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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.

US births hit a 30-year low, despite good economy

US birth rates declined last year for women in their teens, 20s and — surprisingly — 30s, leading to the fewest babies in 30 years, according to a government report released Thursday.

California military base psychiatrist accused of rape

A psychiatrist hired by a U.S. Air Force base to help military veterans in California dealing with post-traumatic stress disorder has been charged with raping female service members who were in therapy for the crime he is now accused of committing — sexual assault.

President Trump said Tuesday that the first lady is ‘‘doing really well’’ and that he expected her back at the White House before the end of the week.

Trump pays return visit to hospitalized first lady

President Trump visited his wife, Melania, in the hospital Tuesday as she continues to recover after a kidney procedure.

Congo approves use of experimental Ebola vaccine

The World Health Organization may start to use the new vaccine as early as the end of this week.

FILE - In this Nov. 16, 2016 file photo, Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid of Nev., pauses during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington. Reid is recovering after quietly undergoing surgery Monday. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Former Senator Harry Reid had surgery to remove tumor from his pancreas

Former Nevada Senator Harry Reid is recovering after undergoing surgery Monday to remove a cancerous tumor from his pancreas.

FILE - In this Dec. 12, 2017 file photo, Special envoy to the United Nations for climate change Michael Bloomberg addresses the media at the One Planet Summit, in Boulogne-Billancourt, near Paris, France. Americans are facing an

In speech to college graduates, Bloomberg warns of ‘epidemic of dishonesty’

Speaking at Rice University in Houston, Michael Bloomberg, the billionaire former New York City mayor, warned of ‘‘an endless barrage of lies” and “alternate realities” in politics.

US panel leaves prostate screening up to men, their doctors

Whether to get screened for prostate cancer is a question that men aged 55 to 69 should decide themselves in consultation with their doctors, according to finalized guidance issued Tuesday by an influential panel of health care experts.

Congo health ministry confirms two Ebola cases in new outbreak

Congo’s government on Tuesday declared a new outbreak of Ebola in the country’s rural northwest, after two cases of the deadly virus were confirmed in Bikoro.

Crime drops in Germany although citizens still feel unsafe

Germany saw a drop in hate crimes in 2017 amid an overall decrease in criminal activity, but statistics released Tuesday showed an increase in anti-Semitic incidents, primarily from far-right perpetrators.

California judge affirms ruling for coffee cancer warnings

A Los Angeles judge has issued a final ruling requiring coffee to carry cancer warning labels in California.

US abortion clinics face surge of trespassing and blockades

A report chronicled a litany of actions that ranged from coordinated trespassing efforts to violence.

Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds, center, reacts after signing a six-week abortion ban bill into law during a ceremony in her formal office, Friday, May 4, 2018, in Des Moines, Iowa. The bill gives Iowa the strictest abortion restrictions in the nation, setting the state up for a lengthy court challenge. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

Iowa governor signs nation’s strictest abortion regulation

Iowa’s new law bans abortions after about six weeks and sets the state up for a lengthy court fight.

Senator John McCain has been unable to return to the Senate after cancer treatment and surgery for an intestinal infection last month.

In Ariz., John McCain gets visits from Biden, Graham after surgery

A frail Senator John McCain has been receiving a stream of good wishes at his Arizona ranch as he confronts the aftermath of brain cancer treatment and surgery.

1st death reported in romaine lettuce E. coli outbreak

The first death has been reported in a national food poisoning outbreak linked to romaine lettuce.

UK: 450,000 women missed out on breast cancer test

Britain’s health minister apologized Wednesday for what he called a “serious failure” that resulted in hundreds of thousands of women in England not being invited to a screening test for breast cancer.

Lawsuits target Trump administration as it shifts family planning policy to sexual abstinence

Two major organizations that promote birth control filed lawsuits in federal court Wednesday seeking to block the Trump administration.

SAN RAFAEL, CA - APRIL 23: Romaine lettuce is displayed on a shelf at a supermarket on April 23, 2018 in San Rafael, California. The Food and Drug Administration and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is advising American consumers to throw away and avoid eating Romaine lettuce, especially if its origin is from Yuma, Arizona as investigators try to figure out the cause of an E. coli outbreak that has sickened 53 people in 16 states. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

First death reported in romaine lettuce E. coli outbreak

Massachusetts was also added to the states with reported cases.

Dr. Harold Bornstein.

Trump’s longtime doctor describes ‘raid’ to obtain records

The White House said that President Trump’s former bodyguard did nothing out of the ordinary when he took possession of the president’s medical records.

(FILES) In this file photo taken on April 05, 2018, a recent handout picture released by Action4Alfie operating the facebook group alfiesarmy and the Save Alfie Evans website on April 5, 2018 shows seriously ill British toddler Alfie Evans at Alder Hey Children's Hospital in Liverpool. Terminally-ill British toddler Alfie Evans died on April 28, 2018 after doctors withdrew life support, the child's parents said, following a protracted legal battle and a campaign that drew support from Pope Francis. / AFP PHOTO / Action4Alfie / Action4Alfie / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT

Sick British toddler at center of legal battle dies at 23 months old

The parents of Alfie Evans announced their son’s death on social media, saying they were ‘‘heartbroken.’’

Report: Chicago police not reporting mentally ill gun owners

Chicago’s inspector general says police are failing on a requirement to tell the state when people are mentally unfit to carry a gun.

More kids have autism, better diagnosis may be the reason

The government estimates that autism is becoming more common, with some experts thinking it can be largely explained by better diagnosing of minority children.

(FILES) This file photo taken on April 13, 2018 shows polar bear Inuka sitting on a sand bed inside its enclosure at the Singapore Zoo. Inuka, the first polar bear born in the tropics, was put down on April 25, 2018 after a rapid decline in health, with Singapore Zoo mourning the loss of one of its best-loved animals. / AFP PHOTO / Roslan RAHMANROSLAN RAHMAN/AFP/Getty Images

Singapore euthanizes aged polar bear, first born in tropics

The 27-year-old bear suffered from age-related ailments including arthritis. Its limbs were too weak to support a more than 1,100-pound frame.

Spokesman: George H.W. Bush responding and recovering

Former President George H.W. Bush was “responding and recovering” to treatment at a Houston hospital on Tuesday for an infection that had spread to his blood, according to a family spokesman.

The Johns Hopkins Hospital complex in Baltimore

US veteran who survived blast receives penis transplant

Doctors at Johns Hopkins University say the patient had the highly experimental transplant last month in a 14-hour operation.

Irish leader launches bid to ease abortion restrictions

Prime Minister Leo Varadkar said Ireland’s May 25 referendum on abortion is a vote about compassion.

Trump builds on Obama opioid policy

It’s a rare instance in which fractious Republicans and Democrats in Congress have come together.

Barbara Bush.

Barbara Bush is in ‘failing health,’ won’t seek additional medical treatment

The former first lady, 92, “will instead focus on comfort care,” a family spokesman said.

Federal lawsuit seeks to block Kentucky’s new abortion law

Kentucky lawmakers and the American Civil Liberties Union are again locked in battle over abortion rights.

FILE - In this June 29, 2016 file photo, a man holds a bag of synthetic marijuana in Houston. In a report released Tuesday, April 10, 2018, fake marijuana likely contaminated with rat poison has killed three people in Illinois and sickened more than 100 others in the past month. (Melissa Phillip/Houston Chronicle via AP)

Synthetic marijuana likely tainted with rat poison kills 3, sickens 100

Fake marijuana likely contaminated with rat poison has killed three people in Illinois and caused severe bleeding in more than 100 others, including a few in four other states.

The Coulter family visited Place Heritage Park in Salt Lake City.

Laws that let kids roam could catch on

Utah passed the country’s first law legalizing free-range parenting, and groups in states from New York to Texas are pushing for similar steps.

Hospital says ex-spy improves, no longer on ‘critical’ list

Sergei Skripal had been fighting for his life after exposure to a nerve agent the Britain has linked to the Russian government.

Poll shows complex views on prescription drug addiction

A slim majority of Americans see prescription drug addiction as a disease that requires medical treatment, but most would not welcome those suffering from the problem into their neighborhoods, workplaces or families.

French President Emmanuel Macron played with children at Le Moulin Vert nursery in Rouen.

France makes effort to catch up on autism care

The plan includes a push for earlier diagnosis, help for families, teacher training, and research to better understand autism. Yet families and associations say the plan is unlikely to take the giant steps needed to catch France up with the United States, Canada, and other European countries.

Russia lost a bid on April 4 at a global chemical weapons watchdog to launch a joint probe with Britain into a spy poisoning scandal, and sought to press its case at the highest level calling for urgent UN Security Council talks.

Russia loses vote to join spy poisoning probe; next stop UN

Britain said Russia’s proposal for a joint investigation received only six votes at a special session of the executive council of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons.

Studies link legal marijuana with fewer opioid prescriptions

Advocates for liberalizing marijuana laws have proposed it as a lower-risk alternative to opioids.

Old, new drugs creating deadly mixtures in Ohio

There has been a surge in the use of methamphetamine and cocaine mixed with a powerful synthetic opioid.

Adam Lange scoops coffee beans before making a drink at a Philz Coffee shop in San Francisco, Friday, March 30, 2018. Coffee sellers will have to post ominous warnings in California because each cup contains a chemical linked to cancer, a judge ruled. The culprit is a byproduct of the bean roasting process that is a known carcinogen and has been at the heart of an eight-year legal struggle between a tiny nonprofit group and Big Coffee companies. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

Will this be a buzzkill? Coffee cancer warnings could go beyond California

A headline from California is jolting people more than their morning cup: A judge ruled that coffee in the state should carry a cancer warning.

FILE - In this Sept. 22, 2017, file photo, a barista pours steamed milk in a coffee at a cafe in Los Angeles. Superior Court Judge Elihu Berle has ruled that California law requires coffee companies to carry an ominous cancer warning label because of a chemical produced in the roasting process. Judge Berle wrote in a proposed ruling Wednesday, March 28, 2018, that Starbucks and other coffee companies failed to show that the threat from a chemical compound produced in the roasting process was insignificant. At the center of the dispute is acrylamide, a carcinogen found in many cooked foods, that is produced during the roasting process. (AP Photo/Richard Vogel, File)

California judge says coffee needs cancer warning labels

A Los Angeles judge has ruled that California law requires coffee companies to carry an ominous cancer warning label because of a chemical produced in the roasting process.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov.

Russia says it will expel Western envoys in retaliation for expulsion of Russian diplomats

Lavrov said Moscow will also retaliate to the US decision to shut the Russian consulate in Seattle by closing the US consulate in St. Petersburg.

Ronny Jackson was President Trump’s personal physician and surprise choice to lead the massive Department of Veterans Affairs.

VA pick impressed Trump when he gave glowing health report

Ronny Jackson passed his screen test with President Donald Trump before the casting session even began.

Trump fires VA head Shulkin, taps WH doctor to replace him

President Trump has fired David Shulkin, tweeting that White House doctor Ronny Jackson is his nominee to be the next Veterans Affairs secretary.

Fertility clinic: Alarm was turned off on failed embryo tank

An alarm system turned off on a fertility clinic storage tank that had been malfunctioning for weeks led to a failure that likely ruined more than 4,000 eggs and embryos, double what the clinic first thought, it said Tuesday.