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Ripe for pregnancy? There’s an app with answers

Catholic News Agency

Meet Elina Berglund: a nuclear physicist who will be known as the woman who developed the first natural cycle fertility app that is internationally certified to be as effective as contraception.

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La Crosse nurse to become medical missionary in Ethiopia

- Associated Press

Nurse Katie Farka was so smitten with providing a healing touch to people in Ethiopia that she sold her house in La Crosse, quit her job and will embark soon on a year-long volunteer mission that probably will stretch to two years or more.

Mumps case confirmed in northern Idaho

Associated Press

Health officials in northern Idaho have confirmed one case of mumps, and school districts in the area are preparing for a possible outbreak of the disease.

North Dakota Legislature marches toward midsession break

- Associated Press

North Dakota's Legislature is in its last week before its midseason break, and lawmakers are finishing up committee work and considering remaining bills in their respective chambers. And many of the major spending bills are still being considered this week in House and Senate appropriations committees as the session heads to "crossover."

Hawaii bills on welfare wages, driveway living die

- Associated Press

After a major legislative deadline, the number of bills still alive in the Hawaii Legislature has dwindled. Proposals to boost the use of batteries for renewable energy and take parts of the federal Affordable Care Act into state law are survived. But the variety of unusual proposals to solving homelessness - from setting up sanctioned campgrounds to allowing people to live in driveways - had a mixed fate.

Kasich says phasing out Obamacare "makes no sense"

Associated Press

Ohio Gov. John Kasich says he supports repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act but thinks a plan floated by Congressional Republicans last week to phase out the expanded Medicaid program that's providing health care coverage to previously uninsured Ohioans is a "very bad idea."

In a Monday, Feb. 13, 2017 photo, Kentucky Republican state Sen. Ralph Alvarado sits in the Senate floor in Frankfort, Ky. Alvarado, a medical doctor in the Kentucky Senate, is leading the effort to restrict smoking in a state that leads the country in smoking rates. (AP Photo/Adam Beam)

Doctor-lawmaker tries to restrict smoking in tobacco country

- Associated Press

When Dr. Ralph Alvarado was elected to the Kentucky state Senate in 2014, he found his new colleagues had something in common with most of his patients: They knew smoking was bad, they just couldn't quit.

Central Maryland inmates launder bras for a cause

- Associated Press

After laundering 1,800 bras, Central Maryland Correctional Facility inmates carefully folded the garments and placed them in boxes destined for Maryland women's shelters. The process was part of the "Bras for a Cause" event organized by Plaza Ford in Bel Air. For every bra collected in October, Plaza Ford contributed $1 to the Upper Chesapeake Cancer LifeNet.

In this Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2017, photo, Tim Cheney, right, and Adrian Hooper, co-founders of Chooper's Guide, a comprehensive addiction treatment program, discuss plans for a trailer they are retrofitting in Walpole, Maine. The mobile unit will provide addiction treatment services to underserved parts of rural Maine. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)

With mobile unit, group tackles drug treatment amid crisis

- Associated Press

Two men in long-term recovery from heroin addiction are taking up the challenge of low-cost drug treatment options across the state with a new mobile unit offering services like clean needles and syringes and treatment options.