Appeals courts split on health-law subsidies

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Judges in one circuit rule tax subsidies illegal, but hours later another panel upholds them.

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Threatened species’ future is in the freezer

Threatened species’ future is in the freezer

Zoos are managing an ambitious conservation effort by preserving DNA for artificial insemination.

Trial for peanut-plant salmonella outbreak to begin in Ga.

Trial for peanut-plant salmonella outbreak to begin in Ga.

Former executives from Peanut Corp. of America are accused of sending out tainted product that killed nine.

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Inside a zoo’s ‘stud book’

Inside a zoo’s ‘stud book’

The Smithsonian is at the forefront of an attempt to save animals threatened with extinction by studying them relentlessly.

Study: Colorado River Basin drying up at faster rate

Study: Colorado River Basin drying up at faster rate

Latest indicator that an historic drought is threatening the region’s future access to water.

In warm Chesapeake waters, a deadly pathogen lies in wait

In warm Chesapeake waters, a deadly pathogen lies in wait

The vibrio vulnificus bacteria can make you mildly sick, or it may take one of your limbs or kill you by sepsis.

Parents of obese kids aren’t always willing to admit their child has a health problem

Parents of obese kids aren’t always willing to admit their child has a health problem

Some parents are suffering from an acute case of denial.

All dinosaurs might have been feathered

All dinosaurs might have been feathered

The discovery of the first feathered but non-avian dinosaur indicates that others may have existed too.

CDC lab resumes transfer of biological materials

Clinical TB lab resumes shipments after passing internal review; agency names external safety group.

Guilt of the couch potato

After a tough day at work, people turn to TV to switch off, but instead of getting a break researchers say many feel guilty for procrastinating.

Former CDC team leader resigns amid anthrax debacle

The resignation follows the potential exposure of the disease to scientists, admission of other security lapses.

Big-bang debate reveals challenges on frontier of science

Big-bang debate reveals challenges on frontier of science

Most agree the BICEP2 South Pole experiment was heroic science. But did they just see a bunch of dust?

Fruit packing company issues nationwide recall for popular summer fruits

Fruit packing company issues nationwide recall for popular summer fruits

Plums, peaches, nectarines and pluots sold at Costco, Trader Joe’s .

Dogs really do get jealous

Dogs really do get jealous

Dogs do experience jealousy, according to a new study. And their motivations might teach us about our own.

Historic floods in Midwest bring hardship, and maggots

Historic floods in Midwest bring hardship, and maggots

It’s not just coastal areas that are grappling with the results of extreme weather and aging infrastructure.

Research backs FDA warning about medical device

Research backs FDA warning about medical device

Women with hidden cancer are undergoing a treatment that could spread the disease, a study says.

GAO tests show fake applicants can get into health plans

GAO tests show fake applicants can get into health plans

Despite false documents, federal subsidies, policies through HealthCare.gov were obtained.

New plan in works for contraceptive coverage

New plan in works for contraceptive coverage

The Obama administration will address a Supreme Court ruling on employers’ religious objections.

New study: At the end of elephant trunks, a powerful nose

New study: At the end of elephant trunks, a powerful nose

Elephants, with far more smelling genes than other mammals, may even translate smells into knowledge.

Decriminalization of sex work could reduce HIV infections

Decriminalization of sex work could reduce HIV infections

A new study suggests that the decriminalization of sex work could reduce HIV infection.

‘Thunderstorm asthma’ can cause breathing issues

‘Thunderstorm asthma’ can cause breathing issues

Heavy winds may break up particles, spread them through the air and make them stick when inhaled.

Dealing with thunderstorm asthma

Dealing with thunderstorm asthma

If you react to pollens and molds, it’s best to keep a watchful eye during hard rains.

‘Just a snip,’ I was told. But that was just the beginning.

‘Just a snip,’ I was told. But that was just the beginning.

How a fairly common tongue procedure upended my life, causing chronic pain.

A new map of Mars

A new map of Mars

U.S. Geological Survey offers closest look yet at the Red Planet.

Now you can make an emergency room appointment

Now you can make an emergency room appointment

Going online can cut ER waiting time at hospitals using a new scheduling system.

They’ve got milk made by man

They’ve got milk made by man

Animal lovers turn to biotechnology as they try to perfect a drink that doesn’t require a cow.

Not only are zoo elephants fat. They’re also hard to weigh.

Not only are zoo elephants fat. They’re also hard to weigh.

Researchers are trying to find ways to measure them and prevent health problems such heart disease.

Humans need spiders to protect food from pests

Humans need spiders to protect food from pests

They help us out in more ways than we know, and people should take better care of them.

Investors look at Africa as world’s next breadbasket

Investors look at Africa as world’s next breadbasket

Land is cheap and food prices high, offering new opportunities for the hungry sub-Saharan region.

Fossilized brain of a sea creature is found in China

Fossilized brain of a sea creature is found in China

The Lyrarapax is 500 million years old and a relative of the velvet worm.

Organic food costs more than conventional. Is it worth it?

Organic food costs more than conventional. Is it worth it?

The benefits are considerable for many items, including fruits, vegetable, meat and dairy products.

Readers discuss platelet-rich plasma and physician suicide

Readers discuss platelet-rich plasma and physician suicide

‘Surgery is costly and the recovery time is prolonged. So my dad suggested I try a CRP shot.’

Athletes get naked for ESPN magazine photo shoot

Athletes get naked for ESPN magazine photo shoot

The muscles are amazing, and so are some of the tattoos.

Losing weight might help in fighting hot flashes

Losing weight might help in fighting hot flashes

Some women found it easier to deal with menopause after they got trimmer.

Finalists in Astronomy Photographer of the Year contest

Finalists in Astronomy Photographer of the Year contest

The competition is run by Britain’s Royal Observatory, Greenwich.

Love pedicures? Beware of infections, fungus, etc.

Love pedicures? Beware of infections, fungus, etc.

Summer is the season of colorful toenails. But pedicures have risks. Here’s how to avoid them.

Podiatrists offer health tips for pedicure season

Podiatrists offer health tips for pedicure season

Sterilization of instruments is important.

U.S. backs sonic devices in East Coast oil, gas hunt

U.S. backs sonic devices in East Coast oil, gas hunt

The Obama administration has sided with energy developers, approving oil exploration off U.S. Eastern Coast.

Emotional rally held for man who died in custody

Emotional rally held for man who died in custody

The death of a man after a police officer used an apparent chokehold to bring him to the ground during an arrest stoked online discussions about racial tension in America.

As Ebola spreads in West Africa, so do the rumors

As Ebola spreads in West Africa, so do the rumors

Health workers seek to educate local populations about the deadly virus to prevent more infections.

HIV diagnosis rate fell by third in U.S. over decade

Only group in which diagnoses increased was young gay and bisexual men, new study found.

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