This Sept. 14, 2005 file photo shows packs of cigarettes in a store in Brunswick, Maine. (AP Photo/Pat Wellenbach, File)

Talk supports raising state tobacco tax

Health officials said at a community discussion Friday afternoon that raising Indiana’s tobacco tax would be a good move for all Hoosiers.

FILE - In this April 2, 2015, file photo, President Barack Obama speaks in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington.  (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)

Obama calls for end to gay ‘conversion’ therapy for youth

The move comes in response to an online petition posted on the White House website following the death of 17-year-old Leelah Alcorn. The transgender teen committed suicide in December and left behind writings mentioning religious therapy.

More than 2200 participants prepare to walk a 5K along Fort Lauderdale Beach at Florida AIDS Walk & Music Festival, on March 22, 2015 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. The event, produced by AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF) raised over $1,000,000 to provide services and support for Floridians living with HIV/AIDS. ( Photo by Jesus Aranguren/AP Images for AIDS Healthcare Foundation )

Suit claims AIDS foundation scammed Medicare for $20M

One of the nation’s largest suppliers of HIV and AIDS medical care is accused of bilking Medicare and Medicaid in an elaborate $20 million dollar scam that spanned 12 states, according to a lawsuit filed in South Florida federal court.

In this March 12, 2015 photo, officials walk inside a Veterans Affairs outpatient clinic that is under construction in Fayetteville, N.C. The hospital's director since 2010, Elizabeth Goolsby, cites the VA's failure to expand quickly as a primary reason for why eastern North Carolina now has some of the longest waits for care in the country. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

VA makes little headway in fight to shorten waits for care

No one expected that the VA mess could be fixed overnight. But The Associated Press has found that since the summer, the number of vets waiting more than 30 or 60 days for non-emergency care has largely stayed flat.

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Blue Bell expands recall of ice cream made at Oklahoma plant

The company last month issued the recall after ice cream contaminated with listeriosis was linked to three deaths at a Kansas hospital. The foodborne illness was tracked to a production line in Brenham, Texas, and later to a second line in Oklahoma.