• Alabama health officials warn against "Spice" drug dangers

    Updated: Thu, Apr 23, 2015

    MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama hospitals are reporting a higher number of patients and hospitalizations linked to symptoms from the synthetic drug known as "Spice." The Alabama Department of Public Health on Thursday said state hospitals have reported 462 patients from March 15...

  • Chiropractor accused of scamming seniors in weight loss scam

    Updated: Thu, Apr 23, 2015

    SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Authorities are accusing a Utah chiropractor of charging people thousands of dollars for a phony weight loss scheme that he said required no exercise. State officials said Thursday Michael Kunzler is charged with 11 counts of felony communications fraud, forgery...

  • Malaria vaccine is a letdown but could still reduce cases

    Updated: Thu, Apr 23, 2015

    LONDON (AP) — The world's leading malaria vaccine candidate appears to be a disappointment, with final study results showing it doesn't work very well and that initial protection fades over time. Despite the dismal results — it protects about one-third of children vaccinated —...

  • Ex-Bears star's family to appeal NFL concussion settlement

    Updated: Thu, Apr 23, 2015

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The family of late Pro Bowl safety Dave Duerson will appeal this week's NFL concussion settlement amid concerns it doesn't include future awards for the brain decay diagnosed after his 2011 suicide. An appeal could hold up the settlement approved Wednesday by a...

  • Buying junk with food stamps? Maybe not for long in Maine

    Updated: Thu, Apr 23, 2015

    AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Republican Gov. Paul LePage's administration urged lawmakers Thursday to support a bill that seeks to allow the state to prevent people in the food stamp program from using benefits to buy items like soda, chips and candy. Bethany Hamm, director of the Office of...

  • State officials confirm Sac Co. farm is 3rd with bird flu

    Updated: Thu, Apr 23, 2015

    DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The Iowa Department of Agriculture says a turkey farm in Sac County has become the third farm in Iowa to have confirmed cases of bird flu. The farm's 34,000 turkeys will be killed to contain the virus. The farm is within a six-mile monitoring zone of the first...

  • Dayton declares state of emergency over bird flu

    Updated: Thu, Apr 23, 2015

    ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton declared a peacetime state of emergency Thursday to fight a deadly form of bird flu that has already killed millions of birds in the country's top turkey-producing state. Dayton signed an executive order directing the emergency...

  • Deadline nears for decision on Indiana needle-exchange bill

    Updated: Thu, Apr 23, 2015

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana lawmakers are faced with a looming deadline over whether to legalize needle-exchanges in parts of the state at highest risk for HIV outbreaks. A bill that would allow needle-exchange programs like the one Gov. Mike Pence has temporarily allowed in Scott...

  • Ex-deputy with Lou Gehrig's disease not guilty in killings

    Updated: Thu, Apr 23, 2015

    MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A jury on Thursday found a former Wisconsin sheriff's deputy with Lou Gehrig's disease not legally responsible in the killing of his wife and sister-in-law. Andrew Steele, 40, will be committed for life to the Wisconsin Department of Health Services, which will...

  • Dr. Oz mounts spirited defense against critical letter

    Updated: Thu, Apr 23, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) — Dr. Mehmet Oz says last week's attack by 10 doctors who accused him of promoting "quack treatments" on his TV show was spurred by his vocal support for labeling genetically modified foods — a stance he says some if not all of those accusers oppose. Oz devoted the first...

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