• Colorado insurance sign-ups outpace last year

    Yesterday

    DENVER (AP) — Individual insurance sign-ups under Colorado's health care exchange are running ahead of the pace from a year ago, when the marketplace opened for the first time, state officials announced Monday. Connect For Health Colorado officials said 6,144 people got health and dental insurance plans in the first full week of enrollment for 2015. That's way ahead of the 240 or so who signed up in the first week last year, when the exchange was new. Connect For Health attracted about 150,000 customers in its first year and wants to reach a total of 200,000 this time around. It wasn't clear how many of the enrollments over the past week were new customers or returning customers.

  • New UW nursing program receives full accreditation

    Yesterday

    LARAMIE, Wyo. (AP) — The University of Wyoming's Doctor of Nursing Practice Program has earned full accreditation by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education. The designation will strengthen delivery of both primary and mental health care in Wyoming. Without national accreditation, UW's Doctor of Nursing Practice Program graduates would not be able to sit for the national certification exam. In addition, they would not be able to obtain licensure to practice as nurse practitioners in Wyoming or elsewhere. The UW program offers two options. There's a family nurse practitioner program, which prepares nurse practitioners to practice as primary care providers.

  • Tribe becomes 1st to launch online gambling in NJ

    Yesterday

    ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — California's Pala Indians have launched their Internet gambling site in New Jersey following a test period last week, becoming the first tribe to do so in the state. The Pala Band of Mission Indians received permission late Friday from New Jersey gambling regulators for a full launch of the website in a partnership with Atlantic City's Borgata. PalaCasino.com started taking bets Saturday morning, said Jim Ryan, CEO of Pala Interactive, the tribe's Internet gambling arm. "We had a solid weekend and we have yet to start marketing," he told The Associated Press Monday. "We believe we are breaking into the New Jersey market at the perfect time.

  • Google settles with ex-banker over online abuse

    Yesterday

    LONDON (AP) — Google has agreed to a settlement with a former Morgan Stanley banker who sued the search engine over defamatory Internet posts. Daniel Hegglin, a Hong Kong-based investor, went to Britain's High Court to force Google to ensure posts falsely labeling him a murderer, pedophile and Nazi didn't appear in search results. Hegglin's lawyer, Hugh Tomlinson, said Monday that the case had been settled. He didn't disclose details, but said the settlement "includes significant efforts on Google's part to remove the abusive material" from search results and Google-hosted websites. Google lawyer Antony White said the company was sympathetic to Hegglin, who had received an "exceptional" amount of Internet abuse.

  • Deputy escapes serious injury when semi hits car

    Yesterday

    LEON, Kan. (AP) — A Butler County sheriff's deputy escaped serious injury when a semi-trailer truck hit his patrol car in south-central Kansas. The Kansas Highway Patrol says the accident happened Monday morning near Leon on westbound U.S. 400. The westbound truck hit the patrol car while the deputy was helping a stalled motorist. The truck driver was taken to Wesley Medical Center with non-critical injuries. The deputy was treated for minor injuries at the scene. Traffic on westbound U.S. 400 was reduced to one lane while the accident was investigated.

  • HealthSouth to spend $750M on home health business

    Yesterday

    BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — HealthSouth will spend about $750 million on the privately held owner of Encompass Home Health and Hospice in a deal that helps the rehabilitation hospital operator expand into home health care. The Birmingham, Alabama, company said Monday that Encompass, which is owned by EHHI Holdings Inc., will complement its inpatient rehabilitation business. Directors of both companies have approved the deal, which is expected to close before the end of the year. HealthSouth CEO Jay Grinney said in a statement that Encompass has integrated 45 separate acquisitions since 2005. He said they believe they can accelerate that consolidation pace while also expanding HealthSouth's inpatient rehabilitation portfolio.

  • Merry marijuana: Pot sellers woo holiday shoppers

    Yesterday

    DENVER (AP) — That's not mistletoe. From new marijuana strains for the holidays to gift sets and pot-and-pumpkin pies, the burgeoning marijuana industry in Colorado is scrambling to get a piece of the holiday shopping dollar. Dispensaries in many states have been offering holiday specials for medical customers for years — but this first season of open-to-all-adults marijuana sales in some states means pot shops are using more of the tricks used by traditional retailers to attract holiday shoppers. Here's a look at how the new recreational marijuana industry is trying to attract holiday shoppers: OLD-FASHIONED DOORBUSTERS Traditional retailers sell some items below cost to drive traffic and attract sales. Recre

  • Italian doctor with Ebola returning for treatment

    Yesterday

    MILAN (AP) — An Italian doctor who has been working in Sierra Leone has tested positive for the Ebola virus and is being transferred to Rome for treatment, the health ministry said Monday. It is Italy's first confirmed case of Ebola. The doctor, who was not identified and who works for the non-governmental organization Emergency, is scheduled to arrive overnight in Italy for treatment at the Lazzaro Spallanzani National Institute for Infectious Diseases in Rome. Health Minister Beatrice Lorenzin said in a statement that the doctor experienced a fever and other symptoms overnight, but he was well enough to eat breakfast and drink beverages. The ministry said all measures are being taken to ensure the safe transport of the pa

  • Liberia free of Ebola by Christmas, says president

    Yesterday

    MONROVIA, Liberia (AP) — Liberia's president on Monday urged her countrymen to double their efforts to reach the government's goal of having zero new Ebola cases by Dec. 25, a target some experts have described as highly ambitious. "We've set a pretty tough target. But when you set a target it means that you stay focused on that target and on that goal and then you double your efforts," Sirleaf said during a ceremony marking the docking of a Dutch aid ship in the capital, Monrovia. "When you're running a race, as you get closer and closer to the finish line you pick up the speed because you want to make sure that that last mile you will give it your best bet," Sirleaf added.

  • Indiana high school honors Hill for cancer fight

    Yesterday

    LAWRENCEBURG, Ind. (AP) — College basketball player Lauren Hill's Indiana high school retired her jersey number this weekend in honor of her inspirational fight to continue playing despite having brain cancer. Hill told the crowd at Lawrenceburg High School on Saturday night that she thought she was simply coming to watch her old team play. The 19-year-old freshman has gained attention for her efforts to play at Division III Mount St. Joseph in Cincinnati and raise money to research and treat cancer. She was diagnosed with brain cancer last year and has perhaps only months to live. "All this has been amazing and the continued support from everybody, and all the other teams, and the community," Hill told the crowd.

  • Review: 3 cheap smartphones to consider

    Yesterday

    NEW YORK (AP) — The cheapest smartphones don't have all the gizmos of Apple or Samsung models, but I'm impressed by how many features you do get for roughly a third of the price. Processors are slower, yet that's not so noticeable for basic tasks such as email, Facebook and weather checks. Video and audio are also enjoyable, as long as I'm not expecting the same performance I get on high-end phones. Batteries don't last quite as long without a recharge but I still got about seven hours of streaming video on Hulu. Do I really need the nine to 12 hours I can get with an iPhone or Samsung Galaxy? Because you spend so much time with your phone, there's a case for having the best.

  • 2nd Czech government minister targeted with poison

    Yesterday

    PRAGUE (AP) — An envelope mailed to the Czech Republic's finance minister contained poison, the second such case in a week, an official said Monday. Tests conducted on the suspicious envelope to minister Andrej Babis detected "a deadly amount of a dangerous poison," according to Radek Pokornik, a spokesman for the National Institute for Nuclear, Chemical and Biological Protection. Pokornik declined to give further details about the letter received Thursday, citing a police request. Tests conducted by the institute found that an envelope mailed to Interior Minister Milan Chovanec on Tuesday contained a life-threatening amount of cyanide-like material. Both envelopes were intercepted before anyone could be exposed

  • Do you need to break the bank to get a good phone?

    Yesterday

    NEW YORK (AP) — It might seem as though everyone has an iPhone or Galaxy smartphone. But many customers are eschewing the best cameras and screens — and their top-end price tags — and choosing models that can get the job done at less than a third of the cost. Sales of high-end Samsung and Apple phones remain robust, but demand for budget phones is growing. About a third of the smartphones sold in the U.S. between July and September cost less than $200, up from 18 percent a year ago, according to tech research firm IDC. A top-end phone costs $600 to $700 at full price, before the subsidies some phone companies offer in exchange for committing to two-year service contracts.

  • Marshall receives software grant from Siemens

    Yesterday

    HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — Marshall University says it's received a software grant with a commercial value of nearly $134 million. The university says in a news release that the grant from Siemens PLM Software will give students access to technology that companies use to develop products in a variety of industries, including automotive and shipbuilding. Siemens has done a similar partnership with West Virginia University.

  • Chilean moms growing support for medical marijuana

    Yesterday

    SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — Paulina Bobadilla was beyond desperate. The drugs no longer stopped her daughter's epileptic seizures and the little girl had become so numb to pain, she would tear off her own fingernails and leave her small fingers bleeding. Bobadilla was driving on a mountain road with Javiera, intent on ending it all by steering their car off a cliff. "All I wanted to do was to die along with her," the 34-year-old mother recalled of that day in April 2013. "I told her: 'This is it.' But then she said, 'Mommy, I love you.' I looked at her and I knew I had to continue fighting.

  • Health care M&A leads global deal surge

    Updated: Sun, Nov 23, 2014

    In a big year for deal making, the health care industry is a standout. Large drugmakers are buying and selling businesses to control costs and deploy surplus cash. A rising stock market, tax strategies and low interest rates are also fueling the mergers and acquisitions. It's all combining to make 2014 the most active year for health care deals in at least two decades. The industry has announced about $438 billion worth of mergers and acquisitions worldwide so far, about 14 percent of the $3.2 trillion total for all industries, according to data provider Dealogic. Overall, M&A is on track for its best year since 2007, the year before the financial crisis intensified.

  • Minnesota company recalls ground beef

    Updated: Sun, Nov 23, 2014

    VADNAIS HEIGHTS, Minn. (AP) — The U.S. Department of Agriculture says Ranchers Legacy Meat Co. of Vadnais Heights is recalling 1,200 pounds of ground beef because of possible E. coli contamination. The USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service says inspectors discovered the suspected contamination during a routine inspection. The recalled products are packaged in plastic sealed packets and contain various weights of ground beef. The beef was shipped to distributors for sale nationwide. The products, including ground beef patties and ground chuck patties, have a "use by" date of Dec. 10, 2014, and carry the establishment number of "Est. 40264" inside the USDA mark of inspection.

  • Prosecutor's 'diatribe' about marijuana ruins case

    Updated: Sun, Nov 23, 2014

    DETROIT (AP) — The evidence seemed solid in a marijuana case, but a "personal diatribe" against Michigan's medical marijuana law by an Upper Peninsula prosecutor spoiled the conviction, the state appeals court said. In a 3-0 decision, the court granted a new trial to Paul Heminger, who was convicted of growing nearly two dozen pot plants in Alger County. During her closing argument, Alger County prosecutor Karen Bahrman criticized the medical marijuana law and attacked the credibility of a local group, the Alger Hemp Coalition, which she said has a "vision for the country where everybody can walk around stoned.

  • Health officials give advice on travel to Africa

    Updated: Sun, Nov 23, 2014

    BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota health officials have put together a set of guidelines to advice individuals traveling to Ebola-affected nations in West Africa. Officials say people traveling to Guinea, Sierra Leone, Mali or Liberia should inform the Department of Health about their plans prior to traveling. Officials also ask that individuals coordinate their travel with a well-established group that routinely operates in those countries. Upon returning to North Dakota, travelers should follow all protocols issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Officials add residents should contact the Health Department as soon as they return to the state to coordinate their 21-day monitoring period.

  • Brother: Mental illness factor in deaths of family

    Updated: Sun, Nov 23, 2014

    SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — When relatives came into the home where five members of one Utah family were found dead in September, it looked like they'd been preparing for a long trip, leaving bowls out with extra food for their cats. Family members found something else in 14-year-old Benson's room, his uncle said Friday: A letter to the boy's best friend saying goodbye. "It basically indicated that he knew one day he'd be found dead," Jacob Strack said. Benson was found Sept. 27 along with his parents, Benjamin and Kristi Strack, and two of his siblings. Relatives believe the deaths were planned and mental illness was a factor, said Jacob Strack, who is Benjamin Strack's brother and is acting as family spokesman.