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Ex-rebel frontrunner in Colombian vote, could shake US ties

Colombians will pick from six candidates in a presidential ballot being held Sunday amid a generalized feeling the country is heading in the wrong direction. The latest opinion polls suggest that front-running leftist Gustavo Petro could get 40% of the votes, with a 15-point lead over his closest rival. But the senator needs 50% to avoid a run-off election in June against the second place finisher. His main rival through most of the campaign has been Federico Gutierrez, a former mayor of Medellin who is backed by most of Colombia’s traditional parties and is running on a pro-business, economic growth platform.

Progressive ousts Biden-backed Schrader in Oregon primary

Seven-term U.S. Rep. Kurt Schrader has lost the Democratic primary in Oregon to progressive challenger Jamie McLeod-Skinner. The vote count in the state’s 5th Congressional District was significantly delayed by ballots with blurry bar codes in Oregon’s third-largest county that were rejected by vote-counting machines. McLeod-Skinner had the backing of the local Democratic parties in all four counties covered by the redrawn Congressional district, which now includes the fast-growing city of Bend. She urged stronger action on climate change and portrayed Schrader as too conservative and beholden to pharmaceutical companies. McLeod-Skinner will face Republican Lori Chavez-DeRemer in November.

Medicare recipients to see premium cut — but not until 2023

Medicare recipients will get a premium reduction — but not until next year. That reflects what Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra says was an overestimate in costs of covering a controversial new Alzheimer’s drug. Becerra’s statement Friday says the 2022 premium should be adjusted downward but legal and operational hurdles prevent officials from doing that in the middle of the year. He did not say what the adjustment would be. Medicare Part B premiums jumped by $22 a month, to $170.10, for 2022, in part because of the cost of the drug Aduhelm, which was approved despite weak evidence that it could slow the progression of Alzheimer’s.

Navajo sign water rights settlement with Utah and feds

The portion of the Navajo Nation that lies in Utah is getting $210 million to go toward clean drinking water infrastructure. Navajo leaders signed an agreement Friday with Utah and federal officials that provides the funding and also settles the tribe's claim to Colorado River water rights. The signing formalizes the Utah Navajo Water Rights Settlement, which became law last year as part of President Joe Biden’s infrastructure bill. It’s one of 16 tribal water rights settlements the administration is devoting $1.7 billion to fund. The settlement also resolves long-standing concerns about legal battles over the Colorado River and the tribe's claims to senior water rights.

U.S. Adults Lack Knowledge on Tanning, Sunburn Risks

FRIDAY, May 27, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- Many U.S. adults still believe tanning myths and are unaware of sunburn risks, according to the results of a survey released by the American Academy of Dermatology.

2007 to 2019 Saw Hypertensive Disorders of Pregnancy Increase

FRIDAY, May 27, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- From 2007 to 2019, there were increases in the incidence of adverse pregnancy outcomes (APOs), including hypertensive disorders of pregnancy (HDP), according to a study published online May 18 in the Journal of the American Heart Association.

Day of triumph turned to day of tragedy for honor student

Tuesday should have been a day of triumph for 10-year-old Maite Rodriguez. Instead, it was the day she died. Maite was among 19 grade school students and two teachers who were shot to death at Robb Elementary School in the southwestern Texas town of Uvalde. The 18-year-old gunman also died. Maite had always been a straight-A student until the COVID-19 pandemic forced the school to call off in-person classes. Zoom didn’t work well for Maite and she got all Fs. But with school back in session, Maite rebounded, achieving all As and Bs. She was among the honor roll students recognized at an assembly Tuesday morning, hours before her death.

On remote US territories, abortion hurdles mount without Roe

Women from the remote U.S. territories of Guam and the Northern Mariana Islands will likely have to travel farther than other Americans to terminate a pregnancy if the Supreme Court overturns a precedent that established a national right to abortion in the United States. Hawaii is the closest U.S. state where abortion is legal under local law. It’s already difficult to get an abortion in Guam, a small, heavily Catholic U.S. territory south of Japan. The last physician who performed surgical abortions there retired in 2018. Two Guam-licensed physicians who live in Hawaii see patients virtually and mail them pills for a medication abortion.

Many back strict gun laws, but opposition tends to be louder

Polling shows majorities of Americans think mass shootings would occur less often if guns were harder to get. And they think schools and other public places have become less safe than they were two decades ago. Still, public attitudes on guns and gun policy are complicated, and the issue has seen little by way of federal legislative changes in more than a decade. It’s not unusual for polling to show higher support for restrictions among the general public after a mass shooting. But an expert explains that attitudes on gun regulation are rather stable over time and those who own guns and oppose gun control tend to have a louder voice in the political process.