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    Mylan says it will expand programs that lower EpiPen costs

    NEW YORK (AP) — Mylan, now in the crosshairs over severe price hikes for its EpiPen, says it will expand programs that lower out-of-pocket costs by as much as half. Mylan N.V. said Thursday that the patient cost will be reduced through a savings card that will cover up to $300 for an EpiPen 2-Pak. The company said it’s also doubling eligibility for its patient assistance program, which it said will get rid of out-of-pocket costs for uninsured and underinsured […]

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    Ford recalls over 88,000 vehicles due to stalling problem

    DETROIT (AP) – Ford is recalling more than 88,000 cars and SUVs in North America because the engines can stall without warning due to a fuel pump problem. The recall covers certain Ford Taurus and Police Interceptor sedans, Ford Flex wagons, Lincoln MKS sedans and Lincoln MKT SUVs from the 2013 through 2015 model years. All have 3.5-liter turbocharged six-cylinder engines. Ford says the fuel pump control modules can fail, and the engines may not start, or they could stall, […]

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    State senate to debate oil spill settlement, Medicaid fix

    MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — State senators will debate a division of Alabama’s oil spill settlement funds that could help fill an $85 million hole in the state’s Medicaid budget. The Alabama Senate is expected to take up the bill Wednesday. The debate could get contentious as senators have squabbled over how much should help Medicaid and how much should go for road projects in south Alabama. The House-passed bill would use $450 million to repay money borrowed during past budget […]

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    White House says feds doing their part in flood response, President to visit Louisiana today

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama will make his first visit to flood-ravaged southern Louisiana on Tuesday as he attempts to assure the many thousands who have suffered damage to their homes, schools and businesses that his administration has made their recovery a priority. The Baton Rouge visit is a reminder of the political dangers and opportunities that natural disasters can pose. On top of a competent federal response, it’s critical for political leaders to demonstrate compassion and a reassuring […]

  • A flurry of policies affecting transgender people has swept the country in recent weeks, leading to widespread protests, economic losses and a growing debate about equality and privacy.

    Texas judge temporarily blocks Obama’s transgender directive, move impacts Alabama

    AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A federal judge in Texas has temporarily blocked an Obama administration directive on bathroom rights for transgender students in U.S. public schools. U.S. District Judge Reed O’Connor in Fort Worth issued the preliminary injunction Sunday. Texas and 12 other states, including Alabama, asked O’Connor to halt the directive after the federal government told U.S. public schools in May that transgender students must be allowed to use bathrooms and locker rooms consistent with their chosen gender identity. […]

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    Sheriff identifies 5 killed in Mobile area mass murder

    CITRONELLE, Ala. (AP) — The Latest on the killings of five people in south Alabama (all times local): 12:30 p.m. The Mobile County Sheriff’s Office has identified the two women and three men killed Saturday at a home in Citronelle, Alabama. Authorities said in a statement Sunday that those killed included 22-year-old Chelsea Marie Reed, who was 5 months pregnant. Also slain were 35-year-old Shannon Melissa Randall; 26-year-old Robert Lee Brown; 23-year-old Justin Kaleb Reed; and 26-year-old Joseph Adam Turner. […]

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    Louisiana Gov. on flooding: ‘People are just starting to pay attention’

    BATON ROUGE, La. – Louisiana officials say an estimated 60,000 homes have been damaged by massive flooding that swept through the southern part of the state. Mike Steele, spokesman for the Governor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness, said Saturday that 102,000 people have also registered for federal assistance. He says authorities are still assessing damage to homes and that number could fluctuate. Louisiana Gov. Edwards: ‘People are just starting to pay attention’ Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards says […]

  • Alabama head coach Nick Saban gives a big smile after winning his 5th National Championship, his fourth with the Crimson Tide. (Jan. 11, 2016/Glendale, Arizona)

    Alabama keeps rolling: Tide is No. 1 in AP preseason Top 25

    Defending national champion Alabama is No. 1 in The Associated Press preseason Top 25 as the Crimson Tide attempts to win a fifth title in eight seasons. Coach Nick Saban’s Tide received 33 of 61 first-place votes from the media panel and 1,469 points. No. 2 Clemson received 16 first-place votes and 1,443 points. It’s the first time since 1992 that Nos. 1 and 2 in the preseason rankings are the same as they were in the final poll of […]

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    Volunteers sought as race to develop a Zika vaccine heats up

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Researchers are looking for people willing to be infected with the Zika virus. It’s part of the search for a vaccine. The study is planned for this winter, at a time when mosquitoes aren’t biting. The quest for a vaccine began less than a year ago. That’s when Brazil’s massive outbreak revealed that Zika can harm the brain of a fetus if a woman is infected during pregnancy. Now, researchers in the United States have begun safety […]

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    Former chairman of joint chiefs Gen. John Vessey dies at 94

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Retired Army Gen. John W. Vessey, who rose through the ranks in a 46-year military career to become chairman of the joint chiefs of staff under President Ronald Reagan, has died. He was 94. Vessey’s daughter, Sarah Vessey, told The Associated Press her father died Thursday evening of natural causes. Vessey enlisted as a private in the Minnesota National Guard in 1939, fought in World War II and Vietnam, and was the nation’s top military officer when […]

  • RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - AUGUST 12:  Ryan Lochte of the United States attends a press conference in the Main Press Center on Day 7 of the Rio Olympics on August 12, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.  (Photo by Matt Hazlett/Getty Images)

    The Latest: Brazilian police official says Lochte lied

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — The Latest on the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro (all times local): 12:17 p.m. A Brazilian police official is telling The Associated Press that American swimmer Ryan Lochte fabricated a story about being robbed at gunpoint in Rio de Janeiro. The official, who has direct knowledge of the investigation, spoke on the condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak about an ongoing probe. He said that around 6 a.m. on […]

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    Officials: Alabama inmate overpowered Greene County jail staff, escaped

    EUTAW, Ala. (AP) — Alabama authorities are searching for an escaped inmate who was recently convicted of shooting at a sheriff’s deputy. The Alabama Law Enforcement Agency told media outlets Tuesday night that state and local authorities are looking for 23-year-old Eric Washington of Eutaw. Spokesman Reginal King says Washington overpowered the staff at Greene County jail and took their keys before fleeing on foot around 9 p.m. He was last seen wearing black shorts and no shirt. Authorities say […]

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