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Illinois reports its fifth death connected to vaping

Nov. 21, 2019 9:51 PM EST

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — A fifth Illinois resident has died after being hospitalized with a vaping-related lung injury. The Illinois Department of Public Health on Thursday did not release any information about the victim, nor when or where the death occurred. According to the department, 187 people in...

Monsanto pleads guilty to illegal pesticide use in Hawaii

Nov. 21, 2019 9:22 PM EST

HONOLULU (AP) — Agrochemicals company Monsanto on Thursday pleaded guilty to spraying a banned pesticide on research crops on the Hawaii island of Maui in 2014, prosecutors said. Monsanto, now owned by the pharmaceutical company Bayer of Germany, has also agreed to pay $10 million for charges it unlawfully...

East Texas Legionnaires' outbreak linked to hot tub display

Nov. 21, 2019 8:11 PM EST

TYLER, Texas (AP) — Authorities say a hot tub display at an East Texas state fair in September is the likely source of contamination which led to a Legionnaires’ disease outbreak that’s killed one person and sickened seven others. Officials in Tyler have closed the convention center where the...

Petition seeks medical marijuana for ailing household pets

Nov. 21, 2019 7:22 PM EST

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico will consider whether to extend its medical cannabis program to help dogs with epilepsy and people with attention deficit disorder. Five new petitions submitted to the Medical Cannabis Advisory Board seek new qualifying medical conditions for patients in the state’s...

Medicare drug plan finder can steer seniors to higher costs

Nov. 21, 2019 6:40 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Medicare’s revamped prescription plan finder can steer unwitting seniors to coverage that costs much more than they need to pay, according to people who help with sign-ups as well as program experts. Serving some 60 million Medicare recipients, the plan finder is the most commonly...

Hepatitis A outbreak increases to 11 cases in Yakima County

Nov. 21, 2019 6:31 PM EST

YAKIMA, Wash. (AP) — Health officials say a hepatitis A outbreak in Yakima County now involves 11 cases. The Yakima Health District said Thursday that the cases involve people experiencing homelessness or those who use illicit drugs. The health district announced the outbreak Nov. 7, when five cases were...

Suspected norovirus outbreak closes 46 Colorado schools

Nov. 21, 2019 6:06 PM EST

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (AP) — Thousands of students in Colorado were out of school Thursday because of a suspected outbreak of norovirus. All 46 schools in the district serving Grand Junction and the surrounding area were closed and won’t reopen until after the Thanksgiving break so custodians can...

Editorials from around Oregon

Nov. 21, 2019 5:47 PM EST

Selected editorials from Oregon newspapers: ___ The Oregonian/OregonLive, Nov. 17, on a proposal to redraw legislative and congressional district boundaries A proposed ballot initiative seeking to change how Oregon draws boundaries for legislative and congressional districts doesn’t sound like much of a...

Governor vetoes bill outlawing abortions over Down syndrome

Nov. 21, 2019 5:33 PM EST

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A bill that would have prohibited abortions because of a prenatal diagnosis of Down syndrome was vetoed Thursday by Pennsylvania’s Democratic governor. One day after it passed the Republican-controlled Legislature, Gov. Tom Wolf made good on a promise and rejected the...

The Latest: Norovirus outbreak affects Air Force Academy

Nov. 21, 2019 5:29 PM EST

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (AP) — The Latest on norovirus outbreaks in Colorado (all times local): 3:25 p.m. The Air Force Academy outside Colorado Springs says that 400 cadets have been sickened by norovirus since October but that the outbreak hasn’t disrupted classes. The Gazette reported Thursday that...