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Georgia woman fatally bit by rattlesnake while gardening

Jun. 20, 2019 5:02 AM EDT

WAVERLY, Ga. (AP) — A Georgia woman who was bitten by a rattlesnake while gardening has died. News outlets report 62-yaer-old Priscilla Meridith was bitten last month and suffered an allergic reaction and heart attack that left her in a medically induced coma she never woke up from. Meridith's family says...

Public to weigh in on revised California vaccine bill

Jun. 20, 2019 1:11 AM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Residents are getting their first chance to weigh in on changes to a California measure that would give state public health officials oversight of doctors who grant a high number of medical exemptions for vaccinations and schools with vaccination rates less than 95%. The Assembly...

UN health agency to remove controversial opioid guidelines

Jun. 19, 2019 11:25 PM EDT

The World Health Organization notified U.S. lawmakers Wednesday that it will discontinue two publications on prescribing opioid painkillers in response to allegations that the pharmaceutical industry influenced the reports. The pledge to remove the guidelines comes a month after U.S. Reps. Katherine Clark and Hal...

Alaska teens charged in 'murder for millions' slaying

Jun. 19, 2019 8:50 PM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Alaska teens hoping to cash in on a $9 million offer from a Midwest millionaire brutally killed a developmentally disabled woman on a popular trail outside Anchorage, shooting her in the back of the head and dumping her body in a river, authorities allege. The millionaire's only...

Correction: California-Vaccination Legislation story

Jun. 19, 2019 7:50 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — In a story June 18 about changes to a vaccinations bill, The Associated Press reported erroneously that the group Educate. Advocate. remains opposed because the legislation now calls for using an existing state immunization registry instead of creating a separate database for...

Yankees release Farquhar 14 months after dugout collapse

Jun. 19, 2019 3:32 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The Yankees have released right-hander Danny Farquhar, ending the relief pitcher's comeback try with New York more than a year after he collapsed in the Chicago White Sox dugout because of a ruptured aneurysm and brain hemorrhage. The Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders announced the...

Delaware court revives Blue Bell Creameries shareholder suit

Jun. 19, 2019 9:37 AM EDT

DOVER, Del. (AP) — Delaware's Supreme Court has overturned the dismissal of a shareholder lawsuit against one the country's largest ice cream makers after a 2015 listeria outbreak that killed three people. The court ruled Tuesday that a judge erred because the plaintiff had not demanded that the board of...

Death toll rises in eastern India in encephalitis outbreak

Jun. 19, 2019 8:01 AM EDT

PATNA, India (AP) — Indian authorities said Wednesday that 114 children have died in an encephalitis outbreak this month in eastern Bihar, one of the country's poorest states. The outbreak has been exacerbated by a heatwave, with temperatures in Patna, Bihar's capital, reaching a high of 45.8 Celsius...

The Latest: Trump kicks off 2020 bid by airing grievances

Jun. 19, 2019 3:06 AM EDT

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — The Latest on President Donald Trump (all times local): 10:20 p.m. President Donald Trump has kicked off his reelection campaign with a grievance-filled rally that focused more on settling scores than on laying out his agenda for a second term. On Tuesday night in Orlando, Florida,...

Porous border could hinder efforts to stem spread of Ebola

Jun. 18, 2019 4:03 PM EDT

MPONDWE, Uganda (AP) — Several well-trodden paths crisscross this lush area where people walk between Congo and Uganda to visit nearby family and friends and go to the busy markets. The problem is that the pedestrians may unknowingly be carrying the deadly Ebola virus, and hindering efforts to control the...