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  • 11th Sierra Leonean doctor dies from Ebola

    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. Ebola has killed more than 350 health workers in West Africa, depleting the ranks of doctors and nurses in countries that already had too…

  • European court rules obesity can be disability

    LONDON (AP) — The European Court of Justice says obesity can be a disability, a ruling that could have consequences for employers across the continent. The court ruled Thursday in the case of a Danish child-minder who says he was unfairly fired for being fat. The court said if obesity hinders “full and effective participation…

  • 14 charged in meningitis outbreak that killed 64

    BOSTON (AP) — Federal prosecutors have charged 14 people in a 2012 meningitis outbreak that killed 64 people nationwide. Authorities say it’s the biggest criminal case ever brought in the U.S. over contaminated medicine. The co-founders, pharmacists and pharmacy technicians at a Massachusetts compounding pharmacy are accused of using expired ingredients and failing to follow…

  • APNewsBreak: Judge rejects NCAA concussions deal

    CHICAGO (AP) — A federal judge in Chicago rejected a proposed $75 million class-action head injury settlement with the NCAA on Wednesday, portraying the deal as too unwieldy and potentially underfunded and urging both sides to go back to the drawing board. Under the proposal, NCAA would toughen return-to-play rules for players with concussions and…

  • 14 charged in deadly 2012 meningitis outbreak

    BOSTON (AP) — Mold and bacteria were in the air and on workers’ gloved fingertips. Pharmacists used expired ingredients, didn’t properly sterilize them and failed to test drugs for purity before sending them to hospitals and pain clinics. Employees falsified logs to make it look as if the so-called clean rooms had been disinfected. Federal…

  • NFL Injury Report

    NEW YORK (AP) — The National Football League injury report, as provided by the league (OUT – Definitely will not play; DNP – Did not practice; LIMITED – Limited participation in practice; FULL – Full participation in practice): TENNESSEE TITANS at JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS — TITANS: OUT: RB Dexter McCluster (knee). DOUBTFUL: T Taylor Lewan (ankle),…

  • NYC suit: Help transit riders with limited English

    NEW YORK (AP) — The New York City Transit Authority was accused in a lawsuit Wednesday of discriminating against people with limited English who try to use a program providing transportation to those with disabilities. The lawsuit was filed in federal court in Manhattan by New York Lawyers for the Public Interest, a civil rights…

  • New York to ban fracking; environmentalists cheer

    ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Handing environmentalists a breakthrough victory, New York plans to prohibit fracking for natural gas because of what regulators say are its unexplored health risks and dubious economic benefits. New York, which overlies part of the gas-rich Marcellus Shale formation that has led to a drilling boom in Pennsylvania and other nearby…

  • Correction: Brain Injury Program-NFL story

    LANSING, Mich. (AP) — In a story Dec. 16 about the Eisenhower Center, The Associated Press, based on information from the center, reported erroneously that it will be the primary facility used by the NFL Players Association for treating brain injuries and other neurological issues through the After the Impact program. According to the NFLPA,…

  • Supplement maker admits lying about ingredients

    NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Federal prosecutors say the owner and president of a dietary supplement company has admitted his role in the sale of diluted and adulterated dietary ingredients and supplements sold by his company. Barry Steinlight pleaded guilty Wednesday to conspiracy to commit wire fraud. The 69-year-old Hackettstown resident faces up to five years…

  • AP News in Brief at 5:58 p.m. EST

    Analysis: Cuba and US move to end half-century feud MEXICO CITY (AP) — After 53 years of hostility between the United States and Cuba, the timing to make amends was perfect for both governments. The breakthrough in US-Cuban relations came with the release of American Alan Gross and an unnamed US intelligence agent, and the…

  • 5 things to know: Alcohol calorie labels on menus

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Want to know how many calories are in that alcoholic drink you’re about to order? You might be able to find out just by reading the menu. Five things to know about the Food and Drug Administration’s new menu labeling rules, which will require chain restaurants with 20 or more outlets to…

  • Painkillers lawsuit against NFL dismissed; may be appealed

    NEW YORK (AP) — A federal judge dismissed a lawsuit by 1,300 former players against the NFL, writing that the collective bargaining agreement between the league and the union was the appropriate forum to resolve claims that teams damaged the players’ by routinely dispensing painkillers. “In ruling against the novel claims asserted herein, this order…

  • A fresh setback for efforts to cure HIV infection

    Researchers are reporting another disappointment for efforts to cure infection with the AIDS virus. Six patients given blood-cell transplants similar to one that cured a man known as “the Berlin patient” have failed, and all six patients died. So far, Timothy Ray Brown, a U.S. man treated in Germany, remains the only person thought to…

  • Colorado funds medical marijuana research, a first

    DENVER (AP) — Colorado will spend more than $8 million researching marijuana’s medical potential — a new frontier because government-funded marijuana research traditionally focuses on the drug’s negative health effects. The grants awarded by the Colorado Board of Health will go to studies on whether marijuana helps treat epilepsy, brain tumors, Parkinson’s disease and post-traumatic…