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September 25

After rocky start, hopes up in Oregon drug decriminalization

Since Oregon residents voted in 2020 to decriminalize hard drugs and dedicate hundreds of millions of dollars to treatment, few people have requested the services and the state has been slow to channel the funds
September 25
FILE—Vanessa Caudel, a nurse, sits at her work station in the Great Circle treatment center on Feb. 24, 2022, in Salem, Ore., where she provides doses of methadone, which can relieve the "dope sick" symptoms a person in opioid withdrawal experiences. Almost two years after Oregonians voted to decriminalize drugs and dedicate hundreds of millions of dollars to treatment services, the pioneering effort has been struggling to show progress. (AP Photo/Andrew Selsky, File)
September 25

GOP quiet as Arizona Democrats condemn abortion ruling

Arizona Democrats are vowing to fight for women’s rights after a court reinstated a law first enacted during the Civil War that bans abortion in nearly all circumstances
September 25
Arizona Secretary of State Latie Hobbs, left, the Democratic nominee for governor, and Kris Mayes, a Democrat running for attorney general, speak to reporters outside the Arizona Attorney General's Office in Phoenix on Saturday, Sept. 24, 2022. (AP Photo/Jonathan J. Cooper)
September 24

GOP quiet as Arizona Democrats condemn abortion ruling

Arizona Democrats are vowing to fight for women’s rights after a court reinstated a law first enacted during the Civil War that bans abortion in nearly all circumstances
September 24
A pair of protesters walks across the Arizona Capitol grounds after an abortion ruling, Friday, Sept. 23, 2022, in Phoenix. An Arizona judge ruled the state can enforce a near-total ban on abortions that has been blocked for nearly 50 years. The law was first enacted decades before Arizona became a state in 1912. (AP Photo/Matt York)
September 24

Abortion is a matter of 'freedom' for Biden and Democrats

The way President Joe Biden sees it, the overturning of Roe vs
September 24
FILE - Vice President Kamala Harris displays a map showing abortion access by state as she speaks during the first meeting of the interagency Task Force on Reproductive Healthcare Access in the Indian Treaty Room in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building on the White House Campus in Washington, Aug. 3, 2022. Harris when speaking about abortion told voters in Illinois earlier this month that “extremist, so-called leaders trumpet the rhetoric of freedom while they take away freedoms.” (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)
September 24

Abortion is a matter of 'freedom' for Biden and Democrats

The way President Joe Biden sees it, the overturning of Roe vs
September 24
FILE - Vice President Kamala Harris displays a map showing abortion access by state as she speaks during the first meeting of the interagency Task Force on Reproductive Healthcare Access in the Indian Treaty Room in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building on the White House Campus in Washington, Aug. 3, 2022. Harris when speaking about abortion told voters in Illinois earlier this month that “extremist, so-called leaders trumpet the rhetoric of freedom while they take away freedoms.” (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)
September 23

Arizona judge: State can enforce near-total abortion ban

The near-total ban had been blocked in the state for nearly 50 years.
September 23
FILE - In this Dec. 2, 2020, file photo, Arizona Republican Gov. Doug Ducey answers a question during a news conference in Phoenix. A new Arizona law banning abortions after 15 weeks of pregnancy takes effect Saturday, Sept. 24, 2022 as a judge weighs a request to allow a pre-statehood law that outlaws nearly all abortions to be enforced. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin, Pool, File)
September 23

Indiana abortion clinics see patients amid legal changes

Indiana abortion clinics have resumed seeing patients a day after a judge put the state's abortion ban temporarily on hold
September 23
FILE - Abortion-rights protesters fill Indiana Statehouse corridors and cheer outside legislative chambers, Friday, Aug. 5, 2022, as lawmakers vote to concur on a near-total abortion ban, in Indianapolis. An Indiana judge on Thursday, Sept. 22, blocked the state’s abortion ban from being enforced, putting the law on hold as abortion clinic operators argue that the new law violates the state constitution.(AP Photo/Arleigh Rodgers, File)
September 23

4.4 million Americans have received an updated bivalent COVID-19 booster

In recent months, vaccination and booster uptake have slowed significantly.
September 23
Amy Bagley receives the Moderna coronavirus disease (COVID-19) booster vaccine targeting BA.4 and BA.5 Omicron sub variants at Skippack Pharmacy in Schwenksville, Penn., Sept. 8, 2022.
September 23

Michels: Would sign abortion ban with rape/incest exceptions

Republican Tim Michels says he would sign an abortion ban with exceptions for rape and incest if it came to his desk as governor
September 23
FILE - Wisconsin Republican gubernatorial candidate Tim Michels speaks as he appears with former President Donald Trump at a rally in Waukesha, Wis., Aug. 5, 2022. Michels said Friday, Sept. 23, that he would sign an abortion ban with exceptions for rape and incest if it came to his desk as governor, a shift from his earlier statement that Wisconsin's 1849 ban — with an exception only for the life of the mother — was “an exact mirror” of his position. (AP Photo/Morry Gash, File)
September 23

Advocates seek more say in how opioid settlements are spent

As billions of dollars in opioid lawsuit settlements are starting to flow to governments, families and advocates impacted by the opioid crisis are pushing for a meaningful say in how the money will be used
September 23
Ryan Hampton, founder of the Voices Project, poses outside the 2022 Mobile Recovery National Bus during a stop in Sacramento, Calif., Wednesday, Sept. 7, 2022. Across the country, people in recovery and relatives of those killed by opioid overdoses are pressing for roles in determining how billions in opioid settlement money will be used. That push is one of the missions of the monthlong nationwide bus tour. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)
September 23

Oz releases health records to spotlight Fetterman's stroke

The letter noted that Oz has a total cholesterol that is "borderline elevated."
September 23
Mehmet Oz, a Republican candidate for U.S. Senate in Pennsylvania, speaks at House of Glory Philly CDC in Philadelphia, Monday, Sept. 19, 2022. (AP Photo/Ryan Collerd)
September 23

Thailand downgrades COVID-19 threat, lifts emergency decree

Thailand’s government will lift an emergency decree it imposed in March 2020 to battle the coronavirus as it relaxes most pandemic restrictions
September 23
Commuters wearing face masks to help curb the spread of the coronavirus at a skytrain station in Bangkok, Thailand, Friday, Sept. 23, 2022. Thai officials announced Friday that Sept. 30 will mark the last day of a state of emergency originally imposed to control the spread of the coronavirus, as they also drop virtually all restrictions, such as entry requirements for visitors from abroad. (AP Photo/Sakchai Lalit)
September 23

Denmark to allow 'significantly reduced' mink production

Denmark’s government says a temporary ban on mink breeding will expire Jan. 1, allowing mink production to resume in the country but at a ”significantly reduced” level compared to before the coronavirus pandemic
September 23
FILE - Mink look out from a pen at a breeding farm near Naestved, Denmark, Friday Nov. 6, 2020. Denmark's government said, Friday, Sept. 23, 2022 that a temporary ban on mink breeding will expire Jan. 1, allowing mink production to resume in the country but at a ”significantly reduced" level than before the coronavirus pandemic. The Danish government nearly two years ago ordered a cull of millions of minks to minimize the risk of the small mammals retransmitting the virus. (Mads Claus Rasmussen/Ritzau Scanpix via AP, File)
September 23

After student's death, LA schools to carry overdose antidote

The Los Angeles Unified School District will provide all its schools with a medication that can reverse opioid overdoses
September 23
September 23

Hong Kong to end mandatory hotel quarantine for travelers

Hong Kong’s leader has announced the city would no longer require incoming travelers to quarantine in designated hotels
September 23
Passengers queue up at the arrival hall for buses going to quarantine hotels from Hong Kong international airport in Hong Kong, Friday, Sep. 23, 2022. Hong Kong’s leader announced the city would no longer require incoming travelers to quarantine in designated hotels as the city seeks to open up globally after nearly two years. The measures will come into effect Monday.(AP Photo/Lam Yik)
September 23

Should people start wearing masks again this fall? Here's what experts say.

Most state and local mask mandates have been lifted.
September 23
Pedestrians wear masks in Los Angeles July 13, 2022.
September 23

Hong Kong to end mandatory hotel quarantine for incoming travelers after nearly 2 years in bid to stay competitive

Hong Kong to end mandatory hotel quarantine for incoming travelers after nearly 2 years in bid to stay competitive
September 23
September 22

Should masks return to prevent a COVID surge in colder weather?

In most U.S. cities, only health care environments still require mask mandates.
September 22
In most U.S. cities, only health care environments still require mask mandates.
September 22

4.4M Americans roll up sleeves for omicron-targeted boosters

More than 4 million Americans have rolled up their sleeves for the new omicron-specific booster shots
September 22
September 22

Recreational marijuana measure OK’d for Arkansas ballot

The Arkansas Supreme Court says voters can decide this fall whether to legalize recreational marijuana
September 22
September 22

White House: GOP abortion ban would mean a nationwide crisis

The White House and the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists say a Republican-led proposal to ban abortion nationwide after 15 weeks would endanger the health of women and have severe consequences for physicians
September 22
Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., speak during a news conference to discuss the introduction of the Protecting Pain-Capable Unborn Children from Late-Term Abortions Act on Capitol Hill, Tuesday, Sept. 13, 2022, in Washington. (AP Photo/Mariam Zuhaib)
September 22

Nearly 225,000 Americans have died of COVID-19 since the start of 2022, data shows

The U.S. is still losing hundreds of Americans to the virus every day.
September 22
A nurse enters a room in the COVID ICU to administer treatment to a patient at SSM Health St. Anthony Hospital in Oklahoma City, on Aug. 5, 2022.

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September 22

Indiana abortion clinics reopening after judge blocks ban

Abortion clinic operators argue that the ban violates the state constitution.
September 22
FILE - Abortion-rights protesters fill Indiana Statehouse corridors and cheer outside legislative chambers, Friday, Aug. 5, 2022, as lawmakers vote to concur on a near-total abortion ban, in Indianapolis. An Indiana judge on Thursday, Sept. 22, blocked the state’s abortion ban from being enforced, putting the law on hold as abortion clinic operators argue that the new law violates the state constitution.(AP Photo/Arleigh Rodgers, File)
September 22

CDC director gets COVID booster, discusses pandemic response and monkeypox outbreak

ABC's Terry Moran presses CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky on the latest booster shots and how the CDC handled the public health emergency.
September 22
VIDEO: CDC director gets COVID booster, discusses pandemic response and monkeypox outbreak
September 22

Mental health advocate connects with community through TikTok, shared experiences

As part of Hispanic Heritage Month, ABC News spotlights Jorge Alvarez, who uses social media to spark conversations about mental health and connect with his community.
September 22
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September 22

CDC director weighs in on whether pandemic is over

US is in a "very different place" compared to one or two years ago, she says.
September 22
CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky gets her COVID-19 vaccine booster.
September 22

Some school uniforms linked to potentially harmful PFAS 'forever' chemicals

Scientists and regulators are concerned about high exposure levels.
September 22
September 22

Judge blocks Indiana abortion ban week after it took effect

An Indiana judge has blocked the state’s abortion ban from being enforced, putting the new law on hold as abortion clinic operators argue that it violates the state constitution
September 22
FILE - Abortion protesters attempt to hand out literature as they stand in the driveway of a Planned Parenthood clinic in Indianapolis, on Aug. 16, 2019. Almost three months after Roe v. Wade was overturned, the landscape of abortion access is still shifting significantly in some states. Changing restrictions and litigation in neighboring Indiana and Ohio this week illustrate the whiplash for providers and patients navigating sudden changes in what is allowed where. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy, File)
September 22

Judge puts Indiana’s abortion ban on hold, siding with opponents pushing lawsuit claiming it violates state constitution

Judge puts Indiana’s abortion ban on hold, siding with opponents pushing lawsuit claiming it violates state constitution
September 22
September 22

Israel rolls out new omicron-tailored COVID-19 vaccines

Israel has started administering doses of the new COVID-19 vaccine tailored to fight the highly infectious omicron variant
September 22
A man receives the fifth Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine from medical staff at Clalit Health services in Tel Aviv, Israel, Thursday, Sept. 22, 2022. Israel has launched its fifth vaccination campaign, urging people in at-risk groups and those over 65 to get the additional COVID shot. The fifth vaccine available to Israelis is one that specifically targets the Omicron strain of the coronavirus, which makes up the majority of cases in the country.(AP Photo/Oded Balilty)
September 22

Uganda confirms 7 Ebola cases, races to halt outbreak

Uganda has confirmed seven Ebola infections as authorities try to track down 43 contacts of known Ebola patients
September 22
September 22

Taiwan plans to end quarantine requirement for arrivals

Taiwan is considering an end to its quarantine requirement for all arrivals in mid-October
September 22
September 22

Secret vaccinations help Zimbabwe mothers protect children

Church members in Zimbabwe are getting their children vaccinated against measles in secret amid a deadly outbreak
September 22
Women holding babies take their places on wooden benches at a clinic in Harare, Zimbabwe, Thursday, Sept. 15, 2022. Church members in Zimbabwe are getting their children vaccinated against measles in secret amid a deadly outbreak. It's to avoid being shunned by religious leaders who are opposed to modern medicine. (AP Photo/Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi)
September 21

Updated boosters for some children 'weeks' from authorization: FDA vaccine chief

Primary vaccines are already authorized for children 6 months and older.
September 21
In this May 11, 2021, file photo, Dr. Peter Marks, Director of the Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research within the Food and Drug Administration, testifies during a Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions hearing to examine an update from Federal officials on efforts to combat COVID-19, on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C.
September 21

Cancer death rates in US decreased every year since 2016: Report

A new report published Wednesday found that the cancer death rate has decreased by 2.3% every year between 2016 and 2019.
September 21
A new report published Wednesday found that the cancer death rate has decreased by 2.3% every year between 2016 and 2019.
September 21

Nevada wants feds to declare mothballed nuke dump plan dead

After a decade in limbo, Nevada is pressing U.S. nuclear regulators to finally kill a mothballed proposal to entomb the nation’s most radioactive waste in the desert north of Las Vegas
September 21
FILE - People leave the south portal of Yucca Mountain during a congressional tour on July 14, 2018, near Mercury, Nev. Nevada is asking the federal Nuclear Regulatory Commission to restart its look at licensing the mothballed Yucca Mountain national radioactive waste repository, with the expectation that will finally end four decades of debate and kill it. (AP Photo/John Locher, File)
September 21

Florida man pleads guilty to $7.2M COVID-19 relief fraud

A Florida man who fled the U.S. and was eventually arrested in Croatia has pleaded guilty to stealing more than $7.2 million in COVID-19 relief funds
September 21
September 21

Oklahoma court: Weed question won't make November ballot

The Oklahoma Supreme Court says a proposed state question on whether to legalize the recreational use of marijuana won't appear on the November ballot
September 21
September 21

US cancer deaths are declining, study says. Here’s why.

The report credited new medications and more research for the decline.
September 21
Judy Smith, a two time cancer survivor, gives a big hug to her great grandson  during the Celebration and Survivor Ceremony during the 25th annual Komen Colorado Race for the Cure on Sept. 24, 2017 in Denver.
September 21

Doctors urge Americans to get flu shot and COVID booster

October is the best time to get the booster and flu shot, according to experts.
September 21
October is the best time to get the booster and flu shot, according to experts.
September 21

FDA warns against 'very unsafe' social media trends targeted at teens

The FDA is warning parents and teens about "very unsafe" social media trends, including a recent one that has begun trending online involving cooking chicken in NyQuil.
September 21
The FDA is warning parents and teens about "very unsafe" social media trends, including a recent one that has begun trending online involving cooking chicken in NyQuil.
September 21

When experts say you should get flu shots, COVID boosters

It’s safe for people to get both shots during the same visit, experts say.
September 21
Gustavo Perez gets an  influenza vaccine from pharmacist Patricia Pernal during an event hosted by the Chicago Department of Public Health at the Southwest Senior Center, Sept. 9, 2022, in Chicago.
September 21

FDA warns against 'very unsafe' social media trends targeting teenagers

These video challenges can harm people and even cause death.
September 21
An undated sign at a Food and Drug Administration office building.
September 20

Jury awards $100K; woman says she lost job over Flint data

A jury has awarded $100,000 to a woman who says she lost her job after refusing to falsify results of blood tests for Flint children who were exposed to lead
September 20
September 20

Internal FDA report on infant formula crisis details shortfalls in response

The FDA lacks authority to make companies "do the right thing," its chief said.
September 20
The Reyes family wait to receive baby formula as consumer goods continue seeing shortages as the country grapples with ongoing supply chain issues in Houston, July 08, 2022.
September 20

China quarantine bus crash prompts outcry over 'zero COVID'

China is facing a backlash over strict virus policies after quarantine bus crash
September 20
A volunteer wearing protective gears stands watch near a COVID-19 testing site in Beijing, Tuesday, Sept. 20, 2022. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)
September 20

Police search for suspect who stabbed nurse at LA hospital

Authorities are searching for a man suspected of stabbing a nurse at a Los Angeles hospital, prompting a lockdown of the facility
September 20
A message is displayed on a sign at the entrance to Mission Community Hospital in the Panorama City section of Los Angeles on Tuesday, Sept. 20, 2022. Authorities are searching for a man suspected of stabbing an employee at the hospital, prompting a lockdown of the facility. Police say officers responded shortly after 6:30 p.m. Monday following reports of an assault by a man with a knife. (AP Photo/Richard Vogel)
September 20

FDA concedes delays in response to baby formula shortage

U.S. health regulators say their response to the ongoing infant formula shortage was slowed by delays in processing a whistleblower complaint and test samples from the nation’s largest formula factory
September 20
FILE - Similac Alimentum Hypoallergenic Infant Formula, imported from Puerto Rico, is for sale at a Stew Leonard's grocery store in Yonkers, New York, Friday, June 10, 2022. The FDA acknowledged Tuesday, Sept. 20, that its response to the national shortage of infant formula was slowed by delays in processing a whistleblower complaint and test samples from the nation’s largest manufacturing plant. A 10-page report from the agency offers the first formal account of the factors that led to the ongoing infant formula shortage. (AP Photo/Ted Shaffrey, File)
September 20

W.Va. announces $147M opioid settlement with CVS, Walmart

Walmart and CVS Pharmacy have settled with the state of West Virginia for a combined total of $147 million in a lawsuit over the companies’ roles in contributing to the opioid epidemic
September 20
September 20

Coalition of leaders: Urgent action needed for food security

Leaders from Europe, the Americas and Africa are calling for urgent action and funding to ease a growing global food security crisis
September 20
United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres, right, poses for a photo with Spain's Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez, Monday, Sept. 19, 2022, at U.N. headquarters. (Ariana Lindquist/United Nations via AP)