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Oil boom, housing crisis bringing sewage problems in camps

Dec. 8, 2019 10:35 AM EST

CARLSBAD, N.M. (AP) — Officials in southeastern New Mexico are struggling to monitor sewage problems from hundreds of camps used to house transient oil field workers. State officials said more than 140 unregistered RV parks in Eddy County were violating liquid water requirements, typically linked to...

UCF medical students give free Hep A shots, care to homeless

Dec. 8, 2019 3:00 AM EST

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — For more than nine months now, a group of volunteer UCF medical students have been giving free hepatitis A shots to the homeless in Orlando. Once a month, on a Tuesday evening, they set up their portable tent and a few tables at the corner of a church parking lot in downtown Orlando...

American Samoa declares measles outbreak, closes schools

Dec. 7, 2019 8:52 PM EST

PAGO PAGO, American Samoa (AP) — The government of American Samoa declared that the U.S. territory has an outbreak of measles, a move that will lead to the closure of public schools starting Monday and a ban on gatherings in parks. In its announcement Friday of the measles outbreak, the government says...

Asbestos, looting plague Colorado Springs apartments

Dec. 7, 2019 3:54 PM EST

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — Colorado health officials say they’re looking into asbestos contamination at an apartment development and warn the property owner could face fines for violations. Over 100 residents of the apartment buildings in southeast Colorado Springs have been told to leave in...

Hepatitis A on rise in Colorado with nearly 300 known cases

Dec. 7, 2019 3:13 PM EST

DENVER (AP) — Almost 300 people have contracted hepatitis A in Colorado since an increase in the contagious liver disease began in 2018. At least two of those people have died, according to the state health department. The rise in hepatitis A is part of a nationwide increase that has sickened at least...

Massachusetts high court delays hearing on vaping ban suit

Dec. 7, 2019 2:13 PM EST

BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts' highest court is holding off hearing arguments in the vaping industry's challenge of the state's temporary ban on vapor products. The state Supreme Judicial Court said in an order released Friday that Monday's planned court hearing in an appeal brought by the Vapor Technology...

Officals say the flu is 'prevalent' in New York

Dec. 6, 2019 8:49 PM EST

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York officials have declared that the flu is “prevalent” in the state. This declaration initiates a state regulation that will require healthcare professionals who are not vaccinated for influenza to wear masks in areas where patients are present. “Getting...

Officials list pot vape brands reported in US outbreak

Dec. 6, 2019 5:16 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Health officials investigating a nationwide outbreak of vaping illnesses have listed, for the first time, the vape brands most commonly linked to hospitalizations. Most of the nearly 2,300 people who suffered lung damage had vaped liquids that contain THC, the high-inducing part of...

Ohio considering fund to protect opioid settlement money

Dec. 6, 2019 2:34 PM EST

COLUMBUS (AP) — The Ohio Attorney General's Office is floating the idea of changing the state constitution to create a fund to ensure future settlement money from government lawsuits over the opioid epidemic is used to address that problem. A memo this week from a deputy to Republican Attorney General...

Proposal would allow dogs onto restaurant patios and decks

Dec. 6, 2019 10:44 AM EST

DOVER, Del. (AP) — A state agency in Delaware is proposing a change in regulations that would allow people to bring their dogs onto restaurant patios and decks. The Delaware State News reported Thursday that the proposed change follows an uproar from some over the state stepping up enforcement of a policy...