• The head of a top Brazilian health research institute says scientists have discovered the presence of active Zika virus in urine and saliva samples.

    Updated: 9 hr ago

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — The head of a top Brazilian health research institute says scientists have discovered the presence of active Zika virus in urine and saliva samples.

  • Indiana county's drug overdose deaths surged to 59 in 2015

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    SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — Drug overdose deaths in northern Indiana's St. Joseph County outnumbered the county's total deaths from homicides and fatal vehicle crashes last year. The increase comes amid a dramatic surge in deaths attributed to heroin and prescription painkillers. The South Bend Tribune reports (http://bit.ly/1L2Mxg2 ) that St. Joseph County saw 59 people die from accidental drug overdoses last year. That compares with 2015's combined total of 57 vehicle crash deaths and homicides. Alcohol and Addictions Resource Center counselor Sharon Burden calls the 59 overdose deaths "an outrageously high number." Coroner Randy Magdalinski says many of those deaths happened in clusters, just days apart.

  • Cruz shares his sister’s addiction story in drug-ravaged New Hampshire

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    HOOKSETT, N.H. — The heroin epidemic has ravaged New Hampshire, where nearly half the residents know someone who’s abused the drug. Ted Cruz feels their pain. “Miriam, her whole life was angry. She never forgave my dad for divorcing her mother. Her whole life she had a rage. She was angry at the world, she was angry at God,” he told a forum on drug addiction, sharing in moving detail the story of a sister who died of an overdose at age 49. “Every one of us has seen people we love stumble and fall. And hopefully, we’ve seen people pick themselves up again and turn around,” he said. Cruz is still offering himself as a conservative warrior.

  • Firefighters reassigned after not diagnosing gunshot wound

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    WASHINGTON (AP) — Two emergency medical technician firefighters have been reassigned after failing to diagnose a gunshot wound to a patient they treated. District of Columbia Fire and EMS Department spokesman Timothy Wilson says the two employees have been reassigned to duties away from patient care after a preliminary investigation. During Saturday night's incident, crews responded to a report of a shooting in Washington. Two firefighters found one person with a gunshot wound and took that patient to a hospital. They also found a second person and failed to detect the gunshot wound. Hospital staff treating the second patient later detected the wound. Wilson says the two firefighters have also been reassigned for addi

  • Beatrice State Developmental Center gets new director

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    BEATRICE, Neb. (AP) — A new administrator has been announced for the Beatrice State Developmental Center. Courtney Miller, director of the Department of Health and Human Services Division of Developmental Disabilities, told members of the Legislature's Health and Human Services Committee Thursday that Megan Gumbel has been selected. She is set to begin her new role as administrator March 15. The center is a state-run home that has served people with intellectual or developmental disabilities since 1887. Gumbel currently works for nonprofit Bethesda Lutheran Communities in Fort Wayne, Indiana, serving as the northeast regional director overseeing Indiana, Michigan, New Jersey and Ohio.

  • University of Kansas Marillac Center reports up to 18 ill

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    OVERLAND PARK, Kan. (AP) — Officials at a University of Kansas Hospital youth services center say up to 18 people have fallen ill in the last few days. State health officials told the hospital to treat the illnesses at the Marillac campus as norovirus, although results of hospital tests have not been confirmed. Marillac provides behavior health services to young people. The university said in a news release Thursday that 10 patients and eight staff reported illnesses at the Overland Park campus. The hospital said the staff began cleaning the center was soon as the symptoms surfaced and outside cleaning experts began working at Marillac Thursday. Marillac will not accept more inpatients until the situation

  • Karolinska University to investigate stem-cell scientist

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    LONDON (AP) — Sweden's Karolinska University says it is commissioning an external investigation into stem-cell scientist Paolo Macchiarini, who was cleared last year of misconduct charges related to his creation of wind pipes made from patients' stem cells. In a statement on Friday, the university said it would commission a lawyer to investigate issues including whether Macchiarini broke any laws or standard scientific protocols. Last month, Macchiarini was the focus of a Swedish documentary that raised ethical concerns about several operations performed by him, which Karolinska described as "truly alarming." A Vanity Fair article last month also suggested Macchiarini had falsified his CV.

  • Tonga declares Zika epidemic after 5 confirmed cases

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    NUKU'ALOFA, Tonga (AP) — The tiny South Pacific kingdom of Tonga said Friday it has a Zika epidemic after five people tested positive for the virus and another 265 are suspected of having it. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said in addition to Tonga, the Pacific islands of American Samoa and Samoa have also reported Zika outbreaks and it is warning Pacific travelers to protect themselves from mosquitoes, which spread the virus. Tonga Health Minister Dr. Saia Piukala told The Associated Press on Friday the Zika outbreak is the island's first and it is awaiting the results of more blood tests that have been sent overseas. He said many people aren't being tested because of the cost, but are being diagnosed anywa

  • Kansas confirms first causes of flu in this flu season

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    TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas health officials have confirmed the first flu cases in the state for the current flu season. The Kansas Department of Health and Environment says the four cases were reported by a south central Kansas hospital. Health department secretary Susan Mosier reminds Kansas residents it's not too late to get a flu vaccine. The vaccines are recommended for nearly everyone 6 months or older. The department says this season's flu vaccine appears to be a good match to the circulating influenza viruses. Flu or pneumonia contributed to or was the direct cause of 1,153 deaths in Kansas during the 2014-2015 flu season. Influenza and pneumonia were the eighth leading cause of death in Kansas in 2014.

  • Supreme Court says lawyer deserves more punishment

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    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Tennessee Supreme Court says a lawyer who was embroiled in a sex-scandal with a drug-addicted client deserves more punishment than a board's recommended 30-day suspension of his law license. The state's highest court on Thursday said Knoxville attorney Robert Vogel should have his law license suspended for a year. Vogel said he wasn't aware of the court's decision but was shocked after hearing about it. He said he admitted to having a consensual sexual relationship with a client and had done everything disciplinary authorities had asked him to do.

  • Officials: Rabid pit bull bites 3 people, several dogs

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    ABERDEEN, N.J. (AP) — Authorities say a rabid pit bull bit at least three people and several dogs in central New Jersey. Monmouth County health officials are asking residents who may have been bitten by a dog recently to contact them immediately because the dog tested positive for rabies. Officials say the dog was living with an Aberdeen family and wasn't vaccinated for rabies when it contracted the disease. Health officials say four people are undergoing treatment for exposure. Kim Davis tells WNBC-TV that she has received rabies shots after being bitten on the finger by her daughter's dog. Davis says the dog, Champ, lived in the backyard with three other dogs, which have since been isolated.

  • Health officials: Zika virus case confirmed in Travis County

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    AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Health officials say a travel-related case of Zika virus has been confirmed in Travis County. A statement from the Austin/Travis County Health and Human Services Department Thursday says that an Austin man younger than 50 contracted the virus while travelling to Colombia, and is the county's first positive case. Department spokeswoman Carole Barasch said that the man was not taken to a hospital and recovered at home. The virus is mainly transmitted by mosquito. Zika has been spreading quickly in parts of Latin America and the Caribbean. The virus causes no more than a mild illness in most people but has been linked to a spike in a rare birth defect in Brazil.

  • Woman charged in teen's death says she, too, was bullied

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    BLACKSBURG, Va. (AP) — Natalie Keepers told a judge that she was bullied — just like the 13-year-old girl she's accused of plotting to kill. And like seventh-grader Nicole Lovell, the 19-year-old Virginia Tech student had endured health challenges. But Keepers' were of the emotional variety: suicidal thoughts, cutting herself, stress and anxiety that required medication. The similarities emerged in a Blacksburg courtroom Thursday as Keepers and her lawyer argued that she should be released on bail while she awaits trial for allegedly helping plan Lovell's slaying and then improperly dumping her body. Bond was denied.

  • Cleveland officers not immune from excessive force lawsuit

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    CLEVELAND (AP) — A federal appeals court in Cincinnati says two Cleveland police officers aren't immune from a lawsuit accusing them of excessive force in the apprehension of a teen with Down Syndrome. The decision on Thursday from the 6th U.S Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati involves a lawsuit filed by the teen and his family over an incident in 2010. The family says a Cleveland officer slammed the 16-year-old against a vehicle and pinned him down for 15 minutes even though the officer later said the boy was trying to surrender. The lawsuit says another officer watched but did nothing to intervene. The teen was let go soon after when the actual suspects were arrested. A city of Cleveland spokesman decline

  • Analysis: Clinton moves aggressively to hold of Sanders

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    MANCHESTER, New Hampshire (AP) — Hillary Clinton has been here before, watching a political rival generate youthful enthusiasm with lofty proposals she believes are going unchallenged. So on Thursday, she took matters into her own hands. In the first head-to-head debate between Clinton and Bernie Sanders, the former secretary of state tried to systematically undermine the Vermont senator's plans for a government-run health care system, his call for free college tuition and his foreign policy judgment. And she upbraided Sanders for his "artful smear" of the high-dollar speaking fees she received from Wall Street banks and the implication she's beholden to the financial firms as a result.

  • Colorado right-to-die bill approved by House panel

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    DENVER (AP) — A Democrat-led state House committee has approved a Colorado right-to-die bill that would provide a legal option for the terminally ill to end their lives. The House Judiciary Committee passed the bill on a 6-5 party-line vote late Thursday after hearing 10 hours of testimony. The legislation now goes to the full House for consideration, but faces an uphill battle if it reaches the Republican-controlled Senate. A committee there rejected the bill on a party-line vote on Wednesday. For those facing imminent death, "to compound that by saying because of the society you live in you cannot choose the manner of that death — you must take what fate hands you — is to compound the cruelty. It's inhumane," said com

  • Health officials: 2 cases of Zika virus reported in Nebraska

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    LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Health officials say two travel-related cases of Zika virus have been reported in Nebraska. A statement Thursday from the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services says the cases in Douglas and Sarpy counties are the first in the state. The department says the people infected are women in their 20s who recently traveled to Zika-affected countries. The outbreak has mainly hit Latin America and the Caribbean. Neither woman was hospitalized. The virus is mainly transmitted by mosquito. There has been one reported case in the U.S. of sexual transmission.

  • Brazil minister says no plans to cancel Rio Games

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    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Brazilian organizers have reiterated they have no intention of canceling the Rio de Janeiro Olympics because of the outbreak of the Zika virus, with Sports Minister George Hilton saying the topic "is not in discussion." Hilton issued a statement Thursday saying he "lamented material and opinions in the press" speculating that South America's first Olympics might be called off. "The Brazilian government is fully committed to ensure that the 2016 Rio games take place in an atmosphere of security and tranquility," Hilton wrote. Brazil is the epicenter of an outbreak of the mosquito-borne Zika virus, which the World Health Organization has called "an extraordinary event and public health threat.

  • Hawaii lawmakers kill vaccine bill after heated debate

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    HONOLULU (AP) — After listening to Hawaii residents speak out against vaccines and saying they cause everything from autism to the Zika virus, Hawaii lawmakers killed a bill to speed up the state's process for adopting federal vaccination guidelines. The bill would have allowed the state Health Department to more easily adopt the federal rules, which some opponents of the measure fear would result in more vaccinations. Under the bill considered by the Senate Committee on Commerce, Consumer Protection and Health, the department would have 90 days to adopt rules. Immediately after hearing opposition to the bill, Sen. Rosalyn Baker said Thursday it wouldn't move forward. Her announcement came before the usual time when lawmak

  • Fireworks fly as Clinton, Sanders square off before NH

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    DURHAM, N.H. (AP) — Fireworks flying in their first one-on-one debate, Hillary Clinton accused Bernie Sanders Thursday night of subjecting her to an "artful smear" while Sanders suggested the former secretary of state was a captive of America's political establishment. The two Democrats embraced a markedly more contentious tone than when they last debated before the year's presidential voting began in Iowa, and it signaled how the race for the nomination has tightened five days ahead of the first-in-the-nation primary in New Hampshire next Tuesday. The two argued over ideas, over tactics and over who has the liberal credentials to deliver on an agenda of better access to health care, more affordable college, fighting income