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Unsafe water, not climate change, is the bigger threat in the world, EPA chief says

Unsafe drinking water, not climate change, is the world’s most immediate public health issue, EPA administrator Andrew Wheeler contended Wednesday.

This undated microscope photo provided by Thomas Boothby in March 2019 shows a tardigrade, also known as a

Researchers believe tiny ‘water bears’ can teach us about survival

Tardigrades can weather extreme heat, cold and radiation. Now the US military hopes these tiny critters can unlock a way to preserve our crops, medicine, even our skin.

In this Thursday, Feb. 21, 2019 photo, a customer shows the 1/8th-ounce container of indica medical marijuana delivered by Mr. Nice Guys Caregivers at his Macomb County residence, in Roseville, Mich. Nearly four dozen medical marijuana delivery businesses are operating in Detroit, even though Michigan regulators haven't yet approved any home delivery licenses. (Todd McInturf/Detroit News via AP)

Connecticut judge rejects motion to dismiss medical marijuana lawsuit

A Connecticut man who sued after his application to become a firefighter in the state’s largest city was rejected because he uses medical marijuana will have his day in court.

FILE - This Feb. 17, 2016 file photo shows marijuana plants at a home in Honolulu. A growing majority of Americans say marijuana should be legal, underscoring a national shift as more states embrace cannabis for medical or recreational use.(AP Photo/Marina Riker, File)

Smoking strong pot daily raises psychosis risk, study finds

Smoking high-potency marijuana every day could increase the chances of developing psychosis by nearly five times, according to the biggest-ever study to examine the impact of pot on psychotic disorder rates.

14-week-old Labrador retriever Rommy at the at the American Kennel Club's Museum of the Dog on Wednesday.

Labrador retriever most pup-ular US dog breed for 28th year

Labrador retrievers aren’t letting go of their hold on US dog lovers, but German shorthaired pointers are tugging on the top ranks of doggy popularity.

New on the high court: Associate Justices Neil Gorsuch (left) and Brett Kavanaugh.

Newest justices show they don’t march in lock-step

The two new justices have solidified conservative control of the Supreme Court, but on Tuesday, they did not march in lockstep.

Arkansas lawmakers send governor 18-week abortion ban

Arkansas lawmakers on Wednesday sent the governor legislation banning most abortions 18 weeks into a woman’s pregnancy, a prohibition that could be the strictest in the country.

Gluten, lactose in drugs? Study raises questions about risk

A new report says pills often contain so-called ‘‘inactive’’ ingredients capable of causing allergic or gastrointestinal reactions in small numbers of people sensitive to specific compounds.

FILE - In this June 22, 2017 file photo, marijuana plants grow indoors at Breakwater Treatment and Wellness in Cranbury, N.J. After more than a year of negotiations, mostly behind closed doors, New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy and legislative leaders said Tuesday March 12, 2019, they've agreed on legislation to legalize recreational marijuana for adults. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File)

Minnesota Senate panel votes against recreational marijuana

A Minnesota Senate committee voted Monday to kill a bill to legalize recreational marijuana in the state, making it unlikely that the legislation will pass this year.

ADVANCE FOR RELEASE MONDAY, MARCH 3, 2014, AND THEREAFTER - In this Feb. 24, 2014 photo, eighth-grader Brett Hein shows the three healthy food items from the fruit and vegetable serving cart during lunch in the cafeteria at Wilson Junior High School in Manitowoc, Wis. Each student is required to take at least one-half cup of fruit or vegetable per the United States Department of Agriculture requirement. (AP Photo/Herald-Times Reporter, Sue Pischke) NO SALES

NYC will have ‘Meatless Mondays’ in all public schools

There’ll be no mystery meat (or any other meat) on Mondays at New York City public schools.

FILE - This April 6, 2018 file photo shows the leaves of a marijuana plant inside Ultra Health's cultivation greenhouse in Bernalillo, N.M. (AP Photo/Susan Montoya Bryan, File)

Bill to allow home-grown medical marijuana passes New Hampshire House

Medical marijuana patients would be able to grow their own supply under a bill passed by the New Hampshire House.

The Food & Drug Administration campus in Silver Spring, Md.

FDA approves first immunotherapy drug to treat breast cancer

Federal officials approved a drug by the Swiss drugmaker Roche on Friday for treating advanced triple-negative breast cancer, which accounts for about 15 percent of cases.

A woman exits a Claire's store on Dec. 1, 2006, in New York. MUST CREDIT: Daniel Acker/Bloomberg

FDA warns of asbestos in Claire’s makeup; company disputes

Shoppers are being warned not to use certain Claire’s makeup products after samples tested positive for asbestos. Claire’s has disputed the findings.

Scott Gottlieb.

FDA commissioner is stepping down

Scott Gottlieb is stepping down after nearly two years leading the agency.

Smoke rose from an underground fire, which started in July, at an illegal dumping site in Bella Vista, Ark., on Friday.

Underground fire at Arkansas dump raises health concerns

More than seven months after residents first noticed a fire at an illegal dumping site in northwest Arkansas, it’s still smoldering, sending noxious smoke throughout the town.

Veteran shoots, wounds doctor before mental health check

A double-amputee Army veteran shot and wounded a doctor just before a mental health evaluation at a veterans’ hospital in Florida, authorities said.

Weeks after 2030 HIV pledge, report shows US headway stalled

Three weeks after President Donald Trump announced a campaign to end the U.S. HIV epidemic by 2030, new government data show that progress against the disease stalled recently.

Measles epidemic in Madagascar kills more than 900, says WHO

The World Health Organization says that an epidemic of measles in Madagascar has caused more than 900 deaths.

Boston, MA - February 18 2019: - Isabella Devincenzo plays fetch with her dog Daisy at the M Street Beach in Boston, MA on February 18, 2019. Snow began early Monday morning and fell steadily across Massachusetts overnight, coating southern New England and likely to eventually result in 3-6 inches of accumulation by the end of the day. Forecasters expect the snow to mix with periods of freezing rain and sleet all day, making for messy roadways. (Craig F. Walker/Globe Staff) section: Metro reporter:

Connecticut vet issues warning after dogs hospitalized for marijuana

A veterinarian in Connecticut is warning pet owners to be careful after she treated two dogs for likely ingesting marijuana.

The Supreme Court has agreed to consider a case about the reach of a federal clean water law. The justices agreed Tuesday to hear a case involving the Clean Water Act.

High court to consider case about reach of clean water law

The Supreme Court agreed Tuesday to consider a case about the reach of landmark federal clean-water protections, as the Trump administration spars with conservation groups on the same crucial environmental question.

Philippine National Red Cross and Health Department volunteers conducted house-to-house measles vaccinations to children at an informal settlers community in Manila on Saturday.

Philippine official says 136 people have died in measles outbreak

A measles outbreak that has been blamed partly on vaccination fears has killed 136 people, mostly children, and sickened 8,400 others, an official said.

President Trump gains weight, now considered obese

President Donald Trump has put on some pounds and is now officially considered obese.

8 die of measles in Ukraine this year as outbreak worsens

Eight people have died of measles in Ukraine since the start of the year, already half as many as died in the whole of 2018, authorities said on Wednesday.

In this Thursday, Feb. 7, 2019 photo a bud tender shows a top cannabis strain at Serra a dispensary in Portland, Ore. A U.S. senator from Oregon has proposed legislation that would give states a free hand to allow legal marijuana markets without the threat of federal criminal intervention. (AP Photo/Richard Vogel)

Man sues over job rejection due to medical marijuana

A Connecticut man whose bid to become a firefighter in the state’s largest city was rejected because he uses medical marijuana has sued.

Antiabortion activists Sandra Merritt and David Daleiden spoke outside of a courtroom in San Francisco on Monday.

Pair who secretly filmed Planned Parenthood fight charges

Planned Parenthood has made an unusual legal demand to join California’s criminal prosecution of two antiabortion activists charged with invasion of privacy for secretly making videos as they tried to buy fetal material from the organization.

A marijuana plant grows at Fotmer SA, an enterprise that produces cannabis for medical use, in Montevideo, Uruguay, Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2019. In December, Uruguayan President Tabare Vazquez inaugurated a $12 million laboratory owned by Canada's International Cannabis Corporation, which aims to produce and export medicine from hemp, a variety of cannabis that contains CBDs but has no psychoactive effects. (AP Photo/Matilde Campodonico)

Chronic pain given as top reason for using medical marijuana

Chronic pain is the most common reason people give when they enroll in state-approved medical marijuana programs.

About 9 percent of US adults have forms of heart disease such as heart failure or clogged arteries, according to the American Heart Association.

Nearly half of US adults have heart or blood vessel disease

The high numbers are mostly due to recent guidelines that expanded how many people have high blood pressure.

Marijuana plants are ready for harvest at AT-Calyx Peak Companies of Ohio, Monday, Jan. 28, 2019, in Akron, Ohio. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

NY Mental Health Association urges caution on legalized pot

The Mental Health Association of New York State is urging state officials to proceed cautiously as they consider proposals to legalize recreational marijuana.

Bangkok schools closed over air pollution concerns

More than 400 schools in Thailand’s capital, Bangkok, were shut for the rest of the week Wednesday due to increasing concern over dangerously unhealthy air pollution.

Marijuana on display at Harborside marijuana dispensary in Oakland, Calif.

Eviction upheld for Maine man who grew medical marijuana

The Supreme Court sidestepped the conflict between state and federal law by noting that there was cause for eviction above and beyond the fact he was growing marijuana.

Joie Henney and his emotional support animal, Wally.

Man says emotional support alligator helps his depression

Sixty-five-year-old Joie Henney says his registered emotional support animal likes to snuggle and give hugs, despite being a 5-foot-long alligator.

A photo of the nurse, Nathan Sutherland, who has now been charged with rape of a vegetative patient at the long-term health facility at which he worked, provided by the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office

Nurse arrested in rape of incapacitated woman who gave birth

Police said Wednesday that one of the nurses who had been charged with the long-term care of an incapacitated woman who gave recently birth, much to the surprise of her family and caregivers, has now been charged with sexual assault.

Nathan Sutherland.

Nurse arrested in rape of woman who gave birth at Arizona facility

Nathan Sutherland, a nurse who was looking after an incapacitated woman at a long-term health care facility, has been charged with raping her, weeks after she gave birth to a baby boy.

Workers inspected an off-ramp that collapsed during the November earthquake in Anchorage.

Anxiety in Alaska as endless aftershocks rattle residents

Seven weeks after a massive earthquake rocked Alaska, aftershocks are still shattering 7-year-old Connor Cartwright’s sense of safety.

UN health chief orders probe into misconduct

The head of the World Health Organization has ordered an internal investigation into allegations the U.N. health agency is rife with racism, sexism and corruption, after a series of anonymous emails with the explosive charges were sent to top managers last year.

ACLU: Government mistakenly wanted to deport US veteran

A Marine veteran with post-traumatic stress disorder was held for three days for possible deportation before federal authorities learned that he was a U.S. citizen born in Michigan, lawyers said Wednesday.

Key West moves to ban sunscreens that could damage reefs

Officials in Key West took the initial steps toward banning the sale of sunscreens containing two ingredients that could be harmful to coral reefs.

N.H. child advocate office says state must better protect kids

Children suffering psychological abuse are underserved by New Hampshire’s child protection system, according to a report released Monday by the state Office of the Child Advocate.

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

Doctors find no remaining cancer after Ginsburg’s surgery

Doctors for the 85-year-old Supreme Court justice confirmed their initial evaluation.

Congo says healthy baby born to mom who recovered from Ebola

A four-day-old baby is a surprise bright spot in Congo’s deadly Ebola outbreak, as the country’s health ministry on Thursday called her the first child born to a mother who has recovered from the virus.

Passengers relaxed on the deck of the Oasis of the Seas in 2009.

Norovirus outbreak sickens 150-plus on Oasis of the Seas

More than 150 passengers on Royal Caribbean’s Oasis of the Seas were hit by the outbreak of Norovirus as the ship sailed from Florida to Jamaica.

Officials say Pakistan on track to eradicate polio in 2019

Pakistani officials say the country is on track to eradicate polio in 2019 despite Taliban attacks and superstition that has spurred many parents in the region bordering Afghanistan to refuse to vaccinate their children against the crippling disease.

Psychiatrist Dr. Lieve Thienpont, the doctor who approved De Troyer’s ethanasia request is estimated to be involved in one third of all euthanasia deaths for psychiatric reasons in Belgium.

Europe’s top rights court to hear Belgian euthanasia case

Europe’s top human rights court has agreed to hear a case being brought against Belgium by a man whose mother was euthanized in 2012 for depression, the second case that implicates one of Belgium’s leading euthanasia doctors.

The U.S. cancer death rate has been falling between 1991 and 2016, and so far there’s little sign the decline is slowing, according to a report released on Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2019.

The US cancer death rate has been declining over the past 25 years, report says

The nation’s cancer death rate has fallen 27 percent between 1991 and 2016, the American Cancer Society reported.

New hearts forge new friendship for transplant recipients

A suburban Detroit woman and South Side Chicago man are recovering in a Chicago hospital following rare triple transplant surgeries that gave them the healthy heart, liver, and kidney each needed — and a new friendship they never expected.

Congolese flee to Uganda after vote, raising Ebola fears

Hundreds of refugees have crossed into Uganda from Congo in the days since that country’s troubled presidential election, a Red Cross official said Wednesday, heightening concerns about the possible cross-border spread of Ebola. Separately, the head of the World Health Organization said he has asked the supplier of an experimental vaccine to produce more of it.

FILE - This June 9, 2014 file photo shows a dish of steak and cheese pasta in Concord, N.H. Two major studies in 2018 provided more fuel for the debate around carbs and fats, yet failed to offer a resolution to the polarizing matter of the best way to lose weight. (AP Photo/Matthew Mead)

Trying to lose weight in 2019? Here’s what the latest dieting studies say

Before embarking on a weight loss plan for the new year, here’s a look at some of what was learned last year.

In this Saturday, Dec. 29, 2018 photo a bud tender shows off her cannabis product at a farmers market style cannabis event Kushstock 6.5 in Adelanto Calif. (AP Photo/Richard Vogel)

Maine doesn’t protect against contaminated medical marijuana

Maine has no testing program for medical marijuana used by 50,000 certified patients who purchase $50 million of cannabis a year.

Congolese participate in a mock voting in the Eastern Congolese town of Beni Sunday Dec. 30, 2018. The delay of Sunday's election until March for Beni and Butembo city is blamed on a deadly Ebola outbreak. The rest of the country will vote on Sunday Dec. 30. (AP Photo/Al-hadji Kudra Maliro)

Delays, frustrations as Congo’s presidential election begins

Polling center problems and an Ebola virus both threatened to hamper what could be the first credible election in the country in decades.

New Mexico authorities said an autopsy performed on 8-year-old Felipe Gomez Alonzo, a Guatemalan boy who died in US custody, shows he had the flu.

Autopsy says dead Guatemalan boy had influenza

Felipe Gomez Alonzo died at a New Mexico hospital after suffering coughing, vomiting, and a fever. Another Guatemalan child, 7-year-old Jakelin Caal, died in US custody on Dec. 8.