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Low wages, student debt fuel vet shortage in rural Missouri

Aug. 25, 2019 10:30 AM EDT

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Low wages and the burden of student debt are leading to a critical shortage of large-animal veterinarians in rural Missouri, industry experts said. This is particularly a problem in areas such as Vernon County, where there is one veterinarian for every 206,000 food animals, according to...

Q&A: Deadly opioid crisis sparks lawsuits across the US

Aug. 25, 2019 9:37 AM EDT

The first judgment is expected Monday in a lawsuit from a state government seeking to hold a drug company accountable for a U.S. opioid crisis that has ripped apart lives and communities. More trials and legal settlements are likely to follow the ruling in Oklahoma as the nation looks for answers and solutions to...

Virginia Tech victims' families plea again for gun control

Aug. 25, 2019 9:01 AM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Twelve years ago, Andrew Goddard, whose son Colin survived four bullet wounds at the 2007 Virginia Tech shootings, sat in a room at the Capitol in Richmond and watched state lawmakers reject a measure that would have expanded background checks for firearm sales. "We're not giving up on...

AARP chief: How living to 100 changes our ideas about aging

Aug. 25, 2019 8:01 AM EDT

Jo Ann Jenkins is the CEO of AARP, the world's largest nonprofit, nonpartisan membership organization. AARP is focused on helping people "improve their quality of life" as they age; it has more than 38 million members. Jenkins joined AARP in 2010 and became CEO in 2014. Previously she was chief operating officer...

Spain's ex-king Juan Carlos I recovers after heart surgery

Aug. 25, 2019 6:49 AM EDT

MADRID (AP) — Doctors at the hospital where Spain's former monarch Juan Carlos I underwent heart surgery say he is making a satisfactory recovery almost 24 hours after the operation. Lucía Alonso, the managing director of Madrid's Quironsalud University Hospital, said Sunday the 81-year-old king...

Sandoval to have season-ending reconstructive elbow surgery

Aug. 25, 2019 12:40 AM EDT

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Pablo Sandoval grew teary at the thought he may never make another play for retiring manager Bruce Bochy, a father figure to the third baseman who resurrected his career during a second stint in San Francisco. Perhaps there's still a chance of another swing or two — if both...

Police: 7 adults shot at child's birthday party in Maryland

Aug. 25, 2019 12:23 AM EDT

CAMP SPRINGS, Md. (AP) — A Maryland police chief says seven adults were injured when shots were fired at a child's birthday party a few miles southeast of the nation's capital. Prince George's County police Cpl. Nicholas Clayton tells The Associated Press that the shooting occurred Saturday night near the...

High schoolers raise over $17K for Memory Makers

Aug. 25, 2019 12:06 AM EDT

OXFORD, Miss. (AP) — When Jack Ligon formed the Oxford High School group Students for Alzheimer's, he wanted to help shed a light on the disease while also making a positive impact within his community. In 2017, he founded the Students for Alzheimer's tennis tournament, which held its third event on...

Prattville woman who donated to son in 1982 gets transplant

Aug. 25, 2019 12:05 AM EDT

PRATTVILLE, Ala. (AP) — Betty Clark sacrificed part of herself trying to save her child's life 37 years ago. The Prattville woman had no idea doing so would help save her own life one day. As a child in the 1970s and 1980s, Steven Reeves was a fun-loving boy who enjoyed Christian music, going to church and...

Strip down, saddle up: Naked bikers hit Philadelphia streets

Aug. 24, 2019 9:30 PM EDT

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Hundreds of bicyclists have been caught with their pants down — and their shirts and underwear off, too. The cyclists gathered in a Philadelphia park on Saturday to disrobe before saddling up and setting off on the annual Philly Naked Bike Ride. About 3,000 riders pedal a 10-mile...