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  • Sierra Leone begins 3-day Ebola lockdown

    Updated: Fri, Sep 19, 2014

    FREETOWN, Sierra Leone (AP) — Sierra Leone confined its 6 million people to their homes Friday for the next three days as the Ebola-ravaged West African country began what was believed to be the most sweeping lockdown against disease since the Middle Ages. In a desperate effort to...

  • DHH: 1 new death among 11 new West Nile infections

    Updated: Fri, Sep 19, 2014

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — State health officials report 11 new cases of West Nile virus, including one new death in Louisiana that brings the total number so far to five. The Department of Health and Hospitals said Friday the new infections increase this year's total to 103. Of the new...

  • Tigers' Avila remains sidelined with dizziness

    Updated: Fri, Sep 19, 2014

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Tigers catcher Alex Avila remained sidelined by concussion-like symptoms Friday, and manager Brad Ausmus was uncertain when the veteran backstop will be able to return to the lineup. Rookie catcher James McCann started in Avila's place as Detroit began a...

  • 29 interested in growing Minnesota medical pot

    Updated: Fri, Sep 19, 2014

    ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota Department of Health said Friday it has received 29 letters of intent from people interested in growing medical marijuana, the first official step in selecting medical cannabis manufacturers under the state's new program. Friday was the deadline...

  • Massachusetts wins $400K prescription drug grant

    Updated: Fri, Sep 19, 2014

    BOSTON (AP) — The Massachusetts Department of Public Health has been awarded a $400,000 federal grant to help combat prescription drug abuse. Gov. Deval Patrick, who has declared opioid abuse a public health emergency, said Friday that the grant will help improve the state's...

  • Virus tally nears 500,000 in Dominican Republic

    Updated: Fri, Sep 19, 2014

    SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic (AP) — The mosquito-borne virus known as chikungunya has sickened nearly 500,000 people in the Dominican Republic, including 109 newborn babies, an official with the Caribbean country's health ministry said Friday. The virus was transmitted to the...

  • Business Highlights

    Updated: Fri, Sep 19, 2014

    ___ Alibaba stock soars in jubilant trading debut NEW YORK (AP) — Alibaba debuted as a publicly traded company Friday and swiftly climbed more than 40 percent in a mammoth IPO that offered eager investors seemingly unlimited potential for growth and a way to tap into the burgeoning...

  • Miriam finishes emergency department renovation

    Updated: Fri, Sep 19, 2014

    PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — The Miriam Hospital has finished a major emergency department renovation that it says will reduce patients' visit time and improve privacy. The 247-bed hospital's expanded emergency department has 52 private rooms and five triage bays. Officials say clinicians...

  • FDA revises food safety rules due next year

    Updated: Fri, Sep 19, 2014

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Food and Drug Administration on Friday revised sweeping food safety rules proposed last year after farmers complained that the regulations could hurt business. The new proposals would relax water quality standards and allow farmers to harvest crops sooner after...

  • Procter & Gamble cancels on-field NFL promotion

    Updated: Fri, Sep 19, 2014

    NEW YORK (AP) — Procter & Gamble is canceling an on-field breast cancer awareness promotion it had been planning with the National Football League, the latest sponsor to respond to the NFL's growing problems. The consumer products maker is the latest major sponsor, following PepsiCo...

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