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Woman finds frog in salad at BJ’s restaurant in West Covina

By Stephanie K. Baer|

Poll: Californians fear losing insurance if AHCA passes

More than half of Californians worry that they or a family member could lose their health insurance if the Affordable Care Act is repealed and replaced, according to a poll released Tuesday. The Berkeley IGS Poll also found most respondents sayi...

By Jeff Horseman|

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  • Addiction and substance abuse

    A ‘safe’ space to shoot up: Worth a try in California?

    Tawny Biggs’ seemingly happy childhood in Santa Clarita showed no outward sign that she would one day struggle with drug addiction. As Biggs tells it, she was raised with two siblings “in a very good family” by an assistant fire-chief dad and a stay-at-home mom. Her after-school hours were filled with hockey and soccer. But paradise was lost sometime during her late teens, when emotional problems, drugs and alcohol turned Biggs into a self-described...

    By Stephanie O’Neill California Healthline|

  • Health care reform

    Republicans are taking a big political risk on health care

    WASHINGTON >> Republicans are taking a big political risk on health care. They’re trying to scale back major benefit programs being used by millions of people. And they’re trying to do it even though much of the public is leery of drastic changes, and there’s no support outside the GOP. It’s not stopping them. After seven years attacking former President Barack Obama’s health care law, Republicans are finally in control of the entire...

    By RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR Associated Press|

  • Wildlife

    How do coyotes thrive in Southern California? Scientists dissect 200-plus carcasses to find clues

    The coyote known as CY120 thawed in a cooler, awaiting his rendezvous with eternity. Death? No, CY120 already was long gone. But CY120’s carcass — specifically, the contents of his stomach — was about to become a data point in a growing body of knowledge, part of a research project underway at several Southern California universities to learn more about the mysterious lives and sometimes sudden deaths of urban coyotes. What researchers learn from the dissections of...

    Lauren Williams
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  • Health

    Insurance rate hikes loom in California, spurred by feds’ health care uncertainty

    If the federal government does not clarify by mid-August whether it will continue an important health insurance subsidy for consumers next year, California’s state-run exchange will instruct its insurers to sell plans with significantly higher premiums to cover the loss of the money. “Bottom line, we have come to the conclusion that if there’s no federal commitment to fund [the subsidies] by mid-August, we will presume they will not be funded and use higher rates...

    By Emily Bazar California Healthline|

  • Health

    Living longer: We’ve still got bucket lists — in our 90s

    It is one thing to have a bucket list at any age. It is something else entirely to have a bucket list that sends you to college for the first time at 92 — or that sends you on your maiden flight at the controls of a single-engine airplane at 97. These are the bucket list accomplishments of Cecile Tegler (92) and Mildred “Milly” Reeves (97). And neither of them is done yet. “I never even thought about having a bucket list,” said Reeves, a...

    By Bruce Horovitz California Healthline|

  • Features/People

    For hockey fan fighting cancer, following Predators’ Stanley Cup chase is a matter of life

    Christina Wynter lives to see her beloved Nashville Predators win. That’s not just a sports cliché wrapped in the hype of the ongoing National Hockey League championship playoffs that has her team trailing the Pittsburgh Penguins, 3-2, going into Sunday’s elimination game. Back in 2014 when Wynter learned she had advanced cancer and might live only another six months, she decided she wasn’t dying at least until she watched the Predators hoist the Stanley...

    Theresa Walker
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  • Marijuana

    LA may let marijuana businesses grow to the tune of $50 million in tax revenue

    Proposed rules that would allow the city of Los Angeles to issue operating permits to more types of marijuana businesses were released by city officials Thursday, kick-starting a conversation around how the city should regulate the growing pot industry. City officials say the draft regulation is a starting point for replacing Proposition D, a measure approved by voters in 2013 that prevents all but 135 medical marijuana dispensaries from operating in the city. With voters in...

    By Elizabeth Chou echou@scng.com @reporterliz on Twitter|

  • Public health

    Deportation fears among LA residents near shuttered Exide plant could impact health study

    Nearly 20,000 residents near the shuttered Exide Technologies battery recycling plant could be visited Saturday as part of what Los Angeles County officials called a massive, unprecedented effort to gather health information from those who have lived for years near the chemical-spewing facility. But the 1,500 volunteers who plan to go door-to-door through a half-dozen Southeast Los Angeles neighborhoods are expected be greeted with a host of challenges, most notably the misconception...

    Susan Abram
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  • State governments

    A year after it passed, California’s right-to-die law still faces challenges

    For Betsy Davis, California’s End of Life Option Act worked exactly as intended. “It was like a weight was lifted off her shoulders,” said Davis’ sister, Kelly Davis. “She got her sense of control back because she knew she had the option.” The option, of course, was death. Betsy Davis of Ojai, who was diagnosed with ALS in 2013, was one of the first to take her life legally under the state law, which passed a year ago Friday. She...

    Deepa Bharath
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  • Death and dying

    Family of 7-year-old who died after falling at Sunset Elementary in La Puente searching for answers

    Sheriff’s detectives are investigating the death of a 7-year-old boy who stopped breathing while in class last week at Sunset Elementary School in La Puente. The boy, Moises Murillo, fell and fractured his neck at the school, according to his sister, Liz Cabrera. Capt. Tim Murakami said deputies from the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Industry station responded to the rescue call. He said Murillo was not breathing when they arrived. “He was...

    Hayley Munguia
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