• Dish restores Turner channels to lineup

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    ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — Turner Broadcasting channels such as Cartoon Network and CNN are back on the Dish network after being dropped from the satellite TV provider's lineup during contract talks. Dish stopped carrying some of the Turner Broadcasting channels in October. The two companies said Friday that they mutually decided on a short-term extension to restore the service but declined further comment. Other Turner channels restored to Dish's programming include Boomerang, Adult Swim, HLN, truTV, CNN en Espanol and Turner Classic Movies. They also agreed to extend carrying TBS and TNT. Shares of Englewood, Colorado-based Dish rose $1.48, or 2.1 percent, to $73.70 on Friday while shares of Turner Broadcasting parent

  • New Jersey lets 4th dispensary grow medical pot

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    TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey officials have given a fourth dispensary permission to start growing medical marijuana, so it could start offering cannabis to patients in the spring of 2015. The Health Department issued the permit to Breakwater Alternative Treatment Center in Cranbury Township on Friday. New Jersey has had a law allowing medical marijuana for nearly five years, but drafting state regulations and opening dispensaries has been a slow process. The first one opened two years ago and since then two others have joined. New Jersey picked six nonprofit groups to cultivate and sell marijuana. About 3,400 patients are registered with the program and 364 physicians across the state are enrolled so they can

  • 2nd NC child dies from flu complications

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    RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — State health officials say a second child in North Carolina has died of complications from the flu. The state Department of Health and Human Services reported the death on its website Friday. While neither the child's age nor identity have been released, the website reports the victim was between 5 and 17 years old and died last week. The department said the first victim died in October, adding that the child was at risk for complications from the flu because of underlying medical conditions. Health officials encourage people to protect themselves and their loved ones by getting a flu vaccination.

  • NYC man gets prison for role in cybercrime ring

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    TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — A New York City man was sentenced Friday to more than three years in prison for his role in an international cybercrime ring that prosecutors say hacked into the computers of more than a dozen financial institutions and the U.S. military's payroll service. Richard Gundersen received a 41-month prison term and was ordered to pay $88 million in restitution. He had pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit wire fraud, access device fraud and identity theft. The 48-year-old Brooklyn man admitted working as a "casher" for the crew. That involved opening bank accounts in the names of identity theft victims, funded by money stolen as part of the conspiracy.

  • Marylou Sudders named Baker's HHS chief

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    BOSTON (AP) — Marylou Sudders, a former state mental health commissioner and chief executive of the Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children, was tapped Friday by Gov.-elect Charlie Baker to serve as secretary of Health and Human Services in his administration. Sudders, currently an associate professor at Boston College's School of Social Work, will oversee one of the largest and most sensitive segments of state government. "She will bring leadership, passion, firsthand operational knowledge, broad experience, and a collaborative spirit to this most challenging task," Baker said in a statement announcing his latest cabinet pick. The governor-elect said he'd known Sudders for more than 20 years and the

  • A look at how FDA-approved robotic leg braces work

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    SAN DIEGO (AP) — Marine Capt. Derek Herrera, who was paralyzed by a sniper's bullet two years ago in southern Afghanistan, is walking again thanks to a set of robotic leg braces known as the ReWalk system. Herrera is the first in the United States to own the device that was recently approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Several competing products are being used and tested at U.S. rehabilitation hospitals. The following is a look at how the ReWalk system works: _____ THE DEVICE The ReWalk system is a robotic exoskeleton approved by the FDA for personal use. The person wearing it can command it to stand up, sit down or walk by using a wireless remote control worn on the wrist. Fitted metal braces supp

  • U-Md. Ebola vaccine study progresses

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    BALTIMORE (AP) — The University of Maryland School of Medicine says it has administered an experimental Ebola vaccine to 20 volunteers in Baltimore. Officials said Friday they expect preliminary results in four to eight weeks. The clinical trial will evaluate different dosages of a vaccine developed by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and British drug maker GlaxoSmithKline. The school says half of the subjects received one dosage and half received another. Researchers hope to learn about the safety of the different doses and their ability to stimulate immune responses. The study is being conducted by the school's Center for Vaccine Development. The center began a similar trial on volunte

  • Bill would let overdose victims avoid prosecution

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    COVINGTON, Ky. (AP) — It's a common occurrence across Kentucky: Someone overdoses on drugs, calls for help and is then arrested for possessing drugs or drug paraphernalia. But faced with alarming increases in heroin overdose deaths, some state Republican lawmakers want to exempt overdose victims and anyone who witnesses an overdose from being charged with possession crimes. The exemption would only apply if the people immediately sought help from public safety officials, and a person could only use it once in his or her lifetime. The proposal is part of the latest effort to combat heroin in a state that has seen its usage and related crimes skyrocket ever since lawmakers made it tougher to get prescription pain killers.

  • Sioux Falls hospital would handle Ebola patients

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    SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — State health officials have designated a Sioux Falls hospital to "receive and potentially treat" suspected Ebola patients. South Dakota Secretary of Health Doneen Hollingsworth says her department has selected Sanford USD Medical Center. Hollingsworth says that if an individual is determined to be a potential case, the department will contact Sanford to prepare to receive the patient. Ambulance services Rural Metro in Sioux Falls and Rapid City Fire in Rapid City have agreed to transport patients to the hospital. These ambulance services have received specialized training and equipment from the department.

  • US, Turkey still not in sync on Syria

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    ISTANBUL (AP) — U.S. Vice President Joe Biden on Friday became the latest in a parade of U.S. officials trying to push Turkey to step up its role in the international coalition's fight against Islamic State extremists. His visit follows weeks of public bickering between the two NATO allies. The Turkish president insists if the U.S. wants his help, it must focus less on fighting IS militants and more on toppling Syrian President Bashar Assad. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan wants the U.S.-led coalition to set up a security zone in northern Syria to give moderate fighters a place to recoup and launch attacks. The U.S. has no appetite to go to war against Assad and has said a no-fly zone against Syria's air force is a n

  • Space station rarity: 2 women on long-term crew

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    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — For the 21st-century spacewoman, gender is a subject often best ignored. After years of training for their first space mission, the last thing Samantha Cristoforetti and Elana Serova want to dwell on is the fact they are women. Cristoforetti, Italy's first female astronaut, is set to rocket into orbit this weekend from Kazakhstan, bound for the International Space Station. There, she will join Russia's Serova, a rarity in her homeland's male-dominated cosmonaut corps. It will be just the second time in the space station's 16-year history that two women make up the long-term, six-member crew. Just don't ask Cristoforetti or Serova about the gender issue.

  • Jindal uses fund sweeps to plug most of deficit

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    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Gov. Bobby Jindal's administration will use $130 million in patchwork financing from a tax amnesty program, insurance settlement, uninsured motorist penalties and other excess funds to close most of the state's midyear budget deficit, under a plan unveiled to lawmakers Friday. The money combined with $50 million in state agency cuts will rebalance the $25 billion budget for the fiscal year that ends June 30. Public colleges were shielded from slashing. "This approach has probably mitigated major cuts to health care and higher education. I'm pleased with it," said Rep. Jim Fannin, R-Jonesboro, chairman of the Joint Legislative Committee on the Budget.

  • UK police spied on reporters for years, docs show

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    LONDON (AP) — Freelance video journalist Jason Parkinson returned home from vacation this year to find a brown paper envelope in his mailbox. He opened it to find nine years of his life laid out in shocking detail. Twelve pages of police intelligence logs noted which protests he covered, who he spoke to and what he wore — all the way down to the color of his boots. It was, he said, proof of something he'd long suspected: The police were watching him. "Finally," he thought as he leafed through documents over a strong black coffee, "we've got them." Parkinson's documents, obtained through a public records request, are the basis of a lawsuit being filed by the National Union of Journalists against London's Metropolitan

  • Biden urges Russia to uphold east Ukraine truce

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    KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — U.S. Vice President Joe Biden criticized Russia on Friday for its role in eastern Ukraine, urging Moscow to uphold a cease-fire in the war-torn region as he visited Kiev on the anniversary of the country's anti-government protests. Biden said Western sanctions against Russia would not be lifted until Moscow does more to enforce the cease-fire. Over 900 people have been killed and fighting has continued in eastern Ukraine since a truce began in September, and the conflict has claimed at least 4,300 lives since April, according to the U.N. "If Russia were to fulfill these commitments and respect Ukrainian sovereignty and territorial integrity, we could begin a rational discussion about sanctions," Biden s

  • Arkansas ranchers warned of acorn poison in cattle

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    LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — The University of Arkansas' Division of Agriculture is warning ranchers in the state about the possibility of acorn poisoning in cattle. Tom Troxel, the associate head of animal science at the university, says autumn's generous acorn crop may be great for deer but it could be deadly for cattle. Troxel says cattle frequently graze on pastures that may contain oak timber and there is a chance they will consume acorns. He says an occasional acorn isn't a threat, but too many can lead to acorn poisoning. Troxel says tannins are the toxic agents found in acorns. He says consuming tannins can lead to gastrointestinal problems, severe kidney damage and even death.

  • Desaulniers named AP's New England media director

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    BOSTON (AP) — Dwayne Desaulniers, a former business and technology director for The Associated Press, has been named the news cooperative's director of local media for New England. The appointment was announced Friday by Eva Parziale, AP's regional director for the East. "Dwayne brings a great mix of news, technology and entrepreneurial experience to our New England market, as well as an in-depth understanding of AP services and our mission to inform the world," Parziale said. "We're looking forward to having him join us again." Desaulniers, 48, will be based in Boston, where he will oversee AP's relationships with its newspaper and broadcast members in Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island an

  • Abortion clinic drops lawsuit against Ohio agency

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    CINCINNATI (AP) — Cincinnati's last abortion clinic says it will remain open and drop its lawsuit against the Ohio Department of Health after the state agency approved a variance to a law that could have cost the clinic its license. The federal lawsuit filed Nov. 11 by Planned Parenthood Southwest Ohio Region challenged a state law that put the group's Cincinnati clinic at risk of closing because it lacked a patient-transfer agreement with a hospital for emergencies. The clinic's previous agreement with the University of Cincinnati Medical Center was terminated after the state last year banned abortion providers from having such agreements with public hospitals.

  • TV-over-Internet service Aereo seeks Chapter 11

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    NEW YORK (AP) — Aereo, an online startup that tried to offer a cheaper alternative to cable TV, has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection less than five months after an unfavorable ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court. The company backed by media mogul Barry Diller allowed people to watch and record broadcast TV online for $8 a month on tablets, phones and other gadgets. Unlike Hulu and other online video services, Aereo offered live streaming of broadcast channels. The Supreme Court ruled this summer that Aereo had been operating like a cable TV company, meaning that unless it paid broadcasters licensing fees, it was in violation of copyright law. Aereo suspended its operations three days later.

  • Bandits in Guinea steal suspected Ebola blood

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    CONAKRY, Guinea (AP) — It was a highway robbery but the bandits got more than they bargained for when they stopped a taxi in Guinea and made off with blood samples that are believed to be infected with the deadly Ebola virus. Authorities publicly appealed on national radio Friday to the unidentified robbers to hand over the samples that were stolen from the taxi during its 265-kilometer (165-mile) trek on winding rural roads from the central Kankan prefecture to a test site in southern Gueckedou. The samples, stored in tightly wrapped vials tucked into a cooler bag, were in the care of a Red Cross courier who was among nine passengers sharing a taxi when three bandits on a motorbike led the attack near the town of Kissidoug

  • Ole Miss leader: Lymphoma treatment going well

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    OXFORD, Miss. (AP) — University of Mississippi Chancellor Dan Jones says his treatment for lymphoma "continues to go as well as possible." In an email to university employees and alumni Thursday, Jones says he is gratified by early good results of his treatment at the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson. The 65-year-old says he expects to remain hospitalized for several more days, and will begin his next round of chemotherapy after Thanksgiving. The university announced his illness Nov. 6. Jones has been chancellor since 2009 and usually works on the main Ole Miss campus in Oxford. The university says is taking personal time off, when needed, for medical care.