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New federal policy would let doctors decline cases based on religious or moral beliefs


The Trump administration is creating a civil rights division within the Health and Human Services Department that would clear the way for medical professionals to opt out of providing abortions or treating transgender patients.

If we want to improve global health, we need to tax the things that are killing us

Improving global health is no longer primarily about combating infectious diseases.

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A warm-weather plague killed more than half of this endangered species in three weeks


Warm, wet weather triggered the unprecedented die-off of imperiled saiga antelope, scientists say. And climate change may make such conditions even more likely.


Trump’s argument in record-keeping case: ‘Courts cannot review the president’s compliance with the Presidential Records Act’


The government wants a judge to toss a challenge to the administration’s use of encrypted, message-deleting apps to discuss work.


Senate Finance Committee advances Alex Azar’s nomination to head HHS


Delaware Sen. Thomas R. Carper (D) broke with his party to support the nominee.

A family's wrenching goodbye to their 5-year-old touched hearts. Days later, she died.


"Our sweet Braylynn, our warrior princess, earned her sparkly pink angel wings,” a spokesman for the family said on social media.


Navy courts-martial are possible in fatal ship collisions. History shows results are mixed.


The Navy’s decision to consider criminal charges against Cmdr. Bryce Benson and Cmdr. Alfredo J. Sanchez sets up a potential spectacle that has not occurred in a generation: The court-martial of a ship’s captain in the death of his own…


Trump will address Friday's March for Life via satellite. Here's what abortion opponents want.


Abortion opponents are generally satisfied with the heightened profile President Trump has given their movement, even though he has not fulfilled most of his core vows. But that is where the consensus appears to end.

These 31 colleges — including Yale — are now using a fast and easy financial aid calculator


Yale University and other prominent schools say a new online tool will help show consumers that a college education can be affordable.

Taxing George Washington's legacy - like chopping down the cherry tree


The president of Washington and Lee University argues that the recent tax legislation will harm students and families


The setting looks like a pro sporting event. But the competition is a team-based video game.

The audience for eSports has surged in recent years and major investors have followed, including owners of traditional sports franchises seeking to reach a young audience.


It’s so cold in the South, the 64-degree Gulf of Mexico is steaming


Meteorologists call it “sea smoke,” but it's the exact same science as a boiling pot of water or your steamy breath on a cold day.


Watch the amazing moment a 'rare' meteor burst across the night sky over Michigan

“I noticed a ball of flame coming at an angle,” one witness said of the meteoroid that registered the equivalent of a magnitude 2.0 earthquake.


Ann Curry 'not surprised' by Matt Lauer scandal, says NBC had a 'climate of verbal harassment'

During an interview on "CBS This Morning," the former "Today" host didn't get into specifics: " I know what it's like to be publicly humiliated ... I don't want to cause that kind of pain to somebody else."

Breitbart called Davos a collective of ‘leftist elites’ and ‘corporate cronies.’ Then Trump said he was going.

Last Thursday, a reporter asked Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin to explain President Trump's decision to attend the 2018 World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. “What is the point of the Trump administration going to a place that is…

Wednesday, Jan 17

A popular school fundraiser is just 'junk-food marketing to kids,' experts say

Many are calling for the end of Tyson’s Project A+ and General Mills’ Box Tops for Education, which are wildly popular in U.S. schools.

A new edit of ‘The Last Jedi’ removes the women. It also removes almost any semblance of coherence.

“Star Wars: The Last Jedi: De-Feminized Fanedit” has turned out to be a divisive film, even within the community of men’s rights activists for whom it was made.

Most of National Park Service panel quits out of frustration with Zinke’s refusal to meet with them

The resignations of nine out of the 12 members of the advisory board leaves the federal government without a functioning body to designate national historic or natural landmarks.

Ex-CIA officer charged with keeping notebooks full of classified information


But Jerry Chun Shing Lee has not been charged with any crimes in connection with CIA losses in China, and people familiar with the matter said it would be hard to prove in court that he provided information that led to informants’ deaths.

Tuesday, Jan 16

VA says it won't study medical marijuana's effect on veterans


Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin said VA’s ability to research medical marijuana is hampered by the fact that the drug is illegal federally.

Los Angeles contemplates its own climate suit

New York City filed a lawsuit against BP, Chevron, ConocoPhillips, ExxonMobil and Royal Dutch Shell for damages caused by climate change last week.

‘It’s just a nightmare:’ A Michigan father is deported after three decades in the U.S.

Jorge Garcia, an undocumented immigrant who came to the United States as a child, has become the latest public face of what many of President Trump’s critics have called a cruel and excessive crackdown on immigrants by the administration.

Police said conditions inside home where 13 siblings were held captive amounted to torture

Investigators said that the 17-year-old girl who escaped through a window to call 911 on a deactivated cellphone appeared to be only 10 years old. The siblings, ages 2 to 29, all appeared to be malnourished and younger than they actually…

Monday, Jan 15

South African government demands to know why Trump thinks its people are ‘undesirable’ immigrants

South Africa’s government called for a meeting Monday with acting U.S. Ambassador Jessye Lapenn in Pretoria as part of a diplomatic protest of Trump’s “disturbing” comments.

At least 1 dead after Florida casino shuttle boat consumed by flames

Many passengers jumped overboard to save themselves. The Island Lady regularly shuttled passengers to and from the Tropical Breeze Casino, an offshore casino boat in international waters near the Gulf of Mexico

Native American veterans will be honored with ‘long overdue’ memorial on National Mall


Planners met with tribal leaders and veterans around the country for guidance on the memorial’s design, which aims to encompass hundreds of federally recognized tribes. It is scheduled to be unveiled on Veterans Day in 2020.

Devastated by wildfire, a California community weighs rebuilding amid a housing crunch

Once a picture of planned suburbia, the Coffey Park area of Santa Rosa is barren after all 1,300 homes burned in October. Will residents stay as the neighborhood tries to rise from the ashes?

Sunday, Jan 14

Five things you should know about this year’s very bad flu


The vaccine is less effective than usual, but you need that shot anyway.

Death toll in Southern California mudslides rises to at least 20

Four people remain missing after last week’s flash floods, according to fire officials.

Martin Luther King Jr. met Malcolm X just once. The photo still haunts us with what was lost.

Assassinations would claim both black leaders, first Malcolm X and then King.

What I’ve learned from my tally of 757 doctor suicides


Suicide is preventable, but we have to stop with the secrecy and face up to what it is about being a doctor that can be so emotionally difficult.

Saturday, Jan 13

A leaked draft of the Pentagon's nuclear review shows a desire for new kinds of weapons


Smaller nuclear warheads are necessary due to the 'deterioration of the strategic environment,' the document said.

CDC postpones session on ‘preparing for the unthinkable’: A nuclear blast


The session originally planned had drawn intense interest given escalating tensions between President Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

Winner of $451 million Mega Millions jackpot is 20 years old. He just retired.

Shane Missler of Port Richey, Fla., said he plans to help his family, have some fun and make sure his financial success extended far into the future.

‘It was just wiped clean’: Reckoning with the toll of the California mudslides

Stories of the victims in Montecito emerged as authorities searched for those who remain missing.