• Oklahoma executions on hold as US Supreme Court reviews drug

    Updated: Wed, Jan 28, 2015

    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Executions are on hold in Oklahoma after the U.S. Supreme Court said Wednesday that the state cannot perform executions using a specific drug while the justices consider a challenge over whether the sedative ensures prisoners won't suffer. Both the state and...

  • California declares electronic cigarettes a health threat

    Updated: Wed, Jan 28, 2015

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California health officials on Wednesday declared electronic cigarettes a health threat that should be strictly regulated like tobacco products, joining other states and health advocates across the U.S. in seeking tighter controls as "vaping" grows in...

  • Ohio judge orders state to return exotic animals to owner

    Updated: Wed, Jan 28, 2015

    TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — A judge ordered the state to return a dozen exotic animals — including several tigers and a lion — to their owner on Wednesday, just hours after they were taken from an animal sanctuary near Toledo. Ohio authorities had already seized the animals and were...

  • Penn State president: Freeh acted like prosecutor in review

    Updated: Wed, Jan 28, 2015

    STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) — Penn State's president on Wednesday dismissed the university-commissioned review of how top administrators handled complaints about Jerry Sandusky as "not useful to make decisions." Eric Barron told The Associated Press that the report by former FBI director...

  • Indiana governor: Regrets 'confusion' over state news site

    Updated: Wed, Jan 28, 2015

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana Gov. Mike Pence said Wednesday he regrets the "confusion" caused by a memo about his administration's planned state-run news website and will kill the project if it doesn't respect the role of an independent press. Pence's comments followed criticism from...

  • Attorney: Consider client's anguish in Toyota crash

    Updated: Wed, Jan 28, 2015

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A Minnesota man whose Toyota rammed into another car in 2006, killing three people, has been wracked by guilt since the crash, his attorney told a jury Wednesday in closing arguments in the man's lawsuit against the company. Attorney Robert Hilliard reminded the...

  • Study: Insurers may using drug costs to discriminate

    Updated: Wed, Jan 28, 2015

    FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — A new report warns that insurance companies — perhaps more than initially thought — may be charging the sickest patients extra for drugs under the federal health law to discourage them from choosing certain plans. One of the cornerstones of President...

  • Arizona monitoring hundreds for measles linked to Disneyland

    Updated: Wed, Jan 28, 2015

    PHOENIX (AP) — A measles outbreak in Arizona that originated at California's Disney parks is at risk of dramatically increasing in size as health officials keep tabs on 1,000 people in the state's most populous areas. The number includes nearly 200 children who could have been exposed...

  • Panel unanimously OKs bill easing employee health care count

    Updated: Wed, Jan 28, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) — In a rare show of bipartisanship over President Barack Obama's health care law, a Senate committee voted unanimously Wednesday to exclude veterans from the 50-worker threshold that triggers required coverage for employees under that statute. The Senate Finance...

  • Air Force probing alleged 'treason' remark by general

    Updated: Wed, Jan 28, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Air Force is investigating allegations that the No. 2 commander at its prestigious Air Combat Command told lower-ranking officers that talking to members of Congress about the capabilities of the A-10 attack aircraft is tantamount to treason. The alleged comment...

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