• Neil Alexander, Live Like Lou founder, dead of ALS at 49

    Updated: Wed, Mar 25, 2015

    PITTSBURGH (AP) — Neil Alexander, a financial planner who worked with the University of Pittsburgh to create the Live Like Lou Center for ALS Research, has died of the disease he fought to cure. He was 49. Alexander died Tuesday, officials at the Live Like Lou Center said. The center...

  • Russia's heavy drinkers turn to moonshine, cleaning products

    Updated: Wed, Mar 25, 2015

    MOSCOW (AP) — As the economic crisis sweeps through Russia, a dangerous trend is emerging in this heavy-drinking country: the rise in consumption of potentially lethal moonshine, medical alcohol or even cleaning products. Layoffs, wage cuts and price increases are combining to worsen...

  • 3 N. Carolina hospital chains release partnership details

    Updated: Wed, Mar 25, 2015

    RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Three regional hospital chains operating hundreds of locations across North Carolina are officially combining purchasing and standardizing some medical practices. Vidant Health in Greenville, Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center in Winston-Salem and WakeMed Health &...

  • Columbia firefighters fillings boots for muscular dystrophy

    Published: Wed, Mar 25, 2015

    COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Firefighters in Columbia are combining efforts again to try to give muscular dystrophy the boot. Starting Wednesday, members of the Columbia Fire Department are going to be at more than a dozen intersections around town asking drivers to fill their boots with...

  • $125,000 health grant going to Nashua

    Published: Wed, Mar 25, 2015

    NASHUA, N.H. (AP) — The city of Nashua, New Hampshire, is going to get a $125,000 health grant to improve residents' access to physical activity and nutritious foods. The grant was awarded from the national American Planning Association to a chapter in Northern New England as part of...

  • Tax checkoff proposal clears Kentucky legislature

    Updated: Wed, Mar 25, 2015

    FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky lawmakers have approved income tax checkoff programs to benefit rape crisis centers and pediatric cancer research. The House and Senate passed the final version as lawmakers neared completion of this year's legislative session. The measure was sent to...

  • Angelina Jolie undergoes further preventive surgery

    Updated: Tue, Mar 24, 2015

    LONDON (AP) — Oscar-winning actress Angelina Jolie revealed Tuesday that she has undergone more preventive surgery, having her ovaries and fallopian tubes removed in hopes of reducing her risk of cancer. Writing in The New York Times, the filmmaker and philanthropist said a recent...

  • 'Mad Men' star Hamm has treatment for alcohol addiction

    Updated: Tue, Mar 24, 2015

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — "Mad Men" star Jon Hamm recently completed treatment for alcohol addiction, his spokeswoman said. Hamm had the support of his longtime partner, actress-filmmaker Jennifer Westfeldt, in his struggle, publicist Annett Wolf said in a statement Tuesday. The couple have...

  • Young sponsors medical marijuana legislation with colleague

    Updated: Tue, Mar 24, 2015

    JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — U.S. Rep. Don Young has introduced legislation that would provide federal recognition for states that allow medical marijuana. According to a press release from Young's office, the legislation, also sponsored by Democratic Rep. Steve Cohen of Tennessee, would...

  • Homewood school testing for TB after freshman tests positive

    Updated: Tue, Mar 24, 2015

    HOMEWOOD, Ala. (AP) — Jefferson County health officials are responding to a case of tuberculosis at Homewood High School. Homewood City Schools Superintendent Bill Cleveland says staff will offer voluntary TB test for students and staff on Wednesday after a freshman tested positive...

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