- In Central America, gangs an obstacle in battle against Zika Updated: Feb-10-16 12:08 am
CUSCATANCINGO, El Salvador - For health workers battling Zika across much of Central America, the immediate menace is not the mosquitoes that transmit the virus. It's the gangsters who control the streets, and sometimes threaten their lives.
- Colorado marijuana sales total close to $1 billion in 2015 Updated: Feb-10-16 12:03 am
DENVER - New state data shows that Colorado marijuana businesses sold nearly $1 billion in recreational and medical cannabis last year.
- China reports 1st case of imported Zika virus Updated: Feb-09-16 11:34 pm
BEIJING - China's first case of the Zika virus has been found in a 34-year-old man who recently traveled to Venezuela and is now making a speedy recovery, the government said Wednesday.
- Australia commits to legal growing of medicinal marijuana Updated: Feb-09-16 11:20 pm
CANBERRA, Australia - Australian lawmakers committed on Wednesday to legalize the growing of marijuana for medical use within a part of the world renowned for zero-tolerance and harsh penalties for illegal drugs.
- US women's national soccer team to be briefed on Zika virus Updated: Feb-09-16 10:56 pm
The U.S. women's national soccer team was scheduled to be briefed Tuesday night on the developing Zika virus crisis in Latin America, a day before the start of the CONCACAF Olympic qualification tournament in Texas.
- Ohio EPA: Town failed to notify some of lead in recent tests Updated: Feb-09-16 8:57 pm
SEBRING, Ohio - Tap water samples taken over the last two weeks have found high levels of lead in at least 30 homes in the village, which failed to promptly notify some people about results and didn't submit required weekly reports on water chemistry, state environmental regulators said Tuesday.
- Medical director resigns, calls DC fire department 'toxic' Updated: Feb-09-16 8:55 pm
WASHINGTON - The medical director of the District of Columbia's long-troubled fire department is stepping down, saying "people are dying needlessly" because the department is resistant to reform.
- The Latest: Ohio town criticized for water-testing reporting Updated: Feb-09-16 8:28 pm
SEBRING, Ohio - The latest on concerns about lead in residents' tap water in Ohio (all times local):
- House panel OKs bill restoring children's health insurance Updated: Feb-09-16 7:50 pm
PHOENIX - A bill to provide health insurance for thousands of Arizona children cleared a hurdle Tuesday as lawmakers unanimously passed a measure to lift the temporary freeze on a program restoring coverage to low-income kids.
- Review critical of workplace safety policy Updated: Feb-09-16 7:48 pm
MONTPELIER, Vermont - An inspection has found the state child welfare agency's safety policy didn't have comprehensive measures to protect employees from workplace assaults when a social worker was shot dead outside her office building last August.
- Latest: Bacteria worries influenced Flint corrosion decision Updated: Feb-09-16 7:17 pm
FLINT, Michigan - The latest on developments in the lead contamination of Flint's water (all times local):
- Obama admin says it won't use Ebola funding to combat Zika Updated: Feb-09-16 7:08 pm
WASHINGTON - The Obama administration on Tuesday rejected a Republican suggestion to use money Congress provided to fight the Ebola virus to combat the Zika virus and mosquitoes that spread it.
- Gov. Bullock takes aim at filling health care jobs Updated: Feb-09-16 6:51 pm
HELENA, Montana - Montana Gov. Steve Bullock, hoping to promote his record on producing high-wage jobs, convened a round-table discussion at Montana Tech on Tuesday to address the state's growing need for more health care workers.
- Kansas Senate advances bill to decrease Medicaid drug costs Updated: Feb-09-16 6:36 pm
TOPEKA, Kansas - A bill designed to cut Kansas' costs in providing prescription drugs for poor and disabled residents has received first-round approval in the state Senate.
- 2 female Pennsylvania residents test positive for Zika virus Updated: Feb-09-16 6:32 pm
HARRISBURG, Pennsylvania - Two female Pennsylvania residents tested positive for the Zika virus, however they are mild cases and the public is not as risk, Pennsylvania health authorities said on Tuesday.
- Federal judge gives state time to fix competency problems Updated: Feb-09-16 6:18 pm
SEATTLE - A federal judge said the only reason she won't hold Washington state in contempt for failing to provide timely competency services is because state judges have issued dozens of contempt orders and imposed $1 million in fines, but it hasn't altered the state's conduct.
- Health officials confirm first Zika virus case in Tennessee Updated: Feb-09-16 6:16 pm
NASHVILLE, Tennessee - State Health Department officials say they have a confirmed case of the Zika virus in Tennessee, the first recorded case in the state.
- The Latest: Ohio has 2 Zika virus cases in visitors to Haiti Updated: Feb-09-16 6:12 pm
CLEVELAND - The Latest on Zika virus cases reported in Ohio (all times local):
- Nebraska company to ship beef to Israel, officials say Updated: Feb-09-16 6:08 pm
LINCOLN, Nebraska - Nebraska authorities say a Hastings company will be sending the first significant shipment of beef from the United States to Israel since Israel banned U.S. beef imports more than a dozen years ago.
- Some Republicans announce support for medical marijuana bill Updated: Feb-09-16 6:02 pm
DES MOINES, Iowa - Some Republican House lawmakers announced their support Tuesday for new legislation that would create a system for manufacturing, distributing and possessing some forms of medical marijuana in Iowa, though it's unclear what type of backing the bill will get from party leaders.
- FDA panel backs lower-cost version of J&J's top-selling drug Updated: Feb-09-16 6:01 pm
WASHINGTON - Federal health advisers on Tuesday endorsed a lower-cost version of Johnson & Johnson's blockbuster Remicade, a pricey biotech medicine used to treat a number of inflammatory diseases.
- Delaware officials report case of Zika virus Updated: Feb-09-16 5:47 pm
DOVER, Delaware - State public health officials say the mosquito-borne Zika virus has turned up in Delaware.
- Florida court hears case challenging abortion law Updated: Feb-09-16 5:43 pm
TALLAHASSEE, Florida - Florida's First District Court of Appeal is deciding whether they should lift an order that blocked a state law requiring a 24-hour waiting period for abortions.
- UAW adds to unfair labor practices allegations at Volkswagen Updated: Feb-09-16 5:43 pm
NASHVILLE, Tennessee - The United Auto Workers alleges that Volkswagen has failed to consult with a newly elected maintenance workers union on a range of issues from vending machine prices to out-of-pocket prescription drug costs despite a union victory at the plant in December.
- Flint counsel says manslaughter charge harshest possible Updated: Feb-09-16 5:42 pm
LANSING, Michigan - Flint's water crisis, after a switch in the source allowed dangerous levels of lead and potentially caused deadly cases of Legionnaires' disease, could result in criminal charges as serious as involuntary manslaughter, a top investigator said Tuesday.