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  • First marijuana planted for medical use in Chile

    Updated: Wed, Oct 29, 2014

    SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — A Chilean municipality planted the country's first medical marijuana on Wednesday as part of a pilot program aimed to help ease the pain of cancer patients. The 850 seeds were imported from the Netherlands, and oil extracted from about half of the plants will be...

  • Georgia editorial roundup

    Updated: Wed, Oct 29, 2014

    Recent editorials from Georgia newspapers: Oct. 24 Morning News, Savannah, Georgia, on citizen jihad: Two recent terrorist attacks in Canada by lone jihadists with ties to radical Islam show what civilized nations are up against in the fight against the Islamic State. Wednesday's...

  • A look at marijuana laws in Latin America

    Updated: Wed, Oct 29, 2014

    Here's a look at the status of marijuana laws in some countries in Latin America and the Caribbean. — ARGENTINA: Personal possession of marijuana was decriminalized under a 2009 Supreme Court ruling that jail time for small amounts of drugs violates Argentina's constitution. Although...

  • Louisiana editorial roundup

    Updated: Wed, Oct 29, 2014

    Recent editorials from Louisiana newspapers: Oct. 28 The Advocate, Baton Rouge, Louisiana, on flu, West Nile being greater threats: Although Ebola is grabbing the headlines, Louisiana residents have a much greater chance of catching the flu this season, and the consequences can be...

  • Cuomo: NY can encourage medical work in W. Africa

    Updated: Wed, Oct 29, 2014

    ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo says he's looking for ways to encourage medical workers to go to West Africa to fight Ebola. The Democrat said he's asking the state's hospitals to recommend incentives that the state could offer doctors, nurses and other health...

  • Funding to tame an Ebola outbreak has fallen short

    Updated: Wed, Oct 29, 2014

    The nation's preparedness effort to fight outbreaks of Ebola and other infectious diseases has been under-funded and lacking in political will and commitment. "We don't really have a pharmaceutical response for Ebola," said retired Air Force Col. Randall Larsen, the former executive...

  • W.Va. gets $9.7 million grant to curb gun violence

    Updated: Wed, Oct 29, 2014

    CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The West Virginia Department of Education is getting a grant to curb gun violence by connecting families, schools and communities to mental health services. The agency is set to receive the $9.7 million from Project AWARE. West Virginia is one of 120 states...

  • Terminally ill woman fulfills bucket-list wish

    Updated: Wed, Oct 29, 2014

    PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A 29-year-old terminally ill woman who plans to take her life under Oregon's death-with-dignity law has fulfilled a wish on her bucket list: She visited the Grand Canyon. Brittany Maynard visited the national park with her family last week. Maynard, who has...

  • Sole ND abortion clinic halts medication abortions

    Updated: Wed, Oct 29, 2014

    BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota's sole abortion provider stopped providing medication abortions Wednesday in the wake of a state Supreme Court ruling that blocked the use of pregnancy-terminating drugs, though surgical abortions were still being provided, the clinic's director said....

  • DHEC: SC infant mortality lowest in decades

    Updated: Wed, Oct 29, 2014

    COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina's infant mortality rate has dropped to its lowest point in decades, which could be an anomaly or the sign of change in the right direction, public health officials said Wednesday. The state's rate of babies dying before their first birthday in 2013...

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