Elderly couple got ‘deepest wish’ — to die together — in rare euthanasia case

Nic and Trees Elderhorst knew exactly how they wanted to die. They were both 91 years old and in declining health. Nic Elderhorst suffered a stroke in 2012 and more recently, his wife, Trees Elderhorst, was diagnosed with dementia, according to the Dutch newspaper, De Gelderlander. Neither wanted to live without the other, or leave this world alone. So…

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Two Arizona communities, 120 miles apart, see evidence of the plague

Public health officials in two Northern Arizona counties are warning residents about the existence of plague, an endemic concern among those who live in the American Southwest but unsettling nonetheless, given the disease’s devastating impact on human history. Navajo and Coconino counties are separated by 120 miles of desert, but in each community the findings are identical:…

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A fear expert explains how North Korea’s nuclear threats can mess with your mind

It does sound scary — miniaturized nuclear warheads made to fit inside ballistic missiles that could be aimed at the United States. “Thirty minutes,” the Atlantic noted. “That’s about how long it would take a nuclear-tipped intercontinental ballistic missile launched from North Korea to reach Los Angeles.” News that North Korea is moving closer to becoming…

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Big city health officials decry Trump administration’s cuts to teen pregnancy prevention programs

The federal funding was curtailed last month without explanation and without warning: $214 million for teen pregnancy prevention programs across the country. The city of Baltimore lost $3.5 million, money that Health Commissioner Leana Wen said had supported classes in anatomy and physiology and counseling in social and emotional issues related to sex for 20,000 teens, plus training…

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