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  • Schumer eyes health coverage for disabled vets' children

    ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer plans to discuss a proposal for legislation that would extend health care coverage for the children of disabled military veterans. According to the New York Democrat, more than 13,000 state residents are enrolled in the Civilian Health and Medical Program of the Department of Veterans Affairs — or...

  • Snails slither into spa scene in Thailand and around world

    CHIANG MAI, Thailand (AP) — The last time I encountered escargots they were served up by a French waiter, sizzling in garlic and herb butter. Now, one is slithering up the bridge of my nose while five others are being stuck onto other parts of my face by a Thai beautician, all secreting snail slime to hopefully smooth out some wrinkles and...

  • TV star's plastic surgery disaster tests Brazil

    SAO PAULO (AP) — Andressa Urach went from being a single teenage mom nicknamed "Beanpole" to a reality TV bombshell in Brazil thanks to silicone implants, anabolic steroids, a nose job, and gel and botox injections, a fact she wasn't ashamed to share with fans. "There are plenty of ugly women," she said last year. "If you have the money, you...

  • Utah parents who killed selves, children feared apocalypse

    SPRINGVILLE, Utah (AP) — A Utah couple and their three children who were found dead in their home last fall overdosed on drugs after the parents told friends and family they were worried about the apocalypse, authorities said Tuesday. Police also found old letters written by the mother to a Utah inmate serving time for killing family members...

  • Poultry quarantine lifted in SE Washington

    OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — The Washington Agriculture Department has lifted a quarantine that restricted the movement of eggs, poultry and poultry products in parts of southeast Washington after avian flu was found in two Benton County backyard flocks in December. The department said Tuesday that the outbreak doesn't appear to have spread beyond...

  • Bulls guard Jimmy Butler out will illness at Golden State

    OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Chicago Bulls leading scorer Jimmy Butler is sitting out against the Golden State Warriors because of an illness. Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau said before Tuesday night's game that the shooting guard was at the arena but unable to play. Butler also missed the morning shootaround with the illness. Butler is averaging career...

  • Recent editorials from Texas newspapers

    Corpus Christi Caller-Times. Jan. 25, 2015. Time to overcome state laws that ban gay marriage The Supreme Court is expected to decide in June, the month of weddings, whether same-sex couples have a constitutional right to marry. Whether the decision is guided by the most liberal justice's definition of civil rights, or by the most...

  • State fails to track billions in mental health funds

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — State and county officials cannot show how billions of dollars collected through a voter-approved tax on millionaires are being spent or whether the related programs have helped people with mental illness as voters intended, a state watchdog commission reported Tuesday. The Little Hoover Commission report is the...

  • Missouri to save $4.2 million by switching hepatitis C drug

    JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — State officials say Missouri's Medicaid program will save an estimated $4.2 million in fiscal year 2016 by using a newer, cheaper drug to treat hepatitis C. The state joined a group of 25 other states to receive rebates on Viekira from drug maker AbbVie. The state in most cases will provide that drug instead of...

  • Baker: Storm travel ban to end at midnight

    BOSTON (AP) — A blizzard pounded Massachusetts with heavy snow and hurricane-force winds Tuesday, but state officials reported fewer power outages than expected from the storm and no catastrophic flooding along the coastline. Here is the latest on the storm: ___ TRAVEL BAN Gov. Charlie Baker announced at a late afternoon briefing in the...

  • Amgen tops Street 4Q forecasts

    Amgen Inc. cruised to a 27 percent jump in fourth-quarter profit and beat Wall Street expectations, due to higher sales of nearly all its medicines, tight cost controls and a tax benefit. The world's biggest biotech drugmaker by revenue said it's starting a cycle of several important new product launches — big enough that last year it...

  • 43,000 Oregonians waiting in Medicaid application backlog

    PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — About 43,000 low-income Oregonians are waiting for their Medicaid applications to be fully processed, state health officials say. The Oregon Health Authority says some of the applications came through the federal government's portal and have been determined eligible for benefits but have not been entered in the state's...

  • Oregon governor has skin cancer removed from cheek

    SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber has had skin cancer removed from his face. The Democratic governor had an obvious scar on his left cheek when he spoke to Oregon reporters and editors Tuesday at a forum organized by The Associated Press. Kitzhaber's spokeswoman, Amy Wojcicki (woh-CHICK-ee) says the cancerous lesion was removed on...

  • AG: Tennessee has right to cancel Medicaid expansion

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Federal Medicaid officials and the state's attorney general on Tuesday confirmed that Tennessee could end Gov. Bill Haslam's proposal to cover 200,000 low-income people without penalty. Attorney General Herbert Slatery, who was Haslam's chief legal adviser before being named attorney general last year, said in a legal...

  • Officials warn of paprika product containing peanut allergen

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — State agriculture officials are warning residents about a paprika product that contains an undeclared peanut allergen. Tennessee's Department of Agriculture said Tuesday it conducted a retail food product sampling in the Cleveland area. Test results for 5 oz. containers of Pride of Szeged Hungarian Spice paprika showed...

  • House passes bill allowing state to respond to more diseases

    SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota could more easily respond to deadly disease outbreaks under a measure passed Tuesday in the state House of Representatives. The bill, brought by the state Department of Health, would modernize the state's authority to respond to serious communicable diseases. Despite passing the House 41-27 following an...

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