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  • New suits filed over pain meds given to near-death patients

    COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio man said Wednesday he was stunned to learn of allegations that his wife’s hospital death last year was caused by a doctor’s order for a fatal dose of pain medication. David Austin said he called an ambulance in September after his wife, Bonnie Austin, had trouble breathing. A doctor […]
  • Key West moves to ban sunscreens that could damage reefs

    KEY WEST, Fla. (AP) — Officials in Key West took the initial steps toward banning the sale of sunscreens containing two ingredients that could be harmful to coral reefs. The Miami Herald reports the Key West City Commission approved the measure 7-0 on Tuesday night. Commissioners now must review the ordinance a second time and […]
  • ACLU: Government mistakenly wanted to deport US veteran

    DETROIT (AP) — A Marine veteran with post-traumatic stress disorder was held for three days for possible deportation before federal authorities learned that he was a U.S. citizen born in Michigan, lawyers said Wednesday. Jilmar Ramos-Gomez, 27, lives in the Grand Rapids area. He was released on Dec. 17 from a detention center in Calhoun […]
  • Prosecutor: Drug maker pushed OxyContin despite danger signs

    BOSTON (AP) — A member of the family that owns OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma told people at the prescription opioid painkiller’s launch party in the 1990s that it would be “followed by a blizzard of prescriptions that will bury the competition,” according to court documents filed Tuesday. The details were made public in a case […]
  • OKC school district approves the use of medical marijuana

    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Students in the Oklahoma City school district with medical conditions that require cannabis are now permitted to use the drug at school. The Oklahoma City Public Schools board voted to approve the policy Monday night, The Oklahoman reported . The district will provide a place for a guardian to administer medical […]
  • Filing: OxyContin maker forecast ‘blizzard of prescriptions’

    BOSTON (AP) — A member of the family that owns OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma told people at the prescription opioid painkiller’s launch party in the 1990s that it would be “followed by a blizzard of prescriptions that will bury the competition,” according to court documents filed Tuesday. The details were made public in a case […]
  • No-cost birth control, now the norm, faces court challenges

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Millions of American women are receiving birth control at no cost to them through workplace health plans, the result of the Obama-era Affordable Care Act, which expanded access to contraception. The Trump administration sought to allow more employers to opt out because of religious or moral objections. But its plans were put […]
  • Kentucky residents again seek to block new Medicaid rules

    FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Sixteen Kentucky residents have again asked a federal judge to block new eligibility requirements for Medicaid, but the partial federal government shutdown could delay a decision until after the new rules take effect. Republican Gov. Matt Bevin is trying to change Kentucky’s Medicaid rules so some people would have to pay […]
  • The Latest: Cleveland Clinic reviewing former doctor’s work

    COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The Latest on allegations that near-death patients in Ohio were given excessive pain medication (all times local): 1:45 p.m. An Ohio doctor under investigation amid allegations that he ordered “excessive and potentially fatal” doses of pain medicine for at least 27 near-death patients in Columbus had previously worked at the Cleveland […]
  • APNewsBreak: Feds say ‘star’ DEA agent abroad stole millions

    MIAMI (AP) — A U.S. federal narcotics agent known for his expensive tastes and high-profile drug seizures has been implicated in a multimillion-dollar money-laundering conspiracy that involved the very cartel criminals he was charged with fighting in Colombia. A once standout Drug Enforcement Administration agent, Jose Irizarry is accused of conspiring with a longtime DEA […]