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  • UN chief visits Ebola-ravaged West African nations

    MONROVIA, Liberia (AP) — United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon praised Liberia on its efforts to combat Ebola on Friday during his second visit here since the start of the outbreak that now has killed more than 6,900 people in West Africa. “We have reasons to be cautiously optimistic that this terrible outbreak can be defeated,”…

  • Japan scientist quits as cell research discredited

    TOKYO (AP) — The Japanese researcher whose claim of a major breakthrough in stem cell research was discredited resigned after the government lab where she worked failed to replicate her results. Haruko Obokata said in a statement Friday that she was leaving the Riken Center for Developmental Biology after the lab concluded the stem cells…

  • Tips for getting through a rough flu season

    WASHINGTON — It’s the holiday present nobody wants. A lot of adults and children in the area are coming down with the flu. A quick look at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s flu surveillance map tells the tale.  Flu is widespread in Maryland, while there are regional outbreaks reported in Virginia and  sporadic cases…

  • NHL Capsules

    PITTSBURGH (AP) — Blake Comeau scored 2:24 into overtime to give the Pittsburgh Penguins a 1-0 victory over the Colorado Avalanche on Thursday night. Marc-Andre Fleury stopped 29 shots, registering his sixth shutout of the season just hours after the Penguins thought their starting goalie had the mumps. Fleury, who recorded his 34th NHL shutout,…

  • Comeau leads Penguins over Avalanche 1-0, OT

    PITTSBURGH (AP) — The Pittsburgh Penguins and captain Sidney Crosby hope that a recent bout with the mumps is a thing of the past. Blake Comeau scored 2:24 into overtime to give the Penguins a 1-0 victory against the Colorado Avalanche on Thursday night. Marc-Andre Fleury stopped 29 shots, registering his career-best sixth shutout of…

  • Minnesota links caramel apples, 2 listeria deaths

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota health officials say two people died and two others became ill this fall after eating prepackaged caramel apples contaminated with the bacterium listeria. The Minnesota Departments of Health and Agriculture are warning consumers to wait for more information before eating any pre-packaged, commercially-produced caramel apples, including those topped with nuts, chocolate…

  • Japan scientist quits as cell research discredited

    TOKYO (AP) — The Japanese researcher whose claim of a major breakthrough in stem cell research was discredited has resigned after the government lab where she worked failed to replicate her results. Haruko Obokata said in a statement Friday that she was leaving the Riken Center for Developmental Biology after the lab concluded the stem…

  • Milwaukee to speed police training in handling mentally ill

    MILWAUKEE (AP) — The Milwaukee Police Department is stepping up training so that all police officers on the force would be fully trained to deal with the mentally ill by 2018, the mayor announced Thursday, months after a Milwaukee police officer killed a schizophrenic man at a park. “I have heard the concerns of the…

  • 2 in meningitis outbreak case to be released

    BOSTON (AP) — Two men at the center of a 2012 fungal meningitis outbreak that killed 64 people around the U.S. will be released from custody, pending their criminal trials, a federal judge in Boston ruled Thursday. U.S. Magistrate Jennifer Boal issued an electronic order saying that the U.S. attorney’s office had “not met its…

  • ‘Tis the season for the holiday blues

    WASHINGTON — This is supposed to be a season for celebration — for parties, family get-togethers and lots of good cheer.  But for some, it’s the season for the holiday blues. With so much going on, people can get stressed out and all kinds of negative emotions creep in.  For some, the stress is due to…

  • Correction: Meningitis Outbreak story

    BOSTON (AP) — In a story Dec. 17 about arrests in a deadly meningitis outbreak, The Associated Press erroneously reported Stuart Delery’s title. He is the acting associate attorney general, not an assistant U.S. attorney. A corrected version of the story is below: 14 charged in deadly 2012 meningitis outbreak 14 employees at ‘filthy’ pharmacy…

  • Report: Radiation leak at nuclear dump was small

    CARLSBAD, N.M. (AP) — A final report by independent researchers shows the radiation leak from the federal government’s underground nuclear waste repository in southern New Mexico was small and localized. The report released Thursday by the Carlsbad Environmental Monitoring and Research Center also says no negative health effects are expected among workers or the public.…

  • Ebola: 11th Sierra Leone doctor dies; fire destroys supplies

    FREETOWN, Sierra Leone (AP) — One of Sierra Leone’s most senior physicians died Thursday from Ebola, the 11th doctor in the country to succumb to the disease, a health official said. In neighboring Guinea, a fire destroyed medicine crucial to fighting Ebola. The fire engulfed a warehouse at the Conakry airport and burned everything inside,…

  • Irish face new abortion row over brain-dead woman

    DUBLIN (AP) — Ireland is debating its ban on abortion again as doctors keep a brain-dead pregnant woman on life support, awaiting a judge’s verdict on what do to with the living fetus. Irish media reported Thursday that relatives want to turn off the woman’s life support systems but doctors are refusing because the law…

  • Cambodian villagers angry over HIV outbreak

    PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) — Cambodia’s prime minister appealed Thursday to villagers in northwestern Cambodia not to lynch an unlicensed medical practitioner who they suspect caused more than 100 people to become infected with HIV, the virus that causes AIDS. Teng Kunthy, head of the Health Ministry’s HIV/AIDS center, said 106 people out of more…