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Lab tests show risks of using CRISPR gene editing on embryos

A lab experiment aimed at fixing defective DNA in human embryos shows what can go wrong with this type of gene editing and why leading scientists say it’s too unsafe to try
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FILE - In this Oct. 9, 2018, file photo, a lab dish containing embryos that have been injected with Cas9 protein and PCSK9 sgRNA is seen in a laboratory in Shenzhen in southern China's Guangdong province. A lab experiment aimed at fixing defective DNA in human embryos gives a frightening look at what can go wrong with this type of “gene editing” and why leading scientists say it’s too unsafe to try. Researchers reported Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2020, that in more than half of the cases, the editing caused unintended changes, such as loss of an entire chromosome or big chunks of it. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein, File)
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Merkel warns Germans of a 'difficult winter' as virus surges

The number of newly reported coronavirus cases in the country hit a new high.
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German Chancellor Angela Merkel delivers a speech about German government's policies to combat the spread of the coronavirus and COVID-19 disease at the parliament Bundestag, in Berlin, Germany, Thursday, Oct. 29, 2020. (Photo/Markus Schreiber)
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Polish president backtracks on abortion view amid protests

Poland’s prime minister has appealed for a stop to a week of angry protests against a high court ruling that tightens already strict abortion laws, amid a huge spike in the country’s coronavirus infections
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Police stand guard while protesters block the parliament in Warsaw, Poland, Wednesday Oct. 28, 2020. People across Poland stayed off their jobs and huge crowds poured onto the streets for a seventh straight day of protests Wednesday, enraged over a top court ruling that bans abortions in cases of fetal abnormalities. (AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski)
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The Latest: Pope ends public audiences amid virus surge

The Vatican is ending Pope Francis’ general audiences with the public amid a surge in coronavirus cases in Italy and a confirmed infection at last week’s encounter
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A health official from the district office wearing protective gear, walks near a banner showing a precaution against the coronavirus in Seoul, South Korea, Thursday, Oct. 29, 2020. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)
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Pelosi scolds White House over no response in virus talks

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is pointing fingers over the failure to deliver coronavirus aid
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Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif. speaks during a news conference on Capitol Hill, in Washington, Thursday, Oct. 22, 2020. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)
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Asia Today: Virus arrives in once-clear Marshall Islands

The Marshall Islands has reported its first cases of the coronavirus after two people who flew from Hawaii to a U.S. military base tested positive
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Diners are seen in a dining room of popular Melbourne Restaurant Chin Chin in Melbourne, Australia, Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2020. In Melbourne, Australia's former coronavirus hot spot, restaurants, cafes and bars were allowed to open and outdoor contact sports can resume Wednesday, emerging from a lockdown due to the coronavirus outbreak. (AP Photo/Asanka Brendon Ratnayake)
2 hours ago

FBI warns ransomware assault threatens US healthcare system

Federal agencies say cybercriminals are unleashing a major ransomware assault against the U.S. healthcare system
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FILE - This Thursday, June 14, 2018, file photo, shows the FBI seal at a news conference at FBI headquarters in Washington. In an alert Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2020, the FBI and other federal agencies warned that cybercriminals are unleashing a wave of data-scrambling extortion attempts against the U.S. healthcare system that could lock up their information systems just as nationwide cases of COVID-19 are spiking. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana, File)
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Searchers in western Alaska look for 7 missing boaters

Search teams have looked in western Alaska for more than a week without success for seven boaters who went missing while seal hunting
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Chickens to be culled after bird flu found on Dutch farm

The Dutch agriculture ministry says that more than 35,000 chickens are to be culled at a farm after a highly pathogenic strain of bird flu was discovered there
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Short of medics as virus surges, central Europe sounds alarm

With coronavirus cases surging in many central European countries, soldiers, firefighters, students and retired doctors are being asked to help shore up buckling health care systems
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Trump rule requires health plans to disclose costs up front

The Trump administration is trying to pull back the veil on health care costs to encourage competition, finalizing a requirement for insurers to tell consumers up front the actual prices for common tests and procedures
3 hours ago
FILE - In this Aug. 23, 2020, file photo, Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar speaks during a media briefing in the James Brady Briefing Room of the White House in Washington. Trying to pull back the veil on health costs to encourage competition, the Trump administration on Oct. 29, will finalize requirements for insurers to tell consumers up front the actual prices for common tests and procedures. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)
October 29

How will a COVID vaccine be distributed once it's approved by FDA?

Distributing the first wave of doses will be a massive undertaking.
October 29
(FILES) In this file photo taken on August 13, 2020 Biotechnology company Moderna protocol files for COVID-19 vaccinations are kept at the Research Centers of America in Hollywood, Florida. - US biotech firm Moderna won't seek an emergency use authorization for its coronavirus vaccine before November 25, its CEO told the Financial Times on September 30.
October 29

France braces for monthlong lockdown as virus deaths mount

Some doctors expressed relief but business owners despaired as France prepared to shut down again for a month to try to put the brakes on the fast-moving virus
October 29
A man wearing a mask walks in the street in the center of Lyon, central France, Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2020. France is bracing for a potential new lockdown as the president prepares a televised address Wednesday aimed at stopping a fast-rising tide of virus patients filling French hospitals and a growing daily death toll. French markets opened lower on expectations that President Emmanuel Macron will announce some kind of lockdown Wednesday. (AP Photo/Laurent Cipriani)
October 29

Taiwan marks 200 days without domestic COVID-19 infection

Taiwan has hit 200 days without any domestically transmitted cases of COVID-19, highlighting the island’s continued success at keeping the virus under control even as cases surge in other parts of the world
October 29
People wear face masks to protect against the spread of the coronavirus in Taipei, Taiwan, Saturday, Oct. 17, 2020. (AP Photo/Chiang Ying-ying)
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India's coronavirus cases cross 8 million, behind US

India’s confirmed coronavirus toll has crossed 8 million with daily cases dipping to the lowest level this week
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A health worker takes a nasal swab sample as others wait for their turn at a COVID-19 testing center in New Delhi, India, Thursday, Oct. 29, 2020. India's confirmed coronavirus caseload surpassed 8 million on Thursday with daily infections dipping to the lowest level this week, as concerns grew over a major Hindu festival season and winter setting in. (AP Photo/Altaf Qadri)
October 29

Australia's pandemic travel ban brings family heartbreak

Australia has sought to prevent new coronavirus cases from reaching its shores by banning most of its residents from leaving in the first place
October 29
In this photo released by Astrid Magenau, Magenau poses for a photo with her father in Stuttgart, Germany on June 6, 2020. Magenau wasn’t able to keep a promise to hold her father’s hand at his deathbed in Germany because of Australia’s extraordinary pandemic restrictions that make her feel like a prisoner in her adopted country. (Astrid Magenau via AP)
October 28

FBI warns ransomware assault threatens US healthcare system

Federal agencies say cybercriminals are unleashing a major ransomware assault against the U.S. healthcare system
October 28
FILE - This Thursday, June 14, 2018, file photo, shows the FBI seal at a news conference at FBI headquarters in Washington. In an alert Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2020, the FBI and other federal agencies warned that cybercriminals are unleashing a wave of data-scrambling extortion attempts against the U.S. healthcare system that could lock up their information systems just as nationwide cases of COVID-19 are spiking. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana, File)
October 28

The Latest: China says latest outbreak appears contained

Officials in the northwestern China region of Xinjiang say they believe they have contained the country’s latest coronavirus outbreak
October 28
Italian Interior Minister Giuliana Lamorgese addresses the Senate on days of protests following Italy’s latest anti-virus restrictions in Rome, Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2020. Italy reported nearly 25,000 new confirmed coronavirus infections as the interior minister accused right-wing extremists, soccer hooligans and anarchists of using widespread malcontent over new anti-virus restrictions as a pretext to wage “urban guerrilla” violence. (Roberto Monaldo/LaPresse via AP)
October 28

FBI, federal agencies say major ransomware assault threatens US healthcare system

FBI, federal agencies say major ransomware assault threatens US healthcare system
October 28
October 28

Vaccine Watch: How a COVID-19 vaccine will be distributed

ABC News’ Bob Woodruff speaks with executives at Pfizer and CVS and the Trump administration’s Operation Warp Speed program on the process of eventually distributing a coronavirus vaccine.
October 28
VIDEO: Vaccine Watch: How a COVID-19 vaccine will be distributed
October 28

Latinos see new meaning in Dia de Los Muertos after losing loved ones to COVID-19

Health officials say Latinos are dying at a disproportionately high rate
October 28
Images of people who died from COVID-19 at a funeral mass in Brooklyn, New York.
October 28

Feds issue coverage plan for COVID-19 vaccine and treatments

Federal health officials are issuing insurance coverage rules designed to deliver on the promise that every American will have access to free COVID-19 vaccines when they are approved
October 28
FILE - In this April 7, 2020, file photo, Seema Verma, administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, speaks about the coronavirus, in the James Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House in Washington. Medicare will cover the yet-to-be approved coronavirus vaccine free for older people under a policy change expected to be announced shortly, a senior administration official said Tuesday. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)
October 28

Coronavirus emergency continues

Hospitals and medical workers are overwhelmed as cases surge nationwide.
October 28
VIDEO: Coronavirus emergency continues
October 28

Regulators suspend Missouri nursing home COVID-19 test lab

The federal government has closed a coronavirus testing lab in Missouri over concerns about test accuracy
October 28
October 28

Europe and US facing new round of shutdowns amid virus surge

A new wave of lockdowns and business closings is sweeping across France, Germany and other places in Europe as surging coronavirus infections there and in the U.S. wipe out months of progress against the scourge on two continents
October 28
A medical crew treat a COVID-19 patient in the intensive care unit at the Joseph Imbert Hospital Center in Arles, southern France, Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2020. Many French doctors are urging a new nationwide lockdown, noting that 58% of the country's intensive care units are now occupied by COVID patients and medical staff are under increasing strain. (AP Photo/Daniel Cole)
October 28

France, Germany impose new lockdowns to curb virus spread

France has announced a full nationwide lockdown for the second time this year and German officials imposed a partial four-week lockdown as governments across Europe sought to stop a fast-rising tide of coronavirus cases
October 28
FILE - In this Monday, April 13, 2020 file photo, medical personnel in protective gear prepare to receive a patient at a hospital in Antwerp, Belgium. This week news struck that the European Center for Disease Control has put Belgium at the largest number of COVID-19 cases per 100,000 citizens, surpassing the Czech Republic, it is revealed Tuesday Oct. 27, 2020. (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo, File)
October 28

France braces for possible lockdown as virus deaths mount

French President Emmanuel Macron has ordered his country into a new month-long, nationwide lockdown aimed at stopping a fast-rising tide of virus patients filling French hospitals
October 28
People wearing masks, walk on Alexandre III bridge in Paris, Sunday Oct.25, 2020. A curfew intended to curb the spiraling spread of the coronavirus, has been imposed in many regions of France including Paris and its suburbs. (AP Photo/Lewis Joly)
October 28

Poles join nationwide strike in revolt over abortion ruling

People across Poland have stayed off their jobs and joined protests as part of a nationwide strike called to protest a top court ruling that bans abortions in cases of fetal abnormalities
October 28
Women's rights activists with posters of the Women's Strike action protest against recent tightening of Poland's restrictive abortion law in front of the parliament building as inside, guards had to be used to shield right-wing ruling party leader Jaroslaw Kaczynski from angry opposition lawmakers, in Warsaw, Poland, on Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2020. Massive nationwide protests have been held ever since a top court ruled Thursday that abortions due to fetal congenital defects are unconstitutional. Slogan reads 'Women’s Strike'. (AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski)
October 28

President Macron announces new national lockdown in France from Friday, but says schools will stay open

President Macron announces new national lockdown in France from Friday, but says schools will stay open
October 28
October 28

Germany heads into November 'lockdown light' to slow virus

German officials have agreed to a four-week shutdown of restaurants, bars, theaters and other leisure facilities in an effort to curb a rapid rise in coronavirus infections
October 28
A pedestrian walks over a reminder to wear face masks sprayed on the sidewalk at the Karl-Marx-Strasse at the district Neukoelln in Berlin, Germany, Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2020. Karl-Marx-Strasse is one of the streets in the German capital where face masks are mandatory to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)
October 28

'We're losing the fight': Tulsa COVID doctor

Physicians plead with Oklahoma to take the worsening outbreak seriously.
October 28
Toby Gregory's yard is adorned with over 1,000 white crosses to represent Oklahoma deaths due to COVID-19, Oct. 14, 2020, in Tulsa, Okla. Gregory was able to keep up with the state death toll until early October, and then it became too many. He says he doesn't have the room or supplies to keep up with the current death toll.
October 28
October 28

Merkel: German officials agree to 4-week partial shutdown closing restaurants, bars, theaters, among other restrictions

Merkel: German officials agree to 4-week partial shutdown closing restaurants, bars, theaters, among other restrictions
October 28
October 28

'We're losing the fight' on the COVID 'battlefield': Tulsa doctor

Oklahoma reported a record 22 deaths on Tuesday, the highest number of single-day fatalities from the virus the state has had since the spring.
October 28
Oklahoma reported a record 22 deaths on Tuesday, the highest number of single-day fatalities from the virus the state has had since the spring.
October 28

Asia Today: India's confirmed virus cases near 8 million

India’s tally of confirmed coronavirus cases is moving closer to 8 million, with nearly 44,000 new cases reported in the latest 24-hour period
October 28
A Buddhist monk wearing a mask against the spread of the new coronavirus offers prayers in the Ginza shopping district in Tokyo Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2020. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)
October 28

Qatar apologizes, investigates forced airport examinations

Qatar has apologized after authorities forcibly examined female passengers from a Qatar Airways flight to Australia to try to identify who might have given birth to a newborn baby found abandoned at the airport earlier this month
October 28
FILE - In this Nov. 7, 2019, file photo, a Qatar Airways jet approaches Philadelphia International Airport in Philadelphia. Qatar apologized Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2020, after authorities forcibly examined female passengers from a Qatar Airways flight to Australia to try to identify who might have given birth to a newborn baby found abandoned at the airport earlier this month. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)
October 28

Predictions of more suicides, overdoses and domestic abuse during COVID coming true

Isolation, economic pressure and family conflict all are major contributors.
October 28
A teenager spends another day on the family couch, staying indoors in extended isolation because of the COVID-19 pandemic in the borough of Brooklyn, New York, April 25, 2020.
October 28

Heathrow loses claim to being Europe's biggest airport

London’s Heathrow Airport says it has lost its place as Europe’s busiest air hub to Paris Charles de Gaulle after the COVID-19 pandemic grounded flights and Britain failed to approve passenger testing that could scale back quarantine requirements
October 28
FILE - In this Wednesday, March 18, 2020 file photo, British Airways planes parked at Terminal 5 Heathrow airport in London. British Airways’ parent company said Thursday, Sept. 10, 2020 it is to cut flights due to coronavirus travel restrictions and quarantine requirements and confirmed that it is raising 2.7 billion euros ($3.2 billion) through the sale of new shares. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein, File)
October 28

Merkel seeks limited lockdown as German virus cases surge

German Chancellor Angela Merkel is pressing for a partial lockdown as the number of newly recorded infections in the country hit another record high Wednesday
October 28
A pedestrian walks over a reminder to wear face masks sprayed on the sidewalk at the Karl-Marx-Strasse at the district Neukoelln in Berlin, Germany, Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2020. Karl-Marx-Strasse is one of the streets in the German capital where face masks are mandatory to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)
October 28

Australia's second-largest city ends 111-day virus lockdown

Thousands of stores and restaurants will be allowed to reopen.
October 28
Outdoor diners are seen dining outdoors in a laneway in Melbourne, Australia, Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2020. In Melbourne, Australia's former coronavirus hot spot, restaurants, cafes and bars were allowed to open and outdoor contact sports can resume Wednesday, emerging from a lockdown due to the coronavirus outbreak. (AP Photo/Asanka Brendon Ratnayake)
October 28

Sanofi, GSK to provide COVID-19 vaccine to global alliance

Drugmakers Sanofi and GlaxoSmithKline have agreed to provide 200 million doses of their potential COVID-19 vaccine to the COVAX Facility, a collaboration designed to give countries around the world equal access to vaccines targeting the global pandemic
October 28
October 28

The Latest: India capital has its worst 1-day virus caseload

India’s tally of confirmed coronavirus cases is moving closer to 8 million, with 43,893 new cases reported for the latest 24-hour period
October 28
Buddhist monks pray upon their arrival at Bongeun temple in Seoul, South Korea, Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2020. About 100 monks and believers marched the 500-kilometer (310-mile) pilgrimage to wish for the country to overcome the coronavirus. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)
October 28

Biden faces challenges in quickly combating the pandemic

Should he win next week’s presidential election, Joe Biden is vowing to begin combating the coronavirus before he even takes office
October 28
Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden leaves after speaking at Mountain Top Inn & Resort, Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2020, in Warm Springs, Ga. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
October 27

Group home provider settles allegation from deaf resident

Federal litigators have reached a civil settlement with the largest operator of group homes in Virginia for people with developmental disabilities over allegations it failed to provide necessary sign language interpreters for a deaf resident
October 27
October 27

Test to allow Japanese visitors to bypass Hawaii quarantine

Starting next week, Hawaii will begin allowing visitors from Japan to bypass the state’s 14-day quarantine requirement if they test negative for COVID-19
October 27
October 27

Governor bans indoor dining in Chicago as virus cases surge

Surging COVID-19 cases in Chicago have prompted Gov. J
October 27
October 27

New protests loom as Europeans tire of virus restrictions

Protesters clashed with police in downtown Rome, during a day of demonstrations against virus-fighting measures that have closed restaurants and bars early and shut down gyms and swimming pools
October 27
Police patrol outside the central train station, during a protest against the government restriction measures to curb the spread of COVID-19, in Milan Italy, Monday, Oct. 26, 2020. Italy's leader has imposed at least a month of new restrictions to fight rising coronavirus infections, shutting down gyms, pools and movie theaters and putting an early curfew on cafes and restaurants. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno)
October 27

Dr. Deborah Birx calls out North Dakota for poor mask use during pandemic

The state has one of the highest rates of COVID-19 transmission in the country.
October 27
Dr. Deborah Birx, left, White House Coronavirus Response Coordinator, talks to state Senate Majority Leader Rich Wardner, during a round table discussion with state and local government and medical leaders in Bismarck, ND., Oct. 26, 2020.
October 27

South Dakota medical groups promote masks, countering Noem

South Dakota’s largest medical organizations on Tuesday launched a joint effort to promote mask-wearing to prevent the spread of the coronavirus as the state suffers through one of the nation’s worst outbreaks
October 27
Dr. Benjamin Aaker, president of the South Dakota State Medical Association, announces a campaign to promote voluntary mask-wearing launched in Sioux Falls, S.D., on Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2020. The campaign's promotion of public mask wearing counters Gov. Kristi Noem's promotion of doctors who doubt the efficacy of masks in preventing coronavirus infections. (AP Photo/Stephen Groves)
October 27

Virus pushes twin cities El Paso and Juarez to the brink

A record surge in coronavirus cases has pushed hospitals to the brink in the border cities of El Paso and Ciudad Juarez, confronting health officials in Texas and Mexico with twin disasters in the metropolitan area of 3 million people
October 27
Jakaya Lewis, left, waits in line with her mother Trina Ayers to get tested for COVID-19 at an urgent care clinic in Newark, N.J., Monday, Oct. 26, 2020. Gov. Phil Murphy has once again signed an executive order to extend New Jersey's public health emergency, citing a steep increase in coronavirus cases in recent days. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)