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Kenya Cholera Death Toll Rises to 65

At least 65 people are confirmed to have died in a nearly five-month-old cholera outbreak in Kenya, with infections also continuing to rise in the capital Nairobi, health officials said Wednesday.

Health Minister James Macharia said 326 new cases have been reported over the past week nationwide, a nearly 50 percent increase over the previous week and bringing the total number of cases to 3,223.

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Four U.S. Cancer Charities Accused of $187 mn in Fraud

Four organizations claiming to help cancer patients allegedly siphoned off more than $187 million to pay for lavish salaries, luxury vacations and other goods in what could be one of the largest cases of U.S. charity fraud, authorities said Tuesday.

The U.S. Federal Trade Commission and law enforcement officials from all 50 U.S. states charged the organizations with being "sham charities" that stuffed the vast majority of donations in the pockets of directors, family, friends and fundraisers, according to documents filed in the southwest state of Arizona.

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Students Sue over 'Forced' Vaginal Probes

Two former college students are suing a Florida medical college, alleging they were forced to undergo frequent transvaginal probes during classroom training as part of their studies.

A federal lawsuit filed by the unnamed women in Orlando accuses Valencia College employees of ordering them to undergo the procedures or risk having their grades reduced.

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Peruvians Seek Relief from Ills at the Seaside

They arrive at Lima's coast shortly before dawn and wade into the Pacific Ocean, seeking relief from the ailments doctors have been unable to cure.

Some come in groups, jumping, laughing and running along the shore. Others bathe alone silently in the calm, gray sea.

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Doctor Group Seeks to Clear Confusion in Cancer Screening

Mammograms at 40 or 50? Every year or every other year? What's the best colon check?

Screening for cancer has gotten more complicated in recent years with evolving guidelines that sometimes conflict. Now a U.S. doctors' group aims to ease some confusion — and encourage more discussion of testing's pros and cons — with what it calls advice on "high-value screening" for five types of tumors.

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Texas Woman Gives Birth to Triplets, 2 Babies Conjoined

A South Texas woman has given birth to triplet girls, with two of the babies conjoined at the pelvis.

Dr. Haroon Patel, a pediatric surgeon at Driscoll Children's Hospital in Corpus Christi, said Monday that it will likely be at least six months until the conjoined babies, who share a colon, will be separated.

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WHO Chief Announces Shake-up of Organization after Ebola Shock

The World Health Organization will dramatically reform its emergency response operations this year, its chief said Monday, after the U.N. agency faced blistering criticism for its slow Ebola response.

WHO Director General Margaret Chan told the agency's decision-making body in Geneva that she had decided to make some "fundamental changes" to help the organization respond more quickly and efficiently in times of crisis.

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Spain Arrests Five Accused of Trying to Buy Immigrant's Kidney

Spanish police said Monday they had arrested five people accused of trying to buy a kidney from an impoverished immigrant for 6,000 euros ($6,835).

Officers in Spain made the arrests working in collaboration with others in Germany and Belgium, a brief police statement said. It did not say exactly when the arrests were made.

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Battle over Florida Boy's Circumcision Enters Federal Court

The case of a Florida woman who fled to avoid her son's circumcision is entering a federal courtroom for the first time.

Thirty-one-year-old Heather Hironimus was arrested Thursday in the long-running dispute over the removal of her 4-year-old child's foreskin. She went missing with the boy nearly three months ago and ignored a judge's warnings that if she didn't appear in court and give consent for the circumcision to proceed, she faced jail.

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2 Million more U.S. Chickens to be Destroyed Due to Flu

One of the largest U.S. egg producers has said it will destroy 2 million egg-laying hens in the central state of Minnesota due to a deadly bird flu virus.

The development at the Minnesota chicken farm brings the total of affected birds to 35 million in 15 states, with Minnesota and Iowa poultry flocks hit the hardest.

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