• CEO of peanut company linked to salmonella-tainted goods guilty of conspiracy in Georgia

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    ALBANY, Ga. (AP) — CEO of peanut company linked to salmonella-tainted goods guilty of conspiracy in Georgia.

  • Judge says jury has reached a verdict in salmonella trial of Georgia peanut plant owner

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    ALBANY, Ga. (AP) — Judge says jury has reached a verdict in salmonella trial of Georgia peanut plant owner .

  • New York City jail watchdog board lacks minorities

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    NEW YORK (AP) — At a time when New York City jail officials are struggling to quell rising levels of violence and better care for a growing number of mentally ill inmates, a civilian oversight board is being criticized for having no minorities or experts in mental illness. But inmate advocates say three current vacancies on the nine-member New York City Board of Correction offer a chance to address those shortfalls and build a panel that more closely reflects an overwhelmingly black and Hispanic inmate population. They also say it would help if the panel had at least one member who has actually experienced what it's like to have been incarcerated.

  • Rhode Island officials warn of respiratory illness

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    PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — State health officials say they assume a respiratory infection that has caused some serious illness in other states will soon be in Rhode Island, if it isn't here already. Rhode Island Department of Health says it has tested several patients for enterovirus D68 and is waiting on test results from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In the meantime, it wants parents and health care providers to know the symptoms. Mild symptoms include runny nose, sneezing, cough, and body aches. Serious symptoms include difficulty breathing and wheezing. They say patients may or may not have a fever.

  • South Dakota leads nation in flu vaccinations rate

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    PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — The state Health Department says South Dakota had the nation's highest percentage for influenza vaccinations last season. Figures released by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention show that nearly 60 percent of South Dakotas received flu shots. The state ranked among the top 10 for every age group but one. State epidemiologist Dr. Lon Kightlinger says the numbers are encouraging, but those who are not getting vaccinated include young children who are at high risk for complications. The state offers free flu vaccine for people between the ages of six months and 18 years.

  • Indiana plans campaign to reduce infant deaths

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    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A state agency is preparing a multimedia campaign aimed at trying to reduce Indiana's high infant-mortality rate. The State Department of Health plans spending $1.3 million on the "Labor of Love" campaign, which is to start in November with television, radio and online ads. State Health Commissioner William VanNess told a state panel this week that almost half of Indiana's 258 infant deaths in 2012 were related to risks such as premature birth or low birth weight. Those factors can be caused by a mother's smoking, which deprives the baby of oxygen, or obesity, he said. Part of the education campaign will focus on breastfeeding, which he said will "save more babies' lives.

  • Dog branded with profanity gets cosmetic surgery

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    LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — A young dog that was found branded with a profane word has undergone cosmetic surgery in Kentucky to mask part of the word that was chemically burned into her. The dog, a pit-bull mix named Felicity, was taken in last month after being found tied to a fence. Lexington Humane Society officials say they have found her a home but wanted to do surgery to try to hide the four-letter word. Several people have donated money for a reward to find the dog's abuser. The local animal control office is offering a $3,500 reward. The surgery was performed Thursday by Liz Ubelhor, the staff veterinarian. Ubelhor says the people who burned Felicity likely used some kind of chemical paste or liquid that stuck to h

  • Malta rejects ship with suspected Ebola case

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    VALLETTA, Malta (AP) — Malta has refused entry to a cargo ship with a Filippino on board who was showing symptoms of Ebola, citing fears the virus might spread on the Mediterranean island. Prime Minister Joseph Muscat said Malta was legally and morally right to refuse to let the Hong Kong-registered vessel MV Western Copenhagen come into port on Thursday. The ship, carrying 21 crewmen, had left from Guinea on its way to the Ukraine, and the captain had sought to dock in Malta to get medical treatment for the crewman. "We cannot endanger our health system," Muscat said, adding that it was impossible to verify whether the information provided by the captain about the case was "understating or overstating" the patient's condit

  • Fayetteville VA emergency department now a clinic

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    FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (AP) — The Fayetteville Veterans Affairs Medical Center is temporarily converting its emergency department to an urgent care clinic. The VA announced the change is effective Friday. The agency said the change results from staffing issues in the emergency department. The VA said it has been working with a contractor to staff the emergency department but that the company failed to provide "an adequate number of well-trained physicians." The company's contract expires at the end of the month and the VA will be working with a new contractor Oct. 1. The VA said the clinic will not provide emergency care and ambulances coming to the facility will be diverted to other hospitals.

  • French medic getting experimental Ebola treatment

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    PARIS (AP) — Authorities say a French volunteer nurse infected with the Ebola virus is receiving experimental drugs. The nurse, who worked with Doctors Without Borders in Liberia, was transferred to France early Friday and is being treated in the Begin hospital in Saint-Mande near Paris. She was the first person working with the aid group, also known by its French acronym MSF, infected with the virus. Health Minister Marisol Touraine said in a statement Friday that the French government has approved the use of experimental treatment. The ministry didn't say which drugs the nurse is receiving, but has approved the use of ZMapp, Favipiravir and TKM-100-802.

  • Guinea: 8 people killed on Ebola awareness trip

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    CONAKRY, Guinea (AP) — The team of health officials accompanied by journalists came to the village to educate people about how to avoid contracting Ebola. Instead, a group of local residents turned on their would-be benefactors, attacking them with knives and rocks and killing eight of them, witnesses say. Guinea's government said in a statement Friday that six people have been arrested in connection with the attack earlier this week on the health and government officials who were doing disinfection and education on prevention methods. The horrific violence in the village of Womey underscores the mistrust and fear that remains in the area nearly nine months after the first person here died from what was later discovered to

  • 2-time Grand Slam winner Li Na retires from tour

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    BEIJING (AP) — Relying on fitness and a strong baseline game, Li Na reached the pinnacle of tennis and lifted the level of the sport in Asia to unprecedented heights. A sense of humor along the way certainly helped. The legs that carried Li to two Grand Slam titles ultimately couldn't get her through another season, with the 32-year-old Chinese tennis star citing recurring knee injuries as the reason she needed to quit when she announced her retirement in an open letter posted to social networks on Friday. It ended weeks of speculation and hype on the Chinese social networking sites about Li's career coming to an end.

  • Georgetown student died of bacterial meningitis

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    WASHINGTON (AP) — A Georgetown student who died after contracting meningitis had the most serious form of the infection. In a letter to parents, students and staff sent late Thursday, the university says that sophomore Andrea Jaime died of bacterial meningitis on Tuesday. That type of meningitis can be transmitted through close personal contact, such as sharing drinks or kissing. As of late Thursday, the university says it has had no other reported cases of meningitis. The school says health officials are working to identify anyone who may have had close contact with the 19-year-old Jaime in the days leading up to her death to make sure they get antibiotics. Close friends of Jaime's already have been getti

  • La delegation: How will VA fix mistakes in La?

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    All eight members of Louisiana's congressional delegation say the Department of Veterans Affairs is hurting the credit of hundreds of Louisiana veterans by failing to pay on time for emergency health care at private facilities. A letter sent Thursday to Secretary Robert McDonald asks how the VA plans to correct its mistakes in Louisiana and make sure they never happen again. According to the letter, leaders of the Veterans Integrated Service Network covering Louisiana have said at public meetings that they incorrectly rejected claims from hundreds of veterans. The letter was released by U.S. Rep. Charles Boustany. In July, he and Sen.

  • Driver freed in Stratosphere crash commits suicide

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    LAS VEGAS (AP) — A hotel room suicide of a man who was freed from jail after being accused of intentionally crashing his vehicle into the Stratosphere and declaring he wanted to jump from its tower is raising questions about why he hadn't been charged with a crime and whether he was properly screened for mental illness. Answers weren't immediately apparent. Ryan C. Brown asphyxiated before he was found hanging Tuesday in a room at the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino, the Clark County coroner said. That was a day after a Las Vegas judge ordered the 40-year-old Brown freed with no restrictions because prosecutors hadn't filed criminal charges in the Sept. 10 crash at the Stratosphere hotel-casino, and didn't seek more time

  • China fines British drug maker GlaxoSmithKline $492 million, jails executives in bribery case

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    BEIJING (AP) — China fines British drug maker GlaxoSmithKline $492 million, jails executives in bribery case.

  • Ground broken for new vet lab at Hopkinsville

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    HOPKINSVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Murray State University is upgrading its veterinary diagnostic laboratory in western Kentucky, and work is underway on the $32 million facility. Gov. Steve Beshear, university official and other dignitaries gathered Thursday to break ground on Murray State's Hopkinsville Regional Campus. Beshear's office says the 53,000-square-foot Breathitt Veterinary Center is scheduled to open in 2016. The current center, also located on Murray State's campus in Hopkinsville, performs more than 200,000 laboratory tests per year. Beshear's office says additional space will allow the facility to meet increased demand as well as increase public services into areas like food and environmental safety, as well as

  • Options for protection come with flu season

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    WASHINGTON (AP) — It's time for flu vaccine again and while it's important for the whole family, this year health officials have some different advice for different ages: Certain kids should opt for the ouchless nasal spray. Seniors, expect to get a new kind of pneumonia shot along with that flu jab. And too many young and middle-age adults are skipping the vaccine altogether, says the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention — even though there are more options than ever. "The best way to protect yourself against the flu is to get a flu vaccination," said CDC Director Dr. Tom Frieden on Thursday, before rolling up his sleeve to get his own flu shot.

  • Construction begins on $29 million Moore hospital

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    NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — Construction crews have broken ground on a medical facility to replace a Moore hospital destroyed by a tornado. Norman Regional Health System says the $29 million facility will be located at the site of the former Moore Medical Center hospital that was destroyed in May 2013. The new medical facility will include full emergency services, inpatient and outpatient diagnostic imaging and laboratory services. It will also house community education and meeting space. Officials say the replacement will be called Norman Regional Moore to fall in line with current federal naming guidelines. It's unclear when the facility is expected to open.

  • Central Michigan to build medical facilities

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    SAGINAW, Mich. (AP) — The Central Michigan University medical school will expand in Saginaw with a $12 million construction project for clinics and a neuroscience center. The university said Thursday its trustees approved the plan that includes internal medicine and senior health care clinic facilities connected to St. Mary's of Michigan Medical Center. Classroom space and auditorium will also be renovated. Construction will start in spring 2015 and is set to finish in summer 2016. The university's medical school classes began in 2013. A $25 million educational building is already under construction on the campus of Covenant HealthCare. Classes are scheduled to begin there June 6.