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New heart failure drug works much better than current treatment, study finds

By McClatchy Newspapers
In a huge international study, an experimental drug for heart failure worked significantly better than the backbone of treatment, paving the way for the biggest therapeutic advance in decades. Novartis’ twice-a-day pill, known by its code name, LCZ696, reduced deaths, …

Anti-abortion law in effect in Louisiana, with a caveat

By The Los Angeles Times 7:41 p.m.
Louisiana’s new anti-abortion law took effect on Monday as scheduled, but provisions requiring doctors to have admitting privileges at nearby hospitals cannot be enforced against clinics and doctors who filed suit, a federal judge ruled on Sunday night. U.S. District …

President’s Labor Day appearance heavy on politicking

By Milwaukee Journal Sentinel 7:41 p.m.
MILWAUKEE — President Obama came to Milwaukee on Monday to talk up an improving economy and to push Congress to boost the minimum wage. “If you work full-time, you shouldn’t be living in poverty,” Obama said as he called once …

Cleveland welcomes server farms

By The Associated Press
CLEVELAND — Northeast Ohio is hardly ready to usurp Silicon Valley as a high-tech mecca, but a growing number of data centers are choosing to locate in and around Cleveland to take advantage of cheap power, an abundance of fiber-optic …

Mom charged in girl’s death in line for $1M from her trust fund

By The Associated Press
WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. — A special education teacher accused of killing her severely disabled 8-year-old daughter by withholding food and medical care could inherit nearly $1 million from the girl’s trust fund — even if she’s convicted. Nicole Diggs and …

University of Wisconsin researchers work to customize vegetables for specific uses

By The Associated Press
VERONA, Wis. — There’s a good chance that many of the suddenly trendy vegetables that foodies latch on to in the next decade will benefit from research at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. While plant breeders at many public universities focus …

Border Patrol agent opens fire on armed militia member in Texas

By The Los Angeles Times
A Border Patrol agent fired several rounds toward an armed militia member in Texas, reigniting concerns among law enforcement officials about conflicts with untrained and unregulated volunteers who have arrived at the Mexican border as a result of the recent …

White House threat sparks call for wider immigration debate

By Carl Prine
With the White House drafting a plan to let as many as 9 million illegal immigrants stay in the United States, some lawmakers and criminologists …

Revival of beer gardens in Milwaukee prompts other cities to consider it to shore up budgets

By The Associated Press
MILWAUKEE — Oversized mugs of beer clink together as drinkers sitting under a canopy of trees in a Milwaukee public park listen to live accordion …

Texas appeals judge’s ruling on restrictive abortion law

By The Associated Press
AUSTIN — Tough new Texas abortion restrictions are on hold because a federal judge found Republican-led efforts to hold abortion clinics to hospital-level operating standards unconstitutional in a ruling that spares more than a dozen clinics from imminent closure. Texas …

Pilot in Atlantic Ocean crash lost consciousness, Coast Guard says

By Reuters
Two F-16 fighter jets were dispatched to check on a small plane that entered restricted airspace around Washington on Saturday. The fighter pilots observed the person at the controls to be  unconscious, officials said. The pilot of the Cirrus SR22 …

Use of body cameras by police gain favor across nation

By McClatchy Newspapers
WASHINGTON — It was a police shooting that initially triggered a public outcry similar to the recent confrontations in Ferguson, Mo. In 2011, police in the small community of Rialto in San Bernardino County shot and wounded a man who …

Astronomers get look at birth of huge galaxy

By The Washington Post
Astronomers have made a discovery of cosmic proportions: They have seen the beginning stages of a huge galaxy’s formation. Their findings, detailed this week in a paper published in the journal Nature, confirmed something astronomers had theorized about but had …

Manatee status as ‘endangered’ draws complaints; classification under review

By The Associated Press
MIAMI — As they do whenever they visit Florida, Greg Groff and his young daughter stopped by the manatee pool at Miami Seaquarium, where the …

California governor appeals ruling that struck down schoolteacher tenure

By The Associated Press
Gov. Jerry Brown appealed a court ruling that struck down tenure and other job protections for California’s teachers, setting himself apart from leaders in some …

Squashing stereotypes has women learning carpentry

By The Associated Press
NEW YORK — Janice Moreno graduated from college with a degree in English literature, but never landed a job paying more than $12 an hour. …

New heart drug seen as significant breakthrough

By The Associated Press
A new study reports one of the biggest potential advances against heart failure in more than a decade — a first-of-a-kind, experimental drug that lowered the chances of death or hospitalization by about 20 percent. Doctors say the Novartis drug …

W.Va. tourism looks ahead after chemical spill

By The Associated Press
CHARLESTON, W.Va. — A roller coaster of rapids awaits thrill seekers for the start of the Gauley River whitewater season. Southern West Virginia businesses anticipate …

Poll says Americans split on value of labor unions

By Natasha Lindstrom
One-third of Americans dismiss unions as “a thing of the past” while nearly as many still value the importance of organized labor, a poll shows. The remaining one-third either have no opinion or say they’re unsure how to view unions …

Bucks County Playhouse devotes year to budding lyricists

By The Associated Press
NEW YORK — All too often, it’s the melodies in musicals that get all the attention. But what about the lyrics? The new leaders of the Bucks County Playhouse are hoping to try to redress the imbalance by focusing on …