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US Supreme Court declines involvement in state egg law cases

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — The U.S. Supreme Court has declined to get involved in a legal dispute in which 15 states are seeking to strike down laws in California and Massachusetts that require larger living areas for some farm animals. The...

 

Facility's CEO resigns after vegetative patient gives birth

PHOENIX (AP) — Police served a search warrant Tuesday to get DNA from all male employees at a long-term care facility in Phoenix where a patient who had been in a vegetative state for years gave birth, triggering reviews by state agencies and...

 
 By Tim Talley    Regional    January 9, 2019

Slain man was mentor, medical marijuana business owner

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A 44-year-old man who was among three people killed in their Oklahoma City home was the owner of a medical marijuana dispensary and founder of a mentorship program devoted to helping young men escape their criminal pasts. The...

 

US cancer death rate hits milestone: 25 years of decline

NEW YORK (AP) — The U.S. cancer death rate has hit a milestone: It's been falling for at least 25 years, according to a new report. Lower smoking rates are translating into fewer deaths. Advances in early detection and treatment also are having a...

 

West Texas plastic surgeon part of family of physicians

ODESSA, Texas (AP) — The deeper you get into the medical profession, says Dr. Matthew Brian Furst, the more apparent it becomes that it is a life like no other. The Odessa American reports the rewards are supreme and the stresses excruciating and...

 

US medical marketing reaches $30 billion, drug ads top surge

Ads for prescription drugs appeared 5 million times in just one year, capping a recent surge in U.S. medical marketing, a new analysis found. The advertisements for various medicines showed up on TV, newspapers, online sites and elsewhere in 2016. Th...

 

Let them eat more fat? Researcher argues that a balance of types of fat is the key

(The Conversation is an independent and nonprofit source of news, analysis and commentary from academic experts.) (THE CONVERSATION) Public health guidelines, such as the Dietary Guidelines for Americans, have long emphasized reducing dietary fat int...

 

Pediatric nurse appointed to Arkansas marijuana board

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — A pediatric nurse who says he's seen the positive effects of medical marijuana on his patients has been appointed to the Arkansas Medical Marijuana Commission. Justin Smith, 38, was appointed to the board Monday, The...

 

Lawmakers propose plastic bag, straw ban for Albuquerque

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A recent proposal would severely limit the use of plastic bags, straws and foam containers in Albuquerque. The Albuquerque Journal reports Albuquerque Democratic City Councilors Isaac Benton, Cynthia Borrego, Pat Davis and...

 

Jurors at El Chapo trial hear him on intercepted phone calls

NEW YORK (AP) — Infamous Mexican drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman didn't sound pleased on a 2011 phone call as he listened to his chief enforcer for his cartel try to justify a beat down he gave some crooked police officers. After the two went...

 

Neiman Marcus reaches $1.5 million data breach settlement

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — More than 40 state attorneys general have announced a $1.5 million settlement with The Neiman Marcus Group LLC over a data breach the Dallas-based retailer disclosed in January 2014. The breach exposed customer credit card...

 

Asteroid-circling spacecraft grabs cool snapshot of home

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — An asteroid-circling spacecraft has captured a cool snapshot of home. NASA's Osiris-Rex spacecraft took the picture days before going into orbit around asteroid Bennu on New Year's Eve. The tiny asteroid — barely...

 

When it comes to brain tumors, a patient's sex matters

(The Conversation is an independent and nonprofit source of news, analysis and commentary from academic experts.) (THE CONVERSATION) Have you ever wondered why, in most species, males are larger and more ornamented than females? It’s an...

 

NMSU professors get funding for virtual reality lab

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — A technology company has awarded two faculty members at New Mexico State University $350,000 to create a new kind of laboratory. The university says the funding from Las Cruces-based Electronic Caregiver will be used to...

 

A moose walks into an Alaska hospital and finds a snack

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A moose wandered into a hospital building in Alaska's largest city and chowed down on some plants in the lobby as workers watched the massive animal in awe. When a patient mentioned that security staffers were monitoring a...

 

'Don't feed the fatberg': Huge mass blocks English sewer

LONDON (AP) — A British official says a giant "fatberg" has been found blocking a sewer in southwestern England: a mass of hardened fat, oil and baby wipes measuring 64 meters (210 feet) long. Andrew Roantree of South West Water says it will "take...

 

Trump seeks an edge in shutdown fight with TV address

WASHINGTON (AP) — Fighting for advantage in the government shutdown battle, President Donald Trump aimed to use a prime-time address Tuesday to convince Americans he needs billions of dollars from Congress for his long-promised border wall to...

 

Man authorities believe shot black girl charged with murder

HOUSTON (AP) — Texas authorities filed a capital murder charge Tuesday against a black man they believe fired the bullet that killed a 7-year-old black girl in a drive-by shooting her family initially believed was racially motivated. Prosecutors...

 

Networks to air Pelosi, Schumer rebuttal to Trump

NEW YORK (AP) — Television networks are facing unusual pressure surrounding their responsibility to point out false or misleading statements after granting President Donald Trump's request to air his Oval Office speech on the proposed border wall...

 

Fate of detained IS fighters uncertain as US exits Syria

WASHINGTON (AP) — What to do with hundreds of foreign Islamic State fighters captured in Syria has become a critical and growing problem for the Trump administration as it prepares to pull troops out of the country. A senior administration...

 

Filing: Manafort gave 2016 polling data to Russian associate

WASHINGTON (AP) — Former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort shared polling data during the 2016 presidential campaign with a business associate accused of having ties to Russian intelligence, and prosecutors say he lied to them about it,...

 

Trump's AG pick has argued presidents have robust powers

WASHINGTON (AP) — William Barr once advised that a president didn't need Congress' permission to attack Iraq, that his administration could arrest a foreign dictator and that the FBI could capture suspects abroad without that country's consent....

 

Russian lawyer who met Trump Jr. charged in unrelated case

NEW YORK (AP) — The Russian lawyer who attended the Trump Tower meeting that is a focus of the special counsel's investigation into possible collusion was charged with obstructing an unrelated tax-fraud case, federal prosecutors in New York said...

 

Pompeo starts Middle East visit to ramp up pressure on Iran

AMMAN, Jordan (AP) — The Trump administration is doubling down on commercial and diplomatic efforts in the coming weeks to "put real pressure on Iran," U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said at the start of a Mideast tour Tuesday. Pompeo is...

 

What air travelers should know about the government shutdown

DALLAS (AP) — The partial government shutdown is starting to affect air travel. Over the weekend, some airports had long lines at checkpoints, apparently caused by a rising number of security officers calling in sick as they face the prospect of...

 

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