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Burners beware: California pot sold Jan. 1 could be tainted

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LOS ANGELES (AP) -- That legal weed you'll be able to buy in California on New Year's Day may not be as green as it seems....

A CDC ban on 'fetus' and 'transgender?' Experts alarmed

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NEW YORK (AP) -- Health leaders say they are alarmed about a report that officials at the nation's top public health agency are being told not to use certain words or phrases in official budget documents, including "fetus," ''transgender" and "science-based."...

Health law sign-up deadline extended for some people
WASHINGTON (AP) -- After a rush of last-minute sign-ups, the Trump administration says it's extending the deadline for some people to finish health insurance applications for next year under the Affordable Care Act....





Tax bill guts unpopular 'Obamacare' insurance mandate
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Republicans didn't get their wish to repeal former President Barack Obama's health care law, but the tax bill barreling toward a final vote in Congress guts its most unpopular provision, the requirement that virtually all Americans carry health insurance....

Italy OKs living wills amid long-running euthanasia debate
ROME (AP) -- Italy's Senate gave final approval Thursday to a law allowing Italians to write living wills and refuse artificial nutrition and hydration, the latest step in the Roman Catholic nation's long-running and agonizing debate over euthanasia and end-of-life issues....

California lawmakers propose health coverage for immigrants
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) -- California, flush with cash from an expanding economy, would eventually spend $1 billion a year to provide health care to immigrants living in the state illegally under a proposal announced Wednesday by Democratic lawmakers....

Sign-ups show health law's staying power in Trump era
WASHINGTON (AP) -- A deadline burst of sign-ups after a tumultuous year for the Obama health law has revealed continued demand for the program's subsidized individual health plans. But the Affordable Care Act's troubles aren't over....

Cautious Texas among last states to OK medical marijuana
MANCHACA, Texas (AP) -- When California rings in the new year with the sale of recreational pot for the first time, Texas will be tiptoeing into its own marijuana milestone: a medical cannabis program so restrictive that doubts swirl over who will even use it....

Mental health care worries linger 5 years after Sandy Hook
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) -- Anguished mothers with mentally ill children have sought out Liza Long for help ever since she wrote an essay, "I am Adam Lanza's Mother," comparing experiences with her son to the emotionally troubled 20-year-old who carried out the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting....

Addiction, mental illness complicate help for the homeless
EVERETT, Wash. (AP) -- This is the lesson that the working-class city of Everett has learned: It takes a community to rescue the hardcore homeless....