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US stock indexes close lower on mixed company earnings

Oct. 22, 2019 5:36 PM EDT

A choppy day of trading on Wall Street ended Tuesday with stocks closing lower after a sell-off in technology stocks strengthened toward the end of the day. That late-afternoon burst of selling erased modest gains for the market, which was coming off two weeks of gains. The major indexes wavered for much of the...

Virginia mental health hospital growth delayed, costs rise

Oct. 22, 2019 4:42 AM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia state officials are telling lawmakers the expansion of a mental health hospital in Staunton is being delayed and costs are going up. The Richmond Times-Dispatch reported Monday that an architect working on the $22.3 million project at Western State Hospital based drawings on...

Start-up company helps nursing home residents see the world

Oct. 20, 2019 9:05 AM EDT

FALLS CHURCH, Va. (AP) — Jim Halsey, 83, has traveled in his life to Japan and South Korea, through Europe and Central America. One recent day, he squatted in a narrow, wooden boat and watched as an elephant trudged through a swamp in Botswana. Halsey, who was an intellectual-property lawyer before he...

Baker takes aim at 'surprise' bills in health care overhaul

Oct. 18, 2019 4:07 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Gov. Charlie Baker introduced legislation Friday aimed at overhauling Massachusetts' health care system by restricting how hospitals and doctors bill patients and requiring walk-in clinics to treat low-income patients on Medicaid. Outlining the effort, the Republican governor said it's...

Over-the-counter heartburn drug Zantac pulled in US, Canada

Oct. 18, 2019 3:56 PM EDT

Drugmaker Sanofi is recalling its over-the-counter heartburn drug Zantac in the U.S. and Canada because of possible contamination. The French company Friday joined other drugmakers that have recently recalled their versions of the popular heartburn and ulcer drug. In September, the Food and Drug Administration...

European Medicines Agency recommends licensing Ebola vaccine

Oct. 18, 2019 7:30 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — The European Medicines Agency has recommended that the world's first Ebola vaccine be approved, after it was administered to hundreds of thousands of people in Africa. The agency on Friday described licensing the vaccine as "an important step toward relieving the burden of this deadly...

Nursing residency program to tackle rural health care needs

Oct. 17, 2019 11:35 PM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — One of the state's largest health care providers is partnering with the University of New Mexico's nursing college to expand access to health care in rural communities by creating a new residency program. The program will be paid for by a $3.2 million grant awarded to Presbyterian...

Pelosi moves on drug prices despite falling-out with Trump

Oct. 17, 2019 8:11 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is plowing ahead with her bill to allow Medicare to negotiate prescription drug prices despite a breakdown in relations with her chief bargaining partner on the issue — President Donald Trump. The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office has estimated the...

Home health cares in Iowa, South Dakota ordered to pay

Oct. 17, 2019 7:10 PM EDT

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) — A federal judge has ordered five home health care facilities in Iowa and South Dakota accused of filing fraudulent Medicare claims to pay more than $3.1 million. A complaint filed earlier this month in Cedar Rapid's federal court accused Sergeant Bluff Healthcare and Elk Point...

Border Patrol's growing presence at hospitals creates fear

Oct. 17, 2019 5:45 PM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — An armed Border Patrol agent roamed the hallways of an emergency room in Miami on a recent day as nurses wheeled stretchers and medical carts through the hospital and families waited for physicians to treat their loved ones. The agent in the olive-green uniform freely stepped in and out of the...