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Judge halts Air Force's efforts to discharge airmen with HIV

Feb. 15, 2019 7:37 PM EST

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) — A federal judge on Friday ordered the U.S. Air Force to temporarily stop discharging service members who are HIV-positive, ruling that it's working under a policy that is "irrational" and "outdated." U.S. District Judge Leonie M. Brinkema in Alexandria, Virginia, issued her decision...

9/11 fund running out of money for those with illnesses

Feb. 15, 2019 7:35 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — The compensation fund for victims of 9/11 is running out of money and will cut future payments by 50 to 70 percent, officials announced Friday. September 11th Victim Compensation Fund special master Rupa Bhattacharyya said she was "painfully aware of the inequity of the situation" but...

Washington lawmakers advance limits on vaccine exemptions

Feb. 15, 2019 6:05 PM EST

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Washington state lawmakers advanced a measure Friday that would remove parents' ability to claim a personal or philosophical exemption to vaccinating their school-age children for measles as the Pacific Northwest struggles with an outbreak of the contagious virus. The House Health...

Cubs' Russell sorry for 'pain' he caused ex-wife, no details

Feb. 15, 2019 5:05 PM EST

MESA, Ariz. (AP) — Chicago Cubs shortstop Addison Russell apologized Friday for the "hurt" and "pain" he caused his ex-wife but didn't detail what prompted a 40-game suspension under Major League Baseball's domestic violence policy. "My past behaviors were wrong and unacceptable," he said. Russell met with...

Boil-water advisory ends in Dayton, Ohio

Feb. 15, 2019 4:51 PM EST

DAYTON, Ohio (AP) — Boil-water advisories have ended for the Dayton, Ohio, area. City authorities said late Friday morning that water samples were clear of bacteria, and Montgomery County followed later in the day after concluding water was safe to drink without boiling first. Some 100,000 people began...

Year in space put US astronaut's disease defenses on alert

Feb. 15, 2019 4:19 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Nearly a year in space put astronaut Scott Kelly's immune system on high alert and changed the activity of some of his genes compared to his Earth-bound identical twin, researchers said Friday. Scientists don't know if the changes were good or bad but results from a unique NASA twins...

Kentucky closer to banning most abortions if Roe overturned

Feb. 15, 2019 4:01 PM EST

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky took a step closer toward preparing for a possible post-Roe v. Wade era on Friday. The state House overwhelmingly passed a bill to ban most abortions in Kentucky if the U.S. Supreme Court overturns the landmark decision that legalized the procedure nationwide. The chamber's...

Opioid maker used rap video to push powerful painkiller

Feb. 15, 2019 3:19 PM EST

BOSTON (AP) — Employees at a drug company accused of bribing doctors rapped and danced around a person dressed as a bottle of the highly addictive fentanyl spray in a video meant to motivate sales reps to push the drug. The video was shown to jurors this week in the closely watched trial in Boston of...

$1M bond set for suspect accused of setting deputy on fire

Feb. 15, 2019 3:11 PM EST

RAVENNA, Ohio (AP) — A judge has set a $1 million bond for a man charged with setting an Ohio sheriff's deputy on fire, causing serious burns when the deputy and other officers tried to arrest him on a felony warrant. Forty-five-year-old Jay Brannon appeared in court Friday afternoon in Ravenna after being...

Russian police question nerve agent scientist

Feb. 15, 2019 2:13 PM EST

MOSCOW (AP) — A Russian scientist who says he developed a nerve agent suspected to have been used against a Russian ex-agent and his daughter says he's been questioned by police after flyers appeared in his home city accusing him of pedophilia. Vladimir Uglev told The Associated Press that police had taken...