- The Latest: Fetal remains proposal clears Ohio Senate Updated: May-25-16 6:59 pm
COLUMBUS, Ohio - The Latest on legislative activity at the Ohio Statehouse as lawmakers seek to wrap up work before their summer break (all times local):
- UN health agency gets OK for revamp of emergency response Updated: May-25-16 6:58 pm
GENEVA - Stung by failures in its response to Ebola, the World Health Organization is revamping how it responds to emergencies to become nimbler, more reactive and more operational in "one of the most profound transformations" ever at the U.N. health agency.
- Baker, legislative leaders, unveil health care pricing plan Updated: May-25-16 6:38 pm
BOSTON - Republican Gov. Charlie Baker and top legislative Democrats have unveiled a plan they hope will avoid a battle over a health care pricing ballot question.
- Planned Parenthood will seek abortion license for new clinic Updated: May-25-16 6:06 pm
BATON ROUGE, Louisiana - Louisiana legislation aimed at discouraging Planned Parenthood from offering abortions at its New Orleans clinic won't stop it from seeking a license to provide the procedure, the organization's national leader said Wednesday.
- Arizona health officials form Zika virus defense plan Updated: May-25-16 6:03 pm
PHOENIX - Arizona health officials say they hope to prevent the Zika virus from spreading in the state by taking steps to identify travelers who bring the mosquito-borne disease home with them.
- Legal medical marijuana on deck as Ohio lawmakers near break Updated: May-25-16 5:53 pm
COLUMBUS, Ohio - A proposal to legalize medical marijuana in Ohio squeaked through a critical Senate panel Wednesday over the opposition of some Republicans and Democrats, signaling a busy day of last-minute political deal-cutting as lawmakers seek to wrap up work before their summer break.
- Appeals court affirms 45-year sentence for cancer doctor Updated: May-25-16 5:48 pm
DETROIT - An appeals court has affirmed the 45-year prison sentence for a Detroit-area cancer doctor who put hundreds of patients through needless treatments.
- Challenge to 2012 Georgia 20-week abortion ban revived Updated: May-25-16 5:29 pm
ATLANTA - A 2012 Georgia law banning abortions after 20 weeks quietly took effect nearly six months ago with no fanfare or resistance - until lawyers for three obstetricians who had challenged the measure realized what had happened.
- Researchers slowly homing in on risk of Zika birth defect Updated: May-25-16 5:15 pm
NEW YORK - As the international epidemic of Zika virus disease has unfolded and led to devastating birth defects for at least 1,300 children in eight countries, an agonizing question has persisted: What is the chance that an infected pregnant woman will have a baby with these defects?
- South Carolina Governor signs 20-week abortion ban Updated: May-25-16 5:03 pm
COLUMBIA, South Carolina - Republican Gov. Nikki Haley signed legislation Wednesday that immediately outlaws most abortions in South Carolina at 20 weeks beyond fertilization.
- Federal lead paint cleanup in Maine could stretch into July Updated: May-25-16 4:12 pm
The federal Environmental Protection Agency said on Wednesday that its effort to clean up lead paint in the Lewiston-Auburn area of Maine could stretch into July.
- Alabama editorial roundup Updated: May-25-16 2:55 pm
Recent editorials from Alabama newspapers:
- Maine senator proposes fees on prescription opioids Updated: May-25-16 2:20 pm
PORTLAND, Maine - A U.S. senator from Maine is co-sponsoring a bill that would impose a fee on prescription opioids to help pay for programs that would alleviate the country's opioid epidemic.
- New York launches ad blitz to highlight risks of Zika Virus Updated: May-25-16 1:30 pm
ALBANY, New York - Just in time for mosquito season, the state is launching an ad blitz to remind New Yorkers about the dangers of the Zika Virus.
- FDA delay raises slim hope for muscular dystrophy drug Updated: May-25-16 12:23 pm
WASHINGTON - Federal health regulators will take more time to review a highly-contested drug for muscular dystrophy that has become a flashpoint in the debate over patient access to experimental medicine.
- Taiwan minister hopes to work with China on health issues Updated: May-25-16 11:34 am
GENEVA - Taiwan hopes to work with China to help improve the health of people "on both sides of the Taiwan Strait" and is engaging more with the world to fight viruses like Zika, MERS, Ebola and dengue, the Taiwanese health minister said in an interview Wednesday.
- Lawmakers pass plan limiting mentally ill from owning guns Updated: May-25-16 11:32 am
SPRINGFIELD, Illinois - Illinois lawmakers have approved a measure designed to prevent people with mental disabilities from owning guns.
- VA restored benefits to 4,200 veterans wrongly declared dead Updated: May-25-16 10:25 am
ST. PETERSBURG, Florida - A Florida congressman says the Veterans Administration cut off the benefits of more 4,200 people nationwide after they were wrongly declared dead.
- Tragically Hip to begin tour in July despite singer's cancer Updated: May-25-16 10:04 am
TORONTO - The Tragically Hip will play 11 Canadian shows this summer as part of a tour that's going ahead despite lead singer Gord Downie's incurable brain cancer.
- Medical marijuana legalization edges closer to law in Ohio Updated: May-25-16 10:03 am
COLUMBUS, Ohio - A proposal to legalize medical marijuana in Ohio has squeaked through a critical Senate panel over opposition of some Republicans and Democrats.
- PETA asks LSU to stop using captive tigers as mascots Updated: May-25-16 9:32 am
BATON ROUGE, Louisiana - Two animal rights groups are asking that Louisiana State University stop using captive tigers as mascots a day after LSU said its mascot was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer.
- Salt Lake International Airport to phase out smoking rooms Updated: May-25-16 8:44 am
SALT LAKE CITY - The Salt Lake City International Airport is planning to get rid of smoking rooms to join more than 600 other airports that are already smoke-free.
- State says local governments must take lead in fighting Zika Updated: May-25-16 7:18 am
COLUMBIA, South Carolina - State health officials say that it's up to local governments to take the lead in battling mosquitoes that could carry the Zika virus.
- Air quality advisory issued for NYC area Updated: May-25-16 7:15 am
NEW YORK - The state Department of Environmental Conservation has issued an air quality health advisory for the New York City area.
- Future looks grim for school nurses at Ocean Springs Updated: May-25-16 6:39 am
OCEAN SPRINGS, Mississippi - Although a decision to not renew the contracts of Ocean Springs School District registered nurses isn't official, the superintendent has let the health care workers know there's a good possibility they won't be employed with the district next year.