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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.
Public asked to avoid overcrowded N.B. emergency rooms unless absolutely necessary

Public asked to avoid overcrowded N.B. emergency rooms unless absolutely necessary

Capacity issues forced New Brunswick's francophone health authority to ask the public to avoid two of its emergency rooms on Friday unless they need critical care.
Ohio’s GOP governor vetoes ban on gender-affirming care and transgender athletes in girls' sports

Ohio’s GOP governor vetoes ban on gender-affirming care and transgender athletes in girls' sports

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Republican Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine vetoed a measure Friday that would have banned gender-affirming care for minors, casting the action out of step with many in his own party as thoughtful, limited and “pro-life.
Licence revoked for Saint John, N.B., metal scrapyard where major fire broke out

Licence revoked for Saint John, N.B., metal scrapyard where major fire broke out

FREDERICTON — New Brunswick's Public Safety Minister Kris Austin revoked a licence Friday from a Saint John scrapyard where a massive fire broke out earlier this year that released plumes of toxic substances into the air and water.
The Air Force said its nuclear missile capsules were safe. But toxic dangers lurked, documents show

The Air Force said its nuclear missile capsules were safe. But toxic dangers lurked, documents show

WASHINGTON (AP) — A large pool of dark liquid festering on the floor. No fresh air. Computer displays that would overheat and ooze out a fishy-smelling gel that nauseated the crew.
SmileDirectClub is shutting down. Where does that leave its customers?

SmileDirectClub is shutting down. Where does that leave its customers?

NEW YORK (AP) — Just months after filing for bankruptcy, SmileDirectClub announced it was shutting down its global operations and halting its teeth-aligner treatments.