• Dem hopefuls buying TV ads in N.M.

    Updated: Fri, May 27, 2016

    Democratic presidential candidates are ramping up spending in New Mexico ahead of the June 7 primary election, launching aggressive TV ad campaigns. Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont has spent $47,700 for 128 ad spots on Albuquerque stations, outspending former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, whose campaign has financed 88 ad spots at a cost of $29,435, according to financial documents provided by the television stations. The candidates’ ads will run on KOB-TV, KOAT-TV and KRQE-TV, with the largest ad buys going to spots during morning shows and the evening news. Clinton, however, has focused more ad dollars on Tuesday night prime-time television on KOB and KRQE, while Sanders has focused his largest buys on the NBA finals

  • Boulder doctor who overprescribed pain meds gets probation

    Updated: Fri, May 27, 2016

    A Boulder District judge on Friday sentenced a Boulder-based doctor accused of overprescribing opioid pain medication to an undercover police officer in 2014 to 18 months of probation and 100 hours of community service. Larry Eckstein, 69, pleaded guilty in March to one count of distribution of a schedule 3 or 4 controlled substance. He was originally indicted by a grand jury on a more severe charge, but it was dropped as part of a plea deal. Applause from a large contingent of Eckstein's supporters broke out in Judge Ingrid Bakke's courtroom twice during the sentencing hearing — once when his attorney, Clifford Barnard, said he was proud to call Eckstein his friend, and again when Eckstein finished addressing the court.

  • State grants variance request for Cincinnati abortion clinic

    Updated: Fri, May 27, 2016

    COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A Cincinnati abortion clinic can legally continue operating despite not having a required transfer agreement with a nearby hospital for emergencies, under a decision from the state's health director on Friday. The variance for Planned Parenthood of Southwest Ohio was granted in part because it named four physicians to provide backup care in lieu of the written transfer agreement, Department of Health Director Richard Hodges told the facility's attorney in a letter obtained by The Associated Press. The variance expires on May 31, 2017, when the facility's license expires. Jerry Lawson, president and CEO of Planned Parenthood of Southwest Ohio, said Friday night he's pleased the variance was grante

  • Los Angeles Times Page One Advisory for Friday, May 27, 2016.

    Updated: Fri, May 27, 2016

    The following stories are under consideration: OBAMA-HIROSHIMA:TBW — President Barack Obama came face to face with the horror of nuclear war Friday in a somber visit to Hiroshima, becoming the first sitting U.S. president to tour the site of the atomic bombing 71 years ago that killed tens of thousands in an instant and ushered in the nuclear age. In a sweeping address that reflected on the obligations of humankind, Obama wrestled with the inherent contradiction that centuries of technical advancement has both made it easier to bind people together and given them the capacity for the carnage seen in this city. And he confronted the cold reality that his own goal of a world without nuclear firepower remains frustratingly out of re

  • Hospitalized suspect in Reno pill mill raid bound for jail

    Updated: Fri, May 27, 2016

    RENO, Nev. (AP) — A federal judge in Reno has ordered one of the key suspects in an alleged prescription drug trafficking-ring to return to the county jail when he's released from the hospital where he was taken for a medical emergency. Richard "Richie" West II is the manager of a Reno car dealership that was raided by federal agents in a painkiller "pill mill" probe. His lawyer, David Houston, said he was rushed to a Reno hospital Tuesday after he overdosed from a methadone treatment at the jail. He says it's proof the jail can't adequately treat West's chronic back pain and painkiller addiction. At a hearing Friday, U.S. Magistrate William Cobb directed the jail's doctor to promptly coordinate treatment with West's

  • State OKs transfer of hospital obstetrics unit

    Updated: Fri, May 27, 2016

    PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island's health agency has given conditional approval to the transfer of obstetrics services from Memorial Hospital in Pawtucket to two affiliated hospitals. The decision Friday from the Department of Health will take effect on Aug. 1 and follows a series of public meetings. The obstetrics unit at Memorial Hospital will close and the services moved to Kent Hospital in Warwick and Women & Infants Hospital in Providence. All three hospitals are operated by Care New England, a health system which the state says has grown increasingly unstable financially in recent years.

  • Cellphone radiation study raises concerns despite low risk

    Cellphone radiation study raises concerns...

    Updated: Fri, May 27, 2016

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A new federal study of the potential dangers of cellphone radiation, conducted in rats, found a slight increase in brain tumors in males and raised long-dormant concerns about the safety of spending so much time with cellphones glued to our ears. But the study had enough strange findings that it has caused other federal scientists to highlight flaws in the research, and experts said these findings and those from other studies continue to suggest the potential risk from cellphone radiation is very small. The National Institutes of Health study bombarded rats with cellphone radiation from the womb through the first two years of life for nine hours a day. It found tumors in 2 to 3 percent of male rats, which

  • More Oklahoma cuts necessary after passage of $6.8B budget

    Updated: Fri, May 27, 2016

    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma Legislature adjourned Friday after passing a $6.8 billion budget that will require most state agencies to absorb deeper cuts to deal with the remaining shortfall. House Appropriations and Budget Committee Chairman Earl Sears said there would be no further cuts to public K-12 schools and Medicaid provider rates beyond the ones lawmakers approved earlier. However, most other state agencies will have to reduce spending to deal with the remaining $360 million budget gap. The shortage had been $1.3 billion before the Legislature approved various measures to raise revenue. The House voted 52-45 for a bill funding such state services as public safety, education and health for the fiscal year

  • Kentucky's new Medicaid likely to not include premiums

    Updated: Fri, May 27, 2016

    FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — The more than 400,000 people who received health insurance from Kentucky's expanded Medicaid program will likely not have to pay monthly premiums under Republican Gov. Matt Bevin's reforms, but they could have reduced benefits, the state's Medicaid commissioner said Friday. Kentucky Medicaid Commissioner Stephen Miller, appointed by Bevin in February, told The Associated Press the Bevin administration does not plan to include monthly premiums as part of its application to the federal government to overhaul the state's Medicaid program. Bevin has previously said he supports the idea of Medicaid recipients having "skin in the game" by paying monthly premiums for their coverage.

  • Rauner reverses course on medical marijuana, backs expansion

    Updated: Fri, May 27, 2016

    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Gov. Bruce Rauner has reversed course on broadening Illinois' medical marijuana pilot program and is now supporting a plan to extend it roughly two years and add more qualifying health conditions. Legislation filed Friday by Deputy House Leader Lou Lang adds post-traumatic stress syndrome and terminal illness to the qualifying conditions, reconstitutes an advisory board and overhauls procedures. The proposal also extends the sunset to 2020 from 2018. Rauner has previously rejected attempts at expansion. He vetoed legislation adding PTSD. In a statement, Lang says Rauner and GOP leaders agreed on a plan that'll help "seriously ill individuals." Rauner's office confirmed his support, but decline

  • Venezuelan boy's death sparks anger over health care crisis

    Venezuelan boy\'s death sparks anger over health...

    Updated: Fri, May 27, 2016

    CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Venezuelans are expressing dismay over the death of an 8-year-old boy with non-Hodgkin's lymphoma who had become a symbol of the crisis-wracked nation's collapsed health care system. Oliver Sanchez gained fame in February when he appeared with his mother at a demonstration to protest medicine shortages wearing a mask and holding up a homemade sign reading, "I want a cure, peace and health." Sanchez died Tuesday, sparking outrage on social media and in congress. Opposition lawmakers in the National Assembly held up pictures of the second-grader to denounce what they called an avoidable death. A popular cartoonist dedicated a drawing to him dressed as an angel with a white dove in his hands.

  • Feds propose closing sheep grazing in west-central Idaho

    Updated: Fri, May 27, 2016

    BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Federal officials have released a plan to close about 30 square miles of grazing allotments to domestic sheep and goats in west-central Idaho to protect bighorn sheep from diseases. The U.S. Bureau of Land Management's release of the final supplemental environmental impact statement closing three allotments starts a protest period that runs through June 19. Two of the allotments are east of Riggins near the Salmon River and one is to the south along the Little Salmon River. The BLM opted not to close a fourth smaller allotment farther south. None of the allotments currently have domestic sheep. One, the Partridge Creek allotment on the south side of the Salmon River, closed in 2009 because of a cou

  • California rushes to allow HIV-infected organ transplants

    California rushes to allow HIV-infected organ...

    Updated: Fri, May 27, 2016

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California lawmakers approved emergency legislation Friday to allow a man with HIV to receive part of his HIV-positive husband's liver before the surgery becomes too dangerous, possibly within weeks. Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown promptly signed the bill, which takes effect immediately. The federal government recently authorized transplants of HIV-infected organs to patients who have the disease, but it remained illegal under California law and in more than a dozen other states, a leftover fear from the AIDS epidemic in the 1980s and 1990s. But advances in testing have since diminished concerns about donated tissue, and antiretroviral medications now allow patients to live for decades with HIV.

  • Dr. Heimlich, 96, uses his maneuver to save choking woman

    Dr. Heimlich, 96, uses his maneuver to save...

    Updated: Fri, May 27, 2016

    CINCINNATI (AP) — The 96-year-old retired chest surgeon credited with developing the namesake Heimlich maneuver has used it to save a woman choking on food at his senior living center. Dr. Henry Heimlich was in the dining room at the Deupree House in Cincinnati, where he lives, when an 87-year-old woman sitting next to him began choking Monday night. The dining room maitre d', Perry Gaines, told The Cincinnati Enquirer that Heimlich dislodged a piece of hamburger from the woman's airway and she quickly recovered. Heimlich said he was having dinner when he looked over at the woman sitting next to him and could see that her face was growing pink and she was obviously choking. He said he got up behind her and began the t

  • The Latest: Woman says Dr. Heimlich used namesake maneuver

    The Latest: Woman says Dr. Heimlich used...

    Updated: Fri, May 27, 2016

    CINCINNATI (AP) — The Latest on Dr. Henry Heimlich, who's credited with developing the Heimlich maneuver, using it on a woman at his living center (all times local): 4:45 p.m. A Cincinnati woman says she was having trouble breathing when the man credited with developing the Heimlich maneuver stepped in to save her life. Patty Ris (riss) says food had gone down her windpipe when Dr. Henry Heimlich stood behind her at the senior living center where they live. Ris says Heimlich could tell she wasn't breathing. She says she thinks she would have died without his intervention on Monday.

  • Inmate serving life sentence for manslaughter dies in prison

    Updated: Fri, May 27, 2016

    SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — The South Dakota Department of Corrections says a 54-year-old man serving a life sentence for manslaughter has died at the state penitentiary. Officials say Rick Pulfrey died in a comfort care setting at the Sioux Falls prison Friday following an extended illness. Pulfrey was sentenced to life in prison in 1994 for first-degree manslaughter out of Pennington County. He was charged with killing his girlfriend of eight years, Wendy Powell, at their home in October 1993 when an argument escalated into a physical fight. An autopsy on Pulfrey is being conducted.

  • Branstad approves new state oversight of Medicaid program

    Updated: Fri, May 27, 2016

    DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Gov. Terry Branstad kept intact the entirety of proposed state spending for the upcoming budget year on Friday, also signing into law new oversight of Iowa's Medicaid program under private management. Branstad announced his decision on Medicaid oversight amid final action on a number of bills, including several dealing with the state's $7.35 billion budget that goes into effect in July. Branstad, who has authority to veto policy bills and spending, kept all state dollars negotiated by the split Legislature. While he vetoed some portions of the health and human services bill, the Republican left alone language that adds more state oversight to Medicaid, the program that provides health care to about 5

  • Teen cancer survivor's wish to walk at graduation denied

    Teen cancer survivor\'s wish to walk at...

    Updated: Fri, May 27, 2016

    MESA, Ariz. (AP) — Some criticized a suburban Phoenix high school for not allowing a student diagnosed with cancer to walk with his graduating class after he worked to keep up with classes through treatment. Stephen Dwyer withdrew from school his junior year to receive a life-saving bone marrow transplant for leukemia. Dwyer, who is student body president, is 2 ½ credits short of graduating and will finish in December. A community Facebook page for Dwyer says the teen wanted to sit on the field in a cap and gown alongside his classmates Thursday but didn't ask to receive a diploma or even walk across the stage. After numerous meetings with the district superintendent and school board members, his request was denied.

  • Runner dies after collapsing during 3.5-mile Chicago race

    Updated: Fri, May 27, 2016

    CHICAGO (AP) — Authorities say a runner who collapsed during a road race in Grant Park died of natural causes. According to the Cook County Medical Examiner's office, 43-year-old Cao Bing of Wilmette died Thursday after collapsing in the 3.5-mile J.P. Morgan Corporate Challenge. A spokesman for the medical examiner said an autopsy Friday found that Bing died of natural causes. He suffered from heart disease and high blood pressure. Police and fire officials say Bing suffered cardiac arrest during the race and was taken by ambulance to Northwestern Memorial Hospital where he was pronounced dead. His age was initially reported as 39. J.P.

  • The Latest: California governor signs HIV-transplant bill

    Updated: Fri, May 27, 2016

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on California legislation allowing transplants of HIV-infected organs (all times local): 2:05 p.m. California Gov. Jerry Brown has signed emergency legislation to allow a man with HIV to receive part of his HIV-positive husband's liver before the surgery becomes too dangerous, possibly within weeks. The state Legislature rushed to approve the measure Friday. Brown spokeswoman Deborah Hoffman says it's "a life-saving matter." The federal government recently authorized transplants of HIV-infected organs to patients who have the disease, but it still had been illegal in California and more than a dozen other states. Dr.