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Crookston Times - Crookston, MN
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WASHINGTON (AP) " Two new studies are offering some of the clearest snapshots yet of how babies build up protective gut bacteria, adding to evidence that antibiotics and birth by C-section may disrupt that development. Intestinal bacteria are underappreciated. They do far more than help digest food " they also play roles in the immune system. The types and amounts of gut bacteria that people harbor are thought to influence obesity, digestive diseases, even autoimmune disorders like...

Updated at 7:07 PM

WASHINGTON (AP) " The Federal Reserve signaled Wednesday that it foresees an exceedingly slow pace of interest rate hikes " and is in no hurry to resume them. In explaining its decision to keep interest rates unchanged, the Fed expressed...

Updated at 7:04 PM

BOSTON (AP) " The parents of a woman who died in a crash involving a duck boat urged state officials on Wednesday to require new safety rules for the amphibious sightseeing vessels. Ivan and Martha Warmuth joined several lawmakers at the...

Updated at 6:59 PM

WASHINGTON (AP) " Calling the rising cost of drugs "unsustainable," congressional advisers on Wednesday recommended major changes to Medicare's popular outpatient prescription program, now 10 years old. The proposal from the nonpartisan...

Updated at 6:58 PM

WASHINGTON (AP) " Michelle Obama plans to promote her year-old global girls' education initiative during a late June trip to Liberia, Morocco and Spain. The White House says the three-country trip is booked for June 27 through July 1. The...

Updated at 6:57 PM

WASHINGTON (AP) " Lawmakers backing the release of the 28 still-secret pages of a 2002 congressional report about the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, are asking House Intelligence Committee leaders to declassify them by simply publishing them in the...

Updated at 6:56 PM

BOSTON (AP) " The U.S. Department of Education proposed on Wednesday to shut down the nation's largest accreditor of for-profit colleges, a rare move that could put dozens of schools at risk of losing federal funding. The recommendation...

Updated at 6:56 PM

ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) " Nigeria will float its embattled naira currency, the Central Bank governor announced Wednesday after months of pressure to control a spiraling crisis in Africa's biggest economy. Gov. Godwin Emefiele told reporters the...

Updated at 6:45 PM

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) " Iran has filed a lawsuit with the International Court of Justice to recover $2 billion worth of frozen assets the U.S. Supreme Court awarded to victims of a 1983 bombing in Lebanon and other attacks linked to Iran. In...

Updated at 6:44 PM

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) " The United Arab Emirates said Wednesday that the "war is over" for its troops in Yemen, though it may continue to keep them there for counterterrorism operations. Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Sheikh Mohammed bin...

Updated at 6:37 PM

ATHENS, Greece (AP) " The spiritual leader of the world's Orthodox Christians on Wednesday said a historic meeting of church leaders " the first in more than a millennium " will take place on the Greek island of Crete despite a pullout by...

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