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State center under investigation; top official put on leave

Dec. 11, 2019 9:17 AM EST

GLENWOOD, Iowa (AP) — The superintendent of Iowa's care center for people with intellectual disabilities has been placed on paid leave amid a federal investigation into the facility. The director of Iowa's Human Services Department, Kelly Garcia, sent an email Monday to staffers at the Glenwood Resource...

Poland wants troops, police to shoot boars with swine fever

Dec. 11, 2019 8:48 AM EST

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland's agriculture minister on Wednesday proposed that army and police personnel should be allowed to shoot wild boars infected with African swine fever, to help fight the disease that has been found in the west of the country after it seemed contained in the east. Jan Krzysztof...

West Virginia University president to undergo hip surgery

Dec. 11, 2019 7:47 AM EST

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — The president of West Virginia University announced he'll be missing the school's winter graduation ceremony as he recovers from a hip surgery this week. Dr. E. Gordon Gee will have the hip replacement surgery on Thursday, he said in a university statement on Tuesday. Doctors...

City of Richmond offering free flu shots throughout December

Dec. 11, 2019 4:37 AM EST

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The city of Richmond, Virginia, is offering free flu shots to anyone 6 months or older during the month of December. Anyone who wants to receive a vaccine can visit the Richmond City Health District clinic any business day except Dec. 13, Christmas Eve and Christmas. No appointment is...

Report: Medicaid recipients often use ER for dental issues

Dec. 11, 2019 4:30 AM EST

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A new state report found that many Virginians on Medicaid often go to emergency rooms for dental issues that could have been prevented or treated at a dentist's office. A recently released report by the Department of Medical Assistance Services found that about 16,000 Medicaid...

UN: Nearly a half-billion in Asia-Pacific still going hungry

Dec. 11, 2019 2:45 AM EST

BANGKOK (AP) — Nearly a half-billion people in the Asia-Pacific are still malnourished and eliminating hunger by 2030 requires that millions escape food insecurity each month, according to a report released Wednesday by UN agencies. Data compiled by the United Nations show slow progress and even...

California considers calling THC in pot a risk to moms-to-be

Dec. 11, 2019 12:52 AM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — More than three years after California voters broadly legalized marijuana, a state panel is considering if its potent, high-inducing chemical — THC — should be declared a risk to pregnant women and require warnings. Studies have indicated that a rising number of...

Vermont program invites veterans to share their stories

Dec. 10, 2019 9:34 PM EST

WHITE RIVER JUNCTION, Vt. (AP) — Ruth Morrison is 95 and lives in the Waits River, Vt., home where she moved after giving birth to the fourth of her five children decades ago. This independence late in life is possible because one daughter lives nearby and brings her meals to heat up in the microwave....

UK's Johnson pushes his Brexit message as election nears

Dec. 10, 2019 9:27 PM EST

LONDON (AP) — With two days until Britain's election, Prime Minister Boris Johnson's final push to drive home his key message about Brexit was overshadowed Tuesday by criticism of his ham-fisted response to the image of a sick child sleeping on a hospital floor and allegations that he exploited a terrorist...

Two new in-vitro centers open in Worcester

Dec. 10, 2019 9:22 PM EST

WORCESTER, Mass. (AP) — Marissa and Justin Moran were ready to start their family, after their close friendship that began at Clinton Elementary School finally led to marriage three years ago. But it wasn’t as easy as they thought it would be. “In the fifth grade, I got in trouble after I...