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  • Judge OKs gender surgery opposed by 48-year-old’s parents

    DOYLESTOWN, Pa. (AP) — A judge on Wednesday cleared the way for a 48-year-old transgender woman to undergo gender-reassignment surgery, rejecting her parents’ effort to block the operation because they say she’s mentally incompetent. Christine…

  • Watchdog: 900,000 vets may have pending health care requests

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Nearly 900,000 military veterans have officially pending applications for health care from the Department of Veterans Affairs, the department’s inspector general said Wednesday, but “serious” problems with enrollment data make it impossible…

  • Sony, back in the crosshairs, defends ‘Concussion’

    NEW YORK (AP) — Nearly a year after the devastating hacking attack that leaked thousands of emails, Sony Pictures Entertainment again finds itself trying to justify its own inner dealings, this time over the upcoming…

  • Nebraska nursing home for Native Americans to open next year

    LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — A Nebraska nursing home located on the border with South Dakota’s Pine Ridge Indian Reservation will begin accepting Native American residents next year to ease a severe care shortage in one…

  • FBI: Defendant in California kidnapping blamed vaccine

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The man charged in a California kidnapping that police initially dismissed as a hoax told a television news reporter he had a psychotic break and a side effect from a vaccine…

  • Legionnaires’ disease cases rise at Illinois veterans home

    The death toll from a Legionnaires’ disease outbreak at a western Illinois veterans home has climbed to seven, and the state’s public health director has warned that more fatalities could occur. The Illinois Department of…

  • 95 San Quentin inmates with Legionnaires’ disease symptoms

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Officials say the number of inmates at San Quentin State Prison under observation for respiratory illness symptoms has increased to 95. State corrections department officials said Wednesday the inmates are under…

  • Parents want son with Down syndrome to attend local school

    WESTHAMPTON BEACH, N.Y. (AP) — The parents of a 12-year-old with Down syndrome are going to federal court to force a school district on New York’s Long Island to provide him a local education. Aiden…

  • How Paula Deen’s weight loss encouraged her to dance

    (NEW YORK) — Paula Deen may have dropped some serious weight in the past, but the Dancing With the Stars contestant said she “never” gave up butter. When asked by Good Morning America what she…

  • France dismisses inquiry into Yasser Arafat’s death

    PARIS (AP) — French magistrates have decided to dismiss an inquiry into the 2004 death of former Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat, whose widow claims he was poisoned. The assistant prosecutor in Nanterre, Emmanuelle Lepissier, told…

  • Divorcing couples snap happy selfies to announce their break-ups

    (NEW YORK) — It’s the post-break-up phenomenon taking social by storm. Divorcees are now ditching their marriage and instead saying ‘I do’ to “divorce selfies.” The new trend is finding the silver lining in splitting…

  • Fuel for performance: eat and drink like an athlete

    As a sports dietitian to high school, collegiate, professional, Olympic, over-40 and recreational athletes, I spend a great deal of time talking about performance eating. Many athletes are advised to cut carbs, track macros —…

  • House Judiciary panel sets first Planned Parenthood hearing

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The House Judiciary Committee will hold Congress’ first hearing on the Planned Parenthood videos next Wednesday. And the title they’re using leaves little doubt about where majority Republicans stand on the issue.…

  • 2 cases of polio found in Ukraine, caused by mutated virus

    LONDON (AP) — The World Health Organization says officials have found two children stricken by polio in Ukraine, the country’s first cases of the paralytic disease in nine years. Health officials had warned Ukraine was…

  • Hospital order wins Spanish prize for humanitarian work

    MADRID (AP) — The Hospitaller Order of St. John of God, which played an important role in treating Ebola patients in Africa over the past year, has been awarded Spain’s Princess of Asturias humanitarian award.…