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Factory-scale medical pot production set

OAKLAND, Calif. - With a City Council vote July 27, Oakland became the first U.S. city to authorize industrial-scale production of medical marijuana.

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Pro-choice groups assail White House anti-abortion move

Women's and reproductive rights groups are condemning the Obama administration's decision to exclude abortion coverage from a new high-risk insurance plan.

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White House touts recovery act, health reform

Administration officials highlighted this week the positive impacts of the economic recovery act and announced new rules created under the health reform law that will improve coverage for millions of Americans.

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NAACP meet: health crisis is civil rights issue

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - "We are fighting for the lives of a whole generation of children," Angela Glover Blackwell told the NAACP's 101st National Convention here July 10.

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Minority kids at disadvantage, community survey shows

Professionals who work with children say minority youth are disadvantaged in health care, education, a safe neighborhood and community resources.

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Oil spill workers report illness, possible long term effects

Cleanup workers are getting sick and health professionals are warning about the long term effects on everyone, including the general population.

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EPA to toughen air pollution standards

The Environmental Protection Agency today announced it would seek to dramatically cut air pollution in 31 eastern states and as far west as Texas and Oklahoma.

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Californians feel benefits of federal health law

 Californians are already beginning to feel the benefits of the new federal health care law, a newly released progress report by Health Access reveals.

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San Francisco requires cell phone industry to post radiation warnings

San Francisco on Tuesday became the first city in the country to require the $190 billion a year cell phone industry to post radiation levels of different types of devices.

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Gov’t moves to curb insurance profiteers

The Department of Health and Human Services is using its authority under the recently enacted health reform law to push state oversight of insurance premiums and rate hikes.

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