• Group to provide mental health first aid training

    Updated: Sat, Nov 29, 2014

    SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — A South Dakota group is set to present a free training session on mental health first aid. The Helpline Center Suicide and Crisis Support will be hosting the event in Sioux Falls. The training will focus on the initial help given to someone who may be developing a mental illness or experiencing a mental health crisis. The organization says participants will learn the signs and symptoms of the most common mental health problems, where and when to get help, and what type of help has been shown to be effective. Among the mental health issues that will be addressed are depression, anxiety disorders, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, eating disorders and substance use disorders. The eight-hour

  • Ebola scare boosts business for Alabama company

    Updated: Fri, Nov 28, 2014

    BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — The Ebola scare has subsided in the United States, at least temporarily, but an Alabama manufacturer is still trying to catch up with a glut of orders for gear to protect against the disease. Located in north Alabama, the family-owned Kappler Inc. of Guntersville typically gets only a few orders annually for the type of suit needed by health workers who are in contact with Ebola patients. That changed once the disease showed up in Texas, Kappler vice president of marketing Dennis Sanders said. Quickly, orders were flooding in for thousands of the company's Provent 10,000 coverall. "It happened, literally, overnight," he said.

  • French president cheered in Ebola-stricken Guinea

    Updated: Fri, Nov 28, 2014

    CONAKRY, Guinea (AP) — French President Francois Hollande brought a message of hope to Guinea on Friday, where thousands of residents lined the roads while clapping, drumming and dancing to catch a glimpse of the first Western leader to visit a country hard hit by Ebola. Guinean President Alpha Conde greeted his French counterpart at the airport and said that if Hollande could visit the country, then anybody could. "There is hope," said Hollande, "The hope of those who have been cured. The hope that we can control this epidemic ... The very fact that hope exists." But the French leader also warned that isolation "in a health crisis can become an economic crisis which can set off a political crisis.

  • Teen with peanut allergy dies after eating cookie

    Updated: Fri, Nov 28, 2014

    MILWAUKEE (AP) — A 16-year-old boy who was allergic to peanuts has died weeks after he mistakenly ate a peanut butter cookie and had an anaphylactic reaction. The Milwaukee County Medical Examiner's Office says Jaime Mendoza thought he was eating a chocolate chip cookie when he went into cardiac arrest that caused a brain injury on Oct. 15. He died Thursday at Children's Hospital of Wisconsin. The medical examiner says the teen knew he had a peanut allergy, but did not carry an inhaler or epi pen with him. He was with a friend last month when he mistakenly ate the peanut butter cookie and he became short of breath and went into cardiac arrest.

  • Black Friday gets a little less frenzied

    Updated: Fri, Nov 28, 2014

    NEW YORK (AP) — Black Friday seemed a little less crazy this year. There were squabbles here and there, and elbows got thrown, but the Friday morning crowds appeared smaller than usual and less frenzied, in part because many Americans took advantage of stores' earlier opening hours to do their shopping on Thanksgiving Day. That might be hard to stomach for people worried about commercial encroachment on Thanksgiving. But it is good news for bargain-hunters who hate crowds. Whether it's good news for retailers remains to be seen. Sales estimates for the start of the holiday shopping season will start trickling out later in the weekend. Stores such as Wal-Mart and Target reported brisk Thanksgiving crowds.

  • BLACK FRIDAY LIVE: Thinner crowds, protests, beer

    Updated: Fri, Nov 28, 2014

    NEW YORK (AP) — Black Friday shoppers are starting to look like procrastinators. The traditional kickoff to the holiday shopping season didn't seem as frenzied as in past years after many die-hard shoppers swarmed stores the night before on Thanksgiving. Still, millions of Americans headed out in search of deals. In Colorado, the new retail marijuana industry joined in the discounting, as did a brewery in Milwaukee. The day wasn't all about deals, though. In some regions, shoppers ran into protesters who turned out after a grand jury's decision not to indict a white police officer who fatally shot Michael Brown, an unarmed black teenager. Elsewhere, protesters once again called on Wal-Mart to pay its workers $15 an ho

  • Mom: Missing Ohio player texted about concussions

    Updated: Fri, Nov 28, 2014

    COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A missing Ohio State University football player told his mother in a text message the day he disappeared that concussions had his head messed up, according to a report filed with police. Kosta Karageorge, a 22-year-old senior defensive tackle from Columbus, was last seen at his apartment around 2 a.m. Wednesday. Team spokesman Jerry Emig confirmed that Karageorge missed practice Wednesday and Thursday, which his family says was uncharacteristic. Karageorge's parents filed a missing-person report Wednesday evening, listing him as white, 6-foot-5, 285 pounds, bearded and bald. His mother, Susan Karageorge, told police he has had several concussions and a few spells of being extremely confused, acco

  • Medical pioneer Dr. Aaron Shirley has died

    Updated: Fri, Nov 28, 2014

    JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Dr. Aaron Shirley, who broke racial barriers at the University of Mississippi Medical Center and founded the Jackson Medical Mall, has died. He was 81. Family members say in a statement that Shirley died of natural causes Wednesday at a Jackson hospital. WLBT-TV reports (http://bit.ly/1ymFNot ) funeral services will be held Saturday, Dec. 6, at the UMC Conference Center at the Jackson Medical Mall starting at 11 a.m. In lieu of flowers, Shirley's family asks that donations be made to the Dr. Aaron Shirley Foundation through the Jackson Medical Mall. Shirley graduated from Tougaloo College and Meharry Medical College. He was the first African-American pediatric resident at UMMC in 1965. Sur

  • 4 minor injuries in Hampton County plane crash

    Updated: Fri, Nov 28, 2014

    VARNVILLE, S.C. (AP) — Authorities say four people only suffered minor injuries after their small plane crashed near a Hampton County airport. Hampton County Emergency Management Director Susanne Peeples told local media outlets the pilot reported an emergency before crashing around 1 p.m. Friday at the airport near Varnville. Peeples says three people on board went to the local hospital as a precaution, while a four person was taken to a bigger hospital by helicopter after suffering a shoulder injury. Authorities say the plane was a Cirrus model equipped with a parachute that was deployed before the crash. The Federal Aviation Administration is investigating the crash.

  • Meningitis advisory at California university

    Updated: Fri, Nov 28, 2014

    ARCATA, Calif. (AP) — A Northern California university is advising all students in a campus dorm to take an antibiotic after one of their dorm mates was diagnosed with bacterial meningitis. Humboldt State University put out the advisory for students in Sunset Hall on Wednesday. Bacterial meningitis — a disease caused by the inflammation of the protective membranes covering the brain and spinal cord — is sometimes fatal and can spread through the exchange of respiratory and throat secretions by, for example, kissing. It is not spread by casual contact or by simply breathing the air where an infected person has been. University officials say the student was diagnosed on Tuesday and was in critical condition at a Redding h

  • Parking garages hacked for credit card data

    Updated: Fri, Nov 28, 2014

    CHICAGO (AP) — A Chicago-based parking facility provider says payment systems at 10 parking garages in Chicago and three in Evanston were hacked to capture credit card information. SP Plus issued a statement Friday. The company says it has fixed the problem and it regrets the inconvenience to its customers. The company says it has taken steps so banks issuing the credit cards can monitor for unauthorized charges. Customers who see suspicious charges should contact the banks issuing their credit cards. Parking garages in Chicago include those at the John Hancock, the Aon Center, Aqua and Presidential Towers. Facilities in Evanston are Church, Maple and Sherman garages. SP Plus says a garage in Cleveland, two in P

  • Hospital says Pele's condition is improving

    Updated: Fri, Nov 28, 2014

    SAO PAULO (AP) — Pele is responding well to antibiotics to treat a urinary tract infection and his condition is improving, doctors said Friday. The Albert Einstein hospital said the 74-year-old Pele remains in an intensive care unit undergoing "temporary" kidney treatment, but is "lucid" and breathing and eating normally without any support. "Pele's clinical condition has been improving," the hospital said in its latest report. Pele's personal adviser, Jose Fornos Rodrigues, confirmed Friday that Pele only has one kidney since the time he was a player, but said it was not affecting his treatment. Pele had surgery to remove the kidney back in the 1970s after complications from a broken rib.

  • Things to know about immigration in Michigan

    Updated: Fri, Nov 28, 2014

    DETROIT (AP) — President Barack Obama's executive action on immigration may protect millions of people illegally living in the U.S. from deportation, but it doesn't mean the states where they live will provide driver's licenses, in-state college tuition or other state services and benefits. Here's a look at where immigration policies stand in Michigan: DRIVER'S LICENSES Michigan only provides driver's licenses to people who can prove they are legally living or working in the U.S. The state will maintain that policy and rely on the "federal government to tell us who is legally here in the United States and who is not," Secretary of State Ruth Johnson's spokeswoman said this week.

  • Smog rules cause concern for Southwest industries

    Updated: Fri, Nov 28, 2014

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The Obama administration took steps this week to cut levels of smog-forming pollution linked to asthma and other respiratory problems, but meeting the stricter emissions limits is expected to cost industries billions of dollars. Utilities that run coal-fired power plants in the Southwest, oil and gas operations throughout New Mexico, Arizona and Colorado, and other businesses could feel the pinch. If counties run afoul of the proposed ozone regulations, virtually any industry could be targeted and forced to shut down some of their operations, said Wally Drangmeister, with the New Mexico Oil and Gas Association. That could affect the tax revenue states get from oil and gas and other industries.

  • Public leader in Ohio's heroin fight will retire

    Updated: Fri, Nov 28, 2014

    COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — An official who has helped lead Ohio's fight against heroin and opiate painkiller addiction is retiring. The state says Orman Hall is retiring at the end of the month as director of the Governor's Cabinet Opiate Action Team. During his tenure, the state's work under that umbrella included creating guidelines for using opiates to treat chronic pain and for using medications to treat prescription opiate and heroin addiction. The state has grappled with an opiate addiction crisis, starting with prescription painkillers and then heroin. Hall says progress has been made, but more work can be done. He'll be replaced by the team's deputy director, Andrea Boxill.

  • Illinois Route 66 gets electric charging stations

    Updated: Fri, Nov 28, 2014

    CHICAGO (AP) — Illinois' portion of historic Route 66 is getting a high-tech upgrade with the installation of a network of electric vehicle charging stations. The project will allow drivers of electric cars to zoom along the 300-mile stretch from Lake Michigan to the Mississippi River near St. Louis. The $1 million project is being supported by automakers with technical help from the University of California at Davis. Work begins this month and should be finished by summer. "This new project exemplifies Illinois' place as the innovation capital of the Midwest," said Gov. Pat Quinn in a news release announcing the project on Saturday. Charging stations will be built in eight cities.

  • California officer disciplined for texting photo

    Updated: Fri, Nov 28, 2014

    PALO ALTO, Calif. (AP) — A Northern California police detective has been disciplined for forwarding an explicit photo of a woman removed from her cell phone while she was under arrest. The San Jose Mercury News reported on Wednesday (http://bit.ly/1CoXmtf ) that this marks the second such case in recent months. In October, a California Highway Patrol officer working in Dublin was criminally charged for taking nude and explicit photos from the phones belonging to two women arrested in drunken driving cases. The newspaper says an audit reveals a police detective in Palo Alto also obtained a photo of a scantily clad woman during a burglary investigation. The audit says the unnamed detective wasn't charged; he was discipl

  • Blanchfield hospital uses short hours for holiday

    Updated: Fri, Nov 28, 2014

    FORT CAMPBELL, Ky. (AP) — Blanchfield Army Community Hospital on Fort Campbell is operating on different hours during the Thanksgiving holiday weekend. All Patient-Centered Medical Homes will consolidate to the Gold Army Family Medical Home for primary care Friday during the associated Day of No Scheduled Activities. The hospital remains open 24 hours every day, seven days a week, for emergency services, inpatient care, and labor and delivery services. All pharmacies observed the Thanksgiving holiday Thursday. Town Center Pharmacy is the only pharmacy on post open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday. The pharmacy at the Screaming Eagle Medical Home, next to Gateway Medical Center in Office Building One, will mirror the clinic

  • Traffic stops for texting while driving increase

    Updated: Fri, Nov 28, 2014

    SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The number of people stopped for texting while driving on Utah's highways has increased sharply since lawmakers expanded the law to ban dialing phones or checking email behind the wheel, according to new numbers from the Utah Highway Patrol. Troopers pulled over 692 people during the first six months after the law went into effect in May. That's a fourfold increase over the six-month period from May to October last year, when 166 people were stopped. The change makes the law easier for troopers enforce, said Sgt. Todd Royce. "We would stop someone and they would say, 'I wasn't texting, I was just calling a friend,'" Royce said.

  • Ebola scare boosts business for Ala company

    Updated: Fri, Nov 28, 2014

    BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — The Ebola scare has subsided in the United States, at least temporarily, but an Alabama manufacturer is still trying to catch up with a glut of orders for gear to protect against the disease. Located in north Alabama, the family-owned Kappler Inc. of Guntersville typically gets only a few orders annually for the type of suit needed by health workers who are in contact with Ebola patients. That changed once the disease showed up in Texas, Kappler vice president of marketing Dennis Sanders said. Quickly, orders were flooding in for thousands of the company's Provent 10,000 coverall. "It happened, literally, overnight," he said.