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Coming clean: Public embrace for celeb addicts offers hope

Oct. 20, 2018 10:03 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Beneath sparkling chandeliers hanging in the famed Rainbow Room, as a gala crowd dotted with rock stars sat around white-clothed dinner tables, Ringo Starr stood at a podium and described what it felt like to be 30 years sober. With wife Barbara Bach Starkey — herself a recovering...

Florida Panhandle medical care on life support after Michael

Oct. 19, 2018 10:42 PM EDT

PANAMA CITY, Fla. (AP) — Already sick with strep throat and asthma, Aleeah Racette got sicker when she cleaned out a soggy, moldy home after Hurricane Michael, so she sought help at the hospital where she began life. She was stunned by what she saw there. The exterior wall of Bay Medical Sacred Heart in...

Hackers breach HealthCare.gov system, get data on 75,000

Oct. 19, 2018 9:03 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A government computer system that interacts with HealthCare.gov was hacked earlier this month, compromising the sensitive personal data of some 75,000 people, officials said Friday. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services made the announcement late in the afternoon ahead of a...

California hopefuls blame incumbents as farm towns struggle

Oct. 19, 2018 8:44 PM EDT

HURON, Calif. (AP) — A rooster signals the start of the day as workers wearing sombreros emerge from the shadows and shuffle past boarded-up businesses in this tiny farm town. They converge on a dimly lit dirt lot outside Panaderia de Dios, a bakery sweetening the air with the aroma of Mexican cookies and...

USC agrees to pay $215M to settle doctor sex abuse claims

Oct. 19, 2018 8:42 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The University of Southern California said Friday that it would pay $215 million to settle claims of sexual abuse and harassment by a school gynecologist, but lawyers for hundreds of the accusers say it's not enough money and the university has yet to fully disclose what it knew about...

California hopefuls blame incumbents as farm towns struggle

Oct. 19, 2018 8:18 PM EDT

HURON, Calif. (AP) — A rooster signals the start of the day as workers wearing sombreros and ball caps emerge from the shadows and shuffle past boarded-up businesses in this tiny farm town. They converge on a dimly lit dirt lot outside Panaderia de Dios, a bakery sweetening the air with the aroma of...

Radio host Delilah shares advice about losing a child

Oct. 19, 2018 7:36 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — One year ago, syndicated radio host Delilah Renee Luke — known professionally as just Delilah — experienced the unimaginable: Her teenage son Zack killed himself at 18. She took some time away from her job to grieve but is now back on the air and also has a new book out called...

Heart transplant program changes chief after patient deaths

Oct. 19, 2018 6:52 PM EDT

HOUSTON (AP) — A Houston hospital is replacing the surgical director of its renowned heart transplant programs with two veteran transplant surgeons and a veteran transplant program executive after a series of media reports on an unusual number of patient deaths. The move comes after Baylor St. Luke's...

Laureates in Spanish awards call for action to "save future"

Oct. 19, 2018 4:55 PM EDT

MADRID (AP) — Voicing wake-up calls for new generations to save cinema, oceans and journalism, film director Martin Scorsese and marine biologist Sylvia Earle on Friday were awarded Spain's prestigious Princess of Asturias prizes along a selected group of scientists, mountaineers and intellectuals. In his...

Maryland asks Supreme Court to uphold law on drug pricing

Oct. 19, 2018 3:26 PM EDT

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh petitioned the U.S. Supreme Court on Friday to uphold a first-in-the-nation law against pharmaceutical price gouging. The Maryland law, which was struck down by a federal appeals court panel this year, enabled the state's attorney general to sue...