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How the Supreme Court Ruling Will Impact Abortion Laws in the US


iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- The Supreme Court on Monday struck down the Texas law that imposed strict new requirements on abortion clinics in the state.The 5-3 decision in the case of Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt will likely have sweeping implications for abortion regulations throughout the United States.What HappenedIn a major win for abortion rights advocates, the court ruled that the state’s regulations imposed an “undue burden” on women’s right to se

American Red Cross Apologizes for Poster That Some Found Racist


Danuta Otfinowski/American Red Cross(NEW YORK) -- The American Red Cross issued an apology Monday for a poster that some people found offensive because it appeared to portray what appear to be white children as "cool" and children of color were "not cool."The poster, entitled "Be Cool, Follow the Rules" -- meant to promote pool safety -- labeled children as "cool" or "not cool" depending on whether they followed pool rules.The issue that many pointed out, however, was that all of the children la

Study Says Adolescent Suicide Down, but Still Second Leading Cause of Death


iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Rates of suicide have decreased 28 percent since a peak in 1990, but it remains the second leading cause of death in teenagers, according to a new report published in Pediatrics.The study said the important risk factors for these suicides were bullying, sexual orientation, access to guns at home and mood changes. And a new addition: "pathologic" internet use (self-reported daily Internet use exceeding five hours) was also associated with teenage suicide.The re

The Health Hazards of Severe Flooding


iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Deadly floods in West Virginia have already killed at least 23 people and officials fear the heavy rains could put others in danger. But floodwater can be noxious even after it recedes, according to medical experts.Standing water can contain harsh chemicals as waters wash over roads and other industrial areas. Bacteria can infect open wounds, causing dangerous infections, and infectious diseases including E.coli, norovirus and tetanus can spread easily in areas wit

Your Body: Talking to Teens About Safe Driving


iStock/ThinkstockBy DR. JENNIFER ASHTON, ABC News Senior Medical ContributorTalking to your teens about being smart and safe behind the wheel can be a real challenge. But according to a new study, you might not need to say that much. It may be all in your actions and how you talk to them.The president of Safe Kids Worldwide says when it comes to learning how to drive, teens told them that they really valued the time behind the wheel with their parent. Now when my son started driving, I was

Study: Preventative Measures May Decrease Cancer Risk by as Much as 45%


iStock/Thinkstock(TUCSON, Ariz.) — Medical experts have asserted for decades that certain behaviors including smoking and eating an unhealthy diet can increase the risk of developing cancer. In the report published Thursday in the journal Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention, researchers attempted to understand how reducing these behaviors and living a healthy lifestyle could affect a person's chance of developing cancer.The researchers examined 12 ongoing cohort studies, looki

Contract Dispute Continues for Minneapolis Area Nurses Despite End of Strike


iStock/Thinkstock(MINNEAPOLIS) -- Thousands of nurses at five hospitals in the Minneapolis-area have finished their week-long strike over a contract dispute.Although the strike is over, the nurses' contract fight is not.The nurses in the Minnesota Nurses Association believe hospital operator Allina Health wants to switch nurses to a plan with lower monthly premiums and higher out-of-pocket costs.Almost 5,000 nurses joined the picket lines starting last weekend, calling for Allina to hold contrac

Officer Killed On Duty Honored by Police Force in Widow's Maternity Photo Shoot


iStock/Thinkstock(GREENVILLE, N.C.) --  A widow, who lost her police officer husband in the line of duty while she was expecting, decided to honor him in a maternity photo shoot that's gone viral.Officer Allen Jacobs died March 18 in Greenville, South Carolina.His widow Meghan Jacobs is pregnant with their third child -- a baby girl to be named Lennox -- who is due in July.  To honor her late husband, Meghan Jacobs, with the help of a friend of more than 15 years, photographer Jessie E

Kansas Woman Admits Embezzling from Employer


KANSAS CITY, Mo.  -  A Kansas woman has pleaded guilty to charges accusing her of embezzling about $471,000 from her employer. The office of the U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Missouri said in a release that Kimberly Joyce Padgett of

Discarded Needles Concern Shawnee Co Recycling Workers


TOPEKA, Kan.  - Shawnee County officials are working to protect recycling crews from discarded hypodermic needles and syringes. The Topeka Capital-Journal reports needles and syringes are making their way into county recycling and posing a danger to

House Panel Subpoenas Kerry on Keystone XL Documents


WASHINGTON, D.C.  -  A House panel has issued a subpoena to Secretary of State John Kerry for department documents, reports and letters related to the contentious push to build the Keystone XL pipeline. Republicans on the House Oversight and Go

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