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APNewsBreak: Democrat to be SC governor briefly

Democratic Lt. Gov. Yancey McGill will temporarily serve as South Carolina's chief executive while Gov. Nikki Haley undergoes surgery on her right arm.

Congress oks VA, highway bills, not border measure

Congress ran full-tilt into election-year gridlock over immigration Thursday and staggered toward a five-week summer break after failing to agree on legislation to cope with the influx of young immigrants flocking illegally to the United States.

W.Va. gets fed funds for mental health services

West Virginia is receiving nearly $1 million in federal funding for mental health services.

APNewsBreak: Cop shooting suspect faced 30 years

Court records show a man suspected of killing a Mendota Heights police officer was wanted because he had left a drug treatment program and faced up to 30 years in prison if convicted on a pending drug charge.

Oregon Medicaid targets expensive hepatitis drug

An Oregon Medicaid committee on Thursday significantly scaled back access to an effective — but expensive — new drug used to treat hepatitis C.

Students exempt from vaccines down in 2013

The number of Wyoming students taking vaccinations needed for public schools went up last school year — and the number who declined vaccinations dropped — according to new state health department data.

USDA overhauls decades-old poultry inspections

The Obama administration is overhauling poultry plant inspections for the first time in more than 50 years, a move it says could result in 5,000 fewer foodborne illnesses each year.

Audit: Rochester VA 'felt pressure' to hide delays

An internal audit has found that staff at the Veterans Affairs outpatient clinic in Rochester "felt pressure to manipulate" appointment data to hide delays in medical care.

Family of American with Ebola claim to be healthy

The family of a Texas-trained doctor who contracted Ebola while working in Liberia has shown no symptoms of the deadly disease.

LeClaire neighbors surprised by pelican shooting

Some LeClaire residents are expressing surprise at a police sergeant's decision to shoot and kill a pelican they had named Wilbur.

Probe exposes flaws behind HealthCare.gov rollout

Management failures by the Obama administration set the stage for computer woes that paralyzed the president's new health care program last fall, nonpartisan investigators said in a report released Wednesday.

Medical pot backers hope to speed task force work

Potential medical marijuana patients and family members said Thursday they hope to assuage police concerns as the state builds up its new program allowing the treatment of eight illnesses with some forms of cannabis.

Notre Dame may appeal contraception case

The University of Notre Dame is considering an appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court in its challenge to part of the federal health care law that forces it to cover contraceptives in its health insurance for students and employees.

Michigan gets $1 million in mental health funding

The federal government has awarded Michigan $1 million for mental health services.

Fremont man sues Nebraska over AA requirement

A Fremont man is suing the state of Nebraska, saying his constitutional rights were violated when he was required to attend Alcoholics Anonymous meetings even though he objected to the organization's religious foundation.

'47 Heisman winner Lujack recovering from surgery

Johnny Lujack's granddaughter says the former Notre Dame and Chicago Bears star is in good spirits after spinal surgery.

McConnell offers immigration amendment

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell said Thursday he wants to put strict conditions on transporting migrant children into the country's interior, offering the proposal days after a flap surfaced about whether Fort Knox was targeted to temporarily house some of the young immigrants.

Challenge to gay conversion ban is dismissed

For the second time in nine months, a federal judge in New Jersey has dismissed a lawsuit challenging the state's ban on gay conversion therapy.

Ebola patient to be transferred to Emory hospital

Emory University Hospital officials say there are plans for an American aid worker who has been diagnosed with Ebola to be transferred there for treatment.

Medicare drug premiums to rise for 2nd year

Medicare says premiums for prescription drug plans will rise in 2015 for the second year in a row.

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