Photo of Allison Beach holding the hand of her ailing mother Kathryne Beach inside her home in Hinesburg, Vt.

Ruling Bolsters California Assisted Death Law, Group Says

RIVERSIDE — A judge has ruled California’s law allowing terminally ill people to end their lives was passed legitimately during a special session of the Legislature, dampening a long-running criticism by opponents who sued over the measure. The decision is ...
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No Stethoscope for Pain: Scientists Seek Real Way to Measure

WASHINGTON — Is the pain stabbing or burning? On a scale from 1 to 10, is it a 6 or an 8? Over and over, 17-year-old Sarah Taylor struggled to make doctors understand her sometimes debilitating levels of pain, first from joint-damaging childhood arthritis a...
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State Supreme Court Blocks 3 Californias Vote

SAN FRANCISCO — The California Supreme Court blocked a measure Wednesday that would divide the state in three from appearing on the November ballot. The justices ordered the secretary of state not to put the...