• Ebola monitoring costs in New Jersey since October: $2.6M

    Updated: Wed, Apr 15, 2015

    TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — It has cost New Jersey more than $2.6 million to monitor passengers arriving at Newark Liberty Airport for possible Ebola virus since October. The state Health Department says 1,408 passengers arrived in Newark between October and last month from Guinea, Sierra...

  • Developmentally disabled man gets probation for sex assault

    Updated: Wed, Apr 15, 2015

    BEATRICE, Neb. (AP) — A 40-year-old Beatrice man convicted of sexually assaulting a 9-year-old boy has been given five years of probation and will be committed to a treatment program. Court records say Scott Taylor was sentenced on Tuesday. Gage County District Judge Paul Korslund...

  • Spain: Conservatives move to tighten abortion availability

    Updated: Wed, Apr 15, 2015

    MADRID (AP) — Spain's Parliament has taken a step toward restricting the availability of abortion by accepting for debate a conservative ruling Popular Party proposal to oblige 16- and 17-year-olds to once again have to obtain parents' permission. The Popular Party used its absolute...

  • House to vote on taxing medical marijuana dispensaries

    Updated: Wed, Apr 15, 2015

    CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — The New Hampshire House will take up legislation Wednesday aimed at ensuring licensed medical marijuana dispensaries pay property taxes. The dispensaries, none of which have been opened, will be licensed by the state under the medical marijuana laws. A bill...

  • Legislature approves overhaul of medical marijuana market

    Updated: Wed, Apr 15, 2015

    OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — The Washington Legislature on Tuesday approved an overhaul of the state's medical marijuana market, sending to Gov. Jay Inslee a bill that seeks to eliminate unregulated dispensary sales now that the state's recreational market is in place. The Senate concurred...

  • Lawmakers tackle health exchange, sex trafficking, autism

    Updated: Tue, Apr 14, 2015

    HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii lawmakers are tackling proposals that aim to fix the troubled health exchange, ban sex trafficking and prevent youth from smoking. Here's a sampling of the hundreds of bills that were passed on Tuesday: — HEALTH EXCHANGE — The Hawaii Health Connector estimates...

  • 43 people turn to Indiana needle exchange

    Updated: Tue, Apr 14, 2015

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana public health officials say more than 40 people have received help in the first two weeks of a temporary needle exchange program implemented to stem an HIV outbreak in Scott County. Authorities said Tuesday that as of Friday, 95 people in Scott County have...

  • House Democrats in Alaska want to see Medicaid expansion

    Updated: Tue, Apr 14, 2015

    JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — House Democrats said Tuesday that Medicaid expansion would be a key piece to winning their support to authorize any draw from Alaska's savings to cover costs for state government. Medicaid expansion is a priority for Gov. Bill Walker, who at the prodding of...

  • Doctor gets more than 11 years in prison for fraud

    Updated: Tue, Apr 14, 2015

    TYLER, Texas (AP) — A North Texas physician who ran a now-closed hospital near Dallas has been sentenced to more than 11 years in prison for conspiracy, identity theft and health care fraud. A federal jury in Tyler found Dr. Tariq Mahmood guilty in July of more than $1 million in...

  • Hawaii moves closer to medical marijuana dispensary system

    Updated: Tue, Apr 14, 2015

    HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii is one step closer to establishing a system of medical marijuana dispensaries nearly 15 years after the drug became legal in the state. The state Senate passed a bill approving medical marijuana dispensaries on Tuesday. The next step is for senators and their...

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