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  • Zellers inks tax pledge in Minnesota governor race

    Updated: Wed, Jul 23, 2014

    ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Republican candidate Kurt Zellers said Wednesday he had signed a conservative group's pledge that rules out any net tax increases and most new fees as budget options if he becomes Minnesota governor, a position he reinforces in a television ad ahead of next...

  • Cough medicine law to go into effect Thursday

    Updated: Wed, Jul 23, 2014

    PHOENIX (AP) — A new Arizona law will go into effect Thursday banning the over-the-counter sale of certain cough medicines to minors. Dextromethorphan is a cough suppressant used in more than 100 medications and is safe at normal doses. However, it can cause hallucinations and...

  • Argentina's embattled vice president back in court

    Updated: Wed, Jul 23, 2014

    BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — Argentina's embattled Vice President was back in court Wednesday, this time over false data in documents for an old car that he bought about 20 years ago. Amado Boudou appeared before a federal judge and presented a written statement instead of...

  • Jailed Venezuelan opposition leader goes on trial

    Updated: Wed, Jul 23, 2014

    CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — A top leader of the anti-government protests that wracked Venezuela for months this spring is getting his day in court. The trial of opposition firebrand Leopoldo Lopez for inciting violence at demonstrations began Wednesday in Caracas. Lopez was arrested...

  • Quebec police try to prevent auction of locomotive

    Published: Wed, Jul 23, 2014

    MONTREAL (AP) — Quebec provincial police say they've taken steps to prevent the U.S. auction of the locomotive from the runaway oil train that derailed and exploded in the town of Lac-Megantic, killing 47 people. A police spokeswoman says investigators have initiated measures to...

  • Death sentence given in AP photographer's killing

    Updated: Wed, Jul 23, 2014

    KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — A Kabul court announced Wednesday that the Afghan police officer charged with killing Associated Press photographer Anja Niedringhaus and wounding veteran AP correspondent Kathy Gannon has been convicted and sentenced to death. It was the first court...

  • Puerto Rico to pay for chikungunya virus testing

    Published: Wed, Jul 23, 2014

    SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Puerto Rico's health department is paying for laboratory tests that determine whether someone has the chikungunya virus amid an epidemic in the U.S. territory. The announcement comes amid concerns that cases are being under reported because insurance...

  • SSM, doctor involved in surgery error to part ways

    Updated: Wed, Jul 23, 2014

    ST. LOUIS (AP) — A suburban St. Louis health care company is parting ways with a neurosurgeon who operated on the wrong side of a woman's brain last year. SSM Health Care and Dr. Armond Levy both confirm that his contract was not renewed. It expires in October. SSM says Levy was not...

  • State and Xerox resolve Medicaid contract problem

    Updated: Wed, Jul 23, 2014

    HELENA, Mont. (AP) — State officials have resolved a contract issue with Xerox Corp. over developing a new computer program for Medicaid payments. Montana Department of Health and Human Services Director Richard Opper sent a letter to Xerox on July 18 saying the company is no longer...

  • Health advocacy groups file lawsuit against state

    Updated: Wed, Jul 23, 2014

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Three advocacy groups filed a class action lawsuit on Wednesday accusing the state of Tennessee of failing to provide certain services required by the federal health care law. The lawsuit by the Southern Poverty Law Center, the Tennessee Justice Center and...

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