AP Exclusive: Medics beat blizzard to make transplant happen


STONY BROOK, N.Y. (AP) — Melanie Chirichella had been waiting a year and a half for a kidney transplant when she finally got the call from her doctors Saturday that they had found a perfect match in South Carolina.

  • Written by MICHAEL BALSAMO, Associated Press

Challenger disaster: McAuliffe's students go on to teach


CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Thirty years after the Concord High School class of '86 watched social studies teacher Christa McAuliffe and six astronauts perish when the space shuttle Challenger broke apart on live TV, a number of them have gone into teaching — and some wonder if, indirectly, the tragedy affected them enough that they wanted to make a difference, as she did.

  • Written by KATHY McCORMACK, Associated Press

Arrests of Oregon standoff leaders leaves 1 person dead

BURNS, Ore. (AP) — Federal and state law officers arrested the leaders of an armed group occupying a national wildlife refuge, during a traffic stop along a highway in Oregon's frozen high country that prompted gunfire and left one man dead.

  • Written by KEITH RIDLER, Associated Press

Research begins into possibility of a vaccine for Zika virus

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. government is beginning research into a possible vaccine for the mosquito-borne Zika virus that is suspected of causing an unusual birth defect as it spreads in Latin America.

  • Written by LAURAN NEERGAARD, AP Medical Writer