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N. Korea suggests balloons flown from South brought COVID-19

North Korea says its COVID-19 outbreak began from balloons from the South.
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June 30

CDC: New listeria outbreak tied to 23 illnesses, 1 death

One death and nearly two dozen hospitalizations are being tied to a new listeria outbreak of unknown origin
June 30
June 30

California first to cover health care for all immigrants

California is the first state to guarantee free health care for all low-income immigrants who are living in the country illegally
June 30
California Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon, D-Lakewood, center, speaks in support of health care for all low-income immigrants living in the country illegally during a rally at the Capitol Sacramento, Calif., on Wednesday, June 29, 2022. Gov. Gavin Newsom is expected to sign a $307.9 billion operating budget on Thursday June 30, 2022, that makes all low-income adults eligible for the state's medicaid program regardless of their immigration status. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)
June 30

Judge temporarily blocks Kentucky’s near-total abortion ban

A Florida judge says he will temporarily block the state's 15-week abortion ban
June 30
In this undated file photo, the Kentucky State Capitol building is shown in Frankfort, Ky.
June 30

Abortion ruling prompts variety of reactions from states

The U.S. Supreme Court has overturned Roe v. Wade, the 1973 decision that had provided a constitutional right to abortion
June 30
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)
June 30

California advances bid to create legal drug injection sites

Opioid users would be able to legally inject drugs in the supervised settings.
June 30
Assemblyman Matt Haney, D-San Francisco, calls on lawmakers to approve a measure he was carrying allowing Los Angeles, Oakland and San Francisco, to set up places where opioid users could legally inject drugs in supervised settings, during the Assembly session in Sacramento, Calif., on Thursday, June 30, 2022. The Assembly approved the measure and sent it to back to the Senate for final consideration. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)
June 30

Alabama cites abortion ruling in transgender medication case

Alabama  is using the U.S. Supreme Court decision on abortion to argue that the state should also be able to ban gender-affirming medical treatments for transgender youth
June 30
FILE - Protestors in support of transgender rights rally outside the Alabama State House in Montgomery, Ala., March 30, 2021. Three days after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that states can prohibit abortion, Alabama seized on the decision to argue that the state should also be able to ban gender-affirming medical treatments for transgender youth. (Jake Crandall/The Montgomery Advertiser via AP, File)
June 30

Tweaked COVID boosters in US must target newer omicron types

U.S. regulators are telling COVID-19 vaccine makers to tweak fall booster shots.
June 30
FILE - A Northwell Health registered nurse fills a syringe with a COVID-19 vaccine at a pop up vaccination site the Albanian Islamic Cultural Center, April 8, 2021, in the Staten Island borough of New York. The Food and Drug Administration on Thursday, June 30, 2022 recommended that COVID-19 booster shots be modified to better match more recent variants of the coronavirus. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer, file)
June 30

Canada official warns of possible COVID resurgence ahead

Canada’s chief public health officer is warning of a possible COVID-19 resurgence in the fall and winter
June 30
June 30

Some medical debt is being removed from US credit reports

Help is coming for many people struggling with medical debt on credit reports
June 30
Brooke Davis, photographed Thursday, June 30, 2022 in McDonough, Ga., has been struggling with medical debt. Starting Friday, the three major U.S. credit reporting companies will stop counting paid medical debt on the reports that banks, potential landlords and others use to judge creditworthiness. The companies also will start giving people a year to resolve delinquent medical debt that has been sent to collections before reporting it — up from six months previously. (AP Photo/Ben Gray)
June 30

Some medical debt is being removed from US credit reports

Help is coming for many people struggling with medical debt on credit reports
June 30
Brooke Davis, photographed Thursday, June 30, 2022 in McDonough, Ga., has been struggling with medical debt. Starting Friday, the three major U.S. credit reporting companies will stop counting paid medical debt on the reports that banks, potential landlords and others use to judge creditworthiness. The companies also will start giving people a year to resolve delinquent medical debt that has been sent to collections before reporting it — up from six months previously. (AP Photo/Ben Gray)
June 30

Abortion ruling prompts variety of reactions from states

The U.S. Supreme Court has overturned Roe v. Wade, the 1973 decision that had provided a constitutional right to abortion
June 30
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)
June 30

COVID test positivity rate in nation's largest city surpasses 10%

Cases have also risen nearly 10% from two weeks ago, data shows.
June 30
People walk past a COVID-19 testing site on May 17, 2022 in New York City.
June 30

Judge to temporarily block Florida’s 15-week abortion ban over claims state constitution guarantees right to procedure

Judge to temporarily block Florida’s 15-week abortion ban over claims state constitution guarantees right to procedure
June 30
June 30

Biden backs filibuster exception to protect abortion access

President Joe Biden says he would support an exception to the Senate filibuster to protect access to abortion after the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade
June 30
President Joe Biden speaks during a news conference on the final day of the NATO summit in Madrid, Thursday, June 30, 2022. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
June 30

Commission report blasts decision to cull all Denmark's mink

A Danish Parliament-appointed commission has harshly criticized the country’s government for its decision to cull millions of healthy mink at the height of the coronavirus pandemic to protect humans from a mutation of the virus
June 30
FILE - Heavy machinery is used by members of Danish health authorities, assisted by members of the Danish Armed Forces in disposing of dead mink in a military area near Holstebro, Denmark, on Nov. 9 2020. A Danish Parliament-appointed commission has harshly criticized the country's government for its decision to cull millions of healthy mink at the height of the coronavirus pandemic to protect humans from a mutation of the virus. (Morten Stricker/Ritzau Scanpix via AP)
June 30

High court rejects COVID-19 shot mandate case from New York

The Supreme Court has declined to take up a case involving a COVID-19 vaccine requirement for health care workers in New York that doesn't offer an exemption for religious reasons
June 30
Security works outside of the Supreme Court, Thursday, June 30, 2022, in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
June 30

Biden: Court ruling on Roe 'destabilizing,' US still leading

President Joe Biden says the Supreme Court’s decision ending a constitutional right to abortion is “destabilizing” and he supports changing Senate rules to codify nationwide abortion protections
June 30
President Joe Biden speaks during a news conference on the final day of the NATO summit in Madrid, Thursday, June 30, 2022. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
June 30

Biden backs filibuster exception to protect abortion access

President Joe Biden says he would support eliminating the Senate filibuster to protect access to abortion after the U.S. Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade
June 30
President Joe Biden speaks during a news conference on the final day of the NATO summit in Madrid, Thursday, June 30, 2022. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
June 30

Judge temporarily blocks Kentucky’s near-total abortion ban that was triggered by Supreme Court’s Roe v. Wade ruling

Judge temporarily blocks Kentucky’s near-total abortion ban that was triggered by Supreme Court’s Roe v. Wade ruling
June 30
June 30

EXPLAINER: Heat, humidity a perilous mix in migrant deaths

An expert says the combination of heat and humidity would have quickly created life-threatening conditions inside the packed, un-airconditioned tractor-trailer where dozens of migrants were found dead this week
June 30
Police and other first responders work the scene where officials say dozens of people have been found dead and multiple others were taken to hospitals with heat-related illnesses after a semitrailer containing suspected migrants was found, Monday, June 27, 2022, in San Antonio. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)
June 30

Biden backs changing Senate filibuster rules to pass abortion, privacy protections as well as voting legislation

Biden backs changing Senate filibuster rules to pass abortion, privacy protections as well as voting legislation
June 30
June 30

WHO: COVID-19 cases rising nearly everywhere in the world

The WHO says the number of coronavirus cases rose by 18% in the last week.
June 30
Pediatrician Emy Jean-Marie, center, holds her nine-month-old son Adedeji Adebayo, Emiola Adebayo, 3, on her lap as Dr. Nizar Dowla, right, administers a vaccine while        Department of Health and Human Services Assistant Secretary for Health, Admiral Rachel Levine, left, looks on, Tuesday, June 28, 2022, at the Borinquen Health Care Center in Miami. Florida is the only state that didn't pre-order the under-5 vaccine, and state Surgeon General Joseph Ladapo has recommended against vaccinating healthy children. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)
June 30

Arizona, Louisiana among states grappling over abortion bans

Arizona’s Republican attorney general says a total abortion ban that has been on the books since before statehood can be enforced, putting him at odds with that state's Republican governor
June 30
FILE - Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry talks to reporters outside the Supreme Court on Jan. 7, 2022, in Washington. Landry on Wednesday, June 29, 2022, warned doctors against performing abortions, despite a judge’s order blocking the state from enforcing its ban on the procedure. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)
June 30

COVID restrictions ease in Shanghai as case numbers drop

Shanghai has begun to reopen in-dining facilities as it emerges from lockdown.
June 30
Visitors pose for photos outside the Disney Resort theme park, Thursday, June 30, 2022, in Shanghai. Shanghai is moving to allow in-person dining and reopening its Disney Resort theme park as domestically transmitted cases of COVID-19 in China's largest city remain at zero following a more than two-month lockdown. (AP Photo/Chen Si)
June 30

Belgium chocolate factory shut after salmonella infection

A huge Belgian chocolate factory has halted production after detecting salmonella in a batch of chocolates
June 30
June 30

Amazon, Rite Aid cap purchase of emergency contraceptives

Amazon is limiting how many emergency contraceptives consumers can buy, joining other retailers who put in place similar caps following the Supreme Court decision overruling Roe v. Wade
June 30
FILE - An Amazon logo appears on a delivery van, Oct. 1, 2020, in Boston. Amazon is limiting how many emergency contraceptives consumers can buy, joining other retailers who put in place similar caps following the Supreme Court decision overruling Roe v. Wade. Amazon's limit, which temporarily caps purchase of the contraceptives at three units per week, went into effect on Monday, June 27, 2022, a spokesperson for the e-commerce giant confirmed to the Associated Press. (AP Photo/Steven Senne, File)
June 30

What you need to know about medication abortion

The FDA and physician groups say these medications are safe and effective.
June 30
Abortion rights supporters march while protesting against the recent Supreme Court decision to end federal abortion rights protections, June 27, 2022, in Los Angeles.
June 30

FDA recommends COVID vaccines update for fall

The new vaccines will target BA.4 and BA.5, plus the initial COVID-19 strain.
June 30
A health care worker prepares syringes containing the COVID-19 vaccine at a drive-thru vaccination in Mount Dora, Fla., Jan. 26, 2021.
June 29

South Korea approves first homemade COVID-19 vaccine

South Korea has approved the country's first domestically made COVID vaccine.
June 29
South Korean Minister of Food and Drug Safety Oh Yu-Kyoung speaks during a briefing at the ministry of Food and Drug Safety in Cheongju, South Korea, Wednesday, June 29, 2022. Health officials in South Korea on Wednesday approved the country's first domestically developed COVID-19 vaccine for people 18 years or older, adding another public health tool in the fight against a prolonged pandemic. (Chun Kyung-hwan/Yonhap via AP)
June 29

EXPLAINER: Abortion landscape under state 'heartbeat' laws

Laws banning most abortions at the point of the “first detectable heartbeat"are beginning to take effect following the U.S. Supreme Court's decision to overturn the nearly 50-year-old Roe v. Wade decision
June 29
June 29

Arizona attorney general: Pre-1901 abortion ban enforceable

Arizona’s Republican attorney general says that a pre-statehood law that bans all abortions is enforceable
June 29
Protesters shout as they join thousands marching around the Arizona Capitol after the Supreme Court decision to overturn the landmark Roe v. Wade abortion decision Friday, June 24, 2022, in Phoenix. The Supreme Court on Friday stripped away women’s constitutional protections for abortion, a fundamental and deeply personal change for Americans' lives after nearly a half-century under Roe v. Wade. The court’s overturning of the landmark court ruling is likely to lead to abortion bans in roughly half the states. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)
June 29

US buys 105 million COVID vaccine doses for fall campaign

The U.S. government will purchase another 105 million doses of Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine in anticipation of a fall booster campaign
June 29
June 29

Abortion ruling prompts variety of reactions from states

The U.S. Supreme Court has overturned Roe v. Wade, the 1973 decision that had provided a constitutional right to abortion
June 29
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)
June 29

A viral reprise: When COVID-19 strikes again and again

Medical experts warn that repeated COVID-19 infections are getting more likely as the pandemic drags on and the coronavirus evolves
June 29
June 29

EXPLAINER: Years later, Flint water court fight drags on

Michigan authorities have long promised to hold key officials criminally responsible for lead in Flint's water back in 2014 and 2015
June 29
FILE - The Flint water plant tower is seen, Thursday, Jan. 6, 2022, in Flint, Mich. A Michigan Supreme Court order that charges related to the Flint water scandal against former Gov. Rick Snyder, his health director and seven other people must be dismissed is the latest development in the crisis that started in 2014. That was when the city began taking water from the Flint River without treating it properly, resulting in lead contamination. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio, File)
June 29

WHO chief: U.S. abortion ruling 'a setback,' will cost lives

The head of the World Health Organization has criticized the U.S. Supreme Court decision to overturn Roe v. Wade
June 29
FILE - The head of the World Health Organization, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus speaks during a media conference at an EU Africa summit in Brussels on Feb. 18, 2022 .The head of the World Health Organization criticized the decision of the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn the Roe v. Wade ruling that guaranteed women a constitutional right to abortion, calling it “a setback” that would ultimately cost women's lives.(Johanna Geron/Pool Photo via AP, File)
June 29

EXPLAINER: Data privacy concerns emerge after Roe decision

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
June 29
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)
June 29

Google searches for abortion pills spiked 162% in days following leaked draft: Study

More searches occurred in states with the toughest abortion restrictions.
June 29
In this Jan. 22, 2021, file photo, the drug misoprostol is shown.
June 29

Norway joins neighbors, offers extra booster shot to elderly

Norway has joined fellow Scandinavian countries in offering a second booster shot of COVID-19 vaccine to some of its population, to be available from July 1 to people aged 75 and over, because of a rise in infections
June 29
June 29

EU's executive arm proposes ban on flavored vaping products

The European Union’s executive branch has proposed a ban on the sale of flavored heated tobacco products as part of its plan to fight cancer
June 29
June 29

Officials plan for updated vaccines with eye on COVID unpredictability

Scientists caution that planning ahead in this pandemic is challenging.
June 29
he Moderna COVID-19 vaccine sits on the table at Trinity United Church of Christ in Chicago, Feb. 13, 2021.
June 29

Deborah James, UK cancer research campaigner, dies at 40

She raised millions for cancer research.
June 29
FILE Cancer Campaigner Deborah James, left and Steve Bland pose for a photo with the award for Best Podcast for the show You, Me and the Big C at the TRIC Awards 2019 50th Birthday Celebration, at the Grosvenor House Hotel, London, March 12, 2019. James, a B ritish broadcaster who raised millions for cancer research and was recognized by Prince William for her work, has died. She was 40. James hosted a BBC podcast called “You, Me and The Big C" in which she spoke in a no-nonsense approach about living with bowel cancer. (Ian West/PA via AP, File)
June 29

Potential recession would harm mental health: Experts

Research links recessions with a rise in anxiety and depression, experts said.
June 29
A 'for sale' sign hangs in front of a home on June 21, 2022 in Miami, Florida.
June 28

US officials announce more steps against monkeypox outbreak

U.S. health officials are expanding the group of people recommended to get vaccinated against the monkeypox virus
June 28
FILE - This 2003 electron microscope image made available by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows mature, oval-shaped monkeypox virions, left, and spherical immature virions, right, obtained from a sample of human skin associated with the 2003 prairie dog outbreak. U.S. health officials are expanding the group of people recommended to get vaccinated against the monkeypox virus. They also say they are providing more monkeypox vaccine, working to expand testing, and taking other steps to try to get ahead of the outbreak. (Cynthia S. Goldsmith, Russell Regner/CDC via AP, file)
June 28

Biden team strains to flex muscles in abortion fight

President Joe Biden’s top health official says that “every option is on the table” when it comes to helping women access abortion in the wake of the Supreme Court decision overturning Roe v. Wade
June 28
June 28

California budget won't cover out-of-state abortion travel

Gov. Gavin Newsom's administration won't use public money to help people from other states travel to California for an abortion
June 28
FILE — California Gov. Gavin Newsom displays a bill he signed that shields abortion providers and volunteers in California from civil judgements from out-of-state courts during a news conference in Sacramento, Calif., June 24, 2022. California lawmakers are expected to vote on the state budget on Wednesday, June 29, 2022, that includes $20 million to help pays for things like travel expenses, lodging and meals for people seeking abortions. But the money can only be used for in-state travel. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, File)
June 28

FDA advisers recommend updating COVID booster shots for fall

Advisers to the U.S. government are recommending that COVID-19 booster shots used this fall be modified to better match more recent variants of the coronavirus
June 28
FILE - A health worker administers a dose of a COVID-19 vaccine during a vaccination clinic at the Keystone First Wellness Center in Chester, Pa., on Dec. 15, 2021. Government advisers are debating Tuesday, June 28, 2022, if Americans should get a modified COVID-19 booster shot this fall — one that better matches more recent virus variants. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)
June 28

Court says indictments invalid in Flint water scandal

The Michigan Supreme Court has thrown out charges against former Gov. Rick Snyder and others in the Flint water scandal
June 28
FILE - This screen shot from video, shows former Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder, during his Zoom hearing in the 67th District Court in Flint, Mich., on Jan. 18, 2020. A judge had no authority to issue indictments in the Flint water scandal, the Michigan Supreme Court said Tuesday, June 28, 2022 in an extraordinary decision that wipes out charges against former Gov. Snyder, his health director and seven other people (67th District Court in Flint via AP, file)
June 28

Abortion ruling prompts variety of reactions from states

The U.S. Supreme Court has overturned Roe v. Wade, the 1973 decision that had provided a constitutional right to abortion
June 28
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)