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Steam billows on New York's Fifth Avenue, Thursday, July 19, 2018. A steam pipe exploded beneath Fifth Avenue in Manhattan early Thursday, sending chunks of asphalt flying, a geyser of billowing white steam stories into the air and forcing pedestrians to take cover. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

NY officials: No major public health threat from steam blast

- Associated Press

An aging steam pipe containing cancer-causing asbestos exploded beneath Fifth Avenue in Manhattan early Thursday, spewing a geyser of white vapor 10 stories high and forcing an evacuation of 49 buildings, but city officials said there was no major public health threat.

Oklahoma prosecutor seeks expanded probe over text messages

Associated Press

Oklahoma County District Attorney David Prater says he's asked state investigators to expand their criminal probe surrounding the former top attorney for the Health Department who wrote the state's new medical marijuana rules.

Reversal: Kentucky restoring Medicaid benefits for thousands

- Associated Press

Dental and vision care benefits will be restored for hundreds of thousands of Medicaid recipients in a sudden reversal by Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin's administration following an outcry over the recent cuts.

Brendan Kennedy, third from right in front, CEO and founder of British Columbia-based Tilray Inc., a major Canadian marijuana grower, leads cheers as confetti falls to celebrate his company's IPO (TLRY) at Nasdaq, Thursday, July 19, 2018, in New York. Medical marijuana is legal in Canada, and on Oct. 17, the country will become the first major industrialized nation to legalize its production and sale for recreational use. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)

Canadian marijuana company Tilray has first US pot IPO

- Associated Press

A Canadian company is the first marijuana business to complete an initial public offering on a major U.S. stock exchange, raising $153 million to expand its operations as Canada prepares to legalize the drug nationwide.

In this Thursday, April 19, 2018, photo, an excavator sits at the site of a house demolition in Detroit. The city has torn down more than 14,000 structures over the past four years. Concern over contaminated dust from lead-based paint in older houses has resulted in the city pushing back some demolitions in parts of the city where elevated blood lead levels have been found in children. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

Home demolitions may create new problem: lead-tainted dust

- Associated Press

The nation's largest home-demolition program, which has torn down more than 14,000 vacant houses across Detroit, may have inadvertently created a new problem by spreading lead-contaminated dust through some of the city's many hollowed-out neighborhoods.

Florida OKs more money for medical pot regulation

Associated Press

Florida lawmakers added $13.3 million to the agency that regulates medical marijuana but not before expressing frustration for the not-so-smooth rollout of state's law.

Flint water crisis prompts call for more federal oversight

- Associated Press

A federal watchdog is calling on the Environmental Protection Agency to strengthen its oversight of state drinking water systems nationally and respond more quickly to public health emergencies such as the lead-in-the water crisis in Flint, Michigan.