Health / Lifestyle

Restaurants pledged to make kids’ meals healthier – but the data show not much has changed

(THE CONVERSATION) Chain restaurants are not known for serving up healthy kids’ meals. Most entrees on a kids’ menu are either fried, breaded or doused in cheese. Fresh fruits and vegetables are rare side dish options, and French fries abound. Looking at nutritional content alone, some drinks could easily be mistaken for candy. For example, … Continue reading

House GOP abruptly pulls troubled health care bill
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House GOP abruptly pulls troubled health care bill

WASHINGTON (AP) — Republican leaders have abruptly pulled their troubled health care overhaul bill off the House floor, short of votes and eager to avoid a humiliating defeat for President Donald Trump and GOP leaders. House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., withdrew the legislation Friday afternoon, March 24, shortly before a scheduled vote after Trump called … Continue reading

US says Colombia’s coca production surges to record levels
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US says Colombia’s coca production surges to record levels

PUERTO BELLO, Colombia (AP) — Coca production in Colombia has surged to levels unseen in two decades of U.S. eradication efforts, according to a White House report released Tuesday, March 14. Cultivation of the plant used to make cocaine rose 18 percent last year from 2015, with coca crops planted on an estimated 188,000 hectares … Continue reading

US hails UN plan to monitor fentanyl market
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US hails UN plan to monitor fentanyl market

VIENNA (AP) — The chief U.S. State Department counter-narcotics official on Tuesday, March 14, hailed a pending United Nations move to control substances used to make a deadly synthetic drug, but acknowledged it will not put an immediate dent in illegal trafficking of the chemicals. Assistant Secretary of State William Brownfield said the U.N.’s proposal … Continue reading

US asylum seeker with brain tumor granted bond to seek care
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US asylum seeker with brain tumor granted bond to seek care

DALLAS (AP) — An immigration judge granted bond Thursday, March 2, to a Salvadoran woman seeking asylum in the United States, allowing her to leave an immigration detention facility to seek treatment for a brain tumor. Sara Beltran Hernandez’s family in New York posted her $15,000 bond after the hearing and she was released late … Continue reading

Officials in legal pot state vow to fight federal crackdown
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Officials in legal pot state vow to fight federal crackdown

WASHINGTON (AP) — Officials in Washington state, where recreational marijuana is legal, vow to fight any federal crackdown on the nascent industry after White House spokesman Sean Spicer said they should expect to see stepped-up enforcement of anti-pot laws. Bob Ferguson, attorney general in Washington state, which joined Colorado in 2012 as the first states … Continue reading

European grocery store chain to begin hiring in Virginia
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European grocery store chain to begin hiring in Virginia

FREDERICKSBURG, Va. (AP) — Lidl, the German no-frills supermarket chain, is set to begin hiring in Virginia for some of its first stores in the U.S. The chain announced Thursday that it would begin hiring 800 store associates for locations in 12 Virginia cities. Spokesman Will Harwood tells the Free Lance-Star (http://bit.ly/2mcPiKd ) the hires … Continue reading

Indian man killed in possibly racial shooting at Kansas bar
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Indian man killed in possibly racial shooting at Kansas bar

OLATHE, Kan. (AP) — A man has been charged with murder in what some witnesses described as a racially motivated shooting at a crowded suburban Kansas City bar that left one Indian man dead and two other men hospitalized. Local police are working with the FBI to investigate the shooting Wednesday night in Olathe, Kansas, … Continue reading

McAuliffe signs bills to continue fighting opioid epidemic
Business / Education / Health / Politics / Virginia

McAuliffe signs bills to continue fighting opioid epidemic

Focus on prescribing and help for recovery Richmond – Governor Terry McAuliffe signed several bills on Feb. 23 that will help fight the epidemic of opioid abuse and overdose. “Abuse of opioids continues to kill Virginians,” said Governor McAuliffe. “We recognize that addiction is a disease, not a moral failing, and our proposals for this … Continue reading

Letter supporting journalists at Standing Rock
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Letter supporting journalists at Standing Rock

Levi Bachmeier, Policy Advisor, Governor’s Office Scott Davis, North Dakota Director Dept. of Indian Affairs Rob Keller, Morton County Sheriff’s Department Maj. French Pope, Army Corp of Engineers Weldon Loudermilk, Director, Bureau of Indian Affairs Kevin Haugrud, Acting Secretary, Department of the Interior Sen. John Hoeven, R-North Dakota; Chair, U.S. Senate Committee on Indian Affairs … Continue reading

Health law created winners and losers when buying insurance
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Health law created winners and losers when buying insurance

WASHINGTON (AP) — Michael Schwarz is a self-employed business owner who buys his own health insurance. Subsidized coverage through “Obamacare” offers protection from life’s unpredictable changes and freedom to pursue his vocation, he says. Brett Dorsch is also self-employed and buys his own health insurance. But he gets no financial break from the Affordable Care … Continue reading