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Laws encourage alternatives to prison for veterans with PTSD

Defenders of a former Army sergeant say he truly believed he was fighting the Taliban bomber who blew off his friend's limbs when he emptied 24 rounds from his 9 mm handgun at police and firefighters who were responding to a fire in his apartment. Psychologists testified that Joshua Eisenhauer ...

FILE - In this undated file photo, cookie dough clings to the beaters of a standing mixer. The Food and Drug Administration issued a warning on June 28, 2016, that people shouldn't eat raw dough due to an ongoing outbreak of illnesses related to a strain of E. coli bacteria found in some batches of flour.  (AP Photo/Larry Crowe, File)

FDA warns against eating raw dough amid E. coli fears

In a warning that's sure to disappoint many who enjoy sneaking a taste of cookie dough, the federal Food and Drug Administration says people shouldn't eat raw dough or batter of any kind due to an ongoing outbreak of illnesses related to a strain of E. coli bacteria found in ...

Germany: number of births hits highest level since 2000

Germany recorded its highest number of births since 2000 last year, an encouraging sign in a country with an aging population. The Federal Statistical Office said Thursday that 737,630 babies were born last year in Germany, which has a population of some 80 million. The number was up from 714,927 ...

Zika virus a concern for poor urban areas along Gulf Coast

The poorest parts of Houston remind Dr. Peter Hotez of some of the neighborhoods in Latin America hardest hit by Zika. Broken window screens. Limited air conditioning. Trash piles that seem to re-appear even after they're cleaned up. On a hot, humid day this month, Hotez pointed at one pile ...

11 Stuffed Avocado Recipes That Are Basically Boatloads of Happiness

We’re big fans of avocado around here, and there’s nothing we love more than finding unexpected ways to get our fix. Stuffed avocados are the easiest way to pack one bite with as many good-for-you ingredients as possible, without sacrificing flavor. Whether you’re looking for a gateway vessel for getting ...

Most Americans Want More Federal Money To Stop Zika: Poll

A large majority of Americans want the federal government to increase funding to prevent Zika’s spread in the U.S. and also help women at risk in affected areas get access to abortion, contraception and family planning services, according to a poll released Thursday. The virus, which has reached epidemic levels ...

As Marijuana Legalization Initiative Heads For Calif. Ballot, Health Groups Weigh In

With an initiative to legalize marijuana in California likely heading to the November ballot, medical providers, health care experts and industry groups are sharply divided over the controversial measure. It is already legal in California to use cannabis with a doctor’s prescription. The Adult Use of Marijuana Act would allow ...

Ga., Calif. Hospitals Sue Blue Cross Plan For Sending ER Reimbursements To Patients

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Georgia faces separate lawsuits accusing it of sending reimbursement money for emergency room care directly to patients — and not to the hospital because it isn’t part of the insurer’s network. That’s costing the hospitals money since patients don’t always turn over the funds, ...

FILE - In this March 8, 2014 file photo, Australia's Sally Pearson clears a hurdle in her 60m hurdles semi-final during the Athletics World Indoor Championships in Sopot, Poland. Hurdles gold medalist Pearson has reportedly withdrawn from the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro because of a hamstring injury. (AP Photo/Petr David Josek, File)

The Latest: Boomer Phelps celebrates with stuffed animal

The Latest on the Olympics ahead of the Rio Games (all times local to Rio): ___ 12:10 a.m. Boomer Phelps has his first stuffed animal from a swim meet. Not just any meet, but his daddy's last U.S. Olympic trials. Michael Phelps won the 200-meter butterfly to make his record ...

FILE - In this April 2, 2012, file photo, Tampa Bay Lightning's Steven Stamkos, center, celebrates with teammate Martin St. Louis as referee Kelly Sutherland signals Stamkos' goal during the third period of an NHL hockey game against the Washington Capitals, in Tampa, Fla. Steven Stamkos isn't the only "big fish" available when NHL free agency opens Friday at noon. The top-tier talent is deeper than in many recent years with Milan Lucic, Loui Eriksson, Brian Campbell and others available. (AP Photo/Mike Carlson, File)

Steven Stamkos decides to re-sign with Lightning

Steven Stamkos insisted all along that he wanted to stay put in Tampa Bay to win the Stanley Cup. The two-time Maurice Richard Trophy winner as the NHL's leading goal scorer gave himself that opportunity Wednesday, re-signing with the Lightning for eight years and foregoing a chance to test free ...

Are You in a Cardio Rut? Break Free!

Are you bored with your cardio workout? Do you yawn when thinking of getting on the stationary bike again? Are you already dreading the stair stepper workout that you have scheduled for tomorrow morning? If you answered "yes" to any of these questions, then you're quite likely in a rut, ...

So You Want to Be a Runner?

Running is one of the fastest growing amateur sports among men and women of all ages. Read how to get started on your own quest to becoming a runner. It doesn’t surprise me that more people are running for cardio exercise these days. According to a recent survey by Running ...

5 Fun Ways to Dive In to Aquatic Exercise

The pool can be a scary place. You have to wear a swimsuit (ack!), get your hair wet and know the rules of the road—er, swim lanes. But don't let that stop you! Water provides an excellent workout, especially for people with joint issues or for those who don't like ...

Exercises for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

You don’t want to complain, but lately you have felt a little tingling or numbness in your hand and wrist. Sometimes, the pain is sharp. Other times it seems to travel from your wrist up through your arm. You try to shake it off but it just won’t go away. ...

In this photo taken june 22, 2016, water collects inside a tire which is one of several tires left as trash in a neighborhood near downtown Houston. Trash piles like this are textbook habitat for the mosquitoes that carry Zika, and one example of the challenge facing public health officials. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

Health officials prepare for Zika, but local efforts tight

The poorest parts of Houston remind Dr. Peter Hotez of some of the neighborhoods in Latin America hardest hit by Zika. Broken window screens. Limited air conditioning. Trash piles that seem to re-appear even after they're cleaned up. On a hot, humid day this month, Hotez pointed at one pile ...

Rickie Fowler signs autographs during the practice round of the Bridgestone Invitational golf tournament at Firestone Country Club, Wednesday, June 29, 2016, in Akron, Ohio. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

Johnson says Olympic meeting clears up some concerns on Rio

U.S. Open champion Dustin Johnson is planning to play in the Olympics, and he said a meeting with USA Golf helped clear up a few concerns. Johnson said the Zika virus was discussed only briefly. The meat of the meeting was about security. "I think they've got it covered pretty ...

Indianapolis Children's Museum plans $35M sports zone

A $35 million project will transform a parking lot at The Children's Museum of Indianapolis into an outdoor activity zone that organizers hope will encourage healthy lifestyles. Museum officials announced project details Wednesday for the 7.5-acre Riley Children's Health Sports Legend Experience. The exhibit will have spaces for football, basketball, ...

In this June 23, 2016 photo, a member of the Baltimore Police Department stands on a corner in the Penn North neighborhood of Baltimore after Officer Caesar Goodson, one of six police officers charged in connection to the death of Freddie Gray, was acquitted of all charges in his trial.   While the city has moved on from the pain of Gray's death and the stunning homicide spike that followed, it continues to feel frustration and anger over the steady stream of murders that continue to plague the city. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

#RIP Lor Scoota, Baltimore rapper who tried to stop violence

The news tore across Twitter: A beloved Baltimore rapper was gunned down in broad daylight, moments after promoting peace on the streets at a charity fundraiser. Hundreds of inner-city youths — the people most exposed to Baltimore's pernicious gun violence — have mourned Tyriece "Lor Scoota" Watson as one of ...

Michigan governor signs budget with $165M more for Flint

Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder signed a $38.6 billion budget bill Wednesday that will more than triple state spending on the water emergency in Flint. Expenditures on the lead-tainted water crisis will total at least $240 million. That is about $165 million more than the $75 million previously approved by the ...

FILE - This Wednesday, April 29, 2009, file photo, shows hand sanitizer on a shelf at a pharmacy in Plano, Texas. Federal health officials want to know whether hand sanitizers used by millions of Americans are as effective at fighting germs as manufacturers claim, and whether there are any health risks to their use. (AP Photo/Donna McWilliam, File)

FDA has a few questions for makers of hand sanitizer

Federal health officials want to know whether hand sanitizers used by millions of Americans work as well as manufacturers claim — and whether there are any health risks to their growing use. The Food and Drug Administration is asking for new studies on how the antiseptic gels and rubs fight ...

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