No injuries as fire closes New Orleans' historic Canal St.


NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A stubborn six-alarm fire blanketed part of downtown New Orleans in eye-stinging smoke early Wednesday and forced the closure of historic Canal Street between the city's central business district and the French Quarter.

  • Written by KEVIN McGilll, Associated Press

Federal pain panel rife with links to pharma companies


WASHINGTON (AP) — Nearly a third of the members on a government panel that made headlines by calling an effort to curb overprescribing of OxyContin and other painkillers "horrible," have drug-industry ties.

  • Written by MATTHEW PERRONE, AP Health Writer

New lawsuit seeks replacement of Flint's lead pipes


FLINT, Mich. (AP) — Environmental and civil rights groups want a federal judge to order the prompt replacement of all lead pipes in Flint's water system to ensure that residents have a safe drinking supply, a demand that Gov. Rick Snyder said on Wednesday might be a long-term option but not an immediate one.

  • Written by DAVID EGGERT, Associated Press MIKE HOUSEHOLDER, Associated Press

Brazil: 270 of 4,120 suspected microcephaly cases confirmed


RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Brazil's Health Ministry said Wednesday that in recent months it has recorded 4,120 suspected cases of a rare brain defect in babies that officials fear may be linked to the spread of the mosquito-borne Zika virus.