• Oregon TV anchor fired after testing positive for marijuana

    Updated: Fri, Jul 24, 2015

    PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — An Oregon television anchor has turned into a marijuana activist after being fired for testing positive for the drug. Cyd Maurer, a morning weekend anchor at Eugene's ABC affiliate KEZI-TV, said she was fired in May after getting into a minor accident while on...

  • Blue Bell begins trial production following listeria scare

    Updated: Fri, Jul 24, 2015

    BRENHAM, Texas (AP) — Blue Bell Creameries has started ice cream production trial runs in Alabama three months after a listeria scare halted all sales. The Texas-based company said it's evaluating enhanced production processes at its plant in Sylacauga (sihl-uh-KAW'-guh), Alabama....

  • Why the 2010 health care law led to insurance merger mania

    Updated: Fri, Jul 24, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) — The health care overhaul law has reshaped the health insurance business, and one consequence is more than $100 billion in mergers and acquisitions over the last few years. Anthem Inc.'s purchase of Cigna Corp. and Aetna Inc.'s acquisition of Humana Inc., both announced...

  • SC asks feds to evaluate response to E. coli outbreak

    Updated: Fri, Jul 24, 2015

    COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina's public health department has asked federal officials to evaluate both the agency's response to an E. coli outbreak that killed one child at a Greenwood day care facility and its infectious disease programs overall. Department of Health and...

  • Farmers restocking their flocks as bird flu winds down

    Updated: Fri, Jul 24, 2015

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Three months after bird flu wiped out two of Greg Langmo's flocks, he's among the first to start growing turkeys again. He lost half of a year's normal production and income and won't be able to sell turkeys for months, but the central Minnesota farmer feels good to...

  • Oklahoma Department of Agriculture urges rabies vaccinations

    Updated: Fri, Jul 24, 2015

    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food, and Forestry says Oklahomans with pets, horses and show animals should make sure they get rabies vaccinations. Rabies is a virus that can only infect mammals and is carried by skunks and bats. Rabid animals spread...

  • Litvinenko death suspect may not testify at inquiry

    Updated: Fri, Jul 24, 2015

    LONDON (AP) — A lawyer says one of the prime suspects in the killing of Alexander Litvinenko may not testify as planned next week at an inquiry into the former Russian spy's death. Counsel to the inquiry Robin Tam said Friday that Dmitry Kovtun claimed he was bound by obligations of...

  • Experts help those who win injury settlements manage money

    Updated: Fri, Jul 24, 2015

    PITTSBURGH (AP) — In May 2006, Claire Senita was a 14-year-old eighth-grader at Pine-Richland Middle School performing routine warmup exercises during a gymnastics program at a facility in West Deer when her life took a tragic turn. "It was just a tumbling class for fun," she said. "I...

  • Nigeria celebrates 1 year with no new polio cases

    Updated: Fri, Jul 24, 2015

    LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — Once stigmatized as the world's polio epicenter, Nigeria on Friday celebrates its first year with no reported case of the crippling disease, having overcome obstacles ranging from Islamic extremists who assassinated vaccinators to rumors the vaccine was a plot to...

  • Lifestyle changes may guard aging brain against memory loss

    Updated: Fri, Jul 24, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The latest Alzheimer's research has a clear theme: Change your lifestyle to protect your brain. It will take several years for scientists to prove whether some experimental drugs could at least delay Alzheimer's disease, and an aging population is at risk now....

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