U.S. health officials say they found a dramatic rise in the number of women who are hooked on opioids and delivering babies in hospitals. Opioid use during pregnancy can cause death of the mother or baby, preterm birth and infant withdrawal symptoms like seizures, excessive crying and breathing problems. In 1999, 1.5 of every 1,000 women coming to a hospital to deliver depended on or abused opioids. That translates to nearly 25,000 deliveries across all 50 states that year. Rates were highest in Vermont and West Virginia.

August 09, 2018 17:15 UTC

The Latest on court arguments about the drugs that would be used for Nevada to execute its first death-row inmate in 12 years (all times local):10:10 a.m. The Nevada Supreme Court has stepped in to decide whether drug companies can try to stop the state from using their medications in a twice-postponed lethal injection of a condemned inmate who wants to die. A state court judge in Las Vegas cancelled hearings Thursday following an order late Wednesday from six of the high court's seven justices. Supreme Court intervention had been sought by the state attorney general's office regarding the execution of Scott Raymond Dozier. The companies say they publicly declared they didn't want their products used in executions and allege that Nevada improperly obtained their drugs.

August 09, 2018 17:15 UTC

The reward fund offered for the safe return of a missing University of Iowa student has grown to nearly $316,000. A spokesman for Crime Stoppers of Central Iowa said Thursday the organization has passed on more than 830 tips to authorities investigating the disappearance of Mollie Tibbetts. Tibbetts' father has suggested she might have been abducted from her boyfriend Dalton Jack's home in Brooklyn, Iowa. The 20-year-old Tibbetts was seen jogging July 18 and her family reported her missing the next day. Dalton Jack says he received a Snapchat message from Tibbetts July 18, after she would have returned from her run.

August 09, 2018 13:05 UTC

The $3.9 billion buyout of Tribune Media by Sinclair collapsed Thursday, ending a bid to create a massive media juggernaut that could have rivaled the reach of Fox News. Tribune Media Co. said Thursday that it is suing Sinclair for breach of contract and at least $1 billion in damages, according to its complaint . Sinclair Broadcast Group wanted the Chicago company's 42 TV stations and had initially agreed to dump almost two dozen of its own to score approval by the FCC. The media company, which has enjoyed the support of President Donald Trump, appeared to be cruising toward approval by U.S. regulators. "So sad and unfair that the FCC wouldn't approve the Sinclair Broadcast merger with Tribune," Trump tweeted.

August 09, 2018 10:59 UTC

Japanese automakers Suzuki Motor Corp., Mazda Motor Corp. and Yamaha Motor Co. have admitted using falsified emissions data to inspect their new vehicles after the government ordered the industry to review its procedures. Suzuki said nearly half of its 12,819 new car inspections involved improper inspections at its three plants. "Mishandlings found in so many vehicles were a serious problem, and we take it very seriously," Suzuki Motor president Toshihiro Suzuki told a news conference, and apologized to the company's customers and business partners for causing trouble. The auto industry is part of the broader product inspections scandal in Japan since last year. The steel product scandal has set off a class-action lawsuit and an investigation in the U.S.

August 09, 2018 06:20 UTC

As a result, a state court hearing was cancelled Thursday involving a request by a third drug company to join two other firms in a legal challenge over the proposed use of their products. On Monday, the Tennessee Supreme Court said a lawsuit filed by inmates contesting the execution drugs was not likely to succeed. Nevada hasn't executed an inmate since 2006, and officials have acknowledged initially planning the execution of Dozier around drugs they could obtain. Nevada has become a model among death penalty states that have had trouble in recent years obtaining drugs for lethal injections. Fifteen states are siding with Nevada in the case before the state Supreme Court targeting pharmaceutical firms.

August 09, 2018 05:48 UTC

Argentina's Senate on Thursday rejected a bill to legalize elective abortion, a defeat for a grassroots movement that came closer than ever to achieving the decriminalization of the procedure in the homeland of Pope Francis. In Argentina, abortion is only allowed in cases of rape and risks to a woman's health. Backers of the measure said legalizing abortion would save the life of many women. The Catholic Church and other groups opposed it, saying it violated Argentine law guaranteeing life from the moment of conception. Demonstrations in support of the Argentine abortion measure were held Wednesday in Mexico, Brazil, Uruguay and Ecuador.

August 09, 2018 05:48 UTC

Donkey Park is the creation of Steve Stiert, who sought a new direction after his job as a software engineer for IBM was eliminated six years ago. Now he's devoting his life to providing an opportunity for people to interact with donkeys and experience their calming presence. "Donkeys resonate with who I am," says the 59-year-old Stiert, whose equine epiphany came after 26 years glued to a computer screen. Now she regularly drives 45 minutes to volunteer at Donkey Park. Ah, donkey therapy, donkey love."

August 09, 2018 04:12 UTC

Nathaniel Cook and his older brother, Anthony Cook, admitted in 2000 they were behind nine killings, including a string of eight murders in 1980 and '81. As part of the plea deal, Cook confessed to three murders while his brother admitted to killing five other people. Many kept hope that investigators could link Nathaniel Cook to another crime, but they also knew this day was coming. Nathaniel Cook confessed that he and his brother were involved in two more killings. The brothers offered to confess in exchange for a chance of parole for Nathaniel Cook.

August 09, 2018 04:07 UTC

Interested in Donald Trump? Add Donald Trump as an interest to stay up to date on the latest Donald Trump news, video, and analysis from ABC News. "I share President Trump's continued frustration as the left continues to try to nullify the 2016 presidential election with claims of Russian interference," Collins said. According to the indictment, Collins responded to the email saying: "Wow. House Speaker Paul Ryan said Collins would be removed from the influential House Energy and Commerce Committee "until the matter is settled."

August 08, 2018 23:15 UTC

Yelp's second-quarter results blew past Wall Street expectations, fueled by a 21 percent surge in advertising revenue. The online business reviews company raised its profit forecast for the year and its stock soared almost 14 percent in after-hours trading. For the current quarter ending in October, Yelp said it expects revenue in the range of $242 million to $246 million. The company expects full-year revenue in the range of $952 million to $967 million. Access a Zacks stock report on YELP at https://www.zacks.com/ap/YELP

August 08, 2018 21:33 UTC

Before that happened, Tesla's stock had already soared. Trading in Tesla's stock was eventually halted until everyone could figure out what was going on. Tesla's stock surged 11 percent on Tuesday, collectively costing short sellers more than $1 billion, by some estimates. Some of the fervor for a Tesla buyout faded Wednesday. Tesla's stock backtracked by more than 2 percent to close at $370.34.

August 08, 2018 21:17 UTC

Argentina's lower house of Congress already passed the measure, and President Mauricio Macri said he would sign it if approved by the Senate. The issue has bitterly divided Argentines, pitting conservative doctors and the Roman Catholic Church against feminist groups and other physicians. Feminist groups, in turn, have held demonstrations in support of the measure, often wearing green that symbolizes their movement or costumes based on author Margaret Atwood's "The Handmaid's Tale." Catholic and evangelical groups protested abortion with the slogan, "Argentina, filicide (child murder) will be your ruin." Small groups rallied in other countries across the region to voice support for the Argentine abortion measure, including in Mexico, Brazil, Uruguay, Ecuador, Paraguay and Peru.

August 08, 2018 19:40 UTC

Three young soccer players and their coach, who were rescued with other teammates after almost three weeks in a flooded cave, were granted Thai citizenship on Wednesday. Nopparat Kanthawong, the head coach of the Wild Boars team, said the four received official Thai ID cards along with another teammate who had not been in the cave but also applied for citizenship. "If they have Thai citizenship, in the future, if they don't want to play they can take exams to become public officials or find good work that is related to their field of studies," he said. Nopparat said he submitted documentation on Wednesday to help apply for citizenship for seven other Wild Boar players who are stateless. The group says stateless people in Thailand are unable to vote, buy land, seek legal employment, work in certain occupations or travel freely.

August 08, 2018 13:40 UTC

Add InterestA D.C. Public Library branch was briefly closed upon the discovery of some uninvited guests: snakes. The Washington Post reports the Georgetown Library closed Saturday after staff noticed snakes near a meeting room. The Post reports library staff suspect four snakes were in the building. According to the D.C. Public Library's website , the library will have another gathering of snakes on Wednesday, but these ones are invited. ———Information from: The Washington Post, http://www.washingtonpost.com

August 08, 2018 08:48 UTC