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A new report from the American Civil Liberties Union revealed that Catholic-run hospitals regularly deny female patients certain reproductive health care options based on religious directives. The report also notes that in some states, 40 percent of all hospital beds are in a facility that complies with Catholic directives on health care.

Denial of certain care options can be life-threatening. So what kind of procedures are Catholic hospitals prohibiting and is it even legal to deny medical care for religious reasons?

In an important step to take care of senior citizens, Congress reauthorized the Older Americans Act, a comprehensive bill providing additional services and programs for aging adults. While this is a long-awaited and positive move to take care of our elders, the government may still need to figure out how to pay for it all.

Here's what the Older Americans Act promises to do, and the steps left to fund the program.

Daycares Can No Longer Serve French Fries, Frosted Flakes

Tony the Tiger of Frosted Flakes doesn't think this is grrrrrrrreat but you may if you have struggled with food-related health issues. This week, the US Department of Agriculture's Food and Nutrition Service issued a final rule outlining what kinds of foods can be served in daycare centers for adults and children.It extends efforts stemming from a 2010 law to improve childhood nutrition, part of Michele Obama's Let's Move anti-obesity initiative.

Daycare centers participating in government-funded programs will not serve deep fried foods and high-sugar cereals and will limit juice and meat consumption. The final rule issued this week will impact more than three million children and about 150,000 adults, and the goal is to teach kids especially to eat healthy by cultivating a taste for the good stuff early.

Despite grumbling from consumers (and a drop in gas prices) it looks like those pesky and expensive airline baggage fees are here to stay. Airlines raked in almost $3 million in baggage fees alone last year, but paying $25 or $50 or $100 to check a bag didn't guarantee it would get to your destination on time.

Lucky for us passengers, a new law may force airlines to refund baggage fees if your luggage doesn't arrive with you. So how will the law work, and how can you get your money back if the airline loses your bags?

Today is Earth Day; tomorrow, Picnic Day. With spring in full bloom, it’s the perfect weekend to spend in one of the country’s gorgeous national parks.

But along with all that majesty comes just a little bit of menace. While national parks and wilderness areas can provide the perfect backdrop to wonder, contemplation, and take the odd selfie, they can also pose dangerous pitfalls most of us aren’t used to facing in our daily lives. So if you’re celebrating Earth Day in a national park, here are some tips on staying safe.

Travel Alert: EU Lawmakers Approve Air Passenger Data Sharing

Last week European lawmakers approved the Passenger Name Record (PNR) act, a scheme to keep and share airline passenger information, including credit card data, for five years. The move came after mounting pressure following terrorism in Paris last year and more recently in Brussels.

The hope is that nations will track foreign fighters and Europeans who are training or fighting in conflict areas, people who might pose a danger, reports the Associated Press. But critics say that authorities in the 28 European Union member nations already have plenty of information and were aware of many of the people linked to the attacks.

Abortion Pill Label Change: A Legal Overview

Last week, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced revised labeling for what is commonly called the "abortion pill." The new label acknowledges the use of the pill in a manner that doctors have long been prescribing it, and may undermine legislation based on the old labeling.

The "abortion pill" is medically known as mifepristone, and since 2000 it has been prescribed "off-label." Now the FDA is acknowledging with the revised label that the drug is safe and effective when prescribed at lower dosages than initially recommended and later in a pregnancy. This expands the window of time for women to terminate a pregnancy using the pill and makes early stage abortions less expensive. But the pill's label is a political issue too.

You'd rather be flying with your kids, but sometimes circumstances don't allow it. Or maybe you trust your children and are sending them on an adventure. Either way, sending your unaccompanied minor to the airport, and onto a plane, can be fraught with legal and emotional issues.

Here's what you need to know about unaccompanied minors flying on their own:

5 Tips for Spotting Family Theft From Elderly Parents

Before your mom got sick, she tried to arrange everything so that she would not be a burden on anyone. But now she is too far gone to pay much attention to what's happening and you're starting to get the sense that your siblings may not be telling you everything.

What do you do? How do you know when an elder is abused? Are there any clues? The following is a list of five tips for spotting possible family theft or abuse, per Forbes' Carolyn Rosenblatt, a consultant for children of elderly parents. Any one of these might not indicate a problem but a combination could be a sign that it's time to step in.

The first noble truth of Buddhism is that existence is suffering. It's precisely because suffering is such a big part of our experience as living beings that much of our medical care attempts to alleviate it. Now, starting June 9th, 2016, California will permit those in the most pain, whose deaths are imminent, to commit medically assisted suicide, reports NPR. 

If the new death-with-dignity law, the End of Life Option Act, sounds potentially problematic to you, that's because it is. But it attempts to balance the needs of the terminally ill with those of doctors and society as a whole, and has conditions built in that should prevent abuse. Let's take a look.