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California conjoined twins separated in successful surgery

PALO ALTO, Calif. (AP) — Conjoined California twins Eva and Erika Sandoval have become two separate toddlers following a 17-hour marathon surgery and are recovering "quite well," officials said Thursday.


Ohio House committee votes to pass 20-week abortion ban

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Abortions would be banned after 20 weeks under a bill that Republican lawmakers hoped to pass Thursday and add to legislation already on its way to GOP Gov. John Kasich that would prohibit abortions once a fetal heartbeat is detected.


US life expectancy falls, as many kinds of death increase

NEW YORK (AP) — A decades-long trend of rising life expectancy in the U.S. could be ending: It declined last year and it is no better than it was four years ago.


Surgeon General sounding alarm on teens' use of e-cigarettes

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. surgeon general is calling e-cigarettes an emerging public health threat to the nation's youth.


Correction: Vaccine Fight-Texas story

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — In a story Dec. 7 about Texas' immunization program, The Associated Press reported erroneously that the state requires parents to opt in to having their children immunized. It requires parents to opt out if they don't want their kids immunized.


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Parisians grapple with worst winter pollution in a decade

PARIS (AP) — Under deceptively blue skies, the marvels of Paris beckoned. But art dealer Sophie Vigourous wore a face mask to appreciate them because of the pollution.


California conjoined twins separated in successful surgery

PALO ALTO, Calif. (AP) — Conjoined California twins Eva and Erika Sandoval have become two separate toddlers following a 17-hour marathon surgery at the Lucile Packard Children's Hospital Stanford that began on Tuesday, officials said.


Rights group, worried about HIV, urges Philippines action

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — A human rights group says the Philippines is facing one of the fastest growing epidemics of HIV in the Asia Pacific, fueled by government policies that restrict intervention, including access to condoms by men who have sex with men.


Trump to tap champion of fossil fuels as environmental chief

WASHINGTON (AP) — President-elect Donald Trump is expected to nominate Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt to lead the Environmental Protection Agency, a source close to Pruitt said Wednesday.


The Latest: House committee approves 20-week abortion ban

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The Latest on bill that would ban abortions after 20 weeks (all times local):


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Protect against carbon monoxide as researchers hunt antidote

WASHINGTON (AP) — Scientists are on the trail of a potential antidote for carbon monoxide poisoning, an injected "scavenger" that promises to trap and remove the gas from blood within minutes. It's very early-stage research — but a reminder that, however it turns out, there are steps people should take now to protect themselves from this silent killer.


The Latest: Military officials talk about enlistment bonuses

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Congress approves biomedical bill as leaders eye adjournment

WASHINGTON (AP) — With an atypical burst of bipartisanship, the Senate shipped legislation to President Barack Obama on Wednesday lowering hurdles for government drug approvals as the 114th Congress bumped toward the end of a two-year run highlighted by upheaval and stalemate.


Don't bet big on health law changes when mulling coverage

Why worry about buying health insurance when President-elect Donald Trump plans to dump the requirement that most Americans get coverage?


Congress OKs bill speeding federal drug approvals, mapping $6.3 billion for biomedical research, battling drug addiction

WASHINGTON (AP) — Congress OKs bill speeding federal drug approvals, mapping $6.3 billion for biomedical research, battling drug addiction.


Study: 'Obamacare' repeal-only would make 30M uninsured

WASHINGTON (AP) — Repealing President Barack Obama's health care law without a replacement risks making nearly 30 million people uninsured, according to a study released Wednesday.


Scientists develop robotic hand for people with quadriplegia

BERLIN (AP) — Scientists have developed a mind-controlled robotic hand that allows people with certain types of spinal injuries to perform everyday tasks such as using a fork or drinking from a cup.


Ohio 'heartbeat' abortion bill heads to governor's desk

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio bill that would ban abortions once a fetal heartbeat can be detected is headed to the governor's desk.


The Latest: Ohio 'heartbeat' abortion bill heads to governor

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The Latest on the "heartbeat bill" that would ban abortions once a fetal heartbeat is detected. (all times local):


Illinois man who faked Canada link gets 5 years in prison

NEW YORK (AP) — An Illinois man who forged the signature of the Canadian deputy health commissioner and defrauded investors was sentenced in New York to five years in prison Tuesday.


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