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Local facility help treat Alzheimer's victims

- Associated Press

When Polly Wilson of Alamance County was diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease more than 10 years ago, her husband Richard had a lot of questions about what the future held for them as they battled the disease together.

EXCHANGE: Model railroad helps boy with Aspergers

- Associated Press

If there's one topic 12-year-old Andrew Gray of McHenry never grows tired of discussing, it's his love of trains. In fact, he's the youngest member of the Lake County Model Railroad Club.

In this Sept. 11, 2014 photo, Jema Sundi sits outside her home in barren hills where asbestos waste was dumped is visible in the background in Roro, India. An asbestos mine, abandoned nearly three decades ago still affects the people around it and 18 along with Jema were diagnosed with asbestosis in 2012. Tens of thousands more, some former mine workers, remain untested and at risk. (AP Photo/Saurabh Das)

Abandoned asbestos mines still a hazard in India

- Associated Press

Asbestos waste spills in a gray gash down the flank of a lush green hill above tribal villages in eastern India. Three decades after the mines were abandoned, nothing has been done to remove the enormous, hazardous piles of broken rocks and powdery dust left behind.

In this Sept. 11, 2014 photo, Jema Sundi sits outside her home in barren hills where asbestos waste was dumped is visible in the background in Roro, India. An asbestos mine, abandoned nearly three decades ago still affects the people around it and 18 along with Jema were diagnosed with asbestosis in 2012. Tens of thousands more, some former mine workers, remain untested and at risk. (AP Photo/Saurabh Das)

Forgotten asbestos mine sickens Indian villagers

- Associated Press

Asbestos waste spills in a gray gash down the flank of a lush green hill above tribal villages that are home to thousands in eastern India. Three decades after the mines were abandoned, nothing has been done to remove the enormous, hazardous piles of broken rocks and powdery dust left behind.

AP poll: Police killings of blacks voted top story of 2014

- Associated Press

The police killings of unarmed blacks in Ferguson, Missouri, and elsewhere - and the investigations and tumultuous protests they inspired - was the top news story of 2014, according to The Associated Press' annual poll of U.S. editors and news directors.

Express Scripts turns to AbbVie in huge hepatitis C deal

- Associated Press

The nation's largest pharmacy benefits manager is throwing its weight into a fight over the high cost of treating hepatitis C, saying it will cover a drug from AbbVie while pulling back on those from rival drugmakers.

Purdue gets $1.6M to create virtual patients

Associated Press

Purdue University has received a $1.6 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to help medical, nursing and pharmacy students learn how to counsel people to quit smoking using "virtual patients" and educational assessments.

ADVANCE FOR USE MONDAY, DEC. 21 - In this photo taken on Dec. 3, 2014, four year-old Arielle Hayes hugs her mother Katy Hayes at there home in Kingwood, Texas. Hayes, and her family have returned home to Kingwood, after spending over two years in Boston, waiting for a double arm transplant. The surgery was to be performed at Boston's Brigham and Women's Hospital in what was to be the first such procedure performed in the United States. Due to financial struggles the Hayes family was forced move back to Texas. (AP Photo/Houston Chronicle, Billy Smith II)

Mom learning to live without arms, legs

- Associated Press

Katy Hayes wriggled into her new myoelectric arms and let the decoration - a wooden star her kids made - dangle from her plastic fingertips.

China punishes hospital for operating room photos

Associated Press

Chinese health authorities put a hospital president on probation and fired three other supervisors following public outrage over photos posted online of smiling medical staff posing with patients in the middle of surgery.

Beckley doctor writes book on healthy eating

- Associated Press

Dr. Shrikant Bembalkar grew up in Mumbai, India, eating in an Old World-style, his family gathering individual ingredients from the markets and his mother whipping up vegetarian meals from scratch.

News briefs from around Kentucky at 1:58 a.m. EST

Associated Press

Boxing great Muhammad Ali was hospitalized with a mild case of pneumonia that was caught early and should result in a short hospital stay, an Ali spokesman said Saturday night.

School's test carries all the chaos of the battlefield

- Associated Press

Running away from the sound of gunfire and IED blasts toward a shelter door, 2nd Lt. Rowan Sheldon of the U.S. Army suddenly stopped dead and gasped out an expletive: It wasn't an escape, it was a solid wall.

FILE - In this Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2014 file photo, Allina paramedic Jake Shepard gets help putting on a face shield as Allina EMS first responders receive training on the latest protocol for handling future patients possibly infected with Ebola in Mounds View, Minn.  The Ebola outbreak in West Africa hit home in Minnesota, which shelters one of the largest Liberian communities in the U.S. Health officials began monitoring travelers returning from the affected countries this fall and four Minnesota hospitals became designated treatment centers. (AP Photo/The Star Tribune, David Joles, File)

National events played out in Minnesota in 2014

- Associated Press

Some events that grabbed Americans' attention the most in 2014 played out on a smaller stage in Minnesota, from questions of race and policing to Ebola, terrorism, and the Republican resurgence. Former Gov. Jesse Ventura returned to the national stage when he won a defamation lawsuit against the estate of the deadliest sniper in U.S. military history. Minnesota decided to join other states in experimenting with medical marijuana. And as the nation shivered through a polar vortex, Minnesota led the way.