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Pediatricians urge IUDs or implants for teen girls

  CHICAGO (AP) — Teen girls who have sex should use IUDs or hormonal implants — long-acting birth control methods that are effective, safe and easy to use, the nation’s most influential pediatricians’ group recommends. In an updated policy, the American Academy of Pediatrics says condoms also should be used every time teens have sex, [...]

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James River cleanup nets trash, other debris

  PETERSBURG, Va. (AP) — Volunteers filled up more than 450 garbage bags with trash during a regional cleanup of the James River. Volunteers also removed tires, a bicycle, appliances, furniture, toys and construction materials from the river and connected streams. The Progress-Index (http://bit.ly/1mFOMz0 ) reports that the 15th annual James River Regional Cleanup was held [...]

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Ebola clinics fill up as Liberia awaits aid

  MONROVIA, Liberia (AP) — Doctors are in short supply. So are beds for patients. Six months after the Ebola outbreak emerged for the first time in an unprepared West Africa and eventually became the worst-ever outbreak, the gap between what has been sent by other countries and private groups and what is needed is [...]

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UN mission to combat Ebola opens HQ in Ghana

  DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — The U.N. mission to combat Ebola opened its headquarters on Monday in Ghana, where it will coordinate aid for the accelerating West African crisis. The spread of Ebola has spiraled into the worst ever outbreak, and the World Health Organization says it is has linked more than 3,000 deaths to [...]

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Government hackers try to crack HealthCare.gov

  WASHINGTON (AP) — The government’s own watchdogs tried to hack into HealthCare.gov earlier this year and found what they termed a critical vulnerability — but also came away with respect for some of the health insurance site’s security features. Those are among the conclusions of a report released Tuesday by the Health and Human [...]

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Low-budget talk-show host Skip E. Lowe dies at 85

  LOS ANGELES (AP) — When an earnest but sometimes inept talk-show host took to public-access television in 1978 with a celebrity name-dropping show, it seemed incongruous that Skip E. Lowe would somehow outlast every other TV host from Johnny Carson to Jay Leno. For one thing, his show aired on the kind of cable [...]

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Health battle

By Richelle Hammiel The National Constitution Day Observance commenced on Sept. 16 at 12:30 p.m. in the L. Douglas Wilder Performing Arts Center.  Quentin Kidd, a professor at Christopher Newport University where he teaches political science and won the “Professor of the Year” award for three years, was given the role of being the keynote [...]

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Greece: March to honor slain rapper turns violent

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — More than 50 people were detained by police Thursday after clashes broke out during a rally west of Athens to honor a rap singer stabbed to death a year ago. The singer’s death triggered a crackdown on the extreme right Golden Dawn party, which was allegedly linked to the attack. Hundreds were involved [...]

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Rapper Common’s father, Lonnie Lynn, dies at 71

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Lonnie Lynn, known to hip-hop fans for his soulful spoken-word poems on rapper son Common’s albums, has died. Lynn died at age 71 on Friday, Common said in an interview Monday in Los Angeles. He gave no further details. Lynn was a star high school basketball player in Chicago and played in the [...]

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Wig designer’s suit against Nicki Minaj dismissed

ATLANTA (AP) — A federal judge in Atlanta has tossed out a lawsuit filed against rapper Nicki Minaj by her former wig designer. In a lawsuit in February, Terrence Davidson accused Onika Maraj, who uses the stage name “Nicki Minaj,” and Pink Personality LLC of breaking implied contracts, reneging on discussions to launch a reality TV show [...]

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Ban sought on children working on tobacco farms

  WASHINGTON (AP) — Thirty-five House Democrats are urging the Obama administration to prohibit children from working on tobacco farms, citing concerns about ill health effects. The lawmakers, led by Reps. David Cicilline, D-R.I., and Matt Cartwright, D-Pa., made their plea in a letter to Labor Secretary Thomas Perez. A copy of the letter was obtained by [...]

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