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Pot politics: Schumer joins politicians rethinking marijuana

Apr. 20, 2018 4:56 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The top Senate Democrat is using marijuana's informal holiday to announce a change of heart about the drug, another sign of the growing political acceptance of pot. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer of New York said Friday he'll introduce a bill taking marijuana off the federal list of...

Americans reflect on legal pot ahead of 420 holiday

Apr. 20, 2018 2:23 AM EDT

America's marijuana supporters have a lot to celebrate on this 420 holiday : Thirty states have legalized some form of medical marijuana, according to a national advocacy group. Nine of those states and Washington, D.C., also have broad legalization where adults 21 and older can use pot for any reason. Michigan...

California lawmakers move to limit gay conversion therapy

Apr. 19, 2018 4:27 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Selling or advertising gay conversion therapy may soon be classified as a fraudulent business practice in California under a bill passed Thursday by the state Assembly. Conversion therapy, the practice of trying to change someone's sexual orientation, has been shown to be...

'Dance Moms' star Miller has cancer, underwent spine surgery

Apr. 19, 2018 3:36 PM EDT

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Former "Dance Moms" reality TV star Abby Lee Miller has been diagnosed with cancer. Doctor Hooman Melamed tells People.com she contracted what they thought was a rare spinal infection and nearly died this week. The doctor says Miller went to a California emergency room, where her...

US experts back marijuana-based drug for childhood seizures

Apr. 19, 2018 1:06 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A medicine made from the marijuana plant moved one step closer to U.S. approval Thursday after federal health advisers endorsed it for the treatment of severe seizures in children with epilepsy. If the Food and Drug Administration follows the group's recommendation, GW Pharmaceuticals'...

Deputies: Pair brought gun to ultrasound school

Apr. 19, 2018 8:36 AM EDT

PENSACOLA, Fla. (AP) — Sheriff's deputies in Florida stopped a man and woman from entering a technical college after someone called warning that the pair wanted to "take over the school by force." Administrative director Greg Davis says the Florida Institute of Ultrasound in Pensacola went into lockdown...

2,000 Kachin trapped by Myanmar fighting lack food, medicine

Apr. 19, 2018 1:54 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Community leaders from the Christian ethnic Kachin community have called for urgent medical attention for about 2,000 civilians, including pregnant women and the elderly, trapped in the jungle where they fled to escape clashes between the Myanmar's army and the Kachin guerrillas in the...

California tortoise with cracked shell gets $4,000 repair

Apr. 19, 2018 1:20 AM EDT

SAN DIEGO (AP) — A wayward tortoise that cracked its shell after falling off a 10-foot wall in California is recovering after vets used screws, zip ties and denture material to repair it. San Diego County Animal Services Director Dan DeSousa says the male 90-pound African spurred tortoise probably was a...

Warming, not cooling, donated livers may improve transplants

Apr. 18, 2018 2:18 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Surgeons pack donated organs on ice while racing them to transplant patients but it may be time for a warmer approach. British researchers said Wednesday that keeping at least some livers at body temperature instead may work better. The livers keep functioning until they're transplanted...

Spouses can boost early detection for melanoma patients

Apr. 18, 2018 11:45 AM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — There's an extra bonus to marriage for melanoma patients: They tend to be diagnosed in earlier more treatable stages than patients who are unmarried, widowed or divorced, a new study says. Spouses may be apt to notice suspicious moles on their partners that could signal melanoma, the most...