Remote home of leprosy patients could open door wider

Once the last patient dies, the National Park Service would like to open the park to more visitors, according to a draft of the agency’s long-term management plan.

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US cleanup would leave some asbestos in contaminated town

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A long-delayed cleanup proposal for a Montana community where thousands have been sickened by asbestos exposure would leave some of the dangerous material inside houses rather than remove it, as government officials seek to wind down an effort that has lasted more than 15 years and cost $540 million. Details on...

Iowa governor declares state of emergency in response to bird flu

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A state of emergency was declared Friday by Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad with nearly 17 million chickens and turkeys dead, dying or scheduled to be euthanized due to a widening bird flu outbreak. The proclamation, in effect until May 31 unless terminated earlier, activates disaster response and recovery procedures for...

GOP plans for reacting to Supreme Court ruling on health law

Congressional Republicans have yet to unite behind any of the growing number of proposals for responding to a Supreme Court ruling that could void federal subsidies that millions of people use to buy coverage under President Barack Obama's health care law. The decision is expected by June. Those proposing plans include: — Sen. Orrin Hatch,...

GOP divided as Supreme Court ruling on health care law nears

WASHINGTON (AP) — Sen. Ron Johnson was elected to Congress in 2010 as an adamant foe of President Barack Obama's health care overhaul. Yet facing a Supreme Court decision that could disrupt how that law functions, the Wisconsin Republican is among many in the GOP who want Congress to react with caution. If the plaintiffs...

Flakka, synthetic drug behind increasingly bizarre crimes

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — One man ran naked through a Florida neighborhood, tried to have sex with a tree and told police he was the mythical god Thor. Another ran nude down a busy city street in broad daylight, convinced a pack of German shepherds was pursuing him. Two others tried separately to break...