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Maine lawmakers approve shield law for providers of abortion and gender-affirming care

Apr. 12, 2024 22:25 PM EDT

The Democratic-controlled Maine Legislature gave final approval Friday to a bill that would protect health care workers who provide abortion and gender-affirming care from legal action brought in other states. If signed by Democratic Gov. Janet Mills, Maine would join more than a...

Mexico, a leading producer of illicit fentanyl, can't get enough for medical use, study finds

Apr. 12, 2024 20:17 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — A report released by the Mexican government Friday says the country is facing a dire shortage of fentanyl for medical use, even as Mexican cartels pump out tons of the illicit narcotic. The paradox was reported in a study by Mexico’s National Commission on...

Dallas doctor convicted of tampering with IV bags linked to coworker's death and other emergencies

Apr. 12, 2024 19:48 PM EDT

DALLAS (AP) — A Dallas anesthesiologist was convicted Friday for injecting a nerve-blocking agent and other drugs into bags of intravenous fluid at a surgical center where he worked, which led to the death of a coworker and caused cardiac emergencies for several patients, federal prosecutors...

Kansas governor vetoes ban on gender-affirming care for minors and 2 anti-abortion bills

Apr. 12, 2024 19:40 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas' governor on Friday vetoed a proposed ban on gender-affirming care for minors, a measure to require more reporting from abortion providers and what she called a “vague” bill making it a crime to coerce someone into having an abortion. Democratic Gov....

New York county loses bid to prevent state legal challenge of its ban on female transgender athletes

Apr. 12, 2024 18:54 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — A county outside New York City has lost its bid to block the state from taking legal action against its ban on women’s and girls teams that include female transgender players, state Attorney General Letitia James said Friday. U.S. District Court Judge Nusrat...

Nevada governor signs an order to address the shortage of health care workers in the state

Apr. 12, 2024 18:51 PM EDT

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Nevada Gov. Joe Lombardo has signed an executive order that addresses the state’s shortage of health care workers. The order signed Thursday directs the Patient Protection Commission to devise recommendations for ensuring Nevada residents have more access to...

'I'm dying, you're not': Those terminally ill ask more states to legalize physician-assisted death

Apr. 12, 2024 18:40 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — On a brisk day at a restaurant outside Chicago, Deb Robertson sat with her teenage grandson to talk about her death. She’ll probably miss his high school graduation. She declined the extended warranty on her car. Sometimes she wonders who will be at her funeral. ...

Urgent care worker accused of sexual assaults while claiming falsely to be a nurse in Philly suburbs

Apr. 12, 2024 18:14 PM EDT

NORRISTOWN, Pa. (AP) — A dozen additional victims have told police they were victimized by a medical assistant who falsely said he was nurse when they sought treatment in recent months at an urgent care facility outside Philadelphia, police said in filing new sexual assault charges. ...

Houston hospital says doctor's changes to a database made patients ineligible for liver transplants

Apr. 12, 2024 17:42 PM EDT

A Houston hospital has halted its liver and kidney transplant programs after it says a doctor manipulated a database for liver transplant patients, making them ineligible to receive a new organ. Memorial Hermann-Texas Medical Center said in a statement Friday that their ongoing...

A Toronto police officer was stabbed and a suspect shot. Both hospitalized in stable condition

Apr. 12, 2024 17:24 PM EDT

TORONTO (AP) — A Toronto police officer was stabbed and a suspect was shot in the city’s west end, authorities said Friday. Toronto police said in a post on the social media outlet X that both the officer and the suspect were hospitalized and in stable condition. They said it...