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German federal court denies 2 seriously ill men direct access to lethal drug dose

BERLIN (AP) — A German federal court on Tuesday denied two seriously ill men direct access to a lethal dose of a drug, arguing that the country's narcotics law stands in the way and that they could turn to assisted suicide to end their lives.
Small businesses still hoping for CEBA loan forgiveness extension as time runs out

Small businesses still hoping for CEBA loan forgiveness extension as time runs out

OTTAWA — As the deadline to repay pandemic loans and receive partial forgiveness approaches, small businesses are still hoping the federal government will reverse course and extend it for another year.
Masks are back, construction banned and schools shut as toxic air engulfs New Delhi

Masks are back, construction banned and schools shut as toxic air engulfs New Delhi

NEW DELHI (AP) — A toxic blanket of grey smog hangs over New Delhi’s monuments and high-rises. Schools have been ordered shut and construction banned . People are back to wearing masks. In the Indian capital, it is that time of the year again.
Italy grants citizenship to a terminally ill British baby after a Vatican hospital offers her care

Italy grants citizenship to a terminally ill British baby after a Vatican hospital offers her care

ROME (AP) — An 8-month-old terminally ill British girl was granted Italian citizenship Monday after a court in Britain upheld rulings authorizing the withdrawal of life-supporting invasive treatment.
Mind-altering ketamine becomes latest pain treatment, despite little research or regulation

Mind-altering ketamine becomes latest pain treatment, despite little research or regulation

WASHINGTON (AP) — As U.S. doctors scale back their use of opioid painkillers , a new option for hard-to-treat pain is taking root: ketamine, the decades-old surgical drug that is now a trendy psychedelic therapy .

US orders Puerto Rico drug distribution company to pay $12 million in opioid case

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — One of Puerto Rico’s biggest distributors of pharmaceutical drugs was ordered to pay $12 million after being accused of not reporting hundreds of suspicious orders for controlled substances, the U.S.
Alberta health minister says fundamental change needed as system is 'not working'

Alberta health minister says fundamental change needed as system is 'not working'

EDMONTON — Health Minister Adriana LaGrange says the Alberta government is fundamentally restructuring health care because the system "is not working.

Judge's order cancels event that would have blocked sole entrance to a Kansas abortion clinic

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A demonstration planned by a Roman Catholic diocese in Kansas that would have blocked the only entrance to a Wichita abortion clinic on Saturday was canceled after a judge put a hold on the city permit that would have allowed it.
Navajo sheep herding at risk from climate change. Some young people push to maintain the tradition

Navajo sheep herding at risk from climate change. Some young people push to maintain the tradition

WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. (AP) — Whenever Amy Begaye's extended family butchered a sheep, she was given what she considered easy tasks — holding the legs and catching the blood with a bowl. She was never given the knife. That changed recently.
Ontario registered nurses soon able to prescribe birth control, travel medication

Ontario registered nurses soon able to prescribe birth control, travel medication

TORONTO — Registered nurses in Ontario will soon be able to prescribe certain medications such as birth control and drugs for smoking cessation.