Drug shows promise against vision-robbing disease in seniors

WASHINGTON (AP) — An experimental drug is showing promise against an untreatable eye disease that blinds older adults — and intriguingly, it seems to work in patients who carry a particular gene flaw that fuels the damage to their vision.

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  • Written by By LAURAN NEERGAARD , AP Medical Writer

Senate GOP releases bill to cut Medicaid, alter 'Obamacare'

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Republicans released their long-awaited bill Thursday to dismantle much of Barack Obama's health care law, proposing to cut Medicaid for low-income Americans and erase tax boosts that Obama imposed on high-earners and medical companies to finance his expansion of coverage.

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

Experts: US exiting climate pact may doom some small islands


WASHINGTON (AP) — To small island nations where the land juts just above the rising seas, the U.S. pulling out of the Paris global warming pact makes the future seem as fragile and built on hope as a sand castle.

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  • Written by By SETH BORENSTEIN and NICK PERRY , Associated Press

Census: US more diverse, white population grows least


WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States is growing older and more ethnically diverse, a trend that could strain government programs from Medicare to education, the Census Bureau reported Thursday.

  • Written by By LAURIE KELLMAN , Associated Press