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  • One-third of world’s people still have no proper toilets

    NEW DELHI (AP) — Toilets are taken for granted in the industrialized West, but still are a luxury for a third of the world’s people who have no access to them, according to a report…

  • What’s next for California’s contentious vaccine law

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Gov. Jerry Brown on Tuesday signed a hotly contested California bill to impose one of the strictest school vaccination laws in the country in the wake of an outbreak of measles…

  • Drug and device firms paid $6.5B to care providers

    WASHINGTON (AP) — From research dollars to free lunches and junkets, drug and medical device companies paid doctors and leading hospitals nearly $6.5 billion last year, according to government data posted Tuesday. The latest update…

  • Ex-Iowa egg farm manager gets probation after assisting feds

    SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) — A former Iowa egg farm manager will avoid jail time after cooperating with investigators in a criminal prosecution stemming from a 2010 salmonella outbreak. U.S. District Judge Mark Bennett sentenced…

  • US appeals court upholds Virginia death sentence

    RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A federal appeals court on Tuesday upheld the death sentence of a Virginia inmate who claims he can’t be executed because he is intellectually disabled. In a unanimous ruling, a three-judge…

  • Fewer new HIV cases, but an epidemic remains

    WASHINGTON — The number of new HIV cases has declined the past six years, but the District’s infection rate is still epidemic, according to the World Health Organization. In 2013, there were 553 new cases,…

  • Oregon growers look forward to new era of retail marijuana

    WILLIAMS, Ore. (AP) — On the third Thursday of each month, veteran medical marijuana growers and hopeful newbies gather in the old Williams Grange hall in a small rural Oregon valley long known for growing…

  • Concentrated marijuana rolls in as new drug threat

    WASHINGTON — Drug abuse experts in the Mid-Atlantic are keeping a close eye on a new trend out West where a concentrated form of marijuana is raising concerns. “They are smoking this plant concentrate —…

  • Liberia quarantines an area where new Ebola case appeared

    MONROVIA, Liberia (AP) — Liberian authorities on Tuesday quarantined two households after the corpse of a 17-year-old boy was found with Ebola, sparking fears the West African country could face another outbreak of the disease…

  • OxyContin maker bows out of meeting on harder-to-abuse drug

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The makers of the potent painkiller OxyContin have pulled out of a federal meeting to review the company’s harder-to-abuse version of the much-debated drug. An executive for Purdue Pharma says the company…

  • AP News Guide: Oregon weed legal soon, but not legally sold

    PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Come Wednesday, the pot stashes in Oregon are legal — up to 8 ounces. So is the homegrown, up to four plants a household. The legalization of recreational marijuana on July…

  • Study: Fireworks linked to short, long-term health effects

    WASHINGTON — Although fireworks are a Fourth of July favorite, a nationwide study finds they also pollute the air and could cause breathing problems for some Americans. The study, published in the Atmospheric Environment journal, measured…

  • Complaint: Family detention can lead to psychological harm

    SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Detaining immigrant women and children who may have fled violence in their home country “creates or exacerbates” psychological trauma, according to a complaint filed Tuesday by immigrant rights groups with the…

  • O say can you breathe? Fireworks pollute air, study says

    NEW YORK (AP) — July Fourth fireworks fill the skies across the nation with more than sparkling bursts of color. They spew pollution, too. A study of 315 locations around the country found that the…

  • Report urges major steps to help victims of cardiac arrest

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Would you know what to do if you see someone collapse, not breathing — a loved one at home, a co-worker at the office, a stranger on the street? Far too many…