Second-grade students select their meals during lunch break in the cafeteria at an elementary school in Scottsdale, Ariz., Dec. 12, 2022.

New rules would limit sugar in school meals for first time

U.S. agriculture officials on Friday proposed new nutrition standards for school meals, including the first limits on added sugars, with a focus on sweetened foods such as cereals, yogurt, flavored milk and breakfast pastries.

Minneapolis offering free COVID-19, flu vaccinations in February

February 3
Vaccination clinics planned throughout February in Minneapolis.
First of several clinics planned is Saturday at Mill City Farmers Market downtown.

Should you be worried about infection from eye drops?

February 2
Artificial tears are a “subset” of eye drops, experts said.
The CDC urged consumers to stop using EzriCare after it was linked to bacterial infections. But eye experts said people should not fear all preservative-free drops.
Business
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'Loophole' excuses WHO officials accused of misconduct

A confidential U.N. report into the alleged missteps by senior World Health Organization staffers in the way they handled a sexual misconduct case during an Ebola outbreak in Congo found their response didn't violate the agency's policies because of what some officials described as a "loophole" in how WHO defines victims of such behavior.
World
1:05am

Fire extensively damages Buddhist temple in Australian city

A Buddhist temple has been extensively damaged by fire in the Australian city of Melbourne.
Nation
February 5

US states take control of abortion debate with funding focus

Though the Insight Women's Center sits at the epicenter of a reinvigorated battle in the nation's culture wars, the only hint of its faith-based mission to dissuade people from getting abortions is the jazzy, piano rendition of "Jesus Loves Me" playing in a waiting room.
Local
February 5
Amanda Barbosa stops in the chemotherapy wing at Mayo hospital to take a breather and look outside as she waits for her husband Rafael, in Rochester,

As wife lobbies for colonoscopy bill, Army vet battles cancer while on religious pilgrimage

Amanda Barbosa will be Sen. Amy Klobuchar's guest at Tuesday's State of the Union address.
Nation
February 5

As many as 80K Marylanders could lose Medicaid eligibility

Maryland officials are preparing for as many as 80,000 residents who could no longer qualify for Medicaid coverage this spring, as the federal government reinstates a requirement that existed before the COVID-19 pandemic for states to verify the eligibility of recipients.
Sports
February 4

Already short-handed Nets lose Curry, Morris to injuries

The short-handed Brooklyn Nets lost guard Seth Curry and forward/center Markieff Morris to injuries during their game against the Washington Wizards on Saturday night.
Local
February 4
Cindy Hagen has lived in a hospital room at Mayo Clinic hospital in Austin for more than six months.

Inside a Minnesota woman's fight to overturn a guardianship

Disability advocates say Cindy Hagen's case demonstrates that change is needed to protect rights of disabled people.
Local
February 4
Much of the research so far on the medical effects of marijuana has focused on young people, leaving unanswered questions about adult usage.

As Minnesota considers legalizing marijuana, what does research say about the risks?

Medical groups urge lawmakers to raise age limit of legalization proposal from 21 to 25, based on research.
Nation
February 4
Andrew Weaver, Caitlin Weaver and Jessica Day-Weaver with a ceramic hand print of baby Anastasia, at home in Boardman, Ohio.

'Died suddenly' posts twist tragedies to push vaccine lies

Results from 6-year-old Anastasia Weaver's autopsy may take weeks. But online anti-vaccine activists needed only hours after her funeral this week to baselessly blame the COVID-19 vaccine.
Nation
February 4

Kansas police responding to overdose call shoot, kill man

Police in Kansas say an officer shot and killed an armed man after he fled from the scene of an opioid overdose on a bicycle.
Business
February 4

Why a new Alzheimer's drug is having a slow US debut

The first drug to show that it slows Alzheimer's is on sale, but treatment for most patients is still several months away.
Nation
February 3

Biden makes progress on 'unity agenda' outlined in 2022

A year ago, President Joe Biden used his first State of the Union address to push top Democratic priorities that were sure to face a battle in the narrowly divided Congress but he also laid out a four-pronged "unity agenda" that would be an easier sell.
Nation
February 3

California won't require COVID vaccine to attend schools

Children in California won't have to get the coronavirus vaccine to attend schools, state public health officials confirmed Friday, ending one of the last major restrictions of the pandemic in the nation's most populous state.
Business
February 3

Feds say cyberattack caused suicide helpline's outage

A cyberattack caused a nearly daylong outage of the nation's new 988 mental health helpline late last year, federal officials told The Associated Press Friday. Lawmakers are now calling for the federal agency that oversees the program to prevent future attacks.
Coronavirus
February 3
Mason Nadolney got his second COVID-19 vaccine shot during a mobile vaccine event at Chanhassen High School in July.

What to know about COVID omicron variant, Minnesota testing, vaccines

Expert advice on masking, testing, vaccines and boosters is evolving along with coronavirus variants. Here's the latest from Minnesota and the CDC.
Nation
February 3

New Mexico legislators may block local abortion ordinances

A standoff over abortion in politically conservative regions of New Mexico escalated Friday as Democratic state legislators advanced a bill that would prohibit local governments from interfering with women's access to reproductive health care.
Nation
February 3

Massachusetts mom to be arraigned in deaths of 3 children

A Massachusetts woman is scheduled to be arraigned from a hospital next week in the deaths of her three children.
Business
February 3

Major Florida hospital hit by possible ransomware attack

A major hospital system in northern Florida said Friday it is diverting some emergency room patients and canceling surgeries after a security problem with information technology.
Sports
February 3

NFL will offer free CPR training during Super Bowl week

Inspired by the lifesaving medical attention Damar Hamlin received on the field during a game last month, the NFL and American Heart Association will provide free CPR education in Arizona throughout Super Bowl week as part of the NFL Experience at the Phoenix Convention Center.
Nation
February 3
This scanning electron microscope image made available by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows rod-shaped Pseudomonas aeruginosa bacte

Eye drops recalled after US drug-resistant bacteria outbreak

U.S. health officials said Thursday a company is recalling its over-the-counter eye drops that have been linked to an outbreak of drug-resistant infections.

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