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  • High court takes up major fight over health law subsidies

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court is hearing arguments in a major test of President Barack Obama’s health overhaul that threatens insurance coverage for millions of people. The justices are meeting Wednesday to try to…

  • Man killed by Los Angeles police was wanted by US marshals

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — A homeless man who was killed by Los Angeles police on Skid Row was living under an assumed name and was wanted for violating probation terms for a bank robbery conviction,…

  • Vegas hospital sends miscarried babies to laundry by mistake

    LAS VEGAS (AP) — Authorities say a Las Vegas hospital mistakenly sent two dead babies wrapped in linens to a laundry facility, leading to a grisly surprise for the cleaners. The remains were in a…

  • US heroin overdoses shifting to young, white, Midwestern

    NEW YORK (AP) — The people who die from heroin-related overdoses in the U.S. now tend to be young, white and live in the Midwest, according to a government report. That’s a shift from 15…

  • Pot growers convicted on fed count in state where it’s legal

    SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — Three people were found guilty Tuesday of growing marijuana, but they also were exonerated of more serious charges in a widely-watched federal drug case in a state where medical and recreational…

  • Red Sox, Boston College honor ALS-stricken Frates

    FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) — They all wore No. 3, and every player on the Boston Red Sox and Boston College had the same name on their jersey, too. This exhibition game at JetBlue Park…

  • Health officials perplexed by vaccination skeptics

    NEW YORK (AP) — Certain that they are right, struggling to find ways to get their message across, public health officials are exasperated by their inability to persuade more U.S. parents to vaccinate their children.…

  • Family of girl declared brain-dead sues California hospital

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The family of a 13-year-old girl who was declared brain-dead after her sleep apnea operation went awry filed a medical malpractice lawsuit on Tuesday detailing the emotional, chaotic hospital drama that…

  • 4th Wesleyan student arraigned after Molly drug overdoses

    MIDDLETOWN, Conn. (AP) — A Wesleyan University student suspected of selling the club drug Molly on campus has been arraigned on charges stemming from on-campus overdoses that sent a dozen people to the hospital. Andrew…

  • FDA warning: men’s testosterone drugs overused

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Food and Drug Administration is warning doctors against over-prescribing testosterone-boosting drugs for men, saying the popular treatments have not been established as safe or effective for common age-related issues like low…

  • Clarification: Vaccine Exemptions story

    SALEM, Ore. (AP) — In a story Feb. 28, The Associated Press reported that Washington, California and Vermont were considering bills that would remove either personal, religious or philosophical exemptions for vaccinations. The story should…

  • Prevnar, Pfizer’s pneumonia vaccine, okayed for adults in EU

    NEW YORK (AP) — Pfizer’s blockbuster vaccine against pneumonia and other bacterial infections has won another approval, for use in European Union residents aged 18 and older. Prevnar 13, called Prevenar 13 in some countries,…

  • Liberia calls for Ebola ‘Marshall Plan’ to rebuild economies

    BRUSSELS (AP) — Liberia’s president on Tuesday called for an Ebola “Marshall Plan” to help rebuild economies in West African nations devastated by the virus. Ellen Johnson Sirleaf said that “we need our international partners…

  • North Korea lifts Ebola travel restrictions

    TOKYO (AP) — North Korea has lifted severe restrictions on foreign travel it imposed last year to keep the Ebola virus from crossing its borders. The already isolated country virtually closed its borders to foreigners…

  • Pregnant Women Turn to Alternative, ‘Personalized’ Birthing Options

    (NEW YORK) — Giving birth is the most primal act in a woman’s life. And yet, modern medicine has turned birthing into a sterile, medical procedure, often performed in a hospital operating room. But more…