Public health

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., listens as Sen. John Barrasso, R-Wyo., speaks during a news conference at the Capitol in Washington, Tuesday, May 14, 2019. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
May 20, 2019 - 5:13 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, whose home state of Kentucky was long one of the nation's leading tobacco producers, introduced bipartisan legislation Monday to raise the minimum age for buying any tobacco products from 18 to 21. The chamber's top Republican, who said he...
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This May 8, 2019, photo shows hypodermic needles, needle caps, cotton swabs and other drug paraphernalia removed from Atrisco Park, home of the Atrisco Valley Little League, in Albuquerque, N.M. The little league park is fighting a battle against discarded syringes with attached hypodermic needles amid the region’s outgoing opioid epidemic. (Jim Thompson/The Albuquerque Journal via AP)
May 19, 2019 - 1:20 pm
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A New Mexico Little League park is fighting a battle against discarded syringes with attached hypodermic needles amid the region's outgoing opioid epidemic. Atrisco Park, home of the Atrisco Valley Little League, in Albuquerque is racing to clean up syringes littering...
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FILE - This Thursday, Dec. 20, 2018, file photo shows Juul products for sale. North Carolina’s attorney general has filed a lawsuit against the popular e-cigarette maker JUUL, asking a court to limit what flavors it can sell and ensure underage teens can’t buy it. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File)
May 15, 2019 - 5:18 pm
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina's attorney general is suing a popular e-cigarette maker, asking a court to limit what flavors it can sell and ensure underage teens can't buy its vaping products. Josh Stein, the top law enforcement official in the traditionally tobacco-friendly state, said...
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In a May 10, 2018 photo, Sergeant at Arms Leta Edwards stands in the foreground as Democratic senators talk among themselves on the Senate floor on after the Senate failed to reach a quorum for the fourth straight day because of a Republican boycott in Salem, Ore. Republican senators began their walkout on Tuesday, May 7, 2019, to protest an education-funding bill that imposes a tax on some businesses. (AP Photo/Andrew Selsky)
May 13, 2019 - 8:51 pm
SALEM, Ore. (AP) — The sergeant-at-arms of the Oregon Senate had a new regular duty in recent days: Searching the state Capitol for Republican senators who had been staying away and brought the legislative body's business to a halt. The tactic by the minority Republicans is rare in Oregon, but has...
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Anti-vaccination protestors Christie Nadzieja, front, Bob Runnells, back left, and Katie Bauer, back right, all of Vancouver, Washington, stand up and turn their backs on Gov. Jay Inslee on Friday, May 10, 2019, in Vancouver, Wash., as he signs a bill into law that eliminates personal belief and philosophical exemptions for the measles mumps and rubella vaccine for children who wish to attend school or day care. (AP Photo/Gillian Flaccus)
May 10, 2019 - 4:41 pm
VANCOUVER, Wash. (AP) — Parents in Washington state 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 under a measure signed Friday by Gov. Jay Inslee...
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May 10, 2019 - 11:24 am
DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — The World Health Organization warned Friday that it may not be possible to contain Ebola to the two affected provinces in eastern Congo if violent attacks on health teams continue. The ominous statement comes amid escalating violence nine months after the outbreak began,...
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May 09, 2019 - 5:45 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Health and Human Services Department says a major drugmaker has agreed to donate medications that reduce the risk of HIV transmission for up to 200,000 people a year in support of the government's plan to end the epidemic in the U.S. The pledge by California-based Gilead...
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FILE - In this June 12, 2013 file photo second-grade teacher Vickie Boudouris goes over a an English work sheet with her students at the Cordova Villa Elementary School, in Rancho Cordova, Calif. The California State Board of Education is set to vote, Wednesday, May 8, 2019, on new guidance for teaching sex education in public schools. The guidance is not mandatory but it gives teachers ideas about teaching a wide range of health topics. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, File)
May 08, 2019 - 9:54 pm
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California has overhauled its sex education guidance for public school teachers, encouraging them to talk about gender identity with kindergartners and give advice to LGBT teenagers for navigating relationships and having safe sex. LGBT advocates praised the new...
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2020 Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Elizabeth Warren speaks to local residents during an organizing event, Friday, May 3, 2019, in Ames, Iowa.(AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)
May 08, 2019 - 9:32 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — Democratic presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren has unveiled a new version of her plan to combat America's opioid epidemic, proposing to spend $100 billion over 10 years on battling the public health consequences of addiction. Warren's new opioids measure is modeled on a 1990...
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May 08, 2019 - 5:42 am
KINSHASA, Congo (AP) — Authorities say a city at the epicenter of Congo's Ebola outbreak has come under attack by militia fighters. Maj. Mak Hazukay says at least seven Mai-Mai fighters were killed Wednesday morning in Butembo. Others say the death toll could be higher. Violence in the region has...
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