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  • Official: Recovering drug addicts should speak up

    Updated: Thu, Apr 17, 2014

    NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) — The president's top adviser on drug policy urged those recovering from drug addiction to give hope to others by speaking out, saying that stigma and denial about substance abuse are obstacles to treatment. Michael Botticelli, acting director of the Office of...

  • Overdose deaths in Rhode Island climb to 85

    Updated: Thu, Apr 17, 2014

    PAWTUCKET, R.I. (AP) — Seven more people in Rhode Island have died of accidental drug overdoses, bringing the total this year to 85, state health officials said Thursday, as they announced some new initiatives to deal with the crisis. Dr. Michael Fine, the state health director,...

  • California health care sign-ups exceed projections

    Updated: Thu, Apr 17, 2014

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A late surge of sign-ups pushed California's health insurance exchange nearly 100,000 enrollees beyond the original projections of the Obama administration, state officials announced Thursday. Nearly 1.4 million Californians selected a private policy...

  • Audit details problems with Nevada health exchange

    Updated: Thu, Apr 17, 2014

    CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — An independent auditor is recommending Nevada levy penalties against Xerox for failing to achieve key performance benchmarks in operating the state's health insurance exchange that has been wracked by problems since it went online in October. The...

  • AP Exclusive: Turner had more than $4M on line

    Published: Thu, Apr 17, 2014

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — House Speaker Pro Tem Eric Turner earned nearly $8 million selling nursing homes in the last two years and stands to earn between $1 million and $2 million on projects now being developed, thanks in part to legislation he helped block this year. Turner worked...

  • Court: Fla. discrimination law covers pregnancy

    Updated: Thu, Apr 17, 2014

    TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — The state's civil rights laws include the protection of women discriminated against for pregnancy, the Florida Supreme Court ruled Thursday. The opinion finds that the intent of current statute, though not explicitly addressing pregnancy, protects...

  • Vermont Senate hears challenge of opiate treatment

    Updated: Thu, Apr 17, 2014

    MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — An estimated 50,000 people in Vermont need treatment for addiction problems every year and don't get it, and efforts to expand treatment options for people addicted to heroin and other opiates are expected to increase pressure on the treatment system, the head...

  • Illinois medical marijuana rules drop gun language

    Updated: Thu, Apr 17, 2014

    CHICAGO (AP) — Illinois regulators finalizing the state's conditions for medical marijuana have removed a proposed rule that would have barred legal gun owners from becoming cannabis-using patients, a person close to the process told The Associated Press. The person spoke on the...

  • Phoenix inmate with breast cancer released

    Updated: Thu, Apr 17, 2014

    PHOENIX (AP) — An inmate with breast cancer was released from a Phoenix jail Thursday morning in order to receive life-saving surgery. Ruth Alvarez walked out of the Lower Buckeye Jail after agreeing to a plea deal with Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery. Family members,...

  • Miss. legalizing marijuana extract as medicine

    Updated: 3 min ago

    JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant has signed a bill to legalize a marijuana extract to be used as medicine under tightly controlled circumstances. House Bill 1231 (http://bit.ly/1f0nwoX ) becomes law July 1. Republican Bryant says he signed it Thursday, only after...

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