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  • Sierra Leone makes hiding Ebola patients illegal

    FREETOWN, Sierra Leone (AP) — Sierra Leone has passed a new law imposing possible jail time for anyone caught hiding an Ebola patient — a common practice that the World Health Organization believes has contributed to a major underestimation of the current outbreak. The new law, passed Friday, imposes prison terms of up to two years for...

  • Plan could help developmentally disabled get jobs

    MILWAUKEE (AP) — A federal ruling aims to help find jobs for people with developmental disabilities, but some Wisconsin families worry about how it will be implemented. The decision says people with cognitive disabilities should be given every chance to work and live in integrated settings, where they're surrounded by non-disabled people as...

  • Correction: Ebola story

    ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) — In a story Aug. 22 about new cases of Ebola in Nigeria, The Associated Press reported erroneously in headlines that deaths from Ebola in Liberia topped 1,000. Deaths did not top 1,000 in Liberia, but cases of Ebola in Liberia did. A corrected version of the story is below: Ebola spreads in Nigeria; Liberia has 1,000...

  • State renews Get Covered Illinois PR contract

    CHICAGO (AP) — Gov. Pat Quinn's administration has renewed its contract with the public relations firm that handled promotion of Get Covered Illinois in the first year of greatly expanded health insurance coverage under President Barack Obama's health care law. The $25.6 million contract with St. Louis-based FleishmanHillard includes tighter...

  • Federal grant meant to help students eat healthy

    BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota has been awarded more than $255,000 in federal grants to encourage students to eat healthy. The U.S. Department of Agriculture has started the program to help with implementation of the agency's nutrition requirements. Sen. John Hoeven says the grant will help give schools flexibility to meet the...

  • Philippines to pull out of Golan Heights, Liberia

    MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The Philippine government said Saturday that it would bring home its peacekeeping forces from the Golan Heights amid the deteriorating security in the region and withdraw its troops from Liberia because of the Ebola outbreak. The 331 Filipino U.N. troops in the Golan Heights will be sent home after their tour of duty...

  • Potentially deadly virus found in Florida chickens

    SANFORD, Fla. (AP) — Three chickens in central Florida have tested positive for the potentially fatal West Nile virus. The Florida Department of Health in Seminole County advised residents Friday to protect themselves against mosquito bites. Some of the recommended measures are covering the skin with clothing or repellent and draining standing...

  • Governor works to ease mental health bed shortage

    OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Gov. Jay Inslee has approved spending as much as $30 million to start meeting a state Supreme Court order to add more psychiatric evaluation and treatment beds around the state, officials said Friday. In addition, state Attorney General Bob Ferguson filed a motion Friday asking the high court to delay the effect of its...

  • State: 2 new chikungunya cases, no dengue

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — State health officials report two new cases of chikungunya (chih-kihn-GUHN'-yuh) fever but none of dengue (den-GEE) fever in Louisiana. The Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals, in its weekly Arbovirus Surveillance Summary released Friday, said so far there have been 10 cases of chikungunya, a mosquito-borne...

  • Elephant dies at Seattle's Woodland Park Zoo

    SEATTLE (AP) — Watoto, a 45-year-old African elephant known to generations of visitors at Seattle's Woodland Park Zoo, died unexpectedly Friday, zoo officials said. Keepers arrived at 7 a.m. to find the elephant lying on her side. They tried to lift her first using cloth straps and later with a piece of crane-like machinery, but medical staff...

  • Casket wheeled through downtown Phoenix in protest

    PHOENIX (AP) — Supporters of a mentally ill woman who was fatally shot by Phoenix police wheeled her casket along downtown streets on Friday to protest the way authorities have handled the case. The group believes police aren't treating Michelle Cusseaux's case any differently than other officer-involved shootings and are upset that Police...

  • Authorities: Iowa woman lied about child's cancer

    ATLANTIC, Iowa (AP) — A western Iowa woman lied to her community and said her 5-year-old daughter had terminal cancer, a ruse that helped her solicit donations for months, authorities said Friday. Cass County Attorney Dan Feistner said at a news conference that Leatha Slauson, 30, appears to have acted alone when she told residents in Atlantic...

  • State confirms 10 new West Nile virus cases

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana has confirmed 10 new cases of West Nile virus. Seven of the new cases were neuroinvasive disease infections — the most serious type of the virus, infecting the brain and spinal cord. It can lead to death, paralysis and brain damage. The cases confirmed Friday bring this year's total number to 52. The...

  • Hospital manager says it paid LSU $7M in dispute

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — The research foundation running the LSU hospitals in Shreveport and Monroe said it paid the university system nearly $7 million Friday for back-owed debts tied to privatization, less than one-third of the amount demanded by LSU in a collection letter this week. The Biomedical Research Foundation of Northwest Louisiana,...

  • Church cautions schools on ice bucket challenge

    CHICAGO (AP) — The Archdiocese of Chicago is telling principals of its schools that if they take part in the ice bucket challenge to raise funds to fight Lou Gehrig's disease to ask the ALS Association to direct the money to non-embryonic cell research. Archdiocese officials say the Catholic Church supports only adult stem cell research and...

  • CDC director to visit Ebola outbreak countries

    NEW YORK (AP) — A top U.S. health official plans to travel to West Africa to see firsthand how the Ebola outbreak is unfolding. Dr. Tom Frieden, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, is scheduled to visit Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea next week. A CDC spokesman Friday said Frieden wants to meet the African and...

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