Congo’s Ebola Outbreak Now 2nd Largest In History, WHO Says

By CARA ANNA , Associated Press JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Congo’s deadly Ebola outbreak is now the second largest in history, behind the devastating West Africa outbreak that killed thousands a few years ago, the World Health Organization said Thursday. WHO emergencies chief Dr. Peter Salama called it “a sad toll” as Congo’s health ministry announced…

Scientist Claiming Gene-Edited Babies Reports 2nd Pregnancy

By MARILYNN MARCHIONE ,  AP Chief Medical Writer HONG KONG (AP) — A Chinese researcher who claims to have helped make the world’s first genetically edited babies says a second pregnancy may be underway. The researcher, He Jiankui of Shenzhen, revealed the pregnancy Wednesday while making his first public comments about his controversial work at an international conference…

First MS Congresswoman Hyde-Smith Wins Divisive Runoff, Keeps Her Seat

By EMILY WAGSTER PETTUS ,  Associated Press JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Republican U.S. Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith won a divisive Mississippi runoff Tuesday, surviving a video-recorded remark decried as racist and defeating a former federal official who hoped to become the state’s first African-American senator since Reconstruction. The runoff was rocked by the video, in which Hyde-Smith…

Report: Manafort Met with Julian Assange Ahead of 2016 Leaks

WASHINGTON (AP) — A British newspaper alleges that Paul Manafort secretly met WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange at the Ecuadorian Embassy in London within days or weeks of being brought aboard Donald Trump’s presidential campaign. If confirmed, the report Tuesday suggests a direct connection between the Trump campaign and WikiLeaks, which released tens of thousands of…