FILE - This March 25, 2015 file photo shows Indiana Gov. Mike Pence responding to a question during a news conference in Scottsburg, Ind.  (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)

Indiana lawmakers OK needle exchange programs

Opponents have argued that the bill could hinder drug-treatment efforts and create a legal defense for people arrested for possessing drug paraphernalia. But health officials repeatedly cited studies showing that needle exchanges are effective tools in curbing outbreaks.

In this April 1, 2015 photo, Austin Police Chief Donald Spicer, left, and Patrolman Nathan Hall, center, and Maj. Lonnie Noble study a biohazard container for the temporary disposal of needles and other sharp objects at an HIV/AIDS training session in Austin, Indiana. (AP Photo/News and Tribune, Christopher Fryer)

CDC official: HIV outbreak lessons may spur ‘model response’

A top official with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says health officials hope to use the lessons learned from their reaction to an HIV outbreak in southern Indiana as “a model response” for the whole nation in combatting future similar crises.

This undated self-portrait image released by Canadian student Karly Vedan, shows stretch marks along her stomach.  An Instagram campaign started months ago by moms Alex Elle, a writer, and Erika Layne Salazar, a photographer, dubbed Love Your Lines urges women to show off their stretch marks. (Karly Vedan via AP)

Love Your Lines: stretch marks go viral in support of women

With the promise of anonymity to all who want it, women from around the world are pouring out their seemingly sincerest joys, anxieties and despair over their marks, loose postpartum bellies and battle wounds from valiant fights against cancer.

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Allen County plans needle exchange program

Allen County’s health department will starting putting plans in place for a needle exchange program after an HIV outbreak in southern Indiana.