Author Archives: Associated Press

Va. set to electrocute Powell Thursday night

RICHMOND, Va.  — If not for a four-page letter scribbled with hatred and ridicule, Paul Warner Powell likely would have served a life sentence in prison. Instead, the 31-year-old is scheduled to die Thursday in Virginia’s electric chair. The reason: ...

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Industrial production inches up in February

WASHINGTON — Industrial production edged up 0.1 percent in February, beating expectations and marking the eighth straight monthly increase. But the key manufacturing sector — for months a rare bright spot — produced less, muting hopes for a speedy recovery. ...

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Book clubs for doctors show human side of medicine

Doctors, nurses and other health care workers are tapping into their inner Tolstoys to better connect with patients. With increasing regularity, they’re meeting in monthly book clubs to discuss medical-themed literature. Humanities courses are now required in many medical schools. ...

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Md. university staff may lose free tuition benefit

ANNAPOLIS —Maryland legislators may require state university system employees to start paying half the cost of tuition for themselves and their children to help solve state budget woes. Right now, the roughly 21,000 University System of Maryland employees — from ...

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Experts say US doctors overtesting, overtreating

CHICAGO — Too much cancer screening, too many heart tests, too many cesarean sections. A spate of recent reports suggest that too many Americans — maybe even President Barack Obama — are being overtreated. Is it doctors practicing defensive medicine? ...

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