• Democrats mount low-key campaigns for Florida AG

    Updated: 11 hr ago

    TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Two relatively unknown Democrats head into next week's primary for attorney general with the hope that their low-profile campaigns will be enough to win them the right to challenge Republican incumbent Pam Bondi. Neither Perry Thurston, a South Florida legislator and attorney, nor George Sheldon, a former Obama administration official who once worked as deputy attorney general, have raised enough money to buy television ads. Instead their campaigns have been waged in the trenches as both men have traversed the state to meet with Democratic groups and attend local forums in an effort to drum up attention ahead of the Aug. 26 election. The winner will square off against Bondi and a Libertarian candida

  • Dentist at center of hepatitis scare cedes license

    Updated: 11 hr ago

    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — An Oklahoma oral surgeon whose filthy clinic conditions led to the testing of thousands of patients for HIV and hepatitis permanently surrendered his professional license on Friday. Scott Harrington's two Tulsa-area clinics have been closed since March 2013, when state health officials urged about 7,000 of his current and former patients to get tested for the diseases because of unsanitary conditions discovered there. Of the 4,202 patients who were tested at state clinics, 89 tested positive for hepatitis C, five for hepatitis B and four for HIV, the virus that causes AIDS. But only one of those cases — a case of hepatitis C — was proven to have been contracted at one of Harrington's clinics, health

  • Hernando County Jail inmate dies of embolism

    Updated: 12 hr ago

    BROOKSVILLE, Fla. (AP) — The medical examiner in Hernando County says a 27-year-old inmate died of a pulmonary embolism. Hernando County Sheriff's officials said on Friday that Jessica Dixon complained about having trouble breathing after taking a hot shower on Wednesday night. She was taken to the jail's medical unit, where she appeared to be hyperventilating and was cool to the touch. The physician at the jail said she needed to be immediately transported to a hospital in Brooksville, where she died a short time later. The medical examiner's office in Leesburg listed the cause of death as pulmonary embolus and infective endocarditis. Relatives told the sheriff's office that Dixon had a long history of IV drug use.

  • American Ebola doc urges help fighting outbreak

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    ATLANTA (AP) — As one of few Ebola survivors with medical expertise, Dr. Kent Brantly seems keenly aware of the position his painful experience has put him in. He hasn't spoken yet about his plans, but spent much of his first public appearance pleading for help for countries still struggling with the virus. "I am forever thankful to God for sparing my life and am glad for any attention my sickness has attracted to the plight of West Africa in the midst of this epidemic," Brantly said Thursday before leaving Emory University Hospital, where he and a medical missionary colleague spent three weeks in an isolation unit as they recovered.

  • LePage applauds plan to help aging population

    Updated: 13 hr ago

    AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Republican Gov. Paul LePage says Democrats have finally seen the light on issues related to Maine seniors. On WVOM-AM's George Hale and Ric Tyler show Thursday, LePage said he's willing to work with Democrats to add affordable housing and boost tax credits for seniors and increase Medicaid reimbursement for home workers. House Speaker Mark Eves' proposals include a $65 million bond to build 1,000 senior apartments. LePage said a bond isn't necessary and encouraged Eves to work through the Maine State Housing Authority. LePage said he's open to seeing whether the state can raise a property tax credit and he's "all in" on examining reimbursement rates for Medicaid.

  • MH17 bodies returned as Malaysia battles fallout

    Updated: 14 hr ago

    KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Carried by soldiers and draped in the national flag, coffins carrying Malaysian victims of Flight MH17 returned home Friday to a country still searching for those onboard another doomed jet and a government battling the political fallout of both tragedies. The bodies and ashes of 20 victims from the Malaysia Airlines jet that was shot down over eastern Ukraine in July were given full military honors and a day of national mourning was declared, the first for civilians in the country's five-decade history. Many people in offices in the nation of 30 million observed a minute's silence as the hearses were driven from the tarmac of Kuala Lumpur International Airport to private funerals.

  • 6 soldiers hurt by lightning strike at Fort Drum

    Updated: 14 hr ago

    FORT DRUM, N.Y. (AP) — Army officials say six soldiers are recovering after lightning struck during a field exercise at Fort Drum in northern New York. A Fort Drum spokeswoman says the soldiers were training on a range when lightning hit the area around 9:15 p.m. Thursday. Officials say six soldiers were taken to a hospital for treatment of injuries not considered life-threatening. Spokeswoman Julie Halpin says four returned to duty as of Friday morning, while two remain hospitalized. The nature of the injuries and details of the lightning strike haven't been released. In August 2012, a lightning strike injured 10 New Jersey National Guard soldiers who were training at Fort Drum, 70 miles north of Syracuse.

  • NC recommends $52,000 fine for health facility

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    WILMINGTON, N.C. (AP) — The state Division of Health Service Regulation is recommending a $52,000 fine for a Wilmington assisted living center after a patient was found outside the facility. Area media outlets report the state wants to fine Clare Bridge of Wilmington which serves patients with dementia. The reports said the facility was fined $1,000 earlier this year after a patient was found outside the facility last August. The latest fine stems from a second incident in which a patient was found outside last October. The agency says that the new fine is higher because the facility did not take the proper steps to correct a problem. A Clare Bridge spokeswoman says the facility will appeal the fine.

  • Dempsey hits Islamic militant 'end-of-days' vision

    Updated: 15 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — America's top-ranked military officer says the surging Islamic State group has an "apocalyptic, end-of-days strategic vision" in the Middle East and cannot be defeated unless the United States and a coalition of partners confront it head-on in Syria. "They can be contained, not in perpetuity," Army Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, told a news conference. The United States so far has restricted a series of airstrikes to Iraq, but concerns have increased as the Islamic militant group has extended its reach from safe havens in civil-war-ravaged Syria across the Iraqi border. Appearing with Dempsey at the Pentagon Thursday, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel credited U.S. bombing as

  • Georgia-based relief agency fights Ebola outbreak

    Updated: 17 hr ago

    BRUNSWICK, Ga. (AP) — As the Ebola crisis in West Africa continues to escalate, MAP International is sharpening its focus on getting medical aid to where it is needed most. With the number of deaths reaching into the thousands, the epidemic's profile has heightened in the U.S. recently after the two infected American patients were brought to Emory University Hospital in Atlanta for treatment. Although some in this country are only now beginning to pay attention, MAP has been involved with the fight against Ebola from the beginning. Since the initial outbreak at the end of March, the international relief aid organization headquartered in Brunswick had sent more than 24,000 personal protection kits and $6.

  • Liberty University dedicates medical building

    Updated: 18 hr ago

    LYNCHBURG, Va. (AP) — Liberty University is holding a dedication ceremony for its new Center for Medical and Health Sciences building. The Friday ceremony will involve about 300 guests. The school broke ground on the $41 million, 144,000-square-foot facility in 2012. It became home to the new Liberty University College of Osteopathic Medicine and the Master of Public Health program in June. The medical school is the second in Virginia and the 30th in the nation to offer education leading to the Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine degree.

  • Zimbabwe cautions citizens on travel over Ebola

    Updated: 18 hr ago

    HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — Zimbabweans battered by economic problems have flocked to Nigeria to visit faith healers and collect lucky charms, but their government is urging them to stay away because of the Ebola outbreak in West Africa. Zimbabwe's state-controlled Chronicle newspaper on Friday quoted Health Minister David Parirenyatwa as saying citizens of the southern African country should instead pray for good fortune at home. The minister says a group of 50 Zimbabweans returned from Nigeria last week, and such a large group can jeopardize efforts to keep Ebola out of the country. Nigerian preacher T.B. Joshua is particularly popular among some Zimbabweans.

  • NY City Council passes bill on Rikers transparency


    NEW YORK (AP) — The City Council on Thursday passed a bill that would force correction officials to publish information about Rikers Island jail inmates in solitary confinement, including any injuries suffered behind bars and the state of their mental health. The legislation awaits the signature of Mayor Bill de Blasio, who supports it. Under the bill, the Department of Correction would issue four annual reports also detailing the number of inmates in solitary, why and for how long they are in solitary, whether they attempted suicide and whether they received proper medical care. The sponsor, Councilman Danny Dromm, said he wants to stop the "degradation, isolation, humiliation and torture" of inmates as described rec

  • Health officials warn against using unapproved med


    BALTIMORE (AP) — Public health officials in Maryland are warning residents against using an unapproved medication to treat children's colds that is being sold in some convenience stores in Latino communities. The Department of Health and Mental Hygiene said in an email on Thursday that Baczol contains an antibiotic that would ordinarily require a prescription. The unapproved medicine, which is produced outside the United States, is marketed for children under the names Baczol, Pediatric Baczol, or Baczol Antigripal. Dr. Joshua M. Sharfstein, Maryland's health secretary, says Baczol is not safe for young children.

  • Head of medical transport firm sentenced for fraud


    WORCESTER, Mass. (AP) — A judge has sentenced the owner of a medical transportation company in Webster to serve 18 months in jail for defrauding the state's Medicaid program. Attorney General Martha Coakley's office said in a statement that 51-year-old Cynthia Keegan bilked MassHealth out of more than $470,000 over a 5-year period by claiming to provide transportation services for people who had dead, or for other services that were never provided. Keegan pleaded guilty last week to charges of larceny over $250, and making false Medicaid claims. She was sentenced on Thursday in Worcester Superior Court to two and a half years in prison, with 18 months to serve. She was also ordered to pay restitution to MassHeal

  • State confirms 2 cases of TB at 2 Tunica casinos


    JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — State health regulators confirm they're investigating two cases of tuberculosis affecting two casinos in Tunica County. The Mississippi State Department of Health, in a news release Thursday, said the two cases involve at least one employee at each casino. Tuberculosis is an airborne infectious disease that's curable and preventable. Dr. Thomas Dobbs, the state's epidemiologist, says there's no evidence to suggest that any casino patrons were exposed. "No individuals from the general public have been identified as close contacts, and we have absolutely no reason to believe there has been transmission to any of the casino patrons.

  • Central Ala. VA leaders on administrative leave


    MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — The Southeast Network Director of the Veterans Administration announced a leadership shakeup for the embattled Central Alabama Veterans Healthcare System. Regional VA director Charles Sepich said in a statement the facility's director, Charles Talton, and his chief of staff, Cliff Robinson, have been put on administrative leave. The move comes after a federal audit highlighted long wait times for veterans looking for care at facilities operated by the Central Alabama Veterans Health Care System in Montgomery and Tuskegee. The Central Alabama Veterans Health Care System has also been accused of several systemic issues, including altering appointment records to mask how long veterans waited for a

  • Missionary's son says mom recuperating after Ebola


    WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — The son of missionary Nancy Writebol says his mother is still recuperating after surviving Ebola. Jeremy Writebol said Thursday he is back home in Wichita after spending two weeks at an Atlanta hospital where his mother was in isolation. He left Atlanta just hours before she was discharged on Tuesday and says he hasn't had a chance to give her a hug yet. She is at an undisclosed location with his father. He says it's been a very traumatic experience in the lives of his parents, who are trying to consider their next steps and what they hope to do in the future. Writebol said his parents talk constantly about the need to pray and do everything possible to help people Ebola-stricken parts of Af

  • Challenger slams Bentley, who stresses record


    ORANGE BEACH, Ala. (AP) — Democratic gubernatorial nominee Parker Griffith in a speech Thursday called Robert Bentley a failed governor of a failed state, who is "so afraid of the tea party that he sits idle while Alabama burns." While Griffith criticized Bentley, the incumbent did not mention his opponent as they sparred in back-to-back campaign speeches. Instead, he talked about what has happened since he took office in January 2011. "I don't have to put on any kind of show. It's not a gimmick for me. All I do is work hard," Bentley said. Griffith said Bentley has failed to address the state's struggles with schools, health care, prisons and unemployment.

  • American Ebola doc: 'I am thrilled to be alive'


    ATLANTA (AP) — Calling it a "miraculous day," an American doctor infected with Ebola left his isolation unit and warmly hugged his doctors and nurses on Thursday, showing the world that he poses no public health threat one month after getting sick with the virus. Dr. Kent Brantly and his fellow medical missionary, Nancy Writebol, who was quietly discharged two days earlier, are still weak but should recover completely, and no one need fear being in contact with them, said Dr. Bruce Ribner, who runs the infectious disease unit at Emory University Hospital.