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Wisc. Researchers Discuss New Zika Findings
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Provided by the Westport Aquarium, a baby seal is seen laying across a shopping tote used to carry it off a beach in Westport, Wash. State wildlife officials had to euthanize the harbor seal pup after it was determined to be unresponsive and lethargic. As harbor seals are being born in the Pacific Northwest this time of year, marine mammal advocates are urging people not to touch or pick up pups that come up on beaches and shorelines to rest. At least five times this season, well-meaning people have illegally picked up seal pups in Oregon and Washington thinking they were abandoned or needed help, but that interference ultimately resulted in two deaths, said Michael Milstein, a spokesman with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. (Marc Myrsell/Westport Aquarium via AP)
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Spectators watch the second and final qualification motor (QM-2) test for the Space Launch System's booster, Tuesday, June 28, 2016, at Orbital ATK Propulsion Systems test facilities in Promontory, Utah. During the Space Launch System flight the boosters will provide more than 75 percent of the thrust needed to escape the gravitational pull of the Earth, the first step on NASA's Journey to Mars. (Bill Ingalls/NASA via AP) MANDATORY CREDIT
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Attorney: VW Settlements Send 'Strong Message'
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Clinton: Trump Campaign Slogan Code For Going Back
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Steve Keeling walks through the ashes of his fire ravaged home, Monday, June 27, 2016, in South Lake, Calif. The home was one of the homes and structures that were destroyed by the fire that started Thursday, near Lake Isabella, Calif.
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VW Emissions Settlement to Benefit Consumers
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A demonstration of Google's "My Account" mobile search. In 2015, Google opened a "My Account" hub to serve as a one-stop shop for setting privacy and security controls. If they choose, users will now be able to authorize Google to store their web browsing histories in the "My Account" center. Google is trying to make it easier for you to manage the vast pool of information that it collects about your online activities across phones, computers and other devices. (Google via AP, File) MANDATORY CREDIT
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A Volkswagen Touareg diesel is tested in the Environmental Protection Agency's cold temperature test facility in Ann Arbor, Mich. Volkswagen will spend more than $15 billion to settle consumer lawsuits and government allegations that it cheated on emissions tests in what lawyers are calling the largest auto-related class-action settlement in U.S. history. The settlement was revealed Tuesday, June 28, 2016, by a U.S. District Court in San Francisco.
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The drug Epclusa. Federal health officials on Tuesday, June 28, 2016, approved the first pill to treat all major forms of hepatitis C, the latest in a series of drug approvals that have reshaped treatment of the liver-destroying virus. The Food and Drug Administration approved the combination pill, Epclusa, from Gilead Sciences, for patients with and without liver damage. The new drug's broad indication could make it easier to use than five other hepatitis drugs recently approved by the FDA, which are each tailored to different viral strains or stages of liver disease. (Gilead Sciences, Inc. via AP)
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VW Settles Emissions-Cheating Cases for $14.7B
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A sign warning of extreme heat is seen on a trailhead at Piestewa Peak in Phoenix. Thirty-one of the country’s top science organizations are telling Congress that global warming is real, a problem and something needs to be done about it. The science groups, which represent millions of scientists, sent the letter Tuesday, June 28, 2016, saying the severity of climate change is increasing and will get worse faster in coming decades.
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Stevie Johnson holds up a pair of signs during a protest outside City Hall before a scheduled vote, Monday, June 27, 2016, to decide whether to ban rail shipments of coal over concerns it would pose a public health or safety hazard in Oakland, Calif. A yes vote Monday by the Oakland City Council could scuttle the plan to build a marine terminal that would serve as a gateway for Utah coal heading to Asia.
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An Aedes aegypti mosquito is photographed through a microscope at the Fiocruz institute in Recife, Pernambuco state, Brazil. President Barack Obama’s $1.9 billion emergency request to combat a potential public health crisis from the Zika virus is more than 4 months old, but congressional dysfunction appears likely to scuttle a scaled-back version of the president's request, raising the prospect that Congress may leave on a seven-week vacation next month without addressing Zika.
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A Palestinian man checks the water tank on the roof of his home after water supply was cut in the village of Salem near the West Bank city of Nablus. Palestinians in the West Bank have long faced shortages of water in the summer months. But this year, as they fast dawn-to-dusk amid scorching heat during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, many villagers in the north of the territory say Israel has intentionally cut the water flow to their taps.
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The Diablo Canyon Nuclear Power Plant, in Avila Beach, Calif. California regulators are expected to decide Tuesday, June 28, 2016, whether to drop their longstanding environmental objections to the state's last nuclear power plant in return for its promised early closing. (Joe Johnston/The Tribune (of San Luis Obispo) via AP, File) MANDATORY CREDIT
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Medical Schools Tackle Opioid Painkiller Abuse
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OxyContin pills arranged for a photo at a pharmacy in Montpelier, Vt. Overdoses don't happen just to heroin addicts _ patients who legally use strong painkillers called opioids are at risk in the nation’s epidemic, too. A new study says when patients were prescribed an overdose antidote along with those medications, they made fewer painkiller-related visits to the emergency room. The study released on June 27, 2016, went a step further _ to see if the take-home antidote idea also could work for patients with chronic pain who may not realize they could accidentally get into trouble with prescription painkillers such as Oxycontin, Vicodin and others.
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Texas Lt. Gov.: Abortion Ruling Devastating Blow