Rivers in France, Germany burst their banks; floods kill 6

PARIS (AP) — Rivers in Europe have burst their banks from Paris to the southern German state of Bavaria, killing six people, trapping thousands more in homes or cars and forcing everything from subway lines to castles to the Louvre to shut down.

  • Written by ANGELA CHARLTON, Associated Press SYLVIE CORBET, Associated Press

Halted in bird flu outbreak, federal egg inspections resume

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has resumed inspections of egg-handling facilities in 21 states more than a year after they were suspended due to the nation's worst bird flu outbreak.

  • Written by DAVID PITT, Associated Press

Advisers urge easier access to treatment for hearing loss

WASHINGTON (AP) — Hearing loss is a growing public health problem that can leave older adults socially isolated and even increase their risk for dementia — yet getting treated is a pricey hassle, declares a prestigious government advisory group that's calling for change.

  • Written by LAURAN NEERGAARD, AP Medical Writer