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  • EXCERPT: 'Kill Shot' probes shadow industry, deadly disease

    EDITOR’S NOTE — This is an exclusive excerpt adapted from “Kill Shot: The Untold Story of the Worst Contaminated Drug Crisis in U.S. History,” by Associated Press investigative reporter Jason Dearen. The book chronicles the rare fungal meningitis outbreak in 2012 that killed more than 100 people, and infected some 750 others.
  • Expected influx of COVID-19 vaccines to test provincial promises of mass inoculations

    An expected influx of COVID-19 vaccine deliveries beginning this week will test provincial deployment plans experts say should have been honed in the unwelcome lull that stalled inoculations across the country.
  • Soak or drip? Watering advice for the hot season

    August is the month for two garden W’s: weeding and watering. Regular attention to both keeps a vegetable or flower garden pretty and productive well into autumn.
  • Summer may decide fate of leading shots in vaccine race

    People on six continents already are getting jabs in the arm as the race for a COVID-19 vaccine enters a defining summer, with even bigger studies poised to prove if any shot really works -- and maybe offer a reality check.
  • Monkeys, ferrets offer needed clues in COVID-19 vaccine race

    The global race for a COVID-19 vaccine boils down to some critical questions: How much must the shots rev up someone’s immune system to really work? And could revving it the wrong way cause harm?
  • Farmers use tech to squeeze every drop from Colorado River

    GREELEY, Colo. - A drone soared over a blazing hot cornfield in northeastern Colorado on a recent morning, snapping images with an infrared camera to help researchers decide how much water they would give the crops the next day.
  • Using 1 germ to fight another when today's antibiotics fail

    NEW HAVEN, Conn. - Bacteria lodged deep in Ella Balasa's lungs were impervious to most antibiotics. At 26, gasping for breath, she sought out a dramatic experiment — deliberately inhaling a virus culled from sewage to attack her superbug.
  • Fertilizing 101: It's not as complicated as you might think

    Every garden needs periodic fertilization. "Designer" fertilizers are available for some kinds of plants, and so are fertilizers that you're directed to apply at specified times throughout the season. So roses get their rose food, tomatoes get their tomato food, and so on, on schedule.
  • Enemy turned ally: Poliovirus is used to fight brain tumors

    One of the world's most dreaded viruses has been turned into a treatment to fight deadly brain tumors. Survival was better than expected for patients in a small study who were given genetically modified poliovirus, which helped their bodies attack the cancer, doctors report.
  • Watering during a drought begins with setting priorities

    Homeowners know that irrigation is a necessary but never-ending task for gardens and the overall landscape. But watering priorities change drastically during a drought. Conservation prevails over plant care, and can trigger expensive and in some cases emotional losses.

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