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State House passes testing reform, change in grad requirements

OLYMPIA — The state House of Representatives on Wednesday advanced a dramatic change in Washington's high-school graduation requirements. House Bill 2214, which would need to pass the Senate on Thursday or die when the special session ends, would temporarily eliminate the need to pass a science test for graduation. This year's high-school seniors would be...


Newer types of birth control pills confirmed to raise blood-clot risk

Researchers discovered that certain versions of the birth control pill that include the synthetic hormones drospirenone (found in Yasmin), desogestrel (found in Kariva and Mircette) and other newer formulations were associated with higher risk than older birth control pills.