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A worker is seen behind the registration window of the emergency room at Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta on Jan. 24, 2014. (Associated Press) **FILE**

ER visits up under Obamacare despite promises, doctors’ poll finds

- The Washington Times

Doctors say emergency room visits have increased since the advent of Obamacare, undercutting one of the key selling points of President Obama’s health care law, which was supposed to ensure a healthier population by pushing consumers to rely on their primary physicians rather than emergency trips to the hospital.

This Aug. 12, 2008, file photo, shows an aerial view of Kalaupapa Peninsula on Molokai, Hawaii. A handful of people with leprosy are still living full time on the isolated peninsula, but the National Park Service is already making plans to overhaul buildings and allow more visitors to the area when the last of the patients dies. (AP Photo/Hugh E. Gentry, File)

Remote home of leprosy patients could open door wider

- Associated Press

A remote peninsula that has been the home of leprosy patients since the 19th century could be opened more fully to the public as the last remaining residents near the end of their lives.

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GlaxoSmithKline opts to hold on to HIV business

Associated Press

British-based drugmaker GlaxoSmithKline has opted to keep its stand-alone HIV business as it set out its strategy following the completion of its recent deal with Switzerland's Novartis.

Alexion Pharma to pay $8.4 billion for Synageva BioPharma

- Associated Press

Alexion Pharmaceuticals is spending about $8.4 billion - a huge premium - to buy Synageva BioPharma, a fellow rare disease treatment developer with no products on the market that booked a first-quarter loss of nearly $60 million.

FILE - In this Sept. 16, 2014, file photo, Sen. Dean Heller, R-Nev., speaks at a hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington. Troubled by delays in handling of veterans claims, a bipartisan group of senators is seeking a wide-scale independent review of the Department of Veterans Affairs for mismanagement and changes to improve budgeting and speed up applications. "The VA system again finds itself engulfed in another scandal," said Heller, co-chair of the Senate's VA backlog working group. VA offices nationwide are suffering from poor management, he said, proving "it is time for an overhaul of the entire system." (AP Photo/Lauren Victoria Burke, File)

Senators seek VA probe to see if mishandled claims systemic

- Associated Press

Troubled by delays in handling of veterans claims, a bipartisan group of senators is seeking a wide-scale independent review of the Department of Veterans Affairs for mismanagement and changes to improve budgeting and speed up applications.

NY enacting workplace pregnancy rights

Associated Press

New York's Assembly has passed bills intended to ensure workplace rights for pregnant employees and prohibit sexual harassment at even the smallest businesses.

Minnesota news in brief at 7:58 p.m. CDT

Associated Press

Kim Kelsey walked row-by-row through a maze of hundreds of growing marijuana plants, dumbstruck, ecstatic and near tears at the 2-foot-tall plants and what she hopes they will do for her son.

Vaccine skeptics try star power; moms encourage vaccines

- Associated Press

Author, activist and Kennedy family scion Robert F. Kennedy Jr. brought his vaccine skepticism to the Vermont Statehouse on Tuesday, urging lawmakers not to do away with the philosophical exemption that allows parents to avoid having their children fully vaccinated.

Hundreds pack State House for public budget hearing

- Associated Press

Hundreds of New Hampshire residents flooded the State House on Tuesday to advocate for more state spending on substance abuse treatment, services for people with developmental disabilities and mental illness, the university system and more.