New Zealand hands out extra cash to fight ‘inflationary storm’ | Health, Medicine and Fitness

By NICK PERRY – Associated Press WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — The New Zealand government announced Thursday that it will distribute an extra few hundred dollars to more than 2 million low-income adults to help them through what it describes as “the peak of the global inflationary storm”. The payments are part of a package … Read more

Global stocks mixed after US retail data offset rate fears | Health, Medicine and Fitness

By JOE McDONALD – AP Business Writer BEIJING (AP) — Global stock markets were mixed and Wall Street futures were down on Wednesday after positive U.S. retail sales data helped offset concerns the Federal Reserve may be considering new rate hikes to calm inflation. London and Frankfurt opened lower. Tokyo and Seoul advanced, while Shanghai … Read more

EXPLAINER: What we know about the shuttered formula factory | Health, Medicine and Fitness

By MATTHEW PERRONE – AP Health Writer WASHINGTON (AP) — At the center of the national infant formula shortage is a single plant: the Abbott Nutrition plant that has been closed for more than three months due to contamination concerns. On Monday, US officials announced a deal with Abbott that paves the way for production … Read more

Kim blasts pandemic response as North Korean outbreak grows | Health, Medicine and Fitness

By KIM TONG-HYUNG – Associated Press SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has criticized authorities for slow drug deliveries and ordered his military to respond to the growing but largely undiagnosed COVID-19 crisis that has left 1.2 million people sick with fever and 50 dead in a few days, state … Read more

Alabama transgender drug law blocked by judge | Health, Medicine and Fitness

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — A federal judge on Friday blocked part of an Alabama law that makes it a crime to prescribe puberty blockers and gender-affirming hormones to transgender minors. U.S. District Judge Liles Burke issued a preliminary injunction to stop the state from enforcing the drug ban, which took effect May 8, while a … Read more

California Governor: $98 Billion Surplus Supports True Pro-Life State | Health, Medicine and Fitness

By ADAM BEAM and KATHLEEN RONAYNE – Associated Press SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California Governor Gavin Newsom pledged Friday to use the state’s record $300 billion budget, including an unprecedented surplus of nearly $100 billion, to “save” the state from the impacts of a volatile midterm election cycle that he says will undermine abortion access, … Read more

China Fights Economic Crisis, Sticks to Costly ‘Zero COVID’ | Health, Medicine and Fitness

By JOE McDONALD – AP Business Writer BEIJING (AP) — Chinese leaders are struggling to reverse an economic recession without giving up anti-virus tactics that have shut down Shanghai and other cities, adding to challenges for President Xi Jinping as he tries to extend his term in power. The ruling Communist Party has said its … Read more

China Fights Economic Crisis, Sticks to Costly ‘Zero COVID’ | Health, Medicine and Fitness

By JOE McDONALD – AP Business Writer BEIJING (AP) — Chinese leaders are struggling to reverse an economic recession without giving up anti-virus tactics that have shut down Shanghai and other cities, adding to challenges for President Xi Jinping as he tries to extend his term in power. The ruling Communist Party has said its … Read more

South Korea’s new leader offers support if North denuclearizes | Health, Medicine and Fitness

By HYUNG-JIN KIM and KIM TONG-HYUNG – Associated Press SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Yoon Suk Yeol, a conservative political neophyte, took office as South Korea’s new president on Tuesday with a vow to pursue a negotiated settlement of North Korea’s threatening nuclear program and a offer of a “bold plan” to improve Pyongyang’s economy … Read more

New SKorea leader offers support if North Korea denuclearizes | Health, Medicine and Fitness

By HYUNG-JIN KIM – Associated Press SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea’s new president has said he will lay out “a bold plan” to improve North Korea’s economy if denuclearized. Yoon Suk Yeol made the offer during a speech at his inauguration ceremony in Seoul on Tuesday. Yoon says the door of dialogue will … Read more