• Texas eyes immunizations as more kids file exemptions

    AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas could be the epicenter for the nation’s next major fight over stricter requirements for immunizations as rates of schoolchildren who refuse shots for non-medical reasons climb in America’s second-largest state.

  • Japan mercury-poisoning victims demand tests, 60 years later

    In this 1973 photo, a woman holds a victim of "Minamata Disease", or mercury poisoning, in Minamata, Japan. The girl has a malformed hand, like many victims of the disease who suffer from physical deformites among other symptoms.  The Tokyo District Court has rejected a civil lawsuit demanding that tests into food toxicity and illnesses required by law be carried out for "Minamata disease" poisoning. Doctor Toshihide Tsuda, who sued, said Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2016,  he would appeal the court's decision. (AP Photo, File)

    TOKYO (AP) — Six decades after “Minamata disease” mercury poisoning was first discovered, victims and their advocates are demanding tests for food toxicity and illnesses be carried out to help identify patients.

  • New Hampshire looks for answers behind oyster outbreaks

    DURHAM, N.H. (AP) — For the past 25 years, researcher Stephen Jones has tried to understand the threat that bacteria may pose to oysters in New Hampshire’s Great Bay estuary. He often couldn’t get funding to study the problem. But that is beginning to change as scientists notice “something is going on.”