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Workers inspected an off-ramp that collapsed during the November earthquake in Anchorage.

Anxiety in Alaska as endless aftershocks rattle residents

Seven weeks after a massive earthquake rocked Alaska, aftershocks are still shattering 7-year-old Connor Cartwright’s sense of safety.

UN health chief orders probe into misconduct

The head of the World Health Organization has ordered an internal investigation into allegations the U.N. health agency is rife with racism, sexism and corruption, after a series of anonymous emails with the explosive charges were sent to top managers last year.

ACLU: Government mistakenly wanted to deport US veteran

A Marine veteran with post-traumatic stress disorder was held for three days for possible deportation before federal authorities learned that he was a U.S. citizen born in Michigan, lawyers said Wednesday.

Key West moves to ban sunscreens that could damage reefs

Officials in Key West took the initial steps toward banning the sale of sunscreens containing two ingredients that could be harmful to coral reefs.

N.H. child advocate office says state must better protect kids

Children suffering psychological abuse are underserved by New Hampshire’s child protection system, according to a report released Monday by the state Office of the Child Advocate.

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

Doctors find no remaining cancer after Ginsburg’s surgery

Doctors for the 85-year-old Supreme Court justice confirmed their initial evaluation.

Congo says healthy baby born to mom who recovered from Ebola

A four-day-old baby is a surprise bright spot in Congo’s deadly Ebola outbreak, as the country’s health ministry on Thursday called her the first child born to a mother who has recovered from the virus.

Passengers relaxed on the deck of the Oasis of the Seas in 2009.

Norovirus outbreak sickens 150-plus on Oasis of the Seas

More than 150 passengers on Royal Caribbean’s Oasis of the Seas were hit by the outbreak of Norovirus as the ship sailed from Florida to Jamaica.

Officials say Pakistan on track to eradicate polio in 2019

Pakistani officials say the country is on track to eradicate polio in 2019 despite Taliban attacks and superstition that has spurred many parents in the region bordering Afghanistan to refuse to vaccinate their children against the crippling disease.

Psychiatrist Dr. Lieve Thienpont, the doctor who approved De Troyer’s ethanasia request is estimated to be involved in one third of all euthanasia deaths for psychiatric reasons in Belgium.

Europe’s top rights court to hear Belgian euthanasia case

Europe’s top human rights court has agreed to hear a case being brought against Belgium by a man whose mother was euthanized in 2012 for depression, the second case that implicates one of Belgium’s leading euthanasia doctors.

The U.S. cancer death rate has been falling between 1991 and 2016, and so far there’s little sign the decline is slowing, according to a report released on Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2019.

The US cancer death rate has been declining over the past 25 years, report says

The nation’s cancer death rate has fallen 27 percent between 1991 and 2016, the American Cancer Society reported.

New hearts forge new friendship for transplant recipients

A suburban Detroit woman and South Side Chicago man are recovering in a Chicago hospital following rare triple transplant surgeries that gave them the healthy heart, liver, and kidney each needed — and a new friendship they never expected.

Congolese flee to Uganda after vote, raising Ebola fears

Hundreds of refugees have crossed into Uganda from Congo in the days since that country’s troubled presidential election, a Red Cross official said Wednesday, heightening concerns about the possible cross-border spread of Ebola. Separately, the head of the World Health Organization said he has asked the supplier of an experimental vaccine to produce more of it.

FILE - This June 9, 2014 file photo shows a dish of steak and cheese pasta in Concord, N.H. Two major studies in 2018 provided more fuel for the debate around carbs and fats, yet failed to offer a resolution to the polarizing matter of the best way to lose weight. (AP Photo/Matthew Mead)

Trying to lose weight in 2019? Here’s what the latest dieting studies say

Before embarking on a weight loss plan for the new year, here’s a look at some of what was learned last year.

In this Saturday, Dec. 29, 2018 photo a bud tender shows off her cannabis product at a farmers market style cannabis event Kushstock 6.5 in Adelanto Calif. (AP Photo/Richard Vogel)

Maine doesn’t protect against contaminated medical marijuana

Maine has no testing program for medical marijuana used by 50,000 certified patients who purchase $50 million of cannabis a year.

Congolese participate in a mock voting in the Eastern Congolese town of Beni Sunday Dec. 30, 2018. The delay of Sunday's election until March for Beni and Butembo city is blamed on a deadly Ebola outbreak. The rest of the country will vote on Sunday Dec. 30. (AP Photo/Al-hadji Kudra Maliro)

Delays, frustrations as Congo’s presidential election begins

Polling center problems and an Ebola virus both threatened to hamper what could be the first credible election in the country in decades.

New Mexico authorities said an autopsy performed on 8-year-old Felipe Gomez Alonzo, a Guatemalan boy who died in US custody, shows he had the flu.

Autopsy says dead Guatemalan boy had influenza

Felipe Gomez Alonzo died at a New Mexico hospital after suffering coughing, vomiting, and a fever. Another Guatemalan child, 7-year-old Jakelin Caal, died in US custody on Dec. 8.

Congo delays Sunday’s election for months in Ebola zone

Some in the opposition called it a ploy to hurt their chances at the polls, with more than 1 million voters affected.

Female doctor with a medical mask concentrating while operating

More than 3,000 patients in N.J. possibly exposed to HIV, hepatitis

The New Jersey Department of Health says more than 3,000 patients at a surgery center may have been exposed to HIV, hepatitis B and hepatitis C.

In this Saturday, Dec. 22, 2018 photo Crystal Feldman an event organizer takes a puff off a cannabis vape pen during a party in downtown Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Richard Vogel)

Thailand’s legislature legalizes medical use of marijuana

Thailand’s legislature has agreed to amend the country’s drug law to allow the licensed medical use of marijuana, as well as the kratom, a locally grown plant traditionally used as a stimulant and painkiller.

More than 3,000 patients were possibly exposed to HIV and hepatitis at New Jersey surgery center

The New Jersey Department of Health says more than 3,000 patients at a surgery center may have been exposed to HIV, hepatitis B and hepatitis C.

FILE - In this Nov. 30, 2018 file photo, Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, nominated by President Bill Clinton, sits with fellow Supreme Court justices for a group portrait at the Supreme Court Building in Washington, Friday. The Supreme Court says Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has undergone surgery to remove two malignant growths from her left lung. It is Ginsburg’s third bout with cancer since joining the court in 1993. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Court says Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is up and working after surgery

Ginsburg, 85, underwent surgery Friday to remove two malignant growths in her left lung.

The US Surgeon General has called for

US surgeon general warns of teen risks from e-cigarettes

The government’s top doctor is taking aim at the best-selling electronic cigarette brand in the United States, urging swift action to p1revent Juul and similar vaping brands from addicting millions of teenagers.

Marijuana plants sit under LED lights inside the Veg Room, Thursday, Sept. 20, 2018, in Eastlake. One of Ohio's large-scale medical marijuana cultivators expects to sell the state's first legal pot to licensed dispensaries sometime in December. Buckeye Relief LLC, planted its first seeds July 31 after the state granted the company permission to begin growing pot for Ohio's fledgling medical marijuana industry. (AP Photo/David Dermer)

Connecticut approves 9 more medical marijuana dispensaries

Connecticut has approved 9 more medical marijuana dispensaries, doubling the number of facilities in the state.

Buds of marijuana.

New Zealand passes law to make medical marijuana widely available

New Zealand’s government on Tuesday passed a law that will make medical marijuana widely available for thousands of patients over time.

A December 10, 2018 photo shows the US Supreme Court in Washington, DC. - The US Supreme Court declined to hear appeal cases by Kansas and Louisiana to end public funding through Medicaid to Planned Parenthood. (Photo by MANDEL NGAN / AFP)MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images

Supreme Court won’t hear states’ appeal over Planned Parenthood

The court’s order reflected a split among its conservative justices and an accusation from Justice Clarence Thomas that his colleagues seemed to be ducking the case for political reasons.

Nobel laureates Nadia Murad and Dr. Denis Mukwege posed during a press conference on Sunday in Oslo.

Nobel recipients demand action against sexual violence

One of the winners of this year’s Nobel Peace Prize says the attention the prize has drawn to sexual violence against women in war zones must be followed by action against the abuses.

Michigan’s medical chief to stand trial on Flint charges

Michigan’s chief medical executive will stand trial on involuntary manslaughter and other charges in a criminal investigation over the Flint water crisis, a judge ruled Friday, making Dr. Eden Wells the second member of Gov. Rick Snyder’s Cabinet to go before a jury.

FILE - In this Aug. 9, 2018, file photo, provided by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, immigrants walk into a building at South Texas Family Residential Center in Dilley, Texas. Half a dozen families who were separated from their children at the U.S.-Mexico border are still detained in Texas months after reuniting with their children. Immigrant advocates say the government has violated a longstanding legal agreement that bars it from detaining children in unlicensed facilities like the South Texas Family Residential Center past 20 days. (Charles Reed/U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement via AP, File)

81 migrant children separated from parents since June

The Trump administration separated 81 migrant children from their families at the U.S.-Mexico border since the June executive order that stopped the general practice.

Disneyland in Anaheim, Calif.

Disneyland misting tower suggested as Legionnaires’ disease source

A cooling tower that provides mist to make visitors comfortable was the likely source for 22 cases in a Legionnaires’ disease outbreak last year near the theme park, an official testified.

Utah patients can use medical pot; but concerns still loom

Utah patients can use medical marijuana legally after a compromise agreement was signed into law, but they likely won’t be able to buy it legally until at least 2020, officials said Tuesday.

Michael Bloomberg

Bloomberg announces $50 million to fight opioid epidemic

Former New York mayor Michael Bloomberg’s charity has announced a $50 million donation to help fight the nation’s opioid epidemic.

Officials investigating scabies outbreak at Maine nursing facility

Officials say the outbreak at the Falmouth, Maine, facility started in October.

A fentanyl user held a needle in Philadelphia.

Suicide, drug overdose push down US life expectancy

Suicides and drug overdoses pushed up US deaths last year, and drove a continuing decline in how long Americans are expected to live.

In this Oct. 22, 2018 file photo, a fentanyl user holds a needle near Kensington and Cambria in Philadelphia. Suicides and drug overdoses helped lead a surge in U.S. deaths last year, and drove a continuing decline in how long Americans are expected to live. U.S. health officials released the latest numbers Thursday, Nov. 29. Death rates for heroin, methadone and prescription opioid painkillers were flat. But deaths from the powerful painkiller fentanyl and its close opioid cousins continued to soar in 2017. (David Maialetti/The Philadelphia Inquirer via AP, File)

Suicide, drug overdose push down US life expectancy

Suicides and drug overdoses pushed up US deaths last year, and drove a continuing decline in how long Americans are expected to live.

Psychiatrist Dr. Lieve Thienpont is one of the doctors facing charges in a Belgian investigation into whether a woman with autism was improperly euthanized.

Belgium investigates doctors who euthanized autistic woman

Belgian officials are investigating whether doctors improperly euthanized a woman with autism, the first criminal investigation in a euthanasia case since the practice was legalized in 2002 in the European nation.

First gene-edited babies claimed in China

A Chinese researcher claims that he helped make the world’s first genetically edited babies, twin girls whose DNA he said he altered with a powerful new tool capable of rewriting the very blueprint of life.

Mississippi will seek to revive law on 15-week abortion ban

Mississippi’s attorney general said Friday that he will appeal a federal judge’s ruling that struck down one of the most restrictive abortion laws in the United States.

A Pakistani shopkeeper cleans toilets inside his shop in Lahore on Monday on World Toilet Day.

World Toilet Day highlights global sanitation crisis

Poor countries around the world are facing a dangerous shortage of toilets that puts millions of live at risk, according to campaigners marking World Toilet Day.

US officials report a record number of tick diseases

U.S. health officials say a record number of tick-borne diseases were reported last year.

FILE - In this Sept. 20, 2018, file photo, an employee at a medical marijuana cultivator works on topping a marijuana plant, in Eastlake, Ohio. Missouri joined the long list of states allowing medical marijuana, but it'll likely be late next year at the earliest before people with serious ailments will be able to obtain it. Amendment 2, approved Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2018, requires the state to begin accepting patient applications by early June, and to begin accepting applications for dispensaries by early August. (AP Photo/David Dermer, File)

Medical marijuana dispensary opens in Buffalo

Medical marijuana has been legal in New York state since 2016, but only in a non-smokable form and only for select conditions.

A Juul Labs Inc. e-cigarette, USB charger and flavored pods.

Juul halts store sales of some flavored e-cigarettes

The nation’s leading e-cigarette maker says it has halted store sales of some flavors to deter use by kids.

An attendant holds a mason jar of marijuana at the Far West Holistic Center dispensary, Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2018, in Detroit. Michigan voters have made their state the first in the Midwest to legalize recreational marijuana. Voters passed a ballot measure Tuesday that will allow people 21 or older to use the drug. North Dakota voters decided recreational pot wasn't for them, Missouri voters passed one of three unrelated measures legalizing medical marijuana and voters in Utah were also considering a medical marijuana proposal. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

Connecticut adds 31st condition to medical marijuana program

A new condition can now be treated with medical marijuana in Connecticut.

Michelle Obama was interviewed by ABC’s Robin Roberts on her memoir, “Becoming”.

Michelle Obama had miscarriage, used IVF to conceive girls

Michelle Obama says she felt alone after a miscarriage 20 years ago and she and Barack Obama underwent fertility treatments to conceive their two daughters, according to her upcoming memoir.

In this Nov. 7, 2018, photo, a cancer patient takes a drop of cannabis oil in an undisclosed clinic in Bangkok, Thailand. The National Legislative Assembly on Friday, Nov. 9, submitted amendments that would put marijuana and the plant kratom, popular locally as a stimulant and painkiller, into a legal category that would allow for their licensed possession and distribution under regulated conditions. (AP Photo/Sakchai Lalit

Thai lawmakers back legalizing medical marijuana

Thailand’s legislature has officially proposed allowing the licensed medical use of marijuana, making it a potential trailblazer in Asia.

Former first lady Michelle Obama.

Michelle Obama says she felt ‘lost and alone’ after suffering miscarriage 20 years ago

The revelations come ahead of her memoir ‘‘Becoming,’’ where she writes openly about growing up in Chicago, confronting racism in public life, and becoming the country’s first black first lady.

Toxic smog cloaks New Delhi morning after Diwali festivities

Toxic smog shrouded the Indian capital as air quality plummeted to hazardous levels Thursday after tens of thousands of people set off a multitude of firecrackers to celebrate Diwali.

FILE - In this Sept. 20, 2018, file photo, Allison Johnson, an employee of Buckeye Relief LLC, works on topping a marijuana plant, in Eastlake, Ohio. Ohioans sometime in the next two months will be able to buy and use marijuana products to treat nearly two dozen medical conditions after obtaining a recommendation from a physician. (AP Photo/David Dermer, File)

Ohio likely to consider medical marijuana for opioid addiction

An Ohio physician and medical professor believes medical cannabis should be used to treat opioid addiction in a state that saw a record number of overdose deaths last year.

Diana Calvert, River City Retail Marijuana Dispensary manager in Merlin, Ore., stocks the shelves with product Friday, October 26, 2018. The lower cost and convenience of dispensaries is seen as a big reason why the number of patients and growers registered with the Oregon Medical Marijuana Program has plummeted. They find it easier and cheaper to use retail outlets. (Timothy Bullard/The Daily Courier via AP)

Maine gives potential marijuana consultants an extra week

Consultants hoping to advise Maine on recreational marijuana sales have extra time to apply.

The dispenser and a tablet for AcelRx Pharmaceuticals' medication Dsuvia.

FDA approves powerful opioid pill as alternative to IV painkiller

The decision came over objections from critics who fear the pill will be abused.