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Davos updates | Ukraine energy firm wants to sell to Europe

DAVOS, Switzerland (AP) - The CEO of Ukraine's largest private energy company says it won't buy any energy from Russia as long as he's in charge and insists the European Union can start making up for its "dramatic mistake" of growing dependent on Russian oil and natural gas by buying energy from Ukraine.

FDA chief to detail delays inspecting baby formula plant

WASHINGTON (AP) - Federal plans to inspect a baby formula factory linked to the nationwide shortage were slowed by COVID-19, scheduling conflicts and other logistical problems, according to prepared testimony from the head of the Food and Drug Administration.

Germany to loosen COVID-19 entry rules over the summer

BERLIN (AP) - Germany's health minister says the government plans to suspend a pandemic rule requiring people to show proof of vaccination, a negative test result or recent recovery from COVID-19 to enter the country over the summer.

Pfizer to offer low-cost medicines, vaccines to poor nations

Pfizer said Wednesday that it will provide nearly two dozen products, including its top-selling COVID-19 vaccine and treatment, at not-for-profit prices in some of the world's poorest countries.

Vaccines bring optimism as COVID cases soar in South America

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) - After a reprieve of months, confirmed cases of COVID-19 are surging in the southern tip of South America. But officials in Argentina, Chile and Uruguay hope high vaccination rates mean this latest wave will not be as deadly as previous ones.

China's bet on homegrown mRNA vaccines holds back nation

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) - China is trying to navigate its biggest coronavirus outbreak without a tool it could have adopted many months ago, the kind of vaccines that have proven to offer the best protection against the worst outcomes from COVID-19.

US safety, savings rules set stage for baby formula shortage

WASHINGTON (AP) - A massive recall is getting most of the blame for the U.S. baby formula shortage, but experts say the products have long been vulnerable to this type of crisis due to decades-old policies that have allowed a handful of companies to corner the market.

Montana bars birth certificate changes, even with surgery

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) - Montana Gov. Greg Gianforte's administration says transgender people can not change their birth certificates even if they undergo gender-confirmation surgery, in defiance of a court order that temporarily blocked the Republican state's bid to restrict transgender rights.

UCLA to pay record of nearly $700M in doctor abuse lawsuits

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The University of California system announced Tuesday it will pay nearly $375 million to more than 300 women who said they were sexually abused by a UCLA gynecologist, bringing a record amount in total payouts by a public university in a wave of sexual misconduct scandals by campus doctors.

Pandemic-weary Americans plan for summer despite COVID surge

HONOLULU (AP) - A high school prom in Hawaii where masked dancers weren't allowed to touch. A return to virtual city council meetings in one Colorado town after the mayor and others tested positive following an in-person session. A reinstated mask mandate at skilled nursing facilities in Los Angeles County after 22 new outbreaks in a single week.

Buddhist chaplains on the rise in US, offering broad appeal

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - Wedged into a recliner in the corner of her assisted living apartment in Portland, Skylar Freimann, who has a terminal heart condition and pulmonary illness, anxiously eyed her newly arrived hospital bed on a recent day and worried over how she would maintain independence as she further loses mobility.

Feds investigating treatment of mentally ill in Louisville

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - The Department of Justice has opened an investigation into how Kentucky cares for mentally ill adults in the Louisville area.

Delaware Gov. John Carney vetoes marijuana legalization bill

DOVER, Del. (AP) - Delaware Gov. John Carney on Tuesday vetoed a bill to legalize possession of up to one ounce of marijuana by adults for recreational use, drawing the wrath of fellow Democrats who have fought for years to make weed legal.

Mothers pass torch to daughters in abortion's forever war

NEW YORK (AP) - They are mothers, they are daughters, they are comrades.

Report: Dramatic rise in pesticides in EU fruits, vegetables

BRUSSELS (AP) - The contamination of fruits and vegetables produced in the European Union by the most toxic pesticides has substantially increased over the past decade, according to new research published Tuesday.

Planned Parenthood to step in if North Dakota clinic closes

FARGO, N.D. (AP) - Planned Parenthood said Monday it will offer abortion services at its clinic in Moorhead, Minnesota, if North Dakota's only abortion clinic does not quickly relocate from Fargo should the U.S. Supreme Court overturn Roe v. Wade.

United Arab Emirates detects first case of monkeypox

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) - Health authorities in the United Arab Emirates detected on Tuesday the country's first case of the monkeypox virus in a young woman who traveled from West Africa.

WHO chief Tedros reappointed to second five-year term

LONDON (AP) - WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus was reappointed to a second five-year term on Tuesday by the U.N. health agency's member countries.

EXPLAINER: What is monkeypox and where is it spreading?

LONDON (AP) - Health authorities in Europe, North America, Israel and Australia have identified more than 100 cases of monkeypox in recent days.

US births rose last year but still less than before pandemic

NEW YORK (AP) - U.S. births bumped up last year, but the number of babies born was still lower than before the coronavirus pandemic.