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Appeals court upholds labels on meat packages

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— A federal appeals court on Tuesday upheld new government rules requiring labels on packaged steaks, ribs and other cuts of meat to say where the animals were born, raised and slaughtered.

  • Senate confirms McDonald as VA secretary

    The Senate has confirmed former Procter & Gamble CEO Robert McDonald as the new Veterans Affairs secretary. He has the mission to overhaul an agency beleaguered by long veterans' waits for health care and VA workers falsifying records to cover up delays.

  • NCAA settles head-injury suit, will change rules

    The NCAA agreed Tuesday to settle a class-action head-injury lawsuit by creating a $70 million fund to diagnose thousands of current and former college athletes to determine if they suffered brain trauma playing football, hockey, soccer and other contact sports.

  • Israel hits symbols of Hamas rule; scores killed

    Israel on Tuesday unleashed its heaviest bombardment in a 3-week-old war against Hamas, striking symbols of the militant group's control in Gaza and firing tank shells that Palestinian officials said shut down the strip's only power plant.

  • Top Sierra Leone doctor dies of Ebola

    Authorities say the top doctor treating Ebola in Sierra Leone has died from the disease.

  • Generation of tanners see spike in deadly melanoma

    Stop sunbathing and using indoor tanning beds, the acting U.S. surgeon general warned in a report released Tuesday that cites an alarming 200 percent jump in deadly melanoma cases since 1973.

  • US appeals panel strikes down Miss. abortion law

    A federal appeals court panel ruled Tuesday that a Mississippi law that would close the state's only abortion clinic is unconstitutional.

  • Florida Medical Association backs Medicaid growth

    The powerful Florida Medical Association has come out in support of expanding Medicaid to roughly 1 million Floridians, choosing sides in a controversial political issue that has divided state lawmakers.

  • Appeals court rejects tax challenge to Obamacare

    In the latest effort to sidetrack Obamacare, a federal appeals court on Tuesday rejected a challenge by a conservative group that said Congress imposed new taxes unconstitutionally when it created the Affordable Care Act.

  • Big Island man sues for medical-marijuana access

    A Big Island man who pleaded guilty to pot distribution is suing federal probation officers for access to medical marijuana.

  • $1,000 Sovaldi now hepatitis treatment of choice

    The price may be high but so is demand. A new $1,000-per-pill drug has become the treatment of choice for Americans with hepatitis C, a liver-wasting disease that affects more than 3 million.

  • Doctor who contracted Ebola in grave condition

    Kent Brantly always wanted to be a medical missionary, and he took the work seriously, spending months treating a steady stream of patients with Ebola in Liberia.

  • Pfizer's 2Q profit sinks 79 pct but tops forecasts

    Pfizer's second-quarter earnings plunged 79 percent from last year, when the world's second-largest drugmaker booked a $10 billion-plus gain from a business spinoff.

  • Summary of NCAA head-injury settlement

    A filing in federal court in Chicago on Tuesday notified a U.S. district judge that lawyers for former college athletes and the NCAA reached a settlement in a class-action lawsuit after nearly a year of talks. Here's a rundown:

  • California tuberculosis patient found, arrested

    A California man who was charged after refusing treatment for his tuberculosis was found and arrested, a prosecutor said Tuesday.

  • Recent editorials from Texas newspapers

    The Monitor of McAllen. July 21, 2014.

  • Despite good news, benefit programs face problems

    Despite some good news, Medicare and Social Security still face long-term financial problems as millions of baby boomers reach retirement. Social Security's disability program is already in crisis as it edges toward the brink of insolvency.

  • Grand jury: Psych clinic erred in assault reports

    Officials at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center's psychiatric clinic failed to cooperate with police when notified of patient-on-patient assaults, a grand jury said, finding that they apparently misconstrued state and federal medical privacy laws as limiting how much information they can turn over.

  • Aetna 2Q profit rises 2.4 percent

    Aetna's second-quarter profit climbed more than 2 percent, as gains from an acquisition helped the health insurer top expectations and raise its 2014 earnings forecast again.

  • Liberians in US worry about Ebola outbreak

    An outbreak of Ebola in West Africa may seem like a distant threat to many Americans, but it is causing some to cancel travel plans and stirring fear in Minnesota, which has the largest Liberian immigrant population in the United States.

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