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Youth concussion laws pushed by NFL lack bite

- Associated Press

Criticized for its own handling of head injuries, the NFL launched an extensive lobbying campaign to pass laws protecting kids who get concussions while playing sports. The result: Within just five years, every state had a law on the books.

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Sen. Jim Hendren, R-Gravette, left, presents a bill before a meeting of the Senate Committee on Public Health, Welfare, and Labor at the Arkansas state Capitol in Little Rock, Ark., Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2015. (AP Photo/Danny Johnston)

Panel advances effort to continue Arkansas Medicaid plan

- Associated Press

Gov. Asa Hutchinson's plan to keep Arkansas' compromise Medicaid expansion structure through 2016 advanced to a Senate vote Wednesday, as lawmakers rejected a bid to abolish the program by this year's end.

FILE - In this Tuesday, March 12, 2013 file photo, former KGB agent Andrei Lugovoi speaks at a news conference in Moscow, Russia, about the 2006 poisoning in London of former Russian agent turned Kremlin critic Alexander Litvinenko. A long-awaited inquiry into the death of former Russian spy Alexander Litvinenko opened Tuesday in London with the revelation that the KGB agent turned Kremlin critic may have been poisoned with radioactive polonium not once, as authorities initially thought, but twice.  (AP Photo/Misha Japaridze, File)

Litvinenko inquiry: Post-mortem was most dangerous ever

- Associated Press

The body of former Russian agent Alexander Litvinenko was so radioactive that his post-mortem was "one of the most dangerous" ever undertaken and the isotope that killed him so rare it would not have been discovered by a normal autopsy, a pathologist said Wednesday.

Arizona regents expected to vote on hospital system's merger

Associated Press

The state Board of Regents is expected to vote on approval of the merger of the University of Arizona's health network into Banner Health, a Phoenix-based nonprofit that operates numerous hospitals and other health-care facilities.

Correction: Earns-Amgen story

- Associated Press

In a story Jan. 27 about drugmaker Amgen's quarterly results, The Associated Press misspelled the name of a drug and misstated the type of cancer another drug treats. The experimental drug is talimogene laherparepvec, not talimogene paherparepvec. Kyprolis treats blood cancer, not bone cancer.

Correction: Paprika-Peanut Allergen story

Associated Press

In a story Jan. 27 about officials warning of a paprika product containing a peanut allergen, The Associated Press, reported erroneously the agency to which officials reported their findings. The agency was the Food and Drug Administration, not the Federal Drug Administration.

TV star's plastic surgery disaster tests Brazil

- Associated Press

Andressa Urach went from being a single teenage mom nicknamed "Beanpole" to a reality TV bombshell in Brazil thanks to silicone implants, anabolic steroids, a nose job, and gel and botox injections, a fact she wasn't ashamed to share with fans.

Pinellas County Sheriff supports medical marijuana bill

Associated Press

Pinellas County Sheriff Bob Gualtieri told a Florida newspaper that he supports a bill introduced by a state senator that would allow a variety of patients to use a number of different marijuana strains.

Snails slither into spa scene in Thailand and around world

- Associated Press

The last time I encountered escargots they were served up by a French waiter, sizzling in garlic and herb butter. Now, one is slithering up the bridge of my nose while five others are being stuck onto other parts of my face by a Thai beautician, all secreting snail slime to hopefully smooth out some wrinkles and otherwise give me a younger-than-my-age look.

Court hears appeal by Va. man detained after Facebook posts

- Associated Press

A former Marine who posted anti-government messages online and threatened to "sever heads" in a Facebook post asked a federal appeals court Wednesday to reinstate a lawsuit over his psychiatric detention.