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At the hearing Wednesday, Representative Lauren Underwood, an Illinois Democrat, questioned Kevin McAleenan, the head of US Customs and Border Protection.

Tense exchanges over migrant children’s deaths rock House hearing

Representative Lauren Underwood on Wednesday blamed the Trump administration’s border policies for the deaths of migrant children, an accusation the acting head of the Homeland Security Department called ‘‘appalling.’’

States sue over rule allowing clinicians to refuse abortions

Nearly two dozen states and municipalities sued the federal government Tuesday to stop a new rule that lets health care clinicians decline to provide abortions and other services that conflict with their moral or religious beliefs.

Viviane and Pierre Lambert, left, parents of Vincent Lambert, appealed to the UN Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, arguing their 42-year-old son Vincent should be treated as disabled.

Frenchman in vegetative state kept alive after appeal to UN

A last-ditch appeal to the United Nations forced French doctors to resume life support Tuesday for a man who has been in a vegetative state for years and whose case has drawn attention across Europe.

Leonard Bailey, surgeon who transplanted baboon heart into baby, dies at 76

Dr. Leonard Bailey, who in 1984 transplanted a baboon heart into a tiny newborn dubbed “Baby Fae” in a pioneering operation that sparked both worldwide acclaim and condemnation, has died.

Protesters for women's rights gather to march to the Alabama Capitol to protest a law passed last week making abortion a felony in nearly all cases with no exceptions for cases of rape or incest, Sunday, May 19, 2019, in Montgomery, Ala. (AP Photo/Butch Dill)

Female lawmakers speak about rapes as abortion bills advance

The lawmakers and other women have stepped forward to tell searing, personal stories — in some cases speaking about attacks for the first time to anyone but a loved one or their closest friend.

South Carolina Rep. Nancy Mace discusses being sexually assaulted in Columbia, S.C. For more than two decades, Nancy Mace did not speak publicly about her rape. In April, when she finally broke her silence, she chose the most public of forums, before her colleagues in South Carolina’s legislature.

Female lawmakers speak about rapes as abortion bills advance

For more than two decades, Nancy Mace did not speak publicly about her rape. In April, when she finally broke her silence, she chose the most public of forums — before her colleagues in South Carolina’s legislature.

The Missouri State Capitol.

Republican-led Missouri Legislature approves eight-week abortion ban

Missouri’s Legislature has approved a ban on abortions at eight weeks of pregnancy, and Governor Mike Parson is expected to sign it.

Miranda Taylor posed outside Christ College of Nursing and Health Science in Cincinnati. When she was 16 and weighed 265 pounds, she had obesity surgery.

Obesity surgery benefits may be bigger for teens than adults

Researchers say longer study is still needed to know lifetime effects of this radical surgery and that it’s a personal decision whether and when to try it.

Former president Jimmy Carter was released Thursday morning from a Georgia hospital after getting a hip replacement.

Jimmy Carter to teach Sunday school days after breaking hip

Carter suffered a broken hip Monday as he was leaving to go turkey hunting.

Senator Karla May, a St. Louis Democrat, made a point about Missouri's proposed new abortion law during debate on Wednesday.

Missouri 8-week abortion ban one step from going to governor

A wide-ranging Missouri bill banning abortions at eight weeks of pregnancy was just one step away from going to a supportive Republican governor after the state Senate passed the measure Thursday.

FILE - In this Jan. 16, 2019, file photo, Missouri Gov. Mike Parson delivers his State of the State address in Jefferson City, Mo. Parson on Wednesday, May 15, called on state senators to take action on a bill to ban abortions at eight weeks of pregnancy, the latest GOP-dominated state emboldened by the possibility that a more conservative Supreme Court could overturn its landmark ruling legalizing the procedure. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel, File)

Missouri Senate passes bill to ban abortions at 8 weeks

The state’s Republican-led Senate passed a bill to ban abortions at eight weeks of pregnancy. It needs at least another vote of approval in the GOP-led House before it can go to Republican Gov. Mike Parson.

Suit: Practice, hospital covered for pedophile pediatrician

A Pennsylvania pediatric practice knew that one of its physicians was a threat to molest young patients but did nothing to protect them, and in fact took steps to shield the longtime staffer before he was finally arrested and pleaded guilty to sexually abusing dozens of children, according to a civil suit filed Wednesday.

NY legislation would require Epipen training for teachers

A legislative proposal in New York would require new teachers to complete training on how to use an EpiPen if a student suffers a severe allergic attack.

America’s birthrates last year reached record lows for women in their teens and 20s, a government report shows. Some experts predict today’s young women will catch up with childbearing later in their lives.

US births lowest in 3 decades despite improving economy

Republican Governor Kay Ivey signed the measure Wednesday.

Alabama’s governor signs abortion ban into law

The law will make performing an abortion at any stage of pregnancy a felony punishable by 10 to 99 years or life in prison.

Newborn babies in a nursery in upstate New York.

US birth rate falls to lowest in 32 years

The fertility rate of 1.7 births per US woman also fell 2 percent, meaning the current generation isn’t making enough babies to replace itself.

What helps prevent dementia? Try exercise, not vitamin pills

What helps prevent dementia? Try exercise, not vitamin pills

If you want to save your brain, focus on keeping the rest of your body well with exercise and healthy habits rather than popping vitamin pills, new guidelines advise.

Former president Jimmy Carter is interviewed by reporters on Saturday, Aug. 4, 2018 in Plains, Ga. MUST CREDIT: Washington Post photo by Matt McClain

Former president Jimmy Carter has surgery for broken hip

Former US President Jimmy Carter broke his hip Monday at his Georgia home, underwent successful surgery, and was recovering comfortably.

FILE - In this June 17, 2015, file photo, marijuana plants grow at LifeLine Labs in Cottage Grove, Minn. Medical marijuana sales in Arkansas are set to begin around May 12, 2019 as cultivators plan to begin harvesting the plant in the coming days and regulators finish the approval process for state's first dispensaries. (AP Photo/Jim Mone, File)

Arkansas’ first medical marijuana dispensary opens its doors

Two and a half years after Arkansans voted to legalize medical marijuana, qualifying patients could begin buying the product Saturday morning when the state’s first dispensary opened.

More ‘heartbeat’ abortion bans advancing in South, Midwest

If a new Mississippi law survives a court challenge, it will be nearly impossible for most pregnant women to get an abortion there.

Anti-vaccination protestors Christie Nadzieja, front, Bob Runnells, back left, and Katie Bauer, back right, stood up and turned their backs on Governer Jay Inslee on Friday, as he signed the bill into law.

Washington state limits exemptions for measles vaccine

Washington state Governor Jay Inslee signed a measure Friday so that parents will no longer be able to claim a personal or philosophical exemption for their children from receiving the combined measles, mumps and rubella vaccine before attending a day care center or school.

Notre Dame’s melted roof leaves astronomical lead levels

Notre Dame Cathedral’s melted roof has left astronomically high lead levels in the plaza outside and adjacent roads.

Utah Governor Gary Herbert looked up during a ceremonial signing of a state resolution declaring pornography a public health crisis, at the Utah State Capitol in Salt Lake City. Arizona on Monday became the latest of 16 states to pass similar resolutions in at least one legislative chamber.

A growing number of states call porn a public health crisis

More than a dozen states have moved to declare pornography a public health crisis, raising concerns among some experts who say the label goes too far and carries its own risks.

Head of embattled UNAIDS to leave post immediately

The United Nations’ AIDS agency said Wednesday its executive director is leaving the post immediately, following allegations he mishandled sexual assault claims at the agency that is tasked with helping end the HIV epidemic.

City in Congo’s Ebola outbreak attacked by militia; 8 dead

Militia fighters attacked a city at the epicenter of Congo’s Ebola outbreak on Wednesday after threatening health workers in the field, further damaging efforts to contain the deadly disease. At least eight people were killed.

Georgia Governor Brian Kemp.

Georgia’s Republican Governor Kemp signs early abortion ban

Brian Kemp signed legislation on Tuesday banning abortions once a fetal heartbeat can be detected. That can be as early as six weeks, before many women know they’re pregnant.

German health minister Jens Spahn has proposed fines for parents of school-age children who haven't been vaccinated for measles.

Germany considers fines for parents of children who aren’t vaccinated for measles

Germany had 203 reported cases of measles in the first 10 weeks of 2019, more than twice as many as in the same period last year but fewer than in 2017.

Death toll tops 1,000 in Congo Ebola outbreak

More than 1,000 people have died from an Ebola outbreak in eastern Congo that started in August, the country’s health minister said Friday, as attacks on treatment centers and health workers undermine efforts to contain the disease.

A worker selects marijuana buds at the Fotmer Life Sciences company in Uruguay.

Rhode Island rejects adding opioid addiction as qualifying condition for medical marijuana use

The Rhode Island Department of Health has rejected a request to make opioid dependency a qualifying condition for the state’s medical marijuana program.

A worker checks marijuana plants in a greenhouse at the Fotmer Life Sciences company in Nueva Helvecia, 120 Km west of Montevideo, Uruguay, on April 17, 2019. - Uruguay is ready to make its first exportation of medical marijuana after a revolutionary law regularized the cannabis market in 2013. Fotmer Life Sciences, a US company, installed 18 greenhouses -nearly 30,000 m2- in Uruguay for the production of marijuana for medicinal purposes, which will export to Europe, Canada and Australia, being Germany its first destination. (Photo by Pablo PORCIUNCULA BRUNE / AFP)PABLO PORCIUNCULA BRUNE/AFP/Getty Images

New Hampshire Senate passes bill to allow home grown medical marijuana

The New Hampshire Senate has passed a bill to allow medical marijuana patients to grow their own supply, but participants wouldn’t be able to share the results with other patients.

Kansas lawmakers fail to override abortion ‘reversal’ veto

Republican lawmakers in Kansas narrowly failed Wednesday to override Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly’s veto of a bill requiring abortion providers to tell patients about a disputed treatment to stop a medication abortion after it’s been started.

Police sheltered behind a hospital sign as they guarded a hospital in Butembo, Congo on April 20 after militia members attacked an Ebola treatment center in the city’s Katwa district.

Congo Ebola cases hit record for most reported in single day

The woman spent more than a week at home sick before family members tried to take her to an Ebola treatment center in eastern Congo. Before the motorcycle could reach the facility, it was too late.

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - APRIL 19: A sign warns people of measles in the ultra-Orthodox Jewish community in Williamsburg on April 19, 2019 in New York City. As a measles epidemic continues to spread, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio recently announced a state of emergency and mandated residents of the ultra-Orthodox Jewish community in Williamsburg at the center of the outbreak to get vaccinated for the viral disease. Those who choose not to will risk a $1,000 fine. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

US measles cases top 700, with many illnesses among kids

US health officials on Monday updated the national tally, which has already eclipsed the total for any full year since 1994, when 963 cases were reported.

Kansas court bolsters abortion rights, blocks ban

Kansas’ highest court declared for the first time Friday that the state constitution protects abortion rights, a sweeping ruling that blocks a ban on a common second trimester method for ending pregnancies and endangers other restrictions as well.

President Donald Trump outside the White House on Friday, April 26, 2019, in Washington, D.C. MUST CREDIT: Washington Post photo by

Trump urges vaccinations to prevent spread of measles

President Donald Trump is urging Americans to get vaccinations to prevent the spread of measles.

Food poisoning remains persistent problem, US report finds

As recent illnesses tied to raw turkey , ground beef , cut melon and romaine lettuce suggest, U.S. food poisoning cases don’t appear to be going away anytime soon.

Mike Popkowski recounted the bobcat attack inside Muddy Waters Café in New London, Conn.

Conn. man in golf course bobcat attack can still see ‘miserable animal coming at me’

Mike Popkowski says he remembers a guttural growl and a faint skunk-like smell before the rabid creature jumped on his back, bit his left arm and nearly severed his earlobe.

Abortions rights advocates marched in Washington, D.C. last month

US judge in Oregon to block new Trump abortion policy

Judge Michael McShane said Tuesday he intends to at least partially block a federal rule change that could cut off funding for providers who refer patients for an abortion.

Americans getting more inactive, computers partly to blame

A Malawi woman received a dose of the malaria vaccine at Mitundu Community Hospital in Malawi's capital district of Lilongwe on Tuesday.

Malawi becomes 1st nation to immunize kids against malaria

The World Health Organization said Malawi has become the first country to begin immunizing children against malaria, using the only licensed vaccine to protect against the mosquito-spread disease.

Americans getting more inactive, computers partly to blame

Americans are becoming increasingly sedentary, spending almost a third of their waking hours sitting down, and computer use is partly to blame, a new study found.

An adult peregrine falcon circled near its nest on a ledge overlooking Lake Mead in Temple Bar, Ariz.

Biologist study finds mercury in predator peregrine falcons

A Nevada wildlife researcher has found that not even the fastest bird on Earth can escape mercury contamination.

New attack on Ebola center in Congo; 1 militia member killed

Militia members attacked an Ebola treatment center hours after another attack killed a staffer with the World Health Organization, a Congolese official said Saturday.

Two-wave US flu season is now the longest in a decade

Three months ago, this flu season was shaping up to be short and mild in the U.S. But a surprising second viral wave has made it the longest in 10 years.

Rabid bobcat attacks golfer on Mohegan Sun golf course

The bobcat was shot and killed by state environmental police shortly after it attacked a man on the Mohegan Sun Golf Course in Sprague.

Doctors use HIV in gene therapy to fix ‘bubble boy’ disease

‘‘This therapy has cured the patients,’’ although it will take more time to see if it’s a permanent fix, said Dr. Ewelina Mamcarz, one of the study leaders at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis.

Former Louisiana governor Kathleen Blanco enters hospice care

Blanco’s time in office included the devastating hurricanes Katrina and Rita. She was diagnosed and treated for a rare eye cancer in 2011. It returned and spread to her liver in 2017.

An unidentified scientist with a golden eagle, the first golden eagle to be fitted with a tracking device in Yellowstone National Park, Wyo.

Lead kills 1st Yellowstone golden eagle fitted with tracker

Officials say the first golden eagle in Yellowstone National Park to be fitted with a tracking device has died of lead poisoning.

Joey Hoofdman, who after DNA testing is one of 49 confirmed children of Dutch fertility doctor Jan Karbaat, posed for a portrait in Alkmaar, Netherlands, on Monday.

Dutch fertility doctor may have more than 49 children

A Dutch fertility doctor who used his own sperm to father 49 children, without telling their mothers he was the donor, may have even more children.