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Elderly often face neglect in California care homes

Sep. 19, 2019 12:54 AM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — In her final months, Elaine Geslicki, a bedridden dementia resident at a home for seniors in the Los Angeles area, had difficulty communicating. But by the time the owner of Court Yard Estates sent her to the hospital in an ambulance, the severe pressure sores and bite marks from rats...

US says attack on Saudi oil site was an Iranian 'act of war'

Sep. 19, 2019 12:45 AM EDT

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Wednesday called the attack on Saudi Arabia's oil installations an "act of war" against the kingdom by Iran, as the Saudis displayed missile and drone wreckage and cited other evidence they said shows the raid was "unquestionably sponsored...

New Mexico tech startup gets Samsung Ventures investment

Sep. 19, 2019 12:03 AM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A New Mexico startup developing LEDs displays for wearables and personal mobile devices has received a venture capital investment from Korea-based Samsung Venture Investment Corp. The Santa Fe New Mexican reports the Santa Fe startup iBeam Materials recently received an unspecified...

Family waits months for funeral home to release man's body

Sep. 18, 2019 4:09 PM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A Palmer man who was shot and killed nearly nine months ago will be buried Friday after the resolution of a dispute between the man's family and a funeral company. Julian "Eddie" Myers, 51, died Dec. 24. Myers' mother and sister claimed Janssen Funeral Homes demanded full payment...

W.Va. sues over pelvic mesh implant after sales halted in US

Sep. 18, 2019 3:06 PM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia on Wednesday sued Johnson & Johnson over its marketing of a surgical mesh used to treat pelvic conditions in women after regulators halted sales of the device in the U.S. The state's attorney general, Patrick Morrisey, filed a consumer protection case against the...

Michigan bans flavored e-cigarettes a day after New York

Sep. 18, 2019 1:47 PM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan banned the sale of flavored e-cigarettes on Wednesday, the latest state to act following hundreds of serious breathing issues in people using vaping devices that prompted a federal investigation. The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services said the ban was effective...

Minnesota opioid task force to hold 1st meeting next week

Sep. 18, 2019 1:29 PM EDT

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota's new task force on the opioid crisis will hold its first meeting next week on how best to spend $20 million from new licensing fees on the pharmaceutical industry. The Department of Human Services on Wednesday announced the 19 members of the Opioid Epidemic Response...

Comcast tries to bolster streaming gadget by dropping fee

Sep. 18, 2019 11:46 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — As big entertainment companies prepare to launch new streaming services, Comcast is trying to bolster its Flex streaming TV device by giving it away. As with Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV and Roku, Flex lets viewers watch streaming services over a regular TV, though they have to subscribe to...

Facebook slashes price, size of Portal video call gadget

Sep. 18, 2019 9:34 AM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Facebook is slashing the price and the size of the Portal, its screen and camera-equipped gadget for making video calls with friends and family as it attempts to get the device into more homes. A smaller version will now cost $129 and will come with an 8 inch display. A larger version...

Knockoff pot vapes raise concerns for licensed companies

Sep. 17, 2019 9:12 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A short walk from police headquarters in the heart of downtown Los Angeles, a cluster of bustling shops are openly selling packaging and hardware that can be used to produce counterfeit marijuana vapes that have infected California's cannabis market. Bootleggers eager to profit off...