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    Stocks closed lower on Wall Street, led by drops in big technology companies and erasing the S&P 500′s gains for the week. The S&P 500 fell 0.7% Wednesday, while the Dow Jones Industrial Average and the Nasdaq also fell. Small-company stocks fell more than the rest of the market. Wall Street was absorbing a mix of retail updates that showed inflation pressure continues to affect businesses and consumers, but also shows that spending remains strong. Target fell after reporting a plunge in profits. The government reported that retail sales were flat in July.

      A federal judge in Cleveland has awarded $650 million in damages to two Ohio counties that sued pharmacy chains CVS, Walgreens and Walmart saying their opioid distribution policies created a public nuisance. U.S. District Judge Dan Polster released the award amounts in a ruling issued Wednesday.  A jury returned in November ruled in favor of Lake and Trumbull counties outside Cleveland after a six-week trial. Polster then conducted a hearing to determine how much the counties should receive. The damage awards are meant to help the counties abate a continuing opioid crisis. Their counties' attorneys said it would take $3 billion total for the counties to abate the crisis.

        Doctors and other staffers at Boston Children’s Hospital are being threatened with violence over its surgical program for transgender youths. Other U.S. children’s hospitals are also being harassed online. Boston Children’s is home to the first U.S. pediatric and adolescent transgender health program. It became the focus of far-right social media accounts, news outlets and bloggers last week after they found informational videos published by the hospital weeks ago about surgical offerings for transgender patients. The hospital removed the videos and is now working with law enforcement. Some of the same social media accounts are now targeting similar gender care programs in Pittsburgh and Phoenix.

          Medical groups and states across the U.S. are watching as a legal battle over abortion rights pits the deep-red state of Idaho against the Department of Justice. As of Wednesday, 20 states, the American College of Emergency Physicians and other medical groups have filed “friend of the court” briefs in the lawsuit over Idaho's near-total abortion ban. The Idaho law makes performing nearly any abortion a felony, but allows physicians to defend themselves in court by showing that the procedure was necessary to save a patient’s life. But federal health care law requires Medicaid-funded hospitals to provide “stabilizing” treatment to patients, and the Department of Justice says that includes some emergency abortions.

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              Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow says he's trying to gain back the weight and strength he lost after having surgery to remove his ruptured appendix three weeks ago. The goal is for the QB to be mobile and sharp by the time Cincinnati opens the regular season on Sept. 11 against AFC North rival Pittsburgh. The 25-year-old Burrow said he feels better every day, but doesn't expect to play in the two remaining preseason games. Coach Zac Taylor said the remaining team practices will be designed to get Burrow ready to go for Week 1.

              An Oklahoma lawmaker is suing for records of expenditures from the governor's coronavirus relief fund for education. A federal audit in July sharply criticized state officials' lack of oversight and accountability in how they used nearly $40 million from Governor’s Emergency Education Relief, or GEER, funds intended for education. Republican Rep. Logan Phillips filed the open records lawsuit Tuesday against the Office of Management and Enterprise Services and said Gov. Kevin Stitt and Education Secretary Ryan Walters haven't responded to his document requests. Stitt and OMES representatives said Phillips failed to attend meetings scheduled to show him the documents.

              The attorneys for Florida school shooter Nikolas Cruz won't present to his jurors the results of a controversial test that they said supports their belief he suffers from fetal alcohol syndrome. The attorneys told Circuit Judge Elizabeth Scherer on Wednesday that they won't use the test. The test compared brainwaves from the 23-year-old mass murderer with normal people. Prosecutors and critics says the test is unproven and junk. Cruz pleaded guilty to murdering 17 at Parkland's Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in 2018. The jury in his ongoing penalty trial will only decide if he should be sentenced to death or life without parole. It resumes Monday with his attorneys' opening statement.

              The head of the nation’s top public health agency is shaking up the organization with the goal of making it more nimble. The planned changes at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention come after amid criticism of the agency’s response to COVID-19, monkeypox and other public health threats. CDC leaders are calling it a “reset.” The changes include internal staffing moves and steps to speed up data releases. The CDC’s director told the agency’s staff about the changes on Wednesday. She says it’s a CDC initiative, and was not directed by the White House or other administration officials.

              WEDNESDAY, Aug. 17, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- Amid a stark shortage of psychiatric beds that only worsened for millions suffering from mental illnesses during the pandemic, the American Psychiatric Association (APA) is rolling out a new model that can help communities determine exactly how many beds they need.


              Content by Brand Ave. Studios. The annual Amazon Prime Day is coming July 12 and 13, and per usual will offer discounts on many of your favorite things.

              Content by Brand Ave. Studios. The annual Amazon Prime Day is coming July 12 and 13, and per usual will offer discounts on many of your favorite things.

              The nation's leading abortion rights advocacy organization, Planned Parenthood, plans to spend a record $50 million ahead of November’s midterm elections. It's pouring money into contests where access to abortion will be on the ballot. The effort comes about two months after the Supreme Court overturned the landmark 1973 case Roe v. Wade, which created a constitutional right to have an abortion. The campaign will be waged by Planned Parenthood's political and advocacy arms and will focus on governor’s offices, U.S. Senate seats and legislative races in nine states: Arizona, Georgia, Michigan, Minnesota, Nevada, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin. Planned Parenthood's previous spending record was $45 million in 2020.

              A small museum near New York’s World Trade Center dedicated to preserving the memory of the Sept. 11 attacks is closing. CEO Jennifer Adams says the 9/11 Tribute Museum is closing for good after Wednesday due to financial pressures made worse by the coronavirus pandemic. The Tribute Museum opened in 2006. It offered tours led by volunteers who had lost a family member or were connected in some other way to the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001. It was sometimes confused with the much larger Sept. 11 museum that opened in 2014. Adams says the Tribute Museum will maintain an online presence.

              WEDNESDAY, Aug. 17, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- Gender-affirming hormone therapy (GAHT) is associated with increased serum creatinine in transgender men, but not in transgender women, according to a systematic review and meta-analysis published online Aug. 16 in the Clinical Journal of the American Society of Nephrology.

              WEDNESDAY, Aug. 17, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- Low serum urate (SU) concentrations are associated with low lean mass, underweight, and higher rates of weight loss, according to a study published online Aug. 17 in Arthritis & Rheumatology.

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