• Medical marijuana advocates rallying at Statehouse

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    BOSTON (AP) — Medical marijuana advocates say they are frustrated with Gov. Deval Patrick's administration because the long-promised dispensaries where patients can purchase the drug are still not open. The Massachusetts Patient Advocacy Alliance says patients, family members and advocates will gather at the Massachusetts Statehouse at 11 a.m. on Monday to urge Patrick to address their concerns before he leaves office in January. The governor isn't seeking re-election. The state's medical marijuana law allows for up to 35 nonprofit dispensaries, but just 11 dispensaries have been provisionally certified so far. Many are not expected to open until early next year.

  • Pole dancing being used for fitness

    Updated: Sun, Sep 21, 2014

    LAS VEGAS (AP) — Poles have long been a staple of smoky strip clubs, but the women scaling and swinging from them in Las Vegas earlier this month weren't doing it for dollar bills. Many of the attendees at the 3rd Annual Pole Expo are taking the lead of expo founder Fawnia Dietrich and refining their slinky craft as a workout activity. "Most people that pole dance in the studios are everyday women, not strippers," said Dietrich, who got her start as a stripper but has since launched a Las Vegas studio offering fitness-focused pole classes. "It has that connotation of sensuality or eroticism that makes it a little more fun." The expo, held at the Palms Casino, offered workshops on everything from strength conditioning

  • Del. authorities: Bus overturns, 1 dead, injuries

    Updated: Sun, Sep 21, 2014

    BEAR, Del. (AP) — A bus carrying dozens of people crashed and overturned in Delaware, leaving one woman dead and several other people injured, authorities said. Officials said the accident did not involve other vehicles and happened around 4:20 p.m. Sunday in the community of Bear in the northern part of the state. Delaware State Police spokesman Sgt. Paul Shavack said there were 50 passengers on the bus when it overturned onto its left side. Shavack said one woman was killed at the scene, and that troopers found her body under the bus. The 49 others were taken to area hospitals for injuries varying in severity. Of those, three to five people were in critical condition, Shavack said.

  • Rivers leads Chargers to 22-10 win over Bills

    Updated: Sun, Sep 21, 2014

    ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) — One week, it's 6-foot-4 tight end Antonio Gates. The next, it's 5-10 wide receiver Eddie Royal. Whether big or small, Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers showed he has more than one go-to receiver after efficiently leading San Diego to a 22-10 win over the Buffalo Bills on Sunday. "Philip just opens up everybody," receiver Malcom Floyd said. "We've got all kind of weapons on the field. It's pretty much just picking your poison." A week after throwing three touchdown passes to Gates in a 30-21 win over Seattle, Rivers turned his attention to several other targets in completing 18 of 25 attempts for 256 yards. Floyd had two 49-yard catches that set up separate scoring drives.

  • New Haven briefing planned on children's virus

    Updated: Sun, Sep 21, 2014

    NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) — U.S. Rep. Rosa DeLauro is hosting an informational briefing on enterovirus 68, the respiratory virus that has affected many children. DeLauro will be joined by the superintendent and director of school nursing for New Haven public schools and a pediatric emergency medicine physician from Yale-New Haven Children's Hospital at a gathering Monday to make parents and health care providers, especially school nurses, more aware of the virus. State health officials said last week that the first case of enterovirus 68 in a child in Connecticut was confirmed in a 6-year-old girl who was treated at Yale-New Haven Hospital and later discharged. Since mid-August, more than 150 people in at least 18 states

  • Citing Joan Rivers, Texas' Perry backs clinic law

    Updated: Sun, Sep 21, 2014

    AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Republican Texas Gov. Rick Perry on Sunday invoked comedian Joan Rivers' death at a surgical clinic while defending a law he signed that would close the majority of abortion facilities in the nation's second-most populous state. The potential 2016 presidential candidate said the law made Texas safer, even though a federal judge in August blocked a key provision that requires abortion clinics to meet hospital-level operating standards. Had that requirement taken effect, only seven abortion facilities would remain in Texas — down from more than 40 in 2012. Rivers was undergoing a routine procedure at a New York outpatient surgery center when the 81-year-old entertainer went into cardiac arrest and died

  • Sierra Leone concludes nationwide Ebola lockdown

    Updated: Sun, Sep 21, 2014

    FREETOWN, Sierra Leone (AP) — Frustrated residents complained of food shortages in some neighborhoods of Sierra Leone's capital on Sunday as the country reached the third and final day of a sweeping, unprecedented lockdown designed to combat the deadly Ebola disease, volunteers said. While most residents welcomed teams of health care workers and volunteers bearing information about the disease, rumors persisted in pockets of the city that poisoned soap was being distributed, suggesting that public education campaigns had not been entirely successful. The streets of the capital, Freetown, were again mostly deserted on Sunday in compliance with a government order for the country's 6 million residents to stay in their homes.

  • Clementi family become advocates after suicide

    Updated: Sun, Sep 21, 2014

    NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. (AP) — Tyler Clementi's family could have stayed silent after he killed himself. It could have, understandably, hid from the spotlight and attention thrust upon it when he jumped from the George Washington Bridge after his roommate's webcam captured him kissing another man inside their Rutgers University dorm room. But four years after his death, the Clementis have used the pain they still feel every day to encourage acceptance and eradicate bullying. "We could have retreated," said Clementi's father, Joseph, who with his family founded the Tyler Clementi Foundation. "We didn't want to see this kind of thing happen to other kids and have it affect other families the way it affected ours.

  • Decision on bison quarantine expected mid-2015

    Updated: Sun, Sep 21, 2014

    BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A decision is expected in mid-2015 on a proposal to capture and quarantine wild bison from Yellowstone National Park so disease-free animals can be relocated to create new herds, Yellowstone's chief scientist said. The Department of Interior in June identified 20 parcels of public lands in 10 states that could be suitable for relocated Yellowstone bison that went through a quarantine program. The park includes portions of Montana, Wyoming and Idaho. Its 4,860 bison are prized for their pure genetics. However, many carry the disease brucellosis, which can cause pregnant livestock to prematurely abort their young.

  • Teen among top freshmen in Memphis battles cancer

    Updated: Sun, Sep 21, 2014

    MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — They came walking into the lobby at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, two towering figures with the size of many of the professional basketball players who sometimes visit. The 35-year old, 6-foot-8 with a powerful build, may have looked familiar, and for those who know their Memphis hoops, the large blue backpack Paris London carried offered a clue, with an embroidered "HAMILTON" and "14." The 14-year-old boy with him was thin as a rail at 6-foot-6, but with broad shoulders suggesting he'd fill out nicely.

  • Southeastern McNeese team for degree program

    Updated: Sun, Sep 21, 2014

    HAMMOND, La. (AP) — Southeastern Louisiana University in Hammond will partner with McNeese State University in Lake Charles to offer a bachelor of science degree in health systems management. The universities said the degree is intended to me increasing workforce needs. The program recently received final approval from the Louisiana Board of Regents. Both institutions are expected to begin enrolling students in fall 2015. The program will include three separate academic concentrations for health-related workforce occupations, said Southeastern provost Tammy Bourg. "The health care field has become one of the strongest growing sectors in the economy with an increasing demand for qualified professionals with speci

  • Free Clinic gets $75K grant from Blue Cross

    Updated: Sun, Sep 21, 2014

    PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A Providence-based clinic that provides free medical care to those without health insurance has received a $75,000 grant from Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island. The grant will help support the Rhode Island Free Clinic's mission of providing a "patient-centered medical home" for low-income, uninsured adults. The clinic's new open enrollment policy is designed to increase access to health care for those who can't afford it. Prospective patients can call to set up an appointment to determine if they are eligible. Patients must show that they live in Rhode Island, are at least 19 and meet certain income criteria. The Free Clinic serves some 2,000 uninsured patients.

  • Deadline ahead for Illinois marijuana businesses

    Updated: Sun, Sep 21, 2014

    CHICAGO (AP) — With a Monday afternoon deadline approaching, people who want to own medical marijuana businesses in Illinois are hurrying to complete their applications for a limited number of permits. Two state agencies — the Department of Financial and Professional Regulation and the Department of Agriculture — are accepting applications for dispensaries and cultivation centers until Monday at 3 p.m. The state's new medical marijuana law went into effect Jan. 1, but the first crop can't be planted until permits for growers are issued later this year. The law prohibits patients from growing their own cannabis. Commercial growers will pay a 7 percent privilege tax on their marijuana sales.

  • Rand Paul urges California GOP to try new tactics

    Updated: Sat, Sep 20, 2014

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul urged California Republicans on Saturday to attract new voters by trying tactics typically associated with Democrats: pushing for expanded voting rights, reforming criminal drug sentences and talking to minorities. "Let's be the party that actually wants to extend the right to vote," Paul said. "Some people say, well these people are going to be Democrats, more of them are going to be Democrats. Let's be the party for voting rights, let's be the party for restoring more voting rights, then more people will come to our party." Paul spoke to about 400 delegates in a lunchtime address to the state party's convention at the Los Angeles Airport Marriott.

  • Texas hospital to work with CMS on TB exposure

    Updated: Sat, Sep 20, 2014

    EL PASO, Texas (AP) — The West Texas hospital where more than 700 infants were exposed to tuberculosis over the past year says it will work with federal authorities to show its procedures were adequate. A Providence Memorial Hospital nursery employee tested positive for TB in August and was placed on leave. Health officials believe she may have exposed infants and about 40 other hospital workers starting in September 2013. A Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services deputy regional administrator, David Wright, says an inspection of the hospital by regulators revealed several violations. He says the violations could threaten the hospital's Medicare funding and posed "an immediate jeopardy to patient safety.

  • Hinds Community College to expand in property swap

    Updated: Sat, Sep 20, 2014

    JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Hinds Community College will expand its nursing and allied health programs in Jackson after agreeing to move Mississippi State extension service employees to college property in Raymond. The Hinds County Board of Supervisors voted Sept. 2 to accept the swap. The college will gain use of 11.5 acres and two buildings. President Clyde Muse says one building will be renovated to house classrooms. The property adjoins the college's current nursing and allied health programs near Central Mississippi Medical Center. The college could use the property for a surgical simulation center to help train students. There will also be expanded parking, and the college may build an elevated walkway to knit togethe

  • Sierra Leone staggers in Ebola isolation effort

    Updated: Sat, Sep 20, 2014

    FREETOWN, Sierra Leone (AP) — Some in Sierra Leone ran away from their homes Saturday and others clashed with health workers trying to bury dead Ebola victims as the country struggled through the second day of an unprecedented lockdown to combat the deadly disease. Despite these setbacks, officials said most of Sierra Leone's 6 million people were complying with orders to stay at home as nearly 30,000 volunteers and health care workers fanned out across the country to distribute soap and information on how to prevent Ebola. The virus, spread by contact with bodily fluids, has killed than 560 people in Sierra Leone and more than 2,600 in West Africa since the outbreak began last December, according to the World Health Organi

  • Spain repatriates priest with Ebola from Africa

    Updated: Sat, Sep 20, 2014

    MADRID (AP) — The Spanish government is preparing to repatriate a priest who has been diagnosed with the Ebola virus after working in Sierra Leone. In a statement Saturday, the Ministry of Health says Brother Manuel Garcia Viejo, medical director of the San Juan de Dios Hospital in the city of Lunsar, has tested positive for the deadly virus and has expressed his desire to be transferred back to Spain. Spanish officials were still finalizing the details of his transport. He is the second Spanish missionary to catch Ebola. Father Miguel Pajares, 75, was flown back to Spain from Liberia and treated with the experimental Ebola medicine ZMapp but died on Aug. 12.

  • 10 activists, officers killed in Libya

    Updated: Sat, Sep 20, 2014

    CAIRO (AP) — Targeted killings in Libya over two days left 10 rights activists, journalists, and members of the security forces dead in the country's east, local security officials said Saturday. Among the slain Thursday and Friday were two activist bloggers, and four current and former military and police officers. The officials said three other people who were targeted survived assassination attempts in the eastern city of Benghazi. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to brief reporters. The identity of the assailants was not immediately known.

  • GOP doctor appeals on social issues in Oregon race

    Updated: Sat, Sep 20, 2014

    PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Looking to leave behind her highly specialized medical career for a seat in the U.S. Senate, pediatric neurosurgeon Monica Wehby burst onto the political scene with a splash last year. Now that voters are paying closer attention, the Oregon Republican is fighting to keep her campaign afloat. Wehby raised a mountain of cash and the hopes of Republicans who thought she just might be the kind of candidate to win a Senate seat in a Democratic state. Then scandal hit. Days before the May primary, old police reports surfaced showing that an ex-husband and a former boyfriend separately called police to report Wehby was harassing them.