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Northeast Baptist Hospital, one of five hospitals within the Baptist Health System in San Antonio.
Thu, 04/30/2015 - 14:22

Baptist Health System in San Antonio made money doing what used to be industry heresy: reducing patients' use of medical care.

Chipotle restaurant workers in Miami, Fla., fill orders on Apr. 27, the day that the company claimed it would only use non-GMO ingredients in its food.
Thu, 04/30/2015 - 14:10

Chipotle says providing "food with integrity" means dropping genetically modified ingredients. But critics say the company's new policy is inconsistent and even dishonest.

St. Agnes Hospital in Baltimore is one of the 131 hospitals run by Ascension Health. It's a not-for-profit, Catholic health care system that treats many low-income patients.
Thu, 04/30/2015 - 13:46

One aim of Obamacare was to ease the financial strain on nonprofit hospitals that provide medical care to people who lack insurance and can't pay their bills. That plan is working, hospitals say.

Thu, 04/30/2015 - 13:37

Fresno native Mark Arax has written about the war over water in his state for decades. "It used to be the farmers against the delta smelt fish, and now it's the urbanite against the almond," he says.

Rod-shaped specimens of <em>Yersinia pestis, </em>the bacterial cause of plague, find a happy home here in the foregut of a flea. Fleas can transmit the infection to animals and people, who can get pneumonic plague and transmit the infection through a cough.
Thu, 04/30/2015 - 13:13

A woman who caught pneumonic plague in Colorado last summer likely contracted it from her friend or his dog. Antibiotics limited the outbreak to four people and cured them.

Algy Garrod's rapeseed in bloom in Norfolk, England.
Thu, 04/30/2015 - 12:58

In the U.K., rapeseed is getting a royal treatment. It's called cold-pressing, and it's a method of processing the oilseed to bring out the best of its mustardy flavor.

Demonstrators gather at Pennsylvania Station to march to Baltimore City Hall on Wednesday over the death of Freddie Gray. A Baltimore Police Department task force handed over its investigation into Gray's death to the state's attorney's office.
Thu, 04/30/2015 - 11:43

A Baltimore Police Department task force found the van transporting Gray made one more stop than originally thought.

Former U.S. Sen. Mike Gravel speaks during a September 2007 Democratic presidential debate as then-Sen. Hillary Clinton listens.
Thu, 04/30/2015 - 11:41

The 2008 presidential race was the first in the post-YouTube era. Candidates tried all kinds of things to break through, including former Sen. Mike Gravel simply throwing a rock in water.

First lady Eleanor Roosevelt receives a May basket of flowers from young children in 1938.
Thu, 04/30/2015 - 10:49

For at least a century or so, April flowers led to showers of May baskets on the front-door knobs of American homes.

This image of a "red spot" on Mercury, which is thought to be the result of a volcanic explosion, was sent to Earth by the Messenger probe in 2011.
Thu, 04/30/2015 - 10:41

Messenger was launched from Earth in 2004. After 4,104 orbits of Mercury and billions of miles of space travel, the orbiter will end its mission with a quiet bang Thursday.

Thu, 04/30/2015 - 10:38

President Francois Hollande warns of consequences if the allegations about the abuse in the Central African Republic are true. The U.N. worker who publicly revealed the abuse has been suspended.

Dr. George Papanicolaou discovered that it was possible to detect cancer by inspecting cervical cells. The Pap smear, the cervical cancer screening test, is named after him.
Thu, 04/30/2015 - 10:28

The Pap smear has dramatically decreased rates of cervical cancer, but testing too often has a downside, too. Many women say they aren't yet ready to follow new guidelines and skip the annual tests.

This pair of <em>Charlie Hebdo</em> covers from 2012 pokes fun at the magazine's "irresponsible" approach to humor.
Thu, 04/30/2015 - 10:18

Dozens of writers have now signed an open letter that condemns the attacks on the French satirical magazine, but questions whether it deserves a free speech prize for its willingness to offend.

Monks and aid workers walk to the arrival terminal at Kathmandu's international airport. The plane was unable to secure an arrival gate when it landed on April 29.
Thu, 04/30/2015 - 10:09

There's gridlock at Nepal's international airport. That has complicated efforts to get goods and supplies into the country after Saturday's earthquake.

After the conversation about contraception, will there be a copay?
Thu, 04/30/2015 - 10:08

Insurers dispute that notion that the problems are widespread. Consumers and advocates have complained to insurers, and some policies have been changed.


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