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  • Heart transplant program changes chief after patient deaths

    HOUSTON (AP) — A Houston hospital is replacing the surgical director of its renowned heart transplant programs with two veteran transplant surgeons and a veteran transplant program executive after a series of media reports on an unusual number of patient deaths. The move comes after Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center temporarily shut down the program […]
  • Idaho, environmental group settle mine pollution lawsuit

    BOISE, Idaho (AP) — An environmental group and Idaho officials have reached a tentative settlement over toxic discharge from an abandoned silver and lead mine in central Idaho near one of the world’s top ski destinations. The Idaho Conservation League in federal court documents made public Thursday agreed to have its lawsuit dismissed as long […]
  • Ohio boy, 2, who got early Christmas dies of brain cancer

    CINCINNATI (AP) — A 2-year-old boy with brain cancer who had an early Christmas celebration planned for him by his friends and family has died. The Cincinnati Enquirer reports Brody Anderson’s father says the boy died Friday morning surrounded by his family. Todd Allen wrote last week that Brody’s body was failing and that he […]
  • Man accused of killing wife with drug-laced ice cream

    SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — A Washington man faces charges of killing his wife by lacing her ice cream with a lethal dose of pain medication. The Spokesman-Review reports David Pettis of Cheney appeared in Spokane County District Court on Thursday after he was arrested Wednesday by Spokane County Sheriff’s deputies. Judge Patti Walker set Pettis’ […]
  • National health initiative takes aim at sugar-packed foods

    NEW YORK (AP) — New York City has announced a national effort to reduce sugar in packaged foods by 20 percent. The city’s health department said Friday the endeavor is being undertaken by the National Salt and Sugar Reduction Initiative, a partnership of about 100 health departments and related groups. Public health officials say eating […]
  • 12-pound lunar meteorite sells for more than $600,000

    BOSTON (AP) — A 12-pound (5.5 kilogram) chunk of the moon that fell to the Earth as a lunar meteorite has been sold at auction for more than $600,000. Boston-based RR Auction announced Friday the $612,500 winning bid for the meteorite, composed of six fragments that fit together like a puzzle, came from a representative […]
  • Lena Dunham shutting down online feminist newsletter

    NEW YORK (AP) — Lena Dunham is shutting down her online feminist newsletter. The author and creator of “Girls” announced Friday that the publication she co-founded three years ago, Lenny , had reached its “final chapter.” In a message to readers, Dunham wrote that there was “no one reason” for the decision and said she […]
  • Got $7.1 M? Neiman Marcus tops 2018 fantasy gifts with yacht

    NEW YORK (AP) — Need a $7.1 million yacht? How about jumping out of a plane on a top secret spy mission with a $315,000 price tag? Perhaps a backyard luxury clubhouse sounds better, or a million pieces of candy. No matter your taste, if you’ve got big bucks this is your time of year. […]
  • Poland moves closer to creating museum on Warsaw ghetto

    WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Officials in Poland have taken a step toward creating a museum to tell the stories of Jews who were imprisoned under horrific conditions in the Warsaw Ghetto by Nazi Germany during its World War II occupation of Poland. The Warsaw Ghetto Museum will be housed in a former children’s hospital established […]
  • US home sales fell in September to slowest pace in 3 years

    WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. home sales fell for the sixth straight month in September, a sign that housing has increasingly become a weak spot for the economy. The National Association of Realtors said Friday that sales declined 3.4 percent last month, the biggest drop in 2 ½ years, to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of […]