By Marilynn Marchione AP Chief Medical Writer Texas doctors say they have done the world’s first partial skull and scalp transplant to help a man with a large head wound from cancer treatment. MD Anderson Cancer Center and Houston Methodist Hospital doctors announced Thursday that they did the operation on May 22 at Houston Methodist. […]

By Darlene Superville and Randall Chase Associated Press WASHINGTON – Beau Biden, who followed his father, Vice President Joe Biden, into politics and was twice elected attorney general of Delaware, died Saturday of brain cancer nearly two years after he was first diagnosed. Beau Biden was 46. The younger Biden, who suffered from various health […]

By Denise Lavoie AP Legal Affairs Writer BOSTON – A jury sentenced Dzhokhar Tsarnaev to death Friday for the Boston Marathon bombing, sweeping aside pleas that he was just a “kid” who fell under the influence of his fanatical older brother. Tsarnaev, 21, stood with his hands folded upon learning his fate, decided after 14 […]

By Juliet Linderman and Amanda Lee Myers Associated Press BALTIMORE – Baltimore’s top prosecutor announced criminal charges Friday against all six officers suspended after a man suffered a fatal spinal injury in police custody, saying “no one is above the law.” State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby declared that Freddie Gray’s death was a homicide, his arrest […]

By Jessica Gresko and Tom Foreman Jr. Associated Press BALTIMORE – Rioters looted stores and hurled rocks and bricks at Baltimore police Monday, injuring several officers just hours after thousands mourned the man who died after suffering a severe spinal injury in police custody. Seven officers were hurt. Some had broken bones, and one was […]

By Mike Stobbe AP Medical Writer NEW YORK – The government is lowering the recommended amount of fluoride added to drinking water for the first time in more than 50 years. Some people are getting too much fluoride because it is also now put in toothpaste, mouthwash and other products, health officials said Monday in […]

By Jenny Barchfield Associated Press SANTA BARBARA D’OESTE, Brazil – It had all the trappings of a down-home country fair somewhere well below the Mason-Dixon line: Lynyrd Skynyrd medleys, mile-long lines for fried chicken, barbeque and draft beer, and a plethora of Confederate flags emblazoning everything from belt buckles to motorcycle vests to trucker caps. […]

By Binaj Gurubacharya and Katy Daigle Associated Press KATHMANDU, Nepal – Shell-shocked and sleeping in the streets, tens of thousands of Nepalese braced against terrifying aftershocks Sunday while digging for survivors in the devastation wrought a day earlier by a massive earthquake that ripped across this Himalayan nation and killed more than 2,500 people. Acrid, […]

By Erica Werner Associated Press WASHINGTON – Loretta Lynch won confirmation as the nation’s first black woman attorney general Thursday from a Senate that forced her to wait more than five months for the title and remained divided to the end. The 56-43 vote installs Lynch, now U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of New […]