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Missing man with dementia found after 2-day search

A 65-year-old man who went missing from his group home Monday was found safe Wednesday morning. Dennis Cahill, who climbed over the fence of the property, has dementia and gets lost easily, police said.... Read more»

If Obamacare goes away, coverage will stay – for the moment

Despite Donald Trump’s promise to repeal the Affordable Care Act in his first 100 days in office, health policy experts say those who have enrolled in the Obamacare marketplace are “more than likely” to keep their coverage for 2017.... Read more»

Obamacare enrollment beating last year's early pace

Despite the Affordable Care Act’s rising prices, decreased insurer participation and a vigorous political threat to its survival, consumer enrollment for 2017 is outpacing last year’s, according to new federal data and reports from state officials around the country.... Read more»

If Republicans repeal Obamacare, how will they pay for replacement?

Leading Republicans have vowed that even if they repeal most of the Affordable Care Act early in 2017, a replacement will not hurt those currently receiving benefits. But that may be difficult for one big reason — Republicans have also pledged to repeal the taxes that Democrats used to pay for their health law. Without that funding, Republicans will have far less money to spend on whatever they opt for as a replacement.... Read more»

How a great-grandmother's body ended up in an Army blast test

The story of how an Arizona grandmother's remains came to be used in a Pentagon experiment shines a spotlight on a growing but little-known industry: the trade in human cadavers and body parts. No federal law regulates body brokers, and no U.S. government agency monitors what happens to cadavers pledged for use in medical education and research. ... Read more»

Street hustle: The truth behind 'new' police tool for confronting fentanyl menace

A drug test manufacturer has repackaged an old, error-prone chemical formula as a "hot ... new!" cutting-edge product — but there is nothing new about the fentanyl testing kit except its name. The new kits are little more than a repurposed chemical test that has been used to detect all manner of substances for more than a century.... Read more»

Arizona to halt use of controversial drug in executions

Arizona has reached an agreement with lawyers for death row inmates that would prohibit a sedative that has been used in executions by lethal injection that took longer than usual or were botched in several states. ... Read more»

Crystal's cage: Abuse & murder of a 3-year-old girl in Arizona

The harrowing, real-life story of Crystal Reyes, from her brief existence — forced to live in a dog crate — to the cold case investigation into her murder, as told through nearly two decades of police reports and court testimony. Crystal’s case continues today.... Read more»

OSHA's wall of shame: with limited staff, safety agency targets 'severe violators'

Six years into the Severe Violator Enforcement Program – the broadest workplace safety initiative launched under President Obama – more than 500 businesses are on its list of bad actors. They include giants such as DuPont and International Paper as well as more than 300 construction firms. But the effort faces an uncertain future under the Trump administration.... Read more»

Fighting opioid abuse in Indian country

The overdose death rate among Native Americans is three times the rate in the general population. As the opioid epidemic surges, many tribes are investing in treatment and specialized housing on the reservation. ... Read more»

Bordering on insecurity

Texas wages a war on drugs at the border. That might be the wrong place.

An estimated 1.6 million adult Texans have substance use disorders, many addicted to drugs that arrive illegally from Mexico. ... Read more»

Big companies in legal scrapes turn to science-for-hire giant Exponent

Exponent, Inc., is a publicly traded giant in litigation defense and regulatory science. It’s a go-to destination for major industries with liability problems – even as it is derided by critics as a hired gun whose findings are for sale. Among other facilities, the company has a 147-acre vehicle test track in Phoenix.... Read more»

Experts: It’s not too late to vaccinate for possibly strong flu strain

Arizona is still about a month away from peak flu season, but medical experts are advising residents to get vaccinated “sooner rather than later” to head off an expected variant of the H1N1 virus.... Read more»

Advocates: Border Patrol chases contribute to desert deaths

Two human rights groups say that by chasing border crossers into remote areas, BP agents contribute to the number of people who die or disappear in the desert each year. In nearly 41 percent of missing-persons cases documented by No More Deaths and Derechos Humanos, someone was injured or killed during a BP chase.... Read more»

DHS review defends using private prisons for detained immigrants

Despite a decision by the Justice Department to reduce the use of privately run detention facilities, a Homeland Security advisory subcommittee said immigration officials should continue to use them, citing costs and the need for flexibility.... Read more»

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