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Things to know as courts and legislatures act on transgender kids’ rights

Things to know as courts and legislatures act on transgender kids’ rights

Three court rulings across the U.S. this week delved into laws restricting the rights of transgender kids, including the first time the U.S. Supreme Court has gotten involved in a ban on gender-affirming care.
UN report points to yawning gap of inequality in sexual and reproductive health worldwide

UN report points to yawning gap of inequality in sexual and reproductive health worldwide

GENEVA (AP) — A new study says an African woman is roughly 130 times more likely to die from pregnancy and childbirth complications than a woman in Europe or North America, the U.N.
Earth Day: How a senator's idea more than 50 years ago got people fighting for their planet

Earth Day: How a senator's idea more than 50 years ago got people fighting for their planet

Millions of people around the world will pause on Monday, at least for a moment, to mark Earth Day.
UK lawmakers back landmark bill to gradually phase out smoking for good

UK lawmakers back landmark bill to gradually phase out smoking for good

LONDON (AP) — The British government's plan for a landmark smoking ban that aims to stop young people from ever smoking cleared its first hurdle in Parliament on Tuesday despite vocal opposition from within Prime Minister Rishi Sunak’s Conservative P
Higher tobacco and vaping taxes offsets drug plan spending in federal budget

Higher tobacco and vaping taxes offsets drug plan spending in federal budget

OTTAWA — The federal government expects that its latest effort to discourage Canadians from smoking, contained in the federal budget tabled Tuesday, will generate $1.7 billion in new revenue.
Edmonton doctors say too few neonatal beds, staff endangering babies

Edmonton doctors say too few neonatal beds, staff endangering babies

EDMONTON — A doctors' group says neonatal intensive care units in Edmonton have been too full and it's putting vulnerable babies at risk.
Quebec court approves class action alleging opioid makers misled users about risks

Quebec court approves class action alleging opioid makers misled users about risks

MONTREAL — A Quebec Superior Court judge has authorized a class-action lawsuit against 16 pharmaceutical companies that are alleged to have misled consumers about the efficacy and dangers of opioid medications.
Some of the key highlights from the Liberal government's 2024 federal budget

Some of the key highlights from the Liberal government's 2024 federal budget

OTTAWA — Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland introduced the 2024 federal budget on Tuesday. Some key highlights: Housing In hopes of building nearly 3.
Weedkiller manufacturer seeks lawmakers' help to squelch claims it failed to warn about cancer

Weedkiller manufacturer seeks lawmakers' help to squelch claims it failed to warn about cancer

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Stung by paying billions of dollars for settlements and trials, chemical giant Bayer has been lobbying lawmakers in three states to pass bills providing it a legal shield from lawsuits that claim its popular weedkiller Roundup
New York's high court to hear case on abortion insurance coverage

New York's high court to hear case on abortion insurance coverage

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York’s highest court will hear arguments Tuesday in a lawsuit that seeks to throw out a regulation requiring health insurance policies to cover medically necessary abortions — a case that could jeopardize a similar state law.