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Hospital psychiatric wards now feel like prisons, some say

Nov. 19, 2019 6:06 AM EST

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — New safety standards aimed at limiting suicide risks have led to overhauls inside hospitals around the country, with psychiatric facilities and wards removing bathroom doors, stripping artwork from walls and requiring patients to wear paper gowns instead of their own clothes. The...

NOAA asks residents to keep eye out for stunned sea turtles

Nov. 19, 2019 5:29 AM EST

SANDY HOOK, N.J. (AP) — The federal government is asking New Jersey and New York beachgoers to report any sightings they might have of stranded turtles. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration says a recent cold snap has suddenly resulted in cold-stunned sea turtles washing up on beaches. The...

Officers cleared in death of bipolar woman armed with ax

Nov. 19, 2019 4:30 AM EST

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Police have been cleared of wrongdoing in the fatal shooting of a bipolar Virginia woman whose psychiatrist asked authorities to check on her. Henrico Commonwealth’s Attorney Shannon Taylor told reporters Monday that no charges will be filed against the two Henrico police...

Ex-PM Sharif leaves Pakistan for medical treatment in London

Nov. 19, 2019 2:38 AM EST

LAHORE, Pakistan (AP) — Pakistan’s ailing former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, who was convicted of corruption, left the country on Tuesday to travel to London for medical treatment. The 69-year-old Sharif, who served three times as prime minister but fell from grace after the Supreme Court ousted...

Arctic in hot water: Sea ice minimal in Chukchi, Bering seas

Nov. 19, 2019 1:12 AM EST

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The U.S. research vessel Sikuliaq can break through ice as thick as 2.5 feet (0.76 meters). In the Chukchi Sea northwest of Alaska this month, which should be brimming with floes, its limits likely won’t be tested. University of Washington researchers left Nome on Nov. 7 on...

Long-running coal plant on Navajo Nation stops production

Nov. 18, 2019 11:21 PM EST

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — A massive coal-fired power plant that served customers in the West for nearly 50 years shut down Monday, the latest closure in a shift away from coal and toward renewable energy and cheaper power. The Navajo Generating Station near the Arizona-Utah line was expected to shutter by...

California sues e-cigarette maker Juul over ads, youth sales

Nov. 18, 2019 10:13 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — California on Monday sued the nation’s biggest e-cigarette maker, alleging that Juul Labs deliberately marketed and sold its flavored nicotine products to teenagers. The lawsuit from California’s attorney general is the latest legal action against Juul, the...

South Dakota’s governor defends ‘Meth. We’re on it’ campaign

Nov. 18, 2019 9:06 PM EST

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota sparked online guffaws Monday by rolling out an anti-drug campaign featuring people saying, “Meth, I’m on it,” and the governor said the backlash proves the effort to raise awareness is working. The nearly $1.4 million campaign aimed at tackling...

Bill on handling of fetal remains passes Pennsylvania House

Nov. 18, 2019 8:55 PM EST

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A proposal to require the burial or cremation of fetal remains that end up in possession of a health care facility passed a divided Pennsylvania House of Representatives on Monday after an impassioned debate. The bill, which Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf has vowed to veto, was modeled on...

Colorado justices approve medical marijuana during probation

Nov. 18, 2019 8:34 PM EST

DENVER (AP) — The Colorado Supreme Court has ruled people may use medical marijuana while serving probation. KMGH-TV reports the state’s highest court issued the ruling Monday. The justices approved an exception for prosecutors to show evidence that using the drug would run counter to achieving the...