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U.S. Officials Revise Vaping Illness Count to 380 in 36 States
9/18/2019 8:50:00 PM

By Mike Stobbe   NEW YORK (AP)—The U.S. government has refined how it is measuring an outbreak of breathing illnesses in people who vape, now counting only cases that are most closely linked to electronic cigarette use. Health officials on Thursday said 380 confirmed cases and probable cases have been reported in 36 states and one U.S. territory. That marks a decrease from the 450 cited last week, when officials were also including “possible” cases. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and state officials have been investigating an outbreak that...

U.S. Finds Contaminant in Popular Heartburn Drug
9/18/2019 8:48:54 PM

By Matthew Perrone   WASHINGTON (AP)—U.S. health officials said Friday they are investigating low levels of a potentially dangerous contaminant in the popular heartburn medication Zantac and related generic drugs. For now, the Food and Drug Administration said patients can continue taking their medications. The agency said it has detected a “probable” cancer-causing chemical in the medications, which are sold as both prescription and over-the-counter treatments to treat stomach acid and ulcers. FDA officials said the amount of the impurity barely exceeds...

California Could Tighten Social Media Rules for Children
9/18/2019 8:47:26 PM

By Adam Beam   SACRAMENTO (AP)—California is considering tightening the rules for children under 13 using social media. The state Senate voted 31-4 on Thursday to require social media companies to first get the consent of a parent or guardian before creating an account for a child the company knows is under 13. Federal law already requires social media companies to get permission from parents for collecting data children under 13. That's why most social media companies, including Facebook, already ban children under 13 from creating accounts. But the bill moving...

Filmmaker Nate Parker Apologizes for Being 'Tone Deaf'
9/12/2019 8:23:08 AM

By Lindsey Bahr   VENICE, Italy (AP)—Three years ago, filmmaker Nate Parker came under scrutiny for a rape allegation from his college days that essentially derailed the release of his Nat Turner film “The Birth of a Nation.” Now, with a new film about police brutality debuting at the Venice Film International Film Festival, he is apologizing for how he responded then. “Standing here today at 39, the reality is I was quite tone deaf ... to a lot of the things that happened in the climate,” Parker said at a small news conference in Venice on Sunday....

A New Album and Fresh Hits for 'Game Changer' Johnny Gill
9/12/2019 8:20:25 AM

By Jonathan Landrum Jr.   LOS ANGELES (AP)—Johnny Gill might be considered an old-school crooner these days, but age has only been a number for the R&B veteran who is still making his presence felt. Gill's “Soul of a Woman” topped Billboard's adult R&B songs chart in June and “Perfect” featuring New Edition bandmate Ralph Tresvant recently reached No. 22. The songs are lead singles for his eighth studio album “Game Changer II,” which arrives Friday. At age 53, Gill said he's grateful to still be musically...

Tamron Hall's Faith in Herself Pays Off with New Show, Life
9/12/2019 8:18:44 AM

By Nekesa Mumbi Moody   NEW YORK (AP)—When Tamron Hall decided to leave NBC after the network gave her prime “Today” co-hosting slot to Megyn Kelly, the journalist threw herself a party—a pity party. That included plenty of tears and a bit of feeling sorry for herself. Hall says she didn't have a specific plan when she left in 2017. All she had was faith that something bigger had to be on the horizon, noting: “I've got to believe in something, so why not believe in myself?” That belief has paid off with amazing dividends for...

L.A. County Reports 1st Vaping-Related Death as CDC Issues E-Cig Warning
9/11/2019 11:08:24 PM

LOS ANGELES—L.A. Care Health Plan and Blue Shield of California Promise Health Plan announced today that they will invest a combined $146 million as part of a five-year commitment to expand Community Resource Centers across Los Angeles County, including a new center in Long Beach. This unique collaboration will help improve health outcomes in local communities and the total quality of life for members of the two health plans. Improved health outcomes will also reduce health care costs over time. “As mission-driven health plans, we know health is local,” said John Baackes,...

Inglewood Unified to Host Wellness Meetings for Families
9/11/2019 10:58:40 PM

L.A. Care Health and Blue Shield to Invest $146 Million to Improve Member and Community Health Health Plans to Jointly Operate 14 Community Resource Centers Across Los Angeles County Growth Plan Aims to Serve More than One Million When Fully Operational LOS ANGELES—L.A. Care Health Plan and Blue Shield of California Promise Health Plan announced today that they will invest a combined $146 million as part of a five-year commitment to expand Community Resource Centers across Los Angeles County. This unique collaboration will help improve health outcomes in local communities and...

Oprah Winfrey Launching Wellness Arena Tour in Early 2020
9/11/2019 10:53:34 PM

By Jonathan Landrum Jr.   LOS ANGELES (AP)—Oprah Winfrey is taking her motivational spirit on the road early next year with an arena tour to promote a healthier lifestyle. The former talk-show host and OWN television network chief announced Wednesday that the “Oprah's 2020 Vision: Your Life in Focus” tour will begin Jan. 4 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. She is working in conjunction with WW (Weight Watchers Reimagined) to offer a full-day of wellness conversations during the nine-city tour. She made the announcement on Facebook on Wednesday. The tour will...

Ending Fair Housing Rule Removes Opportunities for All
9/11/2019 10:44:41 PM

By Rev. Dr. Willie Gable   Like most people, I care about my community, its opportunities, as well as its future. But as a man of faith, I believe I am additionally called to give voice and support to lift every life. From counseling congregants on ways to find hope, I am keenly aware of many who see none at all, despite the heralded claims that the nation’s economy is flourishing. Of all the issues confronting Americans, none is more basic than that of housing. Whether renting or owning a home, every family needs a place to come home to at the end of the day. It is where...