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Updated Jan 23, 2015 at 9:22 AM

LOS ANGELES — A major measles outbreak traced to Disneyland has brought criticism down on the small but vocal movement among parents to opt out of vaccinations for their children.In a rash of cases that public health officials are rushing to contain, at least 70 people in six states and Mexico have fallen ill since mid-December, most of them from California. The vast majority of those who got sick had not gotten the measles-mumps-rubella, or MMR, vaccine.While still a...

Updated Jan 20, 2015 at 1:02 PM

RICHMOND, Va. — Nine-year-old Alex Campbell had to stretch to reach the microphone, but a state Senate subcommittee nevertheless hung on his every word as he described being locked up repeatedly in a "crisis room" at school.After...

Updated Jan 14, 2015 at 9:44 AM

CORTLAND — Brett and Laura Bartosik don't want anyone else to feel the pain of losing someone to suicide.Since 20-year-old Seth Bartosik took his own life in June, his parents have started The Seth Project Ltd., a nonprofit aimed at...

Posted Jan 13, 2015 at 11:00 AM

NEW YORK -- Facebook users in the U.S. will soon receive Amber Alerts to help find missing children who may be located near them.Facebook Inc. is working with the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children to send the alerts to...

Posted Jan 13, 2015 at 9:30 AM

NEW YORK -- After watching Americans suck down Big Gulps for decades, Coke and Pepsi are realizing less could be more.As people cut back on soda, the two beverage giants are pushing smaller cans and bottles they say contain fewer calories...

Updated Jan 12, 2015 at 7:44 AM

CHICAGO - Head Start programs have been shown to help poor children do better in school, but they may also help them fight obesity, a study suggests.During a year of Head Start preschool, obese and overweight children were much more likely...

Updated Jan 8, 2015 at 10:02 AM

STERLING — When Jacob Gale looked on Facebook Monday night and saw people charging $15 and $20 to shovel a driveway, all he could do was shake his head.“I’m thinking to myself, ‘Why would you charge someone to...

Updated Jan 7, 2015 at 2:46 PM

RIO DE JANEIRO — Brazil has unveiled new rules aimed at stemming the South American nation’s “epidemic of cesareans” and promoting natural births among private health care providers.Health Minister Arthur Chioro...

Updated Jan 6, 2015 at 2:12 PM

CHICAGO — Complications are uncommon for women undergoing test-tube fertility procedures: A new 12-year U.S. study shows the most frequent involve drugs used to stimulate ovaries, but it suggests problems are rarely...

Updated Jan 2, 2015 at 10:44 AM

BETTENDORF, Iowa — When Jim Foster opened his piano store 30 years ago, he had 10 competitors selling just pianos.When he closed Foster Family Music in late December, not one was still selling pianos in the Quad-Cities area of Iowa...

Updated Dec 31, 2014 at 2:25 PM

PROVIDENCE, R.I. — It was an embarrassing Christmas for Nivea Cabrera after she was accused by her fiance’s mother of giving her 5-year-old granddaughter a sex toy. A mortified Carbrera asked the child where she got the penis-shaped...

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