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Affordable health care premiums rising in 2015

WASHINGTON (AP) — Many people covered under President Barack Obama’s health care law will face higher premiums next year, the administration acknowledged Thursday. While the average increases are modest, it’s more fodder for the nation’s political battles over health care. Officials stressed that millions of current HealthCare.gov customers can mitigate the financial hit if they’re willing to shop around [...]

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Board to look anew at Va. abortion clinic rules

  RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The State Board of Health has voted to revisit Virginia’s hotly debated abortion clinic regulations. The board voted 13-2 at a Thursday meeting attended by hundreds of opponents and proponents of the regulations established under the McDonnell administration. Dr. Marissa Levine, the new state health commissioner appointed by Democratic Gov. [...]

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Liberia free of Ebola by Christmas, says president

  MONROVIA, Liberia (AP) — Liberia’s president on Monday urged her countrymen to double their efforts to reach the government’s goal of having zero new Ebola cases by Dec. 25, a target some experts have described as highly ambitious. “We’ve set a pretty tough target. But when you set a target it means that you [...]

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Mali Ebola crisis deepens with doctor’s death

BAMAKO, Mali (AP) — Mali’s emerging Ebola crisis deepened Thursday as the government announced that a doctor had died from the disease, becoming the second health worker fatality linked to a single patient initially thought to have kidney disease. At least five people now have died from Ebola after coming into contact with a 70-year-old [...]

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Town ends bid to ban tobacco sales after outcry

WESTMINSTER, Mass. (AP) — A proposal that would have made the town the first in the nation to ban all tobacco sales has gone up in smoke. Westminster’s board of health voted 2-1 to drop the proposal at its regular meeting on Wednesday, a week after rowdy opposition led board members to end a public [...]

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Mexican boy has massive tumor removed in US

  ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — An 11-year-old Mexican boy who had been suffering from a massive tumor and drew international attention after U.S. officials helped him get treatment in New Mexico had the growth removed after a long surgery, a church said Tuesday. In a statement, Kristean Alcocer of the First Baptist Church of Rio [...]

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Cuba says doctor catches Ebola in Sierra Leone

  HAVANA (AP) — A member of the 165-member medical team Cuba sent to fight Ebola in Sierra Leone caught the disease when he rushed to help a patient who was falling over, his brother told The Associated Press Wednesday. Dr. Felix Baez Sarria is being treated by British doctors in Africa but he will [...]

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Groups rallying in Va. to support Clean Power Plan

  RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Several groups are set to rally at the State Capitol in Richmond in support of federal proposals for clean power. The Virginia chapter of the Sierra Club says faith-based, public health, student and environmental groups are gathering on Wednesday. November 19th. The environmental organization says the groups are demanding action [...]

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Cat that attacked 3 in Chesapeake had rabies

  CHESAPEAKE, Va. (AP) — The Chesapeake health department says a cat that recently attacked three people tested positive for rabies. The attacks occurred on Nov. 13 in the Warrington Hall community. The health department tells media outlets that anyone bitten or scratched by the cat should contact the agency or Chesapeake animal control. The [...]

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Bono, Affleck stay silent in PSA on Ebola response

  LOS ANGELES (AP) — Bono, Matt Damon, Ben Affleck, Morgan Freeman and “The Walking Dead” actress Danai Gurira are among celebrities playing the waiting game in a new online campaign calling for a unified response to the Ebola epidemic in West Africa. In a video posted Wednesday, stars such as Will Ferrell, Thandie Newton [...]

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Bob Marley heirs join US firm to launch pot brand

    KINGSTON, Jamaica (AP) — A U.S. private equity firm announced Tuesday it has joined the family of late reggae star Bob Marley in hopes of building what it touts as the “world’s first global cannabis brand.” Seattle-based Privateer Holdings announced Tuesday it has reached a licensing deal with Marley’s heirs to offer marijuana [...]

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