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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.

Study of cellphone risks finds link, with a few caveats, to cancer in male rats

A large and costly experiment found positive but relatively modest evidence that radio waves from some types of cellphones could raise the risk that male rats develop brain cancer.

Kansas City police recover stolen inflatable colon

Police said they found the 10-foot long, 150-pound “pilfered intestine” inside a vacant house.

Emergency personnel worked an accident scene where police say a woman was critically injured after being struck by a minivan on Halloween night while trying to cross the street with two young children, in Kalamazoo, Mich. Police said the 1- and 5-year-old children weren't injured. A study released on Tuesday found that car-pedestrian accidents kill four more people on average on Halloween than on other days.

Halloween can be deadly for pedestrians, traffic study says

Ninth death reported at pediatric center amid viral outbreak

An additional ‘‘medically fragile child’’ who had a confirmed case of adenovirus at the Wanaque Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation died Saturday night, the state’s health department said.

Sandra Day O’Connor in 2015.

Sandra Day O’Connor announces likely Alzheimer’s diagnosis

Sandra Day O’Connor, the first woman on the Supreme Court, announced Tuesday that she has the beginning stages of dementia, “probably Alzheimer’s disease.”

People gather at a rally for LGBT rights in New York City Sunday.

Fury over reported federal plan targeting transgender people

LGBT leaders were angered by a report that the Trump administration is considering a new definition of gender that would deny civil rights protections to transgender Americans.

Deadly attack amid Ebola outbreak stalls containment efforts

Congolese rebels killed 15 civilians and abducted a dozen children in an attack at the epicenter of the latest deadly Ebola outbreak.

University of Southern California to pay $215 million over sex abuse scandal

The school announced a tentative agreement for a class-action settlement of claims involving alleged sexual harassment and abuse by a gynecologist who treated hundreds of students over decades.

Video shows Chicago cop shooting unarmed black autistic teen

Surveillance video shows an off-duty Chicago police officer shooting and wounding an unarmed autistic black man, contradicting an initial police description of an armed confrontation and echoing devastating dashcam video evidence against a white Chicago officer who claimed Laquan McDonald tried to stab him before he fatally shot the black teen.

Mitt Romney joined Martha McSally, a GOP Senate candidate, at a rally in Arizona Friday. Congresswoman McSally voted for a bill that would have shrunk Medicaid.

Political notebook

New strategy: Democrats go all-in on health care in midterms

Trump is on a rally blitz as he tries to stave off Democratic gains; New York’s Cuomo blasts Trump and Republicans in protest clash.

Thousands of young US children get no vaccines, survey finds

A small but growing proportion of the youngest children in the U.S. have not been vaccinated against any disease, worrying health officials.

Nebraska toddler dies of trauma in wind-tossed inflatable

A 2-year-old Nebraska boy was killed and his sister was injured when wind tore a giant inflatable from its moorings and tossed it 30 feet in the air.

Philippine leader says there’s a possibility he has cancer

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte said Thursday he might have cancer and added that “I don’t know where I’m now physically” as he awaited the result of recent medical tests.

Polish lawmakers approve more talks on banning vaccinations

Lawmakers from Poland’s conservative ruling party have approved further parliamentary discussion over a controversial plan to abolish compulsory vaccinations for children, including those against serious diseases such as polio, measles, tuberculosis, rubella and whooping cough.

HIV-positive mother donates liver to critically ill child

Doctors in South Africa say they transplanted part of a liver from a mother with HIV to her critically ill but HIV-negative child, concluding that the chance to save a life outweighed the risk of virus transmission.

Putin calls poisoned ex-spy “scumbag,” traitor

With a contemptuous grin, Russian President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday called a former double agent who was sickened by a military grade nerve agent in Britain a traitor and “scumbag” — but dismissed the idea that Russia would target him in a poison attack.

A screen showed portraits of Frances H. Arnold and George P. Smith, of the United States along with Gregory P. Winter of Great Britain, winners of the 2018 Nobel Prize in Chemistry.

Three scientists awarded chemistry Nobel Prize ‘harnessed the power of evolution’ in work

Work by two scientists from the United States and a scientist from England led to the first drug used against rheumatoid arthritis, psoriasis, and inflammatory bowel disease.

US regulators OK updated version of decades-old antibiotic made by Boston company

Paratek Pharmaceuticals’ Nuzyra was designed to overcome the problem of resistance to tetracycline, an antibiotic widely used until recent years.

The Pentagon.

Packages that may contain ricin found on Pentagon grounds; one addressed to Mattis

One envelope was addressed to Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, who is traveling in Europe this week, and the other to the Navy’s top officer, Adm. John Richardson.

India's Supreme Court on Friday lifted the temple's ban on women of menstruating age, holding that equality is supreme irrespective of age and gender. The historic Sabarimala temple had barred women age 10 to 50 from entering the temple that is one of the largest Hindu pilgrimage centers in the world.

India’s top court lifts temple’s ban on women who menstruate

India’s Supreme Court on Friday lifted a temple’s ban on women of menstruating age, holding that equality is supreme irrespective of age and gender.

US sees most flu deaths in decades

The U.S. government estimates that 80,000 Americans died of flu and its complications last winter — the disease’s highest death toll in at least four decades.

Dr. Linda Vorvick examined appendicitis patient Heather VanDusen at the UW Medicine Neighborhood Smokey Point clinic in Arlington, Wash.

Antibiotics for appendicitis? Surgery often not needed

A new study from Finland shows antibiotics are a reasonable alternative for most patients with appendicitis.

Susan Harkema (left), associate scientific director of the Kentucky Spinal Cord Injury Research Center at the University of Louisville, worked with Kelly Thomas, who was paralyzed in a car accident and is learning to walk with the help of a trainer and an implanted device.

Implant, intense rehab help 3 paralyzed for years take steps

The milestone, reported by two teams of scientists working separately, isn’t a cure; the patients walk only with assistance.

A health worker in protective gear worked at an Ebola treatment center in Beni, Eastern Congo, earlier this month.

Suspected rebels kill 18 in Congo’s east amid Ebola

A Congolese civil society group says the attacks in the eastern city of Beni are an added threat to the city and region battling an Ebola outbreak.

Harvard University in Cambridge.

Harvard’s ‘Outbreak Week’ marks centennial of 1918 flu pandemic

Harvard University will be honoring the centennial of the 1918 influenza pandemic with a series of events on disease outbreak.