- After year of Washington legal pot sales, taxes top $70M Updated: Jul-04-15 11:34 am
SEATTLE - Washington launched its second-in-the-nation legal marijuana market with just a handful of stores selling high-priced pot to long lines of customers. A year later, the state has about 160 shops open, tax revenues have soared past expectations and sales top $1.4 million per day.
- In death, Nebraska girl helps Pennsylvania boys live on Updated: Jul-03-15 4:55 pm
PITTSBURGH - A Nebraska girl who died of brain cancer Tuesday at age 3 helped save the lives of two Pennsylvania children through organ donation.
- Aetna to buy Humana as health insurer landscape shifts Updated: Jul-03-15 3:11 pm
Aetna aims to spend about $35 billion to buy rival Humana and become the latest health insurer bulking up on government business as the industry adjusts to the federal health care overhaul.
- Student sues Fordham over demand for mental health records Updated: Jul-03-15 11:36 am
ALBANY, New York - A graduate student has sued Fordham University, seeking $5 million in damages and saying the college violated her civil rights by demanding her entire record of mental health treatment as a condition for returning.
- Centene makes $6.3B bid for fellow insurer Health Net Updated: Jul-02-15 5:03 pm
Centene has jumped into the mix of managed-care companies scrambling to bulk up as the health care overhaul changes their business with a $6.3-billion bid for fellow insurer Health Net.
- Slate of new Arizona laws involve ride-hailing, abortions Updated: Jul-02-15 4:58 pm
PHOENIX - A slew of Arizona laws that take affect Friday include new rules for ride-hailing companies like Uber, access to vouchers for all children living on Indian reservations, and a ban on abortion coverage in insurance policies bought through the federal exchange.
- Jury awards $4.2M to man in medical malpractice suit Updated: Jul-02-15 4:43 am
NEW HAVEN, Connecticut - A Connecticut man has been awarded $4.2 million as compensation for a surgery he says caused him to lose the use of his shoulder.
- Wednesday ends long wait for medical marijuana patients Updated: Jul-01-15 4:57 pm
ST. PAUL, Minnesota - Minnesota's medical marijuana program kicked off in the dead of night Wednesday, as the first three patients filed into a Minneapolis clinic at midnight and emerged with medicine the state's law had long kept out of reach.
- Thousands gather in Portland as Oregon eases into legal weed Updated: Jul-01-15 4:05 pm
PORTLAND, Oregon - Oregon began easing into an era of legal marijuana Wednesday after an early morning pot celebration at the center of Portland.
- Illinois medical marijuana patients now number 2,600 Updated: Jul-01-15 12:08 pm
CHICAGO - The number of patients approved to use medical marijuana has been climbing, but slowly. Illinois sent about 100 approval letters in June to patients who qualify for the program.
- 4 North Country hospitals form partnership Updated: Jul-01-15 7:50 am
WHITEFIELD, New Hampshire - Four North Country hospitals in New Hampshire have formed a nonprofit partnership to improve health care and reduce costs.
- Indiana's religious freedom bill among host of new laws Updated: Jul-01-15 5:13 am
ATLANTA - Just days after a historic U.S. Supreme Court decision on same-sex marriage, Indiana's religious freedom law took effect Wednesday amid an ongoing national debate over gay rights and religious objections.
- Gov. Inslee signs recreational marijuana reform bill Updated: Jun-30-15 9:11 pm
OLYMPIA, Washington - Washington state's recreational marijuana law has a new tax structure under a measure signed into law Tuesday by Gov. Jay Inslee.
- Gov. Matt Mead creates panel to assess marijuana in Wyoming Updated: Jun-30-15 8:31 pm
CHEYENNE, Wyoming - Wyoming Gov. Matt Mead is creating a council to gauge the effects of marijuana usage in the state ahead of a push for a legalization initiative that could put the issue before voters next year.
- Illinois to take new suggestions for marijuana disease list Updated: Jun-30-15 4:06 am
CHICAGO - Illinois residents who want to add specific diseases to the state's medical marijuana pilot program have another chance to submit their suggestions during July.
- Jindal agrees to medical marijuana, lessened pot penalties Updated: Jun-29-15 6:32 pm
BATON ROUGE, Louisiana - Louisiana's penalties for having small amounts of marijuana have been lowered.
- 5th New Jersey facility can start growing medical marijuana Updated: Jun-29-15 3:11 pm
TRENTON, New Jersey - A fifth facility has been given permission to start growing medical marijuana in New Jersey.
- High court ruling offers chance to alter health law debate Updated: Jun-29-15 3:31 am
WASHINGTON - The country finally has an opportunity to change the subject on health care, after the Supreme Court again upheld President Barack Obama's law.
- AP News Guide: Oregon weed legal soon, but not legally sold Updated: Jun-28-15 1:05 pm
PORTLAND, Oregon - Come Wednesday, the pot stashes in Oregon are legal - up to 8 ounces. So is the homegrown, up to four plants a household.
- Medical pot sales to begin in Minnesota, but fight not over Updated: Jun-28-15 12:07 pm
ST. PAUL, Minnesota - There will be no baggies of pot awaiting patients next week when Minnesota joins 21 other states in offering medical marijuana. No glass pipes, no plants to tend at home. Instead, the nation's latest medical marijuana program is a world of pill bottles and vials of marijuana-infused oil.
- Missouri changes insurance requirements for eating disorders Updated: Jun-28-15 11:24 am
JEFFERSON CITY, Missouri - Missouri is set to be the first state in the nation to spell out the type of eating disorder treatments that insurance companies must cover, a move advocates say will ensure families have access to care for not just the physical aspect but also the underlying mental issues.
- 35 California counties extend health care to immigrants Updated: Jun-27-15 2:05 pm
SACRAMENTO, California - A group of 35 California counties have agreed to provide basic health care to people who are in the United States illegally.
- Deadline looms for Governor Ige to announce bill vetoes Updated: Jun-26-15 5:50 pm
HONOLULU - The deadline is approaching for Hawaii Gov. David Ige to tell lawmakers which bills he plans to veto.
- Medical marijuana may be likely, but patients still to wait Updated: Jun-26-15 3:40 pm
BATON ROUGE, Louisiana - Gov. Bobby Jindal has said he will sign a medical marijuana bill into law. But state officials say patients in Louisiana with cancer, glaucoma and a severe form of cerebral palsy will still have to wait at least two years to use it.
- Coverage worries persist amid relief over health care ruling Updated: Jun-26-15 2:01 am
CHICAGO - Throughout the country, relief was the dominant emotion among consumers who get help from the government to lower their health insurance costs following Thursday's Supreme Court ruling upholding the subsidies underpinning President Barack Obama's health care overhaul.