Health

Iowa district apologizes to student in cancer recovery |Dec 13, 2017

WEST BURLINGTON, Iowa (AP) A school district in southeast Iowa has apologized after disciplining a student for dress-code violations when she covered her head after losing her hair during cancer treatments.Chloe Terpenning, 15, was disciplined...

Expecting dad stages his own pregnancy photo shoot |Dec 13, 2017

PEABODY, Mass. (AP) An expecting father in Massachusetts has shown off his paternal glow with a pregnancy photo shoot.Peabody resident Nick Roberts surprised his pregnant girlfriend with the photos at their gender reveal party in June before...

Families blame state in veterans home Legionnaires' outbreak |Dec 13, 2017

QUINCY, Ill. (AP) Eleven families are suing the state for negligence saying a fatal Legionnaires' disease outbreak in 2015 and continued problems at a western Illinois veterans' home were preventable.The families, who spoke to Chicago's WBEZ ,...

Norovirus outbreak closes Air Force child care centers |Dec 13, 2017

HURLBURT FIELD, Fla. (AP) An Air Force installation in Florida has closed its child care centers due to an outbreak of norovirus.In a Facebook post , Hurlburt Field officials said its youth center and three child development centers would...

Cancer scammers face new arrest after skipping sentencing |Dec 13, 2017

MINEOLA, N.Y. (AP) An arrest warrant has been issued for a New York couple who fraudulently pocketed thousands of dollars in donations for a 5-year-old boy with cancer and then missed a court sentencing.Brittney Schmidt and Vincent Fina were...

Death certificate says Charles Manson died of heart failure |Dec 12, 2017

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) Charles Manson died of cardiac arrest accompanied by respiratory failure, triggered by colon cancer that had spread to other areas of his body.The deadly cult leader's death certificate confirms that he died Nov. 19 at...

'Booze Traveler' host Jack Maxwell, 54, says he has cancer |Dec 12, 2017

BOSTON (AP) Travel Channel host Jack Maxwell says he's undergoing treatment for cancer.The personality behind the popular "Booze Traveler" series tweeted Tuesday: "I have cancer. 3 little words, one big sentence."The 54-year-old Boston native...

Day care closes after 2 toddlers die from possible infection |Dec 12, 2017

MIAMI (AP) A Florida day care has shut down following the deaths of two toddlers a week apart from possible meningitis infections. The Miami Herald reports that the YWCA Carol Glassman Donaldson Center Day Care closed...

Birth-control coverage fight faces key hearing in California |Dec 12, 2017

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) California and the Trump administration will square off at a key federal court hearing in Oakland to help a judge decide whether to block new rules allowing more employers to opt out of birth control coverage for women.U.S....

The Latest: Lawyer: Not clear Trump rules would affect women |Dec 12, 2017

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) The Latest on a court hearing in a lawsuit by California over new rules by the Trump administration allowing more employers to opt out of birth control coverage for women (all times local):4:30 p.m.A lawyer for the U.S....

Class action lawsuit sought over 1966 Spain H-bombs accident |Dec 11, 2017

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) Veterans who say they responded to a 1966 accident involving U.S. hydrogen bombs in Spain and then became ill from radiation exposure asked a federal appeals court on Monday to allow a class action lawsuit against the U.S....

AP sources say doctors believe Eagles star Carson Wentz, an MVP favorite, has a torn ACL. He will have an MRI to confirm |Dec 10, 2017

LOS ANGELES (AP) AP sources say doctors believe Eagles star Carson Wentz, an MVP favorite, has a torn ACL. He will have an MRI to confirm.

AP sources: Doctors believe Carson Wentz tore ACL |Dec 10, 2017

LOS ANGELES (AP) Two sources familiar with the injury tell The Associated Press that doctors believe Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz tore his left anterior cruciate ligament in a win over the Rams Sunday and will miss the rest of...

Settlement reached in mom's breastfeeding suit against YMCA |Dec 10, 2017

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) A lawsuit alleging a Rhode Island YMCA would not allow a mother to breastfeed in public has been settled.The American Civil Liberties Union of Rhode Island on Friday announced the settlement on behalf of Elizabeth Gooding,...

Oklahoma veterinarian removes 21 pacifiers from dog's belly |Dec 9, 2017

EDMOND, Okla. (AP) An Oklahoma mother and father couldn't figure out what was happening to their child's pacifiers until the baby's grandmother saw the family dog swipe one off a counter.One nauseous pooch and a trip to their veterinarian's...

California man free after serving 15 years for baby killing |Dec 9, 2017

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) A California man convicted of shaking his baby to death has been freed after spending 15 years in prison.His lawyer says 34-year-old Zavion Johnson was released Saturday from the Sacramento County jail, where he was sent...

3 hurt after Ohio fire caused by attempt to kill bed bugs |Dec 9, 2017

CINCINNATI (AP) Authorities say that three people have been injured and 10 people left homeless after a woman accidentally started a fire while trying to kill bed bugs with rubbing alcohol at a multi-family home in Cincinnati.WXIX-TV reports...

Drug companies sue to block California drug price law |Dec 8, 2017

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) Pharmaceutical companies are suing to block a new California law that would require them to give advance notice before big price increases.The Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America file suit Friday in...

Report: Toxic combo of prescription drugs killed rapper |Dec 8, 2017

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) Medical investigators in southern Arizona have determined that a toxic combination of prescription drugs resulted in the death of rapper Lil Peep.The Pima County Office of the Medical Examiner on Friday released details from...

About 60 NC State students showing symptoms of norovirus |Dec 8, 2017

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) Officials at North Carolina State University say about 60 students have shown symptoms of norovirus.A statement from the school on Friday said a number of students have reported experiencing gastrointestinal illness since...

California opens online system to license new pot industry |Dec 8, 2017

LOS ANGELES (AP) California on Friday began accepting applications from businesses that want to operate in the state's legal marijuana industry next year, a milestone for the emerging market.After months in development, an online system...

California shaken baby conviction set aside after 15 years |Dec 8, 2017

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) A California man is set to walk out of prison after 15 years, after a judge on Friday set aside his life sentence for shaking his 4-month-old daughter to death in 2001.Sacramento County Superior Court Judge James...

3 women charged in hot van death of woman in their care |Dec 7, 2017

BRENHAM, Texas (AP) Prosecutors say three women have been charged with murder in the death of a resident at a center for people with developmental disabilities in Southeast Texas whose body was found in a hot van in July.The Washington County...

Woman claims surgeon talked on cellphone during operation |Dec 7, 2017

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (AP) A suburban New York City woman has sued a doctor, claiming he used his cellphone to take a language test while operating on her.The Journal News reports 70-year-old Mary Edwards, of Port Chester, filed a lawsuit Monday...

Tinder swindler who made false cancer claims gets prison |Dec 7, 2017

NEW YORK (AP) A man who swindled his Tinder dates out of $49,000 has been sentenced to two to six years in prison.Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance Jr. says Brandon Kiehm (keem) used a variety of scams on at least three women he met...

Arkansas begins blood tests after HIV-positive boxer fights |Dec 7, 2017

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) The Arkansas Athletic Commission will test fighters for communicable diseases after learning a boxer with the virus that causes AIDS fought in the state last month.Television station KATV reports the tests will begin...

Fat squirrel steals pricey goods left out for delivery folks |Dec 7, 2017

MAPLEWOOD, N.J. (AP) An obese squirrel was caught on video stealing gourmet chocolate and lip balm that a family leaves outside as a holiday treat for delivery people.Michele Boudreaux, of Maplewood, New Jersey, said on her blog she provides...

Eagles TE Zach Ertz practices, still in concussion protocol |Dec 7, 2017

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) Philadelphia Eagles tight end Zach Ertz has returned to practice on a limited basis.Ertz is still in the NFL's concussion protocol, but he joined his teammates for their workout at Angel Stadium on Thursday.Ertz took a big...

Sentencing nears in $100 million Medicare fraud case |Dec 7, 2017

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) Attorneys for a politically connected Florida eye doctor convicted of a $100 million Medicare fraud are arguing that the government's actual loss was significantly less.Attorney Josh Sheptow told U.S. District Judge...

Stench of bat feces forces school to close classrooms |Dec 7, 2017

MERRIMACK, N.H. (AP) The stench of bat feces has forced a New Hampshire elementary school to close eight classrooms and work on repairs.Nashua's The Telegraph newspaper reports a teacher first noticed the odor around Nov. 21 at the James...

'Most vulnerable' dying in 'America's Finest City' |Dec 6, 2017

SAN DIEGO (AP) Like other West Coast cities, San Diego is confronting a homeless crisis.Spiraling real estate values have contributed to spiraling homelessness, leaving more than 3,200 people living on the streets or in their cars.Most...

Florida police officer who saved shooting victim losing job |Dec 6, 2017

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) A police officer who responded to a mass shooting at a Florida nightclub and now suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder is losing his job.The Orlando Sentinel reports the Eatonville Town Council agreed Tuesday night to...

Maine high school band surprises bus driver battling cancer |Dec 6, 2017

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) A beloved Maine school bus driver battling cancer received a heartwarming surprise this week.The Portland Press Herald reports the South Portland High School marching band performed outside Mercy Hospital's Fore River...

Ohio awards $10M to boost opioid, addiction breakthroughs |Dec 6, 2017

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) Ohio awarded $10 million in grants Thursday to six companies and a university that have come up with innovative scientific ideas to address the national opioid epidemic.The Ohio Third Frontier Commission awarded the grants...

Gas station hopes blue lights in bathroom can deter drug use |Dec 6, 2017

NEW KENSINGTON, Pa. (AP) A Pennsylvania gas station is testing whether blue lights in bathrooms can discourage drug use by making it difficult for people to see their veins.The Sheetz gas station chain has installed the lights at its New...

Massage Envy 'shaken' by reported sexual misconduct at spas |Dec 5, 2017

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) Officials at Arizona-based Massage Envy said Tuesday that reports of sexual misconduct at its franchise spas are "heartbreaking" and the company is strengthening screening and reporting procedures.The release of a...

FDA approves diabetes drug that also helps with weight loss |Dec 5, 2017

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) U.S. regulators have approved a new diabetes drug that reduces blood sugar levels and also helps people lose weight.The Food and Drug Administration on Tuesday approved the once-a-week shot for people with Type 2...

Florida deputies: Autistic man beaten, robbed |Dec 5, 2017

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) Authorities say an autistic Florida man trying to make friends on a basketball court was beaten and robbed.WFTS-TV reports the 22-year-old man approached and explained his disability while playing basketball Sunday in Tampa...

Fertility clinic patient information hacked, ransom demanded |Dec 5, 2017

EDINA, Minn. (AP) A hacker is demanding a ransom after accessing the personal information of thousands of patients at a Minnesota fertility clinic.CCRM, the company that runs the facility in Edina, says there is no evidence that the compromised...

Walker moving ahead with plan to drug test food stamp users |Dec 4, 2017

MADISON, Wis. (AP) Gov. Scott Walker moved ahead Monday with his plans to make Wisconsin the first state to drug test able-bodied adults applying for food stamps, a move blocked by the federal government or found to be unconstitutional when...

Family agrees $2M settlement in teen's dental surgery death |Dec 4, 2017

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) The family of a Minneapolis-area teen who died during surgery to remove her wisdom teeth has reached a $2 million settlement with the oral surgeon who performed the procedure.A medical malpractice lawsuit filed against Dr. Paul...

Did 'Do Not Resuscitate' tattoo reflect patient's true wish? |Dec 4, 2017

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) It was a scenario that emergency room doctors at Jackson Memorial Hospital had discussed but never seen in person an unconscious patient with a tattoo across his chest that read "Do Not Resuscitate."The 70-year-old...

Jimmy Kimmel's baby son has successful second heart surgery |Dec 4, 2017

LOS ANGELES (AP) Jimmy Kimmel's 7-month-old son has had a successful second round of heart surgery.ABC released a statement saying Kimmel's son had the surgery Monday, and the late-night host will take time off from "Jimmy Kimmel Live" to be...

Resident questions woman's claim of poisoning neighbors |Dec 3, 2017

SHELBURNE, Vt. (AP) A Vermont senior living facility resident says she doesn't believe a woman tested a deadly toxin on neighbors.First responders were called to Wake Robin facility in Shelburne last week for possible ricin exposure....

Atlanta mayoral runoff a test of race, gender and grudges |Dec 3, 2017

The process of choosing Atlanta's next mayor has come down to two candidates, one black, one white, after a campaign that laid plain the city's sore spots of race, gender and political grudges.Keisha Lance Bottoms and Mary Norwood square off...

3 reasons why CVS would want to buy health insurer Aetna |Dec 3, 2017

A CVS-Aetna combination could create a health colossus that would reach deeper into the average customer's life to manage care and cut costs, according to analysts who follow the companies.Drugstore chain and pharmacy benefits manager CVS Health...

The Latest: CVS confirms its $69 billion for Aetna |Dec 3, 2017

DALLAS (AP) The Latest on CVS' plan to buy insurance giant Aetna in a roughly $69 billion deal (all times local):6 p.m.CVS is confirming that it's buying Aetna for $69 billion in a deal that will help the drugstore chain reach deeper into...

CVS pushes into insurance with $69 billion Aetna bid |Dec 3, 2017

DALLAS (AP) CVS will buy insurance giant Aetna in a roughly $69 billion deal that will help the drugstore chain provide more health care and keep a key client, according to a person with knowledge of the matter.The person said Sunday that CVS...

Expanding DNA's alphabet lets cells produce novel proteins |Dec 3, 2017

WASHINGTON (AP) Scientists are expanding the genetic code of life, using man-made DNA to create a semi-synthetic strain of bacteria and new research shows those altered microbes actually worked to produce proteins unlike those found in...

Police: Policy banning guns for legal pot users under review |Dec 2, 2017

HONOLULU (AP) The Honolulu Police Department is reviewing a policy requiring medical marijuana users to turn over their firearms, police officials say.The department sent letters to at least 30 gun owners last month, saying they had 30 days to...