legal

In states that enacted same-sex marriage laws during the study, suicide attempts dropped 7 percent among all students and 14 percent among gay kids.

CDC temporarily halts work at biosafety labs because of air hose concerns

About 100 employees have worked in the labs, at CDC’s Atlanta headquarters, since 2008 when the air hoses were introduced.

FILE - This combination of file photos shows Kim Jong Nam, left, exiled half-brother of North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un, in Narita, Japan, on May 4, 2001, and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un on May 9, 2016, in Pyongyang, North Korea. Kim Jong Nam, 46, was targeted Monday, Feb. 13, 2017, in a shopping concourse at Kuala Lumpur International Airport, Malaysia, and died on the way to the hospital, according to a Malaysian government official. (AP Photos/Shizuo Kambayashi, Wong Maye-E, File)

More arrests in death of N. Korean leader’s half brother

South Korea’s spy agency, the National Intelligence Service, said Wednesday that North Korea had been trying for five years to kill Kim Jong Nam.

Kellyanne Conway, senior adviser to President Donald Trump, during a meeting with parents and teachers on Tuesday.

Ethics office recommends investigation of Kellyanne Conway

The government’s ethics watchdog said there’s reason to believe that Kellyanne Conway violated the standards of ethical conduct for executive employees.

Kenyan doctors shouted slogans and held placards outside a Nairobi court after their Kenya Medical Practitioners, Pharmacists, and Dentist Union officials were jailed.

7 Kenyan doctors jailed for not ending strike

During the two-month strike by doctors at public hospitals, several people have die for lack of medical care.

White House declines to publicly defend embattled Flynn

Aides sidestepped repeated chances Sunday to publicly defend the national security adviser.

President Trump earlier this month at MacDill Air Force Base, Fla.

Senator Al Franken says Trump’s mental health is questioned by GOP colleagues

A Democratic senator claims that ‘‘a few’’ of his GOP colleagues have expressed concern to him about President Trump’s mental health.

Asked how it felt to be the oldest American, Ms. Dunlap said, ‘‘I don’t feel any different.’’

Adele Dunlap, 114, oldest American

Ms. Dunlap became the country’s oldest person in July 2016 following the death of 113-year-old Goldie Michelson, of Worcester.

They told him ‘you’re just fat.’ But it was actually a 130-pound abdominal tumor.

While Roger Logan sat in an armchair, as he spent too much of the last decade, the mass rested on the floor.

An employee of the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden swaddled a female Nile hippopotamus calf born to 17-year-old mother Bibi and 35-year-old father Henry six weeks before the anticipated March 2017 due date.

Cincinnati Zoo’s prematurely born hippo takes first steps

The Cincinnati Zoo says a baby hippo born prematurely has taken her first steps.

Anti-Trump protesters shut down Conn. highway, delay ambulance

More than 100 people protesting President Trump’s travel ban blocked Route 34 in New Haven.

People protested the appearance of Breitbart News editor Milo Yiannopoulos on Wednesday in Berkeley, Calif.

Breitbart editor’s talk at UC Berkeley canceled amid protests

Milo Yiannopoulos, a Breitbart News editor, was on the last stop of a tour aimed at defying what he calls an epidemic of political correctness on campuses.

Dutch Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation Lilianne Ploumen attends a meeting of EU trade ministers at the EU Headquarters in Brussels on November 11, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / JOHN THYSJOHN THYS/AFP/Getty Images

The Netherlands seeks to counter Trump’s reinstatement of anti-abortion policy

The Dutch government wants an international fund to finance access to birth control, abortion, and education for women in developing countries.

Man died in fire trying to save son with Down syndrome, wife says

A 53-year-old father went back into his burning home and died trying to save the couple’s 25-year-old son.

Dying from cancer: Could your location determine your fate?

Americans in certain struggling parts of the country are dying from cancer at rising rates, even as the cancer death rate nationwide continues to fall, an exhaustive new analysis has found.

CDC abruptly cancels conference on climate change and health

The summit was focused on mounting evidence of the risks to human health posed by the changing climate.

Bush leaves intensive care, wife goes home

The 92-year-old former president was struggling to breathe when he was admitted to the Houston Methodist Hospital.

Activist Alyona Popova’s online petition against the bill has attracted more than 180,000 signatures.

Russia set to move closer to decriminalizing domestic violence

Battery is a criminal offense, but nearly 20 percent of Russians open say they think it is sometimes OK to hit a spouse or a child.

How Trump’s executive order affects future of health care law

President Trump gave federal agencies broad leeway to chip away at the measure, but Congress would have to repeal it.

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.

11/19/2015 - Dorchester, MA - Nurse Shacuiya Lang, cq, of Brockton, held one of the influenze vaccination kits that she uses to vaccinate patients. Uber delivered flu shots to people in Boston and 34 other cities on Thursday, November 19, 2015. Story by Felice Freyer/Globe Staff. Topic: 20uber. Dina Rudick/Globe Staff

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.