• Man in wheelchair, left in sun at Florida nursing home, dies

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    PINELLAS PARK, Fla. (AP) — A Florida nursing home is under investigation after the death of a man in a wheelchair who was left in the sun, where he suffered second-degree burns, blistering and symptoms of dehydration. Police in Pinellas Park said 65-year-old Wilbert Henry Moten, who was immobile, spent hours outdoors on Saturday when temperatures rose into the 90s on a humid day. He died later after reportedly suffering heart failure, police said. An autopsy was under way Monday. The state Department of Children and Families said in a statement Tuesday that it has opened a death investigation. And Shelisha Coleman, spokeswoman for the Agency for Health Care Administration said it's also looking into the death.

  • Medical marijuana expansion effort edges ahead in House

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    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — A year after lawmakers created the framework for a medical marijuana program in Louisiana, medicinal-grade pot hasn't reached the hands of a single patient amid regulatory hurdles built into the law. A new effort in the Legislature aims to jumpstart the growth and dispensing of medical marijuana and to expand the program's reach. The bill has won support from the Louisiana Senate and began advancing Tuesday in the state House, with an 8-6 vote of the House Health and Welfare Committee. The proposal by Republican Sen. Fred Mills, a pharmacist from St. Martin Parish, would add more disease states to the list of those that could be treated with medical marijuana — in a consumable form that can't be sm

  • Drugs possibly linked to death of reality show participant

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    HOOVER, Ala. (AP) — Police in Alabama say drug use may have factored into the death of a woman who appeared on MTV's reality show "Catfish." Hoover Police Lt. Charles McDonald says authorities were called to an apartment early Saturday morning about a woman in medical distress who later died. The woman was identified as 23-year-old Ashley Sawyer. She was featured on the MTV show about online scams in 2013 and was shown meeting a longtime digital companion, Michael Fortunato, in person. The pair used altered images of themselves after communicating in an online chatroom. Fortunato died of a pulmonary embolism a month after the episode aired. In a recent follow-up episode, MTV says Sawyer revealed that she had struggled

  • Dear Mama: Afeni Shakur, mother of rapper Tupac Shakur, dies

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    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Afeni Shakur, the former Black Panther who inspired the work of her son, rap icon Tupac Shakur, and then fostered his legacy for decades after he was slain, has died, authorities said Tuesday. She was 69. Deputies and firefighters responded to a 911 call to Shakur's home in Sausalito Monday night, performed CPR, rushed her to a hospital and tried to revive her for about an hour, but "she had in fact died from what is believed to be some kind of cardiac event," Marin County Sheriff's Lt. Doug Pittman said. Born Alice Faye Williams, Shakur changed her name when she became politically active in the 1960s and joined the Black Panther movement. By 1971, she was pregnant and jailed, accused of conspiring to b

  • Ex-49 Stubblefield denies sexually assaulting disabled woman

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    SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — A former San Francisco 49er defensive lineman charged with raping a "developmentally delayed" victim said the encounter was consensual and the woman was mentally competent. Dana Stubblefield's lawyers said Tuesday that the woman also asked the former football star for money several times after the April 2015 encounter. The 45-year-old is charged with raping the 31-year-old woman after she traveled to his Morgan Hill, California home about 20 miles south of San Jose to interview for a job babysitting his children. Investigators say she left after 20 minutes, but returned when Stubblefield texted her that he wanted to pay for her time. Prosecutors allege that's when the rape occurred.

  • School, football coach deny negligence in player's injury

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    HELENA, Mont. (AP) — The Belt High football coach and the school district are denying any negligence in the injuries that left a 16-year-old football player a quadriplegic who cannot speak or care for himself. Attorney Roger Witt of Great Falls responded Monday to a March lawsuit filed by Robert Back, his father and stepmother. The lawsuit alleged coach Jeff Graham knew Back suffered a concussion during a September 2014 game and that he was not to participate in football for a week. However the lawsuit says Graham or a trainer verbally "cleared" Back to play in the next game. He collapsed on the sideline. The response says Graham did not receive a medical note or any information from the boy's doctor and did not clear Back

  • Carbon monoxide likely killed boy, seriously injured sister

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    LINDEN, N.J. (AP) — Authorities say carbon monoxide poisoning apparently caused the death of a 9-year-old boy and seriously injured his 10-year-old sister in New Jersey. Police responded to the family's Linden home Tuesday morning. The children's mother says she found them unresponsive in their bedroom, where high levels of carbon monoxide were found. Authorities say there was a carbon monoxide detector in the house, but it didn't appear to be working. The boy was pronounced dead at a hospital a short time later. His sister is hospitalized in critical condition. Officials say the carbon monoxide poisoning might have been caused by the improper venting of fumes from the home's furnace. The investigation is

  • More Action Needed Against Drug Abuse: Poll

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    The fight against the growing abuse of prescription painkillers and heroin is not robust enough at any level — not federal and state governments’ efforts or those of doctors and users themselves, according to most Americans in a new poll out Tuesday. Lack of access to care for those with substance abuse issues is a major problem, said 58 percent of those surveyed by the Kaiser Family Foundation. (KHN is an editorially independent program of the Foundation.) The poll found that Americans had somewhat different views of heroin and prescription drug abuse. More than a third called heroin abuse an extremely serious health problem in the U.S., while just over a quarter of those surveyed said the same about the abuse of strong

  • Department says it lacked access probing inmate's death

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    RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — State officials were unable to complete a thorough investigation into the death of a mentally ill Virginia inmate accused of stealing snack food because they didn't have enough authority to access certain records and interview key employees, an official wrote. Virginia's inspector general issued a report last month calling for changes in the handling of mentally ill inmates after 24-year-old Jamycheal Mitchell's death in a Portsmouth cell last year. Mitchell was found dead in his Portsmouth jail cell in August after losing so much weight his heart stopped. State investigators said Mitchell's name wasn't on a waiting list for a bed at a state mental hospital, even though a judge had ordered him in both M

  • Idaho women sue doctor, claim they got counterfeit implants

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    BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Four women have sued an Idaho doctor who they claim gave them counterfeit breast implants and knock-off Botox without their knowledge during procedures. The lawsuit filed Friday in U.S. District Court contends that Dr. Temp Patterson, a plastic surgeon in Burley, used implants and injected a drug that were imported from China and not FDA approved. Patterson did not immediately return phone calls requesting comment. Photos included with the lawsuit depict medication labeled as "Botox" that match pictures of a counterfeit drug that were issued by the FDA as part of a safety alert last year. Donjua Moseley, one of the women bringing the lawsuit, used to work for Patterson at Magic Valley Laser C

  • Colorado pot-in-schools bill awaits governor's pen

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    DENVER (AP) — Colorado schools would be required to allow medical marijuana use under a bill awaiting the governor's pen. Gov. John Hickenlooper says he supports the school requirement. Senators voted 35-0 Tuesday in favor of the bill. It makes Colorado the second state to require schools to accommodate student pot use. The bill says schools must permit non-smokeable marijuana medicines at school, as long as and the drug is administered by a parent or adult caregiver. Students could not administer the drug themselves. The bill gives schools an option not to comply if they lose federal funding because of allowing medical marijuana. ___ Online: House Bill 1373: http://bit.

  • Pfizer tops Street 1Q forecasts on higher sales, lower taxes

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    Pfizer easily beat Wall Street expectations as the biggest U.S. drugmaker's first-quarter net income jumped 27 percent due to higher sales, lower taxes and one-time gains. The company raised its 2016 financial forecasts, citing the strong quarter and an improved business outlook, sending shares up more than 3 percent. Four weeks after dropping its record $160 billion deal to buy fellow drugmaker Allergan Plc and move its headquarters on paper to Ireland to reduce its taxes, New York-based Pfizer Inc. surprised investors with the better-than-expected results and forecast. The company had said the Allergan deal, which was blocked by new Treasury Department rules, was needed to help Pfizer compete with European rivals who face l

  • Study: 'Biggest Loser' contestants have slower metabolisms

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    CHICAGO (AP) — A new study has found that many competitors on NBC's "The Biggest Loser" leave the show with a slower metabolism, making it more difficult to keep off the pounds. The National Institutes of Health study finds that participants come out of the weight-loss reality competition burning about 500 fewer calories a day than expected. What's more, the contestants who drop the most weight see the greatest slowing of their metabolisms. Researchers say many contestants experience substantial weight gain in the years after the show. The results show "in the most extreme cases how strongly the body fights back," said lead author Kevin Hall, a researcher with the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidne

  • Health officials put 4 under home quarantine for measles

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    JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi officials are monitoring four residents exposed to measles in Tennessee. The health department says in a statement the four are under home quarantine but did not say where. They had not been vaccinated for the potentially deadly disease. State epidemiologist Thomas Dobbs says those who haven't been vaccinated are most at risk of the highly contagious, air born disease. The department says any child 12 months of age or older should get vaccinations. Those who have been exposed should call the department if they develop a fever or rash within 21 days. The Mississippi residents had been exposed to measles in Shelby County. It shares a border with north Mississippi and is experienci

  • CDC: Preschoolers with ADHD often given drugs before therapy

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    NEW YORK (AP) — Too many preschoolers with ADHD still are being put on drugs right away, before behavior therapy is tried, health officials say. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported Tuesday that three in four young kids diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder are put on medicines. New CDC data shows that's continued, even after research found behavior therapy is as effective and doesn't give children stomach aches, sleep problems or other drug side effects. Why? Health insurance coverage for behavior therapy may vary from state to state and company to company. And in some areas, therapists are in short supply, some experts said.

  • UN demands protection for hospitals in conflicts

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    UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. Security Council responded to an upsurge in deadly attacks on hospitals and medical personnel, unanimously adopting a resolution Tuesday demanding that all parties to conflicts protect staff and facilities treating the wounded and sick. The first-ever resolution focusing on the protection of hospitals and health workers in conflict zones urges all countries to bring those responsible for attacks to justice, something that has rarely happened. The U.N.'s most powerful body reminded all governments and fighters that under international law any intentional attack against hospitals and places where the sick and wounded are collected is a war crime.

  • UN experts: Human rights in Flint may have been violated

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    GENEVA (AP) — Residents of Flint, Michigan, may have had their human rights violated because of a lack of regular access to safe drinking water over the past two years, U.N. experts said Tuesday. Three experts working with the U.N. human rights office in Geneva called on authorities to "map out a human rights complaint strategy" to make sure other parts of the U.S. don't face events like Flint's water crisis. President Barack Obama will visit the city, which is grappling with effects of a lead-contaminated water supply, on Wednesday. Philip Alston, the U.N.

  • The Latest: Civil trial starts for anti-abortion activist

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    WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — The Latest on the civil trial of an anti-abortion activist accused of threatening a Kansas doctor (all times local): 12:10 a.m. A Justice Department lawyer says an anti-abortion activist intended to intimidate a Kansas doctor by suggesting in a letter that someone might place an explosive under her car. Angel Dillard's civil trial began Tuesday in Wichita. The federal government is suing her under a law aimed at protecting women's access to abortion services and is seeking damages, financial penalties and an order of protection keeping her away from Dr. Mila Means. One of Dillard's attorneys told jurors that the government is trying to shut down free speech about matters with which it disagr

  • North Carolina man bitten by cobra

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    CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) — An Orange County man is being treated in a Chapel Hill hospital after he was bitten by a cobra snake. A spokesman form University of North Carolina Hospitals told local media outlets Tuesday that Ali Iyoob is in critical condition in the hospital's intensive care unit. Hospital spokesman Tom Hughes said Iyoob was brought to the hospital Monday night. Emergency Medical Service workers say Iyoob was bitten at his home and the snake is apparently a pet. The county animal services agency said in a statement that it has been to Iyoob's home and the reptiles are secure and there is no danger to the public. No other information has been released.

  • St. Louis jury awards $55M in Johnson & Johnson cancer suit

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    ST. LOUIS (AP) — Johnson & Johnson has been ordered to pay $55 million to a woman who claims its talcum powder caused her ovarian cancer, the second such judgment against the manufacturer in three months. The ruling in St. Louis late Monday comes amid ongoing debate about the link between the bathroom staple and deadly disease that is often detected too late for treatment. Some studies suggest that women who regularly use talc face up to 40 percent higher risk of developing ovarian cancer. Meanwhile, New Jersey-based Johnson & Johnson cites other medical evidence showing its products such as Johnson's Baby Powder and Shower to Shower are blameless.