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Correction: Abortion Clinic Fire-Wyoming story

In a story published May 25, 2022, about a fire at a Wyoming abortion clinic under construction, The Associated Press erroneously reported that a hospital in Jackson, Wyoming, provides abortions
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Planned Parenthood workers in 5 Midwest states seek union

About 400 workers at Planned Parenthood offices in five Midwestern states plan to unionize
4 hours ago
FILE - Demonstrators hold a vigil against Planned Parenthood in Omaha, Neb., April 14, 2011. About 400 workers at Planned Parenthood offices in five Midwest states plan to unionize as their employer deals with the potential loss of business in states where abortions may become illegal. Ashley Schmidt, a training and development specialist for Nebraska and western Iowa, says workers at Planned Parenthood North Central States in Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska, North Dakota and South Dakota formally filed for a union election with a National Labor Relations Board on Thursday, May 26, 2022. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik, File)
May 26

Here's what experts think about COVID seasonality

COVID infection is likely headed toward seasonality, but it's not there yet.
May 26
In this Jan. 13, 2022, file photo, a woman gets a COVID-19 test done by a healthcare worker in North Miami, Fla.
May 26

How child gunshot victims are treated compared to adults: Doctors

Children may need different medications and levels of fluids, doctors explain.
May 26
People stand outside Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas, May 25, 2022.
May 26

WHO: COVID-19 cases mostly drop, except for the Americas

The World Health Organization says the number of new coronavirus cases and deaths are still falling globally after peaking in January
May 26
A worker wearing a protective suit to help protect against COVID-19 stands outside an ambulance parked along a street in Beijing, Thursday, May 26, 2022. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)
May 26

Japan to resume tourism in June; only packaged tour for now

Japan will open its borders to foreign tourists in June for the first time since imposing tight pandemic travel restrictions about two years ago, but only for package tours for now
May 26
FILE - Tourists in traditional Japanese kimonos walk in Asakusa district in Tokyo, July 27, 2020. Japan will reopen its borders to foreign tourists June 10, 2022, but only to package tour participants for now, officials said Thursday, as the country starts to cautiously open its borders to foreign tourism for the first time in about two years. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko, File)
May 26

US making COVID antiviral drug more available at test sites

The administration aims to make Paxlovid more accessible across the U.S.
May 26
White House COVID-19 Response Coordinator Dr. Ashish Jha speaks during the daily briefing at the White House in Washington, Tuesday, April 26, 2022. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
May 25

Oklahoma governor signs the nation's strictest abortion ban

Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt has signed into law the nation’s strictest abortion ban
May 25
FILE - In this April 12, 2022, file photo, Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt speaks after signing into law a bill making it a felony to perform an abortion, punishable by up to 10 years in prison in Oklahoma City. Oklahoma's Legislature has given final legislative approval to another Texas-style anti-abortion bill. Abortion providers say once the bill is signed, it would be the most restrictive abortion ban in effect in the country. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki, file)
May 25

Oklahoma’s governor signs the strictest abortion ban in U.S., ending the procedure in the state with few exceptions

Oklahoma’s governor signs the strictest abortion ban in U.S., ending the procedure in the state with few exceptions
May 25
May 25

Jill Biden, Murthy welcome 2nd mass delivery of baby formula

Jill Biden and the U.S. surgeon general are empathizing with parents across the country who have been scrambling to find infant formula for their children
May 25
First lady Jill Biden speaks after a Fedex cargo plane arrived with 100,000 pounds of baby formula at Washington Dulles International Airport, in Chantilly, Va., on Wednesday, May 25, 2022. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)
May 25

Cops: 500,000 fentanyl pills found in Arizona traffic stop

Arizona police say two women were arrested after about 500,000 fentanyl pills were found in an SUV pulled over for speeding
May 25
This photo released by the Casa Grande Police Department, shows a collagen supplement bottle that concealed approximately 500,000 fentanyl pills that were found in an SUV pulled over for speeding on Interstate 10 in Pinal County, Arix., on Monday May 23, 2022. Two women, Martha Lopez, 31, and Tania Luna Solis, 30, were arrested Monday after about 500,000 fentanyl pills were found collagen supplement bottles in an SUV pulled over for speeding on Interstate 10 in Arizona, police said.(Casa Grande Police Department via AP)
May 25

FDA chief struggles to explain slow response on baby formula

The head of the Food and Drug Administration faced a congressional grilling over a months-long delay in inspecting the plant at the center of a nationwide baby formula shortage
May 25
FILE - Shelves typically stocked with baby formula sit mostly empty at a store in San Antonio, Tuesday, May 10, 2022. A massive baby formula recall, combined with COVID-related supply chain problems, is getting most of the blame for the shortage that's causing distress for many parents across the U.S. But the nation's formula supply has long been vulnerable to this type of crisis, experts say, due to decades-old rules and policies that have allowed a handful of companies to corner nearly the entire U.S. market. (AP Photo/Eric Gay, File)
May 25

Police suspect arson in fire at Wyoming abortion clinic site

Police believe an overnight fire in Wyoming that damaged a building being renovated to house a new abortion clinic was deliberately set
May 25
Police stand at the scene of an overnight fire that severely damaged a building that was being renovated to house a new abortion clinic in Casper, Wyoming, Wednesday, May 25, 2022. The clinic, which would also provide other health care for women, had been set to open in June. It would become only the second place in the state to offer abortions. (AP Photo/Mead Gruver)
May 25

Tribute for late VA chief Max Cleland, who lost limbs in war

President Joe Biden and three former presidents have paid tribute to late Veterans Administration chief and U.S. senator Max Cleland, who lost limbs while serving in Vietnam
May 25
FILE - Former Georgia Senator Max Cleland salutes delegates before introducing Sen. John Kerry at the Democratic National Convention Thursday, July 29, 2004, at the Fleet Center in Boston, Mass. President Joe Biden and three former presidents have paid tribute to late Veterans Administration chief and U.S. senator Cleland, who lost limbs while serving in Vietnam. Cleland died of congestive heart failure in November at age 79, but his memorial service was delayed until Wednesday, May 25, 2022, because of the coronavirus pandemic. (AP Photo/Ed Reinke, File)
May 25

Long COVID affects more older adults; shots don't prevent it

Research in U.S. veterans provides fresh evidence that long COVID-19 can happen even after breakthrough infections following vaccination
May 25
FILE - Nancy Rose, who contracted COVID-19 in 2021 and continues to exhibit long-haul symptoms including brain fog and memory difficulties, pauses while organizing her desk space, Tuesday, Jan. 25, 2022, in Port Jefferson, N.Y. Rose, 67, said many of her symptoms waned after she got vaccinated, though she still has bouts of fatigue and memory loss. A report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released on Wednesday, May 25, 2022, found that up to a year after an initial coronavirus infection, 1 in 4 adults aged 65 and older had at least one potential long COVID health problem, compared with 1 in 5 younger adults. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)
May 25

Davos updates | VW: Supply chain woes ease; orders backed up

Executives with German automaker Volkswagen say at the World Economic Forum meeting in Davos that supply chain problems exacerbated by the Russia-Ukraine war are easing but they’re dealing with a huge backlog of orders
May 25
Valdis Dombrovskis, Executive Vice-President for an Economy that Works for People at the European Commission attends a session at the 51st annual meeting of the World Economic Forum, WEF, in Davos, Switzerland, Wednesday, May 25, 2022. (Gian Ehrenzeller/Keystone via AP)
May 25

Texas shooting is reminder guns are now the leading cause of death among US kids

CDC data showed 4,368 Americans under age 19 died from gun violence in 2020.
May 25
A young girl holds flowers outside the Staff Sgt. Willie de Leon Civic Center where people gather to mourn in Uvalde, Texas, May 24, 2022, after a shooting at Robb Elementary School.
May 25

Austrian COVID vaccine mandate to remain suspended in summer

Austria’s coronavirus vaccination mandate has been suspended for another three months until the end of August
May 25
May 25

Pfizer to offer low-cost medicines, vaccines to poor nations

Drug giant set to offer vaccines and treatment at not-for-profit prices.
May 25
A woman pushes a baby in a stroller past a sign hanging outside Pfizer headquarters in New York, Monday, May 23, 2022. Three doses of Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine offer strong protection for children younger than 5, the company announced Monday, May 23, 2022. Pfizer plans to give the data to U.S. regulators later this week in a step toward letting the littlest kids get the shots. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)
May 25

Tentative $161.5 million settlement reached in opioid trial

Attorneys for the state of West Virginia and two remaining pharmaceutical manufacturers have reached a tentative $161.5 million settlement
May 25
May 25

West Virginia attorney general announces tentative settlement with opioid makers as 7-week trial wraps up

West Virginia attorney general announces tentative settlement with opioid makers as 7-week trial wraps up
May 25
May 25

Germany: Fake doctor gets life in prison for patient deaths

A German court has sentenced a woman who posed as a doctor to life in prison for causing the deaths of several people she treated
May 25
Volker Muetze (l), presiding judge at the Regional Court, stands in the courtroom for the opening in Kassel, HGermany, Wednesday, May 25, 2022. A German court on Wednesday sentenced a woman who posed as a fake doctor and caused the deaths of several of people to life imprisonment for three counts of murder, among other charges. (Swen Pfoertner/dpa via AP)
May 25

Nation's latest COVID-19 wave largely hidden from view, health experts say

'There's a lot of COVID out there,' one expert acknowledged.
May 25
A woman takes a COVID-19 test at a pop-up testing site in New York City, May 3, 2022.
May 25

Germany to loosen COVID-19 entry rules over the summer

Germany’s health minister says the government plans to suspend a pandemic rule requiring people to show proof of vaccination, a negative test result or recent recovery from COVID-19 to enter the country over the summer
May 25
FILE - In this Monday, March 16, 2020 file photo, a German police officer checks authorization for a woman to enter Germany at the German-France border in Kehl, Germany. Germany's health minister says the government plans to suspend a rule requiring people to show proof of vaccination against COVID-19 or a negative test result to enter the country over the summer. (AP Photo/Jean-Francois Badias, File)
May 25

Vaccines bring optimism as COVID cases soar in South America

After a reprieve of months, confirmed cases of COVID-19 are surging in the southern tip of South America
May 25
May 24

China's bet on homegrown mRNA vaccines holds back nation

China is trying to navigate its biggest coronavirus outbreak without a tool it could have adopted many months ago, the kind of vaccines that have proven to offer the best protection against the worst outcomes from COVID-19
May 24
China's first SARS-CoV-2 mRNA vaccine AWcorna, developed by Abogen Biosciences, Walvax Biotechnology, and the Academy of Military Medical Sciences' Institute of Biotechnology, is displayed at the National 13th Five-Year Scientific and Technological Innovation Achievement Exhibition in Beijing, China on Oct. 27, 2021. More than two years into the pandemic, China has not approved the more effective mRNA vaccines, instead choosing to pursue its own route on COVID-19 vaccines. (Chinatopix via AP)
May 24

US safety, savings rules set stage for baby formula shortage

A massive recall is getting most of the blame for the U.S. baby formula shortage, but experts say the products have long been vulnerable to this type of crisis
May 24
FILE - Shelves typically stocked with baby formula sit mostly empty at a store in San Antonio, Tuesday, May 10, 2022. A massive baby formula recall, combined with COVID-related supply chain problems, is getting most of the blame for the shortage that's causing distress for many parents across the U.S. But the nation's formula supply has long been vulnerable to this type of crisis, experts say, due to decades-old rules and policies that have allowed a handful of companies to corner nearly the entire U.S. market. (AP Photo/Eric Gay, File)
May 24

The symptoms, treatment for monkeypox

The extremely rare disease is slowly making its way around the world; here’s what to look out for.
May 24
The extremely rare disease is slowly making its way around the world; here’s what to look out for.
May 24

Montana bars birth certificate changes, even with surgery

Montana health officials say transgender people can’t change their birth certificates even if they undergo gender-confirmation surgery
May 24
May 24

CDC to release monkeypox vaccines from national stockpile

ABC News contributor and infectious diseases specialist Dr. Simone Wildes joins ABC News Live to discuss the latest on the spread of monkeypox.
May 24
VIDEO: CDC to release monkeypox vaccines from national stockpile
May 24

Pandemic-weary Americans plan for summer despite COVID surge

Surges in COVID-19 cases are causing disruptions in many parts of the U.S., but as the school year wraps up and Americans prepare for their summer vacations, many people have returned to their pre-pandemic routines
May 24
People line up at a food truck parked near Waikiki Beach in Honolulu, Monday, May 23, 2022. A COVID surge is under way that is starting to cause disruptions as schools wrap up for the year and Americans prepare for summer vacations. Case counts are as high as they've been since mid-February and those figures are likely a major undercount because of unreported home tests and asymptomatic infections. But the beaches beckoned and visitors have flocked to Hawaii, especially in recent months. (AP Photo/Caleb Jones)
May 24

Feds investigating treatment of mentally ill in Louisville

The Department of Justice has opened an investigation into how Kentucky cares for mentally ill adults in the Louisville area
May 24
May 24

Delaware governor vetoes marijuana legalization bill

Delaware Gov. John Carney has vetoed a bill to legalize possession of up to one ounce of marijuana by adults for recreational use
May 24
May 24

Mothers pass torch to daughters in abortion's forever war

Generations of women came together for a Manhattan protest against the U.S. Supreme Court’s anticipated ruling overturning Roe v
May 24
May 24

Report: Dramatic rise in pesticides in EU fruits, vegetables

New research says the contamination of fruits and vegetables produced in the European Union by some of the most toxic pesticides has substantially increased over the past decade
May 24
FILE - Farmer Dimitris Kakalis, 25, fills a spray machine with pesticide at his vineyard near the town of Tyrnavos, central Greece, Sunday, Feb. 13, 2022. The contamination of fruits and vegetables produced in the European Union by the most toxic pesticides has substantially increased over the past decade, according to new research published Tuesday, May 24, 2022. (AP Photo/Giannis Papanikos, File)
May 24

7 people in the US confirmed or presumed to have monkeypox in 5 states

Dr. Alok Patel discusses how quickly the monkeypox virus is spreading as the CDC announces that the government will release some vaccines from the national stockpile.
May 24
VIDEO: 7 people in the US confirmed or presumed to have monkeypox in 5 states
May 24

Planned Parenthood to step in if North Dakota clinic closes

Planned Parenthood says it will offer abortion services at its clinic in Moorhead, Minnesota, if North Dakota’s only abortion clinic does not quickly relocate from Fargo should the U.S. Supreme Court overturn Roe v
May 24
Protesters at North Dakota's lone abortion clinic are flanked by patient escorts in rainbow-colored vests on Wednesday, May 11, 2022, in Fargo, N.D. A state law states that the Red River Women's Clinic would have to shut down in 30 days should the U.S. Supreme Court overturn Roe v. Wade. The facility would likely end up across the river in Moorhead, Minn. (AP Photo/Dave Kolpack)
May 24

EXPLAINER: What is monkeypox and where is it spreading?

Health authorities in Europe, North America, Israel and Australia have identified more than 100 cases of monkeypox in recent days
May 24
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. A leading doctor who chairs a World Health Organization expert group described the unprecedented outbreak of the rare disease monkeypox in developed countries as "a random event" that might be explained by risky sexual behavior at two recent mass events in Europe. (Cynthia S. Goldsmith, Russell Regner/CDC via AP, File)
May 24

United Arab Emirates detects first case of monkeypox

Health authorities in the United Arab Emirates say they have detected the country’s first case of the monkeypox virus in a young woman who traveled from West Africa
May 24
May 24

WHO chief Tedros reappointed to second five-year term

World Health Organization director-general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus was confirmed by the U.N. health agency’s member countries for a second five-year term on Tuesday
May 24
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. Ghebreyesus, is expected to be confirmed by the U.N. health agency's member countries for a second five-year term on Tuesday, May 24, 2022 after no other candidate challenged him for the post amid the ongoing difficulties of responding to the devastating coronavirus pandemic. (Johanna Geron, Pool Photo via AP, File)
May 24

Sweden: 5th COVID-19 shot to people over 65, pregnant women

Sweden is recommending a fifth COVID-19 vaccine dose for people with an increased risk of serious illness, including pregnant women and anyone aged 65 and over
May 24
May 24

Births in the US rose in 2021, the first increase in 7 years, CDC report finds

A total of 3,659,289 babies were born in 2021, a 1% increase from 2020.
May 24
An adult holds a newborn's feet in an undated stock photo.
May 23

If Roe falls, some fear repercussions for reproductive care

If the Supreme Court follows through on overturning Roe v
May 23
FILE - Margot Riphagen of New Orleans, wears a birth control pill costume as she protests in front of the Supreme Court in Washington on March 25, 2014. In 2022, a leaked draft opinion indicating U.S. Supreme Court justices are poised to overturn the decision that legalized abortion nationwide in the U.S. is raising fears that restrictions on contraception could follow. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak, File)
May 23

Dr. Alok Patel on COVID-19 surge: ‘We’re seeing an unprecedented amount of cases’

ABC News’ Linsey Davis and ABC News medical contributor Dr. Alok Patel talk about the FDA’s review of COVID-19 vaccines for kids 5 and under, as well as whether to be concerned about monkeypox.
May 23
VIDEO: Dr. Alok Patel on COVID-19 surge: ‘We’re seeing an unprecedented amount of cases’
May 23

Florida suspends abortion clinic after hospitalizations

An abortion clinic serving women from all over the U.S. South had its license suspended this weekend under an emergency order from Florida health officials after two women who had undergone procedures at the clinic were hospitalized this year
May 23
Pedestrians and bikers pass fencing that blocks off the area around the U.S. Supreme Court, Saturday, May 7, 2022, in Washington. A draft opinion suggests the U.S. Supreme Court could be poised to overturn the landmark 1973 Roe v. Wade case that legalized abortion nationwide, according to a Politico report released Monday. Whatever the outcome, the Politico report represents an extremely rare breach of the court's secretive deliberation process, and on a case of surpassing importance. (AP Photo/Amanda Andrade-Rhoades)
May 23

1 confirmed, 6 presumptive monkeypox cases in US

The CDC said there's no need for a mass vaccination campaign for the public.
May 23
This image from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention depicts a monkeypox virus particle obtained from a human skin sample.
May 23

Harris, surgeon general, warn of health care worker burnout

Vice President Kamala Harris and U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Vivek Murthy are warning of burnout among the nation’s health care staff after more than two years of the COVID-19 pandemic
May 23
Vice President Kamala Harris speaks about electric school buses, during an event at Meridian High School in Falls Church, Va., Friday, May 20, 2022. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
May 23

NC Medicaid expansion gets serious attention from Senate GOP

North Carolina Senate Republicans are strongly considering legislation that would expand Medicaid coverage to hundreds of thousands of additional low-income adults
May 23
FILE - Republican Senate leader Phil Berger speaks Aug. 24, 2021, in Raleigh, N.C. North Carolina Senate Republicans are strongly considering legislation Monday, May 23, 2022, that would expand Medicaid coverage to hundreds of thousands of additional low-income adults. (AP Photo/Bryan Anderson, file)
May 23

Expert: Monkeypox likely spread by sex at 2 raves in Europe

A leading World Health Organization adviser says the unprecedented outbreak of monkeypox in developed countries is “a random event” that might be explained by sexual behavior at two recent raves in Europe
May 23
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. A leading doctor who chairs a World Health Organization expert group described the unprecedented outbreak of the rare disease monkeypox in developed countries as "a random event" that might be explained by risky sexual behavior at two recent mass events in Europe. (Cynthia S. Goldsmith, Russell Regner/CDC via AP, File)
May 23

FDA advisers to meet to discuss COVID-19 shots for kids, vaccines for fall

The FDA said that it expects for its advisers to meet in June.
May 23
Dr. Mayank Amin administers a Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 booster vaccine to a 10-year-old at Skippack Pharmacy in Schwenksville, Penn., May 19, 2022.