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Gene discovery may explain why more women get Alzheimer's disease

Scientists identified a gene that appears to increase Alzheimer's risk in women, providing a potential new clue why more women than men are diagnosed. Read more

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California first to cover health care for all immigrants

California will be the first state to guarantee free health care for all low-income immigrants who are living in the country illegally. Gov. Gavin Newsom is expected to sign a $307.9 billion operating budget on Thursday. It makes all low-income adults eligible for the state's Medicaid program regardless of their immigration status. The move will provide coverage for an additional 714,000 people. It will cost taxpayers about $2.6 billion per year once fully implemented. The Newsom administration has indicated it will take until 2024 to implement the expansion. Read more

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Supreme Court: Biden can end Trump-era asylum policy

The Supreme Court says the Biden administration can scrap a Trump-era immigration policy to make asylum-seekers wait in Mexico for hearings in U.S. immigration courts. It's a victory for a White House that still must address the growing number of people seeking refuge at America’s southern border. The ruling will have little immediate impact because the policy has been seldom applied under President Joe Biden. He reinstated it under a court order in December. His predecessor, Donald Trump, launched the “Remain in Mexico” policy and fully embraced it. Two conservative justices joined their three liberal colleagues in siding with the White House. Read more

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Judge to block Florida abortion ban; Kentucky ban on hold

A Florida judge says he will temporarily block the state's 15-week abortion ban. The judge said Thursday that ban violates the state’s constitution and he will issue an order blocking it, but not before it is scheduled to take effect Friday. In Kentucky, a judge has temporarily blocked that state’s near-total ban on the procedure triggered by the Supreme Court ruling that overturned Roe v. Wade. The cases reflect battles being waged in courts across the country after the Supreme Court left it up to the states to decide whether abortion is legal within their borders. Read more

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Biden notched gains at summit; returns to turmoil at home

The dissonant realities of President Joe Biden’s second year in office were on display Thursday as he wound up a five-day trip to Europe that highlighted both the key U.S. role in mounting a strong allied response to Vladimir Putin’s aggression and the domestic turmoil that is dragging Biden down at home. Biden appeared to welcome the time away from Washington as a respite from his domestic predicament, insisting that despite turmoil at home from inflation to gun violence, world leaders still valued America’s — and his — leadership. Biden's success abroad drew rare praise from GOP Sen. Thom Tillis, who said, “Here we have a bipartisan delegation and a president who have a common goal. Back home, maybe not quite as much.'" Read more

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Tweaked COVID boosters in US must target newer omicron types

U.S. regulators are telling COVID-19 vaccine makers to tweak any booster doses intended for fall so they protect against the newest omicron relatives. There's no way to know what coronavirus variant will be the main threat as cold weather returns. But the Food and Drug Administration decided Thursday that combination shots adding a type of omicron protection to the original vaccine is the best booster strategy for fall. Pfizer and Moderna already had been testing combo shots targeting the omicron strain responsible for last winter's surge, and now will need another tweak for even newer versions. Read more

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Connecticut abortion law, tax changes to take effect Friday

Connecticut state officials and abortion providers say they’re ready for the state’s first major abortion-related legislation in years. The untested law, which aims to legally protect abortion providers and patients from other states’ bans on abortion procedures, takes effect on Friday. The law also expands the types of medical providers that can perform certain early term abortions. The abortion legislation is one of several key new laws that take effect on Friday, the first day of the new fiscal year. Various tax changes are scheduled to kick in, including a 9-cent-per-gallon increase in the diesel tax. Minimum wage will also increase to $14 an hour. Read more

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Check out these caffeine-free alternatives to help kickstart your day, when you should use credit over cash, and more videos to improve you… Read more

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Photos: Scenes of protest across America after Roe overturned

Americans took to the streets a day after the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade. Here are scenes from across the U.S. Read more

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What the Roe v. Wade reversal means for abortion access across America

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Judge to temporarily block Florida’s 15-week abortion ban over claims state constitution guarantees right to procedure

Judge to temporarily block Florida’s 15-week abortion ban over claims state constitution guarantees right to procedure. Read more

Judge temporarily blocks Kentucky’s near-total abortion ban that was triggered by Supreme Court’s Roe v. Wade ruling

Judge temporarily blocks Kentucky’s near-total abortion ban that was triggered by Supreme Court’s Roe v. Wade ruling. Read more

Biden backs changing Senate filibuster rules to pass abortion, privacy protections as well as voting legislation

Biden backs changing Senate filibuster rules to pass abortion, privacy protections as well as voting legislation. Read more

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