• Health dept. confirms staph caused sickness at day care

    Updated: 7 hr ago

    MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — The Alabama Department of Public Health has confirmed staph in several types of food served at a Montgomery day care was what sent nearly 90 children to the emergency room last week and required 30 to be hospitalized. Multiple media outlets report that a health department report released Wednesday says the Staphylococcus aureus toxin-producing bacteria found in food products served at the Sunnyside Child Care Center matches the bacteria from samples taken from children who fell ill after eating the food at the center. The state health department says public health environmentalists have worked with the day care employees on the kitchen and food handling to avoid any reoccurrence and prevent future fo

  • 5 Things to Know in Florida for July 2

    Updated: 7 hr ago

    Your daily look at news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today. SOUTHWEST FLORIDA OFFICIALS PROBE SLAYING OF DOCTOR Authorities are still investigating the slaying of a popular, 46-year-old southwest Florida doctor. Dr. Teresa Sievers was found dead in her home on Monday. The Lee County Sheriff's Office didn't answer questions about the crime including whether the public was at risk or whether a suspect had been identified. They provided no new information Wednesday as to motive or cause of death. Sievers was known for her holistic approach to health and her work with transgender patients.

  • Jury awards $4.2M to man in medical malpractice suit

    Updated: 9 hr ago

    NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) — A Connecticut man has been awarded $4.2 million as compensation for a surgery he says caused him to lose the use of his shoulder. A New Haven jury on Wednesday decided that 58-year-old Gregory Leigh, of Wallingford, should be awarded that amount after a nearly three-week trial. Leigh in 2011 sued his doctor, Daniel Schwartz, and MidState Medical Group in Meriden after undergoing a surgical procedure in 2008 to remove a mass in his neck. The lawsuit says the 58-year-old suffered permanent nerve damage that causes pain in his left shoulder. It says he has not been able to work or use his left arm for physical activity. It was determined that the mass could have been treated by antibiotics.

  • U of Illinois vet students will help care for fair animals

    Updated: 9 hr ago

    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The Illinois Department of Agriculture says students from the University of Illinois' College of Veterinary Medicine will help care for animals at the state fair. A release form the department on Wednesday calls the fair a good chance for students to work with large animals. Agriculture director Philip Nelson said the number of people practicing large-animal medicine is in decline. State Veterinarian Mark Ernst is a graduate of the University of Illinois and said he's excited to work with students form his alma mater. Veterinarians from the department and the university will work with the students at the fair. More than 2,100 animals were exhibited at the 2014 Illinois State Fair. This year's

  • Man bitten by shark on NC Outer Banks is 7th this summer

    Updated: 12 hr ago

    RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A shark bit a 68-year-old man several times Wednesday in waist-deep water off North Carolina's Outer Banks, officials said, the seventh in a record-breaking year of shark attacks for the state's coastal waters. A spokeswoman at the Greenville, North Carolina, hospital where he was taken said Wednesday night that the man, Andrew Costello, was in fair condition. He suffered wounds to his ribcage, lower leg, hip and both hands as he tried to fight off the animal, said Justin Gibbs, the director of emergency services in Hyde County. The attack happened around noon on a beach on Ocracoke Island, right in front of a lifeguard tower, he said. "He was pulled under by the shark," said Gibbs, who said witne

  • WWE seeking to block concussion-related lawsuits

    Updated: 15 hr ago

    HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — World Wrestling Entertainment Inc. is asking a federal judge to block lawsuits by former wrestlers who claim they have suffered long-term health problems from concussions they received in the ring. The Stamford-based company, in a lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court in Connecticut on Monday, argues the wrestlers' claims are fraudulent and should be barred because of a three-year statute of limitations on such claims in Connecticut. The company, which already is facing several lawsuits across the nation, is also asking that all such litigation be moved to federal court in Connecticut. WWE attorney Jerry McDevitt said the company is being targeted by a lawyer who is improperly shopping lawsuits t

  • 1st investigations wrapping up on over-budget VA hospital

    Updated: 16 hr ago

    AURORA, Colo. (AP) — The first inquiries into what went wrong with a vastly over-budget veterans medical center outside Denver could be done soon, VA Deputy Secretary Sloan Gibson said Wednesday. An Army Corps of Engineers review of the troubled project should wrap up in the next few weeks, Gibson said during a visit to the construction site in suburban Aurora. An internal Veterans Affairs Department investigation into possible employee misconduct might already be finished, but the results won't be made public until after any disciplinary action is taken, Gibson said. He hinted that some members of Congress who are calling for firings might be disappointed.

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  • Equal protection protests lead to arrests at NC legislature

    Updated: 18 hr ago

    RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — More demonstrators at the North Carolina Legislative Building were arrested Wednesday after advocating equal protections for gays, immigrants and the uninsured in the wake of last week's Supreme Court rulings. General Assembly police placed six demonstrators in plastic handcuffs following a rally in the rotunda between the House and Senate chambers. The six refused to leave with the larger crowd after police told them they would be subject to arrest once the building closed at 5 p.m. The chief of the General Assembly Police did not immediately return a call requesting details about charges for the six protesters. State NAACP president the Rev. William Barber attended the rally, but was not among those a

  • Pennsylvania AG sues operator of 14 nursing homes

    Updated: 18 hr ago

    HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — The Pennsylvania attorney general's office on Wednesday sued the operator of 36 nursing homes in the state, saying the staff at some of the facilities failed to meet residents' most basic human needs, falsified records about care and willfully deceived state inspectors. Attorney General Kathleen Kane's office filed the 101-page complaint in Commonwealth Court and encouraged others with complaints about Golden Living facilities to contact her health care section. The number of certified nursing assistants at some Golden Living facilities was woefully inadequate to care for residents, many of whom are Medicaid enrollees paid for by taxpayers, Kane's office said in the complaint.

  • Civics test, rules for e-cigarette sales among new Utah laws

    Updated: 18 hr ago

    SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — More than 50 new laws took effect Wednesday in Utah, including measures requiring high school students to pass a U.S. citizenship test, restrictions on electronic-cigarette sellers and expanded death benefits for families of fallen police officers and firefighters. Most of the 500 laws state legislators passed this year took effect May 12, a default date under Utah law that marks 60 days from the end of the legislative session. Many of the bills that took effect Wednesday are budget-related and coincide with the July 1 start of the new state budget year.

  • Medicare proposes coverage change on short hospital stays

    Updated: 19 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Medicare proposed Wednesday to ease a coverage policy on short hospital stays that has been criticized because it can result in higher costs for seniors. Under Medicare, coverage for inpatient and outpatient care is determined under very different payment rules. In some cases, a hospital admission classified as inpatient can result in lower bills for beneficiaries. The problem has come when patients are admitted for short observation stays. Medicare policy generally required a hospitalization to span at least two midnights to qualify as an inpatient case. Wednesday's proposal from Medicare would allow for case-by-case exceptions. Based on a doctor's judgment, certain short hospital stays could be cov

  • Woman with no memory searches online for identity, family

    Updated: 19 hr ago

    CARLSBAD, Calif. (AP) — A woman who couldn't recall her identity when she was found on a Southern California street earlier this year has turned to the Internet in search of her family. "I just feel like there's this thick fog over my mind, my memory, over my brain that I can't see through," the woman who goes by the name Sam told KNSD-TV in San Diego this week. The woman, who speaks English and some French, wrote online that she feels a connection with Australia. She remembers eating breakfast at a seaside organic restaurant near Perth and swimming in a saltwater pool. She also said she has recollections of living in Hawaii.

  • Man bitten by shark on NC Outer Banks is 7th this summer

    Updated: 19 hr ago

    RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A shark bit a 68-year-old man several times Wednesday in waist-deep water off North Carolina's Outer Banks, officials said, the seventh in a record-breaking year of shark attacks for the state's coastal waters. A hospital spokeswoman had no report of his condition Wednesday afternoon. The man suffered wounds to his ribcage, lower leg, hip and both hands as he tried to fight off the animal, said Justin Gibbs, the director of emergency services in Hyde County. The attack happened around noon on a beach on Ocracoke Island, right in front of a lifeguard tower, he said. "He was pulled under by the shark," said Gibbs, who said witnesses reported the animal was about 7 feet long.

  • Mom accused of contaminating son's IV gets 6 years in prison

    Updated: 19 hr ago

    CINCINNATI (AP) — A West Virginia woman accused of deliberately making her 9-year-old son sick by contaminating his IV at a Cincinnati hospital pleaded guilty Wednesday to endangering a child and was sentenced to six years in prison. Candida Fluty had earlier pleaded not guilty to two counts each of felonious assault and child endangering and could have been sentenced to eight years if convicted of all charges. The other three counts were dismissed Wednesday as part of a plea agreement with prosecutors. A court official said the judge has allowed the 35-year-old woman from Kermit a one-week delay before starting her sentence. Fluty's attorney, Elizabeth Agar, did not immediately return calls seeking comment.

  • Santa Fe cardiologist pleads not guilty to fraud charges

    Updated: 19 hr ago

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A Santa Fe cardiologist accused of health care fraud and wire fraud has pleaded not guilty. Prosecutors say 51-year-old Roy G. Heilbron was arraigned in federal court in Albuquerque on a 24-count indictment Wednesday. He's been released on his own recognizance. The indictment alleges that Heilbron executed a scheme to defraud Medicare and other health care benefit programs by submitting false and fraudulent claims between January 2010 and May 2011. Heilbron allegedly inserted false symptoms, observations and diagnoses into patients' medical charts to provide written support for the tests he ordered or performed and submitted claims to health plans for procedures that were never performed

  • Bond nearly final for doctor tied to NJ Sen. Menendez

    Updated: 19 hr ago

    WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — A Florida doctor charged with corruption alongside New Jersey Sen. Bob Menendez could be released from jail as soon as Thursday after 11 weeks behind bars. Prosecutors reached a tentative $18 million bond agreement with defense attorneys for Dr. Salomon Melgen on Wednesday. They were to finalize the terms in a hearing Thursday. In a daylong series of hearings, prosecutors questioned the eye surgeon and his wife Flor on their finances, a continuation of weeks of court appearances in which every aspect of the couple's accounts, investments and real estate has been explored.

  • Maryland farmer testifies at trial, denies abusing livestock

    Updated: 19 hr ago

    FREDERICK, Md. (AP) — A Maryland farmer charged with 20 counts of animal cruelty testified Wednesday that he treated his cattle, goats and sheep better than authorities did when they seized the livestock he allegedly neglected. Lawyers gave their closing arguments but the verdict won't be announced until July 22, when the bench trial reconvenes. Daniel Rohrer Jr., 61, of Boonsboro, acknowledged he left dead sheep decaying for years in his barn, but said the carcasses didn't affect his care of the animals living there. He agreed that some of his cows were thin, but said that was because they were nursing calves. He acknowledged that some goats had hooves in need of trimming but said the animals were either too hard to

  • Advocates seek restoration of law offering OD protections

    Updated: 20 hr ago

    PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — The expiration of a law that protects Rhode Islanders who call 911 to assist drug overdose victims will lead to more senseless drug overdose deaths, public health advocates said Wednesday. The good Samaritan law, which offered limited immunity from drug charges for those who are overdosing and those who are calling for emergency assistance, expired Wednesday. Enacted in 2012, the law also protected from civil liability or criminal prosecution those who administer naloxone, also known as Narcan, to someone they believe has overdosed. "Tragically, this is a death sentence for so many Rhode Islanders struggling with addiction and for many in recovery," said Rebecca Nieves McGoldrick, executive director

  • Obama urges bipartisanship in Medicaid expansion effort

    Updated: 20 hr ago

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — President Barack Obama said Wednesday that he'd like to see "some good sense spring forth" as Tennessee lawmakers try to work out their differences and expand Medicaid in a state he touted as having a history of bipartisanship. Obama visited an elementary school in a northeast Nashville neighborhood and spoke about his health care overhaul, known officially as the Affordable Care Act, which was upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court last week. The White House had said Obama wasn't going to focus on Republican Gov. Bill Haslam's failed plan to expand Medicaid in Tennessee.




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