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Cautious Texas among last states to OK medical marijuana

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 16:52:44 GMT2017-12-15T16:52:44Z

MANCHACA, Texas (AP) -- When California rings in the new year with the sale of recreational pot for the first time, Texas will be tiptoeing into its own marijuana milestone: a medical cannabis program so restrictive that doubts swirl over who will even use it....



Trump reconsiders rules protecting miners from black lung

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 16:45:48 GMT2017-12-15T16:45:48Z

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) -- President Donald Trump's mining regulators are reconsidering regulations meant to protect underground miners from breathing coal and rock dust, the cause of black lung disease, and diesel exhaust, which can cause cancer....



Italy OKs living wills amid long-running euthanasia debate

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 15:33:55 GMT2017-12-14T15:33:55Z

ROME (AP) -- Italy's Senate gave final approval Thursday to a law allowing Italians to write living wills and refuse artificial nutrition and hydration, the latest step in the Roman Catholic nation's long-running and agonizing debate over euthanasia and end-of-life issues....



California lawmakers propose health coverage for immigrants

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 17:49:27 GMT2017-12-14T17:49:27Z

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) -- California, flush with cash from an expanding economy, would eventually spend $1 billion a year to provide health care to immigrants living in the state illegally under a proposal announced Wednesday by Democratic lawmakers....



At crunch time for health sign-ups, hold times are growing

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 22:21:15 GMT2017-12-14T22:21:15Z

WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Donald Trump's administration says it is trying to accommodate consumers as hold times grow for those seeking to enroll in insurance under the federal health care law....



Mental health care worries linger 5 years after Sandy Hook

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 16:10:19 GMT2017-12-13T16:10:19Z

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) -- Anguished mothers with mentally ill children have sought out Liza Long for help ever since she wrote an essay, "I am Adam Lanza's Mother," comparing experiences with her son to the emotionally troubled 20-year-old who carried out the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting....



Addiction, mental illness complicate help for the homeless

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 21:28:10 GMT2017-12-13T21:28:10Z

EVERETT, Wash. (AP) -- This is the lesson that the working-class city of Everett has learned: It takes a community to rescue the hardcore homeless....



AP PHOTOS: Poverty and addiction grip Los Angeles' Skid Row

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 22:53:28 GMT2017-12-13T22:53:28Z

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- The Skid Row area of downtown Los Angeles is home to thousands of chronically homeless people....



Opioid crisis strains foster system as kids pried from homes

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 20:40:10 GMT2017-12-12T20:40:10Z

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- The case arrives with all the routine of a traffic citation: A baby boy, just 4 days old and exposed to heroin in his mother's womb, is shuddering through withdrawal in intensive care, his fate now here in a shabby courthouse that hosts a parade of human misery....



Lawyers clash over impact of Trump's rules on birth control

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 01:31:29 GMT2017-12-13T01:31:29Z

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) -- Lawyers for California and the U.S. Department of Justice clashed in court Tuesday over whether new rules from President Donald Trump's administration would dramatically reduce women's access to free birth control....