Death toll from Syria chemical attack rises to 75

BEIRUT (AP) — The death toll from a suspected chemical attack on a northern Syrian town rose to 75 on Wednesday as activists and rescue workers found more terrified survivors hiding in shelters near the site of the assault, one of the deadliest in Syria's civil war.

  • Written by SARAH EL DEEB , Associated Press

New GOP health care plan could raise premiums for the sick

WASHINGTON (AP) — The latest Republican health care idea could mean going back to a time when people with medical problems were charged much higher premiums for individual policies, experts say.

 

  • Written by RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR and ALAN FRAM , Associated Press

Unusually large swarm of icebergs drifts into shipping lanes

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — More than 400 icebergs have drifted into the North Atlantic shipping lanes over the past week in an unusually large swarm for this early in the season, forcing vessels to slow to a crawl or take detours of hundreds of miles.

 

  • Written by JENNIFER McDERMOTT , Associated Press

Gay rights organizations hail court ruling as 'game changer'

CHICAGO (AP) — Companies cannot discriminate against LGBT employees in the workplace because of their sexual orientation, a federal appeals court said, in a ruling that a gay rights group called a "game changer."

  • Written by MICHAEL TARM , AP Legal Affairs Writer

FDA pick faces questioning on ties to industry he'd regulate

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's nominee to head the powerful Food and Drug Administration told senators Wednesday that tackling the opioid crisis would be a top priority and pledged that science will prevail despite his extensive financial ties to medical companies the agency regulates.

  • Written by LAURAN NEERGAARD , AP Medical Writer