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This undated handout photo provided by The Veterans Affairs Department, shows Sharon Helman, director of the Phoenix VA Health Care System.   Helman was fired Monday, nearly seven months after she and two high-ranking officials were placed on administrative leave amid allegations that 40 veterans died while awaiting treatment at the hospital. Helman had led the Phoenix facility since February 2012.  Best quality available.   (AP Photo/Veterans Affairs Department)

VA fires Phoenix hospital director

- Associated Press

The head of the troubled Phoenix veterans’ hospital was fired Monday as the Veterans Affairs Department continued its crackdown on wrongdoing in the wake of a nationwide scandal over long wait times for veterans seeking medical care and falsified records covering up the delays.

In this picture taken Thursday Nov. 20, 2014, an MSF Ebola heath worker is sprayed as he leaves the contaminated zone at the Ebola treatment centre in  Gueckedou, Guinea. Officials in Guinea say bandits during a roadside robbery stole a cooler containing blood samples that are believed to have Ebola, from a vehicle traveling from Kankan prefecture in central Guinea to a test site in Gueckedou, in the south.(AP Photo/Jerome Delay)

Suspected Ebola blood stolen in Guinea by bandits

- Associated Press

It was a highway robbery but the bandits got more than they bargained for when they stopped a taxi in Guinea and made off with blood samples that are believed to be infected with the deadly Ebola virus.

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In this photo taken on Saturday, Nov. 8, 2014, Ebola health care workers bury the body of a person suspected of dying from the Ebola virus  on the outskirts of Monrovia, Liberia. Liberia's president on Monday, Nov. 24, 2014,   urged her countrymen to double their efforts to reach the government's goal of having zero new Ebola cases by Dec. 25,  a target some experts have described as highly ambitious.  (AP Photo/ Abbas Dulleh)

Liberia free of Ebola by Christmas, says president

- Associated Press

Liberia's president on Monday urged her countrymen to double their efforts to reach the government's goal of having zero new Ebola cases by Dec. 25, a target some experts have described as highly ambitious.

FILE - In this Sept. 18, 2014 file photo, a Nigerian port health official uses a thermometer to screen Muslim pilgrims for Ebola at the Hajj camp before boarding a plane for Saudi Arabia at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport in Lagos, Nigeria. Even before the Ebola epidemic in West Africa is brought under control, public health officials are girding for the next health disaster. (AP Photo/Sunday Alamba, File)

US looking past Ebola to prepare for next outbreak

- Associated Press

The next Ebola or the next SARS. Maybe even the next HIV. Even before the Ebola epidemic in West Africa is brought under control, public health officials are girding for the next health disaster.

FILE - In this Nov. 5, 2014 file photo, a sample of medical marijuana is displayed at Shango Premium Cannabis dispensary in Portland, Ore.  A citizen initiative for a general election ballot measure in two years is likely the best avenue to make marijuana a legal medical drug in South Dakota, according to Emmett Reistroffer, the effort's leader. Reistroffer, who was instrumental in organizing unsuccessful medical marijuana ballot initiatives in South Dakota in 2006 and 2010, is moving to Denver to take a job in Colorado's legal marijuana industry. He said he hopes to use knowledge he gains to help make the case for legalizing medical marijuana in South Dakota. (AP Photo/Don Ryan, File)

Medical marijuana supporters lay out strategy

Associated Press

A citizen initiative for a general election ballot measure in two years is likely the best avenue to make marijuana a legal medical drug in South Dakota, the effort's leader says.

Chilean moms growing support for medical marijuana

- Associated Press

Paulina Bobadilla was beyond desperate. The drugs no longer stopped her daughter's epileptic seizures and the little girl had become so numb to pain, she would tear off her own fingernails and leave her small fingers bleeding.

Italian doctor with Ebola returning for treatment

Associated Press

An Italian doctor who has been working in Sierra Leone has tested positive for the Ebola virus and is being transferred to Rome for treatment, the health ministry said Monday. It is Italy's first confirmed case of Ebola.

Automated CPR machines help South Dakota hospitals

- Associated Press

The newest addition to the Avera Weskota Memorial Hospital emergency room is always at the ready. And its hospital colleagues know it will correctly do its job every time.

PTSD dogs working to help veterans in South Dakota

- Associated Press

Service animals have helped people in need for years, but with the surge of veterans returning home from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan with post-traumatic stress disorder, a new light shines upon service dogs.

HealthSouth to spend $750M on home health business

Associated Press

HealthSouth will spend about $750 million on the privately held owner of Encompass Home Health and Hospice in a deal that helps the rehabilitation hospital operator expand into home health care.