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  • Union says California Kaiser nurses reach contract agreement

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Kaiser Permanente nurses in California have approved a new contract that boosts pay and improves patient care along with health and safety protections for nurses, a union official said. Registered nurses…

  • VA to create unified framework with 5 service regions

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Veterans Affairs Department said Monday it is creating a single regional framework that divides the sprawling agency into five clearly marked regions. The new framework is part of a larger reorganization…

  • Canada finds case of H7N9 bird flu in traveler

    TORONTO (AP) — Canadian health authorities say they have diagnosed a case of bird flu in a British Columbia woman who recently returned from China. This is the first time this particular type of bird…

  • Panic attack, bad back: Theater shooting brings jury excuses

    CENTENNIAL, Colo. (AP) — One prospective juror said she had a panic attack. Another claimed to have a bad back. A third is in the military and worried he would be deployed during the trial…

  • Gov’t to overhaul Medicare payments to doctors, hospitals

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Medicare will change the way it pays hospitals and doctors to reward quality over volume, the Obama administration said Monday, in a shift that officials hope will be a catalyst for the…

  • Spokesman: Iowa governor taken by ambulance to hospital

    DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Gov. Terry Branstad on Monday was transported by ambulance to a hospital after falling ill at an event at a Des Moines suburb, his spokesman said. Branstad, 68, has been…

  • Finding available options when diagnosis calls for surgery

    Health advocates advise a second opinion when major surgery is recommended. Here are tips on searching for options. —Start with the doctor recommending the traditional surgery, asking what will happen if you don’t have the…

  • Hard search for less invasive brain surgery leads to eyelid

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Doctor after doctor said removing the tumor causing Pamela Shavaun Scott’s unrelenting headaches would require cutting open the top of her skull and pushing aside her brain. Then one offered a startling…

  • Liberia: Only 5 people being treated for Ebola in country

    MONROVIA, Liberia (AP) — Liberia said Monday that there are currently only five confirmed cases of Ebola in the entire country — a dramatic turnaround in the West African nation where the virus has taken…

  • Who killed Litvinenko? Inquiry opens into ex-KGB man’s death

    LONDON (AP) — As Alexander Litvinenko lay dying from radiation poisoning in 2006, he named the man he thought had ordered his murder: Russian President Vladimir Putin. More than eight years on and with the…

  • Baby born without eyes (Video)

    WASHINGTON — An Arizona woman who had a normal pregnancy delivered a baby boy born without eyes. The extremely rare condition is called Anophthalmia. Initially, staffers at Arizona’s Banner Desert Medical Center thought baby Richie’s…

  • Egypt court convicts doctor of female genital mutilation

    CAIRO (AP) — An Egyptian appeals court on Monday convicted a doctor of manslaughter and performing female genital mutilation that led to the death of a 13-year-old girl, sentencing him to two years and three…

  • College Freshmen’s Grades Hurt Most by Time on Facebook

    (AMES, Iowa) — One thing that new college students might hear from their parents as they head off to school is to focus on their grades and not to spend so much time on Facebook.…

  • Does cracking your knuckles cause arthritis?

    (NEW YORK) — Some do it as a nervous tick. Others like the sound. Still, others find it to be a form of stress-relief. But does cracking your knuckles now mean you are doomed to…

  • AP News in Brief at 5:58 a.m. EST

    Nor’easter threatens 250-mile stretch of Northeast with snow, powerful winds, coastal flooding NEW YORK (AP) — Northeast residents are girding for a “crippling and potentially historic” storm that could bury communities from northern New Jersey…