CNN – E. coli outbreak traced to California farm; some romaine lettuce safe to eat

The strain of E. coli causing the current outbreak in romaine lettuce has been found in a reservoir on a farm in Santa Barbara County, California, the US Food and Drug Administration and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced Thursday.

CBS News – Heart attack risk spikes on Christmas Eve, study finds

New research from Sweden found the odds of a heart attack jump nearly 40 percent on Christmas Eve.

AP – Court: Trump can’t let companies deny birth control coverage

A divided U.S. appeals court Thursday blocked rules by the Trump administration that allowed more employers to opt out of providing women with no-cost birth control.

Vox – The case for raising the alcohol tax

Alcohol’s annual death toll is higher than deaths due to guns, cars, drug overdoses, or HIV/AIDS ever have been in a single year in America.

The New York Times – Despair, love and loss: a journey inside West Virginia’s opioid crisis

Since 2012, Mark E. Trent has been recording this life in his native Greenbrier County in West Virginia, the state with the country’s highest death rate from opioid addiction.