• Sierra Leoneans to stay home in final push to stop Ebola

    Updated: 7 hr ago

    FREETOWN, Sierra Leone (AP) — Sierra Leone's 6 million people were told to stay home for three days beginning Friday, except for religious services, as the West African nation attempted a final push to rid itself of Ebola. Thousands of teams were out reminding people how Ebola is...

  • House Democrats feature education, mental health in budget

    Updated: 8 hr ago

    OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Highlights from the $38.8 billion state operating budget for 2016-17 unveiled by Democratic leaders of Washington's House of Representatives Friday morning: —K-12 EDUCATION: The proposed budget spends $3.2 billion more on K-12 education than the previous two-year...

  • Bill would require immunization opt-outs to be notarized

    Updated: 9 hr ago

    HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut parents and guardians who want their children exempted from certain immunizations would need their wishes to be notarized under proposed legislation. Hartford Rep. Matthew Ritter, co-chairman of the legislature's Public Health Committee, supports the...

  • Deal signs order requiring readiness for marijuana law

    Updated: 9 hr ago

    ATLANTA (AP) — In an emotional ceremony in his Capitol office, Gov. Nathan Deal signed an executive order Friday ordering state agencies to start preparations now for the enactment of the state's medical marijuana bill. Deal said Friday he'll sign it into law soon after the current...

  • Medical experts look beyond law to make youth sports safer

    Updated: 9 hr ago

    NEW YORK (AP) — To toughen safety standards in youth sports, medical experts are turning away from lawmakers and toward high school sports associations to implement policies and procedures to prevent deaths and serious injuries. The National Athletic Trainers' Association and the...

  • 2nd western Minnesota turkey farm hit by bird flu outbreak

    Updated: 10 hr ago

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A second Minnesota turkey farm has been struck by a form of bird flu that's deadly to poultry and will lose 66,000 birds, state and federal officials said Friday. The U.S. Department of Agriculture said the virus hit a flock of 22,000 turkeys at a commercial farm in...

  • Co-pilot appeared healthy, but may have hidden illness

    Updated: 10 hr ago

    MONTABAUR, Germany (AP) — Germanwings co-pilot Andreas Lubitz appeared happy and healthy to acquaintances, but a picture emerged Friday of a man who hid evidence of an illness from his employers — including a torn-up doctor's note that would have kept him off work the day authorities...

  • South Dakota jury finds hospital not liable for 'KKK' scars

    Updated: 10 hr ago

    RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) — A federal jury has found that a South Dakota hospital is not liable in a case in which a man claimed health care workers carved the letters "KKK" into his stomach during heart surgery in 2011. Jurors ruled in favor of Rapid City Regional Hospital on Friday...

  • White House unveils plan to fight antibiotic-resistant germs

    Updated: 10 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House on Friday announced a five-year plan to fight the threat posed by antibiotic-resistant bacteria amid fears that once-treatable germs could become deadly. Repeated exposure to antibiotics can lead germs to become resistant to the drugs, so that they...

  • Mental health vetting of pilots ineffective, US experts say

    Updated: 10 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — There is little effective, real-world screening of airline pilots for mental problems despite regulations in the U.S., Europe and elsewhere that say mental health should be part of their regular medical exams, pilots and safety experts said. The crash of Germanwings...

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