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New Jersey bans smoking on beaches and in parks, butt ...

LONG BRANCH, N.J. (AP) — Gov. Phil Murphy has signed a bill banning smoking at the state's public beaches and parks, but local communities can opt out and set aside small smoking sections. The Democratic governor on Friday signed a measure that was passed by the state Legislature last month. While advertised as a ban,…

Florida site of school massacre to get a therapy dog

PARKLAND, Fla. (AP) — The Florida high school where 17 people were killed in a mass shooting is getting a therapy dog to help students who need emotional support. River, a 3-month-old female Bernese mountain dog-poodle mix, has been adopted by Ray and Diana Haneski. Diana is a library media specialist at Marjory Stoneman Douglas…

Nerve agent victim released from UK hospital after poisoning

LONDON (AP) — Nerve agent victim Charlie Rowley has been released from the hospital after three weeks of treatment since being poisoned, U.K. officials said Friday. Lorna Wilkinson, the director of nursing at Salisbury District Hospital, said Rowley, 45, had been discharged after making substantial progress in recent days. "Charlie has been through an appalling…

Correction: Young Entrepreneur-Minnesota story

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — In a story July 18 about a Minneapolis teenager's hot-dog stand, The Associated Press misidentified the agency that helped Jaequan Faulkner get his stand properly permitted. It was the Minneapolis Department of Health, not the Minnesota Department of Health. A corrected version of the story is below: Minneapolis helps 13-year-old boy keep…

Home demolitions may create new problem: lead-tainted dust

DETROIT (AP) — The nation's largest home-demolition program, which has torn down more than 14,000 vacant houses across Detroit, may have inadvertently created a new problem by spreading lead-contaminated dust through some of the city's many hollowed-out neighborhoods. Health officials are concerned that crushing walls covered with lead paint generates dust that can settle on…

Singapore: Hack of 1.5M patients' records targeted PM Lee

SINGAPORE (AP) — A cyberattack on Singapore's public health system breached records on 1.5 million people and targeted the prime minister, a two-time cancer survivor, officials said Friday. "The attackers specifically and repeatedly targeted Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong's personal particulars and information on his outpatient dispensed medicines," the Ministry of Communications and Information and…

10-year-old Somali girl dies after female genital mutilation

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — A 10-year-old girl has bled to death after undergoing female genital mutilation in Somalia, an activist said, a rare confirmed death in the country with the world's highest rate of the practice. The girl died in a hospital on Monday, two days after her mother took her to a traditional circumciser in…

Sexual harassment panel being set up at embattled UNAIDS

BERLIN (AP) — An independent panel of experts on sexual harassment is being set up at UNAIDS after calls for the organization's head to resign over his handling of harassment allegations. The Geneva-based agency overseeing the fight against HIV/AIDS said Friday that its oversight body — representing governments, donors and interest groups — is setting…

The Latest: NFL, NFLPA working on anthem resolution

The Latest on the Miami Dolphins anthem policy (all times local): 10:15 p.m. The NFL and National Football League Players Association released a joint statement, saying: "The NFL and NFLPA, through recent discussions, have been working on a resolution to the anthem issue. In order to allow this constructive dialogue to continue, we have come…

NY officials: No major public health threat from steam blast

NEW YORK (AP) — An aging steam pipe containing cancer-causing asbestos exploded beneath Fifth Avenue in Manhattan early Thursday, spewing a geyser of white vapor 10 stories high and forcing an evacuation of 49 buildings, but city officials said there was no major public health threat. Five people, including three civilians, suffered minor injuries from…