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Washington gov. signs overhaul of medical marijuana market

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Nearly two decades after voters passed a medical marijuana law that often left police, prosecutors and even patients confused about what was allowed, Gov. Jay Inslee signed a bill Friday attempting to clean up that largely unregulated system and harmonize it with Washington's new market for recreational pot. Learn More

 

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Hawaii poised to become 1st state to raise smoking age to 21

HONOLULU (AP) — A bill that would make Hawaii the first state to raise the legal smoking age to 21 cleared the Legislature on Friday and is headed to the governor. More »

 

Indiana HIV outbreak, hepatitis C epidemic sparks CDC alert

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — An Indiana county is experiencing nearly daily increases in new HIV infections tied to intravenous drug use, and health officials hope the situation prompts other states to closely track their hepatitis C and HIV rates to identify potential clusters of the diseases. More »

 

Is ice cream safe? Federal health officials say yes

WASHINGTON (AP) — Is ice cream safe to eat? Federal officials say yes, even amid recalls by two ice cream companies after the discovery of listeria bacteria in their frozen confections. More »

 

Q&A: What's listeria and how is it traced to ice cream?

WASHINGTON (AP) — New technologies account for one way that the government is tracking a life-threatening outbreak of listeria linked to Blue Bell ice cream products. More »

 

Ohio officials closer to finding source of deadly botulism

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Officials say they are closer to finding the source of botulism that killed one person and sickened many more after a church picnic in central Ohio last weekend. More »

 

CDC using new technology to track listeria Illnesses

WASHINGTON (AP) — The government is relying on some new technology — as well as a bit of luck — to track an outbreak of life-threatening listeria linked to Blue Bell ice cream products. More »

 

Q&A: What is listeria? Bacteria found in Blue Bell ice cream

WASHINGTON (AP) — Blue Bell Creameries is pulling all of its products off the shelves after samples of its ice cream tested positive for a potentially deadly bacteria — listeria. More »

 

VA pledges broad review of claims processing

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Department of Veterans Affairs said Wednesday it has launched a top-down review of its handling of disability claims and pledged to punish those who falsify data as pressure mounted on Capitol Hill for personnel changes amid mismanagement investigations in Philadelphia and other VA facilities. More »

 

Worried sick over canine flu? Tips to help protect your pup

LOS ANGELES (AP) — An outbreak of canine flu has sickened more than 1,000 dogs in the Midwest, killing a handful and stirring concern among animal lovers nationwide that the highly contagious virus will sideline their pets. More »

 

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