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  • Court: Drug users can be jailed for relapsing on probation

    In a case that has attracted national attention, Massachusetts' highest court ruled Monday that judges in the state have the authority to order people to remain drug free as a condition of probation and under some circumstances order a defendant jailed for violating the drug-free requirement. ...

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  • Over 400 items found in UK nerve agent poison probe

    British police say search teams have found over 400 items as part of the investigation into the poisoning of two Britons by the nerve agent Novichok — but searches will likely take many more weeks as officers seek further evidence.

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  • Over 400 items found in UK nerve agent poison probe

    British police say search teams have found over 400 items as part of the investigation into the poisoning of two Britons by the nerve agent Novichok — but searches will likely take many more weeks as officers seek further evidence. Metropolitan Police said Friday they had found a small...

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  • Despite detente, sanctions on North Korea fan TB epidemic

    Doctor O Yong Il swings open a glass door with a bright orange biohazard sign and gestures to the machine he hoped would revolutionize his life’s work. It’s called the GeneXpert and it’s about the size of a household microwave oven. As chief of North Korea’s National Tuberculosis Reference Laboratory, Dr. O saw it as a godsend.

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  • 2-year sentence for woman who faked cancer to raise $51,000

    A woman who collected $51,000 in donations by claiming she was dying of cancer has been sentenced in New York to two years in federal prison. The Journal News reports Vedoutie Hoobraj apologized to the community and to cancer patients on Friday at her sentencing for wire fraud in...

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  • Despite detente, sanctions on North Korea fan TB epidemic

    Doctor O Yong Il swings open a glass door with a bright orange biohazard sign and gestures to the machine he hoped would revolutionize his life's work. It's called the GeneXpert and it's about the size of a household microwave oven. As chief of North Korea's National Tuberculosis Reference...

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  • FDA OKs 1st drug to treat smallpox, in case of terror attack

    U.S. regulators Friday approved the first treatment for smallpox — a deadly disease that was wiped out four decades ago — in case the virus is used in a terror attack. Smallpox, which is highly contagious, was eradicated worldwide by 1980 after a huge vaccination campaign. But people...

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  • UK police confirm source of Novichok poisoning

    British detectives investigating the poisoning of two people by the nerve agent Novichok in southwestern England said Friday that a small bottle found in the home of one of the victims tested positive for the deadly substance.

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  • UK police confirm source of Novichok poisoning

    British detectives investigating the poisoning of two people by the nerve agent Novichok in southwestern England said Friday that a small bottle found in the home of one of the victims tested positive for the deadly substance. Dawn Sturgess, 44, and Charlie Rowley, 45, were sickened on June...

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  • New ways to conquer sleep apnea compete for place in bedroom

    Every night without fail, Paul Blumstein straps on a mask that prevents him from repeatedly waking up, gasping for air. It's been his routine since he was diagnosed with a condition called sleep apnea. While it helps, he doesn't like wearing the mask. "It's like an octopus has clung to...

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  • Japan police search home of nurse in hospital poison deaths

    Japanese authorities have raided the apartment of a nurse who’s in custody on suspicion of poisoning to death at least two elderly patients at a terminal care hospital.

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  • Late-life high blood pressure may harm the brain, study says

    Decades ago, hundreds of nuns and priests made an extraordinary decision: They agreed to donate their brains upon death to science, hoping to help solve mysteries about Alzheimer's and other diseases. Now, a study that used their gifts is giving some clues. It reveals that high blood pressure...

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  • UK police: Novichok could last 50 years in sealed container

    The nerve agent Novichok could remain active for 50 years if kept in a sealed container, Britain’s top counterterrorism police officer said Wednesday, adding that he cannot yet “guarantee” there are no traces of the lethal poison in southwestern England.

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  • Trapped Thai boys being closely watched for health problems

    The 12 youth soccer teammates who were trapped in a flooded Thai cave for more than two weeks are finally out, and now they are being closely monitored in a hospital. The boys — who ranged in age from 11 to 16 — emerged in relatively good shape. Here is a breakdown of the health issues they...

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  • Judge: Experts can testify that Roundup linked to cancer

    A U.S. judge in San Francisco says evidence seems weak that Roundup weed killer causes cancer, but experts can still make that claim at trial. The ruling Tuesday by U.S. District Judge Vince Chhabria allows hundreds of lawsuits against Roundup's manufacturer, Monsanto, to move forward. The...

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  • Condition of man hospitalized in poisoning improves

    Hospital officials say they’ve seen an improvement in a man poisoned in a nerve agent attack in southwestern England.

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  • Condition of man hospitalized in poisoning improves

    Hospital officials say they've seen an improvement in a man poisoned in a nerve agent attack in southwestern England. Salisbury Hospital says Tuesday that Charlie Rowley has experienced a "small but significant improvement" and is now conscious. The 45-year old is in critical but stable...

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  • Investigation into deadly chemical agent widens in England

    Authorities have broadened their investigation into the nerve agent poisoning of an English couple, seizing a car in a third community in southwestern England. Police seized a car in the large town of Swindon as part of their probe into the death of 44-year-old Dawn Sturgess, who was...

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  • Sarkisian loses $30M lawsuit against USC over firing

    Former USC head football coach Steve Sarkisian has lost a $30 million lawsuit that claimed he was improperly fired by the school instead of being allowed to seek treatment for alcoholism. An arbitrator last week ruled in favor of the University of Southern California, saying Sarkisian...

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  • Moscow says regrets UK poisoning death

    A Kremlin spokesman has expressed condolences over the death of a British woman who was poisoned by a military-grade nerve agent last month.

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  • Moscow says regrets UK poisoning death

    A Kremlin spokesman has expressed condolences over the death of a British woman who was poisoned by a military-grade nerve agent last month. Dmitry Peskov told reporters Monday that Moscow "is deeply concerned over the continuous cases of these poison elements" in Britain. Peskov added that...

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  • Police open murder probe as 1 of 2 nerve agent victims dies

    A woman who was poisoned by a military-grade nerve agent in southwest England died Sunday, eight days after police think she touched a contaminated item that has not been found. London's Metropolitan Police force said detectives had become a homicide investigation with 44-year-old Dawn...

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  • UK police say woman poisoned with nerve agent in southern England has died

    UK police say woman poisoned with nerve agent in southern England has died.

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  • The Latest: Woman poisoned with nerve agent in England dies

    The Latest on the nerve agent poisonings in England (all times local):

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