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Analysis: Controversy Arises Over Missing D.C. Campaign Funds, Virginia Votes On Abortion Clinic Regulations

Washington Post columnist Robert McCartney talks about missing D.C. campaign funds, Virginia's abortion clinic regulations, and why a Maryland congressional candidate dropped out of the race.


How African Cattle Herders Wiped Out An Ancient Plague

Enlisting nomadic African herders finally helped the world eliminate the cattle plague rinderpest. But the veterinarians, who had the power to shut the program down, had to be rewarded for success, too.
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Virginia Board Of Health To Vote On New Abortion Clinic Rules

Activists on both sides of the abortion debate are likely to closely watch the Virginia Board of Health meeting today as the board votes on abortion clinic regulations.

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Virginia Board Of Health Approves Tougher Abortion Clinic Regulations

After threats from Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli, the state Board of Health voted 13-2 to approve strict new regulations for abortion clinics that opponents say will put them out of business.


Stealth Changes To Fast Food May Combat Obesity

McDonalds says it's cutting sodium and sugar in its foods by 10 percent. Wal-Mart and other food retailers have committed to do the same. But is it enough to effect change?

Death Toll Climbs In Congo Ebola Outbreak

The number of deaths from an Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo surged in the past week, prompting concern that the outbreak was spreading. A spokesman from the World Health Organization says the outbreak is not out of control.

Infection Risk Prompts New York City To Regulate Ritual Circumcision

The New York City Board of Health voted unanimously today in favor of a new regulation that would require parents of young boys who undergo ritual circumcisions involving "direct oral suction" to sign a consent form first. The practice has been linked to serious herpes infections.

Whooping Cough Vaccine's Protection Fades Quickly

Young kids who get all their whooping cough shots on time could become susceptible to the disease again when they're between 8 and 11. Researchers say the immune protection conferred by the current vaccine loses its punch.