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People participate in the March for Life on Capitol Hill in Washington, Friday, Jan. 19, 2018. The march -- which typically draws busloads of Catholic school students, a large contingent of evangelical Christians and poster-toting protesters of many persuasions -- falls each year around the anniversary of the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision that recognized a legal right to abortion and intends to pressure Congress and the White House to limit legal access to the procedure. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

HHS announces pro-life moves amid March for Life

- The Washington Times

The Trump administration on Friday rescinded an Obama-era crackdown on states that tried to defund Planned Parenthood and said it will require health care providers to follow conscience-protection laws as a condition of federal funding.

Pro-life activists converge in front of the Supreme Court in Washington, Friday, Jan. 27, 2017, during the annual March for Life. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik) ** FILE **

HHS launches office to enforce religious-freedom laws

- The Washington Times

The Trump administration launched a division at the Health and Human Services Department on Thursday to protect doctors and medical providers who object to participating in abortions and assisted suicide on religious or moral grounds.

Pro-life demonstrators arrive on Capitol Hill for the March for Life, marking the anniversary of the 1973 Supreme Court decision legalizing abortion. Organizers say Donald Trump will become the first sitting president to address the gathering, speaking live from the White House. (Associated Press)

Pro-lifers to march against taxpayer-funded abortions

- The Washington Times

As pro-life marchers descend on Washington on Friday they are confronting a new battlefield in the abortion debate, having to fend off increasing challenges to a decades-old agreement that acknowledged while abortion may be legal, taxpayers shouldn’t be forced to pay for a procedure that many of them find abhorrent.

This Friday, Sept. 30, 2011 file photo shows the emergency room entrance at the Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital in Santa Clarita, Calif. (AP Photo/Jason Redmond) **FILE**

Emergency room visits for alcohol on the rise

- The Washington Times

Emergency room visits for injuries related to alcohol usage, particularly among women, rose at a faster pace that those for any other injuries from 2006 to 2014, according to a new study by researchers at the National Institutes of Health.

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Utah bill would ban abortions based on Down syndrome

Associated Press

A Utah lawmaker wants to bar doctors from performing abortions sought because of a diagnosis of Down syndrome even though legislative lawyers warn that there's a high probability that a court will find the law unconstitutional.

Kentucky attorney general sues national opioid distributor

- Associated Press

There are just over 38,000 people living in Floyd County, among the mountains of eastern Kentucky. Yet between 2010 and 2016, a San Francisco-based pharmaceutical distributor shipped more than 18 million doses of opioid painkillers there, enough for each person to have 477 pills each.

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke, center, speaks during an event in the office of Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, second from right, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Monday, Jan. 22, 2018. Zinke was joined by Alaskan officials regarding the Interior Department's decision to the construction of a road through a national wildlife refuge in Alaska.The road would connect the communities of King Cove and Cold Bay, which has an all-weather airport needed for emergency medical flights. Alaska Gov. Bill Walker listens at right. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

US approves land exchange for road through Alaska refuge

- Associated Press

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke signed a land trade agreement Monday that could lead to construction of a road through a national wildlife refuge in Alaska, portraying the exchange as a people-versus-wildlife issue.

FILE - This Wednesday, July 8, 2015, file photo shows the exterior of the New York Stock Exchange. Global stocks are mixed, Monday, Jan. 22, 2018, after investors shrugged off the U.S. government shutdown. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews, File)

Energy and technology companies lead US stocks higher

- Associated Press

Energy and technology companies are advancing Monday as U.S. stocks continue to rise, and smaller companies reversed some early losses after the Senate reached a short-term deal to end the government shutdown. High-dividend stocks are also up as bond yields hold steady. Yields had climbed to their highest level in more than three years last week.

FILE - In this Feb. 26, 2015 file photo former nurse Niels Hoegel, accused of multiple murder and attempted murder of patients, covering his face with a file at the district court in Oldenburg, Germany. The German nurse already serving a life sentence for two murders has been indicted in nearly 100 more killings. News agency dpa said prosecutors in Oldenburg said Monday, Jan. 22, 2018 that they have charged Niels Hoegel with 97 counts of murder. (Carmen Jaspersen/dpa via AP, file)

German nurse charged with 97 more murders at hospitals

- Associated Press

A German nurse who is already serving a life sentence for two murders has been charged with killing 97 more patients over several years at two hospitals in northwestern Germany, prosecutors said Monday.

Measles, malnutrition kill nearly 100 in Indonesia's Papua

Associated Press

A measles outbreak and a spike in cases of malnutrition in Indonesia's easternmost Papua province have killed at least 95 people, mostly indigenous children, highlighting severely inadequate health care in the impoverished region.