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Which states are the best and worst at vaccinating their kids

WASHINGTON — “Thank God for Mississippi,” the old saying goes. The idea here being that no matter how badly things are in your state — when it comes to health, or income, or education — there’s a good chance that you’re still doing better than Mississippi, which holds the dubious distinction of ranking dead last among the states on a variety of well-being indicators.

Gas blast wrecks Mexico children’s hospital

MEXICO CITY — Injured and bleeding, mothers grasping infants in their arms fled from a maternity hospital shattered by a powerful gas explosion Thursday, and rescuers began smashing sledgehammers through fallen concrete hunting for others who might be trapped.

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Rockets kill 30 in Ukrainian city as rebels launch offensive

KIEV, Ukraine — Indiscriminate rocket fire slammed into a market, schools, homes and shops Saturday in Ukraine’s southeastern city of Mariupol, killing at least 30 people, authorities said. The Ukrainian president called the blitz a terrorist attack and NATO and the U.S. demanded Russia stop supporting the rebels.