Artificial hand helps amputees feel just how hard to squeeze

WASHINGTON (AP) — A next-generation artificial hand is letting two amputees tell the difference between a soft or firm touch — like holding a child without squeezing too tightly. It's another step toward developing prosthetics that can feel.

  • Written by LAURAN NEERGAARD, AP Medical Writer

Betting on hepatitis C-infected kidneys to speed transplants

WASHINGTON (AP) — A bold experiment is giving some patients a chance at cutting years off their wait for a kidney transplant if they agree to a drastic-sounding option — getting an organ almost sure to infect them with hepatitis C.

  • Written by LAURAN NEERGAARD, AP Medical Writer

Oil pipeline protesters brace for confrontation with police

CANNON BALL, N.D. (AP) — Protesters trying to stop construction of the Dakota Access oil pipeline are bracing for a confrontation with police Thursday after the demonstrators refused to leave private land in the pipeline's path.

  • Written by JAMES MacPHERSON, Associated Press BLAKE NICHOLSON, Associated Press

2 quakes rattle Italy, crumbling buildings and causing panic

ROME (AP) —€” A pair of strong aftershocks shook central Italy late Wednesday, crumbling churches and buildings, knocking out power and sending panicked residents into the rain-drenched streets just two months after a powerful earthquake killed nearly 300 people.

  • Written by NICOLE WINFIELD, Associated Press COLLEEN BARRY, Associated Press