• House Democrat introduces bills to create breast milk banks

    Updated: Sun, Mar 29, 2015

    LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Human milk banks would be created and regulated to help nourish premature babies under legislation introduced by a member of the Michigan House's Democratic minority. Rep. Erika Geiss of Taylor unveiled her legislation last week to set standards for human milk...

  • NDSU gets $435K grant for heart, vascular disease research

    Updated: Sun, Mar 29, 2015

    BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Researchers at North Dakota State University have received more than $400,000 in federal funds to study heart and vascular diseases. U.S. Sen. John Hoeven says the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services awarded the $435,000 academic research grant. Hoeven...

  • More restaurants in Portland passing health inspections

    Updated: Sun, Mar 29, 2015

    PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Restaurant owners and health inspectors in Portland, Maine say food safety courses and an increase in inspectors have lead to more restaurants passing health inspections. The Portland Press Herald reports (http://bit.ly/1BAtgwC ) that only 6.4 percent of...

  • Forest Service eyes development of improved fire shelter

    Updated: Sun, Mar 29, 2015

    BOISE, Idaho (AP) — The U.S. Forest Service says it's picking up the pace on developing a new fire shelter following the deaths of 19 firefighters in Arizona where officials say flames and heat went beyond the current shelter's protective capabilities. National Director of Fire and...

  • Second suspect in stabbing over Facebook post arrested

    Updated: Sun, Mar 29, 2015

    LONGMONT, Colo. (AP) — Police have arrested a second suspect in a stabbing in Longmont that started with a fight over a Facebook post. Longmont police spokesman Cmdr. Jeff Satur says authorities arrested David Dominguez on Sunday. Dominguez is accused of burglary, aggravated robbery,...

  • Amtrak says Southwest Chief's New Mexico routes to remain

    Updated: Sun, Mar 29, 2015

    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Amtrak says it will stick with its existing New Mexico route of the Southwest Chief passenger train. Amtrak spokesman Marc Magliari told the Santa Fe New Mexican (http://goo.gl/jwurSF ) last week that the Southwest Chief will continue to make stops in New Mexico...

  • Mining for tourists? A dubious economic savior in Appalachia

    Updated: Sun, Mar 29, 2015

    SECO, Ky. (AP) — Mines built this company town. Jack and Sandra Looney hope vines — the wine grapes growing on a former strip mine in the hills above — will help to draw visitors here. Their Highland Winery — housed in the lovingly restored "company store" — pays tribute to...

  • Some lanes closed until July on Port Huron border bridge

    Updated: Sun, Mar 29, 2015

    PORT HURON, Mich. (AP) — Traffic will be squeezed until summer on the Blue Water Bridge, which links Port Huron and Ontario. Westbound lanes closed Sunday morning for a construction project that's expected to end in early July. Cars and trucks going in both directions will have one...

  • France's far right breakthrough expected in local elections

    Updated: Sun, Mar 29, 2015

    PARIS (AP) — The conservative party of former President Nicolas Sarkozy is expected to dominate Sunday's final round of France's local elections, give the far-right National Front another electoral breakthrough and deal a new blow to the governing Socialists. All parties hoped to lure...

  • Islamic State group beheads 8 Shiites in Syria's Hama

    Updated: Sun, Mar 29, 2015

    BEIRUT (AP) — A new video released by the Islamic State group shows its fighters cutting off the heads of eight men said to be Shiite Muslims. The video posted on social media Sunday, said the eight men were beheaded in the central Syrian province of Hama. The men, wearing orange...

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