Study backs pancreas cell transplants for severe diabetes

WASHINGTON (AP) — Transplants of insulin-producing pancreas cells are a long hoped-for treatment for diabetes — and a new study shows they can protect the most seriously ill patients from a life-threatening complication of the disease, an important step toward U.S. approval.

  • Written by LAURAN NEERGAARD, AP Medical Writer

In quake-devastated Ecuador, loss piles up amid the rubble

PORTOVIEJO, Ecuador (AP) — It was supposed to be a family reunion to celebrate a young relative's start of college. But the gathering ended in tragedy when a collapsing building crushed 17-year-old Sayira Quinde, her mother, father and toddler brother in their rusting Chevy Blazer.

  • Written by ALLEN PANCHANA, Associated Press

US forces deliver aid to Japanese quake-hit areas; 42 dead

MINAMIASO, Japan (AP) — U.S. airlifts delivered water, bread, ready-to-eat food and other emergency supplies Monday to a remote area of southern Japan stricken by two powerful earthquakes, as local rescuers searched for nine people still reported missing.

  • Written by MARI YAMAGUCHI, Associated Press EMILY WANG, Associated Press

Medicare's 'Innovation Center' rebalancing quality and cost

WASHINGTON (AP) — They work for the government and even their closest relatives have no idea what they do. It's not because they're spies or nuclear scientists, but because their jobs are so arcane: trying to reinvent Medicare to improve it, and maybe save taxpayers money.

  • Written by RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR, Associated Press

Justices hear dispute over Obama immigration actions

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court is taking up an important dispute over immigration that could affect millions of people who are living in the country illegally.

  • Written by MARK SHERMAN, Associated Press