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Biden's prism of loss: A public man, shaped by private grief

Aug. 18, 2019 9:33 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — On the night before Joe Biden's world collapsed, he sat in a picture-perfect scene with his wife by the fireside in their Delaware living room. Biden, the hotshot senator-elect at just 30, was reflecting on the big things he would do when he got to Washington. It was one week out from...

Treating gun violence in Philadelphia trauma bay

Aug. 17, 2019 3:07 AM EDT

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — In the movies, gun violence ends with a clink. After the shots are fired, after the frantic rush to the hospital, after the blood-soaked T-shirt is cut away, the scene ends with a surgeon pulling a bullet out of the victim and dropping it into a metal container. Clink. But for trauma...

New Jersey's medically assisted suicide law put on hold

Aug. 15, 2019 4:05 PM EDT

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — A New Jersey judge put a temporary hold on a new law allowing terminally ill patients to seek life-ending drugs. The order means that New Jersey's recently enacted measure cannot be enforced by the state attorney general and comes in response to a lawsuit brought by a doctor practicing...

Report: 2 killed themselves with DC doctor-aided death law

Aug. 5, 2019 7:41 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — At least two terminally ill Washington, D.C., residents ended their lives last year through the District's aid-in-dying law. The Washington Post reports the D.C. Department of Health released a report Friday on the impact of the Death With Dignity Act that went into effect in 2017. The...

New Jersey's medically assisted suicide law takes effect

Aug. 1, 2019 10:34 AM EDT

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey now allows terminally ill patients to seek life-ending drugs. The law went into effect Thursday. Democratic Gov. Phil Murphy had signed the bill in April, making New Jersey the seventh with such a measure. Maine enacted a similar law in June, becoming the eighth. The Medical...

2 former Minot hospice nurses sentenced for stealing drugs

Jul. 27, 2019 10:25 AM EDT

MINOT, N.D. (AP) — Two former Minot nurses accused of stealing prescribed drugs for hospice patients have each been sentenced to three years in prison. The Minot Daily News reports that 40-year-old April Beckler and 47-year-old Kim Kochel were sentenced on Friday. They pleaded guilty in May to endangering...

Oregon removes assisted suicide wait for certain patients

Jul. 24, 2019 9:05 PM EDT

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Legislation allowing certain terminally ill patients to have quicker access to life-ending medications under the state's first-in-the-nation assisted suicide law has been signed into law, Gov. Kate Brown's office announced Wednesday. The law allows those with 15 days left to live to...

Author finds community with book on young daughter's death

Jul. 24, 2019 1:44 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Jayson and Stacy Greene speak of grief matter-of-factly and calmly, as it's something they've come to know intimately since the tragic death of their 2-year-old daughter, Greta, in 2015. "I wouldn't say that the work is complete because I don't think it ever is when you're grieving," Stacy...

Man at center of French soul-searching on life support dies

Jul. 11, 2019 11:50 AM EDT

PARIS (AP) — A French man who was in a vegetative state for 11 years while his wife and parents disagreed over his continued medical care died Thursday, and a prosecutor quickly ordered an autopsy and an investigation. Vincent Lambert, 42, died in a hospital east of Paris nine days after doctors stopped...

Use of California assisted death law drops in 2018

Jul. 9, 2019 7:02 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California health officials say 337 terminally ill people took drugs to end their lives last year, down from 374 in 2017. The California Department of Public Health reported Tuesday that 452 people received prescriptions under the law. That's down from 577 people in 2017, the...