Ian Reay/EyeEm via Getty Images(BELFAST, Northern Ireland) -- A high court in Northern Ireland ruled on Monday that the country's abortion laws violated human rights.
The current law in Northern Ireland states that abortions are outlawed except when the life or mental health of the mother needs to be preserved. If hospital employees tried to assist women to carry out the procedure, they could face life imprisonment.
Though Northern Ireland is a part of the U.K., the 1967 Abortion Act does not extend to the country.
The Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission brought up the case for women to be able to terminate a pregnancy in cases of fatal foetal abnormality, rape, or incest. The ruling will now put pressure on the Northern Ireland assembly to amend the law, although according to the Irish Independent, the attorney general has already said he is considering whether or not to appeal.
According to the New York Times, more than 800 women in Northern Ireland, including five under 16 years old, traveled to Britain in 2013 to undergo the illegal procedure.
iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- It's the start of a new nutritional era for New York City.
Starting this week, chain restaurants (with 15 or more locations across the nation) in New York must put a special symbol on foods that include more than 2,300 mg of sodium, according to the Department of Health.
The requirement will go into effect on Tuesday and will make New York the first city in the U.S. to require the warning label on high sodium items at chain restaurants.
According to ABC News affiliate WABC-TV, restaurateurs in the city believe the city should wait for federal regulators to release their own national sodium guidelines.
"Every one of these cumbersome new laws makes it tougher and tougher for restaurants to find success," said New York State Restaurant Association President Melissa Fleischut after the approval according to WABC-TV.
Restaurants will have 90 days to comply with the new guidelines before receiving a fine.
iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- How much is your workout really helping your heart years from now?
In a new study published in JAMA Internal Medicine, researchers studied nearly 5,000 subjects aged 18 to 30 who underwent a baseline treadmill exercise test and were then revisited more than 25 years later.
The researchers found that every extra minute the subject could endure on a treadmill test when the study began was linked to a 12 percent decrease in heart problems over the course of the study.
Keep that in mind the next time you think about skipping that next trip to the gym, because those who are young now and have a great exercise regimend, will face fewer heart problems later in life.
Stockbyte/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Parents who are firm with the “house rules” when it comes to behavior have teenagers who make better decisions about sex, a review of past studies shows.
Researchers examined 30 studies published over the past 20 years -- altogether they included more than 40,000 teens -- and found that kids whose parents enforced rules about dating and friends showed higher rates of delaying sexual intercourse, as well as higher condom and other contraception use. The findings were published Monday in Pediatrics.
The researchers say that physicians should focus on encouraging parental monitoring of their teens as another way to fight the problem of teen pregnancies and sexually transmitted infections.
John Greim/LightRocket via Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- An E. coli outbreak caused by Costco's chicken salad has now been linked to specific ingredients within the salad.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, a sample of celery and onion was taken from a Costco store that was used to make the rotisserie chicken salad and results from the Montana Public Health Laboratory revealed the prsence of E. coli.
The CDC said laboratory testing was still ongoing.
Because of the lab results, Taylor Farms Pacific Inc. has recalled many of its products that contain celery due to the E. coli concern.
Earlier this week, 19 people were reported to be infected by the outbreak, according to the CDC. Five people were hospitalized, two developed a type of kidney failure called hemolytic uremic syndrome, and most of the reported illnesses came from the western United States, said the CDC.
Consumers were advised to throw out any rotisserie chicken salad purchased before Nov. 20 bearing the label "Chicken Salad made with Rotisserie Chicken" with item number 37719, according to the CDC.
ABCNews.com(WASHINGTON) -- Cookie, a Wheaton Terrier missing in suburban Maryland since October 2014, was rescued Friday afternoon by animal service officers and Montgomery Country firefighters, according to spokesman Pete Piringer.
The 30-pound dog, also known as Mai Thai, was originally rescued from Thailand after escaping the "illegal dog meat trade," according to the Facebook page set up to find him.
He was discovered around 2 p.m. Friday when a neighbor walking their great Dane was suddenly pulled toward the storm drain.
"I went over and I just saw a dog in there," Nick An told ABC affiliate WJLA-TV in Washington, D.C. "[It was] pretty beat-up looking."
In video of the rescue, firefighters can be seen using a power saw to cut through the metal bars while the trapped dog waited below.
When the dog could not be coaxed out with food, workers used a firehouse padded with towels at the end to gently nudge the dog to one end of the drainpipe where it could more easily be rescued.
The dog's owner picked him up Friday night, said Piringer.
ABC News(ST. LOUIS) — It was a heartwarming mother-daughter reunion that went viral this spring.
Zella Jackson Price overflowed with joy as she hugged her daughter Diane Gilmore, whom she hadn't seen since her birth nearly fifty years ago.
The initial awe of the reunion, however, soon turned to anger. Gilmore thought her mother abandoned her after birth. But Price pointed the finger at Homer G. Phillips Hospital, in St. Louis, Mo., where she said Gilmore was born.
Price claims that just hours after she gave birth at the hospital a nurse told her that Gilmore -- who was born prematurely and weighed only 2 pounds -- had died. Price's lawyer Al Watkins later went public with the claim that the hospital was at the center of a baby-stealing ring and that Price might not have been the only victim.
Despite records that contradict Price's claim, she said she is standing tall, and other mothers who gave birth at the hospital have newfound hope that they might too be reunited with children they thought died at birth.
Watch the full story on ABC News' 20/20, on Friday, Nov. 27, at 10 p.m. ET., and read below to see who the key figures are in this story:
Zella Jackson Price
Zella Jackson Price, 77, saw her daughter Diane Gilmore on April 9, for the first time in 49 years. A DNA test before the reunion determined that Gilmore was indeed Price's daughter.
On Nov. 25, 1965, Price, then 26, said she was only six months pregnant when she went to Homer G. Phillips Hospital to give birth. Price was a young married mom with two children.
"When she was born I was by myself, nobody was with me, no one," Price told ABC’s 20/20. "She was crying [a] little faint cry, kept hollering."
When hospital staff arrived, Price said a nurse took her newborn baby and vanished. Price said she told staff she wanted to name her daughter Diane. Hours later, Price said the nurse returned and told her Diane passed away.
Price said she believed it because five years earlier she also lost a baby boy she named Michael. She said she then went home without a death certificate.
Price went on to gain local fame with her gospel music and became widely known for her rendition of "I'm His Child." She also had two more children at Homer G. Phillips Hospital.
At the time Diane was conceived, Price said she was separated from her then-husband and became pregnant by another man, who she later married. Homer G. Phillips Hospital
Homer G. Phillips Hospital was a beacon of hope in the black community in St. Louis. The city-run facility was once considered one of the most technically-advanced hospitals in the world.
Dr. Will Ross, an associate professor at Washington University School of Medicine, who is writing a book about the iconic hospital, was floored by Price's claims.
"They were going to deliver class A care, secondary to none with high standards, the best outcomes," Ross told 20/20. "[It was] the premier training ground for African-American physicians, the pride of that community."
But funding was for the hospital was an issue, according to St. Louis Dispatch reporter Robert Patrick.
"Homer G. Phillips Hospital struggled each year for money. And I think one of the things that suffered was administration, staffing, maybe record keeping," Patrick told 20/20. "They were putting their priority on patient care and perhaps not on writing everything down."
Former Homer G. Phillips nurses, who reunited recently, are proud of their association with the hospital and said Price's story doesn't make sense.
"No nurse would come and tell someone that their baby passed. That was the doctor's role and responsibility," former nurse Xenobia Thompson told 20/20.
"When you get the right truth, you owe us an apology, because you have just degraded us," former nurse Dorothy Thornton told 20/20, referring to those leveling the new charges.
Today, the former hospital is a senior residential community. Diane Gilmore
Price's daughter Diane Gilmore was born deaf. After her birth, she was taken in by a foster family who told her she had been abandoned by her mother.
According to her birth certificate, Gilmore was not born at Homer G. Phillips Hospital but across town at St. Louis City Hospital 1, which Price denies.
Gilmore, now 50, was later raised by foster parents Muriel and John Young, who cared for her along with other foster children.
During her reunion with her mother, Gilmore told Price she forgave her for abandoning her, although she soon learned that was something her birthmother denied.
Gilmore has four children, including twin daughters Melika and Mehiska Jackson, who helped make Gilmore's reunion with her mother possible. Price is learning sign language to better communicate with Gilmore, who is deaf. Al Watkins
Price contacted St. Louis attorney Al Watkins after she reunited with her daughter.
Watkins dug deeper into Price's story and made a stunning allegation about why Price and Gilmore were separated after Gilmore's birth.
"The place to buy was Homer G. [Phillips Hospital], and babies were being sold out of the parking lot. It was pay for play, cash on delivery," Watkins told 20/20.
Watkins even launched a website to help other women who believe their babies may have been stolen at Homer G. Phillips Hospital. After the publicity of Price's story, dozens of women reached out to Watkins for help.
Watkins believes Gilmore was stolen from Price and sold into adoption, but once the adoptive parents realized Gilmore was deaf, Watkins guessed that the adoptive parents tried to return her to the hospital.
But because Price said the hospital told her Gilmore died, Watkins said, Gilmore was then put through the foster care system.
When documents that contradict these claims were found, Watkins suggested that these documents, including Gilmore's birth certificate, might have been forged. Diane Gilmore's Foster Family
Barbara Richardson's parents Muriel and John Young took Diane Gilmore in as a foster child when she was 5 months old. Barbara Richardson was 25 years old at the time.
Richardson insists fostering Gilmore was about love and not money.
"They loved me, and they treated her the same as they treated me, so it sounds like love to me," Richardson told 20/20.
According to Richardson, Gilmore was abandoned after she was born prematurely.
"When it was time to be released, no one had been to see the child, and no one came, you know," Richardson said. "She was an abandoned baby, abandoned at birth."
Wilma Jones was a family friend who lived in the neighborhood. She said Diane's foster mother was quite open about Gilmore's origins.
"[She said they got the baby] through the division of family service," Jones told 20/20. "She was told that this child had been abandoned at Homer [G.] Phillips Hospital and that the child only weighed so many grams, less than a pound and that she had been in an incubator for all that time and that they needed someone to take her."
In fact, Richardson said when Gilmore was 9 years old they went looking for her biological mother. Richardson said her mother got a phone number for a woman named Zella Mae Jackson in St. Louis and called her. Richardson's mother asked the woman if she had given birth to a baby at Homer G. Phillips Hospital in November 1965, Richardson said.
"The woman just said, 'No, I didn't have a baby.' So, I mean, what do you do at that point?" said Richardson. "As far as we were concerned, that was not the woman."
Price denies ever getting the call and records do show there was another woman in St. Louis with the same name. Richard Callahan
U.S. Attorney Richard Callahan led the investigation into Price's story.
Callahan said old records his investigators dug up didn't add up with what Price had claimed.
"That began to paint a different picture from what Zella Price was saying," Callahan told 20/20. "The records were certainly contradicting the story."
Through the investigation, Callahan was unable to find evidence of a baby-stealing conspiracy, and decades-old records even put Price at a completely different hospital from the one where she said she was told her baby died. He said the records instead suggest that Price abandoned her baby, despite Price denying she would ever intentionally leave her baby behind.
Documents from 1965 also showed that authorities reached out to Price, even visiting the home address she gave, and were told she moved and didn't leave a forwarding address. Social workers called, wrote and visited relatives, according to records, but could not reach Price. The social workers noted that Price's grandmother and uncle "are either unable or unwilling to give any information regarding Mrs. Jackson's whereabouts."
Callahan went public with his conclusion of his investigation into Price's story on Aug. 14.
"We can say with complete certainty there are no truth to these allegations and our investigation is now closed," Callahan said at a press conference.
iStock Editorial/Thinkstock(WEST POINT, N.Y.) -- What started as a lighthearted tradition meant to build camaraderie, transformed into chaos on Aug. 20 when the United States Military Academy at West Point’s annual pillow fight turned bloody, leaving 30 freshmen injured, investigators said Wednesday.
Nicknamed “plebes,” first-year students are responsible for organizing the pillow fight, held almost every year since 2001.
The list of injuries at this past gathering, included a broken nose, fractured cheek and 24 concussions.
The investigators stated in the report, that one cadet was knocked unconscious before the pillow fight ended and was treated by a certified emergency medical technician.
The unconscious student may have been the victim of what is called a “Blue Falcon” move. A maneuver where cadets are hit from behind and knocked to the ground, the investigation explained.
“Many injuries were the result of cadets having been hit by elbows or other body parts during the scuffle of the pillow fight or from simply falling or being knocked to the ground,” the report said, adding that several participants wore body armor and helmets to the fight.
But, military police say that one cadet is facing discipline after he was seen striking another with a hard object inside a pillow case. The victim of his crime did not receive medical attention at the time, the release stated.
Administrators listed on the report said, the event will no longer take place because of insufficient planning, lack of supervision from upper class men and insufficient communication by academy leaders.
Both senior military members and cadets will be punished for failing to live by the army’s values, the release said.
Courtesy Jason Henley(NEW YORK) -- In September, Jason Henley, a UPS driver, made a life-saving delivery to Greg Hall, a man he barely knew.
Hall, 31, had often signed for deliveries at a UPS store on Henley's route in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. In 2014, when Henley noticed Hall's absence at the store, he asked about it. He eventually learned that Hall, a father and husband, had been diagnosed with kidney failure, was on dialysis and needed a transplant.
"Being a UPS driver gives me the opportunity to come into contact with a lot of people," Henley, 35, said. "I got to know [Greg] as an acquaintance over a month or so period. ... so when I got to know Greg and immediately heard that he was sick. ... [I thought,] 'How can I help him in that?' ... The only thing I knew was his last name and where he worked."
Henley, also a husband and father, said he got tested, found out that he was a match and decided that he was going to donate his kidney to Hall.
"I blew him off at first, thinking why would you want to give me a kidney," Hall said.
Ten weeks after surgery, both men said that they were thankful and that during the process, they'd also become pretty good friends. In fact, Hall and Henley also learned that they shared the same birthday. "I don't know how many times I've told him, 'Thank you,'" Hall said Wednesday. "It's a whole new life. ... Life is great."
Hall said, he'd recently gotten the doctor's OK to return to work and Henley said that he planned to go back to work after Christmas.
"If I was able to do this all over again, I would," Henley said. "I have been more blessed during this entire process, more than I could have imagined."