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Kate Spade Foundation to donate $1M for suicide prevention |Jun 20, 2018

NEW YORK (AP) Kate Spade New York has announced plans to donate $1 million to support suicide prevention and mental health awareness causes in tribute to the company's late founder.To start, the company said Wednesday the Kate Spade New York...

Casino mogul Felix Rappaport succumbs to heart disease |Jun 20, 2018

MASHANTUCKET, Conn. (AP) Authorities say a Connecticut casino mogul has died of heart disease.The state's medical examiner's office says Foxwoods Resort Casino President and CEO Felix Rappaport died Monday at the casino.Rappaport spent more...

Virginia health care providers sue over abortion regulations |Jun 20, 2018

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) A group of women's health care providers filed a lawsuit Wednesday seeking to overturn a number of Virginia's abortion regulations in light of a landmark 2016 U.S. Supreme Court ruling.The lawsuit filed in federal court...

Amazon, Buffett, JPMorgan pick Gawande to lead health firm |Jun 20, 2018

Amazon, JPMorgan Chase and Berkshire Hathaway are turning to well-known author and Harvard professor Dr. Atul Gawande to transform the health care they give their employees.The three corporate titans said Wednesday that Gawande will lead an...

Report: Tustin police justified in killing PTSD Army vet |Jun 20, 2018

SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) Orange County investigators say police who killed an Army veteran suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder were justified in using lethal force.The district attorney's office Wednesday says Tustin police tried for...

FDA reconsiders added sugar label for maple syrup, honey |Jun 20, 2018

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is reconsidering its plan to label pure maple syrup and honey as containing added sugars.Maple syrup producers had rallied against the plan, saying FDA's upcoming requirement to update...

Idaho family sues US after child sprayed by cyanide trap |Jun 19, 2018

BOISE, Idaho (AP) An Idaho couple has sued the U.S. government, saying their teenage son still suffers headaches after a predator-killing trap that federal workers mistakenly placed near their home doused him with cyanide.Mark and Theresa...

Boston to sue drug companies over opioids epidemic |Jun 19, 2018

BOSTON (AP) The city of Boston has retained a South Carolina law firm in anticipation of a lawsuit against pharmaceutical companies to recover damages stemming from the opioid epidemic, Mayor Marty Walsh announced Tuesday.Motley Rice LLC was...

US pays $400K to settle lawsuit with border agent with PTSD |Jun 19, 2018

BAY CITY, Mich. (AP) The federal government has agreed to pay $400,000 to settle a lawsuit by a former U.S. Border Patrol agent who said his assignment in Texas triggered post-traumatic stress disorder from his war service.Anthony Gazvoda...

Youngest migrants held in 'tender age' shelters |Jun 19, 2018

Trump administration officials have been sending babies and other young children forcibly separated from their parents at the U.S.-Mexico border to at least three "tender age" shelters in South Texas, The Associated Press has learned.Lawyers and...

LA County Oks $2 billion for new jail to treat mentally ill |Jun 19, 2018

LOS ANGELES (AP) Los Angeles County will spend more than $2 billion to replace its aging downtown Men's Central Jail with a new facility that includes treatment for a growing number of medically and mentally ill inmates.The Board of Supervisors...

Case challenging Wisconsin's 'cocaine mom' law is dismissed |Jun 18, 2018

A three-judge federal appeals panel dismissed a lawsuit Monday that challenged Wisconsin's so-called "cocaine mom" law, saying the case is moot because the woman who brought the action has moved out of state.The lawsuit was filed in 2014 by...

Studies show groundwater holding own against drilling boom |Jun 18, 2018

New research suggests drinking water supplies in Pennsylvania have shown resilience in the face of a drilling boom that has turned swaths of countryside into a major production zone for natural gas.Energy companies have drilled more than 11,000...

GOP, Dem governors back benefits for pre-existing conditions |Jun 18, 2018

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) A bipartisan group of governors is speaking out against a Trump administration decision that could narrow access to health insurance benefits for those with pre-existing conditions.Republican Ohio Gov. John Kasich...

Federal judge again blocks Arkansas medication abortion law |Jun 18, 2018

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) A federal judge on Monday again blocked Arkansas from enforcing a law that critics say makes the state the first in the nation to effectively ban abortion pills.U.S. District Judge Kristine Baker granted a 14-day...

Overtime pay for prison nurses costs millions of tax dollars |Jun 18, 2018

CLEVELAND (AP) Thousands of hours of overtime worked by Ohio prison nurses in recent years have cost taxpayers millions of dollars.The Plain Dealer reports overtime for registered nurses in the prison system has increased by nearly 60 percent...

Florida smokable medical marijuana ruling put on hold |Jun 18, 2018

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) A Florida circuit court has reinstated a stay on smoking medical marijuana.The state's 1st District Court of Appeal has ruled that the hold will remain in effect "pending final disposition of the merits of (a recent)...

Correction: Overdose Antidote-Expanded Access story |Jun 17, 2018

CINCINNATI (AP) In a story June 17 about naloxone and overdose deaths, The Associated Press misidentified an organization. It is BrightView Treatment Centers, not BritView Treatment Centers.A corrected version of the story is below:Overdose...

California ER doctor seen on video mocking patient suspended |Jun 17, 2018

LOS GATOS, Calif. (AP) A Northern California emergency room doctor has been suspended after cursing and mocking a man who said he had an anxiety attack.The San Jose Mercury News reports that Dr. Beth Keegstra, a contract doctor with El Camino...

7-year-old Amish boy critically injured in truck-buggy crash |Jun 16, 2018

LISBON, N.Y. (AP) A 7-year-old Amish boy injured when a pickup truck crashed into his buggy on an upstate New York road remains in critical condition with head trauma.Levi Miller and 30-year-old John Miller were ejected from the buggy around...

Minneapolis hospital seeks review of EMS sedation cases |Jun 16, 2018

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Hennepin Healthcare officials will ask an independent panel to review cases of its medical responders sedating people with the powerful tranquilizer ketamine.The action announced Friday is in response to a draft report obtained...

Kellogg recalls Honey Smacks because of salmonella potential |Jun 15, 2018

BATTLE CREEK, Mich. (AP) The Kellogg Company is voluntarily recalling some of its Honey Smacks cereal after salmonella infected 73 people in 31 states.The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says most of the outbreaks were in California,...

NCAA settles CTE lawsuit filed by widow of Texas player |Jun 15, 2018

DALLAS (AP) The NCAA settled a lawsuit Friday with the family of a former University of Texas football player that accused the organization of being responsible for his brain injuries and death decades after his playing career.The lawsuit in...

Texas heart transplant program resumed after suspension |Jun 15, 2018

HOUSTON (AP) A Houston hospital announced Friday that it has reactivated its renowned heart transplant program after a two-week suspension of all medical procedures following the deaths this year of several patients.Baylor St. Luke's Medical...

California moves to declare coffee safe from cancer risk |Jun 15, 2018

LOS ANGELES (AP) California health officials proposed a regulation change Friday that would declare coffee doesn't present a significant cancer risk, countering a recent state court ruling that had shaken up some coffee drinkers.The Office of...

Kansas court avoids ruling on execution for student's death |Jun 15, 2018

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) Kansas' highest court on Friday postponed a decision on whether the state can execute a man who was convicted of kidnapping, raping and strangling a 19-year-old college student, because of questions about whether he is...

State appeals court reinstates California's right-to-die law |Jun 15, 2018

LOS ANGELES (AP) A state appeals court has reinstated at least for now California's law allowing terminally ill people to end their lives.The Fourth District Court of Appeals in Riverside issued an immediate stay Friday putting the End of...

Victim's family suing for school shooting suspect's records |Jun 15, 2018

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) The family of one of the 17 people killed in the Valentine's Day massacre at a Florida high school is suing to obtain mental health records of shooting suspect Nikolas Cruz.The lawsuit is being filed Friday by the...

Ex-hospice supervisor pleads guilty in $60M fraud scheme |Jun 15, 2018

DALLAS (AP) A former hospice nursing supervisor in North Texas has pleaded guilty to her role in a $60 million health care fraud scheme that prosecutors allege involved overdosing patients for profit.Jessica Love pleaded guilty to conspiracy to...

Theranos CEO Elizabeth Holmes charged with criminal fraud |Jun 15, 2018

NEW YORK (AP) Federal prosecutors have indicted Elizabeth Holmes on criminal fraud charges for allegedly defrauding investors, doctors and patients as the head of the once-heralded blood-testing startup Theranos.The U.S. Attorney's Office for...

Texas abortion clinics sue to undo laws dating back decades |Jun 14, 2018

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) Texas abortion providers who won a landmark U.S. Supreme Court ruling in 2016 that blocked a new wave of anti-abortion efforts are now using that decision to try undoing laws on the books for decades in a lawsuit filed...

The Latest: Advocates: ICE not giving immigrant enough time |Jun 14, 2018

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) The Latest on the planned deportation of a Connecticut man with renal failure (all times local):5 p.m.Advocates for an immigrant who faces deportation to Honduras despite the need for a kidney transplant say a six-month...

FDA clears 1st generic film strip of addiction drug Suboxone |Jun 14, 2018

U.S. regulators have approved the first generic version of an under-the-tongue film for treating opioid addiction.The Food and Drug Administration on Thursday approved a generic version of Suboxone, a film strip that dissolves under the tongue....

Man scheduled for kidney transplant now facing deportation |Jun 14, 2018

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) Supporters of a Connecticut resident who was scheduled to undergo a kidney transplant this summer are protesting a decision by U.S. immigration officials to instead deport him to his native Honduras.A rally is planned...

Ivana Trump promotes Italian weight-loss diet system |Jun 13, 2018

NEW YORK (AP) Ivana Trump, the former wife of President Donald Trump who once appeared with him in a commercial for Pizza Hut, wants America to lose some weight.The businesswoman on Wednesday launched a promotional campaign for an Italian...

Gunman who killed mom, 2 more, himself ignored bipolar meds |Jun 13, 2018

PARKVILLE, Mo. (AP) A suburban Kansas City man who fatally shot his newlywed mother, her husband and the gunman's ex-wife, before killing himself, was mentally ill and experiencing financial problems. The Kansas City Star...

St. Louis to end prosecution of low-level marijuana crimes |Jun 13, 2018

ST. LOUIS (AP) St. Louis prosecutors will no longer pursue charges for most low-level marijuana offenses, joining their counterparts in some other cities who have opted to redirect their resources toward more serious crimes.Circuit Attorney Kim...

3 plead not guilty in death of disabled Missouri man |Jun 13, 2018

FULTON, Mo. (AP) Three of five people charged in the case of a developmentally delayed Missouri man whose body was found encased in concrete have pleaded not guilty.The Fulton Sun reports that Sherry Paulo, Anthony R. Flores and Mary Paulo...

Wisconsin mother charged in death of disabled daughter |Jun 12, 2018

APPLETON, Wis. (AP) A Wisconsin mother who admitted she couldn't remember when she last fed or cleaned her severely disabled 13-year-old daughter has been charged with child neglect in the teen's death.Outagamie County District Attorney Melinda...

Patients being tested for HIV after nurse reused syringes |Jun 12, 2018

TAHLEQUAH, Okla. (AP) A Cherokee Nation hospital in Oklahoma is testing more than 180 patients for HIV and hepatitis after allegations that a nurse reused syringes to administer medications.The nurse violated protocols by using the same vial of...

Flu season was one of the deadliest for US children |Jun 12, 2018

NEW YORK (AP) The past flu season was the deadliest for U.S. children in nearly a decade, health officials said Friday.Centers for Disease Control and Prevention officials said they had received reports of 172 pediatric flu deaths since...

Frustrated AMA adopts sweeping policies to cut gun violence |Jun 12, 2018

CHICAGO (AP) The American Medical Association has adopted sweeping measures aimed at reducing gun violence, a problem it considers a public health crisis.At its annual policy-making meeting Tuesday in Chicago, the AMA voted to press for a ban...

Rare type of tick inexplicably turns up in Arkansas |Jun 12, 2018

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) A hardy, invasive species of tick that survived a New Jersey winter and subsequently traversed the mid-Atlantic has mysteriously arrived in Arkansas. No one is sure how the Longhorned tick, native to East Asia, arrived in...

Vaping essays: E-cigarette sellers offering scholarships |Jun 12, 2018

A growing number of e-cigarette and vaporizer sellers have started offering college scholarships as a way to get their brands listed on university websites and to get students to write essays about the potential benefits of vaping.The tactic is...

New York, accused of neglect, to spend $2B on public housing |Jun 11, 2018

NEW YORK (AP) The nation's largest public housing agency will pay billions of dollars to settle claims that it used dirty tricks like building fake walls to hide problems from inspectors and lied about lead paint conditions to mask risks to...

KKR is buying Envision Healthcare in a nearly $10B deal |Jun 11, 2018

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) KKR is buying physician services provider and surgery center operator Envision Healthcare Corp. in an approximately $9.9 billion deal.The private equity firm will pay $46 in cash for each share of Envision's stock in a...

Feds probe USC over handling of sex harassment allegations |Jun 11, 2018

LOS ANGELES (AP) The federal government is investigating whether the University of Southern California concealed sexual harassment allegations made against a campus gynecologist whose behavior during pelvic examinations has prompted hundreds of...

Q&A: Opioids crisis is backdrop to new play about Betty Ford |Jun 11, 2018

BOSTON (AP) It's no exaggeration to say Betty Ford changed the national conversation about addiction.The former U.S. first lady, who died in 2011, established drug and alcohol treatment centers credited with helping generations of celebrities...

37 dogs rescued from trailer home in Kansas |Jun 11, 2018

OLPE, Kan. (AP) Animal shelter workers and sheriff's deputies have rescued 37 small dogs from a trailer home in central Kansas after someone reported finding one dead dog and another extremely sick one in a nearby dumpster.Lyon County sheriff's...

Salmonella linked to pre-cut melon sickens 60 in Midwest |Jun 9, 2018

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) Health officials say a salmonella outbreak linked to pre-cut melon has sickened 60 people in five Midwestern states.The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says Caito Foods LLC on Friday recalled pre-cut...