• Compromise GOP budget hikes war funds, targets 'Obamacare'

    Updated: 7 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — House and Senate GOP negotiators neared agreement Monday on a budget blueprint that would enable Republicans controlling Congress to more easily target President Barack Obama's signature health care law while delivering an almost $40 billion budget boost to the Pentagon. The emerging plan relies on deep cuts to domestic agency budgets and safety net programs for the poor to promise a balanced budget by 2024. But it drops a controversial House proposal to radically overhaul the Medicare program. It also eliminates the option of using a fast-track budget bill to target food stamps and Pell Grants.

  • Sneaking some healthy, green fats into morning muffin treats

    Updated: 8 hr ago

    For me, this has been the year of the avocado. In addition to using them in all the usual suspects — guacamole, cobb salads and club sandwiches — my family also has been smashing them up on toast (try topping them with tomato slices, prosciutto, a drizzle of olive and a sprinkle of sea salt), tucking slices in flatbread wraps and sushi rolls, tossing cubes with tomatoes and balsamic for a quick salad, or using them as a nutritious and tasty topping for egg white omelets. And it's a great thing to do. Avocados are bursting with healthy fats that satisfy, as well as fiber that fills you up. They also are a good source of several vitamins, including vitamin C and folate.

  • BC-MI--Michigan News Digest 1:30 pm, MI

    Updated: 8 hr ago

    Hello! Here's a look at how AP's general news coverage is shaping up in Michigan. Questions about coverage plans are welcome and should be directed to the Detroit bureau at 313-259-0650 or apmichigan@ap.org. Corey Williams is on the desk. AP-Michigan News Editor Roger Schneider can be reached at 313-259-0650 or rschneider@ap.org. For access to AP Exchange and other technical issues, contact AP Customer Support at apcustomersupport@ap.org or 877-836-9477. A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change. Expected stories may not develop, or late-breaking and more newsworthy events may take precedence. Advisories and digests will keep you up to date. All times are

  • Pot on probation bill heads to Colorado governor

    Updated: 8 hr ago

    DENVER (AP) — A Colorado bill to allow medical marijuana use by people on probation or parole is on its way to the governor's desk. Colorado has allowed medical marijuana use for 15 years, but not by people on probation or parole. A bill that passed the senate 35-0 Monday would change that policy so those with permission to use marijuana for medical purposes wouldn't be charged with violating parole or probation. The bill has already passed in the House. Legislative analysts who conducted research for the bill didn't know how many people have been cited for violating parole or probation after failing a marijuana-related drug test. ___ Online: House Bill 1267: http://bit.

  • Abortion rights group gets Ohio records; lawsuit dismissed

    Updated: 8 hr ago

    COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The Ohio Supreme Court dismissed a public records dispute on Monday after an abortion rights group said it had received the information it was seeking from the state's health department. The NARAL Pro-Choice Ohio Foundation had asked the court in December to order the Ohio Department of Health to release public records detailing certain communication between the state health officials and leaders of Ohio Right to Life, an anti-abortion organization. The court had referred the case to mediation in January, where the two sides recently resolved issues over the public records request. NARAL received the records in late March and asked the court to dismiss the case last week.

  • Mylan rejects Teva's $40.1 billion buyout offer

    Updated: 10 hr ago

    NEW YORK (AP) — Mylan N.V. rejected Teva Pharmaceuticals' $40.1 billion buyout offer, saying the cash-and-stock proposal undervalues the company. Mylan said that it won't think about starting talks unless Teva offers more than $100 per share, far above its current offer of $82 per share. After the rejection Teva said it is committed to completing the deal and that a sale to Teva is Mylan's best option. The rejection comes as both Mylan and Teva look to further consolidate an increasingly competitive generic drug industry. Teva, the world's largest generic drug company, wants to strengthen its position by buying Mylan. Mylan is trying to buy Perrigo Co.

  • Carbon monoxide victim from Junction City

    Updated: 10 hr ago

    MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The person who died from carbon monoxide poisoning at the Midwest Horse Fair in Madison has been identified as a Junction City man. The Dane County Medical Examiner's Office said Monday 61-year-old Lloyd Taylor died at a Milwaukee area hospital. He was taken there after he was found suffering the effects of carbon monoxide in his camper outside the Alliant Energy Center April 17. Authorities say a generator in the camper was the likely source of the carbon monoxide.

  • Hospitals offer to share in cost of La. Medicaid expansion

    Updated: 11 hr ago

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — As Louisiana struggles with budget troubles, private hospitals are offering lawmakers a way to draw down more federal health care dollars for patient care, but only if the money is used to expand coverage through the Medicaid program. Legislation filed by House leaders would let the state tap into a voter-backed plan that allows hospitals to pool their dollars and use that money to attract new federal Medicaid money to compensate them for their care for the poor. The proposal, developed by the Louisiana Hospital Association, would let the private hospitals share in the state's cost for the Medicaid expansion allowed under the federal health overhaul.

  • School counselors available after student crashes into house

    Updated: 12 hr ago

    GREENSBURG, Pa. (AP) — A western Pennsylvania high school was making grief counselors available to classmates of a young man who died when his vehicle crashed into a house over the weekend. State police say Hempfield Area High School student Aaron Koring was killed when his vehicle crossed the center line of a road then struck the house in Hempfield Township, Westmoreland County about 3:45 a.m. Saturday. That's about 25 miles east of Pittsburgh. The coroner determined the 19-year-old Greensburg man died of head and neck trauma. Koring and his 18-year-old passenger, Elise Krugh, were both wearing seatbelts. She was taken to a Pittsburgh hospital where she remained in fair condition.

  • Celladon shares dive on failed heart drug study

    Updated: 12 hr ago

    NEW YORK (AP) — Shares of Celladon Corp. plummeted after the biotechnology company said its developing heart failure treatment failed to meet key goals in a pivotal study. The stock shed $10.18, or 74 percent, to $3.50 in premarket trading about 45 minutes before the market open. The San Diego-based company said its potential drug for heart failure, Mydicar, was no better than placebo in the study. It's a potential gene therapy, which focuses on fixing genes within a cell. The drug candidate had been given special "Breakthrough Therapy" status by the Food and Drug Administration, which allows for an expedited review.

  • BC-MI--Michigan News Coverage Advisory 8:30 am, MI

    Updated: 13 hr ago

    Good morning! Here's a look at how AP's general news coverage is shaping up today in Michigan. Questions about today's coverage plans are welcome, and should be directed to the AP-Detroit bureau at 800-642-4125 or 313-259-0650 or apmichigan@ap.org. Jeff Karoub is on the desk followed by David Goodman. AP-Michigan News Editor Roger Schneider can be reached at 313-259-0650 or rschneider@ap.org. A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change. Expected stories may not develop, or late-breaking and more newsworthy events may take precedence. Advisories, digests and digest advisories will keep you up to date. All times are Eastern.

  • Woman's trek in Spain to raise money for cancer program

    Updated: 13 hr ago

    For Dava Gerard, a return trip to northern Spain to walk the Camino de Santiago was not “if” but “when.” “I met such an incredible spectrum of people,” Gerard said of her 500-mile pilgrimage in the spring of 2014. “Once you do Camino, you realize that you will be going back.” The journey was not only profound on a personal level. In the process of walking 15-20 miles a day (six hours a day) for weeks, the administrative director of the Presbyterian Cancer Center raised more than $3,500 for the Presbyterian Healthcare Foundation’s Cancer Patient Assistance Fund. Together with Charles Lohr III, MD, Interventional Radiologist with Radiology Associates of Albuquerque (RAA), who was set to climb Mt. Denali, they

  • 2 Bellevue officers suffer minor injuries in fracas

    Updated: 14 hr ago

    BELLEVUE, Neb. (AP) — Two Bellevue police officers sent to keep the peace have been treated for minor injuries after a fracas erupted over the towing of a vehicle. The incident occurred outside an apartment building around 9:30 a.m. Sunday. The two officers were dispatched to calm a dispute between the tow truck driver and the vehicle owner and relatives. Bellevue police Lt. Kurt Stroeher says the fracas began when officers tried to arrest someone who'd been blocking the tow truck. Stroeher says two of the people arrested kicked out windows in the police cruisers, and one of the officers was cut by the broken glass as he wrestled with one of the people. Police say a total of four people eventually were arrested and wi

  • Cranston police to receive special autism training

    Updated: 15 hr ago

    CRANSTON, R.I. (AP) — Cranston police officers will soon receive special training for interacting with people who are autistic. The training will be conducted by Officer Jason Head of the Newport Police Department on Monday. According to a news release, every Cranston officer will receive the training, which will instruct them on how to recognize the symptoms of autism in addition to dealing with those affected by the developmental disorder. Winquist says people suffering from autism have up to seven times more contact with law enforcement during their lifetimes, but only 20 percent of patrol responses related to autistic individuals involve criminal activity.

  • Group for visually impaired protest bus stop relocation

    Updated: 15 hr ago

    ROMULUS, Mich. (AP) — Activists say the relocation of a public bus stop at the Detroit Metropolitan Airport places a hardship on those who are visually impaired. They say the new location is farther away than it previously was from an airport terminal. Members of the National Federation of the Blind of Michigan gathered Sunday afternoon outside the McNamara Terminal to protest the move. The Detroit News reports Mike Conway of Wayne County Airport Authority says the bus stop was moved last September out of safety concerns. Conway says some buses were letting passengers exit and board in the middle of traffic lanes. Conway stressed the airport is compliant with all state and federal laws.

  • Doctor who survived Ebola to speak at IU School of Medicine

    Updated: 17 hr ago

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — An Indiana-educated medical missionary who became known worldwide when he survived a bout with Ebola will deliver the commencement address at his alma mater. Dr. Kent Brantly will speak May 9 at the Indiana University School of Medicine's commencement. He's a 2009 graduate of the Indianapolis school. Brantly is a family medicine physician who served as a medical missionary at a hospital in Monrovia, Liberia, from October 2013 until August 2014, when he was evacuated to the U.S. for treatment of the deadly Ebola virus. He became the first person in the world to receive the experimental drug Zmapp and the first person with Ebola treated in the U.S.

  • Woman who lost grandson to heroin takes on drug addiction

    Updated: 17 hr ago

    ST. JOSEPH, Mich. (AP) — A St. Joseph woman whose grandson died of a heroin overdose is among those fighting against drug addiction in the community. The Herald-Palladium reports ( http://bit.ly/1byzqZn ) that Carol Stockman was close to her grandson, Sam Stockman. The Lakeshore High School graduate was living next door to her and nearing a degree from Michigan State University when he died Sept. 13 at the age of 24. To help other families avoid a similar tragedy, Stockman is organizing an effort to educate young people and parents about addiction. Her work is one of several campaigns confronting drug abuse.

  • US Rep. Clyburn keynotes USC lecture on health disparities

    Updated: 17 hr ago

    COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — U.S. Rep. James Clyburn is delivering the keynote address at an annual conference on eliminating gaps in health care among people in South Carolina. The South Carolina Democrat's talk is Monday at 10 a.m. at the Arnold School of Public Health on the Columbia campus of the University of South Carolina. The event is free and open to the public. The symposium is designed to allow researchers, health professionals, policy makers and community leaders improve health care for all levels of society. The Department of Health and Environmental Control says South Carolina is part of the southeastern portion of the country that has an unusually high incidence of deaths from strokes and other forms of

  • Rescuers struggle to reach many in Nepal quake, fear worst

    Updated: 21 hr ago

    KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) — The death toll from Nepal's earthquake soared past 3,300 Monday, and how much higher it would rise depended largely on the condition of vulnerable mountain villages that rescue workers were still struggling to reach two days after the disaster. Reports received so far by aid groups suggest that many communities perched on mountainsides are devastated or struggling to cope. Landslides hindered rescue teams that tried to use mountain trails to reach those in need, said Prakash Subedi, chief district official in the Gorkha region, where the quake was centered. Matt Darvas, a member of the aid group World Vision, said it is likely that many communities can be reached only by helicopter.

  • Maine takes back 24,000 pounds of unused prescription drugs

    Updated: 21 hr ago

    PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Officials say Maine has collected nearly 24,000 pounds of unused medication during its first statewide drug take-back program. The Maine Sheriffs' Association partnered with local police departments, Eco-Maine and Poland Spring to take over the program initially developed by the Drug Enforcement Agency. The national drug collection effort was discontinued due to a regulation and funding changes. Officials in Maine decided to keep it going. DEA spokesman Matt Barden says new federal regulations allow citizens to return any unwanted medication throughout the year to police, pharmacies or other agencies willing to run the program. Authorities say the medication was destroyed after it was coll