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US officials: The more we know about Zika, the scarier it is

WASHINGTON — The more researchers learn about the Zika virus, the scarier it appears, federal health officials say, as they urge more money for mosquito control and development of vaccines and treatments.

Scientists increasingly believe the Zika virus sweeping through Latin America and the Caribbean causes devastating defects in fetal brains if women become infected during pregnancy.

Assisted dying law coming soon

OTTAWA—The Liberal government won’t be taking a permissive approach to medically-assisted dying in long-awaited new legislation to be unveiled as early as next week, The Canadian Press has learned.

Sources, who weren’t authorized to speak publicly about the imminent bill, say it won’t adopt some of the most controversial recommendations from a special parliamentary committee.

Age cut-off lowered for autism therapy

TORONTO—Ontario children with autism aged five or older no longer qualify for government-funded intensive therapy—a move critics say is leaving many families in the lurch.

The Liberal government announced a new Ontario Autism Program with $333 million in funding, but changes include limiting Intensive Behavioural Intervention to children aged two-four.