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Kentucky boy with cancer gets 2K cards for 10th birthday

Oct. 17, 2019 3:54 AM EDT

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — A Kentucky boy who asked for cards for his 10th birthday has gotten more than 2,000 of them so far. News outlets report Carter Matthew Willett turns 10 on Thursday and has several weeks left of his current bout of chemotherapy. Carter was diagnosed last year with Ewing's sarcoma, a...

Officials say death of Montana teenager was vaping-related

Oct. 16, 2019 9:02 PM EDT

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Health officials say a teenager in Montana has died of a lung disease associated with a national outbreak of vaping-related illnesses. The Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services said Tuesday it was the state's first recorded death connected to e-cigarette use. Officials...

North Korea seen as weak link as swine fever spreads in Asia

Oct. 16, 2019 8:59 PM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea is deploying snipers, installing traps and flying drones along its border as it ramps up efforts to stop wild boars from spreading swine fever from rival North Korea. African swine fever, fatal to hogs but no threat to humans, has wiped out pig herds in many Asian...

Michigan Senate addresses police interactions with autistic

Oct. 16, 2019 4:54 PM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The Michigan Senate on Wednesday aimed to improve police officers' interactions with those with autism or hearing issues by unanimously passing bills that would let people voluntarily designate their disorders when registering a car and getting a driver's license. The legislation...

Mack: Louisville's Slazinski hospitalized with appendicitis

Oct. 16, 2019 3:48 PM EDT

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Louisville coach Chris Mack says forward Quinn Slazinski has been hospitalized with appendicitis that might require surgery. Asked after the team's annual tipoff luncheon Wednesday whether he'd redshirt the 6-foot-8, 215-pound freshman, Mack said Slazinski was in a hospital with the...

A third of Kentucky students haven't had Hepatitis A vaccine

Oct. 16, 2019 3:17 PM EDT

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — The Kentucky Department for Public Health says more than a third of students haven't received the mandated Hepatitis A vaccination. The Lexington Herald-Leader reports immunization rates released Tuesday show about 65% of the 209,904 mandated students have received the shot. The...

Massachusetts reports more vaping-related lung illnesses

Oct. 16, 2019 2:12 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Public health officials in Massachusetts are reporting 10 more confirmed or probable cases of vaping-related lung illnesses. The Department of Public Health said Wednesday the 10 new cases brings to 29 the number of such illnesses among Massachusetts residents. Those cases have been reported...

NH adult positive for mosquito-borne Jamestown Canyon virus

Oct. 16, 2019 2:07 PM EDT

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — New Hampshire's Department of Health and Human Services says an adult from Laconia has tested positive for a mosquito-borne virus. The department said Wednesday the adult tested positive for the Jamestown Canyon virus, transmitted by infected mosquitoes. It's the second time a case has...

Editorials from around Oregon

Oct. 16, 2019 10:28 AM EDT

Selected editorials from Oregon newspapers: ___ The East Oregonian, Oct. 15, on getting flu shots: Imagine if every year the U.S. military suffered thousands of causalities in some foreign conflict. It is a difficult and chilling scenario. Fortunately, no such war exists, but every year seasonal flu and its...

Pope on World Food Day laments paradox of hunger, obesity

Oct. 16, 2019 5:50 AM EDT

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis is calling for lifestyle and dietary changes to address the paradox of a world in which people suffer from malnutrition in some areas and obesity in others. In a message Wednesday for the U.N.'s World Food Day, Francis lamented the "distorted relationship between food and...