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An internal watchdog said the EPA was too slow and passive in responding to the Flint crisis

Flint water crisis prompts call for more federal oversight

In a 74-page report, the EPA’s inspector general report pointed to ‘‘oversight lapses’’ at the federal, state, and local levels in the response to Flint’s contaminated drinking water.

FDA aims to make it easier to get some common drugs without a prescription

The Food and Drug Administration is evaluating ways to make sure patients don’t take an inappropriate over-the-counter drug.

Democratic lawmakers are joining scientists in denouncing an industry-backed proposal to dramatically limit what kind of science the Environmental Protection Agency can consider.

EPA proposal to limit science studies draws opposition

The rule would allow an EPA administrator to reject study results in making decisions about health risks if underlying research data is not made public.

A N.H. woman suffered head injuries after a bear got inside her home

The bear somehow got inside the woman’s home about 1:15 a.m. Tuesday in Groton, N.H.

SALISBURY, ENGLAND - JULY 06: Emergency workers in protective suits search around John Baker House Sanctuary Supported Living after a major incident was declared when a man and woman were exposed to the Novichok nerve agent on July 6, 2018 in Salisbury, England. The couple, named locally as Dawn Sturgess 44, and Charlie Rowley, 45 were taken to Salisbury District Hospital on Saturday and remain there in a critical condition. In March, Russian former spy Sergei Skripal and his 33-year-old daughter Yulia were poisoned with the Russian-made Novichok in the town of Salisbury. British Prime Minister Theresa May has accused Russia of being behind the attack on the former spy and his daughter, expelling 23 Russian diplomats in retaliation.(Photo by Jack Taylor/Getty Images)

Victim’s son calls on President Trump to raise UK poisoning with Putin

The son of a British woman who died after being exposed to a nerve agent first developed by the Soviet Union has called on Trump to discuss his mother with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Report blasts Georgia solitary confinement as ‘draconian’

Georgia’s most restrictive solitary confinement facility deprives prisoners of basic human needs and risks causing them psychological harm, according to an expert report filed in federal court.

Planned Parenthood closes Indiana center, citing harassment

Planned Parenthood has closed its health center in Indiana’s second-largest city, blaming what it called years of growing intimidation and harassment of the center’s staff by supporters of anti-abortion groups.

Official says Florida shooting suspect’s mom let him buy gun

A commission investigating the Florida high school massacre heard Tuesday the suspect’s late mother allowed him to buy a gun even though his mental health counselors opposed the idea.

SALISBURY, ENGLAND - JULY 04: A police cordon in place around male and female public toilets at Queen Elizabeth Gardens in Salisbury, thought to be connected to a man and woman in Amesbury who are in hospital after being exposed to an unknown substance on July 4, 2018 in Salisbury, England. The pair, who are in their 40s, are in a critical condition after being found unconscious at an address in Muggleton Road, Amesbury. The town is around 10 miles from Salisbury where former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia were poisoned in a suspected nerve agent attack. (Photo by Jack Taylor/Getty Images)

UK police open murder probe as 1 of 2 nerve agent victims dies

A woman who was poisoned by a military-grade nerve agent in southwest England died Sunday, eight days after police think she touched a contaminated item that has not been found.

2 sets of hikers are rescued in White Mountains

Two sets of hikers had to be rescued from the White Mountains because they were unprepared for the terrain and cold, windy conditions.

UN: June saw ‘exceptional’ rate of deaths in sea off Libya

Roughly one of every six migrants who set out in traffickers’ unseaworthy boats from Libya perished at sea last month, UN.refugee agency officials said on Friday.

Police at Muggleton Road in Amesbury where a couple, now hospitalized, was exposed to a military-grade nerve agent.

2 more in England exposed to same nerve agent that sickened spy

A couple fell critically ill from exposure to a military-grade nerve agent a few miles from where the spy and his daughter were stricken.

A cup of coffee at a cafe in Los Angeles.

Drinking up to 8 cups of coffee a day might help you live longer, new study says

Go ahead and have that cup of coffee: New research shows it may boost chances for a longer life, even for those who down at least eight cups daily.

Palestinians say 13-year-old is killed along border with Israel

More than 130 wounded were evacuated to hospitals for treatment with at least three in serious condition.

Federal judge blocks Kentucky’s Medicaid work requirements

The court chastised the Trump administration for not considering how many people would lose their health coverage.

Iowa court blocks 72-hour waiting period for abortion

The state Supreme Court said “autonomy and dominion over one’s body go to the very heart of what it means to be free.”

Romaine lettuce outbreak tied to contaminated canal water

Health officials say tainted canal water appears to be the source of a national food poisoning outbreak linked to romaine lettuce.

Congo says countdown toward end of Ebola outbreak begins

Congo’s health ministry says the countdown toward the end of its latest Ebola outbreak has begun, as all people who were in contact with the last confirmed case have passed the 21-day incubation period with no sign of the virus.

GW Pharmaceuticals’ Epidiolex, a medicine made from the marijuana plant.

FDA approves first prescription drug made from marijuana

The FDA approved Epidiolex to treat two rare forms of epilepsy that begin in childhood.

UK panel finds lives shortened by hospital’s opioid use

As many as 650 people had their lives shortened by a British hospital’s institutionalized practice of administering opioids without medical justification between 1989 and 2000, an independent panel concluded Wednesday after years of pressure from family members who demanded answers about the deaths of their loved ones.

Children and workers are seen at a tent encampment recently built near the Tornillo Port of Entry on Tuesday in Tornillo, Texas.

Youngest migrants held in ‘tender age’ shelters

Three centers have been rapidly repurposed to serve the needs of children — including some under 5.

Officials confirm whooping cough outbreak at N.H. high school

New Hampshire state officials say there are currently 22 diagnosed cases of whooping cough at a school in Exeter.

Pope Francis on Friday.

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Pope: Abortion is ‘white glove’ equivalent to Nazi crimes

The pontiff compared abortion to the “white glove” equivalent of the Nazi-era eugenics program and urged families to accept the children that God gives them.

The state did a review based on more than 1,000 studies finidng inadequate evidence that coffee causes cancer.

California moves to clear coffee of cancer-risk stigma

California officials, having concluded coffee drinking is not a risky pastime, are proposing a regulation that will essentially tell consumers of America’s favorite beverage they can drink up without fear.

Pope: Abortion is ‘white glove’ equivalent to Nazi crimes

The pontiff compared abortion to the “white glove” equivalent of the Nazi-era eugenics program and urged families to accept the children that God gives them.

Fewer US teens smoking, doing drugs ... and drinking milk

Fewer U.S. teens are smoking, having sex and doing drugs these days. Oh, and they’re drinking less milk, too.

Argentine Congress OK’s elective abortion; bill now goes to Senate

The lower house of Argentina’s congress on Thursday approved a bill that would legalize elective abortion in the first 14 weeks of pregnancy, sending the measure to the Senate. President Mauricio Macri has said he will sign the bill if it’s approved.

Puerto Rico issues new data on Hurricane Maria deaths

Eight days after Hurricane Maria devastated Puerto Rico, Efrain Perez felt a pain in his chest.

Frustrated AMA adopts sweeping policies to cut gun violence

With frustration mounting over lawmakers’ inaction on gun control, the American Medical Association on Tuesday pressed for a ban on assault weapons and came out against arming teachers as a way to fight what it calls a public health crisis.

Judge asked to again halt Arkansas abortion law

Planned Parenthood says the state’s restrictions on abortion pills effectively constitutes a ban.

FILE - In this Wednesday, Feb. 7, 2018 file photo, a nurse prepares a flu shot in Atlanta. On Friday, June 8, 2018, health officials said the flu killed more children in the past year that during any other regular flu season in recent history. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

Flu season was one of the deadliest for US children

The past flu season was the deadliest for US children in nearly a decade, health officials said Friday.

Nursing home resident dies trying to descend makeshift rope

An 87-year-old nursing home resident fell to his death after trying to climb down a makeshift rope from a third-floor window.

A microscopic image shows pancreatic cancer cells, the nuclei in blue, growing as a sphere encased in red membranes.

Study finds rare gain for tough-to-treat pancreatic cancer

Patients with pancreatic cancer that hadn’t spread lived substantially longer on a four-drug combo than on a single standard cancer drug.

Judge agrees to halt Iowa abortion law

The state court action, which is temporary, followed an agreement between the state and abortion rights groups.

Chef Daniel Giusti at Bennie Dover Jackson Middle School in New London, Conn., in 2016.

‘Throwdown’ focuses on healthy, cheap school lunches

Some top chefs are converging in Connecticut to help answer a question being asked every day in school cafeterias across the country.

Ebola vaccinations begin in northwest Congo town

The vaccine is being given in Bikoro, where Congo’s current Ebola outbreak was first declared at the beginning of May.

New Ebola death confirmed in Congo, bringing total to 12

The death was reported in Iboko, a rural area in northwestern Equateur province of Congo.

In this May 23, 2018, photo provided by Chris Stewart the sun sets through “vog,” or volcanic smog, in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii. Kilauea volcano on Hawaii’s Big Island has had it all over the past three weeks: molten rock shooting toward the sky, lava oozing from the ground and ash clouds rising miles into the air. You can also add

Besides lava and ash, Hawaii volcano is pumping out ‘vog’

Scientists say higher sulfur dioxide emissions recorded at the volcano’s summit in recent days are creating the potential for heavier than usual vog, or volcanic smog.

Congo says confirmed Ebola cases have reached 30; 8 deaths

Congo’s fight to rein in a deadly Ebola outbreak has authorities crossing the border to buy up available thermometers, a World Health Organization official said, as the health ministry on Thursday announced that confirmed cases had reached 30, including eight deaths.

China says no reason found for US staffer’s sonic condition

No explanation has yet been found for a U.S. government employee’s report of abnormal sensations of sound and pressure, China said Thursday, as the incident in southern Guangzhou city recalled the experiences of illness-stricken American diplomats in Cuba.

The capsule could eventually be used in people to find signs of ulcers or disease.

Swallowed capsule could spot trouble, send alert

The capsule was tested in pigs and correctly detected signs of bleeding, researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology reported Thursday in the journal Science.

FDA warns teething medicines unsafe, wants them off shelves

Federal health officials warned parents Wednesday about the dangers of teething remedies that contain a popular numbing ingredient and asked manufacturers to stop selling their products intended for babies and toddlers.

N.H. nursing home resident uses bear pepper spray on employee

Bear spray is normally used to stop aggressive behavior in bears, and is not the same as human pepper spray.

Nurse dead in Congo as Ebola vaccination campaign starts

In a hopeful sign, two patients who were confirmed as positive for Ebola have recovered.

Mental illness led man to ram car into family, pastor says

The North Carolina attack killed the man’s daughter and daughter-in-law and critically injuring other relatives.

Congo to begin vaccinations as Ebola threatens

The vaccine will be given in Mbandaka, the northwestern city where the deadly disease has infected some residents.

Congo says 3 new Ebola cases confirmed in large city

The spread of the hemorrhagic fever in Mbandaka raised alarm among health officials.

Poisoned former spy discharged from UK hospital

Sergei Skripal was discharged more than two months after he and his daughter were poisoned with a nerve agent.

An artist's rendering of the packaging for the drug Aimovig, the first in a new class of long-acting drugs designed to prevent chronic migraines.

A monthly shot could help do away with your chronic migraines

A new drug, injected monthly just under the skin using a penlike device, could be welcome news for the 10 million Americans who get frequent migraines.

Rule would take US funds from clinics discussing abortion

The Trump administration plans to announce on Friday a new policy barring Planned Parenthood and other reproductive health organizations from providing or mentioning abortions at any facility that receives federal family planning funds, according to two White House officials and others familiar with the matter.