News archive from 17 May 2018

Judge to decide Florida ban on smokable medical marijuana

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — A Florida judge will soon decide if patients approved to use medical marijuana will be allowed to smoke it. Leon County circuit court Judge Karen Gievers heard testimony Wednesday from two women with terminal illnesses...

Chron, 19:17 in Health

House OKs expansion of private care at VA, fix budget crisis

WASHINGTON (AP) — The House voted Wednesday to give veterans more freedom to see doctors outside the Veterans Affairs health system, a major shift aimed at reducing wait times and improving medical care despite the concerns of some Democrats who cast...

Chron, 19:17 in Health

Suns' top choice? ESPN Euro expert Fran Fraschilla would take Deandre Ayton at No. 1

CHICAGO - The debate is on. Should the Suns take University of Arizona center Deandre Ayton or Slovenian guard Luka Doncic with the No. 1 pick in the June 21 NBA draft? Already, opinions are forming on both sides. Sacramento point guard De'Aaron Fox...

AZCentral, 20:20 in Sport

Diamondbacks' Matt Koch gives up four Brewers home runs; offense remains in deep freeze

You'd think after becoming the first Diamondbacks pitcher in franchise history to face three different Cy Young Award winners in a row that nothing could faze right-hander Matt Koch. Especially after the way things worked out for him. As big as the...

AZCentral, 21:34 in Sport

Battle for Houston's 2nd Congressional District gets rough

With less than a week until election day, both campaigns in the battle for the 2nd Congressional District Republican runoff in Houston released new videos accusing each other's supporters of making inappropriate attacks. Republican Kevin Roberts put...

Chron, 22:00 in Politics

Tucson Roadrunners' improbable, fast-tracked inception has them poised for success

Toward the end of March 2016, a very important phone call came to the offices at Gila River Arena in Glendale. The call was answered by Coyotes Chief Operating Officer Ahron Cohen. On the line was the team's American Hockey League affiliate in...

AZCentral, 22:46 in Sport

US births hit a 30-year low, despite good economy

Now Playing: Last year saw the lowest number of U.S. births in 30 years, with birth rates declining not only for women in their teens and 20s but also women in their 30s. (May 17) Media: Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. birth rates declined last...

Chron, 00:52 in Health

Ebola spreads to city, entering 3 health zones in Congo

KINSHASA, Congo (AP) — Congo's Ebola outbreak has spread to a city, the capital of the northwestern Equateur province, a worrying shift as the risk of infection is more easily passed on in densely populated urban areas. Two suspected cases of...

Chron, 07:56 in Health

AP Explains: Ebola reaches an urban area in Congo. What now?

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — The global health community gulped Thursday with the announcement that a case of Ebola had been confirmed in a city of more than 1 million in Congo, bringing the latest outbreak of the often deadly hemorrhagic fever out of remote...

Chron, 10:25 in Health

NBA mock drafts: Experts weigh in on Phoenix Suns' options at No. 1 in 2018 NBA draft

On Tuesday, the Suns made history, landing the No. 1 pick in the NBA draft for the first time. After finishing 21-61 last season, the Suns front office is looking to turn the team around - quickly. With the draft order set, NBA experts weigh in on...

AZCentral, 13:06 in Sport

Briann January to make Phoenix Mercury debut, as WNBA season opens on Friday

Diana Taurasi is quick to answer when asked about playing against Briann January for eight seasons. "I hated her," Taurasi said. No wonder. Taurasi is the WNBA career scoring leader. January has been on the WNBA All-Defensive team every year...

AZCentral, 13:58 in Sport

FDA names drugmakers accused of blocking cheaper generics

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — U.S. drug regulators are publicizing information on brand-name drugmakers that use what government officials call "gaming tactics" to block cheaper copycat versions. The Food and Drug Administration's new webpage names...

Chron, 14:51 in Health

Health officials: Stay out of the pool if you have diarrhea

NEW YORK (AP) — Health officials say hotel pools and hot tubs are a major source of the stomach bugs people get from swimming. And they're reminding people with diarrhea to stay out of pools, hot tubs and water playgrounds. U.S. public health...

Chron, 14:51 in Health

Freshman Barrett Skaugrud survived gun shot wound in neck to pitch biggest game

There was no panic on Dec. 28. And there was certainly none on Tuesday when the freshman pitched the game of his life, leading Phoenix Sandra Day O'Connor to its first Arizona high school state baseball championship. Barrett Skaugrud wasn't just...

AZCentral, 14:58 in Sport

Surgeon general: Most in US think opioid abuse is not local

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — The U.S. surgeon general, Dr. Jerome Adams, says opioid abuse is a problem nationwide, but only a small percentage of Americans think it's an emergency in their own communities. Adams took part in a panel discussion about opioids...

Chron, 16:02 in Health

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