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Health officials to give update on Hepatitis A outbreak

Jul. 19, 2018 1:49 AM EDT

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Health officials plan to give updates Kentucky's Hepatitis A outbreak, including initiatives to slow it. A statement from the Louisville Metro Department of Public Health and Wellness says the agency will host a news conference Thursday morning. Officials from the Centers for Disease...

Philadelphia's tax on soda upheld by state Supreme Court

Jul. 18, 2018 8:52 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Philadelphia's tax on soda and other sweetened drinks was upheld on Wednesday when the state's highest court rejected a challenge by merchants and the beverage industry. The Supreme Court ruled the 1.5-cent-per-ounce (per 28 grams) levy is aimed at distributors and dealers and does...

Minnesota helps 13-year-old boy keep his hot dog business

Jul. 18, 2018 8:35 PM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A 13-year-old entrepreneur who was reported for operating a hot dog stand without a license is still in business thanks to Minnesota officials who could've shut him down. The Minnesota Department of Health received a complaint this summer about the hot dog stand that Jaequan Faulkner had...

Police: 2 children suffer bites in possible shark attacks

Jul. 18, 2018 7:54 PM EDT

ISLIP, N.Y. (AP) — Two children were bitten in the leg in the waters off New York's Fire Island on Wednesday in possible shark attacks, prompting beach closings, authorities said. Suffolk County police said they were investigating the separate incidents, which occurred less than 5 miles (8 kilometers)...

New law in Baltimore bars sodas from kids' menus

Jul. 18, 2018 7:29 PM EDT

BALTIMORE (AP) — Restaurants in Baltimore are now officially barred from including sodas and other sugary drinks on kids' menus, according to a city ordinance that went into effect Wednesday. Baltimore is now the biggest U.S. city and the first on the East Coast to pass this kind of measure, said Shawn...

Study: National parks get fewer visits when pollution rises

Jul. 18, 2018 7:20 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — Visitors appear to be steering clear of some U.S. national parks or cutting visits short because of pollution levels that are comparable to what's found in major cities, according to a study released Wednesday. Researchers at Iowa State and Cornell universities looked at more than two decades...

Poison parsnip causes severe burns, blisters on woman's legs

Jul. 18, 2018 7:09 PM EDT

ESSEX, Vt. (AP) — A woman was left with severe burns and blisters on her legs after encountering an invasive species of plant in Vermont. Charlotte Murphy says she developed painful blisters overnight after brushing against poison parsnip. Murphy says the blisters got so bad she had to go to the hospital...

More claims mean NFL concussion payout could jump by $400M

Jul. 18, 2018 5:52 PM EDT

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Lawyers representing former NFL players estimated Wednesday that payouts from the concussion settlement with the league will top $1.4 billion, a $400 million jump because of thousands more players filing claims. The number of players who filed to be a part of the settlement is outpacing...

UNC's Fedora causes stir with CTE comment at ACC media days

Jul. 18, 2018 5:47 PM EDT

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina coach Larry Fedora said Wednesday he doesn't believe it's been proven that football causes the degenerative brain disease CTE and offered a passionate defense of a sport he believes is "under attack." Fedora, during interviews at Atlantic Coast Conference preseason...

The Latest: NFL concussion payouts expected to grow

Jul. 18, 2018 5:26 PM EDT

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The Latest on the NFL concussion settlement (all times local): 5:10 p.m. Lawyers representing former NFL players in their concussion claims estimate payouts from the settlement with the league will likely reach $1.4 billion. The lawyers filed a status update Wednesday saying an actuary...