About half of all 16- to 18-year-olds coming into New York City's jails say they had a traumatic brain injury before being incarcerated, most caused by assaults, according to a new study that's the latest in a growing body of research documenting head trauma among young offenders.

Nebraska Gov. Dave Heineman says he plans to sign a bill that would require some health insurers to offer coverage for autism screenings and therapy.

The largest medical marijuana trade show in New England is in Bangor on Saturday.

A federal judge has allowed the American Civil Liberties Union to file a "friend of the court" brief in a lawsuit filed by Roman Catholic organizations in Wyoming.

About half of all 16- to 18-year-olds coming into New York City's jails say they had a traumatic brain injury before being incarcerated, most caused by assaults, according to a new study that's the latest in a growing body of research documenting head trauma among young offenders.

The head of the South Dakota Board of Nursing says Western Dakota Technical Institute has made significant progress in addressing board concerns and its nursing program can stay open.

Social media has been buzzing for weeks with jokes about how, this year, Easter Sunday shares the calendar with the pot-lover's highest holiday: April 20, or 420 in stoner lingo. Pot-smokers have long celebrated on the date by lighting up for reasons not quite clear.

Public health officials are investigating a sharp increase in the number of mumps cases recorded in central Illinois.

Officials are investigating eight confirmed cases of mumps found in students at New Jersey's Stevens Institute of Technology.

Whole Foods Markets is recalling mini butter croissants sold in Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas and Louisiana because they contain eggs, an undeclared allergen.

Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts on Friday declined to temporarily block a lower court ruling that opens the world's best-selling multiple sclerosis drug to competition from generic rivals next month.

After a bill aimed at stemming Kentucky's growing heroin problem failed to pass during the state's legislative session, officials say local solutions to the statewide problem are limited but that they are pushing ahead.

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New Hampshire hospitals trying to both improve quality and lower costs are sharing their strategies at a luncheon in Manchester.

A hospice in Chandler, its owner and the general manager have been charged in a 39-count federal indictment with defrauding Medicare.

The government's latest report card on food poisoning is out, and it has some good news: a drop in illnesses from salmonella.

J.J. Quinlan died for 45 seconds.

A Colorado proposal to widen a ban on certain types of edible marijuana advanced Thursday in the state House amid concerns that it could be too broad.

Illinois regulators finalizing the state's conditions for medical marijuana have removed a proposed rule that would have barred legal gun owners from becoming cannabis-using patients, a person close to the process told The Associated Press.

As the legislative session wound down on Thursday, Maine's Democratic-controlled Legislature approved a final attempt to expand health care coverage to about 70,000 low-income residents under the Affordable Care Act.

Columbus health officials say they've confirmed two cases of mumps at a local community college as an outbreak of the illness continues.

Federal scientists have found high amounts of mercury in fish caught in remote areas of national parks in the West and Alaska, according to a study released Thursday.

The mix of 38 million gallons of treated water and one teen's urine has proven unacceptable to Portland officials who plan to flush away the whole lot — the second time in less than three years the city has gone to such lengths to keep its water pure.

An inmate with breast cancer was released from a Phoenix jail Thursday morning in order to receive life-saving surgery.

The Oklahoma State Department of Health reports three more deaths due to influenza to raise the total number this flu season to 61.

An estimated 50,000 people in Vermont need treatment for addiction problems every year and don't get it, and efforts to expand treatment options for people addicted to heroin and other opiates are expected to increase pressure on the treatment system, the head of an addiction-treatment center told a state Senate committee Thursday.

Connecticut's health insurance exchange announced Thursday it enrolled 208,301 people in health plans during the first open enrollment period for the Affordable Care Act, more than double its original goal of 100,000.

Authorities say there are still no suspects or motives after as many as three dogs were suspected of eating poisoned meatballs at a Gunbarrel park this week.

The Wisconsin Department of Justice and the Department of Natural Resources are teaming up to promote National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day.

The Senate has backed down in its standoff with the House over Gov. Bill Haslam's bill to limit the sale of cold and allergy medicines used to make illegal methamphetamine.

The state's civil rights laws include the protection of women discriminated against for pregnancy, the Florida Supreme Court ruled Thursday.

A late surge of sign-ups pushed California's health insurance exchange nearly 100,000 enrollees beyond the original projections of the Obama administration, state officials announced Thursday.

A judge has temporarily reinstated admitting privileges to two abortion providers at a Dallas hospital that had stripped the doctors of those rights.

Officials say central Indiana high school students were taken to a hospital after becoming ill from smoking the synthetic marijuana known as spice.

Seven more people in Rhode Island have died of accidental drug overdoses, bringing the total this year to 85, state health officials said Thursday, as they announced some new initiatives to deal with the crisis.

A judge is ordering Maricopa County to pay $190,000 for attorney fees incurred by a Sun City medical dispensary operator which successfully challenged the county's refusal to provide zoning clearance for the facility.

The government's latest report card on food poisoning shows a dip in salmonella cases but an increase in illnesses from bacteria in raw shellfish. The report counts cases in only 10 states for some of the most common causes of foodborne illness, but is believed to be a good indicator of national food poisoning trends. Highlights from Thursday's report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:

People with prosthetic hands have to handle everything with care.

A recent spate of infections from a frequently deadly Middle East virus is raising new worries about efforts to contain the illness, with infectious disease experts urging greater vigilance in combatting its spread.

Five years after five children died with a fungal infection contracted from hospital linens, Children's Hospital has started notifying families to tell them their loved ones were affected by the outbreak.

Your daily look at late-breaking California news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Thursday:

A Paragould gynecologist and obstetrician charged with taking photographs of a nude female patient has been ordered held on $500,000 bond.

State regulators are investigating an insurance agency accused of overbilling thousands of government employees for health care coverage.

Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant has signed a bill to legalize a marijuana extract to be used as medicine under tightly controlled circumstances.

The Food and Drug Administration is warning women that a surgical procedure to remove noncancerous growths from the uterus could inadvertently spread cancer to other parts of the body.

UnitedHealth Group's first-quarter net income slid 8 percent as funding cuts to a key product and costs imposed by the health care overhaul dented the health insurer's performance.

Whoopi Goldberg says she's in love with her marijuana-vaporizing pen.

Jacques Servier, the founder of France's second-largest pharmaceutical group who became ensnared in a scandal over a diabetes drug widely used for weight loss, has died.

President Barack Obama's full-throated defense of his health care overhaul seems perfectly timed for Democrats who want their party to embrace the law more enthusiastically.

Owners of the New Life Lodge drug and alcohol treatment facility in Burns have agreed to pay $9.25 million to settle allegations of TennCare fraud.

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