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  • GlaxoSmithKline opts to hold on to HIV business

    LONDON (AP) — British-based drugmaker GlaxoSmithKline has opted to keep its stand-alone HIV business as it set out its strategy following the completion of its recent deal with Switzerland's Novartis. GSK said it has cancelled an initial public offering of its HIV business, ViiV Healthcare, opting instead to retain its full holding in the...

  • Gloucester won't arrest drug addicts who come to station

    GLOUCESTER, Mass. (AP) — Police in Gloucester are promising heroin addicts that they won't be arrested if they bring their drugs to the police station. Chief Leonard Campanello says instead, addicts will be given help. Addicts who come to the station with their heroin, needles and other paraphernalia will be connected immediately with a...

  • Upstate NY family medical doctor accused of raping patient

    VOLNEY, N.Y. (AP) — A 50-year-old family medical doctor with a practice in central New York is accused of raping one of his patients during an office visit earlier this year. State police say Dilip K. Roy of Baldwinsville was arraigned Tuesday in Volney Town Court on third-degree rape charges and released on his own recognizance. He's...

  • Michigan community health centers to get $5.1M federal funds

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Michigan's U.S. senators have announced $5.1 million in federal funding will go toward new community health centers and care in the state. A news release from the offices of U.S. Sens. Debbie Stabenow and Gary Peters says the funding comes through the Affordable Care Act. Recipients of funds include organizations in Detroit,...

  • Welch Allyn continues acquisitions, buys scale maker

    SKANEATELES, N.Y. (AP) — Welch Allyn continues to adjust to the rapid changes occurring in health care. The central New York maker of medical diagnostic devices announced Tuesday it has acquired Scale-Tronix, Inc. The company, based in White Plains, New York, manufactures medical scales and patient weighing systems for hospitals, clinics and...

  • Senators seek VA probe to see if mishandled claims systemic

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Troubled by delays in handling of veterans claims, a bipartisan group of senators is seeking a wide-scale independent review of the Department of Veterans Affairs for mismanagement and changes to improve budgeting and speed up applications. A report being released Wednesday by Sens. Dean Heller of Nevada and Bob Casey of...

  • NY enacting workplace pregnancy rights

    ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York's Assembly has passed bills intended to ensure workplace rights for pregnant employees and prohibit sexual harassment at even the smallest businesses. The votes follow Senate passage earlier this year. Gov. Andrew Cuomo says he'll sign both measures. One will require employers to provide reasonable accommodations...

  • Judge cancels trial of Kansas couple in assisted living case

    WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A former employee accused of stealing more than $1.5 million from a Wichita company that owns assisted living centers in Kansas and Missouri is expected to plead to charges later this month. Brent Shryock of Augusta had been scheduled to go to trial Tuesday on mail fraud charges, but notified the court the day before it...

  • Vaccine skeptics try star power; moms encourage vaccines

    MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Author, activist and Kennedy family scion Robert F. Kennedy Jr. brought his vaccine skepticism to the Vermont Statehouse on Tuesday, urging lawmakers not to do away with the philosophical exemption that allows parents to avoid having their children fully vaccinated. Kennedy told the Vermont House Health Care Committee...

  • Hundreds pack State House for public budget hearing

    CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Hundreds of New Hampshire residents flooded the State House on Tuesday to advocate for more state spending on substance abuse treatment, services for people with developmental disabilities and mental illness, the university system and more. "(My daughter) has taught me to be strong and to advocate for what is most...

  • Puerto Rico rejects smoking marijuana for medicinal purposes

    SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Smoking marijuana for medicinal purposes will not be allowed in Puerto Rico, but cannabis derivatives could be consumed in other ways, government officials said Tuesday as they provided more details on the governor's weekend executive order on cannabis use. Justice Secretary Cesar Miranda told The Associated Press...

  • Survey: More than 96 percent in state have health insurance

    BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts continues to the lead the nation in health care with more than 96 percent of residents reporting coverage despite lingering cost barriers. That's according to a survey by The Center for Health Information and Analysis, created by a 2012 state law. One in four respondents reported having an unmet health care need...

  • Law enforcement stance on pot starts to shift in Louisiana

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Marijuana enthusiasts and law enforcement don't agree on much. But there is one point both concede: Louisiana's marijuana laws are exceptionally strict. Caught with a small amount of pot? Face up to 20 years in prison on your third arrest. And even though a medical marijuana law has been on the books since 1991, it's...

  • Pence signs needle-exchange bill as HIV outbreak cases grow

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana communities facing an HIV epidemic tied to intravenous drug use will have a way to implement needle-exchange programs under a measure Gov. Mike Pence signed into law Tuesday, as the number of confirmed cases in a rural outbreak grew to nearly 150. The new law allows areas that can prove they're in the midst of an...

  • Iowa bird flu cases increase by 3 to 28

    DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa agriculture officials say three additional Iowa poultry farms show signs of the presence of bird flu including two more turkey farms in Buena Vista County, raising the number in the county to 10. A Sioux County egg-laying operation with 60,000 chickens also appears to have the virus. Testing is underway to confirm...

  • Jennie-O lays off 233 workers in Faribault due to bird flu

    FARIBAULT, Minn. (AP) — Jennie-O Turkey Store said Tuesday it will lay off 233 employees at its processing plant in the southern Minnesota city of Faribault because of bird flu outbreaks that have cut its turkey supply. In a statement, the country's second-largest turkey processor said the Faribault plant will switch to a single shift for the...

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