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Massive learning setbacks show COVID's sweeping toll on kids

Massive learning setbacks show COVID's sweeping toll on kids

The COVID-19 pandemic devastated poor children’s well-being, not just by closing their schools, but also by taking away their parents’ jobs, sickening their families and teachers, and adding chaos and fear to their daily lives.
As fentanyl drives overdose deaths, mistaken beliefs persist

As fentanyl drives overdose deaths, mistaken beliefs persist

Lillianna Alfaro was a recent high school graduate raising a toddler and considering joining the Army when she and a friend bought what they thought was the anti-anxiety drug Xanax in December 2020.
Shanghai district orders mass COVID-19 testing, lockdown

Shanghai district orders mass COVID-19 testing, lockdown

BEIJING (AP) — China’s largest city of Shanghai is ordering mass testing Friday of all 1.3 million residents of its downtown Yangpu district and confining them to their homes at least until results are known.
Arizona agrees not to enforce total abortion ban until 2023

Arizona agrees not to enforce total abortion ban until 2023

PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona's attorney general has agreed not to enforce a near total ban on abortions at least until next year, a move that Planned Parenthood Arizona credited Thursday with allowing the group to restart abortion care across the state.
Local hospitals could face strain as early viral infections swamp pediatrics: CPS

Local hospitals could face strain as early viral infections swamp pediatrics: CPS

An early surge in viral infections could indicate tough months ahead for already-struggling local hospitals, the Canadian Paediatric Society said Thursday, as some children's hospitals are running over capacity and reporting high wait times. Dr.
Federal dental care benefit gets go-ahead from House of Commons

Federal dental care benefit gets go-ahead from House of Commons

OTTAWA — The Liberals dental-care benefit bill passed third reading Thursday in the House of Commons despite opposition from the Conservatives and Bloc Québécois. The bill passed 172 to 138, with Conservatives and the Bloc voting against it.

A correction to a story about breast milk donations

In a story that moved Tuesday, Oct. 25, The Canadian Press erroneously reported that there are no breast milk collection depots in Northern B.C. The error was based on information from a source. The Canadian Press
Parents sue over son's death after he took kratom supplement

Parents sue over son's death after he took kratom supplement

ATLANTA (AP) — Dana and John Pope had never heard of kratom before their 23-year-old son, Ethan, was found dead on the kitchen floor in his apartment last December with his puppy by his side.
Halifax hospital bidder misses final submission deadline, expansion project on hold

Halifax hospital bidder misses final submission deadline, expansion project on hold

HALIFAX — One of Atlantic Canada's largest infrastructure projects is now on hold after the hospital project’s lone bidder failed to submit its final proposal by today’s Nova Scotia government deadline.
Ontario nursing college now allowed to temporarily register international nurses

Ontario nursing college now allowed to temporarily register international nurses

TORONTO — Ontario's nursing college can now start allowing internationally educated nurses to practise while they work toward full registration, which the government hopes will see thousands more nurses in the health system - but their union isn't so