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  • Inquiry: Ex-KGB spy Litvinenko may have been poisoned twice

    LONDON (AP) — Former Russian agent Alexander Litvinenko was poisoned with radioactive polonium not once but twice, a British judge was told Tuesday, as an inquiry opened into the slaying one lawyer called an act…

  • Spokesman: Iowa governor released from Des Moines hospital

    DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad has been released from a Des Moines hospital after receiving treatment for flu and dehydration. Branstad spokesman Jimmy Centers said the governor was in good condition…

  • Pfizer net down on lower sales, higher research, legal costs

    Pfizer Inc.’s fourth-quarter profit fell by half as worsening generic competition and unfavorable currency rates reduced sales, and higher research spending and legal costs also hurt the bottom line. The world’s second-biggest drugmaker by revenue…

  • UN says no new polio cases reported in Syria for past year

    BEIRUT (AP) — In a rare success amid Syria’s civil war, the United Nation’s World Health Organization says there hasn’t been a new polio case reported in the war-torn country for the past year. Salah…

  • Oxfam: Rich countries must support Ebola recovery

    ABIDJAN, Ivory Coast (AP) — Rich countries must act swiftly to repair battered health systems and get cash to millions of families in the three countries hit hardest by the world’s worst Ebola outbreak, the…

  • How to bike safely in wet weather

    WASHINGTON — Bicycling is so popular that snowy, slushy, wet pavement fails to discourage the legions of riders who commute daily to school and work. Drivers need to watch out for them, and bicyclists must…

  • No bones about it: Broth beverage trend is getting hotter

    WASHINGTON — Forget kale, wheatgrass and cayenne pepper — the main ingredient going into today’s health drink of choice is bone. For centuries, bone broth has been a staple in many home kitchens: Mothers nourish…

  • Obama wants more money to fight antibiotic-resistant germs

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama wants the U.S. to invest much more in fighting antibiotic-resistant germs to prevent re-emergence of diseases conquered long ago. The White House said Tuesday that Obama will ask Congress…

  • Gunman wounds worker at Los Angeles-area mental clinic

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — A man described as paranoid shot and wounded a mental health worker Monday during a struggle at a Los Angeles-area clinic where he had sought help, but the employee was expected…

  • Spokesman: Iowa governor to be hospitalized overnight

    DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad will spend the night at a hospital “out of an abundance of caution” for what doctors believe is a viral illness and dehydration, after falling ill…

  • Hornets’ Walker to undergo surgery on knee; return unclear

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — The Hornets announced Monday that Kemba Walker will undergo surgery to repair a torn lateral meniscus in his left knee. The team said in a press release that a timeline for…

  • Melissa Rivers files lawsuit in mother Joan Rivers’ death

    NEW YORK (AP) — While Joan Rivers lay sedated in a Manhattan clinic, her doctors performed unauthorized medical procedures, snapped a selfie with the comedian and failed to act as her vital signs deteriorated, according…

  • Measles outbreak that began at Disneyland grows to 87 cases

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — A measles outbreak that originated at Disneyland has grown to 87 cases. The California Department of Public Health said Monday most of the infections — 73— are in California. The rest…

  • New Mexico appeals court hears assisted suicide case

    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Do terminally ill patients in New Mexico already have the right to end their lives? That’s what the New Mexico Court of Appeals is set to decide after hearing arguments…

  • Sen. Harry Reid undergoes surgery on eye

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Democratic leader Harry Reid underwent surgery Monday to remove a blood clot in his right eye and repair bones in his face, injuries from an accident he suffered while exercising more…