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Plague outbreak kills 40 people in Madagascar
JOHANNESBURG (AP) -- A plague outbreak has killed 40 people on the island nation of Madagascar, with 119 people diagnosed with the bacterial disease since August....

Mali: New Ebola case confirmed, 2 more suspected
BAMAKO, Mali (AP) -- Mali on Saturday confirmed a new case of Ebola and said two more suspected patients are being tested, raising concern about a further spread of the disease which has already killed at least five people in the country....

Pope meets with autistic children

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VATICAN CITY (AP) -- Pope Francis tenderly embraced children with autism spectrum disorders, some of whom avoided meeting his gaze, during an audience Saturday aimed at offering solidarity to people living with the condition....




Locavore movement takes to deer hunting across US
MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) -- A decades-long national decline in the number of hunters has prompted states to tap into a new group of hunters - people who demand locally produced food, but don't know the first thing about bagging a deer....

Cuban doctor arrives in Geneva for Ebola treatment
BERLIN (AP) -- A Cuban doctor who contracted Ebola in Sierra Leone arrived in Switzerland for treatment and was able to walk off the transport plane, a Geneva medical official said Friday....

Report: Global obesity costs hits $2 trillion
LONDON (AP) -- The global cost of obesity has risen to $2 trillion annually - nearly as much as smoking or the combined impact of armed violence, war and terrorism, according to a new report released Thursday....

Bandits in Guinea steal suspected Ebola blood
CONAKRY, Guinea (AP) -- It was a highway robbery but the bandits got more than they bargained for when they stopped a taxi in Guinea and made off with blood samples that are believed to be infected with the deadly Ebola virus....

Officials downplay debates over Ebola aid response
NEW YORK (AP) -- U.S. officials on Thursday acknowledged disagreements over coordinating the international response to the Ebola epidemic in Liberia, but they say most issues are being worked out and the overall fight against the disease there seems to be succeeding....

Researcher who found cause of Lyme disease dies
HAMILTON, Mont. (AP) -- The Swiss-born researcher who gained international recognition for discovering the bacteria that causes Lyme disease has died in western Montana....

Soaring generic drug prices draw Senate scrutiny
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Some low-cost generic drugs that have helped restrain health care costs for decades are seeing unexpected price spikes of up to 8,000 percent, prompting a backlash from patients, pharmacists and now Washington lawmakers....