• NFL suspends Browns star WR Gordon for 2014 season

    Yesterday

    CLEVELAND (AP) — Josh Gordon's wait is over, and so is his 2014 season. Now the star wide receiver's career is in peril. The Browns learned Wednesday that Gordon's indefinite suspension by the NFL has been upheld and he will miss at least 16 games for another violation of the league's substance abuse policy. A repeat drug offender, Gordon had appealed the penalty, hoping it would be reduced so he could play this season. The NFL, though, came down hard on Gordon, who must now pay the price for stepping out of bounds. The league announced that arbitrator Harold Henderson supported Gordon's yearlong suspension for marijuana use.

  • Children injured after being struck by lightning

    Yesterday

    AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Three children were hospitalized after being struck by lightning while on a soccer field in the Austin area. Austin-Travis County Emergency Medical Services Capt. Darren Noak said the children were injured Tuesday afternoon on the field in Bee Cave. The children were all initially taken to Dell Children's Medical Center in Austin, but Noak said one of the children was transferred in critical condition late Tuesday night to the burn unit at Parkland Memorial Hospital in Dallas. A message left Wednesday with Dell Children's on the condition of the two children there was not immediately returned. The ages of the three children could not be confirmed. Noak said that it was not storming at the fields w

  • Battle for Ukraine's southeast coast heats up

    Yesterday

    NOVOAZOVSK, Ukraine (AP) — Pushing west in a new offensive along Ukraine's strategic coastline, heavily armed Russian-backed separatist forces captured new territory Wednesday far from their previous battles with government troops. The bold offensive along a new southeastern front raised the prospect that the separatists are seeking to create a land link between Russia and Crimea, which also would give them control over the entire Azov Sea. After a third day of heavy shelling that sent many residents fleeing, rebel fighters with dozens of tanks and armored vehicles entered Novoazovsk, a resort town of 40,000 on the Azov Sea, the mayor told The Associated Press.

  • Israeli premier, Hamas declare victory in Gaza war

    Yesterday

    JERUSALEM (AP) — Both Israel's prime minister and Hamas declared victory Wednesday in the Gaza war, though their competing claims left questions over future terms of their uneasy peace still lingering. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's comments, delivered in a prime-time address on national television, appeared aimed at countering critics of the war, with both hard-liners in his governing coalition, as well as residents of rocket-scarred southern Israel, saying the war was a failure because it did not halt Hamas' rocket attacks or oust the group from power.

  • Washington residents get more insurance choices

    Yesterday

    SEATTLE (AP) — People who buy their own health insurance through the state's health exchange, Washington Healthplanfinder, will have more choices next year and will only see a small change in rates. The Office of the Insurance Commissioner approved on Wednesday 10 health insurers to sell 90 plans for 2015, said spokeswoman Stephanie Marquis. That's two more insurers than were OK'd for 2014, she said. The number of plans that will be available in 2015 jumped from the current 46 to 90, she said. Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler said the increased interest from health insurers is "a clear sign that health reform is working.

  • US official warns Ebola outbreak will get worse

    Yesterday

    FREETOWN, Sierra Leone (AP) — A third top doctor has died from Ebola in Sierra Leone, a government official said Wednesday, as a leading American health official warned that the outbreak sweeping West Africa would get worse. The disease has already killed more than 1,400 people in Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria and Sierra Leone, and Doctors Without Borders warned that the tremendous influx of patients in Liberia, in particular, is overwhelming their treatment centers there. "I wish I didn't have to say this, but it is going get worse before it gets better," Dr. Tom Frieden, the director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said of the outbreak at the end of a visit to Liberia, where he described the situation a

  • Sources: US considering new relief mission in Iraq

    Yesterday

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration is considering a humanitarian relief operation for Shiite Turkmen in northern Iraq who have been under siege for weeks by Islamic State militants, U.S. defense officials said Wednesday. And as the administration weighed its options for targeting the Islamic State group's strongholds in neighboring Syria, the U.S. Central Command announced three more airstrikes in the vicinity of Ibril and the Mosul Dam. The strikes by unspecified U.S. fighter, attack and drone aircraft, destroyed an Islamic State Humvee, a supply truck and three armored vehicles and damaged an Islamic State building, Central Command said. The three attacks brought to 101 the number of U.S. airstrikes against Islami

  • 3 ways insurers can discourage sick from enrolling

    Yesterday

    Insurers can no longer reject customers with expensive medical conditions thanks to the health care overhaul. But consumer advocates warn that companies are still using wiggle room to discourage the sickest — and costliest — patients from enrolling. Some insurers are excluding well-known cancer centers from the list of providers they cover under a plan; requiring patients to make large, initial payments for HIV medications; or delaying participation in public insurance exchanges created by the overhaul. Advocates and industry insiders say these practices may dissuade the neediest from signing up and make it likelier that the customers these insurers do serve will be healthier -- and less expensive.

  • Libya's UN envoy warns of 'full-blown civil war'

    Yesterday

    UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Libya's ambassador to the United Nations warned Wednesday of "full-blown civil war" if the chaos and division in the North African country continue. Ambassador Ibrahim Dabbashi told the U.N. Security Council that he had always excluded civil war as a possibility, "but the situation has changed." The council unanimously approved a resolution calling for an immediate cease-fire and extending sanctions against people threatening Libya's stability. Libya currently has two rival parliaments in different parts of the country, and two different governments, after the outgoing parliament reconvened and appointed a new prime minister.

  • New Mexico's infant mortality rate drops

    Yesterday

    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The infant mortality rate in New Mexico has dropped significantly last year, but health officials said this week that the change is not rare. The latest figures show a decrease from 6.9 infant deaths per 1,000 live births in 2012 to 5.4 in 2013, the state Department of Health said Tuesday. "The infant mortality rate in New Mexico can vary substantially from year to year," Health Secretary Retta Ward said in a news release. "Steep increases or decreases from year to year are not uncommon." The department is trying to understand the causes and implement initiatives to prevent or decrease infant deaths, Ward said.

  • Arizona Supreme Court to hear appeal on Medicaid

    Yesterday

    PHOENIX (AP) — The Arizona Supreme Court has agreed to decide whether conservative Republican legislators may challenge Gov. Jan Brewer's expansion of Medicaid health care coverage for low-income people. The state high court on Wednesday announced without comment that the justices will consider Brewer's appeal of a Court of Appeals decision that revived the lawsuit filed last year by Republican lawmakers. The mid-level court's April decision said lawmakers may sue over their contention that a hospital assessment that funds the expansion is financially based on a tax requiring two-thirds votes by the Legislature, not just the majority votes of a coalition of Democrats and some Republicans. The expansion was a key part

  • Counselors aiding peers of Oregon boy who drowned

    Yesterday

    PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A team of counselors is available at a Hillsboro middle school to help students and staff members grieving the loss of a 13-year-old boy who drowned. Michael Garcia-Ixtacua (eeks-TAH'-kah) was one of four family members who drowned Monday at Henry Hagg Lake, a popular swimming spot west of Portland. Evergreen Middle School principal Rian Petrick said the counselors were to be on hand until 3 p.m. Wednesday, and support will also be available when students return next week for the new school year. Michael was getting ready to start the 8th grade. His mother, sister and nephew also died Monday. No one saw what happened, and law enforcement officials said they found no sign of foul play. <

  • Nurse, inmate admit role in drug smuggling plot

    Yesterday

    NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Prosecutors say a prison nurse and a convicted murderer have admitted plotting to distribute 50 decks of heroin by smuggling it into the facility. The nurse, 40-year-old Christopher Ramdayal of Jersey City, pleaded guilty Wednesday to conspiracy to distribute a controlled dangerous substance. That came just days after 60-year-old Frank Booker of Newark pleaded guilty to the same charge. Surveillance cameras captured Ramdayal in May when he met a woman he thought was a drug dealer. But she actually was an undercover investigator. Ramdayal will likely get probation when he's sentenced Oct. 3. But he will have to forfeit his job and will be barred from holding public employment. Booker faces thr

  • Landmarks to light up for cancer telethon

    Yesterday

    NEW YORK (AP) — More than a dozen landmarks across the U.S. and Canada will light up to promote next week's "Stand Up to Cancer" telethon. Organizers say the buildings that will be illuminated starting Thursday include Rockefeller Center in New York, Toronto's CN tower and the Wrigley Building in Chicago. The hour-long cancer fundraiser will air Sept. 5 on 31 U.S. broadcast and cable networks. It also will air on Canadian networks and will stream live on Hulu and Yahoo in the United States. Other landmarks that will light up for the telethon include the Houston City Hall, the Parthenon in Nashville, Tennessee, and the Ferris wheel at the Santa Monica Pier in California. All the lights will be some combinat

  • West Africans get creative with Ebola awareness

    Yesterday

    ABIDJAN, Ivory Coast (AP) — A young man on camera names the person who's challenged him to dump the contents of a bucket over his head. But in a twist on the ice bucket challenge, this man is soon drenched in frothy, soapy water — part of a campaign to raise awareness about Ebola prevention in West Africa. Ivory Coast's "Lather Against Ebola" campaign, catchy songs and comedy are being used by West Africans to educate people on how to avoid getting the deadly disease, which has infected more than 2,600 people and killed more than 1,400 in four countries across the region, according to the World Health Organization.

  • Citing Ebola, Air France suspends flights

    Yesterday

    PARIS (AP) — France on Wednesday recommended that its citizens leave the African countries of Sierra Leone and Liberia because of the outbreak of Ebola there, and Air France temporarily suspended its three flights a week to Sierra Leone. The disease has now killed more than 1,400 people in West Africa. Air France announced that it temporarily halted its flights to Freetown, Sierra Leone because of the Ebola outbreak there and at the request of the French government. The French national carrier said it is maintaining its flights to Conakry, Guinea, and to Lagos, Nigeria, cities it flies to once a day. Referring to Ebola, the airline said, "Measures in place at airports there "guarantee ... that no passengers presentin

  • Offerman appeals judgment in bat attack case

    Yesterday

    BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) — Former major league baseball player Jose Offerman is appealing a federal court order that he pay $940,000 to a catcher injured during a minor league brawl in 2007. A jury last month awarded the money to former Bridgeport Bluefish catcher Johnathan Nathans, who says he suffered career-ending injuries when Offerman hit him in the head with a bat. Photos show a bat-wielding Offerman charging the mound after being hit by a pitch. But he denies swinging it at anybody. Offerman's lawyers argue in court papers filed Tuesday that the jury improperly found his client liable for assault because he charged the mound, after determining he was not guilty of battery on the catcher.

  • UNM gets grant to study rise in rural Hepatitis C

    Yesterday

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center is getting a $1.3 million grant to study the rise of Hepatitis C infections in rural New Mexico. New Mexico Democratic Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham Tuesday announced the funding from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Lujan Grisham says New Mexico is experiencing a disproportionate rise in infections, largely among young adults in rural areas. She says the research is crucial to developing long-term solutions for prevention, early detection and treatment. With the money, UNM researchers will be working with the New Mexico Department of Health to study Hepatitis C infection and treatment services for New Mexico populations at the

  • Spanish chain pulls kids' shirt after outcry

    Yesterday

    MADRID (AP) — Spanish fashion retailer Inditex said Wednesday it has withdrawn a children's shirt that triggered an outcry from people who said it was reminiscent of the clothes Jews were made to wear at Nazi concentration camps. The long-sleeved shirt with horizontal dark stripes and a six-pointed yellow star on the left side of the chest prompted a storm on social media, with many people finding the shirt distasteful because it conjured up memories of the Holocaust. "It was only on sale for a few hours, only online, it didn't hit the stores" said a spokeswoman with Inditex, which owns the chain Zara where the shirt was sold. "It was withdrawn this morning.

  • Coroner: Idaho woman died of blunt force trauma

    Yesterday

    NAMPA, Idaho (AP) — The Canyon County coroner says a southwest Idaho woman found dead in a cornfield died of blunt force trauma to the head. Authorities made the announcement Tuesday following an autopsy on 36-year-old Selena Dawn Thomas. Her body was found Thursday near Melba. Officers began searching in the field after Thomas' boyfriend reportedly told officers he hit her in the head with a hammer then pushed her and caused her to hit her head on a dresser. Court records say he told investigators he wrapped her body in a sheet, stuffed her into the trunk of her car and buried her in the corn field with the help of three other men. Alfredo Martin Martinez is jailed on a parole violation but has not been c