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  • Patients to urge Cuomo to speed-up medical marijuana in NY

    NEW YORK (AP) — Patients and their caregivers plan to gather outside New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo's office to plead for early access to medical marijuana. The governor signed legislation a year ago authorizing medical marijuana in the state, but the program is still months away from beginning. Patients and their families say they will meet...

  • Legislative Democrats introduce bills for breast milk banks

    LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Members of the Democratic minority in the Michigan Legislature have introduced bills setting out rules for sharing of human breast milk in the state. Rep. Erika Geiss of Taylor has sponsored a measure to create standards for human milk banks in Michigan. When she announced the legislation in March, Geiss said repeated...

  • Oregon pharmacists will be able to prescribe birth control

    SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Oregon women will no longer have to visit a health clinic for a birth control prescription starting next year. Instead, they can head straight to their pharmacist for contraception under a measure signed into law Monday by Gov. Kate Brown. Advocates said the measure gives Oregon women the easiest access to birth control in...

  • TCU, North Texas Health Science Center to open med school

    FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — Texas Christian University and the University of North Texas Health Science Center are joining forces to open a medical school in Fort Worth, the biggest Texas city without such a school. Officials for the two universities announced the collaboration in Fort Worth on Monday. TCU has pledged $50 million toward the...

  • 'Stunning' number of large drug doses by doctor, expert says

    DETROIT (AP) — Patients of a Detroit-area doctor received "stunning" doses of a powerful, expensive drug that exposed them to life-threatening infections, an expert testified Monday as a judge heard details about a cancer specialist who fleeced insurance companies and harmed hundreds of people. Dr. Farid Fata is headed to prison for fraud and...

  • $1.3 million settlement in infant death at military hospital

    HONOLULU (AP) — The U.S. government will pay $1.3 million to the family of a baby who died at a Hawaii military hospital, according to a settlement announced Monday in a medical malpractice lawsuit. Rachael Reynolds' parents sued the government after the 4-month-old died three years ago at Tripler Army Medical Center. The baby was taken to...

  • Camp Lejeune Marine treated for shark bite off NC coast

    CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. (AP) — A Marine was bitten by a shark off the North Carolina coast last weekend, the eighth such attack in the past three weeks, medical personnel from Camp Lejeune said Monday. Camp Lejeune Naval Hospital spokesman Raymond Applewhite told WITN-TV in Washington (http://bit.ly/1J1mxjo ) the 32-year-old Marine was bitten...

  • The Latest: Oregon Legislature adjourns 2015 session

    SALEM, Ore. (AP) — The Oregon Legislature is pressing to adjourn, perhaps as soon as Monday. Here's a look at the latest developments: 6:00 p.m. Oregon lawmakers have adjourned the 2015 legislative session. In the final hours, lawmakers on Monday approved $1.2 billion in construction projects, kept alive several tax credits that were due to...

  • Nixon signs Missouri bill for stillborn baby tax exemption

    JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri soon will have an income tax exemption for parents of stillborn children. Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon on Monday signed a tax bill into law that includes the provision for exemptions for stillborn babies. The measure will allow those parents to deduct $1,200 from their taxable income for each stillborn child,...

  • Authorities: Autistic boy, 6, on life support after beating

    HAGERSTOWN, Md. (AP) — Sheriff's officials say a 6-year-old autistic boy is on life support after he was beaten by his mother's boyfriend. Defendant Aaron Vanmeter of Hancock was being held on $1 million bail after a hearing Monday in Hagerstown. His public defender didn't immediately return a telephone call from The Associated Press....

  • California law backs organ transplants for medical pot users

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Gov. Jerry Brown has signed legislation that will prevent doctors and hospitals from denying organ transplants to medical marijuana users just because of their pot use. The Democratic governor announced Monday that he signed AB258 by Democratic Assemblyman Marc Levine of San Rafael. Supporters say some patients who...

  • USDA cites West Virginia zoo for handling of tiger cubs

    CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia zoo used tiger cubs in photoshoots without properly feeding or vaccinating them, according to federal inspectors. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, Hovatter's Wildlife Zoo in Kingwood took cubs from their mother at birth and displayed them behind...

  • Autistic boy, 6, on life support after alleged beating

    HAGERSTOWN, Md. (AP) — The Washington County Sheriff's Office says a 6-year-old autistic boy is on life support after he was beaten by his mother's boyfriend. Defendant Aaron Vanmeter of Hancock was being held on $1 million bail after a hearing Monday in Hagerstown. His public defender didn't immediately return a telephone call from The...

  • Man died at sea of carbon monoxide poisoning

    YORK, Maine (AP) — Maine authorities say a 59-year-old Vermont man died at sea of carbon monoxide poisoning last month about 13 miles off of York Harbor. An initial Coast Guard investigation found that Forest Woodruff and 57-year-old Russell Smith, both of Jamaica, Vermont, dropped anchor the night of June 3 after Smith's vessel experienced...

  • APNewsBreak: Over-65 population rate jumping in Ohio

    CINCINNATI (AP) — A new projection Monday forecast that 22 percent of the state's residents will be 65 or older in less than two decades. The study for the state by the Scripps Gerontology Center at Miami University said the baby boomer-fueled graying poses rising challenges for Ohio officials such as the need for long-term services. That...

  • Foreigner in Philippines tests positive for MERS virus

    MANILA, Philippines (AP) — A 36-year-old foreigner who arrived in the Philippines from the Middle East is under quarantine after testing positive for the MERS virus, health officials said Monday. Philippine Health Secretary Janette Garin said several people the foreigner had come in close contact with have been traced. She said one of them, a...

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