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November 29, 2016

SEATTLE — Hayden Werdal can move his right hand and wiggle his left thumb. He can kick his right leg a bit and bend the left one.

But for the 15-year-old Bremerton boy, that's been the extent of his motion for two years, ever since he came down with a mysterious, polio-like illness that left…


Where Zika struck hardest, Brazil moms say more help needed

November 15, 2016

RECIFE, Brazil — As the sun dyes the early morning sky a reddish hue, Angelica Pereira carries her 1-year-old daughter out of the tiny white house sitting on a dirt road where piles of garbage float in puddles.

The driver sent to fetch her and other mothers with babies disabled by the Zika…


Indiana yoga instructor closing studio, teaching in Kenya

November 12, 2016

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Within the next year, Marcia Schaller will be closing her West Lafayette yoga studio and heading to Nairobi, Kenya to teach yoga with the Africa Yoga Project.

The instructor opened M Power Yoga Studio four years ago. Recently, Schaller said, forces conspired to tell her…


Flesh-eating bacteria claimed vet's limbs, but not her drive

November 08, 2016

DACULA, Ga. — A year ago, Cindy Martinez struggled to walk even a few feet and lift just 5 pounds.

A flesh-eating bacteria had ravaged the 35-year-old Marine veteran's body. She had a grim choice: Amputate both legs, an arm below the elbow, and parts of the fingers on her remaining arm…