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  • 2nd western Minnesota turkey farm hit by bird flu outbreak

    ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — State and federal officials have confirmed an outbreak at a second Minnesota turkey farm of a form of bird flu that’s deadly to poultry. The U.S. Department of Agriculture says…

  • Google, Johnson & Johnson team up to build robot surgeons

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Google is teaming up with Johnson & Johnson to build robots that can help surgeons in the operating room. The alliance announced this week dovetails with two of Google’s initiatives beyond…

  • Co-pilot may have hidden illness, German prosecutors say

    MONTABAUR, Germany (AP) — Germanwings co-pilot Andreas Lubitz appears to have hidden evidence of an illness from his employers, including having been excused by a doctor from work on Tuesday, the day authorities say he…

  • White House unveils plan to fight antibiotic-resistant germs

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House on Friday announced a five-year plan to fight the threat posed by antibiotic-resistant bacteria amid fears that once-treatable germs could become deadly. Repeated exposure to antibiotics can lead germs…

  • Sierra Leoneans to stay home in final push to stop Ebola

    FREETOWN, Sierra Leone (AP) — Sierra Leone’s 6 million people were told to stay home for three days, except for religious services, beginning Friday as the West African nation attempted a final push to rid…

  • Audit: Maryland misallocated $28.4M for health exchange

    ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Maryland misallocated $28.4 million in federal money for its flawed health care exchange and should pay the money back, according to a federal audit set to be released Friday. The audit…

  • Pelosi irks some allies over bipartisan bill with Boehner

    WASHINGTON (AP) — House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi bruised some longtime liberal allies when she worked with Speaker John Boehner to craft a rare bipartisan accord on Medicare. But lawmakers say it will enhance her…

  • Ken Burns unravels the mysteries of cancer in PBS film

    PASADENA, Calif. (AP) — There’s a mystery to cancer, in large part because of fear, that PBS tries to unravel in next week’s six-hour documentary “Cancer: The Emperor of All Maladies.” “We’re not really honest…

  • Little vetting of pilots for mental health, US experts say

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Despite U.S. and international regulations requiring that airline pilots be screened for mental health problems, little effective, real-world checking takes place, pilots and safety experts say. The crash of Germanwings Flight 9525…

  • How to detox your home

    It’s funny how your body’s natural rhythms can really help direct your daily activity. For me, the change of seasons from winter to spring gives me the urge to detox my body — and to…

  • Mexico double-transplant patient eyes US humanitarian entry

    MEXICO CITY (AP) — A young Mexican man who is urgently trying to travel to the Mayo Clinic for a double-organ transplant has filed a third application for entry into the United States after twice…

  • Business Highlights

    ___ How gov’t aims to protect low-income users of ‘payday’ loans WASHINGTON (AP) — Each month, more than 200,000 needy U.S. households take out what’s advertised as a brief loan. Many have run out of…

  • Indiana governor overrides law to authorize needle exchange

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana Gov. Mike Pence overrode state law and his own anti-drug policies Thursday to authorize a short-term needle-exchange program designed to help contain HIV infections in a rural county where more than…

  • Answers to common questions about HIV, needles and drug use

    Indiana Gov. Mike Pence has authorized a short-term needle-exchange program and other steps to help contain the spread of HIV among intravenous drug users in one county. Some answers to common questions about needles, drug…

  • House OKs bipartisan Medicare doctor bill; fate up to Senate

    WASHINGTON (AP) — In uncommon bipartisan harmony, the House approved a $214 billion bill on Thursday permanently blocking physician Medicare cuts, moving Congress closer to resolving a problem that has plagued it for years. The…