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Bruce Aylward, WHO Assistant Director-General, speaks to the media during a press conference about the WHO briefing on the Ebola roadmap. It outlines all actions that need to be taken by affected countries and partners to bring an end to the largest and most complex recorded Ebola outbreak in history, at the European headquarters of the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland, Thursday, August 28, 2014. (AP Photo/Keystone/Martial Trezzini)

UN: Ebola Caseload Could Reach 20,000

Friday, August 29, 2014

Geneva — The Ebola outbreak in West Africa is accelerating and could grow six times larger to infect as many as 20,000 people, the World Health Organization said Thursday. The U.N. health agency unveiled a new road map for containing the virus, and scientists are fast-tracking efforts to find a treatment or vaccine. Ebola has menaced Africa for 40 years, …

Ukraine: Russia Lied About Tanks

Friday, August 29, 2014

Novoazovsk, Ukraine — Ukraine accused Russia on Thursday of entering its territory with tanks, artillery and troops, and Western powers said Moscow had “outright lied” about its role and dangerously escalated the conflict. Russia dismissed the allegations, describing the fighters there as “Russian volunteers.” The Kremlin has repeatedly denied arming and supporting the …

Pennsylvania Expands Medicaid

Friday, August 29, 2014

Pennsylvania won federal approval to expand its Medicaid program to nearly 500,000 low-income adults Thursday, becoming the ninth state led by a Republican governor to agree to expansion under the president’s health-care law. Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett had sought the Obama administration’s permission to use money authorized by the Affordable Care Act to buy private health insurance for poor adults. With Thursday’s announcement, …

How Kids’ Livestock Shows Became a Cutthroat Business

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Tiffany LaRue, 17, had not been lucky with her pigs this year. One had its placenta detach, killing the embryos. Another was supposed to have been pregnant when they bought her, but wasn’t. Another, LaRue said, simply didn’t take. That left LaRue with one option if she wanted …

Fracking Link to Birth Defects Probed

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

New York — The first research into the effects of oil and gas development on babies born near wells has found potential health risks. Government officials, industry advocates and the researchers themselves say more studies are needed before drawing conclusions. While the findings are still preliminary, any documented …

Report: No Deaths From Delays at VA

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Washington — Government investigators found no proof that delays in care caused veterans to die at a Phoenix VA hospital, but they found plenty of problems that the Veterans Affairs Department is promising to fix. Investigators uncovered large-scale …

U.S. Won’t Coordinate With Assad

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Washington — The Obama administration has ruled out the possibility of coordinating any U.S. airstrikes in Syria with President Bashar Assad’s government, forcing U.S. officials to either design a campaign that would evade Syrian air defenses or coordinate it with Assad through a third party. Despite the shared …

Fighting Halted In Gaza

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Tel Aviv, Israel — An agreement bringing a long-term halt to hostilities between Israel and Hamas may be only the first step in stopping what has been the longest, deadliest and most destructive of three wars the two …

Drug Czar Has Own Addiction Story

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Lynn, Mass. — America’s top drug control official had a confession. Michael Botticelli was seated on a tattered purple couch in an old Victorian here, just outside of Boston. Above his head was a photo of Al Pacino …

Policy Dissolves French Government

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Paris — President Francois Hollande is weighing his options after dissolving the government on Monday over open feuding in the Cabinet about how much cutting — or spending — will revive the country’s stagnant economy. Hollande is to …

Parents Unable to See Kids’ Weight Issues

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Researchers have identified a new culprit in the epidemic of childhood obesity: parents who can’t even tell that their pudgy kids are overweight. A new study in the journal Pediatrics finds that American parents are significantly less likely to make an accurate assessment of their children’s weight compared …

Doctor Dies After Taking Untested Ebola Drug

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Monrovia, Liberia — A Liberian doctor who received one of the last known doses of an experimental Ebola drug has died, officials said Monday. Separately, Canada said it has yet to send out an untested vaccine that the …

Syria to U.S.: No Approval, No Airstrikes

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Beirut — While offering to assist any international effort to fight Islamic State militants, Syria’s foreign minister warned the U.S. Monday not to conduct airstrikes against the group inside Syria without Damascus’ consent, saying any such attack would …