• Kidney donation sets off chain of transplants at SF hospital

    Updated: Fri, Mar 6, 2015

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A Sacramento woman's kidney donation to a stranger set off a series of organ swaps that resulted in five more sick people getting transplanted kidneys at a San Francisco hospital. Surgeons performed three of the transplants Thursday and are expected to carry out...

  • NASA's Dawn spacecraft moves in on dwarf planet Ceres

    Updated: Fri, Mar 6, 2015

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — The largest celestial body in the asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter welcomes its first visitor Friday. NASA's Dawn spacecraft was due to slip into orbit around Ceres for the first exploration of a dwarf planet. Unlike other orbit captures that require thruster...

  • Iranian role in fighting IS in Iraq: Where will it lead?

    Updated: Fri, Mar 6, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Iran's growing influence in Iraq is setting off alarm bells, and nowhere is the problem starker than in the high-stakes battle for Tikrit. It marks a crucial fight in the bigger war to expel the Islamic State group from Iraq, and yet Iran and the Shiite militias it...

  • Late-winter storm continues to batter South, Northeast

    Updated: Fri, Mar 6, 2015

    The clock is springing forward this weekend, but Friday will still feel like winter for much of the country. Temperatures of 10 to 30 degrees below average were expected from the South to Northeast, along with heavy snow in the Mid-Atlantic, according to the National Weather Service....

  • Coast Guard exhibit opens at Outer Banks History Center

    Published: Fri, Mar 6, 2015

    MANTEO, N.C. (AP) — An exhibit about the Coast Guard in North Carolina is scheduled to open at the Outer Banks History Center in Manteo. The exhibit titled "A Heritage of Heroes: The Coast Guard in North Carolina" is opening Friday with a free reception. Visitors will learn about the...

  • 2-year sentence, discharge for Coast Guard petty officer

    Published: Fri, Mar 6, 2015

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A 32-year-old Coast Guard petty officer faces two years of confinement and a dishonorable discharge after being convicted at a Court-Martial in New Orleans of assault and abusive sexual contact. The Coast Guard said Thursday that Petty Officer 2nd Class Leonel...

  • Coast Guard: Warmup could make frozen waterways dangerous

    Published: Fri, Mar 6, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) — The U.S. Coast Guard is warning people to stay off of ice-covered lakes and waterways as temperatures begin to rise. Temperatures are forecast to climb above freezing beginning this weekend, perhaps hitting 50 degrees by the middle of next week. Officials say many...

  • Illinois has 'Top 10 Tips' for medical marijuana patients

    Updated: Fri, Mar 6, 2015

    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The Illinois Department of Public Health has created a "Top 10" list of tips for people applying for medical marijuana cards. Department spokeswoman Melaney Arnold says the list answers common questions about the multi-step process. The first tip covers...

  • Ohio State will require students to be vaccinated

    Updated: Fri, Mar 6, 2015

    COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Incoming Ohio State University students won't be allowed to schedule classes next fall if they're not up to date on their vaccinations. Students starting at OSU will have to provide evidence that they've had shots to prevent a list of vaccine-preventable...

  • Ohio health department to release flu hospitalization data

    Updated: Fri, Mar 6, 2015

    COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio health officials are ready to provide new data on flu-related hospitalizations as an unusually severe season winds down. Last week the Ohio Department of Health reported 119 flu-related hospitalizations from Feb. 15 to Feb. 21, down from 130 a week earlier....

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