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Alabama city approves massive no-smoking zone

Oct. 21, 2019 1:56 PM EDT

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — An Alabama city council has approved an ordinance prohibiting smoking in a 100-block zone around schools and health facilities. Al.Com reports Birmingham City Council unanimously approved the rule last week. It'll go into effect on Dec. 1. The ordinance says the no-smoking zone will...

Man sentenced for selling drugs at VA hospital

Oct. 19, 2019 4:23 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — A man who pleaded guilty to selling crack cocaine at a Massachusetts veterans' hospital has avoided additional prison time. Federal prosecutors say 59-year-old Michael Sexton was sentenced Friday to time already served — about two months— and two years of probation. The Bedford...

Border Patrol's growing presence at hospitals creates fear

Oct. 17, 2019 5:45 PM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — An armed Border Patrol agent roamed the hallways of an emergency room in Miami on a recent day as nurses wheeled stretchers and medical carts through the hospital and families waited for physicians to treat their loved ones. The agent in the olive-green uniform freely stepped in and out of the...

Book: Trump mulled order to close parts of VA health system

Oct. 16, 2019 10:52 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Eager for changes at the Department of Veterans Affairs, President Donald Trump toyed early on with issuing an executive order to close parts of the VA health system without consulting Congress, according to an upcoming book by his former VA secretary. In the book, obtained by The...

Attorney: Lawsuit planned over VA hospital death in WVa

Oct. 16, 2019 6:59 PM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — An attorney representing the family of a patient who died at a Veterans Affairs hospital in West Virginia says he plans to sue over what he believes is the man's suspicious death from a wrongful insulin injection. Charleston attorney Tony O'Dell said a notice of a pending lawsuit...

Police ID officer as man hurt in 16-foot fall on cruise ship

Oct. 11, 2019 7:51 AM EDT

VENICE, La. (AP) — A man injured in a fall on a Carnival cruise ship has been identified as an Alabama police officer. News outlets report Huntsville, Alabama, police say officer John Thomas Holliday was hurt Tuesday when he fell nearly 16-feet (5-meters) to the ship's deck off the Louisiana coast. It...

Fly problem closes 3 operating rooms at VA medical center

Oct. 10, 2019 10:10 AM EDT

MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) — The Manchester VA Medical Center says three operating rooms have been closed out of an abundance of caution after flies were found in one of them. A spokesperson for the Manchester VA said Wednesday that patient care hasn't been impacted. The medical center contacted all patients...

Man hurt in 16-foot fall on cruise ship on Louisiana coast

Oct. 9, 2019 7:58 AM EDT

VENICE, La. (AP) — A man has been critically injured in a nearly 16-foot (5-meter) fall on a Carnival cruise ship off the coast of Louisiana. News outlets report the U.S. Coast Guard says the 23-year-old man was hurt early Tuesday on the ship near Venice. A Coast Guard news release says he was airlifted to...

VA hospital patients' families will have free place to stay

Oct. 5, 2019 10:06 AM EDT

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — Hershel "Woody" Williams said a lot has changed since he arrived to work at the Huntington VA Medical Center in 1946. For starters, the medical center now bears his name. It's recognition for his service in the U.S. Marine Corps during the Battle of Iwo Jima in World War II, which...

Lawsuit challenging Bible display has additional plaintiff

Oct. 4, 2019 2:47 PM EDT

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — A federal lawsuit challenging the display of a Bible at New Hampshire's veterans hospital has an additional plaintiff. The original lawsuit was filed by U.S. Air Force veteran James Chamberlain against the hospital director, saying the Bible's inclusion on a table honoring missing...