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Trump signs $1.3 trillion budget after threatening veto

Fri, 23 Mar 2018 10:43:17 -0500

President Donald Trump signed a $1.3 trillion spending measure Friday averting a government shutdown at midnight, acting just hours after saying he was considering a veto.

Poll: Support soars for stricter gun control laws; most favor nationwide ban on AR-15-style rifles

Fri, 23 Mar 2018 09:29:02 -0500

Support for tougher gun control laws is soaring in the United States, according to a new poll that found a majority of gun owners and half of Republicans favor new laws to address gun violence in the weeks after a Florida school shooting left 17 dead and sparked nationwide protests.

Sheriff: Teenager dead, 2 wounded in Maryland high school shooting

Tue, 20 Mar 2018 11:54:37 -0500

A teenager with a handgun shot a girl inside his Maryland high school Tuesday before he was fatally wounded during a confrontation with a school resource officer, a sheriff said.

Want to avoid the flu while flying? Try a window seat

Mon, 19 Mar 2018 16:48:46 -0500

Worried about catching a cold or the flu on an airplane? Get a window seat, and don't leave it until the flight is over.

Witnesses ask Missouri Legislature to toughen child marriage laws

Sun, 18 Mar 2018 16:05:26 -0500

Missouri lawmakers are considering a bill that would end the state’s status as being the easiest place in the country for a 15-year-old to be married.

FDA begins push to cut addictive nicotine in cigarettes

Thu, 15 Mar 2018 21:42:05 -0500

Federal health officials took the first step Thursday to slash levels of addictive nicotine in cigarettes, an unprecedented move designed to help smokers quit and prevent future generations from getting hooked.

U.S. sets new record for censoring, withholding government files

Tue, 13 Mar 2018 12:09:46 -0500

The federal government censored, withheld or said it couldn't find records sought by citizens, journalists and others more often last year than at any point in the past decade, according to an Associated Press analysis of new data.

Trump replaces Secretary of State Tillerson with CIA's Pompeo in dramatic shakeup

Tue, 13 Mar 2018 09:22:06 -0500

President Donald Trump unceremoniously dumped Secretary of State Rex Tillerson by tweet on Tuesday and picked CIA Director Mike Pompeo to take his place, abruptly ending Tillerson's turbulent tenure as America's top diplomat and escalating the administration's chaotic second-year shake-up.

Study: Cholesterol drug lowers risk of death, heart attack

Sat, 10 Mar 2018 17:57:33 -0600

A newer cholesterol drug, used with older statin medicines, modestly lowered heart risks and deaths in a big study of heart attack survivors that might persuade insurers to cover the pricey treatment more often.

Aging kangaroo to get cryotherapy treatment for arthritis

Sat, 10 Mar 2018 17:49:13 -0600

An aging kangaroo who calls the Bronx Zoo home is receiving cryotherapy treatment for arthritis.

Insurers get into care, but is it good for your health?

Fri, 09 Mar 2018 15:54:24 -0600

In the not-too-distant future, your health insurance, your prescription drugs and some of your treatment may come from the same company. But is this good for your health?

Health insurer Cigna buying Express Scripts for $52B

Thu, 08 Mar 2018 17:08:34 -0600

Health insurer Cigna is buying the nation's biggest pharmacy benefit manager, Express Scripts, the latest in a string of proposed tie-ups as health care's bill payers attempt to get a grip on rising costs.

Bones found in 1940 appear to be Amelia Earhart's, study says

Thu, 08 Mar 2018 15:53:48 -0600

Bones found in 1940 on a western Pacific Ocean island were quite likely to be remains from famed aviator Amelia Earhart, a new analysis concludes.

Mimicking Trump, local officials now frequently use 'fake news' label to defend against unflattering coverage

Wed, 07 Mar 2018 14:38:46 -0600

An Idaho state lawmaker urges her constituents to submit entries for her "fake news awards." The Kentucky governor tweets #FAKENEWS to dismiss questions about his purchase of a home from a supporter. An aide to the Texas land commissioner uses the phrase to downplay the significance of his boss receiving donations from employees of a company that landed a multimillion-dollar contract.

Judge: Idaho must allow gender changes on birth certificates

Tue, 06 Mar 2018 17:24:57 -0600

A federal judge says Idaho can’t bar transgender people from changing the sex listed on their birth certificates. Idaho was one of four states — including Kansas, Ohio and Tennessee — that prohibited transgender people from changing their birth certificates to reflect their gender identity.

FDA clears DNA test to spot cancer genes, but with warnings

Tue, 06 Mar 2018 15:57:53 -0600

U.S. regulators have approved the first direct-to-consumer breast cancer gene test.

Prescription opioids fail rigorous new test for chronic pain

Tue, 06 Mar 2018 15:54:29 -0600

A yearlong study offers rigorous new evidence against using prescription opioids for chronic pain.

Worst of bad U.S. flu season finally over as illnesses decline

Fri, 02 Mar 2018 16:21:42 -0600

The worst of the nation's nasty flu season is finally over.

Studies show safer option than saline for IV bags

Wed, 28 Feb 2018 18:06:59 -0600

New research calls into question what's in those IV bags that nearly every hospitalized patient gets. Using a different intravenous fluid instead of the usual saline greatly reduced the risk of death or kidney damage, two large studies found.

Judge tosses lawsuit challenging federal marijuana laws

Wed, 28 Feb 2018 17:23:52 -0600

A judge this week dismissed a lawsuit challenging federal laws criminalizing marijuana as unconstitutional, saying the five plaintiffs had failed to pursue changes in the drug's legal status by first going through the Drug Enforcement Administration.