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3 contract workers suffer burns in Glendale transformer fire

Nov. 18, 2019 2:57 PM EST

GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Authorities say three workers have been injured in a transformer fire in Glendale. Salt River Project officials say the men were in contract crew, working on behalf of the Phoenix-based utility. They say the three suffered burn injuries while working on a transformer Monday morning....

Correction: Tribe-Whaling story

Nov. 18, 2019 2:18 PM EST

SEATTLE (AP) — In a story Nov. 14 about the Makah Tribe’s effort to resume whaling in Washington state, The Associated Press reported erroneously that the Makah is the only tribe with a treaty right to hunt whales. While the Makah is the only tribe whose treaty specifically mentions a right to hunt...

New and old drugs may offer new ways to fight heart disease

Nov. 18, 2019 2:13 PM EST

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Novel drugs may offer fresh ways to reduce heart risks beyond the usual medicines to lower cholesterol and blood pressure. One new study found that heart attack survivors benefited from a medicine long used to treat gout. Several experimental drugs also showed early promise for...

Mailing free home HIV tests helps detect more infections

Nov. 18, 2019 1:33 PM EST

Mailing free home HIV tests to high-risk men offers a potentially better strategy for detecting infections than usual care. That’s according to a U.S. government study that resulted in many more infections found — including among friends with whom recipients shared extra kits. The experiment...

California sues e-cigarette maker Juul over ads and sales

Nov. 18, 2019 1:21 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — California is suing the nation’s biggest e-cigarette maker, alleging Juul Labs deliberately targeted teenagers with its early marketing campaigns. The lawsuit filed Monday by California’s attorney general is the latest legal action against Juul. The company faces multiple...

Trump backing off banning vaping flavors popular with teens

Nov. 18, 2019 1:01 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is backing away from the idea of banning most flavored e-cigarettes. Trump announced a proposed ban in September, saying he wanted parents to be aware of what a problem vaping had become among teens. He made the announcement in the presence of first lady Melania...

Jury awards $1.4M to man who got vasectomy, not circumcision

Nov. 18, 2019 12:44 PM EST

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A jury in Iowa has awarded $1.4 million to a Burmese immigrant who wanted a circumcision but instead got a vasectomy. The Des Moines Register reports that the jury last week leveled a $2 million judgment against Dr. Kevin Birusingh, who performed the vasectomy. But jurors decided...

10 Seattle Children’s ORs to be closed through January

Nov. 18, 2019 10:32 AM EST

SEATTLE (AP) — Seattle Children's Hospital says 10 of its operating rooms will now remain closed through January to deal with an Aspergillus mold outbreak. KOMO reports the hospital says they will immediately install what called custom in-room HEPA filtration in those 10 operating rooms and two equipment...

Alaska borough mayor aims to ban smoking in public parks

Nov. 18, 2019 10:26 AM EST

FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) — An Alaska borough mayor has proposed banning smoking from public parks, which would include cigarettes and vaping devices. Fairbanks North Star Borough Bryce Ward proposed a $50 fine for smoking in any park or area of a park posted as non-smoking, The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner...

Va. health department reports rise in meth overdose deaths

Nov. 18, 2019 9:57 AM EST

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Health officials in Virginia say the number of fatal overdoses from methamphetamine use has risen over the past three years. The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports the Virginia Department of Health’s Office of Chief Medical Examiner says deadly meth overdoses rose from 88 people in...