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California Gov. Jerry Brown signed legislation Monday that makes it legal for doctors to help terminally ill patients who choose to die.

California Governor Signs Physician-Assisted-Suicide Bill Into Law

With the stroke of a pen, California Gov. Jerry Brown made it legal for physicians in the state to prescribe lethal doses of medications if their terminally ill patients wish to end their lives.

Brown signed the "End of Life Act" into law on Monday, and in doing so California joins four other states — Oregon, Washington, Vermont and Montana — where patients' right to choose doctor-assisted death is protected either by law or court order.

Amid falling stock prices, outgoing chairwoman and CEO of DuPont Ellen Kullman says it's time for a new leader.

DuPont CEO Set To Exit This Month

Ellen Kullman, the CEO of the chemical company DuPont, said Monday that she will retire on Oct. 16. The announcement follows falling stock prices as the company struggles in the global economy.

Edward Breen, a DuPont board member, will serve as Kullman's interim replacement.

NPR's Chris Arnold reports on the leadership change.

On Orders From Mao, Researchers Set Off On Nobel-Winning Drug Work

The Nobel Prize in medicine was awarded Monday to three scientists for their work on parasitic diseases.

William C. Campbell and Satoshi Omura were recognized for discovering a compound that effectively kills roundworm parasites. A Chinese scientist, Dr. Youyou Tu, won for her work in isolating a powerful drug in the 1970s to fight malaria.

For Tu, it all started in the 1960s, when Americans and North Vietnamese fighters were hurting — not just from jungle warfare with each other but also from a common enemy: drug-resistant malaria.

Debbie Ziegler holds a photo of her late daughter, Brittany Maynard, after the California State Assembly approved a right-to-die measure on Sept. 9. Maynard died on Nov. 1, 2014.

California Governor Signs Landmark Right-To-Die Law

Updated at 9:15 p.m. ET.

California Gov. Jerry Brown signed landmark legislation Monday, allowing terminally ill patients to obtain lethal medication to end their lives when and where they choose.

In a deeply personal note, Brown said he read opposition materials carefully, but in the end was left to reflect on what he would want in the face of his own death.

New York Yankees pitcher CC pictured here during a Sept. 9 game against the Baltimore Orioles in New York. Sabathia announced today he will enter alcohol rehab and miss the playoffs.

Yankees Pitcher CC Sabathia Will Enter Alcohol Rehab And Miss Post-Season

On the eve of the New York Yankees American League wild-card game against the Houston Astros, pitcher CC Sabathia issued a written statement that he was checking himself into alcohol rehab.

The Yankees released the statement. Here's part of it:

"Today I am checking myself into an alcohol rehabilitation center to receive the professional care and assistance needed to treat my disease.

A policeman detains a suspected member of the MS-13 gang at a checkpoint in San Salvador during a ban on public transport imposed by the gangs.

How El Salvador Fell Into A Web Of Gang Violence

Warning: Some of the depictions and images in this story are graphic.

Violence is rampant in El Salvador. In the month of August alone, there were 900 homicides. That's a daily average of 30 murders in a country with a population of 6.3 million — less than New York City.

At least 35 of those murders have been officially ruled feminicides — a crime involving the violent and deliberate killing of a woman.

U.S. Coast Guard Capt. Mark Fedor speaks to the media about the sinking of the container ship El Faro. The Coast Guard has concluded that the ship sank after encountering Hurricane Joaquin on Thursday.

Coast Guard Says Cargo Ship Sank; Body Of 1 Crew Member Found

Updated 5:30 p.m. ET

Extinguishing hope that the cargo ship that went missing near the Bahamas could have survived a Thursday encounter with Hurricane Joaquin, the Coast Guard announced Monday that the ship, El Faro, sank, according to the Associated Press. The Coast Guard also found an unidentified body of one crew member.

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speaks during a campaign stop at Manchester Community College on Monday.

Hillary Clinton's Gun Proposals Expose Democratic Divide

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Hillary Clinton unveiled her gun-control proposals on Monday in New Hampshire, calling for what she sees as "common-sense approaches" to minimize gun violence less than a week after the latest mass shooting.

In the past 15 years, states have passed laws intended to reduce the toll of bullying.

Laws To Stop Bullying Can Protect Teens If They're Done Right

There's good news from the front lines in the fight against bullying: anti-bullying laws can help reduce aggression, both online and in real life.

Bullying affects one out of every five U.S. high school students. But anti-bullying laws do make a difference, researchers reported Monday in JAMA Pediatrics – especially when those laws comply with guidelines from the U.S. Department of Education.

Modern, domesticated rice comes in a range of colors, usually described as white, red and black. But collectors have never found black grains in more than a thousand samples of wild rice stored in genebanks. Now geneticists have traced this rare grain's origin and spread.

How 'Forbidden' Black Rice Flourished For Millennia

In ancient China, black rice was considered so superior and rare, it was reserved exclusively for the emperor and royalty. These days the grain, also known as forbidden rice, has become the darling of gourmets and people seeking superior nutrition.