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  • Florida attorney general confronted at Mr. Rogers movie

    TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Protesters confronted Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi at a showing of a documentary about children’s TV host Fred Rogers, and they questioned the Republican’s stands on immigration and health care. The Tampa Bay Times reports Bondi received a police escort Friday when several members of Organize Florida confronted her as she […]
  • Houston heart transplant hospital could lose Medicaid funds

    HOUSTON (AP) — A Houston hospital that suspended its renowned heart transplant program for two weeks amid scrutiny following the deaths of two patients could lose federal Medicaid funding. Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center was notified Friday that Medicare plans to halt funding to its heart transplant program on Aug. 17, the Houston Chronicle reports […]
  • Oklahoma conservatives’ views on medical marijuana evolving

    LINDSAY, Okla. (AP) — Danny Daniels, an evangelical Christian in the rural Oklahoma town of Lindsay, is reliably conservative on just about every political issue. The 45-year-old church pastor is anti-abortion, voted for President Donald Trump and is a member of the National Rifle Association who owns an AR-15 rifle. He also came of age […]
  • Ship with reported norovirus outbreak stops in Alaska

    JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report an outbreak of norovirus on a cruise ship in Alaska. KTOO public media reports 73 people have reported getting sick on the Holland America cruise ship Zaandam. The ship, which is carrying more than 2,000 passengers and crew, was in Juneau on […]
  • Nearly 400 people used California assisted death law in 2017

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California health officials reported Friday that 374 terminally ill people took drugs to end their lives in 2017, the first full year after a law made the option legal. The California Department of Public Health said 577 people received aid-in-dying drugs last year, but not everyone used them. The law allows […]
  • California man texted friend before care home murder-suicide

    TEMECULA, Calif. (AP) — The operator of a Southern California adult-care facility was drunk and sent an apologetic text to a friend before he shot three developmentally disabled men, set the building ablaze and then used the gun to kill himself, according to investigation documents. The August 2016 fire at the Renee Jennex Small Family […]
  • Arizona Attorney General’s Office issues $400,000 to fight opioid abuse

    The Arizona Attorney General's Office issued $400,000 in grants to community organizations throughout the state to combat opioid abuse through education.
  • Nevada pot regulators given more funds to deal with demand

    CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — Nevada’s marijuana regulators say they are trying to keep up with demands at recreational dispensaries, where sales continue to outpace projections. The Nevada Appeal reports the Interim Finance Committee approved an additional $1.5 million for the Department of Taxation to hire more security guards and staff to process background checks […]
  • Belmont worker dies of suspected rare rodent-borne virus

    NEW YORK (AP) — New York state health officials believe a backstretch worker at Belmont Park died from a rare virus found in rodent droppings. The state health department said Friday that the racetrack employee was found unconscious June 1 outside the backstretch housing unit where the employee lived. The employee died June 6 at […]
  • Lawsuits challenge efforts to push abstinence-only on teens

    SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — Several affiliates of Planned Parenthood sued the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services on Friday over its efforts to impose an abstinence-only focus on its Teen Pregnancy Prevention Program that has served more than 1 million young people. The lawsuits were filed in federal courts in New York City and […]