• Sierra Leone into massive Ebola isolation effort

    Updated: 16 min ago

    FREETOWN, Sierra Leone (AP) — Some residents ran from their homes in Sierra Leone to avoid being trapped during a three-day lockdown to contain the Ebola outbreak, a health worker said Saturday, a minor setback on the second day of a massive effort to confine 6 million people to their homes. Nearly 30,000 volunteers and health care workers fanned out across the country on Friday and Saturday to distribute soap and information on how to prevent Ebola, which the World Health Organization says has killed more than 560 people in Sierra Leone and more than 2,600 in the region. The outreach campaign coincided with the sweeping three-day lockdown so that volunteers could conduct house-to-house searches to identify sick people reluctant

  • 10 activists, officers killed in Libya

    Updated: 35 min ago

    CAIRO (AP) — Libyan security officials say apparently targeted killings over two days have left 10 rights activists, journalists, and army and police officers dead in the country's east. The officials also said Saturday that three others targeted survived assassination attempts in the eastern city of Benghazi. Among the slain Thursday and Friday were two activist bloggers, a journalist and four current and former security officers. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to brief reporters. The identity of the killers was not immediately known. Islamic radical militias, however, have been blamed for frequent killings of secular activists, judges, moderate clerics, policemen and s

  • GOP doctor appeals on social issues in Oregon race

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    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.

  • More than 8,500 to participate in Jimmy Fun Walk

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    BOSTON (AP) — More than 8,500 people, including cancer patients, survivors, and family members, are scheduled to participate in this weekend's walk along the route of the Boston Marathon. The goal is to raise more than $7.5 million to fund lifesaving adult and pediatric patient care and cancer research for all types of cancer at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and the Jimmy Fund. This year's event will bring the Boston Marathon Jimmy Fund Walk's 26-year fundraising total to more than $100 million. Sunday's participants don't have to walk the entire 26.2 miles. It has four starting locations: Center School in Hopkinton; Wellesley High School; Boston College in Chestnut Hill; and Dana-Farber Cancer Institute's campus in th

  • Jailed, some mentally ill inmates land in lockdown

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    Day or night, the lights inside cell 135C of central New Mexico's Valencia County Detention Center were always on. Locked inside, alone, for a total of eight months, Jan Green says she heard the constant drip of water from a broken showerhead, pitting the concrete floor where she curled up on a sleeping pad. When she was awake, Green — a 52-year-old computer technician diagnosed with schizophrenia and bipolar disorder — rocked back and forth on a three-foot bench, hour after hour, confiding in an imaginary companion. "I didn't have a calendar or a pencil. I didn't have anything. So ... I pretended I had a friend in there with me," says Green. "I would talk and hold conversations just in my little crazy world, I guess you

  • North Dakota reports 17 cases of West Nile virus

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    BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Health officials say 17 cases of West Nile have been reported in North Dakota. Officials say eight people have been hospitalized and one death has been attributed this year to the mosquito-borne virus. State health officials have been monitoring the West Nile virus since 2002 and cases have been reported in every county in North Dakota. Last year, there were 127 West Nile virus cases in humans and two deaths.

  • Eagle Butte man sentenced for domestic violence

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    SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — An Eagle Butte man accused of beating and wounding his common-law wife has been sentenced to home confinement and probation. U.S. Attorney Brendan Johnson says 40-year-old Harold Picotte III was sentenced to six months of home confinement and 1 ½ years of probation. Picotte was indicted by a federal grand jury in May. He pleaded guilty to assault by striking, beating and wounding in July. Johnson says the incident occurred in February in Eagle Butte, on the Cheyenne River Indian Reservation.

  • More choice, help coming to NH health care market

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    CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — New Hampshire residents signing up for insurance under the federal health care overhaul law will have both more choices and more places to turn for help in November. For the last year, the only company selling health plans through the new marketplace was Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield, which was criticized for excluding 10 of the state's 26 acute-care hospitals. Starting Nov. 15, two other private insurance companies — Harvard Pilgrim and Assurant — and two cooperatives — Maine Community Health and Minuteman — are expected to begin offering plans.

  • RI event to highlight prevention of elderly falls

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    PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Health officials are highlighting the risks of falls by older adults and ways they can be prevented. The Rhode Island Falls Injury Prevention Coalition is holding an event Monday at the Statehouse as a kick-off to Falls Prevention Week. It's called "Strong Today, Falls Free Today." Lt. Gov. Elizabeth Roberts will be joined by officials from the state health department, division of elderly affairs and others. They'll talk about how falls can be prevented and recognize the work being done in that area. Officials say that, every year, one out of three adults aged 65 or older will experience a fall.

  • Guilty verdict in peanut trial should send warning

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    ALBANY, Ga. (AP) — Food safety advocates say a guilty verdict in a rare federal food-poisoning trial should send a stern warning to anyone who may be tempted to place profits over people's welfare. More than five years after hundreds of Americans got sick from eating salmonella-tainted peanut butter, the top executive in the company that owned the Georgia plant where it was made was convicted Friday of conspiracy, obstruction of justice, wire fraud and other crimes related the nationwide outbreak in 2008 and 2009. Former Peanut Corporation of America owner Stewart Parnell, 60, could face more than three decades in prison for the outbreak that was linked to nine deaths and prompted one of the largest food recalls in U.S. his

  • Moose populations down as winter ticks cull herd

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    PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Sportsmen hoping to bag a big moose are seeing increased competition from a tiny parasite that's cutting down moose populations in New England and across parts of the northern United States, prompting some states to offer hunters fewer permits or halt hunting altogether. Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont are all issuing fewer moose hunting permits this year, citing the impact of winter ticks on their moose populations. In Minnesota, where ticks are among several factors that have cut the population by more than half in less than a decade, there will be no moose hunting season at all. Thousands of ticks are sometimes found on a single moose, and the parasites can bleed the animals and cause anemia and d

  • State official encourages vaccinations against flu

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    PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona's top health official says it's time to get vaccinated for the flu and to encourage others to do the same. The flu season usually starts in October, and state Health Services Director Will Humble says steps now underway include monitoring reported cases and distributing distribution of vaccines. He says officials also are testing flu specimens to identify strains that are circulating and to detect potential drug resistance. Humble says the state has only one flu case reported in the past couple of weeks. He says According to the Department of Health Services, 12,000 people in Arizona were hospitalized or sickened by the flu during last year's season.

  • Foreign fighters, Ebola top Obama's UN agenda

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    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama will call on fellow world leaders next week to back a United Nations resolution calling on nations to stem the flow of foreign fighters joining terrorist organizations like the Islamic State, as the United States seeks to build legitimacy for its military campaign in Iraq and Syria, the White House said Friday. At the annual U.N. General Assembly, Obama will also speak at a meeting about Ebola, chaired by U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, where individual nations and the U.N. will announce new commitments to fight the outbreak in West Africa. Obama this week ordered 3,000 U.S. military personnel to the region to deal with the outbreak, and the U.S.

  • Alibaba stock soars in jubilant trading debut

    Updated: 12 hr ago

    NEW YORK (AP) — Alibaba debuted as a publicly traded company Friday and swiftly climbed nearly 40 percent in a mammoth IPO that offered eager investors seemingly unlimited growth potential and a way to tap into the burgeoning Chinese middle class. The sharp demand for shares sent the market value of the e-commerce giant soaring well beyond that of Amazon, eBay and even Facebook. The initial public offering was on track to be the world's largest, with the possibility of raising as much as $25 billion. Jubilant CEO Jack Ma stood on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange as eight Alibaba customers, including an American cherry farmer and a Chinese Olympian, rang the opening bell. "We want to be bigger than Wal-Mart," M

  • Hawaii public hospitals cut while hurting for cash

    Updated: 14 hr ago

    HONOLULU (AP) — Public hospitals across Hawaii are finding ways to reduce staff and cut services because they don't have enough money to make ends meet. Executives from the Hawaii Health Systems Corporation told lawmakers Friday that even after layoffs they are facing a $30 million deficit in 2015. One hospital on Maui chose to close its adolescent psychology unit because it couldn't sustain the appropriate staffing levels to provide the services. It's also considering cuts to oncology and dialysis services if the situation doesn't improve. "We're the only hospital in the community," said Wesley Lo, regional CEO of Maui Memorial Medical Center. "We're exploring every other option first.

  • New Mexico court OKs marijuana ballot questions

    Updated: 16 hr ago

    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The state Supreme Court ruled Friday that two of New Mexico's most populous counties can poll their voters in the November general election about lowering penalties for marijuana possession. The court ordered Secretary of State Dianna Duran to place the advisory questions on ballots in Bernalillo and Santa Fe counties. The counties will survey their voters on whether they support decriminalizing the possession of small amounts of marijuana. Bernalillo County also will ask voters about a possible tax levy to pay for mental health services. The counties, however, won't be obligated to follow whatever direction voters give on the issues.

  • 700 babies maybe exposed to TB at Texas hospital

    Updated: 16 hr ago

    EL PASO, Texas (AP) — More than 700 infants may have been exposed to tuberculosis at an El Paso hospital over the past year by an employee recently diagnosed with the illness, health officials said Friday. The employee, who worked in the nursery at Providence Memorial Hospital, tested positive on Aug. 25 and was placed on leave, but she may have exposed infants and about 40 other hospital workers starting in September 2013, said Dr. Hector Ocaranza, the health authority for El Paso County. The bacteria that cause TB can lay dormant for months or even years before they grow and cause an active case of the disease, according to the El Paso Department of Public Health. The bacterial infection is spread through the air when som

  • Florida town knew shooter had troubled past

    Updated: 16 hr ago

    BELL, Fla. (AP) — Most people in this rural, north Florida community seemed to know about the Spirit family's troubled and tragic past. The patriarch, Don Spirit, who police say killed his daughter and his six grandchildren before committing suicide, served time a decade ago after he accidentally shot his son to death during a hunting trip. His daughter 28-year-old Sarah Lorraine Spirit was on probation at the time she was killed. Two men who fathered her slain children are locked up. Gilchrist County Sheriff Robert Schultz couldn't say Friday what may have led up to the shootings. Don Spirit, 51, called 911 on Thursday afternoon from his home to say that he might hurt himself or others.

  • For victims, settlement marks a step in recovery

    Updated: 16 hr ago

    BALTIMORE (AP) — Maria Lennon said she felt some relief when she heard the news Friday afternoon: A judge had finalized a $190 million settlement between Johns Hopkins Hospital and more than 8,000 patients of a gynecologist who used tiny cameras to secretly photograph women and girls during examinations. Lennon had visited that gynecologist, Dr. Nikita Levy, for 15 years, and could receive some of the money. But for Lennon and many others, no monetary award can erase the ongoing shock, grief and fear. "I feel vindicated," Lennon said Friday. "But my nightmares aren't going to go away.

  • 3 guilty in Ga. salmonella-tainted peanut trial

    Updated: 17 hr ago

    ALBANY, Ga. (AP) — More than five years after hundreds of Americans got sick from eating salmonella-tainted peanut butter, the top executive at the Georgia plant where it was made was convicted Friday and faces prison time in a rare food-poisoning trial that advocates said sends a stern warning to others who may be tempted to place profits over safety. Former Peanut Corporation of America owner Stewart Parnell, 60, could face more than three decades in prison after being found guilty of conspiracy, obstruction of justice, wire fraud and other crimes related to the outbreak in 2008 and 2009 that was linked to nine deaths and prompted one of the largest food recalls in U.S. history. His brother, Michael Parnell, and a second co-def