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US life expectancy rose last year, but it remains below its pre-pandemic level

US life expectancy rose last year, but it remains below its pre-pandemic level

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. life expectancy rose last year — by more than a year — but still isn't close to what it was before the COVID-19 pandemic.
Residents in St. Croix sue government over water contaminated with lead and copper

Residents in St. Croix sue government over water contaminated with lead and copper

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — A group of residents have sued a public utility company in the U.S. Virgin Islands after authorities there reported finding high levels of lead and copper in the tap water on St. Croix.
Poland's new parliament brings back state financing for in vitro fertilization

Poland's new parliament brings back state financing for in vitro fertilization

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland’s new parliament on Wednesday reinstated government funding for in vitro fertilization, previously banned by the conservative party which lost control of the legislature in the country's recent general election.
Major Canadian cities lacking in accessibility for people with disabilities: study

Major Canadian cities lacking in accessibility for people with disabilities: study

CALGARY — New research suggests nearly 60 per cent of public spaces in Calgary, Vancouver and Ottawa are either inaccessible or partially inaccessible to people with disabilities.
Cutting-edge antibody therapy firm, AbCellera, to lay off 10 per cent of workforce

Cutting-edge antibody therapy firm, AbCellera, to lay off 10 per cent of workforce

VANCOUVER — The Vancouver-based company that helped develop the first antibody therapy treatment for COVID-19 has announced layoffs amounting to 10 per cent of its workforce. AbCellera Biologics Inc.
New Zealand leader plans to ban cellphone use in schools and end tobacco controls in first 100 days

New Zealand leader plans to ban cellphone use in schools and end tobacco controls in first 100 days

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — New Zealand’s new prime minister plans to ban cellphone use in schools and repeal tobacco controls in the ambitious agenda he released Wednesday for his first 100 days in office.

Australia apologizes for thalidomide tragedy as some survivors listen in the Parliament gallery

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Survivors of the harmful morning sickness drug thalidomide were in the public gallery Wednesday when Australia’s Parliament made a national apology to them on the 62nd anniversary of the drug being withdrawn from sale in th
British inquiry finds serious failings at hospitals where worker had sex with more than 100 corpses

British inquiry finds serious failings at hospitals where worker had sex with more than 100 corpses

LONDON (AP) — A British government-ordered inquiry said Tuesday it found serious failings at hospitals where an electrician who was later convicted of murder had been able to have sex with more than 100 corpses over 15 years without being detected.
Liberals say pharmacare bill unlikely to pass this year, despite promise to NDP

Liberals say pharmacare bill unlikely to pass this year, despite promise to NDP

OTTAWA — Government House leader Karina Gould warned Tuesday the Liberals are unlikely to get a pharmacare bill passed by the end of the year, despite their promise to do so in an agreement with the NDP.
Texas women who could not get abortions despite health risks take challenge to state's Supreme Court

Texas women who could not get abortions despite health risks take challenge to state's Supreme Court

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The Texas Supreme Court on Tuesday scrutinized efforts to clarify exceptions to the state's abortion ban, which a growing number of women say forced them to continue pregnancies despite serious risks to their health.