• Wednesday ends long wait for medical marijuana patients

    Updated: Wed, Jul 1, 2015

    ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota's medical marijuana program kicked off in the dead of night Wednesday, as the first three patients filed into a Minneapolis clinic at midnight and emerged with medicine the state's law had long kept out of reach. For Kim Kelsey and Kathy Engstrom, each...

  • Montana reports first human West Nile virus case of 2015

    Updated: Wed, Jul 1, 2015

    HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Montana health officials say the year's first human case of West Nile virus has been reported in Rosebud County. Department of Public Health and Human Safety officials said in a statement Wednesday the person is recovering in a hospital. The statement did not...

  • Ex-Iowa State scientist gets prison for faking HIV research

    Updated: Wed, Jul 1, 2015

    DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A former Iowa State University scientist who altered blood samples to make it appear he had achieved a breakthrough toward a potential vaccine against HIV was sentenced Wednesday to more than 4 ½ years in prison for making false statements in research reports....

  • Obama: 'Feeling pretty good' about health care

    Updated: Wed, Jul 1, 2015

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Fresh off a Supreme Court victory, President Barack Obama said Wednesday that he's "feeling pretty good" about the state of his health care law and pleaded for bipartisan cooperation on ways to make it work even better. Obama said he wants to refocus the debate...

  • Illinois medical marijuana patients now number 2,600

    Updated: Wed, Jul 1, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) — With the number of Illinois medical marijuana patients inching slowly upward to 2,600 on Wednesday, the state's licensed growers are fine-tuning their models to get the right number of plants in the ground. At least one company hopes to have marijuana growing this...

  • Pennsylvania AG sues operator of 14 nursing homes

    Updated: Wed, Jul 1, 2015

    HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — The Pennsylvania attorney general's office is suing the operator of 36 nursing homes in the state, saying the facilities' staff failed to meet residents' most basic human needs. Attorney General Kathleen Kane filed the 101-page court complaint Wednesday and...

  • Thousands gather in Portland as Oregon eases into legal weed

    Updated: Wed, Jul 1, 2015

    PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Oregon began easing into an era of legal marijuana Wednesday after an early morning pot celebration at the center of Portland. A few thousand people jammed a sidewalk and bike lane on the Burnside Bridge at midnight Tuesday and counted down the moments until July...

  • Maryland governor says he's 'doing great' on day 5 of chemo

    Updated: Wed, Jul 1, 2015

    ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan is on his fifth day of chemotherapy, but he says he's "doing great" and getting things done from the hospital. Hogan said in a Facebook post Wednesday morning that he's starting the last day of his first round of 24-hour therapy. The...

  • Study offers clue to link between swine flu shot, narcolepsy

    Updated: Wed, Jul 1, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) — One vaccine used in Europe during the 2009 swine flu pandemic was linked to rare cases of a baffling side effect — the sleep disorder narcolepsy. Now new research offers a clue to what happened. The vaccine Pandemrix never was used in the United States, and was...

  • Meningitis vaccine needed for some Missouri college students

    Updated: Wed, Jul 1, 2015

    JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Students living on Missouri public college campuses now must be vaccinated against bacterial meningitis. A state law requiring the vaccine for those living in on-campus housing took effect Wednesday. Students can seek a religious or medical exemption to the...

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