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UK, EU give glimmer of Brexit optimism amid no-deal warnings

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A group that represents U.K. hospitals has warned that its members may run out of drugs if Britain leaves the European Union without an agreement on future relations. More>>

Baby boom at Arizona hospital with 16 pregnant nurses

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A baby boom is brewing at a suburban Arizona hospital where 16 intensive care nurses recently discovered they are all pregnant. More>>

The Latest: EPA to reveal rule changes on coal-fired plants

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The Trump administration is set to announce plans to roll back the centerpiece of President Barack Obama's efforts to slow global warming. More>>

Europe sees sharp rise in measles: 41,000 cases, 37 deaths

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The World Health Organization says the number of measles cases in Europe jumped sharply during the first six months of 2018 and at least 37 people have died. More>>

Trump drug czar nominee visits Connecticut after overdoses

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Trump's nominee for drug czar calls Connecticut a national example for addiction treatment. More>>

Synthetic pot seen as a public health danger

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What is synthetic marijuana and why is it so dangerous?. More>>

US approves new generic competitor to EpiPen

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US officials approves new generic competitor for emergency allergy medication EpiPen. More>>

Ill health forces Dutch Olympian to halt long-distance swim

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In a fundraising feat that has captured the imagination of his nation, a Dutch Olympian is approaching the end of a marathon swim along the route of an iconic speed skating race. More>>

Smoky skies, poor air from wildfires return to Northwest

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Forecasters and regulators say poor air quality will be common across parts of the Pacific Northwest this week as winds push smoke from surrounding wildfires into the region. More>>

Hard to see, hard to breathe: US West struggles with smoke

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Smoke from wildfires has blotted out mountains and city skylines from Oregon to Colorado, delayed flights and forced authorities to tell even healthy adults in the Seattle area to stay indoors. More>>

Annan leaves legacy of fighting for equality and rights

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Kofi Annan left the United Nations more committed to combating poverty, promoting equality and fighting for human rights _ and until his death was speaking out about the turbulent world he saw moving from nations working together to growing nationalism. More>>

NFL players, coaches protecting skin on every given sun day

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Blocks and screens: NFL players and coaches protecting skin in different ways on every given sun day. More>>

Officials remove special rules for gene therapy experiments

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U.S. health officials revised rules for gene therapy experiments. More>>

Study: Smokers better off quitting, even with weight gain

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US study finds you're better off in the long run if you quit smoking, even if you gain weight. More>>

3 scientists share $500,000 prize for work on cancer therapy

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Three scientists will share a $500,000 medical prize for their studies of the immune system that have led to innovative treatments for cancer, HIV and other diseases. More>>

Multi-gene test may find risk for heart disease and more

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New way to track millions of genetic variations promises better forecasting of people's risk for heart attacks, four other disorders. More>>

White House called toxins contamination 'PR nightmare'

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Toxics used in nonstick cookware, fast-food wrappers and much more are turning up in public water systems in dozens of states. More>>

Trump wants federal suit against opioid manufacturers

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President Donald Trump is asking Attorney General Jeff Sessions to file a federal lawsuit against certain companies that supply and manufacture opioids in response to the nation's drug epidemic. More>>

Congo's health ministry says Ebola spreads to 2nd province

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Congo's health ministry says Ebola spreads to 2nd province as experimental treatment begins. More>>

Rent control fuels costliest fight on California 2018 ballot

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Los Angeles-based health care nonprofit known for funding controversial ballot measures wages expensive battle with real estate industry over rent control in California. More>>

Jury awards $289M to man who blames Roundup for cancer

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Lawyers say a jury's $289 million award to a California man who claims Monsanto's Roundup weed killer gave him cancer may open the floodgates for legions of people suffering because of the agribusiness giant. More>>

Mayo Clinic names head of Florida campus as new CEO

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Mayo Clinic will get a new president and chief executive at the end of the year when Dr. Gianrico Farrugia takes over from Dr. John Noseworthy. More>>

Congo's latest Ebola outbreak taking place in a war zone

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7 killed in rebel attack amid Congo's latest deadly Ebola outbreak; population sent fleeing. More>>

Physician convicted of improper prescribing gets 4 years

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A physician in Kentucky convicted of improperly prescribing drugs to patients who died of overdoses has been sentenced to four years and two months in prison. More>>

Japan queries all medical schools on gender discrimination

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The Japanese government is investigating whether other medical schools also discriminated against female applicants following revelations that one had done so for more than a decade. More>>

Outdoor fun dwindles as smoky haze hangs over California

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No major wildfires are burning near Sacramento but for two weeks a dull haze and the faint smell of smoke from distant blazes has blanketed California's capital region. More>>

Appeals court tells EPA to stop sales of harmful pesticide

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The Environmental Protection Agency has been ordered to stop sales of a widely used pesticide within two months. More>>

GOP congressman from New York charged with insider trading Video included

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Republican U.S. Rep. Christopher Collins of New York has been indicted on securities fraud charges. More>>

Jury backs man who claims Roundup weed killer caused cancer

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A San Francisco jury has awarded $289 million to a former school groundskeeper who claimed Monsanto's popular Roundup weed killer contributed to his terminal cancer. More>>

Doctors nudged by overdose letter prescribe fewer opioids

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In a novel experiment, doctors started prescribing fewer opioids after getting a letter from the medical examiner telling them of their patient's fatal overdose. More>>

Report: Jump in deliveries involving moms hooked on opioids

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Health officials seeing jump in opioid-using pregnant women coming to hospitals. More>>

Helping nature: Inducing labor avoids cesarean for some moms Video included

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A large study of first-time moms finds inducing labor rather than waiting avoids cesarean delivery for some. More>>

Huge Los Angeles gas leak leads to $120 million settlement

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A nearly $120 million settlement has been reached in litigation stemming from a leak at a Southern California storage field where a massive methane release forced thousands from their homes three years ago. More>>

Judge won't bar public from refuge that was once a nuke site

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A judge has turned down a request to bar the public from a wildlife refuge in Colorado that was once part of a nuclear weapons plant. More>>

Congo's latest outbreak more challenging than ever, WHO says

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Congo's latest outbreak more challenging than ever, WHO says; multiple armed groups a threat. More>>

No easy answers on best heart check-up for young athletes

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Large study of British teen soccer players finds in-depth heart screenings sometimes uncover athletes at risk of cardiac arrest _ but not always. More>>

Abortion activists vow to press fight despite Argentina loss

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Argentina's Senate has rejected a bill to legalize elective abortion in the first 14 weeks of pregnancy _ an issue that bitterly divides the homeland of Pope Francis. More>>

Court orders ban on harmful pesticide, says EPA violated law

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A federal appeals court has ruled that the Trump administration endangered public health by keeping a top-selling pesticide chlorpyrifos on the market, despite extensive scientific evidence that even tiny levels of exposure could harm babies' brains. More>>

KFC incident with deaf woman leads to sensitivity training

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Management company of 270 KFC, Pizza Hut and Taco Bell franchises nationwide agrees to sensitivity training after incident in which a deaf woman said she felt she was mocked at a KFC in Mississippi. More>>

Famed California research center settles 2 gender bias suits

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The Salk Institute for Biological Studies in Southern California has settled two of three gender discrimination lawsuits filed by top female scientists. More>>

Ebola vaccinations begin in Congo's latest deadly outbreak

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Ebola vaccinations begin in Congo's latest deadly outbreak; regional armed groups a concern. More>>

Nevada death-row inmate on legal delays: 'Just get it done'

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A Nevada death-row inmate whose execution has twice been postponed said the legal fight over his fate is taking a tortuous toll on him and his family and he just wants his sentence carried out. More>>

China orders recall from overseas as vaccine scandal churns

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China's National Health Commission says investigators have begun recalling defective vaccines produced by drugmaker Changchun Changsheng Life Sciences Ltd. from domestic and overseas markets. More>>

Study: 1 in 7 children of Zika-infected moms have problems

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Researchers say the one in seven children of U.S. mothers who were infected with Zika during pregnancy developed some kind of health problem. More>>

Experts question benefits of fluoride-free toothpaste

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Fluoride-free doesn't mean cavity-free, dental experts say. New study backs them up. More>>

Argentine Senate debates measure to legalize abortion

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Argentina's Senate has begun a session to decide on legalizing elective abortions _ an issue that bitterly divides the homeland of Pope Francis. More>>

Japan medical school confirms altering scores to limit women

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A Tokyo medical school has confirmed it systematically altered entrance exam scores for years to keep out female applicants and ensure more men became doctors. More>>

Patients who accepted infected kidneys cured of hepatitis C

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Kidneys infected with hepatitis C may help some U.S. patients skip the yearslong transplant waiting list. More>>

Cancer study of nuclear test site expected to finish in 2019

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The National Cancer Institute says its long-anticipated study into the cancer risks of New Mexico residents living near the site of the world's first atomic bomb test likely will be published in 2019. More>>

Brazil rushes to thwart measles outbreak from Venezuelans

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Brazil's health ministry has launched a nationwide vaccination campaign to protect children from measles and poliomyelitis. More>>

Australian state reports its first case of superbug fungus

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An Australian state has reported its first case of a superbug in a hospital patient who likely picked up the drug-resistant fungus in Britain. More>>

Singapore minister: Major cyberattack may be state-linked

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A cyberattack that breached 1.5 million health records in Singapore has been attributed to sophisticated cyber attackers who may be state-linked. More>>

Ebola vaccinations could start Wednesday in Congo outbreak

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Congo's health ministry confirms 3 more cases of Ebola; vaccinations ready later this week. More>>

Romania reports 500 outbreaks of African swine fever in pigs

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Romanian authorities have reported more than 500 separate outbreaks of African swine fever in pigs, mainly in the Danube Delta and near the Hungarian border. More>>

Psychiatrist: Much is still hidden in theater shooter's mind

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A psychiatrist who spent hours with mass murderer James Holmes says what led Holmes to open fire in a Colorado movie theater was a vortex of his mental illness, personality and circumstances, along with other, unknown currents. More>>

'Hazardous' smoky air shuts Yosemite in peak tourist season

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Yosemite National Park closes 12 days due to 'hazardous' smoke from California wildfires and will reopen Monday if conditions are safe. More>>

Hospital system pays $65M to settle Medicare billing claims

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One of the nation's largest hospital systems has agreed to pay $65 million to settle allegations of Medicare overbilling in California. More>>

Confirmed Ebola cases rise to 13 in Congo's latest outbreak

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Confirmed Ebola cases rise to 13 in latest outbreak in northeast Congo, including 3 dead. More>>

Dems will try forcing Senate vote against Trump health plan

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Democrats will try forcing a campaign-season Senate vote on overturning President Donald Trump's rule allowing insurers to sell cheaper, skimpier coverage. More>>

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  • Police find body believed to be Iowa student Mollie Tibbetts

    Police find body believed to be Iowa student Mollie Tibbetts

    Tuesday, August 21 2018 9:34 AM EDT2018-08-21 13:34:07 GMT
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    Investigators believe they have found the body of Mollie Tibbetts, a University of Iowa student who has been missing for more than a month.More >>
    Investigators believe they have found the body of Mollie Tibbetts, a University of Iowa student who has been missing for more than a month.More >>
  • Microsoft uncovers more Russian hacking ahead of midterms

    Microsoft uncovers more Russian hacking ahead of midterms

    Tuesday, August 21 2018 12:25 AM EDT2018-08-21 04:25:35 GMT
    Tuesday, August 21 2018 3:26 PM EDT2018-08-21 19:26:14 GMT
    (AP Photo/Altaf Qadri, File). FILE - In this Nov. 7, 2017, file photo, a man is silhouetted as he walks in front of Microsoft logo at an event in New Delhi, India. Microsoft says it’s uncovered new Russian hacking attempts targeting U.S. political grou...(AP Photo/Altaf Qadri, File). FILE - In this Nov. 7, 2017, file photo, a man is silhouetted as he walks in front of Microsoft logo at an event in New Delhi, India. Microsoft says it’s uncovered new Russian hacking attempts targeting U.S. political grou...

    The hacking attempts mirror similar Russian attacks ahead of the 2016 election, which U.S. intelligence officials have said were focused on helping to elect Republican Donald Trump to the presidency by hurting his Democratic opponent, Hillary Clinton.

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    The hacking attempts mirror similar Russian attacks ahead of the 2016 election, which U.S. intelligence officials have said were focused on helping to elect Republican Donald Trump to the presidency by hurting his Democratic opponent, Hillary Clinton.

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  • Plane blows 2 tires on takeoff, will try emergency landing

    Plane blows 2 tires on takeoff, will try emergency landing

    Tuesday, August 21 2018 1:02 PM EDT2018-08-21 17:02:21 GMT
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    The plane took off from Teterboro, NJ, airport when it blew two tires on Tuesday. (Source: WABC/CNN)The plane took off from Teterboro, NJ, airport when it blew two tires on Tuesday. (Source: WABC/CNN)

    Authorities say a plane that blew two tires during takeoff at a small New Jersey airport will attempt to make an emergency landing at an airport in Massachusetts.

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    Authorities say a plane that blew two tires during takeoff at a small New Jersey airport will attempt to make an emergency landing at an airport in Massachusetts.

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