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Law puts increased attention on elder abuse

Elders who may be the victims of neglect or abuse appear to be getting more help in the wake of...

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  • Jury finds woman guilty in silicone-injection case

    JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A Mississippi woman was convicted Friday of murder in connection to illicit silicone buttocks injections that led to a Georgia woman's death. The state attorney general's office said in a statement that a jury deliberated about five hours before finding Tracy Lynn Garner, 54, guilty of depraved-heart murder and conspiracy...

  • La. abortion law ruling expected before Monday

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — A federal judge will rule before Monday on a request to block enforcement of Louisiana's new, restrictive abortion law while a lawsuit seeking to overturn it remains in court, attorneys for both sides said Friday. The law, which requires doctors who perform abortions to have admitting privileges at a nearby hospital, is...

  • Botulism outbreak killing ducks at refuge

    GRANTS PASS, Ore. (AP) — An outbreak of botulism has killed thousands of ducks at Tule Lake National Wildlife Refuge in Northern California. The outbreak going on since July is not unusual, but it has been exacerbated by the drought, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service spokesman Matt Baun said Friday. The refuges along the Oregon-California border...

  • California mentally ill inmates get special units

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — State corrections officials on Friday agreed to shift mentally ill inmates into separate specialized housing that will offer them more treatment instead of placing them in the same isolation units as other inmates, a decision that marks a major shift in how the system deals with such prisoners. The agreement filed in...

  • HIV case proves false; porn moratorium called off

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — The advocacy group for the adult film industry has called off a production moratorium after just a day because a performer's HIV test turned out to be a false positive. The Free Speech Coalition said in a statement Friday that further testing showed that the porn performer does not have HIV, and tests of the person's private...

  • Injunction blocks Los Angeles marijuana market

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — A judge has blocked a marijuana farmers market in Los Angeles and ordered organizers to shut down their business. A preliminary injunction was issued Friday against operation of the outdoor medical pot market in the Boyle Heights area. It prevents the market from being held pending a trial at a later date. The California...

  • Former Wisconsin deputy charged in double homicide

    MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Prosecutors on Friday charged a former Wisconsin sheriff's deputy suffering from Lou Gehrig's disease with shooting his wife and sister-in-law to death earlier this month. Former Dane County Sheriff's Deputy Andrew Steele, 39, faces two counts of first-degree intentional homicide in the death of his wife, Ashlee Steele,...

  • Judge hears health advocacy groups' lawsuit

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A federal judge said Friday that he plans to rule as early as next week on a lawsuit accusing the state of failing to provide certain services required by the federal health care law. U.S. District Judge Todd Campbell heard the lawsuit filed by the Southern Poverty Law Center, the Tennessee Justice Center and the...

  • Reports: Inmate says he heard voices before attack

    PHOENIX (AP) — An inmate accused of fatally beating and stabbing his cellmate in a Phoenix-area jail told investigators that he heard voices just before the attack telling him "it's either him or me," according to police reports. The reports quote Andrew Ward, who was in jail on charges of killing his 12-year-old half brother. According to the...

  • Health device firm's ex-execs sentenced for fraud

    AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The former top two executives of an Austin medical device company have received long prison sentences for participating in a scheme that defrauded shareholders and investors out of more than $750 million. Former ArthroCare Corp. chief executive Michael Baker was sentenced Friday in federal court in Austin to 20 years in...

  • DHH: 9 new cases of West Nile virus

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana confirms nine new cases of West Nile virus, bringing this year's total to 61. The Department of Health and Hospitals on Friday, in its weekly Arbovirus Surveillance Report, says new infections include five neuroinvasive disease cases — all in East Baton Rouge Parish. DHH also reports four new cases of West...

  • Maine health officials say EEE found in York pool

    AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — The Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention says the virus that causes Eastern Equine Encephalitis has been found in a mosquito pool in York. The sample was collected on Aug. 27 and it was tested Friday. Last year Maine identified EEE in three horses, one emu, one pheasant flock, and 26 mosquito pools. Maine...

  • Abortion opponents urge Pryor to back 20-week ban

    LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Abortion opponents urged Democratic U.S. Sen. Mark Pryor on Friday to support banning the procedure 20 weeks into a woman's pregnancy, an effort by conservatives to move social issues to the forefront of the nationally watched Arkansas race. A coalition of groups rallied at the Arkansas state Capitol in favor of the...

  • New challenge for Ga. death penalty provision

    ATLANTA (AP) — A Georgia death row inmate on Friday filed a new challenge to the state's requirement for defendants to prove intellectual disability beyond a reasonable doubt to be spared execution on those grounds. The lawsuit filed in Butts County Superior Court says a U.S. Supreme Court ruling in May bolsters arguments made by Georgia death...

  • Bosma to pull Turner from leadership post-scandal

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana Rep. Eric Turner is losing his House leadership role because of "irreconcilable conflicts" arising from his use of his public office to benefit his family's nursing home business, House Speaker Brian Bosma announced Friday. An Associated Press investigation earlier this year found that Turner had millions of dollars...

  • Maine company recalls 25,192 pounds of beef

    AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — A Maine company is recalling more than 25,000 pounds of beef dating to last November for failure to remove tissues that could potentially allow transmission of mad cow disease. State officials announced Friday that Bubier Meats of Greene is recalling fresh beef because the dorsal root ganglia may not have been completely...

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