Watchdog urges EPA to bolster oversight after Flint crisis

WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal watchdog is urging the Environmental Protection Agency to strengthen its oversight of state drinking water systems in the wake of the lead crisis in Flint, Michigan.

Watchdog urges EPA to bolster oversight after Flint crisis

A federal watchdog is calling on the Environmental Protection Agency to strengthen its oversight of state drinking water systems...

EPA watchdog urges agency to strengthen oversight of state drinking water systems after lead crisis in Flint, Michigan

WASHINGTON (AP) — EPA watchdog urges agency to strengthen oversight of state drinking water systems after lead crisis in Flint, Michigan.

Many options, few solutions after Nevada execution delays

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Nevada twice has come close to carrying out its first execution in 12 years. And twice it failed.

Coffee shop serves hope to people recovering from addiction

TAMAQUA, Pa. (AP) — A Pennsylvania town's newest coffee shop is offering people recovering from opioid addiction a fresh start, one steaming cup of java at a time.

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AP-NORC Poll: If DNA shows health risks, most want to know

WASHINGTON (AP) — Would you want to know if you harbor a gene linked to Alzheimer's or another incurable disease? A new poll finds most Americans would.

Philadelphia's tax on soda upheld by state Supreme Court

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Philadelphia's tax on soda and other sweetened drinks was upheld on Wednesday when the state's highest court rejected a challenge by merchants and the beverage industry.

New law in Baltimore bars sodas from kids' menus

BALTIMORE (AP) — Restaurants in Baltimore are now officially barred from including sodas and other sugary drinks on kids' menus, according to a city ordinance that went into effect Wednesday.

Attorney general: Oklahoma board went too far with pot rules

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma's Board of Health overstepped its authority with several of the emergency rules on medical marijuana it adopted last week, Oklahoma Attorney General Mike Hunter wrote Wednesday in a letter to the head of the agency.

US judge throws out suit over health subsidy cuts

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A U.S. judge in San Francisco has thrown out a lawsuit over the Trump administration's decision to cut Affordable Care Act subsidies.


Japan OKs 1st anti-smoking law, but seen as lax and partial

TOKYO (AP) — Japan on Wednesday approved its first national legislation banning smoking inside of public facilities, but the watered-down measure excludes many restaurants and bars and is seen as toothless.

3 state workers sickened after opening letter at office

Police say three state workers have been taken to a hospital after becoming ill in their Albany office when one of them opened a letter from a foreign country...

Destiny's Child singer Williams seeks mental health help

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Destiny's Child singer Michelle Williams says she's seeking help for the depression she has struggled with for years.

Planned Parenthood sues Idaho over abortion reporting law

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest and the Hawaiian Islands is suing the state of Idaho in federal court over new abortion reporting requirements that critics say are unconstitutional and intended to stigmatize women seeking medical care.

States: Workaround succeeding after cut in health subsidies

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A workaround by states to counter Trump administration cuts to Affordable Care Act subsidies has largely succeeded in protecting consumers from higher costs, California and 17 other states said.

Dems see Kavanaugh as Obamacare threat, but law likely safe

BOSTON (AP) — The heated debate over how Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh would vote on the Affordable Care Act might not matter. As long as five past defenders of the health care law remain on the nation's highest court, the odds tilt in favor of it being allowed to stand.

FDA plans to ease OTC approvals for some prescription drugs

The Food and Drug Administration wants to make it easier for some common medicines to be sold without a prescription...

Mom blames teen's death on packaging for peanut cookies

WESTON, Fla. (AP) — A Florida mother blames the death of her 15-year-old daughter on what she calls confusing packaging for Reese's Chips Ahoy cookies.

US health official reveals fentanyl almost killed his son

NEW YORK (AP) — The head of the nation's top public health agency says the opioid epidemic will be one of his priorities, and he revealed a personal reason for it: His son almost died from taking cocaine contaminated with the powerful painkiller fentanyl.

Court: Drug users can be jailed for relapsing on probation

BOSTON (AP) — Judges in Massachusetts can order people with addiction to remain drug free as a condition of probation and jail defendants for failing to do so, the state's highest court ruled Monday in a case that garnered national attention amid the deadly opioid epidemic.