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Desperate & duped? GoFundMe means big bucks for dubious care

People seeking dubious, potentially harmful treatment for cancer and other ailments raised nearly $7 million over two years from crowdfunding sites, a study found. Echoing recent research on campaigns for stem cell therapies, the findings raise more questions about an increasingly popular way to help pay for costly, and sometimes unproven, medical care. Soliciting money…

The Latest: University of California workers start strike

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Latest on a strike by thousands of University of California workers(all times local): 7:30 a.m. More than 15,000 University of California radiology technicians, pharmacists and other medical workers have started a three-day strike to protest outsourcing and demand higher wages. Strikers gathered at sunrise Tuesday throughout the state, wearing green…

Philip Morris woos puff-happy Japan for post-smoking era

TOKYO (AP) — Philip Morris, maker of Marlboro and other major cigarette brands, is maneuvering to keep itself in business in a post-smoking world with an advertising blitz in puff-happy Japan and other tobacco-loving markets. One of the biggest purveyors of tobacco products, it says making the world "smoke free" is its goal. The company…

German man convicted of poisoning baby food to extort money

BERLIN (AP) — A 54-year-old German man has been convicted of attempted murder for poisoning baby food and putting it on store shelves in a failed attempt to extort money from supermarkets. German news agency dpa reported the man was sentenced in Ravensburg state court late Monday to 12 years in prison. His name wasn't…

Honey Smacks returns to shelves with new recipe after recall

BATTLE CREEK, Mich. (AP) — Kellogg's Honey Smacks is returning to shelves following a voluntarily recall after salmonella infected 100 people in 33 states. The company announced on Monday the cereal will return next month in limited quantities with "a simpler, updated recipe." The company says production was moved to a "trusted and tested Kellogg-owned…

The Latest: Chief Justice 'saddened' by O'Connor diagnosis

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on former Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor (all times local): 10:30 a.m. Chief Justice John Roberts says he is "saddened to learn" that Sandra Day O'Connor, the first woman to serve on the Supreme Court, has the beginning stages of dementia. Roberts said in a statement Tuesday that although…

Sandra Day O'Connor announces likely Alzheimer's diagnosis

Sandra Day O'Connor, the first woman on the Supreme Court, announced Tuesday that she has the beginning stages of dementia, "probably Alzheimer's disease." The 88-year-old said in a public letter that her diagnosis was made some time ago and that as her condition has progressed she is "no longer able to participate in public life."…

Science Says: Sex and gender aren't the same

WASHINGTON (AP) — Anatomy at birth may prompt a check in the "male" or "female" box on the birth certificate — but to doctors and scientists, sex and gender aren't always the same thing. The Trump administration purportedly is considering defining gender as determined by sex organs at birth, which if adopted could deny certain…

Florida governor defends his health care record in new ad

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida Gov. Rick Scott is launching a new television ad to blunt criticism over his health care record as he campaigns for the U.S. Senate. The Republican entered politics after running one of the nation's largest for-profit health care companies, Columbia/HCA, amid a federal probe that led to a record Medicare…