• 4 renal patients die in Singapore hospital from hepatitis C

    Updated: 19 hr ago

    SINGAPORE (AP) — A top public hospital in Singapore says four renal patients have died in one of its wards from hepatitis C and 18 others contracted the virus, likely from intravenous treatment. The Singapore General Hospital apologized for the deaths in a statement Tuesday. It said all 22 patients were admitted to a new ward in the hospital between April and June while the original renal ward was being renovated. It said most of the patients had undergone kidney transplants. The hospital said its initial investigation indicated that the infections may have come from intravenous injectable agents. It said it has since taken precautionary measures, including stopping long-established hospital practices such as multi-do

  • Gov. Brown signs California right-to-die measure

    Updated: 19 hr ago

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — In a rare personal message, California's 77-year-old governor provided insight into his deliberations before deciding to sign a bill allowing terminally ill Californians to legally take their own lives, reflecting on religion and self-determination as he weighed an emotionally fraught choice. Gov. Jerry Brown, a lifelong Catholic and former Jesuit seminarian, said he consulted a Catholic bishop, two of his own doctors and friends "who take varied, contradictory and nuanced positions." "In the end, I was left to reflect on what I would want in the face of my own death," wrote the Democratic governor, who has been treated for prostate cancer and melanoma. "I do not know what I would do if I were dyin

  • China wins long-sought Nobel Prize in one of the sciences

    Updated: 20 hr ago

    BEIJING (AP) — For decades, China has yearned for a Nobel Prize in one of the sciences on its own right, and now a little-known researcher who helped isolate an anti-malaria medicine inspired by an ancient remedy has finally won China that honor. Tu Youyou (pronounced "TOO yoyo"), 84, also became the country's first woman to win any Nobel prize. Tu never achieved much public acclaim in China for her part in the early 1970s discovery, and never was accepted into the country's prestigious national academy of science despite several attempts. But her breakthrough with the Nobel has drawn jubilant congratulation, sent her name trending on social media and drawn praise for the country's medical research.

  • United States, 11 Pacific Rim countries reach trade deal

    Updated: 22 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States and 11 other Pacific Rim countries reached a contentious trade pact that cuts trade barriers, sets labor and environmental standards and protects the intellectual property of multinational corporations. Now each country must sell the deal to skeptical lawmakers. The pact, known as the Trans-Pacific Partnership, aims to encourage trade between the United States, Australia, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore and Vietnam. Together, the countries account for 40 percent of world economic output. Trade unions and other critics say the deal will expose workers to more foreign competition and cost jobs.

  • Amtrak train hits rocks on track, derails in central Vermont


    NORTHFIELD, Vt. (AP) — An Amtrak train headed from Vermont to Washington, D.C., on Monday hit rocks that had fallen onto the track from a ledge, spilling the locomotive and a passenger car down an embankment, derailing three other cars and injuring seven people, authorities said. The Vermonter train, carrying 98 passengers and four crew members, derailed around 10:30 a.m. in Northfield, 20 miles southwest of Montpelier, they said. "This was a freak of nature," Gov. Peter Shumlin said. One of the injured people was airlifted to a New Hampshire hospital and was evaluated in its emergency room. The six others went to a local hospital with injuries including neck, back and shoulder pains and lightheadedness.

  • The Latest: Train worker has non-life-threatening injuries


    NORTHFIELD, Vt. (AP) — The latest on the derailment of an Amtrak train in Vermont (all times local): 9 p.m. Amtrak says a crew member on a train that slammed into rocks on a track in Vermont has non-life-threatening injuries. The crew member is hospitalized. At least six other people were hurt when the Vermonter train from St. Albans to Washington, D.C., derailed Monday morning in Northfield, 20 miles southwest of Montpelier. Officials say rocks from a ledge fell onto the track. Gov. Peter Shumlin says, "This was a freak of nature." One locomotive and one passenger car went over an embankment. Three other cars left the track but remained upright. Passenger Bob Redmond was taking a foliage tour in the

  • State reports 7th case of West Nile


    BOSTON (AP) — The state public health department says a woman in her 90s is the seventh person in Massachusetts to contract West Nile virus this year. Officials say the woman, a Suffolk County resident, is hospitalized, but no other details were provided. Two people have died so far this year in Massachusetts from West Nile. Health officials say the risk level remains high in Boston, Chelsea, Revere and Winthrop and they are advising residents throughout the state to continue taking precautions against mosquito bites.

  • OKsWagen features car show, music, wine and beer walk


    An infestation of Volkswagen bugs made its way into Cherokee County this weekend. Tahlequah’s fourth annual OKsWagen kicked off Friday and continued Saturday featuring a wine and beer walk, live music and a car show. The festival was set in the North End District of historic downtown Tahlequah, and brought in VW enthusiasts from all over the country. Tahlequah Mainstreet Association program manager Drew Haley spent Friday afternoon setting up the event, and said OKsWagen is unique, even for a VW festival. “We offer an experience that most Volkswagen festivals can’t offer to people,” Haley said. “Usually, these events are held in the parking lot of a hotel and put on by a Volkswagen club.

  • College player union leaders still pushing for changes


    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Ramogi Huma and Kain Colter are fighting back. The two former Division I football players walked into the NCAA's own backyard to criticize the governing body at Indiana's AFL-CIO state convention Monday, just seven weeks after the National Labor Relations Board effectively killed an effort to unionize Northwestern's football team. Just a short walk away from NCAA headquarters, Colter, the co-founder of the College Athletes Players Association, and Huma, the CAPA president, argued that while recent reforms such as multi-year scholarships and stipends to cover normal college expenses are a good start, much more still needs to be done.

  • CC Sabathia to enter alcohol rehab center, miss playoffs


    NEW YORK (AP) — CC Sabathia walked into manager Joe Girardi's office in Baltimore on Sunday and made a stunning admission: He has an alcohol problem. "The first thing he said is, 'I need help,'" Girardi said Monday during a workout at Yankee Stadium for the AL wild-card game. "I was shocked." Sabathia surprised many in the Yankees organization by revealing his problem. And with the team's help, the burly left-hander is checking into a rehab center and will miss the postseason, a setback to the pitching staff the day before New York meets Houston in the AL wild-card game. The team issued a statement Monday from the 2007 AL Cy Young Award winner, who said he took the step to receive the care he needs and become the kind

  • Seattle high school football player dies after game injury


    SEATTLE (AP) — A Seattle high school football player who was injured during a game last week has died. Highline Public Schools spokeswoman Catherine Carbone Rogers says Kenney Bui died late Monday morning. Bui was injured during the fourth quarter on Friday. He was taken to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle where he underwent surgery and had been in critical condition over the weekend. Rogers says students and others at Evergreen High School are grieving and the school district is working to support them. District superintendent Susan Enfield says it's a devastating loss for everyone. Bui's death follows the death of another high school player, 17-year-old Evan Murray, in New Jersey last month.

  • Student injured in Seattle bus crash sues duck boat operator


    SEATTLE (AP) — A 21-year-old college student who was injured in a deadly bus crash sued the operator of an amphibious vehicle and the company that refurbished the so-called duck boat. Na Ra Yoon sued Monday in King County Superior Court, seeking unspecified damages against Ride the Ducks of Seattle; Ride the Ducks International, which refurbished the vehicle; and an unidentified driver. Yoon, a student from South Korea, and others from North Seattle College were riding in a charter bus when the duck boat swerved into it on Sept. 24, killing five people. The complaint says she was knocked unconscious and suffered hand fractures.

  • General Mills recalling 1.8M Cheerios boxes on allergy risk


    NEW YORK (AP) — General Mills is recalling 1.8 million boxes of Cheerios and Honey Nut Cheerios produced at a plant in Lodi, California, saying the cereal is labeled gluten-free but actually contains wheat. The recall affects Cheerios and Honey Nut Cheerios that were made in July. The Minneapolis company said Monday wheat flour was inadvertently used in a gluten-free oat flour system. The use of wheat flour means the cereals are not gluten-free, and people with conditions like wheat allergies or celiac disease who consume them might suffer an allergic reaction or discomfort. The cereal boxes have the plant code "LD." The Cheerios have "better if used by" dates from July 14 to July 17, 2016 and the Honey Nut Cheerios have "b

  • New Hampshire Gov. Maggie Hassan to run for US Senate


    CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Democratic New Hampshire Gov. Maggie Hassan announced Monday she would challenge Republican Sen. Kelly Ayotte, setting the stage for a highly competitive race that will be critical in determining majority control of the Senate in the next president's first year. Hassan, who made her announcement in an online video, said she's running to bring a bipartisan, common-sense governing approach to Washington that mirrors that of New Hampshire. She said Washington has given in to powerful special interests and lobbyists who rig the system against the middle class.

  • New Mexico to license 12 new medical marijuana producers


    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The New Mexico Department of Health says it will issue licenses to a dozen new producers as part of the state's medical marijuana program. The department made the announcement Monday after a committee whittled down the list of applicants from 86 and made a recommendation last month to Health Secretary Retta Ward. She made the final decision. Officials considered a number of factors in narrowing the list of potential producers, including plans for production, security, sales and distribution, quality assurance and their agricultural experience. Now, licensure for the 12 finalists is contingent upon their acceptance and demonstration of regulatory compliance. This will bring the number of lic

  • High court won't hear challenge to NY school vaccine rules


    The U.S. Supreme Court will not hear a challenge to New York state's requirement that all children be vaccinated before they can attend public school, upholding an appeals court ruling that said the policy does not violate students' constitutional right of religious freedom. The appeals court had also upheld a federal judge's ruling that students exempted from the immunization policy for religious reasons could still be barred from school during an outbreak of a vaccine-preventable disease. "I applaud the Supreme Court for letting stand the Second Circuit's decision recognizing the validity of laws in both New York State and New York City requiring vaccinations for schoolchildren," state Attorney General Eric Schneiderman sai

  • Steven Van Zandt, Paul Shaffer sign on to Bert Berns show


    NEW YORK (AP) — A musical celebrating the little-know songwriter Bert Berns has gotten some help from some serious musicians — Steven Van Zandt and Paul Shaffer. The E Street Band member and the former musical director of David Letterman's late night show have signed on to produce the jukebox musical "Piece of My Heart: The Bert Berns Story," aiming for Broadway next year under the direction and choreography of Denis Jones. "Rock 'n' roll has always been my passion and this man — Bert Berns — is a sort of an unsung hero," said Shaffer, who played keyboards and conducted "Godspell" when it first arrived on Broadway. "He wrote so many songs that meant a lot to me when I was a kid. I didn't know at the time that so many

  • Former Navy pilot sues US government over bipolar diagnosis


    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A former Navy pilot has filed a $35 million lawsuit against the federal government alleging that a Veterans Affairs doctor misdiagnosed him with a mental illness that caused him to lose his ability to fly commercial airplanes and be wrongly treated for the disorder for a decade. William Royster, 53, of Kansas City, said in the lawsuit filed Friday that a doctor at the local VA medical center diagnosed him with bipolar disorder in April 2004 and said he could not work in any capacity. The doctor also said the condition was permanent, he contends. After he had been treated and medicated for more than 10 years for the disorder, Royster said a different psychiatrist at the medical center told him last No

  • Yankees’ CC Sabathia checking himself into alcohol rehab center


    NEW YORK — Yankees pitcher CC Sabathia has checked himself into an alcohol rehabilitation center on the eve of the American League wild-card game, ending his availability for the postseason. In a statement released by the Yankees on Monday, Sabathia said he would “receive the professional care and assistance needed to treat my disease. “I love baseball and I love my teammates like brothers, and I am also fully aware that I am leaving at a time when we should all be coming together for one last push toward the World Series,” Sabathia said in the statement. “It hurts me deeply to do this now, but I owe it to myself and to my family to get myself right. I want to take control of my disease, and I want to be a better ma

  • Republican Gov. John Kasich says he's a 'troublemaker'


    RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Republican presidential hopeful John Kasich said Monday that some people don't get him or his economic message, which he described as focused on ensuring that no American gets left behind. Before a crowd of several hundred students and residents at the University of Richmond, the Ohio governor called himself a "troublemaker" who's been at the center of battles to balance government budgets for decades. Kasich touted his job-growth record in Ohio as well as his efforts to improve mental health services and his decision to expand Medicaid in the state. He also pledged to boost defense spending and gives states more control over Medicaid and welfare programs.