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House OKs plan for $170 million to fix Flint water system

WASHINGTON (AP) — The House easily approved an election-year plan Wednesday to provide $170 million to help Flint, Michigan, rebuild its lead-poisoned water system, as Congress moved toward addressing a public health catastrophe that became an acrimonious partisan dispute. Wednesday’s vote was 284-141 and came nearly a year after Michigan officials declared a health emergency … Continue reading

FDA Oks 1st muscular dystrophy drug; awaits proof it works
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FDA Oks 1st muscular dystrophy drug; awaits proof it works

WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal regulators on Monday granted tentative approval to the first drug for muscular dystrophy, following an intense public campaign from patients and doctors who pushed for the largely unproven medication. The approval came despite an internal dispute among Food and Drug Administration officials that ultimately had to be resolved by the agency’s … Continue reading

The Latest: Kaine says Trump’s child care plan bad for women
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The Latest: Kaine says Trump’s child care plan bad for women

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the U.S. presidential race (all times EDT): 1:46 p.m. Tim Kaine is decrying Donald Trump’s proposed child care plan as outdated, saying it could discourage employers from hiring women. Addressing a forum in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, on Thursday, the Virginia senator said the plan Trump recently unveiled has “kind … Continue reading

Clinton feels good, says she didn’t pass out during stumble
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Clinton feels good, says she didn’t pass out during stumble

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (AP) — Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton said Monday that she’s feeling better since falling ill at a 9/11 memorial ceremony, but she never lost consciousness and didn’t think her pneumonia diagnosis was significant enough to disclose beforehand. “I just didn’t think it was going to be that big a deal,” she … Continue reading

Biden, Supreme Court nominee on Hill to pressure GOP
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Biden, Supreme Court nominee on Hill to pressure GOP

WASHINGTON (AP) — Judge Merrick Garland found himself back on Capitol Hill on Thursday in a familiar place — meeting with a Democratic senator who complained about Republicans’ inaction on President Barack Obama’s Supreme Court nominee. Garland’s appearance was part of a campaign-season effort by Democrats to call voters’ attention to issues they want the … Continue reading

Report sets research priorities for Biden’s cancer moonshot
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Report sets research priorities for Biden’s cancer moonshot

WASHINGTON (AP) — A new report outlines a scientific roadmap for the White House’s cancer “moonshot” initiative — urging research to harness the power of immune-based therapy, and to better tailor treatment by helping more patients get their tumors genetically profiled. Those are among a list of recommendations issued Wednesday by a panel of cancer … Continue reading

Government survey shows health insurance gains slowing
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Government survey shows health insurance gains slowing

WASHINGTON (AP) — The nation’s progress in getting more people covered by health insurance slowed significantly this year, the government confirmed Wednesday in a report that tempers a historic achievement of the Obama administration. About 1.3 million fewer people were uninsured the first three months of this year, driving the uninsured rate to a record … Continue reading

Japan’s ex-leader backs sick US sailors who blame radiation
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Japan’s ex-leader backs sick US sailors who blame radiation

TOKYO (AP) — Several hundred American service personnel who say they became sick from radiation after participating in relief operations for the 2011 tsunami that set off the Fukushima nuclear disaster are now getting high-profile support in Japan. Junichiro Koizumi, prime minister from 2001 to 2006, told reporters Wednesday he has set up a special … Continue reading

GOP faces choices on Zika, shutdown, impeaching IRS chief
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GOP faces choices on Zika, shutdown, impeaching IRS chief

WASHINGTON (AP) — Congress’ Republican leaders face decisions on averting a federal shutdown, containing the Zika virus and impeaching the head of the IRS, with approaching elections pressuring the GOP to avoid doing anything that could damage its standing with voters. House Republicans were meeting behind closed doors Wednesday to hash out strategy on those … Continue reading