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Jill Biden tests positive for COVID-19, has 'mild' symptoms

First lady Jill Biden has tested positive for COVID-19 and is experiencing “mild symptoms.”
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South Carolina lawmakers consider near total abortion ban

A small group of South Carolina lawmakers have given their approval to a near total abortion ban that does not include exceptions for pregnancies’ caused by rape or incest
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Several South Carolina House members confer during a break in a meeting of a special House committee looking at a stricter abortion law in the state on Tuesday, July 19, 2022, in Columbia, South Carolina. (AP Photo/Jeffrey Collins)
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UK authorizes variant-specific vaccine in fight against COVID-19

ABC News medical contributor Dr. Darien Sutton breaks down the impact the new vaccine could have, and the latest on monkeypox in the U.S.
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VIDEO: UK authorizes variant-specific vaccine in fight against COVID-19
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Over-the-counter hearing aids expected this fall in US

U.S. regulators have finalized a long-awaited rule that's expected to allow millions of Americans to buy hearing aids without a prescription
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New Scottish law makes period products free for all

A law has taken effect in Scotland to ensure period products are available free of charge to anyone who needs them
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FILE - This file photo taken March 16, 2014 shows a general view of the Scottish Parliament in Edinburgh, Scotland. A law has come into force in Scotland to ensure period products are available free of charge to anyone who needs them. The Scottish government said it became the first in the world to legally protect the right to access free period products when its Period Products Act came into force Monday. (AP Photo/Jill Lawless, File)
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Honor or cultural appropriation? Hospital name spurs debate

While segregation was still casting its ugly shadow over the U.S., the Homer G
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The old Homer G. Phillips Hospital in St. Louis, pictured on Aug. 9, 2022, now serves as senior housing. For decades, Homer G. Phillips Hospital served the Black community and trained Black doctors and nurses who went on to work around the world. Now, some former nurses and other Black leaders are upset that a developer is using the Homer G. Phillips name on a three-bed medical center that is expected to open next year. (AP Photo/Jim Salter)
August 16

Indonesian leader calls for unity, braces for global crises

Indonesia’s president has called on all citizens to remain united, vigilant and alert as they face crises caused by the war in Ukraine and coronavirus pandemic
August 16
Indonesian President Joko Widodo gestures as he delivers his annual State of the Nation Address ahead of the country's Independence Day, at the parliament building in Jakarta, Indonesia, Tuesday, Aug. 16, 2022. (Bagus Indahono/Pool Photo via AP)
August 16

Gates eyes partnership with South Korea over global health

Bill Gates is calling for South Korea to become more involved in international efforts to prevent infectious diseases like COVID-19 and is stressing the need for the world to be better prepared for the next pandemic
August 16
South Korean President Yoon Suk Yeol, right, shakes hands with Bill Gates before a meeting at the presidential office in Seoul, South Korea, Tuesday, Aug. 16, 2022. Gates on Tuesday called for South Korea to further step up in international efforts to prevent infectious diseases like COVID-19 as he stressed the need for the world to be better prepared for the next pandemic. (Ahn Jung-won/Yonhap via AP)
August 16

Gunmen kill 2 policemen escorting polio workers in Pakistan

Pakistani officials say that gunmen riding on motorcycles opened fire on police escorting a team of polio workers in the country's northwestern Pakistan, killing two policemen
August 16
August 15

By the Numbers: COVID-19 vaccines and variants

A look at the numbers behind the fall outlook on COVID-19 vaccines, boosters and variants.
August 15
VIDEO: By the Numbers: COVID-19 vaccines and variants
August 15

Abortion foes tap credit cards to get partial Kansas recount

Kansas plans to do a partial hand recount of this month’s decisive vote in favor of abortion rights that won’t change the outcome
August 15
People listen as organizers speak during a Value Them Both watch party after a question involving a constitutional amendment removing abortion protections from the Kansas constitution failed, Tuesday, Aug. 2, 2022, in Overland Park, Kan. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)
August 15

This state has 7th monkeypox case in child in US

An additional pediatric monkeypox case has been confirmed in Florida.
August 15
Microbiologists with the AEGIS Sciences Corporation process Covid-19 and Monkeypox tests at its facility in Nashville, Tenn., Aug. 4, 2022.
August 15

Abortion ruling prompts variety of reactions from states

When the U.S. Supreme Court in June overturned Roe v. Wade, the 1973 ruling that established a right to abortion, it sparked legal changes and court challenges in states nationwide
August 15
A celebration outside the Supreme Court, Friday, June 24, 2022, in Washington. The Supreme Court has ended constitutional protections for abortion that had been in place nearly 50 years — a decision by its conservative majority to overturn the court's landmark abortion cases. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)
August 15

US offers more monkeypox vaccine to states and cities

U.S. officials said they are able to ship out more monkeypox vaccine doses than previously planned
August 15
August 15

WVa governor: Voters shouldn't decide abortion access issue

West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice has rejected a suggestion by Democrats to let voters decide whether abortion should continue to be allowed in the state
August 15
Abortion rights protesters chant outside of the West Virginia Senate chambers prior to a vote on an abortion bill, Friday, July 29, 2022, in Charleston, W.Va. (AP Photo/John Raby)
August 15

Judge refuses to immediately block Georgia abortion ban

A state judge has refused to immediately stop enforcement of Georgia’s restrictive abortion law
August 15
August 15

Nation's largest city hosts monkeypox town hall as outbreak keeps growing

More than 2,300 monkeypox cases have been reported in New York City.
August 15
People line up to speak with healthcare workers with New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene at intake tents where individuals register to receive the monkeypox vaccine, Aug. 5, 2022 in New York City.
August 15

‘Don’t Say Gay’ law confuses some Florida schools

Some Florida schools have moved library books and debated changing textbooks in response to a law critics call “Don’t Say Gay.”
August 15
Gretchen Robinson, a lesbian high school teacher in Orange County, Fla., poses for a photo at the downtown library, Saturday, Aug. 13, 2022, in Orlando, Fla. Educators are cautiously making changes as they wait to see how the new law governing lessons on gender and sexual orientation will be interpreted and enforced. (AP Photo/John Raoux)
August 15

New York officials assessing potential spread after polio found in wastewater

Dr. John Brownstein, epidemiologist and Chief Innovation Officer at Boston Children’s Hospital, discusses the Rockland County, New York, polio case and whether the virus could be spreading.
August 15
VIDEO: New York officials assessing potential spread after polio found in wastewater
August 15

British regulator 1st to OK Moderna's updated COVID booster

The new vaccine protects against the original virus and the omicron variant.
August 15
FILE - A vial of Moderna COVID-19 vaccine rests on a table at an inoculation station next to Jackson State University in Jackson, Miss., on July 19, 2022. British health authorities have authorized an updated version of Moderna's coronavirus vaccine that aims to protect against the original virus and the omicron variant. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)
August 15

Britain says monkeypox outbreak 'shows signs of slowing'

British health officials say the monkeypox outbreak across the country “shows signs of slowing” but that it’s still too soon to know if the decline will be maintained
August 15
FILE - Monkeypox vaccines are shown at the Salt Lake County Health Department Thursday, July 28, 2022, in Salt Lake City. Monkeypox spread typically requires skin-to-skin or skin-to-mouth contact with an infected patient’s lesions. People can also be infected through contact with the clothing or bedsheets of someone who has monkeypox lesions. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, File)
August 14

Activist offers to pay for Kansas' recount of abortion vote

An anti-abortion activist who heads a small hard-right Republican group said he’s offered to pay the expected $229,000 cost of a hand recount of votes from every Kansas county after a decisive statewide vote affirming abortion rights
August 14
In this photo from Friday, July 8, 2022, a sign in a yard in Olathe, Kansas, promotes a proposed amendment to the Kansas Constitution to allow legislators to further restrict or ban abortion. Supporters call the measure "Value Them Both," arguing that it protects both unborn children and the women carrying them. (AP Photo/John Hanna)
August 13

WHO plans to rename monkeypox over stigmatization concerns

The World Health Organization is holding an open forum to rename the disease monkeypox, after some critics raised concerns the name could be derogatory or have racist connotations
August 13
FILE - This image provided by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) shows a colorized transmission electron micrograph of monkeypox particles (red) found within an infected cell (blue), cultured in the laboratory that was captured and color-enhanced at the NIAID Integrated Research Facility (IRF) in Fort Detrick, Md. On Friday, Aug. 12, 2022, The Associated Press reported on stories circulating online incorrectly claiming that monkeypox hasn't been detected in Georgia drinking water. The July 26 Atlanta-area news broadcast broadcast is being mischaracterized online to push the false claim that monkeypox has been found in residents’ tap water. (NIAID via AP)
August 13

Monkeypox? Climate? Deciding what's a national emergency

Climate activists are pressuring President Joe Biden to declare a national climate emergency, something the White House hasn't done yet
August 13
FILE - President Joe Biden speaks in the East Room of the White House in Washington, Tuesday, Aug. 9, 2022. Climate activists are clamoring for President Joe Biden to declare a national climate emergency, calls the White House has so far not headed. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)
August 13

Ukrainian minister says Russia blocking access to medicines

Ukraine’s health minister has accused Russian authorities of committing a crime against humanity by blocking access to affordable medicines in areas its forces have occupied since invading the country 5 1/2 months ago
August 13
Ukrainian Health Minister Viktor Liashko speaks to The Associated Press reporters during an interview on Friday, Aug. 12, 2022. Liashko accused Russian authorities of blocking access to affordable medicines in areas of Ukraine it has occupied since the invasion was launched on Feb. 24. He described the action as a "crime against humanity." (AP Photo/Vasilisa Stepanenko)
August 12

Idaho Supreme Court won't block strict abortion bans

The Idaho Supreme Court says Idaho’s strict abortion bans will be allowed to take effect while legal challenges play out in court
August 12
August 12

Congress OKs Dems' climate, health bill, a Biden triumph

Democrats have pushed their landmark climate and health care bill through Congress, handing an election-year victory to President Joe Biden
August 12
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of Calif., prepares to lead a vote on the Inflation Reduction Act in the House chamber at the Capitol in Washington, Friday, Aug. 12, 2022. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
August 12

Dems push climate, health, tax bill through Congress, a landmark election-year Biden win that once seemed out of reach

Dems push climate, health, tax bill through Congress, a landmark election-year Biden win that once seemed out of reach
August 12
August 12

Why most Americans are unlikely to be infected with polio

The CDC says 99% of fully vaccinated children are protected from polio.
August 12
A health worker administers a dose of polio vaccine to a child during a national  polio immunization drive in India, June 27, 2021.
August 12

Louisiana Supreme Court rejects appeal in abortion ban case

Louisiana’s Supreme Court has rejected an appeal filed by plaintiffs in the ongoing legal battle over the state’s abortion ban
August 12
FILE - An operating room technician performs an ultrasound on a patient at Hope Medical Group for Women in Shreveport, La., on July 6, 2022. The Louisiana Supreme Court on Friday, Aug. 12, 2022, denied an appeal filed by plaintiffs in the ongoing legal battle over the state’s abortion ban, allowing the ban to stay in effect. (AP Photo/Ted Jackson, File)
August 12

Polio detected in NYC's sewage, suggesting virus circulating

This comes weeks after a case of polio was identified in nearby Rockland County.
August 12
This 2014 illustration made available by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention depicts a polio virus particle. On Thursday, July 21, 2022, New York health officials reported a polio case, the first in the U.S. in nearly a decade. (Sarah Poser, Meredith Boyter Newlove/CDC via AP)
August 12

WHO plans to rename monkeypox over stigmatization concerns

The World Health Organization is holding an open forum to rename the disease monkeypox, after some critics raised concerns the name could be derogatory or have racist connotations
August 12
FILE - This image provided by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) shows a colorized transmission electron micrograph of monkeypox particles (red) found within an infected cell (blue), cultured in the laboratory that was captured and color-enhanced at the NIAID Integrated Research Facility (IRF) in Fort Detrick, Md. On Friday, Aug. 12, 2022, The Associated Press reported on stories circulating online incorrectly claiming that monkeypox hasn't been detected in Georgia drinking water. The July 26 Atlanta-area news broadcast broadcast is being mischaracterized online to push the false claim that monkeypox has been found in residents’ tap water. (NIAID via AP)
August 12

EXPLAINER: What to know about polio spreading in New York

The polio virus has been found in New York sewage, but officials are stressing that the highest risk is for people who haven't been vaccinated
August 12
FILE - This 1964 microscope image made available by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows damage from the polio virus to human spinal cord tissue. On Friday, Aug. 12, 2022, health officials in the nation’s largest city said they had found the virus in wastewater samples, suggesting the virus was spreading among the unvaccinated. (Dr. Karp/Emory University/CDC via AP, File)
August 12

Polio discovered in New York City wastewater samples

It comes after a case was detected in a county just north of the city.
August 12
This 2014 illustration made available by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention depicts a polio virus particle.
August 12

Health officials say polio has been found in New York City sewage, suggesting wider spread of virus among unvaccinated

Health officials say polio has been found in New York City sewage, suggesting wider spread of virus among unvaccinated
August 12
August 12

Germany: EU could OK combined COVID vaccines next month

Germany’s health minister says European Union drug regulators may authorize the use of vaccines that are effective against two variants of the coronavirus
August 12
German Health Minister Karl Lauterbach arrives for a press conference in Berlin, Germany, Friday, Aug. 12, 2022 on the current Corona situation in Germany. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn)
August 11

New Zealand welcomes back first cruise ship since COVID hit

New Zealand has welcomed the first cruise ship to return since the coronavirus pandemic began, signaling a long-sought return to normalcy for the nation’s tourism industry
August 11
FILE - New Zealand's Police Minister Stuart Nash talks to reporters in Wellington, New Zealand, on Nov. 11, 2019. New Zealand on Friday, Aug. 12, 2022, welcomed the first cruise ship to return since the coronavirus pandemic began, signaling a long-sought return to normalcy for the nation's tourism industry. Tourism Minister Nash said in an interview with The Associated Press, “Its another step in the reopening of our borders and a step closer to resuming business as usual.” (AP Photo/Nick Perry, File)
August 11

New Zealand welcomes back first cruise ship since COVID hit

New Zealand has welcomed the first cruise ship to return since the coronavirus pandemic began, signaling a long-sought return to normalcy for the nation’s tourism industry
August 11
FILE - New Zealand's Police Minister Stuart Nash talks to reporters in Wellington, New Zealand, on Nov. 11, 2019. New Zealand on Friday, Aug. 12, 2022, welcomed the first cruise ship to return since the coronavirus pandemic began, signaling a long-sought return to normalcy for the nation's tourism industry. Tourism Minister Nash said in an interview with The Associated Press, “Its another step in the reopening of our borders and a step closer to resuming business as usual.” (AP Photo/Nick Perry, File)
August 11

Protester: San Francisco paramedic sedated her involuntarily

A protester is suing the city of San Francisco claiming that a San Francisco paramedic injected her with a sedative while she was handcuffed after being removed from a Golden State Warriors game for demonstrating in favor of abortion rights
August 11
Kareim McKnight, center, talks to reporters during a press conference outside Chase Center, announcing the filing of a federal civil rights lawsuit against the San Francisco Fire and Police Departments in San Francisco, Wednesday, Aug. 10, 2022. McKnight alleges a paramedic, under the orders of a police sergeant, injected her with a sedative while she was handcuffed after protesting the Supreme Court's Roe v. Wade decision during a Golden State Warriors championship game. (AP Photo/Godofredo A. Vásquez)
August 11

Only half of eligible Americans have gotten their first COVID booster

Older Americans are being hospitalized at a higher rate than other age groups.
August 11
In this April 8, 2022, file photo, a 50 years old and immunocompromised resident receives a second booster shot of the COVID-19 vaccine in Waterford, Mich.
August 11

Iowa governor asks court to allow blocked 2018 abortion ban

Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds has asked the state courts to allow her to implement a 2018 law banning most abortions
August 11
FILE - Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds speaks to reporters on May 17, 2022, in Prairie City, Iowa. Reynolds asked the Iowa courts on Thursday, Aug. 11, 2022, to allow her to implement a 2018 law banning abortions once cardiac activity is detected. The law was blocked by a judge in 2019, as unconstitutional. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall File)
August 11

CDC drops quarantine, distancing recommendations for COVID

The nation’s top public health agency is relaxing its COVID-19 guidelines and dropping the recommendation that Americans quarantine themselves if they come into close contact with an infected person
August 11
FILE - Signs on the wall remind students to keep 6 feet apart during a media tour of the Norris Middle School in Omaha, Neb., Wednesday, July 29, 2020. The CDC has again revised its COVID guidelines, further relaxing quarantine recommendations and dropping the recommendation that people stay at least 6 feet away from each other. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik, File)
August 11

US surpasses 10,000 confirmed cases of monkeypox

Infectious disease specialist Dr. Simone Wildes discusses the importance of vaccines as U.S. monkeypox cases rise.
August 11
VIDEO: US surpasses 10,000 confirmed cases of monkeypox
August 11

FDA: Take 3 home tests if exposed to COVID to boost accuracy

New U.S. recommendations call for three home tests for people exposed to COVID-19 to improve accuracy
August 11
FILE - Boxes of BinaxNow home COVID-19 tests made by Abbott displayed for sale next to liquid hand soap at a CVS store in Lakewood, Wash., Monday, Nov. 15, 2021. People screening themselves at home for COVID-19 may need to use three rapid tests to accurately detect the virus, according to new U.S. recommendations released Thursday, Aug. 11, 2022, that call for a longer testing period. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, File)
August 11

J&J COVID vaccine factory forced to trash even more doses

Congressional panel leaders say an additional 135 million doses of Johnson & Johnson’s COVID-19 vaccine from a troubled Baltimore factory will have to be destroyed due to quality problems
August 11
August 11

Abortion ruling prompts variety of reactions from states

When the U.S. Supreme Court in June overturned Roe v. Wade, the 1973 ruling that established a right to abortion, it sparked legal changes and court challenges in states nationwide
August 11
A celebration outside the Supreme Court, Friday, June 24, 2022, in Washington. The Supreme Court has ended constitutional protections for abortion that had been in place nearly 50 years — a decision by its conservative majority to overturn the court's landmark abortion cases. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)
August 11

Abortion ruling prompts variety of reactions from states

When the U.S. Supreme Court in June overturned Roe v. Wade, the 1973 ruling that established a right to abortion, it sparked legal changes and court challenges in states nationwide
August 11
A celebration outside the Supreme Court, Friday, June 24, 2022, in Washington. The Supreme Court has ended constitutional protections for abortion that had been in place nearly 50 years — a decision by its conservative majority to overturn the court's landmark abortion cases. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)
August 11

CDC no longer requires unvaccinated to quarantine after being exposed to COVID

The CDC also said it is ending test-to-stay in schools.
August 11
Clay Harris receives a COVID-19 test outside the Salt Lake County Health Department, on July 22, 2022, in Salt Lake City.
August 11

London rolls out polio vaccine boosters to kids as US-linked virus found

The virus has been found in 19 sewage samples across London.
August 11
This 2014 illustration made available by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention depicts a polio virus particle.
August 11

EXPLAINER: Online privacy in a post-Roe world

With abortion now or soon to be illegal in over a dozen states and severely restricted in many more, Big Tech companies that collect personal details of their users are facing new calls to limit that tracking and surveillance
August 11
FILE - A person is silhouetted against a wall as they look down at their cell phone outside the Clara Shortridge Foltz Criminal Justice Center on July 29, 2021, in Los Angeles. With abortion now or soon to be illegal in over a dozen states and severely restricted in many more, Big Tech companies that vacuum up personal details of their users are facing new calls to limit that tracking and surveillance. One fear is that law enforcement or vigilantes could use those data troves against people seeking ways to end unwanted pregnancies. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello, File)