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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The Trump administration on Friday rescinded an Obama-era crackdown on states that tried to defund Planned Parenthood and said it will require health care providers to follow conscience-protection laws as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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Yemeni deaths due to diphtheria likely to rise amid blockade

- Associated Press

Deaths resulting from a diphtheria outbreak in Yemen are "likely to rise" if the naval blockade imposed by a Saudi-led coalition fighting to defeat Shiite rebels in war-torn Yemen remains in place, an international aid group warned on Monday.

Dispensed controlled substances down in West Virginia

Associated Press

A West Virginia board report says state pharmacies dispensed 31 million fewer controlled substances last year, a trend the board's acting chief says is due to heightened awareness about prescription medication overdose deaths.

In this Dec. 27, 2017, photo, Community Council health care navigator Fidel Castro Hernandez, center, listens to legal U.S. resident Maria Ana Pina, left, as she signs up for the Affordable Care Act with her son Roberto Pina at the Community Council offices in Dallas. (AP Photo/LM Otero)

Deportation fears have legal immigrants avoiding health care

- Associated Press

The number of legal immigrants from Latin American nations who access public health services and enroll in federally subsidized insurance plans has dipped substantially since President Donald Trump took office, many of them fearing their information could be used to identify and deport relatives living in the U.S. illegally, according to health advocates across the country.

Debate on in Massachusetts over safe sites for drug users

- Associated Press

The idea may seem jarring at first: Creating safe spaces where drug users can shoot up under the watchful eye of staff trained in helping counter the effect of potentially fatal overdoses - all with the approval of public health officials.

Nebraska lawmakers take aim at prescription opioid abuse

- Associated Press

Nebraska lawmakers are making an aggressive push this year to prevent prescription opioid abuse, a problem that plagues much of the country and accounts for a large number of the state's overdose deaths.

Family regroups after teen nearly dies in climbing incident

- Associated Press

At the bottom of a jagged rock face on the edge of the New Mexico wilderness, a Boy Scout wearing a GoPro camera called out hand and foot holds for two of his friends ascending the sheer terrain above. Then, 25 feet in the air with no harness or rope, the rock gripped in Trevor Hickman's right hand gave way, and his body followed.

In this Friday, Jan . 19, 2017, photo, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker discusses health care-related proposals he will ask the Legislature to approve in Madison, Wis. (AP Photo/Scott Bauer)

Walker, in turnabout, moves to stabilize insurance market

- Associated Press

In a tack to the left in an election year, Wisconsin Republican Gov. Scott Walker announced Sunday that he wants a state law that would bar insurers from denying a person health coverage due to a pre-existing condition.

Mississippi man fights cancer, closes historical restaurant

- Associated Press

Billy Fokakis usually only closes his longtime Hattiesburg restaurant, Coney Island Cafe, for a week at Christmas and a week around the Fourth of July. Other than those times, he hasn't missed a day of work in the more than three decades he's run the place.

How shutdown affects key parts of federal government

- Associated Press

Thousands of federal employees began their weekends gripped with doubt, uncertain of when they'll be able to return to work and how long they'll have to go without being paid after a bitter political dispute in Washington triggered a government shutdown.

Why a fitness trainer keeps running

- Associated Press

Elizabeth Zappi spends most of her days at Lanier Village Estates. She works with residents as a fitness instructor at the continuing care facility for the elderly.