• Illinois has needle-exchange programs in 5 cities

    Updated: Thu, Mar 26, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) — Illinois health officials say new HIV infection among drug users has fallen dramatically since 2003. That was when lawmakers passed a measure allowing people to buy a limited number of syringes without a prescription. The Public Health Department says there are...

  • Caution urged after bird flu turns up in Cheyenne-area goose

    Updated: Thu, Mar 26, 2015

    CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — The Wyoming Game and Fish Department on Thursday urged people to be careful handling wild or domestic fowl because Wyoming is now among the states where a strain of bird flu has turned up in recent months. A goose from the Cheyenne area recently tested positive...

  • Medical marijuana bill moves ahead in Iowa Senate

    Updated: Thu, Mar 26, 2015

    DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A plan to expand access to medical marijuana in Iowa moved forward in the Senate on Thursday, though it's unlikely to find support in the Republican-controlled House. The legislation would make medical marijuana available to people with certain chronic...

  • Answers to common questions about HIV, needles and drug use

    Updated: Thu, Mar 26, 2015

    Indiana Gov. Mike Pence has authorized a short-term needle-exchange program and other steps to help contain the spread of HIV among intravenous drug users in one county. Some answers to common questions about needles, drug abuse and the virus that causes AIDS: ___ WHAT ROLE DO DIRTY...

  • House OKs bipartisan Medicare doctor bill; fate up to Senate

    Updated: Thu, Mar 26, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) — In uncommon bipartisan harmony, the House approved a $214 billion bill on Thursday permanently blocking physician Medicare cuts, moving Congress closer to resolving a problem that has plagued it for years. The lopsided 392-37 vote shifted pressure onto the Senate,...

  • New Hampshire public health director stepping down

    Updated: Thu, Mar 26, 2015

    CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Dr. Jose Montero, New Hampshire's director of public health for the past seven years, said Thursday he is stepping down to take a position elsewhere but will remain in the state. Montero announced in a statement Thursday that he will leave the post May 1. He has...

  • Poetry pulled Texas center McGee-Stafford from depression

    Updated: Thu, Mar 26, 2015

    AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Poetry, Imani McGee-Stafford says, saved her life. She was still in middle school when she began putting the words rumbling through her head down on paper, filling notebook after notebook in search of a voice to break free of the depression that was choking her....

  • Police: Mother faked cancer during child abuse investigation

    Updated: Thu, Mar 26, 2015

    BRISTOL, Pa. (AP) — A 26-year-old suburban Philadelphia woman is accused of faking cancer to gain sympathy during a child abuse investigation. Authorities say Ashley Reichard was charged Wednesday with aggravated assault, endangering the welfare of a child and perjury. They say she...

  • NHL concussion lawsuit plaintiffs want Bettman to testify

    Updated: Thu, Mar 26, 2015

    ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Plaintiffs in the federal class-action lawsuit brought against the NHL over concussion-related injuries want Commissioner Gary Bettman to testify. After U.S. District Judge Susan Richard Nelson denied the league's motion to dismiss the complaint, attorneys for...

  • Congressman: Cancel VA bonuses, use them for Denver hospital

    By Dan Elliott, Associated Press
    Updated: Thu, Mar 26, 2015

    DENVER — Congress should cancel all VA employee bonuses and use the money to finish the budget-busting Denver veterans hospital, Colorado Rep. Mike Coffman said Thursday. Coffman and other lawmakers are angry that the Department of Veterans Affairs awarded thousands of dollars in...

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