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Nurse charged in fatal drug-swap error pleads not guilty

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A Tennessee nurse charged with reckless homicide after a medication error killed a patient pleaded not guilty on Wednesday in a Nashville courtroom packed with other nurses who came in scrubs to show their support. The error happened at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in December 2017 when RaDonda Vaught injected 75-year-old…

Trouble at CVS Health long-term care business weighs heavily

CVS Health is setting 2019 earnings expectations well below Wall Street forecasts, as the company struggles to fix part of its business while blending in a major acquisition and attempting to change how customers use its stores. The drugstore chain and pharmacy benefit manager also is dealing with industry-wide pressure to reduce what customers pay…

Mexico seizes more than 1,300 pounds of cocaine at sea

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico's navy says it has seized more than 1,300 pounds (630 kilograms) of cocaine from a speedboat off the country's Pacific coast. A high-speed pursuit using a navy Black Hawk helicopter eventually stopped the boat that sported four powerful outboard motors. The navy said in a statement Wednesday that sailors roped…

Government headed for close to half of nation's health tab

WASHINGTON (AP) — Even without a history-making health care remake to deliver "Medicare-for-all," government at all levels will be paying nearly half the nation's health care tab in less than 10 years, according to a federal report released Wednesday. The government growth is driven by traditional Medicare, which is experiencing a surge in enrollment as…

Grand Canyon looking into possible radiation exposure

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — Grand Canyon National Park officials say they are investigating whether anyone was exposed to radiation at unsafe levels while samples of uranium ore sat in plastic buckets in a park research building. Three 5-gallon (18.93-liter) buckets have been removed from a building about a half mile (8 kilometers) from the South…

US charity opens cancer ward for children in Gaza

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — A U.S. charity on Tuesday inaugurated the first children's cancer department in the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip, bringing a much-needed service to the blockaded territory that will prevent the need for dozens of children to make the difficult journey to Israel or the West Bank for treatment, often without their…

Hospital, doctor face 3 new lawsuits over drug doses, deaths

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Three more wrongful-death lawsuits have been filed against an Ohio hospital system and a doctor accused of ordering potentially fatal doses of pain medication for dozens of patients over several years. The Columbus-area Mount Carmel Health System and Dr. William Husel (HYOO'-suhl) now face at least 19 lawsuits . Mount Carmel…

High court denies Maryland appeal of drug price-gouging law

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — The U.S. Supreme Court has denied a Maryland appeal to uphold the state's law against pharmaceutical price gouging. The high court on Tuesday denied Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh's appeal without comment, letting a lower court ruling against the law stand. The law approved in 2017 enabled the state's attorney general…

Murphy signs bill expanding family leave in New Jersey

PISCATAWAY, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey's paid family leave is doubling from six to 12 weeks and increasing the amount people will bring home under a new law Democratic Gov. Phil Murphy signed Tuesday. Murphy signed the bill at a library in Piscataway alongside legislative sponsors and advocates just a few weeks after the Democrat-led…