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2 children die from flu-related illnesses: B.C. Centre for Disease Control

2 children die from flu-related illnesses: B.C. Centre for Disease Control

VANCOUVER — The B.C. Centre for Disease Control says two children have died from complications related to influenza.
Alberta Premier Danielle Smith set to launch sweeping health-delivery changes in 2024

Alberta Premier Danielle Smith set to launch sweeping health-delivery changes in 2024

EDMONTON — Premier Danielle Smith is set to take scalpel and bone saw to Alberta's $17-billion health-delivery system in 2024, while simultaneously scrambling to keep and find more family doctors.
US seizes more illegal e-cigarettes, but thousands of new ones are launching

US seizes more illegal e-cigarettes, but thousands of new ones are launching

WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal officials are seizing more shipments of unauthorized electronic cigarettes at U.S.

California is expanding health care coverage for low-income immigrants in the new year

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — More than 700,000 immigrants living illegally in California will gain access to free health care starting Monday under one of the state's most ambitious coverage expansions in a decade.
Judge allows lawsuit that challenges Idaho's broad abortion ban to move forward

Judge allows lawsuit that challenges Idaho's broad abortion ban to move forward

An Idaho judge on Friday denied a request by the state's top legal chief to throw out a lawsuit seeking to clarify the exemptions tucked inside the state's broad abortion ban.
B.C. court blocks new law against public drug use, warning of 'irreparable harm'

B.C. court blocks new law against public drug use, warning of 'irreparable harm'

VANCOUVER — The British Columbia Supreme Court has blocked new provincial laws against public consumption of illegal substances, prompting concern from the government and a Metro Vancouver mayor who called the decision "pathetic.
West Virginia starts distributing funds from the settlement of opioid lawsuits

West Virginia starts distributing funds from the settlement of opioid lawsuits

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia is issuing the first checks from a fund established by the settlement of opioid lawsuits in the state, which has by far the nation’s highest drug overdose death rate .
Nebraska governor stands firm on rejection of federal money to feed food-insecure children

Nebraska governor stands firm on rejection of federal money to feed food-insecure children

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska's Republican governor on Friday reiterated his rejection of $18 million in federal funding to help feed children who might otherwise go hungry while school is out.

Medical marijuana dispensary licenses blocked in Alabama amid dispute over selection process

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — A judge temporarily blocked Alabama from issuing licenses to medical marijuana dispensaries amid an ongoing legal battle over how the state selected the winning companies.
Mexican president inaugurates centralized 'super pharmacy' to supply medicines to all of Mexico

Mexican president inaugurates centralized 'super pharmacy' to supply medicines to all of Mexico

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico’s president inaugurated a huge “super pharmacy” Friday in a bid to end the woes of patients throughout the country who are often told they need a specific medicine — but the hospital in question doesn’t have it.