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WATCH: Woman plunges to her death after parachute fails

Investigators said she was using her own equipment; the skydiving facility has been linked to at least 15 deaths since 1999.

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Pregnant women are told to count fetal kicks to help prevent stillbirths

Group of moms creates nonprofit that helps pregnant women and medical professionals avoid fetal deaths.

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Children in Ebola-Affected DRC Return to School

The U.N. children's fund reports the vast majority of children living in Ebola-affected areas of eastern Democratic Republic of Congo have returned ...

Seatbelts on school buses could have prevented thousands of injuries, numerous deaths

Thousands of injuries and numerous child deaths could have been prevented across Canada and the ...

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Battles Over Safe Ebola Burials Complicate Work in DRC

A runaway hearse carrying an Ebola victim has become the latest example of sometimes violent community resistance complicating efforts to contain a ...

Rescue crews airlift people stranded after Hurricane Michael

The death toll continues to rise in the wake of Hurricane Michael since making landfall on Florida’s Panhandle Wednesday. The storm has been blamed ...

Congo reports 5 new Ebola deaths; UN worker is infected

Congo reports 5 new Ebola deaths; UN peacekeeping mission staffer is infected

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The Latest: 2 more deaths from Michael in North Carolina

Death toll from Hurricane Michael rises to 13 after 2 deaths in North Carolina

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Doctors Warn of Global C-Section ‘Epidemic’

Worldwide cesarean section use has nearly doubled in two decades and has reached “epidemic” proportions in some countries, doctors warned Friday, highlighting a huge gap in childbirth care between rich and poor mothers. They said millions of women each year may be putting themselves and their babies at unnecessary risk by undergoing C-sections ...

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Tallying the Dead: Why a Storm Death in One State Might Not Count in Another

Inconsistencies in classifying deaths have made it difficult to compare the magnitude of different disasters.

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Maternal deaths rate are a national shame. It's time to do more to help new mothers.

The United States has the worst maternal death rate in the developed world. We continue to fail mothers by not taking steps proven to save ...

Obesity linked to higher colorectal cancer rates in younger women

With colorectal cancer deaths rising among women younger than 50, a study found obesity was associated with mortality from the disease.

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Colorado man pleads guilty to three murder counts in Walmart shooting

A man accused of fatally shooting three people inside a Denver-area Walmart pleaded guilty on Wednesday to multiple counts of murder in the deaths, under a deal that allows him to avoid execution, prosecutors said.

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Hurricane Michael tears apart roof as it makes landfall in Florida - video

Hurricane Michael was a category 4 monster storm when it made landfall in the Florida Panhandle on Wednesday, on track for a catastrophic and record-breaking afternoon as the region’s strongest cyclone in living memory, with gusts up to 175mph. More than half a million people were either ordered or advised to evacuate as Michael closed in on ...

Deaths of Afghan civilians spike as air force and US pound the nation, UN says

The number of civilians -- mostly women and children -- killed by airstrikes in Afghanistan has risen a startling 39% year on year, according to UN figures released Wednesday, casting fresh scrutiny on the use of air power by the United States and ...

Deaths of civilians spike as US, Afghan air forces pound Afghanistan

The number of civilians killed or injured by airstrikes in Afghanistan has risen a startling 39% year on year, according to new UN figures, casting ...

Study: Tobacco laws cited for 28% lower lung cancer rate in Calif.

Lung cancer deaths are 28 percent lower in California compared with rest of the nation with strong tobacco control in Golden State cited as the ...

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Trump Says He Hasn't Read UN's Dire Report on Global Warming

U.S. President Donald Trump says he hasn't read an ominous report by a U.N. panel that warned of a dire future for the planet if global warming is not kept to a minimum. But he said he will. "It was given to me and I want to look who drew it, you know — which groups drew it, because I can give you reports that are fabulous and I can give you ...

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We are a world away from our sustainable development goals – but it’s not too late | Kevin Watkins

In Bali this week, governments must pledge to invest in ‘human capital’ – health, education and nutritionThree years ago the world lined up behind an ambitious set of targets – the sustainable development goals – for 2030. The checklist included the eradication of extreme poverty, ending preventable child deaths and delivering quality universal ...

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The Republican Party no longer represents Christians: Readers sound off

From maternal deaths to fighting opioid addiction to college drinking culture, our readers sound off on recent headlines.        

Advancements in DNA testing helped authorities link 3 deaths to killer

An Arkansas man who killed himself during a 1999 police standoff at a motel was a killer and rapist, authorities said

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New Drugs Join Fight Against Ebola

Four more cases of Ebola have been reported in the Democratic Republic of Congo in the past two days. And the World Health Organization says ...

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Cleveland Judge Refuses to Send Low-Level Defendants to Jail After Inmate Deaths

Judge Michael L. Nelson Sr. of Cleveland Municipal Court said a spate of six inmate deaths in four months showed that local jails were unsafe.

More than 250 have people died taking selfies in recent years, study finds

Our love for capturing the perfect selfie has introduced a new danger, — selfie deaths, USA Today reports. The most common cause? Drowning.

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US Plans to Rewrite Rules that Impede Self-driving Cars

The Trump administration is moving ahead with plans to revise safety rules that bar fully self-driving cars from the roads without equipment such as steering wheels, pedals and mirrors, according to a document made public on Thursday. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) "intends to reconsider the necessity and ...

More than 250 people died trying to snap selfies over 6 years, study finds

Death in a flash: The study found at least 259 selfie-related deaths in the last seven years

Risky selfies killed 259 people in 6 years, study says - CNET

The deaths happened in 137 incidents worldwide from 2011 to 2017.

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