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  • Surgeon general: ‘Desperate need of clarity’ on e-cigarettes

    RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The U.S. surgeon general says officials are “in desperate need of clarity” on electronic cigarettes to help guide public health policies. Dr. Vivek Murthy, the country’s senior public health official, addressed…

  • Ga. man who killed a fellow prisoner to be executed Tuesday

    ATLANTA (AP) — A Georgia man who has come within hours of execution three times in recent years is scheduled to die Tuesday evening unless the U.S. Supreme Court intervenes. Warren Lee Hill’s lawyers argue…

  • American Indian tribes to discuss legal pot at conference

    SEATTLE (AP) — American Indian tribes wrestling with whether to legalize marijuana have scheduled a national conference on the topic next month in Washington state. Organizer Robert Odawi Porter, a tribal law expert and former…

  • Inquiry: Ex-KGB spy Litvinenko may have been poisoned twice

    LONDON (AP) — Former Russian agent Alexander Litvinenko was poisoned with radioactive polonium not once but twice, a British judge was told Tuesday, as an inquiry opened into the slaying one lawyer called an act…

  • Donors pledge record $7.5B for global vaccines program

    BERLIN (AP) — Governments and private donors, among them the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, have pledged a record $7.5 billion to replenish a global vaccination program for the poor. The Gates Foundation gave $1.55…

  • Pfizer net down on lower sales, higher research, legal costs

    Pfizer Inc.’s fourth-quarter profit fell by half as worsening generic competition and unfavorable currency rates reduced sales, and higher research and legal costs also reduced the bottom line. The world’s second-biggest drugmaker by revenue reported…

  • Spokesman: Iowa governor released from Des Moines hospital

    DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad was released from a Des Moines hospital on Tuesday after receiving treatment for flu and dehydration. Branstad spokesman Jimmy Centers said the governor was in good…

  • UN says no new polio cases reported in Syria for past year

    BEIRUT (AP) — In a rare success amid Syria’s civil war, the United Nation’s World Health Organization says there hasn’t been a new polio case reported in the war-torn country for the past year. Salah…

  • Oxfam: Rich countries must support Ebola recovery

    ABIDJAN, Ivory Coast (AP) — Rich countries must act swiftly to repair battered health systems and get cash to millions of families in the three countries hit hardest by the world’s worst Ebola outbreak, the…

  • How to bike safely in wet weather

    WASHINGTON — Bicycling is so popular that snowy, slushy, wet pavement fails to discourage the legions of riders who commute daily to school and work. Drivers need to watch out for them, and bicyclists must…

  • No bones about it: Broth beverage trend is getting hotter

    WASHINGTON — Forget kale, wheatgrass and cayenne pepper — the main ingredient going into today’s health drink of choice is bone. For centuries, bone broth has been a staple in many home kitchens: Mothers nourish…

  • Obama wants more money to fight antibiotic-resistant germs

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama wants the U.S. to invest much more in fighting antibiotic-resistant germs to prevent re-emergence of diseases conquered long ago. The White House said Tuesday that Obama will ask Congress…

  • Gunman wounds worker at Los Angeles-area mental clinic

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — A man described as paranoid shot and wounded a mental health worker Monday during a struggle at a Los Angeles-area clinic where he had sought help, but the employee was expected…

  • Spokesman: Iowa governor to be hospitalized overnight

    DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad will spend the night at a hospital “out of an abundance of caution” for what doctors believe is a viral illness and dehydration, after falling ill…

  • Hornets’ Walker to undergo surgery on knee; return unclear

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — The Hornets announced Monday that Kemba Walker will undergo surgery to repair a torn lateral meniscus in his left knee. The team said in a press release that a timeline for…