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House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Paul Ryan, Wisconsin Republican, answers questions during an interview with The Associated Press in his office on Capitol Hill in Washington on June 9, 2015. (Associated Press) **FILE**

House panel votes to scrap Obamacare mandates

- The Washington Times

The House Ways and Means Committee moved Tuesday to chip away at Obamacare by using a fast-track budget tool to repeal the law’s most unpopular taxes and provisions, including the mandate requiring Americans to hold insurance.

Office workers sit for hours on end, with health consequences in the mix. (AP Photo)

A mere 10-minute walk through the office can reverse the ill effects of a desk job: Study

- The Washington Times

A 10-minute walk through the office cubicles could work a small wonder for the millions of Americans stuck behind desks and subject to the hazards of a sedentary lifestyle. Researchers from the University of Missouri School of Medicine have found that vascular function - blood flow through the body - is impaired after six hours of prolonged sitting. A short walk, they say, can restore vascular health.

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Suit criticizes Texas' response to chronic wasting disease

Associated Press

Texas officials are being accused in a lawsuit of overstepping their authority and discriminating against deer breeders when they took emergency measures this summer to curb the spread of chronic wasting disease in whitetail deer.

FILE - In this Sept. 18, 2015, file photo, Carly Fiorina speaks to supporters at the Take Back America Presidential Forum in Greenville, S.C. Fiorina has spent the last two weeks doubling down on her erroneous descriptions of videos secretly recorded by anti-abortion activists, and she shows no sign she'll back off her misrepresentations as she makes her strident opposition to Planned Parenthood a centerpiece of her 2016 campaign. (AP Photo/Richard Shiro, File)

Fiorina makes distortion of Planned Parenthood a centerpiece

- Associated Press

Republican presidential hopeful Carly Fiorina has spent the last two weeks repeating an erroneous description of videos secretly recorded by anti-abortion activists. That seems bound to continue as she makes her opposition to Planned Parenthood a centerpiece of her 2016 campaign.

Mercedes-Benz helps accelerate patients' rehabilitation

- Associated Press

For the last 18 years, a Honda Accord, salvaged from a wreck, has been used inside the DCH Rehabilitation Pavilion to help patients practice getting in and out of a car before they are discharged.

FILE - In this Aug. 23, 2013 file photo, Troy Newman, head of the Kansas-based Operation Rescue, holds an anti-abortion sign outside his headquarters housed in a closed abortion clinic in Wichita, United States. American anti-abortion activist Newman is expected to be deported from Australia amid concerns that he could incite violence. Newman was detained at Melbourne Airport on Thursday, Oct. 1 after trying to enter Australia even though officials had canceled his visa. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel, File)

Australia to deport American anti-abortion activist

Associated Press

An American anti-abortion activist is expected to be deported from Australia, after the nation's highest court ruled Friday that he posed a threat to public order amid concerns he could incite violence against women.

Family of boy recovering from surgery provides gifts

- Associated Press

As the one-year anniversary of Derby toddler Anthony Muoio's lifesaving surgery approaches, his family paid it forward recently to Yale-New Haven Children's Hospital, which saved the young boy's life.

In this Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2015 photo, Ashley Thompson, former high school agriculture teacher and now a grower for Ataraxia, inspects marijuana plants inside the "Mother Room" at the Ataraxia medical marijuana cultivation center in Albion, Ill. Marijuana strains with names like Blue Dream, OG Kush, Death Star and White Poison are now being cut and dried, and by mid-October, will be turned into medicine in many forms like oils, creams, buds for smoking, edible chocolates and gummies. (AP Photo/Seth Perlman)

AP EXPLAINS: Steps to harvesting medical marijuana

- Associated Press

Thousands of legal medical marijuana plants are growing under lights in a warehouse in Albion, a small southeastern Illinois city whose residents are more familiar with corn and soybeans. Ataraxia, which runs the facility, was the state's first cultivation company allowed to start growing plants. It has started harvesting and will be the first to deliver to licensed dispensaries throughout the state by mid-October. The Associated Press was given exclusive access to see the crop.

In this Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2015 photo, marijuana plants with their buds covered in white crystals called trichomes, are nearly ready for harvest in the "Flower Room" at the Ataraxia medical marijuana cultivation center in Albion, Ill. Trichomes contain cannabinoids like THC and CBD. (AP Photo/Seth Perlman)

AP Exclusive: Legal marijuana stirs hope in Illinois town

- Associated Press

A skunky aroma fills the room in which hundreds of lush marijuana plants grow, some nearly ready for harvest. Grower Ashley Thompson, a former high school agriculture teacher in this rural part of southeastern Illinois, takes the scent of weed home with her.

FILE - In this Oct. 14, 2014, file photo, people walk outside the Supreme Court in Washington. The Supreme Court is starting a new term on Oct. 5, 2015, that promises a steady stream of divisive social issues, and also brighter prospects for conservatives who suffered more losses than usual in recent months.  (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

Abortion, birth control, race top Supreme Court's agenda

- Associated Press

Abortion, birth control and race are among the most divisive issues the Supreme Court will confront over the next nine months, amid a presidential election campaign in which some candidates are talking pointedly about the justices and the prospect of replacing some of them in the next few years.

Grand Canyon visitor contracted rare tick-borne infection

Associated Press

National Park Service and Coconino County officials are investigating a case of a rare tick-borne bacterial infection contracted by a person who recently visited the North Rom of the Grand Canyon and adjacent areas.