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  • Joyful Burundi refugees leave disease-stricken camp

    LAKE TANGANYIKA, Tanzania (AP) — Hundreds of women, many with children strapped on their backs alongside their few belongings, sing melodious tunes expressing their joy as their small boats approach the ferry M.V. Liemba. “We…

  • Teen dies of cancer weeks after prom with NFL player

    JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Hospital officials say a Jacksonville teenager with liver cancer who went to her high school prom with an NFL player has died. Wolfson Children’s Hospital spokeswoman Cindy Hamilton tells The Florida…

  • Countries approve plan for $100M health emergency fund

    BERLIN (AP) — Diplomats have approved the creation of a $100 million fund to help the World Health Organization respond rapidly to emergencies. The Geneva-based U.N. agency has come under criticism for reacting too slowly…

  • Democrats see skimpy insurance as the next health care issue

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A different health care issue has emerged for Democrats, in sync with the party’s pitch to workers and middle-class voters ahead of next year’s elections. It’s not the uninsured, but rather the…

  • German woman, 65, gives birth to quadruplets

    BERLIN (AP) — A 65-year-old teacher from Berlin has given birth to quadruplets after a pregnancy that was widely criticized by medical professionals because of her age, RTL television said Saturday. Annegret Raunigk, gave birth…

  • Egg prices surge to record on shortage caused by bird flu

    DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Egg prices reached record levels on Friday after a bird flu outbreak decimated the flock, leading to the death of more than 20 million egg-laying hens over the last month…

  • Mexico officials: Bacterial infections sickened children

    MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexican health authorities say bacterial infections, and not contaminated vaccines, were responsible for the deaths of two infants and the sickening of 31 other babies earlier this month in the southern…

  • Senate tweaks veterans health law to boost specialized care

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Veterans would get specialized medical care from private doctors more easily under a bill the Senate approved Friday. The measure relaxes a rule that makes getting specialized care from local doctors difficult…

  • After week in jail, Florida mom agrees to son’s circumcision

    DELRAY BEACH, Fla. (AP) — A Florida woman’s yearslong battle with her child’s father over the boy’s circumcision ended Friday after she agreed to the procedure in exchange for her release from jail. In a…

  • Dentist accused of running ‘house of horrors’ agrees to quit

    ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. (AP) — A Florida children’s dentist accused of running a “house of horrors” that included performing surgical procedures without anesthetic agreed late Friday to stop practicing medicine. Dr. Howard Schneider of Jacksonville…

  • Timeline: Key steps among companies in animal welfare

    Major animal-welfare moves announced by food and retail companies since 2012: — FEBRUARY 2012: McDonald’s Corp. requires its U.S. pork suppliers to outline plans to phase out the use of sow gestation stalls that limit…

  • Indy 500 broadcast to introduce real-time telemetry to fans

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — During the broadcast of Sunday’s Indianapolis 500, fans watching on television will be able to see just how much physical strain is put on a driver’s body during the race. ABC has…

  • Not even helmets help pro bull riders stave off concussions

    SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — Kasey Hayes hopped on the bovine beast trapped in the narrow holding pen like he’d done hundreds of times. He adjusted a tight rope on his left hand, found his…

  • 2 ex-Wesleyan students face US charges over drug overdoses

    NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) — Two former Wesleyan University students pleaded not guilty Friday to federal charges they distributed synthetic party drugs that resulted in on-campus overdoses and sent 11 people to hospitals. The defendants,…

  • US appeals court upholds delay in Alzheimer’s drug swap

    ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — A federal appeals court has rejected a drug manufacturer’s appeal and affirmed a judge’s order that Actavis PLC keep distributing its widely used Alzheimer’s medication until after its patent expires this…