Mother uncovers lasting impact of son’s organ donation
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Mother uncovers lasting impact of son’s organ donation

WASHINGTON (AP) — An ultrasound showed one of Sarah Gray’s unborn twins was missing part of his brain, a fatal birth defect. His brother was born healthy but Thomas lived just six days. Latching onto hope for something positive to come from heartache, Gray donated some of Thomas’ tissue for scientific research — his eyes, … Continue reading

US astronaut will vote from orbit if homecoming is delayed
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US astronaut will vote from orbit if homecoming is delayed

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — The lone American in orbit will end up voting for president from the International Space Station, if her homecoming is delayed. NASA astronaut Kate Rubins said Thursday that she doesn’t know yet whether she’ll return to Earth in late October as planned. The Russians have delayed the next crew launch … Continue reading

Stalled front and tropical storm deluge roads, close schools
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Stalled front and tropical storm deluge roads, close schools

Flooding in coastal Virginia and North Carolina blocked roads and forced school closings Wednesday that affected for more than 100,000 students. A stalled weather system and the remnants of Tropical Storm Julia have brought days of rain and localized flooding to the region. The rain is expected to continue into Thursday. National Weather Service Meteorologist … Continue reading

A look at drug company spending, influence in Virginia
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A look at drug company spending, influence in Virginia

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — In Virginia and in states across the country, drugmakers that produce opioids and allied advocacy groups are spending heavily as they work to influence state and federal policies. A joint investigation by The Associated Press and the Center for Public Integrity found that drug companies and allied groups spent more than … Continue reading

GOP seeks review of claim NFL tried to sway concussion study
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GOP seeks review of claim NFL tried to sway concussion study

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Republicans on Thursday called for an independent review of allegations that the National Football League sought to improperly influence a government study into the link between football and brain disease. In a letter to the Department of Health and Human Services’ inspector general, GOP leaders of the Energy and Commerce Committee … Continue reading

Protest targets rail line over Kenya’s oldest wildlife park
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Protest targets rail line over Kenya’s oldest wildlife park

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Angry protesters marched in Kenya’s capital on Friday against plans to build an elevated railway line over the country’s oldest national park, saying the project will threaten wildlife that includes lions, leopards and giraffes. The Chinese project would cross six kilometers of Nairobi National Park. Dozens of conservationists and others carried … Continue reading

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Money for bone-marrow donors? Company says yes; feds say no

ARLINGTON, Va. (AP) — Doug Grant says his new company, Hemeos, can save lives. But a proposed change in federal regulations could make his business a criminal enterprise. The goal of Grant’s D.C.-based startup company is to find matches for people who need bone-marrow transplants, particularly in the African-American community, where matches are harder to … Continue reading

University research lab helping runners 1 step at a time
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University research lab helping runners 1 step at a time

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — Some footwear stores videotape a jogger’s gait on a treadmill to help determine the kind of running shoe that would be the best fit. The University of Michigan is taking that practice a few steps beyond. The School of Kinesiology’s Michigan Performance Research Laboratory attaches motion-capture sensors to runners’ legs … Continue reading

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School officials, EPA trade blame on school mercury response

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Las Vegas officials insist they followed federal guidance when they quarantined more than a thousand middle school students overnight over the discovery of several drops of mercury, but the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said Friday that no such standards exist. EPA workers help during spills of the neurotoxin, a fairly frequent … Continue reading

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Hawaii prepares plan to help coral recover from bleaching

KANEOHE, Hawaii (AP) — Hawaii officials on Thursday proposed a series of steps to fight coral bleaching that’s threatening the state’s reefs, including new marine protected areas, limits on fishing and controlling polluted runoff from land. Hawaii’s ocean temperatures have been rising as greenhouse gases in the atmosphere have increased, forcing corals to expel algae … Continue reading