The three-digit crisis hotline known as 988 rolled out nationally in July.

National 988 mental health hotline back up after outage

The nation's 988 hotline, intended to help anyone experiencing a mental health emergency, was back up and running Friday after a daylong outage.

Minneapolis becomes 'safe haven' for gender-affirming care

December 2
Flanked by supporters and City Council President Andrea Jenkins, Mayor Jacob Frey signed an executive order on Friday that protects people seeking or
Mayor Jacob Frey signs order shielding city from anti-trans movement.

West St. Paul residents raise concerns about safety of proposed mental health facility

December 2
Rendering of the proposed mental health center proposed for West St. Paul.
Residents also showed up to support the facility, which would be owned by Dakota County and run by Guild, a nonprofit.
World
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Beijing, Shenzhen scrap COVID-19 tests for public transport

Local Chinese authorities on Saturday announced a further easing of COVID-19 curbs, with major cities such as Shenzhen and Beijing no longer requiring negative tests to take public transport.
World
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At Shanghai vigil, bold shout for change preceded crackdown

The mourners in Shanghai lit candles and placed flowers. Someone scrawled "Urumqi, 11.24, Rest in Peace" in red on cardboard — referring to the deadly apartment fire in China's western city of Urumqi that sparked anger over perceptions the country's strict COVID-19 measures played a role in the disaster.
Business
December 2

Nevada toad in geothermal power fight gets endangered status

A tiny Nevada toad at the center of a legal battle over a geothermal power project has officially been declared an endangered species, after U.S. wildlife officials temporarily listed it on a rarely used emergency basis last spring.
Business
December 2

Ex-children's hospital doctor charged with sex crimes

A former medical director of a Virginia hospital that serves vulnerable children has been charged with four felony sex crimes in connection with abuse that authorities say happened at the facility years ago.
Nation
December 2

Correction: Abortion-Wisconsin story

In a story published December 1, 2022, about prosecutors filing responses in a lawsuit challenging Wisconsin's abortion ban, The Associated Press erroneously reported that district attorneys Ismael Ozanne and John Chisholm filed motions to dismiss the case. Ozanne and Chisholm filed answers to the lawsuit preserving their right to file dismissal motions as the case progresses.
Nation
December 2

Indiana judge won't block probe over 10-year-old's abortion

Indiana's Republican attorney general can keep investigating an Indianapolis doctor who spoke publicly about providing an abortion to a 10-year-old rape victim from neighboring Ohio, a judge ruled Friday.
Business
December 2
An oil tanker was moored at the Sheskharis complex, part of Chernomortransneft JSC, a subsidiary of Transneft PJSC, in Novorossiysk, Russia, Tuesday,

G-7 joins EU on $60-per-barrel price cap on Russian oil

The Group of Seven nations and Australia joined the European Union on Friday in adopting a $60-per-barrel price cap on Russian oil, a key step as Western sanctions aim to reorder the global oil market to prevent price spikes and starve President Vladimir Putin of funding for his war in Ukraine.
Nation
December 2

US plans end to mpox public health emergency in January

The federal government plans to end in January the public health emergency it declared earlier this year after an outbreak of mpox infected more than 29,000 people across the U.S.
Nation
December 2

Flu season worsens as 44 states report high activity

The U.S. flu season keeps getting worse.
Nation
December 2

Spray-painted house highlights affordable housing crisis

A message spray-painted on a two-story Janesville rental home accuses a tenant of not paying her rent. The vandalism not only makes a public spectacle of a landlord's ongoing dispute with a renter he's trying to evict, it also shines a light on the need for affordable housing in the city.
Business
December 2

EXPLAINER: 5 key takeaways from the November jobs report

For nearly nine months, the Federal Reserve has relentlessly raised interest rates to try to slow the U.S. job market and bring inflation under control.
Business
December 2
A new wing of the American Museum of Natural History called the Richard Gilder Center for Science, Education, and Innovation is under construction in

US hiring stays strong, complicating Fed's inflation fight

The nation's employers kept hiring briskly in November despite high inflation and a slow-growing economy — a sign of resilience in the face of the Federal Reserve's aggressive interest rate hikes.
World
December 2

Tibetans in India support 'zero COVID' protesters in China

About 150 Tibetan exiles held up blank pieces of paper as they rallied in India's capital on Friday to express solidarity with people in China protesting its "zero COVID" policy.
World
December 2

WHO pleased to see China ease harsh zero COVID policies

A top official at the World Health Organization said the U.N. agency was "pleased" to see China loosening some of its coronavirus restrictions, saying "it's really important that governments listen to their people when the people are in pain."
Business
December 2

Top exec at pharmacy in deadly meningitis outbreak sentenced

A former co-owner of a Massachusetts compounding pharmacy at the center of a nationwide fungal meningitis outbreak that resulted in more than 100 patient deaths has been sentenced to a year in prison for conspiring to defraud the federal government.
Business
December 2

China fines former NBA star Lin over quarantine comments

Former NBA star Jeremy Lin, who plays for a Chinese team, was fined 10,000 yuan ($1,400) for criticizing quarantine facilities, China's professional league and a news report said Friday, as the government tries to stop protests against anti-virus controls that are among the world's most stringent.
World
December 2

Hong Kong divided over China's COVID-19 protests

The recent wave of protests against China's anti-virus restrictions was a ray of hope for some supporters of Hong Kong's own pro-democracy movement after local authorities stifled it using a national security law enacted in 2020.
World
December 1

Prosecutor drops Australian Parliament House rape charge

An Australian prosecutor on Friday dropped the rape charge of a woman who was allegedly assaulted in a parliamentary office after he determined that the stress of the trial would put her life at risk.
Nation
December 1

10 Los Angeles students appear to OD on cannabis edibles

Ten Los Angeles students appear to have overdosed on cannabis edibles Thursday at their middle school in the San Fernando Valley, officials said.
World
December 1

China security forces are well-prepared for quashing dissent

When it comes to ensuring the security of their regime, China's Communist Party rulers don't skimp.

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