• Analysis: Clinton moves aggressively to hold of Sanders

    Updated: 19 hr ago

    MANCHESTER, New Hampshire (AP) — Hillary Clinton has been here before, watching a political rival generate youthful enthusiasm with lofty proposals she believes are going unchallenged. So on Thursday, she took matters into her own hands. In the first head-to-head debate between Clinton and Bernie Sanders, the former secretary of state tried to systematically undermine the Vermont senator's plans for a government-run health care system, his call for free college tuition and his foreign policy judgment. And she upbraided Sanders for his "artful smear" of the high-dollar speaking fees she received from Wall Street banks and the implication she's beholden to the financial firms as a result.

  • Colorado right-to-die bill approved by House panel

    Updated: 20 hr ago

    DENVER (AP) — A Democrat-led state House committee has approved a Colorado right-to-die bill that would provide a legal option for the terminally ill to end their lives. The House Judiciary Committee passed the bill on a 6-5 party-line vote late Thursday after hearing 10 hours of testimony. The legislation now goes to the full House for consideration, but faces an uphill battle if it reaches the Republican-controlled Senate. A committee there rejected the bill on a party-line vote on Wednesday. For those facing imminent death, "to compound that by saying because of the society you live in you cannot choose the manner of that death — you must take what fate hands you — is to compound the cruelty. It's inhumane," said com

  • Health officials: 2 cases of Zika virus reported in Nebraska

    Updated: 21 hr ago

    LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Health officials say two travel-related cases of Zika virus have been reported in Nebraska. A statement Thursday from the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services says the cases in Douglas and Sarpy counties are the first in the state. The department says the people infected are women in their 20s who recently traveled to Zika-affected countries. The outbreak has mainly hit Latin America and the Caribbean. Neither woman was hospitalized. The virus is mainly transmitted by mosquito. There has been one reported case in the U.S. of sexual transmission.

  • Brazil minister says no plans to cancel Rio Games

    Updated: 21 hr ago

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Brazilian organizers have reiterated they have no intention of canceling the Rio de Janeiro Olympics because of the outbreak of the Zika virus, with Sports Minister George Hilton saying the topic "is not in discussion." Hilton issued a statement Thursday saying he "lamented material and opinions in the press" speculating that South America's first Olympics might be called off. "The Brazilian government is fully committed to ensure that the 2016 Rio games take place in an atmosphere of security and tranquility," Hilton wrote. Brazil is the epicenter of an outbreak of the mosquito-borne Zika virus, which the World Health Organization has called "an extraordinary event and public health threat.

  • Hawaii lawmakers kill vaccine bill after heated debate

    Updated: 22 hr ago

    HONOLULU (AP) — After listening to Hawaii residents speak out against vaccines and saying they cause everything from autism to the Zika virus, Hawaii lawmakers killed a bill to speed up the state's process for adopting federal vaccination guidelines. The bill would have allowed the state Health Department to more easily adopt the federal rules, which some opponents of the measure fear would result in more vaccinations. Under the bill considered by the Senate Committee on Commerce, Consumer Protection and Health, the department would have 90 days to adopt rules. Immediately after hearing opposition to the bill, Sen. Rosalyn Baker said Thursday it wouldn't move forward. Her announcement came before the usual time when lawmak

  • Fireworks fly as Clinton, Sanders square off before NH

    Updated: 23 hr ago

    DURHAM, N.H. (AP) — Fireworks flying in their first one-on-one debate, Hillary Clinton accused Bernie Sanders Thursday night of subjecting her to an "artful smear" while Sanders suggested the former secretary of state was a captive of America's political establishment. The two Democrats embraced a markedly more contentious tone than when they last debated before the year's presidential voting began in Iowa, and it signaled how the race for the nomination has tightened five days ahead of the first-in-the-nation primary in New Hampshire next Tuesday. The two argued over ideas, over tactics and over who has the liberal credentials to deliver on an agenda of better access to health care, more affordable college, fighting income

  • St. Louis Post-Dispatch Tony Messenger column

    Updated: 23 hr ago

    My introduction to opioid addiction came on Christmas Eve many years ago. I was a preteen and our traditional holiday celebration at my grandparents’ house had turned strange. All night long, my dad, and aunts and uncles took turns going into my grandmother’s room. They were somber and wouldn’t tell us kids what was going on. On the way home, Dad fessed up: Grandma had a pain medication addiction. In the almost four decades since that blip on my family radar appeared, national awareness of opioid abuse has skyrocketed, in part because the abuse of painkillers has grown significantly.

  • Possible wood slivers prompt H-E-B ice cream recall


    SAN ANTONIO (AP) — H-E-B supermarkets have issued a voluntary recall for its Creamy Creations Caramel Pecan Turtle ice cream over possible wood pieces in the product. In a statement Thursday, the San Antonio-based supermarket chain said there have been no reports of illness from its product. H-E-B described the affected ice cream as having a Uniform Product Code (UPC) of 0 4122051877 7 and sell-by dates of 20 APR(ABR)16, 10 MAY(MAY)16, 07 JUN(JUN)16 and 18 JUL(JUL)16. Customers with questions may call 1-855-432-4438.

  • Peace deal in reach, Obama says US to help Colombia rebuild


    WASHINGTON (AP) — Nudging Colombia toward a peace deal that's finally within reach, President Barack Obama committed the United States on Thursday to helping the battle-scarred nation rebuild after half a century of guerrilla conflict. Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos came to the White House on the verge of a historic truce with the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC, that promises to end Latin America's longest-running armed conflict. Facing the daunting task of reconstruction, Santos secured promises of financial help from Obama, who said the U.S. "will be your partner in waging peace." "In short, a country that was on the brink of collapse is now on the brink of peace," Obama said, hosting Santos for a

  • NFL critic crashes news conference about concussions


    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — An uninvited guest at the NFL's annual pre-Super Bowl news conference about health and safety, Chris Nowinski stood nearby and listened Thursday as one of the league's chief advisers about concussions declined to acknowledge a link between football and the brain disease called CTE. "I wanted to see the talking points in real time, and you can tell it affected me emotionally," said Nowinski, executive director of the Concussion Legacy Foundation and an outspoken critic of the NFL on the topic of head injuries. "It's just incredibly frustrating to see this stuff." What he found particularly bothersome was an exchange between reporters and Dr. Mitch Berger, a member of the NFL's head, neck and spine commit

  • Panel OKs second Utah medical marijuana plan of the day


    SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A panel of Utah lawmakers approved a bill that would allow tens of thousands of residents with chronic or debilitating conditions to consume edible pot products but bans smoking pot. Members of the Senate judiciary and law enforcement committee voted 4-1 in front of a packed room and two overflow spaces need to accommodate those in attendance. The plan, introduced by Republican Sen. Mark Madsen of Eagle Mountain, was the second marijuana proposal approved Thursday. Both will move to the full Senate, where they are expected to be debated within the next week. Madsen's proposal will face a key test when it goes before the full Senate for a vote.

  • Lawmakers want medical marijuana oversight committee


    HONOLULU (AP) — With less than five months until medical marijuana dispensaries are up and running, Hawaii lawmakers are considering a bill to create an oversight committee for the future industry. Sixteen years after Hawaii became the first state to legalize medical marijuana, the state is months away from granting licenses for marijuana businesses. The law allows for eight licenses across the state, each with two production centers and two dispensaries. The bill would establish a committee that would evaluate the effectiveness of dispensaries to meet patients' needs as well as the security involved with production centers and dispensaries. It would also examine the affordability of medicine and whether to allow edibles.

  • Covered California adds 425,000 under Obama health law


    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — More than 425,000 people in California signed up for private health insurance coverage during the third enrollment period under President Barack Obama's health care law, the state's health insurance exchange announced Thursday. Covered California, the state-run health-insurance exchange created under the federal Affordable Care Act, said young adults are making up a growing share of new enrollees. Strong enrollment by young people is crucial to the success of Obama's health overhaul because they use less health care, keeping costs lower for everyone. Young adults, ages 18-34, made up 37 percent of new sign-ups this year, up from 29 percent in the first year, said Peter Lee, executive director of Co

  • State officials say insurance exchange enrollment numbers up


    DOVER, Del. (AP) — State officials say figures provided by the federal government show that more Delawareans are selecting health care coverage under the Affordable Care Act. Sunday was the open enrollment deadline to sign up for exchange coverage this year. Federal officials reported Thursday that more than 28,250 people selected plans on Delaware's exchange, either by signing up or through automatic renewals. State officials say that's an increase of almost 13 percent over 2015. Nationwide, federal officials said about 12.7 million people signed up for individual private insurance policies or renewed their coverage for 2016, about a million more than last year.

  • Michigan Senate OKs $30 million to cover Flint water bills


    LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan lawmakers moved quickly Thursday to start approving $30 million to help pay the water bills of Flint residents facing a lead-contaminated water supply. The bill, passed unanimously by the Senate a day after Gov. Rick Snyder formally announced the plan, goes to the House for its consideration as early as next week. Snyder says the assistance would provide a credit for the estimated portion of residential customers' utility bills for water that has been or will be used for drinking, cooking or bathing from 2014 until this spring, when officials hope the water is declared safe to drink again without a filter.

  • The Latest: Lawmakers OK medical marijuana plan


    SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The Latest on two competing programs Utah lawmakers are considering to allow people to use marijuana for medical reasons. (all times local): 6:15 p.m. A panel of Utah lawmakers has approved a bill that would allow tens of thousands of residents with chronic or debilitating conditions to consume edible pot products but bans smoking pot. Members of the Senate judiciary and law enforcement committee voted 4-1 in front of a packed committee room and two overflow spaces. It was the second marijuana plan approved today. A slew of patients, caregivers and doctors spoke to the drug's track record as a safe and effective treatment, one without the addictive qualities and side effects of certain appr

  • New Mexico lawmakers look to curb opioid addiction


    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — With one of the highest drug overdose death rates in the nation, New Mexico has been working for years to curb what has now been identified by the highest levels of government as a national epidemic. The state was the first in to require all licensed clinicians to undergo extra training for prescribing painkillers, but now lawmakers are looking for new ways to fight opioid addiction and getting everyone on board is turning out to be a challenge. After a lengthy debate Thursday, a Senate committee suggested more needs to be done to improve the language of a bill that calls for increasing education and requiring insurance companies to cover medications that deter opioid abuse.

  • BC-NM--New Mexico Evening News Digest, NM


    Good evening. Here's a look at how AP's general news coverage is shaping up today in New Mexico. Questions about today's coverage plans are welcome, and should be directed to Susan Montoya Bryan at 505-822-9022 or apalbuquerque@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 Mountain. Some TV and radio stations will receive shorter APNewsNow versions of the stories below, along with all updates. UPCOMING TOMORROW: HOMELESS MEN KILLED ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.

  • Rhode Island attorney general: Daily fantasy sports legal


    PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Daily fantasy sports mix chance and skill and are legal under state law, the state's attorney general said Thursday. Attorney General Peter Kilmartin said he conducted a review and has forwarded the findings to fellow Democrats Gov. Gina Raimondo, Senate President Teresa Paiva Weed and House Speaker Nicholas Mattiello. Not long after Kilmartin released his findings, a lawmaker in the heavily Democratic General Assembly introduced legislation to license daily fantasy sports websites. Daily fantasy sports participants put together virtual teams based on real players and compete for points based on the players' statistics. Attorneys general in several states have found the games are illegal. But Kilmart

  • Brazil health official confirms Zika spread via transfusion


    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Two people in southeastern Brazil contracted the Zika virus through blood transfusions, a municipal health official said Thursday, presenting a fresh challenge to efforts to contain the virus on top of the disclosure of a case of sexual transmission in the United States. The two unrelated cases in Brazil may be the first of people contracting Zika via blood transfusions in the current outbreak, though the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, along with other health bodies, have said that Zika could be spread via blood transfusions. That concern led the U.S. Red Cross to announce that it is asking travelers to Zika outbreak countries to wait at least 28 days before donating blood.