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Idaho family sues US after child sprayed by cyanide trap

Jun. 19, 2018 6:37 PM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — An Idaho couple who says their son was sprayed with cyanide by a predator-killing trap that federal workers mistakenly placed on U.S. land near their home has sued the government. Mark and Theresa Mansfield filed the lawsuit this week seeking more than $150,000 in damages. Last year,...

US pays $400K to settle lawsuit with border agent with PTSD

Jun. 19, 2018 5:50 PM EDT

BAY CITY, Mich. (AP) — The federal government has agreed to pay $400,000 to settle a lawsuit by a former U.S. Border Patrol agent who said his assignment in Texas triggered post-traumatic stress disorder from his war service. Anthony Gazvoda wanted a transfer to the U.S.-Canada border in northern Michigan,...

Family separations at the border alarm child-welfare experts

Jun. 19, 2018 4:55 PM EDT

The sights and sounds are wrenching: A boy's cries of "Papa! Papa!" for the father he had been separated from. Youngsters placed in chain-link cages in an old Texas warehouse. Parents begging to know what will happen to their children. Child welfare has always been a challenging profession; state and local...

Report: Missouri creek contamination may raise cancer risks

Jun. 19, 2018 3:37 PM EDT

HAZELWOOD, Mo. (AP) — A federal report says people who lived near or played in a contaminated St. Louis-area creek from the 1960s to the 1990s may have increased risk of developing cancer. The Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry released a report Monday on cancer risks from exposure to...

Lower costs, fewer benefits in new health insurance option

Jun. 19, 2018 2:59 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration's new health insurance option offers lower premiums for small businesses and self-employed people, but the policies are likely to cover fewer benefits. Another caveat: if healthy people flock to the new plans as expected, premiums will rise for those who need...

Some fear changes to state laws as US weighs pot medicine

Jun. 19, 2018 2:42 PM EDT

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — Some American parents who for years have used cannabis to treat severe forms of epilepsy in their children are feeling more cautious than celebratory as U.S. regulators near a decision on whether to approve the first drug derived from the marijuana plant. The U.S. Food and...

Boston to sue drug companies over opioids epidemic

Jun. 19, 2018 1:57 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — The city of Boston has retained a South Carolina law firm in anticipation of a lawsuit against pharmaceutical companies to recover damages stemming from the opioid epidemic, Mayor Marty Walsh announced Tuesday. Motley Rice LLC was selected after Boston heard from nine firms interested in...

The Latest: Coalition says Iran is arming Yemen rebels

Jun. 19, 2018 11:07 AM EDT

SANAA, Yemen (AP) — The Latest on the battle for the Yemeni port town of Hodeida (all times local): 6 p.m. Officials in a Saudi-led coalition battling Shiite rebels in Yemen have shown journalists weapons they say they seized on the battlefield that show Iran is arming the insurgents. Iran long has denied...

UK reviews medical marijuana ban after outcry over sick kids

Jun. 19, 2018 9:22 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — The British government announced Tuesday it would move to lift its ban on cannabis-based medicines, amid mounting criticism over the denial of treatment to severely epileptic children. But it rejected calls to legalize marijuana for recreational use. Home Secretary Sajid Javid told lawmakers...

A big stink erupts over landfills ringing Russia's capital

Jun. 19, 2018 7:22 AM EDT

KOLOMNA, Russia (AP) — Walking to a store in March, Olga Yevseyeva was hit by the familiar, noxious stench of rotten eggs wafting from the town landfill a few miles away. It was a moment that changed her life. "This smell just made me explode with anger," she recalled of that spring night in Kolomna, a...